Laptops

The 5 Best Laptops for Realtors & Real Estate Agents

We’ve got to a point where there is no doubt that technology plays a massive role not only in our everyday lives but in our work as well. And, of course, the same thing applies to real estate agents. 

Some people prefer desktops. But, a laptop can be better for people who are constantly on the move. The tough part is finding something that’s truly good. 

That’s why we did the research for you and came up with the 5 best laptops for Realtors/real estate agents. Without any further ado, let’s get right into it!

Before you Buy

While checking out laptops, desktops, or even smartphones, there is a good chance that you’ll stumble upon terms such as CPU, GPU, RAM, and more. So, let us clarify what these are and why they are important. 

  • OS: The operating system. It shouldn’t make much of a difference for real estate agents, but, most people prefer Windows since it offers a little bit of everything. There’s also macOS which is proprietary to Macs and Linux which you can install on every laptop anyway
  • CPU: This is the processor. We wouldn’t recommend anything less than a quad-core i5 or a Ryzen 5
  • GPU: The graphics card. If you’re into gaming or anything that has to do with 3D rendering, make sure to get something with at least a dedicated Nvidia GTX 10xx card
  • RAM: Temporary memory; very important for multitasking and running heavy apps that contain a lot of information. Most people are satisfied with 8 gigabytes but more demanding users will need 16 or even more
  • Storage: There are two main kinds of storage: SSDs and HDDs. We’d recommend going with an SSD. While they are more expensive, they are also much faster. It’s not unusual to find laptops that use an SSD for the OS and an HDD for general storage
  • Battery life: Bigger batteries don’t always give you better battery life. After all, the more power that a laptop needs, the faster that the battery will die
  • Display: A bigger display may be more pleasant to use. But, keep in mind that it also makes the laptop bigger and/or heavier

Our 5 Best Laptops for Realtors/Real Estate Agents

These are more or less all the basics that you need to keep an eye on. Some people who are a bit pickier may also pay attention to things like the keyboard, screen bezels, overall weight, and minor details like that. But, that’s a matter of personal preference. 

And with that out of the way, let us check out some laptops!

1: Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Our Budget Pick

Starting at a bit more than $600, the Surface Pro 6 isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s the cheapest option in this list and we wouldn’t recommend going any lower. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8400T
  • GPU: Integrated graphics
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB SSD 
  • Display: 12.3 LCD IPS display at 2736×1824
  • Battery: 6 hours with casual usage and up to 10-12 with power saver mode enabled
  • Weight: 3.5 pounds

One thing that sets this laptop apart from others is its unique design. It offers a removable keyboard which means that you can use it as both a laptop and a tablet at your convenience. 

Thanks to that, this is also one of the most lightweight laptops around. Don’t expect too much in terms of specifications, though. The Core i5 processor, 8 gigs of RAM, and the small SSD are a good combination for most people. But, demanding users will definitely feel underwhelmed. 

Since the overall power demands are very low, you can get up to 10 or even 12 hours of battery life! That being said, realistic, real-world usage is likely to put you at half of that. 

Pros: 

  1. Great battery life
  2. Relatively cheap
  3. Very lightweight
  4. The 2 in 1 design is a welcome addition

Cons: 

  1. Specs are barely acceptable for the average user
  2. Small display

2: Asus ZenBook 13

Very Portable/Lightweight

If you need something that’s thin, portable, and lightweight, the ZenBook 13 should be one of the first options on your list!

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8265U
  • GPU: Integrated graphics
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD 
  • Display: 13.3 LCD IPS display at 1920×1080
  • Battery: About 10 hours of average usage
  • Weight: 2.5 pounds

Coming in at 2.5 pounds, chances are that you’ll struggle quite a lot to find anything lighter than this. Not to mention that the battery life is extremely good as well!

The specs are nothing to brag about. But that big, 512GB SSD is a huge plus for those who need a bit of breathing room with storage. 

Last, but not least, the 13-inch display is sure to disappoint some people. But, that’s the price you pay for getting extra portability. 

Pros: 

  1. Very lightweight
  2. Thin
  3. Sleek build
  4. Relatively big SSD
  5. The backlit keyboard and fingerprint scanner are welcome additions

Cons: 

  1. The display may feel a bit too small for some people

3: Apple MacBook Air

Best Overall

This MacBook Air is a bit outdated. That much is true. However, it has been Amazon’s best selling laptop for a while now – and for a good reason. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 5th gen (Dual-core)
  • GPU: Integrated graphics
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB SSD 
  • Display: 13.3 LCD IPS display at 1440×900
  • Battery: 10-12 hours of average usage
  • Weight: 2.96 pounds

At its heavily discounted price of $750, this is one of the best picks in this list. Don’t get fooled by the outdated, dual-core processor. macOS is a very optimized operating system that makes even a relatively weak processor feel very snappy. We still wouldn’t recommend this over something newer for heavy work, though. 

The reason that we picked this as the best overall laptop for Realtors/real estate agents is due to the fact that it brings a little bit of everything to the table. It’s lightweight, slim, very well built, offers great battery life, a very good keyboard, and it generally has very few downsides. 

Speaking of downsides, the thick bezels, dual-core CPU, and the outdated panel are definitely going to be a deal-breaker for some. But, as you’ll notice by the end of this article, no laptop is perfect. 

Pros: 

  1. Very balanced choice – offers a little bit of everything
  2. macOS makes everything feel very snappy and smooth
  3. Great built quality
  4. Outstanding battery life
  5. Very lightweight
  6. Good keyboard 

Cons: 

  1. Dual-core CPU
  2. Its panel struggles to compete with even some budget options
  3. Thick bezels

4: Lenovo Thinkpad E590

Professional’s Choice

The Thinkpad series has always been targeted towards professionals with the E590 being one of the newer models. Hard not to mention something like that on our list. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8265U
  • GPU: Integrated graphics
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD 
  • Display: 15.6 LCD IPS display at 1920×1080
  • Battery: 6 hours with average use
  • Weight: 4.7 pounds

One of the biggest advantages of professional laptops is that they offer easy access to their internals. This makes it much easier for tech-savvy people to repair or upgrade their laptop without having to tear the machine open into a million pieces. 

Apart from being much easier to upgrade and service, the Thinkpad E590 also offers a bigger display than our other options along with extra RAM. 

Battery life, though, is definitely nowhere near as good as our other options with the weight being a bit higher as well. But, that’s how laptops are. There are pros and cons to everything. 

Pros: 

  1. Easy access to the internals 
  2. Thin bezels
  3. Relatively big display
  4. Plenty of RAM and SSD storage

Cons: 

  1. A bit heavier compared to our other options
  2. Battery life is worse but still decent

5: Dell XPS 13

Our High-End Pick

The XPS 13 is one of these laptops where you don’t really need to look at the specs. You just look at it and immediately realize that it’s targeted towards the premium market. 

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8565U
  • GPU: Integrated graphics
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD 
  • Display: 13.3-inch LCD IPS touch display at 4K
  • Battery: Anywhere from 4 to 8 hours depending on the usage
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds

It comes with a 4K, touch display, a very powerful processor, plenty of RAM and SSD storage out of the box, while also being very lightweight and offering decent battery life as well. We could hardly ask for anything more. 

However, we do need to mention that even at more than $1300, there is no dedicated GPU to be found. That’s a bit sad for anyone who’s slightly interested in gaming or performing 3D-rendering. But, at the same time, most of you who are reading this article are probably not into that kind of stuff anyway. 

Pros: 

  1. 4K touch display
  2. Great design
  3. Thin bezels
  4. Plenty of RAM and SSD storage out of the box
  5. Powerful processor

Cons: 

  1. Expensive
  2. The 4K display is a bit overkill at this size and it drains battery for no reason (Setting the resolution lower will force an upscale which theoretically looks worse than a natively lower resolution)

Wrapping Up

Still haven’t decided what to pick yet? Here are all the positives and negatives of every laptop as fast as possible!

  1. Microsoft Surface Pro 6: Can act as both a tablet and a laptop for a low price – but the specs are barely up to the task and the keyboard is arguably not as good as a “traditional” one
  2. Asus ZenBook 13: Very lightweight and thin with a big SSD – but 8 gigs of RAM may not be enough for some people
  3. Apple MacBook Air: Offers a little bit of everything – but the processor and its panel are a bit outdated for 2020 standards
  4. Lenovo Thinkpad E590: One of the greatest values on this list while also offering easy access to its internals – but it’s also a bit heavier compared to our other options
  5. Dell XPS 13: By far the most powerful option here without any serious drawbacks – but it’s also the most expensive (Not to mention that there is an alarming number of reports for faulty units)

That’s all for now. We hope that this guide helped you out in your task of finding the best laptop. If there’s something that you still don’t understand, feel free to let us know about it in the comments!

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