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.

Slim yet powerful: MSI X460DX

If your business needs call for an ultraportable laptop with some power, but you don't want to spend more than $1000, look no further than the MSI X460DX.

The Intel Core i5 processor and 6GB of RAM won't set any benchmark records, but for such a slim and affordable machine, the performance is impressive.

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