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So you have just started the new startup or have a startup currently going on for quite some time. It is imperative to have a good business laptop to do your business function.
As the business functions are quite different from other sectors work or normal usage, I will review the laptops based on being lightweight, portable, multi tasking, good screen, have comfortable keyboard and trackpad and a good graphics card in case of need arise.
If you are in hurry and want to get a single recommendation then I would suggest you to go with Apple MacBook Air M1 2020. Personally currently I am using the same model with M1 chip with 16GB RAM and it is amazing device to have.
So now lets jump directly to the list:
1. Apple MacBook Air M1 2020
As you already know, Apple is known to produce best quality and reliable machines over the years be it Mac, iPhone. And when it released its own M1 chip then performance is guaranteed in that case. Personally speaking, this device is capable of taking huge load with an amazing battery life.
Performance: As opposed to its predecessor, currently the m1 processor in MacBook Air is beast. I have tested it with opening a lot of Chrome, Safari, Opera tabs with running Unity(Game development) which is resource intensive and I can confirm there is not a single glitch. Processor and RAM performs very well and have been optimised well. Even if you have connected external monitor to it, there is nothing stopping you from doing multiple tasking on both the screens. It provides so much performance that one time you feel like working on MacBook Pro.
There is no graphics memory now and instead it is unified memory structure. As a user of 16GB RAM unit, I didn’t had any issue it for graphics intensive work.
Design: The design of MacBook has not been changed much from its predecessor. Screen has got 2560×1600 resolution with max brightness of 400 nits. It has fingerprint Touch ID login so your MacBook starts without entering password or pin every time you login.
There is no fan now in MacBook Air. Instead there is aluminium heat spreader. I felt heat only when I started and running multiple Unreal engine otherwise other activities I haven’t felt any heat.
Webcam is 720p and does its job for Zoom meeting and other video stuff but keeping in mind this is MacBook it is below par.
Keyboard and Trackpad: Keyboard feels delight to type on and trackpad is among the best in market. Its scrolling is something I haven’t seen in any other laptop. There is few changes from last model such as you get spotlight search on function key rows. Additionally now it has do not disturb and dictation button.
Battery: As per specification you can get 18 hours of video playback on this machine. But practically, I could get around 9-10 hours of running time on this machine on various tasks and some are pretty intensive to processor. You can charge it for full and forget the charger for good amount of time, working from anywhere in home. Usually I do not shut down and just lid down it. It wakes up very fast upon lid opening that just amaze me.
All in all it is a good device and good power house. You can rely it on for performance, battery and aesthetics.
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- Amazing and snappy fast
- Long lasting battery
- Webcam could be better
2. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Processor : Intel Quad-Core i5-1135G7 11th Generation Processor | RAM: 8GB RAM | Memory: 512GB SSD | Screen: 14″ WUXGA (1920 x 1200) IPS anti-glare Display | Weight: 3.82 pounds | Misc: Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 2 USB 3.2 ports, 1 USB2.0 port, 1 HDMI port, 1 SD Media Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC), LAN port, 1 combo headphone / microphone jack, 720P Webcam, 2 Thunderbolt 4 (DisplayPort / Data Transfer / Power Delivery) ports
Just like MacBook, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has its own charm and reputation. This is 9th generation X1 Carbon. If you talk business laptop and if you don’t talk about ThinkPad X1 Carbon, it won’t do the justice.
Performance: Like Macbook, this device is beast. With 11th generation processors and Intel Iris Xe GPU, it can take loads of multitasking with ease.
Screen: It has 14″ WUXGA (1920 x 1200) IPS anti-glare Display (400 nits) with Integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics. But actual nits you might get will come around 200-250 mark. The display images are good, crisp and with good contrast.
Keyboard and Trackpad:
The touch pad is bit wider in this ThinkPad compared to older version. The touchpad is comfortable to work with smooth scrolling. Similar to other ThinkPad it has got red tracepoint.
Sound: This ThinPad has got Dolby Atmos audio system. The sound is great with good bass. It has got Dolby access which can be used to set music Preset according to the need.
Battery: Like Macbook, this machine also has got good battery. You can get around 8-10 hours of battery life with heavy usage.
Other: It has got now single button for fingerprint and power. It works well. X1 Carbon is known to be thin and very lightweight and this is not an exception. With 2.49 pounds its amazingly lightweight and portable device.
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- Lightweight and portable. Absolutely feels like business laptop
- Long lasting battery
- 14 inch FHD+ display
- Screen could be more brighter
3. Dell XPS 13 9310
Processor : Intel Core i7-1185G7 11th Generation Processor | RAM: 16GB RAM | Memory: 512GB SSD | Screen: • 13.4-inch FHD (Full HD 1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit Display | Weight: 3.80 pounds | Misc: Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 2 Thunderbolt 3 [(DisplayPort / Power Delivery) ports, 1 microSD card reader, 1 3.5mm jack, backlit keyboard
Dell XPS 13 has made the good reputation in business laptops category. Compared to MacBook Pro and ThinkPad, it is a bit small which is a plus for those who wants more portability. The screen is very bright, crisp and vivid. You might need to increase the screen setting to 125% if you feel text are small. Though it is a touch screen, for business people the usage might be limited. This laptop works great for those who are travelling a lot.
The keyboard is good and feels good when typing.
With latest 11th generation Intel chip and with i7, this laptop’s performance is amazing. As it is a G series(1185G7), it is optimised for heat, performance and battery life.
The battery life is less compared to MacBook Air and ThinkPad. With normal day usage you can get up to 7-8 hours of battery life.
Webcam is of ok quality and should do fine for normal usage.
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- Lightweight and portable
- Aluminium metal body
- Bright and vivid screen
- Windows Pro version
- 2 thunderbolt ports
- Webcam quality
4. Apple MacBook Pro M1 2020
Processor : Apple M1 chip, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU Processor | RAM: 8GB RAM | Memory: 256GB SSD | Screen: 13.3 inch Retina display with 500 nits of brightness | Weight: 3.0 pounds | Misc: 16-core Neural Engine, 2 USC Type-C ports
Being a MacBook user myself, I can assure the reliability and performance of MacBook. As I mentioned in MacBook Air, M1 chip is the latest from Apple and has great performance increase as compared to previous Intel chip. Apple boasting 2.8x faster performance from old model and the claim stands to be good.
With m1 processor, this device can take huge workload and that’s better than MacBook Air m1 as well.
Apple claimed to have longest battery life in this MacBook Pro and that claim stands good while using this device.
The design has not been changed for long time and it is classic MacBook Pro design thus it is perfect for business user. The device does not come now with butterfly keyboard. The trackpad is big and spacious and best in the class segment. On top of the keyboard OLED strip for function buttons and other use cases and on side of it, fingerprint/power button.
Apple MacBook Pro has its own legacy for business user. This might be a bit pricier than other business laptop but if you are looking more on performance side, then you can choose Pro over MacBook Air.
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- Bright and crisp Ratina display
- M1 chip performance is amazing
- Long lasting battery
- Webcam could have been better
5. HP Pavilion 15 15-eg0021nr
Processor : Intel Core i7-1165G7 11th Generation Processor | RAM: 16GB RAM | Memory: 512GB SSD | Screen: 15.6 inch FullHD IPS (1920 x 1080) | Weight: 3.86 pounds | Misc: Intel Iris Xe Graphics, Windows 11 Pro
Having 11th generation i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD, this laptop is performance efficient. It is thin and lightweight which makes it portable. Built quality is of metal and it feels good. It is pretty fast, snappy and can take the huge load easily with multitasking with fast boot up.
It is a big screen 15.6 inch. Screen quality is good and it is bright. If you are into photo editing space then screen might not suite you.
It have got 1 type-c, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI and microSD car slot.
Keyboard is quite spacious with numeric key separately. Similarly trackpad is good to use but not as good as of MacBook. It takes some time to get used to the trackpad but once you are used to then it is pretty comfortable and nice.
Battery is quite ok and not to be compared with MacBook. It can last up to around 6 hours for normal usage. If you are choosing laptop based on battery life then you should go ahead and pick others in the listing.
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- Well built and lightweight design
- Intel 11th generation I7 processor
- Comes with native HP programs which eventually you might need to remove
- No backlit keyboard
6. HP 15-inch 15-dy2024nr
Processor 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 Processor | RAM: 8 GB RAM | Memory: 256 GB SSD Storage | Screen: 15.6” Full HD IPS Display | Charge: HP Fast Charge | Weight: 3.75 pounds
You won’t get better deal than this in around 500$ price range. This laptop is power horse with i5 11th gen intel chip. 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD makes it perfectly smooth running. With these settings, it can boot up within seconds. It comes with latest Windows 11 installed. The bezels are thin on the sides and makes screen wide angle. Design is sleek and compact which makes it perfect to carry. It has big screen size of 15.6 inch Full HD display size.
Overall its a decent laptop for small business users.. Battery is decent and can be charged to 0-50% in 45 mins.
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- Amazing specs on the paper
- Crisp sharp display
- Very lightweight
- Hard disk is not upgradable
- Webcam is average
- No backlit keyboard and no touchscreen
7. Microsoft Surface Laptop 4
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 | RAM: 16 GB RAM | Memory: 256 GB SSD Storage | Graphics: Radeon RX Vega 7 | Screen: 13.5” IPS touch screen Display(2256 x 1504) | Weight: 2.76 pounds
There are only two coolers available in AMD version, Platinum and Alcantara. For a small business user 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD should be sufficient with AMD Ryzen 5 processor. Ryzen 5 4680U is having 6 cores/12 threads with speed up to 4GHz. It outperform Intel I5 processor in multi core benchmark.
The design of the laptop looks premium and you feel it as soon as you start working on it. Screen is crisp and clear with high ppi. The lid is quite solid and complement the touchscreen behaviour of the laptop. Alcantara is suede like material which feels soft and good. And that premium feeling comes with one disadvantage. It can get dirty quickly if you are not conscious of it specially during eating or drinking.
It is quite thin, lightweight and portable. Surface is known to be now slim laptop in the market. The speaker are good and sound is amazing with respect to size of the laptop.
With Radeon RX Vega 7 graphics, It handles graphics calculations well.
It has got comfortable keyboard where you can type for long hours. The keyboard quality can be matched with MacBook keyboards.
You can get around 10-11 hours of battery in heavy usage scenario and that is amazing for a thin and lightweight laptop.
It has only got 1 Type-C port, 1 USB-A port and a headphone jack. It doesn’t have HDMI port, instead you can use type-c adapter if you want to use HDMI cable.
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- Thin, portable and lightweight
- Amazing keyboard
- Nice screen
- Memory cannot be upgraded
8. LG Gram 14Z90P - 14"
Processor : Intel Core i5-1135G7 11th Generation Processor | RAM: 8GB RAM | Memory: 256GB SSD | Screen: 14″ WUXGA (1920 x 1200) IPS LCD, with DCI-P3 99% color expression| Weight: 2.20 pounds | Misc: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
LG Gram has made its own space in the premium laptop market and this model is no exception. This is so lightweight that you would think that something is missing from this laptop. For business users, it is a device which doesn’t feel carrying and make it easier to take it multiple places.
The screen is nice and colourful and can go uptown 450 nits which is quite bright.
i5-1135G7 11th Generation Processor is really nice in terms of performance and can easily take up huge workload without an issue. Fans help to keep the temperature in control with no noise to notice
The trackpad is wide and responsive with smooth scrolling.
It has got 2 Thunderbolt, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 sd card reader and 1 3.5mm jack. You get the power button plus fingerprint scanner on top right of the keyboard and its quite handy when starting or waking up laptop from sleep.
LG is advertising battery usage of 25 hours but in practical heavy usage it will last around 10-12 hours which is pretty good.
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- Amazingly lightweight
- 11th generation i5 processor takes up tasks easily
- Great battery life
- back of the laptop is not so great
- multiple bloatware