The best business laptops in India in January 2018
The best business laptops combine cutting edge productivity features with slimline designs and long battery life for mobility and productivity – essential functions for the modern workplace.
Having the best business laptop that suits your needs is essential, and thanks to modern advancements in hardware, especially on the mobile side of things, business laptops are thinner and lighter than ever before. This means you no longer have to sacrifice power for portability.
It also means that when it comes to brilliant laptops for business, you’ve got no shortage of options when looking for the best business laptop.
However, to make buying your next business laptop as easy as possible, we’ve gathered the very best of this range in one list.
While compiling this list of the best business laptops, we’ve taken into consideration a number of key factors including power, battery life, feature set and sheer value for money.
This means that we’ve selected a wider range of laptops to suit most, if not all budgets, and hopefully all tastes; there’s a mix of cutting-edge products and old favourites here.
Almost all of them come with the professional version of Microsoft Windows to enhance their credentials.
1. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
The ultra-thin business laptop that sacrifices nothing
CPU: Intel Core i7-7600U vPro | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 14-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixels | Storage: 1TB SSD
Previous versions of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon have been the absolute best-in-class when it comes to business laptops and this year’s edition of the Thinkpad X1 Carbon compromises nothing, be it portability or performance.
It’s smaller and lighter, has a compact profile reinforced with carbon fibre, which means it is as tough as they come, has all the I/O ports you will need and bits like touchpad improvements backed by Microsoft Precision Touchpad program. Despite its small size, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes with pretty much every feature you need in a productivity machine, making it the best business laptop money can buy.
Thanks to a rated battery life of up to 15.5 hours, and a rapid charging feature that brings the battery back up to 80% capacity in only an hour, the X1 Carbon is an ultrabook that lets you keep on working while you’re on the move.
2. Dell XPS 13 (2017)
A business ultraportable that punches above its weight
CPU: 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U | Graphics: Intel HD 620 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels | Storage: 256GB SSD
Believe it or not, Dell classifies the XPS 13 as a business laptop, albeit one that is geared towards a home-office environment. Its powerful Intel Kaby Lake processors and bezel-less ‘Infinity Edge’ display, which shoves a 13.3-inch screen into an 11-inch frame makes a significant impression.
It can be upgraded to 16GB of RAM and has a 1TB M2 SSD drive. Battery life is exceptional with almost 22 hours of continual use when using productivity applications.
3. Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar
The best Macbook Pro ever
CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 – 650 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, (2,560 x 1,600) IPS | Storage: 256GB – 512GB PCIe SSD
If you’re after the latest laptop from Apple, we suggest you welcome the 13-inch Macbook Pro with Touch Bar. Of course, the headline feature is the Touch Bar – a thin OLED display above the keyboard that can be used for various applications.
If you’re a fan of the Macbook Pro 2017, you’ll be happy with this model but there are some serious reasons why you should consider one of the Windows alternatives too. The Macbook Pro isn’t as powerful and its battery is a tad disappointing, too. We’d recommend this only to diehard Apple fans and those who are already invested in the ecosystem.
Read the full review: Apple Macbook with Touch Bar (2017)
4. Lenovo ThinkPad E470
Best if you’re looking for something portable with a decent keyboard
CPU: CoreTM i7 7500U 7th Gen Intel | Graphics: NVidia 940MX 2GB DDR3 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels | Storage: 1TB SATA
Lenovo took an existing form factor and refined it to deliver the new 2016-2017 ThinkPad E470. Powered by the 7th generation Intel Core processors, this particular SKU has a 14-inch FHD anti-glare display, powered by a discrete Nvidia Geforce 940MX 2GB GPU.
Equipped with a spill resistant keyboard, a TrackPoint and click pad with 3+2 buttons, the E470 has more than enough ports and expansion capabilities to keep the average user happy. Shame that it doesn’t have a DisplayPort, so no 4K output.
5. HP Spectre Pro 13
A genuine altearnative to the XPS 13
CPU: Intel Core i7-7500 | Graphics: Intel HD 520 Graphics | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels | Storage: 512GB SSD
The HP Spectre Pro 13 G1 is a device that not only oozes luxury, but it also packs some incredible components.
Despite being just over 10mm thick and weighing just over 1.16Kg, it manages to pack a Core i7 CPU with a full HD 13.3-inch display, a massive 4-cell 38Whr battery and three USB Type C connectors.
6. Dell Latitude E5480
A solid performer backed by Dell’s quality aftersales
CPU: 2.8GHz Intel Core i5-7440H | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 630 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 | Storage: 256GB SSD
Dell managed to deliver a magnificent piece here, which it says is the most secure, most reliable and most manageable business-class laptop.
That Latitude 5480 does come at a hefty price and compared to the competition, this notebook may feel underwhelming.
However, Dell’s forte lies in its services and after sales support. This particular model comes with a 7th generation Intel CPU.
While it has far higher TDP than most of its peers (45W vs 15W), it is likely to be more powerful than even a top of the range Core i7-7600U.
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