Laptops are part of our everyday life, and here you can find the best laptops for work and travel available in the market at the moment. Is rare the day I don’t pick up a computer for something, even during holidays, there is always a couple of emails that are easier to answer in a computer than in a smartphone.
A good and easy to carry around laptop comes in handy at more times than you may think, be it for browsing the web, for gaming, to watch movies and series, to finish writing that important document, etc. Check out a quick comparison table below, followed by an explanation for why these where our picks.
|Top 5 Best Laptops For Work And Travel – Roundup Table|
|Dell XPS 13 (9380)||Huawei MateBook X Pro||Asus VivoBook S15 S530UA|
Lenovo Yoga C930
|Microsoft Surface Pro 6|
Intel Core i7
|1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 /|
1.8 GHz Intel Core i7
Intel Core i5
| 1.8 GHz|
Intel Core i7
Intel Core i5
|Integrated UHD 620 /|
Dedicated GeForce MX150
|8 / 16 GB||8 / 16 GB||8 GB||12 GB||8 GB|
|Storage Space and Type||512 GB|
| 256 / 512 GB|
| 256 GB|
|128 / 256 GB|
|Monitor Size||13.3 in | 33.8 cm||13.9 in | 35.3 cm||15.6 in | 39.6 cm||13.9 in | 35.3 cm||12.3 in | 31.2 cm|
|Resolution||3840 x 2160||3000 x 2000||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080||2736 x 1824|
|Battery Life||11 hours (test)||11 hours (test)||11 hours (test)||Up to 10 hours||Up to 13.5 hours|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
What Makes One Laptop Better Than Another?
Sometimes we pay only for the brand of a certain product when they come from exactly the same place as its lower-priced counterparts, but this is not the case with laptops. The rule of thumb is that the better the components of a computer, the higher its price.
You will find that the same version of a computer is frequently available at different prices depending on the components you choose, per example, the amazing Huawei MateBook X Pro with a dedicated GeForce MX150 GPU is more expensive than the same version of the laptop with an integrated Intel UHD 620 GPU.
There are obviously many little extras that make a computer be worth more than another, such as a fingerprint ID reader, multiple speakers and microphones, between many others.
We have a great article talking about all of this in detail, you can find it here: What To Look For In A Good Computer.
So without any further ado, let’s reveal the very best laptops for work and travel:
Dell XPS 13 (9380) - The best you can get at an amazing price!
Released in 2019, the Dell XPS 13 is definitely the winner for the under 1500 so-called “ultrabooks”, weighing only 1.2kg and 9-15mm thin, this ultrabook is sure to give you a hand in your studies and work. We have all been there… going to class thinking all we need is the computer ready to go, and then we look to the bottom right corner and see the scary 1% battery symbol! And then we ask ourselves how could that be if we had it charged the night before! Well, I’m pretty sure you won’t have this problem with the 12 hours of battery life on this laptop.
It’s also important to notice the biggest difference from the 2018 and the 2019 versions of the Dell XPS 13, which is the processor, while in 2018 this computer came with the Kaby Lake R Core i7-8550U, this year’s version comes with the Intel Whisky Lake Core i7-8565U, they are fairly similar but the newer model is quite stronger, meaning you won’t have your computer lagging on you.
Huawei MateBook X Pro - 2nd Best Laptops For Work And Travel
The Huawei MateBook X Pro might sound to you like a mobile phone or tablet, but trust me, it is NOT! Considered by many as the best laptop of 2018, this piece of technology has a simplistic design and performs very well. The webcam is indeed in a funny place, imagine your F8 key “opening” and revealing to you a webcam… yeah, that’s it! Which is great for those with tape over their webcam right now (good for privacy).
It has 4 speakers AND 4 microphones, making it a great weapon for that killer meeting over a video call. Aside from all these cool features, it’s good to remember that the Huawei MateBook X Pro performs very well for all daily purposes.
Asus VivoBook S15 S530UA - 3rd Best Laptops For Work And Travel
The Asus VivoBook S15 S530UA has a big name! But fortunately, it’s not as highly-priced as it is bigly named! I’m full of jokes you don’t care about, I know, sorry… Back to business: This thin computer surprised everyone with its a different design, as it comes in bright yet subtle colours.
Aside from its design, it performs perfectly well for your daily business, and that means it will run as quietly as snow! Even quieter! Which is just what you need for classes. The bad side is that it also means you won’t be able to run that heavy game some other computer might be able to run, but you know what they say: if you can’t play FIFA19, play FIFA09! In a more serious note, a quiet-ultra-thin-type of computer does come in handy more often than not!
Lenovo Yoga C930 - 4th Best Best Laptops For Work And Travel
If you are looking for that 360º computer, then the Lenovo Yoga C930 is definitely the computer for you. This laptop comes with a pen stored IN it, not in the side but INSIDE the computer, making sure you don’t lose your pen is way easier with this computer.
This is the most flexible computer you will find in this price range, not only can you take notes calmly with your cool pen in tablet more, flip It and take serious notes when that ultra-fast talking teacher comes in, but also have it as a tv for that brake we all need. It has two speakers in the bottom of the computer and two more in the inch, making this one of the best computers when it comes to sound. The Lenovo Yogo C930 will not run the latest games (although overwatch in low res runs perfectly smoothly), but the flexibility in this laptop is its biggest plus.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 - 5th Best Laptops For Work And Travel
In fifth place, we have the Microsoft Surface Pro 6. This line of laptops has been around for a long time and for a good reason, simply put, they just provide with everything you need when travelling. And even if you don’t travel much or don’t want to think about work while travelling, most people have to spend a couple of hours per day just going to and coming back from work. Please don’t use a laptop while driving, but if you prefer public transportation, you get a lot of work done with this little buddy.
Its processor is not the greatest, so you won’t be able to run a heavy design software very smoothly in this laptop, and that’s why we didn’t rank it higher, but everything else is great!