The Best Business Laptops

The Best Business Laptops

Our pick

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8

The best business laptop

An excellent keyboard and trackpad, light weight, and stellar battery life make the X1 Carbon one of the best laptops you can buy, period. You can’t upgrade the memory later, though, so we recommend buying it with 16 GB even if you don’t think you’ll need it.

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Processor: quad-core Intel Core i5-10210U Storage: 256 GB SSD
Graphics: Intel HD 620 Screen: 1080p IPS
Memory: 16 GB Weight: 2.4 pounds
Tested battery life: 12.5 hours    

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 isn’t just the best business laptop—it’s one of the best laptops you can buy right now from any manufacturer in any category. It’s over a pound lighter than the other business laptops we recommend, but it’s still easy to upgrade and repair, it offers a good selection of ports, and its battery life was still better than what we saw from anything else we tested. That lighter weight does bring with it a few drawbacks, most notably the lack of an SD or microSD card reader, the absence of a full-size Ethernet port, and non-upgradable memory that is soldered to the laptop’s motherboard. That’s why—even if you don’t think you’ll need more memory right now—we recommend buying the X1 Carbon with 16 GB of RAM instead of 8 GB, as that extra amount will help if you open dozens of browser tabs, edit photos, or work in lots of large spreadsheets or databases.

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Budget pick

HP ProBook 445 G7

HP ProBook 445 G7

Heavier but still great

It’s over a pound heavier and its battery life isn’t as good, but the 445 G7 costs about half what the X1 Carbon does. It’s fast, too, and it’s easy to upgrade and repair.

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$1,300 from HP

May be out of stock

Processor: six-core AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U Storage: 256 GB SSD
Graphics: integrated AMD Radeon Screen: 1080p IPS
Memory: 8 GB Weight: 3.5 pounds
Tested battery life: 7.1 hours    

The HP ProBook 445 G7 is about half the price of the X1 Carbon, but for processor-intensive work like video editing and light gaming, its AMD Ryzen 5 processor makes it a bit faster overall. It also has a solid keyboard and trackpad, and it offers upgradable memory and room for two different storage drives. But like all budget business laptops, it’s heavier than your average laptop, and its battery life is only okay. Our $700-ish recommended configuration doesn’t include a fingerprint reader or a face-scanning camera, though you can add either or both if you’re willing to pay more.

Also great

Lenovo ThinkPad L14

Lenovo ThinkPad L14

A more upgradable ThinkPad

The L14 is heavier and larger than the X1 Carbon, but it doesn’t cost as much, it’s more upgradable, and it gives you the same great ThinkPad keyboard and trackpad plus better battery life than most budget business laptops offer.

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Processor: quad-core Intel Core i5-10210U Storage: 256 GB SSD
Graphics: Intel HD 620 Screen: 1080p IPS
Memory: 8 GB Weight: 3.6 pounds
Tested battery life: 9.8 hours    

If you want the X1 Carbon’s great keyboard and trackpad and good battery life, but you also want to pay less, don’t care as much about weight, and prefer something that’s fully upgradable, the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 is your best option now that Lenovo’s T-series ThinkPads no longer offer user-upgradable memory. It weighs over a pound more than the X1 Carbon, though the two laptops provide the same performance and similar screens, and the L14’s battery is smaller than the X1 Carbon’s. But the L14 is easy to upgrade and to fix, it has a few more ports (including Ethernet and microSD), and it often costs around two-thirds of what the X1 Carbon does.

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