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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Laptops

Staff, 05/03/2017

May 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 May 2017

Pos.DateRatingImageModelHeightWeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
102/2017
New
91%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
203/2017
New
90%Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel Core i7-7500U
Intel HD Graphics 620
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
15.95 mm1.1 kg14"1920x1080matte
302/2017
New
89%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
406/201689%Acer TravelMate P648-M-757NAcer TravelMate P648-M-757N
Intel Core i7-6500U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
21.2 mm1.6 kg14"1920x1080matte
505/201689%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
611/201688%Dell Latitude 14 Rugged 5414Dell Latitude 14 Rugged 5414
Intel Core i5-6300U
AMD Radeon R7 M360
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
44.4 mm3 kg14"1920x1080matte
704/2017
New
87%Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20HAS01E00Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20HAS01E00
Intel Core i7-7500U
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
20.2 mm2 kg15.6"3840x2160matte
804/2017
New
87%Dell Latitude 7480Dell Latitude 7480
Intel Core i7-7600U
Intel HD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
17.05 mm1.5 kg14"1920x1080matte
905/2017
New
87%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
1005/2017
New
87%Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
Intel Core i7-7600U
Intel HD Graphics 620
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
18.8 mm1.4 kg14"2560x1440matte

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

A lot has changed since our last update from February 2017. We had a total of 14 laptops under review which are qualified for this ranking. Virtually all big manufacturers, including HP, Lenovo, Dell, Asus, and Fujitsu have introduced their new or revised models based on the up-to-date Kaby Lake architecture. This becomes apparent in the ranking. New notebooks can be found in seven out of 10 places.

1st

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

With renewed case, modern connectivity, and long battery runtimes, the Lenovo ThinkPad T470 can take the lead 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 apt 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 assign it our Editor's Choice Award.

2nd

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

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.

The slim ThinkPad's input devices are excellent, but the thin case also has its disadvantages. First of all, cooling it is difficult. Therefore, the surface temperatures are high under load. In addition, the Core i7 processor cannot permanently keep up its high performance. The fan already turns on under short load peaks in real-world scenarios.

3rd

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.

4th

Acer goes high-end business: Acer TravelMate P648-M
Acer goes high-end business: Acer TravelMate P648-M

Acer might not be the first manufacturer to be associated with high-end business notebooks. Thus, it is even more surprising that the company produced such a balanced bundle with its TravelMate P648-M. Case and input devices of the 14-incher rival those on the ThinkPad T460 or EliteBook 840 G3. In addition, the TravelMate is one of the few business notebooks to ship with Thunderbolt 3. As the laptop also delivers respectable battery runtimes, high system performance and an integrated LTE module, Acer has indeed managed to create an alternative to the established competition. This is all the more true in view of its relatively fair asking price.

5th

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

It often gets overlooked that apart from the "big three", Lenovo, HP, and Dell, there are other manufacturers that can produce convincing notebooks - wrongly, as Toshiba proves with the Tecra Z50 series. In contrast to many competitors, the Z50 neither omits 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.

6th

Prepared for tough outdoor situations: Dell Latitude 14 5414
Prepared for tough outdoor situations: Dell Latitude 14 5414

Dell's Latitude 14 Rugged 5414 is certainly not your common business notebook. While some modern 14-inch Ultrabooks are almost scratching the 1-kg mark, the 5415 tips the scale at 3 kilograms – and not without a reason: Being a so-called "ruggedized" notebook, the Latitude promises resistance against any kind of environmental influences. Besides the solid and flawlessly built chassis, however, Dell's outdoor specialist can convince with its display. It reaches more than 1000 nits and therefore easily surpasses all rivals. This means you can still see the content on the excellent high-contrast Full HD panel even in direct sunlight. Supported by a 97-Wh battery, the 14-inch system will last a full business day without a socket. Unfortunately, Dell does charge a steep price for the laptop: You should plan with at least 3,000 Euros (~$3267) – for a low-end SKU with a 128 GB SSD and i5 processor.

7th

High resolution, dedicated graphics, but performance loss on battery: Lenovo ThinkPad T570
High resolution, dedicated graphics, but performance loss on battery: Lenovo ThinkPad T570

Lenovo equipped the 15-inch T series laptop with a compact case. In addition, the business laptop is also available with a high-resolution 4K display for the first time. In our test, the ThinkPad T570 convinces with many qualities, including high-end case, modern connectivity, and great input devices. While the matte 4K panel requires more energy, it performs better than its FHD counterpart in almost all aspects.

In addition, our test model features a dedicated graphics card. Hence, the T570 is suitable for occasional gaming sessions (with less-demanding titles). However, a professional GPU remains reserved for mobile workstations. Unfortunately, the performance shows several flaws. Apart from the undersized power adapter, there are issues with CPU performance on battery. Furthermore, the case temperature gets very high.

By the way, the "smaller" Full HD test model of the T570 without dedicated graphics card suffered from similar problems on battery and achieved a rating of 86% in our review.

Compare Prices: ThinkPad T570 4K

Compare Prices: ThinkPad T570 Full HD

8th

High-end laptop, but annoying coil whining: Dell Latitude 7480
High-end laptop, but annoying coil whining: Dell Latitude 7480

With the new Latitude 7480, Dell did a lot right: high-end case, good 14-inch IPS panel (FHD), many interfaces, and great input devices. The performance of our test model with Core i7 is also good. At the same time, the case remains comfortably cool. In addition, the large 60 Wh battery ensures very good battery runtimes. We recorded almost 12 hours in our Wi-Fi test. Hence, use away from a power outlet should be possible for a normal workday without problems.

In theory, the laptop could have achieved an even better rank. However, like several other laptops from Dell, our test model shows clearly audible coil whining. This is especially annoying, since the fan is often off under low load and belongs to the quietest models under load.

9th

TN panel and connectivity should be improved: HP EliteBook 840 G4
TN panel and connectivity should be improved: HP EliteBook 840 G4

The EliteBook 840 G4 from HP belongs to those devices which "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.

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 performs well enough for the 10th place. Not much has changed at a 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 however. 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.

Other recently reviewed test models

Because of the large number of test models, it is not possible that all recent laptops make it into the ranking. Four of them, more precisely the Fujitsu Lifebook U747 (87%), the HP EliteBook 850 G4 (86%), the HP ProBook 640 G3 (86%), and the Fujitsu Lifebook U757 (86%) even achieved good results. However, the competition is simply better. Behind them, the Asus ASUSPRO P4540UQ and the HP ProBook 650 G3 follow with 84% each.

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 T470-20HD002HGE
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
Dell Latitude 14 Rugged 5414
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20HAS01E00
Dell Latitude 7480
HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41.6
41.6
39
44
20
49
41.6
40.8
39
46.4
Response Time Black / White *
34
31.6
26
25
26
36
15.2
31.2
23
28.8
PWM Frequency
50
198
925.9
Screen
Brightness
287
288
316
243
277
1067
314
321
317
311
Brightness Distribution
88
85
79
90
83
86
89
85
86
88
Black Level *
0.3
0.24
0.57
0.19
0.27
1.08
0.36
0.32
0.86
0.25
Contrast
1020
1296
567
1337
1067
1067
942
1075
402
1308
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.2
5.5
3.68
4.93
4.7
10.04
4.2
2.6
8.64
6.1
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.8
6.2
2.99
2.71
3.1
10.47
5.1
2.6
11.24
8.8
Gamma
2.04 118%
2.02 119%
2.49 96%
2.36 102%
2.7 89%
2.42 99%
2.16 111%
2.28 105%
2.62 92%
2.18 110%
CCT
6277 104%
5950 109%
6572 99%
6914 94%
6603 98%
5576 117%
6569 99%
7050 92%
12530 52%
6172 105%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
39.62
55.96
55
34
61.9
35
59.4
65.82
52
61.56
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
61.44
85.77
85
53
90.3
63
91
92.27
80
94.88
Noise
off / environment *
28
29.3
30.3
31.2
31.2
30.14
29.3
31
28.9
Idle Minimum *
28
29.3
30.3
31.2
32.4
30.3
29.3
28.6
31
28.9
Idle Average *
28
29.3
30.3
31.2
32.4
30.3
29.3
28.6
31
28.9
Idle Maximum *
29.4
32.2
30.3
31.6
32.4
30.3
31.1
28.6
31
30.1
Load Average *
31.4
34.3
31.6
33.3
33.5
30.4
35.2
30.2
33.5
39.2
Load Maximum *
34.6
39.3
35
32.4
33.5
32.8
41.3
31.2
33.7
39.2
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
37.2
48
43
38.5
36
37.7
43.1
39
37
43.5
Maximum Bottom *
45.1
47.2
43
36.7
50
51
55.4
47.2
39.4
46.1
Idle Upper Side *
24.4
23.5
31.2
31.5
23.9
35.4
24.3
27.6
25.9
24.7
Idle Bottom *
25
22.6
31.3
29.6
23.8
37.4
25
32
25.6
24.3
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
1252
913
1083
799
1662
1155
787
Load
110
110
85
110
171
171
184
93
WiFi v1.3
438
496
432
543
354
553
414
719
571
417
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
3.21
3.84
4.1
5.3
4.7
9.2
4.7
4.32
2.9
4.64
Idle Average *
6.15
6.3
8.1
9.3
8
20.2
9.9
6.27
5.6
8.93
Idle Maximum *
6.82
8.6
11.4
11.5
9.8
21.4
10.9
6.35
8.15
9.12
Load Average *
28.5
41.9
33.5
30.8
29.7
34.2
56.1
29.82
30.6
42.2
Load Maximum *
34.5
48.7
49
32
32.6
36
75
30.64
31
47.3

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
4667 Points ∼72%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
4978 Points ∼76%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
4612 Points ∼71%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
4594 Points ∼71%
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
3842 Points ∼59%
Dell Latitude 14 Rugged 5414
4498 Points ∼69%
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20HAS01E00
3892 Points ∼60%
Dell Latitude 7480
5052 Points ∼78%
HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD
4572 Points ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
4856 Points ∼75%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
3507 Points ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
4025 Points ∼67%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
3465 Points ∼58%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
3511 Points ∼59%
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
2991 Points ∼50%
Dell Latitude 14 Rugged 5414
3507 Points ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20HAS01E00
3049 Points ∼51%
Dell Latitude 7480
3985 Points ∼67%
HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD
3486 Points ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
3968 Points ∼66%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
126 Points ∼57%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
143 Points ∼64%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
128 Points ∼57%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
110 Points ∼49%
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
105 Points ∼47%
Dell Latitude 14 Rugged 5414
125 Points ∼56%
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20HAS01E00
146 Points ∼65%
Dell Latitude 7480
162 Points ∼73%
HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD
119 Points ∼53%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
162 Points ∼73%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
326 Points ∼18%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
360 Points ∼19%
Dell Latitude 14 E5470
501 Points ∼27%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
284 Points ∼15%
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
280 Points ∼15%
Dell Latitude 14 Rugged 5414
308 Points ∼17%
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20HAS01E00
373 Points ∼20%
Dell Latitude 7480
343 Points ∼18%
HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD
329 Points ∼18%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00
368 Points ∼20%

Legend

 
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
 
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00 Intel Core i7-7500U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
 
Dell Latitude 14 E5470 Intel Core i5-6440HQ, Intel HD Graphics 530, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
 
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Lite-On CV1-8B256
 
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
 
Dell Latitude 14 Rugged 5414 Intel Core i5-6300U, AMD Radeon R7 M360, Liteonit CV3-8D128
 
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20HAS01E00 Intel Core i7-7500U, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
 
Dell Latitude 7480 Intel Core i7-7600U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
 
HP EliteBook 840 G4-Z2V49ET ABD Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
 
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HGS00V00 Intel Core i7-7600U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)

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