The best laptops for battery life in 2024 - our top picks

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The best laptops for battery life are capable enough to tackle your day-to-day tasks and power-efficient enough that you won't run out of juice unexpectedly. 

Everyone values battery life in a portable PC, but finding the laptops with the best battery life is tricky because not only is each model different, but what you're doing on the laptop and how has a big impact on how long it lasts before needing to be plugged in. Worse, many laptop vendors quote too-good-to-be-true battery life estimates for their products that rarely stand up to real-world use.

That's why we send every laptop we review through our testing lab, which puts each PC to the test in a battery (pardon the pun) of performance benchmarks. One of those tests involves tasking the laptop with endlessly surfing the web via Wi-Fi with its screen set to 150 nits of brightness, then timing how long it takes to run out of power. 

This test gives us a decent idea of how long you can expect a laptop to last on a single charge while browsing the web. More importantly, it gives us a standard metric we can use to see how laptops stack up against each other in terms of power efficiency.  

We review dozens of laptops from the top manufacturers every year, then gather the very best (4 stars or higher) together here and rank them by how long they lasted on a fully-charged battery. Laptops are only allowed on this list if they earned 4 stars or more and lasted 12 hours or longer in our battery test, which should give you some confidence you can use one for an eight-hour workday without having to recharge.

However, keep in mind that battery life fluctuates based on a number of factors, including what you're doing and how your laptop is configured.

The quick list

The best laptops for battery life you can buy today

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MacBook Pro 14-inch M3 display showing Tom's Guide outdoors on a table

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A long-lasting ultraportable with plenty of power

Specifications

Display: 14.2 inches; 3456x2244 pixels
CPU: M3 (8 core CPU, 10-core GPU)
GPU: 10-core integrated GPU
RAM: 8GB to 24GB
Storage: 1TB - 8TB
Weight: 3.4 pounds
Tested battery life: 17:25

Reasons to buy

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Great speakers
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Very long battery life
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Impressive graphics boost
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Strong performance from M3 chip

Reasons to avoid

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Space Black costs extra
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Less ports than M3 Pro model

Want a lot of power in a small form factor? Then you may be looking for the new 14-inch MacBook Pro which sports Apple's new M3 chip that delivers excellent performance, surprisingly robust graphics and of course, fantastic battery life. This model features a 14-inch, mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR display and in our lab tests, we saw that it's display is even brighter than its predecessor. The new MacBook Pro 14-inch still has a notch but its 120Hz refresh rate makes for a smoother overall experience.

One change that most people probably won't prefer though is that the MacBook Pro M3 only has  two Thunderbolt/USB-C ports on its left side compared to three available with the MacBook Pro M3 Pro. On the right side, you'll find an SD card slot which creative pros will certainly appreciate along with an HDMI port. During the Tom's Guide battery test, the MacBook Pro M3 lasted an epic 17 hours and 25 minutes while continually surfing the web at 150 nits of screen brightness. Its keyboard remains basically unchanged and its power button continues to integrate a Touch ID button for easy logins. 

Read our full MacBook Pro 14-inch (M3, 2023) review.

MacBook Pro 16-inch (M3 Max, 2023)

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Astounding performance at a steep price

Specifications

Display: 16.2-inch inches (3,456 x 2,234)
Processor: M3 Max (14-core CPU, 30-core GPU) up to M3 Max (16-core CPU, 40-core GPU)
Graphics: Integrated 30-core M3 GPU | Integrated 40-core M3 GPU
Memory: 18GB to 48GB
Storage: 256GB to 2TB
Weight: 3 pounds
Tested battery life: 18:20

Reasons to buy

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Blazing-fast performance
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Bright and colorful display
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Sleek, durable design
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Incredible battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Steep asking price

The MacBook Pro 16-inch (M3 Max, 2023) delivers some of the best performance we've seen yet in a laptop of this size thanks to Apple's new M3 Max chip. Design wise, things remain relatively similar except that this laptop is now available in a new Space Black finish that's designed to prevent fingerprints. Most importantly for our purposes though, the M3 Max chip allowed the new MacBook Pro 16-inch to last for 17 hours and 11 minutes in our battery life test.

The MacBook Pro M3 Max also impressed us with its 16.2-inch Liquid Retina Display that remains as gorgeous as ever while its 120Hz ProMotion refresh rate made everything run smoothly including games. In terms of ports, there are two Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports and a headphone jack on the left as well as another Thunderbolt 4/USB-C port, an HDMI port and an SD card slot on the right. At the moment, the MacBook Pro M3 Max is the premium Apple notebook to get especially if you're a professional video editor or just want a MacBook you can game on.

Read our full MacBook Pro 16-inch (M3 Max, 2023) review.

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Best long-lasting laptop for the money

Specifications

Display: 13.3-inch 1080p OLED
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
GPU: Integrated Radeon graphics
RAM: 8 GB
Storage: 512 GB
Weight: 2.5 pounds
Tested battery life: 15:00

Reasons to buy

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Stellar battery life
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Beautiful 1080p OLED display
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Great performance

Reasons to avoid

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Middling sound quality
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Inconsistent webcam
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No headphone jack

The AMD-equipped Asus Zenbook 13 OLED is an excellent value, offering an eye-catching 1080p OLED display and exceptional 15-hour (in our tests) battery life in a slim, lightweight package for less than a thousand bucks.

Sure, the speakers aren't amazing, the webcam leaves something to be desired, and there's no headphone jack, but these are stumbling blocks you can work around. If you need a zippy little ultraportable with a great screen that will last you all day long, you can't do better than the OLED-equipped Asus Zenbook 13 at this price.

Read our full Asus Zenbook 13 OLED review.

Apple MacBook Air M1 (late 2020) review unit sitting open on desk

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The long-lasting MacBook Air for those on a budget

Specifications

Display: 13.3 inches; 2,560 x 1,600
CPU: Apple M1
GPU: Integrated 8-core GPU
RAM: 8GB-16GB
Storage: 256GB-2TB SSD
Weight: 2.8 pounds
Tested battery life: 14:41

Reasons to buy

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Super-fast performance
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Incredibly long battery life
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Comfortable keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Still has thick bezels
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Light on ports

The MacBook Air was always the best MacBook for most people, and even now that the M2 model is out, the original MacBook Air with M1 is still a great laptop, with great 14-hour battery life and strong performance in a lightweight package. 

Apple's decision to replace its Intel processors with its own Apple Silicon, starting with the M1 chip in the MacBook Air, is reaping serious rewards. This laptop's 14 hours and 41 minutes of battery life on the Tom's Guide battery test is excellent, and the M1 chip gives it enough power to tackle whatever day-to-day tasks you throw at it.

The MacBook Air's webcam has also been upgraded, as the M1 chip provides signal processing tricks to improve clarity and color accuracy. And, of course, the Magic Keyboard is still here, which provides a comfy typing experience. 

Read our full MacBook Air with M1 review

MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch) on a desk

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The long-lasting MacBook Pro for those who prefer 14-inchers

Specifications

Display: 14.2 inches; 3024x1964 pixels
CPU: Apple M1 Pro or Max with 10-core CPU
GPU: 16-core to 32-core integrated GPU
RAM: 16GB to 64GB
Storage: 512GB to 8TB SSD
Weight: 3.5 pounds
Tested battery life: 14:09

Reasons to buy

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Amazingly fast
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Beautiful mini-LED display
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Fantastic battery life

Reasons to avoid

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No USB-A port

While the 14-inch MacBook Pro 2021 didn't last quite as long in our battery tests as the 16-inch model, it still lasted over 14 hours, which is remarkable. 

Other than that and the size difference, this is basically the same laptop as the 16-inch model. That means HDMI-out and an SD card reader for when you need to expand your display or use external memory. Also, MagSafe charging is back, though it doesn't displace USB-C charging either. What is gone, though is the Touch Bar, that little touch screen that sat above the keyboard. It's been replaced for full-sized function (F1-F12) keys, which we're happy to see back. 

Apple's also upgraded its internal webcam to 1080p (from 720p), as we're all spending far more time on video conferencing calls than ever before. Combined with that fantastic display, improved internal mics and a six-speaker setup that produces stellar sound, the new MacBook Pro will have everything looking and sounding better than before.

Read our full MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch) review.

MacBook Air M2 2022

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The best long-lasting laptop for MacBook Air fans

Specifications

Display: 13.6 inches; 2560x1664
CPU: Apple M2
GPU: 8-core or 10-core GPU
RAM: 8GB-24GB
Storage: 256GB-2TB SSD
Weight: 2.7 pounds
Tested battery life: 14:06

Reasons to buy

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Fast M2 performance
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Brighter and bigger display
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1080p webcam
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Very long battery life 

Reasons to avoid

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Notch distracting
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Supports only one monitor

While it couldn't match the performance of its predecessor in our battery tests, the new MacBook Air M2 is still a remarkably long-lasting laptop. With 14 hours of tested battery life you should have no trouble taking this out for a day of work without bringing a charger, and it delivers everything you could want in a notebook: great performance, an awesome display, long battery life and plenty of comfort in a very sleek design.

This new Air lives up to its name by shrinking down the design 20% by volume and measuring just 0.44 inches thick. And it's quite light at 2.7 pounds. And yet the M2 chip inside this machine delivers power that outperforms most Windows laptops. It's a multitasking champ, and if you want more graphics might you can upgrade to a 10-core GPU.

We also really like the bright display on the new MacBook Air M2, which rivals the MacBook Pro M2, and it's now bigger at 13.6 inches with slimmer bezels. Other highlights include a sharp 1080p webcam, MagSafe charging and four color options. The only strikes against this system are the somewhat distracting notch and support for only a single external display. 

Read our full Apple MacBook Air M2 (2022) review

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

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The best long-lasting cheap Chromebook

Specifications

Display: 10.1 inches, 1920x1200
CPU: 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P60T
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB eMMC, 128GB eMMC
Dimensions: 9.64 x 6.66 x 0.71 inches (docked)
Weight: 2 pounds (docked)
Tested battery life: 12:47

Reasons to buy

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Epic battery life
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Colorful Full HD screen
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Keyboard is included

Reasons to avoid

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That keyboard is also kinda cramped
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Hinge is a little weak

Costing under $300 yet delivering over 12 hours of tested battery life, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a remarkable value and a very power-efficient Chromebook. It's technically a Chrome tablet, but the keyboard comes free, making this a great device for casually surfing the web and getting some light work done.

Oh, and it's also a solid tablet too, thanks to strong color output and a sharp resolution that you rarely see at this price point. The Chromebook Duet also sees ChromeOS gain some touchscreen tablet optimizations that it's needed for a while, making it easier to navigate all of your tabs. The only knock against it? Its cramped keyboard might take some getting used to, especially if you have large hands.

Read our full Lenovo Chromebook Duet review.

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The best long-lasting business laptop

Specifications

Display: 13 inches; 2K
CPU: Intel Core i5-1130G7 | Intel Core i7-1160G7
GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Storage: 256 - 1TB SSD
Weight: 2 pounds
Tested battery life: 12:00

Reasons to buy

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Great battery life
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Lightweight
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2K, anti-glare display

Reasons to avoid

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Limited ports
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Dull sound

When we hear a laptop is incredibly thin and light, it makes us worry about how long its battery will last on a single charge. That's not the case here, as the 2-pound Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano lasted 12 hours on our battery test, which should be more than enough to get you through a day at the office. 

Lenovo didn't sacrifice on performance or usability either. The Nano's Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors provide the speed you need for tons of productivity — and its keyboard provides a snappy and comfortable typing experience that lives up to the ThinkPad brand. You just might need to pack a USB-C hub, though, as it's a little light on ports.

Read our full Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano review.

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The best battery life in a 2-in-1 with a stylus

Specifications

Display: 13.3- or 15.6-inch 1080p Super AMOLED
CPU: Intel Core i7
RAM: 8-16 GB
Storage: 256 GB - 1 TB
Weight: 3.11 pounds
Size: 13.97 x 8.98 x 0.47 inches
Tested battery life: 11:59

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous 15.6-inch AMOLED display
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Fetching ultra-thin design
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Extremely portable
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Speedy performance
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Roomy keyboard and responsive touchpad

Reasons to avoid

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Samsung apps can feel like bloatware
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1080p max resolution disappoints

The Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 is an ultra-thin 2-in-1 laptop that's tailor-made for people who are always on the go. With a tested battery life of nearly 12 hours it's got plenty of juice to get you through a day at the office. And like last year's Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360, this iteration features a gorgeous AMOLED screen that's perfect for media consumption. It's also ideal for work thanks to its speedy performance.

Though a Windows laptop at its core, the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 comes loaded with a slew of Samsung software. This could be good or bad, depending on how invested you are in the Samsung ecosystem. If you are, then you'll find that this 2-in-1 pairs nicely with your Samsung tablets and phones. Otherwise, all of these applications are effectively bloatware.

Despite the middling webcam and Samsung bloatware, the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 has a lot going for it and is a 2-in-1 we highly recommend to those who are in the market for a powerful, portable laptop that pairs nicely with Samsung devices. The fact that it comes with Samsung's S Pen stylus included is a nice touch that makes this especially nice if you like doodling notes or just doodling in general.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 review.

How to choose the right long-lasting laptop for you

What kind of power do you need? Forget about battery power for a minute -- what kind of performance do you need from your new laptop? If you only need something basic for surfing the web, consider a Chromebook -- the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is an especially good value, if you don't mind a tablet. If you plan on getting more intensive work done, consider buying a laptop with at least a Core i5 CPU, 8 to 16GB of RAM and a 256GB to 512GB SSD.

What kind of games do you want to play? Most mainstream laptops (including nearly everything on this list) feature integrated graphics, which can handle lightweight titles such as Minecraft and Fortnite but aren't ideal for graphically-demanding games or heavy visual work. For that, you'll want a laptop with a discrete graphics card, such as an Nvidia GTX 3000-series on the higher end. While no dedicated gaming laptop has the battery efficiency to make it on this list, we recommend the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, which lasted over 10 hours in our battery test. Of course, you'll get far less (maybe a couple hours) when playing demanding games, but that's still better battery performance than most gaming laptops.

How big of a laptop do you want? Consider how mobile you want your laptop to be. Machines such as the Dell XPS 13 and HP Elite Dragonfly are feather light with slim designs, but their 13-inch screens are on the small side. You can get a larger 15-inch display on a premium ultraportable like the XPS 15 and still not have to worry about weight too much, but once you start getting up into the realm of 17-inch screens, expect your laptop to weigh at least a few pounds. Gaming laptops such as the Alienware m15 R4 have more heft to them, than thin-and-light ultraportables, but offer big power in exchange.

Do you want Chrome, macOS, or Windows? Thanks to recent tech improvements, no operating system is out of the question if you really want a long-lasting laptop. You have your choice between Windows (pre-installed on most laptops), macOS (MacBooks) and Chrome OS (Chromebooks).  Windows 10 is the most common operating system, but if you buy a new Windows laptop these days it may well come with Windows 11, which makes meaningful improvements to the way Windows deals with touch interfaces but is otherwise not a huge upgrade. Apple's macOS is more ideal for folks already tied into Apple's ecosystem, while Chrome OS is a lightweight operating system built to allow for cheap, fast systems, though it has gotten a bit more robust over the years with support for full Android apps.

Whichever system you decide on, you may also want to consider investing in the best mouse and best keyboard for your needs so you can have some more ergonomic options for working on your new laptop.

How we test the best laptops

To find the best laptop, we run every machine through a rigorous suite of benchmarks and real-world tests to gauge how it will perform during everyday use. 

We measure the average brightness and color quality of each laptop's display using our in-house light meter and colorimeter. For general performance, we run our machines through tests that include Geekbench 5 (CPU performance), as well as various 3DMark tests to measure graphics capabilities. We also run a file transfer test to measure how fast a machine's hard drive is, and our custom battery test that has the machine browse the internet over Wi-Fi until it runs out of juice.

When testing dedicated gaming laptops, we run benchmarks for popular games such as Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6 and Red Dead Redemption 2.

For more details on our testing process, check out our guide to how we test products at Tom's Guide.

Alex Wawro
Senior Editor Computing

Alex Wawro is a lifelong tech and games enthusiast with more than a decade of experience covering both for outlets like Game Developer, Black Hat, and PC World magazine. A lifelong PC builder, he currently serves as a senior editor at Tom's Guide covering all things computing, from laptops and desktops to keyboards and mice.