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)
- Dell Latitude 7400: 13:23
- HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, Late 2019): 13:20
- Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1: 13:08
- Dell XPS 13 9380 (2019): 12:22
- Lenovo Yoga C630: 12:14
- HP Spectre x360 (13-inch): 12:07
- Dell XPS 15: 11:53
- Google Pixelbook Go: 11:29
- HP Envy 13: 11:11
- MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019): 11:00
- Dell XPS 13 2-in-1: 10:57
- 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
Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1280 privacy display | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8665U CPU | Weight: 3.6 pounds
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.
Display: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-1065G7 CPU | Weight: 2.7 pounds
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.
Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1280 display | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8665U CPU | Weight: 3 pounds
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.
Display: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8565U CPU | Weight: 2.69 pounds
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.
Display: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1280 display | CPU: Up to Qualcomm 850 CPU | Weight: 2.6 pounds
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.
Display: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8565U CPU | Weight: 2.8 pounds
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.
Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 display | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8750H CPU | Weight: 4.2 pounds
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.
Display: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display | CPU: Up to 8th Gen Core i7 Y-Series CPU | Weight: 2.3 pounds
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.