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Best laptops for the business elite

Listing out just the five best business laptops isn’t an easy task, but these are thinner, lighter, and can handle any task thrown at them

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While the last couple of years forced us to alter our lifestyle in ways we could never have thought of, things are slowly returning to normal.

Therefore, you need a laptop to adorn your office that is not only powerful, has the looks, isn’t flimsy yet can be easily carried around. Let us help you with some of the best possible options to get the job done and look good in your corner office.

This list has been curated based on the performance, specifications, and design; availability and pricing might vary from region to region.

Dell XPS 13 Plus

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Courtesy: Dell

The Dell XPS is one of the best windows-powered laptops and is among the most feature-rich portable laptops. Equipped with an OLED display, the Dell XPS 13 Plus is a feast to look at. It is a premium laptop designed for people who prefer to work on the go and comes with a large trackpad, a responsive keypad, average battery life, and a limited number of ports.

The Dell XPS 13 not only has more than sufficient horsepower under the hood that can carry out most of the tasks thrown at it but has the minimal design to make a style statement. The XPS range is also available in different screen sizes and can go up to 17-inches in case you need one.

HP Elite Dragonfly G2

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Courtesy: HP

The HP Elite Dragonfly G2 does the impossible, i.e., improving on what is the best. This laptop, the successor to the HP Elite Dragonfly, is yet again one of the best premium windows laptops on the market. It has almost everything going for it – a great minimalist design, robust build quality, a gorgeous 4k touch-friendly display, and excellent battery life.

Since this is a 2-in-1 laptop with a 360-degree hinge and a 13-inch high-resolution display, it can be used in a tent or tablet mode, which are ideal for presentations, online virtual meetings, and content consumption at the same time.

Apple MacBook Pro

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Courtesy: Apple

When it comes to laptops with powerful hardware meant for professional-grade output, you can’t keep the MacBook Pro out of the list. It is easily among the few laptops that help enhance productivity on the go and is among the most powerful computing devices you can carry.

The MacBook Pro comes with a 14-inch mini-LED-powered Liquid Retina XDR display. This might sound like a tongue twister but the display is an absolute delight, and the raw power of the M1 chip from Apple ensures that you can efficiently perform more than intensive tasks while on the move.

The MacBook Pro offers natively more ports, a better webcam, and longer battery life than the most compact laptops. Moreover, with MacBook Pro, there is absolutely no compromise in terms of performance, battery backup, build quality, design, and more.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

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Courtesy: Microsoft

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is unlike the others on this list. This ultra-compact, ultra-portable laptop is potent and comes with the best-in-class build quality.

While the touch-friendly PixelSense display is gorgeous, those thick bezels around the display can be an eyesore for a few. However, a 3:2 screen ratio means you get more content to see on the screen compared to a regular display with a 16:9 ratio.

Since this is a Microsoft laptop, it is bound to offer the best windows experience compared to its peers. It comes with a choice of Intel or AMD chipsets, making it one of the most versatile business laptops.

The Surface 4’s keyboard is a treat to type on, and the 13-hour long battery life means the laptop can go on and on without you needing to hunt for the charging point now and then. The laptop is available in both 13-inch and 15-inch size variants and has an Alcantara material or a metallic finish.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 6)

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Courtesy: Lenovo

When it comes to Windows laptops, there are very few that are as versatile yet as powerful as Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Yoga. This 2-in-1 laptop is a successor to a powerful notebook in this series and comes with a gorgeous touchscreen display with a 16:10 aspect ratio, spectacular battery life, support for a stylus, and an array of connectivity ports that could put most modern laptops to shame.

It has a minimalist design, a comfortable keyboard, top-firing speakers for your calls, and an EVO certification, which means you’d get a longer battery life than most windows laptops.


Jitendra Soni is a technology journalist who is always interested in everything ‘smart’. Outside of work, you'll find him dabbling with his smartphone camera. In the past, he was the editor of TechRadar India and was associated with a few other leading tech publications. More

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