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The top 25 laptop battery life performers from CNET Labs

The most important feature for many laptop shoppers is battery life, and rightly so.

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 over the previous 12 months.

More details on our top battery performer list and how we test are here.

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Acer Chromebook R13

This new Chromebook tops our current list at 782 minutes, which is 13 hours and 2 minutes.

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Samsung Notebook 9

A new addition, this 15-inch laptop impressed us with very long battery life at 12:16. 

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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

The latest X1 Carbon, a professional laptop, ran for an impressive 11:50, or 710 minutes. 

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Microsoft Surface Book (2016)

The top Windows system is this new Microsoft hybrid, which has an extra battery in its keyboard base. The full screen-plus-base ran for 709 minutes, or 11:49. 

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Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016)

The best MacBook is now the 13-inch Pro, without the OLED Touch Bar, at 696 minutes.

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HP EliteBook x360

HP's new x360 version of the EliteBook ran for 694 minutes, despite a speedy Core i7 processor.

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LG Gram 13

LG's lightweight Gram 13 ran for 690 minutes, but it's also dropped out of our current top 5. 

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Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch, 2017

The latest generation of MacBooks haven't changed much, but the 15-inch model has a huge battery, which helped it run for 10:43 (643 minutes). 

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Dell XPS 13 (late 2016, non-touch)

Dell's XPS 13 has a premium design, and premium battery life: 636 minutes. The secret here is that this is the version without a touchscreen.

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Apple MacBook (12-inch, 2016)

Small but mighty, the second-gen 12-inch MacBook ran for 633 minutes.

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Apple MacBook (12-inch, 2017)

The newer third-gen 12-inch MacBook was essentially tied, coming in at 626 minutes. 

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Microsoft Surface Laptop

Microsoft's new Surface Laptop had excellent battery life, despite a thin design and high-res screen. It ran for 621 minutes. 

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Toshiba Portege X20W-D

This slim, biz-ready Toshiba ran for 610 minutes, or 10:10. 

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Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2016)

Last year's bigger MacBook Pro has a big battery, which helped it run for 608 minutes, but the newer 2017 version lasted longer. 

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Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2016 )

Adding a Touch Bar and a more powerful processor to the 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro gets you battery life of 607 minutes. (We haven't tested a 2017 13-inch Pro yet.)

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Asus Chromebook Flip C302C

A touchscreen hybrid Chromebook, which ran for 595 minutes -- just five minutes short of 10 hours.

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HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2017)

HP's updated 15-inch hybrid shows some real improvement over the 2016 models and ran for 594 minutes.

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LG Gram 15

The larger LG Gram is incredibly light, and also a decent battery performer, at 582 minutes, or 9:42. 

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000

A gaming laptop is a surprise here, but note that despite the graphics chip inside, this is actually a standard mainstream Inspiron with a big battery, running for 578 minutes.

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HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2016)

This slightly older version of HP's 13-inch x360: 561 minutes.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X270

Lenovo doesn't mess around when it comes to office laptops, and this no-frills model ran for 555 minutes on its standard battery (an extended battery is also available). 

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Samsung Chromebook Pro

The Chromebook Pro is a great all-around budget hybrid and ran for 537 minutes, just three minutes shy of 9 hours.

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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

Dell's new XPS hybrid uses a low-power Core M chip and ran for 536 minutes.

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Dell Latitude 5285

There are few pure tablets on this list, but Dell's biz-friendly Latitude 5285 makes the cut, at 530 minutes. 

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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 720

Yet another Lenovo, this time a middle-of-the-road Yoga hybrid, which ran for 526 minutes, or 8:46. 

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