Best business laptops in 2024

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When it comes to blending performance, productivity, and professionalism, the best business laptops are essential. 

But what makes a good business laptop? Unlike consumer models, which tend to be cheaper and cheaply made, work laptops are designed for the commute, the office, and the home. They're more rugged and robust, built from premium materials, and championing performance over design aesthetics. Many, like the ThinkPad range, feature more comfortable keyboards. You'll often find a lot more configurations and security features, too. While Lenovo ThinkPad, Dell Latitude, and Apple MacBook Pro ranges are popularly hailed as the best laptop computers for business, they're not the only options on the market. But which is right for you? 

Having reviewed the best business computers, our team of experts put the best business laptops to the test. For each device, we've compared internal specs, benchmarked performances, and assessed weight, dimensions, and overall portability, to help you find the best laptop for working from home and work laptops rugged enough for the commute and office. 

The quick list

What are the best business laptops in 2024?

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Best business laptop overall

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 8 |

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Everything we seek in a pure and honest business laptop

Specifications

CPU: Up to 13th-Gen Intel Core i7
GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: Up to 32GB LPDDR5
Storage: 1TB-4TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Dimensions: 0.61 x 12.38 x 8.75 in (15.53mm x 314.4 x 222.3 mm)
Weight: 3.04lbs (1.38kg)

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous display
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Great speakers
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Outstanding keyboard
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Quality camera

Reasons to avoid

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Very high price
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No-frills business laptop

When it comes to the best rated work laptops, you can't go wrong with a ThinkPad. Any ThinkPad, really. They're sturdy laptops, built to last years, with the best keyboards you'll find on pretty much any laptop (despite Lenovo changing the design and shortening the key-travel in the bid for thinner designs). If you don't mind aging specs and your workloads are light, even older models still pack a punch.  

For an excellent modern model, we love the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 8. It might not be much to look at - few great laptops for business are. We were impressed by its high-quality build and durability. This is the kind of laptop that will stick with you through thick and thin. And, beyond that durability, it’s quite versatile as well since it has that 2-in-1 form factor. 

Even the basics are done well. The keyboard is comfortable and easy to type on, the trackpad is accurate and responsive, and it has all the ports a businessperson on-the-go could want. Plus, it comes with a stylus.

The 16:10 screen is a joy to work on and has more than enough power for everyday productivity making this an ideal laptop for business. Of course, it won’t work for niche purposes like photo or video editing as it doesn’t have that kind of power. And, it’s expensive, considering that it’s not high-powered or stuffed with a bunch of extra features. But, it’s perfect where it needs to be.

Read our full Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 8 review

Best budget business laptop

Acer Travelmate P4 TMP414-51

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A cheap and mostly cheerful business laptop

Specifications

CPU: 11th-Gen Intel Core i5
GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: 8GB DDR4 SDRAM
Storage: Up to 512GB SSD M.2 PCIe
Dimensions: 13.56 x 9.06 x 0.73 ins (344.4 x 230.1 x 18.5 mm)
Weight: 3.08lbs (1.40kg)

Reasons to buy

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Powerful processor
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Easy to upgrade
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Decent battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Mostly plastic
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Lower-performance GPU
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Poor SSD

There are a lot of compromises with the Acer Travelmate P4. When testing, we found that some parts, particularly the SSD, had some issues that could prove frustrating. And, it’s a mostly plastic affair inside that could affect its durability, though it at least keeps the weight down. Yet, for all its faults, this laptop is worth consideration for those that are on a budget.

To start, it’s much more affordable than a lot of the competition while offering enough power for most people to get through their work without issue. The battery life is also pretty good, providing enough juice to last through a whole work day and then some. And, the included Thunderbolt port gives some flexibility when using this portable with other peripherals such as an external monitor.

One of the biggest surprises for us with the Acer Travelmate P4 is the fact that it’s easy to upgrade. Since the parts aren’t soldered in, once you’re able to get inside, it’s quick work to put in a new SSD or RAM to really make the most of this laptop.

All these factors, especially the price, battery life, and upgradability, make this an ideal option for someone who needs a business notebook but has limited funds.

Read our full Acer Travelmate P4 review 

Best MacBook for business

An Apple MacBook Air 15-inch laptop sitting on a wooden table

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Size isn't everything

Specifications

CPU: Apple M2 8-core CPU
GPU: 10-core integrated GPU
RAM: Up to 24GB DDR5
Storage: Up to 2TB SSD
Dimensions: 13.4 x 9.35 x 0.45 in (340.36 x 237.6 x 11.5 mm)
Weight: 3.3lbs (1.51kg)

Reasons to buy

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Big screen
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Slimline design
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Surprisingly good price

Reasons to avoid

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Same specs as a 13-inch
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Less portable than 13-inch model

MacBook Pro laptops are great laptops for work, but if you want a lightweight, portable option, check out the MacBook Air. It is a bit of an anomaly when compared to the rest of Apple’s options. It’s bigger than the 13-inch version yet is essentially the same inside, starting with the same M2 chip, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD. But, some people just want something a little less cramped than a 13-inch screen when getting through the workday and this laptop is for them.

Even though it doesn’t separate itself from its little brother performance-wise, we were still very impressed. After all, Apple has managed to squeeze some good performance out of those specs. On top of that, the larger 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display is gorgeous to look at, offering a crisp 2880 x 1864 resolution with wide P3 color coverage that makes it perfect for getting some photo editing done.

While this is a larger laptop, its slim design still makes this Apple laptop fairly portable, even if it’s not quite as easy to carry around as its little brother. And, since it sports those same internals, it comes with a fairly generous price tag, at least by Apple standards. So, if you want to stay in the Apple ecosystem for work and don’t want to spend the money on one of the Pro models, this 15-inch MacBook Air may be the ideal option for you.

Read our full Apple MacBook Air 15-inch (2023) review

Best business laptop for creators

Asus Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED

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A content creator's dream laptop

Specifications

CPU: Up to 13th-Gen Intel Core i9
GPU: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060
RAM: Up to 32GB
Storage: Up to 2TB SSD
Dimensions: 12.74 x 8.85 x 0.77 in (323.5 x 224.7 x 19.6 mm)
Weight: 3.86lbs (1.75kg)

Reasons to buy

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Dual screens in one laptop
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Great IO
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The main screen is a beautiful OLED

Reasons to avoid

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Small and oddly shaped trackpad
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Battery life could be better
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Some rear ports

The ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED is a step forward in the next generation of laptops thanks to its unique two-screen setup. Taking Apple’s controversial touch bar concept and adding a larger second screen right above the keyboard, this Asus laptop manages to make its unique setup indispensable for getting work done.

In fact, we were impressed by how versatile that second screen was. Not only is it angled for easy viewing, but it has touch capability so we were able to turn it into a gigantic touchpad when necessary. That would be just a gimmick if it weren’t for the quality of the main OLED display, which is HDR capable and has the kind of color coverage that photographers need when editing their photos.

Beyond the two displays, we found the Asus Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED to have more than enough power to get through most productivity and creative work, thanks to the robust GPU it came with.

Of course, the battery life is not the best considering this laptop is trying to power two screens. And, the trackpad is a little wonky with its strange placement off to the side. Outside of that, this is a stellar laptop with a premium feel and, of course, a unique setup that’s great for complicated workflows like those that creatives have to deal with.

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