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Best mobile workstation 2015


Few productivity decisions are more important and, in turn, nerve-racking than selecting the right mobile workstation for your employees.

Making the wrong choice could mean saddling your employees with a bad computer. So what do business owners look for?

A great display, computing power and exceptional battery life without breaking the bank. There are few mobile workstations that can do this and we've rounded them up here.

Update: Although billed just as a laptop, Microsoft introduced its Surface Book, a convertible hybrid with an Nvidia GPU in the keyboard dock that makes the device even more powerful. When you need ultimate portability, the Surface Book's display detaches and becomes a slim tablet. Microsoft is positioning the Surface Book as a MacBook Pro killer, and the unit comes with 12 hours of battery life.

If you'd prefer a Best Desktop Workstation roundup or, if you're interested in a business laptop that isn't necessarily a workstation, we've got you covered.

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1. HP ZBook 14 G2


The belle of the mobile workstation ball


CPU: 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-5600 | Graphics: AMD FirePro M4150 (1GB GDDR5) | RAM: 16GB DDR3L (1600MHz) | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD 1920x1080 | Storage: 256GB HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 720p | Weight: 3.77 pounds | Dimensions: 13.35 x 9.33 x 0.83 inches (W x D x H)


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Gorgeous build
Lightweight, Intel Core i7 processor
No touchscreen
Battery life

The HP ZBook 14 G2 balances style and performance in an lightweight package with a replaceable battery and removable bottom cover.

Read the full review: ZBook 14 G2

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2. Lenovo ThinkPad W550s


Workstation-grade performance with Ultrabook-class battery life


CPU: 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-5600U | Graphics: Nvidia Quadro K2100M | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15.5-inch, 2,880 x 1,620 (3K), multi-touch display | Storage: 512GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 720p | Weight: 5.47 pounds (2.48kg) | Dimensions: 15 x 10.2 x 0.92 inches (38.1 x 25.9 x 2.34cm)


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Long battery life
Strong performance
No quad-core CPU option
Bulky extended battery

With more conservative CPU and GPU configurations than last year's ThinkPad W540, the W550s provides impressive performance with the added bonus of longer battery life – all in a lighter, thinner body.

Read the full review: ThinkPad W550s

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3. Dell Precision M6800


This monster laptop impresses with its power and versatility


CPU: Quad-core Intel Core i7 | Graphics: AMD FirePro M6100 Mobility Pro with 2GB GDDR5 dedicated memory | RAM: 32GB | Screen: 17.3-inch HD+(1600x900) | Storage: 750GB HDD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 720p | Weight: 7.86 pounds (3.57kg) | Dimensions: 1.71 x 16.41 x 10.65 inches (43.4 x 416.7 x 270.6mm)


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Excellent performance
Versatile, sensible and sturdy design
Poor battery life
Bulky, heavy chassis

The M6800 is impressive, but it's a niche product. If you can justify investing in such a powerful notebook, it excels in every important area, which makes it an excellent high-end workstation.

Read the full review: Precision M6800

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4. HP ZBook 17 G2


The best-testing mobile workstation


CPU: 3.10 and 3.30 GHz Intel Core i7-4940MX | Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro K5100M | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD 1920x1080 | Storage: 1TB 7200 RPM SATA, 256 PCIe SSD | Connectivity: 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 720p | Weight: 7.42 pounds | Dimensions: 16.37 x 10.7 x 1.33 inches


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Performance
Speed
Virus-prone
Battery life

With more conservative CPU and GPU configurations than last year's ThinkPad W540, the W550s provides impressive performance with the added bonus of longer battery life – all in a lighter, thinner body.

Read the full review: ZBook 17 G2

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5. Dell Precision M3800


Dell has produced one of the best Windows laptops available


CPU: Intel Core i7-4702HQ | Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro K1100M | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD 1920x1080 | Storage: 500GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 720p | Weight: 1.86 kg | Dimensions: 18 x 372.1 x 254mm


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Superb CPU and graphics performance
Thin-and-light design
Poor battery life
No ethernet port or optical drive

If you can live with its quirks, the M3800 is still one of the best Windows laptops available and something we truly enjoyed using.

Read the full review: Precision M3800

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6. Lenovo ThinkPad W540


A top-notch 3K workstation with a top-shelf price tag


CPU: 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-4800MQ | Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro K2100M | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, 2880 x 1620 (3K) IPS | Storage: 256GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 720p | Weight: 5.57 pounds | Dimensions: 14.8 x 9.8 x 1.1 inches


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Immaculate 3K screen
Great performance for any task
Inconsistent build quality
High-res screen hogs battery life

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 is a workstation powerhouse, but it's too expensive for general office use.

Read the full review: ThinkPad W540

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7. MSI Prestige PE60 2QD


A mobile workstation that has game


CPU: 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-4720HQ | Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2GB | RAM: 12GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD anti-glare | Storage: 1TB HDD, 7200RPM | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 720p | Weight: 5.29 pounds | Dimensions: 5.07" x 10.23" x 1.06" (38.28 cm x 25.98 cm x 2.7 cm)


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Insane graphics
Beautiful 15-inch LCD screen
Clunky touchpad
Poor performance on battery power

The MSI Prestige is a laptop that can handle the newest games and tons of spreadsheets. It's got a gorgeous screen, a dynamic build and it runs at a very nice clip.

Read the full review: Prestige PE60 2QD



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