Dell's Latitude series is known for being stellar for business users, and the Latitude E6430 combines productivity with style. The $860 notebook has an attractive gunmetal gray aluminum lid, and it's been MIL-STD-810G tested to withstand extreme conditions. Its backlit, spill-resistant keyboard is responsive, and a soft-touch plastic palm rest makes the typing experience super comfortable.
The E6430 comes packed with a 2.9-GHz Intel Core i7-3520M CPU, 6GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD that combines for strong performance, and its optional 9-cell battery provides more than 10 hours of battery life. However, it's worth noting that the system isn't yet available with Windows 8.