With over 17 hours of battery life and a best-in-class keyboard, Lenovo's 14-inch business workhorse offers the best balance between usability, portability and performance on the market today. The ThinkPad T470 improves over its predecessor, the T460, by shaving 0.3 pounds off of its weight, upgrading to a 7th Gen Kaby Lake processor and including a speedy PCIe SSD. Best of all, the T470 has a versatile Thunderbolt 3 port that you can use to charge the laptop and power multiple monitors over a single cable.
|Best Business Laptops 2018|
|Lenovo ThinkPad T470||Best Business Laptop Overall||4 out of 5|
|Lenovo ThinkPad 25||Best Splurge||4 out of 5|
|Lenovo ThinkPad 13||Best Small Business Laptop||4 out of 5|
|HP EliteBook x360 G2||Best Business 2-in-1||4.5 out of 5|
|Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon||Best Business Ultrabook||4 out of 5|
|Microsoft Surface Pro||Best Business Detachable||4 out of 5|
|Dell Precision 5520||Best 15-inch Workstation||4 out of 5|
|Lenovo ThinkPad P71||Best 17-inch Workstation||4 out of 5|
|Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet||Best Rugged Laptop||4 out of 5|
Like a trip back in time with modern conveniences, the ThinkPad 25 combines a classic keyboard and palmrest with high-end components such as a Core i7 CPU, NVMe-SSD and discrete Nvidia GPU. Under the skin, this laptop is actually a ThinkPad T470, which means that it also has the durability, hot swappable batteries and epic endurance of our favorite business laptop. Even if you have no nostalgia for ThinkPads past, you'll appreciate the superior typing experience.
Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 has all the features a large enterprise customer could want at a price small businesses can afford. This 3.17-pound notebook features an extremely snappy keyboard, optional 1080p touch screen, an SSD, a USB Type-C port and over 9 hours of battery life.
If you want your work laptop to have both security and style, the HP EliteBook x360 is your best option. Not only does it look nicer than any other business 2-in-1 out there, but the x360 also offers a fingerprint reader, Windows Hello facial logins and a phone app that lets you know if your laptop has been tampered with. It's also MIL-SPEC 810G durability tested to survive shocks, vibrations and the rigors of business travel.
The Maserati of business laptops, the 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon offers a host of premium features, including a vibrant 1080p or 2K screen, a super-snappy keyboard and over 12 hours of battery life. Better still, this powerful portable weighs just 2.49 pounds, but is well-made enough to pass a host of MIL-SPEC durability tests. A Thunderbolt 3 port adds to the Carbon's versatility.
Even though it's not explicitly an enterprise machine, the Surface Pro's combination of power, portability and flexibility is still better than any other detachable in both the consumer or business world. The new and improved magnets on the Type Cover offer even more stability for use on your lap and new 7th-generation Intel processors offer significantly better performance than previous Surfaces. On top of that, updates to Office 365 have brought all the important sketching and annotation features from OneNote to Word, Excel and Powerpoint, so you can diagram and collaborate even better than before.
With the body of a sleek XPS 15 and the brains of a desktop replacement, the 15-inch Dell Precision 5520 is the best mobile workstation on the market today. Ideal for CAD work, 3D animation or other graphically intensive business apps, the 5520 packs an 7th Generation Intel Xeon processor and Nvidia Quadro M1200 graphics into a 4.4 pound chassis with a dazzling, nearly bezel-free InfinityEdge display.
If you need the most powerful mobile workstation that money can buy and don't mind if it's a bit bulky, the ThinkPad P71 is your best choice. This nearly 8-pound behemoth is ideal for 3D modeling, animation or video editing, thanks to optional, high-end components such as an Intel Xeon processor and Nvidia Quadro P5000 graphics.
You can also get the ThinkPad P71 with a 4K display and built-in color calibrator. And, since this is a ThinkPad, you get a best-in-class keyboard, touchpad and pointing stick.
When combined with its optional keyboard cover, the Dell Latitude 7212 is the most durable business 2-in-1 you can get. In our tests, the Latitude survived 4-foot drops, without even getting a scratch. This 11.6-inch device is also incredibly bright, allowing you to use it outdoors on sunny days. This is the laptop to take with you to busy work sites.
Whether you're buying an entire fleet of notebooks for your employees or just looking for a single productivity system for yourself, you'll want a business laptop that's durable, powerful and easy-to-use. The best business laptops outdo their consumer-focused counterparts by offering better security, stronger build quality and a superior typing experience.
On this page, we list our favorite business laptops right now. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing the right model for you or your company.
Getting a business laptop with all the features you need could cost more than $1,000, but you'll be rewarded with a computer that makes you or your employees more productive for years to come.