The Lenovo ThinkPad T450s is the business laptop to beat. With the best keyboard in the business and an accurate pointing stick / touch pad, you'll be able to type and navigate with maximum comfort and accuracy. And with 15.5 hours of endurance, with the extended battery, you'll be able to go unplugged all day long.
With its carbon fiber lid and magnesium chassis, the 3.5-pound ThinkPad T450s is light but built tough. The starting configuration comes with a 1600 x 900-pixel, 14-inch display and mechanical hard drive, but we recommend spending more for the full-HD screen and speedy SSD.
Many business ultraportables stay light by skimping on connectivity and endurance, but not the ThinkPad X250. This 2.8-pound, 12.5-inch business behemoth has a full array of ports, including full-size Ethernet and an SD card reader while offering over 15 hours of battery life. Better still, the X250 has a durable chassis and one of the best keyboards on the market.
The Surface Pro 3 makes the most of its versatile design with an improved kickstand and a new magnet on the keyboard cover, which makes for more comfy use in your lap. The 12.5-inch display packs 2160 x 1440 pixels, which is sharp enough to show off those PowerPoints in style -- and play games in between meetings. Another plus for business users: The bundled pen can fire up OneNote with just a click.
Starting under $450, the Dell Venue 11 Pro 5000 Series is a strong choice for business users. This 2-in-1 sports a sturdy magnesium design, zippy quad-core processor and versatile docking options for turning this tablet into a laptop or desktop. The full-HD, 10.8-inch display isn't the brightest, but it offers plenty of detail. We also like the 8 hours of battery life.
Ready to perform in almost any environment, the Latitude Rugged Extreme meets all sorts of military-standard requirements for temperature, shock, radiation, sand and dust, rain and more. Even when we dropped this 8.6-pound tank of a laptop from chin height, it didn't flinch. Dell Data Protection features will help you encrypt your data and protect against malware attacks. The more than 8 hours of battery life solidifies the Rugged Extreme as a top pick.