One of the most important aspects of every laptop is battery life, alongside other hardware factors. If you use laptops on a daily basis, chances are you have more than once wished you had one with a long battery life. While most of the laptops you’ll find on the market today have an average battery life of five hours, we’ve seen some modern laptops hit impressive uptimes, with some approaching the twenty-hour mark.
The laptops featured in this guide are not just ordinary machines that happen to have amazing battery power. They are beasts – all of them. And they have insane specs along with incredible battery life – long enough to power you through the traditional 9 t0 5 job, irrespective of the level of activity.
If you have a long plane flight ahead or you have a project in a remote area where there are few or no power outlets, any of these power laptops will keep you productive throughout the day.
1. Lenovo Thinkpad X260
Lenovo Thinkpad X260 is a light business laptop that runs on Windows 10. Though optimized for business use, the Thinkpad X260 is versatile and can work well in any environment. Whether it’s for watching movies or playing games, the Thinkpad X60 handles the graphics with ultra clarity, thanks to its FullHD IPS display and the Intel 520 HD graphics.
Lenovo has equipped the Thinkpad X series with Intel Core processors, and the X260 comes with the Intel Core i7-6600U CPU, a generous 256GB SSD, and 16GB DDR4 RAM.
The greatest selling point of the Thinkpad X260 remains its seventeen-hour battery life measured at 150 nits brightness, which is very impressive. It’s worth noting that the battery life could be extended by lowering the brightness to around 100 nits.
2. Lenovo Thinkpad T470
The Lenovo Thinkpad T470 is the true definition of a quality business laptop with an epic battery life, fantastic keyboard, manageable weight and a no-nonsense body. If you type a lot and want a decent laptop with an excellent keyboard, durable chassis, and a no-compromise battery life, look no further than the Thinkpad T470.
The T470 is a 14.1-inch laptop that strikes the sweet spot between portability and power. Starting at $700, the T470 series run on Intel Core CPU, (up to Core i7). And with an impressive battery life of up to seventeen hours, the T470 is built to enhance your productivity. It also boasts cutting-edge technology, including a secure fingerprint scanner, thunderbolt 3 charging and solid-state storage.
3. Dell XPS 13
If you want a modern laptop with killer looks and impressive battery life, the Dell XPS 13 is your best bet. Speaking of design, the screen of this laptop stretches to the edges, adding a breathtaking expanse of the display without compromising on size and weight. Dell has also equipped the XPS 13 with touchscreen technology and enough power to satisfy even the hardcore gamers.
Despite its slim dimensions (0.6-inches thick), the XPS 13 offers an excellent battery life of up to sixteen hours at 1080p. Add that to an eighth generation Intel Core i7 CPU, an ultra-fast PCle SSD, and 8GB RAM upgradable to 16GB and what you get is the best consumer ultrabook on the market.
4. Apple MacBook Air
The Apple MacBook Air is the only laptop on our list that doesn’t run on the Windows operating system. Instead, it runs on macOS, Apple’s in-house operating system. Apple has positioned itself as a market leader in various lines of consumer electronics, and their MacBook laptops are renowned for power and prestige. With regards to power, the MacBook Air doesn’t fall short of expectations.
This 13.3-inch laptop comes with a screen resolution of 1,440 x 900 pixels for sharp images. The most impressive feature of the MacBook Air is its excellent battery power: it can last up to fourteen hours on a single charge, which can take you through a typical working day. You can get a 1.6GHZ Intel Core i5 version with 128GB SSD or go for the more powerful 2.2GHZ Core i7 version with 256GB SSD storage.
5. Lenovo Yoga 920
Lenovo Yoga 920 is a 14-inch laptop that boasts a modish design and a mind-blowing 4K display. This piece of tech sports an all-metal body, touch technology, and a near bezel-less display. But the real beauty is seen in what it houses under the hood.
Inside the Yoga 920 you can get up to an eighth generation Intel Core i7-8500U CPU, 16GB of RAM (DDR4) and a 1TB of PCIe SSD. As for the battery life, the Yoga 920 can run up to ten hours with the 4K display on a single charge. Opting for the full HD screen will no doubt add some extra hours, making it the ultimate workhorse.
As laptops keep on getting thinner and thinner, the hardware inside keeps getting more powerful. More brands are now gravitating towards advanced battery technologies with higher uptimes to beat the competition and meet the performance demands. We expect more firms to join the bandwagon, and Qualcomm might just be the next big thing in battery technology with their long-awaited thirty-hour Snapdragon laptop.
Also check out our article on how to improve your laptop’s battery life in Windows 10.