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Best long battery life laptops in 2020

If you're looking to buy a new laptop, then battery life is likely going to be a big deciding factor on what notebook you go for. No one wants their laptop to suddenly shut down while they are in the middle of working, so we've put together this list of the best laptops for all-day computing.

The laptops in this list have large enough batteries that will last you the whole work day - and beyond. Laptops with batteries that last a full 24 hours are still some way off, but the laptops we have here will at least ensure you can go at least 8 hours on one charge.

Thanks to improvements in energy efficiency of components, modern laptops can still be mighty powerful while also boasting large batteries, so you don't have to sacrifice speed for longer times between charges.

Best laptops for long battery life - at a glance

  1. Dell XPS 15
  2. Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar 13-inch 2018
  3. Dell XPS 13
  4. HP Spectre x360
  5. Acer Chromebook 14

Dell XPS 15

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1. Dell XPS 15

Up to 20 hours of battery life

CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – 4K UHD+ (3840 x 2400) | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

Superb specifications
Beautiful screen
Good battery life
Expensive

If you're looking for the best Windows laptop on the market at the moment, the Dell XPS 15 is a clear contender. With it's stunning 15.6" screen which can be anything  from a clear FHD (1,920 x 1,080) to a beautiful 4K UHD+ (3840 x 2400), this is not a laptop to be easily overlooked.

However, to get the most out of the Dell XPS 15's battery life, choose a model with the Intel Core i5 processor and the Full HD screen. Because these are the less power hungry options, this means this laptop can manage up to 20 hours between recharging with the 97Whr battery option, making it easily the most long-lived laptop out there when it comes to battery life.

macbook pro 13-inch 2018 deals best price

2. Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar 13-inch

The best Macbook Pro ever with fantastic battery life

CPU: Quad-core Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, (2,560 x 1,600) IPS | Storage: 128GB – 2TB PCIe 3.0 SSD

The best Macbook Pro ever
Super fast performance
Expensive
Not a huge generational leap

If you're after the latest and greatest laptop from Apple, we suggest you look into the 2018 model of the 13-inch Macbook Pro with Touch Bar. It comes with a gorgeous 13-inch Retina screen, a thin and light design and the innovative Touch Bar. 

This is a thin OLED display at the top of the keyboard which can be used for any number of things, whether that be auto-suggesting words as you type or offering Touch ID so you can log in with just your fingerprint. As is to be expected with a MacBook, the battery life is also excellent, with Apple promising up to 10 hours.

Dell XPS 13

3. Dell XPS 13

A brilliant laptop with fantastic battery life

CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – 4k (3840 x 2160) | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

Centered IR webcam
Gorgeous new design
Beautiful optional 4K display
Steeper starting price
White option is pricier

The 2018 Dell XPS 13 may be an older model, but in terms of power and battery life it's not far behind its more recent brother. The Dell XPS 13 is a slim and powerful award-winning laptop with a stunning 4K display and a gorgeous Rose Gold on Alpine White color option. 

The Dell XPS 13 features an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and a bezel-less ‘Infinity Edge’ display. Its battery life is also superb, especially considering it has a 4K screen. If you go for the full HD version, Dell promises over 19 hours of battery life.

HP Spectre x360

4. HP Spectre x360

The perfect hybird laptop

CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: : Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

Long battery life with quick charging
Keyboard has strong tactile feedback
Gets expensive quickly

The HP Spectre x360 features perfectly slim bezels and is lightweight enough to comfortably use it in tablet mode. As a regular notebook, you’ll have trouble finding a better keyboard, brighter display or more powerful components – especially considering its size. It's HP's lightest convertible laptop, and offers over 10 hours of battery life.

Acer Chromebook 14

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5. Acer Chromebook 14

360-degree versatility

CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 – N3150 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics – Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 11.6-inch, HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 16GB – 32GB SSD

Convertible
Good battery life
HD-only display
Terrible trackpad

If you want an affordable laptop with an amazing battery life, then you should consider getting a Chromebook. These fantastic laptops run ChromeOS, which is less power-hungry than Windows, which makes Chromebooks last a lot longer on battery. The Acer Chromebook 14 is a great choice, with a touchscreen display option that can be rotated around into tablet mode, complemented by an all-metal finish that you won’t be embarrassed by. It's also much cheaper than the other options, offering a great budget alternative to more powerful but expensive laptops.