HP is one of the leading PC manufacturers, with a large portfolio of laptops and desktops catering to all kinds of users, be it enterprise, students, gamers, creative professionals, and many more. If you’re in the market looking for a new laptop, specifically from HP, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve listed some of the best HP laptops to buy in 2021 featuring the latest hardware to offer you the best of performance and productivity.
Best overall laptop: HP Spectre x360 14
The new HP Spectre x360 14 is as good as it gets. An update from last year’s Spectre x360 13, the new model offers a slightly taller 3:2 13.5-inch display that’s available in a standard full-HD resolution with 400-nits of brightness. You can also opt for a 3K2K (3000 x 2000-pixels) OLED panel or even a 1,000-nit option that comes with a special anti-reflective technology for better privacy.
The laptop is available in a base model that starts with the above-mentioned full-HD panel, a Core i5-1135G7 processor, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of storage with 16GB of Intel Optane. The top variant comes with the Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB RAM, 1TB storage with 32GB Intel Optane, and the OLED display. Notably, if you opt for the anti-reflective display option, that also gets you 2TB of storage. The new Spectre x360 14 comes in three color options just like the previous model, including Nightfall Black, Poseidon Blue, or Natural Silver.
Best Gaming Laptop: HP Omen 15
HP has its dedicated Omen brand for gamers, and currently, the best option is the Omen 15, which comes with a sleek design and excellent performance. Powered by the Intel 10th-gen Core i7-10750H six-core processor, you can configure the notebook with 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, and NVIDIA’s latest GeForce RTX 3070. With this hardware combination, you can be assured that you get the best gaming experience even in the most demanding AAA game titles.
HP offers the Omen 15 with a 15.6-inch 144Hz refresh rate panel having a full-HD resolution. Notably, the company also has options with the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 series of processors, but those models are currently selling exclusively from HP’s own website.
Best ARM laptop: HP Elite Folio
HP launched a new ARM-based convertible this year called the Elite Folio. Like the Spectre Folio from a couple of years back, it comes wrapped in faux leather. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 SoC and is available with up to 16GB of LPDDR4-4266 MHz RAM and a 512GB PCIe NVMe TLC SSD. The convertible mechanism makes use of the outer leather cover where the display portion can be moved around at certain angles or can fully lay flat for the tablet mode. It also comes with a bundled stylus pen and a neat storage area just like the Surface Pro X.
Best Chromebook: HP Chromebook x360 14
If Windows is not your thing, then HP has some Chromebook options too. The HP Chromebook x360 is one of the best Chromebooks available from the company that features up to a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processor but as of now, it’s available with the Core i3-10110U that’s paired with 8GB of RAM, and 64GB of flash memory that can be expanded using a microSD card.
The 14-inch touchscreen panel on the laptop comes with a full-HD resolution, and since it has a 2-in-1 design, the screen can be folded all the way to be used in various modes. Additionally, HP offers a fingerprint scanner for added security, while connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports, a USB 3.0 Type-A port, and a standard 3.5mm audio jack.
Best 17-inch laptop: HP Envy 17
The new Envy 17 that HP announced last month comes with a slight improvement in performance and design. The notebook was already selling with the latest 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7, but you now get an updated GPU that includes the NVIDIA GeForce MX450. The laptop comes with a 19% larger touchpad compared to the previous generation model and a lighter chassis which now starts at 2.5kg.
The 17.3-inch display is offered with either full-HD or 4K resolution LCD. As for the memory and storage, the laptop comes with 12GB of DDR4-3200 non-user accessible memory and a 512GB PCIe SSD along with 32GB of Intel Optane H10 memory. Consumers can also opt for up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB PCIe storage. The new Envy 17 also comes with a physical camera shutter, AI noise removal, HP QuickDrop, and more.
Best budget gaming laptop: HP Pavilion Gaming 16
HP also offers the Pavilion Gaming series of laptops which are more affordable and feature performance hardware for entry-level and esports gaming enthusiasts. The particular model that we recommend is the Pavilion Gaming 16 powered by the 10th-gen Intel Core i5-10300H paired with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti graphics card with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM. The laptop also features 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage with 32GB Intel Optane memory and a 144Hz refresh rate, 16.1-inch full-HD (1920 x 1080-pixels) resolution display. Other notable features include a green backlit keyboard and a good array of port selections.