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 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 x2||Best Workstation||4 out of 5|
|HP Spectre||Best Ultrabook||3 out of 5|
|HP EliteBook 840 G5||Best for Business||4.5 out of 5|
|HP Envy 13||New and Notable||N/A|
The 15-inch HP Spectre x360 remains one of our favorite 2-in-1s around, thanks to its beautiful, lightweight design, 8th Gen Intel 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.
There's nothing like the HP ZBook Studio. It's a complete solution for artists with a 4K display, customizable shortcuts and an excellent stylus that you'll never, ever need to charge. It's premium, going up to $3,500, but that will net you up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia Quadro graphics. And despite being a detachable 2-in-1, the keyboard is every bit as good as a regular laptop. It's battery life isn't great, though, so keep your charger around.
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 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's new Envy 13 is so thin that its USB ports have jaws. At just 0.6-inches thick, it was the only wat to make it that lsim and still fit USB Type-A on there. It's also the first time we're seeing HP's SureView privacy screen come to a consumer laptop. It will start at a $1,000 with up to an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
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.