2020’s Best HP Laptops [In-Depth Review]

TOP PICK
HP Notebook 15.6 Inch Touchscreen Premium Laptop PC (2017 Version), 7th Gen Intel Core i3-7100U 2.4GHz Processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, Bluetooth, Windows 10
BEST GAMING
OMEN by HP 17-inch Gaming Laptop w/ 144Hz Anti-Glare G-Sync Display, i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB, 16GB 2666MHz RAM, 1TB HDD & 128 GB PCIE SSD, Windows 10 Home (17-an120nr, Black), Metal
BEST 2 IN 1
HP Spectre x360 15t Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop in Dark Ash Silver (Intel 8th Gen i7 Quad Core, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia Geforce MX150, 15.6" 4K UHD 3840x2160 Touch, Stylus Pen, Win 10 Home)
BEST CHROMEBOOK
Newest HP 14-inch Chromebook HD SVA (1366 x 768) Display, Intel Dual Core Celeron N2840 2.16GHz, 4GB DD3L RAM, 16GB eMMc Hard Drive, Bluetooth, HDMI, Stereo Speakers, HD Webcam, Google Chrome OS
BEST PORTABLE
HP Notebook Laptop 15.6 HD Vibrant Display Quad Core AMD E2-7110 APU 1.8GHz 4GB RAM 500GB HDD DVD Windows 10
HP Stream Laptop PC - 14" HD, Intel Celeron N3060, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC, Office 365 Personal for one year - 14-ax010nr
BLW's Score
90
94
90
84
85
79
MSRP
$615.00
$1,699.00
$2,499.11
$299.77
$399.00
$240.45
Processor
Intel Core i3-7100U 2.40 GHz
Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2 GHz
Intel Core i7-8550U 1.8 GHz
Intel Core Celeron N2840 2.16 GHz
AMD E2-7110 APU 1.8 GHz
Intel Celeron N3060 1.6 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
8GB DDR3L
4GB DDR3L
4GB DDR3L
4GB DDR3L
Hard Disk
1TB HDD
128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
512GB SSD
16GB eMMC
500GB HDD
16GB eMMC
Display
14" FHD (1920 x 1080)
17.3" FHD 144Hz (1920x1080)
15.6" UHD (3840x2160)
14” HD (1366 x 768)
15.6" FHD (1366x768)
14" FHD (1366 x 768)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 620
GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
Intel HD Graphics
AMD Radeon R2
Intel HD Graphics
OS
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
Chrome OS
Windows 10
Windows 10
Weight
4.85 pounds
8 pounds
4.5 pounds
4.41 pounds
4.73 pounds
3.17 pounds
TOP PICK
HP Notebook 15.6 Inch Touchscreen Premium Laptop PC (2017 Version), 7th Gen Intel Core i3-7100U 2.4GHz Processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, Bluetooth, Windows 10
BLW's Score
90
MSRP
$615.00
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i3-7100U 2.40 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR4
Hard Disk
1TB HDD
Display
14" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 620
OS
Windows 10
Weight
4.85 pounds
BEST GAMING
OMEN by HP 17-inch Gaming Laptop w/ 144Hz Anti-Glare G-Sync Display, i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB, 16GB 2666MHz RAM, 1TB HDD & 128 GB PCIE SSD, Windows 10 Home (17-an120nr, Black), Metal
BLW's Score
94
MSRP
$1,699.00
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2 GHz
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Display
17.3" FHD 144Hz (1920x1080)
Graphics
GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
OS
Windows 10
Weight
8 pounds
BEST 2 IN 1
HP Spectre x360 15t Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop in Dark Ash Silver (Intel 8th Gen i7 Quad Core, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia Geforce MX150, 15.6" 4K UHD 3840x2160 Touch, Stylus Pen, Win 10 Home)
BLW's Score
90
MSRP
$2,499.11
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-8550U 1.8 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR3L
Hard Disk
512GB SSD
Display
15.6" UHD (3840x2160)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
OS
Windows 10
Weight
4.5 pounds
BEST CHROMEBOOK
Newest HP 14-inch Chromebook HD SVA (1366 x 768) Display, Intel Dual Core Celeron N2840 2.16GHz, 4GB DD3L RAM, 16GB eMMc Hard Drive, Bluetooth, HDMI, Stereo Speakers, HD Webcam, Google Chrome OS
BLW's Score
84
MSRP
$299.77
More Information
Processor
Intel Core Celeron N2840 2.16 GHz
RAM
4GB DDR3L
Hard Disk
16GB eMMC
Display
14” HD (1366 x 768)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics
OS
Chrome OS
Weight
4.41 pounds
BEST PORTABLE
HP Notebook Laptop 15.6 HD Vibrant Display Quad Core AMD E2-7110 APU 1.8GHz 4GB RAM 500GB HDD DVD Windows 10
BLW's Score
85
MSRP
$399.00
More Information
Processor
AMD E2-7110 APU 1.8 GHz
RAM
4GB DDR3L
Hard Disk
500GB HDD
Display
15.6" FHD (1366x768)
Graphics
AMD Radeon R2
OS
Windows 10
Weight
4.73 pounds
HP Stream Laptop PC - 14" HD, Intel Celeron N3060, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC, Office 365 Personal for one year - 14-ax010nr
BLW's Score
79
MSRP
$240.45
More Information
Processor
Intel Celeron N3060 1.6 GHz
RAM
4GB DDR3L
Hard Disk
16GB eMMC
Display
14" FHD (1366 x 768)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics
OS
Windows 10
Weight
3.17 pounds

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.

6 Best HP Laptops By Category:

Overall Top Pick:
HP Notebook 15.6 Inch Touchscreen

HP Notebook Touch Screen

​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.

​Specs

  • ​Display Size: 15.6 Inch
  • ​Resolution: 1366 x 768
  • ​Battery Capacity: 6 Hours
  • ​RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • ​Processor: Intel Core i3-7100U
  • ​Storage: 1TB HDD
  • ​GPU: Intel HD Graphics 620
  • I/O: Bluetooth, 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, Microphone Jack/1 x HDMI, DVD, 1 x Headphone Jack
  • Weight: 4.85 lbs
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Benefits

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.

Drawbacks

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.

Extra Features

  • Sturdy and attractive black case
  • Touchscreen
  • Ports are well located

Buying Advice

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.

Best HP Chromebook:
Newest HP 14-inch Chromebook HD SVA

HP 14-inch Chromebook Review

​​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.

​Specs

  • ​Display Size: 14 Inch
  • ​Resolution: 1366 x 768
  • ​Battery Capacity: 9 Hours
  • ​RAM: 4GB DDR3L
  • ​Storage: 16GB eMMC Flash
  • ​GPU: Intel HD Graphics
  • I/O: Bluetooth, 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, Microphone Jack/1 x HDMI, Headphone Jack
  • ​Weight: 4.41 lbs
  • Price