Everybody needs a good laptop. The digital world we live in today calls for one all the way from the school to the working world, and there are certain qualities we look for in them. Functionality, power, reliability, and cost-effectiveness are all factors to consider here, and with all the options out there making a decision can be a little tricky.
Well, that’s what we’re going to focus on here, as we take a look at some of the most outstanding business laptops available, in no particular order. Let’s dive right in and see how you can make your work easier this year, whatever it is you do.
Acer Aspire S 13
While Acer might not be as well-known a brand as some of the others on this list, they have a solid reputation for delivering quality laptops, especially for those in the mid-range budget segment. With the Aspire S 13, you get plenty of ports, as it carries two USB 3.O, HDMI, SD Card, headphone/mic jack, as well as a USB Type-C port, which is a rare inclusion for laptops at this price (it goes for around $750).
Its lightweight body, powerful Intel Core i7 processor, and vivid 1920×1080 display combine to beat out many prominent brand names in this price bracket. It’s comfortable keyboard and above average battery life (9h, 48mins) also make it perfect for those long typing sessions.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen)
When it comes to overall value, selection, company support, and quality, there are few laptop manufacturers that can hold a candle to Lenovo (a long time favorite with IT departments for their manageability), and they don’t disappoint with the 6th Gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
Here, the basic setup comes with an i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. It’s exceptionally lightweight, comes with a wide 14-inch, 1920x1080p display, and holds an impressive 11 hours of battery life – just the sort of all-around package that can be used for forex analysis and other heavy business applications. Starting out at $1,367, it’s well worth the price.
Dell XPS 13 9370
Dell has a stellar reputation in the business laptop world, so they wouldn’t miss out on a list such as this. Their new Dell XPS 13 9370, clunky name notwithstanding, is well suited to today’s work demands. It comes at a retail price of $999 for an i7 processor, 13.3-inch 1920×1080 display, and an exceptional battery life (12h,37mins), enough to see you through an entire working day. It has a high-end finish to it as well, with its edgeless screen design and sleek chassis.
If you’re looking to go the Chromebook route, then this is definitely for you. This ultra-slim notebook comes with 8GB of RAM, a 12.3-inch 2400x1600p display, with a touchscreen and optional stylus. It’s a real beauty, as its sleek dipped monochrome chassis design almost makes other laptops look a decade behind. Plus, its stylus functionality has minimal latency, making it really enjoyable to write and work with.
Aside from its impressive specs and aesthetics, Google handles all the backend security updates, making it a life-saver for those working without the aid of an IT department. This should be particularly appealing to those working a side-hustle or who are constantly on the move, as its light weight and broad functionality make it a great tool for the businesspeople on the go. For $899, it makes a lot of sense.
HP EliteBook 840 G5
While this business laptop might lean a little towards the expensive side at $1,099, it still comes with a cheaper price tag than many consumer laptops with comparable performance. HP offers users a wide range of choices when it comes to their laptop’s configuration, but for $1,099 you will get your hands on a 7th Gen i5, 8GB of RAM, and a respectable 8h,31mins of battery life. You could always upgrade to the $2,000 setup that packs an i7, 32GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon RX 540 graphics card, as well as 2GB of dedicated GDDR5.
Aside from all the functionality we expect of a business laptop, it comes with all the bells and whistles of a top-line consumer setup as well, including a fingerprint scanner, wide port variety, and a privacy lens slider over the camera.