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Best Business Laptops 2019

Whether you’re buying an entire fleet of notebooks for your employees or just looking for a single productivity system for yourself, you’ll want a business laptop that’s durable, powerful and easy-to-use. The best business laptops outdo their consumer-focused counterparts by offering better security, stronger build quality and a superior typing experience.

As you’ll notice, many of the best business laptops come from Dell, Lenovo and HP.

For power users, Lenovo updated the ThinkPad X1 Extreme with an optional 4K OLED display.  If you want portability, go with the upcoming Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad X1 Yoga. HP’s Elite x2, a sleek detachable with a 1000-nit display, is also worth a look.

For everyone else, these are our favorite business laptops right now.

Best Business Laptop Overall: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen)

Best Business Laptop Overall: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen)

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the Maserati of business laptops, a sleek and stylish system with plenty of power under the hood. At 2.49 pounds, this 14-inch laptop can go anywhere, but it still finds room for a full suite of ports and enough battery capacity to provide over 11 hours of endurance.

The 6th Gen version of the X1 Carbon, ups the ante by adding a quad-core, Intel Kaby Lake-R CPU and one of the most gorgeous screens we’ve ever seen on a laptop. The optional, 2K HDR display rivals the OLED screens we see on top phones as it reproduces 199 percent of the sRGB gamut and provides up to 500 nits of brightness.

Pros: Super-vibrant HDR display; Long battery life; Excellent keyboard; Lightweight chassis

Cons: Tinny audio; Meh webcam

Key SpecsCPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD | Display: 14-inch, 2560 x 1440 or 1080p | Size: 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.5 pounds

Best Apple Laptop: MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019)

Best Apple Laptop: MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019)

Start putting money aside now because the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro is one pricey machine, and there’s really no other business laptop like it. Performance is where the MacBook Pro really stands out from the crowd. With up to a Core i9-9980HK CPU and 32GB of RAM, this sleek productivity machine can handle some serious number crunching. Not to mention the breathtaking speed of its record-breaking SSD. And like the MacBook Pros before it, the 2019 model has a sharp, vivid display, great speakers and long battery life (10+ hours). 

Pros: Blistering performance; Sharp, vivid display; Powerful audio; Long battery life

Cons: Very expensive; Keyboard isn’t great; No USB Type-A ports

Key Specs — CPU: Intel Core i7/Core i9 | GPU: Radeon Pro 555X/Pro 560X/Pro Vega 16/Pro Vega 20| RAM: 16GB/32GB | Storage: 512GB/1TB/2TB/4TB | Display: 15.4-inch, 2880-1800-pixel | Size: 13.8 x 9.5 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 4 pounds

Best Design: HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3

Best Design: HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3

The HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 is the complete package. Its aluminum chassis is not only thin and lightweight, but it’s also durable to military-grade specifications. Not to mention, the business laptop’s sturdy yet flexible hinge allows the gorgeous 13.3-inch, 1080p display to rotate back into tablet mode. Aside from its stylish looks, the Elitebook x360 1030 G3 has a comfortable keyboard, long battery life and a fast hard drive.

Pros: Sleek design; Gorgeous display; Comfortable keyboard; Solid audio; Fast SSD; Long battery life

Cons: Competing laptops are faster; Expensive

Key Specs — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p or 4K | Size: 12 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.8 pounds

Best Business Detachable: Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Best Business Detachable: Microsoft Surface Pro 6

The Surface Pro 6 wasn’t designed as a business laptop, per say, but it has everything you could want from an enterprise machine. New to the Surface Pro is a sophisticated matte black finish that will blend into any professional office environment. The flexible detachable now has 8th Gen quad-core processors, which offer a significant performance boost when compared to last year’s Surface Pro. Battery life has also been markedly improved, so you can leave your charger at home. You can use the gorgeous, 12.3-inch touch screen display with the responsive Surface Pen, and the comfortable Type Cover keyboard attachment has a useful touchpad.

Pros: Speedy performance; Long battery life; Colorful display; Comfortable (optional) keyboard

Cons: No USB-C port; Sluggish SSD

Key Specs — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824-pixel | Size: 11.5 x 7.0 x 0.3 inches | Weight: 1.7 pounds

Best Business 2-in-1: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

Best Business 2-in-1: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

If you want your business laptop to outshine those around you, then pick up the ThinkPad X1 Yoga. This 2-in-1 has a gorgeous 2K HDR screen that is among the most colorful we’ve ever seen. The laptop also features an elegant Mil-Spec tested design and its 8th Gen Intel processors offer excellent performance. If you’re worried about privacy, the X1 Yoga comes with a slider on the webcam, so you can ditch the tape.

Pros: Stunning 2K HDR display; Fast performance; Privacy webcam slider; Durable design

Cons: Pricey; Average battery life

Key Specs — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 14-inch, 1080p or 2560 x 1440-pixel | Size: 13.1 x 9 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3.1 pounds

Best Battery Life: Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1

Best Battery Life: Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1

If battery life is a priority, the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is the business laptop for you. But its 13+ hours of runtime isn’t the only reason to buy this notebook; the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 has a sleek, flexible design, fast performance and some useful sign-in options.

Pros: Epic battery life; Strong performance; Sleek design; Nifty proximity sensor sign-in 

Cons: Display could be brighter; poor speakers

Key Specs — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | Display: 14-inch, 1080p | Size: 12.6 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 3 pounds

Best Performance: Dell XPS 15 (2019)

Best Performance: Dell XPS 15 (2019)

It may not be a business machine, per say, but the new Dell XPS 15 offers tons of power in a slim package you can easily bring to work every day. Packing up to a Core i9 CPU and 32GB of RAM, the XPS 15 destroyed our benchmark tests and had no problems streaming a movie trailer with 25 Chrome tabs open. The XPS 15 gives you all the ports you’d need to an external monitor, but your eyes will keep coming back to its stunning 4K OLED panel, which is both bright and exceptionally vivid. 

Pros: Breathtaking 4K OLED; Slim, attractive design; Great overall performance and graphics 

Cons: Below-average battery life

Key Specs — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7/Core i9 | GPU: GeForce GTX 1650 | RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB| Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p or 4K (OLED) | Size: 14.1 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 4.5 pounds

Best 15-inch Workstation: HP ZBook Studio x360 G5

Best 15-inch Workstation: HP ZBook Studio x360 G5

The HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 is hands down the best business laptop for power users, provided money isn’t an obstacle. This exorbitantly priced 15.6-inch laptop has it all, including a vivid, bright display and outstanding performance. Most impressive, however, is the workstation’s uncharacteristically sleek profile and long battery life. It’s also uncommon for a workstation to have a flexible chassis like the x360 G5’s, and the device’s touch screen can be used with a stylus. 

Pros: Premium design; Gorgeous 4K panel; Military-grade durability; Comfortable keyboard; Excellent performance; Long battery life

Cons: Lid flexes; Poor webcam; Expensive

Key Specs — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7/Xeon | GPU: Intel UHD 630/Nvidia Quadro P1000 | RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p or 4K | Size: 14.2 x 9.7 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 4.9 pounds

Best 17-inch Workstation: Dell Precision 7730

Best 17-inch Workstation: Dell Precision 7730

If you have an unlimited budget and want the most powerful machine around, look no further than the Dell Precision 7730. This 7.5-pound workstation may not be the best for travel, but its Core i9 CPU and Nvidia Quadro P5200 GPU are capable of running even the most demanding applications, like 3D modeling or photo editing.

But the Precision 7730 isn’t all about performance. A gorgeous 4K display, a comfortable keyboard, and a MIL-SPEC design make this an exceptionally well-rounded machine, even though its battery life isn’t great. 

Pros: Vivid, detailed 4K display; Blistering performance; Comfortable keyboard; Durable design; Powerful graphics

Cons: Sub-par battery life; Runs warm; Exorbitant price

Key Specs — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7/Xeon | GPU: Up to Radeon Pro WX 7100/Up to Quadro P5200 | RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB | Storage: 500GB (HDD)/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB/4TB | Display: 17.3-inch, 1080p or 4K | Size: 16.3 x 10.8 x 1.2 inches | Weight: 7.5 pounds

Best Business Chromebook: HP Chromebook x2

Best Business Chromebook: HP Chromebook x2

Premium Chromebooks are on the rise, and there is none better (for now) than the HP Chromebook x2. The 12.3-inch tablet has a super-bright, high-resolution display and it lasts nearly 9 hours on a charge. One of best reasons to buy the x2 over competitors is that its attachable keyboard and pen are included in the $599 price. Business professionals who spend their 9-to-5s writing reports will appreciate the comfortable typing experience offered by the Chromebook x2, not to mention the security and convenience of Chrome OS. 

Pros: Bright, high-res display; Long battery life; Comfortable keyboard; Good sound 

Cons: A bit heavy; Thick bezels; Core m3 CPU is underpowered

Key Specs — CPU: Intel Core m3 | GPU: Intel HD 615 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Display: 12.3-inch, 2K | Size: 11.5 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 3.2 pounds

Best Rugged Laptop: Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged

Best Rugged Laptop: Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged

Although its beefier sibling, the Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme, is the more durable laptop, the Latitude 5420 Rugged is the better all-around machine thanks to its exceptionally bright display, strong performance and a comfortable RGB keyboard. Unlike other rugged laptops we’ve tested, the Latitude 5420 has a responsive touchpad and a relatively thin chassis to go along with its nearly 10 hours of battery life. If this machine is right for you, check out our page for the top Dell Latitude accessories. 

Pros: Blindingly bright display; Survives 3-foot drops; Strong performance; Long battery life; Comfortable RGB keyboard

Cons: Expensive; No Thunderbolt 3; Poorly designed stylus slot 

Key Specs — CPU: Intel Core i3/Core i5/Core i7| GPU: Intel UHD 620/AMD Radeon RX540 | RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | Display: 14-inch, 1080p | Size: 13.7 x 6.6 x 1.3 inches | Weight: 6.2 pounds

How to Choose a Business Laptop

Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing the right model of business laptop for you or your company.

  • Do you need vPro? Many business laptops are available with CPUs that have Intel vPro technology, which lets a support person log in remotely, even if the computer can’t boot. However, unless you have a large IT department and a huge fleet of laptops that you need the ability to service remotely, you probably won’t use this feature.
  • How fast do you need it to be? Most business users will be happy with a laptop that has a dual-core, Core i5 CPU like the Core i5-7200U or Core i5-7300U (vPro) and the CPU’s integrated graphics processor. However, if you require a high-end performance for 3D Modeling, professional video editing or creating predictive models, then get a mobile workstation with a quad-core Core i5 or Core i7 CPU (model numbers end in HQ) and Nvidia Quadro graphics.
  • Long battery life: Nobody wants to run out of juice in the middle of a long workday or a cross-country flight. Unless you’re getting a giant workstation, look for a laptop that gets more than 9 hours on a charge. Some business systems come with a choice of regular or extended batteries; always get the high-capacity unit.
  • At least a 1080p screen: It’s hard to be productive if you can’t see much text on the screen. Avoid laptops with low-resolution, 1366 x 768 screens like the plague. Get one with a resolution that’s 1920 x 1080 or higher.
  • SSDs for responsiveness: If you want a truly fast computer, get a solid state drive rather than a mechanical hard drive. SSDs boot up, open programs and multitask at least three times faster than old-fashioned hard drives.
  • The right ports: Nobody likes to carry a bag full of dongles. Consider which kinds of connections you or your employees will need the most. If you connect to a wired network a lot, make sure the laptop has an Ethernet port. If photography is a key part of the job, choose a laptop with a memory card reader. No matter what your needs, a Thunderbolt 3 port is a huge plus, because it will allow you to connect to a new generation of high-speed peripherals, universal chargers and powerful docks.
  • A great keyboard: It almost goes without saying that every laptop should have a good keyboard. But with business systems, a comfortable typing experience is even more important. Look for snappy feedback, deep travel and absolutely no flex.

Getting a business laptop with all the features you need could cost more than you expected, but you’ll be rewarded with a computer that makes you or your employees more productive for years to come.

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Best Computer Speakers

If you, like so many of us, spend most of your waking hours at your desk, you deserve a good set of computer speakers to combat the tinny sound often found in even some of the best laptops. The best computer speakers combine full, balanced sound with handy features like Bluetooth and headphone outputs. The right one for you will depend on your budget, design taste and how much space you have on your desk. 

Here are our picks for the best computer speakers you can buy now, based on hours of testing and research

Mackie CR4BT

Mackie CR4BT

The CR4BTs combine great sound with useful features at a good price — a rare combo. With several input options — including RCA stereo, Bluetooth, TRS (a type of cable often used in pro audio) and 3.5 mm — it can play audio from a wide variety of sources. You can even select which speaker you put on the left and the right with a toggle switch. A headphone output on the front makes it convenient to switch to private listening. But it’s the sound quality that makes these worth owning: balanced overall with excellent detail, and just enough bass even without a subwoofer. The 8.8 x 7.3 x 6.1-inch units might be a little too big for your desk, though, and depending on your tastes, the bright green rings around the drivers could be too much.

Pros: Balanced sound, rich bass without a subwoofer; lots of input options

Cons: A little big; green ring around drivers not for everyone

Size: 8.8 x 7.3 x 6.1 inches | Drivers: 4-inch woofer, 0.75-inch tweeter | Inputs: RCA, bluetooth, 3.5 mm auxiliary, TRS

Credit: Mackie

Audioengine A2+

Audioengine A2+

The small-but-mighty A2+ are for those who appreciate detailed audio and can afford to pay for it. You’ll hear crisp treble and balanced midrange and bass — no subwoofer needed, though there’s a subwoofer output if you want to add one. Best of all, the A2+ fills the room with sound, and they can get really loud. You can connect in a variety of ways, including RCA stereo, 3.5 mm minijack and USB (you can also get a version with Bluetooth). The solidly built units come in satin black, glossy white or glossy red to match your aesthetics. Unfortunately, the unit lacks a headphone output — its one downside.

Pros: Crisp treble, balanced midrange and bass; wide soundfield

Cons: No headphone out

Size: 6 x 5.25 x 4 inches | Drivers: 2.75-inch woofer, 0.75-inch tweeter | Inputs: RCA, USB, 3.5 mm auxiliary

Credit: Audioengine

Bose Companion 2 Series III

Bose Companion 2 Series III

Bose isn’t known for value, but these compact desktop speakers are a bargain when you look at cost versus performance. With big bass and full vocals, the Companion 2 Series III sound great and are worth the premium over the plethora of slightly less expensive models that you’ll find. They are also extremely simple to use, with a single volume knob and just one 3.5 mm input. The headphone jack on the front makes it easy to switch to private listening. They don’t have a flashy look, which could be a positive or a negative depending on your tastes.

Pros: Affordable; big sound; simple set up

Cons: Limited inputs

Size: 7.5 x 5.9 x 3.1 inches | Drivers: N/A | Inputs: 3.5 mm

Credit: Bose

Logitech Z625

Logitech Z625

If you subscribe to the low-end theory, the Z625 is for you. With a massive 11.9 x 11.1 x 10.4-inch subwoofer and 400 watts of power, this 2.1-channel system is as bass-forward a system as you’ll hear. The 7.7 x 4.9 x 4.6-inch satellites balance out the sound nicely and create a wide, room-filling listening experience. You can adjust the bass level if it’s too much for you. The system also features an optical digital audio input — not something you’ll find on many desktop speakers. The system’s potential downside is the size of that sub — you may not have any room left under your desk for your feet.

Pros: Big, booming bass; wide sound

Cons: Large subwoofer

Size: 7.7 x 4.9 x 4.6-inch satellites, 11.9 x 11.1 x 10.4-inch subwoofer | Drivers: N/A | Inputs: 2 x 3.5 mm, optical digital audio, RCA

Credit: Logitech

Harman Kardon Soundsticks III

Harman Kardon Soundsticks III

From the jellyfish-like 10.8 x 9.2-inch subwoofer to the transparent 10 x 2-inch satellites with four drivers each, few systems garner reactions like the SoundSticks. But the SoundSticks are about much more than looks: they deliver full vocals and rich bass. You change the volume through touch-sensitive controls on the right satellite and adjust the bass level on the sub. The system lacks a headphone output and Bluetooth, though, but if style is your thing, you won’t find a similar-looking system anywhere.

Pros: Eye-catching design; rich bass and full vocals

Cons: No Bluetooth input or headphone output

Size: 10 x 2-inch satellites, 10.8 x 9.2-inch subwoofer | Drivers: Eight 2-inch tweeters, one 6-inch woofer | Inputs: 3.5 mm

Credit: Harman

Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II

Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II

You don’t have to spend a ton to get good sound. The Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II are built much better than most computer speakers under $100, and the 9 x 5.6 x 3.5-inch satellites deliver balanced treble and bass. You can adjust the bass and treble levels on the right satellite, and it also features a headphone out and 3.5 mm input on the front of the right speaker. The system doesn’t produce the best vocals, however, and it lacks Bluetooth — if those things matter, you’ll want to spend more.

Pros: Affordable; good bass and treble

Cons: Weak vocals; no Bluetooth input | Size: 9 x 5.6 x 3.5 inches | Drivers: N/A | Inputs: Two 3.5 mm

Credit: Creative

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Laptops with Best Battery Life 2019 – Longest Lasting Laptop Batteries

No matter how stacked their specs are, even the best laptops are useless if they can’t hold a charge. Fortunately, there are plenty of notebooks that go the distance. Using our Laptop Mag Battery Test 2.0, which involves continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, we’ve identified the laptops with the best battery life on the market. We’re talking more than 9 hours of endurance, which should more than suffice for that cross-country flight, a long day of meetings or multiple, back-to-back classes.

Here are the laptops with the best battery life:

Lenovo ThinkPad T480 (17:19)

Lenovo ThinkPad T480 (17:19)

The Lenovo ThinkPad T480 was the last one standing among an army of laptops, with a battery life of 17 hours and 19 minutes. Along with its spectacular battery life, you get a great keyboard and solid performance packed into a military durable chassis that can withstand extreme temperatures, humidity, dust and vibrations. You also get an Nvidia MX150 GPU, which is good for some light gaming or productivity apps.

Pros: Epic battery life (with extended battery); Snappy keyboard; Good performance
Cons: Dull screen; Heavier than competitors

Key Specs: 14.1-inch, 1920 x 1080 display; Up to Intel Core i7-8650U CPU; 3.58 pounds / 3.98 pounds (with battery)

HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm) (14:22)

HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm) (14:22)

Between the HP Envy x2’s built-in 4G LTE and its 14 hours and 22 minutes of battery life, you can easily go on long trips without worrying about charging your notebook. Its included HP Digital Pen felt natural and smooth to use, and the Envy’s attached pen holster makes it convenient to use on the go. On top of being extremely portable, the HP Envy x2 offers a solid detachable keyboard and an incredibly bright display.

Pros: Amazing battery life; 4G built in; Comfortable keyboard; Beautiful display; Runs cool
Cons: Sluggish performance; Doesn’t run some Windows apps

Key Specs: 12.3-inch, 1920 x 1280 display; Up to Qualcomm 835 CPU; 2.7 pounds.

Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 (13:08)

Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 (13:08)

Let me introduce you to one of the best Dell Latitudes around: The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 — a beast of a business laptop that can last 13 hours and 8 minutes on a single charge. That battery is packed into a super sleek design, measuring just 0.6 inches thick, alongside a strong Core i7 processor. One of the coolest features that the Latitude 7400 boasts is its proximity sign-in function, so you can sign into your computer just by walking up to it.

Pros: Sleek, modern design; Strong performance; 13+ hours of battery life; Proximity sign-in feature works well
Cons: Display could be brighter; Poor speakers;

Key Specs: 14-inch, 1920 x 1280 display; Up to Intel Core i7-8665U CPU; 3 pounds.

Dell XPS 13 9380 (12:22)

Dell XPS 13 9380 (12:22)

The Dell XPS 13 still has the slimmest bezels imaginable thanks to its InfinityEdge design, and as a bonus, Dell managed to fit the webcam in the top bezel, which has been a long-awaited feature. And to accompany those thin bezels is a gorgeous 13.3-inch, 1080p display that covered 126 percent of the sRGB spectrum and emitted 357 nits of brightness. This baby is also super light and thin, coming in at 2.7 pounds and 0.3~0.46 inches thick, and boasts a powerful new Whiskey Lake processor.

Pros: Slim, lightweight design; Strong performance; Gorgeous 4K display; Long battery life (on 1080p model); InfinityEdge bezels with properly placed webcam
Cons: Below-average battery life (on 4K model)

Key Specs: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display; Up to Intel Core i7-8565U CPU; 2.69 pounds.

Lenovo Yoga C630 (12:14)

Lenovo Yoga C630 (12:14)

The Lenovo Yoga C630 sports a gorgeous aluminum chassis paired with a flexible, 0.5-inch thin design. Its battery life lasted 12 hours and 14 minutes on our tests, and when you combine that with its 4G LTE connectivity, it’s great option for people who frequently travel. As an added bonus, the Yoga C630 also features a decently colorful 13.3-inch panel.

Pros: Superslim, flexible design; Aluminum chassis; Very long battery life ; LTE connectivity
Cons: Poor price-to-performance ratio; Stiff keyboard; Hollow audio

Key Specs: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1280 display; Up to Qualcomm 850 CPU; 2.6 pounds.

HP Spectre x360 (12:07)

HP Spectre x360 (12:07)

HP’s Spectre x360 is back and sexier than ever, sporting a gorgeous Dark Ash Silver paint over its aluminum hood. To top off its design, its 13.3-inch, 1080p display blasted us with 150 percent of the sRGB color gamut, and the keyboard comforted us with a tactile 1.4 millimeters of travel. Not to mention that its battery lasted an epic 12 hours and 7 minutes on our tests.

Pros: Luxurious design; Outstanding battery life; Thin and lightweight; Vivid 1080p display; Class-leading keyboard; Powerful speakers
Cons: Display could be brighter; Bezels are a bit thick; Bloatware

Key Specs: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display; Up to Intel Core i7-8565U CPU; 2.8 pounds.

Dell XPS 13 9370 (11:59)

Dell XPS 13 9370 (11:59)

The latest version of Dell’s flagship laptop comes in an attractive rose gold and white color scheme and is a bit thinner than its predecessor, the still-for-sale XPS 13 9360. Because Dell shaved 0.14 inches off of the thickness and 0.13 pounds off the weight, the XPS 13 9370 has smaller battery and three hours less endurance. However, this sleek and sexy ultrabook still lasts nearly 12 hours on a charge and offers stronger performance and a more attractive screen than the 9360. You can also get the Dell XPS 13 9370 with an eye-popping 4K display.

Pros: Attractive design; Colorful display; Strong sustained performance; Very light
Cons: No USB Type-A port; Webcam looks up your nose

Key Specs: 13.3-inch, 1080p or 4K display; Up to Core i7-8550U CPU; 2.65 pounds.

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (11:57)

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (11:57)

The 15-inch MacBook Pro boasts a ridiculously fast SSD, a vibrant display and strong performance packed into a gorgeous aluminum design. And with a Core i7 CPU, the 15-inch MacBook Pro could last as long as 11 hours and 57 minutes on a charge. That’s more than enough time to enjoy the perks of macOS as well as the MacBook’s solid speakers and improved keyboard.

Pros: Insanely speedy general performance; Fastest SSD we’ve tested; Comparatively thin and light design; Vivid, sharp display; Improved keyboard; Strong sound; Long battery life
Cons: Exorbitant price; Warm underside; No USB Type-A ports

Key Specs: 15.4-inch, 2880 x 1800 display; Up to Intel Core i9-8950HK CPU; 4 pounds.

Dell XPS 15 (11:53)

Dell XPS 15 (11:53)

Between its sleek aluminum chassis, ridiculously gorgeous 15.6-inch display and powerful performance, it’s practically a miracle that the Dell XPS 15 has long battery life. This baby lasted a solid 11 hours and 53 minutes, and while that’s not the best of the best, its other qualities easily make it one of the best overall laptops on this list. And with its GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU, you can run games like Hitman (Ultra, 1080p) at 60 frames per second.

Pros: Strong overall and graphics performance; Excellent battery life; Bright, vibrant screen; Runs cool; Attractive, if dated, design
Cons: Awkwardly placed webcam

Key Specs: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 display; Up to Intel Core i7-8750H CPU; 4.2 pounds.

Lenovo ThinkPad T480s (11:29)

Lenovo ThinkPad T480s (11:29)

Even at 3 pounds and 0.7 inches thin, the Lenovo ThinkPad T480s’ sleek chassis was able to take some MIL-SPEC punishment. And in terms of security, you can get a configuration with vPro, a fingerprint reader and an IR camera for Windows Hello (not to mention it already has a privacy shutter). All of those business friendly qualities are paired with a battery that can last 11 hours and 29 minutes.

Pros: Fast performance; Long-lasting battery life; Built-in camera cover
Cons: Dim display

Key Specs: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 display; Up to Intel Core i7-8650U CPU; 3 pounds.

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