Best HP laptops 2017: the top HP laptops we've seen and tested

HP has long played second and even third fiddle the likes of Dell and Lenovo, but it’s currently the top laptop maker in the world and that’s for good reason. Over the last couple of the years, the brand has redesigned all of its notebook offerings, streamlined its focus and, yes, redesigned its logo for a few choice premium products.

Whether you’re looking for the finest Ultrabook money can buy, a Chromebook to just get you through college or a gaming laptop to destroy on PUBG, HP has laptops for every use case. While the electronics firm’s notebook category still runs a bit deep, we’ve selected the best laptops HP has to offer.

1. HP Spectre x360

The perfect hybird laptop

CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: : Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

Long battery life with quick charging
Keyboard has strong tactile feedback
Gets expensive quickly

HP has been steadily perfecting its flagship 13-inch convertible laptop and it’s among one of our favorite 2-in-1 laptops for a few years running. It has perfectly slim bezels and is lightweight enough to use as a tablet regularly. As a regular notebook, you won’t find many with a more tactile keyboard, brilliantly vibrant display or two Windows Hello biometric solutions.

2. HP Spectre 13

The thinnest Ultrabook

CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: : Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 6 – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 256GB-1TB SSD

Incredibly thin
Fashionable design
Not the longest battery life

The HP Spectre 13 is one of the thinnest laptops we’ve ever reviewed, and yet it features the same 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor and long battery life as other thicker Ultrabooks. Between the pristine matte black/white exterior and touches of gold, this uber-thin Ultrabook is as much a fashion statement as it is an everyday computer.

Read our hands-on review: HP Spectre 13

3. HP Pavilion 15

The all-around best laptop for school

CPU: AMD A10 – A12 or 7th Gen Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: : AMD Radeon R5 – R7 or Intel HD 620 Graphics; Nvidia GeForce 940MX | RAM: 8 –16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) – HD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 128 – 512GB SSD; 1 – 2TB HDD

Affordably priced for students
Extremely customizable
HD only screen to start

Better known as the laptop everyone in college had, the HP Pavilion 15 should be familiar to all graduates and first in mind for new students. It mixes a blend of affordability with solid performance with extreme extremely customizable configurations to meet all your needs whether they be just simple paper writing to creation motion graphics. Of course, the modern HP Pavilion 15 isn’t just that thick, affordable notebook anymore, it’s gotten thinner and more stylish over the years.

4. HP Chromebook 14 G4

HP’s most affordable laptop

CPU: Intel Celeron N2840 – N2940 | Graphics: : Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2 – 4 GB | Screen: 14-inch HD (1366 x 768) – HD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 16 – 32GB eMMC

Long battery life
Large screen real estate
Fully plastic build

For students on an even tighter budget, the HP Chromebook 14 G4 is a great alternative to the HP Pavilion 15. It’s long battery life and large screen make it perfect for both researching papers into the night and binge watching Netflix shows during the annual breaks in the school year.

5. HP Omen X

The ultimate gaming laptop

CPU: 7th Gen Intel Core i7 | Graphics: : Nvidia GTX 1070 – 1080 | RAM: 12 – 32GB RAM | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) 120Hz – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD; 1TB HDD

Top-end gaming specs
Designed for overclocking
Short battery life

If you’re looking for a laptop with the greatest amount of performance, look no farther than the HP Omen X. This 17-inch gaming notebook was designed with overclocking in mind and it sports the most powerful graphics chip you can squeeze into a laptop. It’s also quite the looker with an edgy aesthetic that’s designed to standout while being extremely functional.