Budget 51-70k Looking for a windows laptop with great battery life !

Looking for a windows laptop with great battery life and preferrably light weight as well.

Been working a lot pit of cafes mow a days but my gaming laptop only has 2/3 hours batery life and its a pain to find charging points free sometimes .

Also want the laptop to have expandable ram and ssd slots and I prefer LCD screens over Oleds , so what are my options ?
 

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A non-touch LCD screen will consume less power than a touch capable LCD.

What queers things here is you mention gaming laptop. That means power and this means less battery life.
 
A non-touch LCD screen will consume less power than a touch capable LCD.

What queers things here is you mention gaming laptop. That means power and this means less battery life.
I dont care about touch laptop , it would be better but not really a factor.

I dont want a gaming laptop , i mean i already have a gaming laptop so just need a regular laptop this time which has a good battety life.
 
What will you be using it for ?
mostly online work in cafes etc like i said but lot of times i dont find charging points free so need something with great battery life as battery life on my gaming laptop sucks . Although wudnt mind if it can handle light gaming here and there ..
 

vishalrao

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Can you mention what you mean by "great" battery life, and also your budget?

Current generation x86 laptops have "great" battery life already but cannot touch what my 14 inch M1 MacBook pro achieves.

My HP pavilion 14 with quad core i5 11th gen and 1080p IPS LED display gives me around 4 to 6 hours of moderate usage.... Which is mainly software programming activity.

The moment I do a lot of compilation or media consumption it drops to 3 to 4 hours only.

You should get around 8 hours battery life with moderate usage on a newer model especially a Ryzen 5000 U series 15 watt CPU like maybe 5500U or 5600U and a 14 inch IPS LED at no more than 1080p resolution.

I like the 13 inch HP Aero with the top end CPU which is around 85k I believe.

There's a Dell Ryzen laptop too and Lenovo E14 is an option.

I personally prefer HP because even the 13 inch Aero model has full size HDMI and USB type A ports.
I don't like Lenovo because they seem to be milking buyers with the ThinkPad brand recognition by higher price and lower quality.
Oh and buy directly from the brand website instead of amazon or flipkart to get few thousand discount using CC or UPI or netbanking.
 
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How about this ?

 
Can you mention what you mean by "great" battery life, and also your budget?

Current generation x86 laptops have "great" battery life already but cannot touch what my 14 inch M1 MacBook pro achieves.

My HP pavilion 14 with quad core i5 11th gen and 1080p IPS LED display gives me around 4 to 6 hours of moderate usage.... Which is mainly software programming activity.

The moment I do a lot of compilation or media consumption it drops to 3 to 4 hours only.

You should get around 8 hours battery life with moderate usage on a newer model especially a Ryzen 5000 U series 15 watt CPU like maybe 5500U or 5600U and a 14 inch IPS LED at no more than 1080p resolution.

I like the 13 inch HP Aero with the top end CPU which is around 85k I believe.

There's a Dell Ryzen laptop too and Lenovo E14 is an option.

I personally prefer HP because even the 13 inch Aero model has full size HDMI and USB type A ports.
I don't like Lenovo because they seem to be milking buyers with the ThinkPad brand recognition by higher price and lower quality.
Oh and buy directly from the brand website instead of amazon or flipkart to get few thousand discount using CC or UPI or netbanking.
Thanks for reply I did mention budget is 55-60k can strech to 70k in exceptional circumstances . Ideally I would like something with 8 - 10 hrs battery life though for light to moderate use
Hi..
Have a look at the LG gram series. Battery backup should be good with a 73W capacity.
That’s what I was looking for actually as 10th gen one was for 53 some days back it’s 70k now ugh
 

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My question is would 8th gen be able to handle certain heavy tasks like maybe a 10th gen would ? Or it doesn’t matter that much ?
heavy tasks like what?

Keep in mind mine is a 4k touchscreen. i7 with Nvidia 940MX (for certain heavy tasks). I doubt the LG Gram has an nvidia though

How does a MacBook squeeze out more battery? no touch and a 2k screen if not FHD

Have you considered power banks for a laptop ?

 
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Some of the laptops I had shortlisted while searching were (please look out for cashbacks and ongoing sales across all sites)-
- Lenovo Ideapad 5 pro 14/16 inch (Comes with AMD U/H series and 56wh for 14 and 75wh battery for 16inch variant (with gtx 1650), has PD for both and costs 70k (14) and 75-78k (16))
- HP Victus (has 70wh battery but lacks PD charging, weigh around 2.5kg, and wobbles XD)
- Xiaomi 120g comes with or without discrete gpu (Uses Intel, so it has PD charging + Thunderbolt, but 56wh battery feels a bit less and service centers maybe an issue)
- Asus Tuf dash f15 (Comes with Intel thus PD+ Thunderbolt, 76wh battery, lackluster display and near to 80k)
- LG gram (12th gen intel is quite overpriced for me atleast , it's definitely a looker, service centers maybe an issue)
- Lenovo Thinkbook 13s (AMD 6th gen U series but screen size......)

My brief on windows and battery life-
Battery life and windows are pita. I have been in the same in this position to buy a windows-based laptop with good battery life. The problem with windows is that any background update or tracking (that's how Microsoft earns its moola XD) will drastically reduce battery life even on idle. You would have to tune the laptop before you go ahead and do anything with it. Out of the box all the stock laptops from major brand come with too much bloat and windows on steroids Lol.
Some key takeaways from my experience-
- Get as big battery as you can in the price segment you're targeting (more the watt-hours/Wh the better or at least more than 50Whr)
- Intel or AMD H series are battery hogs but they can be made to sip on power (not to the extent that Arm based m1/m2 would ofc), better go with U for moderate gaming and better battery life
- As soon as you get the laptop update everything there is (windows and drivers)
- Install Batterybar to track your power consumption (discharge)
- Disable variable brightness in display setting
- If you're going with laptop for moderate gaming and work purpose, make two power plans (work and gaming) to switch between both.
- Enable ACHI link power management and Processor performance boost mode setting on power plan editor through registry
- For work power plan in power plan editor disable Processor performance boost model for both plugged in and on battery, and now set the Achi power management in Hard disk tab to Lowest so to ensure it does devsleep (most ssd support it, if not HIPM+DIPM is also good)
- Now you can disable windows tracking and analytics and Cortana using windows debloat script from git (sycnex). Disabling windows tracking analytics reduces a lot of power consumption in the background (5-8w form my case and every mW matter for battery life)

Once you do all these or some of the steps you can observe lower discharge on batterybar, and now your laptop would idle with much lower discharge and sleep when not used with minimal drain.
For some reference Idle consumption for AMD/Intel H series should be around 7-9w and for U series around 4-7w

Coming to Laptop selection part-
- Getting U series laptop these days would be much better for what you intend to use it for, and Intel 12th gen U series or AMD 5/6th gen U series are great picks and do come under 60k
- Always get as big battery as you can and look for laptop that supports PD charging (USB Type C), so you won't be stuck with lack of idle socket. Third party GAN PD chargers are life savers for simultaneously charging your laptop or mobile (get one with two or more ports)
- While choosing a laptop don't skimp on the display brightness and touchpad quality because using external mouse will increase power consumption (so it's better to get one with good touchpad) and for brightness it's a given that using 300nits display on 50% is more efficient than 250nits display on near to full brightness
 

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- Now you can disable windows tracking and analytics and Cortana using windows debloat script from git (sycnex). Disabling windows tracking analytics reduces a lot of power consumption in the background (5-8w form my case and every mW matter for battery life)
This script needs to be studied carefully before using

eg. https://github.com/Sycnex/Windows10Debloater/issues/465

There are numerous things that can suddenly stop working and it can be a PITA to figure out what

Once you do all these or some of the steps you can observe lower discharge on batterybar, and now your laptop would idle with much lower discharge and sleep when not used with minimal drain.
What was the difference in battery life between your before and after?
 
This script needs to be studied carefully before using
That's the reason why I only mentioned using it to disable Cortana and windows telemetry and analytics.
What was the difference in battery life between your before and after?

My processor is i7 12650h with RTX 3050, and I switch off/disable the RTX 3050 while on battery. Before this, my system would idle at a 9-14w discharge rate and on youtube fullscreen, it would be in the range of 12-17w. While text editing or using for browsing 11-17w.
After these steps and using windows provided apps like edge (other browsers can be used), windows movies, and tv app (vlc is a battery hog) there has been a definite improvement.
Now for idle, it's 6-8w, youtube fullscreen hovers around 10-11w and text editing is around 7-9w and browsing is 10-13w.
Given my battery is rated at 76wh, I charge it to 80% and use it till 20% when at home, I get at least 4hrs and 6hrs for 100%-20%. I never run the laptop till it's flat because that will degrade the battery very quickly.
On average 1% depletion gives 4-6min usage depending on the work and browsing many tabs or 4k playback it tanks to 3min for 1%.
I reckon AMD processors would fare much better than Intel but not by much in the case of H series processors like mine.

So a big battery and U series processor will net you the most battery in general.
 

singenaadam

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Thanks for reply I did mention budget is 55-60k can strech to 70k in exceptional circumstances . Ideally I would like something with 8 - 10 hrs battery life though for light to moderate use

That’s what I was looking for actually as 10th gen one was for 53 some days back it’s 70k now ugh
@blr_p suggestion was good. Don't get too stuck up on proccy's generation.

Consider Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 (Ryzen last years version, will be cheaper), build, display, battery - all are great.

If OK with taking a small risk, Mi notebooks offer the best bang for the buck. Risk part comes from service, they are just not used to servicing laptops.
 
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