The best laptops for South African professionals

A great laptop can make a big difference to your working life and improve your efficiency by offering good performance and portability.

Flagship professional laptops are ideal at fulfilling this role, and balance lightweight design and battery life with impressive performance.

Some also include a number of modern features which can be a great help in a professional environment, from touchscreen displays to super-fast SSDs and discrete GPUs.

To help you narrow down your next choice, we have listed the best professional laptops available to purchase in South Africa, according to expert reviews from around the web.

Devices which are not available or not confirmed to launch in South Africa were excluded from the comparison.


Lenovo Yoga 920

Lenovo Yoga 920

Lenovo Yoga 920
Display 13.9-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS Touch
Processor Intel Core i7-8550U
RAM 16GB
Storage 512GB SSD
Graphics Intel HD Graphics
I/O 1x USB 3.0, 2x Thunderbolt 3, 3.5mm audio
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Dimensions 323 x 223 x 13 mm
Price R31,999

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon
Display 14-inch 2,560 x 1,440 IPS
Processor Intel Core i7-8550U
RAM 16GB LPDDR3
Storage 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620
I/O 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 2x Thunderbolt 3, 1x HDMI, SD Card reader, 3.5mm audio
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Dimensions 323.5 x 217.1 x 15.95 mm
Price R32,958

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch

MacBook Pro 13

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch
Display 13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600 IPS, Touch Bar
Processor Intel Core i5 7267U
RAM 8GB LPDDR3
Storage 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
I/O 4x Thunderbolt 3, 3.5mm audio
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Dimensions 304 x 212 x 15mm
Price R32,499

HP Spectre X360

HP Spectre X360
Display 13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS
Processor Intel Core i7-8550U
RAM 8GB LPDDR3
Storage 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620
I/O 2x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1, SD Card, 3.5mm audio
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Dimensions 306 x 218 x 14mm
Price R24,999

Huawei MateBook X Pro

MateBook X Pro Header

Huawei MateBook X Pro
Display 13.9-inch 3,000 x 2,000 LTPS Touch
Processor Intel Core i7-8550U
RAM 16GB LPDDR3
Storage 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Graphics Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB
I/O 1x USB Type-C, 1x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB 3.0, 3.5mm audio
Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Dimensions 304 x 217 x 14.6 mm
Price R29,999

HP Elitebook x360 1030 G2

HP Elitebook x360 1030 G2

HP Elitebook x360 1030 G2
Display 13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 UWVA Touch
Processor Intel Core i5-7200U
RAM 4GB DDR4
Storage 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620
I/O 1x Thunderbolt 3, 2x USB 3.1, 1x HDMI 1.4, 1x microSIM, 3.5mm audio
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Dimensions 317 x 219 x 15 mm
Price R31,151

Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13
Display 13.3-inch 3,840 x 2,160 IPS Touch
Processor Intel Core i7-8550U
RAM 8GB LPDDR3
Storage 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620
I/O 2x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB 3.1, SD Card reader, 3.5mm audio
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Dimensions 302 x 199 x 12 mm
Price R27,424

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