The top 25 laptop battery life performers from CNET Labs
Forget screen size, processing power or number of ports. The first thing every laptop shopper should think about in a new purchase is battery life. After all, you don't want your PC shutting down in the middle of a Netflix binge or coffee shop brainstorming session.
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.
This 2018 version of the X1 Carbon laptop has a WQHD-resolution 14-inch display (2,560x1,440 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
Excellent performance and 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
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
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.