In 2020, the number of employees who now work from home has increased significantly. For this reason, a mobile workstation that meets the requirements is essential. Laptops are replacing the trusted desktop as mobility becomes more important.
For many, a mobile workstation is intimidating. To relieve that pressure, we've put together this guide to help you make the right purchase. We'll help you set up and work from any destination.
HP ZBook Fury G7
HP has built some fantastic consumer laptops in the past few years, and that family tree extends to the workplace too. The ZBook Fury G7 offers a number of solid workstation options and is our favorite with a combination of powerful hardware options, a large display, Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports and a manageable weight.
Available in price ranges up to $ 5,000 with tons of customization options, the Fury G7 features 10th generation Intel Core i7 processors and a 17-inch HD display. Depending on which model you choose, you can use up to 128 GB of memory, Intel HD or Nvidia Quadro graphics with up to 16 GB of dedicated GDDR6 video memory and around 2 TB of SSD storage.
All models are equipped with a 94-watt-hour battery which, under the right circumstances, should last for a long time. Each model weighs 6.08 pounds before the extras.
The combination of a large battery, powerful internal hardware and countless options makes it allA fantastic choice for whatever job you take on. It's not as specific as some of the other entries on this list, but it's a mobile workstation anyone can be proud of, and the customization options are absolutely top-notch.
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 3
Lenovo's P1 Gen 3 lets you build a variety of 17-inch laptop models, from choosing 4K resolution to increasing the amount of RAM to ridiculous levels for highly specialized workstations. Each model is equipped with a 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor, starting with the base model's i7-10705H. However, our favorite option is the high-end model with 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a great Nvidia Quadro graphics card. This latest model also supports Wi-Fi 6, and the design is great too, as it has a sturdy backlit keyboard.
It is very obvious that Lenovo intends to use this model as a desktop replacement. Designers in particular may be interested in the Pantone color calibration sensor in the palm rest, which allows you to set the color exactly where you need it. While it starts at around three pounds, more customized models can get a lot heavier so it takes a bit of an effort to lug around. However, if you want a customization for a really powerful laptop companion, this is theis a great place to start.
Dell Precision 5520
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If you need an extremely lightweight mobile workstation, the Precision 5520 from Dell should definitely be on your radar. At less than four pounds, this is the lightest laptop on this list, and it's pretty compact too. The 1080P versions come with only 56-watt-hour batteries, but the 4K version has a 97-watt-hour version that allowed the system to run for more than five hours in our tests.
Options beyond screen resolution include a range of Intel Core processors with i7 and Xeon CPUs to choose from. You can use up to 32GB of RAM if needed, and there are options for up to a terabyte of PCI Express solid-state storage. The only limiting factor in customizing this workstation is the graphics, which are either just Intel HD or Nvidia Quadro M1200.
Pricing for thestarts at $ 2,000 and can set you back to $ 3,700 if you opt for a high-end edition. At the time of this writing (and regularly elsewhere), Dell is offering huge discounts, up to 40% in some cases. So if you choose the right time, you can secure one of these systems at a comparable bargain price.
Microsoft Surface Book 3 15 inches
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While the Surface Book 3 isn't technically classified as a workstation, it's one of the most versatile workhorse laptops we've come across in a long time. The hardware is nowhere near as impressive as some of the other entries on this list, but with its extremely long battery life and powerful processor / memory combo, it will do a variety of intensive tasks for much longer than most.
Starting at US $ 1,500 for the 13.5-inch version and up to US $ 3,300 for the first-class 15-inch version, the Surface Book 3 offers an upgradeable 10th generation Intel i5 processor with up to 32 GB of RAM up to 2 TB solid-state storage and the option of an Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics chip.
Theis also incredibly versatile. Thanks to the “Dynamic Pivot Point” hinge, you can completely detach the screen from the keyboard and get an extremely portable tablet if required. It weighs just 1.7 pounds in tablet mode. Like its predecessor, the Surface 3 has a long-lasting battery that is well suited for a working day.
Razer Blade Pro 17 (2020)
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A mobile workstation can be absolutely comfortable and also look good. While the Razer Blade Pro 17 doesn't have the internal hardware to compete with many of the other systems on this list, it's definitely not a pushover. This system is also much more attractive than the majority. It packs sturdy consumer hardware in a beautiful case with features like keyboard backlighting and a sleek design that add to its appeal and make it an excellent device to carry around your home. It's an incredibly fantastic option if you enjoy playing in your spare time.
Although there are several flavors, our top pick is the 4K version, which comes with 120Hz screen compatibility, 1TB of SSD storage, and an RTX 2080 Super Max-Q GPU to power even the most demanding and demanding games . The model is also accompanied by a 19th generation Intel Core i7-10875H processor and 16 GB of RAM. The RGB keyboard is to be expected, but it is also well designed and generally pleasant to use.
You will also be delighted to discover that the Razer Blade Pro 17 is equipped with a Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C port as well as a USB-A 3.2 and an immediately available SD card. The laptop is also Wi-Fi 6 capable. You have the option to downgrade the screen to save money if the solution isn't a deal breaker for you. The truth is, laptop screens don't always benefit much from 4K support anyway.