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Best HP Laptops

HP offers several lines of laptops that are designed for traveling professionals, students, gamers, and everyday use. The company makes excellent equipment for those who want reliability and performance. However, choosing and customizing a laptop can be a confusing process for newcomers, and it won’t always be immediately clear what the differences are between the various models of this brand, nor which is the best choice. Let us make the choice easier for you with our list of the best HP laptops available.

1. HP Envy 15

The HP 15-inch laptop has excellent upgrade options and a solid design.

The HP’s Envy 15 is a master class in laptop performance at an affordable price, an easy recommendation for anyone looking for a desktop replacement or a laptop that can also handle most of their work.

The model comes with a tenth-generation Intel Core i7-10750H processor, a GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU and 16GB of RAM, and starts with a 256GB PCIe NVME SSD.

But, one of the things that makes the Envy 15 so good is its flexibility to upgrade. Those interested can upgrade the processor and add a GeForce RTX 2060 for better GPU performance, switch to 32 GB of RAM, and choose up to 2 TB of SSD storage.

The 15.6-inch display can also be upgraded to a touchscreen, even with 4K AMOLED technology, in case you want to get the best possible performance out of the graphics card available on this laptop.

The ports are also ready for just about anything you can throw at them, with two USB-C ports with Power Delivery support, DisplayPort 1.4 and HDM 2.0b, along with a USB-A port.

One of the few downsides is that it’s a bit bulky and heavy (4.74 pounds) compared to rival laptop options, making it less portable than some competitors. However, as a desktop replacement, it’s hard to find anything better for the general user.

2. HP Spectre X360

Designed for professionals and students who want a more portable HP laptop that doesn’t give up as easily.

The Spectre X360 received a welcome overhaul in 2020, with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 1065G processor, and it starts with 512GB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage.

It’s a great alternative to the Envy 15 if you prefer a compact, lightweight laptop that’s easy to carry around while you work. Plus, a webcam kill switch is now included to add more privacy (a security feature that most new HP laptops also have).

Upgrade options are also highlighted here. We particularly like the ability to switch to a 4K AMOLED touchscreen for more visual work, and the laptop can store up to 2TB if you prefer.

However, you can’t upgrade to a better Nvidia GPU on this model and it’s limited to Intel Iris graphics, so it’s definitely not as good for gaming and other high-end visuals as the Envy.

Ports for the model include two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 connections, a USB-A 3.1 port, and DisplayPort 1.4, which also omits the HDMI port offered by Envy for a more streamlined approach. There is a 15-inch version of the Spectre X360, but we appreciate the more portable nature of this option.

3. HP Omen 17

Performance is impressive with the Omen 17, which starts with a Core i7-10750H processor and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and can be upgraded from there, all the way up to a GeForce RTX 2080 Super if you need excellent graphics for your work or play.

The model also offers 16GB to 32GB of RAM and a variety of SSD combination options depending on your storage preferences. It features a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port with DisplayPort 1.4 compatibility, three USB-A ports, a Mini DisplayPort connection, and HDMI 2.0a.

However, the downside of such a large laptop is that it’s not the easiest to move around, weighing in at easily over 7 pounds. It can be an excellent choice for more demanding work projects or even as a gaming machine, but, don’t plan on moving it around too often.

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