HP Laptop Series – Which One Should You Buy?

Hewlett-Packard Inc. or HP is one of the biggest tech companies in the world. It’s the second best seller of laptops and PCs, just behind Lenovo. In this post, we will discuss the many different HP laptop series.

This company isn’t just a manufacturer of laptops but also a pioneer in the field. It was among the early adopters of personal computers, especially laptops. Over the last few decades, the California-based brand has managed to maintain its reputation. 

If you’re one for the aesthetics, you’ll especially love HP laptops, as they focus on the outside just as much as they do on the inside of the machine. 

All HP Laptop Series

Some of the HP series is more on the affordable side, but most of their laptops can easily qualify as high-end. With that said, let’s talk about each of them:

HP Pavilion

When you think of HP Pavilion, think of an all-rounder series offering several configurations, a wide range of screen sizes, as well as a good price point. HP describes these laptops as ‘everyday’ laptops, meaning they are best for an average laptop user with not-so-complicated needs. 

But, not all Pavilion models are basic, as those with upper-tier processors, SSD storage (that too of generous amount), and tools can even be used for graphics work. 

Within the Pavillion Series, there are other sub-series, including Pavilion x360 (flip-style laptop 2-in-1), Pavilion Gaming (entry-level gaming laptops), and Pavillion Aero (lightweight, travel-friendly laptops). 

HP Pavillion laptop models are powered by both Intel Core and AMD Ryzen processors. Some popular models include HP Pavillion 15t-eg000, HP Pavilion x360 Convertible 15t-eg000, and HP Pavilion 14t-dv00. 

Here are the highlights of this series:

  • Screens ranging from 13 to 15.6 inches
  • Intel Core and AMD Ryzen options
  • IPS panels
  • Multiple ports
  • X360 2-in-1 option
  • Many colors

HP Envy

HP Envy laptops are more powerful, mid-range to high-end laptops designed for more sophisticated users. These are modern-looking, sleek, and lightweight laptops with the latest Intel processors. 

The series also features 2-in-1 options like the HP Envy x360 series, which are slightly cheaper than laptops. The screens boast a beautiful 4K display that’s crisp with color accuracy. 

Their processing power can easily handle relatively complex software, such as Auto CAD. Perhaps this is why HP also recommends this series for the creative ones (designers, artists, architects, musicians, photographers, etc.). 

These are the top three picks for HP Envy:

  1. HP Envy 15
  2. HP Envy x360 15
  3. HP Envy 14

Here are the key features of the Envy Series:

  • Mostly Intel processors
  • Beautiful designs with sleek bodies
  • Wide range of convertible options
  • Suitable for heavier software and tools

HP Elitebook

HP Elitebook series targets businesses that require reliable machines with decent processing power and generous storage. These also feature better security options with a TPM chip and fingerprint scanning. Even if you don’t work in an office and work at home, HP Elitebook is a viable option. 

Key highlight features of these Notebook PCs include Sure View, which is a privacy feature, and Sure Recover, which is a recovery tool. The screen sizes are 14 and 15.6 inches. 

There’s another sub-series, the HP Elite Dragonfly, which is optimized for enterprise-level use. While still in its early generations, this particular laptop has the same finesse and processing power as regular HP Envy laptops. These also have a lot more storage.

The HP Elitebook Folio has a 13.5 inches screen, is portable, and is a 2-in-1 notebook designed for employees and business owners on the go. 

Here are the highlights of HP Elitebook laptops:

  • Intel Core and AMD Ryzen processors
  • SSD storage (up to several TBs)
  • Enhanced security 
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Long battery duration
  • Mid to high price range

HP ProBook

HP ProBook is yet another business-oriented laptop series by the brand. Think of these as similar to Elitebook but even more rugged. You have the same security features as well, like the fingerprint login. 

The HP ProBook 600 Series has an even better design than its predecessors. These are powered by Intel Core and AMD Ryzen processors (the latest generations with higher processing power). These also have the option of renewing warranty, which is an ideal solution for enterprises. 

In terms of ruggedness, the laptop has passed MIL-STD 80H certification. It also offers easy cross-device connectivity with built-in HP tools. 

Here are the highlights of this series of HP laptops:

  • Sturdy built
  • Intel Core and AMD Ryzen processors
  • HP docking options
  • Built-in security features
  • Slim design

HP Spectre

If you don’t have any budget constraints and simply want the best of the best, the HP Spectre series is worth considering. It’s the premium laptop line by the company, packing in advanced technology, long-lasting batteries, and design details.

The Spectre series also features variants with OLED screens. Then you also have the 2-in-1 convertible options (the Spectre x360) that are powerful laptops that double as tablets.

What really sets these laptops apart is the quality of the hardware. For instance, the HP Spectre  x360 15 features Bang and Olufsen speakers. 

Another popular laptop from the series is the HP Spectre 13, which had the most powerful Intel Core processor at the time. 

  • Up to 15.6 inches screen
  • X360 convertible options
  • Sleek body and ultra-thin screen bezels
  • Intel Core processors
  • High-end pricing

HP Omen

The HP Omen series is the brand’s gaming laptop series, which, unlike the Pavilion series, is just about gaming. While some other brands have started experimenting with gaming laptop aesthetics, HP maintains the classic black casing paired with an LED-backlit keyboard. 

These are powerful gaming laptops with upper-tier Intel and AMD processor choices. As for the GPUs, those are NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2000 and 3000 series. Basically, there are plenty of choices in terms of the configuration of the model. The latest Omen 16 comes with GeForce RTX 30-series GPU. 

These are designed for pro gamers who want support for graphic-intensive games. Also, these can work great for LAN gaming. The screen size has been increased, coming in at 16.1 inches for the Omen 16. Earlier it was 15.6 inches, so if you buy an older model, that’s the maximum screen size possible. 

The display, of course, is super high-quality, thanks to the utilization of the latest in laptop screen technology. This series basically rivals Dell’s Alienware and Razer Blade series. 

Here are the key features of these power behemoths of gaming:

  • Intel Core and AMD Ryzen processors with a high number of cores and high GHz rate
  • Lightweight for gaming laptops
  • AMOLED
  • Powerful NVIDIA GPUs
  • Expensive pricing

HP Victus

HP Victus is another gaming laptop series that offers efficient cooling. These laptops also sport a bigger screen at 16.1 inches. Similar to Omen, the Victus laptop is also powered by Intel Core and AMD Ryzen processors, paired with NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics card. 

You also have the Omen Gaming Hub on Victus. The main difference between Omen and Victus is that it doesn’t have a backlit keyboard. It’s also more conservative-looking for a gaming PC, which is mainly because they have kept it relatively low priced than Omen laptops. 

Even though it lacks the bells and whistles you’ll find on Omen, it’s still powerful enough to support most PC games. 

  • Intel Core and AMD Ryzen processors
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX
  • Efficient cooling
  • Multipurpose gaming laptop
  • Many ports (USB, HDMI, Audio, SD Card)

HP Stream

HP Stream is a digital notebook series most suitable for students. Available in two screen sizes: 11 and 14 inches, these are affordable, entry-level laptops, designed as lightweight and portable. 

The best part is you can find vibrant color options as well. The processing power, memory, and storage are adequate enough for the casual user and students who may need to use the Microsoft Office 365 Suite or Google Docs. 

  • Intel processors
  • X360 versions also available
  • May include Microsoft Office 365 Suite
  • Highly portable
  • Many color options

HP Chromebook

HP also makes Chromebooks with a very HP touch. These are well-designed, powerful Chrome OS-based laptops. With advantages such as ease of use and portability, these are suitable for anyone looking for a Chromebook that’s just as good as a Windows laptop. 

These are energy-efficient, so they last long on a full charge. The screen size ranges from 11 to 14 inches. The HP Pro Chromebook is the most powerful model with customization options. 

Here are the highlights of HP Chromebooks:

  • Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium, Intel Core, and MediaTek processors
  • 4 to 8 GB RAM
  • HD display
  • Highly portable
  • Best for using Google Workspace

Conclusion

HP laptop series provide basically any PC you can think of, whether for business, school, or personal use. You have entry-level laptops as well, even though there are more higher-end options with series like HP Envy, HP Spectre, and Omen. 

HP laptops have always been known for their designs, which is why these are ideal for those who take the laptop’s look very seriously. Other areas like processing power, display, and battery life vary by different models, so do thorough research before buying. 

Mark Warschauer is a tech content writer and blogger with an interest in emerging technologies. He spends most of his time listening to music, reading about new technologies, or writing about them on his blog. He also enjoys playing video games (mostly RPGs), traveling the world, watching movies, and reading books that explore life's big questions.

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