Here are the best 4G LTE laptops you can buy in 2021

Here are the best 4G LTE laptops you can buy in 2021

Nowadays, the market is flooded with fantastic laptops that can do everything you want and then some. There are lots of devices out there, and you’re usually spoiled for choice. However, if you want a laptop that can stay connected on the road, your options are a bit more limited. Laptops with 4G or even 5G are starting to become more prominent, but they’re still not that common. That doesn’t mean you don’t have options, and we’ve rounded up some of the best 4G laptops you can buy.

Having a laptop with 4G is a bigger deal than you might think initially. First, of course, you can stay connected pretty much anywhere you go. If you’re on a train or the back of a car, you can still get work done with 4G connectivity. But even if you’re more stationary, like at a train station, a 4G laptop can help you browse the internet more securely. Public Wi-Fi networks are prime targets for security risks, so you really don’t want your personal data flowing through them.

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4G connectivity in a laptop usually comes at a premium though, so you have to be ready to spend a little extra money. However, there are some affordable options that include 4G support, and you should still be able to find something that fits your budget.

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Best overall 4G laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga

Front view of ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga on bench

Lenovo’s ThinkPad family has been a mainstay for business users for years, but with ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga, the company tried to do something different while retaining what makes the ThinkPad family special. Suffice it to say it succeeded, and this is one of the very best convertible laptops – and laptops in general –  you can buy today, especially with 4G support.

Let’s start with performance – the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga comes with the latest 11th-generation Intel Core processors up to an Intel Core i7-1180G7 with vPro technology. These are Intel’s low-power CPUs (often called the Y series), which help this laptop be as thin as it is, but they still deliver great performance that’s not too far off from typical laptop processors, and they also still include Iris Xe graphics. On top of that, you can configure it with up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, so you’re going to get great performance across the board and plenty of space for your files.

The display on the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is also fantastic. It’s a 13.5-inch panel, and it comes in the tall 3:2 aspect ratio. This is still somewhat uncommon in Lenovo laptops, but this taller screen means you get more vertical space and more surface area for text and UI elements. That’s great for reading and editing documents or Excel spreadsheets, for example. This is also a very sharp display, coming in 2256 x 1504 resolution, which is the only configuration available. That’s the sweet spot for a display of this size, so there’s no reason why you’d need anything else anyway. Plus, it supports Dolby Vision, up to 450 nits of brightness, and touch and pen support.

One potential downside of this laptop – though that’s something we still see a lot of – is the webcam, which is only 720p resolution. This is still the standard for most laptops, so it’s not surprising to see here. On the bright side, the camera includes facial recognition support for Windows Hello, and there’s a fingerprint reader on this laptop, too. This way, you can log in in the most convenient way possible.

The design is one of the coolest things about the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga. It retains classic elements of the ThnkPad family, like the red accents, the pointing stick on the keyboard and the buttons above the trackpad, but it’s wrapped in a modern shell. The lid is made from a blend of carbon fiber and titanium, while the base uses aluminum and magnesium for a premium feel and a bit of a dual-tone look, even though the laptop is only one color. This is also an incredibly thin device, measuring just 11.5mm, and it weighs just 2.54lbs, so it’s extremely portable.

Ports may be a limitation here depending on your setup. The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga has two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a headphone jack, and that’s it. Thunderbolt 4 support means you can connect just about anything you want using a Thunderbolt dock, plus external GPUs or displays. But it does mean you’ll need that dock or some sort of adapter to use anything like USB Type-A ports or more traditional display outputs. This is a capable setup, but it requires some preparation.

On the topic of connectivity, of course, the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga comes with optional 4G support, courtesy of a Fibocom L850-GL modem. This delivers LTE Cat9 speeds, with up to 450Mbps downloads and 50Mbps uploads, and it costs about $112 to add to your configuration (though prices vary). There’s also the option for a Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem, which adds another $119 to the price.

This is undoubtedly one of the best laptops out there today, and if you need 4G connectivity, this is one of the best ways to get it.

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Best 15-inch 4G laptop: Dell Latitude 7520

Dell Latitude 7520

Most laptops that come with 4G cellular connectivity tend to have smaller screens, but for some of us, that’s just a bit too small. I personally prefer 15-inch displays most of the time, and if you agree, then the Dell Latitude 7520 might be the option for you.

Performance-wise, the Latitude 7520 is everything you’d expect from a business laptop. It comes with Intel’s Tiger Lake processors up to an Intel Core i7-1185G7 with support for vPro. Unlike the laptop above, this is a 15W processor, so it’s going to be faster, and it can hold its top speed for a while longer. It also includes Intel Iris Xe graphics. In addition to the powerful processors, you can get the Latitude 7520 with up to 16GB of RAM (there’s an option for 32GB, but it can’t be combined with LTE support), plus 1TB of storage.

The Dell Latitude 7520 also has a solid display, though it’s somewhat limited by the inclusion of 4G support. If you want to have cellular connectivity, you’re stuck with a Full HD (1920 x 1080) panel without touch support, which isn’t necessarily bad, but it could be better. This display also maxes out at 250 nits of brightness, so using it outdoors won’t be ideal, but it’s fine for indoor use. This is also a 16:9 display, which is the most common aspect ratio, but some users may prefer a taller screen.

One upside to the Dell Latitude 75220 is the webcam, which is actually a Full HD sensor, promising better image quality for meetings and video calls. Many laptops still come with lower-resolution cameras, so this is great to see. In addition to the higher resolution, this camera also includes facial recognition support for Windows Hello, plus a privacy shutter if you’re worried about being spied on. You can also add a fingerprint reader if you prefer that method of logging in.

In terms of the design, the Latitude 7520 is fairly standard. It has a carbon fiber build (some models may also be made of aluminum), and it’s a typical clamshell laptop. It’s 17.5mm thick and it weighs 3.37lbs, which isn’t heavy, but it’s also not one of the lightest laptops you’ll find. It’s still very portable, though, so you can travel with it without much of an issue.

Where it truly excels is the port selection. In true business laptop fashion, the Dell Latitude 7520 includes a wide selection of ports, including two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB Type-A ports, HDMI, a microSD card reader, a headphone jack, and an optional Smart Card reader. That covers all the wired connectivity needs you might have, and it’s a solid selection overall. There isn’t much to complain about here.

Rounding out the connectivity, you get support for LTE connectivity thanks to an optional Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 modem. Despite using the same modem, some models support LTE Cat9 speeds, while others can go up to LTE Cat16, which can deliver up to 1Gbps download speeds and around 150Mbps upload speeds. LTE Cat9 support costs around $139 (at writing time), while upgrading to Cat16 adds an extra $70.

While some aspects aren’t ideal, if you need a 4G laptop with a 15-inch display, the Dell Latitude 7520 is one of your best options.

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Best business clamshell: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9

Front view of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9

Most laptops that come with 4G cellular network support are business laptops, and Lenovo is one of the most prominent names in this space. As such, it’s no surprise to see the company make another appearance on this list with the great ThinkPad X1 Carbon. This is one of Lenovo’s longest-standing products, but the latest iteration is modern where it counts.

Starting with performance, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes with the latest Intel Core laptop processors up to a Core i7-1185G7, which is similar to other laptops on this list. This processor support vPro, which means it has extra security features and slightly better performance than typical consumer laptops, and it also includes Iris Xe graphics. In addition to that, you can configure it with up to 32GB of RAM, which is more than you’ll probably ever need in day-to-day use. Finally, it comes with up to 1TB of SSD for all your files.

Moving on to the display, the latest iteration of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon modernized the laptop with a taller screen in the 16:10 aspect ratio. This isn’t quite as tall as a 3:2 display, but it’s taller than 16:10, and that’s already a boost to productivity compared to a traditional laptop screen. The base configuration includes a Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) and you have upgrade options like adding touch support or a privacy screen. If you don’t care about that, there’s also an option for an Ultra HD+ (3840 x 2400) panel, which is incredibly sharp, plus it supports HDR.

Above the display is a 720p webcam with a privacy shutter, which isn’t quite ad high of a resolution as we’d like to see. Of course, as we’ve mentioned, this is still very common, so it’s not at all surprising to see. The webcam can be configured with an IR camera for Windows Hello support, and you can also add human presence detection, so the laptop can go to sleep when you move away and wake up when you approach it to make it easier to get back to work. A fingerprint reader is also included by default.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s design is one of the most iconic in the business world, and it’s pretty much all here with the latest model. It’s black with red accents, and elements like the pointing stick on the keyboard and buttons above the trackpad are all here. However, this model is very thin and light, measuring just 14.9mm in thickness and weighing 2.49lbs. Lenovo modernized this design where it matters, so it’s very portable while training the iconic ThinkPad look.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon also has a very solid selection of ports: two Thunderbolt 4 ports – though unfortunately, both are on the same side – two USB Type-A ports, HDMI, and a headphone jack, plus a nano-SIM slot for the cellular-enabled version. That gives you plenty of connectivity options, and you shouldn’t be missing anything here, though it would have been preferred to have one Thunderbolt port on each side.

Rounding out the connectivity options, of course, there’s optional 4G support, which is powered by the Quectel EM120R-GL modem. This modem supports LTE Cat 12, and it promises speeds up to 600Mbps for downloads and 150Mbps for uploads. You can always upgrade to the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem if you want 5G speeds, but that’s not the point of this list. Adding LTE support will add $82 to the total price of the laptop (at writing time; pricing tends to vary), which isn’t that expensive compared to some other models.

This is an absolutely iconic laptop with modern features like a thin and light design and LTE support. If you need a business laptop with 4G support, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of your best choices.

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Best business convertible: HP Elite Dragonfly Max

Angled view of HP Elite Dragonfly Max

HP is no stranger to making great business laptops, and the Elite Dragonfly Max is one of the prime examples of what the company can do in this space. This is a sleek and portable convertible laptop with a subdued and stylish design paired with top-tier performance, plus optional 4G support.

We’ll start with performance. Like many laptops on this list, the HP Elite Dragonfly Max comes with Intel latest and greatest mobile processors, up to an Core i7-1185G7 model with vPro technology. This is a quad-core, eight-thread processor with boost speeds up to 4.8GHz, so it’s a fantastic choice for all kinds of day-to-day tasks, and it includes Iris Xe graphics if you need them in a pinch. On top of that, this laptop can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM and up to a whopping 2TB of storage, which is likely more than you’ll need for a long time.

The display on the HP Elite Dragonfly is also solid, though it’s lacking in configuration options, at least at writing time. It comes with a Full HD display (1920 x 1080) and a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is fairly standard, and should look very good on a display of this size. This model also comes with HP’s privacy guard, and the display can reach up to 1000 nits of brightness – a requirement for HP’s latest privacy guard technology. Of course, that also helps ensure visibility in daylight. Since it’s a convertible, the display also supports touch and pen input using Wacom technology.

One area where the Elite Dragonfly Max truly stands out is the webcam. HP used a 5MP sensor for the camera, and it’s one of the best webcams on any laptop, supporting 1440p video recording at 30fps. That’s something you won’t find on any other laptop – even Microsoft’s Surface devices that have 5MP cameras only support 1080p video. On top of that, it supports Windows Hello facial recognition and there’s a fingerprint reader, too, if you prefer that method of logging in.

Design-wise, the HP Elite Dragonfly Max is both classy and pretty. It’s a black laptop, but there’s a faint sparkle to the surface if you look closely, and overall the laptop looks very sleek and modern. It measures 16mm in thickness, which is fairly thin for a convertible, and the starting weight of 2.49lbs also ensures this is a laptop you can easily take anywhere.

Coming around to the ports, the HP Elite Dragonfly Max has a solid selection. It comes with two Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI, and a headphone jack on the right side, and a USB Type-A port on the left. It would have been nice for each of the Thunderbolt ports to be on one side, but this is a solid setup all the same and it allows you to connect just about any peripheral you want easily.

Finally, LTE support is available as an optional upgrade, and it’s powered by the Intel XMM 7350 LTE Advanced Modem, providing Cat9 speeds. This gives you up to 450Mbps download and 50Mbps uploads, which is enough to keep you connected on the road, albeit there are definitely faster modems out there. This addition costs around $92, but you can also upgrade to 5G support with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem, which is far more expensive.

This is one of the sleekest-looking laptops on this list, at least from a personal point of view. It’s got all the specs to give you a great experience across the board, and it looks fantastic while doing so. We’d definitely consider this one of the best 4G laptops you can buy today.

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Best 4G tablet: Surface Pro X

Top angled view of Surface Pro X in Platinum

LTE support in a laptop is important for users who want to stay mobile, and if mobility is a priority for you, then the Surface Pro X is one of the best Windows devices you can buy. It’s one of the lightest and most portable devices on this list, and – at least until recently – it came with LTE support as a standard feature.

Let’s start with performance, which is likely one of the potential downsides of the Surface Pro X. This tablet is powered by the Microsoft SQ1 or SQ2 processors, which only have minor differences in performance between them. These are eight-core ARM processors, and they’re a couple of years old by now. That’s because they’re based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx family, which hasn’t received a major upgrade since it was introduced. Still, this is a fairly powerful processor that can handle most day-to-day tasks just fine, and you can pair it with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, which is a solid combination for a thin and light tablet like this.

Balancing out the performance, the display on the Surface Pro X is fantastic. This is a 13-inch panel, and it comes in the signature 3:2 aspect ratio all Surface devices have. This is a tall screen, which helps it feel bigger, and it’s great for productivity. On top of that, this is a very sharp screen, too, with a resolution of 2880 x 1920. Everything will look extremely sharp on this screen, and  Surface devices always have great displays. Of course, being a tablet, you can also count on touch and pen support.

Another highlight of the Surface Pro X is its camera setup, and there are actually two cameras here. On the front, there’s a 5MP camera with 1080p video, which makes it one of the best on any laptop. This camera also supports Windows Hello facial recognition by default, so you don’t have to worry about getting the right configuration. There’s a second camera on the back, and that one uses a 10MP sensor and supports 4K video.

The positivity continues as we move on to the design. The Surface Pro X weighs a mere 1.7lbs and it measures just 7.3mm in thickness, making it one of the lightest and most portable Windows devices around. Of course, adding a keyboard to the device will increase its weight and thickness, but that doesn’t take away from how portable this machine is. It also looks sleek, being the origin of the design we now see in the Surface Pro 8, too.

Ports are another potential downside of the Surface Pro X, however. The tablet includes two USB Type-C ports and a Surface Connect port, which you can use for docking and connecting external displays and other accessories. This is a somewhat limiting setup, but to be fair, it would have been nearly impossible to fit a USB Type-A or HDMI port on a device this thin. Still, you’re going to need adapters, and without Thunderbolt, your options are a bit more limited.

For a couple of years, Microsoft only offered the Surface Pro X with LTE support included by default, but recently, the company introduced a cheaper Wi-Fi variant. The LTE variants start at $999.99, which is still one of the cheapest Windows devices you can buy with LTE. That LTE support is powered by the included Snapdragon X24 modem, and it provides download speeds up to 2Gbps and uploads up to 316Mbps, making this one of the fastest LTE modems in any device on this list.

Being extremely portable and sleek, featuring a fantastic display and webcams, and also having a great LTE modem make the Surface Pro X one of the best 4G laptops you can buy today. However, keep in mind you need to buy the keyboard separately, which costs extra.

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Best 4G laptop workstation: HP ZBook Fury 15 G8

HP ZBook Fury 15 G8

On the opposite side of the spectrum, the HP ZBook Fury G8 is a machine for those who need all the power they can get. This is a laptop that will handle just about anything you throw at it, and yes, it can stay connected on the go, even if you’re unlikely to travel that much with it.

Starting with performance, the HP ZBook Fury G8 is in a whole different class compared to the other laptops on this list. It’s powered by Intel’s latest Tiger Lake processors, but instead of 15W processors, you get 45W models. You can go up to an Intel Core i9-11950H or a Xeon W-11955M, both of which are eight-core, 16-thread processors that can boost up to 5GHz. There’s not much a machine like this can’t do. To add to that, you can configure this laptop with dedicated graphics up to an NVIDIA RTX A5000 with 16GB of memory, so graphics-intensive workloads are also a breeze for this laptop.

Rounding things out, you can configure it with up to 128GB of RAM and a massive 8TB of storage via four SSD slots. Of course, you’ll have to pay an eye-watering amount for a maxed-out configuration, but this is a beastly PC.

The 15.6-inch display on the HP ZBook Fury G8 gives you plenty of configuration options. It starts with a Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 250 nits of brightness, but you can upgrade to 400 nits, add a privacy screen, or spring for an ultra-sharp 4K (2840 x 2160) display. Even then, you can choose whether you want a 120Hz refresh rate and HP Dream Color support, or add touch capabilities to the screen. Regardless, you can get a fantastic display experience here.

For everything it gets right, the HP ZBook Fury G8 still comes with a 720p camera, which is unfortunate. Some laptops on this list have great webcams, and this one is just very standard and not that great. It does give you the option for Windows Hello facial recognition, but it’s not included by default. On that note, you can also choose whether you want a fingerprint reader on the device.

Of course, with all the power that’s packed into this laptop, you can’t expect it to be light or thin. The HP ZBook Fury G8 is just under 26mm thick – easily the thickest of any laptop on this list – and its weight starts at 5.18lbs. That’s for the minimum configuration, and considering all the upgrades available, you can probably go well beyond that. Despite that, the ZBook Fury G8 looks sleek and modern in its design, so it’s not going to stand out too much in a bad way. Just be aware you won’t be travelling (comfortably, at least) a whole lot with this laptop.

The upside of a large laptop like this is that you get plenty of space for ports. On the right, you get two Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI, and Mini DisplayPort, giving you a few options to connect external displays, plus an SD card reader. On the left, an RJ-45 port, two USB Type-A ports, a headphone jack, and a Smart Card reader. That’s about everything you could want in a workstation, so you’ll be very well served here. A downside of this setup is having the two Thunderbolt ports on the same side, but that’s not a huge issue.

Finally, we have 4G support rounding the connectivity options. HP offers the option for an Intel XMM 7360 modem, which promises LTE Cat9 speeds. That does allow you to stay connected anywhere, but for a laptop that goes above and beyond in every other way, this isn’t the fastest LTE modem you could get. Still, the option is there and it’s certainly usable.

It’s not for everyone – especially with its high price tag – but the HP ZBook Fury G8 is an incredibly powerful laptop, and if you want that kind of power with LTE support, then this is one of the best laptops around.

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Best budget 4G tablet: Surface Go 2

Surface Go 3 on black table

If you want an LTE-connected PC at a reasonable price or you want the most portable device you can find, the Surface Go 2 is the way to go. Yes, we’re aware of the Surface Go 3, but at writing time, the LTE version of that device hasn’t been launched yet, and frankly, it’s not a huge difference.

Of course, you can’t really expect the same level of performance on this device compared to others on this list. The LTE model is powered by an Intel Core m3-8100Y, which is a dual-core, four-thread processor that can boost up to 3.4GHz. This isn’t going to give you premium performance, but if you just want to browse the web, send some messages, or watch movies, this is a perfectly serviceable machine. This device also includes 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, so it’s going to give you a solid experience for basic daily usage.

Instead of focusing on performance, Microsoft focused more on the display experience, and even this affordable tablet comes with the typical 3:2 aspect ratio of other Surface devices. This is pretty much the only Windows device at this price to have a display like this, and as we’ve mentioned, that tall screen is great for productivity and getting work done. Plus, it comes in Full HD+ (1920 x 1280) resolution, which isn’t always a guarantee in devices at this price point, and it’s great for a 10.5-inch panel like this. And, of course, since it’s a tablet, you get support for touch and the Surface Pen.

Another area where the Surface Go 2 shines is its cameras. Like the more expensive Surface devices, it includes a 5MP front-facing webcam with 1080p video, which is pretty much unheard of for a Windows device at this price point. On top of that, you get Windows Hello facial recognition – another rarity for a device this cheap. There’s also a second 8MP camera on the back, which also supports 1080p video.

In terms of the design, as we said at the top, the Surface Go 2 is the lightest device on this list. It weighs just over 1.2lbs for the LTE model, and it’s 8.3mm thin, so it’s also very thin. Combined with the relatively small size, this makes the Surface Go 2 the easiest device to take anywhere – you might even fit it in a purse if it’s big enough. Even if you add the Surface Go Type Cover, this is still the most portable device on this list.

The port selection on this device is very limited, though, which is somewhat typical of Surface devices. You get one USB Type-C port, a Surface Connect port, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. You can use a Surface DOc or USB-C hub to connect more peripherals, but out of the box, this setup isn’t the best.

On the other hand, the 4G connectivity on this device is actually pretty good. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 modem, which promises up to 1Gbps downloads and 150Mbps uploads, and that’s one of the fastest modems on this list. COnsidering much more expensive devices have slower modems, that’s great news, and it makes this even better as an ultra-portable PC.

The performance may not be everything you want in a laptop, but the Surface Go 2 is an extremely portable device that’s great for browsing the web. With one of the best 4G modems on this list, it’s also one of the best laptops you can buy, especially if you’re on a tight budget. However, the keyboard and Surfacr Pen are sold separately, which is an extra cost you may have to consider.

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Best 4G Chromebook: HP Elite c1030 Chromebook

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Finally, because not all laptops are Windows laptops, we have the HP Elite c1030 Chromebook, arguably one of the most premium Chromebooks out there. This is a convertible laptop with optional 4G support, and it’s premium in almost every way, including the price.

Performace-wise, the HP Elite c1030 Chromebook comes with Intel’s 10th-generation Core processors up to a Core i7-10610U. That may not be the newest hardware around, but considering Chrome OS is a very lightweight operating system, this will give you great performance for just about anything you might want to do on a Chromebook. It also comes with up to 16GB of RAM, an impressive number for a Chromebook. For storage, you get up either a 128GB or 256GB SSD, and that’s probably more than you need considering much of Chrome OS is web-based and local storage isn’t a primary focus.

The display on the Elite c1030 Chromebook is also great, being a 13.5-inch panel with a tall 3:2 aspect ratio. This is great for productivity, as it gives you more vertical space and surface area to work on. It also comes in Full HD+ (1920 x 1280) resolution, which is sharp enough for a display of this size. You shouldn’t have any trouble seeing this screen outdoors, either, with 400 nits of maximum brightness in the base model. You can even add a privacy screen if you want.

Above the display is the webcam, and it’s a 720p camera like many of the laptops we’ve looked at so far. This isn’t the best, but it’s serviceable in a pinch. Chrome OS doesn’t support infrared cameras like Windows Hello does, so that feature isn’t present here, but you do get a fingerprint reader to unlock the PC more easily.

In terms of the design, the HP Elite c1030 is as modern as business laptops get. It’s an all-metal laptop with a sleek design. It’s just under 16mm thin if you get the base model, or 17.78mm if you get an anti-glare display (including the privacy screen option). The weight starts at 2.87lbs, which is fairly light for an all-metal convertible of this size, so you can take it anywhere relatively easily.

As for ports, the HP Elite c1030 comes with two USB Type-C ports with power delivery and display output, plus one USB Type-A port, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. That covers most basic needs you might have, but the lack of a traditional display output like HDMI is a bit of a bummer. It’s also odd that such an expensive laptop doesn’t include Thunderbolt support in its USB Type-C ports.

Finally, of course, we have 4G support, which is once again enabled by the Intel XMM 7360 modem with Cat9 speeds. This means you’ll get up to 450Mbps downloads and 50Mbps uploads, and while this is certainly usable, it would be nice to see a faster modem available here.

All in all, this is objectively one of the best Chromebooks you can buy with 4G support, but it’s a very expensive laptop. If you want something on the opposite side of the spectrum, you may also want to consider the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go.

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If you value 4G connectivity, all of these laptops are fantastic choices, and they accommodate different budgets. If you want something ultra-premium, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is a fantastic option, as is the HP Elite Dragonfly Max. On the other end of the spectrum, the Surface Go 2 is an excellent affordable option that still gets you 4G support and solid performance for day-to-day tasks. We even have the rare 15-inch laptop in the form of the Latitude 7520. As a side note, all the Windows laptops on this list are eith er shipping with Windows 11 or support the upgrade if you want it.

There truly is something for everyone here. You may have noticed some of the laptops on this list also offer options for 5G. If that’s what you’re after, we also have a roundup of the best 5G-enabled laptops you can take a look at.

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João Carrasqueira
João Carrasqueira

Editor at XDA Computing. I've been covering the world of technology since 2018, but I've loved the field for a lot longer. And I have a weird affinity for Nintendo videogames, which I'm always happy to talk about.

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