If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering the same thing I was wondering before writing this article: what are the top best laptops for doctors?
I mean, really, is there anything in specific that needs to be special in laptops to make them suitable to what a doctor, paramedic, nurse, medical student, or anybody from the hospital staff does?
Then I thought: “Wait, yes! If I was looking for a laptop for my profession, I’d like something that’s gonna benefit my work or make it easier for me to use without having to face those common PC issues!”
And that’s it. I knew what I had to do. I had to make a list of the laptops that are most likely to benefit a doctor or any other professional in medicine.
See, searching the right laptop for yourself can be tricky, especially if you’re not a tech person; a doctor who’s on duty 24/7, or a nurse who has to take care of so many little needs of the patient. Like, frankly, all those laptop specs sound cool when you hear them … but how would you know what is better for you?
Well, it is on people like me, who love tech and know the benefits of each piece of technology in question, to let you guys know what’s best for you.
So, let’s start then: a tech article for the best laptops for doctors, medical students, hospital staff, and all other medicine-related professionals alike—entirely without crazy computer specification numbers that you don’t understand!
Top Recommendations – Best Laptops for Doctors & Medical Professionals at a Glance
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 – the best in portability.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon – the best in functionality.
ASUS ZenBook 14 – the best in style and overall performance.
Tips for Choosing the Best Laptop for Doctors
Oh, and, before we go on, I think I should give away a few important tips and things you need to keep in mind before buying a laptop.
No, this isn’t the buyers’ guide, because that’s at the end of this article.
Instead, this is just to give you a little overview of the broader factors you need to consider before you buy. This will help you understand my preferences even better.
Portability – you don’t need a device you can’t carry around. Lighter devices are more portable, and that’s what we’ll try to target.
Operating System – you’re either a Mac person or a Windows person. Either way, you don’t want to make a switch to another OS, because really, who has enough time to get used to a new one?
Battery – you’re a doctor with a hectic routine. You can’t afford a laptop with poor battery life, can you? Good batteries are a plus for this article.
Storage – you’re going to be needing a lot of space for a lot of work I’m gonna show you. Just bear with me.
Budget – you want to make a good return-on-investment. You don’t want to waste your money on some expensive laptop unless it gives you back more than it asks for. My picks promise an ASAP return!
Before I move on to my laptop picks, bear in mind that this isn’t a “ranking” list per se. All the laptops mentioned below are equally awesome, they just differ in different aspects.
With that being said, let’s begin!
Comparison Table – A little analysis.
|Microsoft Surface Pro 6||12.3-inches||1.70 lbs.||13½ hours|
|Acer Aspire E15||15.6-inches||5.27 lbs.||15 hours|
|Apple MacBook Pro 13||13.3-inches||3.10 lbs.||10 hours|
|Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon||14.0-inches||2.49 lbs.||15 hours|
|ASUS ZenBook 14||14.0-inches||2.60 lbs.||8½ hours|
|HP Envy 13||13.3-inches||2.82 lbs.||12¾ hours|
|Dell XPS 13||13.0-inches||2.70 lbs.||10 hours|
#1 Microsoft Surface Pro 6 – The 2-In-1 “Made for Doctors”
A micro-monster or a mega-specimen? You’re the judge.
Surface Pro 6 is something that humans should be proud of. Packing an extremely portable 1.7 pounds (lowest in this list) 2-in-1 form-factor—
“Wait. What is a 2-in-1 form-factor, blud? We aren’t tech guys, remember?”
Oops. Well. Ever seen those laptops you can turn into tablets? With either detachable or foldable keyboards? Yeah. That’s a “2-in-1” form-factor. A laptop and a tablet; two things in one package.
So, where was I? Oh, yes: this form-factor is something that can really be called “made for doctors”. You can practically fit this 12.3-inch master-craft anywhere; shelves, tables, tripods, lap, or even palms!
Because there are times when you don’t have enough space; you’re probably in an ambulance and need to check some important data, will you be quick with a laptop with no space to place it, or with a tablet that you can operate quickly with your fingers?
And sometimes you need to go to board meetings too! Will you take a tablet there? I don’t think so. You’d want to take something to impress everybody, more like a laptop—and Surface Pro 6 is its name.
But the form-factor isn’t the only fun thing about this masterpiece. It runs Windows 10—
“Well, duh! It’s a Microsoft product, what do you expect, MacOS?”
GUYS, guys. Let me finish, okay?
Now, what does Windows 10 mean? It means the same user-friendly Microsoft interface you’ve always been familiar with, which in turn means: no worrying about learning something new!
And Surface Pro 6’s battery is what I love the most—it doesn’t get any better than this: 13.5 hours of video playback time. You charge it, and play a video straight for 13 hours; it won’t die. Plus, the storage is great too. There are four different variants, and I think the two in the middle (256GB or 512GB SSD) will do the magic for you.
It’s a nicely packed budget device … but there’s still a catch: you have to buy other accessories separately like a detachable keyboard called Microsoft Type Cover. So, the 2-in-1 is like a capability that you can avail. And for the perks I’ve mentioned above … you’ll have to avail it.
|2-in-1 (tablet & laptop)||Accessories sold separately|
|Lightweight and highly portable||Internal storage might not be enough for you|
|Unbelievable battery time|
|Decent internal specifications|
#2 Acer Aspire E15 – who said doctors won’t like to go pro?
This is the oh-so-nice laptop I’ve been talking about since the morning, remember? I knew you would.
Running the Windows 10 beautifully well, Acer Aspire E15 has a 15.6-inch (1920×1080) FHD high pixel-density display; one of the biggest in this listing. Do you regularly check MRI or X-Ray results? This display is gonna give you THAT vivid picture and detail you’ve always looked for.
Acer Aspire E15 is eternal when it comes to battery life, averaging at least 15 hours! You don’t have to worry about charging it between your shifts, with scattered usage, it will easily last you a few working days.
Plus, you get to avoid these pro-gamer moves!
Like if you’re a medical student, this laptop is going to complement your stressful study periods without annoying you with those low battery notifications!
If you want more functionality than what you pay for as a doctor, Acer Aspire E15 is your best bet. It’s a relatively expensive laptop, but the promises are true.
Um, well, I should probably give the snag away too now. With all its bedazzling design and functionality, you might find it difficult to carry it around.
Like I said that it’s a beast, and you don’t carry beasts around in without cages, right? So, you’ll be needing a comfortable backpack, and you’ll be good to go—weighs about 5.27 pounds.
The overall picture:
|High-functionality||Not-so-portable with 5.27 pounds|
|Extremely vivid and HQ display||A bit expensive|
|Eternal battery life|
#3 Apple MacBook Pro (13-inches) – the inevitable.
There can’t really be a “laptop talk” without talking about the guru, Apple’s MacBook Pro.
I know you know what I know about the MacOS; brutally beautiful, cruelly gorgeous. Like honestly, if you’re a macOS user, I don’t need to convince you any further.
If you’re not, well listen: it’s not something hard to learn, but it’s certainly hard to get used to. And once you’re used to macOS, as I said, you don’t want to use anything else.
The 10-hour battery time sounds decent in this package. So, if you’re in the hospital and work round the clock, it’s gonna take care of you well without worrying you about the battery. Another plus is the weight; the MacBook Pro 13.3-inch variant is lighter at 3.10 pounds and is not much different than most laptops in this list.
Yes, the MacBook does up your pro game more than Acer Aspire with a higher quality image with its retina display; Apple’s pride.
Everybody knows that Apple is famous for its design. The satisfying micro-grainy surface texture holds a lot of gold for doctors and medical professionals who are looking for pro-level performance. The Intel UHD Graphics 630 coupled with the ninth-gen 6-core Intel Core i7 processor makes the device even more promising … but is it REALLY the best value for money?
That’s the only thing that stops us from spending on Apple. It’s more of a luxury item than a utility. If you’re already an Apple user—like guilty me—you’ll find this relatable:
Haha! *cries in Thanos*
The goods and the bads:
|High-functionality||Might not be compatible with all medical programs as most are made for Windows only|
|World-class HQ Retina display||Quite expensive and not the best value for money, except for branding|
|Good battery life (10 hours)||Might need an external drive for more storage|
|Apple’s luxury branding|
#4 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon – I ThinkPad, Therefore I am.
(Ohhh I’m so proud of this heading!)
The complete picture for X1 Carbon is Mona Lisa—trust me.
So, the graphics are pretty comparable to those of MacBook, which means you’ll be able to run all the heavy-duty medicine programs and up your medical game. A good laptop gives you good tools; X1 Carbon gives you the best.
This 14-inch piece of tech has three different variants: FHD, WQHD, and 4K. The FHD variant’s battery lasts the longest (about 10 hours) so it’s the perfect pick for you. The classically sleek and stylish piece of art is extremely portable with only 2.49 pounds of weight—lesser than MacBook Air!
Aaannnnddd you don’t only need a laptop for work, do you? What about the “me-time”, the time you’re going to spare for yourself?
X1 Carbon is gonna make sure you have the best doctor-time and the best you-time too!
You’re REALLY gonna Netflix and you’re REALLY gonna Chill.
Howevvvvver, the X1 Carbon might also take away the smiley on your face like the predecessor MacBook Pro: it’s a bit expensive. I mean, you probably still keep smiling if you’re not on a budget. But if you’re not willing to spend a few extra bucks, you might want to consider the next option.
The Mona Lisa:
|High-functionality||Battery life varies with screen quality, which in turn varies with price|
|Extremely lightweight at 2.49 pounds only||A bit expensive|
|Variable screen quality|
|Hot competitor of the MacBook Pro|
#5 ASUS ZenBook 14 – say hello to your new laptop, doc.
I understand you’re on a budget.
I understand you still don’t want to compromise on the quality of the purchase.
Don’t tell this to anybody, alright?
This is the gamechanger. This is something that’s going to make you glad you landed on my page. Enter: ASUS ZenBook 14.
This is the era of screens with zero bezels (or screen borders, simply). Bigger and wider screens are the new stylish. You don’t want to be an out-fashioned medicine-man, do you?
Enhance your me-time with this 14-inch wide-view FHD nano-edge bezel display. With internal specs such as the eighth-gen Intel Core i7 (Quad-Core) processor and 16GB LPDDR3 RAM, you’ll simply be making your life faster and your occasional “Doctors’ Night Ins” more fun intensive!
A very unique feature of the ZenBook 14 is the trackpad: OH. MY. GOD.
The trackpad is what makes it a true gamechanger. In simple words, it lights up and gives you a whole new range of utilities never seen before in any other laptop, like playing and controlling music and a number pad that most laptops don’t have anymore. BOY, the feeelllssss!
Told ya: a gamechanger it is.
And portability? 100%. It’s as light as 2.6 pounds (or a 2015 MacBook Air) and as fast as the MacBook Pro (well, mostly). You’re not gonna have any storage issues as well with the 512GB SSD, still, you can get more storage in custom options.
Now the important question: price?
Should I give it away to you?
AHEM, drum roll, please!
THIS BEST BUY LAPTOP IS AN UPPER-TIER BUDGET LAPTOP!
An upper-tier budget laptop is when at a price, laptops don’t get any better. This case is truest for X1 Carbon, Doc. As a doctor or medical student, this will serve your purpose wonderfully well.
At a glance:
|Bezel-less wide-view FHD display||The only drawback for this laptop is that it has no drawbacks|
|Extremely Portable||Yeah, really|
|Classy finish and award-winning design|
|Fast, compact, and efficient|
|Affordable price range||Still looking for cons? There are none|
#6 HP Envy 13 – make others envy you. REALLY.
In short: fun, portable, and overall excellent.
Weighing just about 2.82 pounds only, like most devices in this list, HP Envy 13 is highly portable. It comes with a TOUCHSCREEN IPS micro-edge WLED backlit 13.3 inches (3840×2160) FHD display (phew, that was long!); the second touchscreen laptop in my list, and it really is one fine piece.
The battery time is similar to other excellent devices I’ve mentioned: about 13 hours. If you’re thinking that maybe all laptops nowadays have the same battery time, then no.
This list is specially tailored to suit your needs as a doctor or medical professional. I know how difficult it is for you to manage the routine, and a device with high performance but low battery time will not give you a return on your investment ASAP. It will only make you more inefficient.
Now, if you talk about HP Envy 13, it has an eighth-gen Intel Core i7, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD storage—anybody would call it an unbelievably high-performing laptop. Such laptops promise a quick return-on-investment by giving you all the tools you need to optimize your professional working.
Still, the catch is there: a bit expensive. But the promises of quality, high-performance, and functionality are intact—you have my word.
To sum up:
|Touchscreen 13.3-inch display||A bit expensive|
|Highly portable at just 2.7 pounds||The screen is not foldable like other touchscreen 2-in-1 devices|
|Long-lasting battery (upto 12 hours)|
|Stylish and chic|
#7 Dell XPS 13 – the Saint.
If you’ve made it to this part of the list, which most likely you have given my flawless communication with you *flaunts*, then you better get ready for something yet more exciting.
Do I need to introduce you to Dell laptops? No.
But, Dell XPS 13? Probably yes.
Dell is the best-searched laptop company because they’ve always kept their promise of an outstanding machine.
When you talk about XPS 13, Dell appears to have over-delivered. When colors burst on a UHD graphics 13.3-inches (3840×2160) screen, the XPS 13 experience becomes unique in itself. Maybe you’ve got other hobbies too, besides medicine, that you want to amuse yourselves with, like video-editing? Gaming? Book-reading? Dell XPS 13 is perfect in every way.
Plus, the improved webcam means that you can now flex your laptop in the hospital board video call meetings, without having it shown to them.
Internal specs are variable when it comes to the processors, but the storage is at 512GB. Which is, for the most part, enough.
(Man, I’m a good memer.)
So, why I’ve called it the Saint? Well. Saints always have good in store for us, but we can’t really meet them easily, can we?
Although the specs are awesome and there is a clear sign of over-delivery by Dell, XPS 13 is again, not a budget laptop. But really, if you spend a few more bucks, I think the comfort you’ll be getting is unaccountable.
|UHD graphics display||Not a budget laptop|
|Highly portable at 2.7 pounds|
|State-of-the-art design (narrow bezels)|
|Variable internal specs|
There are chances you want to know more about laptops.
Worry not, I’m here to rescue.
This buyers’ guide will take you through 10 important factors you need to keep in mind before buying a laptop. If the laptop you’re looking at satisfies these domains, I’ll be the happiest man on Earth to know that I’ve been helpful to you!
So, what are those 10 factors? Let me show you.
Whether you’re a doctor or one of the medical staff; the thing that’s clear is that you guys in this profession share a tough schedule.
There are many things you have to do all day like moving from homes to waiting areas and reception; from one ward to another; from one department to another; from consulting rooms to operation theatres—too much.
Now with this frequent movement, you want something lightweight and something you won’t give a second thought about before carrying away. So, make sure you buy a laptop that weighs approximately 2.5 pounds max, give or take a few decimals.
Operating systems play a huge role in our work. We tend to work better with tools we’re already familiar with. They’re our go-to and we don’t need to learn how to use them every time; too much practice makes them intuitive for us.
Each OS has its pros and cons. I don’t think there needs to be a debate, because it breaks down to your personal needs. For most doctors and medicine related people, it is true that they hardly are interested in tech enough to try new stuff every day. Most people are aware of the Windows interface, which makes laptops with Windows installed more favorable.
Moreover, Windows is more intuitive and user-friendly than MacOS. That is not to say that the MacOS is not good—no. But for people who think they’re not techy, they’ll find Windows easier.
Like I said before: hectic routine and a lot of mobility. This means lesser rest time, and lesser rest time means lesser time to charge your device; highly dislikable.
And even if there is some rest time, taking a moment off and putting your essential devices to charging can be tiresome—
“Tiresome? Putting a laptop on charging is tiresome?”
Yes, it can be, especially when you’re in a very focused profession, where precision is the key to success, just like medicine. Smart people exhaust all their mental energy at work, and even minor distractions break their thought processes.
So, what should be done? Well, the obvious: purchase a laptop with a longer-lasting battery, at least more than 10-hours.
You might think at first that you don’t have anything to do with a lot of storage. You might be right in your place.
You’ve got to do more with storage than most other professionals if you’re choosing a laptop for your work—which most likely, you are.
Today’s doctors can access some of the most amazing software tools made to ease their daily tasks for them. These tools, however, require a good computer to run. If you’re planning on running these heavy-duty applications and storing some highly detailed, high-resolution images regularly, then you’ll want good storage.
Plus, as I’ve frequently mentioned, the laptop is not only for work, in most cases. You’ll be needing it for other personal tasks too. Like writing to other firms, businesses, hospitals, and staff or watching movies and recreational material. These tiny things accumulate to a great deal of data, which again, requires good storage so you don’t have to worry about cleaning it up all the time.
Medical students spend a lot of money on their college fees and books. This doesn’t mean that they need to spend a lot of money on the best utility they can have (a laptop/computer), too.
So, make sure that the laptop you buy isn’t overpriced. And how will you know that? Simple: analysis.
By looking at different devices at your ideal price tag, look for variations, look for different brands, and see who is offering what. Write down the main determinants on a piece of paper and make a little table out of them.
At the end of an hour or so, you’ll have a lot of material to look at and you’ll be able to finalize your best buy, with confidence that it’s not overpriced.
This part really depends on what you need the laptop for.
Do you need it to view high-quality patient files, scanned images, and such? Or do you need to simply type down letters, prescriptions, and emails et cetera?
If the former is your purpose, you’ll be needing HQ screens, which have been my top priority for this article. Also, higher-quality displays aren’t as fatal to your eyesight as other blue-light screens are. Newer displays now provide pre-installed protection by blocking the blue-light and giving a painless experience.
Surprised again? I knew it.
A keyboard has more to do with your performance than you can imagine. A highly tactile keyboard will remove the tiny cognitive obstacles from your path and make you more efficient.
The scissor-switch keyboard from the older MacBooks (2013, 2014) has a separate fanbase. The key separation and travel are too flawless and smooth that it significantly decreases the chances of RSI (repetitive strain injury).
Similar keyboards are available in the laptops in the above list too, to ensure your work is smooth, flawless, and painless.
All about ports.
Since they’re generally confusing for non-tech people, I avoided mentioning them in my list above, but still, connectivity ports have a good part to play in our laptop game.
Now that using external docking ports is common, you don’t really need to worry much. It’s just that sometimes we don’t want to spend extra bucks or we just don’t like wires and external detachables clinging onto our solid devices (dongles etc.).
So, just give a quick look at the device you’re going to purchase before the checkout and make sure you have the ports you need.
A wise purchase is when you pay a wise amount for a wise product.
In this world of aesthetics, you can’t afford to even appear to be outdated, let alone actually be outdated. And how do you appear outdated?
With machines following older design patterns. Yes. There still are expensive machines out there that are aesthetically and ergonomically poor.
How can you recognize one? Well … thicker bezels, non-backlit keyboards, fancy outlooks, ethernet ports—basically, anything that gives you a pre-2010 vibe.
So, avoid these, and I can promise you a cool purchase.
You want to be confident in your workplace.
You want to be noted. You want to be respected.
Your accessories tell others who you are, and that’s the whole point of branding. Good, more well-known brands are more likely to win you admiration, notability, and colleague trust.
Just make sure you don’t slip into buying a brand that isn’t known around you. That doesn’t mean you have to overspend and buy something luxury, but, the mid-range categories from high-end brands serve the purposes really well, so watch out.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on Best Doctor Laptops
There is no doubt that no matter how comprehensive things get, we’re all still the curious cousins of monkeys we’ve always been. So, dear nurses and doctors, here is a little FAQ to help you out further with questions you still might have about buying your perfect laptop.
You’re right, doc, they do have a huge part to play, BUT, given YOUR situation, they don’t matter that much.
So: What is RAM? a RAM is basically a mini-storage which stores temporary info you’re using at any moment. The bigger the RAM, the more storage it can handle for you while working.
Now, again, given your situation—
“What is MY SITUATION, can you elaborate please?”
Yes. Here’s your situation: you don’t have to run storage-expensive CAD programs (Photoshop, Corel, etc.), and neither will you be multitasking more than listening to music and running light apps like WhatsApp Web, MS Word, custom office software—all of which a normal 4GB – 6GB RAM can excellently handle.
But, my picks for this list are purely highly-functioning: they average about 8 GB – 16 GB—you can play real-life soccer in too much memory doc!
And the hard drive is, of course, something that’s never enough. There’s always space for too much data, and given the advancing technology, even our daily mobile picture sizes are increasing. So, you want something EVERGREEN. Something that has enough storage to relax you—and my picks refer to about 512GB storage laptops; they’ll do you good.
This question depends on you, but let me guide you a bit further.
So, obviously, your best laptop has to be extremely portable, and that’s one thing. Smaller screen size increases portability; Surface Pro 6 is about 1.7 pounds and has the smallest screen—12.5-inches—in this listing.
But again, do you really want to trade-off other cool features for extra portability? If your answer is yes, then go for screen sizes upto 13 inches maximum.
If your answer is no, and you’re looking for a more complete device, then your best bet can be upto 16-inches—MacBook Pro serves the purpose majestically well.
In a nutshell: guide yourself through other pros and cons, and see how you can perfectly balance utility, portability, and of course, budget.
This is a question of utility, and something I’ve just talked about above.
Tablet means more portability, right? It might also mean operational ease and a fine aesthetic impression. But, really, what are you potentially trading-off these perks for?
Connectivity, functionality, performance, utility, durability, usage tactility—all, just to name a few.
And these are HUGE trade-offs. A tablet is but an enlarged mobile phone; all of those functions can be carried out by your phone too, so what’s the point in spending a few hundred bucks?
A laptop is something more complete, professional, and with higher utility. It gives you space to run the tools you couldn’t have otherwise.
Conclusion – want my recommendation?
So, with all of this being said, there still is space for one last thought: my recommendation.
If you’re expecting me to answer “anything suitable to you guys would work”, then you’re right.
It’s not about an expert opinion.
It’s about what you think your ideal laptop should have. Is your ideal laptop a used, cheap, and high-performing machine? Or a new, expensive, and low-performing machine just to flex? Or is it an optimistic and balanced purchase?
My job was to pick out the best stuff from the market and put it on the table for you. Any way you go, it’ll always remind you of me and will make you proud of your choice!
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