Best Overall

Spectre x360

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The Spectre x360 (starting at about $1,250) is a remarkably well-made laptop. The slim, all-metal body is only 0.53 inches (1.34 cm) thick, looks beautiful, and is as solidly built as they come. The 13.3-inch, 1080p touch display is responsive and can be used in tablet, tent, and stand modes, and the keyboard and touchpad are comfortable to use while in notebook mode. Grab up to an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor (CPU), 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB solid-state drive (SSD).

Bottom line: For the best HP laptop, you have to go with the 13-inch Spectre x360.

One more thing: Spectre x360 configurations with seventh-generation CPUs are still available, and are still some of the best laptops around.

Why the HP Spectre x360 is the best

The Spectre x360 looks and acts like a laptop that costs a lot, but you'll be surprised by how affordable it is.

The Spectre x360's 13.3-inch, 1080p touch display has deep color, near-perfect contrast, and excellent viewing angles. It nearly reaches from edge to edge thanks to a reduced bezel, and a facial recognition camera is built into the top of the screen for extra security and fast sign-ins.

The sturdy chassis, available in natural silver or dark ash silver, is made to withstand scratches and smudges, and only weighs about 2.78 pounds (1.26 kg). When you open the lid and rotate it back for tent, stand, or tablet mode, you'll notice how solid the hinges feel — there's practically no wiggle.

For performance hardware, get up to a eighth-generation, quad-core Intel Core i7-8550U CPU with a 4.0GHz clock speed, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB PCIe SSD. It has enough power to tackle pretty much anything, and a 10-hour battery means you don't have to worry about losing power. Configurations of the Spectre x360 start at about $1,250.

If you need a bit more screen real estate, the 15-inch HP Spectre x360 is also an amazing option that's also available with eighth-generation CPUs.

Best Budget

HP 15t

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If you love HP laptops but don't need a premium device, the 15t, starting at about $370, is a solid option. For the base price, get inside a seventh-generation Intel Core i3-7100U CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The 15.6-inch display is set to 768p, but you can upgrade to a non-touch, 1080p display for an extra $100. Not bad. There are plenty of small upgrades you can make based on your budget, and the laptop is available in six colors.

Bottom line: For price to performance ratio, the HP 15t is your best bet for a budget laptop.

One more thing: The full keyboard includes a number pad, and a good variety of ports makes this a decent productivity machine.

Best Gaming

OMEN 17t

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The GPU is arguably the most important part of your gaming laptop, and the OMEN 17t (about $1,500) has up to an NVIDIA GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. On top of the GPU is 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB PCIe SSD, and a quad-core, Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU with a clock speed up to 3.8GHz. The 17.3-inch display is available in 1080p and 4K resolutions, and you get a full host of ports, including three USB-a 3.1, one Mini DisplayPort, one HDMI, and one Ethernet.

Bottom line: For the best HP gaming laptop with the latest NVIDIA 10-series GPU, go with the OMEN 17t.

One more thing: Looking to run your Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or Windows Mixed Reality? The OMEN 17t will handle it with ease.

Best Business

EliteBook x360 G2

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HP makes some great business options, but none better than the EliteBook x360 G2 (starting at about $1,600). This laptop borrows a lot from the Spectre x360, and comes with Wacom pen support, a Precision touchpad, and HP Sure View, which helps block your screen from unwanted viewers. Inside, get up to an Intel Core i7-7600U CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB SSD. An IR camera and fingerprint reader gives you two options for Windows Hello, and plenty of ports, including USB-C Thunderbolt 3, USB-A 3.1, and HDMI, means you won't be carrying around any dongles.

Bottom line: For the best HP laptop for the business-oriented, go with the EliteBook x360 G2.

One more thing: Have a look at our review of the EliteBook x360 G2 for more information.

Best Executive

HP Spectre

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From top to bottom, the HP Spectre screams luxury. The chassis, made from carbon fiber and aluminum, is finished in two tones: luxe copper and matte black. The backlit keyboard matches the copper for a nice offset, and the glass touchpad allows for precise gestures. The entire things weighs only 2.45 pounds (1.11 kg) and is only 0.4 inches (1.04 cm) thick. And when you close the lid, there's no hint of a hinge thanks to the unique piston design. As far as hardware goes, get up to a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe SSD. These specs, combined with the 13.3-inch, 1080p display, equal a stellar laptop geared toward the executive lifestyle. Configurations start at about $1,170.

Bottom line: For the HP laptop with unforgettable style, check out the Spectre.

One more thing: For about $100, you can upgrade the display to 4K for a better viewing experience.

Conclusion

If you love HP but have a tight budget, check out the great HP 15t. For a rugged business partner, consider the EliteBook x360 G2, and if you're a gamer, the OMEN 17t has the power you need. For an executive laptop, you can't go wrong with the Spectre, but for the best overall HP laptop, the Spectre x360 is hands-down the only choice.

Best overall

Spectre x360

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The Spectre x360 (starting at about $1,250) is a remarkably well-made laptop. The slim, all-metal body is only 0.53 inches (1.34 cm) thick, looks beautiful, and is as solidly built as they come. The 13.3-inch, 1080p touch display is responsive and can be used in tablet, tent, and stand modes, and the keyboard and touchpad are comfortable to use while in notebook mode. Grab up to an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor (CPU), 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB solid-state drive (SSD).

Bottom line: For the best HP laptop, you have to go with the 13-inch Spectre x360.

One more thing: Spectre x360 configurations with seventh-generation CPUs are still available, and are still some of the best laptops around.

Updated October 11, 2017: We refreshed this list to include new HP laptops with eighth-generation Intel CPUs.