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Searching for the best HP laptops isn’t an easy task. The company has a ton of products and more customizable configurations than you can count. Never fear! We have looked into the best laptops HP offers, and there are some superb Elite, Spectre, Omen, Envy, and EliteBook options for 2021. To get a better handle on what’s good and what you need to know, we’ll explain the branding and pick the best HP laptops you can buy right now.

HP branding explained

For the mainstream market, the Spectre brand represents HP’s top-of-the-line premium family for a premium price. The Envy family is a step-down, offering premium devices at an affordable price. From there you move into the Pavilion line for HP’s general audience followed by the no-brand HP Laptop series, Stream devices targeting kids, and Chromebooks rounding out the budget devices.

On the business end, the EliteBook 1000 “elite” series resides at the top of HP’s laptop list followed by the EliteBook 800 and EliteBook 700 models. The ProBook 600 series is the next step down for “pros” without sacrificing enterprise-grade security along with the ProBook 400 family, 200 Series, and Chromebooks for businesses on a budget. The ZBook brand is HP’s workstation-class laptop family, while the Omen range is for gaming in higher-performance devices focused on speed.

Now that you know what HP offers, let’s take a look at the best HP laptops you can currently buy.

The best HP laptops:

Editor’s note: We will update this list regularly as new HP laptops launch.


1. Spectre Folio 13 — ultra-thin convertible for personal use

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HP’s Spectre Folio is a completely unique option that’s updated to bring both performance and style to the boardroom. It sports a 100% genuine leather exterior complemented by a display you can pull forward over the keyboard, or flip over the back to use as a tablet. The Spectre Folio 13 is based on a 13.3-inch IPS touch display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. Backing this screen is a 10th-generation Core i7-10510Y processor, integrated graphics, and 16GB of system memory. Storage ranges between 256GB and 2TB on a PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD.

For connectivity, the Spectre Folio 13 provides Wireless AC, Bluetooth 5.0, and optional 4G LTE. Ports consist of two Thunderbolt 3, one SuperSpeed USB-C, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. HP even crammed a 54.28Wh battery into the Spectre Folio for solid battery performance. The Spectre Folio 13 ships in Cognac Brown, weighs 3.28 pounds, and measures just 0.60 inches thick. 


2. Spectre x360 13 — 2-in-1 laptop for personal use (2020)

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The HP family has a number of 2-in-1 laptops, but the very latest Spectre x360 13 is probably the best you can get for personal use. This 13.3-inch laptop has been polished even further without sacrificing materials or footprint. There’s now a brand new processor in the quad-core Intel Core i7-1165G7, meaning WiFi 6. The Spectre x360 13t touch gives you a crisp 4K AMOLED display. The Spectre has also received Intel’s new Iris Xe graphics to match the processor. Your storage options kick off with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB PCle NVMe SSD.

The laptop also sports numerous ports. You will find one USB Type-A port, a microSD card reader, two USB-C readers, and a display port. The power supply itself is also USB-C, which means the laptop supports fast charging. At 2.87 pounds, it hasn’t lost any weight, while the high-end finish means it’s not the cheapest. The lowest spec model now starts at $1.299.99, and high-end configurations will get to $1,899.99. 

There is a 15-inch model too if you’re craving more screen, but it costs a bit more in all configurations.

 

3. HP Envy x2 — detachable laptop for personal use

Front side photo of a HP Envy x2 with a detachable screen/tablet mode.

This detachable PC features a 12.3-inch IPS screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. It’s served up in two flavors: one with a seventh-generation Core i5-7Y54 processor and one with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip, both of which support 4G LTE connectivity. The HP Envy x2 includes 4GB of system memory and 128GB of storage. Both versions have Wireless AC connectivity, though the Intel model provides Bluetooth 4.2 and the Qualcomm model offers the newer Bluetooth 5.0. You’ll also find one 3.5mm audio combo jack, one Nano SIM slot, and two USB-C ports (5Gbps) on the Intel model.

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Finally, the Intel model has a 5MP camera on the front supporting face recognition and Windows Hello along with a 13MP camera on the back. The Intel model measures 0.31 inches thick and weighs up to 2.53 pounds, yet the Qualcomm model measures 0.27 inches thick and weighs up to 2.67 pounds. Both versions are getting a bit long in the tooth with HP not really chasing this format any longer. You can still buy a new one, but we’d recommend considering all your options. One such option is the much newer Surface Go 2 from Microsoft.


4. HP Envy 17t — traditional laptop for personal use

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The HP Envy 17t is based on a 17.3-inch IPS display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, with the choice between a regular screen and a touchscreen still possible. In 2021, the refreshed HP Envy 17t has new 10th generation Intel Core processors, with either NVIDIA GeForce MX330 graphics or AMD Ryzen Radeon Graphics, and WiFi 6 connectivity. The screen bezels are a little smaller too, which is a nice touch.

You’ll now get 512GB SSD with 16GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM, plus NVIDIA GeForce MX330 (4GB) onboard for some gaming and processing capability. Other goodies thrown into this clamshell laptop include wired Ethernet connectivity, a full SD card reader, one USB-C port (10Gbps), three USB-A ports (5Gbps), a 3.5mm audio combo jack, and an HP Wide Vision HD camera.

The HP Envy 17t measures 0.76 inches thick and weighs 6.02 pounds, which is thankfully trimmed down. At 17-inches it has rare size and packs your full number pad in an old school laptop format.


5. HP Laptop 17z — budget laptop for personal use

HP Laptop 17

Like the HP Envy 17, this HP-branded laptop relies on a 17.3-inch display, though HP locks the 1,920 x 1,080 resolution to IPS panels and the 1,600 x 900 resolution to SVA panels. For starters, the HP Laptop 17t offers Intel’s 11th-generation Core i7-1167 G7 backed by integrated graphics. Memory capacity ranges from 8GB to 16GB while the storage options feature hard drives, SSDs, and a mixture of both. 

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The port options are plentiful, providing HDMI output, one 3.5mm audio combo jack, wired networking, one older USB-A port (480Mbps), two modern USB-A ports (5Gbps), and an SD card slot. Rounding out both packages is an HP TrueVision HD camera and a 41Wh battery promising up to seven hours using a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. The HP 17z measures 0.96 inches thick and weighs 5.41 pounds.


6. HP Chromebook x360 14 — Chromebook for personal use

Chromebook x360 14

Even in 2021, this guy is hard to beat. The HP Chromebook x360 14 is slim and portable. It sports the same 360-hinge as other HP models, which allows you to fold the Chromebook into a notebook or use it as a tablet. One major difference is that the Chromebook x360 14 comes with much thinner side bezels than its predecessors.

It sports a 14-inch Full HD IPS display and is powered by a 10th-gen Intel Core i3-10110U processor. You’ve got 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage — both plenty for a Chromebook. When it comes to ports, the HP Chromebook x360 14 offers a headphone jack, two USB-C ports, and a MicroSD slot that supports SDHC and SDXC too. For the battery, HP went with a three-cell 60WHr battery which promises up to 13 hours of use on a single charge.

The Chromebook x360 14 is a great everyday notebook that you can use on the go and one of the best laptops HP has to offer. However, it can be a bit tricky to track down at some retailers.


7. Omen X 2S — premium gaming laptop

Omen X 2S

The latest Omen X 2S laptop has a variety of new features and is a total spec powerhouse. HP’s biggest new addition is the second 6-inch 1080p touchscreen located above the keyboard. It allows you to display a number of useful apps like Discord, Spotify, and others, while gaming. The main display is a 15.6-inch anti-glare IPS panel with a Full HD, 4K, or 4K 240Hz resolution. You can get the Omen X 2S with either 16, 24, or 32GB of RAM, while the storage ranges from 256GB to 2TB. The laptop is powered by Intel’s 9th gen processors — i7 and i9, as well as an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 or RTX 2070, both of which have dedicated 8GB GPU RAM.

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The Omen x 2S also sports a number of ports, including an HMDI 2.0, one USB-C port, and three USB-A ports. Unfortunately, like most gaming laptops, it’s on the heavier side at 5.24 lb. It’s also far from cheap with a starting price of $1,699.99 and if you go for the top specs in every department, it can reach more than $3,000. We should also note that the keyboard layout is not ideal thanks to the addition of the touchscreen. 


8. Omen 15 — redesigned premium gaming laptop

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HP revamped it’s Omen 15 laptop with an all-around facelift treatment. It’s adopted a sleeker, more traditional form-factor that screams everyday performance rather than a gaming rig. The Omen 15 sticks with a Full HD 15.6-inch IPS display and a 144Hz refresh rate. If you take a peek under the hood, you’ll find two very different versions of the Omen 15 — a Ryzen version and an Intel one. The button below will take you to a version that’s packing an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H CPU as well as an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU. Backing up the main hardware, you can choose up to 1TB of storage and up to 32GB of RAM.

Like previous generations, the Omen 15 is packed with ports. It’s equipped with three USB-A options, an HDMI, and a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port. It also boasts 12.5-hours of battery life with its six-cell battery and fast charging with the Thunderbolt 3 port. Unfortunately, the Omen 15 falls victim to a few of the same flaws as the Omen X 2S. It doesn’t cost nearly as much — starting at around $999 — but it’s just as heavy at over five pounds. The four-zone RGB keyboard should offer plenty enough customization, and it’s back to a natural position with the second display out of the way.


9. Omen 17 — largest premium gaming laptop

hp omen 17

A quick look at the Omen 17 and you’ll see shades of the previous Omen 15. The angular design and classic Omen logo still decorate the exterior, and the 17.3-inch display offers the most real estate you’ll find on an HP machine. The larger Omen’s 17.3-inch display is a familiar Full HD IPS unit and it comes with a standard 144Hz refresh rate. You’ll only find Intel configurations of this high-end gaming rig, though HP may introduce Ryzen hardware with the next refresh.

While you might expect a few extra ports from the added real estate, the Omen 17 is equipped with the same USB-A and USB-C setup as the previous Omen 15. It does rock a large four-cell 70Wh battery with fast charging, and you’ll probably spend almost all of your time plugged in — the machine manages just six hours of battery on a good day. It’s also one heavy machine at 6.43 pounds, but that’s unsurprising given the size.


10. HP Pavilion Gaming 15 and 16 — budget gaming laptops

hp pavilion 16

HP’s budget-friendly gaming laptops are finally accessible in the US — at least on Amazon. The Pavilion Gaming 16 only offers an extra half-inch of screen space over the 15t, but it’s the quality of the display that counts. With a 60Hz refresh rate and a 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD resolution, you should have no problem keeping up with your favorite games.

There are admittedly fewer customization options with the Pavilion Gaming 16, though you can still take your pick between an Intel Core i5-10300H and an Intel Core i7-10750H processor. If you opt for the more premium hardware, you’ll automatically start with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti MaxQ onboard. The more affordable 15.6-inch sibling offers a few different choices from both Intel and AMD to craft your custom laptop. B&O crafted the audio, selecting a unique geometric speaker much like the one you’ll find on an Envy laptop. It helps to round out the gaming aesthetic — especially when placed next to a backlit keyboard that glows in Acid Green. Along the sides, you’ll find two SuperSpeed USB-A ports and a SuperSpeed USB-C option as well as an RJ-45 port and HDMI opening.

HP’s Pavilion Gaming 16 is lighter and slimmer than its smaller sibling, packing the 16.1-inch display into a 4.83-pound shell. At just 0.93 inches thick, you should have no problem stashing the budget-friendly gaming rig in a backpack for fun on the go. The three-cell 52.5Wh battery supports fast charging and you should manage around 10-and-a-half hours of battery life. 


11. HP Elite Dragonfly — all-in-one premium business laptop

HP Elite Dragonfly

If you are looking for an ultra-thin business laptop, look no further than the HP Elite Dragonfly. The newest addition to the Elite family, this laptop combines a stylish, premium design with great specs for productivity on-the-go. Like most HP laptops, the Elite Dragonfly is highly customizable with a number of configurations. Its 13.3-inch display comes in Full HD or 4K resolutions, all with varying degrees of max brightness. RAM can be either 8 or 16GB, while storage ranges from 128GB to 2TB. The available processors are Intel’s 8th gen chips, though the upcoming Elite Dragonfly Max promises to bring the processing power into 2021 for good.

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Other great features include a variety of ports, including a headphone jack, a nano-SIM slot, two USB-C connectors, and a USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector. Like many new HP laptops, there are a host of security and privacy features as well. The HP Elite Dragonfly also has a great battery life of up to 13 hours that frequent fliers will appreciate. 


12. EliteBook 830 G8 — traditional business laptop

Elitebook 850 G6Like the 2-in-1s and detachables, HP brands its EliteBook laptops by size. Here we chose the smallest units in the trio, but naturally, you can go larger for extra power. With a nearly $2,000 starting price on HP’s website, the EliteBook 830 G8 features a 13.3-inch UWVA panel with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, and optional touch support. It’s complemented by a 720p camera with an optional IR component for face recognition, and an optional fingerprint scanner, both of which are supported by Windows Hello.

You can configure this traditional laptop with numerous 11th-generation Intel Core i7 chips, all with Intel’s Iris Xe graphics. Memory spans from 4GB to a whopping 64GB, while storage relies on SSDs ranging from 128GB to 2TB. Other ingredients thrown onto the menu include one Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, one HDMI port, wired networking, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, a nano-SIM card slot, Wireless AC, and Bluetooth 5 connectivity. Powering this device is a 56Wh battery.


13. HP Pro c640 Chromebook — Chromebook for business use

HP Pro c640 Chromebook Enterprise Front Left

If you’re wanting to escape Windows altogether, HP’s Chromebooks are a cheap solution as well. The Pro c640 is among the largest Chromebooks HP has to offer for business based on a 14-inch display and a 10th-gen Intel Core i3 processor. Configurations include a 14-inch SVA panel with a 1,366 x 768 resolution or a Full HD IPS, and you can also choose between a regular and a touchscreen. System memory ranges from 4GB to 16GB, and storage spans from 32GB to 128GB.

This Chromebook includes two USB-C ports, two USB-A options, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, and a microSD card slot. You’ll also find Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, an HD webcam, and a 60Wh battery. 

 

14. HP ZBook Studio G5 — workstation business laptop

best hp laptops zbook studio

Businesses wanting the power of a desktop workstation in a still-portable form factor may want to consider the ZBook Studio G7. Overall, the ZBook Studio G5 provides a 15.6-inch display with a 1,920 x 1,080 or 3,840 x 2,160 resolution. Under the hood, the hardware list is extensive, spanning 10th-generation Intel CPUs up to the Core i9-108850H. For graphics, you can fall back on Intel’s integrated component or go up to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 5000 Max-Q. System memory ranges from 8GB to 64GB, while the workstation packs up to 2TB of storage in various formats.

For ports, the workstation provides plenty of connectivity including an SD card reader, two USB-C ports (5Gbps), one HDMI port, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, and two Thunderbolt 3 ports (40Gbps). Security features include an optional fingerprint scanner and an IR camera.

Finally, this workstation relies on a 64Wh battery when using integrated graphics and a 95.6Wh battery with the Quadro GPU installed. It weighs 0.69 inches thick despite all the hardware packed inside and weighs around 4.54lb.


This concludes our latest broadcast of the best HP laptops you can buy right now. Keep tuning in for an updated list as newer models we’ve seen announced finally hit the streets.