The Spectre x360 might be the best laptop HP has ever made. This 2.8-pound stunner sports a premium design and full 7th-generation Core i performance, plus an extra 4 hours of battery life versus the previous model. Plus, the x360 has a lower starting price of $1,050. Even though it's a 2-in-1, the Spectre boasts a stunningly thin and light chassis for a 13-incher that's even smaller than traditional laptops like the Dell XPS 13.
|Best HP Laptops 2017|
|HP Spectre x360||Best Overall||4.5 out of 5|
|HP Spectre||Best Ultrabook||3.5 out of 5|
|HP Chromebook 14||Best Chromebook||4 out of 5|
|EliteBook 1030 G1||Best for Productivity||4 out of 5|
|HP EliteBook Folio G1||Best for Business||4 out of 5|
|HP Spectre x360 15-inch||Best 15-inch 2-in-1||4 out of 5|
|HP EliteBook x360||New and Notable||N/A|
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. 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.
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.
The 15-inch HP Spectre x360 delivers sleek looks and a 4K 15.6-inch display in a portable package. Despite its screen pushing so many pixels, the battery still lasted over 8 and a half hours on our test, and it has great speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen so you can rock out while you work. The aluminum design comes in black and copper tones that stand out from a crowded field of silver notebooks.
Not only is the HP EliteBook x360 expected to be super thin -- just 0.59-inches, to be precise. HP is claiming it will last up to 16 hours when it releases in January, though no price has been announced. Besides an Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, the EliteBook 2-in-1 will have HP's Sure View privacy screen an 13.3-inch display with resolution options going up to 4K. It will have a mix of legacy ports as well as the latest USB Type-C port.