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The 5 Longest Lasting Laptops of 2022

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When buying new electronics, it can often feel like what you’re getting isn’t built to last more than a couple of years, which can be really frustrating for a purchase as significant as a PC.

This is why today’s feature will take you through the best long-lasting laptops available on the market today.

This isn’t a list of the most expensive laptops, but ones that represent the best value of specs important for longevity in different price ranges for various types of users (the best future-proof laptops will technically be several thousand dollars, but there are huge diminishing returns over the choices below).

Top Picks

Longest Lasting Laptop for Business/General Use: Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 3

Lenovo is at the top of the list when anyone asks me “which laptop lasts the longest for business and personal use?” (Think e-mails, web browsing, Netflix, and basic software/Microsoft Office).

ThinkPads have a fantastic reputation as a rugged, high-durability laptop range that is not only made to last physically but also tends to have great battery longevity and performance that retains over years.

Of course, you still need the ThinkPad to have decent specs, and that’s where this E15 model comes in.

The specific capacity that we’re highlighting boasts a fantastic Ryzen 7 5700U Octa Core processor & 40GB RAM. These specs will work together to handle pretty much any business/general use task you can throw at them (and will do so with incredible speed for a very long time).

We love the inclusion of a 1TB NVMeSSD too, which is the fastest mainstream storage solution available for laptops. Not only will this mean the included Windows 10 Professional will run very smoothly, but you’ll have a huge amount of space (more than most laptops) for long-term file storage.

(Note: If you’re running on more of a budget, you can check out our longest lasting cheap laptop pick below, but also you can reduce the specs of this ThinkPad (via its Amazon page) to Ryzen 5500U, 16GB RAM & 256GB SSD, this wouldn’t be the same laptop as our original choice, but still offer decent future-proofing over most other competitors).

The build quality, RAM, CPU, and SSD are the parts that really make this machine long-lasting, but the E15 has some other nice quality-of-life features we like to see in a premium laptop like a full HD IPS screen, 720p webcam + shutter for privacy and a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 port.

Overall, if you’re not doing lots of gaming or work that requires a high-end GPU (video editing or rendering), then this is easily our top pick for the best long-lasting laptop available today.

2022 update: The ThinkPad E15 range remains our top ranking longest lasting laptop pick for over a year, but the pick has been updated to Gen 3 which boasts significantly better AMD CPUs compared to last year’s Intel 10K range; be careful when looking elsewhere on Amazon as you may be looking at a model with older CPUs (the button below takes you to the exact model that is up to date).

Longest Lasting Laptop for Gaming / High-End Production: MSI GE66 Raider

Now, for those after the best long-lasting gaming laptop or something suited for say, video editing/rendering, you’ll want something with a powerful GPU to go alongside the other high-end specs.

That’s where this MSI gaming laptop excels. With the unparalleled RTX 3080 GPU, this is the best graphics card available for laptops today and works alongside a top-range 11980HK & 32GB of RAM to achieve fantastic framerates on pretty much any title available today. You can expect Cyberpunk 2077, Red Dead Redemption 2, the latest Call of Duty, and all upcoming games for the next few years to run at an impressive spec.

If you happen to use your machine for general use too, know that between the main specs of the MSI GE66 Raider, it will pretty much destroy any standard-operation task you can throw at it for a long time.

Another reason we love this machine is its wonderful screen. This is a 4k screen while also managing 120hz. Not only are you getting the capability to games and other content at an incredibly high spec, but with decent contrast/color accuracy too. We’re impressed by the screen included here, it will be the perfect accompaniment for a top-tier laptop for many years to come, and with the RTX 3080 at the helm, you’ll have a GPU powerful enough to make the most of it.

The final mouth-watering spec of this HP laptop is its storage space. With a 2TB NVMe SSD, it’s hard to find a laptop with a better solution than this. While it sounds like a lot of space, when some modern titles exceed 200GB in total size, we really do think you want this kind of storage for a long-lasting laptop for gaming.

With longevity being the focus, we also rate MSI’s track record at producing durable and efficient laptops. With a very sturdy (yet ergonomic) exterior, a beautifully laid out inner internal cooling, and options to customize the level of noise/fans yourself within MSI’s custom software, we are really pleased to see the design of the laptop suit the quality of the internal specs (you would be surprised how many high-end laptops reduce the price by ultimately not creating a product designed to last).

There’s no such thing as a fully future-proof gaming laptop, as all specs are eventually outdated. But in terms of getting a machine today that will take you as far as possible? MSI has excelled here, and we can’t overstate how nice it is to play on a laptop with a high refresh rate/resolution. It completely changes how games and other content feels.

The GE66 Raider is our comfortable pick for the top long-lasting gaming laptop available today.

Longest Lasting Gaming Laptop (Mid-Range): MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062

Featured multiple times on What in Tech for its fantastic balance between value and performance, the MSI GL65 Leopard is perfect for someone after a long-lasting gaming PC without the budget for our top HP pick.

Boasting an RTX 2070 GPU alongside an Intel Core i7-10750H, this MSI gaming laptop has incredible specs for its price. You’ll be able to play close to every title in excellent sittings at FHD with high FPS (which will last into the future for many games too).

You’re also getting 16GB DDR4 RAM and a 512GB NVMe SSD (with space inside for an additional drive that you can add later should you need more space).

You might be thinking “at this price, where does the GL65 Leopard cut corners?” – well, we can’t really find an answer to that as it excels in its other specs too!

Take its screen for instance, with an IPS panel running at 144hz and 3ms latency, not to mention a 100% sRGB color accuracy, you’ll be getting beautiful, sharp, and smooth gameplay on a laptop that can actually produce high FPS.

Beyond that are a beautiful and sturdy design, comfortable RGB keyboard with enough tactlessness for gaming, and inbuilt thermals that have had a good track record from most other users.

If you can’t stretch to our top RTX 2080 Super laptop pick, don’t fret. This isn’t just the top laptop to last a long time in the mid-range, but the best gaming laptop we can find versus anything else close to its price!

Best Cheap Long Lasting Laptop: 2020 HP 15 15.6″ HD Touchscreen Premium Laptop

Now, for general users, we would definitely steer you towards the ThinkPad if possible (even reducing its specs) because those machines are built like tanks, and have long-lasting battery life.

That said, if you’re looking for the cheapest laptop that still offers specs we see as being suitable for the medium-long term (for business and personal use, not gaming/high-end production), then this HP offering packs a decent punch!

Boasting some specs not often seen from a reputable laptop manufacturer in this price range, you’re getting 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD (plenty for non-gamers) & a Core i5-1035G1 processor. We expect these to all provide you with everything you need for general use like basic software, Office, internet browsing, and Netflix/Amazon Prime/Disney Plus for a long time.

So with all that said, why is this our budget long-lasting laptop choice? Well, there are two areas that may bother some users:

  1. The laptop is thin/lightweight – > While this sounds great on paper, these ultralight laptops that many manufacturers make often suffer from limited thermal performance & slightly less battery life (if your device is just going to be stationary in the home, and for the most part you’re just using it for light software/internet browsing, this won’t be a problem. But for heavier users, go for our top ThinkPad pick.
  2. The screen is a touchscreen, which is great for a budget pick, but it’s also not full HD (1366 x 768), you’ll still get a decent picture for most purposes, but it depends if your idea of a long-lasting laptop includes having 1080p content or not.

With that said, if you’re comfortable with these downfalls, and you’re on more of a budget, then this laptop will serve your personal use for a long time.

Longest Lasting Touchscreen Laptop: LG Gram Laptop 2020 Touch Edition

If you’re looking for a high-performance touchscreen laptop that is as future-proof as a mid-range device can get, the LG Gram 2020 edition is a fantastic option.

The latest version of this classic flagship line from LG’s laptop division has a lot going for it, alongside its 15.6-inch touchscreen (with a gorgeous IPS panel) is a powerful Intel 10th Gen Core i7 1065G7 CPU with 16GB RAM and x 512GB M.2 NVMe SSDs (effectively 1TB of very fast storage, which will make your OS/file use feel like a smooth dream).

With these specs, you can expect this to last a long time for personal use and general work; but the LG Gram excels in another type of longevity: battery life. 

With an awesome 80W lithium battery, powered alongside an efficient set of specs, we consider this one of the longest-lasting battery life laptops on the market today too.

If touch and/or battery are important to you, the LG Gram is a great pick up.

Laptop Brands that Last the Longest?

To end this feature, we just wanted to address this common query. Prospective buyers often ask “how long do Lenovo/HP laptops last?”, etc.

The truth is there isn’t a one-size-fits-all long-lasting brand, it depends on the model (namely build/cooling quality, CPU, GPU, RAM).

If we had to name the longest-lasting laptop brand, it would typically be Lenovo, specifically their ThinkPad range.

However, this is a huge generalization, and a $1,000 HP laptop will (usually) last longer than an $800 ThinkPad.

So we’d highly recommend looking at the picks above which have been tailored to this question, but if you want to look further, focus on user reception and laptop reviews of certain models that seem to fare in the medium/long term and making sure you have decent enough specs (including a beefy GPU if you’re gaming).

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Kaelum Ross
Kaelum Ross
Kaelum Ross, BSc is the Lead Writer at What in Tech and a leading authority in PC hardware and software. With a career as a senior IT professional, Kaelum has led multi-million dollar projects covering everything from bespoke software development to complex Windows hardware upgrades. Today, Kaelum uses his expertise to serve What in Tech's readers and has been featured in numerous global publications including New York Magazine and Lifewire.

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