5 Best Laptops For Lawyers

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There is a very wide range of Laptops specifically for the use in offices or on the go, called notebooks. In this article we show you what the best notebooks are for Lawyers or Law school students.

Work from anywhere. For the lawyers at Altman & Altman this is everydays business. They are often at the client’s premises, also internationally. It makes sense to be able to carry out work tasks on the move as much as possible. “Our lawyers have laptops with which they can access the office system via a secure VPN tunnel,” says Dr. Andrew Dustman, attorney at Altman & Altman. They can view files, do research and access internal databases. “For us, this is so natural that we don’t even think about it anymore.”

For that reason we created a Ranking of the Top 5 Laptops/Notebooks for Law students and Lawyers, which need to be secure, fast and perform well with all different kinds of software necessary for a Lawyer, Law student or Attorney.

Best Laptops for Law school students and Lawyers

Ranking First: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Generation

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Generation Lawyers

Pros

  • Great Battery
  • Very Comfortable
  • Awesome Screen
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • No SD card reader
  • No SIM card slot

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 may seem rather inconspicuous at first glance, but it is excellently manufactured and looks quite noble. It still turns out relatively compact with its 14 inch screen. Above all, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 is light as a feather: It weighs only 2.4 lbs – an ideal work notebook for on the go. This featherweight is achieved, among other things, by the carbon that gives it its name: Woven-in carbon fibers make the plastic case light and yet break-proof. However, the characteristic honeycomb structure is only visible on the case lid of the models with 4K display. This is a pure design element, because our test device with full HD display also has a housing made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), but the surface is completely black. The overall impression of the notebook is still great: It is stable and of high quality.

Lenovo also proves its class in terms of input options. The keyboard works flawlessly and offers a good balance between stroke travel and back pressure. Thus, the individual keys react with a gentle click – a first-class keyboard. The same goes for the multi-touchpad, the Pointing Stick and the TrackPoint. The movements are executed precisely and the mouse buttons release exactly. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 is fun to work with.

Performance

Lenovo relies on a Whiskey Lake generation processor in the ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 with the Intel Core i7-8565U. The four-core works with a standard clock rate of 1,800 MHz and reaches a fast 4,600 MHz in Turbo Boost. As already with the ThinkPad X1 Yoga G4, Lenovo has also attached importance to keeping the noise development very low in this model. But this has a somewhat negative impact on the performance because the Carbon G7 partly acts a bit slower than the ThinkPad X1 Carbon G6 in our benchmarks. The everyday performance is nevertheless very good.

Lenovo does without a dedicated graphics card and relies on the Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphics chip that belongs to the processor, which offers enough performance for office applications, video streaming and internet surfing.

Furthermore, the notebook is equipped with 16 GByte DDR3-2133 RAM RAM RAM and a 512 GByte M.2 SSD. No bottlenecks should occur here in the future either. Not even if you always have to reserve a few GBytes for future Windows 10 updates.

The notebook has four USB 3.1 ports, two of which have a Thunderbolt 3 feature and two more of USB 3.1 type A. You can connect an external monitor via HDMI 1.4 and for headsets there is a headphone and microphone port. Also included is an Ethernet LAN adapter that allows you to establish a Gigabit Ethernet connection. The device supports the WLAN 802.11-ac standard and Bluetooth 5.0, so you can easily pair external devices like headsets or keyboards with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7. However, you’ll have to do without a memory card reader, which Lenovo has saved in the current generation in opposition to the previous version.

The total package is completed by a fingerprint sensor, a webcam with 720p HD resolution and infrared feature, Dolby Atmos speakers and four 360-degree far-field microphones.

Great Battery and Screen

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 could fully convince in our benchmark tests, especially in the battery life test. Thus, the notebook runs almost 13 hours when you want to watch videos, and it can also show off with nine hours and 15 minutes in office mode. So you can even complete pending tasks on long-distance flights without having to charge the device. The excellent mobility rating also takes into account the very low weight of the device.

The angle-stable IPS screen (Full-HD with 1,920 by 1,080 pixels) shines pleasantly brightly with 368 candela per square meter. This isn’t a peak value, but it’s still perfectly alright. Because the display is matt and doesn’t reflect, you can also use the notebook outdoors in bright sunshine and in bright rooms without any restrictions.

The display can fully convince with a measured value of 156:1 in the checkerboard contrast. The coverage of the standard RGB color space is a very good 97 percent, but it’s not enough for a good AdobeRGB coverage, we only measured 72 percent here. The Thinkpad X1 Carbon is not intended for image editing or HDR video editing tasks.

Conclusion

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 is fully convincing in the test and can secure itself a top position in our best list of premium notebooks. The device is light and persistent and pleases with a very good display. The speedy Intel Core i7-8565U processor with four cores, 16 GByte RAM and a 512 GByte M.2 SSD provide the 14 inch notebook with enough power and memory. However, we miss a memory card reader in the configuration.

Ranking Second: Fujitsu Lifebook E558

Fujitsu Lifebook E558 Lawyers

Pros

  • Very Comfortable
  • Great Perfomance
  • Many Kind of Ports

Cons

  • Small Harddrive Storage
  • Heavy

The Fujitsu Lifebook E558 in the version we tested is equipped with an Intel Core processor from the model i5-8250U. The on-board chip Intel UHD Graphics 620 provides for the graphics performance. The Fujitsu notebook does well in terms of performance, even if it doesn’t quite reach the top rates of other top devices in benchmarks. It collects slightly fewer points in productivity tests like PCMark than, for example, Acer models with the same hardware combination.

Nevertheless, you can’t complain: The Core i5’s four CPU cores with a clock rate of 1.6 GHz with 3.4 GHz boost provide power for the problem-free use of office and Photoshop applications. The eight GByte RAM allows the operation of most common applications. On the other hand, a dedicated graphics chip is missing for more demanding gaming, but that’s not the area of application for the Fujitsu Lifebook E558 anyway – the notebook is clearly designed for office and business.

Display and Ports

Many interfaces are available in the Fujitsu Lifebook E558 for smooth use. The existing interface for docking stations is definitely relevant in the office. Furthermore, a DisplayPort and a VGA output are available beside the usual HDMI interface, so that older peripheral devices can also be connected. You’re also not limited to WLAN alone, as the Fujitsu notebook has a 1 GBit/s network connection. Bluetooth 4.1 is also on board.

However, the Fujitsu device doesn’t have an optical drive either. Moreover, you’re limited to a 256 GByte SSD hard disk in the version we tested, an additional HDD hard disk for more storage space is unfortunately missing. There are also variants with more memory, but these then partly cost well over 1.000 euro.

At least there is a slot for SD memory cards. The Kensington lock and the fingerprint scanner are part of the further equipment. A webcam is of course also integrated. The installed operating system is Windows 10 Pro.

The Fujitsu Lifebook E558’s matt 15.6 inch screen is also of good quality. The IPS LC display solves content in Full HD (1,920 by 1,080 pixels), the maximum brightness is on a solid level with 254 candelas per square meter. The display’s chessboard contrast turns out rather mediocre with 184:1, but it’s not too disturbing. The standard RGB color space is only covered to 64 percent, which is a bit low in comparison to other top models, but this circumstance has little relevance when working with office applications. Image editing is likely to suffer from it, though, and movies look a bit pale. The display doesn’t have a touch function.

Comfortability and Battery

The Fujitsu Lifebook E558 can really shine in the field of ergonomics, where the notebook sets a new maximum value in our best list. The keyboard is first class. The keys have a nice surface and a good stroke path with crisp counterpressure. The arrow keys are sensibly arranged and the picture up/down keys are even present twice, once on the arrow keys and once above the separate number pad. The consistently good workmanship of the notebook case does the rest for a pleasant typing feel.

The touchpad could be a bit better, but still offers a high quality of use. The separate mouse keys are slightly roughened for the haptics, so that a comfortable and secure feeling is also achieved here. The case of the device is stable and the display can be opened easily thanks to good hinges. It is also pleasant that the Fujitsu notebook stays very quiet even under full hardware load. No wishes really remain unfulfilled in this category.

We also give the Fujitsu Lifebook E558’s mobility a good rating, but the notebook actually gets its weakest rating here. This won’t have much of an effect on office use, but if you’re on the road a lot, bottlenecks can make themselves noticeable. Thus, the Fujitsu notebook is quite heavy with 4.6 lbs and a bit bulky due to the 15 inch display. However, the larger screen can be an advantage for office use.

The battery life shows good, but not excellent results: The notebook lasts over eleven hours in pure text editing. The simulation of an intensive workload reduces the battery life to 05:38 hours. This corresponds to our current test winner, but there are also isolated devices that last well over six hours. All in all, the battery life should satisfy most users and for office use there is the docking function anyway.

Conclusion

The Fujitsu Lifebook E558 is a business notebook with excellent ergonomics. The 15-inch device is convincing throughout in the test. It is suitable as an all-rounder due to its solid performance, but especially the wide range of interfaces make the high-quality Fujitsu notebook a suitable companion in the office. The price for the device is only just under 1000 USD, but you get a good performance for it.

Ranking Third: Acer Nitro 5 Spin

Acer Nitro 5 Spin

Pros

  • Great Perfomance
  • A Lot Storage
  • Convertible

Cons

  • Heavy : 4.8 lbs
  • Loud Fans

Convertibles are notebooks that can be converted into a tablet with a flick of the wrist – and until now, they were only available in the handy 13.3 to 14-inch format. With the Nitro 5 Spin, Acer is now launching one of the first convertibles with a large 15.6-inch display. Our initial doubts about the purpose of a 15.6-inch convertible evaporate in everyday life with the Nitro Spin 5 – which is surprisingly handy despite its size.

advantages: A pleasantly large display for classic office applications in laptop mode – which is especially appreciated after an eight-hour workday with just a 13.3-inch notebook.

Disadvantage: Convertible displays are usually slightly reflective due to the touch input, which occasionally leads to annoying reflections and irritating reflections.

Display and Comfortability

The Acer Nitro 5 Spin makes a very chic impression right out of the box, the anodized aluminum chassis feels valuable but is also prone to fingerprints. The case lies stable in the hand and the 360° display hinge usually locks very securely and accurately. In itself, the hinge is smooth-running, so it’s easy to open – but there’s no point of contact for the fingers, so it’s not easy to open. The typing feel of the keyboard, which has highlighted the WASD keys like a gaming notebook, is fine. The mouse replacement doesn’t have separate mouse keys, but still convinces us with a very good haptic.

The Acer Nitro 5 Spin’s display achieves good rates in the test: We measured a chessboard contrast of 190 to 1 and a radiant maximum brightness of 308.6 candela per square meter – both good results even if a convertible is allowed to radiate even more powerfully. Especially in tablet mode, a high maximum brightness prevents annoying light reflection. The convertible’s touch input is on a very good level and also very practical in everyday work, away from graphic applications and games like Hearthstone, The Elder Scrolls: Legends and Gwent.

Performance

The Nitro 5 Spin is powered by an Intel Core i5-8250U processor of the current 8th generation supported by 8 GB of memory. Annoyingly, the Acer’s motherboard has only one RAM slot and due to the low height, the RAM is soldered – so it’s not possible to upgrade the RAM. Even if the hardware can’t be upgraded, the Acer Nitro 5 Spin’s performance is sufficient for more than simple office applications. Because the strong quad-core processor is accompanied by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, which not only enables image and video editing, but also every current game – of course only with adjusted detail level. Storage is on a generous combination of a fast 256 GByte SSD and a one TByte HDD.

We don’t want to complain about the connectivity either: SD card reader, HDMI port, 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 as well as a USB type C port (including DisplayPort function) are contemporary and should be sufficient for normal everyday work. Also due to the height, there is unfortunately no Ethernet port. Thus, you can only access the WorldWideWeb wirelessly via WLAN-ac and Bluetooth module.

One more word about performance: In the benchmark test PCMark 7, which indicates the overall performance of a notebook, the Acer achieves 5,975 points and thus lands on a very good 6th place within the performance ranking. In the graphic benchmark 3DMark Cloud Gate even 15,679 points are on the counter – a top value. However, the fan is also clearly audible under full load.

In the mobility ranking the Acer Nitro 5 Spin scores only 60 out of 100 points. This is due to the 4.8 lbs combat weight. This is because the battery life for word processing is 11:18 hours and for video playback it’s 8:41 hours. In gaming, the lights go out after only about 1.5 hours.

Conclusion

Mobile working on a pleasantly large 15.6-inch display? Tablet mode for relaxed multimedia consumption? Or would you prefer to play a game of cards? No problem at all with the Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-53DZ – because in the test, the convertible not only grabs the crown in the equipment rating, but also convinces us with a top performance rating. The very lavish equipment and convertible function, however, have a certain impact on the price-performance ratio.

Ranking Fourth: Huawei MateBook D 15

Huawei MateBook D 15

Pros

  • Beautiful Design
  • Light Weight
  • Fast SSD

Cons

  • Not Great Display Colors
  • No SD card reader

Huawei has long been serving the higher-end market of notebooks in the 13.3-inch form factor with models that closely resemble those of Apple and Xiaomi. However, we have a classic 15.6 inch notebook in the test with the MateBook D 15. With 261 cd/m², the display is adequately bright and also stable in terms of viewing angle thanks to the IPS panel. In keeping with the price, the color space coverage is, however, quite meager, which goes hand in hand with a pale color rendering. The display’s surface is matt.

The device can’t be asked for long in terms of performance: Thanks to AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, there is enough power for everyday tasks and with the strong, integrated graphics chip you can also play simple games smoothly. The processor is supported by 8 gigabytes of RAM and a very fast SSD with 256 gigabytes of memory.

Design and Battery

The metal housing together with the narrow display frame gives a high-quality impression and gives the device good torsional rigidity. It is very light at 3.3 lbs for a 15.6 inch device. The click pad is large and offers a pleasantly gliding surface. We found the keyboard slightly disappointing: the key surface with its cheap-looking plastic doesn’t quite match the rest of the impression and the stroke distance is very short. Interesting detail: Huawei has moved the webcam into the keyboard to realize the narrow display bezel. Between the F6 and F7 keys there is another key that extends when pressed and reveals a webcam. For people with security concerns, such a webcam is practical because it can be stowed away blindly, but the resulting frog’s-eye view in use is an unpleasant side effect.

The AMD Ryzen 3000 mobile processors have already improved their power consumption considerably, but still lag behind their Intel counterparts. Since Huawei unfortunately only gives the MateBook D 15 a rather small battery with 41 watt hours, the battery life is only satisfactory: About 7 hours in video rendering and 4.5 hours in productive use are rather meager.

Ports and Equipment

At first glance, the Huawei offers a decent equipment with an HDMI port and four USB sockets. Unfortunately, the design of the USB ports is not up to date in our eyes. Two type A ports (classic USB port) are only compatible with the slow 2.0 standard, while one type A port is of the faster 3.0 type. The USB-C port is a welcome addition to today’s notebooks. But on the MateBook 15, it also serves as a charging port, so it is more often used – and for data transfers, it only uses the slow USB 2.0 standard. It’s a pity, because a USB-C socket can be used in many different ways, so that this cheap solution leaves us a bit at a loss.

The Powerbutton houses a fingerprint sensor for fast login under Windows – which is quite practical.

Conclusion

The Huawei MateBook D 15 shows a solid overall concept with minor weaknesses in the test. The AMD Ryzen processor’s performance is very good and the handling of the Matebook D 15 is also convincing, but the notebook fails in our battery life measurements. Moreover, the equipment could be better. The price-performance ratio is good on the bottom line, though. What you should pay attention to when buying a notebook is revealed in the video.

Ranking Fifth: Honor MagicBook 14 and 15

Honor MagicBook 14 15

Pros

  • Fast Performance
  • Light Weight
  • Even fit for heavier Software

Cons

  • Less SSD Storage
  • Not Upgradeable

With the models MagicBook 14 and MagicBook 15, Honor now also puts notebooks on the shelf. And all this at even more aggressive prices than the already affordable Matebooks D 14 and D 15. Does that go well? The final test of the Honor MagicBook gives answers:

Design

Like Huaweis’ Matebooks, both models are not in a cheap plastic dress, but in a noble case that Honor has milled from an aluminum block. According to the manufacturer, the MagicBook 14 weighs 1,380 grams, the larger MagicBook 15 bearable 1,530 grams. Chic: The display edge is colorfully polished, as is the “Honor” lettering on the display lid. The display edge and lettering reflect light in a chic azure blue. The height of the 14-inch model indicates Honor at 15.9 millimeters; the 15.6-inch MagicBook is said to be 16.9 millimeters thick. Honor has also accommodated the following connections on the left and right: there is a USB 2.0 socket for printers, an HDMI connection for separate monitors, external hard disks and SSDs are connected to the USB 3.1 type A socket, users charge the battery via a USB type C connection – and there is a combined sound input and output for headsets.

Display and Processors

Both notebooks show documents, websites, photos and videos in Full HD with 1920×1080 pixels in 16:9 format on screen diagonals of just under 36 centimeters (14 inches) and just under 40 centimeters (15.6 inches). The MagicBook 14 in the test convinced with a detailed display. Manufacturer, Honor, didn’t completely reflect the display, but it did reflect it a bit. Thus, no strong reflections from objects in the surrounding area are disturbing. The anti-reflective screen swallows a bit of brilliance, though, and colors therefore show a bit pale. The contrast could also turn out higher.

Under the hood, an AMD processor instead of an Intel CPU will provide the drive – the Ryzen 5 3500U CPU also used in Huaweis Matebook D 14 and D15. It has four cores, which work with up to 2.1 gigahertz in normal operation, but for energy-sapping applications a single computing unit may clock with a maximum of 3.7 gigahertz. For an even higher working speed, the 3500U also uses hyperthreading technology to make the Windows 10 operating system believe that there are eight instead of four cores, which can then be better distributed over many tasks. Also in the CPU is the AMD Vega 8 graphics chip with eight processing units, which is responsible for calculating the image reproduction.

The graphics chip and main processor have 8 gigabytes of RAM available for the fast outsourcing of calculated data. Too bad: It is firmly soldered, so it cannot be extended. And it is also not possible to exchange it, for example if a module is defective. The built-in M.2 SSD can be replaced, however. It is in a PCI Express 3.0 slot and offers 256 gigabytes of memory. That is not very much.

Performance

Good instead: The MagicBook was nice and snappy in measuring the working speed: there were no long waiting times, for example when computing-intensive compiling a film from several mobile phone clips – not for simple Internet and Office tasks anyway. The Ryzen processor used is even equipped for a daddle break in between: The built-in graphics chip Vega 8 shows games like “Fortnite” smoothly in reduced details. The graphics chips from Intel don’t always manage this.

Also under the hood there is a 56 Wh battery that is properly sized. The Honor Magicbook 14 thus managed five hours and 37 minutes in the test when working without a power outlet. It reached almost the same runtime with five hours and 38 minutes in video rendering. Also good: The fans were clearly audible under full load (2.5 sone), but they didn’t annoy with an extremely high noise level. The operating noise of the Honor was almost not audible in internet and office applications (0.4 sone). Nice extras: A fingerprint sensor for comfortable logging in is in the on/off switch. And because the upper display edge is very narrow, a webcam couldn’t be accommodated there. It’s hidden between the keys F6 and F7 – it can simply be retracted there when not in use.

Conclusion

Of course, for 599 USD customers do not get a fully equipped high-flyer. But in the 600-USD class, the Honor MagicBook is one of the best devices. It looks chic, has a great finish and works fast. The shortcomings: The display could be more contrasty and the SSD memory could turn out larger. All in all, the Honor MagicBook 14 is a decent notebook at a fair price.


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