Let’s face it, you’ve stumbled upon this article because your current laptop probably can’t keep up with your current schedule – or maybe you got a job that requires you to take your productivity (and laptop) to the next level. There is nothing worse than having a deadline looming and your computer freezes up or takes 30 seconds to launch Microsoft Excel.
There’s good news – it’s 2018, and high performance, productivity laptops are finally affordable for everyone. A laptop should be a tool to boost your productivity, not slow it.
We have ranked our favorite productivity laptops for 2018:
The Dell XPS 13 is by far one of the most aesthetic laptops on the market, with a sleek, modern design that most high-performance laptops lack. This laptop will be able to handle anything you throw at it – capable of multi-tasking at the highest level. Thanks to Dell’s new cooling system, these laptops are capable of sustaining high-performance tasks for a long time. With a Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and even a 1080p screen, it is no wonder that this has been consumer favorite this year.
Powerful and durable, the ThinkPad L460 is light enough to go wherever your business takes you. For a 14″ laptop featuring Skylake, this laptop comes at a convincing price point. You get lots of hardware packed into a sleek, small package. The fingerprint scanner is particularly useful if you’re frequently logging into a locked system. The i5-6300U is a dual core, hyper-threaded CPU with modern features. I’m a system admin, and power user, and have a desktop workstation for my complex workloads, so I find this laptop to be perfect for every-day tasks such as Office, web, network and infrastructure management, and photo and audio manipulation, and more. Having 8GB of RAM and a 265GB SSD also helps the system remain snappy, responsive, and usable.
Usually if you are looking to spend under $350 on a Windows laptop, you will usually have to settle for mediocre performance – but not with the Acer Aspire E15. This laptop is one of the best selling laptops on Amazon because of all the power and performance it provides for such a fantastic price. For $349 ($429 with Windows Office), Acer’s Aspire E15 defies traditional expectations, coming in with a Core i3-7100U CPU, 4GB of RAM and an impressive 1TB 5,4000-rpm hard drive. Toss in over 11 HOURS of battery life, solid design, and a DVD drive, and this laptop is the best productivity laptop for consumers on a budget.
Here at Brainflow, HP’s Spectre x360 13 has been our favorite convertible 2-in-1 for a long time. The Spectre is insanely thin at .54 inches and only weighs 2.78 pounds. This bad boy also has a battery life of over 13 hours – perfect for on the go or at the airport. The Spectre x360 13 comes with the latest quad-core eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor, making it an excellent mobile CPU that promises high-end performance, while sipping power like hot tea. HP also engineered a new cooling system that uses an infrared sensor to measure the chassis temperature and modulate the fans to keep things cooler to the touch. Altogether, this beautifully designed; incredibly quick machine will take your productivity to the next level. This is the best on the go computer out there right now.
Dell is updating its Inspirion line for 2018, and it packs plenty of practical features for capable performance and usability. The device is powered by an i5-5200U Dual-Core Processor that clocks in at 2.2GHz but can be turbo boosted to 2.7GHz. This zippy processor is complemented by 8 GB RAM and integrated Intel Graphics that will handle all day-to-day applications. Store all of your files on the hefty 1TB HDD and take advantage of the three USB ports and HDMI port. A 720p HD Webcam lets you chat over Skype, and 802.11ac wireless connectivity means you will get top speeds on WiFi. The 15.6-inch screen has touch capability and 1366 x 768-pixel resolution.