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.
|Best HP Laptops 2018|
|HP Envy 13t||Best Overall||4 out of 5|
|HP Stream 11||Best Under $200||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 Studio G4||Best Workstation||4 out of 5|
|HP Spectre||Best Ultrabook||3 out of 5|
|HP EliteBook x360 G2||Best for Business||4.5 out of 5|
|HP EliteBook 840 G5||New and Notable||N/A|
|HP Envy x2||New and Notable||N/A|
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.
The 15-inch HP Spectre x360 remains one of our favorite 2-in-1s around, thanks to its beautiful, lightweight design, 8th Gen Incel 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.
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'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.
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.
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 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.
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 claims that its cupoming EliteBook 840 G5 is the thinnest 14-inch business notebook wiht a discrete GPU. Starting at $1,029, it offers HP's SureView privacy screen to prevent nosy onlookers, and the non-touch version will feature a webcam shutter to keep you from being spied on. You'll be able to get an 8th Gen Intel Core vPro CPU, up to 32GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage and an AMD Radeon RX540 GPU.
Built-in LTE connectivity and support for the Connected Modern Standby mode (that downloads email and other data while its asleep) means that HP's Envy x2 detachable convertible is quite ready for the road. HP's rated the Intel 7th Gen Core Y-Series version detachable for for up to 16.5 hours of battery life, and is claiming that its Qualcomm-powered version should last for 20 hours on a single charge, using a weaker Snapdragon 835 CPU and the more limited Windows 10 S.
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.