August 28, 2012, 3:03 PM — Razor-thin, lightweight Ultrabooks are all the rage in Windows laptops now. Though most Ultrabooks are designed more for the living room than for the boardroom, business customers don't have to feel left out in the cold. We've rounded up five excellent Ultrabooks that combine sleek designs with business-class features and performance. The Ultrabooks discussed here incorporate features that IT departments will appreciate, such as enhanced security and manageability. The laptops will also appeal to mobile professionals, thanks to their slim yet durable frames, long-lasting batteries, and numerous connectivity options.
Travel Friendly: Fujitsu LifeBook U772
Fujitsu's business-oriented Ultrabook is ideal for work on the go. The LifeBook U772 weighs a mere 3 pounds, with a thickness of just 0.67 inch, yet it manages to stuff a 14-inch display into its sturdy 13-inch magnesium chassis. In addition to ultraportability, the LifeBook U772 offers business travelers a long 10-hour battery life rating (one of the longest battery life ratings we've seen in any Ultrabook, and the longest among the Ultrabooks featured here). Advanced security features such as a fingerprint sensor and full disk encryption protect critical data. Prices start at $1149.
Upcoming Enterprise-Ready: HP EliteBook Folio
The HP EliteBook Folio is a step up from the HP Folio 13, the first business Ultrabook ever introduced. Businesses can customize the EliteBook Folio to their exact needs: Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processors; storage from 320GB or 500GB hard drives up to 256GB solid state drives; and either a four-cell or six-cell battery. A healthy array of ports, including ethernet and VGA, and a full suite of security tools make this 14-inch, 3.6-pound laptop better for business than most competing Ultrabooks. The downside: Though the EliteBook Folio was announced in May, it won't be available until October--and pricing remains to be determined.
Rugged but Classy: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon