Best overall: HP EliteBook x360 G2

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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. It's not the most expensive laptop around either, as you can get one for around $1,400.

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 2018 — 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.

You now have an option for a 4K touch option for an incredible view, or 1080p non-touch option to help keep the finance department happy. There are plenty of hardware configurations to choose from, up to an 8th-generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor, 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM, and a 512GB PCIe SSD.

Prices for the latest model start at $999.

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

One more thing: Dell Mobile Connect is a built in app that lets you use your entire smartphone from the comfort of your laptop.

Best 2-in-1: Microsoft Surface Pro

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The Surface Pro 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. Prices start at $799.

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

One more thing: There's now an LTE version of the Surface Pro for connectivity on the go.

Best Premium: Lenovo Thinkpad 25

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The Thinkpad 25 isn't necessarily the best outright laptop from Lenovo, nor is it the most well priced, but if you're a business user then you're going to appreciate everything about this anniversary edition. It brings together the best of the Thinkpad laptops you've probably used at some point in the last couple of decades.

The Thinkpad 25 is a complete throwback, with a retro styled keyboard and trackpad and the iconic red pointer. It has, of course, been updated for the current day, so you'll find a touchscreen and Windows Hello included along with a dedicated NVIDIA GPU.

What's old is new again, and it's oh so good. It's also $1,900, so it's a serious investment. But you know you want one.

Bottom line: A 2018 trip down nostalgia lane for business users who want to treat themselves.

One more thing: There's only one configuration available in the Thinkpad 25.

Best overall: HP EliteBook x360 G2

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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. It's not the most expensive laptop around either, as you can get one for around $1,400.

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.

Updated March 5, 2018: The Thinkpad 25 makes its way into our lineup, as do the updated versions of the XPS 13 and the Microsoft Surface Pro.