National Small Business Week is in full-swing; here are some great newer Windows 10 devices that can help Small Businesses be more secure and get more done.

This week we recognize National Small Business Week; something that is near and dear to my heart. As someone who worked in a small business myself, I firmly believe that small businesses are the backbone of our global economy and key innovation drivers in the tech industry and beyond. In today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world Microsoft is committed to providing devices and services that help these businesses expand their reach to better serve customers from all over the world.

The needs of small business customers are always top-of-mind for Microsoft as we work with our device partners to bring innovative new Windows 10 PCs to market. We talk extensively with small business owners about what they are looking for when purchasing new PCs, and although there are a diverse set of requirements, there are commonalities across the broad spectrum of small businesses such as long battery life, price-point, mobility, and processing power.

Every small business is unique, and there are a wide variety of Windows devices and experiences to meet the specific needs of each of them.

Modern Windows 10 devices built on the latest Intel processors are faster and more powerful than ever before, are more secure thanks to technology like Windows Hello and help people be more productive thanks to new Windows experiences such as Inking. There’s never been a better time to buy a new PC for your business.
Here are eight modern devices that small business owners, who are in the market for new PCs, should take a look at.

Acer Swift 7



One thing we hear a lot from small businesses is that they need mobile solutions that offer the flexibility to get their work done wherever they go. Devices that are thin, light and powerful are a must. Acer’s Swift 7 is one of the first devices that comes to mind when I think of mobility. This beautiful laptop runs on Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, weighs only 2.42 pounds and is .39 inch thin. It includes face recognition for Windows Hello authentication for fast and secure log-on.

Other key features include:

  • Powered by Windows 10
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors
  • 256GB or 512GB SSD and up to 8GB of memory
  • HD webcam with HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging support provides clear, bright and detailed images.
  • 3” HD IPS with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Up to 9 hours of battery life

Pricing and Availability: The Acer Swift 7 starts at $1099 USD and €1,299 in EMEA.

ASUSPro B9440



This thin and light business laptop boasts a 10-hour battery, and a Mil-STD 810G military-grade, magnesium alloy body that’s solid and durable, despite weighing just 2.3 pounds. Its cutout design lifts the keyboard to a 7-degree angle when open, for a more natural feel when typing. A 14-inch full HD 1080p anti-glare screen fits into a smaller 13-inch chassis, and provides great visibility in any lighting scenario. It features a Windows Hello fingerprint reader for added security and convenience.

Other key features:

  • Powered by Windows 10 Pro
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U CPU
  • 8 GB RAM and 512GB SSD
  • 58” thin and 2.3 pounds
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • Fast Charging allows up to a 50% charge within 30 minutes
  • Harmon Kardon audio

Pricing and Availability: The ASUSPro B9440 is available globally and starts at $999 USD.

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1



The XPS 13 is a fantastic laptop and Dell expanded on that success with the XPS 13 2-in-1 convertible version this winter. 2-in-1s offer the flexibility to use the device as a laptop, a tablet and to put it in tent-mode for presentations, all of which are very appealing for small business people who wear many different hats. The XPS 13 2-in-1 features Dell’s innovative InfinityEdge display that goes all the way to the edge for stunning visuals. Windows Hello is also enabled with fingerprint or coming soon; face recognition.

Other key features:

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5 /i7 processors with Dynamic Power Mode
  • 4GB and 128GB SSD
  • 3” FHD or QHD+ InfinityEdge display with anti-reflective screen
  • 32-0.54” thin and 2.7 pounds
  • Up to 15 hours of battery life
  • Fan-less design
  • Available in silver or black (vPro only)

Pricing and Availability: Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 is available globally and starts at $999 USD.

HP EliteBook x360 (1030 G2)



This is another great 2-in-1 convertible that appeals to small businesses. One innovative option available is HP Sure View technology – a built-in privacy screen where, at the touch of a button, information on the screen fades when viewing from an angle. This is perfect for business travel when you can’t risk prying eyes in the next seat seeing confidential information. The Skype for Business audio quality is great on this device that features Audio by Bang & Olufsen.

Other key features:

  • Powered by Windows 10
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5 /i7 processors
  • 8 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD
  • 3” FHD display
  • 59” thin and 2.99 pounds
  • Windows Hello fingerprint reader
  • Spill-resistant backlit keyboard
  • Up to 16.5 hours of battery life
  • Optional dock and Wacom AES Pen with APP Launch Button

Pricing and Availability: The HP EliteBook x360 (1030 G2) starts at $1,249 USD.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga



With Windows 10 and Windows Ink, Microsoft and our partners have made it easier and more intuitive to be creative and productive. Lenovo and Microsoft worked together to make sure Ink really shines on the ThinkPad X1 Yoga that features an in-chassis dock that both holds and charges the pen. The ThinkPad line is beloved by many SMB customers, and with its additional flexibility, power and brilliant 14” display this 2-in-1 is sure to be a new favorite.

Other key features:

  • Powered by Windows 10 Pro
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5 /i7 processors
  • Up to 16 GB memory and 1 TB SSD
  • 67” thin and 3.13 lbs
  • Windows Hello face scanner
  • 4G, LTE connectivity
  • Up to 15 hours of battery life

Pricing and Availability: Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Yoga starts at $1,349 USD.

LG gram 14”



The LG gram is thin and light at just over 2 pounds, is gorgeous and offers amazing battery life. We worked closely with LG to get the most out of the battery. On the 14” gram, the battery lasts up to 14.5* hours making it an ideal device for mobile professionals.

Other key features:

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • Up to 8GB DDR4 Dual Channel Memory
  • Up to 512 GB SSD
  • 6” thin and 2.14 pounds
  • 5 Hours Battery*
  • Also available in 13.3” 15.6” sizes

*MobileMark® 2014 standard

Pricing and Availability: LG gram 14” starts at $1,199.

Samsung Galaxy Book 12



Samsung recently announced that they will be shipping their new Galaxy Book 12” on May 23. It’s built to make an impression with a sleek metal and glass design at just .29” thin and light at just 1.66 lbs. The included backlit keyboard-cover is detachable, so you can use as a laptop, or remove the keyboard entirely and use it as a tablet. It also includes Samsung’s Galaxy S Pen, which provides a great Windows Ink experience. With over 4,000 points of pressure, the S Pen is very precise and never needs charging. Go wherever business takes you with a fast-charging, 11-hour battery and its Super-AMOLED display, which gives you a stunning picture for work and play.

Other key features:

  • Windows 10 Pro
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5 Processor
  • 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD
  • Expandable MicroSD storage (up to 256GB, not included)
  • 12” Super-AMOLED display
  • Supports Samsung Flow
  • Includes Backlit Keyboard case and S Pen

Pricing and Availability: The Samsung Galaxy Book 12” with Windows 10 Pro starts at $1,429 USD.

Toshiba Portégé X20W-D



This 2-in-1 convertible is beautiful, lightweight and is an absolute workhorse. It comes with Toshiba’s exclusive TruPen incorporating Wacom Feel technology with more than 2,000 points of pressure sensitivity. And the anti-glare screen coating enables a truly natural Windows Ink hand writing experience. It also has multi-directional microphones that are great for Cortana or Skype for Business conference calls.

Other key features:

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5/i7 processors
  • 8 GB RAM and 256 or 512 GB SSD
  • 5” FHD 1,920 x 1,080
  • 61” thin and 2.40 Lbs.
  • 13 hours of battery life

Pricing and Availability: The Portégé X20W starts at $1,199 USD.

These devices are only a small sample of the great Commercial and Consumer devices that are fantastic for small business environments. Visit your local Microsoft Store or MicrosoftStore.com to see what else is available.

SMB Device Finder

We also offer a free online tool called the SMB Device Finder that can help you find the best PC for your computing needs. Just click through a series of questions clarifying your unique business needs and device preferences and it will pull up a list of available devices that fit those needs. It will even link you to online resources where you can purchase the devices.



Microsoft will be hosting webcasts, blogging and participating with the Small Business Administration and a number of our partners on different initiatives Throughout National Small Business Week. I joined a podcast earlier this week with USA Today small business columnist Steve Strauss that you can listen to here. Check it out, and read some of the other great content at TheSelfEmployed.com.

We’ll also be offering deals and hosting events for small businesses at our Microsoft Stores across the country. To keep up-to-date on our activities this week, follow the hashtag #WinInBiz


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