Best HP Laptop

The Spectre x360 is the best HP laptop you can buy. Its convertible design and powerful hardware configurations allow you to tackle anything, and you can look good doing it.

Update 13 December 2016: We've refreshed this article to reflect changes made to the Spectre and Spectre x360 models.

Best overall

Spectre x360

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The Spectre x360 is a remarkably well-made laptop. The slim, all-metal body is only 0.54 inches (1.37cm) thick, looks beautiful, and can 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 a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB solid-state drive.

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

One more thing: The full review of the Spectre x360 has more details to help you decide if it's the laptop for you.

Why the HP Spectre x360 13t 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 reaches from nearly 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 silver chassis is made to withstand scratches and smudges, and only weighs about 2.85 pounds (1.3kg). 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 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor with 3.5GHz clock speed, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive. 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 new Spectre x360 start at about $850.

Best budget

Pavilion 15z

Pavilion 15z

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The Pavilion 15z is a low-price performer. Starting at about $250, you can get a model with a quad-core AMD E2-7110 processor with a 1.8GHz clock speed, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 15.6-inch display with a 1366x768 resolution. If you have a light workload and intend on using your laptop primarily for web browsing, word processing, and video watching, this is a great choice for under $300. HP has a ton of configuration options, so if you want more RAM, a better processor, or even a touchscreen, you can have it — though prices will rise accordingly.

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

One more thing: The pavilion 15z is available in five colors: turbo silver, white silver, cardinal red, dreamy teal, and noble blue.

Best for gaming

OMEN 17

OMEN 17

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The GPU is arguably the most important part of your gaming laptop, and the OMEN 17 has up to an NVIDIA GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. On top of the GPU is 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 512GB PCIe SSD, and an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor with a clock speed up to 3.5GHz. This thing will run your games without a problem, and can even power VR rigs. The 17.3-inch display has a 4K resolution that is a joy to look at, and you get a full host of ports, including three USB 3.0, one Mini DisplayPort, one HDMI, and one Ethernet. This brute of a gaming laptop starts at about $1650.

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

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

Best for business

EliteBook 1040

EliteBook 1040

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The EliteBook 1040 was subjected to grueling military durability tests, including drops, extreme temperatures, and shocks, to ensure your laptop keeps running even in harsh conditions. Keep your work secure with a fingerprint reader and privacy shield that stops everyone but you from seeing what's on the screen. With powerful hardware configurations available — get up to a Skylake Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB SSD — and a 14-inch, 1440p touch display, you'll have no problem tackling whatever is thrown your way. Configurations start at about $1300.

Bottom line: For the best HP laptop for the business-oriented, go with the EliteBook 1040.

One more thing: Despite its rugged build, the EliteBook 1040 weighs 3.15 pounds (1.36kg).

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 (1.11kg) and is only 0.4 inches (1.04cm) 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 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive. These specs, combined with the 13.3-inch, 1080p display, equal a stellar laptop geared toward the executive lifestyle. Configurations start at about $1150.

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

One more thing: Audio by Bang & Olufsen delivers an above-average listening experience.

Conclusion

If you love HP but have a tight budget, check out the great Pavilion 15z. For a rugged business partner, consider the EliteBook 1040, and if you're a gamer, the OMEN 17 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 is a remarkably well-made laptop. The slim, all-metal body is only 0.54 inches (1.37cm) thick, looks beautiful, and can 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 a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB solid-state drive.

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

One more thing: The full review of the Spectre x360 has more details to help you decide if it's the laptop for you.