Best HP Laptops 2019

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Best Overall

HP Envy 13t

Editor's Choice

The HP Envy 13t isn't just one of the best laptops around; it's also a great deal. Starting under $900, you get a premium aluminum chassis and an 8th Gen Core i7 processor. It has an awesome keyboard and lasted 9 hours and 46 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, making it our favorite laptop for college students.

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 2019
Product: Use Case: Rating:
HP Envy 13t Best Overall 4 out of 5
HP Spectre x360 (13-inch 2019) Best 2-in-1 4.5 out of 5
HP Spectre Folio Best 13-inch 4 out of 5
HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2019) Best 15-inch 4 out of 5
HP Chromebook x2 Best Chromebook 4 out of 5
HP Omen 17 Best for Gaming 4 out of 5
HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 Best Workstation 4.5 out of 5
HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5 Best Ultrabook 4 out of 5
HP EliteBook 840 G5 Best for Business 4.5 out of 5
HP Stream 11 (2018) Best Budget 4.0 out of 5
  • Best 2-in-1

    HP Spectre x360 (13-inch 2019)

    Editor's Choice

    HP's Spectre x360 is a brilliant laptop for anyone in search of a 2-in-1 or a sleek 13-inch ultrabook. The laptop offers everything you could ask for: super long battery life, strong performance and a vivid display. While the Spectre x360 is priced a bit higher than its rivals, that money gets you arguably the most elegant laptop on the market. 

    HP Spectre x360 (2019) Review

  • Best 13-inch

    HP Spectre Folio

    Editor's Choice

    While it's not as powerful as other ultrabooks in its class, the luxurious HP Spectre Folio stands out from the competition with its 100 percent genuine leather chassis and innovative mechanism for transforming from a laptop into a tablet. Available in two different tones of genuine leather (Cognac and Burgundy), the 13-inch Folio looks like the brainchild of a famous fashion designer.  

    Other things we like about this premium laptop -- apart from that stunning design -- is the Spectre Folio's long-lasting battery life (over 10 hours) and its surprisingly comfortable keyboard. For around $1,600, you can buy the Spectre Folio with a Core i7 Y-series CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. 

    HP Spectre Folio review

  • Best 15-inch

    HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2019)

    Editor's Choice

    We've always been fans of HP's Spectre x360 laptops, but the latest releases take the flagship line to the next level. The 15-inch version has the same stunning design as its smaller counterpart, but the Core i7-8750H CPU and GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU it packs offer significantly better performance. HP worked some magic to craft a laptop that lasts more than 8 hours on a charge with those power-hungry components and a 4K display. But that's not all, because under that vivid panel is a super comfortable keyboard.

    HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2019) review

  • Best Chromebook

    HP Chromebook x2

    Editor's Choice

    If you're willing to pay a premium for your next Chromebook, the HP Chromebook x2 will definitely satisfy. We love the attractive white lid and vibrant 12.3-inch touchscreen, and the nearly 9 hours of battery life beats most Windows-powered 2-in-1s. Other highlights include a bundled pen for taking notes and full Google Play compatibility for downloading Android apps. We just this 3.2-pound machine were a little lighter.

    HP Chromebook x2 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 powerful 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 Workstation

    HP ZBook Studio x360 G5

    Editor's Choice

    This revamped HP ZBook Studio comes with a sexy aluminum body that can flip 360 degrees. It has an incredible 15.6-inch 4K display, excellent Bang & Olufsen speakers and comes with an optional ZBook Pen, which features 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity as well as tilt controls and three customizable buttons. This baby isn't just a looker, its Intel Xeon processor and Quadro P1000 GPU will blow you away with its overwhelming power. And it doesn't even drop in battery life, lasting over 9 hours long.

    ZBook Studio x360 G5 Review

  • Best Ultrabook

    HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5

    With a sleek design, strong performance and long battery life, the HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5 ticks all the right boxes. The laptop's slim aluminum chassis and versatile 2-in-1 design prove business machines don't need to be clunky, and your fingers will appreciate its comfortable, snappy keyboard when you're typing up lengthy reports. 

    HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5 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

  • Best Budget

    HP Stream 11 (2018)

    The HP Stream 11 is a super affordable 11-inch laptop that has long battery life and decent performance-per-dollar. Great for folks who just want to browse the web or watch videos without spending a ton of money, the Stream 11 costs just $167. Of course, are a few compromises you'll need to make: the low-res displays isn't great and the webcam is even worse, but those are small flaws, all things considered.

    HP Stream 11 (2018) Review

News and Updates (July 2019)

HP has come out of the gate strong in 2019, opening the year with the 13-inch and 15-inch Spectre x360, two of our favorite 2-in-1 laptops. The smaller version earned a spot on our best 13-inch laptops page. Soon after, we got the gorgeous 15-inch OLED Spectre x360 (it even went toe to toe with the MacBook Pro). For Chrome OS users, the Chromebook 14 is a very good if you're on a tight budget.  And for business users, the new 13-inch HP EliteBook 735 G6 ($1,199) and 14-inch EliteBook 745 G6 ($929) will come with 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Pro CPUs. College students should be on the lookout for our reviews of the HP Envy 13 and Pavilion x360 14. 

There's a good chance some of those laptops go on sale on Amazon Prime Day so bookmark our page to stay up-to-date on the latest deals.

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. 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.
  • 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.