Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the Maserati of business laptops, a sleek and stylish system with plenty of power under the hood. At 2.49 pounds, this 14-inch laptop can go anywhere, but it still finds room for a full suite of ports and enough battery capacity to provide over 11 hours of endurance.
The 2018 version of the X1 Carbon, which is technically the "6th Gen" of this product, ups the ante by adding a quad-core, Intel Kaby Lake-R CPU and one of the most gorgeous screens we've ever seen on a laptop. The optional, 2K HDR display rivals the OLED screens we see on top phones as it reproduces 199 percent of the sRGB gamut and provides up to 500 nits of brightness.
|Best Business Laptops 2018|
|Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen)||Best Business Laptop Overall||5 out of 5|
|HP EliteBook 840G5||Best Design||4.5 out of 5|
|Microsoft Surface Pro||Best Business Detachable||4 out of 5|
|HP EliteBook x360 G2||Best Business 2-in-1||4.5 out of 5|
|Lenovo ThinkPad T480||Best Battery Life||4 out of 5|
|Dell Precision 3530||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|
The HP EliteBook 840G5 is the ultimate blend of style and substance for business users. This slick aluminum notebook is attractive and durable, packs a vibrant 1080p privacy screen that blocks prying eyes, and delivers speedy performance via its Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. Splurge for the $2,295 config if you can, as it offers a much better display and adds in a webcam.
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.
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.
If battery life is your priority, Lenovo's ThinkPad T480 is the laptop to get. This notebook lasted a stunning 17 hours on our battery test, which, combined with its strong Core i5 processor and Nvidia MX150 GPU, offers tons of muscle for a full workday and then some.
The Precision 3530 is a beast inside and out. This 15-inch workstation has a durable MIL-STD-810G chassis, a blazing Intel Xeon processor and Nvidia Quadro graphics and a long 8-hour battery. Factor in its comfortable keyboard and loud speakers, and you've got a big and beefy business laptop ready to handle anything you throw at it.
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.