Whether you’re buying a fleet of laptops for your employees or just looking for a productivity system for yourself, you’ll want one of the best business laptops as they are typically durable, powerful, secure and easy to use.
Whether you’re looking for one with long battery life and perhaps a rugged build, or you want the thin and light option, we found the best business laptops of 2021 for you. From the most common Windows laptops to a Linux laptop and a more economical Chromebook, here are our top picks.
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1. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 9)
Lenovo made several welcome changes to the 9th Gen edition of its flagship business laptop. Along with fast performance from 11th Gen Intel CPUs, you get longer battery life (15 hours!), powerful quad speakers, a new 14-inch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio, and plenty of ports, all in an impossibly lightweight chassis (2.5 pounds).
But it’s still those classic ThinkPad features — a durable design (with MIL-STD-810G strength), best-in-class keyboard and stealthy black/red aesthetics — that carry the X1 Carbon to greatness.
Yes, we wish the ThinkPad X1 Carbon had a better webcam and hadn’t ditched the SD card reader in the previous. Also, top configurations can get very expensive; still, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better business laptop.
|CPU:||11th Gen Intel Core i5/Core i7|
|Display:||14-inch, 1920 x 1200-pixel 16:10|
|Size:||12.4 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches|
- Slim, lightweight design
- Good 14-inch, 16:10 FHD+ display
- Class-leading keyboard
- Great quad speakers
- Epic battery life
- Poor 720p webcam
- No card slot
2. Dell XPS 15 (2020) – Best Business Laptops
Combining staggering power in a stylish thin and light chassis, this laptop doesn’t hold back when it comes to internals and features that improve your computing experience overall, making this one of the best business laptops around.
Among those amazing features are a gorgeous bright display with 500 nits of brightness, an extremely comfortable keyboard, impressive speakers, and a terrific trackpad.
|CPU:||10th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7|
|GPU:||Intel UHD Graphics – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti|
|RAM:||8GB – 64GB|
|Screen:||15.6″ FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit – 15.6″ UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit Display|
|Storage:||256GB – 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe|
- Amazing speakers
- Beautiful display
- Comfy keyboard
- GTX 1650 Ti is a little weak
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3. HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7
HP’s EliteBook x360 1040 G7 is among the best business laptops money can buy. This stunning laptop has a gorgeous chassis that flaunts a flexible hinge, allowing the x360 1040 G7 to convert from a laptop into a tablet.
It’s one of a few rare notebooks that seemingly has no downsides. Along with that stylus chassis, you get a bright and vivid 14-inch display. But the EliteBook x360 1040 G7’s greatness doesn’t stop there. The laptop also has a surprisingly comfortable keyboard, fast performance and a host of security features, including an IR camera, a fingerprint sensor and MIL-SPEC-810 rated durability. The 10th Gen Intel CPUs, while lacking graphical oomph, are powerful, and the battery lasts for longer than 11 hours on a charge.
|CPU:||Intel Core i7-10810U|
|Size:||12.6 x 8 x 0.7 inches|
- Epic battery life
- Attractive, slim design
- Good 1080p display
- Fast CPU performance
4. MacBook Pro 16″ – Best Business Laptops
If you don’t want a Windows laptop and you want only the best Mac laptop you can get, then the MacBook Pro 16″ is truly the best laptop from Apple you can choose.
Aside from its large and beautiful 16″ screen, the technical specifications make this probably the most powerful laptop on this list, and should provide many years of excellent use.
There’s a choice of 6-core or 8-core processor, and for RAM the base model comes with 16 GB with the option to expand to 64 GB. There’s also a choice of graphics cards available, allowing this laptop to handle even the most demanding applications.
In one word, this is a beautiful and powerful machine, but as you’d expect, it comes with the biggest price tag of all of the laptops featured here. If you want only the best, then the MacBook Pro 16″ should probably be at the top of your list.
CPU: 2.6GHz 6‑core Intel Core i7 to 2.4GHz 8‑core Intel Core i9Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6 to AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6RAM: 16-64GB 2666MHz DDR4Screen: 16-inch 3072×1920 at 226 ppiStorage: 512GB – 8TB SSD
|CPU:||2.6GHz 6‑core Intel Core i7 to 2.4GHz 8‑core Intel Core i9|
|Graphics:||AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6 to AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6|
|RAM:||16-64GB 2666MHz DDR4|
|Screen:||16-inch 3072×1920 at 226 ppi|
|Storage:||512GB – 8TB SSD|
- Powerful configurations
- Best MacBook to date
- Big and beautiful screen
5. Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1)
Apple’s M1 custom SoC marks the first step in Apple’s conscious uncoupling from Intel. The ARM-based 5-nanometer chip has 16 billion transistors, which is the most the company has ever put into a chip. In addition to all those transistors, the SoC features an eight-core processor, integrated graphics, a unified memory architecture, Apple’s Neural Engine, an improved image signal processor and Apple’s Secure Enclave. The result is a faster, more powerful laptop that’s a force to be reckoned with.
The MacBook Pro 13-inch M1 delivers impressive performance and has the longest battery life we’ve ever seen on a Mac. If that’s not enough, paired with Big Sur, you get blistering webpage load times and a better webcam experience –– all thanks to Apple Silicon. In short, the new MacBook Pro is everything Apple said and more.
|Graphics:||Apple M1 (integrated)|
|Display:||13.3-inch, 2560 x 1600-pixel|
|Size:||12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches|
CPU: Apple M1GPU: Apple M1 (integrated)RAM: 8GB/16GBStorage: 256GB/512GB/1TB/2TBDisplay: 13.3-inch, 2560 x 1600-pixelSize: 12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inchesWeight: 3 pounds
- Stellar overall and gaming performance
- Excellent battery life
- Lightning-fast SSD
- Great webcam
- Not enough ports
- Thick bezels
6. Huawei MateBook X Pro – Best Business Laptops
Huawei may not be the first name you think of when looking to buy a new business laptop – whereas Dell and Lenovo are two names you’d more likely associate with notebooks for work, but the Chinese company has proved to be an excellent laptop manufacturer with its new MateBook X Pro.
This laptop has a beautiful design that will get appreciative looks in the boardroom, it’s light enough to carry around with you, and it has powerful components and excellent battery life. It’s also one of the cheaper ultrabooks on the market.
|CPU:||8th generation Intel Core i5 – i7|
|Graphics:||Intel UHD Graphics 620 , Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5|
|RAM:||8GB – 16GB|
|Screen:||13.9-inch 3K (3,000 x 2,080)|
- Beautiful design
- Fantastic display
- Terrific battery life
- No SD card slot
- Webcam not great
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