The best laptops for business travellers

Nothing will stop you from getting work done on the road when you’re armed with one of these super laptops.

These lightweight laptops are ideal for business travellers.
  • Rosalyn Page
  • June 2019

If you travel a lot for your job or work remotely, you’ll know that a powerful, light and reliable laptop is an essential tool. Here’s our round-up of some of the best laptops in the biz…

Work your way

A work machine doesn’t have to sacrifice finer details – the Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 laptop opens in new window (from AUD $2519) has a beautiful 13-inch touch display. Work the way you need to in tent, media, laptop or stand display mode and have peace of mind with security features including a fingerprint reader and password protection. It can also connect to a dock for transitioning to desktop work using a separate monitor.

The flexible Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 is great on the go
The flexible Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 is great on the go.

One smart apple

A business laptop frequently travels between the office and airport, café, hotel or co-working space. You can keep your files protected wherever you work with the newest MacBook Air opens in new window (from AUD $1849) and its secure Touch ID feature. It promises up to 12 hours working battery life, long enough for a full workday or downtime watching movies on a long-haul flight.

Apple's slim Macbook Air is the classic ultraportable laptop
Apple's slim Macbook Air is the classic ultra-portable laptop.

Tough operator

If work takes you to environments with extreme altitudes, temperatures and humidity, a robust laptop like the Asus ZenBook S opens in new window (UX391UA; AUD $2299) with military-grade durability might be the answer. It boasts a 13.3-inch screen, yet weighs just one kilogram and is 12.9 millimetres thick, ticking the box for portability as well as strength.

The hardy Asus ZenBook S will survive all your travels.
The hardy Asus ZenBook S will survive all your travels.

On-the-go

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon opens in new window (Gen 6; from AUD $2069) is built for the demands of work. It easily slots into a desktop docking station for working in any location and boasts a secure fingerprint reader and webcam shutter protection for added security. Plus, it’s tested to work in extreme conditions and the fast charge feature goes from 0 to 80 per cent in a lunch break.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a favourite among professional techies
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a favourite among professional techies.

Light and easy

The Microsoft Surface 2 opens in new window (from AUD $1599) is a slick but powerful laptop for work of all descriptions. It boasts a 13.5-inch high-resolution touch screen display, battery life up to 14.5 hours, facial recognition security and weighs just 1.2 kilograms. It’s work-ready and comes loaded with Windows 10 Home operating software.

The Microsoft Surface 2's battery will last from dawn to dusk
The Microsoft Surface 2's battery will last from dawn to dusk.

Utility player

The HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5 opens in new window (from AUD $2850) promises to be a work laptop with a trifecta of winning features: slim size, compact shape, powerful computing. It combines a 14-inch convertible laptop with a tablet to make a flexible work machine and there are plenty of useful add-ons including an Active Pen, anti-glare touch display, 4G connectivity and full HD webcam for whatever work demands.

The HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5 is packed with functional features.
The HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5 is packed with functional features.

Don’t forget these must-have laptop accessories…

The Epson WorkForce WF-100 opens in new window ( AUD $379) portable printer can connect wirelessly, has a built-in rechargeable battery and can print colour or black and white on the run. The Seagate Backup Plus Slim opens in new window (from AUD $99) offers easy storage of important files. And the Kingston USB 3.0 High-Speed Media Reader opens in new window ( AUD $50) boasts speedy transfer of files and is compatible with most major camera memory cards.