Best HP laptops in 2021

HP makes some of our favorite laptops, but with so many models, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. From the premium Spectre line to the Omen gaming rigs, we’ve reviewed countless HP laptops. Below is a list of the best HP laptops in each category. 

If you’ve settled on a business laptop, be sure to read our best HP EliteBook guide or our more general best business laptops rankings. Some of HP’s best laptops are portable devices. For a broader selection, see our best 13-inch laptops page. 

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.

What are the best HP laptops?

HP makes a lot of great laptops, but we really like the Envy x360 and Envy 13. They might not be the best laptop in the lineup, but they offer the best value. For $799, you get a premium aluminum design and fast performance in a portable package. The 13.3-inch, 1080p display is plenty bright and vivid and the keyboard is among the best out there. 

If you can spend a bit more, the Spectre x360 13 and Spectre x360 14 are better laptops. The Spectre x360 13 and 14 have an even fancier design and their flexible chassis converts into a tablet. Best of all, the battery life is epic. Similarly, the Elite Dragonfly, built for business users, is a sexy laptop with a razor-thin design and a gorgeous display. 

Business users who need more power than the Elite Dragonfly should opt for the ZBook Create G7, a slim workstation with epic specs. Gamers should consider the Omen 15, a powerful gaming rig with tons of performance at a good price. 

The best HP laptops you can buy today

1. HP Envy x360 13 (2020)
2. HP Envy 13 (2019)
3. HP Spectre x360 14
4. HP Elite Dragonfly
5. HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, OLED)
6. HP Chromebook x2
7. HP Omen 15 (2021)
8. HP ZBook Create G7
9. HP EliteBook 840 G7
10. HP Pro C640 Chrome Enterprise

The HP Envy x360 13 is the best laptop for under $1,000, offering similar benefits to the Spectre at a lower price. (Image credit: Laptop Mag)1. HP Envy x360 13 (2020)

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

Outstanding performance

1080p display is bright and vivid

Stylish and compact aluminum design

Long battery life

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.

See our HP Envy x360 13 (2020) review

At under $1,000, the HP Envy 13 is the best Ultrabook value around.  2. HP Envy 13

The best overall HP laptop

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

Attractive, lightweight chassis

Fast performance

Bright display

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 $799, 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 (see Spectre x360), the Envy 13 should be at the top of your buying list.

See our full HP Envy 13 review.

Offering beauty and brawn, the HP Spectre x360 14 is the best 2-in-1 laptop.  (Image credit: Laptop Mag)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

Striking, luxurious design

Gorgeous OLED and FHD display options

Long battery life

Comfortable keyboard

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. 

See our HP Spectre x360 14 review

A new business laptop from HP, the Elite Dragonfly is the best 2-in-1 Ultrabook for business.  (Image credit: Laptop Mag)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

Gorgeous, lightweight design

Extremely long battery life

Comfortable keyboard

Bright, vivid display

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. 

See our full HP Elite Dragonfly review 

There is a lot to love about HP’s Spectre x360 15 but the optional OLED display is the standout.  5. HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, OLED)

The best 15-inch HP laptop

CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8565U | GPU: Nvidia GeForce MX150 | RAM: Up to 16GB | Storage: Up to 1TB | Display: 15.6-inch, 4K | Size: 14.2 x 9.8 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 4.5 pounds

Sexy design

Solid performance and graphics

Vivid 4K OLED display

Battery life could be better

Non-configurable

Bezels a bit thick

We’ve always been fans of HP’s Spectre x360 laptops, but the latest releases take the flagship line to the next level. The 15-inch version with an OLED display has the same stunning design as its smaller counterpart, but the Core i7-8750H CPU and GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU it packs offer significantly better performance. 

HP worked some magic to craft a laptop that lasts nearly 8 hours on a charge with those power-hungry components and a breathtaking 4K OLED display. But that’s not all, because under that vivid panel is a super comfortable keyboard.

See our full HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, OLED) review.

Students and teachers should consider the Chromebook x2, a high-end detachable that runs Chrome OS. 6. HP Chromebook x2

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

Bright, high-res display

All-day battery life

Comfortable typing experience

A bit heavier than other convertibles

Thick bezels

If you’re willing to pay a premium for your next Chromebook, the HP Chromebook x2 will definitely satisfy. We love the attractive white lid and a vibrant 12.3-inch touchscreen, and the nearly 9 hours of battery life beats most Windows-powered 2-in-1s. 

Other highlights include a bundled pen for taking notes and full Google Play compatibility for downloading Android apps. We just this 3.2-pound machine were a little lighter.

See our full HP Chromebook x2 review.

HP has something for gamers, too; The Omen 15 is a powerful gaming laptop with a bright display.  (Image credit: Laptop Mag)7. HP Omen 15 (2021)

The best HP gaming laptop

CPU: Intel Core i7-10750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD | Display: 15-inch, 4K 60Hz | Size: 14.09 x 9.44 x 0.89 inches | Weight: 5.4 pounds

Gorgeous 4K panel

Good audio

Excellent video performance and rendering

Strong overall performance

Terrible battery life

HP’s Omen 15 is a lovely demon with a sultry 15-inch, 4K UHD panel that’s bright, crystal clear, and dancing with vivacious warm colors. On the inside, its Omen heart is powered by a powerful Intel Core i7-10750H CPU and capable Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super with Max-Q of 8GB VRAM. 

With its simple yet sexy styling, the Omen 15 is an attractive option you should take a serious look at, but keep in mind, it weighs over 5 pounds and the battery life is not the best.

See our HP Omen 15 (2021) Review.

Business users who need raw power should get the zBook Create G7, HP’s best workstation.  (Image credit: Future)8. HP ZBook Create G7

CPU: Intel Core i9-10885H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 2070 Max-Q GPU | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 2TB | Display: 15.6-inch, 4K touchscreen | Size: 13.9 x 9.25 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 4.3 pounds

Gorgeous color-accurate display

Fast performance 

Durable chassis

Excellent keyboard

Pricey 

Gets warm

Armed with an Intel Core i9 processor and an Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU, this workstation is ready to take on all challengers. Wrapped in a sleek, svelte chassis, the laptop is easy on the eyes, but thanks to MIL-SPEC certification, it can take a bump or two. Plus, you’ve got a captivating 4K OLED touch panel that serves up breathtaking picture quality. 

At $4,559, HP ZBook Create G7 is pricey, but you’re getting premium performance, so it’s money well-spent production pros. Still, for all the money you’re forking out, I would prefer a brighter display and the battery life could definitely be longer. 

See our full ZBook Create G7 review.

Whether you’re a business user or an IT admin buying an entire fleet, the EliteBook 840 G7 is a go-to laptop.  (Image credit: Laptop Mag)9. HP EliteBook 840 G7

The best mainstream business laptop

CPU: Intel Core i7-10810U CPU | GPU: UHD graphics | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 14-inch, 1080p | Size: 12.74 x 8.45 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3 pounds

Sleek aluminum chassis

Fast performance

Comfortable keyboard

Weak graphics

Top configs are expensive

The EliteBook 840 G7 is one classy-looking business notebook. But it’s more than just looks. It offers 9 hours and 23 minutes of battery life, an awesome keyboard, and, when you need it, a SureView privacy display to keep strangers from checking out your screen. 

There are also plenty of ports so you can ditch the dongles and top-firing speakers sound surprisingly good. Yes, the webcam isn’t the best but that’s nothing an external solution can’t fix. Cheaper than most premium business laptops, the EliteBook 840 G5 comes with a 10th Intel Core i7 CPU, up to 64GB of RAM and up to a 1TB SSD.

See our full HP EliteBook 840 G7 review.

HP Pro C640 Chromebook (Image credit: Future)10. HP Pro C640 Chrome Enterprise

The best HP Chromebook for business

CPU: Intel Core i7-10610U | GPU: Intel UHD | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 128GB eMMC | Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 12.8 x 8.07 x 0.65 inches | Weight: 3.3 pounds

Military-grade durability

Perfect for security-minded users

Comfortable keyboard

Wide variety of ports

Dim, lackluster display

A Chromebook…for business?! Yes, I know, that sounds like an oxymoron, but trust us, the HP Pro C640 Chrome Enterprise can get some work done. Powered by up to an Intel Core i7 and 16GB of RAM, this isn’t your average Chromebook. 

It has a military-grade chassis capable of withstanding extreme conditions along with a robust security software package for businesses in need of storing sensitive information. While the 14-inch screen is a letdown, the C640’s performance isn’t, and you even get a generous assortment of ports to connect to. 

See our HP Pro C640 Chrome Enterprise Review.

Choosing the Right HP Laptop

As one of the top laptop brands, HP has a laptop for every occasion, from premium business laptops to budget-friendly Chromebooks. That extensive selection might make it tough to decide which laptop is right for you, so here’s a handy guide to the various model lines offered by HP.

Spectre: Premium, lightweight designs that offer portable power and beautiful displays are hallmarks of HP’s best model line.

Envy: If attractive design, vibrant displays and premium audio are your focus, HP’s line of Envy laptops has style to spare.

Elite Dragonfly: HP’s new premium business laptop, the Elite Dragonfly series sports a stunning, premium design that’s both durable and lightweight. Expect the latest, top-of-the-line features and components, along with a sky-high price to match.

EliteBook: HP’s business laptops, with IT support, strong performance and premium designs. For better portability, the thin-and-light EliteBook Folio is the name to look for. If you go with this line, be sure to check out our 5 essential accessories for EliteBooks.

ProBook: For business-capable laptops without the premium price tag, the ProBook line delivers no-nonsense designs and performance for everyday office productivity.

ZBook: For professionals needing workstation-class performance, HP’s ZBooks offer all the power you need, along with robust security and rugged designs.

Notebook: If HP’s “Notebook” line sounds generic, that’s because it is, but these simple designs offer everyday performance that won’t break the bank.

Pavilion: For a happy medium between the bland, budget-friendly “Notebook” line and HP’s premium Envy laptops, look no further than the affordably-priced Pavilion. These mid-range laptops come in all shapes and sizes, but all offer decent performance with solid feature sets.

Omen: HP’s gaming brand, Omen laptops have a bit more pizazz and a lot more graphics power, delivering a decent gaming experience for (relatively) reasonable prices.

Stream: For a Chromebook-style laptop that still offers WIndows, check out HP’s brightly colored, ultra-budget Stream laptops.

Chromebooks: Ranging from $200-500, the HP Chromebook line offers Google’s Chrome OS in several well-made laptops.

How we test HP laptops

We put HP laptops through extensive benchmark testing — both synthetic and real-world — before they end up in the hands of our reviewers. We evaluate everything from speed and battery life to display brightness, speaker volume and system heat.

We use a Klein K10 colorimeter to detect the brightness and sRGB color gamut of a laptop’s display. For performance benchmarking, we run the laptop through a gauntlet of benchmarks, including Geekbench 4.3 and 5.0 and 3DMark professional graphics tests. 

To determine real-world performance, we task the laptop to convert a 4K video to 1080p resolution and to duplicate a 4.97GB multimedia file. Our real-world graphics test is the Dirt 3 benchmark with medium settings and 1080p resolution. 

We also run heat tests by playing a 15-minute full-screen video and our battery test consists of continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. We consider everything over the category average (8 hours and 36 minutes) to be a good result. Of course, these tests are complemented with hands-on testing from our reviewers.

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