Shopping for a new laptop and wondering which laptop brand is best for work? We can definitely help you with that!
In this article we offer some advice on picking the best work laptop according to brand, and we refer some of the top brands available in the Philippine marketplace today. We’ll also offer some of the best laptops each brand has to offer, for your consideration! And no worries, we’re placing laptops for working at home front and center, given that so many of us are now working from our homes at present in response to the situation.
Without further ado—how about we get started? (We’ve assembled this list in alphabetical order, for your information.)
Taiwanese firm Acer has had over four decades of experience at crafting top-shelf computers, including laptops in a variety of form factors such as regular laptops, convertible laptops, and 2-in-1s for a variety of applications, including gaming and—you guessed it—for work too. A top pick from their range of work laptops available in the Philippines is the Aspire 3; we like the 15.6-inch version running an Intel Core i7 processor and with 4GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD and a 256GB SSD. A laptop like this might just be powerful and capable enough to help even the most demanding work-from-home office worker get through his day with aplomb.
ASUS (or AsusTek) is another consumer electronics juggernaut from Taiwan that may give away a few years in comparison to Acer (ASUS having been founded a hair over three decades ago), but whose products have just as good a reputation among working professionals as Acer’s do. Case in point: the ASUS Vivobook X509. It’s quite fetching in silver but it’s more than just a looker; its handsome clamshell conceals a powerful Intel Core i5 processor, 1TB hard drive and 4GB RAM, and its built-in fingerprint sensor helps ensure security. This is the kind of laptop that might help you maintain a professional air even while working in the comfort of your pajamas.
We cross the ocean now and head to the U.S.A., home of Apple Computer and its storied products. Apple is well known for having created some of the most sought after products across various industries, including the iconic iPhone, iPad, and its macOS lineup of personal computers and laptops. Two that we particularly like are the 2020 iterations of the MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The former is the latest version of Apple’s eminently portable MacBook Air, which for many years set the industry standard for slim and light laptops suited for consumers, whereas the latter has also managed to raise the industry standard for “pro” laptops powerful enough to serve as work units—truly the best business laptop.
Another of the top American computer tech firms, Dell offers a wide range of laptops geared towards an equally expansive range of users. While many of their laptops are excellent, the XPS lineup is a firm favorite and, thanks to its near bezel-less screen, boasts some of the best-looking laptops available in the Philippine market today. We particularly love the XPS 13, which has a minimal footprint despite its big FHD+ and 4K Ultra HD+ 13.4-inch displays, and boasts 10th-generation Intel i5 and i7 processors and either 8GB or 16GB of memory. It’s bound to turn heads even when you’re just at home.
One of the world’s best-known Chinese brands, Huawei is known for its telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics prowess—mostly in the smartphone sphere—but it’s rapidly making a name for itself in the personal computing space, too, thanks to its laptops. The company served up notice in 2016 when it first released its Matebook series of laptops, and has continued apace with the new generation of these devices, most notably the Matebook D. This laptop boasts a bright and clear IPS 14-inch display and is powered by an AMZ Ryzen 5 processor, and also has 8GB of memory.
A revered name in the history of tech—HP was formed only in 2015, but from the personal computer and printer segments of the original Hewlett-Packard Company, which was itself founded around eighty years ago—HP continues to innovate in order to keep offering its clientele some of the world’s top consumer electronics. In the Philippines, its lineup includes the 14S, which is a 14-inch laptop powered by an Intel Core i3 processor. Not many bells and whistles here, but the 14S will help you do what you need it to, even if that requires that you work into the wee hours—a reliable and sturdy workhorse worthy of consideration.
Hong Kong-based Lenovo markets some of the business world’s most iconic devices, including the ThinkPad and IdeaPad laptop lineups. Its acquisition of IBM’s personal computer business line in 2005 helped it acquire the brand firepower to appeal to a discriminating generation of business laptop users. Today, it continues to churn out devices that excel as work units. One of those we like is the IdeaPad D330. This unit is a little smaller than many others thanks to its 10.1-inch display, but this makes it extremely portable and thus a boon for those of us who need to travel quite a bit for work.
MSI—short for Micro-Star International Co.—is yet another top Taiwanese brand that specializes in computer hardware and related products and services. While it may be better known for its lineup of powerful and stylish gaming laptops, it does also offer other units better suited for work environments. One such is the Modern 14, a “perfect blend of elegance and performance” that is styled sedately enough for the office but also powerful enough for a wide variety of needs, thanks to its 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processors.