Best Battery Life: Laptops That Keep Going, And Going, And...


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A good laptop should last 5 hours on a charge. A great one will give you nearly a full workday’s worth of juice for surfing the web, checking e-mail and social networking updates.That’s why we made the cut-off for this elite group of portables 7 hours. All of these machines were able to surf the web continuously with the screen on 40 per cent brightness (about the default level when you unplug a notebook) for at least that amount of time. 

Want to work and play all day without having to hunt for an outlet? Read on.

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Graphics muscle and very long battery life combine to make the 13-inch ASUS U31SD-A1 a worthwhile thin-and-light laptop.

HP Pavilion dm4t

An aluminium body, fingerprint reader, and all-day battery life make the HP Pavilion dm4t an excellent laptop at an affordable price.


The VAIO Z offers unparalleled speed and portability along with a first-of-its kind dock that adds discrete graphics--if you're willing to pay the price.


The Sony VAIO S' impressive performance, light weight, and powerful graphics make it a solid contender in the ultraportable laptop category.

Alienware M11x R3

A second-generation Core i5 processor and beefier graphics make the Alienware M11x R3 one powerful gaming ultraportable.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1

Thanks to its fast performance, superior keyboard, ultra-bright display, and much-improved audio quality, the ThinkPad X1 is the best all-around business ultraportable.

Lenovo ThinkPad X220

A fast Core i5 processor, well-designed clickpad, and epic endurance help the 12-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X220 rise to the top.

Lenovo ThinkPad T420

A 14-inch powerhouse, the Lenovo ThinkPad T420 delivers all-day endurance at an affordable price.

Dell Inspiron 17R (9-cell)

The Dell Inspiron 17R delivers strong graphics performance and audio for a good price, along with fun switchable lids.

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