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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Notebooks

Staff (translated by Martina Osztovits), 04/04/2015

April 2015 update. Here you will find the best office/business notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.

For the original German article, see here.

Besides entry-level office and business notebooks (top 10 available here), we also want to provide a ranking of upscale business laptops reviewed by us in the last few months. For significantly above 1000 Euros (~$1335), they offer a lot and customers demand a lot from them: durable, stable case, many security features, excellent connectivity, high performance and moderate emissions. In addition, professional users demand special services regarding warranty and support. Due to significantly longer product cycles (availability of service parts!), we will consider models as old as 12 months.

Premium Business Notebook Charts as of April 2015

Pos. RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionFinish
1

89%

02/15
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
Intel Core i7 5600U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
12 GB RAM, SSD
from $1699 at Amazon
1.6 kg21 mm14.01920x1080matte
289%08/14
Toshiba Tecra Z50
Intel Core i7 4600U
Intel HD Graphics 4400
16 GB RAM, SSD
from $1599 at Amazon
1.8 kg20 mm15.61920x1080matte
3

88%

01/15

Dell Latitude 14 E7450
Intel Core i5-5300U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8 GB RAM, SSD
from €1460 Euro at Amazon
1.6 kg19 mm14.01920x1080matte
487%12/14Asus AsusPro Advanced BU401LA
Intel Core i7-4650U
Intel HD Graphics 5000
8 GB RAM, SSD
from €1246 at Amazon
1.7 kg20 mm14.01600x900matte
586%

12/14

Dell Latitude 15 E5550
Intel Core i5-4310U
Intel HD Graphics 4400
8 GB RAM, SSD
from $1000 at Amazon
2.1 kg24 mm15.61920x1080matte
686%

11/14

Fujitsu LifeBook E754
Intel Core i7-4702MQ
Intel HD Graphics 4600
8 GB RAM, SSD
from $999 at Amazon
1.9 kg27 mm15.61920x1080matte
786%04/14
Lenovo ThinkPad T540p
Intel Core i7-4700MQ
Nvidia GeForce GT 730M
8 GB RAM, SSD
from $1339 at Amazon
2.6 kg30 mm15.52880x1620matte
885%
New!
03/15
HP EliteBook 840 G2
Intel Core i5-5200U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
4 GB RAM, SSD
from $1324 at Amazon
1.7 kg21 mm14.01600x900matte
985% 11/14Dell Latitude 14 E5450
Intel Core i5-4310U
Intel HD Graphics 4400
8 GB RAM, SSD
from $973 at Amazon
2.0 kg23 mm14.01920x1080matte
1085% 06/14Acer Travelmate P645-MG
Intel Core i7-4500U
AMD Radeon HD 8750M
8 GB RAM, SSD + HDD
from $1893 at Amazon
1.5 kg21 mm14.01920x1080matte

Top 10 of the last 12 months at the time of writing; current reviews are listed first

Further reviews from each month - current reviews are listed first

Editors' Comments

First-class: Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
First-class: Lenovo ThinkPad T450s

1st

Lenovo has made it again: With a rating of 89 percent, the ThinkPad T450s took the top spot in our charts held by its T440s predecessor previously. But, the manufacturer did only marginally change its successful product: On the one hand, the 14-incher uses the latest Intel Broadwell platform now, which brings even more performance at same power consumption thanks to 14 nm lithography. On the other hand, the much debated 5-button Clickpad was revised and separate trackpoint buttons were added. Otherwise, the T450s especially impresses with proven ThinkPad qualities like an excellent keyboard, accurate build quality, and low noise emissions. All this has its price: Prospective buyers have to pay at least 1000 Euro for the entry level model. The top model costs almost double as much.

Almost without weaknesses: Toshiba Tecra Z50-A
Almost without weaknesses: Toshiba Tecra Z50-A

2nd

The Toshiba Tecra Z50 A-12K has the same rating as the T450s. The Japanese technology company has been a synonym for high-quality business notebooks for many years, but the public often concentrates on the bigger rivals like Lenovo, Dell or HP. Wrongfully, as the Z50-A proves: Advantages like the noble magnesium case, great input devices as well as the very low temperature and noise development show Toshiba's big experience in the professional segment. The excellent 15.6-inch IPS display with Full HD resolution deserves praise as well - many manufacturers try to save some money in this area.

Discussion
More performance and longer battery life thanks to Broadwell: Dell Latitude E7450
More performance and longer battery life thanks to Broadwell: Dell Latitude E7450

3rd

The Latitude E7000 series belongs to the top series in Dell's business portfolio. This is not only reflected by the correspondingly high price, but also by the high quality of the models. The latest update of the 14 inch version is called Latitude 14 E7450 and comes with Intel's Broadwell CPU generation introduced at the beginning of the year. Compared to the predecessor, the computational performance is about 10% higher. Otherwise the differences are quite small. But this is not a critique: display, input devices, connectivity - the Latitude performs well to very well in almost all aspects, which justifies the total rating of 88 percent.

Quality for litte money: AsusPro Advanced BU401LA
Quality for litte money: AsusPro Advanced BU401LA

4th

High quality for a low price - with this winning formula Asus tries to acquire renown in the business range, too. Successfully: After the smaller BU201LA already managed to jump into the Top 10 of its category at once, the AsusPro Advanced BU401LA follows with a similarly convincing performance. Although stable case and precise input devices are more or less obligatory in this range, the very crisp keyboard with long key travel deserves praise. All things considered, the BU401 convinces with its great price performance ratio and the absence of noteworthy weaknesses - if it was not for the much too dark display, which is only apt for outdoor use to some extent, the ultrabook could have even performed better.

Convincing mid-range model: Dell Latitude 15 E5550
Convincing mid-range model: Dell Latitude 15 E5550

5th

Those looking for a reasonably priced alternative to the Latitude E7000 series, should consider the models of the E5000 series. Although most of them have a simpler design and are, therefore heavier and thicker, the quality is hardly worse. With its excellent IPS display and fast hardware, the 15 inch Latitude 15 E5550 is apt for many fields of application without neglecting features particularly important for business customers like many security features. In the meanwhile, the notebook is also available with modern Broadwell CPUs, which brings higher performance at same TDP level. We have already reviewed this model in detail, too. See here for the review.

Performance and mobility in one device: Fujitsu LifeBook E754
Performance and mobility in one device: Fujitsu LifeBook E754

6th

In seventh place of our Top 10 is the Fujitsu LifeBook E754. Quad-core CPU and a weight of only 1.9 kg prove that performance and mobility are not a contradiction. Otherwise, the slim business notebook is virtually flawless, too. It impresses with surprisingly good battery runtimes, good input devices, and a high-end IPS panel with Full HD resolution. Another purchase incentive: Although the LifeBook is not a bargain, its RRP appears to be attractive compared to the competition.

Really heavy: Lenovo ThinkPad T540p
Really heavy: Lenovo ThinkPad T540p

7th

For example, the Lenovo ThinkPad T540p with the same rating belongs to the latter. The bulky 15-incher brings the advantages of classic ThinkPads of previous years: The bulky design primarily focuses on quality and durability, while weight and size were not considered that important. Despite a somewhat old-fashioned design, the hardware, including fast quad-core CPU and big memory capacity, is very modern. The high-res 3K display belongs to the special highlights: Apart from an impressive pixel density, good brightness and wide viewing angles are delightful. If it wasn't for the strange touchpad without mouse buttons, which made precise clicking more difficult, the T540p could have achieved a significantly higher rating.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I1EZBOC?tag=notebookche0f-20

Stays below its possibilities in the base configuration: HP EliteBook 840 G2
Stays below its possibilities in the base configuration: HP EliteBook 840 G2

8th

The HP EliteBook 840 G2 is one of the biggest rivals for the ThinkPad T450s. The pretty big deficit of 4 percent points is mainly a result of the mediocre equipment in our review configuration for almost 1,500 Euros, which is "only" equipped with a Core i5 processor als well as a low-quality WXGA++ display. Faster processors as well as an IPS display with wide viewing angles are available for an additional charge, just like an optional Radeon M260X to improve the graphics performance. A fully loaded EliteBook should be on one level with the ThinkPad – and is therefore an interesting alternative for all users that do not want to waive a touchpad with dedicated mouse buttons.

Price performance tip: Dell Latitude 14 E5450
Price performance tip: Dell Latitude 14 E5450

9th

With the Dell Latitude 14 E5450, Dell placed another representative of the E5000 series in our charts. Depending on the configuration, the 14 inch notebook is available for a relatively low entry level price of about 700 Euro. The top model reviewed by us is priced at above 1150 Euro, but its features correspond to the price: A fast Core i5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD ensure decent performance and the IPS display with FHD resolution ensures sharp images. It is especially noteworthy, that the Latitude performs quite balanced in our tests and does not have any real weaknesses in single aspects. We assigned our Best Value Award in December 2014 to the E5450 for its excellent price performance ratio.

More than an outsider: Acer TravelMate P645
More than an outsider: Acer TravelMate P645

10th

It is somewhat surprising that the Acer TravelMate P645, a 14-inch high-end model with focus on maximum portability, ranks in here. Acer has seldom been represented in the business world so far. The Acer only weighs just above 1.5 kilograms and lasts almost 7 hours on battery in everyday scenarios. The robust plastic case with carbon reinforcements, the excellent quality of keyboard and touchpad and low system noise show the efforts of the manufacturer to offer a notebook for the special requirements of demanding business customers.

Runners-up

HP ProBook 450 G2
HP ProBook 450 G2

Finally, we want to briefly look at the notebooks, which did not qualify for our Top 10.

The HP ProBook 450 G2 is designed for price-conscious users that are looking for a more affordable alternative for the high-end series EliteBook 850. The lower price does not come without drawbacks in respect of the chassis quality and equipment: You have to live with a low resolution WXGA display, the missing Trackpoint as well as the chassis, which does not have the best torsion resistance. You get at least convincing results for the performance, the emissions and the price, so the ProBook is actually an attractive working device after all. Still, it cannot compete with the premium rivals in our Top 10, which are sometimes more than twice as expensive.

Recent Premium Office/Business Awards

Editor`s Choice in May 2014: HP EliteBook 840 G1
Editor`s Choice in May 2014: HP EliteBook 840 G1
Editor`s Choice in July 2014: Toshiba Tecra Z50-A-12K
Editor`s Choice in July 2014: Toshiba Tecra Z50-A-12K
Best Value Award in March 2014: Lenovo Thinkpad S540
Best Value Award in March 2014: Lenovo Thinkpad S540
Best Value Award in December 2014: Dell Latitude 14 E5450
Best Value Award in December 2014: Dell Latitude 14 E5450
Editor`s Choice in February 2015: Lenovo Thinkpad T450s
Editor`s Choice in February 2015: Lenovo Thinkpad T450s

Top 10 in Comparison

Measurement Results

Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
Toshiba Tecra Z50 A-12K
Dell Latitude E7450
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Dell Latitude E5550
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
Lenovo ThinkPad T540p-20BE005YGE
HP EliteBook 840 G2
Dell Latitude 14 E5450
Acer TravelMate P645-MG-9419
Screen
Brightness Center272270280216343257333267293276.6
Black Level *0.2450.360.30.4360.360.250.620.80.2910.544
Contrast111075093349595310285373341007508
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *4.354.853.459.633.155.694.6712.713.815.82
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *3.74.673.3510.723.656.085.6613.913.977.37
Gamma *2.682.582.372.492.622.432.462.352.512.7
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)54.7546044.884496137.260.458.29
Noise
Idle Minimum *29.128.829.129.329.627.628.929.128.628.7
Idle Average *29.128.829.129.329.627.628.929.128.628.8
Idle Maximum *29.128.83030.929.627.632.329.128.628.9
Load Average *34.333.436.433.132.939.737.432.23330.8
Load Maximum *34.836.837.837.33744.340.534.233.344.1
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *35.136.441.641.136.837.139.937.54447.6
Maximum Bottom *36.63437.140.542.643.144.438.441.551.2
Idle Upper Side *26.432.128.732.526.432.43428.732.530.2
Idle Bottom *2829.631.433.525.936.538.230.131.629.6
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle774769714699523898544961794792
Load8810611512078103233112132110
WiFi336434459310365362415383519
WiFi v1.3276422422
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *2.94.144.18.24.49.12.64.5
Idle Average *6.68.37.87.112.87.813.85.18.4
Idle Maximum *7.98.697.315.18.317.45.89.6
Load Average *30.830.231.628.932.938.960.428.733.4
Load Maximum *48.830.629.629.33750.792.636.833.7

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
3.31 Points ∼19%
Toshiba Tecra Z50 A-12K
2.89 Points ∼16%
Dell Latitude E7450
3.07 Points ∼17%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
2.9 Points ∼16%
Dell Latitude E5550
2.9 Points ∼16%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
5.6 Points ∼32%
Lenovo ThinkPad T540p-20BE005YGE
6.77 Points ∼38%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
2.81 Points ∼16%
Dell Latitude 14 E5450
2.94 Points ∼17%
Acer TravelMate P645-MG-9419
2.81 Points ∼16%
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
1.51 Points ∼73%
Toshiba Tecra Z50 A-12K
1.39 Points ∼67%
Dell Latitude E7450
1.35 Points ∼65%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
1.42 Points ∼69%
Dell Latitude E5550
1.3 Points ∼63%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
1.4 Points ∼68%
Lenovo ThinkPad T540p-20BE005YGE
1.49 Points ∼72%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
1.26 Points ∼61%
Dell Latitude 14 E5450
1.11 Points ∼54%
Acer TravelMate P645-MG-9419
1.27 Points ∼61%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
4797 Points ∼66%
Toshiba Tecra Z50 A-12K
4626 Points ∼64%
Dell Latitude E7450
4650 Points ∼64%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
5190 Points ∼71%
Dell Latitude E5550
4168 Points ∼57%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
4446 Points ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad T540p-20BE005YGE
5009 Points ∼69%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
4139 Points ∼57%
Dell Latitude 14 E5450
3469 Points ∼48%
Acer TravelMate P645-MG-9419
4985 Points ∼69%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
3270 Points ∼59%
Toshiba Tecra Z50 A-12K
3367 Points ∼61%
Dell Latitude E7450
2932 Points ∼53%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
2711 Points ∼49%
Dell Latitude E5550
2119 Points ∼38%
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
2719 Points ∼49%
Lenovo ThinkPad T540p-20BE005YGE
3456 Points ∼63%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
2936 Points ∼53%
Dell Latitude 14 E5450
2824 Points ∼51%

Legend

 
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00 Intel Core i7-5600U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
 
Toshiba Tecra Z50 A-12K Intel Core i7-4600U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Toshiba THNSNJ256GMCT
 
Dell Latitude E7450 Intel Core i5-5300U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
 
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G Intel Core i7-4650U, Intel HD Graphics 5000, Liteonit LCS-256M6S
 
Dell Latitude E5550 Intel Core i5-4310U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
 
Fujitsu Lifebook E754 Intel Core i7-4702MQ, Intel HD Graphics 4600, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
 
Lenovo ThinkPad T540p-20BE005YGE Intel Core i7-4700MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
 
HP EliteBook 840 G2 Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
 
Dell Latitude 14 E5450 Intel Core i5-4310U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Lite-On LCS-128L9S
 
Acer TravelMate P645-MG-9419 Intel Core i7-4500U, AMD Radeon HD 8750M, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GMCT

Automated top 10 list updated daily

of the last 12 months
1
89% v4
First Impressions: Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
First Impressions: Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
Intel Core i7 5600U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, 02/20/2015
2
89% v4
Toshiba Tecra Z50 A-12K Notebook Review
Toshiba Tecra Z50 A-12K
Toshiba Tecra Z50 A-12K Notebook Review
Intel Core i7 4600U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, 07/14/2014
3
88% v4
Acer TravelMate P645 Notebook Review
Acer TravelMate P645-S-58HK
Acer TravelMate P645 Notebook Review
Intel Core i5 5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, 04/18/2015
4
88% v4
Dell Latitude 14 E7450 Ultrabook Review
Dell Latitude E7450
Dell Latitude 14 E7450 Ultrabook Review
Intel Core i5 5300U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, 02/04/2015
5
88% v4
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE Ultrabook Review Update
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE Ultrabook Review Update
Intel Core i7 4600U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, 07/07/2014
6
87% v4
Lenovo ThinkPad T550 Notebook Review
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
Lenovo ThinkPad T550 Notebook Review
Intel Core i7 5600U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, 03/13/2015
7
87% v4
Asus AsusPro Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G Ultrabook Review
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Asus AsusPro Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G Ultrabook Review
Intel Core i7 4650U, Intel HD Graphics 5000, 01/09/2015
8
86% v4
Dell Latitude E5550 Notebook Review
Dell Latitude E5550
Dell Latitude E5550 Notebook Review
Intel Core i5 4310U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, 12/08/2014
9
86% v4
Fujitsu LifeBook E754 (E7540MXP11DE) Notebook Review Update
Fujitsu Lifebook E754
Fujitsu LifeBook E754 (E7540MXP11DE) Notebook Review Update
Intel Core i7 4702MQ, Intel HD Graphics 4600, 06/17/2014
10
85% v4
HP EliteBook 840 G2 Notebook Review
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HP EliteBook 840 G2 Notebook Review
Intel Core i5 5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, 04/01/2015
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