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.
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.
Lenovo's X200 ThinkPad series is synonymous with portable productivity, and the X240 lets you get more done than ever without rushing to the nearest outlet. This lightweight laptop's built-in battery provides a good 7 hours and 40 minutes of juice, which stretches to a whopping 20 hours and 28 minutes when you upgrade from its 3-cell to its 6-cell battery. This endurance is the most we've ever gotten from a laptop without a sheet battery attached to the bottom, and makes the X240 the perfect productivity companion.
One of our favorite business notebooks, the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s has the battery life to back up its strong fourth-generation Intel Core performance and vibrant display. This comfy laptop can be configured with a 3-cell battery that lasts an above-average 7 hours, but you should spend the extra $5 for the optional 6-cell battery that more than doubles that life to 14 hours and 36 minutes. The T440s also has an additional 3-cell internal battery, so you can swap out battery packs without your device going dead.
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.