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Here’s the best alternative to Microsoft's Surface Laptop Go for Business

Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga - $769.99 at Amazon

Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga - $769.99 at Amazon
(roughly £600)
The best alternative to Microsoft's new business laptop is the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga, a true 2-in-1 convertible. It's heavier and a tad slower, but has more storage, a higher screen resolution, far more ports and costs less.

Microsoft has quietly launched the Surface Laptop Go for Business, with the cheapest model starting from $799. However, there appear to be plenty of competitive models around that are worth looking at too.

But first, let’s look at the main selling points of Microsoft's new laptop: it's very light and has a long battery life, powerful CPU, fast Wi-FI and a touch-capable display. It also offers a choice of three refreshing color schemes.

Microsoft is also the only vendor to offer a 36-month PCaaS-like scheme that allows businesses to buy their laptops in interest-free monthly instalments.

The Surface Laptop Go for Business also benefits from 60-day returns, up to 13 hours battery life thanks to extra optimizations and the Advanced Exchange program, which entitles you to an immediate replacement upon request.

On closer inspection, Microsoft has produced a very intriguing product with only one big flaw: its screen resolution is about a third lower than a full HD screen (the strict minimum we’d recommend for any business laptop).

The best alternative, in our eyes, is the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga, which costs slightly less, has more storage and boasts a superior display.

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Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.