Best HP laptops in 2024

The best HP laptops cover a lot of ground. In fact, with so many fantastic laptops on the market, picking which one is best for you can quickly become an arduous affair of comparing configurations and understanding your personal use cases to make a well-informed decision.

With a catalog like HP's, that could result in an incredible amount of analysis paralysis alongside a fair chance of a headache or two as you needlessly split the hairs on which specs to chase and which specs to cast aside.

Thankfully, as the name might indicate, we're somewhat in the know about HP's laptop offerings here at Laptop Mag — and we've been doing the hard work for you. We review HP laptops year-round to ensure the brand's offerings are up to par, and luckily for you, there are plenty of fantastic devices to choose from. 

Our selection of the best HP laptops is sourced from the highest-scoring machines in our review pool and features devices suitable for all walks of life and every budget. HP's vast and varied lineup has something for everyone, and we're here to help you figure out which one is best for you.

So, whether you’re looking for the premium, executive feel of the awesome Spectre lineup; the pulse-raising gaming potential of the Victus; the brilliant-for-business Dragonfly; or the budget-friendly Pavillion; let's dive into the best HP laptops of 2024.

Best HP laptops in 2024: Quick list

Best HP laptop overall

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

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The best HP laptop overall

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1265U vPRo
GPU: Intel Iris Xe graphics
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB
Display: 13.5-inch, 1920 x 1280 pixels
Size: 11.7 x 8.6 x 0.64 inches
Weight: 2.2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Amazing battery life
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Great webcam
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Spacious touchpad 
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Lightweight, portable chassis

Reasons to avoid

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Middling performance

You won't believe the battery runtime on the HP Elite Dragonfly G3! According to our in-house testing, it lasted a whopping 14 hours and 20 minutes. A typical premium laptop lasts about 10 hours, so we were pleasantly surprised to see that the Elite Dragonfly G3 surpassed that threshold by more than four hours.

The Elite Dragonfly G3 is packed with 12th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, at least 256GB of SSD storage, and a minimum of 16GB of RAM. The cheapest configuration is about $1,900, but the total could climb to $4,000 if you need 32GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD storage, 5G support, and a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro processor.

Best of all, the Dragonfly G3 actually has a good webcam. It has a 5MP shooter, which is a step above the 720p and 1080p webcams that continue to plague the laptop market.

See our full HP Elite Dragonfly G3 review.

Best budget HP laptop

HP Pavilion 14 (2022)

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The best budget HP laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5-1235U
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 256GB
Display: 14-inch FHD (1920 x 1080)
Size: 12.8 x 8.53 x 0.67 inches
Weight: 3.1 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Colorful display
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Lightweight
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Solid performance (for the price)
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Runs cool

Reasons to avoid

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Below-average battery life

The HP Pavilion 14 isn't one for pomp or flair, but it is a fantastic everyday option that won't break the bank. It's an incredibly affordable option that still packs a considerable punch when it comes to day-to-day computing and is a sensible option for students and workers buying on a budget.

This lightweight laptop goes easy on the wallet and is fairly easy on the eyes, too. It certainly doesn't look anywhere near as cheap as its ~$500 asking price would suggest. And, when it comes to performance, it excels with a solid Intel Core i5 12th gen processor aided by 16GB of RAM.

Much of the compromise you'll face with picking up HP's budget-friendly laptop comes via its middling battery life, but if you're not much of a digital nomad, then this isn't going to be an option. It runs cool, looks cool, and poses no risk of you losing your cool when you experience its, skewed-in-your-favor, price-to-performance output.

See our full HP Pavilion 14 (2022) review.

Best HP business laptop

HP Elite Dragonfly G4

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The best HP laptop for business

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1365U vPRo
GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB
Display: 13.5-inch, 1080p (1920 x 1280)
Size: 11.7 x 8.67 x 0.64 inches
Weight: 2.2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Awesome keyboard
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13-hour battery life
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Good webcam
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Loud speakers
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Excellent color accuracy

Reasons to avoid

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Middling performance

Forget any notion of a business laptop being a dull, lifeless husk of a machine, the HP Dragonfly G4 is true executive chic with enough power to get all but the upper echelon of users effortlessly through their 9 to 5 grind.

Outfitted with an impressive Intel Core i7-1365U vPRo processor, the Dragonfly G4 is well equipped to handle some intensive multitasking and a boatload of number crunching to boot. Backing this up is Intel's integrated Iris Xe graphics, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. In short, the Dragonfly G4 is a machine armed to slay any task your work (or school) day puts before you.

However, it's not all about the core components. The G4 has an exceptional keyboard that boasts a near-perfect typing experience, a 13-hour battery life, and a solid combo of speakers and webcam that are ideal for a Microsoft Teams turnout. Better still, at just 2.2 pounds in weight, the G4 is a highly portable computing companion that won't complicate your commute.

See our full HP Dragonfly G4 review.

Best HP 2-in-1 laptop

HP Spectre x360 16 (2022)

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The best 2-in-1 HP laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1260P
GPU: Intel Arc A370M / Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Storage: 1TB PCIe NVMe TLC M.2 SSD
Display: 16-inch UHD+ (3840 x 2400) OLED touch
Size: 14.09 x 9.6 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 4.1 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Stunning 16-inch OLED touch screen
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Comfortable keyboard
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Ample battery life
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Great audio
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Solid performance…

Reasons to avoid

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…but could be better
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Too heavy for tablet mode

HP’s take on a 16-inch convertible laptop already impressed with a premium form factor and dazzling OLED touch screen, and now the brand has taken things a step further by outfitting its latest Spectre X360 16 with decent performance, too.

The 12th gen Intel Core i7 processor housed within is a solidly enough performing bit of kit, enhanced further by 16GB of RAM and a sizable 1TB of speedy SSD storage. That's plenty of power to perform most daily tasks and workloads, and the Spectre X360 makes it all look phenomenal across a dazzling 16-inch OLED touchscreen.

While this is a fantastic addition to any workspace, the 2-in-1 laptop is a boon for those who enjoy the duality of having a sizable tablet on hand at a moment's notice — greatly expanding on the laptop's portability and usage through a multitude of purposes.

See our full
HP Spectre x360 16 (2022) review.

Best HP gaming laptop

HP Victus 16

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The best HP gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU:: Intel Core i7-13700H
GPU:: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 (6GB VRAM)
RAM:: 16GB
Storage:: 1TB
Display:: 16-inch, FHD (1920 x 1080) with 16:10 aspect ratio
Size:: 14.53 x 10.21 x 0.90 inches
Weight:: 5.2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Elegant, solid design
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Office acceptable
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Audiophiles will appreciate the clean sound
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Solid colorful 16-inch display
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Perky gaming performance

Reasons to avoid

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Speakers lack a bit of loudness
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Display could be brighter

Super-fun and super-affordable, that's one way of describing HP's Victus 16. This entry-level gaming laptop houses some considerable power by way of a 13th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 40-Series graphics, both of which combine to offer quality performance and impressive on-screen results.

Fans of lightning fast displays might feel a little undersold with this one, as the Victus 16 is locked to a 60Hz refresh rate. However, if you're not much of an ultra-competitive gamer, you'll still get to enjoy a pretty smooth frame rate with pictures that are both colorful and vivid – squeezing every inch of quality from the Victus' 16-inch panel.

See our full HP Victus 16 review.

Best HP workstation

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The best HP workstation

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9-12950HX
GPU: Nvidia RTX A5500 24GB VRAM
RAM: 64GB
Storage: 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
Display: 16-inch 4K+ (3840 x 2400, 120Hz, 16:10)
Size: 14.3 x 9.8 x 1.09 inches
Weight: 5.4 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Powerful CPU and GPU combo
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Stunning 16-inch, color-accurate Dream Color display
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Excellent audio
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Solid Mil-Spec certified design
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Excellent keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Starts at $2,699
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Webcam is sometimes grainy

When it comes to tackling the most intensive and demanding of computing tasks, the HP ZBook Fury 16 G9 is the laptop you need. Offering phenomenal power across the board, this workstation laptop is the ultimate tool in any arsenal and if you're a high-level video editor, programmer, 3D artist, or editor, accept no substitute.

The ninth-iteration of the ZBook Fury 16 is packed with premium components to deliver the most potent performance possible. Not only is the ZBook outfitted with an overclockable 12th Gen Intel Core i9 CPU, but it's also backed by a staggering Nvidia RTX A5500 GPU with 24GB VRAM and up to 64GB of RAM.

That's an ungodly amount of computing force to have at hand, and the ZBook pairs it with 1TB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage to adequately house your power-hungry projects. However, with great power comes equally as great a price tag, and that's something you'll need to heavily invest in to acquire. The model mentioned here costs a whopping $5,999.99 to pick up, though different configurations are available with the lowest tier starting at $2,350.

See our full HP ZBook Fury 16 G9 review.

Best 13-inch HP laptop

HP Spectre x360 13.5 (2022)

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The best 13-inch HP laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1255U processor
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 1TB
Display: 13.5-inch OLED (3000 x 2000)
Size: 11.7 x 8.7 x 0.67 inches
Weight: 3.01 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Stunning 3:2 aspect ratio OLED touchscreen
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Elegant, sturdy design
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Excellent performance
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All-day battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey
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Lack of discrete GPU option

The HP Spectre X360 13.5 is more than just a shrunken-down version of its 16-inch sibling, it's an Ultrabook-level, portable productivity platform with oodles of potential and a genuinely stunning design to boot.

The Spectre X360 12.5 is a fantastic option for those who want to enjoy the hybrid levels of productivity offered by a 13.5-inch OLED tablet-like touchscreen and the comfortable desk-friendly traditional laptop format without ever needing to switch devices.

Regardless of which form you place it in, HP's Spectre offers impressive performance thanks to a 12th gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Iris Xe graphics, 16GB of RAM and a solid 1TB of SSD storage.

See our HP Spectre x360 13.5 (2022) review.

Best 16-inch HP laptop

HP Envy 16

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The best 16-inch HP laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9-12900H
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
RAM: 32GB DDR5
Storage: 512GB
Display: 16-inch UHD+ (3840 x 2400) 60Hz
Size: 14.07 x 9.91 x 0.78
Weight: 5.1 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous 4K OLED display
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Sleek, silver aluminum chassis
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Impressive 5MP IR webcam
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Strong web surfing battery life
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Surprisingly great gaming performance

Reasons to avoid

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Poor gaming battery life
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Lacks an Ethernet port

How about a HP laptop that does a little bit of everything, and does it all surprisingly well? For that, you're best bet lies with the Envy 16 — a powerful and versatile offering that delivers on all fronts as a productivity workhorse and a casual gaming haven.

Not only does the Envy 16 come outfitted with a high-end 12th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, but it also features the striking graphics potential of a discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU equipped with 6GB of VRAM. While this won't have you cranking every slider to the right on the latest, greatest, and most demanding of AAA games, it will provide a more than serviceable experience across most titles.

The Envy 16's internal components are only half of its entertainment potential, however. Another strong suit of this laptop is its, frankly stunning, 16-inch 4K OLED display. HP's panel is a dream for showcasing visuals, and a top-tier solution for watching films or TV on, too.

See our full HP Envy 16 review.

Best HP Chromebook

HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook

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The best HP Chromebook

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5-1235U
GPU: Integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 256GB
Display: 14 inch, 2K LCD Touchscreen (2560 x 1600)
Size: 12.4 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 3.3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Great webcam
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Crisp and colorful display
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Sturdy, sleek metal design
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Good performance
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Excellent audio

Reasons to avoid

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Less than 10 hours of battery life
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Steep price for a Chromebook

If you're in the market for a Chromebook then HP is certainly one of the brands you'll want to watch out for. HP Chromebooks are some of the better offerings you can find and the Dragonfly Pro is an excellent choice for those looking for a lightweight yet powerful ChromeOS companion.

This is the Chromebook of choice for those seeking portable performance thanks to a 12th gen Intel Core i5 CPU and a healthy accompaniment of 16GB of RAM. That performance is well-matched by a bright and vibrant 14-inch LCD display, solid audio, and a sleek and sturdy design that's a treat to the eyes whenever it's in sight.

See our full HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook review.

Choosing the right HP laptop

As one of the top laptop brands, HP has a laptop for every occasion, from premium business laptops to budget-friendly Chromebooks. That extensive selection might make it tough to decide which laptop is right for you, so here's a handy guide to the various model lines offered by HP. 

Spectre: Premium, lightweight designs that offer portable power and beautiful displays are hallmarks of HP's best model line.

Envy: If attractive design, vibrant displays and premium audio are your focus, HP's line of Envy laptops has style to spare.

Elite Dragonfly: HP's new premium business laptop, the Elite Dragonfly series sports a stunning, premium design that's both durable and lightweight. Expect the latest, top-of-the-line features and components, along with a sky-high price to match.

EliteBook: HP's business laptops, with IT support, strong performance and premium designs. For better portability, the thin-and-light EliteBook Folio is the name to look for. If you go with this line, be sure to check out our 5 essential accessories for EliteBooks.

ProBook: For business-capable laptops without the premium price tag, the ProBook line delivers no-nonsense designs and performance for everyday office productivity.

ZBook: For professionals needing workstation-class performance, HP's ZBooks offer all the power you need, along with robust security and rugged designs.

Notebook: If HP's "Notebook" line sounds generic, that's because it is, but these simple designs offer everyday performance that won't break the bank.

Pavilion: For a happy medium between the bland, budget-friendly "Notebook" line and HP's premium Envy laptops, look no further than the affordably-priced Pavilion. These mid-range laptops come in all shapes and sizes, but all offer decent performance with solid feature sets.

Omen: HP's gaming brand, Omen laptops have a bit more pizazz and a lot more graphics power, delivering a decent gaming experience for (relatively) reasonable prices.

Stream: For a Chromebook-style laptop that still offers WIndows, check out HP's brightly colored, ultra-budget Stream laptops.

Chromebooks: Ranging from $200-500, the HP Chromebook line offers Google's Chrome OS in several well-made laptops.

How we test laptops

We put HP laptops through extensive benchmark testing -- both synthetic and real-world -- before they end up in the hands of our reviewers. We evaluate everything from speed and battery life to display brightness, speaker volume and system heat.

We use a Klein K10 colorimeter to detect the brightness and sRGB color gamut of a laptop's display. For performance benchmarking, we run the laptop through a gauntlet of benchmarks, including Geekbench 4.3 and 5.0 and 3DMark professional graphics tests. 

To determine real-world performance, we task the laptop to convert a 4K video to 1080p resolution and to duplicate a 4.97GB multimedia file. Our real-world graphics test is the Dirt 3 benchmark with medium settings and 1080p resolution. 

We also run heat tests by playing a 15-minute full-screen video and our battery test consists of continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. We consider everything over the category average (8 hours and 36 minutes) to be a good result. Of course, these tests are complemented with hands-on testing from our reviewers.