The Best HP Laptops You Can Buy This Year

Kevin Mobley

HP is one of the most popular brands out there when it comes to electronics. That’s why, we decided to review the 8 best HP laptops of this year. Their older models got a lot of negative reviews, because they weren’t worth the price. We gave them another chance and tested their newer models. Let’s take a look at them.

Which Is The Best HP Laptop?

8. HP Pavilion 15

Best For Business

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
70%
Value
70%

HP is one of the most prominent laptop brands in the market, and it is one of the most popular ones too, if not the most popular. The company has built its name through the years, and it is known for delivering excellent business laptops, one of the most notable for that purpose is the Pavilion series. The model I have my hands on today is the HP Pavilion 15, a great machine, with plenty of performance, refined design, good display, all coming in at an extremely valuable package.

As we have come to know from the Pavilion series, this laptop features a very simplistic and minimal design as well. However, this time around the designers have opted for sharper angles on its corners and all-around, resulting in a more streamlined design, and combined with its matte finish, on its sturdy plastic frame, gives it a premium look. This device is pretty portable as well, measuring just 0.78-inches at its thickest point and weighs just 4.21-pounds, so it will fit into most backpacks and carry it around with ease.

This device features a 15.6-inch IPS WLED-backlit panel with anti-glare coating, and it has a Full HD resolution of 1920x1080p. The display was able to portray plenty of detail and the colours were fairly good as well, better than most of its mid-range competitors.

The brightness is somewhat not as good as I expected but it should be enough at 237nits, and it is worth mentioning that it was extremely even throughout the screen.

In the performance department, this model is equipped with an 8th Generation Quad-Core Intel Core i5-8250U processing unit, combined with 8GB of RAM and 1TB of 5400 rpm SATA HDD, which is the fastest of the sort. These performances make it a productivity workhorse and it should be enough for most of daily use, however, don’t expect it to run triple-A games though.

The battery life is a little lacking, however, it should be enough to last a day in the office averaging about 8 hours with moderate use.

If you want an affordable mid-range laptop, for your business purposes, the HP Pavilion 15 delivers. Definitely deserves its spot in this best hp laptops list!

7. HP Chromebook 11 G4

Best Budget Chromebook

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
80%
Value
85%

Chromebooks all perform like the same device, offering the same OS experience, and nearly the same design. However, the HP Chromebook 11 G4 breaks the mold delivering an extremely solid build quality, good performance, interesting features, decent display with pretty accurate colors and exceptional portability. Taking into consideration its affordable price, it is hard not to consider this Chromebook.

The HP Chromebook 11 G4 rocks a pretty contemporary and simplistic look, which is just perfect for my taste, with its two-tone paint job and round edges that have a futuristic look. On the lid of it you will spot a matte black paint job, with the silver HP logo in the middle and the Chrome logo on the top left hand side, the bottom has a nice design as well, sporting a textured finish to provide a grip when you place it on a table and for one-hand carrying.

The deck of the device features a silver design, and on it the matte black keys. It is worth stating that the device is extremely light and portable, measuring 0.81-inches at its thickest and weighing just 2.1-pounds in total.

Albeit small, the keyboard delivered an adequate typing experience, with good travel distance and a clicky tactile response, on top of this the touchpad was pretty good as well with good workspace and nice feeling.

This laptop features an 11.6-inch anti-glare SVA WLED backlit panel with an HD resolution of 1366x768p, delivering plenty of sharpness in the process and good colours. Maybe it is not the best display in the market, but for its size, it is more than enough, I would only complain about the viewing angles, and the brightness which only averaged 192nits at maximum, however, the colour reproduction was pretty solid managing to reproduce about 63 percent of the sRGB colour gamut.

In the performance department it is equipped with an Intel Celeron N2840 2.16GHz CPU with 4GB of RAM which makes it a productivity tool, and the integrated Intel HD Graphics 400 help it carries on its might.

The best Chromebook from HP’s lineup, delivering durability, design, and power in an extremely affordable package.

6. HP Spectre x360-13t

Best Touchscreen

Our Ratings:

Durability
85%
Quality
85%
Value
95%

When it comes to excellent design, performance, and credibility, HP knows how to deliver and its x360-13t is nothing but breathtaking. It is truly a premium laptop complete with the price, but this laptop doesn’t appeal to the average customer, with its new and improved design, and amazing touchscreen capabilities the x360 is an art piece, it doesn’t disappoint in the performance department too, as I told you it is the complete package.

The HP Spectre x360-13t has an interesting design as the company rightfully called it the ‘gem-cut design’. Every design trick pulled in this laptop is made to reflect light from every possible angle, and it has angular cuts that go in a pattern, to give the device a proper gem look. I can describe this as an exotic design which only enhances the premium claim of this laptop, while all its competitors have simple and bland designs. It is a lightweight and portable device measuring just 0.57-inches at its thickest point and weighs just 2.92-pounds.

This particular model packs a 13.3-inch IPS WLED backlit touchscreen panel that has a Corning Gorilla Glass on the front for protection. It has a Full HD resolution of 192x1080p, and it is worth stating that it has a low power consumption. On top of all this, the display delivers a great contrast of 1040:1, with good brightness of 333nits and managing to reproduce about 73 percent of the AdobeRGB gamut, meaning that you can even use it for design. Apart from that, you can comfortably use this display for watching movies, productivity and many more.

In the performance department, this machine has Intel’s 8th Generation Whiskey Lake i7-8550U CPU that has a boost clock speed of 4GHz with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD for storage. In the graphics department, it is equipped with an Intel UHD Graphics 620 unit, these specs prove that this ultraportable is one of the best in the market, and even under heavy tasks, it managed to stay cool with the new temperature management system.

The battery life of the HP Spectre x360-13t is also pretty good, managing about 12 hours of use before shutting down on average.

Complete with the included pen, Bang & Olufsen speakers, and perfect camera, this laptop is the best touchscreen from HPs range.

 

5. HP Spectre Folio

Best 2-in-1 Laptop

Our Ratings:

Durability
95%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

HP has always designed some of the most eye-catching laptops in the market, however, neither can get close to the looks of the HP Spectre Folio. This is essentially a 2-in-1, the best 2-in-1 in its lineup to be exact, it has a high price and it is the definition of premium and luxury. It has a performance to match and it is thoroughly a mighty tool that will get through everything.

As I mentioned earlier this is a premium designed machine, with aesthetics to match, it is the equivalent of a Ferrari in the laptop world. Extremely sleek and streamlined, covered with genuine leather all-around, dubbed the Cognac Brown, which is soft to touch and comfortable. It nearly looks like a high-end designer bag, and it would make its designers jealous, it is fairly thin and lightweight, measuring 0.6-inches at its thickest and weighs about 3.4-pounds, making it extremely portable.

The HP Spectre Folio is equipped with 13.3-inch IPS WLED backlit display with a resolution of 1920x1080p, which as a first impression is impressive, to say the least. It displays a rich variety of colours, to be exact it managed reproduce 119 percent of the sRGB colour gamut and can get pretty bright at about 400 nits at maximum. In all modes, this display looks pretty and is capable of displaying everything to its last detail with amazing viewing angles.

When you look at the display and the performance specs, we see a reoccurring theme here, this is a pretty power-efficient laptop, fitted with a Y-Series Intel CPU namely the dual-core 1.5GHz Intel Core i7-8500Y with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD, but even then this laptop is capable of getting through every productivity task and plenty of productivity. Thanks to the aforementioned power-saving features, this fanless model is capable of 8 hours of heavy use before giving up, and if you are a casual user, it’s more than double of that.

Overall, the Folio is one of the most beautifully designed laptops that will prove its worth time and time again, it is suited for every business people with high-demanding jobs, this luxury item is a must.

 

4. HP Omen 15

Best For Gaming

Our Ratings:

Durability
100%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

We have seen plenty of business machines from HP’s lineup that is productivity tools, but this time around we have a gaming machine that performs like a dream, at an affordable package, the HP Omen 15. First of all, it is extremely powerful, great display with gaming features and high-refresh rates, and an amazing design language that carries the gamer vibes but it is still contemporary and gorgeous.

Gaming laptop designs are often hit or miss, with most going for over-the-top designs and other opting for plain designs that look straight-up boring. However, the Omen 15 finds the perfect balance and it is one of the few gaming based designs that I am a fan of, with its brushed gunmetal lid looking both edgy and streamlined simultaneously. It also sports slim bezels, and the laptop is a bit heavier at 2.52kg in total, but it is necessary to include some thermal management for keeping it cool during your gaming sessions. Plus it offers plenty of connectivity options, everything you may need for gaming purposes.

This device features a 15.6-inch IPS panel with a Full HD resolution of 1080p and a native refresh rate of 144Hz, and it features the micro-edge technology, delivering amazing colours with plenty of brightness, detail, and contrast, the proper gaming display.

It has a contrast of 965:1, a brightness of about 300 nits, to display the perfect blacks, and it managed to reproduce about 90.8% of the sRGB colour gamut with great accuracy. Whether the purpose, this display delivers immersive visuals.

In the performance department the HP Omen 15 sports an 8th Generation, Intel Core i7 8750H CPU with 6-cores and a boost clock speed of 4.1GHz with 12GB of RAM, 1TB of HDD and 128GB of SSD for fast booting times. To go along with that the manufacturer has bundled the amazing Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of VRAM, making it capable of running the latest games with high frame rates, ensuring you have the smoothest gaming experience you can get from a laptop.

Maybe the best gaming laptop in the market, the HP Omen 15 delivers the best experience you can think of. Definitely one of the best hp laptops out there.

3. HP Chromebook 14

Best Budget

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
70%
Value
70%

HP has been one of the leading brands in the laptop industry and the company has managed to deliver one of the most solid and better packages in the market so far, with great build quality and value for the price. However, if you want the cheapest laptop in their lineup you have to check out their 14-inch Chromebook which is one of the best in the Chromebook market. While it isn’t packed with the most advanced specs or performances it is a great package for productivity users and as a device, you will watch your TV shows on, and for its price it is a great backup tool, coming in with great battery life, 1080p display, and many more features.

From budget laptops I always expect hideous and ugly packages, however, the HP Chromebook comes as a very attractive package. It is simply amazing overall with its matte white finish on the lid and without forgetting the HP logo to make it stand out. The deck side also has the white brushed finish and the lid has a textured rough texture that gives it a bit of personality.

The HP Chromebook has a plastic build all-around that doesn’t inspire confidence but it was ready for action and felt pretty rugged overall, meaning that it can take plenty of abuse around the house. This laptop is about 0.7-inches thick, which is superb and weighs 3.3-pounds in total, meaning that you won’t notice it in your backpack. In terms of connectivity, it has plenty of selections, including a pair of USB Type-C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Kensington lock, a micro SD slot, and a headphone jack.

On the front side, you will spot the 14-inch in-plane switching panel of the HP Chromebook, that rocks a Full HD resolution of 1080p, which delivers a great viewing experience overall. However, don’t expect excellence from this panel, as it managed to reproduce about 71 percent of the sRGB color space and has a maximum brightness of 220 nits which is decent. It has a good keyboard though that delivers a good key travel of 1.2mm and it was very snappy requiring about 71 grams of actuation force, making the overall experience enjoyable and satisfying.

In the performance department, the HP Chromebook 14 delivered a good experience for its price with an Intel Celeron N3350 CPU with a boost clock speed of 2.4GHz. On top of that, it has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage that makes it a great productivity tool overall. The battery life is also solid as it delivered 8 hours in total which is better than I expected, and for its budget price, this laptop is perfect.

2. HP Envy 13

Best Business

Our Ratings:

Durability
85%
Quality
85%
Value
95%

For the business-minded individuals that require fast and snappy performance, beautiful design, superb display, and great battery life I can only recommend just one device the HP Envy 13. This beast is one of my favorite ultrabooks and it justifies its premium price. Definitely one of my favorite laptops in the market, tons of value for the price.

In terms of design and aesthetics, the HP Envy 13 is a pretty attractive device that will please the eye of every buyer even if it’s not a flagship-level laptop, just flawless. I have to mention that this laptop measures about 0.6-inches at its thickest point and weighs just about 2.59 pounds in total, meaning that you can carry it in your backpack for a long time before feeling tired.

On top of that, the build quality is top of the class and the whole thing is built out of anodized aluminum which is very sturdy but soft to the touch, superb job from HP all around. In terms of connectivity ports, this device is equipped with a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, a headphone jack and a micro SD slot to top it off.

On the front, this device is packed with a 13.3-inch in-plane switching display with 4K resolution and WLED backlighting. On top of all that this panel is a touch-capacitive and has Gorilla Glass on top to protect it against any accident, also it delivers some great viewing angles. Moving on this display delivers amazing color reproduction as it managed to reproduce about 100 percent of the sRGB color space and 76 of the AdobeRGB color space. The contrast ratio is also excellent at 1000:1 and overall HDR content looked perfect on this amazing display.

In terms of performance and power, this ultrabook is equipped with plenty of desirable qualities that will make it capable of plenty of multi-tasking. The HP Envy 13 is equipped with an Intel Core i7-8565U CPU that has a boost clock speed of 4.6GHz and combines with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD. However, on top of all this, it also has a great Nvidia GeForce MX250 dedicated graphics unit that makes it one of the best in the market.

Combined with its battery life of about 11 hours in continuous streaming and its amazing price, the HP Envy 13 is one of the most attractive laptops in the market.

1. HP Spectre x360-15t

Best Overall

Our Ratings:

Durability
100%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

Coming to the top of the list we have one of the best laptops in the market let alone an HP one, the x360-15t. This beast is the very best coming in with a super beautiful design, great 4K display, plenty of performance to get through everything, tons of versatility, and great battery life for its power, without further ado let’s get on with it.

From the design perspective, the HP Spectre x360-15t comes with a beautiful body that is very smart overall and has a superbly premium feel, and it also comes with the extra sleek Poseidon Blue color that is packed with gold details. It has plenty of flairs and with its thin body that measures about 0.76-inches at its thickest, it will feel good in your hands. Moving on this beast is constructed out of the best aluminum in the market that feels perfect, without any flex and on the front side, the Gorilla GLass does a good job at protecting the touchscreen display.

The HP Spectre x360-15t is equipped with one of the best 15.6-inch in-plane switching glossy panels that rocks a 4K resolution, detail reproduction at its best, and also it managed to deliver one of the most beautiful colors. While we are at it I should mention that this panel reproduced a whopping 157 percent of the sRGB colorspace with tons of accuracy. The brightness was also excellent thanks to the OLED backlighting and overall the viewing experience is super solid.

In the performance department, this beast is more than capable as it packs the latest 10th gen Intel Core i7 10510U CPU with a boost clock speed of 4.9GHz. On top of that, it has 32GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD for maximum speed, and in the graphics department, it has a dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX250 unit with 2GB of dedicated VRAM meaning that it can plow through any task you may encounter.

The definite best laptop in the HP lineup, and maybe the best overall in the market.

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