There are hundreds of laptops to choose from when it comes to business use but one designed espeically for this area might not actually be the best choice. Whether running a small independent business or choosing a laptop that will play nice with a large enterprise network, there are certain features, specs and design traits to look out for.
You might be buying for yourself to run your start up in your rented workspace, or you could be here looking for a model to buying to kit out all your employees with. You might even be buying for thousands of people.
So which laptop is going to please everyone? It won’t be the same one for every situation (if only it were that simple). Once you’ve decided if your style of business suits Windows 10, ChromeOS or macOS then you can set about choosing the model.
You'll also want to consider whether these laptops come with Windows 10 Pro as standard. If they don't it's easy to upgrade. As mentioned at the top, a dedicated business model like a ThinkPad might not be the right option so we've included a range of consumer laptops which are likely to do the jobjust as well, possibly for less money.
Price is a factor, of course. Some high-end laptops are indeed excellent but you may want to save some money while still getting decent performance. Thankfully those laptops do exist and that's why a Chromebook might be a great choice, espeically if you're needs aren't demanding.
Robust build could be of importance if you work in the field, or you might want something featherweight to carry form meeting to meeting around the globe. Then features such as fingerprint readers for additional security or long lasting battery life might be top of your must-have list.
Some of the laptops in this list are higher priced, but they often represent good value considering the features and specifications they have. We've included a range of different prices and options.
Here are the best laptops for business as of 2020. Each entry links out to a full review with more information on price, design, features, specs, battery life and software. They are ranked but that doesn't mean the #1 laptop here is the right one for you're specific budget, taste and needs.
Best business laptops 2020
- Reviewed on: 5 December 2019
The Lenovo ThinkPad succeeds in the ways in which you would expect from a premium X1 Carbon model.
You get a combination of top-notch build quality, excellent ergonomics and a powerful set of specs. It's a lot of laptop that will no doubt serve you well for many years.
Our main advice is to avoid the 4K display as it's unnecessary and contributes to middling battery life. You might also want to look at a Core i5 model to save some money, which will still be powerful enough for most day-to-day tasks.
- Reviewed on: 17 July 2019
It might not look any different from the previous model, but the Envy 13 is still a firm favourite at Tech Advisor towers. Yet again, HP is offering outstanding value for money here.
Even the cheapest model has decent specs including an Nvidia MX250 graphics card where many rivals are using the older MX150 or simply integrated graphics. It's also got something quite rare these days in the form of a humble microSD cards slot.
There might not be Thunderbolt 3 support but that shouldn't be too much of a big deal for most users. HP has importantly improved the trackpad, battery life and the screen is much better than last year's model too.
If you want a premium laptop at a reasonable price without scrimping on specs, then the Envy 13 is the one.
Read our HP Envy 13 (2019) review.
- Reviewed on: 12 July 2019
The 2019 XPS 13 is much more about refinement than innovation but easily remains one the best 13in laptop around.
Webcam placement aside, the combination of a small form factor, incredibly impressive aesthetics and engineering and the option of a powerful Core i7 or cheaper i3 processor make it an ideal companion for almost anyone.
This isn't a gaming laptop, as the on-board graphics are unimpressive, and if you need GPU grunt for things like video editing then there are similarly priced, or even cheaper, rivals that have dedicated graphics cards if you need it..
Last year's model also remains an excellent buy too if you're looking for a slightly more budget option.
Read our Dell XPS 13 9380 (2019) review.
4. LG gram 17
- Reviewed on: 21 October 2019
The Gram 17 sets itself apart from the competition with it's pretty 17-inch display while weighing just 2.95 lbs.
A laptop that light, with a large pretty screen, military grade 810G endurance testing and 8th generation core i7 processors make for a whole lot of power and display potential in an extremely light package.
If you want the most portable, powerful laptop you can find that still holds a nice big 17-inch 2650 x 1600 display then look no further than the Gram 17.
Read our LG gram 17 review.
- Reviewed on: 17 December 2019
If you're looking for a lightweight laptop to take wherever you go then the TravelMate lives up to its name on the design front. It weighs less than a kilogram so won't weigh you down and is by no means flimsy either so you can chuck it in a bag without worrying too much.
Acer makes this option more affordable than some rivals and while there's pretty decent connectivity, you do lose out when it comes to the display, battery life and performance which are better elsewhere.
That's not to say the TravelMate X5 is espeically bad in these areas. The balance of price and features is good but you might need to look at rivals if those are critical.
Read our Acer TravelMate X5 (TMX514-51) review.
- Reviewed on: 6 December 2019
Dell’s machine is one of the best-looking business laptops around, and it has a great hybrid design meaning you can use it in more places and ways compared to a traditional clamshell.
Adding to the desirability is a superb screen and excellent battery life - two important elements when it comes to business use.
However, it can’t compete with some rivals when it comes to connectivity and keyboard quality and it falls behind rivals on performance, too.
Read our Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 review.
- Reviewed on: 3 October 2019
The Surface Laptop 3 is now here to replace this model, but we're not convinced it's worth spending extra on.
Microsoft hasn't changed a huge amount so you'll be splashing on on a collection of small upgrades. They do make for a better laptop but while the Surface Laptop 2 is available at a much cheaper price, we recommend getting a better value deal.
The main reason would be to get the larger 15in size, but the 13in model will be more popular anyway we imagine. The Surface Laptop 2 remains an excellent choice for design, features and performance.
Read our Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 review.
- Reviewed on: 1 April 2019
The Surface Book 2 is a stunning piece of work from Microsoft once again. It's a great example of a premium laptop with top-level design, performance and features. We only have a few minor quibbles such as the lack of Thunderbolt.
It might be one of the best laptops you can buy but not everyone should rush out and get one. The price means that it's only justifiable for those who will really make use of its modes, features and performance. For the average Joe, a cheaper rival will suffice such as the Surface Laptop.
If you want you can also opt for the 15in version - reviewed here.
Read our Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5in review.
- Reviewed on: 13 August 2019
The MacBook Air remains a good choice for a portable laptop that's powerful enough to do various tasks. Our disappointment comes from how similar it is to last year's model and the fact the power is actually slightly down on the 2018 Air.
It's still something of a classic in the world of laptops but is just a little bit samey. It now comes with an improved keyboard, although it's still not perfect, and True Tone screen technology.
It might be a little cheaper than before but Windows rivals are still often better value.
Read our Apple MacBook Air (2019) review.
- Reviewed on: 16 December 2019
Asus gets so many things right with the C433TA: great design, solid construction, huge battery life and fast performance. The only downsides we could find were poor gaming performance and stiff hinges.
The former isn't really the main duty for which Chromebooks are intended, and the hinges actually act as a bonus to keep the touchscreen steady once it's open.
If you want a quality Chromebook at an affordable price, the C433TA should be your first port of call.
Read our Asus Chromebook C433TA review.