Best Overall Laptop for Small Business: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Laptop

When it comes to performance, styling, portability and price, it’s almost impossible to beat this sleek, super-light contender. It’s a great choice for pretty much anyone looking for a top-quality computer that is portable enough to take anywhere and powerful enough to manage your daily computing needs.

Weighing in at 2.49 pounds and just 16 mm thick, the X1 Carbon is the smallest, thinnest business Ultrabook that Lenovo has made to date. Despite it’s diminutive profile, the 2017 X1 Carbon doesn’t skimp on power. It offers 7th Generation Intel Core processors, dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and a sparkling 14-inch Quad-HD display. The X1 also has available Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Signature Edition.

Don’t let the X1’s good looks and power make you think you’ll need to treat it with kid gloves. It’s also tough. Lenovo has reinforced the chassis with four layers of carbon fiber plus a magnesium alloy roll-cage. It also comes with a spill-resistant keyboard. Lenovo says the X1 was “tested against 12 military-grade requirements and passes more than 200 durability tests.”

Lenovo also says the X1, which starts around $1,538, has 15.5 hours of battery life but expect closer to 13 if you’re using Wi-Fi. If audio is important to you, you’re probably going to find the X1’s speakers as tinny as we did. That’s our attempt to nitpick this genuinely outstanding laptop.

Pros: Great display, lightweight, long battery life and rugged, soft-touch chassis

Cons: Tinny audio. We found the display to be a bit dim compared to competitors, and that can make working outdoors difficult.

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