Buying Guide: 5 Best HP Laptops We Recommend
By Azrul Abas April 29, 2022
In 2022 itself, HP released 9 laptop line-ups available to suit every need - be it for your daily school work or to experience the ultimate gaming experience. Known for its power, flexibility, and portability in a wide range of styles and sizes, we think HP would do great as your next laptop of choice. In this article, we have narrowed down for you the 5 HP laptops we think will be the best you could buy today.
With the large variety and personalization that can be made when buying the HP, we picked out what 5 model series that we think are able to capture for your everyday needs.
- Best 2-in-1: HP Spectre x360 Convertible 14
- Best Working Station: HP Elitebook 845 G8 Notebook
- Best Performance: HP ZBook Studio 15.6 inch G8
- Best Gaming: HP Omen 16
- Best Overall for daily use: HP Envy x360 Convert 13
Style and Performance: HP Spectre x360 Convertible 14
If style and functionality is what you seek in a laptop, the HP Spectre x360 14 is the right one for you. The laptop is powered by 11th Gen Intel Evo with the Iris X graphics processor, make sure that you can do-it-all in one device. Furthermore, the Spectre is also great for binging Netflix because it’s packed with an OLED display with Bang & Olufsen Speaker that lets you enjoy your shows visually and aurally as well. Not to mention the compact design of the laptop that allows for great mobility and long hours of battery life.
But with all that features happening in one machine, it does come with a price. For this specific HP Spectre you would have to fork out S$2,899 to bring that home, but if you’re lucky enough there still an ongoing discount on HP website for HP Spectre x360 14 - ea0036TU
- Luxurious design
- 14” OLED display with Bang & Olufsen speaker for great entertainment
- Long battery life
- Quite big in tablet mode
The trusted work laptop: HP Elitebook 845 G8 Notebook
Dedicated for the businessman, the Elitebook does crunch the numbers very well with its AMD Ryzen 5 PRO processor. It also features the Bang & Olufsen speaker so you will be well entertained while on a lunch break. The security part is unquestionable as it has an always-on and acting defense to keep your PC from threats.
For the HP Elitebook we chose the traditional form instead of the x360 for 2 reasons: it has better value for money and it looks professionally more like a work laptop. Coming at S$2,200, the HP Elitebook 845 G8 is definitely worth its price.
- Powerful AMD Ryzen 5 PRO processor
- Robust aluminum chassis
- Comfortable keyboard usage
- A bit heavier than the x360 model
- Mediocre graphic performance
Ultimate Performance Laptop: HP ZBook Studio 15.6 inch G8
Designers, filmmakers, video editors, look no further. The HP Zbook Studio was manufactured essentially for those who use their laptop for heavy graphic tasks and duties. The 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor alongside the NVIDIA®️ T1200 graphics made a great couple for the task. The laptop itself also comes with a huge 32GB memory and 512 GB SSD, which makes running apps like Adobe very smoothly.
Even though it could perform great with Adobe or CAD, we still hope that HP would fit a RTX 2070 instead for this ZBook studio laptop so the app could perform even better. Furthermore, it would be great if they also come with 1TB SSD instead. Nonetheless, with its peak performance, the ZBook Studio also comes with a high, but definitely justifiable, price of S$3,200.
- 120Hz refresh rate with color accurate HP Dreamcolor Display
- Gaming-able performance
- Under 2kg for easy mobility
- Higher on the price side
- Relatively low RAM and storage ceilings for a workstation
The Gaming Experience: HP Omen 16
The HP Omen is a powerful and affordable gaming machine money can buy, it has the specs and essentials that every gamer needs for gaming: 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU powering the machine. Playing APEX Legends would cause no problem for users, thanks to its superb quality display and audio for real-experience gaming.
However, if there is something to nitpick, it would definitely have to be the design. Compared to other gaming laptop brands out there, the design of Omen is very simple, almost boring even. But this year’s omen has an all-metal body rather than previous generation using plastic, kudos to HP.
Our recommendation is to pick the Intel version with 16GB of memory that costs around S$2,799 for the HP Omen 16.
- Amazing display and audio quality
- GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
- Great performance for such price
- Mediocre design
- Okay battery life.
Most value for money: HP ENVY x360 Convert 13
The HP ENVY x360 Convert 13” is by far what we think is the best overall in terms of its design, price and performance. Powered by AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Processor with Radeon Graphics, it could handle simple drawing to even graphic tasks. With the HP Tilt Pen included, students can scribble down notes during their lectures on the ENVY smoothly. Despite its small form factor, it generally has a long battery life usage.
However, this laptop could be perfect if it was suited with an OLED or brighter display. Nonetheless, for S$1,500, the HP ENVY x360 Convert 13 laptop is the best budget-friendly convertible laptop for everyday use.
- Simple design with all-metal chassis
- Small form for great mobility
- Long battery life
- Okay FHD display
- Not able to handle intensive task and gaming
Our Top choice
Personally, among these 5 laptops, we would choose the HP ENVY x360.
The simple yet stylish and compact design makes it super mobile especially when you’re on the move for business meetings or working in co-working space. In addition, its 2-in-1 form is super handy - it allows working productively on laptop mode, then switching to tent mode to watch a movie, and then drawing with the HP Tilt Pen on tablet mode. Overall, with its simple, functional, and budget-friendly price, makes it the clear winner for us.
HP Laptop Batteries
Nevertheless, if you still have a functioning HP laptop that is not performing as well, do consider replacing the battery first instead of buying a newer model. Mend.sg offers not only MacBook and Lenovo repair but also available for HP Laptop battery replacement in Singapore.