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Business laptops are being introduced in a plethora of configurations owing to the fact that they are replacing desktops as workstations, and the performance of your PC depends on two main factors: the processor and the memory.

The best business laptop implements the Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processor, with a minimum Random Access Memory of 2GB. Although SSDs are generally preferable, a hard drive with 200 GB also would suffice. With all the diverse functions required of it, Wi-Fi access, three USB ports and a DVD drive along with a convenient screen size of 13 inches or more are a must.

A good graphics card of 512 mb memory is another requisite for several business applications, and the nVIDIA is certainly the most reliable among the lot. The best business notebook also combines an excellent configuration for a reasonable budget under $1500.

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Apple MacBook Air 11-Inch (2015)
Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02)
Dell Chromebook 11 Non-Touch
Apple MacBook 12-inch (2015)
Dell Chromebook 11 Touch
Apple MacBook Air 11-Inch (2015)
Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02)
Dell Chromebook 11 Non-Touch
Apple MacBook 12-inch (2015)
Dell Chromebook 11 Touch
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Release Date
Aug 2015
Jul 2015
Jul 2015
Mar 2015
Jun 2015
Installed RAM
4096.0 MB
4096.0 MB
4096.0 MB
8192.0 MB
4096.0 MB
Display Size
11.6 in.
10.1 in.
11.6 in.
12.0 in.
11.6 in.
Weight
2.38 lb.
1.96 lb.
2.7 lb.
1.98 lb.
2.91 lb.
Display
11.6 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
10.1 inches, Widescreen, 1280 x 800
11.6 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
12 inches, Widescreen, 2304 x 1440
11.6 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
Hard Drive
128 GB, HDD
16 GB, SSD
16 GB, SSD
256 GB, SSD
16 GB, SSD
Installed Memory
4 GB
4 GB, 4 GB
4 GB
8 GB
4 GB
Operating System
Mac OS X Yosemite
Google Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS
Mac OS X
Google Chrome OS
Processor
1.6 GHz, Intel Core i5-5250U
1.8 GHz, Rockchip RK3288-C
2.16 GHz, Intel Celeron N2840
1.1 GHz, Intel Core M-5Y31
2.16 GHz, Intel Atom N2840
Laptop Type
Ultraportable, HDD
General Purpose, Value, Widescreen
Value
General Purpose, Ultraportable, Business, Ultrabook
Value, Widescreen

The MacBook Air 11-inch is a wonderful commuter laptop, and it should be on your short list if you're constantly on the move.

Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02), on the other hand, delivers a stunning, lightweight convertible design, excellent performance, and impressive battery life for under $300.

the Dell Chromebook 11 Non-Touch is ideal for any grade-school classroom or for use as an affordable, everyday laptop.

The new MacBook is brilliant.

The Dell Chromebook 11 Touch is a decent Chrome OS laptop for education, with a rugged design that should survive whatever stresses are inflicted upon it in the classroom.