This stylish, 13-inch, all-aluminum convertible can go from laptop to tablet mode, with several stops in between. Boasting a bright 1080p touch screen (upgradeable to UltraHD), the Spectre x360 also has a large, comfortable keyboard and ClickPad, a Core i5 processor, and a 256GB SSD. It lasts more than 9 hours on a charge and has some excellent speakers to boot. In all, it's a really good deal.
With the Spectre, HP has reached new heights in design. Not only is this system stunning to look at with its unique piano hinges and gorgeous copper and black body, but at just 10.4mm thick, the Spectre is also the thinnest laptop in the world. But the highlights don't stop there. The Spectre's 13-inch screen is wonderfully bright and colorful and with a chassis this slim, you still get your choice of a full Core i5 or i7 CPU starting for just $1,099.99. The only area where the Spectre falls short is battery life, although for a system that's this fast and this stylish, it might be something you can overlook.
Though its 15.6-inch screen is on the large side, the HP Spectre x360t is thinner and lighter than many products with smaller displays. A gorgeous 4.2-pound, .63-inch thick aluminum chassis gives this 2-in-1 a premium feel while a colorful display - available with a 4K option - makes the x360t a joy to look at. Its 8 hours and 27 minutes of battery life is also far superior to the results on similarly-sized competitors.
Is it a tablet with a detachable-screen keyboard or a laptop with a removable screen? Who cares? Starting at just $250, the HP Pavilion x2 10t is a versatile 10.1-inch 2-in-1 that packs a lot of value. Its plastic body feels much sturdier than a typical budget machine, its screen has nice, wide viewing angles, and you even get 9.5 hours of battery life on a single charge. Plus. you get the convenience of a screen that simply lifts away when you want to get up close and personal with your media. The only real issue is the undersized keys on its keyboard, but on a machine as compact and portable as this one, we sort of understand.
The larger of HP's affordable Stream line of Windows 8.1 laptops, the Stream 13 delivers the same smooth performance in a larger, but still attractive package. Its fun, bright color scheme will mirror your mood when you realize this 13-incher costs only $230. We particularly liked the booming DTS Studio Sound speakers. Plus, as with the Stream 11, you get a year's free subscription to Office 365 Personal and 1TB of cloud storage on OneDrive so you can take your work on the go.
As HP's second go at the Chrome OS, the $299 Chromebook 14 is a success. For those who mainly use their notebook to surf the Web, watch videos and send email, this may be all the machine you need. We appreciated the color options for the exterior (snow white, ocean turquoise and coral peach), as well as the impressive 7 hours and 57 minutes of battery life.
The EliteBook Folio G1 is slimmer than a MacBook and almost as light, but don't let this laptop's small size fool you. This 12.5-inch, 2.1-pound system is a business behemoth, complete with a comfortable keyboard, sharp screen, vPro manageability and the ability to survive drops from up to 30 inches in the air. You can even use your face to log in if you forget your password.