For some small business owners, long battery life is the single most important feature a work laptop can have. If you’re one of the many entrepreneurs who work long days, often away from a power source, and want a laptop that works as long and hard as you do, this list is for you.
Longest Lasting Business Laptops
Lenovo ThinkPad T470
The Lenovo ThinkPad T470 is a sturdy, powerful work laptop with a superb battery life of more than 17 hours. This laptop was built for business in every way possible, from the comfortable keyboard and sensitive trackpad (and signature bright red TrackPoint pointing stick) to the variety of ports and zippy seventh-generation Core i5 CPU. If you want a classic business workstation that can go the distance, you’ll like the ThinkPad T470. The only downside to this work-marathon machine is its weight; at 3.49 pounds, it may be a bit too heavy for frequent travelers.
Dell XPS 13 9360
Dell recently released a newer version of this laptop, the Dell XPS 13 9370. While the 9370 is undoubtedly the more attractive of the two laptops, by a lot, battery life was sacrificed (12:37) to achieve the new streamlined design, so the 9360 still tops this list.
The Dell XPS 13 9360 comes with a speedy 8th generation Intel processor, respectable screen resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), and most impressively, longer than 15 hours of battery life. Dell is the go-to laptop brand for many businesses, and this model is the longest lasting Dell we’ve reviewed. Plus, at just 2.78 pounds, this laptop is perfect for all day conferences and traveling.
Lenovo ThinkPad X270
With a full-sized keyboard and that classic Lenovo business look, the ThinkPad X270 is a more portable and lighter (2.98 pounds) alternative to the ThinkPad T470 (3.49 pounds). Despite its lighter weight and more compact size, the ThinkPad X270 has enough power for serious business users, plus an impressive 13.5-hour battery life. The entry-level model is surprisingly affordable at just $881.10, but like all Lenovo machines, it can be decked out and upgraded as much as you like. If you need a little more power or RAM, you can customize that into your machine (for a price).
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
If you opt for the six-cell extended battery, which costs $139 on top of the entry-level price and weighs 0.4 pounds, the Lenovo ThinkPad 25 will last for an impressive 13 hours and 14 minutes, landing it in fourth place on our battery life list. In addition to offering all day power, this special-edition Lenovo has a touch screen (rare for a laptop with this much battery life), a comfortable seven-row keyboard with a soft-touch palm rest, and all the business features users have come to expect in a Lenovo.
The durability and variety of ports (including a Thunderbolt 3, 3 USB 3.0 ports, a Smart Card reader, HDMI, SD card, Kensington lock slot and audio jack) round out this machine and make it highly desirable for business users who demand high performance and excellent battery life.
Dell XPS 13 9370
The Dell XPS 13 is a popular business laptop with lots of configuration options that offers excellent battery life of 13 hours and 49 minutes. While the base-level laptop has a somewhat unimpressive Core i3 processor, for just $100 more you can upgrade to a Core i5 processor, which is suitable for most business users’ needs. The spacious keyboard is comfortable, even for long typing sessions, and the relatively lightweight design makes this laptop a great fit for on-the-go business travelers.