Update April 2017: We have a new pick for best overall, with the HP EliteBook x360 G2 taking its place on the throne.

Best overall

HP EliteBook x360 G2

HP Elitebook

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The EliteBook combines a convertible laptop with stunning design, build quality, excellent specs, and a superb digital pen.

Beyond just the hardware, HP has some extremely well thought out software solutions for business users, including integration with smartphones.

Bottom line: Stunning, well made and packing some excellent business-focused software.

One more thing: The EliteBook has both a camera and a fingerprint scanner compatible with Windows Hello.

Why the HP EliteBook x360 G2 is the best

Whether you're buying for business use or at home in 2017 — finding a great Windows laptop has never been easier. The big players are all on top of their game, and HP is just one such name pumping out some incredible hardware.

The software from HP gives the EliteBook the edge

The EliteBook x360 combines some of the best aspects of the company's premium consumer laptops and throws it in with a healthy dose of the enterprise. The fold-around display isn't as good as on some of HPs other laptops, but it's still great to look at. And it's even better to look at in 4K, should you like the super high-resolution.

While the hardware is up there with the best, software — such as the Sure View privacy screen and WorkWise for connecting to a smartphone — is what gives the EliteBook the edge in a business environment. That plus the double-down on security with Windows Hello compatible camera and fingerprint scanner.

The EliteBook also doesn't look like the stereotypical business notebook of old. It's stunning, and will certainly stand out around the conference table.

Best non-convertible

Dell XPS 13

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Sporting one of the best-looking bodies of all laptops, the Dell XPS 13 is a powerhouse. The 13-inch display sits in a chassis the size you'd expect for an 11-inch display, owing its compactness to the nearly-eliminated bezel around the screen. This alone could be the winner when it comes to a portable business machine. Choose an 1800p touch option for an incredible view, or 1080p non-touch option to keep the finance department happy. There are plenty of hardware configurations to choose from, up to a 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe SSD. Base models start at about $800.

Bottom line: For the best non-convertible laptop, check out the beautiful Dell XPS 13.

One more thing: The solid-state drive can be easily upgraded further down the line — save some cash now as you wait for 1TB SSDs to come down in price.

Best 2-in-1

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

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The Surface Pro 4 is a tablet. It's also a laptop. It's probably the very best 2-in-1 Windows device ever made and it's a very real option for the enterprise user. You have the flexibility to use it like a convertible but completely free of a keyboard. And this 'tablet' packs a full laptop's worth of hardware inside.

Throw in a pen, kickstand and a terrific looking display and you have an incredibly versatile business machine.

Bottom-line: Part tablet, part laptop, 100% a great device.

One more thing: If you're looking for a tablet that's purely a tablet, the Surface Pro 4 is still a great choice. The type cover is an optional extra, so buying the Surface Pro 4 standalone means you'll be getting a full-on tablet.

Best overall

HP EliteBook x360 G2

HP Elitebook

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The EliteBook combines a convertible laptop with stunning design and build quality, excellent specs and a superb digital pen.

Beyond just the hardware, HP has some extremely well thought out software solutions for business users, including integration with smartphones.

Bottom line: Stunning, well made and packing some excellent business-focused software.

One more thing: The EliteBook has both a camera and a fingerprint scanner compatible with Windows Hello.