Hiring the right employee is a formidable decision for any business. So is choosing the best laptop for work: You need something that’s durable, secure, powerful, light, and capable of lasting through a long workday—and you have countless options. We’ve scanned our recent reviews and winnowed down our favorite notebooks for getting work done, but as we’ll explain in detail after the following picks, selecting from even this subset requires care. Not every laptop matches how you or your employees work, or what you do.
Take a look at some of the best options available, and then read on to learn the fine points of everything from IT management and deployment to secure logins and durable chassis and keyboards. Business laptops work harder than civilian consumer models (and usually cost more), but your business deserves nothing less.