If you’re planning to purchase a new laptop you’re presented with a massive choice of machines and it can be difficult to choose the best one.
HP has got you covered as they manufacture such a wide range of laptops and are one of the most famous brands on the market. There are types suitable for home and office use, gamers, music and film lovers and travelers.
Carefully calculate your budget before buying to ensure you get a laptop that’s affordable. HP produce laptops to suit all budgets, from a couple of hundred dollars to a thousand plus.
Before you purchase a laptop you should consider what you’re going to be using it for.
If you need a laptop for occasional browsing or making notes then the HP Chromebook is a good choice. If you need a laptop with more storage and speed you’ll be looking at the middle of the range machines such an HP Notebook.
If you travel a lot or commute you’ll want a laptop that’s lightweight and easy to carry around. HP have a range of laptops that are slim, light and portable whilst being powerful enough to suit your needs.
When you’re on the move you’ll also want a laptop with a long battery life so that you don’t need to plug in and charge. Some care is needed when you’re looking at battery life as the manufacturer’s specs always publish the maximum battery life. If the spec says 6 hours of battery life it’s more realistic to expect 3 to 4 hours.
A few years ago, many people in the tech industry thought that laptops were on the way out. Tablets are becoming more powerful, but laptops still have their place and they will be around for the foreseeable future.
We’ve selected 6 of the best HP laptops and looked at each one in some detail. As well as the hardware we’ve looked at what each machine is suitable for.
This HP Notebook is fitted with the 7th generation Intel Core i3-7100U processor, with a speed of 2.4GHz.
Storage capacity is good thanks to the 1TB HDD. That’s plenty of storage for your movies, music and other content. 8GB RAM keeps everything running smoothly and the laptop has Windows 10 installed.
Weighing in at just under 5 lbs, and measuring less than an inch thick, this laptop is perfect for everyday use when you’re on the move. The 15.6-inch touchscreen is ideal for work or play and it’s a great choice for movie lovers.
The keyboard on this laptop is solid with no flex when typing and there’s a numeric keypad on the right-hand side. The touchscreen can be used for navigation or you can use the standard touchpad.
Sound quality is provided by DTS Studio Sound which delivers deep bass and crisp highs when watching movies or listening to music. The built-in speakers deliver clear sounds with no vibration or buzzing.
The laptop is well equipped with ports and a 6-hour battery life is adequate for a laptop in this price range. The stylish black case is attractive and well-built, making the laptop sturdy and durable.
Although this laptop is portable, we’d like to see a few ounces shaved off the weight to make it easier to carry around. Having a 5lb laptop in a bag with other accessories is going to be heavy.
We would also have liked the touch-pen to be included with the laptop as you have to purchase this separately. The pen is not overly expensive but it does increase the costs if you want to use this function.
Massive storage combined with 8GB RAM make this a fast and efficient machine for home or office use.
A crystal clear screen, great sound quality, price and decent battery life all contributed to making this our number one choice.
If you’re looking for an everyday machine that handles tasks with ease you should seriously consider this laptop.
The HP Chromebook is fitted with the Intel dual-core Celeron N2840 processor.
This has a speed of 2.16GHz which can be boosted to 2.58GHz. Internal storage is limited to 16GB but you can connect an external HDD if more storage is needed. The 4GB RAM is adequate for this type of machine and Google Chrome is pre-installed.