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5 Best Business Laptops from HP UK

Stephen Mash
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Finding the best laptop for business use can be a time-consuming challenge, thanks to several choices in different models and specifications. The best work laptop will be the one that delivers the optimum performance with all the features you need for your specific tasks.
Time spent waiting for your laptop to complete some computational task, such as searching through data, sharing changes to a document or calculating financial forecasts, can be frustrating when you want to make progress. Delays due to slow computers cause user frustration, cause knock-on delays and, ultimately, lose revenue.
We offer a great range of high-performance laptops for business users with features to match your needs based on the nature of your work. Here, we aim to help you find the best business laptop from the HP range for your everyday needs.

Business professional's needs

business professionals needs in a laptop
Business work practices are evolving; working from an allocated desk in an office environment is no longer the norm. Instead, hybrid working is now common, with employees working from hot desks in an office space, on the move and from home.
These changes to how we work have driven the increasing adoption of laptop computers for business use to replace less portable desktops and workstations.
We responded to this challenge by producing high-performance laptops with the same computation capabilities as their desktop cousins. This move supports the work-from-anywhere culture while ensuring that your computer is not the weak link in your productivity challenges.
Finding the best business laptop starts with understanding what features you need. So let's begin by looking at the typical tasks your computer will need to handle efficiently and effectively.

Number crunching

​​A fast multi-core processor lies at the heart of every HP laptop to ensure you can complete processing tasks quickly, even when running multiple applications simultaneously. The more complex the computational processing, the more performance you'll need from the processor.
Our laptops are available with the latest 12th Generation Intel® Core™ i9 processor running up to 5.0 GHz.
The processor needs random access memory (RAM) that acts as a temporary storage area for the work that the processor is performing. Consequently, a major bottleneck in complex processing is having insufficient RAM available. This results in the processor wasting time moving data around the different types of memory available, instead of getting on with the task.
RAM also comes with different speed ratings; the faster the RAM, the shorter the time it takes for the processor to access data. This rating can be critical when an application needs lots of temporary data storage to perform its task. Slow RAM can cause delays and impact productivity. Our laptops are available now with up to 32GB running at 3200 MHz.

Holding data

Working on the move may mean you can only rely on sometimes having access to the network or cloud-based data stores that hold your business's information that you need for your work. The solution is to maintain a local copy synchronised whenever your laptop has connectivity to the corporate systems.
Where your work involves processsing large volumes of data, having the necessary amount of local data storage will be critical to maintaining productivity on the move. It's also essential to use the correct type of storage device.
Traditionally, laptops came with hard disk drives (HDD) that use rotating magnetic disks to store data. These are economical solutions for desktop computers, but they can't handle the knocks and drops that laptops may experience when carried around.
Solid state drives, or SSD for short, offer the static local storage you need without the risk of losing data if your laptop gets rough handling. Our laptops are available with 1TB SSD to meet the most demanding applications.

Working environment

One crucial, but often forgotten, issue of working away from a controlled office environment is the impact of external factors on useability and occupational health. For example, using a laptop in poor lighting conditions or a cramped space can have significant results.
Straining to see text on a screen due to glare or reflections in poor lighting conditions can lead to digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome. This typically materialises as eye discomfort, though it may lead to other long-term vision problems.
So look out for laptops with sharp, bright displays that include an anti-glare coating and other features to reduce the risk of eye strain, such as low blue light levels.
Using a keyboard or mouse pointing device with your hands in the wrong position can lead to a range of issues, from carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist, tennis elbow or mouse shoulder, depending on which part of the arm has poor positioning during laptop use.
So look out for laptops with keyboards and mousepads that are comfortable to use in the various situations where you plan to work.
Sitting crouched over the laptop can cause posterior cervical dorsal syndrome, or “computer back” as it’s more commonly known. In addition, excessive curvature of the spine from poor posture can cause headaches, muscle tension and sprains, joint dysfunction and breathing issues.
Look out for a laptop that will be light and small enough to be easily positioned where you can comfortably sit when working, be that at home or office, on the train or in a coffee shop.

Working on the move

A critical difference between desktops and laptops is the need to work without a power connection. If you're often working for long periods away from a power socket, you'll need a good battery life that lasts for as long as you need when the laptop is working flat out.
Here you'll need to check the laptop specifications carefully; some manufacturers quote battery durations that are the maximum when the laptop is in an idle state or with the screen brightness turned down, impacting useability.

Collaborative working

One thing that differentiates typical business use of a laptop is collaborative work practices. This may be video conferencing, shared document editing or shared access to databases. Therefore, you'll need a computer with excellent connectivity that can provide fast, secure, responsive working.

The best 5 laptops for business from HP

We have provided this list of recommendations for HP's five best business laptops available in the UK to help you find your perfect business laptop. These laptops offer various combinations of performance and features to help meet your business's needs. In addition, the HP website offers further help by allowing you to set a broad range of filter options to perform your search and find the perfect laptop for work.

Best big-screen mobile workstation

hp uk zbook fury g8
If you need a large clear screen and processing performance to match a desktop computer, then the HP ZBook Fury G8 Mobile Workstation with its incredible 17.3-inch 4K ultra-high definition (UHD) screen is ideal.
Despite the large screen size, the laptop has a slim and sleek design. As a result, this laptop is excellent for visualising complex datasets and efficiently handling media creation, rendering, editing and simulation tasks.
The big screen may impact portability, but if this is not a high priority, the excellent display makes this the best office laptop.

Best graphical workstation

hp uk zbook power g8
If your work revolves around graphical processing, including 3D modelling workloads, then the HP ZBook Power G8 15.6-inch FHD Mobile Workstation is available with the NVIDIA®️ T1200 card, certified by leading graphics processing applications.
In addition, this laptop is ideal for remote collaboration with ZCentral Remote Boost software.

Best performance laptop

hp uk zbook power g9
If your work needs processing performance to power through workflows, then the HP ZBook Power G9 15,6-inch 4K Mobile Workstation comes with Intel's 12th Generation Core i9 processor to maximise productivity when performing intensive computation processing tasks.
It also includes HP's advanced security features installed as standard with its business laptops to protect corporate information. The good all-around set of features makes these great laptops for small businesses.

Best general-purpose laptop

hp uk probook 445 g9
Not all work tasks require high-performance processors; when it comes to writing documents and managing financial data, the human in the loop is typically the throughput restriction. Therefore, priorities for choosing good work laptops focus on ease of use and portability in these examples.
The HP ProBook 445 G9 14-inch FHD Laptop provides businesses with everyday business performance and durability in a robust and compact design that is easy to carry around when working on the move.

Best convertible laptop

hp uk elite dragonfly max
When it comes to working anywhere, an alternative to the traditional laptop design is a convertible laptop that can emulate a tablet by allowing the screen to flip around. The difference for businesses is that HP's convertible laptops deliver the same high performance and features as its other laptops.
For example, the HP Elite Dragonfly Max 13.3-inch FHD Laptop comes with Intel's Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM and a terrific 1TB SSD.

Summary

Business users looking for a new laptop need outstanding performance combined with the necessary functions for their daily tasks. The features required will depend on the nature of the work, editing high-resolution images, rendering 3D graphics or processing vast data sets.
Whatever your role in your business, you'll need a laptop that can handle your work tasks quickly and efficiently.
Choosing the best work laptop will require identifying and defining your workflow priorities. These may be computational processing performance, data storage, secure collaborative working, or rugged portability.
If you are looking for a good laptop for work, we have a model that will be perfect for your business needs.

About the Author

Stephen Mash is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Stephen is a UK-based freelance technology writer with a cybersecurity and risk management background.

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