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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
    $349.99
  • CPU
    2.4GHz Intel Core i3-7100U
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Display Size and Resolution
    15.6 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    8:16
  • Size
    15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Weight
    5.06 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.  

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

HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop 

Editor’s Note: We still recommend the HP Spectre x360 convertible laptop, but an updated version of this laptop has been announced, and will be available for order at the end of October.

 

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. 

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

Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-575-33BM)

This Acer laptop packs a lot of punch for a machine that's less than $350, and if you upgrade to the $429 version, you'll get the added functionality of Windows Office. The Core i3 processor is powerful enough for basic business use, and this budget-friendly Acer has plenty of ports for business users. (It comes with one Ethernet port, three USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI-out, one VGA-out, an audio jack, and one USB Type-C that's suitable for data transfer but not charging).

The Aspire E 15 also boasts a DVD drive and a respectable battery life of 8 hours and 16 minutes. While the design and display quality won't blow you away, the low cost and business-feature-rich spec list earn this machine a place on our Best Business Laptops list.

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for a full review of the Acer Aspire E 15 on our sister site, Laptop Mag. 

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. 

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

Mona Bushnell

Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based Staff Writer for Tom’s IT Pro, Business.com 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.