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|
|HP ZBook Studio G4||Best for Productivity||4 out of 5|
|HP EliteBook x360 G2||Best for Business||4.5 out of 5|
|HP Spectre x360 15-inch||Best 15-inch 2-in-1||4 out of 5|
|HP Envy 13 (2017)||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.
If you need ports, the ZBook Studio G4 has them in spades, including two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB 3.0 ports an HDMI output and an SD Card slot. It has a brilliant display and powerful perfromance thanks to a Xeon CPU, super fast SSD and Nvidia Quadro M1200 GPU.
The EliteBook x360 2-in-1 will turn heads in your office, thanks to its sleek looks. But its strong performance, long battery life and comfortable keyboard are what will really draw you to this lightweight workhorse. With its optional Sure View privacy screen, you can keep gawkers on planes and trains from learning your business secrets.
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.
The upcoming HP Envy 13 looks fantastic, and its neat design is functional, too: Opening the notebook--and revealing a nearly bezel-free display--also raises its keyboard for a more comfortable typing angle. HP claims the 2.73-pound laptop will offer up to 14 hours of battery life (though we'll be the judge of that). The Envy 13 will be released in June 2017, with pricing starting at $899 for a configuration packing a 7th gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB NVMe SSD.
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.
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.