The term “Road Warrior” used to be synonymous with boxy, old-fashioned business laptops designed specifically to give a mobile corporate workforce the tools they need to get the job done from anywhere. That made perfect sense back in the days when even the concept of notebook PCs was still considered new (and expensive).
Today, however, a mobile workforce can easliy stay connected and do basic business with a tablet or even a smartphone. So why do modern road warriors need laptops? Because sometimes work demands more than just replying to email or accessing a website. Serious content production; HD video conversion, high-resolution photo editing, on-site 3D modeling, and complex applications that do number crunching on a scale far beyond the capabilities of a tablet processor are just some of the reasons that mobile professionals still demand notebooks.
While the laptops in this list need to endure the bumps and bruises of business travel they also have to reamin as thin and light as possible. Important features include a fast processor, high-capacity local storage (road warriors can’t always rely on the cloud) and long-life battery when you’re away from a power outlet. Things like additional security options and extended warraties are just as important in the world of business, but the best laptop for one road warrior isn’t necessarily the best choice for every road warrior. That is why we’ve selected our top pick and four honorable mentions.
If you don’t see the perfect notebook in the list we’ve provided, be sure to seek out buying advice in our “What Notebook Should I Buy?” discussion forum. Our forum members, moderators, and staff will graciously offer their insight in helping you pick the best laptop for your business needs.
Want to find out more about how cloud computing can help to ease your work life? Check out the “Working in the Cloud” series to learn more.