Laptops with the Longest Battery Life
No matter how stacked its specs are, a laptop is useless if it can't hold a charge. Fortunately, there are plenty of notebooks that go the distance. Using our Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi at 100 nits of brightness, we've identified the longest-lasting notebooks on the market. We're talking more than 10 hours of endurance, which should more than suffice for that cross-country fight, a long day of meetings or multiple, back-to-back classes.
Lenovo ThinkPad T460 (17:04)
If you want a truly fantastic keyboard, durable chassis and strong performance, look no further than the ThinkPad T460. Unlike its slim sibling, the T460s, the T460 makes room for an optional extended battery that gives this 14-inch laptop up to 17 hours of endurance (with its non-touch display). A durable, MIL-SPEC-tested chassis helps this long-lasting business notebook stand up to the rigors of all-day business travel.
Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (14:00)
Having debuted in 2015, the 13-inch MacBook Air may be a bit out of date, but it's still for sale and now an even better value at $899. With a 14-hour runtime, the current Air lasts nearly 2 hours longer than its predecessor and is nearly double the ultraportable category average.
Microsoft Surface Book (12:29)
When coupled with its keyboard dock, Microsoft’s first notebook will last up to 12.5 hours. But this “ultimate laptop” also comes with a clever fulcrum hinge, 13.5-inch, 3000 x 2000-pixel display, and a magnetically attached stylus. All this in a minimalist magnesium chassis that will probably end up in MoMA.
Dell Latitude 7280 (12:29)
With its extended battery on board, the Dell Latitude 7280 lasts for 12 hours and 29 minutes on a charge. This 12-inch laptop has a really light starting weight of 2.8 pounds and a durable MIL-SPEC-tested chassis that can survive drops from up to 30 inches, along with extreme temperatures and pressure.
A luxurious soft-touch deck and deep key travel provide an excellent typing experience while an optional infrared camera lets you log into Windows 10 using facial recognition.
Lenovo Miix 310 (12:24)
Available for under $300, the Lenovo Miix 310 is one of the least expensive detachable 2-in-1s you can buy, but it doesn't skimp on battery life. This 2.4-pound hybrid lasts a strong 12 hours and 24 minutes on a charge while delivering a colorful screen and relatively snappy performance, given its low-power, Intel Atom processor.
Dell XPS 13 (11:54)
Not only did Dell manage to fit a 13-inch display into an 11-inch, 2.6-pound chassis, but it also squeezed in enough juice to last nearly 12 hours. (The touch version, which has a quad HD display, made it 7.5 hours). Add to that a Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, a backlit keyboard and a smooth touchpad, and you’ve got one of the best ultraportables around.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (11:23)
The Inspiron 15 7000 lasts 11 hours and 23 minutes on a charge, much longer than any other gaming rig we've ever tested. Starting at $799, this affordable 15-inch laptop features a speedy quad core processor with an Nvidia 1050 or 1050 Ti graphics card that's good enough to play high-end games at medium settings. The black and red chassis has a unique and compelling look.
Acer Chromebook R 13 (11:00)
Lenovo Yoga 910 (10:36)
This attractive, 13.9-inch 2-in-1 has a nearly bezel-free screen in its brushed metal, 3-pound chassis. Lenovo's sleek watchband hinge keeps the Yoga 910's lid stable as you bend it back into laptop, tent, stand or tablet modes.
A vibrant display panel, which reproduces 101 percent of the sRGB color gamut, a speedy SSD and a powerful 7th Gen Core Series CPU round out this attractive package. Better still, with over 10 hours and 36 minutes of endurance, the Yoga 910 also lasts long enough on a charge to take you through a full day of work or school.
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (10:32)
Asus Zenbook UX330UA (10:17)
Asus's 13-inch ZenBook UX330UA offers great battery life and an even better value. For $699, this lightweight laptop features an aluminum lid, a 1080p screen, a 7th Gen Core i5 CPU and a 256GB SSD. With the UX330UA's 10 hours and 17 minutes of endurance, you can leave the power plug at home.
HP Spectre x360, 13-inch (10:06)
One of our favorite consumer 2-in-1s is also one of the longest lasting. The 13-inch Spectre x360 lasts a full 10 hours and 6 minutes on a charge while providing a speedy PCIe SSD, premium aluminum design and snappy keyboard. A vibrant display shows 102 percent of the sRGB color gamut while a combination of USB Type-C and Type-A ports provides a lot of flexibility.
Laptop Mag Battery Test
Continuous web surfing over wireless until battery is drained. Higher is better.
|Laptop Name:||Hours/Minutes:||Starting Price:|
|Lenovo ThinkPad T460||17:04||$899|
|MacBook Air (13-inch)||14:00||$799|
|Microsoft Surface Book||12:29||$1249|
|Dell Latitude 7280||12:29||$1029|
|Lenovo Miix 310||12:24||$299|
|Dell XPS 13 (non-touch)||11:54||$799|
|Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming||11:23||$799|
|Acer ChromeBook R 13||11:00||$397|
|Lenovo Yoga 910||10:36||$1099|
|Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch||10:32||$2399|
|Asus ZenBook UX330UA||10:17||$699|
|HP Spectre x360||10:06||$999|