The best HP laptops in 2023

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The best HP laptops include some of the best portable devices on the market, whether you’re looking for a creative companion, business buddy or even just a device for web browsing and watching films. HP is a household name, and with its market prominence comes a wide selection of laptops to choose from. 

Being spoiled for choice is one thing, but navigating HP’s many ranges can be a bit of a minefield - there's the HP Envy, HP Omen, ZenBook, EliteBook and Pavilion. So, which is the best HP laptop for you, and how do they compare?

Luckily for you, we’ve handpicked a selection of the best HP laptops based on our own expertise and reviews, as well as those of our sister sites and wider network of contacts. In doing so, we’ve looked at a variety of factors, including overall specs, power, display quality, features and value for money so that we can confidently suggest the best HP laptop for different purposes. If you want to find out more about our review processes, you can read more about how we test laptops.

While HP is probably best known for its great selection of business laptops, there are plenty of other HP laptops for all needs and in all shapes and sizes, including some pretty powerful machines for creatives, which we’ve highlighted below. If you want to broaden your scope to other laptops, see our guide to the most powerful laptops available, or our picks of the best Dell laptops. Looking for something more specific? Try our pick of the best laptops for graphic design, or the best laptop for writers.

The best HP laptops available now

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HP Envy 13

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The best HP laptop for working from home

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5 - i7
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce MX450
Memory: 8-16GB
Storage: 512GB - 1TB SSD
Display: 13.3 inches

Reasons to buy

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Stylish and compact
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Good battery life
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Great display and performance

Reasons to avoid

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Plastic touchpad

Need a good all-rounder for working from home? The HP Envy 13 should do the job nicely; it's compact and capable, and while it's unlikely to provoke actual envy, it certainly has enough power for both creative work and day-to-day business stuff. With options going up to an Intel Core i7 it isn't exactly a powerhouse, but it'll happily handle most design apps with ease.

It comes in a sturdy aluminium build with a nicely comfortable keyboard and crisp 13.3-inch display. And as we noted in our review, it's a capable machine where you don't have to compromise. The only thing we're not too keen on is its plastic touchpad.

Read more in our full HP Envy 13 review (opens in new tab).

HP Envy x360 review: Should you buy it?

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The best 2-in-1 HP laptop with touchscreen

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5
GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Memory: 8GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Display: 15.6 inches

Reasons to buy

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2-in-1 design
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Good battery life
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Great performance

Reasons to avoid

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Unwieldy in tablet mode

Can't choose between a laptop and a tablet? The HP Envy x360 is the latest and greatest in the x360 lineup. It is sleek, compact and doubles up as a tablet thanks to its 360-degree hinge and touchscreen capabilities. 

This laptop comes with the latest 12th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and has a generous 16GB of RAM. It’s a great choice for students and business professionals alike since you get the power of a laptop but the convenience of a tablet. 

This model also combines an impressive build quality with a strong performance that is ideal for everything from day-to-day computing through to sitting back and watching a movie, so it's an excellent choice for people who want a little bit of everything, and want that everything to perform well while looking good.

HP Spectre x360 16 2-in-1

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The best all-around HP laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1260P (4 performance cores, 8 efficiency cores)
Graphics: Intel Arc A370M
RAM: 16GB DDR5
Screen: 16-inch, 3,840 by 2,400, OLED, 400 nits, 100% DCI-P3
Storage: 1TB, PCIe Gen 3
Ports: 2x USB4 / Thunderbolt 40Gbps, USB-A 10Gbps, headphone, HDMI 2.1. microSD
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E AX211 (2x2), Bluetooth 5.2
Camera: 5MP webcam
Battery: 83WHr
Weight: 4.4lb / 2kg
Size: 254 x 355.6 x 20.32 mm (10 x 14 x 0.8 in)

Reasons to buy

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Stellar OLED screen
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Strong battery life
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Great build quality

Reasons to avoid

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Patchy software configuration
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Poor sound quality

If you’re looking for a cutting-edge laptop that has a bit of everything in a sleek, portable and premium package, may we present the HP Spectre x360 16 2-in-1, updated for 2022. This thing is loaded. And it’s all wrapped up in a slim all-alloy chassis and remarkably reasonably priced for what you get

The 16-inch OLED touchscreen is nothing short of stellar, you get 2-in-1 tablet functionality, a bundled input pen with Microsoft Pen Protocol 2.0 support, a decent 12th Gen Intel CPU and Intel’s intriguing new Arc graphics, plus great battery life, all for a surprisingly appealing price. With 1TB SSD storage, you're well set for local storage too. Granted, the sound quality isn't great, and HP needs to improve its basic software configuration a bit. But there’s too much to like for those details to spoil what is a really appealing value proposition.

HP ZBook Firefly 14 inch G9 Mobile Workstation Front View

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The best laptop for designers

Specifications

CPU: Intel®️ Core™️ i7-1265U (10 cores)
Graphics: NVIDIA® T550 Laptop GPU
RAM: 16 GB DDR5-4800 (8GB-64GB available with custom options)
Screen: 14-inch, 1920 x 1200, IPS, anti-glare, 250 nits, 45% NTSC
Storage: 512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ TLC SSD (256 GB-2 TB available with customisation)
Ports: 2x USB-A 5Gbps, 1 HDMI 2.0, 2x Thunderbolt Type-C 40Gbps, 1x headphone/microphone combo
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E AX211, Bluetooth 5.3 (optional)
Camera: 5 MP webcam
Battery: 51WHr
Size: 315.6 x 224.3 x 19.9 mm (12.4 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches)
Weight: 1.47 kg (3.24lb)

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic speakers
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Great keyboard
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Strong and solid

Reasons to avoid

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Annoying pg up/pg down keys
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Upgrades not available worldwide
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Noisy fan

If you're looking for a top-level HP laptop that's ideal for creative professionals, may we present the HP ZBook Firefly G9, upgraded and uprated from its G8 predecessor

The HP ZBook Firefly G9 laptop is not just an impressive machine, but it's a pleasure to use too, although the fan may kick in early and a little too often. It should be able to handle the majority of creative tasks with ease, too. To maximise its enormous potential for creatives, we're hoping the more customisable version, US-exclusive for now, makes its way around the world soon.

It comes with HP's Wolf Security, which is a great help to pros who want to keep their stuff safe, along with a fingerprint scanner and physical webcam shutter, along with an inbuilt Tile, which lets you track the laptop should it go walkabout at any point.

Product shot of HP ZBook Studio G8, one of the best HP laptops

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05. HP ZBook Studio G8

The best HP laptop for photo editing

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7 - i9
GPU: NVIDIA T1200 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
Memory: 16-32GB
Storage: 512GB - 1TB SSD
Display: 15.6 inches

Reasons to buy

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Solid design
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Good battery life
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Impressive speakers

Reasons to avoid

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Can get a bit warm

When you're editing photos you don't always need a stack of power, but every now and then you'll find yourself working with a huge image and a stack of filters, and in need of all the grunt you can get. So if you're after the best HP laptop for photo editing we'd suggest the ZBook Studio G8.

Even in its basic configuration, it has more than enough oomph for everyday photo editing, and if you go for pricier setups you'll find it capable of dealing with the most demanding creative apps. It's light and slimline with a sharp and bright 15.6-inch display, as well as Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers for great audio quality. 

Product shot of HP ZBook Fury 17 G8, one of the best HP laptops

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06. HP ZBook Fury 17 G8

The best HP laptop for video editing

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5 - Xeon
GPU: NVIDIA RTX A2000 - RTX A5000
Memory: 8-128GB
Storage: 256GB - 2TB SSD
Display: 17.3 inches

Reasons to buy

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Workstation performance
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Gorgeous touchscreen

Reasons to avoid

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Really heavy
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Poor battery life

The average laptop isn't really enough if your work involves lots of video, so if you need a machine that won't give up the ghost when faced with a stack of 4K footage, the HP ZBook Fury 17 G8 is the way to go. It's not the most exciting-looking laptop, granted, but this portable workstation looks extremely impressive in terms of power, especially when you start spending on more heavyweight specs.

Big performance is going to cost you, of course, and you'll also find that this isn't one of the most portable laptops. It's big and heavy and you won't want to rely on it when you're not near an electrical socket, as the battery life isn't particularly long.

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

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The best premium HP laptop for business

Specifications

CPU: 11th-generation Intel Core i3 – i7
GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Memory: 8-32GB
Storage: 256GB - 2TB SSD
Display: 13.3in touchscreen

Reasons to buy

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Spectacular specs and features 
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Versatile form factor

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive

If you're looking for one of the best laptops from HP for business rather than creative uses, we reckon the third-generation iteration of the HP Elite Dragonfly will do the job. Updated for 2022, the HP Elite Dragonfly G3, drops the 2-in-1 functionality for a purer premium ultraportable approach. We like the taller 3:2 aspect screen in this compact 13.5-inch form factor. The combination of the slim chassis and great connectivity, including USB4, USB-A and full-sized HDMI is a plus, too. 

It’s well specified, too, with a 12th Gen Intel CPU, a large, remarkably long-lasting battery for this device class, and much better connectivity than you might expect given the ultra-slim chassis. 

There are some extra little details like a fingerprint scanner for logging into Windows – some people will find that gimmicky while for others it will provide a welcome security enhancement. The keyboard is very pleasant to use too. It's fairly expensive and does suffer from sluggish performance at times. But all in all, this is a very solid business laptop choice.

An HP EliteBook 840 product shot for one of the best HP laptops

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08. HP EliteBook 840 G8

The best more affordable HP laptop for business

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5 - i7
GPU: Intel UHD Graphics
Memory: 8-16GB
Storage: 256GB - 1TB SSD
Display: 14 inches

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable keyboard
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Excellent battery life
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Good value

Reasons to avoid

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Weak graphical perfomance

The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 is at the top of the pile among HP's business laptops, but there are more accessible options if you don't need the 4K display and other killer specs. The HP EliteBook 840 G8 isn't a 2-in-1 either, although there is an option for a touchscreen version. And there's nothing in the way of fancy GPUs here, merely integrated Intel graphics, but it offers seriously impressive battery life to get through the day and into the evening. 

The 14-inch version is extremely comfortable to carry around, looks stylish in its silver coat, and the fingerprint scanner will help you secure the contents of anything onboard your portable machine.

We found the keyboard to be very comfortable and there are plenty of ports. And if you don't want corporate spies peeking at your monthly figures, there's a SureView privacy display to ensure that you're the only person who can see what's on-screen, on top of a physical slider to block your (very capable) webcam lens to prevent someone benefiting from hacking into that.

Product shot of HP Omen 17

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09. HP Omen 17

The best HP laptop for gaming

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 - RTX 3080
Memory: 16-32GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
Display: 17.3 inches

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic performance
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Great display

Reasons to avoid

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Quite hefty
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Poor battery life

The HP Omen 17 is an absolute monster of a gaming laptop, and you know what that means: not only can it cope with all the latest games in maximum detail with as many frames per second as you need, it'll also be great for eating the most demanding design apps alive.

The basic configuration isn't exactly cheap, but with the mobile version of the GeForce RTX 3070 under the hood it's a proper graphical performer. For serious performance, however, you can spend quite a bit more on a model with an extra 16GB of RAM as well as the top-end RTX 3080, which should see you able to easily outpace the average desktop PC.

Product shot of HP Pavilion Aero 13

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10. HP Pavilion Aero 13

The best cheap HP laptop

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 - 7
GPU: AMD Radeon
Memory: 8-16GB
Storage: 256-512GB SSD
Display: 13.3 inches

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight build
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Lots of power

Reasons to avoid

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Poor webcam
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Plastic touchpad

'Cheap' is a relative term here, but if you don't have a fortune to spend but need good build quality and great performance, you'll be happy with the HP Pavilion Aero 13. Unlike most of the HP laptop line it's powered by an AMD chipset providing plenty of power, and it's super-lightweight thanks to a magnesium alloy chassis.

Its 13.3-inch display is sharp and bright, and if you have lots of peripherals you want to plug in you'll be delighted by its generous array of ports. There's even a fingerprint sensor for instant logins. Of course there are some compromises; the webcam isn't really up to much and the trackpad's made of plastic, but these are minor gripes.

Product shot of HP Chromebook x2

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The best HP Chromebook

Specifications

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 618
Memory: 8GB
Storage: 128 GB eMMC
Display: 11 inches

Reasons to buy

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Excellent touchscreen
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Pen included
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Long battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Quite heavy

The HP Chromebook x2 11 is a Chromebook to convince you Chrome OS has a place in your life. It's 11-inch screen is just right for viewing on the go, and its bright edge-to-edge glass finish feels classy in your hands. 

The battery life is fantastic and inside, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c processor handles everything you can throw at it, which admittedly is limited by Chrome OS – there's no full version of Photoshop on Chrome, for example. Yet, the HP Chromebook x2 11 proves adaptable and flexible; a tablet for sketching, browsing and games and a laptop for work.

Also, if you are looking for a budget alternative to the iPad Air, this is a great shout (and one where you don't have to pay extra for a keyboard...).

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How should I choose the best HP laptop for me?

Before you decide which is the best HP laptop, you should establish what you need the laptop for. HP is a reliable brand, but each machine will have different strengths (and weaknesses) that could make all the difference to your experience. 

HPs ranges cover everything from general consumer laptops to business laptops, gaming laptops and devices aimed at creatives, so make sure to look at the key specs and features you need in your new laptop. If you’re just looking for something to boost productivity and for general browsing, your needs may be fairly basic; a reliable machine with decent battery life and a simple design, like the HP Chromebook.

Or, if you need something a bit more suitable for work environments, you could look into the EliteBook range - the HP EliteBook 840 G7 will give you enough battery to power through the day and then some. If you’re looking for a device that can support your creativity, you’ll need something with dedicated graphics and a lot of power like those found in the Envy and Zbook ranges.

Who are HP's different laptop ranges aimed at?

With such a wide variety on offer, HP’s laptop ranges can be overwhelming at first, but there are clear distinctions between the kinds of users each line targets. Once you’re familiar with these, shopping for an HP laptop becomes a lot less daunting.

At the top of the range are HP Spectres and Zbooks, the most premium laptops – the latter being portable workstations. These are designed to be the ultimate all-rounders, packing power, battery life and portability into one robust and reliable machine.

The next step down would be the HP Envy range, which connects the professional and consumer markets. Featuring a number of x360 2-in-1 laptops, the Envy range is premium but with more accessible prices than the Spectres and Zbooks, as well as some impressive specs.

Then, there’s the EliteBook range, which is directed towards business users, the HP Omen for gamers, and lastly, the HP Pavilion, which is suited best for the general consumer and family market. Beyond these main ranges, HP also produces a number of small, lightweight Chromebooks, which run Chrome OS rather than Windows - so don’t expect all of the desktop apps you’re used to.

Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.

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