Dell Latitude 5410
The Dell Latitude 5410 pairs a 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with a large 68 kilowatt-hour battery for solid performance and a long runtime. Its touchpad is fast and accurate, but the separate click buttons can take some getting used to.
- Anti-glare screen coating
- User-upgradable memory
- Relatively heavy
Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Although the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is technically a tablet, it’s powerful enough to replace a notebook for many users. It’s available in a wide range of CPU and RAM configurations, and a weight of under two pounds makes it especially portable.
- Comes in silver or matte black
- Supports wi-fi 6 and bluetooth 5
- Type cover sold separately
Lenovo ThinkPad L14
The keyboard of the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 is evenly backlit, comfortable to type on, and outfitted with both a premium touchpad and a pointer nub. Unlike some models, it has a gigabit Ethernet port and its RAM is user upgradable.
- Durable chassis
- Micro-sd card reader
- Bulkier than other options
Lenovo Yoga C940
Unlike most convertible alternatives, the Lenovo Yoga C940 has a fingerprint scanner and a stylus that docks and charges inside the computer. It’s part of Intel’s Project Athena, which certifies hardware and design for quick responses, long runtime, and portability.
- 10-point multitouch screen
- All-metal frame
- Heavy for a 2-in-1 notebook
Choosing a large screen often means sacrificing portability, but the LG Gram keeps its weight under three pounds with magnesium alloy parts. Its 17-inch screen is crisp and vivid, and its spacious keyboard includes a full numeric keypad.
- Long battery life
- 16 gigabytes of ram
- 1-terabyte nvme ssd
Dell ProBook 445 G7
The Dell ProBook 445 G7 features a powerful 8-core AMD Ryzen 4700U processor and provides excellent performance for the price. It comes with a useful set of ports, including an Ethernet connection and a full-size SD card reader.
- Responsive touchpad
- Easy to upgrade
- No fingerprint scanner
Dell XPS 15
The Dell XPS 15 features a 4K display with 100 percent Adobe RGB coverage, support for Dolby Vision HDR video, and a thin bezel. Its Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti GPU outperforms integrated graphics cards, and its quad-speaker arrangement provides better sound than many competitors.
- Maximum cpu speed of 5 gigahertz
- Comes with windows 10 pro
- Carbon-fiber palm rest
Asus ExpertBook 9450
The Asus ExpertBook 9450 weighs less than two pounds and delivers more than 16 hours of battery life in real-world testing, making it an excellent choice for travelers. It includes HDMI and micro HDMI ports, and its touchpad can function as an LED number pad.
- Attractive midnight blue chassis
- Less than 15 mm thick
- Physical webcam shield
Apple MacBook Pro 16
Available with a 6- or 8-core CPU, the Apple MacBook Pro 16 is the most powerful offering in the macOS ecosystem. Its new scissor-switch keyboard makes for comfortable typing, while an AMD graphics card handles resource-intensive drafting and rendering.
- High-resolution display
- Up to 1 terabyte of ssd storage
- Touch bar for quick shortcuts
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon packs a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, a comfortable keyboard, and a good selection of ports into a sleek frame weighing only 2.4 pounds. Its long battery life is supplemented by its ability to rapid charge from 0 to 80 percent in an hour.
- Peak brightness of 400 nits
- Firm keys with generous travel
- Easy to repair and upgrade