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The best laptops you can buy in 2018

Business laptops have a reputation as being bulky, unattractive beasts, lagging behind their consumer counterparts in terms of power and performance. This needn't be the case, however - businesses looking to upgrade their IT equipment are faced with an embarrassment of riches, and there are sleek, speedy machines to suit every budget.

There's no excuse for giving your staff boring, clunky business laptops any more - if you're looking to trade up for something with a bit more pizzazz, these are the machines to go for.

AsusPro B9440U

When in the market for a new laptop, it's not always feasibly possible to buy the best in class. And sometimes, you don't always need the most powerful device out there, especially if you're just looking for something to do some general web browsing on. Enter the AsusPro B9440U. If you're on the hunt for a mid-range laptop that won't let you down then. Not only does it have an appealing and clever design allowing it to stand out from the competition straight away, but it's also very well made for the price. And in true Asus style; it looks the part, too.

While it might not be the fastest, thinnest or even most versatile notebook on the market, it will happily serve all your business needs and look good while it's doing so. Additionally, you'll pay less than a grand for it (before tax) for it. A bargain, if you ask us.  

CPUIntel Core i5-7200U 2.5GHZ
RAM8GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Screen1,940 x 1,080, 14in
Dimensions321mm x 216mm x 15mm
Weight1.05kg

Price when reviewed: £921 (exc VAT)

Read our full AsusPro B9440U review for more information.

Google Pixelbook

Google's flagship Pixelbook is a luxury device not to be missed. It’s not only razor-thin, but it also boasts an impressive 8 hours battery life.

While it doesn’t run x86 applications, it does have full support for the Google Play store - meaning that you should have plenty of apps you can download to take advantage of the device’s unique selling point. Even without Windows or macOSx, it's safe to say it's one the Pixelbook is one of the best laptops of the year. 

CPUIntel Core i5-7Y57 3.3GHZ
RAM8GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Screen2,400 x 1,600, 12.3in
Dimensions290mm x 220mm x 10mm
Weight1.1kg

Price when reviewed: £833 (exc VAT)

Read our full Google Pixelbook review for more information.

Dell XPS 13

Dell’s XPS 13 is the poster boy for how classy a Windows machine can really be. It’s one of the only devices that can genuinely go toe-to-toe with Apple's excellent MacBook. The new model, released at CES 2018, packs Intel's latest 8th-generation Core i5 or i7 processors, which are offered with a choice of 4GB, 8GB or 16GB RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage.

According to Dell, you'll be able to squeeze an impressive 20-hours of battery life out of the XPS on full HD. Dell also claims the laptop offers twice the power of the 2015 model, thanks to better power management. This is down to the new thermal design of the laptop, which uses Gore thermal insulation for better heat dissipation. There's also a 'dynamic power mode' that intelligently delivers maximum power when needed, while carefully monitoring system temperatures.

CPUDual core 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U 
RAM8GB
Screen13.3in, 1,920 x 1,080 
Dimensions304 x 200 x 9-15mm
Weight1.29Kg

Price when reviewed: £1,020 (exc VAT)

Read our full Dell XPS 13 review for more information.

MacBook Pro 13in

The MacBook Pro is the laptop of choice for a huge number of businesses and looking at the most recent generation, it's easy to see why. Apple's trademark design expertise is on full form, and it looks as gorgeous as ever. As you'd expect, performance is also absolutely stonking, and the disk speeds in particular are second to none.

The only slight fly in the ointment is Apple's decision to ditch all of the MacBook Pro's legacy ports in favour of USB-C connectors, but this can be fixed fairly easily by investing in a desktop dock. Rounding out the package is one of the best keyboards we've ever had the pleasure of using.

CPUDual core 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-7267U 
RAM8GB
Screen13.3in, 2,560 x 1,600
Dimensions304 x 212 x 14.9mm
Weight1.37Kg

Price when reviewed: £1,207 (exc VAT)

Read our full MacBook Pro 13in review for more information.

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