[colored_box color=”blue”]BEST BUSINESS LAPTOPS[/colored_box]
It may be true that most laptops can run business software, but not all have the extra options that entrepreneurs and CEOs are looking for to enhance their experience. A business laptop needs more than just power and looks. It has to be reliable, durable, fast, and most of all secure. Like gaming laptops, they have less to do with flashy designs, and more to do with usability due to their function-first approach. For example, a glossy finish might not be the best choice, because the laptop will be used a lot. In other words, it will quickly wear down, so you might want to look for a rugged matte exterior that can stand abuse. Obviously, the equipment found in business laptops is top notch, and this probably means that the average consumer will not want to purchase if, but you know what you’re paying for, and the following ten laptops will definitely appeal to you.
Table of Contents:
- Top 10 Best Gaming Laptops
- Top 10 Best Budget Laptops
- Top 10 Best Business Laptops
- Top 10 Best High-End Laptops
- Top 10 Best Multimedia Laptops
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So before we begin, let’s quickly check the most important features: rugged design, durability, design features to survive travel, security, manageability features, connectivity options and raw horsepower. These are the things that every business laptop should include.
The Dell Latitude E6430 ATG is definitely a big boy. It is true that it is not as large as its predecessor the Dell XFR or the Panasonic Toughbook CF-31, but it is still quite large. The great thing about is the fact that it is insanely durable: you can drop it, leave it out in the cold, and abuse it as you see fit and it will still work perfectly.
The laptop is hardened with an aluminium lid, steel hinges and a magnesium alloy frame. Its sturdy rubber port covers keep out dirt and dust, and the plastic armor layer covers the edges of the device. It is also equipped with an Intel 2.9 GHz i7-3520M dual-core processor, 6GB of RaAM and a 1366×768 display with anti-glare coating. The perfect choice for a serious business person.
The Good: amazing screen resolution, and visibility indoors and outdoors, all-day battery life
The Bad: bulky, heavy, expensive
For those of you who are hatting on Apple, it’s time to stop. The MacBook Air is one of the best business laptops on the planet, for two simple reasons. First of all it is perfect for road warrios because it will last you all day and all night! Seriously, other laptops cough and die in half the time that the MacBook Air can last unplugged. Secondly, it is extremely durable and light thanks to its all-aluminium construction. Granted, it may not be the thinnest laptop on the market, but considering that it is equipped a 1440×900 p resolution, 13.3 inch display, an 1.3 GHz Intel Core i5-4250U processor and integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000.
With double the battery life of the strongest current Windows 8 competition, the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2013) adds epic untethered usability to a highly portable system. (Source: PcMag)
The Good: 15 hours battery life, Core i5 processor, light and portable, dual microphones for FaceTime
The Bad: costly upgrades for battery life, no HDMI, no 1080p quality
Number three on our list is another ultrabook excellent for travelling. Not only is it excellent for life on the road, but it also features high-end specs such as an 128GB SSD, 1080 ten-point touch screen and less than 2.25 pounds. As you would expect, it looks very much like its older brother the 13.3 inch Acer Aspire S7-391-9886. It features a durable aluminium lid, Gorilla Glass 2 covering for the 11.6 inch screen, and 1920×1080 resolution display, visible from many angles. There are a couple of indents built into the chassis to hook up the included extended battery.
As far as performance goes, it features a powerful Intel Core i5-3317U, 4GB of memory and an Intel HD Graphics 4000 card. The S7-191-6640 is just a touch better for the road warrior, but it’s not enough for a clear-cut victory.
The Good: extremely thin and light (perfect for travelling), 10-point touch-screen, 1080 screen, extended battery, comes with mouse
The Bad: weak battery life, not enough ports, needs dongles for Ethernet and VGA, graphics are integrated
If you want to experience what Windows 8 has to offer, you will definitely enjoy the HP Elitebook Folio 9470m. It is slim, lightweight, extremely simple to move around, and beautiful: the perfect business tool for a trendy entrepreneur. For security purposes it also has a fingerprint scanner, and as far as performance is concerned, you can be sure that the outstanding battery will last longer than a cross-country flight.
It is protected by a silvery magnesium alloy with soft-touch finish, and its lid can be flipped over for more navigation options. The power button resides above the keyboard on the left, and buttons for toggling airplane mode and audio sit at the upper right. Last but not least, its performance is given by the powerful 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5-3427U processor, and the integrated Intel HD 4000 graphic card.
The Good: incredibly beautiful, powerful and slim, perfect for traveling, long battery life
The Bad: not the best storage options (only 4GB), unreasonably priced
5. Wortmann Terra Mobile 1512
The vast majority of surfaces on the Terra Mobile are in a matte black color, with the exception of the shiny lid back. Due to its inconsistent design, it distracts attention, Also, the glossy back attracts fingerprints, which means that you should carry a cleaning cloth with you at all times. Nevertheless, the casing is resistant, considering the price, and only the leading edge of the touchpad might be bent. A big downer for it is the fact that it does not have USB 3.0 ports, only a fast ethernet slot. The 1037U Intel Celeron processor is an Ivy Bridge generation, dual-core processor which operates at 1.8 GHz.
Therefore it consumes little power compared to the Sandy Bridge architecture of its equivalent, the Celeron B830. The CPU tests the Cinebench benchmarks, the processor works always at full speed, and it operates smoothly. Its biggest letdown is the graphic performance, powered by the Intel HD Graphics of 350-1000 MHz core clock.
The Good: good, reliable, cheap, matte display, effective working tool
The Bad: not the best design, no 3.0 USB ports
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If you’re on the lookout for something less expensive, we recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431 laptop. It is the perfect choice for small businesses, because it tries to fit a business laptop in a consumer budget. What it lacks in display and battery quality it makes up for in comfort, performance and durability.
At first glance it looks a lot like your run-of-the-mill budget laptop, but it is equipped with a powerful Intel Core i5-3230M processor, integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 card, 500GB, 7200 rpm hard drive and other spec that make it quite impressive compared to its ultrabook contestants. It may not be a touchscreen, but it is the swan song of Windows 7 for business, and its 14 inch diagonal screen with matte finish will ensure that it is not damaged due to repeated use.
The Good: best price for business laptop, removable battery, great multimedia performance, durable, comfortable, secure, multi-touch track-pad, matte finish
The Bad: not the best life battery, low screen resolution
7. Medion the Touch 300 Akoya S6212T
The great pride of Akoya is its 300 degrees foldable touchscreen display laptop. The truth is that business people and potential buyers might actually be seduces by its specs, because it offers a fourth generation Haswell processor, a removable tray, and three year warranty. Also, considering that it only costs approximately 600 dollars, it will not burn a whole in your pocket, especially if you are part of a small business.
The casing is pure plastic, like the Aspire or the Pavilion, and the top base unit is covered with an Anthracite held. As far as connectors go, the Akoya is equipped with a mini-dpslay port, VGA output, 2 USB ports, a microphone jack and video outputs, on the left side. The right side has the optical drive, the card slot and 2xUSBs. The Akoya is equipped with a removable tray that can accommodate a second hard drive or a second battery next to the optical drive
The Good: beautiful design, good battery, inexpensive, Core I3-4010U processor
The Bad: does not perform well outdoors, prone to damage, not the best graphics
Purchase Link: here
As you are probably used to already, the Fujitsu Lifebook is one of those premium ultrabooks that business people would want around: it is slim, powerful thanks to its Core i7 processor, speedy and with a great battery. Its design is visually appealing and it is very easy to carry it around. Unusual for an ultrabook is the Lifebook U772’s wide port selection, which includes HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports (one with Anytime USB Charge), a third USB 2.0 port, and an integrated card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC).
Thanks to its SSD it instantly boots and wakes, and also runs business-related programs with ease. The Intel core i7-3667U processor is a beast but it was no match for our next contender, the ASUS Zenbook Prime.
The Good: powerful processor, 128GB SSD, great business and security features
The Bad: bizarre scrolling, glare-prone display, Ethernet needs clunky adapter
The TravelMate series from Acer may have faded from the spotlight, because of the Ultrabooks, but this doesn’t mean that it is not a great device. Acer started to experiment with low-voltage processors in slim laptops long before the ultrabook was invented. In 2011 these devices offered even seven to nine hours of battery life. This is how the TravelMate was born. As a matter of fact, the TMP645 has the best specifications for such a reasonable price.
The base model starts at aprox. 1000 dollars, and with an optional AMD graphics and 1080p panel it can cost 1250$. This device was designed with business in mind, and this is exactly why it has a durable housing. The P645 we tested came with an Intel Core i7-4500U processor, one of the more powerful dual-cores available for current Ultrabooks.
Fast, durable and surprisingly affordable, the TravelMate P645 is a dull yet competent choice for anyone in need for a powerful Ultrabook. (Source: DigitalTrends)
The Good: excellent build quality, light and thin, good connectivity, powerful CPU and GPU, good battery
The Bad: heats up, unpleasant keyboard, boring appearance
10. Samsung 550P7C
The Samsung 550P7C is an all-around wonderful device, suitable for business, web-browsing, gaming and other. The casing has a fine texture to it which can be easily cleaned and is also durable. I own this laptop at the moment and I am extremely contempt with the seamless browser navigation and high performance for multimedia and video editing. It is powered by an Intel Core i7 3630 processor with 2.40 GHz speed, 8GB storage and a powerful NviDia 650 with 2GB dedicated memory. In terms of appearance it is pretty slick, however it’s quite large (aprox. 18 inches wide, and heavy).
All the ports are neatly packed on the left side of the laptop, which makes it extremely comfortable and convenient to use, the keyboard feels great, and the power-on/off button on the right side of the keyboard has a pretty blue color. It would have been perfect with a back-lit keyboard.
The Good: incredible performance, reasonable price, durable casing, powerful processor and graphics card
The Bad: –