Now Is a Horrible Time To Buy a Laptop. Can you wait a few months for that new notebook computer? Can you deal with your old one for a while longer? If so, are you in for a treat. The new Intel Haswell processor, which will start showing up in a few months, promises 24 hour battery life, and 10 days standby. The days of looking for an outlet in the middle of the day are almost over. So, put your wallet back in your pocket, and stay plugged in. Your day is coming.