The best business laptops

A good work laptop makes the difference when it comes to productivity, and the best business laptops will keep you productive. We’ve rounded up seven laptops that do the trick for road warriors and home office veterans alike, combining power with portability and great build quality.

Although we’ve picked several laptops with different features and prices, one stands out. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 is our top pick. It’s built to withstand even the toughest beatings, all while packing in the latest and most powerful components. You can also take a look at our list of the best laptops overall for more options.

Lenovo X1 Extreme Gen 5

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5

An upgradeable powerhouse of a business laptop

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Dell XPS 13 Plus (OLED)

Dell XPS 13 Plus

A thin-and-light laptop for businesspeople

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HP Envy x360 15 AMD 2022

HP Envy x360 15 AMD

A fast and secure business convertible 2-in-1

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Acer Swift 3 (Ryzen)

Acer Swift 3 (Ryzen)

A faster yet budget-oriented portable business laptop

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HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook

A Chromebook tailored for business

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lenovo thinkpad x1 extreme gen 4 reviewMark Coppock/Digital TrendsLenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 An upgradeable powerhouse of a business laptop

Pros

  • Excellent build quailty
  • Superior entry-level display
  • Solid performance
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
  • Very powerful configuration options

Cons

  • Performance was inconsistent
  • Battery life was middling

Why you should buy this: It’s the most powerful 15-inch business-oriented laptop on the market.

Who it’s for: Any business professional who needs speed along with great support and durability.

What we thought of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5:

Few laptop lines are as iconic as the ThinkPad. If you spend most of your time in a conference room rather than a coffeehouse, then chances are you’ve at least considered one of these laptops. The best is Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5, a 16-inch laptop offering the best mainstream components with the usual ThinkPad aesthetics, build quality, and support. We’ve listed our Gen 4 review given that the Gen 5 is primarily a components update.

The base configuration comes with a 12th-generation 45-watt 14-core/20-thread Intel Core i7-12700H CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD), and an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti 4GB. A high-end configuration packs in an Intel Core i9-12900H with vPro, 64GB of RAM, up to 4TB of SSD storage spread across two drives, and an Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti GPU.

Lenovo pairs the internal parts with a 16-inch 16:10 WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display, which you can upgrade to a 4K+ (3840 x 2400) IPS display with 600-nit peak brightness. The high-end display looks gorgeous, though it’ll tax the ThinkPad X1 Extreme’s already limited battery life.

Like many other ThinkPad machines, the X1 Extreme Gen 5 is built for the MIL-STD 810G standard, so it is super durable, and the keyboard is excellent. For ports, it comes with two USB-A, two USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1, a 4-in-1 SD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack.

Lenovo X1 Extreme Gen 5

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5

An upgradeable powerhouse of a business laptop

hp zbook studio g8 review 02Mark CoppockHP ZBook Studio G9 The businessperson’s workstation

Pros

  • Solidly built
  • Spectacular display
  • Thin and light for a workstation
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Good productivity and creative performance

Cons

  • Too expensive
  • Performance doesn’t match the price
  • Terrible battery life

Why you should buy this: It crams the power of a desktop workstation into a surprisingly portable package.

Who it’s for: Anyone who needs massive number-crunching and visualization power on the go.

What we thought of the HP ZBook Studio G9:

If you edit 4K video, design buildings, or use 3D modeling to develop products, then you need more processor and graphics power than you’ll find in the typical laptop. Chances are, you have a workstation desktop sitting in your office, and you need something almost as powerful to take on the road. That’s where portable workstations come in, and the 15.6-inch HP ZBook Studio G9 is one of the best laptops for video editing. As with the ThinkPad above, we’re listing our earlier generation review; the Gen 9 version is similar except for the internal components.

It all starts with a choice of true workstation-class components, including up to an Intel Core i9-12900H with vPro, Quadro RTX 5500, and 64GB of RAM. These are optimized for applications like Adobe’s creative app suite, Revit, Navisworks, Enscape for architects, and AutoCAD and Solidworks for engineers. HP offers a 4K DreamColor display, too, that’s incredibly bright at 500 nits and has 100% Adobe RGB coverage and true 10-bit color.

The HP ZBook Studio’s ports are also ready for anything, including USB-A, Thunderbolt 4/USB-C with DisplayPort support, and HDMI 2.0. All this is packed into a chassis that’s relatively light at 3.81 pounds and thin at 0.72 inches. That’s plenty of highly portable power — if you can handle the price.

HP ZBook Studio G9

HP ZBook Studio G9

The businessperson’s workstation

dell xps 13 plus review 08Dell XPS 13 Plus A thin-and-light laptop for businesspeople

Pros

  • Irresistibly fresh design
  • Great OLED screen
  • Helpful performance modes
  • Excellent haptic touchpad
  • Webcam has been improved

Cons

  • Gets warm on the bottom
  • No headphone jack

Why you should buy this: It’s one of the smallest 13-inch laptops you can buy and one of our favorite all-around laptops.

Who it’s for: Anyone who needs the full power of a modern laptop but without the weight.

What we thought of the Dell XPS 13 Plus:

Dell’s XPS 13 Plus isn’t exactly a “business-class” laptop, but Dell is no stranger to equipping enterprises. And if you’re looking for the smallest and lightest laptop you can carry around without sacrificing too much power or compatibility, the XPS 13 Plus is among our top choices.

The laptop comes with 28-watt 12th-generation Intel Core processors, starting with the 12-core/16-thread i5-1240P but with plenty of upgrade options, ideal if you want top performance. RAM starts at 8GB, and storage starts with a 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD. All versions come with a choice of Full HD or 4K displays, with a 3.5K OL

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