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The 5 Best Business Laptops - Summer 2022 Reviews

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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 quality of the display, keyboard, touchpad, and webcam, 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 all of your tasks. We've put together a list of our recommendations to help you with your purchasing decision, which includes options for different operating systems and form factors, so you can find something that suits your needs.

We've tested over 50 laptops, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best business laptops you can buy. See our recommendations for the best laptops and the best Chromebooks, or you can check out all our laptop reviews.


  1. Best Business Laptop

    The best laptop for work we've tested is the LG gram 17 (2021). It's a well-built ultraportable laptop with long battery life. Its 17-inch screen is great for split-screen multitasking, and due to its larger size, there's enough room on the keyboard deck to include a Numpad, which is handy for those working with lots of numbers. The keyboard feels great to type on for extended periods, the touchpad is large and responsive, and there are tons of ports for wired peripherals and external displays. The power button also has a fingerprint sensor built-in for quick logins.

    You can configure it with an Intel 11th Gen Core i3, i5, or i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage. The memory isn't user-upgradeable, so it's best to get more upfront if you tend to have lots of applications running simultaneously. Performance-wise, It's more than capable of handling productivity tasks like text formatting, web browsing, spreadsheets, and presentations. The keyboard gets a little hot under load, but the fans are quiet, so you don't have to worry about causing too much noise in a quiet office setting.

    If you prefer a more compact laptop, get the Dell XPS 13 (2021). It's also a thin and light Windows laptop, but its smaller size makes it much easier to carry around. The downside is that you won't get as much screen space for multitasking, and you'd lose the Numpad. That said, you're still getting a premium device with a comfortable keyboard, responsive touchpad, and enough battery life to get you through a typical workday.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget Business Laptop

    If you need something a bit more budget-friendly, we recommend the Acer Swift 3 14 (2020). It feels well built, is easy to carry around, and the battery lasts almost 14 hours of light productivity. Its 1080p screen looks sharp, the keyboard feels decent to type on, and while the touchpad is on the smaller side, the tracking is satisfactory. There's a fingerprint sensor built into the power button, making it easier and faster to log in and get straight to work.

    Sadly, the display doesn't get very bright, meaning you may have some trouble with visibility in very well-lit settings, and the webcam's audio and video quality is quite bad. On the upside, you get a great port selection that includes a USB-C/Thunderbolt 4, a full-size HDMI port, and USB-A ports, which is something you lose on a lot of premium thin and light laptops. You can also charge the laptop via USB-C instead of using the proprietary charger, meaning one less charger you need to travel around with.

    See our review

  3. Best 2-In-1 Business Laptop

    Our pick for the best 2-in-1 convertible laptop is the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021). It's an impressively well-built 14-inch laptop with a 360-degree hinge. You can open it up into tent mode for presentations or media consumption or flip the screen all the way around and use it as a tablet. It comes with a stylus if you want to take notes or doodle, and you can slip the pen into its slot to charge it. The battery lasts about nine hours of light use (with the 1080p display), so on long workdays, you may have to plug it in for a quick charge.

    One thing to note is that there are two color schemes, Mica and Shadow Black, and there are slight differences between them. The Mica model has an all-metal design with a traditional touchpad (mechanical buttons) and a capacitive fingerprint sensor, while the Shadow Black model has a leather-clad lid, a haptic touchpad, and an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Overall, it's a versatile and feature-rich 2-in-1 that most people will be happy with, regardless of which model you choose.

    If you prefer a tablet 2-in-1 with a detachable keyboard, the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (2021) is the one. You can detach the keyboard to save space or make the device lighter and easier to hold, and the kickstand lets you tilt the screen to an almost flat position to take notes or draw with a stylus. Due to its form factor, there isn't much space for a ton of ports or a bigger battery, so you'll have to get a dock and keep the charger close by. Also, you have to buy the keyboard and stylus separately, which adds a bit to the cost.

    See our review

  4. Best MacBook For Business

    On the Mac side, the Apple MacBook Air 13 (2021) is the best option for business use. It feels exceptionally well-built, is portable, and its battery lasts over 13 hours of light use. Its M1 SoC (System on Chip) has more than enough processing power to handle general productivity tasks, and it doesn't even require active cooling, so you don't have to deal with fan noise. The display is sharp, bright, and colorful, the keyboard feels great to type on, and the touchpad is large and responsive. The main downsides are that it only has two USB-C ports plus a headphone jack, and the M1 SoC can only output to a single external display.

    If you need more ports or support for multiple external displays, you might want to go with the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021). It has three USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports, a full-size HDMI, and an SD card reader. You can configure it with an M1 Pro or M1 Max SoC, giving you more graphical horsepower than the MacBook Air should you need to do some photo or video editing for your business. It's significantly more expensive than the MacBook Air, but it may be worth it if you need the extra features.

    See our review

  5. Best Business Chromebook

    If you can do most of your work through the Chrome Browser or Android apps, you may want to consider a Chromebook like the Acer Chromebook Spin 713. It's a 13-inch laptop with a sharp and bright 3:2 display, a comfortable keyboard that isn't tiring to type on for extended periods, and a good port selection that includes a full-size HDMI port. You can spec it with an Intel Pentium Gold, 10th Gen Core i3, i5, or i7 CPU, and up to 16GB of memory.

    It's also a 2-in-1 convertible with a 360-degree hinge, meaning you can flip the screen around and use it as a tablet, though it doesn't support pen input. It's a discontinued model that's becoming harder to find, but the price has fallen significantly, so it's a great time to grab one if you can find it in stock.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Framework Laptop (2021): The Framework Laptop is a good ultraportable laptop with a unique port system that lets you swap out the ports for whatever you need on-the-fly. The design also allows easy access to the internals for repairs and upgrades. However, you can only get this laptop through Framework's website. See our review
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15 (2021): The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15 (2021) is a good alternative to the Acer Swift 3 14 (2020); however, it's hard to find due to low availability. See our review
  • Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2021): The Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2021) is a cheaper alternative to the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021). It has longer battery life than the Yoga 9i, but its display doesn't get as bright, and the laptop doesn't come with a stylus. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 29, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best laptops for work you can get. 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 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, sorted by price from low to high. 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.

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