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4 Laptops Powerful and Fast Enough to Run Your Business

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This story appears in the June 2013 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

On the face of it, those sleek new ultrabooks seem to have it all: fast processors and blistering solid-state hard drives wrapped in a lightweight, super-thin package. But try spending 60 hours a week working on one, wiring into an office network via Ethernet cable or searching for a way to play a DVD (ultrabooks rarely have disc drives). For a true portable workhorse, check out these systems with 17.3-inch displays, Blu-ray players (and disc burners), full-size keyboards and Windows 7 or 8 operating systems. Ultrabooks they're not--superbooks is more like it.

Photography by Ben Alsop
HP Envy dv7
Image credit: HP

Make 'Em Jealous

HP Envy dv7 ($1,490)
This one's called Envy for good reason: It packs performance and privacy features worthy of the corner office. The 32 GB flash cache is part hard drive, part RAM; it loads programs and files ridiculously fast. Meanwhile, a fingerprint reader replaces passwords with a quick touch of a finger. A sloping keyboard, due to the battery bulge, makes for ergonomic typing.
Specs: 750 GB hard drive, 8 GB RAM, 4 USB ports, 6.9 lbs.

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