10 Best Business Laptops for 2018

Whether you’re buying a fleet of notebooks for your workforce or looking to upgrade your current model, you’ll need a business laptop that’s powerful and reliable.
Compared to their consumer-focused counterparts, business laptops combine cutting-edge productivity and security features to respond to the needs of the modern workplace.

There are a few considerations to keep in mind when choosing a laptop for professional use. Generally, when looking for the best spec aim for a good resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels or higher, SSDs for responsiveness, Windows 10 Pro operating system and one of the latest Intel Core processors. Once you’ve ticked these boxes, it’s more about personal preference to find a device that supports how you work to empower you to get the most from your day.

To help you find the right business laptop for you, we have shared our expertise to bring you our list (in no particular order) of the 10 best business laptops to suit all budgets.

1. Lenovo ThinkPad E470

With over 17 hours of battery life, lightweight design and spill-resistant keyboard, Lenovo’s 14-inch ThinkPad strikes the perfect balance between usability, portability and performance. If you’re looking for a business laptop that combines power and durability at a price that doesn’t break the bank, then the Lenovo ThinkPad E470 is a great choice for you.

Product Specifications- Lenovo ThinkPad E470

Processor Intel Core i5-7200U
Storage SSD : 256 GB 2.5” SSD

HDD : 500 GB – 7200 RPM / 1 TB – 5400 RPm

Display 14-inch display

1920 x 1080 pixels

Operating System Windows 10 Pro

From €631.49 excl. VAT

  1. HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Notebook PC

If you don’t want to comprise between style and performance, then look no further than HP’s EliteBook range. With industry-leading security features, up to 18 hours of battery life, a sleek and light design the EliteBook 1040 ticks all the boxes of what to look for in a business laptop.

 Key Product Specifications- HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Notebook PC

Processor Intel Core i7-7500U
Memory  and Storage 8 GB memory
256 GB SSD storage
Display 14-inch Display

Full HD 1920 x 1080

Operating System Windows 10 Pro

From €2,037.22 excl. VAT

  1. HP ZBook 14u G4 Mobile Workstation

For creative professionals looking for a more powerful device to handle large graphics files, the HP z Book mobile workstation is a great choice. The HPZBook Workstation delivers an extraordinary level of power and graphics capability in a remarkably compact design. It’s also the thinnest mobile workstation, the powerful, 14-inch business laptop is just 0.7 inches thick but packs in AMD Radeon Pro graphics, an Intel 8th Gen Core i5 or Core i7 CPU and speedy PCIe SSD storage.

 Key Product Specifications- HP ZBook Workstation

Processor Intel Core i7-7500U
Memory  and Storage 8 GB memory
256 GB SSD storage
Display 14-inch display

1920 x 1080 pixels

Operating System Windows 10 Pro

From €1,145.75 excl. VAT

  1. DELL XPS Touchscreen Silver Notebook

The Dell XPS is classified as a business laptop, however, it’s more geared towards a home office environment. This award-winning laptop has stunning, state- of- the art display and an exceptional battery life of up to 22 hours. The Dell XPS has best-in-class security with industry-leading endpoint solutions that include leading-edge encryption, authentication and threat protection. If you work from home or work remotely frequently then this one’s a great option for you.

 Key Product Specifications- DELL XPS

Processor Intel Core i7 (7th Gen) 7660U
Memory & Storage 16 GB LPDDR3

512 GB – M.2 SSD

Display 13.3-inch Touchscreen

3200 x 1800 / QHD+

Operating System Window 10 Pro

From €1,834.39 excl. VAT

5. HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2

The HP EliteBook x360 130 G2 business laptop doubles up as a tablet making it one of the most versatile laptops in the EliteBook range. With the thin, light design, 360° movement range, comprehensive security and up to 16 hours and 30 minutes of battery life,  HP EliteBook x360 is the perfect solution for professionals on the move. It also offers a fingerprint reader, Windows hello facial logins and a phone app that lets you know if your laptop has been tampered with.

 Key Product Specifications- HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2

Processor Intel® Core™ i7-7600U
Memory and Storage 16 GB memory
256 GB SSD storage
Display 13.3-inch display with touchscreen

1920 x 1080 pixels

Operating System Windows 10 Pro

From €1,913.64 excl. VAT

6. Fujitsu LIFEBOOK 15.6″ Black Notebook

For a more value-priced business laptop on our list, the FUJITSU is a no frills, no fuss business laptop. If you’re a small business owner looking for a reliable, flexible and secure device to run your business operations then the Fujitsu Lifebook is a perfect choice.

 Key Product Specifications- Fujitsu LIFEBOOK

Processor Intel Core i5-7200U
Display 15.6-inch display

1366 x 768 pixels

Operating System Windows 10 Pro

From €579.93 excl. VAT


  1. Microsoft Surface Book Touchscreen Silver Hybrid (2-in-1)

Get the best of both worlds with the beautifully designed and powerful Microsoft Surface Book 2-in-1 business laptop. The Surface Book 2 has some powerful enough components to handle most day-to-day tasks, and even some light video editing if you go for a model with a dedicated graphics card. Its PixelSense display is one of the best LCD panels on the market with a resolution of 2736 x 1824. That being said be warned, not unlike the HP EliteBook x360 the price is not for the faint-hearted.

 Key Product Specifications- Microsoft Surface Book Touchscreen Silver Hybrid

Processor Intel Core i7-8650U
Memory and Storage 16GB RAM


Display 15-inch display

3240 x 2160

Operating System Windows 10 Pro

From €2,169.88 excl. VAT

  1. Apple MacBook Pro with Touch bar

If you’re an avid Mac user looking for a business laptop, we suggest you check out the 13-inch MacBook Pro with touch bar. The new touch bar feature replaces the traditional function keys and can be used for a number of things, including offering auto-suggestion words as you type or offer touch ID so you can log in with just your fingerprint. Like most MacBooks the Apple MacBook Pro works really well with creative applications like Adobe Photoshop, so for creative professionals that need a lightweight laptop to work remotely, the MacBook Pro is a great option.

 Key Product Specifications- Mac Book Pro with Touchbar

Processor 3.5 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory and Storage 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz


Display 13.inch DisplayDisplay resolution 2560 x 1600 pixels
Operating System macOS Sierra

From €2,297.66 excl. VAT


9. Dell Latitude 5580 Black NoteBook

DELL’S latitude 500 range is a fully- featured business-class mobile workhorse built for ultimate productivity and performance and featuring top of the line security features. It’s a sturdy, speedy machine that can be configured just about any way you like, with features enough to satisfy your fussiest employee. However, its size and power make it something of a niche or near-workstation system so if your someone who is on the move a lot this might not be the right option for you.

 Key Product Specifications- Dell Latitude 5580 Black NoteBook


Intel Core i5 (7th Gen) 7200U
Memory and Storage 8 GB DDR4

256 SSD

Display 15.6″ 1920 x 1080 / Full HD
Operating System Windows 10 Pro

From €1,013.07 excl. VAT

10. HP ProBook 450 G5 Notebook

HP ProBook business notebooks are aimed at the entry-level market. While it might not be as quite as stylish as the premium EliteBook range, the HP ProBook its secure, powerful, portable and most of all excellent value for money. This makes the HP ProBook a perfect fit for a growing business.

We also currently have some great offers on the HP ProBook 450 G5 with a 20% price drop for the month of March and up to €330 cashback when you trade in your old device.

 Key Product Specifications- HP ProBook 450 G5 Notebook PC

Processor Intel® Core i5-8250U
Memory & Storage 8GB DDR4- 2400 SDRAM

256 SSD

Display 15.6-inch display

1366 x 768 pixels

Operating System Windows 10 Pro

From €671.95 excl. VAT

We hope this blog post has given you some helpful insights into choosing the best laptop to meet your specific business needs. If you’re still baffled by choice, one of our sales team would be happy to share their expert knowledge to guide you through. Business laptops are built to last so it important that you get the right one off the mark.



The General Data Protection Regulation – Issues for Small Businesses (and advantages)

Before you review, here is the best advice in big friendly letters


The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25th May 2018. The new rules are aimed to protect consumer rights and clarify laws for businesses right across the European Union (EU) but, vitally, also those that trade with it. All businesses need to protect itself by fully adhering to these changes in the law.

The GDPR protects all personal data (such as name, identification number etc) and, interestingly, there is no distinction between private, public or work roles. Despite Brexit, the UK will still toe the line on the rules, to ensure trading with the EU. Organisations outside the EU are also still subject to the jurisdiction of GDPR just by collecting data on EU citizens.


Create a managed IT lifecycle

Data can be stored on a wide variety and number of different devices in a modern organisation, from servers and PCs to tablets, smartphones, USB sticks, portable hard drives etc. A well designed IT lifecycle will look at all the potential problem areas and ensure policy and protection is in place throughout, from installation through to safe destruction at the data erasure stage.

Tips for ensuring your IT meets GDPR regulations

  • Make sure your internal processes provide protection to data and can also demonstrate this to satisfy any audit of it• When it comes to securing your IT systems, speak to a reputable ADISA registered asset disposal expert to get full advice on your IT lifecycle. This will ensure you have a robust solution which will limit your risk of data leakage and the potential consequences from it• Ensure your data is fully contained and hardware is safely and efficiently disposed of.• Think about employee use of personal devices. Be wary of all access to data and, where possible, limit this beyond the systems owned by the business itself


The good news is that once your data policy is up to date, with the standardisation of rules across Europe, the GDPR should make business within the EU simpler, and consumers will be less wary about sharing their personal data.


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Fathers Day Gift Ideas 2018

Father’s day is just around the corner and finding the perfect gift can be a daunting task. Over the years there’ve been hits and misses, aftershave that hasn’t left its packaging, expired vouchers and an abundance of tie sets. At Eurieka and HPShop.ie we’ve got Father’s day covered, here are our top picks of gifts your Dad will be sure to use.

Desktop projector 

Bring the widescreen experience to your living home with an amazing desktop projector. The Benq MS506 Desktop projector with 3200ANSI lumens DLP SVGA (800×600)  is an ideal present for movie buffs and sports lovers. What’s more, it’s something the whole family can enjoy.

From €314.81 Incl. VAT

Wireless Headphones

Apple Beats Solo3 Wireless

A new set of headphones is the perfect gift for music lovers. With up to 40 hours of battery life, Beats Solo3 Wireless are the perfect everyday headphones. They deliver premium playback with fine-tuned acoustics that maximises clarity.

From €300.05 Incl. VAT

External hard drive

Lenovo ThinkPad USB

Okay, it’s not the most exciting gift but a very practical one. The ThinkPad USB 3.0.1TB is optimized for safeguarding essential data while on the go, it offers high-level 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) security within a slim, lightweight, self-powered, easy-to-use design.

From €263.96 Incl VAT

Laptop Bag

For a practical and stylish gift, this laptop bag from HP is a perfect choice. As you can expect from HP security is incorporated into the design. You can protect your bag’s contents while you’re on the move with the HP Executive Top Load, which has a lockable, double-teeth zippered notebook compartment, secure RFID pocket to safeguard your ID, and a discrete pocket for an optional tracking device.

From €76.36 Incl. VAT


If your Dad in the move a lot, then the versatile Samsung Galaxy Tab A 32GB Black Tablet is a perfect travel companion. Whether you’re viewing videos, photos or web pages the high-resolution screen offers an unrivalled mobile viewing experience. Its 10.1 inch, WUXGA (1930 X1200) display features twice as many pixels as other standard HD screens.

From €274.19 Incl. VAT 

2 in 1 Hybrid Laptop 

Score some serious brownie points this Father’s day with the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2. This business laptop doubles up as a tablet making it one of the most versatile laptops in the EliteBook range. With the thin, light design, 360° movement range, comprehensive security and up to 16 hours and 30 minutes of battery life,  HP EliteBook x360 is perfect for professionals on the go. The great spec includes Intel® Core™ i7-7600U, 16 GB memory plus fast 256 GB SSD storage, 13.3-inch display with touchscreen, 1920 x 1080 pixels and Windows 10 Pro. It also offers a fingerprint reader. What’s more, there’s up to €495 Cashback with Trade in for the month of June only.

 From €1,977.96 Incl. VAT 

Smartphone and Accessories

                                                          Apple iPhone 8 Single SIM 4G 256GB Silver

                                                                       From € 1,110.67 Incl. VAT 

                                                          Samsung Galaxy S9 Single SIM 4G 64GB

                                                                      From €926.09 Incl. VAT                                


Otterbox Galaxy S8 Clear screen protector

From €22.69  Incl. VAT 

At Eurieka.ie we have the broadest catalogue of products from the world’s leading brands, so what people might not know is we also sell smartphones. Whether your Dad is an Apple or Android user, we have all the latest models including the Apple 8 and the Samsung Galaxy S9. If a new phone is a bit of a stretch for your budget or you Dad already owns the latest release smartphone, then an Otterbox screen protector is a great option.

If these suggestions don’t tick the boxes for the perfect gift, visit https://www.eurieka.ie/ today to browse our full product range. We offer same day dispatch when you order before 4pm and 1-3 days nationwide delivery of all orders. To avoid disappointment place your order before 13th of June.

5 Irish Tech and Digital Blogs to follow

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Dublin is growing a strong reputation as Europe’s Digital Hub. We’re home to some of the most exciting tech companies, from innovative Irish grown start-ups to global tech giants. This also means there is a lot of technology news pouring out of this little island and keeping on top of it all is no easy task. So to take some of the stress out of it for you we have compiled a list of 5 Irish Tech & Digital Blogs to follow.  

1. Irish Tech News

Irish Tech news is an award-winning online publication with a focus on Irish based news, the giveaway is in the title. Updated frequently, Irish tech news has all the latest updates from both a local and global level across a range of topics. Blog topics include Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, IoT, insightful interviews with tech influencers and great tips on social media marketing for businesses.


2. Goos3d

Goos3d was set up in 2014 with the aim of bringing Ireland’s technology news to the masses and making it fun and accessible, something it’s safe to say they have achieved. Goos3d is a highly entertaining blog which covers latest apps and gadgets with a few Father Ted GIF’s thrown in for good measure.


3. Wolfgang Digital Blog

Multi-award winning Dublin based Digital Marketing agency Wolfgang Digital have an equally award-winning blog. Wolfgang swept the board at the V by Very Blog Awards Ireland 2017 winning in both the “Best Marketing and Communications” and “Best Digital and Tech Blog” categories and deservingly so. This blog is full of industry news, updates, case studies, expert analytics insight on all things Digital Marketing.

It’s Wolfgang’s creativity that really makes this blog the best practice standard for business blogs across any industry. Blog posts are put together in highly visual and engaging formats including video and infographics making it (excuse my nerdiness here) fun to learn.


4. Ireland Technology Blog

Ireland’s Technology Blog covers everything from home technology, personal technology, gaming, smartphones and all the latest tech news from around the world. With frequent updates and honest reviews, it’s a one-stop shop for Tech lovers.


5. Silicon Republic

Established in 2001, Silicon Republic is recognised as a leading source for technology, science and start-up news. With the most frequent updates of the websites on the list, Silicon Republic has a strong focus on Irish Tech news, firmly establishing Ireland as a Europe’s tech hub. Other topics covered include but are not limited to entrepreneurism, academia, IT strategy, consumer tech, online tends, earth sciences, renewable energy, IoT and all thing STEM.


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Top Tips to get the best of your Black Friday-Cyber Monday Shopping (without stress)

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We have organised some of the best tips to help out with the upcoming Black Friday – Cyber Monday Weekend.

  • Beat the Crowds With Night Owl Discounts on Friday at Predawn

Internet shoppers can shop online in the predawn hours of Black Friday. Many retailers will post Black Friday specials that can be ordered online and picked up at your local store. Special “web only” deals will also be available starting as early as Friday 00:01 am

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  • Compare Prices

Use price-comparison Internet shopping sites to assist you in comparing product prices.

Compare the “options” included with the product. A good example of this is super low-priced computer printers that come without the cable or printer ink.

  • Budget Accordingly

If you’re shopping for everyone on your list this Christmas, outline what your spend ceiling is when it comes to each person, especially because it’s easy to get caught up in the shopping frenzy with competitive consumers stocking up. That way, you won’t blow your budget on the first enticing sale you see.

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The worst thing to do is have your heart set on a discounted item only to realize that the larger, heavier items, including furniture and technology have shipping costs that are more expensive than the item itself. Do yourself a favour and look up shipping costs in advance.

  • Bookmark Retailers’ Websites and research on Social Media

Sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t take full advantage of bookmarks.

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Also following social media of sites that you are thinking of purchasing from can save a lot of time and effort in finding the best deals. This information can give you a jump on competitive offers as stocks can be limited

  • Avoid Sketchy Websites

Avoid patronizing merchants that shrug at safety. When you visit a new e-commerce website, look for two things: SSL encryption and Verisign protection.

SSL certificates protect against payment card fraud, the bane of online retailers’ and shoppers’ existences alike. The encryption protocol makes it much more difficult for hackers to capture and collect usable payment card information in transit between consumers and retailers.

While SSL encryption is not foolproof, it’s better than nothing. You should never, ever enter your credit card information on a site without it, full stop. SSL-protected page URLs have “https” prefixes.

E.g.  Eurieka Safe http

When you’re dealing with sensitive information, it’s better safe than sorry. Look into browsers with these protections (or free plugins that do the same thing) if you plan to visit lots of unfamiliar sites. You can view our post regarding Online Safety here

  • Relax

No matter what happens on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, remember to relax and try to enjoy yourself. Shopping for holiday gifts isn’t the highest-stakes thing you’ll do this year.

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Windows 10 Pro means Business – Especially from home

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Windows 10 Professional doesn’t take anything away from Home users; it simply adds more sophisticated features.

All of them have some relevance for power users and more traditional businesses alike. Here are five key aspects of Windows 10 Professional will help you decide whether the upgrade is worth it for you.

Remote Desktop Connection


Windows 10 Professional machines can initiate Remote Desktop Connections, such that the “master” machine controls the slave machine and all of its resources.

The upshot is that work machines can be accessed from home, but home machines can be controlled only from work. If you run a small business, Remote Desktop Connection is another reason to consider Windows 10 Professional.


Microsoft’s encryption software has been developed and updated since Windows Vista, and it’s been built into Windows 10 as well. BitLocker has offered the option to encrypt the Windows boot drive and other fixed drives within the system, as well as USB keys and external drives.


BitLocker is especially handy for travelling. Locking down your data isn’t 100-percent foolproof, but it’s a start. If a drive is encrypted, BitLocker will encrypt other files that are added to it. You also have the option to suspend encryption or remove it entirely. Files moved from a BitLocker encrypted drive to another drive are automatically decrypted.

Of course, you’ll need a password to make it all work, at Eurieka.ie we have previously mentioned a key tip for this…    download

A cloud storage solution like OneDrive can be a great way to store your files, but a USB key encrypted with Bitlocker and clipped to a keychain can provide an additional layer of security and keep precious files close at hand.

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Virtualization creates a secure operating environment within your PC that allows you to run different operating systems, including Linux, future builds of Windows 10, and even older versions of Windows. (Just make sure you still have valid license keys for the operating system and a PC processor that supports virtualization—not all older models do.


Once you have Windows 10 Professional, you’ll still have to install Hyper-V manually. You can begin typing “Hyper-V” in the Search box. Windows will suggest that you install some optional features. You’ll be given a list of options, where you can install Hyper-V.

Microsoft Update for Business

Updates will be applied. If you’re a conservative type, Windows 10 Professional lets you defer updates for up to several months (security updates excepted). That chance to wait and see if anything blows up might add an extra layer of peace of mind.

Features for businesses first

Several features in Windows 10 Professional are aimed squarely at the business market. Domain join, allows you to bring in your own PC and connect it to the office domain. Group policy management allows an IT admin to control which PCs do what. Likewise, if your business needs specialized enterprise apps, an admin can lock down the Windows Store to make sure employees get those, and nothing else. There’s also the ability to join Azure Active Directory, with single sign-on capabilities.

Summary – Get it for the flexibility

Moving to Windows 10 Professional makes sense for people who could use its more advanced features. It costs money, though, so don’t feel compelled to upgrade unless you really need them. Windows 10 Home will suffice for the majority of individual or family users.

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Music in the Workplace – is it a benefit or a distraction?

U2’s “A Beautiful Day” has been chosen as the most popular song to help Ireland’s workforce get ready for work with one in three (33%) selecting the 2000 hit as their go-to song as they set themselves up for a day at work.

Ed Sheeran has been voted the most acceptable artist to play in the workplace (51%), beating Coldplay (42%) and U2 (26%) to the top spot according to new research released by LinkedIn.

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The study shows many workers think listening to music at work helps make them be better at their jobs. Almost three-quarters of workers (78%) think music makes them more productive, while more than half (56%) of professionals who listen to music at work argue it keeps them motivated, helps them to keep calm (42%) and helps them be more creative (31%).

Advantages of Workplace Music have been listed as:

  1. Music improves mood and productivity
  2. Music helps you regain concentration at work
  3. Improves morale and work environment
  4. It helps you work faster and more efficient
  5. Help you create your own ‘work space’
  6. Music without lyrics works best
  7. Music influences your behaviour (really!)
  8. Has a significant effect on culture

Annoying Notes

The study also found that music tastes can be divisive and potentially harmful. While a third (34%) try to be considerate in their music selection, 7% are reluctant to ask their fellow colleagues to turn their music off or down – even if it’s bothering them.

Most likely to turn a workplace into a nightclub nightmare is Eminem, who was voted the least acceptable artist to have on at work (35%).

Pop music is employees’ workplace most popular, with more than half of workers (57%) selecting it as their genre of choice, but there are some surprising tastes across different industries in Ireland.

LinkedIn data identified most popular types for different industries:

right-task-v2Classical music as the most popular choice for those working in education (49%)

Electronic/dance is the most popular choice for marketing professionals (42%)

Those on the frontline of consumer demand working in retail are most likely to select Pop (66%) for their playlists.

To bring harmony to the workplace, LinkedIn offers following advice:

Consider music as part of your professional brand:

  • Just as music plays a role in forming people’s social identity, it contributes yourself professionally and make sure your music tastes, and attitudes towards others, reflects it

Check your workplace’s music policy:

  • While headphones are generally favoured, some workplaces ban them as it’s considered anti-social

Learn what helps you focus:

  • Listening to songs with lyrics while writing can be distracting but instrumental music can help you to mask a noisy environment and improve focus and concentration.

When working on something complicated, look for music to keep you calm.

While working on repetitive tasks, stimulating music could motivate you to finish it faster

Be considerate of your colleagues:


  • Music in the workplace is divisive: some love it, some hate it. Be mindful that everyone has different opinions on songs, genres and artists and some prefer silence.



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