June 23, 2022

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8 Best HP Laptops for Business

These HP laptops are curated by the IT experts at CDW and come with our stamp of approval.

If you’re in search of the best HP laptop for business needs, you’ve come to the right place. These HP laptops are curated by the IT experts at CDW and come with our stamp of approval. From data analytics and rendering to content creation, HP business laptops perform at a variety of tasks and are sold at a variety of devices at various price points, and yet they don’t skimp on capabilities. Be sure to read this article before you buy an HP laptop for your small or medium business.

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Made for enterprise users, the HP EliteBook 840 G8 comes integrated with both hardware and software security features; namely, Wolf Pro Security (WPS). WPS is a comprehensive endpoint security solution that offers protection against modern cybersecurity threats.  Small- and medium-sized businesses can breathe a little easier with devices with WPS, which offer protection without having a dedicated cybersecurity team.

In terms of processing power, the EliteBook 840 G8 should be able to handle compute-heavy tasks with ease, offering a top-of-the-line, 11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU with 2.8 GHz clock speed with 16 GB RAM to boot. You shouldn’t have any issues with slowdown due to having a lot of browser tabs or apps running at once. Internal SSD storage is plentiful at 512 GB so you can keep your external SSD in your desk.

Port-wise, on the right side of the device you’ll find an AC jack, HDMI, 2 Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) and a nano-SIM slot. On the left, a security lock slot, 2 USB-A ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and SmartCard reader. The speakers by Bang and Olfusen offer great sound quality without headphones.

Quick Tech Specs
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 1165G7 / 2.8 GHz
  • Graphics: Iris Xe Graphics
  • OS: Win 10 Pro 64-bit (includes Win 11 Pro License)
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD SED
  • Display: 14" IPS HP SureView Reflect
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080px (Full HD)
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Weight: 2.98lbs
  • Battery life: ~10 hours

Another HP laptop designed for business and enterprise needs, the EliteBook 645 G9 contains the latest, powerful AMD Ryzen 7 Pro processor with 2 GHz base clock speed with 4.5 GHz max boost clock speed. This laptop weighs in at 3lbs, which is about par for the course of laptops in its class.

If you’re accident-prone when it comes to your devices, don’t fret--the chassis is all metal beside the bezels and comes in a silver matte color. Additionally, the EliteBook 645 G9 has run the gauntlet of 19 military-standardized tests (MIL-STD-810H), which includes water, high voltage and drop testing.

Display-wise, the EliteBook 645 G9 gives you options. While this particular configuration has an IPS panel, you can also select a TN panel, which are great for gamers who want high refresh rates for competitive gaming. Check out our article on types of monitors to learn more about the different panel types you can choose from when buying a computer. Also, there is a touchscreen variation of this laptop if you prefer.

For durability, portability and power all in one compact package, you can’t go wrong with the EliteBook 645 G9. 

Quick Tech Specs
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 5875U / 2 GHz
  • Graphics: Radeon Graphics
  • OS: Win 10 Pro 64-bit (includes Win 11 Pro License)
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD NVMe
  • Display: 14" IPS
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080px (Full HD)
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Weight: 3.02lbs
  • Battery life: ~10 hours

3. HP ProBook 450 G8 Laptop

Intel Core i5 CPU, 256 GB SSD

Looking for a more affordable option still great for business? Meet the HP ProBook 450 G8. If you’re already familiar with the HP G series, the key difference between the HP ProBook 450 G8 and its G7 generation predecessor is a new chassis with an aluminum lid and plastic base, plus a new, thinner bezel design. The G8 has also shed some weight – it weighs about 20% less than its predecessor. The Intel Core i5 processor packs a punch and can deliver solid performance even for a little gaming (everyone needs a break from the business grind, right?) and carries a solid 16GB RAM.

The ProBook 450 G8 has some nice features you may not find in every business laptop, including a spill-resistant keyboard, glare-resistant display, and fingerprint reader. Some models also have IR face recognition sensors for an added layer of security plus a privacy shutter for its 720p webcam.

You also get a plethora of ports, ranging from a security slot, RJ-45 connector and USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen 1) on the left and a USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen 2) port, two more USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen 1) ports, an HDMI port, an audio jack, and MicroSD card reader. In a world where ports and jacks seem to be disappearing at a rapid clip, this is a win for many users.

Quick Tech Specs
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-1135G7
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro 64
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6” LED
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080px
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Weight: 3.84lbs
  • Battery life: ~12.5 hours

The HP EliteBook 850 G8 is quite like the EliteBook 840 G8 we went over first, with a few key differences. For one, cost—this configuration of the 850 costs about $400 less at the time of writing. This is for a few reasons: the 850 linked to here comes equipped with the slightly less powerful Intel Core i5 CPU vs the i7 CPU of the 840.

The storage capacity of this EliteBook 850 G8 configuration is also less than the 840 at 256 GB vs. 512GB. Finally, the 840 weighs significantly less than the 850 with a smaller desktop footprint as well. However, the 850 does have a slightly larger screen at 15.6” vs. 14” with the 840.

Other than these differences, the devices are basically the same, with the same number of ports (although the 850’s Thunderbolt 4 ports don’t support DisplayPort and Power Delivery), same speakers, and same webcam. Plus they both have super speedy NVMe SSDs. Not sure what makes NVMe SSDs so special? Read our article comparing the different types of SSDs to each other.

Quick Tech Specs
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 1135G7 / 2.4 GHz
  • Graphics: Iris Xe Graphics
  • OS: Win 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD NVMe
  • Display: 15.6" IPS
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Weight: 3.79lbs
  • Battery life: ~10 hours

When it comes to the best HP business laptops, the HP ZBook Firefly 15 G8 should be top of mind. It is compact for a workstation at only 0.76” thick and 3.86 lbs, but its specs pack a punch. The ZBook Firefly 15 G8 contains the latest Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM and zippy SSD NVMe storage. The keyboard is responsive and features a large trackpad, as well as a pointing stick if you prefer. 14 hours of battery life means you can still function for the day (and more) if you happen to leave your charger at home.

In typical business-class HP laptop fashion, the HP ZBook Firefly 15 G8 features a variety of ports. Looking from the left side, you’ll see a lock slot, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports (with one powered Type-A port), a combination headphone/microphone jack and optional HP Smart Card Reader. Turning to the right side, there are two USB Type-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a Nano SIM card slot and AC power.

There are other configurations of the HP ZBook Firefly 15 G8, including upgraded RAM to 32 GB and a NVIDIA Quadro T500 GPU for those looking to do heavy video editing or Photoshop. Also, if resolution is important to you, this model also can be configured with a 4K screen. The fingerprint reader is optional, and the device also has a 720p webcam with biometric IR sensor and privacy slider.

Quick Tech Specs
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 1165G7 / 2.8 GHz
  • Graphics: Iris Xe Graphics
  • OS: Win 10 Pro 64-bit (includes Win 11 Pro License)
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD NVMe
  • Display: 15.6" IPS
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Weight: 3.86 lbs
  • Battery life: ~14 hours

While the HP ZBook Studio G8 is a bit larger than the Zbook Firefly 15 G8 at 3.95 lbs, it packs in an even more powerful CPU and GPU. From the base model ZBook Studio G8, this configuration has upgraded an SSD NVMe (from 256 to 512 GB) as well as an upgraded GPU (an GTX 3060 vs. an Nvidia T1200).

While the ZBook Studio G8 is considered a mobile workstation, it doesn’t have the big and bulky appearance of a typical mobile workstation. It bridges the gap between consumer needs and the needs of businesspeople in need of a slimmer yet still powerful alternative to workstations of the past. Its thin bezels allow for a 15.6” 16:9 IPS display, and it’s a mere 0.69” thick and 3.95 lbs.

The ZBook Studio G8 has run the gauntlet of MIL-STD 810H military certification tests. It can be upgraded to 32GB RAM and up to 2TB of SSD NVMe storage. In terms of port selection, you get one USB-A and a 3.5mm audio jack on the left side of the workstation, and then two USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, a mini-DisplayPort and SD card reader on the right.

With a workstation built for professionals come professional features. If you lose your HP ZBook Studio G8, it can be tracked with Tile support built right into the device. HP Wolf Security adds in the cyberprotection with defense derived from the hardware itself. The four built-in speakers (two tweeters and two woofers) can get loud for laptop speakers and have solid EQ balance.

Quick Tech Specs
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 11800H / 2.3 GHz
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
  • OS: Win 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD NVMe
  • Display: 15.6" IPS
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Weight: 3.95 lbs
  • Battery life: ~9.5 hours

.This configuration of the HP ZBook Studio G8 has an upgraded from the base model. If you’re wondering whether you should buy this model versus the last HP ZBook Studio G8 we mentioned, you’ll need to consider what kinds of tasks you’ll be doing.

This ZBook has the base GPU for this product line. If you plan on doing a lot of creative editing tasks with photo or video, you may be best off with the last option. But if you’re looking to do typical Photoshop tasks, run-of-the-mill video editing, and want to save some cash, this ZBook is probably just right for you.

Let’s say you like playing recent game titles in your off hours and looking to do more GPU-intensive tasks like machine learning, data science/analytics, or more intensive video or image editing. You would be best off with an HP ZBook Studio G8 with the RTX 3060 GPU or higher, particularly for doing any 3D rendering or modeling.

Shopping around for what the best GPU for you may be? Read our guide to selecting a GPU so you’ll be well-informed to decide when it comes down to which laptop you should buy based on the GPU.

Quick Tech Specs
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 11800H
  • Graphics: Nvidia T1200
  • OS: Win 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD NVMe
  • Display: 15.6" IPS
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Weight: 3.95 lbs
  • Battery life: ~9.5 hours

Compared to the other HP ProBook 450 G8, this configuration has an upgraded CPU and SSD storage. The rest of the features you’ll find in this lightweight laptop, including the competitive price point, plentiful ports and thin bezels.

So what do you get out of an upgraded CPU? If you’re looking to run a lot of apps, have a bunch of tabs open at once, and be streaming video at the same time, you’ll need a powerful CPU in other to prevent any system slowdowns or hiccups. To do any sort of content creation like video or photo editing, you should also make sure to put the CPU at the top of your list of considerations.

If you’re prone to dropping devices, fortunately the HP ProBook 450 G8 is military testing as well—it’s gone through 120,000 hours of the HP Total Test Process and MIL-STD 810H testing.

Quick Tech Specs
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-1165G7
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Display: 15.6” LED
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Weight: 3.84lbs
  • Battery life: ~12.5 hours

Summary

HP carries laptops well-suited for a variety of business needs. Looking to purchase HP laptops in bulk for your company? Reach out to CDW and learn more about our custom device configuration services and empower your employees to work anywhere securely. If you’re interested in other HP products, such as HP desktops, monitors and accessories, be sure to check out the HP Client Showcase on CDW.com.