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Best Business Laptops 2017 (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 2017.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.


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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)



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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.

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Asus VivoBook E403SA





The VivoBook E403SA delivers more bang for your buck than just about any other laptop, providing zippy performance in a slim package for just $400. You also get a 14-inch, full-HD display, a comfy keyboard and a lightweight design that won’t weigh you down on your commute. Plus, its battery lasts all day. 

Top Three Features

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Lenovo ThinkPad X260




Lenovo’s ThinkPad X260 is the longest-lasting laptop on the market, bar none. It ran for an amazing 17 hours on a single charge, so it will have no trouble lasting through a long business flight or two. The X260 also gives you a durable design, strong security and fast performance – even if it’s a bit bulkier than other 12.5-inch notebooks. 

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 X260 from our sister site Laptop Mag.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Lineup

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Lineup 2017 Credit: Lenovo

At CES 2017, in Las Vegas, Lenovo announced a couple of new business laptops that have us pretty excited. In February 2017, the ThinkPad maker will release an upgraded ThinkPad X1 Carbon and an upgraded ThinkPad X1 Yoga. The first will start at $1,349 and the other at $1,499. Both will continue to sport the iconic red track pointer. 


The new Carbon gets a smaller and lighter footprint, while still fitting in a 14-inch IPS display into a traditional 13-inch design and packing a battery that should last up to 15.5 hours. It gets a full set of ports (including Thunderbolt 3) and security features, including an infrared camera, and it will be available in black or silver. It will be the first business-class laptop to get FIDO-enabled biometric authentication for PayPal. 

The 14-inche Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga will also get similar updates, including the silver option. It will also feature a rechargeable pen, improved keyboard and Thunderbolt 3. You'll have to tune back in during February for our full review of both systems. 

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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.