The 8 Best Business Laptops to Buy in 2017
There are a few considerations to keep in mind when choosing a laptop that will be used for professional purposes, whether you are an accountant or artisan. Business laptops are specifically constructed to be sturdy, lightweight and performance-efficient at all times. But to find out which laptop might best suit your business needs, read our top eight picks below.
For most traditional office and boardroom applications, the clear winner for 2017 is the Lenovo ThinkPad T460. This model, while not as light as some others on our list, offers superior performance, long-lasting battery life (up to 13 hours) and effortless ease of use.
The ThinkPad weighs just 3.8 pounds, although at .83 inches thick it is not the thinnest laptop available. The 14” x 9” screen is generous enough to offer a nice, clear picture (with a resolution of 1920 x 1080) while being small enough to take on-the-go. The smart case also has 180-degree tilt motion for comfort and flexibility.
The deluxe physical features of the T460 include a comfortable, spill-proof keyboard, a red trackpoint between the g and h keys to aid in navigation and a highly accurate touchpad. This Lenovo model is loaded with useful connectivity. Available ports include USB, 3.5 mm sound jack, SD reader, Ethernet, HDMI out, and more.
Multiple versions of the T460 are available including powerful i7 versions with 16 GB of RAM, but a good value proposition is the T460 that comes with an Intel Core i5-6300U processor, 256 GB SSD and 8 GM of RAM. This gives it lots of performance power and plenty of storage space. Virtually all applications work quickly and efficiently on this computer, particularly those with low demands on the graphics card such as Microsoft Office.
The ThinkPad T460 offers premium security options useful in a business setting, including an Intel vPro-capable CPU, Trusted Platform Module (TPM), security features required by enterprise IT departments and even a fingerprint reader, making it a prime choice for enhanced business security.
On the downside, this laptop is not an ideal choice for those who need high quality sound or discrete video cards, such as 3D graphics artists or avid game players. The screen is clear, but the on-board graphics will struggle with 3D applications. Similarly, the speakers, which are bottom-front located, are capable of a fair degree of loudness, but distortion can occur at higher levels.