Top Picks for the Road Warrior

Top Picks for the Road Warrior

Does the concept of "working at your desk" sounds hypothetical to you?

For those who spend the day away from their office, battery autonomy is a huge factor. The following devices are strong enough for you to be productive through the day while requiring little or no stops by the power outlet.

Your options 9 top results, ranging in price from $1150 to $1479, with accessories.

Let's start with a broad search. The following offer the best value for the lowest price regardless of format preference. As a result, you will most likely see stationary computers down here and maybe a few portable options. You have the option to look for a specific kind of device at the bottom of the page.

  • Dell XPS 13 Guillaume's pick; 7 times!

    Dell XPS 13" Ultrabook from $1480;
    ~$1569 with accessories

    Built for productivity on the road, this premium laptop combines versatility, 4K graphics and battery endurance. If you spend your days dashing from meeting to... Read More about the XPS9370-5156SLV

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power4/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability0/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power4/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability0/5
    Autonomy4/5

    performance in Microsoft Word 2016

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-8250U
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 128.00 GB
    Screen Size: 13.3"
    Screen Resolution: 3840×2160
    Dimensions: 30.23 x 198.12 x 1.17 cm
    Weight: 1.21 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Microsoft site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • Microsoft Surface Pro

    Microsoft Surface Pro from $1050;
    ~$1358 with accessories

    The 2017 Surface Pro offers versatility and performance in a device which is both easy to carry and can last a long time without needing to be charged... Read More about the FJT-00001

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power5/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    performance in Microsoft Word 2016

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-7300HQ
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 630
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 128.00 GB
    Screen Size: 12.3"
    Screen Resolution: 2736×1824
    Dimensions: 29.21 x 20.14 x 0.85 cm
    Weight: 0.77 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • HP Spectre x360 13

    HP Spectre x360 13" convertible laptop from $13007%, Best price yet!
    ~$1390 with accessories

    This ultra-portable laptop is quite powerful for its size. Capable of getting a lot of work done on a single charge; it's a natural fit for the Road Warrior... Read More about the 13-AC010CA

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power3/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power4.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power3/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power3/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power4/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    performance in Microsoft Word 2016

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-7200U
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 13.3"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 30.66 x 21.79 x 1.40 cm
    Weight: 1.31 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • Microsoft Surface Book - 128GB / Intel Core i5

    Microsoft Surface Book - 128GB / Intel Core i5 from $115018% cheaper than usual
    ~$1240 with accessories

    The Surface book is a different take on the 2-1 concept. It's great if you can't make up your mind between a laptop or a tablet and you can detach the screen to... Read More about the CR9-00001

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power2/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    performance in Microsoft Word 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-6300U
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 128.00 GB
    Screen Size: 13.5"
    Screen Resolution: 3000×2000
    Dimensions: 31.23 x 23.21 x 2.28 cm
    Weight: 1.52 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • Microsoft Surface Book (256GB / Intel Core i5 / dGPU)

    Microsoft Surface Book (256GB / Intel Core i5 / dGPU) from $135016% cheaper than usual
    ~$1440 with accessories

    The Surface book is a different take on the 2-in-1 concept. It's great if you can't make up your mind between a laptop or a tablet and you can detach the screen... Read More about the SX3-00001

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power3/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy5/5

    performance in Microsoft Word 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-6300U
    Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 940M
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 13.5"
    Screen Resolution: 3000×2000
    Dimensions: 31.23 x 23.21 x 2.28 cm
    Weight: 1.52 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • Dell XPS 13

    Dell XPS 13" Convertible Ultrabook from $1450;
    ~$1539 with accessories

    This versatile laptop makes a great travel companion for the Road Warrior or anyone spending their day in meetings.

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power4/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power4/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy4/5

    performance in Microsoft Word 2016

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i7-7Y75
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 13.3"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 30.43 x 19.81 x 1.37 cm
    Weight: 1.22 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Microsoft site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • Apple MacBook Air (13 Guillaume's pick; 7 times!

    Apple MacBook Air (13" 1.8GHz - 128GB) from $1100;
    ~$1265 with accessories

    This netbook packs quite a lot of power and great battery autonomy in a diminutive package. It can't hold a lot of files, however, so it's better suited for pro... Read More about the MQD32LL/A

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    performance in Microsoft Word 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-5350U
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 128.00 GB
    Screen Size: 13.3"
    Screen Resolution: 1440×900
    Dimensions: 32.50 x 22.70 x 1.70 cm
    Weight: 1.35 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the retailer's site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • Apple MacBook Air (13

    Apple MacBook Air (13" 1.6GHz - 128GB) from $1450;
    ~$1540 with accessories

    When you want to do a little more than browsing the web, the MacBook Air delivers premium build quality and long battery life in a small, highly portable packag... Read More about the MMGF2LL/A

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power5/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    performance in Microsoft Word 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-5250U
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 128.00 GB
    Screen Size: 13.3"
    Screen Resolution: 1440×900
    Dimensions: 32.50 x 22.70 x 1.70 cm
    Weight: 1.35 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • Apple MacBook Air (13

    Apple MacBook Air (13" 1.6GHz - 256GB) from $145047% cheaper than usual
    ~$1540 with accessories

    This netbook packs quite a lot of power in a diminutive package. If you need to carry a lot of files around, this 256GB variant will be a better fit... Read More about the MMGG2LL/A

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    performance in Microsoft Word 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft Excel 2016

    4/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-5250U
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 13.3"
    Screen Resolution: 1440×900
    Dimensions: 32.50 x 22.70 x 1.70 cm
    Weight: 1.35 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×

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