In Pictures: Best business laptops for Windows 7

Microsoft is aiming to make a splash on October 26 with the debut of Windows 8, but most businesses aren’t leaping to upgrade right away. If you’re planning to run Windows 7 for a while, but you still need to buy hardware today, one of these laptops could be just right for you or the staff you manage. We put a clutch of Ultrabooks and lightweight laptops with good battery life to the test to help you pick the perfect machine for your workplace.

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Workhorse: Lenovo ThinkPad T420

It might be an understatement to say that the Lenovo ThinkPad T420 isn't pretty. But what it lacks in looks, the T420 more than makes up for in all-around performance and long-term reliability.

The model we tested featured an Intel Core i5-2520M processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and an Nvidia NVS 4200M GPU, all behind a crisp 14-inch display (1600 by 900 pixels). The legendary customization and warranty options that Lenovo offers are what really make the T420 a great option for business.

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