Top 5 Laptops for Work

Roland HarrisHardware Engineer
A writer and a techie from California, Roland works as a computer engineer and also strives to share knowledge of technology through writing
Edited by: Andrew Leniart
In the modern world, the laptop became the go-to device for work, especially for those working on the move. But among the endless variety of manufacturers, price levels and features on how to choose the best one? Find out in this article.

Your work laptop has a significant impact on your productivity and efficiency, and consequently, your income. Working on a laptop that takes forever to load apps and files wastes your precious time and sucks the energy out of your soul, thereby hampering your work rate. Luckily, there is an ever-growing variety of laptops to choose from for all your work needs.

Whether you need a portable machine, increased storage space, and processing power, you will be spoiled for choice by the range of offers from Apple, HP, Lenovo, among others. To help you choose a suitable laptop for work, here are 5 of our top picks:

1. Apple MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro is one of Apple's best inventions and fits just about every requirement for business and personal use. It has a classy, slender build and comes with a 7th Gen Intel Core processor that significantly boosts performance and app loading times. 

Additionally, MacBook Pro is equipped with the superb Apple MacOS which, for those familiar with Mac products, offers more functionality than Windows. Notably, MacBook Pro comes in different versions, ranging from 13-15 inches, with the cheaper one packing 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD, about enough for all the moderately heavy stuff.

Price: $1,799 for the cheapest (13") and $2,399 for the 15" version.

2. Lenovo ThinkPad T480

If you spend most of your working time on the road, you might want to look at the Lenovo ThinkPad T480. At 14 inches and only 4 pounds heavy, it is very much portable and the sleek, thin build sorts you out on the aesthetic front. The machine also offers a selection of ports, including two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-out, an Ethernet port and a standard SD card reader.

That said, the biggest selling point of this particular ThinkPad version is its battery power. It's standby on for 17 hours during our test, which was amazingly shocking for a Lenovo product. The basic version boasts of a Core i5 processor with 4GB of Ram and 500GB hard disk space. Price: Starting from $1,049

3. HP Elitebook 800 Series

As the name suggests, the Elitebook 800 Series is a family of PCs designed to offer varying degrees of performance, energy consumption, and productivity to users depending on their needs and budgets. Key features include:

  • HP Sure Start function that periodically scans your BIOS to detect, and eliminates any unproductive bugs.

  • Collaborative features such as Bang and Olufsen Audio App and HP Noise Reduction Software that enables you to improve your online collaborative experiences by blocking interfering noise from your surroundings.

  • Variety of ports, including USB and USB-C, VGA and Display Ports.

Price: Starting at $1,319

4. Dell XPS 13 (2018)

While you may scoff at its size (13"), the Dell XPS 13 is, according to Dell, a businessman's best friend. It operates on Windows 10 Pro and offers stunning (and optional) 4K display on top of classic Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphics. You can choose from the iCore 5-7 versions, all 8th Generation CPUs, depending on your budget.

Also, XPS 13 comes with 8GB of RAM out of the box, which you can upgrade to 32GB, according to Dell. The refreshed 2018 version offers 20 hours of battery life while running productivity apps and programs, making it a good fit for people who work on the go. Storage space ranges from 256GB to 1TB. Price: Starting from $1199

5. Microsoft Surface Pro

Surface Pro, despite being the cheapest and thereby least sleek of the lot, is still a decent detachable that offers a superb mix of portability, power, and flexibility. As an improvement to previous Pro models, Surface Pro comes with 7th Gen Intel processors that make it much faster than your average laptop for the price range.

Of additional note are the much-enhanced magnets on the Type Cover that make the device more stable and easy to handle. Surface Pro also gives you access to the new Michigan Office 365 Suite, which includes all Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote features. Price: $719


Granted, getting a good laptop that gives you all the features and functions you need may be expensive but the potential benefits outweigh the costs. For one, you or your employees will be more productive and able to work even when away from home, which will further boost your income for a long while. Therefore, go through the list, take notes and subsequently invest wisely with a view to getting the most suitable laptop, which will most probably not be the cheapest.

As usual, drop a comment below if you know of other laptops suitable for businesspeople or freelancers.

Roland HarrisHardware Engineer
A writer and a techie from California, Roland works as a computer engineer and also strives to share knowledge of technology through writing

Comments (4)

Andrew LeniartIT Professional, Freelance Journalist, Certified Editor
Author of the Year 2019
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Hi Roland,

Thanks for writing this as it was quite timely for me. I recently purchased a Mac Book Air for myself and am enjoying its performance and being a Windows user my entire life, learning how to use it.

Can you give me your opinion on this particular model?

Best... Andrew
Roland HarrisHardware Engineer


HI Andrew,

MacBook Air is really great if you have to use it on the go a lot as it weights basically nothing and having your system running of an SSD became a required feature in my opinion - I mean MacBook Pro still works pretty fast of an HDD, but Air is even better than that. I find that MacBook keyboards feel weird at first, but you really get used to them after a time.

Honestly, this is a very nice laptop. The only thing it could fall behind on is graphically intense tasks, even though Apple tries to play up the capabilities of the integrated GPUs, Intel HD Graphics were never really all that great. But then again things like rendering video is not the main purpose of this machine and it should be more than enough for other tasks.

I hope your purchase serves you well. One thing Apple always had is making their computers really pleasant to use.
Distinguished Expert 2020

Need some guidance here as I'm looking to buy a new laptop soon for programming stuffs:

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