The best laptops for work in 2022

Before you start choos­ing the best lap­top for work in 2022, you need to under­stand that this is not some­thing that the user will change in a year or two. How­ev­er, the vari­ety of mod­els on the mar­ket lit­er­al­ly dri­ves the con­sumer crazy.
The best laptops for work in 2022
The best lap­tops for work. Pho­to: alamy.com

Inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies are increas­ing­ly being intro­duced into our dai­ly lives. Today, spe­cial­ists in many pro­fes­sions in their activ­i­ties can­not do with­out com­put­ers and lap­tops. The lat­ter is pre­ferred by more and more peo­ple.

A work lap­top is a portable com­put­er designed to solve var­i­ous office tasks using spe­cial­ized soft­ware. The device is a com­plete solu­tion that does not require a lot of desk space, which is why it is so pop­u­lar.

A work­ing lap­top must meet two impor­tant require­ments: have at least a dual- or quad-core proces­sor to quick­ly achieve your goals, and be as con­ve­nient as pos­si­ble to use. As a rule, it is dis­tin­guished by a mod­est design, com­pact­ness, and a built-in key­board designed exclu­sive­ly for work in office appli­ca­tions (Word, Excel, etc.).



Lap­tops can be con­di­tion­al­ly divid­ed into dif­fer­ent sub­cat­e­gories, con­sid­er the main ones:

For work They have low sys­tem require­ments, so they are not suit­able for games. For com­fort­able work, it is advis­able to choose proces­sors not low­er than Intel Core i3, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD;
Gam­ing They have a large pow­er reserve, increased RAM (from 16 GB and above) and a high heat dis­si­pa­tion rate (at least 30 W). These char­ac­ter­is­tics are met by proces­sors from Intel Core i5 (9–11 gen­er­a­tions), AMD Ryzen 5 (3–4 gen­er­a­tions);
For design They fea­ture a stun­ning screen (Full HD qual­i­ty), pow­er­ful com­po­nents need­ed for demand­ing graph­ic design appli­ca­tions. For this pur­pose, a proces­sor with four or more cores oper­at­ing with­out inter­rup­tion at a fre­quen­cy of 2.5 GHz with 8 GB of RAM is suit­able;
For home They do not have high pow­er require­ments. As a rule, home lap­tops are used for watch­ing movies, social net­work­ing, small work in appli­ca­tions. You can give pref­er­ence to devices based on AMD Athlon and AMD Ryzen 3 proces­sors, Intel Core i3 and 8 GB of RAM.

Editor’s Choice

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen9

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9. Photo: market.yandex.ru
Leno­vo ThinkPad X1 Car­bon Gen 9. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

The Leno­vo ThinkPad X1 Car­bon is a styl­ish and expen­sive machine with plen­ty of pow­er under the hood. The 14-inch lap­top can fit any­where, it also has a full range of ports and enough bat­tery capac­i­ty to pro­vide over 11 hours of bat­tery life.

The 9th gen­er­a­tion ver­sion of the X1 Car­bon ups the ante by adding an Intel Kaby Lake‑R quad-core proces­sor and one of the most gor­geous screens a lap­top has ever had. The option­al 2K HDR dis­play rivals the OLED screens we see on top phones as it repro­duces 199% of the sRGB gamut and deliv­ers up to 500 nits of bright­ness.

Main characteristics

Proces­sor line Intel Core i7
CPU Intel Core i7 1165G7
Mem­o­ry 1TB SSD
Dis­play 14″ 1920×1200
video card Intel Iris Xe Graph­ics

Pros and cons

Stun­ning dis­play, long bat­tery life
Qui­et speak­ers

Top 10 best laptops for work according to KP

1. Apple MacBook Air 13 2022

Apple MacBook Air 13 2022. Photo: market.yandex.ru
Apple Mac­Book Air 13 2022. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

The dynam­ic Apple Mac­Book Air 13 2022, equipped with a pow­er­ful 8‑core Apple M2 proces­sor, is a pow­er-hun­gry mod­el. It per­fect­ly com­bines all the qual­i­ty fea­tures (screen res­o­lu­tion 2560×1664, 8 GB RAM, Apple graph­ics 10-core graph­ics card) required for light­ning-fast office work.

The Apple Mac­Book Air 13 2022 is dis­tin­guished by auton­o­my (18 hours when work­ing in text edi­tors at min­i­mum bright­ness), the most com­fort­able back­lit key­board, and rather large keys. The lap­top has a mod­ern web­cam with Full HD res­o­lu­tion, which will allow you to con­duct online busi­ness meet­ings at the high­est lev­el. Among the short­com­ings of the mod­el, we can sin­gle out the pres­ence of only the Eng­lish key­board lay­out and eas­i­ly soiled case.

Main characteristics

CPU Apple M2
Screen diag­o­nal 13.6″
Total SSD capac­i­ty 256 GB, 512 GB
The weight 1.24 kg

Pros and cons

Fast, stand­alone, back­lit key­board
Only Eng­lish key­board lay­out, eas­i­ly soiled body
Inex­pen­sive lap­tops

Bud­get, but func­tion­al lap­tops for any task

2. Asus ZenBook 14

Asus ZenBook 14. Photo: market.yandex.ru
Asus Zen­Book 14. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

The AsusZen­Book 14 lap­top is a good option for peo­ple who have a trav­el­ing job. It is con­ve­nient to take it on a busi­ness trip or to a busi­ness meet­ing due to its com­pact­ness. The mod­el has an Intel UHD Graph­ics graph­ics card, 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD.

AsusZen­Book 14 with Intel Core i3 1115G4 proces­sor is char­ac­ter­ized by excel­lent per­for­mance and speed in any office appli­ca­tions (Word, OneNote, Excel) and brows­er. The bright 13.3‑inch IPS dis­play guar­an­tees the most accu­rate and nat­ur­al col­ors, so it is com­fort­able to work with a lap­top even on a clear day in the park.

You don’t have to wor­ry that the device will be dis­charged at the wrong time — its bat­tery life is 13 hours when surf­ing the Inter­net. Accord­ing to buy­ers, the weak­ness­es of the device are eas­i­ly soiled case, as well as the pres­ence of only one USB port.

Main characteristics

CPU Intel Core i3 1115G4
Screen diag­o­nal 13.3″
Total SSD capac­i­ty 256 GB
The weight 1.14 kg

Pros and cons

High per­for­mance, bright dis­play, 13-hour bat­tery life
Marked body, only one USB port

3. Acer Swift 3

Acer Swift 3. Photo: market.yandex.ru
Acer Swift 3. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

Note­book Acer Swift 3 — a great solu­tion for office work. It fea­tures a 1920×1080 anti-glare bright IPS screen, a high-per­for­mance AMD Ryzen 7 5700U proces­sor, and impres­sive amounts of RAM (16 GB) and inter­nal (512 GB) mem­o­ry. The 14″ screen allows you to con­ve­nient­ly work with both graph­ic and tex­tu­al infor­ma­tion.

Acer Swift 3 is con­ve­nient to car­ry with you every day, as the lap­top is light­weight (1.2 kg) and has a com­pact size. The mod­el is equipped with an AMD Radeon Graph­ics graph­ics card and Win­dows 11 Home oper­at­ing sys­tem. The bat­tery life of the lap­top is 12.5 hours when work­ing in text edi­tors.



The lack of a card read­er, a noisy cool­ing sys­tem are the short­com­ings that buy­ers not­ed in their reviews.

Main characteristics

CPU AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
Screen diag­o­nal four­teen”
Total SSD capac­i­ty 512 GB
The weight 1.2 kg

Pros and cons

Bright screen, com­pact size, impres­sive amount of RAM and SSD
No card read­er, noisy cool­ing sys­tem

4. Huawei MateBook X Pro

Huawei MateBook X Pro.  Photo: market.yandex.ru
Huawei Mate­Book X Pro. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

Huawei may not be the first name you think of when look­ing to buy a new lap­top for work. But the Chi­nese com­pa­ny has proven to be a great lap­top mak­er with its new Mate­Book X Pro. It has a beau­ti­ful design that will look nice on the desk­top.

The lap­top is light enough to car­ry around, has pow­er­ful com­po­nents and excel­lent bat­tery life. It is also one of the cheap­est ultra­books on the mar­ket.

Main characteristics

CPU Intel Core i5-i7
GPU Intel UHD Graph­ics 620, Nvidia GeForce MX150, 2 GB, GDDR5
RAM 8 GB — 16 GB
Mem­o­ry 512GB SSD
Dis­play 13.9″ 3K (3000 x 2080)
The weight 1.33 kg

Pros and cons

Beau­ti­ful design, fan­tas­tic dis­play
Not the best web­cam

5. Dell XPS 15

Dell XPS 15. Photo: market.yandex.ru
Dell XPS 15. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

It may not be a busi­ness machine, but the new Dell XPS 15 offers tons of pow­er in a com­pact pack­age that’s easy to take to work every day. The XPS 15 is equipped with a Core i9 proces­sor and 32 GB of RAM.

It pro­vides all the ports you’ll need for an exter­nal mon­i­tor, but your eyes will keep return­ing to its stun­ning 4K OLED pan­el, which is both bright and excep­tion­al­ly clear.

Main characteristics

CPU Intel Core i5/Core i7/Core i9
GPU GeForce GTX 1650
Mem­o­ry 256GB/512GB/1TB
Dis­play 15.6″ 1080p or 4K (OLED)
The weight 2.7 kg

Pros and cons

4K OLED pan­el, slim design
Bat­tery Life

6. Asus VivoBook 15

Asus VivoBook 15. Photo: market.yandex.ru
Asus Vivo­Book 15. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

A pow­er­ful Intel Core i5 1135G7 proces­sor, mod­ern design, high-qual­i­ty image are the main advan­tages of the ASUS Vivo­Book 15 lap­top. Work­ing with it means get­ting the most out of it. The mod­el has a thin body, so it is easy to fit in a back­pack or brief­case.

The 15.6‑inch dis­play with Full HD res­o­lu­tion allows you to enjoy a real­is­tic com­put­er pic­ture and quick­ly work with doc­u­ments. The ASUS Vivo­Book 15 lap­top with a com­pact pow­er adapter has proven itself well in mul­ti­task­ing mode — it can work 5 hours with­out recharg­ing (surf­ing the Inter­net). The device is equipped with Intel Iris Xe Graph­ics, 512 GB SSD stor­age and 8 GB RAM.

The dis­ad­van­tages of the mod­el mod­el include the lack of back­light­ing of the keys and a pre-installed oper­at­ing sys­tem.

Main characteristics

CPU Intel Core i5 1135G7
Screen diag­o­nal 15.6″
Total SSD capac­i­ty 512 GB
The weight 1.8 kg

Pros and cons

Mod­ern design, slim body, real­is­tic com­put­er pic­ture
Lack of back­light­ing of keys and oper­at­ing sys­tem

7. HONOR MagicBook 14

HONOR MagicBook 14. Photo: market.yandex.ru
HONOR Mag­ic­Book 14. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

Pow­ered by an Intel Core i7 1165G7 proces­sor, the sleek 14″ HONOR Mag­ic­Book is designed for long, pro­duc­tive office work. The screen of the device has a spe­cial lam­i­nat­ed coat­ing that pro­vides excel­lent image qual­i­ty even in bright day­light. The bat­tery life of the HONOR Mag­ic­Book 14 is 10.5 hours when watch­ing videos in pow­er sav­ing mode.

Sleek and mod­ern, the HONOR Mag­ic­Book 14 is ide­al for every­day work. Equipped with Intel Iris Xe Graph­ics, 512 GB SSD and 16 GB of RAM, the PC will allow you to quick­ly install all the nec­es­sary office appli­ca­tions.



Users note that the lap­top does not have the best web­cam loca­tion (in the but­ton) and the case heats up under light loads (open­ing a web brows­er).

Main characteristics

CPU Intel Core i7 1165G7
Screen diag­o­nal four­teen”
Total SSD capac­i­ty 512 GB
The weight 1.38 kg

Pros and cons

Excel­lent image qual­i­ty, long bat­tery life, impres­sive RAM
Not the best web­cam place­ment, body heat­ing

8. Apple MacBook Pro 2019

Apple MacBook Pro 2019. Photo: market.yandex.ru
Apple Mac­Book Pro 2019. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

Start sav­ing now, because the lat­est 15-inch Mac­Book Pro is a very expen­sive machine, but there real­ly isn’t any­thing like it. Per­for­mance is where the Mac­Book Pro real­ly stands out from the crowd. With a Core i9-9980HK proces­sor and 32GB of RAM, this smooth and pro­duc­tive machine can han­dle the tough stuff. Not to men­tion the breath­tak­ing speed of its record-break­ing SSD.

Like the Mac­Book Pro, the 2019 mod­el has a crisp, bright dis­play, great speak­ers, and long bat­tery life (over 10 hours).

Main characteristics

CPU Intel Core i7/Core i9
GPU Radeon Pro 555X
RAM 16 — 32 GB
Mem­o­ry 512 GB — 4 TB
Dis­play 15.4 inch, 2880–1800 pix­els
The weight 1.83 kg

Pros and cons

Amaz­ing per­for­mance, pow­er­ful sound
Lap­tops for study

Portable com­put­ers with a capa­cious bat­tery for stu­dents

9. Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13. Photo: market.yandex.ru
Dell XPS 13. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

Believe it or not, Dell clas­si­fies the XPS 13 as a busi­ness lap­top even though it’s aimed at the home office. This award-win­ning device man­ages to pack a 13.3‑inch dis­play into the chas­sis of an aver­age 11.6‑inch mod­el. It has also been updat­ed in 2019 with even bet­ter com­po­nents for a much improved expe­ri­ence.

The lap­top can be upgrad­ed to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of M2 SSD stor­age. Bat­tery life is also excep­tion­al, at almost 22 hours when using pro­duc­tiv­i­ty apps.

For 2019, Dell has once again giv­en the Dell XPS 13 a boost when it comes to com­po­nents, with the web­cam now posi­tioned above the screen for bet­ter video calls, help­ing to make the 2019 Dell XPS 13 one of the best busi­ness lap­tops around.

Main characteristics

CPU Intel Core i5-i7
GPU Intel UHD Graph­ics 620
RAM 8 GB — 16 GB
Mem­o­ry 256 GB — 1 TB SSD
Dis­play 13.3″ FHD (1.920 x 1080) — 4 KB (3840 x 2160)
The weight 1.36 kg

Pros and cons

Web­cam in the cen­ter, bat­tery bet­ter than ever
Slight­ly over­priced

10. ASUS ZenBook

ASUS Zenbook.  Photo: market.yandex.ru
ASUS Zen­book. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

Zen­Book 14 UX433 from ASUS is very com­pact, looks small­er than its class­mates, while it has a full key­board and a 14-inch screen. This com­pact­ness is achieved by the fact that the Zen­Book 14 UX433 has ultra-thin dis­play bezels — the screen occu­pies 92% of the sur­face, this is one of the best fea­tures in the ultra­book class.

All this is com­bined with high-qual­i­ty assem­bly and a very styl­ish design. For all its ele­gance, Zen­Book meets the mil­i­tary stan­dard MIL-STD 810G. The device is not afraid of shak­ing and changes in tem­per­a­ture and humid­i­ty. In gen­er­al, it will feel great both in your back­pack and on the table dur­ing an impor­tant pre­sen­ta­tion.

Main characteristics

CPU Intel Core i5/Core i7
GPU Intel UHD Graph­ics 620/NVIDIA GeForce MX150
RAM 8 GB ‑16 GB
Mem­o­ry 256 GB — 1 TB
Dis­play 14 inch
The weight 1.19 kg

Pros and cons

Styl­ish and pow­er­ful, qual­i­ty build and con­ve­nient form fac­tor
It may seem a bit pricey, but it’s def­i­nite­ly worth the mon­ey.

Leaders of the Past

1. Apple MacBook Air 13 2018

Apple MacBook Air 13 2018. Photo: market.yandex.ru
Apple Mac­Book Air 13 2018. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

This is by far the best Mac­Book Air on the mar­ket. It’s also one of the best busi­ness lap­tops in the world thanks to its thin and light design, improved hard­ware for faster per­for­mance (includ­ing 8th Gen proces­sors, more RAM and faster SSDs).

I wish the device had full quad-core U‑series chips rather than dual-core fan­less Y‑series proces­sors. How­ev­er, this means you can eas­i­ly use the bat­tery all day long, mak­ing it one of the best trav­el Macs out there.



Main characteristics

CPU dual-core Intel Core i5
GPU Intel UHD Graph­ics 617
RAM 8 GB — 16 GB
Mem­o­ry 128GB — 1.5TB PCIe 3.0 SSD
Dis­play 13.3‑inch, 2.560 x 1600 Reti­na Dis­play (LED back­lit, IPS)
The weight 1.35 kg

Pros and cons

Small­er, lighter design, beau­ti­ful Reti­na dis­play

2. Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5

Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5.  Photo: market.yandex.ru
Microsoft Sur­face Book 2 13.5. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

The Sur­face Book 2 (13.5‑inch) is anoth­er inno­va­tion from Microsoft that deserves its place. The com­pa­ny has cre­at­ed one of the most pow­er­ful 2‑in‑1 lap­tops in the world. The Sur­face Book 2 has enough per­for­mance com­po­nents to han­dle most every­day tasks. If you want a big­ger screen, there’s also a 15-inch Sur­face Book 2 that comes with more pow­er­ful com­po­nents.

Main characteristics

CPU Intel Core i5-7300U — Intel Core i7-8650U 1.9 GHz
GPU Intel UHD Graph­ics 620; Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2 GB, GDDR5 RAM)
RAM 8 GB — 16 GB
Mem­o­ry 256 GB — 1 TB SSD
Dis­play 3000 x 2000 (267 ppi), Pix­elSense dis­play, 3:2 aspect ratio
The weight 1.53 kg

3. HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3

HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3.  Photo: market.yandex.ru
HP Elite­Book x360 1030 G3. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

The HP Elite­Book x360 1030 G3 is a very con­ve­nient option. Its alu­minum body is not only thin and light, but also durable. Not to men­tion the rugged yet flex­i­ble busi­ness lap­top hinge that allows the gor­geous 13.3‑inch 1080p dis­play to revert to tablet mode. In addi­tion to styl­ish looks, the Elite­book X360 1030 G3 has a com­fort­able key­board, long bat­tery life and a fast hard dri­ve.

Main characteristics

CPU Intel Core i5 / Core i7
GPU Intel UHD 620
RAM 8 GB / 16 GB
Mem­o­ry 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB / 2 TB
Dis­play 13.3″ 1080p or 4K
The weight 1.25 kg

Pros and cons

Styl­ish design, great dis­play
Not the best per­for­mance

4.Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E480

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E480
Leno­vo ThinkPad Edge E480. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

Leno­vo has tak­en the exist­ing form fac­tor and improved it to intro­duce the new ThinkPad E480. Pow­ered by 7th Gen Intel Core proces­sors, this device fea­tures a 14″ FHD anti-glare dis­play pow­ered by a 2GB Nvidia Geforce 940MX dis­crete GPU. Equipped with a spill-resis­tant key­board, Track­Point and 3+2 but­ton touch­pad, the E480 has more than enough ports and expan­sion options to sat­is­fy the aver­age user.

Main characteristics

CPU 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-7500U
GPU Intel HD Graph­ics 620
Mem­o­ry 256GB SSD
Dis­play 14 inch­es, 1920 x 1080 pix­els
The weight 1.75 kg

Pros and cons

Great val­ue for mon­ey, dis­crete graph­ics card
Not the best bat­tery

How to choose a laptop for work

The mar­ket is filled with a vari­ety of lap­tops for work, but get­ting the right mod­el is not so easy. Let’s talk about the main char­ac­ter­is­tics that you should focus on when choos­ing a lap­top:


The speed of per­form­ing work tasks in office appli­ca­tions pri­mar­i­ly depends on the pow­er of the proces­sor. A lap­top with a CPU (dig­i­tal proces­sor) from Intel Core i3, as well as AMD Ryzen 3 and 5 can become the base lev­el for every­day work. For more dynam­ic work, mod­els equipped with Intel Core i5 and high­er are suit­able.

Device memory

The amount of RAM plays a huge role when buy­ing a work­ing lap­top. For high pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, you should choose a gad­get from 8 GB — oth­er­wise the PC will “freeze”.

Inter­nal stor­age mat­ters too, so it’s wise to opt for a device with an SSD (Sol­id State Dri­ve) of at least 256 GB. This ele­ment guar­an­tees excel­lent read and write speed. Hard Disk Dri­ve (HDD) devices are also suit­able for work pur­pos­es as they have more write cycles and high­er reli­a­bil­i­ty. If there is no need for a faster PC and there is a need to store large files, then you can give pref­er­ence to the HDD.

The pres­ence of a slot for installing an addi­tion­al mem­o­ry dri­ve will be a big plus.

video card

Using a lap­top to work in a brows­er, Word, Excel and oth­er sim­i­lar appli­ca­tions does not require an expen­sive and pow­er­ful video card. For such basic pur­pos­es, most GPU mod­els will do. For com­fort­able work with pho­to edi­tors, where care­ful study of details is nec­es­sary, it is bet­ter to pay atten­tion to more pow­er­ful video cards, for exam­ple, GeForce RTX.


The capac­i­ty of a lap­top bat­tery for work deter­mines how long the device will be able to func­tion with­out recharg­ing. This para­me­ter is espe­cial­ly impor­tant for peo­ple with trav­el­ing work. In order for the device to prop­er­ly per­form its duties for 5–6 hours, choose mod­els with a bat­tery capac­i­ty of at least 15000 mAh.



An expert’s review of using a laptop for work

Shares his feed­back on using a lap­top for work Ilya Pod­marevpro­mo­tion spe­cial­ist at Prox­y­Car:

“In Sep­tem­ber I bought a lap­top for work. I am employed in a com­pa­ny where only “office soft­ware” and Inter­net access are need­ed to per­form my duties. Any bud­get lap­top can do this, but I’m still reg­is­tered as a self-employed per­son. This activ­i­ty involves fre­quent meet­ings with cus­tomers and poten­tial clients, where I present my mate­ri­als. That is why such char­ac­ter­is­tics of a work­ing lap­top as auton­o­my, dis­play size, per­for­mance are impor­tant to me.

As a result, I pur­chased a 17.3‑inch gad­get with an Intel Pen­tium Gold 7505 proces­sor with a 128 GB SSD, which I then replaced with 512 GB. The lap­top weighs 2.5 kg, the bat­tery lasts for about 4.5–5 hours of bat­tery life. To be hon­est, I am not com­plete­ly sat­is­fied with the pur­chase, since I had a lim­it­ed bud­get. The lap­top only has 4 GB of RAM, but I plan to increase it in the future, as the PC is unsta­ble and freezes.