HP has always been a great company if you’re looking to snag a laptop or gaming desktop for a relatively good budget. Not only that, but it often has a lot of great customization options for its devices, so you can set it up and tweak it exactly how you want it. Luckily, HP has just launched an excellent holiday sale, so we’ve rounded up the best deals for different devices and for different budgets. If you’re looking to buy a new device, HP’s offerings are definitely worth checking out!
- HP Laptop 17z – $330, was $500
- HP Pavilion x360 – $550, was $750
- HP 15L Victus – $580, was $780
- Victus by HP Laptop – $750, was $1,050
- HP Specter x360 – $1,000, was $1,250
- OMEN by HP 25L – $1,230, was $1,750
HP Laptop 17z – $330, was $500
Finding great laptop deals on a 17-inch screen isn’t always easy, but this HP notebook has great specs and plenty of room to customize before you buy. At 17.3 inches, the screen doesn’t run at FHD but at 1600 x 900, although you can upgrade it to a touch-enabled screen for just $40. Under the hood you get an AMD Athlon Gold 7220U, an older entry-level CPU that’s not too bad, although we’d certainly recommend upgrading to the AMD Ryzen 3 7320U for $80. Not only do you get a desktop-quality budget CPU, but you can even get away with some casual gaming if you want. There’s no option to upgrade the RAM, but luckily you get 8GB no matter the configuration, which is surprisingly good for a budget laptop. Storage is a 128GB SSD, and you can upgrade up to 1TB, although we’d seriously consider one of those external hard drive deals too. Finally, no matter what else you do, get the $20 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 upgrade. it will be worth it in the long run.
HP Pavilion x360 – $550, was $750
If you’re looking for a great 2-in-1 laptop that’s ready to go, the HP Pavilion x360 Convertible is a great option. It has a smaller screen at 14 inches, but it has FHD resolution, is multi-touch capable, and even has its own stylus, which is a nice experience. The processor is a mid-range Intel Core i5-1155G7 that has more than enough power for all the productivity apps you would expect and then some. You can also upgrade to an Intel i7, but it’s not worth it if you’re not a power user. As for memory, the base spec comes with 8GB and should be more than enough for most users, but if you’re constantly struggling with that, you can upgrade to 16GB for $80. The base storage is much more respectable at 256GB, but you can upgrade to 1TB if you want. Overall, this is an excellent choice if you want a handheld experience with an included stylus, long battery life, and a solid build.
HP 15L Victus – $580, was $780
There are plenty of excellent gaming PC deals out there, but the Victus 15L is a perfect budget choice if you don’t know how to buy a gaming desktop. In terms of GPU, it runs an RX 6400 Graphics, which is roughly equivalent to a GTX 1650 Ti if you’re unfamiliar with the AMD lineup. It’s on the lower end of GPUs, but luckily you can upgrade to an RTX 3060 Ti for $370, which we’d recommend as it’s one of the best graphics cards for 2k gaming. Alongside this, HP throws in an AMD Ryzen 5 5600G, which is a powerful and efficient mid-range CPU, and while you can upgrade to an AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, it’s not worth it if you’re not a power user. On the other hand, upgrading from 8GB of RAM to 16GB might be worth the extra $70, if only for the quality of life. Another thing we’d likely upgrade is the storage, as you only get a 256GB SSD that runs out quickly. You can either upgrade to 1 TBSSD for $170 or, in our opinion, get a secondary 1 TB hard drive for $59. We’d also definitely upgrade to Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 for an additional $10; it’s worth it in the long run, even if you don’t carry out any further upgrades here!
Victus by HP Laptop – $750, was $1,050
Out of the box, the HP Victus 16 is an excellent gaming laptop with an RTX 3050 under the hood, it’s an entry-level GPU but still relatively powerful for gaming. Luckily, the FHD 165Hz display won’t tax it too much, but if you’re tech-savvy you can tweak the graphics to what you find most important from game to game. For example, in Fortnite or CS:GO you might be more interested in higher framerates, while in single player games you might want better graphics. The CPU is a mid-range AMD Ryzen 5 6600H and is quite efficient, so it really benefits the already somewhat meager battery life. As for RAM, you get 16GB of DDR5, the fastest out there, and 512GB of SSD space to work with, which should take a while. Overall, this is one of the better gaming laptop deals if you’re looking for something to play with that’s both versatile and budget-oriented.
HP Specter x360 – $1,000, was $1,250
The HP Specter X360 is another high-end convertible that packs a punch. The base model comes with an Intel Core i5-1235U and 8GB of RAM, which is probably more than enough for most people, although you can upgrade it to 16GB of RAM for an additional $60. You can also upgrade to an Intel i7-1255U and 16GB of RAM for $210 and up to 32GB, giving you plenty of options for customizing the Specter X360. If you’re not a heavy user and want a mid-range laptop, the i5 and 16GB combo is more than enough. As for the screen, it’s a nice 13.5-inch display with a WUXGA+ resolution that can be upgraded up to $110, which might not be worth it for such a small screen. Either way, you still get the excellent multi-touch experience with the stylus, so having it in handheld mode is great. Storage starts at 512GB and goes up to 2TB, which might be a bit of an overstatement, but it would make sense if you do a lot of editing work. As you can see, the Specter X360 easily makes our list of the best 2-in-1 laptops, especially given its affordable price and customizability.
OMEN by HP 25L – $1,230, was $1,750
If you don’t know how to build a PC from scratch but want a high-end gaming rig, this HP 25L will do it for you, especially since it comes with an RTX 3070. That means you can use most gaming monitors that handles a 2k resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate, as the RTX 3070 can handle that reasonably well. If you’re into editing work like audio or video production, the Intel Core i7-12700 will serve you well, and you can even stream a bit to Twitch or Youtube if you’re feeling brave enough! For storage, you get a 512GB SSD for your boot device and a 1TB HDD for everything else, which is more than enough for most people and you probably won’t run out of storage anytime soon. Overall, for just over $1,200, this HP 25L is surprisingly powerful and worth buying if you can swing it.