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Millions of laptops are sold every year, and millions are discarded, creating a number of environmental issues surrounding the materials used to manufacture the machines and the e-waste involved in getting rid of them.

Several companies have come up with some solutions to various environmental issues, and there’s a certification process aimed at identifying those companies and their respective laptops.

Known as TCO Certified, the program establishes criteria for a specific level of sustainability through a technology product’s life cycle, with independent verification pre- and post-certification. A total of 11 product categories are covered by the TCO Certified program:

  • Displays
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Smartphones
  • Desktops
  • All-in-one PCs
  • Projectors
  • Headsets
  • Network equipment
  • Data storage products
  • Servers

If a product is TCO Certified, then its market materials can carry the TCO Certified logo and it’s listed in a database of certified products. For example, you can find a list of TCO Certified laptops here. In total, over 3,500 products produced by 27 brands are TCO Certified.

In order to be TCO Certified, a product needs to meet a wide range of social and environmental sustainability criteria. These include methods of material sourcing and manufacturing, use and reuse, and recovery and recycling that contribute to a waste-free product lifecycle that ensures a circular economy based on durable, repairable, upgradable, and recyclable products.

Just a few of the specific criteria include responsible mineral sourcing, reduce worker exposure to hazardous wastes, ergonomic design, product energy efficiency (Energy Start or equivalent), and a host of other factors that contribute to the circular economy mentioned above. You can find a complete list of criteria here.

Because the number of TCO Certified products is so vast, we’ve selected seven of the best certified laptops to make your sustainable shopping easier. The following are some of the best business-class laptops you can buy, in a variety of form factors from clamshell laptops to convertible 2-in-1s to detachable tablets.

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HP Elite Folio

HP Elite Folio LTE Advanced
Not you’re average Folio
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx (2nd Gen)
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD
  • Display: 13.5-inch WUXGA+ (1,920 x 1,280) 3:2 aspect ratio
  • Weight: 2.92 pounds

One of the more interesting convertible 2-in-1s is the HP Elite Folio, which utilizes a “pull-forward” design where the display can be pulled toward the user to create a media mode or even further to create a tablet with a comfortable angle. The display is touch-enabled, of course, and supports an active pen for Windows 10 inking and drawing.

The Elite Folio is built around a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx (2nd Gen) CPU, offering good productivity performance and exceptional battery life. You can also opt for 5G cellular connectivity for always-connected internet at wired internet speeds.

Finally, the Elite Folio has a “vegan leather” (plastic) material covering the chassis that makes the 2-in-1 comfortable to hold and uniquely attractive. The laptop goes above and beyond the usual TCO requirements by using several recycled materials in its construction.

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HP Elite C1030 Chromebook

HP Elite c1030 Chromebook
“Hello, I am C-1030, Human Chromebook relations”
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-10610U
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD
  • Display: 13.5-inch WUXGA+ (1,920 x 1,280) 3:2 aspect ratio
  • Weight: 2.87 pounds

If you need a business laptop running Google’s Chrome OS, then the HP Elite C1030 Chromebook is an excellent choice. It pulls over the same design as its Windows 10 siblings, which includes a durable machined aluminum chassis, outstanding build quality, and one of the best keyboards you’ll find on a laptop.

You can upgrade the Elite C1030 Chromebook to Google OS Enterprise, which provides a variety of business-oriented features. The Play Store can be regulated to ensure users aren’t installing unapproved apps, and Chrome extensions also come under corporate control.

Support for Microsoft Active Directory and single sign-on are provided, and Google provides 24/7 support to Enterprise users.

Security and privacy are key features of the Elite C1030 Chromebook, with an electronic switch to block the webcam and a fingerprint scanner — both unusual on Chrome OS laptops. HP also offers its privacy screen on the Elite C1030 Chromebook, which makes the screen viewable only from directly in front.

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Dell Latitude 7420 2-in-1

Dell Latitude 7420
The 2-in-1 in the Dell, the 2-in-1 in the Dell, Hi-ho 7420, the 2-in-1 in the Dell
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-1185G7
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 1TB PCIe SSD
  • Display: 14-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Weight: 2.7 pounds

The Dell Latitude 7420 2-in-1 is Dell’s main entrant in the business-class convertible 2-in-1 market, offering all of the usual Latitude business features with the flexibility to morph from a clamshell to a tablet, with media and presentation modes in between. Thanks to tiny bezels, Dell managed to fit a 14-inch display (Full HD or UHD) into a 2-in-1 that’s closer in size to a 13-inch model.

Dell has incorporated a number of intelligent features in the Latitude 7420 2-in-1, including ExpressResponse Intel Adaptix Technology that prioritizes applications so the most important ones open more quickly with better performance.

ExpressSign-In utilizes Intel Context Sensing Technology to recognize that a user is present and log in, and then lock the laptop when the user leaves the area. Intelligeng Audio optimizes audio quality and reduces background noise.

The Latitude 7420 2-in-1 offers Intel 11th-gen CPUs for excellent performance and outstanding battery life. Aesthetically, the laptop has a streamlined appearance that is both conservative and attractive, making it the perfect fit for a conference room or a coffee house.

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Dell Latitude 9520

You can accomplish anything with a positive Latitude
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-1185G7
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
  • Display: 15-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Weight: 3.3 pounds

If you want the same business features as the Latitude 7420 in a larger 15-inch clamshell laptop, then the Dell Latitude 9520 could be the laptop for you. It offers all the same intelligent features with a more expansive Full HD or UHD display in a chassis that’s smaller than you might imagine.

The Latitude 9520 can be equipped with Intel’s vPro CPU technology that enables remote management and security, in 11th-gen Intel CPUs that provide outstanding performance and battery life. The latter attribute is aided by an optional 88 watt-hour battery.

Not only is the Latitude 9520 extremely well built and configured, but it’s also thin at just 0.71 inches and light at 3.3 pounds. A full complement of ports enables connection to multiple monitors and Thunderbolt 4 docking stations.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable
You better Think (Pad), ThinkPad when you’re tryin’ to computate
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-1160G7
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
  • Display: 12.3-inch WUXGA+ (1,920 x 1,280) 3:2 aspect ratio
  • Weight: 1.67 pounds (tablet only)

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 might be the better-known detachable tablet, but Lenovo’s ThinkPad X12 Detachable is better in many ways. It’s incredibly durable, like all ThinkPads, and it enjoys the same iconic ThinkPad look, feel, and service.

You’ll also get a similar inking experience, with support for 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt. The display is lower resolution than the Surface Pro 7 but it’s a quality display with good brightness, colors, and contrast.

Where the ThinkPad X12 Detachable really stands out, though, is in its detachable keyboard. It offers a similar ThinkPad feel, meaning deep travel and a precise mechanism, with less flexing than Microsoft’s Type Cover. The stiffer construction means you’ll experience less bounce as you type, making for a more efficient and comfortable experience.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3
ThinkPad . . . TO THE EXTREME!
  • Processor: Intel Core i9-10885H
  • RAM: 32GB
  • Storage: 2TB PCIe SSD
  • Display: 15.6-inch OLED UHD (3,840 x 2,160) 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Weight: 3.99 pounds

If you’re looking for a business-friendly clamshell laptop with tons of power, then the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 needs to be on your list. With up to a 10th-gen Intel Core i9-10885H 45-watt octa-core CPU, up to 64GB of RAM, 2TB of storage, or more, thanks to two M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD slots, and an Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti GPU, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 meets the specifications of the most demanding software.

Also available is a beautiful OLED UHD (3,840 x 2,160) display that offers nearly 100% of both AdobeRGB and sRGB color gamuts with color accuracy of less than Delta E 1.0 (considered excellent). That makes it a great laptop for creative professionals as well as productivity users.

And for downtime, the Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) support makes for some of the best Netflix streaming you’ll find.

You get all the usual ThinkPad advantages, including durability and excellent business support. Security and privacy are strong points as well, making this the high-performance laptop for business users.

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Lenovo X1 Titanium Yoga

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga
This Yoga is Fire!
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-1180G7
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
  • Display: 13.5-inch QHD (2,256 x 1,504) 3:2 aspect ratio
  • Weight: 2.54 pounds

If you like the ThinkPad build quality and business support but don’t like the usual black aesthetic, then the Lenovo X1 Titanium Yoga might be an excellent choice for you. It features a titanium lid and a magnesium alloy chassis that’s both robust and extremely light, with a silver aesthetic that makes it stand out among the ThinkPad family.

Lenovo didn’t cut the ThinkPad’s usual security features, with the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga enjoying the ThinkShutter privacy switch for the webcam and utilizing a match-on-sensor fingerprint reader.

In addition, the 2-in-1 includes Lenovo’s “human presence detection” (HDP) technology (similar to Dell’s solution) that can recognize that a user has left the area and put the machine to sleep, then wake it back up when the user returns.

The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga uses lower-power versions of Intel’s 11th-gen CPUs, meaning the provide good productivity performance with improved battery life. The Lenovo is a prime example, offering all-day longevity and then some.

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Mark Coppock

Author Mark Coppock

A technology and aspiring science fiction writer from just outside Los Angeles, CA.

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