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Best business laptops 2022: top devices for working from home, SMB and more
The best business laptops make it simple and easy to carry out work on your laptop, without having to worry about whether your hardware specs are up to it.
It doesn’t matter if you’re still working from home or going into the office. You need a portable that can not only keep up with your most intensive computing needs but keep your work safe.
If you need a device to keep up with your demanding productivity workflow, consider the best business laptops 2022 has on offer. While plenty of professionals have flocked to more consumer-focused devices over the years, these notebooks offer a combination of power, flexibility, and, most importantly, security that you won’t find elsewhere.
And, it’s true that you might be fine using cheaper laptops for work. But, they’re not as secure and in some cases won’t offer the kind of horsepower that you might need to handle your productivity needs. Fortunately, the top business laptops have learned from the best Ultrabooks. They’re thinner, lighter, and easier to take on the go, making them just as portable as most of the prosumer options out there.
Best laptops for business in 2022
Whether you want comfort, style, or a powerhouse, the Dell XPS 15 OLED is more than up to the challenge. This gorgeous computer, which comes with an equally gorgeous 3.5K OLED display, can do it all. Thanks to its high-end internals including discrete Nvidia graphics, it can handle just about any workload you can throw at it. And, though its shorter battery life might be an issue as a business laptop, its trackpad and keyboard are accurate and comfortable to use for long periods of time. And, like all premium portables from Dell’s XPS line, it’s dressed to impress.
Read our full Dell XPS 15 OLED (2021) review.
The next-generation HP Elite Dragonfly continues its line’s tradition of being the most impressive business laptop inside and out. The HP Elite Dragonfly G2 doesn’t just look and feel good with its smart design, 4K display, 2-in-1 form factor, and comfortable keyboard. It performs spectacularly as well, thanks to its 11th-gen Intel Core chips, Iris Xe graphics, and long battery life of more than nine hours. As far as business laptops go, this is certainly the smartest route.
Read the full HP Elite Dragonfly G2 review.
Microsoft continues to impress us with its new Surface Laptop 4, which touts the kind of build quality and design that is absolutely top-notch. There are a few other things to love here: the gorgeous PixelSense touchscreen really sets it apart from the competition and the brilliant keyboard that’s a joy to type on. Of course, the specs are great as well – and that includes a battery life that lasts over 13 hours. If you’re on a budget, don’t worry as the price is competitive as well.
Read the full Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 review.
As far as business laptops go, very few are more powerful than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6, a 2-in-1 workhorse that delivers excellent battery life of up to 14 hours and a breathtaking 16:10 display to boot. If you’re going to be working long hours, which pretty much comes with the territory, this is the laptop you’ll want to be working in and staring at. Of course, being an Evo-certified laptop targeted for business professionals, it boasts many security add-ons as well. And, we’re sure all professionals will appreciate that SD card slot and garaged stylus.
Read the full Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 review.
Apple’s MacBook Pro line might have been traditionally better suited for creative professionals than business ones, but the Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021)’s arrival seems to change that. This new addition to the MacBook Pro family boasts breathtaking power and truly long battery life, something both creative and business pros need for their day-to-day. With the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, it’s sure to deliver the graphical prowess creatives need and the processing potential that business folks require. Ports abound as well, with Apple finally expanding from the usual USB-C-only roster. The stunning XDR display with 1600 nits of peak brightness is just cherry on top.
Read the full MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) review
What the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) lacks in redesign, it makes up for massively in performance overhaul. Touting Apple’s now-legendary M1 chip, which gives it a boost in power and efficiency, the smallest MacBook Pro is more powerful and longer lasting than ever. We’re talking 4K and even 8K video editing prowess. That means it can pretty much handle any business-related task you want to throw at it while still keeping things smart and svelte in the design department.
Read the full MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) review.
The gorgeous piece of kit that is the Dell XPS 13 (2020) isn’t just for prosumers. With its breathtaking performance, stunner of a display, and long-lasting battery life, it’s a terrific option for business users as well. Especially because it comes with advanced features like an IR webcam for Windows Hello face scan login and a fingerprint scanner built into the power button. This is a high-end machine that looks every bit the part and is paired with some robust hardware, and a great option for professionals who aren’t very partial to the more somber options.
Read the full review: Dell XPS 13 (2020) review.
The ThinkBook 14S Yoga is a solid and affordable convertible that comes with some great features and terrific performance. It has a terrific price-to-performance ratio, with its 11th-gen Intel Core chip and Intel Iris Xe graphics inside ensuring that it’ll see you through even arduous tasks. Supporting that coveted 2-in-1 design is a garaged pen that’s certainly a boon to business users. Its webcam shutter, on the other hand, is there as extra security to protect your privacy. We only wish it had a longer battery life and a brighter display. Still, for the price, you can’t beat it.
Read the full review: Lenovo Thinkpad 14S Yoga review.
Whether you’re a creative or a professional, the MacBook Pro 16-Inch (2021) can easily handle your workload. That’s thanks to Apple’s in-house M1 Pro and M1 Max (if you choose to upgrade) that can blaze through any application out there. The new 16-inch model also comes with an incredible display, as well as plenty of ports including next-gen Thunderbolt 4 ports, an SDXC card reader, and the return of the MagSafe charger. You also get fantastic battery life. While this is an expensive option, it’s worth the price.
Read the full MacBook Pro 16-Inch (2021) review.
The first laptop to receive Apple’s legendary M1 chip, the MacBook Air (M1, 2020), the company’s thinnest and lightest, is no longer a notebook that will only satisfy the most casual of users. Among the most exciting Apple laptops of recent years, the MacBook Air is better than ever, touting excellent performance and brilliant battery life (up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing or up to 18 hours of video) worthy of business users and other professionals. That’s while keeping the price affordable still.
Read the full MacBook Air (M1, 20200 review.
The Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 9 is among the best Lenovo laptops for good reason. Just like the previous versions of this laptop, the X1 Carbon offers a lot in performance as well as features in a slim, portable package. Its battery life is about as good as it gets so professionals who need something to take on the road will appreciate all the extra juice. And, while it isn’t a top pick for creative projects, it will handle productivity tasks with aplomb, thanks to that 11th gen Intel Core CPU and Intel Iris Xe graphics, not to mention at least 8GB of RAM (upgradable to 32GB). On top of that, it’s Evo-certified so you know it’s serious business, as well as chock full of security features.
Read the full Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 9 review.
Even its limited ports and small trackpad cannot hold the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano back. One of the best business laptops we’ve ever tested, this portable is not only the lightest laptop we’ve ever tested, but also surprisingly powerful considering how sleek it is. That makes it the most ideal choice for professionals who are always on the go. Excellent features abound as well, with the likes of a crisp 2K 16:10 touchscreen, a physical webcam shutter and advanced biometrics of the fingerprint scanner adding to its value and making it worth its steep price. At least if portability and performance are your top priorities.
Read the full review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano review (opens in new tab).
Google continues its tradition of making the best Chromebook in the world. This is a Chromebook that proves that these devices can be just as stylish and powerful as traditional laptops, and the Pixelbook Go brings a lot of the original Pixelbook’s premium features to a more affordable device. It also features a fantastic battery life and a brilliant keyboard that makes typing on a pleasure. This is among the best business laptops for professionals looking to save some cash.
Read the full Google Pixelbook Go review (opens in new tab).
The LG Gram 16 (2022) builds on the 2021 version which was already a great laptop; its 17-inch version was shortlisted on our coveted best laptop leaderboard.
Pitched as a premium product, the Gram 16 still carries a relatively high price, competing head to head against the Apple MacBook Pro 16. Compared to its bigger brother, the LG Gram 17, this one has a lower price and a better battery life, making it altogether a more balanced purchase, especially as a business laptop.
The LG Gram 16 (2022) has evolved to become a formidable rival to well established rivals like the Apple MacBook Air and the Dell XPS 13. It surpasses both in terms of portability while delivering extra visual real estate, something that will appeal to creatives, number crunchers and other professionals.
Read the full LG Gram 16 (2022) review (opens in new tab).
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