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HP makes great laptops; here are just a few!

We're digging into each laptop manufacturer to see their top laptops, and now we're looking at HP. They've got a long history in electronics, and their latest breed of laptops are impressive. You'll find a little something for road warriors, businesspeople, gamers, and modest, everyday users.

1. HP EliteBook Folio 1020

HP Elitebook 1020

The HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is a rugged, secure, slim, and light laptop built for business. Inside you'll find a 1.1 GHz Core M processor, 8 GB of RAM, and storage starting at 128 GB. The non-touch 12.5-inch display comes in at 1920 x 1080, or you can upgrade to 2560 x 1440 with touch included. The Special Edition of the EliteBook Folio 1020 due out next month has a carbon weave construction that brings the total weight down to 2.2 pounds. MIL-STD 810G certification means this laptop is built to take a beating, plus a built-in fingerprint scanner alongside other HP security features. The rest of HP's EliteBook family is very much in the same vein. Fans of hybrids will want to check out the EliteBook Revolve 810.


2. HP Spectre x360

HP Spectre X360

The HP Spectre x360 is one of the best-looking convertibles you'll find out there. The entry level model has an i5 2.2 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 128 GB SSD. The 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 display supports touch input, and can be upgraded to 2560 x 1440 (QHD) for those that really want to go all-out. Though the x360 is highly portable at 3.2 pounds and 16 mm thick, one of the more impressive features is the 12.5 hours of battery life. Needless to say, the x360 is a powerful, versatile workhorse.



3. HP Stream 11

HP Stream 11

The HP Stream 11 is a colorful budget laptop with great build quality. Under the hood you'll find an Intel Celeron 2.1 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. The 11.6-inch LED screen offers a resolution of 1366 x 768. There are two USB ports (one 3.0), HDMI out, and a battery that claims 8 hours of battery life. HP also has a 15-inch model available, and convertible Pavillion X2 lineup.

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4. HP Omen 15

HP Omen 15

The Omen spearheads HP's gaming laptop family, featuring a super slim 19.9 mm profile and sharp design. The 15.6-inch 1080p touchscreen excels at gaming content, and the keyboard includes programmable keys for your most common macros. Under the hood is a 4th-generation quad-core i7 2.5 GHz processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 128 GB hard drive. 4 USB 3.0 ports ensure you can plug in just about any peripheral you might need. Bigger SSDs and upgraded video card are available as optional add-ons. For those that are really gung-ho about gaming on the go, the HP Omen offers a nice mix of horsepower, style, and slimness.


5. HP Envy 17

HP Envy 17

The HP Envy 17 is a hefty desktop replacement with plenty of room and horsepower. A 4th-generation i7 2.4 GHz processor and 12 GB of RAM lie inside, and a 1 TB hard drive to start. The display can be upgraded to a 1920 x 1080 touchscreen. If you need a big screen for all-day use or just something generous for watching movies, the Envy 17 is the way to go.


6. Your favorite HP laptops?

HP has an extensive lineup, and this is just a glimpse of it. Let us know in the comments about your experiences with HP's laptops.