HP makes some of our favorite laptops, but with so many models, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. HP entered 2021 having recently released the excellent Spectre x360 14 and showcased several compelling new products at CES 2021, including the Envy 14 and Elite Folio. The company is also releasing a fleet of Chromebooks highlighted by the Elite c1030 Chromebook Enterprise., we’ve reviewed countless HP laptops. Below is a list of the best HP laptops in each category.
1. HP Envy x360 13 (2020)
The best 2-in-1 laptop
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4500U | GPU: AMD Radeon Graphics | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p | Size: 12.1 x 7.7 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Pro’s: Outstanding performance, 1080p display is bright and vivid, Stylish and compact aluminum design, Long battery life.
- Cons: No IR camera
The HP Envy x360 13 is the best laptop for under $1,000 and the best HP laptop on the market. While it doesn’t come with a stylus, the Envy is a 2-in-1 so you can flip it into tent or tablet mode. What makes this such a fantastic value is its aluminum design and Herculian AMD Ryzen processors.
In our testing, we found that an Envy x360 13 with a Ryzen 5 4500U CPU can outperform laptops with 10th Gen Intel chips. This specific Envy costs just $800 and can outmuscle laptops that cost well over $1,000, including the exorbitant MacBook Pro. Moreover, the Envy x360 13 has a bright, vivid 13.3-inch display and a comfortable keyboard.
There is very little we don’t like about the Envy x360. If you can get over the lack of a Thunderbolt 3 port and IR camera, then it is the ultimate money-saving laptop
2. HP Envy 13
This is the HP Envy 13, different from the HP 13 Envy X360 which is rated number one.
CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620/Nvidia GeForce MX250 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p or 4K | Size: 12.1 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.8 pounds
Pro’s: Attractive, lightweight chassis, Fast performance, Bright display
Cons: 4K model has short battery life, No Thunderbolt 3
The new HP Envy 13 isn’t just the best HP laptop; it’s also a great deal. Starting at N250,000 the new 2019 model gets you an attractive, slim chassis, great performance and powerful speakers. New to the latest Envy are a fingerprint sensor and a webcam kill switch for those who value their privacy.
The 1080p model of the Envy 13 also gets 11+ hours of battery life while both the FHD and 4K display options are bright and vivid. So unless you need a Thunderbolt 3 port, the Envy 13 should be at the top of your buying list.
NB: Offering beauty and brawn, the HP Spectre x360 14 is the best 2-in-1 laptop.
3. HP Spectre x360 14
The best HP 2-in-1 laptop
CPU: 11th Gen Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel Iris Xe | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 13.5-inch, 1920 x 1280-pixels IPS or 3K2K OLED | Size: 11.8 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3 pounds
Pro’s: Striking, luxurious design, Gorgeous OLED and FHD display options, Long battery life, Comfortable keyboard
Con’s: Pricey, Unwieldy as a tablet
The Spectre x360 14 is the best 2-in-1 laptop ever. Newly released for 2021, the 13.5-inch model builds upon its predecessors but adds useful new features including a 3:2 aspect ratio display and 11th Gen Intel CPUs with Iris Xe graphics. Highlights of this laptop include a stunning design, bright and vivid 1920 x 1280-pixel IPS and 3K2K OLED display options, epic 12+ hour battery life and fast overall performance.
Add to that a generously sized touchpad that is silky to the touch as well as a comfortable (albeit shallow) keyboard, excellent security options (fingerprint sensor and facial recognition) and a good selection of ports, and well, it’s easy to see why we like this laptop so much.
We recommend buying the Spectre x360 14 over the Envy 13 if you have the money, especially if you need the flexible design. In fact, the Spectre x360 14 is the best HP laptop if you want a convertible notebook. Sure, it has a few faults, but those are easily forgotten once you get this beauty in your hands.
4. HP Elite Dragonfly
The best HP business laptop
CPU: Intel Core i3/i5/i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: Up to 2TB | Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p or 4K | Size: 12 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.2 pounds
Pro’s: Gorgeous, lightweight design
Extremely long battery life, Comfortable keyboard, Bright, vivid display
Con’s: Audio needs some tuning
HP’s Elite Dragonfly redefined what it means to be a business laptop. This stunning laptop has a breathtakingly gorgeous chassis that flaunts a unique dark-blue finish.
The design is as practical as it is attractive; The Elite Dragonfly has flexible hinges that convert the laptop into a tablet, and at 2.2 pounds, it’s one of the most portable 13-inch laptops around.
You’ll somehow need to take your eyes off the Elite Dragonfly’s aluminum body to appreciate its bright and vivid 13.3-inch display. But the Elite Dragonfly’s greatness doesn’t stop there. The laptop also has a surprisingly comfortable keyboard, fast performance and a host of security features, including an IR camera, a fingerprint sensor and MIL-SPEC-810 rated durability. For these reasons, the Elite Dragonfly is the best HP laptop for business users.
- HP Chromebook x2
The best HP Chromebook
CPU: Intel Core m3-7Y30 | GPU: Intel Core m3-7Y30 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB eMMC | Display: 12.3-inch, 2400 x 1600-pixel | Size: 11.5 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches | Weight: 3.1 pounds
Pro’s: Bright, high-res display, Super ultra battery life, Comfortable typing Experience
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