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Best HP Work Laptops (2018)

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Editor's Note: In January 2018, HP announced a voluntary worldwide safety recall of several flagship laptops due to issues with internal batteries overheating. Affected batteries were shipped between December 2015 and December 2016 in a variety of laptop models, including the HP Zbook Studio G4, which is recommended here. For a full list of potentially affected machines and how to take advantage of this recall visit HP now.  

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.

Many entrepreneurs outfit their small businesses with HP laptops because they're relatively affordable and highly customizable. When selecting the best laptops for small businesses, we considered not only the laptop model, but also the configuration. Many of the HP laptops listed here can be purchased for less money, but in general we recommend paying a slightly higher price for significantly improved performance. These are our top choices and their recommended configurations.  

Best Overall
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  • Price
  • CPU
    Intel Core i7-8550U
  • RAM
  • Display Size & Resolution
    13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
Best 2-in-1 Laptop
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  • Price
  • CPU
    Intel Core i5-7200U
  • RAM
  • Display Size & Resolution
    13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
Best Workstation
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  • Price
    $3,510 (starts at $2078)
  • CPU
    Intel Xeon 1535M
  • RAM
  • Display Size & Resolution
    15.6 inches, 3840 x 2160 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested

The HP Envy 13t is the total package: It's affordable (starting at $799), and it has a speedy processor (eighth-generation Intel Core i7), a best-in-class keyboard and a touchscreen display. The unique hinged design and monochrome silver-on-silver color scheme is sleek and modern. This standout HP is light enough (2.93 pounds) to take on the go and offers a great all-around user experience. The only downside to this machine is the display, which is so glossy it reflects light sources (including indoor office lights), but if you can live with that minor defect, the HP Envy 13t is a great choice.

Read a full review of the HP Envy 13t on our sister site, Laptop Mag. 

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Machines like the HP EliteBook x360 G2 are challenging the way people think about work laptops. For years the only choices business users had were bland and interchangeable, but this 2-in-1 from HP delivers on all fronts. This stunning laptop brings power and design to the table; it doesn't fall flat when it comes to display (1920 x 1080 pixels), and it offers great battery life (9:17). The EliteBook x360 G2 is also wonderfully portable (2.8 pounds) and versatile. The 360-degree design means it's easy to go from typing to writing with the HP Active Pen ($59.99, sold separately).

Read a full review of the HP EliteBook x360 G2 on our sister site, Laptop Mag.

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Workstation laptops are intended primarily for use in a workspace, like a home office. While you can travel with workstation-style laptops, designs like these are typically characterized by powerful processors, relatively heavy frames and unimpressive battery life. That said, the HP ZBook Studio G4 offers seriously powerful processing and graphics at a great price, so if you want an HP workstation, this is the one to purchase.  

The HP ZBook Studio G4 we've listed here comes loaded with a beefy Intel Xeon processor, 32GB of RAM and Nvidia Quado M1200 graphics. Plus, you get a comfy keyboard, a vibrant 15.6-inch display and a durable design.

Read a full review of the HP ZBook Studio G4 on our sister site, Laptop Mag.

Mona Bushnell

Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based Staff Writer for Tom’s IT Pro, Business.com and Business News Daily. She has a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and has previously worked as an IT Technician, a Copywriter, a Software Administrator, a Scheduling Manager and an Editorial Writer. Mona began freelance writing full-time in 2014 and joined the Purch team in 2017.