When it comes to laptop battery life, manufacturers make all sorts of claims, presumably to attract customers, but whether or not you’ll actually get those advertised battery life numbers is a different story. So the question is, which laptop manufacturer is the most “truthful” when it comes to their claims? In a test conducted by Which?, it turns out that Apple is the most truthful.
As you can see in the infographic above, Which? tested the battery life of several brands, such as Acer, Apple, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Toshiba. According to their testing methods, “We don’t simply trust battery capacity claims: we actually drain the whole battery from start to finish, several times over, during various tasks. One test involves watching films until the battery finally shuts down, another continually browsing websites over wi-fi.”
In their tests, they found that Apple’s MacBooks actually provided slightly more battery life than what was advertised, while laptops from Dell and HP had battery life that was almost half of what was promised. Now it should be noted that your mileage may vary depending on how you use your laptop, plus it is unclear how companies like Dell and HP have tested their laptops, so Which?’s testing methods might be different and thus resulted in different numbers.
That being said, you might recall there was a bit of controversy regarding the 2016 MacBook Pro’s battery life back in 2016, but ultimately the folks at Consumer Reports changed their minds and have since recommended the laptop.