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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Laptops

Andreas Osthoff, 07/20/2017

February 2018 update. Here you will find the best office laptops and 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.

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In addition to the entry-level office and business notebooks (top 10 available here), we want to provide a ranking of upscale business laptops reviewed by us in the last few months. The following rankings/charts might be interesting, too:

With prices significantly above 1000 USD/Euros, they offer a lot and customers demand a great deal from them: durable and stable case, comprehensive security features, excellent connectivity, high performance and moderate emissions. In addition, professional users require special services regarding warranty and support. Due to the significantly longer product cycles (availability of service parts!), we will consider models as old as 12 months.

Best Business Notebooks as of February 2018

Pos.DateRatingImageModelHeightWeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
106/201791%Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HR0021GELenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HR0021GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
Intel HD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
15.95 mm1.1 kg14"1920x1080matte
202/201791%Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGELenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
Intel Core i5-7200U
Intel HD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
19.95 mm1.7 kg14"1920x1080matte
306/201790%Acer TravelMate P648-G2-M-73T0Acer TravelMate P648-G2-M-73T0
Intel Core i7-7500U
Intel HD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
21.2 mm1.7 kg14"1920x1080matte
405/201787%HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABDHP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD
Intel Core i5-7200U
Intel HD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
18.9 mm1.5 kg14"1920x1080matte
502/201789%Dell Latitude 14 E5470Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Intel Core i5-6440HQ
Intel HD Graphics 530
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
23.2 mm1.9 kg14"1920x1080matte
610/201789%Lenovo ThinkPad 25Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
19.95 mm1.7 kg14"1920x1080matte
712/2017
New
88%Dell Latitude 13 7380Dell Latitude 13 7380
Intel Core i7-7600U
Intel HD Graphics 620
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
20 mm1.3 kg13.3"1920x1080matte
808/201788%Fujitsu LifeBook U937Fujitsu LifeBook U937
Intel Core i5-7200U
Intel HD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
15.5 mm950 g13.3"1920x1080matte
906/201788%Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Intel Core i7-7600U
Intel HD Graphics 620
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
15.9 mm1 kg13.3"1920x1080matte
1006/201788%Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000 Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
24.4 mm1.9 kg14"2560x1440matte

Editors' Comments

The upcoming months will be interesting, because basically every manufacturer now announced updated for their business series. Besides the new quad-core ULV processors from intel, we will also see completely new constructions. There is only one new device in the ranking right now: Dell's latitude 13 7380 on the seventh place, which means the ThinkPad T470s drops out.

1st - Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017

More compact is hardly possible: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017
More compact is hardly possible: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017

While it previously came 2nd, the Core i5 version of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon took the lead now. Lenovo has also revised the compact ThinkPad X1 Carbon this year. The new case has an even smaller footprint and still houses a 14-inch display. Currently, the decent Full HD display is the only option. The high-resolution WQHD variant will probably be available from mid-year.

In contrast to the Core i7 model (90%), the X1 Carbon with Core i5 processor convinces with a significantly quieter fan. The supposedly slower Core i5 performs only slightly worse under load. If 8 GB of RAM are enough for you, there are few reasons justifying the extra costs of the Core i7.

Both models have the decent Full HD IPS display, good connectivity, and excellent input devices in common.

Since August, the high-resolution WQHD variant is available too (see review). The display appeared very good to us. It is also available for the Core i5 variant, which is the ideal configuration of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon in our opinion (if 8 GB RAM are sufficient).

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2nd - Lenovo ThinkPad T470

Revised classic: Lenovo ThinkPad T470
Revised classic: Lenovo ThinkPad T470

With renewed case, modern connectivity, and long battery runtimes, the Lenovo ThinkPad T470 can secure a top place in our ranking. The keyboard is still excellent and the touchpad has been improved. In view of being a modern notebook, the 14-inch ThinkPad T470 delivers decent maintainability and two batteries. Even larger modules are optionally available as an external battery. Hence, it is possible to double the battery runtime if required. The fan noise is very quiet during operation.

Their Full HD displays are often a weakness of Lenovo laptops. While they are based on IPS technology, especially the brightness could be higher in many cases. Our test model performs better in this aspect. According to our measurements, the average brightness is just under 290 cd/m². However, the panel is not suitable for professional image editing due to modest color precision and limited gamut. But all this has its price. At above 1600 Euros (~$1743), the ThinkPad T470 is not a bargain.

Overall, the performance of the ThinkPad T470 is still more than convincing, and it does not have big weaknesses. Therefore, we assigned it our Editor's Choice Award in February 2017.

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3rd - Acer TravelMate P648-G2-M

Acer goes Business: Acer TravelMate P648-G2
Acer goes Business: Acer TravelMate P648-G2

The old TravelMate P648 has remained in a top place of our Top 10 for a long time. Acer also offers its business laptop with up-to-date Kaby Lake processors from Intel now. All things considered, Acer offers a very solid device without real weaknesses again. Thanks to the good connectivity including Thunderbolt 3, long battery runtimes, and good input devices, the Acer is a good alternative to the familiar models from Dell, HP, and Lenovo.

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4th - HP EliteBook 840 G4

Significantly better with IPS: HP EliteBook 840 G4
Significantly better with IPS: HP EliteBook 840 G4

The EliteBook 840 G4 from HP belongs to those devices that "only" got new processors this year. This is not a bad thing for the case, since the aluminum build still performs well in comparison to the competition. The interfaces still include older standards such as VGA-out, which might be important in productive environments. However, you have to do without a modern Thunderbolt 3 port.

The Full HD panel based on TN technology might still be the biggest disadvantage. While the brightness of the 14-inch display is good with above 300 cd/m², the panel falls behind the competition in other aspects. In particular, the viewing angles are problematic, since you will already face image changes when slightly moving away from the ideal sitting position.

Since the review, we also had two other IPS models in our lab, which both achieved a better rating. In particular, the Full HD IPS panel combines stable viewing angles and long battery runtimes. With a rating of 89 percent, the EliteBook 840 G4 performs significantly better and comes fourth in our ranking.

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5th - Dell Latitude 14 E5470

Solid worker with quad-core processor: Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Solid worker with quad-core processor: Dell Latitude 14 E5470

For the time being, many modern business laptops have only come with frugal dual-core processors, which are sufficient for typical office tasks. Those who need higher CPU performance often have to fall back on powerful multimedia systems or mobile workstations. The Dell Latitude 14 E5470 is an exception, since a mobile quad-core chip from Intel can be found in the 14-inch case.

Therewith, the performance is higher than many competitors', but the maximum Turbo clock cannot be kept up for a long time under load (throttling does not occur). The Latitude 14 is also convincing in other aspects. Apart from its good Full HD IPS display, you will get many security features, a good keyboard and a high-quality case. The connectivity is also ok. Only a fast USB-C port is missing.

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6th - Lenovo ThinkPad 25

Happy Birthday: ThinkPad 25
Happy Birthday: ThinkPad 25

The ThinkPad 25 is the anniversary model for the 25th birthday of the series. Lenovo launched numerous surveys among the fan base ahead of the launch, which created high expectations. Unfortunately, the result leaves us a bit disappointed. It is basically a modern ThinkPad T470 with a retro keyboard. The ThinkPad 25 is a good notebook, but there is still quite a lot of potential for improvements.

Customers seem to share this opinion since many shops still have the ThinkPad 25 in stock, despite the limited number of systems.

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7th - Dell Latitude 13 7380

The XPS 13 for business users: Dell Latitude 13 7380
The XPS 13 for business users: Dell Latitude 13 7380

While the Dell XPS 13 covers the private segment, the Latitude 13 7380 is designed for business users. The predecessor was already a very good laptop, but it was only powered by a low and passively cooled processor. The 7380 on the other hand is equipped with a regular ULV processor (15W) and is on par with the rivals.

The Latitude 13 7380 has many positive characteristics including the sturdy chassis, excellent input devices, above-average display, and long battery runtimes. There are no many serious drawbacks. We did notice some coil whine similar to many other Dell laptops, even though it was usually very quiet. The display colors could also be more accurate out of the box.

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8th - Fujitsu LifeBook U937

Extremely mobile: Fujitsu LifeBook U937
Extremely mobile: Fujitsu LifeBook U937

With a weight of just 950 gram, the Fujitsu LifeBook U937 is an ideal companion for those who frequently work on-the-move. Fujitsu did a lot right in the 13-inch laptop and caters to the needs of business customers: It comes with many security features. Maintenance is relatively easy. And the bright, matte display can be used outdoors without problems. Moreover, the battery live is very good. In our tests, we could record battery runtimes of about 11 hours.

The keyboard definitely belongs to the weak points. The typing experience is alright despite short key travel, but it lacks a backlight, which might have been omitted in order to keep the weight low. This is disappointing in this price range. Moreover, the high-frequent fan noise might be annoying in quiet environments.

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9th - Toshiba Portege X30-D

Small and compact: Toshiba Portégé X30
Small and compact: Toshiba Portégé X30

The Toshiba Portégé X30 is especially interesting for those who travel a lot. Thanks to its light and compact case, the 13.3-inch laptop easily fits in a bag and can be used almost anywhere. Despite low weight, Toshiba has built a stable case. Only the quality of the lid is a bit lower. It comes with modern interfaces, security features, a good display and it is even easy to get to the innards (one free RAM slot). Moreover, the emissions of the small device are low.

Battery life and input devices could be improved. The competitors simply perform better in these respects. The Core i7 only pays off to some extent. It is safe to select the smaller Core i5.

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10th - Lenovo ThinkPad T470p

High performance: Lenovo ThinkPad T470p
High performance: Lenovo ThinkPad T470p

Apart from the Latitude 14 from Dell, the Lenovo ThinkPad T470p belongs to the few business devices that combine a 14-inch display with a powerful quad-core processor from Intel. The case has not changed much when compared to the old ThinkPad T460p, which also applies to the interfaces. Thunderbolt 3 or at least USB-C are still not available.

However, the high performance generates significant heat and this is unfortunately slightly too much for the cooling system of the T470p. The performance of the Core i7-7700HQ falls a bit under permanent load and the surface temperature partly exceeds 50 °C (122 °F).

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Recent Premium Office/Business Awards

Editor's Choice in February 2017: Lenovo ThinkPad T470
Editor's Choice in February 2017: Lenovo ThinkPad T470

Top 10 in Comparison

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HR0021GE
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
Acer TravelMate P648-G2-M-73T0
HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Dell Latitude 13 7380
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
48 (22, 26)
41.6 (20.4, 21.2)
38 (20, 18)
39 (20, 19, Plateau)
39 (15, 24)
45.6 (18, 27.6)
34 (17.2, 16.8)
39.2 (20.4, 18.8)
36.8 (18.8, 18)
52.8 (19.6, 33.2)
Response Time Black / White *
30.4 (18.8, 11.6)
34 (9.6, 24.4)
25 (14, 11)
23 (6, 17, Plateau)
26 (5, 21)
37.6 (22, 15.6)
29.6 (17.2, 12.4)
20 (9.2, 10.8)
29.6 (17.2, 12.4)
26.8 (6.4, 20.4)
PWM Frequency
1000 (99)
211.9 (20)
Screen
Brightness middle
278
306
275
346
323
240.1
317
353
332.6
271
Brightness
271
287
253
317
316
227
295
347
323
266
Brightness Distribution
91
88
85
86
79
84
87
81
86
87
Black Level *
0.16
0.3
0.25
0.86
0.57
0.22
0.3
0.33
0.28
0.25
Contrast
1738
1020
1100
402
567
1091
1057
1070
1188
1084
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.5
6.2
3.49
8.64
3.68
6.3
6.3
3.5
2.6
6.68
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.4
13.6
6.77
13.58
8.33
28.9
10.4
6.9
6.7
12.96
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.2
5.8
4.91
11.24
2.99
3.3
7.8
4.9
2.5
9.21
Gamma
2.02 119%
2.04 118%
2.39 100%
2.62 92%
2.49 96%
2.26 106%
1.81 133%
2.21 109%
2.12 113%
2.42 99%
CCT
7042 92%
6277 104%
6271 104%
12530 52%
6572 99%
6081 107%
7120 91%
7136 91%
6720 97%
6018 108%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57
39.62
59
52
55
40.6
61
63.5
62
61.49
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
87.5
61.44
91
80
85
63
92
98.1
94
94.72
Noise
off / environment *
29.6
28
30.6
31
30.3
27.9
28
30.8
28.4
29
Idle Minimum *
29.6
28
30.6
31
30.3
27.9
28
30.8
28.4
29
Idle Average *
29.6
28
30.6
31
30.3
27.9
28
30.8
28.4
29
Idle Maximum *
32.2
29.4
31
31
30.3
30
29.6
31.1
28.4
29
Load Average *
34.2
31.4
34.5
33.5
31.6
37.6
30.6
32.3
33.2
35.6
Load Maximum *
36.1
34.6
32.4
33.7
35
37.6
35.4
35.7
37.9
39.7
Witcher 3 ultra *
37.6
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
48.5
37.2
39.1
37
43
43.6
41
43.4
40.6
50.2
Maximum Bottom *
46.1
45.1
35
39.4
43
57.2
45.6
41.6
40
51.3
Idle Upper Side *
28.5
24.4
29.4
25.9
31.2
30
26.6
26.5
30
26.3
Idle Bottom *
27.8
25
27.8
25.6
31.3
35.2
29.4
26
29.2
27.5
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
819
1087
1155
913
919
1594
1152
898
1059
WiFi v1.3
547
438
672
571
432
426
630
654
430
602
Load
122
110
115
184
85
93
141
161
121
82
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
3.8
3.21
4.8
2.9
4.1
4.2
3.2
3.11
4.6
3.8
Idle Average *
7.1
6.15
7.9
5.6
8.1
7.3
5.5
6.1
7.6
6.5
Idle Maximum *
8.3
6.82
10.7
8.15
11.4
7.7
6.1
6.75
8.2
7.2
Load Average *
34.2
28.5
35
30.6
33.5
55.4
29.5
28.9
23.8
62.5
Load Maximum *
43.3
34.5
31.6
31
49
64.4
32
33.3
28
99.6
Witcher 3 ultra *
49.1

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HR0021GE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba THNSF5256GPUK
4602 Points ∼71%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4667 Points ∼72%
Acer TravelMate P648-G2-M-73T0
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4639 Points ∼71%
HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4572 Points ∼70%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
HD Graphics 530, 6440HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
4612 Points ∼71%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
4894 Points ∼75%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5060 Points ∼78%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
4538 Points ∼70%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4910 Points ∼75%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
GeForce 940MX, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4654 Points ∼71%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HR0021GE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba THNSF5256GPUK
3824 Points ∼64%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3507 Points ∼59%
Acer TravelMate P648-G2-M-73T0
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3515 Points ∼59%
HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3486 Points ∼58%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
HD Graphics 530, 6440HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
3465 Points ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
3764 Points ∼63%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3872 Points ∼65%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
3601 Points ∼60%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3543 Points ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
GeForce 940MX, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3650 Points ∼61%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HR0021GE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba THNSF5256GPUK
126 Points ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
126 Points ∼61%
Acer TravelMate P648-G2-M-73T0
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
142 Points ∼69%
HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
119 Points ∼58%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
HD Graphics 530, 6440HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
128 Points ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
146 Points ∼71%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
161 Points ∼79%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
122 Points ∼60%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
126 Points ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
GeForce 940MX, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
161 Points ∼79%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HR0021GE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba THNSF5256GPUK
321 Points ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
326 Points ∼15%
Acer TravelMate P648-G2-M-73T0
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
341.43 Points ∼16%
HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
329 Points ∼15%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
HD Graphics 530, 6440HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
501 Points ∼23%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
367 Points ∼17%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
359 Points ∼17%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
324 Points ∼15%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
341 Points ∼16%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
GeForce 940MX, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
735 Points ∼34%
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