Best HP Laptops 2017

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Best Overall

HP Spectre x360

Editor's Choice

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.

New versions of the HP Spectre x360 are coming out later this year with Intel's new 8th Gen Core CPUs, so be on the lookout for updated reviews. For now, the current model is still a great buy, if you don't need to worry about the latest and greatest.

HP Spectre x360 Review

Best HP Laptops 2017
Product: Use Case: Rating:
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 Stream 11 Best Under $200 4 out of 5
HP Omen 17 Best for Gaming 4 out of 5
  • Best Ultrabook

    HP Spectre

    Editor's Choice

    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. 

    HP Spectre 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 Productivity

    HP ZBook Studio G4

    Editor's Choice

    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.

    ZBook Studio G4 Review

  • Best for Business

    HP EliteBook x360 G2

    Editor's Choice

    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.

    HP EliteBook x360 G2 Review

  • Best 15-inch 2-in-1

    HP Spectre x360 15-inch

    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.

    HP Spectre x360 15-inch (2017) Review

  • Best Under $200

    HP Stream 11

    Of all the laptops we tested under $200, the HP Stream 11 had our favorite set of speakers. It also offered solid performance (at least, for a Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM) and comes in a fun purple color. Of course, at $200, something ahs to give, and the screen isn't as good as what you'll get if you spend a little more.

  • Best for Gaming

    HP Omen 17

    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

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.