CPU: Intel Core i5-1235U | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce MX550 | Storage: 256GB | Display: 14-inch | Resolution: 2,240 x 1,400 | Refresh rate: 60Hz | Battery: Up to 8 hours | Weight: 3.1 pounds
Best for: Budget buyers looking for a capable performer for under $1,000.
This HP Pavilion Plus has everything you need for a whole range of simple tasks, whether it's office work, web browsing and research or even casual gaming. It has an Intel 12th-generation Core i5 CPU, and Nvidia GTX MX550 graphics. The MX550 isn't a powerful gaming chip, but it's better than onboard graphics and gives this laptop enough power to play almost any game at lower settings. This Pavilion has a 256GB SSD, limited but manageable unless you're trying to install several large games. You can enjoy those games, videos and text on this model’s sharp 2K display.
At just 3.1 pounds, this laptop is light and compact enough to take just about anywhere without weighing you down. Its design is clean and professional. The battery lasts eight hours, not enough for a full day out. But its fast-charge feature means you can get back to 50% battery in just 30 minutes of charging, so you aren't ever likely to run low unless you're really taking this laptop off the grid.
- Good performance at an affordable price
- Attractive 2K display
- Entry-level GPU for basic gaming
- Limited battery life
- Could use more storage space