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.
Last year's ThinkPad X240 lasted over 20 hours on a charge and its successor is likely to break that record. The 12.5-inch ThinkPad X250 has a powerful and power-efficient Intel 5th Generation Core Series CPU, an optional 1080p display and a full compliment of ports. Despite its power and endurance, the X250 weighs under 3 pounds.
Sleek and secure, the 14-inch HP EliteBook Folio 1040 is an excellent business Ultrabook. It sports a striking 3.4-pound aluminum chassis that's plenty durable, and the system passed 12 tests for drop, vibration and dust resistance. To protect your system and data, HP includes Sure Start, a self-healing solution against BIOS attacks, as well as Trust Circles for encrypting files. Other highlights include a zippy Core i7 processor and more than 7.5 hours of battery life. HP EliteBook Folio 1040 Review
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. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review
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. Dell Venue 11 Pro Full Review
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. Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme Review