Z.M. IT SOLUTIONS loves the freedom and comfort of use of laptops, they are quick, powerfull, upgradable and most importantly, you can take it with you, anywhere you like, business meetings, blogg writing at the coffee shop or a quick job overview with a client. That's why all of our business gets handled on the laptops rather than PC's or All-in-One's.
To help you choose the best laptops and business notebooks for your organization, we decided to write a top 10 Laptops for Businesses in 2018!
1. Dell Precision
IT pros have reviewed the Dell Precision line of laptops and their decision is clear: it's the top business laptop. Pitched by Dell as a mobile workstation, the Precision line features a choice between Intel's Skylake and Xeon CPUs, DDR4 memory slots for up to 64GB of RAM, a choice between Nvidia and AMD GPUs, Microsoft Precision Trackpad, and an Infinity Bezel display on the recently released Precision 15 5000 series. According to TechRadar, "Dell's Precision workstation laptops are fast, slim, and super powerful."
2. HP EliteBook Folio
Built and designed to take on Apple's MacBook, the HP EliteBook Folio is a thin and light laptop at 0.5 inches thick and 2.2 pounds with an aluminum body. It's size, however, comes at the price of computing power. With Intel's Core M line of processors, SSD storage options that start at 128GB, and 8GB of RAM, the EliteBook Folio is a capable laptop for the basics in business, but ill-suited for demanding jobs like video editing. Even still, it does feature the choice between an entry-level 12.5-inch 1080p display and a 4K display. According to The Verge, the EliteBook Folio features two USB Type-C ports, a headphone jack, and up to 10 hours of battery life. It starts at around £950.00.
3. Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga
In third place stands Lenovo's line of ThinkPad Yoga laptops, which received standout reviews from IT pros in 2017. In particular, the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook, which starts at £410.55, received the best reviews of the year. In one review, Engadget notes that the ThinkPad Yoga is an excellent convertible that supports pen inputs when its folded into tablet mode. The entry-level ThinkPad Yoga 260 starts at £559.55 and comes with a 6th generation Intel i3 processor, up to 256GB SSD, up to 11.5 hours of battery life, and up to 8GB of DDR4 RAM.
4. Dell Latitude
Dell's Latitude line of laptops saw a serious refresh this year when Dell introduced thinner, lighter, more powerful, and ultraportable laptops at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The new models take design cues from Dell's successful XPS line of laptops with several models working as 2-in-1's (the Dell Latitude 11 5000, for instance). Dell also touts the the Latitude 7000 series as "the world's most secure Ultrabook" and notes its durability as a winning factor (it survived sitting in an oven, getting stepped on, and having sand blown on its keyboard, among other things).
5. Lenovo ThinkPad T series
Lenovo calls the ThinkPad T Series its flagship line of laptops, noting that each model "builds upon superior design with the performance and durability professional users demand." With the entry-level models starting at £819.10, the ThinkPad T Series features 6th generation Intel Core i7 CPUs, between 8 and 24 hours of battery life depending on the model, SSD storage options, and a lightweight, durable form factor. The most expensive ThinkPad T Series model is the T460s, which starts at £970.10
6. HP EliteBook
In sixth place stands HP's EliteBook line of laptops, which it positions above its lower-end ProBook series. First introduced in 2008, the EliteBook line is engineered to "meet military MIL-STD-810 standards for reliability and performance under extreme conditions, namely for temperature, altitude, humidity, dust, shock and vibration." Unlike the super-slim EliteBook Folio, the EliteBook line features beefier Intel CPUs, more RAM, and larger storage offerings. Select models, such as the HP EliteBook 820, 840, and 850 Notebooks PCs, also include smart card readers and fingerprint scanners.
7. HP ProBook
Right under HP's EliteBook line of laptops stands HP's ProBook series of laptops, which earned seventh place in the Spiceworks Community. According to HP, the ProBook line is aimed at the small and medium-sized business market and features a 7th generation Intel processor, an AMD seventh-generation A-series APU, NVIDIA GeForce 930MX graphics technology, enterprise-class security, and up to 16 hours of battery life. Prices start at £499 for the HP ProBook 400 series and go up accordingly.
8. Microsoft Surface
Remember when we said the laptop killing tablet was turning into a laptop in its own right? Look no further than the Microsoft Surface line of tablets and laptops, which earned themselves eighth place in the Z.M. IT SOLUTIONS Community according to reviews from IT pros. The Surface family includes the Surface 3, the Surface Pro 4, and the Surface Book.
Both the Surface 3 and the Surface Pro 4 run Windows 10 and feature pen input, a kickstand, and a keyboard cover and trackpad. The Surface 3 sports 64GB of storage (which you can upgrade to 128GB), 2GB of RAM (which you can upgrade to 4GB), and Intel's M series of processors. The Surface Pro 4 features 6th generation Intel CPUs (that range from m3 to i7), 4GB of RAM (which you can upgrade to 16GB), and a 12.3-inch display (compared to the Surface 3's 10.8-inch display). Last but not least is the Surface Book, an innovative laptop that turns into a tablet when a user pulls the screen off. The Surface line starts at £600; the more powerful Surface Book starts at £1,349.00.
9. Lenovo ThinkPad E Series
Designed for small-to-medium-sized businesses, Lenovo's ThinkPad E Series start at £569.05 and feature Intel's sixth-generation i7 processors, up to 9 hours of battery life, up to 16GB of DDR3L RAM, up to 500GB HDDs (or 192GB SSDs), and the option to purchase with an AMD GPU. The E460 is the entry-level model and sports a 14-inch display. The E560 is the next model up and features a 15.6-inch display. Both models come with Windows 10 and weight between 4.2 and 5.2 pounds.
10. MacBook Pro
Last but not least is Apple's MacBook Pro, which received excellent reviews over the course of 2017 (perhaps pointing to the goodwill of Apple users towards Apple's product line). Starting at £1,299 for the 13-inch model and £1,999 for the 15-inch model, the MacBook Pro features up to 10 hours of battery life, dual-core and quad-core Intel CPUs, PCIe-based flash storage, up to 16GB of RAM, and Apple's Retina display technology. Other features include Apple's Force Touch trackpad which offers additional functionalities, depending on how hard a user clicks, as well as new storage options like Optimized Storage, which automatically moves unused files off of MacOS and into iCloud.
Hopefully this list will be handy next time you upgrade your business laptops.
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