Best business laptop

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Asus BU400A

The Asus BU400A is a business ultrabook that looks more stylish than the typical enterprise models. Its chassis is made of aluminium, while the lid is reinforced with carbon fibre. The keyboard is tactile, has good key travel and is said to be spill-resistant.

At 1,600 x 900 pixels, the screen resolution is decent and an upgrade over the usual 1,366 x 768-pixel panels.

Despite its last-generation Intel processor, the BU400A does not feel slow because it has a fast solid-state drive.

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Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series

The aluminium-clad Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series is as sleek as can be expected of a 14-inch ultrabook. This versatile laptop lets you choose from a range of configurations, including a downgrade to Windows 7, and it even has an option for a full high-definition touchscreen.

This business laptop comes with a low-voltage Intel Haswell CPU that is known for its battery stamina. This processor also supports Intel vPro technology that is often required in enterprise settings.

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HP EliteBook 840 G1

A touchscreen ultrabook for business users who have switched to Windows 8, the HP EliteBook 840 G1 has the features you would expect from a business machine.

It has a pointing stick, a fingerprint reader and support for Intel vPro technology.

Drive encryption and a protected Bios secure your data on this laptop.

The machine is hardened to take accidental bumps and minor spills that road warriors may experience when on the move.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X240

The distinctive ThinkPad design gets an update with the X240. The boxy look is retained and even looks refreshing in this era of wedge-shaped ultrabooks. Inside, the X240 gets a touchscreen with an optional 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display upgrade.

The touchpad is larger and easier to use, while the keyboard remains as tactile as ever. It allows you to swop the battery with a spare one without first requiring that you shut down the laptop.

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Toshiba Portege Z30

With an outstanding battery stamina of about 12 hours, the Toshiba Portege Z30 ultrabook will easily last you an entire work day. Business users will appreciate its magnesium alloy chassis, which is extremely thin and weighs just 1.18kg.

Other business-friendly features include a fingerprint reader, a generous collection of ports, a matte display and a pointing stick. The Intel Haswell processor inside, ably assisted by a solid-state drive, has enough horsepower for most business apps.

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