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Laptops with best battery life 2020 - Longest lasting laptop batteries

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No matter how stacked their specs are, even the best laptops are useless if they can't hold a charge. Fortunately, there are plenty of notebooks that go the distance. Using our Laptop Mag Battery Test 2.0, which involves continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, we've identified the laptops with the best battery life on the market. We're talking more than 9 hours of endurance, which should more than suffice for that cross-country flight, a long day of meetings or multiple, back-to-back classes. Here are our top performers:

Best Laptop Battery Life (Hours:Minutes)

  1. Dell Latitude 7400: 13:23
  2. HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, Late 2019): 13:20
  3. Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1: 13:08
  4. Dell XPS 13 9380 (2019): 12:22
  5. Lenovo Yoga C630: 12:14
  6. HP Spectre x360 (13-inch): 12:07
  7. Dell XPS 15: 11:53
  8. Lenovo Yoga C940: 11:46
  9. Google Pixelbook Go: 11:29
  10. HP Envy 13: 11:11
  11. MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019): 11:00
  12. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1: 10:57
  13. Samsung Chromebook 4: 10:36

Note that, in February 2018, we switched from Laptop Battery Test 1.0, which surfed the web at a lower, 100 nits of brightness, so scores have gone down to reflect the more aggressive (and realistic) test.

We recently reviewed the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s, which nailed 8:57, and while that's not good enough to make it on this list, it's still a good laptop. Meanwhile, the Acer Chromebook 715 was so close to making the list, hitting 10:13.

Here are the laptops with best battery life

Dell Latitude 7400 laptops with best battery life

The Dell Latitude 7400 at the top of the laptops with best battery life, but it also boasts fast performance and a ton of cool security features. (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

1. Dell Latitude 7400

13:23

Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1280 privacy display | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8665U CPU | Weight: 3.6 pounds

Epic battery life
Fast performance
Standard three-year warranty
Useful security features
Poor viewing angles (with SafeScreen off)
Thin speakers
Bland design
Pricey

The Dell Latitude 7400 straight up destroyed the battery test with a wild 13 hours and 23 minutes. On top of its awesome battery life, the Latitude 7400 offers speedy performance thanks to its Core i7-8665U processor. It also comes with a three-year warranty as the standard option and it offers some neat security features like an IR camera for Windows Hello.

See our full Dell Latitude 7400 review.

HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, Late 2019) laptops with best battery life

The HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, Late 2019) placed second for laptops with best battery life, but thanks to its stunning design and vivid display, it's one of the best laptops you can buy overall.  (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

2. HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, Late 2019)

13:20

Display: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-1065G7 CPU | Weight: 2.7 pounds

Stunning, ultraportable design
Epic battery life
Bright, vivid display with thinner bezels
Fast overall performance
Comfortable keyboard
Lots of bloatware
Shrill speakers at max volume
Runs a bit warm

The latest HP Spectre x360 is practically perfect, even with its battery life, which nailed a wild 13 hours and 20 minutes on our test. It's super light, at 2.7 pounds, and thin, at 0.7 inches thick, that we can't help but love the footprint on top of the elegant aluminum design. Packed within that thin design is a strong Intel Core i7-1065G7 CPU and Intel Iris Plus graphics. It also has a great keyboard, thanks to its large keys and hefty click.

See our full HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, Late 2019) review.

Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 (13:08) laptops with best battery life

Coming in third for laptops with best battery life, the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 also offers a sleek, modern design and strong performance.

3. Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1

13:08

Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1280 display | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8665U CPU | Weight: 3 pounds

Sleek, modern design
Strong performance
13+ hours of battery life
Proximity sign-in feature works well
Display could be brighter
Poor speakers

Let me introduce you to one of the best Dell Latitudes around: The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 -- a beast of a business laptop that can last 13 hours and 8 minutes on a single charge. That battery is packed into a super sleek design, measuring just 0.6 inches thick, alongside a strong Core i7 processor. One of the coolest features that the Latitude 7400 boasts is its proximity sign-in function, so you can sign into your computer just by walking up to it.

See our full Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 review.

Dell XPS 13 9380 (12:22) laptops with best battery life

The Dell XPS 13 9380 slides in fourth for laptops with best battery life, showing off its elegant white chassis, gorgeous 4K display and intense performance.

4. Dell XPS 13 9380

12:22

Display: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8565U CPU | Weight: 2.69 pounds

Slim, lightweight design
Strong performance
Gorgeous 4K display
Long battery life (on 1080p model)
InfinityEdge bezels with properly placed webcam
Below-average battery life (on 4K model)

The Dell XPS 13 still has the slimmest bezels imaginable thanks to its InfinityEdge design, and as a bonus, Dell managed to fit the webcam in the top bezel, which has been a long-awaited feature. And to accompany those thin bezels is a gorgeous 13.3-inch, 1080p display that covered 126 percent of the sRGB spectrum and emitted 357 nits of brightness. This baby is also super light and thin, coming in at 2.7 pounds and 0.3~0.46 inches thick, and boasts a powerful new Whiskey Lake processor.

See our full Dell XPS 13 (2019) review.

Lenovo Yoga C630 (12:14) laptops with best battery life

At fifth, the laptop with best battery life is the Lenovo Yoga C630. Its aluminum chassis, flexible design and LTE connectivity makes it an attractive buy.

5. Lenovo Yoga C630

12:14

Display: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1280 display | CPU: Up to Qualcomm 850 CPU | Weight: 2.6 pounds

Superslim, flexible design
Aluminum chassis
Very long battery life
LTE connectivity
Poor price-to-performance ratio
Stiff keyboard
Hollow audio

The Lenovo Yoga C630 sports a gorgeous aluminum chassis paired with a flexible, 0.5-inch thin design. Its battery life lasted 12 hours and 14 minutes on our tests, and when you combine that with its 4G LTE connectivity, it’s great option for people who frequently travel. As an added bonus, the Yoga C630 also features a decently colorful 13.3-inch panel.

See our full Lenovo Yoga C630 review.

HP Spectre x360 (12:07) laptops with best battery life

The older HP Spectre x360 placed sixth for laptops with best battery life. Apart from its battery life, it has a luxurious, thin and lightweight design topped with an excellent keyboard and powerful speakers.

6. HP Spectre x360

12:07

Display: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8565U CPU | Weight: 2.8 pounds

Luxurious design
Outstanding battery life
Thin and lightweight
Vivid 1080p display
Class-leading keyboard
Powerful speakers
Display could be brighter
Bezels are a bit thick
Bloatware

HP's Spectre x360 is back and sexier than ever, sporting a gorgeous Dark Ash Silver paint over its aluminum hood. To top off its design, its 13.3-inch, 1080p display blasted us with 150% of the sRGB color gamut, and the keyboard comforted us with a tactile 1.4 millimeters of travel.Not to mention that its battery lasted an epic 12 hours and 7 minutes on our tests.

See our full HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019) review.

Dell XPS 15 (11:53) laptops with best battery life

The Dell XPS 15 ranked seventh for laptops with best battery life. On top of that, the XPS 15 boasts strong performance, a bright, vibrant screen and a sturdy, aluminum chassis.

7. Dell XPS 15

11:53

Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 display | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8750H CPU | Weight: 4.2 pounds

Strong overall and graphics performance
Excellent battery life
Bright, vibrant screen
Runs cool
Attractive, if dated, design
Awkwardly placed webcam

Between its sleek aluminum chassis, ridiculously gorgeous 15.6-inch display and powerful performance, it’s practically a miracle that the Dell XPS 15 has long battery life. This baby lasted a solid 11 hours and 53 minutes, and while that’s not the best of the best, its other qualities easily make it one of the best overall laptops on this list. And with its GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU, you can run games like Hitman (Ultra, 1080p) at 60 frames per second.

See our full Dell XPS 15 (2018) review.

Lenovo Yoga C940 (14-inch) laptops with best battery life

The Lenovo Yoga C940 is not only one of the laptops with best battery life, but it also offers fast performance, dynamic speakers and a beautiful display packed into a slim design. (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

8. Lenovo Yoga C940

11:46

Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 display | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-1065G7 CPU | Weight: 3 pounds

Slim, premium design
Beautiful 4K display
Fast performance
Crisp, dynamic speakers
Long battery life (on 1080p version)
Below-average battery life (on 4K model)
Stylus is difficult to remove
No SD card

The Lenovo Yoga C940's slim, premium chassis packs a battery that can last 11 hours and 46 minutes without issue. On top of that, you get a powerful Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor, a gorgeous 14-inch, 1080p panel and a pair of crisp speakers. As the Yoga moniker suggests, it is a 2-in-1 laptop and it also comes with an included stylus. The keyboard even offers a decent amount of travel considering how thin the laptop is as well as a generous amount of spacing.

See our full Lenovo Yoga C940 (14-inch) review.

Google Pixelbook Go laptops with best battery life

At ninth place, the laptop with best battery life is the Google Pixelbook Go. It's a Chromebook, but it still offers a bright, colorful display and solid performance. (Image credit: Future)

9. Google Pixelbook Go

11:29

Display: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display | CPU: Up to 8th Gen Core i7 Y-Series CPU | Weight: 2.3 pounds

Superslim design
Bright, colorful display
Great battery life
Solid performance
Lackluster speakers
Scant ports
Keyboard a bit shallow

At just 2.3 pounds and 0.5 inches thin, the Google Pixelbook Go packs a battery that pushes it for a whole 11 hours and 29 minutes. It's rare to get a Chromebook that lasts this long on a charge. It not only has strong performance, but it has a bright and colorful 1920 x 1080 display, nailing 108% of the sRGB color gamut and 368 nits of brightness. The is the best long lasting Chromebook you can buy.

See our full Google Pixelbook Go review.

HP Envy 13 (2019) laptops with best battery life

The HP Envy 13 (2019) scored tenth place for laptops with best battery life. It also sports an attractive, portable chassis, fast performance and a pair of crisp speakers. (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

10. HP Envy 13 (2019)

11:11

CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620/Nvidia GeForce MX250 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p or 4K | Size: 12.1 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.8 pounds

Attractive, portable chassis
Fast performance
Bright display
11+ hours of battery life (FHD model)
Crisp speakers
Poor battery life (on 4K model)
No Thunderbolt 3

The HP Envy 13 banged out a solid 11 hours and 11 minutes on our Laptop Mag Battery Test with its bright, 1080p display. It also has an elegant 0.6-inch chassis that can lift the deck when the lid is open, to make for a more comfortable typing experience. The generous size and spacing of the island-style keyboard on the Envy 13 made typing a joy. Now combo that with a fast Core i5-8265U CPU and a pair of powerful speakers. You got yourself an awesome ultraportable laptop.

See our full HP Envy 13 review.

MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) laptops with best battery life

Coming in at eleventh place for laptops with best battery life is the MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019). This machine has a radically improved Magic Keyboard, a powerful 6-speaker audio system and beastly performance. (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

11. MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)

11:00

CPU: Intel Core i9 | GPU: AMD Radeon Pro 5500M | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 16-inch, 1920p | Size: 14.1 x 9.7 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 4.3 pounds

Radically improved Magic Keyboard
Immersive 16-inch display with slimmer bezels
Beastly performance
Powerful 6-speaker audio
Nearly 11 hours of battery life
Display not 4K
No full-size USB port or SD card slot
Pricey

Apple has finally made a better keyboard for its MacBooks, tossing the Butterfly switches and putting in scissor switches, which makes the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Not only that, but it lasted a straight 11 hours on the battery test. Apple also maintained the same size as its predecessor, at 0.6-inches thin, while expanding the display size to 16 inches. Top that off with the MacBook Pro's powerful Core i9 CPU and a strong AMD Radeon 5500M graphics card.

See our full MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) review.

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019) laptops with best battery life

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019) is the twelfth laptop with best battery life, and that's not the only feature it boasts, as it also features a stunning 16:10 display, strong performance and a slim design. (Image credit: Future)

12. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019)

10:57

CPU: Intel Core i3/Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel Iris Plus | RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 13.4-inch, 1920 x 1200 or 4K | Size: 11.7 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches | Weight: 2.9 pounds

Slim, ultraportable design
Strong performance
Bright 13.4-inch display
Long battery life
Few ports
Shallow keyboard

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is the king 2-in-1 laptop. It boasts a strong 10th Gen Intel Core processor on top of its gorgeous 16:10 display that emits over 500 nits of brightness. Now pair that with a battery life that lasts a strong 10 hours and 57 minutes. It’s also incredibly sleek, 0.3~0.5-inch chassis and features a variable torque hinge that allows the lid to be lifted open without the machine wobbling or moving.

See our full Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 review.

Samsung Chromebook 4 laptops with best battery life

Last but not least for laptops with best battery life is the Samsung Chromebook 4, which features decent performance and a good keyboard packed into a thin design. (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

13. Samsung Chromebook 4

10:36

CPU: Intel Celeron 3000N | GPU: Intel UHD 600 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB eMMC | Display: 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 | Size: 11.33 x 7.96 x 0.66 inches | Weight: 2.6 pounds

Long battery life
Thinner and lighter than competitors
Decent performance
Pretty good keyboard
Dim display without touch
Chunky bezels
Mediocre audio

If you're looking for a ridiculously cheap laptop with the best battery life you can get, you won't find anything better than the Samsung Chromebook 4 ($229). It survived a whole 10 hours and 36 minutes against our battery test, making it the best laptop under $500 with the longest battery life. It has an especially good keyboard, so it's great for people who just need it for typing. However, you should keep in mind that the screen and audio aren't up to par. But thanks to how light it is and its decent performance, it's a solid ultraportable laptop.

See our full Samsung Chromebook 4 review.