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2017: Must-have laptops for business users

If you're looking for a top of the range, high-specification laptop or a budget model to suit your business needs, check out ZDNet's recommendations.
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Microsoft Surface Book

Since its arrival, the Microsoft Surface Book has become a firm favorite with business users who require flexibility from their devices. The laptop's screen can be detached, giving users the option to use the Surface Book as a traditional laptop or tablet, and runs on Windows 10 Pro.

The Surface Book sports an Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, a 13.5-inch PixelSense touchscreen display and comes with a Surface Pen included.

Price: $1,749+

Via: Microsoft

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Dell Latitude 5480

The 14" Dell Latitude 5480 is a reliable, mid-range laptop for business users which keeps security in mind. Able to be purchased with up to a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD storage and Windows 10 Pro.

To keep your information safe, the laptop also comes with multi-factor authentication hardware such as a touch fingerprint reader, contacted FIPS 201 Smart Card Reader and Contactless Smart Card Reader.

Price: $819+

Via: Dell

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

At CES 2017, Lenovo debuted the ThinkPad X1 Carbon; a thinner, lighter design of the standard X1 business laptop. Coming in at 2.5 pounds with a battery life of over 15 hours, the laptop is suitable for professionals especially concerned with security thanks to an upgrade which now supports face recognition technologies.

The laptop runs on Windows 10 Pro and comes with up to an Intel Core i7 processor, a 14" Quad-HD display, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage.

Price: $1,151

Via: Lenovo

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Asus Flip C302

The Asus Flip C302 Chromebook is an option for business users who want a portable, sleek device to tote around. Despite a small form factor, the Chromebook packs a punch with a 360-degree hinged 1,280x800 to 1,920x1,080 HD touchscreen display, an Intel Core M 6Y30 Skylake CPU, up to a Core M 6Y75 processor, up to 8GB RAM and128GB SSD storage.

Price: $499

Via: Asus

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Lenovo Thinkpad P50

A large but still portable workstation, the 15.6" Lenovo Thinkpad P50 laptop, is a good option for users who need to run power-heavy applications. This device can be customized with up to an Intel Xeon vPro processor, up to Windows 10 Pro, 16GB memory, and 4GB VRAM, as well as up to 2TB traditional storage or 1TB SSD storage. In addition, the P50 sports a 15.6" FHD 1920x1080 display.

Price: $1,439+

Via: Lenovo

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Apple MacBook Pro

Apple's MacBook Pro, a popular device for everyone from business users to students, is a sturdy choice for fans of the company. While the recent keyboard changes have not pleased everyone, the model range remains reliable and the OS has a security advantage over many others.

The latest MacBook Pro comes in either 13" or 15" models, up to 512GB SSD storage, 16GB RAM, and can run for roughly 10 hours on a single charge.

Price: $1499+

Via: Apple

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HP Elite x2 1012

The HP Elite x2 1012 is a hybrid 2-in-1 laptop which is another good option for enterprise users. The stylish laptop is equipped with an Intel Core M7 processor, Windows 10 Home 64, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage. The Elite x2's 11.6" 1920x1080 display is cornered in Gorilla Glass to prevent damage and scratches and comes with HP Client Security for creating Trusted Platform Modules and self-encrypting drives.

Price: $899

Via: HP

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Toshiba Tecra C40-C1400ED

A budget-friendly option for SMBs is this offering from Toshiba's Tecra range. The 14" laptop sports an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD storage and runs on Windows 10 Pro, making it more than capable of a variety of business applications and uses.

Price: $399.99

Via: Toshiba

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HP Sprout Pro redesigned

The Windows 10 HP Sprout Pro desktop PC, redesigned in time for CES 2017, is an option for professional users who prefer a desk setup. The system now features an Intel Core i7 processor, 1TB storage, up to 16GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics. Software designers and content creators will also appreciate the desktop's HD projector and quick 2D & 3D scanning capabilities.

Price: $2,199+

Via: Microsoft

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