The 7 Best Laptops for Excel & Microsoft Office

Written by co-founder Kasper Langmann, Microsoft Office Specialist.

Fact: Almost all desktops and laptops can run Excel now. 

But we all know that not all computers are created equal.

There were times that Excel didn’t open up as fast as we want it to. Or it freezes as we import a large amount of data.

That’s why it’s important to have a reliable laptop that makes working in Excel a breeze.

(Spoiler alert: our favorite laptop is the Dell XPS 13. It’s powerful, light, and sleek.)

If you’re big on Excel and want to be more productive in it, then getting a laptop that suits your needs is a must😊 I’ve worked professionally with Excel for +7 years. These laptops are my current favorites!

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

In this article, we’ve listed out the 7 best laptops for Microsoft Office (especially Excel) use.

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We start with our favorite and work our way down.

Let’s get into it!

This list was last updated on June 15th, 2021.

1. Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13 is a luxury if you’re just looking for a regular Excel machine with an upsized budget.

With its powerful CPU and RAM, you can breeze through your spreadsheets without a problem.

With Dell’s update of the XPS 13, they managed to increase the battery’s life span drastically. XPS 13 lasts for 12 hours of non-stop Excel-ing and internet browsing for a single charge.

Dell still managed to put this much hardware on a sleek, lightweight device that you can carry around coffee shops or into the next room for a presentation.

Dell XPS 13 is still a top-tier when it comes to the best laptop for business tools, although you may need to cash-out a little bit more than usual to purchase this.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

Dell XPS 13 Specifications

  • CPU: 8th Generation Intel Core i3-i7
  • RAM: 8GB-16GB
  • Storage: 256GB-1TB PCle SSD
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620

2. Dell XPS 15

If you are working on a really large amount of data, especially those who work on government offices, you should prioritize performance over anything.

For heavy Excel work, like importing and exporting tons of data, not any computer will do.

So, we’ve decided to put a supercomputer on the list: the Dell XPS 15.

Running on the latest Intel i7 (10th generation) processor, every laptop on this list will shy away to its performance.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

Adding 32GB of RAM on its already super-powered processor will boost-up your Excel experience.

Still, in a sleek, lightweight design, the Dell XPS 15 is a must-have if you’re doing some 40GB Excel data.

Dell XPS 15 Specifications

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 (10th generation)
  • RAM: 16-36GB
  • Storage: 256 / 512 / 1TB SSD
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1650

3. ThinkPad X1 Carbon

If laptops were cars, then this is top of the line sports car.

Probably the only one on the list that can overthrow the MacBook Pro when it comes to design and builds.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th Generation) packs all its computing powers run on an i7 processor on a 4.6 lbs. build. Making it one of the lightest business laptops ever made so far.

With its relatively light and thin design for such a powerful machine, it was able to still make room for an 11 hours-life battery within a single charge (and super quick recharging as well).

If portability and power is one of your top priorities, consider getting this one.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Specifications

  • CPU: Intel Core i7
  • RAM: 32GB
  • Storage: 256 / 512 / 1TB SSD
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050

4. Lenovo ThinkPad E14

If you are just looking for a decent laptop from basic to mid-tier Excel, the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 can do the work.

It runs on a 10th generation Intel chip that is capable of high-demand computing required on Excel. Its decent RAM will be more than enough for a normal Excel day.

Weighing at 3.5 lbs., this is not the most portable laptop out there.

The big plus on this laptop is its durable keyboard, which is one of the best in its class, and its price for the performance it can offer.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Specifications

  • CPU: Intel 10th Gen Core i5-10210U
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB PCle SSD
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620

5. Lenovo Yoga C640

Need to send or download a file but your internet is down?

Worst case scenario: you’re on a deadline.

How many times did this happen to you?

If you don’t want this to happen again, maybe getting the Lenovo Yoga C640 is the best choice.

This laptop runs on i7-10510U… which is FAST! This laptop breezes through your spreadsheets without a problem.

Imagine this: instant start-up time and 4G connectivity so you can finish those deadlines anywhere and anytime as long as you have 4G sim installed. That’s what you’re getting here.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

Also, it runs on a remarkable battery that lasts for almost 12 hours. Talk about productivity.

Lenovo Yoga C640 Specifications

  • CPU: i7-10510U
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel UHD Graphics

6. Apple MacBook Pro (13-inches)

If you are an Apple fan, getting the best MacBook in their line of high-end laptops should be a good deal.

MacBook Pro (13-inches) can do your basic to huge-data Excel work effortlessly. Easily an overkill for this brand.

Its sturdy aluminum but lightweight design keeps it at the top of the sleekest professional-looking workstation, even today. You may find almost the same build with HP or DELL but nothing feels like an Apple-built machine.

The selling point of this workstation is it has the fastest SSD amongst competitors, making booting up a matter of a second.

If you are looking for the top of the line MacBook, you should be willing to spend a good ~$2000. Again — it’s overkill just for Excel tasks.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

Apple MacBook Pro (13-inches) Specifications

  • CPU: Quad-core Intel Core i5-i7
  • RAM: 8GB-16GB
  • Storage: 128GB-1TB PCle SSD
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645

7. HP Pavilion 15

If you’re just looking for a decent laptop for Excel, consider getting an HP Pavilion 15.

Nothing really special about this notebook but it can surely finish the work.

With its decent AMD Ryzen 5 3500U7 processor, it can do some heavy lifting of data in your spreadsheet. 

If you’ll be getting this one, make sure you purchase the 8GB RAM model as 4GB RAM variation might choke occasionally.

With its price at $500+, this is a good deal for a mid-tier workstation.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

HP Pavilion 15 Specifications

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD + 128 GB SSD
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 8

Primary things we considered

Buying a laptop for heavy Excel use is different than buying a laptop for casual and everyday use.

Here are two of the most important specifications you should look out for:

  • Central Processing Unit (CPU): A powerful CPU that has high computing capability and does not freeze even you open up multiple sheets and pages.
  • Random Access Memory (RAM): Sorting data at the same time and opening-up a large amount of data can eat up your computer’s memory, having the right RAM will do the trick.

Other things we considered:

  • Weight:  For portability.
  • Battery life: For more productivity.

Do you have a favorite laptop for your daily Excel work? Feel free to recommend a laptop to the list by contacting us!

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

Conclusion

There is a wide variety of workstations out there.

You don’t want to spend too little or too much depending on the expected output.

Buying a $200 laptop might be more problematic than getting a $500 one.

But you don’t want to spend an additional $300 if you are just doing some basic Excel stuff.

Here’s a friendly reminder: Make sure you know what you need before buying. 😊

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

Alright, so you got the laptop, now what?

Well, you can always upgrade your experience by hooking up your new laptop to an awesome monitor or getting the optimal mouse for Excel work.

Enjoy your new laptop and have fun with your spreadsheets!

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto