HP laptops have something for you, whether you’re a creative looking to edit photos or a gamer looking for one powerful notebook or a student who needs a small, lightweight laptop.

Many of the best HP laptops come with features designed for remote or hybrid work, such as improved webcams and microphones, better audio qualitylonger battery life, faster charging and the fastest Wi-Fi 6 wireless.

Like other PC makers like Dell, Lenovo, Acer, and Asus, HP is in the process of upgrading the processors in its laptops and two-in-ones. That means Intel-based models will move from 11th Gen CPUs to 12th Gen, while AMD Ryzen systems will move from 5000-series chips to 6000-series. It also means that it’s generally a good time to look for deals on older models of the best HP laptops. However, we’ve also seen big performance improvements with the new processors. An updated model may cost a little more, but it increases the overall lifespan.


Specter is HP’s top-of-the-line consumer laptop range, so you’re getting the best of the best with this 16-inch two-in-one.

  • Beautiful design
  • Many functions for home and office work
  • Great webcam
  • Includes active pen and laptop sleeve

Of course, a premium two-in-one like the Specter x360 comes at a relatively high price. The top-end configuration we tested was good, but not great given the $2,030 asking price. This is definitely one that we recommend getting with the 12th Gen Intel processors and Intel Arc graphics if you want to go all in. Read our HP Specter x360 16 review.

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HP’s Victus 16 is a surprisingly robust and powerful gaming laptop that keeps up with the latest games at a more affordable price. Compared to HP’s high-end Omen gaming laptop line, the Victus is more of an all-purpose laptop, but still configured for gaming, starting at under $1,000. HP offers multiple configurations with graphics chip options ranging from the entry-level Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 to a mid-range RTX 3060 or AMD Radeon RX 6500M. We like almost everything about it except for the weak display hinge and underwhelming speakers. Read our HP Victus 16 review.

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There are many convertible Chromebooks that fold the screen onto the back of the keyboard so you can use it as a tablet. But Chrome tablets with detachable keyboards like the HP Chromebook x2 11 are still a rarity. It offers long battery life and performance that (slightly) beats the competition. The main disadvantage is that it’s expensive; The model we tested costs $599. However, that price included both the keyboard cover and the USI stylus and is regularly listed for $200. If you are interested, wait for one of these offers. Read our HP Chromebook x2 11 review.

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When you’re making a laptop aimed at creative people, it’s not enough to just pack discrete graphics and a powerful processor into a slim body. That extra performance really should be paired with a good screen, and that’s exactly what you get with the HP Envy 14. The laptop’s 16:10 14-inch, 1920 x 1200 display not only gives you more vertical space to work, but it is also factory color calibrated and covers 100% of the sRGB color space. The result: a well-rounded option for creatives looking for on-the-go performance at a reasonable price. However, this model needs to be updated, so keep an eye out for updated models. Read our HP Envy 14 review.


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