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The Best Battery Life Laptops for 2024

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How long a laptop lasts on its internal battery is one of the most important considerations for PC shoppers. Business travelers and students are often at the mercy of their computer’s remaining juice, since so many conference rooms, aircraft, and lecture halls are woefully short on accessible power outlets. Not too long ago, it was necessary to buy and charge an external battery pack to get long battery life, or to insist on a machine with a removable, swappable battery. Today, though, swappable batteries are just a memory. Still, many thin ultraportables with sealed-shut chassis show impressive endurance away from an AC outlet.

A laptop that can last for more than eight hours without a trip to a power plug should be enough to get you through a day’s work, but that’s not nearly good enough to make it to the upper echelons today. Except for our gaming-laptop pick, each of the laptops and 2-in-1s we’ve selected lasted for more than 15 hours on our tests, which means that they can survive a full day of work (whether that’s at home or in an office) and still offer plenty of juice for your commute or for watching videos on the couch. (Maybe both.)

Below are our picks for the longest-lasting laptops. While battery life is, of course, the chief measurement here, our selections still lean toward laptops that we can recommend overall, not just those with the longest possible runtimes. Read on for a breakdown of our favorite tested models, as well as a rundown of what to look for while shopping for a high-stamina system. Side-by-side specs for each of our top picks (including their tested battery life) are in a table at the bottom of this article.

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Deeper Dive: Our Top Tested Picks

HP Dragonfly G4

Best for Business Travelers

Bottom Line:

A sharp-looking 3:2 screen, impressive connectivity, and long battery life make HP’s 2.2-pound Dragonfly G4 a worthy challenger for the business laptop championship.

PROS

  • Handsome 3:2 aspect ratio display
  • Long battery life
  • Full array of ports and available mobile broadband
  • Whizbang 5-megapixel webcam
  • Sleek and super light

CONS

  • No SD or microSD card slot
  • Expensive, especially when customized
  • Slightly awkward keyboard

SPECS

Laptop Class Ultraportable, Business
Processor Intel Core i7-1365U
Processor Speed
RAM (as Tested) 16 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 512 GB
Secondary Drive Type
Secondary Drive Capacity (as Tested)
Screen Size 13.5 inches
Native Display Resolution 1920 by 1280
Touch Screen
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Graphics Processor Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Graphics Memory
Wireless Networking Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, 5G
Dimensions (HWD) 0.65 by 11.7 by 8.7 inches
Weight 2.22 lbs
Operating System Windows 11 Pro
Tested Battery Life (Hours:Minutes) 19:46

Acer Aspire 3 (A315-24P)

Best for Budget Buyers

Bottom Line:

The Acer Aspire 3 (A315-24P) undercuts the competition with decent performance in its base configuration. It’s basic as bricks, though, and the higher-end configuration just isn’t as competitive.

PROS

  • Smooth everyday operation
  • Extensive battery life
  • Current Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Competitive starting price

CONS

  • Limited performance headroom
  • Dated, somewhat flimsy design
  • Lackluster display
  • Top configuration is outclassed

SPECS

Laptop Class Budget
Processor AMD Ryzen 3 7320U
Processor Speed 2.4 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 8 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 128 GB
Secondary Drive Type
Secondary Drive Capacity (as Tested)
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Native Display Resolution 1920 by 1080
Touch Screen
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Graphics Processor AMD Radeon Graphics
Graphics Memory
Wireless Networking 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.2
Dimensions (HWD) 0.75 by 14.3 by 9.4 inches
Weight 3.77 lbs
Operating System Windows 11 Home
Tested Battery Life (Hours:Minutes) 16:46

Microsoft Surface Pro 9 (SQ3)

Best for Extreme Portability

Bottom Line:

Offering Intel- and Arm-based versions of the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 widens both your options and caveats. The Arm-based SQ3 model delivers 5G support and a long-lasting battery at the expense of the overall Windows experience.

PROS

  • SQ3 model delivers long battery life and 5G connectivity
  • Premium metal build
  • Best-in-class kickstand and keyboard cover design
  • SQ3 supports advanced camera and voice call features
  • Superior 1080p webcam
  • User-accessible SSD

CONS

  • SQ3 processor brings the usual Arm-based drawbacks: lackluster performance and compatibility
  • Core feature differences between Intel and SQ3 models can be confusing
  • No headphone jack
  • Keyboard cover still sold separately
  • New colors only available on Intel model

SPECS

Laptop Class Detachable 2-in-1
Processor Microsoft SQ3
Processor Speed 2.4 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 16 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 256 GB
Secondary Drive Type
Secondary Drive Capacity (as Tested)
Screen Size 13 inches
Native Display Resolution 2880 by 1920
Touch Screen
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Graphics Processor Qualcomm Adreno GPU
Graphics Memory
Wireless Networking Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth, 5G
Dimensions (HWD) 0.37 by 11.3 by 8.2 inches
Weight 1.95 lbs
Operating System Windows 11
Tested Battery Life (Hours:Minutes) 21:16

Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra

Best for Professional Power Users

Bottom Line:

Samsung’s Galaxy Book3 Ultra is a slim 16-inch desktop replacement laptop with a brilliant screen, long battery life, and the latest parts to please power users, but it can’t quite usurp the throne.

PROS

  • Speedy performance with latest components
  • Vibrant 3K AMOLED display
  • Long battery life
  • Decent connectivity for its slim frame
  • Helpful Galaxy phone integration
  • Super-slim premium metal design

CONS

  • Comparatively limited power despite latest parts
  • Subpar webcam
  • Expensive, with a high starting price

SPECS

Laptop Class Desktop Replacement
Processor Intel Core i7-13700H
Processor Speed
RAM (as Tested) 16 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 1 TB
Secondary Drive Type
Secondary Drive Capacity (as Tested)
Screen Size 16 inches
Native Display Resolution 2880 by 1800
Touch Screen
Panel Technology AMOLED
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
Graphics Memory 6 GB
Wireless Networking Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth
Dimensions (HWD) 0.64 by 13.9 by 9.8 inches
Weight 3.9 lbs
Operating System Windows 11
Tested Battery Life (Hours:Minutes) 17:48

HP Spectre x360 14 (2024)

Best Long-Lasting Convertible

Bottom Line:

The latest iteration of HP’s 14-inch, OLED-screened Spectre x360 holds onto its reign as a top-tier laptop/tablet hybrid, especially for frequent video callers.

PROS

  • Gorgeous OLED touch screen
  • Impressive productivity performance
  • Lengthy battery life
  • Elegant design
  • World-class webcam

CONS

  • Expensive when fully loaded
  • No SD/microSD card slot or cellular internet
  • No HDMI port (two USB-C docks included)
  • No internal pen storage

SPECS

Laptop Class Convertible 2-in-1, Ultraportable
Processor Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
Processor Speed 1.4 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 32 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 2 TB
Secondary Drive Type
Secondary Drive Capacity (as Tested)
Screen Size 14 inches
Native Display Resolution 2880 by 1800
Touch Screen
Panel Technology OLED
Variable Refresh Support Dynamic
Screen Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Graphics Processor Intel Arc Graphics
Graphics Memory
Wireless Networking Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth
Dimensions (HWD) 0.67 by 12.4 by 8.7 inches
Weight 3.19 lbs
Operating System Windows 11 Pro
Tested Battery Life (Hours:Minutes) 18:03

Razer Blade 14 (2023)

Best for Mobile Gamers

Bottom Line:

Razer’s high-style Blade 14 gaming ultraportable screams through today’s titles, thanks to an AI-enhanced AMD Ryzen 9 CPU and high-wattage Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 graphics.

PROS

  • Exemplary 14-inch gaming performance
  • QHD+ 240Hz display
  • Long battery life
  • Quiet fans
  • All-aluminum build

CONS

  • Shallow keyboard
  • Much higher starting price than the original

SPECS

Laptop Class Gaming
Processor AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
Processor Speed 4 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 16 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 1 TB
Secondary Drive Type
Secondary Drive Capacity (as Tested)
Screen Size 14 inches
Native Display Resolution 2560 by 1600
Touch Screen
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support FreeSync
Screen Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
Graphics Memory 8 GB
Wireless Networking 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.2
Dimensions (HWD) 0.7 by 12.2 by 9 inches
Weight 4 lbs
Operating System Windows 11 Home
Tested Battery Life (Hours:Minutes) 10:35

LG Gram Pro 17 (2023)

Best for a Big Screen at the Lightest Possible Weight

Bottom Line:

LG’s Gram Pro 17 isn’t cheap, but it’s the lightest 17-inch laptop you can buy, complete with a handsome screen, impressive performance, and surprising battery life.

PROS

  • Remarkably light for a 17-inch laptop
  • Big, beautiful 16:10 display with variable refresh
  • Long battery life
  • GeForce GPU suitable for light gaming

CONS

  • Flexible bordering on flimsy
  • Awkward top-row keys
  • Poor audio

SPECS

Laptop Class Desktop Replacement
Processor Intel Core i7-1360P
Processor Speed
RAM (as Tested) 16 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 1 TB
Secondary Drive Type
Secondary Drive Capacity (as Tested)
Screen Size 17 inches
Native Display Resolution 2560 by 1600
Touch Screen
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support Manual
Screen Refresh Rate 144 Hz
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050
Graphics Memory 4 GB
Wireless Networking Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth
Dimensions (HWD) 0.7 by 14.9 by 10.2 inches
Weight 3.2 lbs
Operating System Windows 11 Home
Tested Battery Life (Hours:Minutes) 17:55

Getac S410 G5

Best for Ruggedized Computing

Bottom Line:

The latest refresh of Getac’s 14-inch semi-rugged laptop, the S410, is a pricey but industrial-strength partner for first responders and factory workers.

PROS

  • Laughs at rough treatment and bad weather
  • Epic battery life
  • Super-bright screen
  • High-res webcam
  • Plenty of ports and configuration options

CONS

  • Deeply expensive
  • Heavy
  • Rigid, dimly backlit keyboard
  • Not as drop- and- waterproof as fully rugged machines

SPECS

Laptop Class Rugged, Business
Processor Intel Core i5-1350P
Processor Speed
RAM (as Tested) 32 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 512 GB
Secondary Drive Type SSD
Secondary Drive Capacity (as Tested) 256 GB
Screen Size 14 inches
Native Display Resolution 1920 by 1080
Touch Screen
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Graphics Processor Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Graphics Memory
Wireless Networking Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth
Dimensions (HWD) 1.5 by 13.8 by 11.5 inches
Weight 5.25 lbs
Operating System Windows 11 Pro
Tested Battery Life (Hours:Minutes) 29:45

Apple MacBook Air (M1, Late 2020)

Best for Mac Users Seeking Peak Value

Bottom Line:

No, it isn’t the latest version of the Air. (That would be the M2 version.) But the still-available M1-equipped MacBook Air packs fine performance and great battery life for everyday use. And at often less than $999, it’s the best value among macOS laptops.

PROS

  • Good value, especially for a MacBook
  • Much-improved performance, thanks to Apple’s new M1 processor
  • Exceptional battery life
  • Sleek, portable metal design
  • High-quality keyboard, touchpad, and display
  • Multiple color options

CONS

  • Port selection limited to two USB Type-C connections
  • Still no touch-screen option

SPECS

Laptop Class Ultraportable
Processor Apple M1
Processor Speed
RAM (as Tested) 8 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 256 GB
Secondary Drive Type
Secondary Drive Capacity (as Tested)
Screen Size 13.3 inches
Native Display Resolution 2560 by 1600
Touch Screen
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Graphics Processor Apple M1
Graphics Memory
Wireless Networking 802.11ax, Bluetooth
Dimensions (HWD) 0.63 by 11.97 by 8.36 inches
Weight 2.8 lbs
Operating System Apple macOS
Tested Battery Life (Hours:Minutes) 29:01

Apple MacBook Pro 14-Inch (2023, M3 Pro)

Best for Creative Pros on macOS

Bottom Line:

Apple’s 2023 14-inch MacBook Pro strikes a winning balance between premium design and M3 Pro-powered performance, for a compact mobile workstation that trounces similarly priced Windows machines.

PROS

  • Leading M3 Pro performance
  • Astonishing 30-hour battery life
  • Snappy keyboard and excellent trackpad
  • Many helpful connections
  • Premium all-metal construction
  • New finish and color options

CONS

  • Too heavy for easy portability
  • Configuration prices balloon quickly
  • No touch screen

SPECS

Laptop Class Workstation
Processor Apple M3 Pro
Processor Speed
RAM (as Tested) 18 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 512 GB
Secondary Drive Type
Secondary Drive Capacity (as Tested)
Screen Size 14.2 inches
Native Display Resolution 3024 by 1964
Touch Screen
Panel Technology Mini LED
Variable Refresh Support ProMotion
Screen Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Graphics Processor Apple M3 Pro (14-core)
Graphics Memory
Wireless Networking Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3
Dimensions (HWD) 0.61 by 12.3 by 8.7 inches
Weight 3.5 pounds
Operating System Apple macOS
Tested Battery Life (Hours:Minutes) 30:27

Buying Guide: The Best Battery Life Laptops for 2024

Modern improvements in laptop battery life are largely thanks to CPUs and other components that are more power-efficient than ever. (It’s not just battery technology that deserves the credit.) That’s especially true of Intel’s 13th Generation Core and AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors, as well as Intel’s fresh AI-centric Core Ultra “Meteor Lake” chips, all of which power some of the longest-lasting models on our list. Intel and AMD alternatives, like Apple’s M series (and Qualcomm’s Snapdragons), demonstrate lengthy battery life, too.

Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra

(Credit: Molly Flores)

In addition to being a critical specification, battery life is one of the toughest to measure. If you’re watching movies all day long, you’ll get far more unplugged time than someone who’s editing images nonstop in Photoshop. We test battery life based on a very specific scenario: watching a specific test movie on a loop, stored locally, at 50% screen brightness, and with airplane mode turned on. If you’re frequently performing more CPU-intensive or graphics-hammering tasks, you’ll want to shave an hour or two off of our results.  

Microsoft Surface Pro 9 (SQ3)

(Credit: Joseph Maldonado)


What Designs of Laptops Have the Longest Battery Life?

Our top laptop list is stacked with traditional laptops and some convertible hybrid designs. Detachable Windows tablets tend to be underrepresented, and for good reason: You have simply no room for a large battery in such a small enclosure. The best of these, like Microsoft’s Intel-based Surface Pro 9, tend to run around 12 hours, though the Arm-based version broke the mold at 21 hours. Some convertibles, like the HP Spectre x360 14 (2024), use a rotating hinge rather than a detachable keyboard.

“Traditional laptops” doesn’t always mean big laptops, though: You will find plenty of these laptops and convertible picks to be relatively thin and light. Advancements in chassis design, Windows settings, and processor architecture allow for thin-and-light laptops to squeeze more life out of their batteries than ever. A long-lasting battery doesn’t have to mean a heavy laptop, even in those with larger screens.

Of course, no matter what kind of laptop you’re in the market for, you can always add a few minutes or a few hours to your unplugged time by changing your computing habits. It’s a bit like driving more conservatively to save gas. For some ideas, take a look at our tips for improving your laptop’s battery life.


Want the Best Battery Life? Also, Consider a MacBook

Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro lineups have a reputation for excellent battery endurance, and Cupertino’s current offerings are no exception. Most of the portable Macs we’ve tested recently can manage more than 18 hours away from an outlet, but the newest releases last even longer.

The M1 MacBook Air ran for an incredible 29 hours in our battery rundown test. Which one you should choose depends on your budget, your portability needs, and your usage patterns, but you can’t go wrong on the battery-life front with either Apple ultraportable. Most recently, the 2023 14-Inch Apple MacBook Pro with M3 Pro raised the bar at more than 30 hours.

Apple MacBook Pro 14-Inch (2023, M3 Pro)

(Credit: Brian Westover)

Other manufacturers are more hit-and-miss. The top honors for battery life among Intel-based Windows laptops in the last several years went to the first generation of the Asus ExpertBook B9450 (30 hours in our video rundown!), but many competing machines expire much more quickly. We’re also seeing an emerging class of “always on” machines based on low-power Qualcomm Snapdragon processors that have outlasted most Intel-based Windows and macOS laptops we have tested. (See for example our review of the Lenovo Flex 5G) But know that these laptops are meant more for lightweight mobile computing with a continuous internet connection, and are far from power-user models meant for CPU muscle work.


So, What Are the Laptops With the Longest Battery Life?

If you have a long plane flight (of course, that’s been way less common for lots of folks since the pandemic upended the world) or a spate of working outdoors ahead of you, or if you’re just too busy to linger around a power outlet for long enough, any of these laptops will keep you productive throughout the day and into the evening. For a look at the wider laptop landscape, check out our very latest laptop reviews, as well as our picks for the top business notebooks and the best budget laptops.



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