1. Best business laptops: MacBook Pro
Apple launched three new MacBook Pro models last October: a 15-inch model and two 13-inch versions.
Both the 15-inch model and one the 13-inch ones provide a sensor 'Touch Bar' which replaces function keys on the QWERTY keyboard. The product features no USB-C port but does offer four thunderbolts 3 ports which hold the same functionality.
Apple also released a 13" model without the Touch Bar which is £300 cheaper but, as you would expect, is a less powerful machine.
The previous 13-inch MacBook Pro is available with or without retina display. And while both provide superb storage and commendable processing power, the Pro with retina display does gift sensational visuals and up to three hours more battery life. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display while being two inches bigger doesn't differ too much in technical ability.
For those wanting to spend less money, the MacBook Air 13-inch provides an impressive 12-hour battery life in the larger edition. The Air does lack the storage space of the Pro but is still a great piece of kit.
2. Best business laptops: HP Spectre 13
This HP laptop is slimline, ultra-portable and surprisingly powerful. Spectre offers a premium feel designed to rival the 12-inch Macbook Pro.
The HP Spectre 13 has an Intel Core i7-6500U, which is uncommon in thin laptops, that normally opt for the Intel Core M series chipset. This means the laptop could have potential cooling problems, although this chipset is still part of Intel's low-voltage range of CPUs.
3. Best business laptops: Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The Surface Pro 4 is the latest Windows 10 tablet with detachable keyboard and it packs quite the punch. Offering up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, this hybrid laptop should please the most power hungry CIO, while also satisfying the design conscious.
The Surface Pro 4 looks spectacular, it's ultra-thin and lightweight and it still offers a full-size USB 3.0 port for the practical among us.
4. Best business laptops: Dell Latitude 13 7370
Part of the Dell Latitude 13 7000 series, this PC comes with Windows 7 Professional pre-installed, with the option of upgrading to Windows 10 Professional.
The Core M5 processor offers excellent multi-tasking capabilities, highlighting that this Dell is firmly made for the business user.
What's more, its edge-to-edge display gives this laptop a premium feel while also boasting practical features such as an SD card reader, USB 3.0 port, lock slot, two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, as well as a micro HDMI slot and room for two optional micro SIM cards.
5. Best business laptops: Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Advertised as the 'tablet that can replace your laptop', the Surface Pro 3 is a good choice for CIOs wanting a powerful laptop/tablet, but don't want to stump up the cash for its successor, the Surface Pro 4.
The Surface Pro 3 can provide up to nine hours of web browsing from one charge, rivaling the battery power of Apple's MacBook Air.
6. Best business laptops: Lenovo Yoga 710
The Lenovo Yoga 11 710 is ideal for the traveling CIO, offering a 360-degree hinge and a touchscreen. It's positioned in the market as a rival to the 12-inch MacBook.
Naturally, when opting for size and portability you lose out on power, but with an eight-hour battery life, perhaps this could be overlooked.
7. Best business laptops: Microsoft Surface Book
The Microsoft Surface Book is billed as an ultra-premium 13-inch Surface laptop, but also a detachable 2-in-1 device with a Lenovo Yoga-like "dynamic fulcrum" hinge.
This 13-inch laptop is comes with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage and 1GB GDDR5 of high-speed memory. The Surface Book weighs in at nearly three-and-a-half pounds, making it one of the heaviest 13-inch laptops out there.
Its touchscreen and detachable keyboard let the Surface Book become a tablet with the Surface Pen extremely easily and with a full-sized SD slot (the Surface Pro only has a microSD reader) this laptop doesn't lose out on functionality.
8. Best business laptops: Asus ZenBook UX310UA
The Asus ZenBook is a superb option for the thrifty CIO searching for an ultraportable device.
Inside the laptop is 8GB of DDR4 RAM, both a 128GB SSD and a 500GB HDD and a Core i5-6200U CPU.
It's renowned for the sharpness of its 13.3" screen and also comes with a USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 and provides 8 hours and 10 minutes battery life.
9. Best business laptops: Dell Chromebook 13 PRO
Expect business-class performance with this beautifully designed 13-inch Chromebook. You get a vivid Full HD display and wireless tech that connects you to the cloud in seconds.
A downside for some is you don't get Windows. Chrome is Google's cloud OS, great for working on the move. Connectivity and security concerns mean it won't be for everyone, but there is no denying the style and convenience.
10. Best business laptops: Alienware 17
While traditionally a gaming laptop, Dell's Alienware 17 boasts a 17-inch 1080p display that provides an excellent experience. Sadly the Alienware 17 does fall victim to potential overheating problems.
This isn't uncommon with powerful laptops but can be a real annoyance. But depending on your need for raw power, this laptop could be perfect for a machine-dependent, document heavy exec.
11. Best business laptops: Lenovo ThinkPad X250
The Lenovo ThinkPad is the embodiment of a business laptop. It boasts a long battery life (for a non-MAC) in a sleek and lightweight design with solid performance.
What's more, it is fast and responsive with one of the best keyboards on the market with the trademark red rubber trackpoint at its centre. It's performance is solid if not spectacular. Other than that, the Lenovo ThinkPad is highly recommended for a business professional.
12. Best business laptops: Dell XPS 13
The Dell XPS 13 is visually excellent. With 276 pixels per inch, this Windows 10 laptop has a large and sensational display.
Like many laptops, excelling in display results in a loss of battery power. If you prefer visuals to battery life then this laptop should not be ignored.
13. Best business laptops: Toshiba Tecra Z40-A
Toshiba promises large-screen productivity and ultra-thin portability with its latest high-end range of thin-and-light business portables. They're not cheap, but you get what you pay for in respect of performance and build on the move.
14. Best business laptops: Aorus X3 Plus v3
This slim, lightweight laptop has 16GB of RAM, two 256GB SSD and a 14-inch screen. The Aorus laptop weighs in 4.12 pounds and can be customised to suit each CIO, not to mention its excellent graphics package (nVIDIA's GTX 970M graphics card).
The only real downside of this laptop is its lack of a numeric keyboard - however, this is common in the fight between size and function.
15. Best business laptops: HP Split x2 Ultrabook
The HP Split X2 offers 128GB of storage (upgrades to 500GB are available), 4GB of ram, an SD card reader, two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. This HP Ultrabook comes with a detachable tablet and multi-touch trackpad. It's a pretty versatile machine and will more than adequately equip today's CIO.
16. Best business laptops: Dell XPS 15
The latest laptop on our list was released in March 2017 and has quickly gained acclaim for its flexibility and all-round importance. The sharp 1080p screen is two inches bigger than its sibling the XPS 13 but remains remarkably compact compared to competitors of the same listed dimensions.
The XPS 15 offers 8GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD cache in the hard drive and comes with a one-year on-site warranty, two USB 3.0 ports and a USB-C shape 3.1 connector that can be converted into an Ethernet connector.
The battery life of six hours, 24 minutes is less than some of the other laptops on our list but still impressive for its processor power.
17. Best business laptops: Acer TravelMate
While perhaps falling into the budget range, the Acer TravelMate doesn't feel like a bargain laptop at all. The TravelMate is an ultra-portable, compact and sleek laptop with excellent security features as standard.
However, it does fail in a few areas, mainly the touchpad that is less than perfectly responsive, and the speakers that are located at the bottom which somewhat muffles the sound.
18. Best business laptops: Toshiba dynaPad
While considered a hybrid model between a tablet and laptop, for those wanting a Surface Pro 4 alternative the Toshiba dynaPad is an excellent choice. This laptop offers users 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 12-inch display.
What's more, it comes with a detachable keyboard, full HD resolution and 10-point multi-touch technology. It's an attractive laptop with good storage and functionality.
19. Best business laptops: Gigabyte P37X
While traditionally considered a gaming laptop, the Gigabyte P37X should not be overlooked for business use. This machine is a powerhouse with a large 17-inch display.
It can run countless programmes at the same time without succumbing to sluggishness but does lack the good looks of other laptops on the market.
20. Best business laptops: Dell Latitude E7450
Designed for business, the Dell Latitude E7450 provides a removable battery, sharp visuals and a wealth of ports to connect multiple devices at one time. The keyboard is good and easy to use for the travelling power user.
One possible downside is the lack of touch screen, however for most this is not a critical element in purchase decision-making.
21. Best business laptops: Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro's lightweight design makes it one of the thinnest Ultrabooks on the market. And with 8GB of RAM, this Lenovo gives a fast and responsive performance.
Its battery life does fall short. However, with high resolutions, great performance and good looks it's still an excellent choice.
22. Best business laptops: Asus Transformer Book T100
The Asus transformer comes with 4GB of memory, a 64GB SSD drive and Intel Quad-Core Cherry Trail processor, not to mention it's a lightweight and portable design weighing just 2.28 pounds.
What's more, this Asus boasts 12 hours of battery life and 9.5 hours generated from a two-hour charge.
23. Best business laptops: Asus ZenBook 13
You can expect MacBook Air good looks, long battery life and a competitive price from the Asus ZenBook 13.
It's ideal for traditional users that don't want to stray too far from the conventional laptop format.