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 the laptops with the best battery life:
Lenovo ThinkPad T480 (17:19)
The Lenovo ThinkPad T480 was the last one standing among an army of laptops, with a battery life of 17 hours and 19 minutes. Along with its spectacular battery life, you get a great keyboard and solid performance packed into a military durable chassis that can withstand extreme temperatures, humidity, dust and vibrations. You also get an Nvidia MX150 GPU, which is good for some light gaming or productivity apps.
Pros: Epic battery life (with extended battery); Snappy keyboard; Good performance
Cons: Dull screen; Heavier than competitors
Key Specs: 14.1-inch, 1920 x 1080 display; Up to Intel Core i7-8650U CPU; 3.58 pounds / 3.98 pounds (with battery)
HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm) (14:22)
Between the HP Envy x2’s built-in 4G LTE and its 14 hours and 22 minutes of battery life, you can easily go on long trips without worrying about charging your notebook. Its included HP Digital Pen felt natural and smooth to use, and the Envy’s attached pen holster makes it convenient to use on the go. On top of being extremely portable, the HP Envy x2 offers a solid detachable keyboard and an incredibly bright display.
Pros: Amazing battery life; 4G built in; Comfortable keyboard; Beautiful display; Runs cool
Cons: Sluggish performance; Doesn’t run some Windows apps
Key Specs: 12.3-inch, 1920 x 1280 display; Up to Qualcomm 835 CPU; 2.7 pounds.
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 (13:08)
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.
Pros: Sleek, modern design; Strong performance; 13+ hours of battery life; Proximity sign-in feature works well
Cons: Display could be brighter; Poor speakers;
Key Specs: 14-inch, 1920 x 1280 display; Up to Intel Core i7-8665U CPU; 3 pounds.
Dell XPS 13 9380 (12:22)
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.
Pros: Slim, lightweight design; Strong performance; Gorgeous 4K display; Long battery life (on 1080p model); InfinityEdge bezels with properly placed webcam
Cons: Below-average battery life (on 4K model)
Key Specs: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display; Up to Intel Core i7-8565U CPU; 2.69 pounds.
Lenovo Yoga C630 (12:14)
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.
Pros: Superslim, flexible design; Aluminum chassis; Very long battery life ; LTE connectivity
Cons: Poor price-to-performance ratio; Stiff keyboard; Hollow audio
Key Specs: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1280 display; Up to Qualcomm 850 CPU; 2.6 pounds.
HP Spectre x360 (12:07)
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 percent 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.
Pros: Luxurious design; Outstanding battery life; Thin and lightweight; Vivid 1080p display; Class-leading keyboard; Powerful speakers
Cons: Display could be brighter; Bezels are a bit thick; Bloatware
Key Specs: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display; Up to Intel Core i7-8565U CPU; 2.8 pounds.
Dell XPS 13 9370 (11:59)
The latest version of Dell’s flagship laptop comes in an attractive rose gold and white color scheme and is a bit thinner than its predecessor, the still-for-sale XPS 13 9360. Because Dell shaved 0.14 inches off of the thickness and 0.13 pounds off the weight, the XPS 13 9370 has smaller battery and three hours less endurance. However, this sleek and sexy ultrabook still lasts nearly 12 hours on a charge and offers stronger performance and a more attractive screen than the 9360. You can also get the Dell XPS 13 9370 with an eye-popping 4K display.
Pros: Attractive design; Colorful display; Strong sustained performance; Very light
Cons: No USB Type-A port; Webcam looks up your nose
Key Specs: 13.3-inch, 1080p or 4K display; Up to Core i7-8550U CPU; 2.65 pounds.
Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (11:57)
The 15-inch MacBook Pro boasts a ridiculously fast SSD, a vibrant display and strong performance packed into a gorgeous aluminum design. And with a Core i7 CPU, the 15-inch MacBook Pro could last as long as 11 hours and 57 minutes on a charge. That’s more than enough time to enjoy the perks of macOS as well as the MacBook’s solid speakers and improved keyboard.
Pros: Insanely speedy general performance; Fastest SSD we’ve tested; Comparatively thin and light design; Vivid, sharp display; Improved keyboard; Strong sound; Long battery life
Cons: Exorbitant price; Warm underside; No USB Type-A ports
Key Specs: 15.4-inch, 2880 x 1800 display; Up to Intel Core i9-8950HK CPU; 4 pounds.
Dell XPS 15 (11:53)
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.
Pros: Strong overall and graphics performance; Excellent battery life; Bright, vibrant screen; Runs cool; Attractive, if dated, design
Cons: Awkwardly placed webcam
Key Specs: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 display; Up to Intel Core i7-8750H CPU; 4.2 pounds.
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s (11:29)
Even at 3 pounds and 0.7 inches thin, the Lenovo ThinkPad T480s’ sleek chassis was able to take some MIL-SPEC punishment. And in terms of security, you can get a configuration with vPro, a fingerprint reader and an IR camera for Windows Hello (not to mention it already has a privacy shutter). All of those business friendly qualities are paired with a battery that can last 11 hours and 29 minutes.
Pros: Fast performance; Long-lasting battery life; Built-in camera cover
Cons: Dim display
Key Specs: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 display; Up to Intel Core i7-8650U CPU; 3 pounds.