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Best Windows 10 Pro laptops 2021: top notebooks for productivity

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If you're looking for the best Windows 10 Pro laptops on the market, you've come to the right place. In this guide you'll find the best Windows 10 Pro laptops that come with Microsoft's upgraded version of Windows 10 pre-installed, giving you more tools and greater control.

While Windows 10 Home – which many of the best laptops run – is fine for regular use, power users, and people who use their laptops for business, will want to run Windows 10 Pro, which offers more advanced features and better control over how your laptop runs.

That's why we've put together this list of the best Windows 10 Pro laptops. On this page, we've picked the top notebooks that come with Windows 10 Pro already installed.

The best Windows 10 Pro laptops offer cutting edge designs and powerful components for home and business users, while also including the operating system that can fully take advantage of their hardware.

So, read on to find out what our picks are for the best Windows 10 Pro laptops, and our very own price comparison tool will scour the internet for you and bring you the cheapest prices as well.

HP Elite Dragonfly

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1. HP Elite Dragonfly

For the traveling professional

CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Screen: 13.3" diagonal Full HD touch display – Full HD touch Sure View display
Storage: 256 GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Impeccable design+Excellent battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Pretty expensive

The HP Elite Dragonfly is our pick for the best Windows 10 Pro laptop thanks to its combination of portability and power. It’s also one of the most beautiful business laptops we've tested in a long time, touting a thin and light design – complete with incredible speakers, a sublime keyboard and the optional 550 nit 4K display – that’s absolutely hard to contend with. This hybrid gets our coveted five-star rating, which already says a lot as we don’t give that out lightly. And, did we mention it also boasts an excellent battery life, which gets you a long way when working on-the-go?

Read the full review: HP Elite Dragonfly

best Windows pro laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

2. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The best all-round Windows 10 Pro laptop

CPU: Intel Core i7-7600U vPro
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Screen: 14-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixels
Storage: 1TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Smaller and lighter in every way to previous versions+Improved Microsoft Precision Touchpad
Reasons to avoid

Lenovo's range of ThinkPad laptops are some of the very best business laptops ever made – mot to mention, one of the best Lenovo laptops to consider if you want business grade capabilities, and with Windows 10 Pro installed, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is our pick for the best all-round Windows 10 Pro laptop money can buy. It comes in a slim and stylish design, yet packs a lot of power into its svelte body, with a powerful Intel Core i7-7600U vPro processor, 16GB of RAM and a battery life of up to 15.5 hours. If you're looking for an absolute workhorse of a Windows 10 Pro laptop, then this is a fantastic choice.

Acer ConceptD 7

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3. Acer ConceptD 7

The best Windows 10 Pro laptop for creatives

CPU: 9th-generation Intel Core i7
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 – 2080
RAM: 16GB – 32GB
Screen: 15.6" 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) 16:9 IPS
Storage: 1TB
Reasons to buy
+Very powerful+Cheaper than MacBook Pro+Good selection of ports
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Plain design-Not as thin and light as MacBook Pro

This formidable Windows 10 Pro laptop is capable of handling complex and demanding tasks such as 3D rendering, thanks in part to its Nvidia RTX graphics, was designed specifically with creative professionals in mind. Beyond that sheer power it delivers, it also offers decent port selection, a minimalist solid white design and that stunning Pantone-validated 4K IPS display. Obviously, it’s still pretty pricey, but if you’re looking for a Windows-powered MacBook alternative for video and photo editing, it’s a great option.

Read the full review: Acer ConceptD 7 

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019)

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4. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019)

Giving the 13-inch MacBook Pro a run for its money

CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i3 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD – Iris Plus Graphics
RAM: 4GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.4" FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare – 13.4" UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflecitve
Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Stunning, extremely portable design+Great performance+Gorgeous, responsive screen
Reasons to avoid
-Battery life is just ok-Only decent sound-Lid hard to open

You’ll be hard-pressed to find fault in the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019). Design-wise, not only is it incredibly compact and lightweight, but it also boasts that gorgeous responsive display, stunning woven design and delightful to use keyboard. But, it’s more than just looks. It’s pretty impressive as well when it comes to performance, thanks to its 10th-generation Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Plus graphics. You can get this brilliant 2-in-1 with Windows 10 Pro installed, which means it's earned its place in this list.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019) 

Dell Latitude 7490

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5. Dell Latitude 7490

A powerful Windows 10 Pro laptop from Dell

CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i3 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 4GB – 16GB
Storage: 128GB SSD – 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Reasonable price+Excellent performance+Great battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Dell proprietary PSU

Dell is a well-respected brand when it comes to making dependable, no-nonsense business laptops that run Windows 10 Pro, and the Dell Latitude 7490 is a great example of that. It features some of Intel's latest processors, along with a decent amount of RAM and integrated graphics. A choice of SSDs (Solid State Drives) means Windows 10 Pro and all your applications load up quickly and perform brilliantly. Battery life is also impressively long as well.

Matt Hanson

Senior Computing editor

Matt (Twitter) is TechRadar's Senior Computing editor. Having written for a number of magazines and websites, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. If you're encountering a problem or need some advice with your PC or Mac, drop him a line on Twitter.