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Best HP laptops 2022: the top HP laptops we’ve seen and tested

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Editor's note: September 2022

As we head into the second half 2022, we're excited to see a number of new HP laptops hitting the shelves, including arguably the best Chromebook ever made (as well as the most potentially expensive), the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook. That's not all, however, and as more of the best HP laptops get refreshes in the months ahead, we'll be sure to bring them to you as soon as we can give them a proper review.

- John Loeffler, US Computing Editor

The best HP laptops are a fantastic merger of everything you need in a great laptop. They look great, offer generally fantastic performance, and are often among the cheapest laptops in their class, making them a solid pick for any shopper, especially those on a budget.

There are still some premium HP offerings though, and HP makes some of the best mobile workstations for creatives on the market, like the HP ZBook Studio and the HP Envy x360. HP's Omen and Victus lines are also some of the best gaming laptops around, including one of the best cheap gaming laptops available, the HP Victus 15. 

Whatever you're looking for, whether its one of the best business laptops or the best Chromebook going – and everything in between – HP has some of the best laptops to suit your needs and budget, and we've pulled together the best of HP's best to help make your shopping decision easier than ever.

Best HP Laptops 2022 - Chosen by our experts

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1. HP Elite Dragonfly G2

One of the best laptops we’ve tested

Specifications

CPU: 11th-generation Intel Core i3 – i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: 8GB - 32GB
Screen: 13.3-inch diagonal BrightView LED FHD, 400 nits – 13.3-inch diagonal BrightView LED 4K UHD HDR-400 550 nits
Storage: up to 2TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Great design
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Comfortable keyboard
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Excellent screen

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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USB-C ports on only one side

 The second-generation HP Elite Dragonfly still holds the title of the best HP laptop. HP’s impressive business laptop is back with its smart design, great battery life, and 2-in-1 prowess. Of course, it’s more powerful now than it’s ever been, touting 11th-gen Intel Core chips, Intel Iris Xe graphics, and now a 4K display, upgrading from its previous Full HD models. There’s a lot to love here, and it might just be as close to being the perfect business laptop as any manufacturer can get. If you can afford it. However, as it is meant for professionals, it’s definitely worth the investment. 

Read the full review: HP Elite Dragonfly G2 


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2. HP Spectre x360 (2021)

This year's model is a brilliant 13-inch laptop

Specifications

CPU: 11th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch – 13.3" diagonal 4K (3840 x 2160) UWVA BrightView micro-edge AMOLED multitouch
Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous design
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Excellent battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Fans can get noisy
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Pricey

The HP Spectre x360 has been one of the best laptops for years now, and the 2021 model is no different. Now coming with 11th-generation Intel Core processors, which offer a decent performance boost, and feature better integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, the HP Spectre x360 (2021) is better than ever.

It still features the impeccable 2-in-1 design and pristine gem-cut chassis that these laptops are known for, meaning that the HP Spectre x360 (2021) is one of the best looking 2-in-1 laptops ever made, and when it comes to build quality.

While it's certainly pricey, you're getting some excellent extras, such as formidable security features and Bang & Olufsen speakers. If you care about aesthetics as much as you do performance and overall quality, this is the laptop for you.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360 (2021)


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3. HP Envy 14-eb0000na

Excellent productivity in a slim package

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1165G7
Graphics: Max-Q Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 8GB – 32GB
Screen: 14-inch 1920 x 1200 (16:10 ratio) IPS micro-edge display with multi-touch
Storage: 1TB PCIe NVMe TLC SSD

Reasons to buy

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Understated elegant design
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Great thermal management
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Lots of power

Reasons to avoid

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Touchscreen slightly buggy
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Expensive

A little bit Ultrabook, a little bit productivity powerhouse, the sleek HP Envy 14-eb0000na is an ideal choice for any professional that wants a little more performance out of their laptop. Not only does it come with discrete graphics, but also a gorgeous 1200p 16:10 screen that gives you extra screen real estate. And, while there are a few bugs with the touchscreen capabilities and it comes with a hefty price tag, the Envy is overall an excellent portable with plenty of power, great cooling, and the kind of looks that will fit in with the more premium machines out there.

Read the full review: HP Envy 14-eb0000na


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4. HP ZBook Studio G7

A powerhouse laptop for both creatives and gamers

Specifications

CPU: up to 10th-gen Intel Core i9-10885H
Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 Max-Q graphics
RAM: 8GB – 32GB
Screen: up to 15.6" diagonal 3840x2160 UHD AMOLED UWVA BrightView 400 Nits ultraslim touchscreen
Storage: up to 2 TB PCIe NVMe TLC SSD

Reasons to buy

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Attractive and rugged design
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Solid battery life
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Keyboard and touchpad feel amazing

Reasons to avoid

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Can get a bit too hot
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Incredibly noisy fan at times

Raw power and a lightweight body can go hand-in-hand; the HP ZBook Studio G7 is proof of this. It isn’t just its war-read internals and aluminum chassis, which collectively weigh under four pounds, that are its main selling points, however. Its robust keyboard and mouse combo as well as its excellent speakers add a lot to its value as well. Rare as they may be, here’s one of the most well-rounded laptops we’ve ever tested. And, it’s an excellent choice for creative professionals who need a whole lot of power while on the go.

Read the full review: HP ZBook Studio G7


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The best HP Chromebook ever

Specifications

CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-1265U w/ vPro
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: Up to 32GB
Screen: 13.5" (1,920 x 1,280p to 2256 x 1504p), touchscreen optional
Storage: 128GB to 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD

Reasons to buy

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Best in class performance
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Incredibly lightweight
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Fantastic display

Reasons to avoid

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E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E
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Performance is honestly overkill for a Chromebook

The HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook lives up to its name as arguably the best premium Chromebook on the market. With incredible high-end specs like a 12th-gen Intel Core i7 processor with vPro and up to 32GB RAM, you simply won't find Chromebooks with this much power anywhere. All that power comes at a huge price though, literally, as the best configurations of this Chromebook are incredibly expensive. Fortunately, there are some more accessible configurations that won't cost you an entire paycheck or more to buy.

Read the full review: HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook review


HP Victus 15

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Our favorite HP gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-12700H
Graphics: Up to Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti
RAM: Up to 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080p), 144Hz, 9ms response
Storage: Up to 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD

Reasons to buy

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Excellent keyboard and trackpad
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Chrome OS is responsive
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Crisp, vivid screen

Reasons to avoid

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Average battery life

The HP Victus line doesn't get as much attention as HP's more high-end Omen line, but you really shouldn't sleep on this laptop. With up to a 12th-gen Intel Core i7, Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti GPU, 16GB RAM, and 1TB NVMe M.2 storage, this is a highly capable gaming laptop for not a whole lot of money. And while the display is a speedy 144Hz, its somewhat slow response rate of 9ms doesn't make this a particularly great laptop for esports, but for the price it will still get fantastic performance for your everyday gaming on the go.

Read the full HP Victus 15 review


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7. HP Envy x360 15 (2021)

Powerful performance if not the most comfortable

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 – 7 / 11th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: AMD Radeon / Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Screen: 15.6" diagonal 4K UHD, UWVA, BrightView, AMOLED – 15.6" diagonal FHD, IPS, micro-edge, WLED-backlit
Storage: up to 256 GB Intel SSD + 16 GB Intel Optane memory

Reasons to buy

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Best-in-class performance
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Exceptional battery life
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Fantastic price

Reasons to avoid

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Tablet mode a bit unwieldy
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No docked stylus

Among the best HP laptops for consumers, the HP Envy x360 15 (2021) is nearly in a class in its own right, a 2-in-1 laptop that combines impressive CPU and GPU power with an elegant yet robust design, a stunning display, and outstanding battery life – all for an incredible price. In fact, if you don’t want to spend a fortune, you'll be hard pressed to find a better value for a 2-in-1. Its huge collection of ports make it an even better value, especially if you have a few peripherals in your arsenal. It’s not the most comfortable to use as a tablet, but even the most premium contenders aren’ perfect, so it’s easy to forgive this laptop for that.

Read the full review: HP Envy x360 15 (2021)


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8. Omen 15 (2020)

A beast of a gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i5 – i9
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti – RTX 2060
RAM: 8GB – 32GB
Screen: 15.6" diagonal 1920 x 1080 FHD 144 Hz IPS anti-glare micro-edge WLED-backlit – 15.6" diagonal 3840 x 2160 4K UWVA BrightView micro-edge AMOLED
Storage: up to 1 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD

Reasons to buy

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Great for multitasking and streaming
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Excellent gaming performance
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Great display

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy and bulky design
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Expensive

Top-notch performance awaits with the HP Omen 15. This powerful gaming laptop packs not only a hefty punch, but also excellent visuals and great features to take your gaming to the next level – from tackling demanding AAA to allowing you to stream and create gaming content. That brilliant, anti-glare 15.6-inch display with 144hz refresh rate and built-in webcam are proof. It’s also a laptop worthy of productivity and multitasking, making it ideal for everyday work-from-home use. But, it’s in gaming where it truly shines.

Read the full review: Omen 15 (2020)


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9. HP Envy x360 13 (2020)

A solid 2-in-1 laptop for home or office use

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 4300U – 7 4700U
Graphics: AMD Radeon Graphics
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.3" diagonal 1920 x 1080 FHD IPS BrightView WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled, 400 nits – 13.3" diagonal 1920 x 1080 FHD IPS BrightView WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled with integrated privacy screen, 1000 nits
Storage: 1 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD

Reasons to buy

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Excellent battery life
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Quick charging
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Speakers sound great at full volume

Reasons to avoid

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USB port cover hinges feel weak and awkward
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Pen has limited pressure sensitivity and tilt recognition

With a low price of entry, the HP Envy x360 13 (2020) proves to be an excellent proposition for consumers who aren’t willing to spend over $1,000 on their laptops. It comes with a glorious screen, a great set of speakers, and the HP Pen, all of which prove just as useful to everyday users as they are to professional ones. It also offers blazing fast internet speeds thanks to its Gigabit W-Fi support, as well as a quiet fan mode if you don’t want those cooling fans distracting you from your work.

Read the full review: HP Envy x360 13 (2020)


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10. HP Spectre 13

The thinnest Ultrabook

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Impossibly thin and light
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Top-notch looks

Reasons to avoid

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Light on ports
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Second-rate trackpad

The HP Spectre 13 is arguably one of the most stunning laptops we’ve ever seen or used. The ceramic white finish is beautifully complemented by a two-prong hinge design that’s extremely appealing as well as utilitarian. The Spectre 13 goes even further by packing some serious horsepower. It leverages the power of 8th-generation Intel Kaby Lake Refresh processors to outmatch the competition. It’s been discontinued on the HP site, but the HP Spectre 13 is still one of the best HP laptops this year. Search for it, as third-party retailers still sell it.

Read the full review: HP Spectre 13 

How does TechRadar review laptops?

When we review HP laptops, we don’t just compare them to other HP products of a similar caliber. We also make sure to compare their stats with laptops from other brands to prove how well they function in comparison to the competition.

We review laptops based on a variety of criteria including price, design, battery life, and performance. We run the laptop all day to test its battery life and subsequent performance as the day goes on to make sure it works as advertised. The best HP laptops will have functional, sleek design for a moderate price, as well as a battery that doesn’t drain too quickly.

We put all our review laptops through benchmark tests as well to make sure the hardware can handle whatever software you may run. These benchmark diagnostics allow us to make accurate comparisons to other HP laptops, as well as similar laptops from other brands.

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Michelle Rae Uy
Buying Guides Editor

Michelle Rae Uy is the Buying Guides Editor here at TechRadar. She's a Los Angeles-based tech, travel and lifestyle writer covering a wide range of topics, from computing to the latest in green commutes to the best hiking trails. She's an ambivert who enjoys communing with nature and traveling for months at a time just as much as watching movies and playing sim games at home. That also means that she has a lot more avenues to explore in terms of understanding how tech can improve the different aspects of our lives. 

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