We love HP for its sleekly designed laptops that provide comfortable keyboards and touchpads. The company’s wide selection ranges from 11-inch convertibles to big-screen multimedia systems, offering something for any budget or use. Coming in fourth in our laptop-maker showdown last year, HP upped the ante by adding innovative touches to some of its devices, including a 3D-motion controller and a new creative touchpad design. Tempted by HP’s options but don’t know which one to choose? To help narrow your options, these are the five best HP laptops available.
Looking for a lightweight laptop that's also light on your wallet? HP's Stream 11 is an eye-catching Windows 8.1 laptop that performs capably, and it costs just $200. Typing documents and reports is a breeze, thanks to the comfortable keyboard, and you'll enjoy ample sound, thanks to the powerful speakers. And with a year's subscription to Office 365 Personal thrown in, the Stream 11 is a great companion when you're traveling for work.
Easily among the sexiest laptops anywhere, the 12.5-inch Elitebook Folio 1020 runs Windows 8.1. Under the hood sits a powerful Intel Core M chip, while up top is a fingerprint reader and a cool, pressure-sensitive touchpad. Its gorgeous quad HD display will leave you glued to your screen, as you clock hours of watching Netflix or playing casual games. The EliteBook Folio 1020 can also take a beating, since it complies with military standards for resistance to heat, cold, dust and drops.
Marking a return to the gaming notebook arena, the HP Omen was designed to get your attention. The 15.6-inch laptop lures you with its slim, lightweight chassis that's sharp and ominous looking. Inside you'll find some serious power in the form of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics and Intel Core i7. Customizable keyboard backlights and macro buttons help enhance your fragging performance on the laptop's 1080p display. For the hard-core gamer, missing this Omen would be the greatest sin.
The larger of HP's affordable Stream line of Windows 8.1 laptops, the Stream 13 delivers the same smooth performance in a larger, but still attractive package. Its fun, bright color scheme will mirror your mood when you realize this 13-incher costs only $230. We particularly liked the booming DTS Studio Sound speakers. Plus, as with the Stream 11, you get a year's free subscription to Office 365 Personal and 1TB of cloud storage on OneDrive so you can take your work on the go.
As HP's second go at the Chrome OS, the $299 Chromebook 14 is a success. For those who mainly use their notebook to surf the Web, watch videos and send email, this may be all the machine you need. We appreciated the color options for the exterior (snow white, ocean turquoise and coral peach), as well as the impressive 7 hours and 57 minutes of battery life.