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.

Well-rounded: Asus U46SV

In general, regular ultraportables don't have the same superthin sleekness as Ultrabooks do, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a more well-rounded laptop in today's market than the Asus U46SV. Whereas other notebooks sacrifice performance for battery life, the U46SV features an Intel Core i5-2430M processor, 8GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GT 540M GPU for better graphics performance while you're editing photos or videos, yet it delivers close to 7 hours of battery life.

At 4.9 pounds, the U46SV feels a little hefty compared with other laptops, but carrying around that extra weight may be a small price to pay for the strong performance and the generous battery life.

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