Best HP Laptops 2018

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Best Overall

HP Envy 13t

Editor's Choice

The HP Envy 13t isn't just a great laptop; it's also a great deal. Starting under $900, you get a premium aluminum chassis and an 8th Gen Core i processor. It has an awesome keyboard and lasted 9 hours and 46 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test.

While it's branded with the budget Envy moniker, the 13t feels more like it belongs in the superior Spectre series, and while you can get brighter, more vivid displays on some competitors, the Envy 13t is priced more competitively.

HP Envy 13t Review

Best HP Laptops 2018
Product: Use Case: Rating:
HP Envy 13t Best Overall 4 out of 5
HP Spectre x360 15-inch Best 2-in-1 4 out of 5
HP Chromebook 14 Best Chromebook 4 out of 5
HP Omen 17 Best for Gaming 4 out of 5
HP Spectre x360 (13-inch) Best 13-inch 2-in-1 4 out of 5
HP ZBook x2 Best Workstation 4 out of 5
HP Spectre Best Ultrabook 3 out of 5
HP EliteBook 840 G5 Best for Business 4.5 out of 5
HP Envy 13 New and Notable N/A
  • Best 2-in-1

    HP Spectre x360 15-inch

    Editor's Choice

    The 15-inch HP Spectre x360 remains one of our favorite 2-in-1s around, thanks to its beautiful, lightweight design, 8th Gen Intel Core CPU, beautiful, vibrant 15.6-inch screen and strong battery life. The speakers are tuned by Bang & Olufsen for powerful audio and you get a choice in style. It comes in either silver or a combination of black and copper that will turn heads.

    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.

    HP Spectre x360 15-inch Review

  • Best Chromebook

    HP Chromebook 14

    Editor's Choice

    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.

    HP Chromebook 14 Full Review

  • Best for Gaming

    HP Omen 17

    Editor's Choice

    HP's Omen series has been revamped with striking looks, powerful graphics up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, a 4K display option, and a super fast NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD. That means powefrful graphics and fast transfer speeds. The RAM and hard drive are upgradable for better performance down the line, While we could do without the plastic in the lid, the carbon fiber and aluminum are luxurious. If you like something smaller, consider the 15-inch version, which is also great.

    HP Omen 17 Review

  • Best 13-inch 2-in-1

    HP Spectre x360 (13-inch)

    Editor's Choice

    If the 15-inch Spectre x360 is too big for you, the 13-inch model is still a fine choice. You still get a stylish design, strong sound, a comfy keyboard and a stylus thrown in for good measure. You can get it with a Sure View privacy screen, which had previously been limited to business notebooks. The screen isn't as vivid as the 15-inch models and competitors have longer battery life, but the 8th Gen Core i processor in the Spectre delivers speedy performance alongisde a blazing-fast SSD.

    HP Spectre x360 Review

  • Best Workstation

    HP ZBook x2

    Editor's Choice

    There's nothing like the HP ZBook Studio. It's a complete solution for artists with a 4K display, customizable shortcuts and an excellent stylus that you'll never, ever need to charge. It's premium, going up to $3,500, but that will net you up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia Quadro graphics. And despite being a detachable 2-in-1, the keyboard is every bit as good as a regular laptop. It's battery life isn't great, though, so keep your charger around.

    ZBook x2 Review

  • Best Ultrabook

    HP Spectre

    The Spectre is the best way to show off HP's eye for design. It has beautiful piano hinges and comes in a new lovely white. The keyboard is punchy and its even tinier than previous models at 12 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches. Somehow, that's still enough room for a powerful 8th Gen Core i7 CPU. The battery life is short, however, and the 13.3-inch display is on the dim side, but if you're looking for a fashion statement, you've come to the right place.

    HP Spectre Review

  • Best for Business

    HP EliteBook 840 G5

    The EliteBook 840 G5 is one classy-looking business notebook. But it's more than just looks. It offers 8 and a half hours of battery life, an awesome keyboard, and, when you need it, a SureView privacy display to keep strangers from checking out your screen. We also appreciated the audio, which sounded great. That's all on top of a powerful 8th Gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 612GB PCIe NVMe SSD.

    HP EliteBook 840 G5 Review

  • New and Notable

    HP Envy 13

    HP's new Envy 13 is so thin that its USB ports have jaws. At just 0.6-inches thick, it was the only wat to make it that lsim and still fit USB Type-A on there. It's also the first time we're seeing HP's SureView privacy screen come to a consumer laptop. It will start at a $1,000 with up to an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.

    HP Envy 13 Details

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.
  • EliteBook: HP's premium 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.
  • 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.
  • Chromebooks: Ranging from $200-500, the HP Chromebook line offers Google's Chrome OS in several well-made laptops.
  • Stream: For a Chromebook-style laptop that still offers WIndows, check out HP's brightly colored, ultra-budget Stream laptops.

For more details on each of these models, check out our guide to finding Which HP Laptop Is Right For You. For detailed recommendations on selecting a system or picking the right components, check out our in-depth Laptop Buying Guide.