The Best Laptop and Tablet Tools for Busy Business Owners on the Go
Choosing the right laptop or tablet for your business isn’t easy. There are so many to choose from, and they keep improving each year. They’re becoming more attractive, lighter, and come with more options than ever before. It’s important to consider your business needs when making the right decision.
Not all operating systems are made the same. Your decision should rely on your use for your new laptop or tablet.
While you might not consider a tablet an essential business tool, the best Apple and Window tablets for business provide a wide variety of productivity apps that can be installed and used on them. Here are six of the best laptop and tablet tools for your business.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
The X1 Carbon is one of the best laptop and tablet tools for small businesses. It’s lightweight and portable enough to carry anywhere with you. Yet, it’s powerful enough to manage some of your daily operations. It’s the lightest, smallest, and thinnest Ultrabook that Lenovo has released as of yet.
Despite it’s small and sleek design, the X1 Carbon is packed with power. It comes with 7th Generation Intel Core Processors, a 14-inch Quad-HD display, and Thunderbolt 3 ports. It also comes pre-installed with Microsoft Windows 10 Signature Edition. This tough computer is wrapped in a magnesium alloy roll-cage along with four layers of carbon fiber. It also has a spill-resistant keyboard.
It has performed well in a dozen military-grade tests and has passed over 200 durability tests, so you know this laptop is a tough one. The X1 starts at $1,538 and provides 15.5 hours of battery life, but will run closer to 13 if you use Wi-Fi. The only disadvantage with this laptop is that it has tiny speakers. In addition, the display is not as bright compared to its competitors, which makes outdoor working hard.
Microsoft Surface Pro
The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is the follow-up to the Surface Pro 4. But it comes with a decrease in battery life and a lightweight and thin design. However, it’s still packed with plenty of power. The newly designed Surface Pen and Type Cover makes this the perfect business tablet that can double as a laptop.
It comes in a wide range of specifications, depending on your needs. You have complete control over choosing the right Surface Pro for the type of business you run. The only model that’s comparable to the iPad Pro is the Core i7. The Microsoft Surface Pro starts at $649 and goes up to $1,419. It has everything you need, such as Intel HD Graphics Display, 4 to 16 GB of RAM, a 12.3-inch screen, and plenty of storage.
Dell XPS 13
If you want something that’s not as lightweight, then the Dell XPS 13 is for you. It’s an affordable laptop at under $800. But don’t let the price fool you. This powerful computer has an InfinityEdge display, which means that you’ll never sacrifice screen space on this 13.3-inch laptop. At under 2.7 pounds, you’ll hardly feel it in your shoulder bag or backpack.
This computer doesn’t go without its share of power. It boasts a 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U processor with a 128GB hard drive and 4GB of memory. Its battery life has surpassed 16 hours in most tests. You’ll get more work done than you ever imagined. It also comes with a built-camera, microphone, and speakers, which makes video conference calls easier.
However, the webcam is in an odd spot, which results in unflattering shots. It’s definitely not a laptop to take selfies with. But it has great portability and incredible battery life. The XPS comes installed with Windows 10 Home and comes in your choice of rose gold or silver.
Apple iPad Pro
This is the biggest tablet that Apple has ever released. The tech giant took the original iPad and made it obnoxious. While accessories increase the cost of the tablet, the Apple Pencil stylus and keyboard make it suitable for business owners and creative types. The iPad pro also allows you to split-screen while multitasking. It’s one of the most powerful tablets that Apple has ever released in its lifetime.
You’ll increase your productivity levels thanks to the wide variety of productivity apps in the AppStore. But the battery life could be much improved. The Apple iPad Pro starts at $519.99 and ranges up to $729.99, which still makes it pretty affordable. It runs on the Apple A9X processor and comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, iSight, and FaceTime.
HP Spectre x360
This is the best laptop for sharing your data. If you want a 2-in-one laptop and tablet, then you’ll want to check out the HP Spectre x360. This hybrid gives you the power of a laptop with the usability of a tablet. It comes with impressive features such as interactive screens and 360-degree hinges.
It’s one of the most beautifully designed hybrid laptops on the market. It also has a full-HD display with 8 million pixels that allows you to draw or sketch in between conference calls and work meetings. This 2-in-1 has received rave reviews for its graphics, which outperform other hybrids. While it’s not the lightest hybrid on the market, it’s still portable enough for the busiest of business owners.
It comes pre-installed with the Windows 10 Home 64 operating system as well as Windows Ink. It comes in your choice of 8GB or 16GB of memory, and also has your choice of four hard drives, starting at 265GB and going up to 1TB. This 13t Touch hybrid can be all yours in dark ash silver for $1,150. However, it doesn’t come with a secure digital card slot.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is one of the most innovative convertible laptops on the market. This thin and portable laptop can be tossed around in your bag. It has all of the features of the ThinkPad device combined with the tech of a high-powered computer. The ThinkPad X1 is known for its incredible battery life, durable keyboard cover, and versatile modules. But it doesn’t receive high points for its poor use on the lap.
It’s one of the most expensive hybrids on the market, starting at $1,299.99. It comes equipped on the Intel Core m7-6Y75. It also comes packed with features such as Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-Fi, and a built-in camera. If you love vintage ThinkPad, then you’ll love this hybrid.
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Hi, My name is Josh Giesing. I am the Operations Manager at Computer PRO Unltd. In my free time, I enjoy reading and have a passion for learning.