5 great laptops that offer built-in LTE

These laptops can keep you connected even when Wi-Fi is unavailable.

A good laptop is all about portability, and for many of you — especially anyone using their device on the road, in remote locations — that means being able to stay connected to the internet no matter where you travel. In this case, a laptop with LTE connectivity is a great decision. A Surface Pro with LTE is arriving soon, but until then, here are some other great options that will hook you up wherever you go.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo has done some great things with the fabled ThinkPad line of laptops; the X1 Carbon (starting at about $1,500) is a prime example. These laptops weigh only about 2.51lbs (1.14kg), but you can get up to a Core i7-7600 processor (CPU), 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD). The 14-inch display is available in 1080p or 1440p, and the ThinkPad keyboard is exactly how you remember it, TrackPoint and all. A fingerprint reader lets you log in with Windows Hello, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 provides LTE. Check out our review for more info on the amazing X1 Carbon.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

For some, the slim look and airy feel of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon are attractive, but a convertible laptop is needed. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga (starting at about $1,680) is the answer. It does weigh a bit more at 3.13lbs (1.42kg), but you're getting a 14-inch display that rotates 360 degrees for tent, stand, and tablet modes. Get up to an Intel Core i7-7600U vPro CPU, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe SSD. There is an OLED version available, but it is not available with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 for LTE connectivity. For more information about this great laptop, have a look at our review.

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Dell Latitude 5285

Dell Latitude 5285

Microsoft's Surface Pro design is about as good as it gets, and Dell understands; its Latitude 5285 (starting at about $900) is a near clone. A similar kickstand deploys from the back of the tablet, a similar keyboard and touchpad attach magnetically, and inside the slim body is powerful hardware. Get up to an Intel Core i7-7600U vPro CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB PCIe SSD. The 12.3-inch display has a 1280p resolution and a 3:2 aspect ratio, and an IR camera above it allows for speedy logins with Windows Hello. As for wireless coverage, a Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 keeps you connected. There's a lot more to love about the Latitude 5285; check out our review for a full rundown.

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Samsung Galaxy Book 12

Samsung Galaxy Book 12

Samsung's beautiful Galaxy Book 12 (about $1,300) is a 2-in-1 device perfect for anyone who doesn't want to shell out quite as much as necessary for a Surface Pro. The Galaxy Book 12 has a Precision touchpad, comfortable keyboard, and a kickstand design that lets you use the unit as a notebook. The 12-inch, AMOLED display has a 3:2 aspect ratio and 2160 x 1440 resolution, and, of course, you're getting 4G LTE-A connectivity.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T470

Lenovo ThinkPad T470

As far as business laptops go, there's one that many will argue is the best: the ThinkPad T470. This 14-inch laptop is built to take a beating and keep on going. Starting at about $880, you're getting a ton of ports, up to a Core i7-7600U vPro CPU, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB SSD. The keyboard is about as good as they get, and the red TrackPoint dot and physical buttons make an appearance. To stay connected, there's an optional Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 for wireless data. If you need a true business partner, this is it.

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