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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Laptops

Staff, 07/20/2017

October 2017 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.

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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. With prices significantly above 1000 Euros (~$1089), 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.

Top 10 Premium Business Notebooks as of October 2017

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
605/201689%Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10PToshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
Intel Core i5-6200U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
24 mm2.1 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
708/2017
New
88%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
806/201788%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
906/201788%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
1005/201788%Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012USLenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
Intel Core i5-7300U
Intel HD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
19 mm1.4 kg14"1920x1080matte

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

Summer is over and we have reviewed almost all recent business models. It is striking that the standard is high overall. A very high rating is required to make it into the Topp 10. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is still leading. In the meanwhile we had the opportunity to test the optional WQHD panel. The only newcomer (7th place) stems from Fujitsu.

1st

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).

Pricecompare

ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HR0021GE

2nd

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.

Pricecompare

ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE

3rd

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.

Pricecompare

TravelMate P648-G2-M-73T0

4th

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.

Pricecompare

EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD

5th

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.

Pricecompare

Latitude 14 E5470

6th

Does not need to hide from the competitors from HP, Dell, or Lenovo: Toshiba Tecra Z50-C
Does not need to hide from the competitors from HP, Dell, or Lenovo: Toshiba Tecra Z50-C

Toshiba proves, with the Tecra Z50 series, that other manufacturers apart from the "big three" (Lenovo, HP, and Dell) can produce convincing notebooks. In contrast to many competitors, the Z50 omits neither an integrated DVD drive nor an analog VGA-out. In addition, users will appreciate four USB-3.0 ports. Pros are low noise and temperature emissions, excellent input devices, many security features, and an excellent Full HD display in 15.6-inch format. Those who can accept smaller weaknesses such as modest speaker quality or difficult maintenance will get an interesting alternative to devices such as the EliteBook 850 G3 or ThinkPad T560 in the Tecra. However, prospective buyers should consider that the price only includes a one-year warranty - which is uncommon in this category.

Pricecompare

Tecra Z50-C-10P

7th

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.

Pricecompare

8th

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.

Pricecompare

Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)

9th

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).

Pricecompare

ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000

10th

Currently still suffers from several problems: Lenovo ThinkPad T470s
Currently still suffers from several problems: Lenovo ThinkPad T470s

From the first to the last place in the ranking? While the ThinkPad T460s predecessor secured top place in the ranking, the ThinkPad T470s successor only performed well enough to enter in 10th place. Not much has changed at first glance, since Lenovo uses the same case and has even incorporated a modern USB-C/Thunderbolt-3 port, which is very unfavorably placed on the right side. Further problems exist in terms of performance, since the fast Core i7 processor is slightly too much for the cooling system. Hence, the potential performance gain compared to a Core i5 chip can only be utilized to some extent and the surface temperatures are high under load.

Another problem is the performance on battery since the processor cannot even keep up its base clock in this scenario. A BIOS upgrade might improve this. However, the way it is now, the new ThinkPad T470s is unable to reach a "very good" rating.

These problems are also present in our test model with the Core i5 processor, albeit not that severe. The second test model can better control the temperature development of the smaller Core i5. The Full HD IPS display performs worse, however. Overall, it performs well enough for a rating of 88 percent. Hence, the ThinkPad T470s moves up a place.

Pricecompare

ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00

Pricecompare

ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US

Other recently reviewed test models

We have also reviewed the Toshiba Tecra X40-D, but it is not good enough for our Top 10 list with 87 %. The mobile system features a 14-inch display in a great case, high performance, and modern interfaces. Issues are the keyboard and the stability of the lid and the display is only average.

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

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
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
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)
20 (9, 11)
39.2 (20.4, 18.8)
36.8 (18.8, 18)
52.8 (19.6, 33.2)
40.8 (22.8, 18)
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)
26 (13, 13)
20 (9.2, 10.8)
29.6 (17.2, 12.4)
26.8 (6.4, 20.4)
28.8 (14.8, 14)
PWM Frequency
50 (40)
211.9 (20)
219.3 (99)
Screen
Brightness
271
287
253
317
316
277
347
323
266
264
Brightness Distribution
91
88
85
86
79
83
81
86
87
88
Black Level *
0.16
0.3
0.25
0.86
0.57
0.27
0.33
0.28
0.25
0.24
Contrast
1738
1020
1100
402
567
1067
1070
1188
1084
1132
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.5
6.2
3.49
8.64
3.68
4.7
3.5
2.6
6.68
6.1
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.2
5.8
4.91
11.24
2.99
3.1
4.9
2.5
9.21
3.4
Gamma
2.02 119%
2.04 118%
2.39 100%
2.62 92%
2.49 96%
2.7 89%
2.21 109%
2.12 113%
2.42 99%
2.12 113%
CCT
7042 92%
6277 104%
6271 104%
12530 52%
6572 99%
6603 98%
7136 91%
6720 97%
6018 108%
6077 107%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57
39.62
59
52
55
61.9
63.5
62
61.49
38
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
87.5
61.44
91
80
85
90.3
98.1
94
94.72
60
Noise
off / environment *
29.6
28
30.6
31
30.3
31.2
30.8
28.4
29
27.8
Idle Minimum *
29.6
28
30.6
31
30.3
32.4
30.8
28.4
29
27.8
Idle Average *
29.6
28
30.6
31
30.3
32.4
30.8
28.4
29
27.8
Idle Maximum *
32.2
29.4
31
31
30.3
32.4
31.1
28.4
29
27.8
Load Average *
34.2
31.4
34.5
33.5
31.6
33.5
32.3
33.2
35.6
34.8
Load Maximum *
36.1
34.6
32.4
33.7
35
33.5
35.7
37.9
39.7
42
Witcher 3 ultra *
42
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
48.5
37.2
39.1
37
43
36
43.4
40.6
50.2
45.4
Maximum Bottom *
46.1
45.1
35
39.4
43
50
41.6
40
51.3
51.2
Idle Upper Side *
28.5
24.4
29.4
25.9
31.2
23.9
26.5
30
26.3
24.6
Idle Bottom *
27.8
25
27.8
25.6
31.3
23.8
26
29.2
27.5
25.4
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
819
1087
1155
913
1152
898
1059
1062
WiFi v1.3
547
438
672
571
432
354
654
430
602
487
Load
122
110
115
184
85
161
121
82
172
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
3.8
3.21
4.8
2.9
4.1
4.7
3.11
4.6
3.8
4.8
Idle Average *
7.1
6.15
7.9
5.6
8.1
8
6.1
7.6
6.5
6.6
Idle Maximum *
8.3
6.82
10.7
8.15
11.4
9.8
6.75
8.2
7.2
7
Load Average *
34.2
28.5
35
30.6
33.5
29.7
28.9
23.8
62.5
39.2
Load Maximum *
43.3
34.5
31.6
31
49
32.6
33.3
28
99.6
44.8

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HR0021GE
4602 Points ∼71%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
4667 Points ∼72%
Acer TravelMate P648-G2-M-73T0
4639 Points ∼71%
HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD
4572 Points ∼70%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
4612 Points ∼71%
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
3842 Points ∼59%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
4538 Points ∼70%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
4910 Points ∼75%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
4654 Points ∼71%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
4999 Points ∼77%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HR0021GE
3824 Points ∼64%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
3507 Points ∼59%
Acer TravelMate P648-G2-M-73T0
3515 Points ∼59%
HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD
3486 Points ∼58%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
3465 Points ∼58%
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
2991 Points ∼50%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
3601 Points ∼60%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
3543 Points ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
3650 Points ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
3987 Points ∼67%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HR0021GE
126 Points ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
126 Points ∼63%
Acer TravelMate P648-G2-M-73T0
142 Points ∼71%
HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD
119 Points ∼60%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
128 Points ∼64%
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
105 Points ∼53%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
122 Points ∼61%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
126 Points ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
161 Points ∼81%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
143 Points ∼72%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HR0021GE
321 Points ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
326 Points ∼15%
Acer TravelMate P648-G2-M-73T0
341.43 Points ∼16%
HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD
329 Points ∼15%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
501 Points ∼23%
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
280 Points ∼13%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
324 Points ∼15%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
341 Points ∼16%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
735 Points ∼34%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
369 Points ∼17%

Legend

 
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HR0021GE Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Toshiba THNSF5256GPUK
 
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
 
Acer TravelMate P648-G2-M-73T0 Intel Core i7-7500U, Intel HD Graphics 620, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
 
HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
 
Dell Latitude 14 E5470 Intel Core i5-6440HQ, Intel HD Graphics 530, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
 
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
 
Fujitsu LifeBook U937 Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
 
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001) Intel Core i7-7600U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
 
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000 Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
 
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US Intel Core i5-7300U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP

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