A Business Laptop for Every Need

Find the right laptop for how and where employees work, from the office to the road to telecommuting.

Find valuable guidance in choosing the right business laptop for your mobile work needs, from standard laptops and 2 in 1s to ultraportable laptops, mobile workstations, and Chromebooks. Compare the advantages of each form factor, as well as the processor (CPU), storage, power, security, and portability. Finally, learn what you should consider when it comes to telecommuting.

Choosing a Business Laptop

More than ever, today’s workforce is a mobile one. Be it on the sales floor, in the field, on the road, or at home telecommuting, the workplace has grown beyond the traditional office or cubicle.

But not all business laptops are created equal. Are your employees’ remote work demands best served by a standard laptop, a 2-in-1, an ultraportable laptop, a mobile workstation, or a Chromebook? Answering that question will make all the difference for your workforce and their mobile experience.

As you evaluate the different options, consider the following features and how well they align with your employees’ needs.

Processor (CPU)
A processor, or central processing unit (CPU), is the chip that executes instructions and moves data in every business laptop. It is commonly called the brains of the system. The latest generation Intel® Core™ vPro® processors give you the performance you need for the business demands of today, including multitasking, videoconferencing, and security.

Memory and Storage
Your system’s main memory is provided by its random access memory (RAM). The data stored in RAM can be reached almost instantly by calling on the CPU. RAM works as short-term memory; data is cleared when the computer is turned off.

Storage is your system’s nonvolatile long-term memory. This data remains even when the computer is turned off. It’s where your applications, operating system, and other important files are stored. Storage can be a hard disk drive (HDD) or a solid state drive (SSD). Intel® Solid State Drives provide high performance while keeping up with ever-increasing infrastructure demands.

Battery Life
Battery life is critical in a business laptop. Once the province of smaller, less powerful options, extended battery life is increasingly a feature of all kinds of laptops. The latest laptops, such as those built on the Intel vPro® platform, provide long battery life for a productive workday.1

Typically, the higher performing the system, the more power it will demand, accelerating the drawdown of the battery. But how you use the device also matters. For example, opt for your system’s 4K display with 500 nits of brightness and you will see power availability drop. The number of applications you are using simultaneously is another variable.

Size and Weight
What is the optimal size and weight for a business laptop? The answer must be driven by how your employees use their devices. Each choice comes with a tradeoff. Choose smaller and you sacrifice screen size. Opt for higher performance and you likely increase the weight.

Systems with 13 to 14 inch screens commonly offer the best balance between usability and portability, usually coming in under four pounds. Screens of 15 to 16 inches are the most popular, but typically weigh closer to five pounds or more. Finding that right mix of mobility, screen size, and performance starts with your employees.

Connectivity
A business laptop’s portability only matters if it comes with reliable connectivity. Wi-Fi connects your workforce to customers and customer information, corporate networks and resources, and ready internet availability—all fundamental requirements for remote work.

Integrated Wi-Fi 6 standards are built to ensure quality connectivity in locations with hundreds or thousands of connected devices working with time-sensitive, high-bandwidth applications. Intel vPro® platform-based laptops with integrated Wi-Fi 6-enabled PCs provide nearly 3x faster speeds1 2 and responsive performance. They also support next generation WPA3 Wi-Fi security features3 and up to 4x greater capability for more stable connections, especially in dense environments.

Today’s business laptops come equipped with a variety of other connectivity options as well. These can include USB, HDMI, Ethernet, and Thunderbolt™ 3 ports.

What to Consider When Telecommuting

Telecommuting is an ever more common working scenario across a range of industries. The needs of the modern telecommuter share much in common with other remote workers when it comes to their mobile device. As noted earlier, features like screen size, weight, and battery life are key considerations, especially for those people whose telecommuting life demands portability.

IT support
Being mostly or completely remote, telecommuting workers need a device that remains accessible to IT support and repair, even if their OS or VPN crashes. That means looking for systems that offer remote management capabilities such as Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT), included as part of the Intel vPro® platform.

Bandwidth
Bandwidth represents another potential challenge when telecommuting. With demands such as videoconferencing and the growing number of in-home devices, users must expect their systems to reliably perform with little latency and fast upload and download speeds. Intel® Wi-Fi 6-enabled PCs, such as those built on the Intel vPro® platform, offer higher capacity,1 4 faster downloads,1 2 and lower latency.1 5 Meanwhile, the latest Intel® Core™ vPro® processors provide integrated graphics and capabilities for an improved audio experience.

Multitasking
Working from home also requires a certain level of multitasking. Telecommuters will want to know their business laptop brings the requisite performance muscle to support the use of many applications at once, including bandwidth-hungry video and streaming.

Security
Finally, security should be top of mind when telecommuting. A critical concern for any device, it is especially important for business laptops relied on for remote work, as use of public or guest networks comes with greater risks to system and data safety.

Intel vPro® Platform

Laptops based on the Intel vPro® platform are built for business and an excellent fit for remote work and telecommuting. These systems deliver the business-class performance to power busy workloads, maximize employee productivity, simplify connectivity, and get the most out of battery life no matter where an employee is working.

The platform is also designed with hardware-based security features. It includes Intel® Hardware Shield, which provides enhanced protections against attacks below the OS and advanced threat detection capabilities to protect against damaging firmware-level attacks. The robust security is vital for remote workers who require portability and on-the-go connectivity.

But business laptops are only as useful as they are reliable. The Intel vPro® platform provides crucial remote manageability capabilities via Intel® Active Management Technology. The result is better system management and repair—even when the device is powered off or the OS is unresponsive. With laptops on the Intel vPro® platform, businesses can save on deskside support, reduce truck rolls, improve user experiences, and reduce downtime—all with the confidence of exceptional support for telecommuting employees. 

By bringing together the latest technologies in one integrated, validated platform, the Intel vPro® platform gives you the peace of mind that you have a built-for-business solution. From processor and memory to storage, battery life, and security, you know you have the latest technologies, all validated to work together in the most optimized way for business.

Project Athena Innovation Program

Intel is taking user experiences a step further with Project Athena, our laptop innovation program. We’re combining our deep understanding of PC users with our broad technology partnerships to bring to market a new class of laptops. These PCs are designed for mobile performance and available on the built-for-business Intel vPro® platform. Designed to deliver on what people say they need most—long battery life, continuous connectivity, immediate action, and fast charging—these laptops will help people flow seamlessly between projects throughout the day no matter where they are. By bringing together the best of Intel and the PC industry, the Project Athena innovation program sets the vision for a new generation of advanced PCs.

Laptops based on the Intel vPro® platform are built for business and an excellent fit for telecommuting, offering high performance and remote management capabilities.

Types of Laptops

When it comes to business laptops, one size does not fit all. Ultraportable laptops, 2-in-1s, mobile workstations, and Chromebooks differ in key features and strengths, inviting you to choose the form factor best suited to your employees and their needs.

Standard Laptops

Standard laptops deliver all the basic tools, features, and capabilities one expects from a reliable work laptop. Employees stay productive, protected, and connected whether working on the road or simply looking to get some work done at home.

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Ultraportable Laptops

These thin and light laptops offer premium power to today’s mobility-minded worker. Employees who amass the most miles will appreciate the responsiveness, long battery life, and connectivity they get from ultraportable laptops.

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2-in-1 Laptops

First in versatility, 2-in-1s combine the performance of a laptop with the ultramobility of a tablet. This makes them the perfect option for those in sales or retail who work sitting and standing and may need to swivel the screen around to present, work the floor to record customer information, and do work at a desk.

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Mobile Workstations

Performance is the distinguishing feature of mobile workstations. Engineers, content creators, and financial analysts will appreciate the power, larger screens, and full keyboards they need for their design, analytics, and other high-performance applications whether used in the office or on the go.

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Chromebooks

Chromebooks equip users to take advantage of long battery life, fast access to online applications, and smooth multitasking. With everything managed out of the cloud, they are also thin and light, ideal for education and mobile business use. 

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Informações de produto e desempenho

1Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information, visit intel.com/benchmarks.
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Quase 3X mais rápido: o 802.11ax, 2x2, 160 MHz permite taxas máximas de dados teóricas de 2402 Mbps, quase 3X (2,8X) mais veloz do que o Wi-Fi padrão 802.11ac, 2x2, 80 MHz (867 Mbps), conforme documentam as especificações do padrão sem fio 802.11 do IEEE, e exige o uso de roteadores de rede sem fio 802.11ax configurados de forma semelhante.

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Recursos de segurança Wi-Fi WPA3: O consórcio industrial Wi-Fi Alliance certificará os produtos Wi-Fi 6 para conformidade com o padrão IEEE 802.11ax e exigirá a certificação de segurança WPA3 como um pré-requisito para garantir o que há de mais recente em recursos de segurança Wi-Fi. Senhas WPA3 simplificadas: O WPA3 usa a Autenticação simultânea de equivalentes (SAE) para substituir o protocolo de troca de chave pré-compartilhada (PSK) usado pelo WPA2. A SAE lida de forma mais segura com a troca de chaves inicial e usa o protocolo Forward secrecy, o que a torna mais resistente a ataques de descriptografia off-line e oferece uma autenticação mais forte baseada em senhas. Proteção avançada WPA3: Proteção de rede adicional vem do equivalente à força criptográfica de 192 bits em uma rede 802.11ax e é superior à criptografia AES de 128 bits utilizada com o WPA2.

44x capacity/scalability: This claim is based on a comparison of overall network capacity for similarly sized 802.11ax vs. 802.11ac networks. The IEEE 802.11-14/0165r1 802.11ax specification amendment defines standardized modifications to both the IEEE 802.11 physical (PHY) layers and the IEEE 802.11 Medium Access Control (MAC) layer that enable at least one mode of operation capable of supporting at least four times improvement in the average throughput per station (measured at the MAC data service access point) in a dense deployment scenario, while maintaining or improving the power efficiency per station. For additional details visit: https://mentor.ieee.org/802.11/dcn/14/11-14-0165-01-0hew-802-11-hew-sg-proposed-par.docx.
5Seventy-five percent latency reduction: Based on Intel simulation data (79 percent) of 802.11ax with and without OFDMA using nine clients. Average latency without OFDM is 36ms; with OFDMA average latency is reduced to 7.6ms. Latency improvement requires that the 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) router and all clients support OFDMA. Your costs and results may vary. Intel® technologies may require enabled hardware, software, or service activation. Results have been estimated or simulated. Intel does not control or audit third-party data. You should consult other sources to evaluate accuracy.