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Best Business Laptops 2017 (and Why We Love Them)

Making the purchasing process easier is what we’re all about. Instead of just providing you with a list of what's available, we test every machine individually and then tell you about the top performers so you can make an informed decision. Our four favorite business laptops of 2017 each bring something different to the table in terms of budget and functionality. We've got you covered whether you're looking for a sturdy workstation, a budget-friendly laptop, an adaptable hybrid or the best all-around work machine on the market. 

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

Best Overall Business Laptop
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  • Price
    $873.05
  • CPU
    2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    14 inches, 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Battery Life
    17:25
  • Size
    13.25 x 9.15 x 0.79 inches
  • Weight
    3.48 pounds (without extended battery)
Best Convertible Laptop
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  • Price
    $1,089.99
  • CPU
    2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life
    10:06
  • Size
    12.07 x 8.58 x 0.55 inches
  • Weight
    2.89 pounds
Best Budget Laptop
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  • Price
    $399.99
  • CPU
    1.6GHz Intel Celeron 3855U
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    14 inches, 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Battery Life
    8:33
  • Size
    13 x 8.9 x 0.88 inches
  • Weight
    3.2 pounds
Best Workstation Laptop
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  • Price
    $1,279
  • CPU
    2.6GHz Intel Core i5-6440HQ
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    15.6 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life
    5:34
  • Size
    14.06 x 9.27 x 0.45 inches
  • Weight
    3.93 pounds

Lenovo ThinkPad T470

The Lenovo ThinkPad T470 tops our list of the best business laptops of 2017, and once you start digging into the features of this classic-looking business laptop, it's easy to see why. For starters, the Intel Core i5 processor makes running multiple programs a breeze. The machine is surprisingly sturdy, the battery life clocks in at longer than 17 hours with the external six-cell (which we recommend if you travel a lot), and the sheer variety of ports (11 in total, including a Thunderbolt 3) is unbeatable. 

In addition, the keyboard is extremely comfortable, even for long typing sessions, and the standard display (1366 x 768 pixels), while not very impressive, can easily be upgraded (1920 x 1080 pixels). The Lenovo ThinkPad T470 also boasts fingerprint login technology and optional touchscreen capabilities, so you can work the way you want to and enjoy seamless security no matter where your business takes you.  

Top three features: 

  • The Lenovo ThinkPad T470 boasts an impressive 11 ports, more than most business laptops on the market.  
  • Fingerprint login technology makes the Lenovo ThinkPad T470 extra secure. 
  • The option for an external six-cell battery boosts the laptop's battery life to longer than 17 hours. 

Click here for a full review of the Lenovo ThinkPad T470 on our sister site, Laptop Mag. 

Buy a Lenovo ThinkPad T470 >>>

HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop 

If you're looking for a business machine that can transform from laptop to tablet between meetings, the HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop is a great option. The 360-degree hinge and beautifully slim design make this hybrid equally nice to work on as a laptop or a tablet, and it comes standard with an HP Active Stylus Pen for easy note taking and drawing. 

It should be noted that the starting price of $1,089.99 is loaded with Windows 10 Home, so if you're planning on using the Spectre x360 primarily for work, you should consider upgrading to Windows 10 Pro. Other great optional add-ons include discounted subscriptions to McAfee security software, Computrace LoJack for Laptops, and Microsoft Office 365 or Pro. 

Top three features: 

  • The HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop weighs just 2.89 pounds, making it the lightest machine on our list of the best business laptops of 2017. 
  • The glossy display with ultrathin bezels makes working on the HP Spectre x360 fun no matter which configuration you choose. 
  • All versions of the HP Spectre x360 come with an Active Stylus Pen for hands-on note taking.  

Click here for a full review of the HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop on our sister site, Laptop Mag. 

Buy a HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop >>>

Acer Chromebook 14 for Work

 

 

Chromebooks have only been on the market since 2011, and historically, most models have been better suited to education and recreation than business, but that's all changing. Thanks to models like the Acer Chromebook 14 for Work, Chromebooks now offer discerning business owners a wallet-friendly alternative to traditional Macs and PCs. Our favorite budget business laptop, the Acer Chromebook 14 for Work starts at $349, but we recommend upgrading to the model we tested, which is listed at $749 and includes a faster processor (Intel Core i5), a sleek Gorilla Glass 3 casing, and more memory (8GB). But, before switching from a PC to a Chromebook, think about whether you'll be comfortable working entirely in the cloud. If you're required to run specific software for work, make sure there's an online version before joining team Chromebook. 

Top three features: 

  • Hardware encryption gives Acer's system the security you want in a work laptop.  
  • Automatic updates from Chrome make the Chromebook 14 for Work easy to maintain. 
  • The Chromebook 14 for Work is sturdy enough for daily use and can survive drops and spills with ease. 

Click here for a full review of the Acer Chromebook 14 for Work on our sister site, Laptop Mag. 

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Dell Precision 5510 

When evaluating workstations, the five main characteristics we considered were price, processing power, port options, display quality and keyboard comfort. The Dell Precision 5510 earned its place as our favorite workstation laptop for business owners because it goes above and beyond the basic requirements. Even the entry-level version of the computer ($1,279) comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, Windows 10 Pro and 8GB of memory. Plus, each Dell Precision 5510 comes standard with a Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB ports, one HDMI, one SD card reader, and a headphone/microphone combo jack. If that's not enough functionality to win you over, the comfortable keyboard and brilliant display will, and in classic Dell fashion, you can upgrade anything from the display to the SSD to suit your specific needs. 

Top three features: 

  • The Dell Precision 5510 comes standard with an Intel Core i5 and can be upgraded to an i7 for ultra-fast performance.  
  • The beautiful display and comfortable keyboard make long work sessions more bearable.  
  • For a workstation, the Precision 5510 is surprisingly slim and portable. 

Click here for a full review of the Dell Precision 5510 on our sister site, Laptop Mag. 

Buy a Dell Precision 5510 >>>

Mona Bushnell

Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based Staff Writer for Tom’s IT Pro and Business News Daily. She has a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and has previously worked as an IT Technician, a Copywriter, a Software Administrator, a Scheduling Manager and an Editorial Writer. Mona began freelance writing full-time in 2014 and joined the Purch team in 2017.