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Best business laptops 2022: top devices for working from home, SMB and more

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These are the best business laptops of 2022. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

You need one of the best business notebooks, no matter if you’re still working from home or going into the office. You need a portable that can not only keep up with your most intensive computing needs but keep your work safe. 

If you need a device to keep up with your demanding productivity workflow, consider the best business laptops 2022 has on offer. While plenty of professionals have flocked to more consumer-focused devices over the years, these notebooks offer a combination of power, flexibility, and, most importantly, security that you won’t find elsewhere.

And, it’s true that you might be fine using cheaper laptops for work. But, they’re not as secure and in some cases won’t offer the kind of horsepower that you might need to handle your productivity needs. Fortunately, the top business laptops have learned from the best Ultrabooks. They’re thinner, lighter, and easier to take on the go, making them just as portable as most of the prosumer options out there.

The Dell XPS 15 at an angle against a white background

The Dell XPS 15 is one of the best business laptops around. (Image credit: Dell)

All-powerful laptop for creative students

Specifications
CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
RAM: 8GB – 64GB
Screen: 15.6" FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit – 15.6" UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit Display
Storage: 256GB – 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe
Reasons to buy
+Amazing speakers+Beautiful display+Comfy keyboard
Reasons to avoid
-GTX 1650 Ti is a little weak

Combining staggering power in a stylish thin and light chassis, this laptop doesn’t hold back when it comes to internals and features that improve your computing experience overall, making this one of the best business laptops around. Among those amazing features are a gorgeous bright display with 500 nits of brightness, an extremely comfortable keyboard, impressive speakers, and a terrific trackpad. We’re not saying that this laptop is perfect, but our coveted 5 out of 5 rating should speak for itself.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 15

MacBook Pro M1 against a white background

The MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) comes with Apple's M1 chip, making it more powerful than ever.

Apple’s little MacBook Pro gets a big refresh

Specifications
CPU: Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPU
Graphics: Integrated 8-core GPU
RAM: 8GB – 16GB unified memory
Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 LED-backlit Retina display
Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Huge battery life+Great performance that can run iOS apps
Reasons to avoid
-Still lacks ports

What the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) lacks in redesign, it makes up for massively in performance overhaul. Touting Apple’s now-legendary M1 chip, which gives it a boost in power and efficiency, the smallest MacBook Pro is more powerful and longer lasting than ever. We’re talking 4K and even 8K video editing prowess. That means it can pretty much handle any business-related task you want to throw at it while still keeping things smart and svelte in the design department.

Read the full review: MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020)

HP Elite Dragonfly G2 at an angle against a white background

The HP Elite Dragonfly G2 performs beautifully. (Image credit: HP)

One of the best business laptops we’ve tested

Specifications
CPU: 11th-generation Intel Core i3 – i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: 8GB - 32GB
Screen: 13.3-inch diagonal BrightView LED FHD, 400 nits – 13.3-inch diagonal BrightView LED 4K UHD HDR-400 550 nits
Storage: up to 2TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable keyboard+Excellent screen
Reasons to avoid
-USB-C ports on only one side

The next-generation HP Elite Dragonfly continues its line’s tradition of being the most impressive business laptop inside and out. The HP Elite Dragonfly G2 doesn’t just look and feel good with its smart design, 4K display, 2-in-1 form factor, and comfortable keyboard. It performs spectacularly as well, thanks to its 11th-gen Intel Core chips, Iris Xe graphics, and long battery life of more than nine hours. As far as business laptops go, this is certainly the smartest route.

Read the full review: HP Elite Dragonfly G2 

Surface Laptop 4 on white background with the Windows 10 desktop showing on the screen

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is beautiful yet powerful. (Image credit: Microsoft)

The best laptop for business users who love Windows

Specifications
CPU: 11th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7 /AMD Ryzen 5 - 7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe / AMD Radeon
RAM: 8GB – 32GB
Screen: 13.5-inch PixelSense (2,256 x 1,504) touch
Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable keyboard+Beautiful screen
Reasons to avoid
-Not enough ports

Microsoft continues to impress us with its new Surface Laptop 4, which touts the kind of build quality and design that is absolutely top-notch. There are a few other things to love here: the gorgeous PixelSense touchscreen really sets it apart from the competition and the brilliant keyboard that's a joy to type on. Of course, the specs are great as well – and that includes a battery life that lasts over 13 hours. If you’re on a budget, don’t worry as the price is competitive as well.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) against a white background

The MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021)  boasts breathtaking power and truly long battery life. (Image credit: Apple)

Mightily impressive

Specifications
CPU: Apple M1 Pro 8-core – M1 Max 10-core
Graphics: Integrated 14-core – 32-core GPU
RAM: Up to 64GB
Screen: 14-inch Liquid Retina XDR display
Storage: Up to 8TB
Reasons to buy
+Brilliant performance+Best screen on a laptop
Reasons to avoid
-Screen may be a bit small for some

Apple’s MacBook Pro line might have been traditionally better suited for creative professionals than business ones, but the Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021)’s arrival seems to change that. This new addition to the MacBook Pro family boasts breathtaking power and truly long battery life, something both creative and business pros need for their day-to-day. With the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, it’s sure to deliver the graphical prowess creatives need and the processing potential that business folks require. Ports abound as well, with Apple finally expanding from the usual USB-C-only roster. The stunning XDR display with 1600 nits of peak brightness is just cherry on top.

Read the full review: MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 laptop with keyboard folded backwards

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 is a 2-in-1 workhorse with excellent battery life. (Image credit: Lenovo)

Best 2-in-1 laptop for business users

Specifications
CPU: 11th generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel Xe Plus
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 14-inch, 1920 x 1200p, IPS touchscreen, 400 nit
Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic 16:10 display+Excellent battery life especially with its outstanding performance
Reasons to avoid
-Rather plain design for the price

As far as business laptops go, very few are more powerful than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6, a 2-in-1 workhorse that delivers excellent battery life of up to 14 hours and a breathtaking 16:10 display to boot. If you’re going to be working long hours, which pretty much comes with the territory, this is the laptop you’ll want to be working in and staring at. Of course, being an Evo-certified laptop targeted for business professionals, it boasts many security add-ons as well. And, we’re sure all professionals will appreciate that SD card slot and garaged stylus.

Read the full review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6

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The Dell XPS 13 (Late 2020) is a terrific option for business users as well as prosumers. (Image credit: Dell)

Dell does it again

Specifications
CPU: Up to 11th Generation Intel Core i7-1165G7
Graphics: Up to Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: Up to 32GB 4267MHz LPDDR4x
Screen: 13.4" FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit – 13.4" UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit Display
Storage: Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe
Reasons to buy
+Stunning design+Excellent battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Sound quality is just OK

The gorgeous piece of kit that is the Dell XPS 13 (2020) isn’t just for prosumers. With its breathtaking performance, stunner of a display, and long-lasting battery life, it’s a terrific option for business users as well. Especially because it comes with advanced features like an IR webcam for Windows Hello face scan login and a fingerprint scanner built into the power button. This is a high-end machine that looks every bit the part and is paired with some robust hardware, and a great option for professionals who aren’t very partial to the more somber options.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13 (2020) 

Lenovo ThinkBook 14S Yoga at an angle against a white background

The Lenovo ThinkBook 14S Yoga is a solid and affordable convertible for both work and school. (Image credit: Lenovo)

Excellent for both work and school

Specifications
CPU: 11th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: up to 24 GB DDR4 3200MHz
Screen: 14.0” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, glossy, touchscreen, 300 nits
Storage: up to 1TB PCIe SSD
Reasons to buy
+Great performance+Garaged stylus
Reasons to avoid
-Battery life is just OK

The ThinkBook 14S Yoga is a solid and affordable convertible that comes with some great features and terrific performance. It has a terrific price-to-performance ratio, with its 11th-gen Intel Core chip and Intel Iris Xe graphics inside ensuring that it’ll see you through even arduous tasks. Supporting that coveted 2-in-1 design is a garaged pen that’s certainly a boon to business users. Its webcam shutter, on the other hand, is there as extra security to protect your privacy. We only wish it had a longer battery life and a brighter display. Still, for the price, you can’t beat it.

Read the full review: Lenovo Thinkpad 14S Yoga

MacBook Pro 16-Inch (2021) against a white background

The MacBook Pro 16-Inch (2021) comes with an incredible display as well as plenty of ports. (Image credit: Apple)

A powerhouse for productivity

Specifications
CPU: Apple M1 Pro 10-core – M1 Max 10-core
Graphics: Integrated 16-core – 32-core GPU
RAM: Up to 64GB
Screen: 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display
Storage: Up to 8TB
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic mini-LED display+Plenty of ports
Reasons to avoid
-On the bigger side

Whether you’re a creative or a professional, the MacBook Pro 16-Inch (2021) can easily handle your workload. That’s thanks to Apple’s in-house M1 Pro and M1 Max (if you choose to upgrade) that can blaze through any application out there. The new 16-inch model also comes with an incredible display, as well as plenty of ports including next-gen Thunderbolt 4 ports, an SDXC card reader, and the return of the MagSafe charger. You also get fantastic battery life. While this is an expensive option, it’s worth the price.

Read the full review: MacBook Pro 16-Inch (2021) 

MacBook Air (M1, 2020) against a white background

The MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is great for professionals with less demanding workloads. (Image credit: Apple)

Best business laptop for those with less demanding workloads

Specifications
CPU: Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPU
Graphics: Integrated 7-core – 8-core GPU
RAM: 8GB – 16GB unified memory
Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina display
Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+macOS Big Sur is fast and responsive+Battery life is great
Reasons to avoid
-Fanless design could impact performance

The first laptop to receive Apple’s legendary M1 chip, the MacBook Air (M1, 2020), the company’s thinnest and lightest, is no longer a notebook that will only satisfy the most casual of users. Among the most exciting Apple laptops of recent years, the MacBook Air is better than ever, touting excellent performance and brilliant battery life (up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing or up to 18 hours of video) worthy of business users and other professionals. That’s while keeping the price affordable still. 

Read the full review: MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 at an angle against a white background

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 packs a lot of power in its stylish package. (Image credit: Lenovo)

Lenovo improves upon a classic

Specifications
CPU : 11th gen Intel Core i5 - i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 8GB - 32GB
Screen: 14-inch, 16:10 (1920 x 1200p) - (3840 x 2400), touchscreen
Storage: 256GB - 1TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Incredible performance+Fantastic battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Integrated graphics struggle with creative workloads

The Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 9 is among the best Lenovo laptops for good reason. Just like the previous versions of this laptop, the X1 Carbon offers a lot in performance as well as features in a slim, portable package. Its battery life is about as good as it gets so professionals who need something to take on the road will appreciate all the extra juice. And, while it isn’t a top pick for creative projects, it will handle productivity tasks with aplomb, thanks to that 11th gen Intel Core CPU and Intel Iris Xe graphics, not to mention at least 8GB of RAM (upgradable to 32GB). On top of that, it’s Evo-certified so you know it’s serious business, as well as chock full of security features.

Read the full review: Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 9

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano at an angle against a white background

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano abounds with excellent features. (Image credit: Lenovo)

Ultra light and surprisingly powerful

Specifications
CPU: up to 11th-gen Intel Core i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: 8GB - 16GB LPDDR4x
Screen: 13.0" 2K (2160 x 1350) IPS, anti-reflective, anti-smudge, touchscreen with Dolby Vision
Storage: 256GB – 1TB PCIe SSD
Reasons to buy
+Sleek design+Incredibly light+Excellent display
Reasons to avoid
-Limited ports-Keyboard layout

Even its limited ports and small trackpad cannot hold the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano back. One of the best business laptops we’ve ever tested, this portable is not only the lightest laptop we’ve ever tested, but also surprisingly powerful considering how sleek it is. That makes it the most ideal choice for professionals who are always on the go. Excellent features abound as well, with the likes of a crisp 2K 16:10 touchscreen, a physical webcam shutter and advanced biometrics of the fingerprint scanner adding to its value and making it worth its steep price. At least if portability and performance are your top priorities.

Read the full review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano

Google Pixelbook Go at an angle against a white background

The Google Pixelbook Go brings a lot of the original Pixelbook's premium features. (Image credit: Google)

The best Chromebook ever made

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core m3 - Intel Core i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 615
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Screen: 13.3-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) or 4K LCD touchscreen
Storage: 128GB - 256GB eMMC
Reasons to buy
+Incredible battery life+Amazing ‘Hush’ keyboard
Reasons to avoid
-Iffy pricing at mid- to- high-end-No biometric login

Google continues its tradition of making the best Chromebook in the world. This is a Chromebook that proves that these devices can be just as stylish and powerful as traditional laptops, and the Pixelbook Go brings a lot of the original Pixelbook's premium features to a more affordable device. It also features a fantastic battery life and a brilliant keyboard that makes typing on a pleasure. This is among the best business laptops for professionals looking to save some cash.

Read the full review: Google Pixelbook Go

The Ceneva F158G on a wooden desk

The Ceneva F158G features a large 15.6 inch FHD screen. (Image credit: Future)

A business laptop that won't break the bank

Specifications
CPU: Intel Celeron J4125
Graphics: Intel UHD 600
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080)
Storage: 512GB SATA SSD
Reasons to buy
+Aggressively priced+Windows 10 Pro+Fingerprint reader
Reasons to avoid
-Webcam location-Poor battery life

Newcomer Ceneva has created an affordable business laptop that includes a backlit keyboard, a fingerprint reader and ships with Windows 10 Pro. The Ceneva F158G also features a CNC-machined body with a brushed metal finish and weighs just over 1.5kg which makes it quite portable. The fingerprint reader is built in to the huge touchpad and the keyboard includes a numeric keypad for working with spreadsheets. The Ceneva F158G also features a large 15.6 inch FHD screen with a 5mm border and a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. This is because the webcam is built into the bottom bezel but some may find its placement off-putting while video conferencing due to the angle. 

Read the full review: Ceneva F158G

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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 ITProPortal.com 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.