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The 6 Best Laptops For Battery Life - Spring 2023 Reviews

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Best Laptops For Battery Life

Battery life is one of the most important aspects to consider when purchasing a laptop; it can be annoying if you continually look for a power outlet to charge your device, especially when you're out and about. Thankfully, many laptops have fantastic battery life as CPUs, SoCs, and other components become increasingly more power-efficient. Battery life isn't the only thing you need to consider when buying a laptop, though, as a poor user experience or sluggish performance can make even a laptop with incredible battery life near unusable, so it's important to weigh each model's pros and cons. Also, remember that the configuration can greatly affect a laptop's battery life.

We've bought and tested over 70 laptops. Below you'll find our picks for the laptops with the best battery life you can buy. You can also see our recommendations for the best laptops, the best Chromebooks, and the best Windows laptops.


  1. Best Laptop For Battery Life

    The best laptop for battery life we've tested is the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021). This premium mobile workstation provides an amazing user experience and packs enough processing power to handle nearly anything you throw at it. It has a gorgeous 120Hz Mini LED display, a spacious and tactile keyboard, and a gigantic and easy-to-use haptic touchpad. The display has full DCI P3 coverage, making it suitable for color-critical work like video editing. The battery lasts around 15 hours of light use, although it's much shorter if you perform intensive tasks. The Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021) is the best alternative if portability is more important than screen space. It's almost identical to its 16-inch sibling but with a slightly shorter battery life.

    One thing to know about the MacBook Pros is that Apple has released newer models with their M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. They're identical to their predecessors on the outside, as the changes are only internal. The upgrades include a faster SoC, Wi-Fi 6E, HDMI 2.1, and increased memory support (up to 96GB). It's best to go with the M2 models now since they start at the same price as the previous models, and Apple no longer sells new M1 models. If you want to save money, you can likely find a good deal on an M1 model through a third-party seller, marketplace, or Apple's refurbished section; remember that most third-party sellers and marketplaces only carry the base configurations.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Laptop For Battery Life

    If you only perform general productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, and video playback, get the Apple MacBook Air 13 (M1, 2020) instead, one of the most popular laptops on the market and the first MacBook to get an Apple-made chip inside. Unlike the MacBook Pros mentioned above, Apple still sells this model even though there's a newer M2 MacBook Air. Of course, it doesn't look as sleek as its successor, and its SoC is slightly slower, but its battery lasts longer, giving you over 13 hours of use on a full charge. Plus, it starts at a lower price and is often on sale. The display is sharp and bright, the keyboard feels great to type on, and the touchpad is incredibly responsive.

    Port selection is its weak point as it only has two USB-C ports and can only output a video signal to a single external display. As for the newer Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022), it's a good option, too. Its higher price tag gets you a nicer modern design, a brighter display, a faster SoC, and a better 1080p webcam. While its battery life is slightly shorter at around 11 hours of light use, it's still more than enough to get through a typical work or school day. The port situation is technically better because it has a MagSafe charging port, freeing the USB-C you would otherwise need for charging. However, it still only supports one external display.

    We recommend the LG gram 17 (2021) on the Windows side. It's an older model from 2021 with Intel 11th Gen. processors, but it's still plenty fast for general productivity tasks, and its battery lasts 13 hours of light use. You get a large display that's well suited for split-screen multitasking, a full-size keyboard with a Numpad, and tons of ports, including two USB-C Thunderbolt 4s and an HDMI port. The only downside is that it's more expensive than the M1 MacBook Air.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Laptop For Battery Life

    Our mid-range pick is the Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2022), a 2-in-1 convertible Chromebook and a replacement for the popular Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2020). This newer model is just as portable, and its battery lasts even longer than its predecessor, giving you over 13 hours of light use. Its slightly larger 14-inch screen gives you more room for multitasking and gets bright enough to combat glare in well-lit settings. Since it's a 2-in-1, you can flip the screen around, use it as a tablet, and take handwritten notes with its included stylus. Ports include one USB-A, two USB-C/Thunderbolt 4s, and an HDMI port.

    The Spin 714 is available with an Intel 12th Gen. Core i3, i5, or i7, and up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. However, you might have trouble finding the exact configuration you want due to low availability. The Core i5 model with 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage is the easiest to find and more than adequate for most people with a light workload. Unfortunately, the memory isn't user-upgradeable. Also, there's no fingerprint sensor or a facial recognition IR camera for quick logins.

    If you prefer working on Windows, go with the Acer Swift 3 14 (2020). Like the Spin 714, it's also a thin and light laptop with a battery that lasts over 13 hours of light use. However, its keyboard doesn't feel as comfortable to type on, and its display doesn't get as bright to combat glare. It also has a significantly worse webcam. On the upside, there's a fingerprint sensor so you can log in quickly and get to work.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Laptop For Battery Life

    Need something a bit more budget-friendly? Get the Lenovo Chromebook C340 15 (2020), a well-built, portable 2-in-1 convertible. It's available with an Intel Pentium Gold or Core i3 CPU, which are a few years old but still fast enough to provide a responsive experience on Chrome OS. These CPUs are also very power efficient, resulting in long battery life. The only thing about the configuration that might be a dealbreaker for some—especially heavy multitaskers—is the memory; you can only get a maximum of 4GB, and the memory module isn't user-upgradeable.

    Naturally, its low price tag does come with a couple of tradeoffs, the first of which is its dim display. It only gets bright enough for indoor use, and even then, you might have some visibility issues in well-lit rooms. Another downside is that the available CPUs (Intel Celerons) can only handle light workloads, so don't expect to do anything remotely intensive. Lastly, there is no fingerprint sensor or facial recognition IR camera for quick logins, although that's somewhat normal for a budget model.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Laptop For Battery Life

    If you want to spend as little as possible or are shopping for a grade school student, the Acer Chromebook 315 (2020) is a great option. It's very portable for a 15-inch laptop, and its battery lasts easily through a full day of light use with plenty to spare. You can choose between a 720p or a 1080p display (with or without touch input); we recommend the 1080p option, as a 720p resolution is low for a 15.6-inch screen. It sports a full-size keyboard with a Numpad, a reasonably large touchpad, and a good port selection that includes two USB-As, two USB-Cs, and an SD card reader.

    Naturally, its low price tag does come with a couple of tradeoffs, the first of which is its dim display. It only gets bright enough for indoor use, and even then, you might have some visibility issues in well-lit rooms. Another downside is that the available CPUs (Intel Celerons) can only handle light workloads, so don't expect to do anything remotely intensive. Lastly, there are no biometrics for quick logins, although that's somewhat normal for a budget model.

    See our review

  6. Best 2-In-1 Tablet For Battery Life

    The best 2-in-1 tablet for battery life we've tested is the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 (2021), a 13-inch Chrome OS tablet with a kickstand and detachable keyboard. This form factor is more comfortable to use as a tablet than 2-in-1s with a 360-degree hinge because you can take the keyboard off when you're just watching videos, making the device lighter and easier to hold, and you can simply pop it back on when you need to type something out. Plus, the keyboard comes with the device, so there's no need to spend extra. It isn't the most comfortable keyboard to type on; it's fine for a couple of emails but not a long essay.

    The great thing about this device is its OLED display, which is rare among Chromebooks in this price range. It's sharp and bright, and like all OLEDs, it produces deep, inky blacks. The speakers get reasonably loud but don't have much bass and sound slightly unnatural. The battery lasts around 10 hours of light use or eight hours of video playback and charges over USB-C. Remember that Chrome OS doesn't support x86 Windows programs, so you must ensure you can do everything through a Chrome browser or Android app.

    If you need to install x86 programs or prefer a Windows device, get the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (2021). It's also a 2-in-1 tablet with a kickstand and detachable keyboard. Its type cover keyboard provides a better typing experience, but unlike the Lenovo, you need to buy it separately, which isn't cheap. You'll have to buy the stylus separately to use pen input. Another downside is that the battery lasts less than eight hours of light use. Its Intel 11th Gen. CPU can handle much more, though, so it's a better option for heavy multitaskers. Just so you know, there's a newer Microsoft Surface Pro 9; however, it's only a minor upgrade to Intel 12th Gen. CPUs and is more expensive.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2021): The Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2021) is a good alternative to the Apple MacBook Air 13 (M1, 2020) if you prefer a 2-in-1 convertible. Its battery lasts over 15 hours of light use. However, it has a dimmer display and is hard to find because it's discontinued. See our review
  • Dell XPS 13 (2021): The Dell XPS 13 (2021) is a good Windows alternative to the Apple MacBook Air 13 (M1, 2020). It's also a premium laptop that provides an amazing user experience; however, it's hard to find because it's an older model from 2021. See our review
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2020): The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2020) is the predecessor of the Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2022). It's still available and is a good alternative if you want to save some money. Its Intel 10th Gen. CPU is slower than the Spin 714's Intel 12th Gen. processor but still fast enough to provide a smooth experience on Chrome OS. It has a taller 3:2 display, and its battery lasts a little over 12 hours of light use. It supports pen input, but unlike the Spin 714, it doesn't come with a stylus, and there isn't a place to store it for transport. See our review
  • Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 (2022): The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 (2022) has longer battery life than the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 (2021), but it has an IPS display instead of OLED, and because it's a smaller device, the keyboard feels more cramped. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 18, 2023: Verified that all picks are still valid and available. Added the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 (2021) as the 'Best 2-In-1 Tablet' pick.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best laptops for battery life to buy. We factor in the price (a cheaper laptop wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no laptops that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you prefer to make your own decision, here's the list of all of our laptop reviews. Keep in mind that most laptops are available in various configurations, and the table only shows the results of the model we tested, so it's best to see the full review for information about other variants.