If you’re a business professional that is in need of a new laptop, in this guide, we’ve rated and reviewed seven of the best laptops for business across multiple categories and price points to help you find the option that best suits your needs.
Whether you’re constantly traveling for work, or you’re always hopping between meetings and your office or home, a laptop will offer you a nice balance between performance and mobility to help you stay on top of your business-related tasks.
In this guide, we’ve take a look at some of the best business laptop options across a few different categories and price points to help you find an option that will work for you. So, if you’re looking for a new laptop for doing your business on, one of the options listed below should provide you with all of the computing power you need.
A Quick Look at the Best Business Laptops
The table below will give you a quick look at our top picks for the best laptops for business across a handful of different categories and price points.
*To learn more about why we selected the laptops above, click on the “Read Review »” link to jump to our overview on that laptop. If you want to check out our two Honorable Mention laptops, keep scrolling down.
Extreme Business Laptop:
Dell Precision 7730 17.3″
If you’re doing a lot of high-end design work, or need a crazy amount of processing power, the Precision is what you’re looking for—but of course, boasting a price tag nearly twice that of the MacBook Pro, it had better!
The Precision’s specs are genuinely insane: Its CPU is an i9-8950HK—that’s six cores, overclockable to 4.8 GHz per—32GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB solid state drive, an NVIDIA Quadro P3200 graphics card with 6GB of video memory, an 802.11ac Dual Band wireless adapter featuring Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, three USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port, an SD card reader and an HDMI port. But, if you’re looking for a light laptop, this is not it as it weighs in at a hefty 6.99 pounds.
It does come with an eye-catching 17.3″ LED-backlit screen with a 4K resolution, though.
The Precision could serve as a gaming laptop, too. The Quadro P3200 is technically better suited for more work-instensive graphics tasks, but it will work for gaming as well. Pound for pound, it’ll outpace any entry level desktop computer. If you need more computing power than the Precision can offer, you need an internship at NASA, not a laptop!
That said, the Precision’s price tag—nearly double that of the MacBook Pro, the second most expensive laptop on this list—is prohibitive to most casual shoppers. But if you’re the high-powered CEO this bad boy was marketed for, you’ll never want to own another laptop.
Top Apple Laptop for Business:
Apple MacBook Pro 15″
If you’re a fan of Macs, it’s an awesome time to look into updating your MacBook Pro. The newest generation of MacBooks are fierce—but be warned, there are some drawbacks to transitioning.
As far as the nitty gritty tech specs are concerned, the latest MacBook Pro has a 15.4″ LED-backlit display that has a 2880 x 1800 native resolution in a 16:10 aspect ratio. Its Intel Core i7 processor has six cores at ~2.6 GHz per, with a native overclock option up to 4.3 GHz. The onboard GPU is a Radeon Pro 560x with 4GB of video memory. It comes with two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, an 802.11ac wireless card that’s a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 5.0 compatible, and weighs just over four pounds.
The MacBook Pro’s touch bar replaces the old school function keys at the top of the keyboard, and changes contextually based on the programs you’re running—but you can create permanent shortcuts on the touch bar for your regular programs, like mail, Safari, Final Cut Pro X, etc.
In addition, the standard Solid State Drive—which has up to 3.2GB/s read speed and up to 2.2GB/s write speed—will make shell navigation a breeze. You’ll be moving files around and running programs faster than you ever could on a standard hard drive.
Unfortunately, the MacBook Pro’s biggest drawback is its input ports: Without any standard USB ports—just USB-C—HDMI ports or SD card readers, you’ll need to invest in adapters for any non-USB-C plugins, which will significantly slow down transfer speed.
High-End Windows Option:
Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon 14.0″
The Carbon is cheaper than the MacBook Pro, but it’s still one of the more expensive entries on this list. That said, if you’re looking for a laptop that can handle your work necessities and a little extra, the Carbon’s not a bad option!
It has a 14″ LED-backlit screen that has a 1920 x 1080 native screen resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio, 16 GB of RAM, a 512GB solid state drive, and an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU. It has a wireless card capable of 802.11a/b/g connection, two USB 3.0 ports, and weighs in at 2.49 pounds out of the box.
If you’re on the prowl for the best laptops for business, but you aren’t fond of MacOS, the sixth gen Carbon might just be your best bet. Some office culture dictates the use of Microsoft products from the Office suite, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and et al., so you may find yourself pigeonholed into picking up a machine with Windows installed on it.
The Carbon’s fatal flaw is that its RAM is soldered into place, so if you tend to keep computers for years on end, you may find yourself bottle necked by your memory one day. But that’s a problem for future you, right?
Budget Business Laptop:
ASUS VivoBook 15.6″
The cheapest entry on this list, the VivoBook is an excellent budget option for the young professional who doesn’t need any bells or whistles.
Try not to let its technical specs disappoint you, given the absolute monstrosity that is the Precision. The VivoBook has a 15.6″ LED-backlit display at a 1920 x 1080 resolution; has a 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5 CPU; 8 GB of DDR4 RAM; a 1,000 GB Hybrid hard drive; Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU; an 802.11.ac wireless card; and comes standard with two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. Out of the box, the VivoBook weighs 3.7 pounds.
So, bottom line, the VivoBook is the economy option—and that’s great if you don’t need anything impressive! Its hardware suite is more than enough to get basic browsing and simple work done, and you won’t have to take out a second mortgage to finance it. Besides that, the VivoBook is nice and compact—and lightweight—so it’s a great fit for travelers, too.
Honorable Mention #1:
Surface Laptop 2 13.5″
The Surface 2 is the best business laptop for travelers on this list! Weighing it an easy breezy 2.76 pounds total, and boasting an almost wafer-thin design, there’s no doubt that you’ll be including this laptop on your carry-on the next time you travel.
Per specs, it comes with a 13.5″ PixelSense interactive touchscreen with 2256 x 1504 native res in a 3:2 aspect ratio, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB solid state drive, an i7-3960X CPU and integrated Intel HD graphics. Its wireless card is 802.11a/b/g, and it has one USB 3.0 port.
That single USB port might seem like a major drawback, but the Surface 2 comes with a lightweight dock that, once plugged in, adds two more USB 3.0 slots, an Ethernet port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Its omnisonic speakers are discreetly hidden beneath your keyboard, and its Surface Arc mouse can snap flat and be tucked into your pocket, purse or bag. And—the icing on the cake—its touch screen capabilities and included stylus are exceedingly useful for any traveling artists, or for anybody that needs to sign a PDF on the go!
The Surface 2 is an awesome pick for anybody that travels regularly and dreads the weight of a typical laptop—not to mention it’s the second cheapest option on this list. That said, you’re getting what you pay for, and the Surface 2 has considerably less processing power, graphics capabilities, and storage space than some of our other picks.
Honorable Mention #2:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 15.6″
The Yoga isn’t terribly dissimilar from the Carbon—but its specs are a little different and, importantly, it serves a totally different niche. If you’re a graphics designer or any type of digital artist, the Yoga is a dream come true for you: It’s billed as a “two-in-one” laptop because its Rise and Fall Keyboard can be folded back into itself. The keys recess and lock until it’s unfolded once more, and while the keyboard is folded up, you can use the idle-charging active pen to turn the Yoga into a tablet.
Its specs are just slightly less impressive than the Carbon: A 14″ LED-backlit screen at 1920×1080, a 16:9 aspect ratio; a 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7 CPU; 8GB of RAM; a 256GB solid state drive; Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU; an 802.11a/b/g wireless card; and Windows 10 Pro. It weighs in at 3.08 pounds.
Though the Yoga serves a slightly more specific niche than the Carbon, it’s beyond perfect for the customer base that it serves. You could consolidate your whole operation into one device, and then take it with you wherever you want! If that’s not the height of convenience, what is?
Honorable Mention #3:
Huawei MateBook X Pro 13.9″
The MateBook is the final word in visual fidelity, with its 13.9″ 3K touchscreen—not to mention it’s absolutely wafer-thin at 0.57-inch width, and weighs in at 2.93 pounds, making it an ideal traveling laptop.
Its specs are ideal for anybody that watches a lot of movies or needs unrivaled picture clarity for work purposes. Its maximum screen res is 3000 x 2000, and it comes with a 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512 GB solid state drive, an NVIDIA MX150 GPU with 2GB of video memory, and an 802.11ac wireless card.
The MateBook’s biggest drawbacks are its USB ports. By design, it only comes with a single USB 3.0 port and two additional USB-C ports—which might be perfect if you own an iPhone, but is otherwise limiting. Your only real option is to purchase a USB 3.0 hub and plug it into the 3.0 output on the laptop to give yourself a few extra ports to work with.
But if “lightweight” and “gorgeous” are your two keywords on this shopping trip, the MateBook might be ideal for you!
Need A Laptop to Run Your Business? One of these Options Should Work for You
Not all business work is the same. Depending on the specific kind of work you need to do on your laptop, there is a likely a laptop option that will be better suited for you. In the guide above, we listed a handful of different business laptop options and so, whether you’re traveling a lot and you need a lighter laptop, or you need a high-end option that will allow you to handle complex spreadsheets or other demanding tasks, there is an option listed above that will work for you.