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Best Business Laptops 2016 (and Why We Love Them)

What do you need in your next business laptop? Whether it is fast performance, long battery life or just something that won't weigh you down on your daily commute, there's a great notebook for you. Here are our top picks for 2016.

[For more information on how we test mobile devices, visit our testing methodology page.]

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga


The ThinkPad X1 Yoga is the most versatile business laptop money can buy, with solid performance, long battery life (check the chart below) and an included active stylus. And like other Yoga laptops, this one has a folding hinge that helps you get a good angle for jotting down digital notes right on its sharp 14-inch display.

The laptop has a flexible folding design and a built-in active stylus, which makes it easy to jot down notes and annotate documents right on its 14-inch display. It also lasts really long on a charge and has an excellent keyboard.  - See more at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8720-lenovo-thinkpad-x1-yoga-business.html#sthash.qiFrf3Qg.dpuf

Key features:

  • Folding 2-in-1 design
  • Stylus (included)
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Fast performance

Click here for a full review of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga from Busiess News Daily.


Dell XPS 13 (2015)



Dell has refreshed its super-portable XPS 13 notebook with a more powerful processor, speedier storage and a bigger battery, without changing its stunning design. That makes the XPS 13 an even better option for commuters and frequent travelers who don't want to be weighed down.

Key features:

  • Thin-and-light design
  • Long battery life
  • Fast performance
  • Excellent keyboard

Click here for a full review of the Dell XPS 13 from Business News Daily.


Microsoft Surface Pro 4


Thanks to its much-improved keyboard, we finally feel comfortable calling the latest device in Microsoft's Surface Pro line our favorite 2-in-1 laptop for business. No other hybrid device can quite match the Surface Pro 4's combination of portability, power and versatility. That includes top-notch pen support, so you can take notes right on the slate's display.

Key Features:

  • Kickstand
  • Digiziter stylus (included)
  • Keyboard (sold separately)
  • USB port
  • SD card slot
Click here for a Surface Pro 4 full review of the Surface Pro 4 from Business News Daily.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12


The ThinkPad Yoga 12 is my favorite business notebook with a screen under 13 inches. You get a compact 12.5-inch screen, an industry-leading keyboard and good battery life. And true to its name, the Yoga 12’s screen can fold backward a full 360 degrees so you can use it like a tablet. Plus, the machine comes with a top-notch Wacom pen digitizer and a built-in stylus, so you can take notes right on the notebook’s display. And since it’s a ThinkPad, you get great business features like an extra-durable design, a TrackPoint pointing stick and a desktop docking port. Plus, it matches up very well against non-hybrid competitors in terms of performance (see chart below).

Key features:

  • TrackPoint pointing stick
  • Excellent keyboard
  • Hot-swappable battery
  • Hybrid design
  • Wacom stylus included
  • Desktop dock compatible (not included)


Toshiba Chromebook 2



Chromebooks aren't for everyone, but they're an affordable alternative for business users who have only basic computing needs. Toshiba's Chromebook 2 is the best overall package, offering a sharp, 13-inch display; a slim, lightweight frame; an impressive 8 hours of battery life; and faster performance than competing Chromebooks (see chart below). And you get all that for an affordable $329. Like other Chromebooks, this model runs on Chrome OS, which is not compatible with software made for Windows or Mac computers. Regardless, the Chromebook 2 is a great bargain for users who primarily want to check email, browse the Web and run basic apps.

Key features:

  • Thin and light design
  • Chrome OS
  • Solid state drive
  • Affordable price point


Click here for a full review of the Chromebook 2 from our sister site Laptop Mag.


Dell Inspiron 15 5000



The Dell Inspiron delivers more bang for your buck than most laptops, providing plenty of power in an attractive package for just $449. Its speedy Intel Core i5 processor easily outperforms the Celeron and Pentium processors in other budget notebooks (check the chart below), making this laptop more reliable for multitasking and processor-intensive work tasks. You also get a sharp, 15-inch display and nice keyboard with a full 10-key number pad, which will come in handy if your job involves crunching numbers.

  • Fast performance
  • Affordable price
  • Durable design
  • 15-inch display
  • 10-key number pad

Click here for a full review of the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 from our sister site Laptop Mag.


Lenovo ThinkPad X250


If endurance is your top priority, Lenovo's ThinkPad X250. It's the longest-lasting system we've tested, running for an amazing 15 hours and 12minutes (see chart below). That's only with Lenovo's extended 6-cell battery attached, though; the notebook's basic default battery offers average endurance of roughly 8 hours. Still, a slightly bulkier battery -- which protrudes a bit from the notebook's underside -- is a small price to pay for this kind of longevity, especially if you want a machine that can last through any business flight. Battery life aside, you also get a durable design and an excellent keyboard.

Key features:

  • Long battery life
  • Durable design
  • Excellent keyboard
  • TrackPoint pointing stick
  • Fingerprint reader (optional)


Click here for a full review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X250 from our sister site Laptop Mag.


[For more information on how we test mobile devices, visit our testing methodology page.]

Brett Nuckles
Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.