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 Folio Best 2-in-1 4 out of 5
HP Chromebook x2 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 Studio x360 G5 Best Workstation 4.5 out of 5
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 Best Ultrabook 4 out of 5
HP EliteBook 840 G5 Best for Business 4.5 out of 5
HP ZBook 17 G5 Honorable Mention 4 out of 5
  • Best 2-in-1

    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 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 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)

    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 Studio x360 G5

    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 1030 G3

    The Elitebook x360 1030 G3 is a stylish business laptop with a slim aluminum chassis that is capable of withstanding military-grade testing standards for durability. The 2-in-1's 13.3-inch display is exceptionally bright, reaching 518 nits of maximum brightness. The panel is also more vibrant than most of its competitors. Strong battery life, powerful speakers and an extremely comfortable keyboard make this one of the best ultrabooks you can buy, albeit, a fairly pricey one. 

    HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 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

  • Honorable Mention

    HP ZBook 17 G5

    The ZBook 17 G5 isn't the sort of laptop you'd want to carry around in your backpack, but this massive workstation has enough power to make it an excellent desktop replacement. In fact, with its super vibrant and bright 17-inch screen, you may as well sell your external monitor. With an Intel Xeon CPU, 32GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and Quadro P4200 graphics for $5,313, the ZBook 17 G5 is a strong choice for business who run demanding tasks. 

    HP ZBook 17 G5 Folio 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.
  • 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.