With today’s modern employment conditions, the workforce demographic landscape is gradually ousting the older generations towards higher level positions, opening up more office workloads to millennial workers.
But in the fast-paced hyper-connected age of emerging business models and processes, the type of workloads have shifted as well. Workers rely on their office laptops in accomplishing time-sensitive or critical tasks. To keep up with the increasingly demanding tasks, their devices should be able to perform whenever necessary, and outdated software and hardware is counterintuitive for that goal.
In a business environment, here are the currently best workplace laptops that combine functionality, style, and durability:
1. Dell XPS 13 (2019)
The fan favourite ultrabook was launched last April in the Philippine market. The XPS lineup is usually the go-to device for the millennials working in the freelancing or creatives industry because of the flexibility it brings to the table. Especially for users who also integrate mobile phones in work, its Dell Mobile Connect feature will come in handy. With retail price starting at P100,990.00, users will have an access to up to 2TB of SSD, an impressive 4K InfinityEdge display, a refreshed design with new webcam module placement, and Intel’s Whiskey Lake chip Core i7-8565U partnered with 16GB of RAM.
2. Lenovo YOGA S940
Created by the No.1 PC brand in the APAC region based on sales last year, Lenovo has upped the ante in their ultrabook manufacture. Just recently, they announced that all ultrabook offerings will be equipped with SSDs instead of their slower counterparts, the HDDs. For their premium workplace devices, headlining the roster is the S940 that brings something new to the table as well. Its display alone boasts a Contour Display, similar to the curved glass panels in mobile phones, an example are the Edge variants of the Samsung Galaxy lineup. Out of the box, the device runs Windows 10 Home powered by Intel IceLake G7 Iris Plus Graphics and an Intel Core i7 processor. Also under the hood is a 512GB PCIEx4 NVME and a battery that lasts a good 15 hours, making it a fairly powerful companion in the office.
3. Lenovo IdeaPad S540
Of course, we won’t skip the lineup that goes just below the performance of the YOGA series, the ultraslim IdeaPad offerings from Lenovo as well are poised to address the needs of the modern employees. The S540 Ultrabook features a 3-side narrow bezel of a 15.6” FHD IPS GL 300N Glass for its impressive display, dual-action fans, an Intel Core i7 processor, and the Windows 10 Home system. The S540 has an 8GB DDR4 and a 512Gb PCIEx4 NVME, partnered with the infamous GeForce MX250 proving that it is capable as well. Users with packed schedules would also enjoy its battery life that can charge up to 80% in just an hour.
4. Asus VivoBook Max
Leaning on the more affordable side but still able to perform with versatility is the VivoBook Max. It’s powered by Intel Pentium N4200 and clocks at 1.1GHz, with a DDR3L RAM of 4GB on the side. It can handle multiple tabs of web browsers without slowing gown and its display is a 15.6” HD panel with a resolution of 1366×769. It runs Windows 10 Home 64-Bit.
5. HP EliteBook 1050
Blending security and manageability is HP’s business-oriented device. Although its form factor is an ultraslim design at 18.9mm thin, it’s powered by an 8th Gen hexa-core Intel Core Processor and Dual SSDs with RAID support. It comes with Windows 10 Pro and an optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050.
6. Acer Swift 7
The compact Swift 7 housed in a 9.95mm magnesium alloy chassis weighs only 890g and obviously goes for the minimalist approach. Its screen-to-body ratio is a whopping 92% with a 14” FHD IPS panel protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6. For the internals, the device is backed by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with 16Gb of RAM and up to 512GB PCIe SSD powered by 12 hours of battery life.
7. MacBook Pro 13-inch (2019)
Of course we can’t complete the rundown without a representative of the MacOS. This premium device will also not disappoint its fans. Although in the aesthetics department there is nothing new, the design is not yet broken anyway. The chunky MacBook Pro offers decent performance with its 8th Gen Core i5 processor clocking at 1.4GHz with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The viewing experience is also a stunner, a 2560×1600-pixel Retina Display apt for 4K videos with 500 nits of brightness and 227 ppi. The MacBook Pro also has enough juice for up to 30 days of standby time and 10 hours of wireless web which can last for an entire office day.