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Best HP Laptops for Business

Best HP Laptops for Business

HP’s extensive lineup of business laptops includes everything from lightweight travel companions to beefy workstations. The company’s business-class systems (which fall under the Elite, ZBook and ProBook lines) offer extra durability credentials and security that’s tough enough to please corporate IT departments. And the Spectre line of premium consumer notebooks shouldn’t be overlooked; it includes some of the slickest notebooks on the market. Here are our top choices for every budget.

  • Best Overall
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    • Price
      $1,429 (starts at $999)
    • CPU
      1.2-GHz Intel Core m7-6Y75 CPU
    • RAM
      8GB
    • Display Size & Resolution
      12.5 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
    • Battery Life
      7:02
    • Size
      11.5 x 8.23 x 0.47 inches
    • Weight
      2.14 pounds
  • Best for Comm -uters
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    • Price
      $1,250 (starts at $1,170)
    • CPU
      2.5-GHz Intel Core i7-6500U CPU
    • RAM
      8GB
    • Display Size & Resolution
      13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
    • Battery Life
      6:13
    • Size
      12.8 x 9.03 x 0.41 inches
    • Weight
      2.45 lbs.
  • Best Work -station
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    • Price
      $3,039 (starts at $1999)
    • CPU
      2.8GHz Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
    • RAM
      32GB
    • Display Size & Resolution
      15.6 inches, 3840 x 2160 pixels
    • Battery Life
      5:08
    • Size
      14.76 x 10.04 x 0.71 inches
    • Weight
      4.6 lbs.
  • Best 2-in-1
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    • Price
      $1,349 (Starts at $899)
    • CPU
      1.1-Ghz Intel Core m5-6Y54 CPU
    • RAM
      8GB
    • Display Size & Resolution
      12 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
    • Battery Life
      6:54
    • Size
      11.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
    • Weight
      1.8 lbs.
  • Best Battery Life
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    • Price
      $1,400 (starts at $900)
    • CPU
      2.7-GHz Intel Core i7-7500U CPU
    • RAM
      16GB
    • Display Size & Resolution
      13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
    • Battery Life
      10:06
    • Size
      12.03 x 8.58 x 0.54-inches
    • Weight
      2.85 lbs.

HP EliteBook Folio G1

HP’s EliteBook Folio G1 is as capable as it is portable. The system offers fast performance, a sharp (if compact) 12.5-inch display and solid security options – including facial recognition capabilities so you can log in just by looking at the laptop’s camera. And it’s not just portable – it’s literally the smallest and lightest business-class laptop we’ve ever tested.

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HP Spectre

If you really just want a laptop that will slide easily into your crowded bag, it’s hard to beat HP’s Spectre. The 13.3-inch laptop is actually the thinnest laptop ever made, which is a big perk for commuters. And while other thin laptops have uncomfortable keyboards, the Spectre offers a top-notch typing experience. We wish it lasted longer on a charge, but this slim system is still enticing for workers tired of lugging around a bulky laptop.

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HP ZBook Studio G3

Workstation laptops typically choose power over portability. HP’s ZBook Studio G3 is surprisingly thin and light, though, making it more commuter-friendly than rival systems. It doesn’t skimp on power, either, with a beefy Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5 processor, 32GB of RAM and Nvidia Quado M1000M graphics. Plus, you get a comfy keyboard, a vibrant 15.6-inch display, and a durable design.

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HP Elite X2

Detachable 2-in-1 business laptops don’t get better than this. HP’s Elite X2 is a 12-inch tablet that snaps onto a keyboard dock, which is included out of the box. The system also includes solid security options – including hardware encryption and a fingerprint reader – as well as a design that’s more durable than what you get with Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. Plus, the Elite X2 is compatible with HP’s active pen for on-screen note taking.

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HP Spectre x360

 

 

Mobile workers will love the Spectre x360’s mix of long battery life with a thin and light design. The 13-inch laptop provides fast performance and a sharp, bright display, in addition to an impressive 10 hours of battery life. And since the display folds back a full 360 degrees, you’re free to use the system like a large tablet. Plus, you can use HP’s active pen (sold separately) to take notes right on the display.

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HP Chromebook 13 G1

 

 

HP’s Chromebook 13 G1 is a no-fuss work laptop that’s great for light productivity. And unlike most competing Chromebooks, it provides the security and manageability features that corporate IT departments demand. Plus, you get a stylish, durable design, a bright 13.3-inch display and zippy performance. Just remember that – like all Chromebooks – it runs on Google’s lightweight Chrome OS operating system, so it can’t natively run Windows or Mac apps. But it does get access to Android’s Google Play store.

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Every laptop on this list has been fully reviewed on our sister site, BusinessNewsDaily.com. We use precise, repeatable testing procedures to evaluate products and help our readers make informed buying decisions. Our methods include industry-standard synthetic benchmark tests, including the Geekbench 3 performance test, and the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test. We also use a variety of in-house tests to assess each laptop’s battery life, file transfer speed and more.

For more information on how we evaluate laptops, check out our testing guide.

You get a wide variety of security, durability and manageability options across HP’s laptop lineup. Here’s a rundown of what to expect from the brand.

Spectre vs. Elite vs. ZBook

HP offers work-ready laptops in four distinct lines. Here’s a quick breakdown

  • Spectre: The Spectre line includes a range of premium consumer notebooks that are known for their stylish looks, powerful performance and slim, portable designs. They generally lack the business-class durability and secure manageability options that you’ll find on HP’s business-class lines, however.
  • Elite: The Elite line offers ultraportable laptop computers with business-class security options – including hardware encryption, secure manageability and biometric authentication. Plus, these laptops have tough designs that are tested to survive drops, dings, dust, humidity and more.
  • ZBook: If you need more power, look to the ZBook line. These workstation-class laptops offer heavy-duty performance with the same security and durability credentials as the Elite line. They’re generally larger and heavier than Elite laptops, though.
  • ProBook: The ProBook line is made for workers on a budget. These systems offer business-class security and durability, but they’re generally bulkier and heavier, and are usually made of less premium materials like plastic.

Security

HP’s business laptops offer a variety of security features.

  • Encryption: All of HP’s business laptops are outfitted with a Trusted Platform Module, which allows for hardware-based encryption that’s enabled by default.
  • Biometric security: Some HP laptops offer biometric authentication, which allows you unlock your computer using your body. In most cases that means a fingerprint reader. But a few HP laptops – including the Elite x2 – also have cameras that can authenticate your identity by recognizing your face.
  • Lock slot: A physical lock slot is provided on most HP laptops, letting you secure your device to your desk with a cable to deter thieves.

 Manageability

Many of HP’s business laptops offer special manageability tools.

  • VPro: Larger companies will want to look for HP laptops with secure manageability options via Intel VPro technology. VPro is a remote management platform baked right into higher-end Intel processors, giving you – or your IT team -- access to laptops at the hardware level. With VPro you can run software and group policy updates, even when a system has been powered down. The ability to manage a powered-down system also helps when you need to locate the system, restrict access to it, or wipe it clean if it's been lost or stolen.
  • Deployment: HP provides a number of migration and deployment services at a variety of price points. For starters, HP can pre-load company images onto new PCs straight from the factory. Additionally, system images and data can be migrated to your new PCs remotely, to limit workday disruptions. And if you need some additional hand-holding, HP’s on-site services include delivery of new PCs, as well as on-site image installation and full data migration services.

Durability

HP’s business laptops generally offer excellent durability features.

  • MIL-SPEC: You get MIL-SPEC durability credentials with all of HP’s business class laptops. That means they offer military-grade toughness and can withstand dings, drops, extreme temperatures, dust, vibrations and humidity. Just remember that HP’s consumer laptops – including devices in the Spectre line – lack MIL-SPEC durability.
  • Spill resistance: A spill-resistant keyboard is a nice perk in a few HP laptops. The feature diverts small amounts of spilled liquid away from your laptop’s circuitry to prevent permanent damage.

Reliability

HP offers a variety of services to ensure the reliability of its PCs.

  • Warranties: A one-year limited warranty comes standard with all HP laptops, covering you in case of defective hardware. In addition to that, you can purchase extended coverage for up to four continuous years via HP’s Care Pack warranty. As a bonus, HP will pay for shipping any time you send in a laptop to be serviced.
  • On-site servicing: A variety of on-site servicing options are available through HP. The company can configure new or existing laptops, transfer user settings and data between devices, and even remove old and unwanted PCs from your office in a secure and environmentally conscious way.
  • Tech support: A subscription to HP Care Services affords you a variety of additional support options. That includes tracking and recovery for lost and stolen devices, as well as protections against accidental damage (like when a laptop is dropped or damaged by liquid). On-site servicing for repairs and troubleshooting are also included, as well as next-business-day device exchanges when needed.

Add-ons and accessories

These add-ons for your HP laptop can make you more productive.

  • Docking: You get a variety of extra ports with the $159 HP UltraSlim Docking Station, which lets you connect your EliteBook laptop just by setting it down on the dock. For models outside the Elite line, HP also sells the $129 Targus Docking Station, which provides the same extra ports but connects to your laptop via USB 3.0.
  • Extended batteries: You can pick up an extended battery for some of HP laptops to give your device a bit of extra longevity. The extended batteries attach to the bottom of business-class notebooks in the Elite and ZBook lines.
  • HP Active Stylus: HP also sells its own Active Pen accessory, which is handy for taking digital notes right on the display of devices that support it.

Software

HP ships most of its business laptops with some preinstalled software, including a variety of utilities and some bloatware.

  • Operating system: You’ll get Windows 10 by default on all HP laptops. However, you do have the opportunity to opt for Windows 7 Professional instead (for a $21 fee) when you order your laptop through HP.com
  • Utilities: Some useful HP utilities are also pre-loaded on most of the company’s laptops. For example, HP ePrint allows you to send documents to printers wirelessly over the internet. Then there’s HP Touchpoint Manager, which includes tools to help IT departments remotely manage HP laptops.
  • Bloatware: You’ll also find some less useful apps on your HP laptop. This potentially unwanted software (often called “bloatware”) includes apps like Flipboard and Candy Crush Saga, which come installed on most HP systems.

Design

Depending on which line you’re investigating, you’ll find a huge variety of designs in HP’s laptop selection. The Spectre line in particular is notable for including some of the most stylish laptops on the planet, with slim and light designs that are mostly made from durable metal. The Elite lineup also includes some striking systems, like the head-turning EliteBook Folio G1. On the other hand, the ZBook line tends toward plainer, more utilitarian designs. And finally, the ProBook models justify their affordable price points with no-frills plastic designs.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.