5 Best Business Laptops 2021: Top Devices for Working from Home

Whether you’re finding laptops for your employees or just looking for a productivity system for yourself, we have the best laptops for business here. Note that we have tested these devices in order to give you the best review about specs, performance, and battery life. Read on to check our top 5 best business laptops in 2021.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon – 8th Gen

  • CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i5/Core i7
  • GPU: Intel UHD
  • RAM: 8GB/16GB
  • Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD
  • Display: 14-inch, 1080p or 4K
  • Size: 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Weight: 2.4 pounds
Pros Cons
  • Slim and lightweight
  • Bright, vibrant, 1080p, and 4K display options
  • Class-leading keyboard
  • Great performance
  • Weak graphics

The good news is the new generation of ThinkPad X1 Carbon now features Intel 10th gen CPUs. Besides the ability to deliver faster performance, you will also get longer battery life and more gorgeous display options (1080p or 4K). All of that is packed in a remarkable lightweight chassis, which is only 2.4 pounds. And, there are even improved features like a durable design (with MIL-STD-810G strength), a best-in-class keyboard, and stealthy black/red aesthetics.

However, we wish Lenovo hadn’t ditched the SD card reader in the new ThinkPad X1. Despite that, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 8th gen is still a better overall business laptop.

2019 16-inch MacBook Pro

Best business laptops 2021
  • CPU: Intel Core i7/Core i9
  • GPU: Radeon Pro 5300M/5500M
  • RAM: 16GB/32GB/64GB
  • Storage: 512GB/1TB/2TB/4TB/8TB
  • Display: 16-inch, 2072 x 1920
  • Size: 14.1 x 9.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Weight: 4.3 pounds
Pros Cons
  • Radically improved Magic Keyboard
  • Immersive 16-inch display with slimmer bezels
  • Beastly performance
  • Powerful 6-speaker audio
  • No full-size USB port or SD card slot
  • Pricey

A 16-inch MacBook Pro is the way to go if you are looking for a powerful Apple device with a good keyboard. Luckily, Apple finally ditches the Butterfly mechanism on this laptop and replaces it with the Magic keyboard for a much more comfortable typing experience. Plus, you will also get a bright and sharp 16-inch display with slimmer bezels. Not to mention its fast performance thanks to a Core i9 CPU and robust AMD Radeon 5500M graphics.

We highly recommend an upgrade to 64GB of RAM and 8TB of storage if your job requires lots of intense tasks. With more than 11 hours of battery life, the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro will surely help you last throughout the day. Even though it is quite pricey and still doesn’t include full-size USB ports, this is a very formidable workstation for creative pros.

HP Elite Dragonfly

  • CPU: Intel Core i3/i5/i7
  • GPU: Intel UHD 620
  • RAM: 8GB/16G
  • Storage: Up to 2TB
  • Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p or 4K
  • Size: 12 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds
Pros Cons
  • Gorgeous, lightweight design
  • Extremely long battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Bright, vivid display
  • Audio needs some tuning

The HP’s Elite Dragonfly redefines what it means to be a business laptop. This stunning machine not only has a gorgeous chassis but also flaunts a unique dark-blue finish. Furthermore, the Elite Dragonfly also has flexible hinges that can turn the laptop into a tablet easily. Baring a weight of 2.2 pounds, this is one of the most portable 13-inch laptops on the market. But, the Elite Dragonfly’s greatness doesn’t stop there. This laptop is also equipped with a surprisingly comfortable keyboard, tons of security features like an IR camera, and MIL-SPEC-810 rated durability.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

  • CPU: 10th gen Intel Core i3/Core i5/Core i7
  • GPU: Intel UHD or Iris Pro
  • RAM: 4GB/8GB/16GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
  • Display: 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824-pixel
  • Size: 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches
  • Weight: 1.7-1.74 pounds
Pros Cons
  • Speedy performance
  • Colorful display
  • Comfortable (optional) keyboard
  • USB-C port
  • Less battery life than its predecessor

The Surface Pro 7 is an unupgraded version of last year’s Surface Pro 6 with a significant power boost. While its battery life is only up to 15 hours now, the newly added 10th Gen CPU does provide outstanding performance in our synthetic and real-world testing. 

Even though the Surface Pro design hasn’t changed at all, it now has a USB-C port for charging and connecting peripherals. Plus, Microsoft still sells the Alcantara-clad Type Cover and Surface Pen. This means it is easy to draw or take notes on this tablet’s gorgeous 12.3-inch display.

Overall, we think that there is still room for improvement. For instance, the Surface Pro 7’s bezels are still a bit chunky and its storage upgrades are quite expensive. But, this laptop still is one of the best 2-in-1 devices around. And, it is also an excellent choice for traveling.

2020 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga – 5th Gen

  • CPU: Intel Core i7
  • GPU: Intel Core i5-10310U or Core i7-10610U
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 256GB; 512GB SSD
  • Display: 14-inch, 1080p and 4K
  • Size: 12 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Weight: 3 pounds
Pros Cons
  • Bright, vivid 1080p and 4K displays
  • Great performance (superfast SSD)
  • World-class keyboard
  • Thick display bezel
  • Weak graphics

Lenovo tried to create the first metal ThinkPad ever and its efforts have been paid off. Although people still love the signature matte-black carbon fiber on most ThinkPads, this aluminum and magnesium ThinkPad X1 Yoga is an excellent machine. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga not only has a slimmer design but also gets improved with a brighter display and better battery life. This combination makes it the best Lenovo laptop for anyone who is looking for a convertible computer.

On top of that, you will also get loads of extra goodies like a built-in stylus slot and webcam cover. Personally, I still prefer the ThinkPad X1 Carbon thanks to its super-lightweight chassis. But, you should definitely pick the ThinkPad X1 Yoga instead if you want to use a stylus.

If you have any questions about business laptops, please let us know in the comments!

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