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 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
  • Best Under $200

    HP Stream 11

    Editor's Choice

    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 2-in-1

    HP Spectre x360 15-inch

    Editor's Choice

    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.

    HP Spectre x360 15-inch 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 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)

    Editor's Choice

    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 G4

    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 Ultrabook

    HP Spectre

    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.

    HP Spectre Review

  • Best for Business

    HP EliteBook x360 G2

    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

  • New and Notable

    HP EliteBook 840 G5

    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.

    HP EliteBook 840 G5 Details

  • New and Notable

    HP Envy x2

    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.

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.