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Top Ten Best Business Laptops in 2018 - Top laptops for The Work Environment

Laptops - 28/10/2018


We live in a digital world where laptops are a daily part of our lives especially in the workplace.

And every workplace as well as business environment need a very good if not the best laptop you can get.

And Looking for the best laptop can sometimes be a difficult processes.

...Because the very best laptops can help in giving you that edge in your business - you do not want a slow laptops that is heavy and has poor battery life.

That is why we compiled a list of the very ultraportable laptops that can give you that edge in your workplace and the best value for money - in terms of their performance, battery life, weight, display and keyboard.

Here's our list of the Ten Best Business ultraportable laptops you can get in 2018

1. 2018 Dell XPS 13 9370

RATING: 3.5/5

Dell XPS 13 - credit to Digital Trends

Pros

 Slim and Lightweight

 Bright Thin Bezels 4K UHD Touchscreen Display

 Backlit Keyboard

 Thunderbolt Port

Cons

 Loud Fan Noises

 No USB Type A Ports

 Heats up very fast

 Awful webcam placement

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An ultraportable laptop made by Dell. The Dell XPS 13 is a great laptop for the work environment especially if you like to move around a lot - only weighing a little over a kilo and very slim. The Dell XPS 13 is top-notch in performance, powered by the 8th Gen Intel i7-8550 and 16 GB of ram. The ultraportable laptop is a beast in its small chassis. Along with its great performance, backlit keyboard, and sharp display makes it a suitable laptop for work. Battery Life is average lasting about 9 hours – which in some cases but not be enough.

Dell XPS 13 9370 Specs

  • Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) 8550U / 1.8 GHz
  • 13.3 inch Ultra HD 4K Corning Gorilla glass 4, Infinity Edge display
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 512 GB Solid State Drive
  • USB-C/DisplayPort (Power Delivery), 2 x USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 (Power Delivery)

2. Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar

RATING: 4.0/5

Apple Macbook Pro with touch Bar - credit to Apple insider

Pros

 Lightweight

 Long Battery Life

 Thunderbolt Ports

 Bright and Accurate Display

Cons

 Not the best keyboard

 Heats a lot

 Almost 2k in price

 No Touchscreen

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The Macbook Pro has been known as one of the best laptops you can get for work. This Macbook Pro is a newer version with more powerful specs. A six-core i5 8th Gen processor, 8 GB of ram and 512 GB solid state drive. As with most Macbook Pros, it is slim and lightweight making it easy to carry around especially if your work demands a lot of travelling. The battery life is also long averaging about 10 hrs under normal work load. The Macbook Pro makes it possible to connect to a lot of peripherals thanks to its 4 Thunderbolt USB ports. All in all, you get a superior version of the previous Macbook Pro models which is worth considering especially when it comes to work.

Apple Macbook Pro Specs

  • Intel Core i5 (8th Gen) 2.3 GHz
  • 13.4 inch 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA) Retina display
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 512 GB Solid State Drive
  • 4 x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2/Thunderbolt 3/DisplayPort (Power Delivery)

3. Dell XPS 15

RATING: 3.8/5

Dell XPS 15 - credit to digital trends

Pros

 Dedicated graphics card

 Colour Accurate 4K display

 Thunderbolt Ports

 Lightweight

Cons

 No Ethernet port

 Not enough USB ports

 Loud Fans under high load

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The Dell XPS 15 is one of the best laptops you can get if you are into photography and video editing - an ultraportable laptop with a display able to cover almost 100% Adobe RDB colour scheme makes it very colour accurate. The dedicated Geforce GTX 1050 also helps greatly with graphic rendering. Apart from is fantastic display the Dell XPS does not lack in the performance department powered by a 7th Gen – 7700HQ, 16 GB of ram and a solid state drive that contributes to its already fast performance.

Dell XPS 15 9560 Specs

  • Intel Core i7 (7th Gen) 7700HQ / 2.8 GHz
  • 15.6 inch Ultra HD 4K WLED backlight
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 512 GB Solid State Drive
  • 2 x USB 3.0 (PowerShare), USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 (Power Delivery)

4. Huawei Matebook X Pro

RATING: 4.0/5

Huawei Matebook X Pro - the verge

Pros

 Excellent Keyboard

 Good Build quality

 Lightweight and slim

 Stunning Display

Cons

 Gets hot under heavy usage

 No SD Card Slot

 Glossy display makes it difficult to be used outside

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The Huawei Matebook X Pro is a good looking laptop. Very thin and lightweight – Huawei brings a laptop meant only for business. This laptop has all the benefits you are looking for in a business laptop with few compromises. A fast laptop powered by an 8th Gen i7 Processor with 16 GB of ram and a 512 GB SSD for that quick boot up speeds. This display is 3K QHD touchscreen display ticks all the boxes. If you are the work and play type the dedicated graphics card MX150 is something that will give you a performance boost in playing most of your favourite games.

Huawei Matebook X Pro Specs

  • Intel Core i7 8th Gen 8550U (1.80 GHz)
  • 13.9" Touchscreen 3000 x 2000 LTPS Display
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 512 GB Solid State Drive
  • 1 x USB Type-C, 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 x Thunderbolt 3

5. Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

RATING: 4.5/5

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon - credit arstechnica

Pros

 Excellent Keyboard

 Lightweight

 Top-notch Performance

 Solid Build Quality

Cons

 Pricey

 Poor Fingerprint Scanner

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The Lenovo Thinkpads are known to be exclusively business or work related laptops. They are also known to the best out there leaving little to no room for to be desired. The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon is the 6th Generation of Thinkpads. Like with all Thinkpads it also has the iconic trackpoint. Lightweight, powerful specs, excellent keyboard, and a long battery life makes it perfect for the work environment. The display is a colour accurate display 2K WQHD display covering all of the sRGB and almost 90% of AdobeRGB.

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Specs

  • Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) 8650U / 1.9 GHz
  • 14" WQHD (2560x1440), 100% color gamut, Dolby Vision, HDR (high dynamic range), glossy
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 512 GB PCle Solid State Drive
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Always On), 2 x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2/Thunderbolt 3

6. Lenovo Flex 6 14

RATING: 4.0/5

Lenovo Flex 6 14 - credit to pcmag

Pros

 Long Battery Life

 Beautiful aluminium design

 Great Keyboard

 Great Display

Cons

 Low Brightness

 No Thunderbolt

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If you are looking for the best 2-in-1 laptop for work or business then the Lenovo Flex 14 might be the one for you. It has a premium look and the performance to back it up. The keyboard is great for typing and the battery last almost 9 hours under normal usage. The only downside is the absence of thunderbolt ports and a 1080p screen that is not bright enough. It has a dedicated graphics card though not as powerful as the GTX 1050 or the MX150 you will still be able to get decent performance if you are a light gamer. Although you won’t have a thunderbolt USB port you still get a decent selection of ports which you won’t find in the more expensive versions.

Lenovo Flex 6 14 Specs

  • Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) 8550U / 1.8 GHz
  • 14-Inch IPS Touchscreen Display
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX130
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 256 GB PCle Solid State Drive
  • USB-C 3.0, 2 x USB 3.0

7. Microsoft Surface Book 2

RATING: 3.5/5

Microsoft Surface Book - credit to digital trends

Pros

 All day battery

 Great Keyboard

 Lightweight

 High end display

Cons

 No pen included

 Small Trackpad

 No Thunderbolt

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The Microsoft Surface Book 2 has one of the best cameras out there making it a great choice for skype or meetings done over video. Not only does it excel in its camera quality the detachable nature of the Surface Book 2 makes it possible to switch between a tablet and a laptop on the go. The display is also bright, sharp and crisp thanks to its 3K QHD display.

Microsoft Surface Book 2 Specs

  • Intel 7th gen Core i5-7300U (3.2 GHz)
  • 3.5-inch PixelSense display with 3000 x 2000 resolution
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB Solid State Drive
  • 2-USB Type-A, 1 USB Type-C

8. HP Spectre x360

RATING: 4.0/5

Hp Spectre x360 - credit notebookcheck

Pros

 Outstanding Design

 Gorilla glass display

 Great Performance

 Long Battery Life

Cons

 Dim Display

 German Keyboard layout

 Very Pricey

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A convertible notebook with an included stylus - the HP Spectre x360 ticks all the boxes in a business laptop. Very lightweight, ultraportable, an 8th Gen i7 processor and 16 GB of ram for top-notch performance. The Spectre will keep up with the most intense of tasks without making any noise. Yes, the fans are that quiet under heavy load. The Spectre is also durable thanks to its aluminium chassis. One of the few convertible laptops that have a corning gorilla glass for protection. The corning gorilla glass screen will give that extra protection for you screen against wear and tear. Apart from the German keyboard layout and its steep price the Spectre x360 is decent overall convertible laptop that you can take anywhere.

HP Spectre x360 Specs

  • Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) 8550U / 1.8 GHz
  • 13.3" IPS FHD Touch, Gorilla Glass
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 512 GB Solid State Drive
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3/DisplayPort (Power Delivery, Sleep & Charge) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Sleep & Charge)

9. Asus Vivobook

RATING: 3.8/5

Asus Vivobook - credit webchaat

Pros

 Lightweight and slim

 Good Display

 Lots of usable ports

Cons

 Slow Hard Disk

 Mediocre keyboard

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A laptop doesn’t need to be expensive before it can be considered a laptop used for work or business. An affordable laptop that is lightweight and thin - the Asus Vivobook suits those who can’t afford the more expensive laptops or are on a budget. The laptop also doesn’t disappoint in the performance department – powered by an 8th Gen i5 processor and 8 GB of ram. The only thing that holds it back is its slow hard drive which can be fixed by upgrading to a SSD. The battery life is not the best out there decent at best averaging about 8 hours.

Asus Vivobook Specs

  • Intel Core i5 (8th Gen) 8250U / 1.6 GHz
  • 15.6” Full HD Nanoedge, 45% NTSC color gamut, ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, WideView, anti-glare
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 1 TB Hard Disk Drive
  • 2 x USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB-C 3.1 Gen 1

10. Asus Zenbook

RATING: 4.0/5

Asus Zenbook

Pros

 Lightweight

 Has all the necessary ports

 Very quiet

 Great Keyboard

Cons

 No Thunderbolt

 Mediocre Battery Life

 Low Brightness

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The Zenbook is a laptop that has a premium design built from aluminium. The aluminium chassis makes it lightweight and coupled with its thin design makes it very portable. For a very slim laptop, the Zenbook has a lot of USB ports eliminating the need of a dongle. The display is also colour accurate and has a 1080p resoulation; the colour accuracy makes it create for work that deal a lot in photo editing and graphics. The Zenbook is a great ultraportable laptop that will keep up with your work needs.

Asus Zenbook Specs

  • Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) 8550U / 1.8 GHz
  • 15.6” Full HD Nanoedge, 45% NTSC color gamut, ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, WideView, anti-glare
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB Solid State Drive + 1 TB Hard Disk Drive
  • 2 x USB 2.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB-C 3.1 Gen 1

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