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 (continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi), we’ve identified the 10 longest-lasting notebooks on the market. We’re talking anywhere from 9 hours to more than 20 hours of endurance, which should more than suffice for that cross-country fight, long day of meetings or multiple, back-to-back classes.
Our favorite business laptop lasts for 15 hours and 26 minutes on a charge with its extended battery, which is long enough to last through a flight from New York to Taipei. During that time, you'll enjoy the 14-inch ThinkPad T450s' sharp 1080p display, durable chassis, speedy Intel 5th Generation Core Series processor and best-in-class keyboard. Lenovo's Power Bridge technology even lets you swap out the battery without powering down first.
Some ultraportable laptops skimp on endurance by using slimmed down, sealed-in batteries. The ThinkPad X250 bucks this trend by lasting 15 hours and 12 minutes with its six-cell battery on board. With a starting weight of under 3 pounds (using the extended battery adds 0.4 pounds), this 12.5-inch notebook is small and light enough to take anywhere, but functional enough to use as your productivity workhorse. A snappy keyboard, full-HD display and hot-swappable batteries complete the X250's impressive package.
Lasting 14 hours and 37 minutes in laptop mode (and 7:29 when docked), the jet-black Toshiba Portege Z20t is among the machines with the best endurance on record. The slick design — which combines a sleek tablet and a slim keyboard into an elegant 2-in-1 — is nothing to sneeze at, either. We love the bright and crisp 12.5-inch, 1080p display, as well as the included Wacom-powered stylus that made it a breeze to use the multitouch display.
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 of the year.
One of the best bargains when it comes to long-lasting notebooks, the UX305 starts at just $700, yet lasts more than 9 and a half hours on a charge. Plus, it boasts a slick half-inch-thick aluminum body, Intel Core M CPU, and a 256GB SSD. We wish it had a backlit keyboard, but that’s a small sacrifice at this price.
A gorgeous, 13-inch 1920 x 1080 touch screen doesn't stop HP's sexy 2-in-1 laptop from lasting a strong 9 hours and 28 minutes. During that time, you'll be able to bend the Spectre x360 13t's sleek aluminum lid back to put it into tablet, tent or presentation modes while enjoying the speed of its 256GB SSD and Intel 5th Generation Core Series processor.
Not only does the Asus EeeBook X205TA offer more than 12 hours of battery life, but it's also cheap. At $199, it gives Chromebooks a run for their money while offering Windows 8.1 and solid everyday computing performance. That's all while being clad in a dark navy blue that shimmers almost purple. The thumping speakers are surprisingly good, too.
The latest MacBook Air keeps the same sleek design as its predecessor and adds a zippier Core i5 processor for $100 less. The best part? You still get awesome battery life. The 13-inch Air lasted a very long 12 hours and 20 minutes on the Laptop Mag battery test. Add in a comfy keyboard and touchpad and easy-to-use OS X Mavericks, and it's easy to see why this $999 Air is our favorite ultraportable value.
Not only does the 2015 MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display last more than an hour longer than the 2014 model — 12:04 versus an already-excellent 10:44 — but it's also a lot more powerful. Plus, a new Force Touch trackpad can sense pressure, letting you do more things with fewer clicks.
When you’re busy living life in the cloud, you don’t want to stop and plug into the ground every few hours. That’s one reason the Dell Chromebook 11 is such a catch. This Web-based machine with a 11.6-inch display also performs admirably without a hiccup, thanks to the onboard Intel Core i3 processor. The matte finish design also ensures this little puppy will stay looking like new for quite some time.