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Where's the best place to buy an HP ENVY x360 15z Touch Laptop?

Where's the best place to buy an HP ENVY x360 15z Touch Laptop?

Best answer: HP is the best place to pick up the HP ENVY x360 15z. Not only do you get more choices on how to configure your laptop, but HP also includes a pen for digital inking with certain models.HP: HP ENVY x360 15z (opens in new tab) ($760+)

More choices

Amazon and Best Buy may be the default PC retailers for some, but going directly through HP has several benefits. Prices are still competitive with other retailers, but you get the added bonus of being able to configure the hardware you want, rather than being limited to off-the-shelf configurations. Want to upgrade your base model to add 16GB of RAM? You can do that. Want to step up from a Ryzen 5 processor to the more powerful Ryzen 7? That's an option as well.

Buying direct from HP lets you configure the hardware any way you want.

While you can always go with HP's default model (opens in new tab) with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, stepping up to 256GB or 1TB of storage will give you much more breathing room, and you can easily match each component to make the laptop truly yours. Oh, and those configurable models? They also come with an HP Active Pen included, so you can start inking right out of the box.

HP also offers up free shipping in the U.S. and a respectable 30-day return policy if you're unhappy with your purchase.

Discounted extras

This isn't necessarily limited to HP, but buying your ENVY x360 15z through its online portal will also serve up extras that you can bundle at a discount. Most notably, you can add in Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions for substantially less than they'd normally cost you. One year of Office 365 Personal, for example, dips from $70 to $50 when bundled with your PC. Similar discounts are available for other Office offerings and antivirus software (if you truly feel you need it).

The alternatives

Sometimes buying direct from the manufacturer may not be ideal, paticularly if you'd rather take advantage of your Amazon Prime membership or head into a store. While HP is your best bet, you can usually find the occasional discount at Best Buy or Amazon (opens in new tab) that may undercut HP's own pricing.

For Amazon Prime members, in particular, the free shipping and liberal return policy may be worth it alone. You're already paying $99 a year for Prime, so you may as well take advantage of it. The reasoning is similar for anyone who may be trying to rack up Best Buy rewards points, or if you'd rather get the instant gratification that comes with heading home with your laptop right away, rather than waiting for shipping.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.