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 everyone regardless of budget. Coming in fourth in our laptop-maker showdown this year, HP upped the ante by adding innovative touches to some of its devices, including a 3D motion controller and new creative touchpad design. If you’re thinking of getting a loved one a notebook this holiday season, you may be tempted by HP’s offerings, the only question is which one to choose. To help narrow down your options, these are the five best HP laptops available.
Two-in-one devices are a peculiar bunch; serving as both a laptop and a tablet. The HP Spectre 13 X2 gets it right, however. It's outfitted with a zippy Intel Core i5 CPU with 4GB of RAM, a helpful 128GB SSD, a comfy keyboard and a bright 1080p touch screen display. The 7 hours and 19 minutes of battery endurance means it will go anywhere you do for all-day use.
The 15.6-inch HP ZBook 15 workstation is a powerhouse. Built to handle demanding computing tasks, the $2,486 notebook combines an Intel 2.7-GHz Core i7 Haswell processor with Nvidia Quadro graphics, 16GB of RAM and a Thunderbolt port for extra-speedy data transfers. Rounding out the features list are a removable bottom for swapping out hard drives and a fingerprint scanner for added security.
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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 colorful options for exterior (snow white, ocean turquoise and coral peach), as well as the impressive 7 hours and 57 minutes of battery life.
It's the that the clickless touchpad on the HP EliteBook Folio 1040 isn't for everyone. But this good-looking aluminum machine is still worth a second look. It boasts strong security and long battery life in a slim and light design. The 1.7-GHz Intel Core i7-4650U processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD also turned in some very strong performance numbers.
Proving the Chromebooks don’t have the market cornered on affordable laptops, the Windows 8-powered HP Stream 13 starts at just $230. This colorful laptop sports a 2.16-GHz quad-core Intel Celeron processor and a 1366 x 768-pixel display. We were excited by the snappy and responsive performance during our hands-on time with the device and, with the touted 9-hour battery life. That’s all-day endurance in a full Windows notebook; what’s not to love?
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