With the ongoing health pandemic forcing businesses to shut
down, employees have increasingly been working remotely. And to get the job
done from home, you’ll need the right tools to stay productive. In the digital
age, a capable laptop should be at the top of the list to handle anything from
Office tasks to collaboration. For better ergonomic, be sure to pair your
perfect notebook with an external
monitor. Check out our guide
on dual monitor setups.
Whatever your budget is for a work laptop, these systems
will deliver the power and performance needed, and the best part is that
they’re portable enough to take with you when you can start to head back into
the office. Here are our top five picks for the best laptops for working from
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Despite having been released more than a decade ago, the MacBook
Air continues to be one of the most popular laptops – and rightfully so.
This beloved notebook had set the stage for premium laptops, thanks to its
unibody aluminum wedged-shape design and thin and light form factor. Though it
may appear that much hasn’t changed, Apple has provided meaningful updates this
year to keep the Air at the top of our list.
Still weighing in at under three pounds, the 13.3-inch Air
now comes with a high-resolution Retina Display with True Tone screen
technology to keep colors accurate. A TouchID sensor makes it easy to log in,
and upgraded USB-C ports make it easy to connect to a battery pack for even
longer battery life on the go. And powering the entire thing is Intel’s 10th-Gen
For lovers of Apple’s ecosystem, if your business also
relies on an iPhone or iPad,
the Air should be at the top of your pick. This laptop can tap into FaceTime
video calls with its FaceTime HD webcam. You can even respond to iMessages with
the new Magic Keyboard, which offers a better experience than the butterfly
switches on some recent Pros.
Arguably referred to as the gold standard for business
laptops, Lenovo’s modest ThinkPad E series proves that enterprise systems don’t
have to cost a fortune. At a more modest $899 price, the ThinkPad
E15 comes with many features that will help you get things done, including
a roomy 15.6-inch FHD display with an anti-glare coating, a speedy 10th-Gen
quad-core Intel processor, and a spacious 256GB solid-state drive to store all
Underneath its understated all-black design, the ThinkPad’s
claim to fame is its MIL-STD certification, including a durable aluminum lid
and a keyboard that can survive some spilled coffee in the morning. Harman
Audio tuning and a 720p webcam help with video conferencing, while a physical
ThinkShutter privacy shutter gives your family the privacy needed after work is
At 5.51 pounds, the MSI Creator 17 is the heaviest laptop on
our list, but this heavyweight powerhouse packs a big punch despite its
0.80-inch thick body. Often pigeon-holed as a gaming notebook, the Creator 17
is a mobile workstation that can handle Office tasks, web browsing, creative
workflows, data analysis, and more with ease.
The $2,999 Creator
17 is a versatile system packed with Intel’s 10th-Gen Core i7
processor and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super graphics, making it overkill for
most jobs. But if your job involves editing videos or lots of time spent in
Photoshop, then you’ll appreciate the capabilities of this notebook, which
includes a large 17.3-inch screen with 4K resolution and HDR support, 32GB of
memory, and a whopping 1TB SSD for storage.
HP’s Envy convertible is a laptop that marches to the beat
of its own drum. Though this Windows 10 laptop may share a similar design as
Apple’s MacBook lineup, it comes with some features that make it just as unique
as it is powerful.
For starters, the Envy
x360 comes with a 13.3-inch FHD display that rotates on a 360-degree hinge,
allowing it to convert between a laptop and a tablet easily. In either mode,
you can use the optional Stylus Pen to write or draw on the touchscreen, which
is excellent for signing PDFs or jotting down quick notes. For $999, you get
the best of a tablet and laptop in one convenient package with the added
benefit of 16GB of memory and 512GB of storage.
Underneath the hood, this Envy x360 is one of the few
laptops that isn’t powered by Intel silicon. Instead, the AMD-made Ryzen 7
4700U chip gives this laptop plenty of power to get things done, and the
integrated Radeon graphics have enough muscle power to let you unwind to a
1080p game at the end of a long workday.
If you don’t need the complexities of a full desktop
operating system, you can keep things simple and light by living in the
browser. Google’s Chrome OS offers plenty of tools to get things done if your
primary needs rely on Google Apps. And if this describes you to a tee, then the
Go is a great solution.
Coming in at 2.3 pounds, the Pixelbook Go is the lightest
laptop on our list, but don’t let its size fool you. Backed by Chrome OS,
you’ll routinely get all the latest security patches and updates, and this
laptop boasts excellent battery life. It also comes with a 13.3-inch FHD
display – though you can upgrade to a 4K version with touch – that will smoothly
run the Chrome browser and Android apps with ease. With a premium build
quality, this powerful Chrome OS laptop uses Intel Core processors and
integrated Intel UHD Graphics 615.
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