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The 7 Best Business Laptops - Summer 2024 Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2024 at 03:12 pm
Best Business Laptop

If you're looking for a laptop for work, your best bet is an ultraportable that's easy to carry around with a battery that lasts long enough to get you through the day. You'd also want to look at the display, keyboard, touchpad, and webcam quality, as they can significantly impact the overall user experience. A wide port selection will allow you to connect multiple peripherals or external displays without needing a separate dock. Of course, you'd want enough processing power to handle your tasks. We've compiled a list of recommendations to help you with your purchasing decision, including options for different operating systems and form factors so you can find the laptop to suit your needs.

We've tested over 120 laptops, and below, you'll find our recommendations for the best business laptops you can buy. See our recommendations for the best laptops, the best lightweight laptops, and the best laptops for graphic design.


  1. Best Business Laptop

    The best work laptop we've tested is the HP Spectre x360 14 (2024). This premium 2-in-1 laptop features a sturdy all-aluminum chassis with a thin and light design, which makes it a great choice for those who travel a lot. Using Intel's new Meteor Lake processors, light productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, spreadsheets, and presentations are a breeze, and its NPU (Neural Processing Unit) accelerates AI features like Windows' Copilot. Battery life is excellent, so you don't need to worry about charging it throughout the workday. You can charge the laptop over USB-C, giving you the freedom to use a wide range of compatible chargers.

    The overall user experience is great. You get a sharp 2.8K OLED display with touch and pen input, an excellent haptic touchpad, and a 4k webcam. A fingerprint sensor and facial recognition camera are also included for quick logins. Port selection is decent, including one USB-A and two USB-C/Thunderbolt 4s, so you can transfer files quickly and connect multiple peripherals and external displays. There's also support for Wi-Fi 7. Unfortunately, the RAM isn't user-replaceable, so make sure you get enough for your needs upfront. Lastly, remember that OLEDs are susceptible to permanent burn-in, and their flickering can be bothersome to some.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Business Laptop

    Though considered a premium laptop, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 (2022) is our best mid-range pick since it's an older model from 2022 and is often on sale, with the base 13.5-inch variant costing around $850 USD. It feels just as well built as the HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) above and provides a great user experience overall. You can configure it with an Intel 12th Gen Core i5 or i7 CPU; both are fast enough to handle general productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, spreadsheets, and video playback. Memory and storage max out at 16GB and 512GB, respectively, which is likely enough for most people with a light workload. The 15-inch variant supports up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage if you need more.

    There are a couple of downsides compared to the HP Spectre above. First, this is a clamshell laptop. It supports touch and pen input, but unlike the HP, it isn't a 2-in-1, so you can flip the screen around and use it as a tablet. Second, although its IPS display is great, it isn't nearly as good, as it doesn't look as sharp or colorful, and its low contrast makes blacks look gray in dim settings. Last but not least, its battery lasts only around eight hours of light use, so depending on your usage, you might need to plug it in for a quick charge to get through the day.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Business Laptop

    Current Deal: The ASUS Vivobook 16 M1605 (2023) has dropped in price by $125 at Amazon.com.

    The best budget laptop for business we've tested is the ASUS Vivobook 16 M1605 (2023). This ultraportable feels well built for the price and isn't overly bulky for a 16-inch device, so it's still easy to carry around. You can get this laptop with an AMD Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 CPU, which are more than adequate to handle general productivity tasks. As for the RAM, it has 8GB soldered onto the motherboard and a SO-DIMM slot, so if you can't find a model with 16GB, you can always get an 8GB model and upgrade it yourself. Battery life is about the same as the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 (2022) at around eight hours of light use, which means you may need a quick charge to get through a typical workday.

    This model delivers a pretty good user experience overall. It has a spacious full-size keyboard with a Numpad, which is handy for those working with lots of numbers, as well as a large and responsive touchpad. You get Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity, a fingerprint sensor for quick logins, and a decent port selection with three USB-As, a USB-C, and an HDMI. Unfortunately, the USB-C doesn't support video output, so you'll have to use the HDMI port to connect an external display. The main drawback of this laptop is the display. Its 1080p resolution looks reasonably sharp at this screen size; however, it's quite dim at around 250 cd/m² of brightness, so visibility may be an issue in well-lit rooms. It also looks washed out due to its narrow color gamut.

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap Business Laptop

    If you want to spend as little as possible, get the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook 14 (2023). This simple 14-inch Chromebook is a great option for younger students or anyone needing a simple device to do light work like responding to emails, text processing, spreadsheets, and video playback. The Core i3 configuration (paired with a FHD touch-sensitive display, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage) is often on sale for around $400 directly from Lenovo. There are cheaper configurations; however, we don't recommend them unless you have an extremely light workload and don't mind compromising on the display quality.

    The touch-sensitive FHD display gets bright enough for well-lit settings and is reasonably color-accurate. Above the display sits an excellent 1080p webcam, so your colleagues and clients can see and hear you clearly on video calls. The keyboard feels spacious but a tad mushy, and the touchpad is small and not always responsive. For those new to Chrome OS, know that this operating system is limited in the type of applications you can install, so you must ensure you can do everything through a Chrome browser or Android app.

    See our review

  5. Best MacBook For Business

    Although Windows is the most used operating system in the corporate business world, some of you may prefer or have the option to use a MacBook, especially in this remote work era. If so, we recommend the Apple MacBook Air 15 (2024), one of the best laptops we've tested for business and personal use. This laptop is an incredibly well-built ultraportable that comes with Apple's M3 silicon; its performance is excellent for most productivity tasks, including some light photo or video editing. Its 15-inch display gives you plenty of room for split-screen multitasking and gets bright enough to combat glare, even outdoors in broad daylight. It also features best-in-class battery life, so you can comfortably get through a full workday on a single charge.

    The user experience is great. The keyboard feels spacious and tactile, and the touchpad is large and responsive. You get an excellent 1080p webcam, so your colleagues can see and hear you clearly on video calls. Port selection is the major pain point here, as you only get two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports; while you can use these to connect to two external monitors, this only works if the lid is closed. If you plan to use an external monitor with the laptop closed or prefer a more compact device for on-the-go use, you can get the Apple MacBook Air 13 (2024). It's cheaper, but the speakers don't sound as good. Unlike the 15-inch model, Apple still sells the Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022) with the M2 SoC as a budget-friendly option, coming in $100 USD cheaper than the 2024 model.

    See our review

  6. Best Workstation For Business

    For people needing to do a bit of everything, including graphic design, photo editing, and maybe even making short videos for their website, we recommend the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (M3, 2023), one of the best laptops for small business use that we've tested. This 14-inch workstation is available with Apple's M3 Pro/Max SoCs, which are fast enough to handle demanding tasks like video editing and complex graphic design, making it a great option for small business owners needing to do a little bit of everything. Its 120Hz Mini LED display provides good visibility in well-lit settings and is well-calibrated out of the box, so you can get straight to work with no further calibration. You get the same niceties as the Apple MacBook Air 15 (2024) above, like the keyboard, touchpad, and webcam, as well as a wider port selection for peripherals and external displays.

    If you prefer a Windows laptop, get the Dell XPS 16 (2024). Available with Intel Core Ultra 7 or 9 CPUs and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 discrete GPU, this premium workstation is well suited for intensive workloads like programming and 3D modeling. RAM and storage max out at 64Gb and 4TB, respectively. The memory isn't user-replaceable, but the SSD is, so you can add more storage later. Display options include an FHD+ IPS and a 4K+ OLED panel—we recommend the latter for color-critical work, as it has full DCI P3 and Adobe RGB coverage. The overall user experience is good; however, it might take some time to get used to the keyboard's edge-to-edge keys and the invisible touchpad. Port selection is more limited than the MacBook Pro, as you only get three USB-C/Thunderbolt 4s and a MicroSD card reader.

    See our review

  7. Best 2-In-1 Tablet For Business

    Current Deal: The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (2021) has dropped in price by $220 at Amazon.com.

    If you like the 2-in-1 tablet form factor, get the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (2021), one of the best laptops for business and personal use we've tested. You can detach the keyboard to save space when consuming media or make the device easier to hold, and the built-in kickstand lets you tilt the screen to an almost flat position to take notes or draw with a stylus. It works with Microsoft's Slim Pen 2, though any Microsoft Pen Protocol stylus will work. The Slim Pen 2 supports 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt, making it suitable for digital artists and creators, and it even has a haptic engine that simulates the feel of writing or drawing on paper. You have to buy the keyboard and stylus separately, though, increasing the overall cost of the device.

    The keyboard feels very comfortable, especially for a type cover keyboard, and there's a slot at the top to store and charge the Microsoft Slim Pen 2. Its 1080p webcam is excellent and among the best on the market, and there's even a back-facing camera to take photos for your project or to share. For ports, you get two USB-Cs, a proprietary Surface Connect charging port, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The USB-Cs support Thunderbolt 4, allowing you to transfer files quickly and connect two 4k @ 60Hz displays with a single cable. Battery life sits around seven hours of light use, which is on the shorter side but not bad for a tablet PC.

    By the way, Microsoft has released a new Surface Pro 11th Edition, which features an ARM-based Qualcomm SoC. We've purchased it and will review it soon, so stay tuned!

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (2024): The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) is an excellent high-end ultraportable and cheaper alternative to the HP Spectre x360 14 (2024). It has a dedicated HDMI port, which the HP lacks, and features a more traditional clamshell form factor. However, its battery life is shorter, and it's also harder to find due to low availability. ASUS has recently been subject to controversy regarding overcharging clients during warranty claims. See our review
  • Apple MacBook Air 13 (M1, 2020): The Apple MacBook Air 13 (M1, 2020) is a cheaper option if you find the Apple MacBook Air 15 (2024) or its smaller 13-inch sibling, the Apple MacBook Air 13 (2024), too expensive. Its M1 SoC is slower but still adequate for light productivity tasks, and since it's an older model, you can often find it on sale for as low as $750 USD. It isn't worth getting at its regular price, as it's only $100 USD less than the newer, sleeker, and faster M2 model (13-inch). See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jul 16, 2024: Replaced the Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 (2023) with the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 (2022) because the Lenovo is no longer available. Replaced the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i 15 (2023) with the ASUS Vivobook 16 M1605 (2023) because the Lenovo is hard to find. Removed the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2023) from the Notable Mentions because it's no longer available.

  2. May 23, 2024: Due to availability, we replaced the LG gram 14 (2023) with the HP Spectre x360 14 (2024), the M2 MacBook Air 15 (2023) with the newer M3 MacBook Air 15 (2024), and the Windows alternative to our workstation pick to the HP OMEN Transcend (2024). Minor text changes were made for clarity and accuracy.

  3. Apr 25, 2024: Small text edits to add the HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) as an alternative to the LG gram 14 (2023).

  4. Mar 27, 2024: Minor text edits to provide information regarding the new M3 Apple MacBook Airs. Added the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) as a Notable Mention.

  5. Mar 01, 2024: Minor text edits for clarity. No changes in product picks.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best laptops for work you can get. In addition to the test results, we factor in the price (a cheaper laptop wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no laptops that are too difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you prefer to make your own decision, here’s the list of all of our laptop reviews. Keep in mind that most laptops are available in various configurations, and the table only shows the results of the model we tested, so it’s best to see the full review for information about other variants.