As the coronavirus pandemic rages on people are finally starting to settle into their work from home routine. For some, that means realizing how poor your current equipment is. In all likelihood, those working from home will continue to do so for at least another month—but probably longer.
In that case, you don’t want to be held up by a bad laptop. This is the perfect excuse to upgrade your gear (if you can afford it). For employees, your company may even be willing to reimburse you for the new hardware. Self-employed individuals can use the expense as a tax write-off that will ease the burden at the end of an already tumultuous 2020.
The three laptops listed here are some of the best that you can get today. Choosing to order one won’t be a decision that you’ll regret. With powerful processors, lightning fast solid-state drives, and stunning displays, they will make working from home a little less painful.
Surface Pro 7
If your work entails any type of hand-drawn component, look no further than the Surface Pro 7. Microsoft has been perfecting its lineup of Surface devices for several years now and has secured itself at the top of the 2-in-1 market. Its premium laptop, the Surface Pro 7, is not only the best detachable laptop out there but one of the best that you can get in general.
As the latest edition of the Surface Pro series, the SP 7 boasts Intel’s 10th Gen Core i5/i7 processors. It also includes Intel’s Iris Plus graphics. Without a dedicated graphics card you won’t want to do any heavy gaming on your Surface Pro, but it handles most art and design applications without a problem.
The Surface Pro 7 comes in several different options, with RAM ranging from 4GB to 16GB. It has a solid-state drive (SSD) ranging from 128GB to 1TB. Meanwhile, its crystal clear 12.3-inch display has a resolution of 2736 x 1824 pixels.
However, what really steals the show is the Surface Pro 7’s flexibility. With a quick movement, the entire keyboard detaches and you have a fully-functional tablet. The Surface Pen is super responsive and perfect for drawing, sketching, or taking notes. It also stores conveniently along the side of the laptop via a built-in magnet. You’ll never have to worry about losing your pen in a briefcase or pocket thanks to this nifty feature.
HP Spectre x360 (2019 model)
If you need something a bit more solid than the sleek Surface Pro, HP’s Spectre x360 is up to the task. This is another powerful 2-in-1. It boasts a sturdier build since the keyboard doesn’t detach. Instead, it utilizes the 360-degree hinge popularized by Lenovo’s Yoga line to convert from a laptop to a tablet-esque device.
At the end of last year, HP gave its Spectre a much-needed refreshment. The line is known for its stunning design, completed with faceted edges and chamfered corners. These features make it look high-end and luxurious. In your hands, it feels just as good. At just 0.7-inches thick, the HP Spectre is a far degree from being bulky. However, its metal frame makes it solid and sturdy. Unlike some convertible laptops, this one has a strong, durable hinge that won’t start getting floppy overtime. Even so, you can easily open the lid with one finger.
The precise attention to detail isn’t lost on the x360’s specs. The late 2019 refresh model has a beautiful 13.3-inch, 4K display. It is crisp, colorful, and rich, making both work and play look good.
The HP Spectre x360 offers tremendous 13+ hour battery life. That’s something that almost no competitors can touch. Although you won’t be away from a charger while working from home, this is a feature that will pay dividends once you get back in the real world.
This compact powerhouse is equipped with Intel’s Core i5 or i7 processor and Iris Plus graphics just like the Surface Pro 7. In terms of performance, the two are basically equal. Ultimately, making a decision between the two will come down to whether you want drawing capabilities or a slightly sturdier body that makes writing less convenient. If you don’t need to write, the keyboard on the Spectre edges out the Surface Pro. It has more key feedback and just feels better while typing long documents.
MacBook Pro 16-inch (2019)
For the non-Windows crowd, Apple’s latest laptop is a smashing success. The 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro is hands down the best Mac laptop out there today. Some can argue that it is even the best MacBook of all time.
As you’d come to expect from an Apple laptop, this computer is complete with a stunning Retina display. At 16 inches, it is the biggest on this list. It boasts a resolution of 3072 x 1920 pixels and has rich colors and deep blacks.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro is certainly the most powerful laptop on this list as well. That also means that it comes with a hefty price tag upwards of $2,000. While it certainly isn’t for everyone, it is perfect for creative professionals and those who need the processing power.
Speaking of, this laptop has an insane amount of RAM. The “low-end” model has 16GB while the top-tier has 64GB. It ranges in storage space from a 512GB SSD to an 8TB SSD. It also has a dedicated graphics card, which makes 3D modeling a breeze.
Along with its powerful processing, the new MacBook features a much-improved keyboard. Unlike the horrible butterfly keyboards of MacBooks past, this one features Apple’s new “Magic Keyboard.” With stronger feedback and deeper key travel it is dramatically better than some previous iterations.
An Apple laptop certainly isn’t for everyone, but if you’re familiar with Macs the 16-inch MacBook Pro can’t be beaten.