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The top 25 laptop battery life performers from CNET Labs

Based on the extensive battery testing conducted in the CNET Labs, these are the 25 PCs with the longest battery-life scores that we've seen from 2018 through today. This list includes Windows and MacOS laptops, Windows two-in-one hybrids and Chromebooks running Google's Chrome OS. Not included are Android or iOS tablets.

The specific test used here streams a private video over Wi-Fi on an endless loop. Note that these scores reflect the specific configurations we tested, and that screen resolution and CPU choice are some of the major factors that affect battery life.

Our top five picks are presented in more depth here, or jump to the last page in this gallery to see all the top performers listed. 

Last updated April 2019. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured throughout this story.  

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LG Gram 15

This shockingly light 15-inch laptop (it's about 2.5 pounds) also has amazing battery life, jumping to the top of our current list at 13 hours and 58 minutes (838 total minutes). 

$1,999.00 at Walmart
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Asus NovaGo TP370QL

The first Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered laptop we've tested falls a bit short on performance and features, but kills it in battery life at 13 hours, 12 minutes (792 minutes). 

$699.00 at Amazon
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

This 2018 version of the X1 Carbon laptop has a WQHD-resolution 14-inch display (2,560 by 1,440 pixels), with 100 percent Adobe RGB color gamut, brightness up to 500 nits and support for Dolby Vision HDR for greater brightness, contrast and color palette, all while bringing in big battery life numbers.  Score: 13:07 or 787 minutes.

$1,199.00 at eBay
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LG Gram 14

The LG Gram 14 2-in-1 laptop is an ultralight pen-enabled convertible with extraordinary battery life for its class, plus it's really, really light (just 2.5 pounds). The Gram ran for 12 hours 35 minutes or 755 minutes.

$1,792.99 at Amazon
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Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

It's not the most exciting design out there, but the 2019 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is a slim, lightweight two-in-one with extra-long battery life, plus strong performance for its size. The Notebook 9 Pro ran for 12 hours 30 minutes, or 750 minutes.

$1,099.99 at eBay
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Lenovo Yoga C930

Excellent performance along with a stylish and functional design make the Lenovo Yoga C930 simply one of the best two-in-one laptops available, and its 12-plus hours of battery life is icing on the cake. Score: 12:25 or 746 minutes.

$1,079.99 at Lenovo
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Dell XPS 13 (2018)

The XPS 13 is one of our top choices for a premium Windows ultraportable laptop at its size, due in part to its speedy performance and 12-hour battery life. But, we're also very excited to check out the coming-soon 2019 version, which fixes an annoying webcam issue found on previous models. Hopefully the battery life will keep up. Score: 12:18 or 738 minutes.

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Acer Aspire E15-57G6

Acer's very low-cost 15-inch includes a DVD drive (a rarity these days), an Nvidia MX150 GPU and a battery that runs for a decent 11 hours, 58 minutes (718 minutes). 

$549.99 at Amazon
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Acer Chromebook Spin 13

This folding-screen Chromebook ran for 11:36 or 696 in minutes.

$794.89 at Walmart
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Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)

The latest MacBook Pro is the highest-ranking MacBook on the list, with 11:29 or 689 minutes.

$2,199.99 at Walmart
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Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

A great all-around slim laptop with premium-level battery life. Score: 11:11 or 671 minutes.

$2,699.00 at Walmart
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Asus Zenbook UX331U

This great super-slim laptop combines some basic Nvidia graphics with 10 hours, 45 minutes (645 minutes) of battery life. 

$1,038.48 at Amazon
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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018)

Apple finally revamped the classic MacBook Air and the new version ran for 10:46 or 646 in minutes.

$1,172.29 at Walmart
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HP Spectre Folio Convertible 13

Thus unusual leather-covered laptop became a quick favorite for us, with a great design and battery life of 10:45 or 645 minutes.

$1,280.00 at Amazon
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HP Chromebook x2

A Surface-like 2-in-1 Chromebook that converts into a tablet. It ran for 10:40 or 640 in minutes.

$450.00 at Amazon
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Asus Zenbook US461U

Another slim Asus laptop, this time with a hybrid hinge and battery life of 10 hours, 29 minutes (629 minutes).

$1,299.99 at Amazon
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Lenovo Flex 5

Lenovo's Flex line is one of our favorite value brands. This is an excellent budget hybrid with impressive battery life at 10 hours and 23 minutes. 

$979.00 at Amazon
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Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1

This basic hybrid from Dell has especially good speakers for movie-watching, and a pretty decent 10 hours, 22 minutes (622 minutes) of battery life. Newer models have eighth-gen Intel processors, which may even add a few minutes. 

$1,746.17 at Walmart
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Microsoft Surface Pro 6

The latest Surface Pro gets new CPUs but there's not a ton of room for a battery in the slim tablet. It ran for 10:06 or 606 in minutes.

$827.86 at Walmart
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Huawei MateBook X Pro (2019)

The latest version of the MateBook X Pro ran for 9 hours, 31 minutes or 571 minutes.

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Acer Swift 7

Amazingly thin, the Swift 7 still managed to run for an impressive 9:21 or 561 minutes. 

$1,597.00 at Walmart
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Dell XPS 13

This is a faster Core i7 version of the XPS 13, which, while still impressive, ran about three hours shorter than the Core i5 version at 9:08 or 548 minutes.

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Huawei MateBook X Pro (2018)

This major global brand is trying to break into the US laptop market, and its flagship ran for 9:05 or 545 minutes. 

$1,119.00 at Amazon
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HP Elitebook 1040 G4

One of our favorite business laptops, this slim two-in-one ran for 8:56 or 536 minutes.

$2,558.50 at Walmart
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Microsoft Surface Pro LTE

A last-gen Surface, and the first one with a built-in LTE antenna. It ran for 8:47 or 527 minutes.

$1,279.00 at Amazon
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Top laptop battery life performers

This chart lists the laptops and battery life scores of the proceeding 25 systems. We'll update this feature regularly as we test and review new laptops.

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Top battery life performers

Place Product Hour/minutes Minutes




1 LG Gram 15 13:58 838
2 Asus NovaGo TP370QL 13:12 792
3 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th) 13:07 787
4 LG Gram 14 12:35 755
5 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 12:30 750
6 Lenovo Yoga C930 12:26 746
7 Dell XPS 13 (i5) 9370 12:18 738
8 Acer Aspire E15-57G6 11:58 718
9 Acer Chromebook Spin 13 11:36 696
10 Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018) 11:29 689
11 Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 11:11 671
12 Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018) 10:46 646
13 Asus Zenbook UX331U 10:45 645
14 HP Spectre Folio Convertable 13 10:45 645
15 HP CHromebook x2 10:40 640
16 Asus Zenbook US461U 10:29 629
17 Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 10:22 622
18 HP Elitebook x360 1030 G3 10:11 611
19 Microsoft Surface Pro 6 10:06 606
20 Huawei Matebook Pro X 9:31 571
21 Acer Swift 7 (SF714-51T) 9:21 561
22 Dell XPS 13 (i7) 9370 9:08 548
23 Huawei MateBook X Pro 9:05 545
24 HP Elitebook 1040 G4 8:56 536
25 Microsoft Surfce Pro LTE (T-Mobile) 8:47 527




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