Laptops are a necessity for business travellers these days. Tablets and smartphones offer a range of utilities but, for now at least, they still don’t quite compare with laptops. Processing power, storage space, and interface ability in laptops has all made huge leaps over the last few years making them better and more secure than ever to manage your work on the go. But which one is right for you?
Finding a cheap and high quality laptop these days isn’t that hard, but you certainly get what you pay for when springing for the high end models. Though Price isn’t the only deciding factor, for international travel battery life will play an important role in the decision making process, particularly on long journeys with little knowledge of when you’re next opportunity to charge will be.
We took a look at the best business laptops currently on the market and picked our five favourites to help make the decision.
1. HP 255 G5 – £310
The HP 255 G5 is an excellent entry level laptop for your business needs. Its Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB hard drive ensures that you’ll have everything you require for working on the go, and for a substantially lower price than its competitors.
The device has both an SD card slot and a DVD writer which, admittedly, is fairly obsolete these days but remains an option.
Of course, the downsides of the device also tie into its price, for such a low amount you shouldn’t really be expecting anything more than what your standard laptop offers. For higher power and a bit more of a kick you’ll have to spend that little bit more.
The HP 255 G5 is available from £310.
2. HP Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga – £1,775
The HP Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is the most expensive on the list but if it’s a cutting edge machine with all the trimmings that you’re looking for, then this is the one for you. The Yoga comes with an i7 2.5GHz processor, that can be boosted to 3.1, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD storage.
In a strange twist this more expensive model is lacking an optical drive but, as previously stated, optical drives have become an increasingly outdated mode of data storage and transfer. Another downside is the constant clacking of keys on the underside if you happen to be using it in tablet mode.
However, the 14 inch OLED screen combined with its old school aesthetic complete with red TrackPoint, which seems more for the sake of nostalgia at this point, gives the device an interesting synthesis of classic style and cutting edge tech.
The HP Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is available from £1,775.