The Best Mobile Workstations of 2021

The year 2020 has seen a marked increase in employees now working from home. This has made it essential to have a mobile workstation that can meet the demands. Laptops are replacing the reliable desktop because mobility is becoming essential.

For many, a mobile workstation is intimidating. To help ease that pressure, we’ve put together this guide to help you make the right purchase. We will help you set up and work from any destination.

HP ZBook Fury G7

HP has built great consumer laptops in recent years, and that pedigree extends to the workstation space as well. As much as it has a number of solid workstation options though, the ZBook Fury G7 is our favorite of the bunch, with a combination of powerful hardware options, a large screen, Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports, and a heavy weight. manageable.

Available in price ranges of up to $ 5,000 with tons of customization options, the Fury G7 has 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and a 17-inch full HD display. Depending on the model you choose, you can have up to 128GB of memory, Intel HD or Nvidia Quadro graphics with up to 16GB of dedicated GDDR6 video memory and around 2TB of SSD storage.

All models come with a 94-watt-hour battery, which should be good for a long period of time under the right circumstances, and each model weighs 6.08 pounds before the extras.

The combination of a large battery, powerful internal hardware, and a host of options make the ZBook Fury G7 a fantastic choice for whatever task you are undertaking. It’s not as specific as some other entries on this list, but it is a mobile workstation that will make anyone proud and the customization options are absolutely top-notch.

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 3

Lenovo’s P1 Gen 3 lets you build several different 17-inch laptop models, from choosing 4K resolution to boosting RAM to ridiculous levels for highly specialized workstations. Each comes with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, starting with the i7-10705H in the base model. But our favorite option is the high-end model with 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and an excellent Nvidia Quadro graphics card. This latest model also includes support for Wi-Fi 6, and the design is great too, with a robust backlit keyboard.

It is very obvious that Lenovo intends this model to be a desktop replacement. Designers in particular may be interested in the Pantone color calibration sensor on the palm rest, allowing you to adjust the color precisely where you need it to be. While it starts at around three pounds, more custom models can get a lot heavier, so it takes a bit of effort to load. But if you want some customization for a truly powerful laptop, it’s a great place to start.

Dell Precision 5520

Dell Precision 5520 review
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Bill Roberson / Digital Trends

If you need an extremely lightweight mobile workstation, Dell’s Precision 5520 should definitely be on your radar. At less than four pounds, this is the lightest laptop on this list, and it’s pretty compact too. The 1080P versions come with only 56 watt-hours batteries, but the 4K version has a 97-watt-hour version, which in our tests was able to keep the system running for more than five hours.

Options beyond screen resolution include a range of Intel Core processors, with i7 and Xeon CPUs to choose from. You can increase up to 32GB of RAM if you need it, and there are options for up to a terabyte of PCI Express solid-state storage. The only limiting factor in customizing this workstation is with the graphics, which are either Intel HD or Nvidia Quadro M1200 only.

Prices for Dell Precision 5520 It starts at $ 2,000 and can cost you more than $ 3,700 if you opt for a high-end edition. However, at the time of writing (and regularly otherwise) Dell offers huge discounts, in some cases up to 40%, so if you do it right, you can buy one of these systems at a price bargain comparative.

15-inch Microsoft Surface Book 3

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Bill Roberson / Digital Trends

Although not technically classified as a workstation, the Surface Book 3 is one of the most versatile laptops we’ve come across in a long time. Its hardware isn’t as impressive as some of the other entries on this list, but with its extremely long battery life and a powerful processor / memory combination, it will perform a variety of intensive tasks for much longer than most.

Starting at $ 1,500 for the 13.5-inch version and going up to $ 3,300 for the top-of-the-line 15-inch variant, Surface Book 3 starts with an upgradeable 10th Gen Intel i5 processor, up to 32GB of memory, up to 2TB solid-state storage and the option of an Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics chip.

Surface Book 3 is also incredibly versatile. Its “dynamic fulcrum” hinge means you can completely separate the screen from the keyboard, giving you an extremely portable tablet when and when needed; it weighs just 1.7 pounds in tablet mode. Surface 3, like its predecessor, also has a long battery life that is good for a day at work.

Razer Blade Pro 17 (2020)

Razer Blade Pro 17 review angle
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Bill Roberson / Digital Trends

Who said a mobile workstation can’t be fun and look cool too? While the Razer Blade Pro 17 does not have the internal hardware to match some of the other systems on this list, it is far from easy to use and much prettier than most. Packed with powerful consumer hardware in an attractive casing with features like keyboard backlighting and a slim frame, this could make it a great device to take from home, especially if you like to play games in your off hours.

While there are a few different variations, our favorite is the 4K version with 120Hz display support, 1TB of SSD storage, and an RTX 2080 Super Max-Q GPU to run even demanding games. The model also comes with a 19th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H processor and 16GB of RAM. The RGB keyboard, while expected, is also well designed and fun to use overall.

You’ll also find this model equipped with a Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C and USB-A 3.2 port, plus an SD card ready. The laptop is also Wi-Fi 6 ready. You can downgrade the screen to the same amount of money if resolution isn’t very important to you, as laptop screens don’t always benefit as much from 4K support.

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