Laptops with the Longest Battery Life

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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 T470 (17:25)

If you want a truly fantastic keyboard, durable chassis and strong performance, look no further than the ThinkPad T470. The T470 makes room for an optional extended battery that gives this 14-inch laptop over 17 hours of endurance (with its non-touch display). You can charge the laptop over a proprietary ThinkPad connector or via its Thunderbolt 3 port, which allows you to juice the laptop and output to multiple monitors over a single wire. A durable, MIL-SPEC-tested chassis helps this long-lasting business notebook stand up to the rigors of all-day business travel.

ThinkPad T470 Review »
From $873.00
Lenovo
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Having debuted in 2015, the 13-inch MacBook Air may be a bit out of date, but it's still for sale and now an even better value at $899.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.

MacBook Air 13-inch Review »
From $949.99
Bestbuy
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.

Microsoft Surface Book Review »
From $1899.00
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.

Dell Latitude 7280 Review »
From $1029.00
Dell
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.

Lenovo Ideapad Miix 310 Review »
From $299.00
Lenovo
Dell Latitude 5280 (12:21)

Made for serious productivity, the 12-inch Latitude 5280 features a snappy keyboard, durable chassis and plenty of ports, including an old-fashioned VGA connector and a modern USB Type-C port. Best of all, with its extended battery, the Latitude 5280 lasts over 12 hours on a charge.

Dell Latitude 5280 Review »
From $849.00
Dell
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (12:21)

The 2017 (aka 5th Generation) model of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the longest-lasting unit yet, enduring for a full 12 hours and 21 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test. Even better, the X1 Carbon slimmed down to a feather-light, 2.49 pounds while adding an Intel 7th Gen Core Series processor, a soft-touch chassis and a Thunderbolt 3 port for charging and data.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review »
From $1329.00
Lenovo
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 XPS 13 Review »
From $799.99
Dell
Dell Latitude 5480 (11:37)

Dell's 14-inch business laptop lasts over 11 and a half hours on a charge, while offering a comfortable typing experience and a durable design. The optional 1080p screen is colorful, but we wish it were a little brighter.

Dell Latitude 5480 »
From $769.00
Dell
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.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Review »
From $738.00
Dell
Acer Chromebook R 13 (11:00)

This Chromebook 2-in-1 features a sharp, 1080p display and a premium aluminum design. The bendback chassis and touch screen make it ideal for running Android apps on top of Google's browser-centric OS. You'll also have 11 hours to enjoy the Acer R 13 between charges.

Acer Chromebook R 13 »
From $399.00
Amazon
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.

Lenovo Yoga 910 Review »
From $1049.00
Lenovo
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (10:32)

Apple's high-end laptop packs a speedy, quad-core processor, discrete AMD Radeon graphics and a sharp, 2800x1800 display. Even better, while you're enjoying all that power and functionality, you can stay unplugged for 10 hours and 32 minutes.

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch »
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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.

Asus ZenBook UX330UA Review »
From $699.00
Amazon
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.

HP Spectre x360 Review »
From $1089.00

Laptop Mag Battery Test

Continuous web surfing over wireless until battery is drained. Higher is better.

Laptop Name: Hours/Minutes: Starting Price:
Lenovo ThinkPad T470 17:25 $873
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 Latitude 5280 12:21 $849
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 12:21 $1329
Dell XPS 13 (non-touch) 11:54 $799
Dell Latitude 5480 11:37 $769
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

 

Author Bio
Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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54 comments
  • Manuel Perez Says:

    Where is the Lenovo Thinkpad x270 on the list? ??????

  • Spencer Navarra-Chew Says:

    The Toshiba Portege Z20t-B crushes 2/3rds of that list and it's last years model. The Z20t-C would give every machine listed a run for it's money.
    http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/toshiba-portege-z20t

  • wow... Says:

    the number of moronic comments here is amazing - heres some quick answers to your dumb questions:

    - we don't know why your machine is slow, nor care - Off-Topic

    - A laptop with 8 hrs battery isn't on the list, because thats about an hour less than where they cut off the list, and its nothing spectacular - thats fucking why.

    - This article isn't about why XXX model isn't available anymore...

    - "Im looking for a computer with long battery life..." - Read the fucking article above!!

    - "Please send me full details of XX model" - Do your own research? We don't work for free...

    - Dell is the best battery for Dell laptops...


    hope i could make a couple people smile :D

  • Samir Says:

    Helping? Let's see a chrome or cloud book isn't a laptop, they all have tiny screens so of course battery life is good. How about reviewing laptops we all actually buy typically 15" screens and up. While you are at it explain to these moron manufacturers we want battery life! I don't care if it is wafer thin and weighs less than a penny. Make the entire bottom a battery!

  • Vishal kumar Says:

    Dear sir
    Please tell me which company battery is good for dell laptops.

  • Collins Says:

    Interesting, i love this it is helping

  • Carl Beigle Says:

    What is the best recommended replacement "longer life" battery for HP G60 Notebook PC?

  • Sakyi Williams Says:

    Am using Lenovo G505 model number 20240. it worries me too much. it runs slow. please what is wrong with it?.

  • Aman Singh Says:

    Which laptops is best under 30000/- including battry lif ...and also gud luking...

  • Dindin Says:

    When we will see T460/T460s/T460p review?
    And which type has better battery performance than T450s?

  • Ben Myers Says:

    Now how about a project to do "long lasting" laptops, as in durable and easy to repair?

  • Naveen Panwar Says:

    I found acer aspire one cloudbook 14" best of all but I can't imagine they are not selling it in India?

  • Gabriel Says:

    What about the dell chromebook 13?

  • UConnRon Says:

    Chromebooks give the most bang for the buck. Light weight, no viruses, long battery life, automatic upgrades, and low price. I have been using computers (Apples, DOS, & Windows) since 1981. I like my Toshiba Chromebook 2 over all others.

  • Doda234 Says:

    I dont think so, I have t450s with standard batteries, it is false ads. The battery lasts barely 4-5 hrs.
    Please fix it

  • Stephen Says:

    The apple's shouldn't be considered worthy to be on this list. They're not worth it for their exorbitant price.

  • Santi Says:

    Apple laptop
    I need for all products by Apple.

  • Ikenah Says:

    Pls guys I want to get a hp laptop, but am looking for one dat can play high definition games, need ur assistance as soon as possible

  • lithic Says:

    I have been using the Lenovo Thinkpad T440s for seven months with the 6-cell external battery.

    It just keeps on going - sometimes a whole day in the office with full use(WiFi, full brightness etc.) and there's still charge left in the evenings.

    I've even taken it camping knowing that I would get reliable use for many evenings without recharging (I don't have a second external battery for it because one is enough!).

    I doubt that most, if any, of the other laptops in this review can achieve that, particularly with a 14" screen and a CORE i7 processor.

    That said, despite it's many strengths (for example, the ability to dual-boot Ubuntu without any hassles) I'm wary of Lenovo because of their fickle support and very poor communication.

  • Nathan Says:

    +saptarshi

    could be because it is lower in laptopmags battery tests.

  • saptarshi Says:

    where the fuck is sony vaio pro 13..?
    it has a battery life of 8.5 hours

  • wow Says:

    where is the asus transformer book t100?

  • Richard Outcault Says:

    I am looking for a computer for home use with a long battery life and is very productive.

  • thom Says:

    really useful

  • Missy Says:

    I'm buying my second battery for my samsung laptop, and when comparing my current battery to the pictures I see on ebay I'm finding one difference and would like to know if it makes a difference?

    I looked in my history and the last battery I bought had this title: samsung rv520 rc512 rv511 oem genuine battery 11.1v 48wh aa-pb9nc6b ba43-00282a

    On the back of the battery on the white barcode at the top, after the long barcode there is a smaller one and it either says "rev 1.0" or "rev 1.2".

    My current battery says "rev 1.0", do I need to get the "rev 1.0" one or will either work? All the other numbers and codes match up.

  • Matthew Says:

    where the fuck is the fucking lost you fucking cocksuckers

  • Dave Schaefer Says:

    Why is the HP Spectre 13t-3000 not available for purchase anymore? I really have been wanting to buy one of these, and now I see that it is no longer available. I can't seem to find a straight explanation as to why it is completely gone after only being released in Q4 of 2013. Was is recalled? Is a newer model coming out soon? Can I please get a straight answer?

  • Dave Schaefer Says:

    Why is the HP Spectre 13t-3000 not available for purchase anymore? I really have been wanting to buy one of these, and now I see that it is no longer available. I can't seem to find a straight explanation as to why it is completely gone after only being released in Q4 of 2013. Was is recalled? Is a newer model coming out soon? Can I please get a straight answer?

  • noah Says:

    can i still paly games on it and still work on it during the 20hrs and 28 mins

  • Jake Long Says:

    Why not include the rugged laptops (such as the ToughBook C2 - with 14 and 19 hour battery life options)?

  • Joena Says:

    now i am using this model . in past always facing some problem with low battery life in my laptop. this article will be helpful to those users they use laptop with low battery life.. thanks

  • Tony Says:

    Looking for help.

    Want a battery life of at least 5 hrs. of (real world use), Intel Core i7-4800MQ Processor, Windows 8.1, 17.3" Full HD Anti-Reflective Display, 16 GB of memory (crucial or top brand name), 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, 3GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M (or close too), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 AC + Bluetooth Combo.... for under $2000.
    If there is such a beast, please let me know. I'm having a hard time finding one. Your help would be greatly appreciated !!!!!!

  • Jay Says:

    I am looking for a laptop that will store over 3,000 pictures, family documents, movies, voice etc. What laptop would best fit my needs

  • Alauddin Says:

    I had a Samsung band laptop at present like to have a new one .cost effective and latest version needs cooperate in this regard,

  • Barb Says:

    what do you think of a fugitsu laptop for home/business use?

  • Ihsanuddin Says:

    Please send me complete full deatails of thinkpad x-230 laptop along with price .
    thanks a lot.
    Mr: IHSANUDDIN ZAHEER

  • Ihsanuddin Says:

    Dear Jake,
    How i can get that long livebattery laptop that i am living in AFghanistan

  • pp Says:

    I feeling bad about lenovo idea pad
    U430 touch.authorized in Thai don't HV this
    Model.but v can find in black market.
    In case of warranty/u know what will they say...ha ha no service parts.
    Next time for pcmag/laptop review ...l very surprise for changing the price.
    At first stage u430touch /usd623
    But today show usd700.
    So hope for more precise for reader.

  • Jimmy Says:

    Battery life depends on the size, form factor, and its internal components. But where is the Samsung series 7 Chronos, and the Ativ book 9?

  • Paul Renault Says:

    According to Panasonic's spec sheet, their CF31 has a (with no extra) battery life of 14.5 hours; easily topping the Lenovo X320's "paltry" 7 hours. Adding the media pocket battery brings the total to 21 hours. To me, this is a clear winner in this battle.

    Yes, it is a little heavy, but you don't need to carry it in a big, heavy, padded case - so what if you drop it on the sidewalk, eh?

    Bonus, you can safely use it at the beach in the sun - just rinse it off if you spill your mai tai on it.

  • John B Says:

    Acer 4810T runs 7-8hrs with stock battery. Of course no longer available since this is 3 yrs old but it is the 'John Deere" of computers, IMO. Very satisfied and would suggest that you look at the current replacement of this item in an Acer model.

  • sunny dee Says:

    The best experience I have had is with samsung NC215 notebook.
    It runs for about 8 hours when fully charged

  • Ron B. Says:

    I have a Gateway 18" display. I know it will run for about 4 1/2 hours on a single charge. I haven't tried it much longer.
    My criteria was large screen and at least 3 GB of memory. Hard drive size didn't matter a lot because I don't store a lot of games or many large programs on it. My largest game is Microsoft Flight Simulator and I have an older version of Word and Excel. I don't upgrade unless there's absolutely no way to get around it. By the way, my old laptop died after about 11 years I had to get a new one. My biggest criteria was the ability for wireless connections for my wife and I. We use Comcast and have had no problems with our computers AFTER they came out and buried our phone lines.

  • theEVT Says:

    I think the FatBatt Fifty is a more accurate list. They update it too but I don't know how often.

  • kinesthe Says:

    Given some laptops are tested with sheet batteries, why not test the Dell e6430 with its battery slice as well? Over 30 hours of runtime with its battery slice option

  • freeskydiver Says:

    What settings did you used during the tests??

  • Laptors Says:

    Good articles=))))

  • Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director Says:

    @nando4,

    Thanks. We'll try to get one in.

  • nando4 Says:

    How about testing a 12.5" HP 2570P with 100Whr 9-cell? It claims 9-15hrs battery life in it's specs. A system with a socketted CPU (so can be user upgraded) and optical drive. A decent alternative to a 12.5" Lenovo X230 which has a soldered CPU and no optical drive.

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