We all had that one long boring day at work that seemed like it would never end; or that business trip with no end in sight where you just wanted to escape from reality for at least a few hours. Well, with the current advancements in technology, you won’t have to. Gone are the days when you could only play computer games on your PC. Laptops are becoming more and more sophisticated as years progress. Nowadays, you no longer need to bore yourself to death while you work, you can have some fun as well. Here are some five business laptop models for everyone’s budget that will see you mix work and pleasure.
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Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series Budget Option
Let’s start off with this heavyweight champ. The Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series laptop might be a bit on the heavy side but with its bargain price it’s nothing to sneeze at. Moreover, if you can get past its bulkiness, it offers a nice 17-inch screen which delivers vibrant colors due to its anti-reflection coating. Its solid black case houses a 1 TB HDD and a battery that can provide a decent battery life for a 720p, 17-inch screen. With a base clock speed of 2.5 GHz and TurboBoost going up to 3.1 GHz, its Intel Core i5-7200U is somewhere in the mid-tier of the 7th Gen series. 8 GB of RAM, upgradable to 16 GB, and Intel’s HD Graphics 4400 make it okay for both business and gaming. All in all, it’s an all-rounder laptop with a lot to offer for a budget price.
The Monster HP ZBook 17 Mobile Workstation
With HP Zbook, it’s a totally different story. This monster of a machine offers a next-gen NVIDIA Quadro K3100M graphics card with 4GB of RAM. Unlike the Dell Inspiron 17, it has no problems displaying full HD on 1080p. This graphics card is not only insanely good for video games, it’s perfect for any kind of digital editing, whether it’s video or photography. Furthermore, it has a Haswell 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor as well as 16GB of RAM, a 750GB hard drive with a 32GB SSD cache. Not impressed yet? Well, let’s add an integrated Blu-ray RW drive and Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 then. The only downside to this beast is its price, as you’ll surely be breaking the budget with this one.
Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Master Yoda of Laptops
Now it’s time for our lightweight champion, the ThinkPad T470. Don’t let this tiny guy full you, weighing in at only 3.8lb he’s actually quite powerful. It comes at a reasonable price for a laptop with 16GB of RAM, a glare-resistant HD screen, and with an upgradable battery that can last for seventeen hours. It’s the perfect getaway laptop, with its light weight, slick design, those long boring business trips will be a thing of the past with this gaming battle station. In addition, it has an Intel Core i5-7300U, an Intel HD Graphics 620 graphics card, and 256GB of storage. Yet again, new Lenovo laptops have shown how far they’ve progressed in the last couple of years, with the ThinkPad T470 certainly being an upgrade on the pricier Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
A Dell XPS 15 Touch (2017) for Your Artistic Soul
Under its hood, this bad boy has an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor with a speed of 2.8GHz, an excellent Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB graphics card, and 16 GB of RAM. The Dell XPS 15 Touch laptop also has an edge-to-edge 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD) screen, making it perfect for multimedia editing like the HP ZBook 17. The only potential downside is its short-living battery. However, it’s still a top tier pick for designers and entrepreneurs alike who enjoy the finer things in life. Visually stunning, with a carbon fiber and aluminum construction it’s the perfect muse for your artistic soul.
Asus ROG Strix GL502 a Gamer’s Delight
The last, but not the least, the Asus ROG STRIX GL502 laptop offers an FHD gaming experience with its delicious Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. Apart from the incredibly powerful graphics card, it comes with 16GB RAM DDR4, an Intel Core i7 processor, between 128GB and 256GB SSD, and 1TB HDD. What’s more, it comes with tremendously powerful speakers which is a rarity among laptops. This baby will immerse you into the gaming world so much that you’ll completely forget the fact that you’re supposed to be working. Aside from this tiny downside, there is also the matter of battery life which is somewhat mediocre. You’ll want to keep this laptop plugged-in more often than not if you don’t want it to be game over prematurely.
To sum up, there are plenty of high-quality laptops out there that are now powerful enough to run more demanding games and can also be used for work. Nevertheless, everyone could use a small break, so go for it, work can wait.
David Webb is a Sydney-based business consultant,online marketing analyst and a writer. With six years of experience and a degree in online business strategies, he is driven to help people to better understand this new digital age. In his free time, David enjoys writing, travelling and an occasional night out with his friends.