The best 4G LTE laptops in 2024

The best 4G LTE laptops are essential if you’re a mobile professional and your job has you traveling frequently. However, not everywhere you go will have a stable internet connection, so purchasing a laptop with 4G LTE capabilities is a great feature to consider if you’re in the market for a new laptop. 

We’ve identified some of the best 4G LTE laptops out there, each of which strikes a balance between solid performance, a vivid display and affordable pricing. 

An important thing to remember is that 4G LTE isn’t the default option for many laptops, so you have to configure your potential system with the feature. Certain companies will advertise 4G support as if it's a stock feature, but you’ll have to add it to your purchase for an additional hundred or so dollars. For example, the page for the HP Spectre x360 says it has “Gigabit-class 4G LTE,” but to actually add this onto the product, you’ll need to complete a set of convoluted steps and spend an additional $130.

5G is also at the forefront and is being more commonly integrated into laptops. For example, the Dell Latitude 9510 was the first business laptop with 5G support, but you can even configure some of the options on our list with 5G if desired. Check out our best 5G laptops page for more information.

CURATED BY
Claire Momo Tabari
CURATED BY
Momo Tabari

Momo Tabari graduated with a bachelor's degree in Journalism & Media Studies at Brooklyn College and has been covering tech for four years. She has written over fifty reviews and has plenty of experience testing and critiquing laptops.

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The best 4G LTE laptops in 2024

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Best overall

Excellent for on-the-go workers who need 4G LTE

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1365U vPRo
GPU: Intel Iris Xe graphics
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB
Display: 13.5-inch, 1920 x 1280-pixel display
Size: 11.7 x 8.67 x 0.64 inches
Weight: 2.2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Awesome keyboard
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13-hour battery life
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Good webcam
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Loud speakers
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Excellent color accuracy

Reasons to avoid

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Middling performance

The HP Dragonfly G4 is our number one choice for those in need of the best laptops with 4G LTE. While you'll have to configure it with 5G, it'll still support 4G broadbands and will allow you to seamlessly get work done on-the-go with a data plan. But beyond just its connectivity capabilities, what makes this laptop so special?

The HP Dragonfly G4 is built with an Intel Core i7-1365U vPro, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage, and a 13.5-inch, 1920 x 1280-pixel display. Its thin chassis and light weight contribute to a compact form factor, coming in at 2.2 pounds and measuring 11.7 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches. You'll have no issue slotting it into your backpack and taking on-the-go to get work done (or if you just want to watch movies or TV shows).

Its display, while far from perfect, boasts enough coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut with a score of 80.2% to fulfill most people's needs. We generally recommend at least 80% to avoid lackluster screens, so you'll be able to enjoy films comfortably. Its 391 nits of brightness are also solid enough to ensure your screen isn't overly washed out in well-lit areas.

Best of all, longevity is pretty important when on-the-move. And considering you're on this list to find the best 4G LTE laptops, you'll want something that can last when you're not in a space that offers Wi-Fi, and thus, probably won't have outlets either. The HP Dragonfly G4 has you covered in that regard, as on the Laptop Mag battery test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, it managed a runtime of 12 hours and 44 minutes.

Its only real flaw is that its overall performance left a bit to be desired, as on the Geekbench 6 benchmark, it managed a score of 7,408. This is decent and will still be capable of handling moderate workloads, but considering that Intel Meteor Lake laptops can hover around 12,000, you are trading a bit less performance for its other features.

See our full HP Dragonfly G4 review.

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Best Chromebook

You won't find a better Chromebook with 4G LTE

Specifications

CPU: Intel i5-1245U vPro
GPU: Intel UHD 620 GPU
RAM: 8GB LPDDR4X
Storage: 256GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
Display: 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504-pixel touchscreen
Size: 11.6 x 8.7 x 0.65 inches
Weight: 2.8 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Bright, sharp 2K display
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Versatile 360-hinge design
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Outstanding performance
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5G connectivity available
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Durable and attractive design

Reasons to avoid

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Weak battery life
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Starts at $1,149

The HP Elite Dragonfly is the best Chromebook you can buy if you want 4G LTE connectivity, but keep in mind, you will absolutely have to pay top dollar for it. It's built with an Intel i5-1245U processor, 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and has 256GB of NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD storage space. Alongside this, its 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504-pixel touchscreen delivers a phenomenally bright and sharp panel.

The Elite Dragonfly managed to reproduce 79.3% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, and we generally recommend anything around 80% and higher, so it's absolutely within that range. But Chromebooks often suffer from significantly inferior color depth, with our average being 59.3%. It's not too surprising that this does that much better, though, considering it's more expensive than most Chromebooks. Alongside that, it has an average brightness of 392 nits whereas the average Chromebook comes in at 297 nits. There's also a display option that HP claims can hit 1,000 nits.

Its greatest weakness is that, unfortunately, it doesn't last long when on-the-go. If you're looking for a great 4G LTE experience, a laptop that won't die when you're separated from an outlet is a must. In this case, it lasted 9 hours and 14 minutes. While that is decent enough in general, as our Chromebook average is 9 hours and 31 minutes. We generally recommend laptops lasting anywhere between 9 and 10 hours, but in this case, we'd expect a little more from a Chromebook designed for those on-the-move.

Overall, the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook is an absolute winner for business users who prefer the Chromebook platform, and especially if you need a great laptop for your business, you'll love the security that comes with Intel vPro, Google's Titan C chip, and built-in privacy shutter.

See our full HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook.

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Best business

Plain and simply our best business laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1355U
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Display: 14-inch, 1980 x 1200-pixel, touchscreen
Size: 12.4 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 2.5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Shocklingly lightweight
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Fast SSD
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Great battery life
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Decent speakers

Reasons to avoid

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Overhyped
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Middling performance

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 11) is still our number one best laptop for the business category. And best of all, it can be built with 4G LTE or 5G LTE. So not only are you getting the best of the best for business users, you are getting exactly what you need out of it, too. Not many laptops come with mobile broadband support, and you'll often have to settle for a lesser laptop just to get one with compatibility, but this isn't the case here whatsoever. If you're a business user in search of a Windows laptop and have a good bit to spend, this is what you should buy, period.

It's built with an Intel Core i7-1355U processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage, and a 14-inch, 1,920 x 1,200-pixel resolution touchscreen. On paper, these specs are solid, but what really makes the ThinkPad X1 Carbon shine is what you get when you take a peek at our tests.

In the Laptop Mag battery test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits, it lasted a total of 13 hours and 45 minutes before powering off. We normally recommend longevity between 9 and 10 hours, so to put it bluntly, this is an absolutely awesome score. When thinking about taking laptops on-the-go, especially because mobile broadband means you'll likely be away from an outlet, knowing it can last a long while is a necessity.

Its performance is also good but certainly not as exceptional, as on the Geekbench 5.5 overall performance test, it managed a score of 8,628 and beat the premium laptop average of 7,768. This should be decent enough to handle moderate workloads, so you shouldn't have to worry too much about a processor slowing you down.

Unfortunately, its display leaves a bit to be desired, which is a sacrifice you'll have to make if you want to get the benefits of its other great traits. It covered 69% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, which is not only significantly below the category average of 94%, but it falls flat in the face of our recommended 80% minimum.

See our full Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 11).

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How to choose the best 4G LTE laptop for you

Do your intensive daily workloads require more RAM than the average Joe? Are you a video editor who needs extra storage? Are you a gamer who wants a powerful GPU? Sorting through the best laptops to fit your lifestyle is a tricky business.

Budget: What you get for the money.

You can find decent Windows laptops and high-quality Chromebooks for under $500. However, better mainstream laptops usually cost more than $700 and premium Ultrabooks can run over $1,000. The best gaming laptops can cost $2.000 and up, but you can play the latest titles at decent frame rates on gaming laptops under $1,000.

Screen Size: 12 to 14 inches for Portability

Knowing a laptop's screen size tells you a lot about its portability overall. If you want to use your computer on your lap or carry it around a lot, go for one with a 12, 13 or 14-inch display. If you want to use the computer on tables and desks and won't carry it around much, a 15-inch model may give you more value. Some gaming rigs, media machines and workstations even have 17 or 18-inch screens, but those are hardest to carry.

2-in-1 or Clamshell?

More and more of today's laptops are 2-in-1s with screens that either bend back 360 degrees or detach so you can use them as tablets. If you like the idea of using your laptop in slate mode for drawing, media consumption or just using it standing up, a 2-in-1 could be for you. However, you can often get better features or a lower price by going with a traditional clamshell-style laptop.

Battery Life: 9+ Hours for Portability

Unless you only plan to use your laptop on your desk, battery life matters. Even within the home or office, having plenty of juice enables you to work on the couch or at the conference table, without being chained to the nearest outlet. For the best portability, we recommend getting a laptop that lasted 9 to 10 hours on the Laptop Mag Battery Test. The longest-lasting laptops endure for over 10 hours.

How we test the best 4G LTE laptops

We put each laptop through extensive benchmark testing — both synthetic and real-world — before they end up in the hands of our reviewers. We evaluate each aspect of the laptop, including its performance, battery life, display, speakers and heat management.

In our benchmark testing, we use a Klein K10 colorimeter to detect the brightness and DCI-P3 color gamut of the laptop's display. For performance testing, we run the laptop through a gauntlet of benchmarks, including Geekbench 5 and 6 and 3DMark professional graphics tests. 

To determine real-world performance, we task the laptop to convert a 4K video to 1080p resolution and to duplicate a 4.97GB multimedia file. Our real-world graphics test is the Sid Meier's Civilization 6 Gathering Storm benchmark with medium settings at 1080p resolution.

We also run heat tests by playing a 15-minute full-screen video and measuring temperatures in different areas of the laptop. Last but not least, our battery test consists of continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. For MacBooks and premium Windows 11 laptops, a runtime of over 9 hours is considered a good result whereas gaming laptops and workstations that can stay powered for longer than 5 hours deserve praise. 

These tests are complemented with extensive hands-on testing from our reviewers who critique everything from the laptop's materials to the feel of its touchpad.

See this page on How We Test Laptops for more details on our benchmarking procedures.

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Our experienced team of writers and editors scour the available information about the laptop and put it through its paces to determine which is best for you. But before they start, the testing team subjects each system to a rigorous regimen of synthetic and real-world tests to see how a system handles the type of work and games you’re most likely to throw at it. 

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Momo Tabari
Contributing Writer

Self-described art critic and unabashedly pretentious, Momo finds joy in impassioned ramblings about her closeness to video games. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Media Studies from Brooklyn College and five years of experience in entertainment journalism. Momo is a stalwart defender of the importance found in subjectivity and spends most days overwhelmed with excitement for the past, present and future of gaming. When she isn't writing or playing Dark Souls, she can be found eating chicken fettuccine alfredo and watching anime.