10 Best HP Ryzen Laptops 2018
AMD Ryzen Processor Laptops
The Ryzen brand of central processing units or accelerated processing units by AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) has captivated the present-day laptop audience. Since 2017, AMD has been offering CPUs (or APUs) complying with the Zen microarchitecture. Several leading laptop makers have started bringing out computing devices fitted with Ryzen; one of the most prominent among them is HP.
As a computer maker, HP has always valued reliability and performance over everything else. Possibly, the reason HP has embraced AMD Ryzen is its reported energy efficiency and proclivity for multitasking. The APUs delivered by Ryzen smartly combine a central processing unit with a graphics accelerator unit, ultimately providing a natural edge in tasks that require multithreading. Indeed, this and Ryzen’s forward compatibility are the most compelling reasons for you to consider switching your CPU to this new darling of the marketplace.
So, which HP laptop will be your best bet for making the all-important move from, say, an Intel processor to AMD Ryzen? HP now offers AMD Ryzen processor laptops in several of its most popular series, including HP ENVY, HP Pavilion and HP EliteBook. The model you pick will depend on your needs, priorities, and budget. Let’s analyze the ten best Ryzen laptops from the HP family so you can make a considered decision.
- HP ENVY x360 – 15z Touch Laptop
- HP ENVY x360 13z Ryzen Laptop (Touch)
- HP EliteBook 755 G5 AMD Ryzen 7 2700U Laptop
- HP EliteBook 745 G5 AMD Ryzen Laptop
- HP EliteBook 735 G5 AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Laptop
- HP ENVY x360 15-cp0013nr AMD Ryzen 5 Laptop
- HP ProBook 645 G4 AMD Ryzen Laptop
- HP Pavilion 15-cw0075nr AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Laptop
- HP Pavilion 15z Touch Laptop
- HP mt44 Mobile Thin Client AMD Ryzen 3 2300U Laptop
HP ENVY x360 – 15z Touch Laptop
The 15.6” laptop committed to limitless creativity, you can expect to find processing brilliance, unmatched graphics and comfortable portability with the HP ENVY x360 starting at $629.99.
At its core is an AMD Ryzen 7 2700U processor running at 2.2GHz (can be boosted up to 3.8GHz). You can configure this laptop to have up to 16GB RAM and dual storage space through Intel Optane (256GB SSD and 1TB SATA). That’s a processing configuration brilliantly suited to both home and office use. You also get access to useful software like Microsoft Office 365, McAfee LiveSafe and Computrace LoJack depending on the configuration you choose.
The battery lasts for up to 8.5 hours. Even if you playback audio/video—which, by the way, is super-cool thanks to Bang & Olufsen speakers—you get backup for almost 6 hours. The HP Fast Charge allows you to power up to 50 percent in 45 minutes. That’s quite a lot of unplugged use!
Since this HP series is devoted to creativity, the display and graphics support is eye-catching. You can use touch, a Windows Ink stylus or the backlit keyboard to doodle or take notes. For all your interactions, you get the full benefit of AMD Radeon Vega 10 Graphics rendered beautifully on the glorious 4K UHD display—a display that spells wonderful irrespective of the viewing angle (up to 178°). The screen resolution is an optimal 1920 x 1080.
Another triumph of the HP ENVY x360 is its fitment to mobility. The 4.71 lbs laptop with a thickness of 0.74” is easy to carry around, well-protected from scratches by a Corning Gorilla glass. You can use it in multiple modes like a tablet, stand, tent or laptop, all the while remaining anxiety-free about privacy or connectivity. Why? Well, this laptop comes equipped with a high-speed USB 3.1 Type-C port, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, an HDMI, an SD card reader, 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and a privacy screen. To keep you unhindered while on-the-move, it also lets you log in using the fingerprint reader or the IR camera.
HP ENVY x360 13z Ryzen Laptop (Touch)
Lightest pick with excellent portability
Are you looking for the features of #1 but need a smaller machine on a smaller budget? The HP ENVY x360 13z is a 13.3” laptop that can be the perfect fit. You can choose a processing configuration of up to AMD Ryzen 7 2700U at 2GHz (boost possible to 3.8GHz), AMD Radeon Vega 10 Graphics, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage space (up to 1TB). This model starts at a price of $599.99.
The battery backup is similar to #1: almost 10 hours with an FHD panel, 6.5 hours of video playback. If you use a UHD panel, you’re likely to get a decent 8.5 hours and 5.5 hours respectively. Also in place is the HP Fast Charge, and this is a prime contributor to the convenient portability of this 2.87lbs-device. Indeed, that feather-light weight and a thickness of only 0.59” make this laptop one of the most portable on this list.
Let’s talk about the astounding viewing experience on this HP ENVY. You can avail of a 4K micro-edge display with a resolution as high as 3840 x 2160. This is beyond brilliant for all your creative pursuits, including A/V playback. Here too, you can view the screen from angles as sharp as 178° without experiencing any distortion.
All the other impressive features of #1 are intact here, including the Bang and Olufsen speakers, device support, wireless connectivity, and ease of access. Yes, you can log in to your machine minus the need to key in a password.
HP EliteBook 755 G5 AMD Ryzen 7 2700U Laptop
The most expensive laptop on this list, the HP EliteBook 755 G5 priced at $1,719.49 arguably lives up to every shred of that tag. This is a laptop specially designed for mobile professionals and invests a great deal in field-readiness, energy efficiency, collaboration and security.
This 4.09-lbs EliteBook is fuelled by an AMD Ryzen 7 2700U processor running at 2.2GHz (up to 3.8GHz). It comes with 16GB RAM and 512GB of storage space (SSD). The battery backup is a terrific 12 hours, lending you immense peace of mind on the go. This machine goes the extra mile to milk the HP Fast Charging feature, letting you charge up to 50 percent in only 30 minutes (as opposed to 45 minutes in #1 and #2).
There’s no doubt that the HP EliteBook 755 G5 delivers on a promising display and graphics support—AMD Radeon Vega Graphics; a full High-Definition, anti-glare, backlit screen; a resolution of 1920 x 1080; compliance with 72 percent sRGB. However, its biggest triumph is in enterprise-grade manageability and a fearless front to field challenges (rated MIL-STD 810G). Everything about this machine radiates collaboration and mobility, right from the HP Noise Cancellation feature and the backlit, spill-resistant keyboard to security solutions like HP Sure Start and HP Sure Click. You can use Microsoft Edge to scribble directly on web pages—think how useful that can be for sharing notes with colleagues.
Regarding device support and connectivity, this EliteBook has two USB 3.1 ports, one USB Type-C port, an HDMI, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. It’s straightforward to connect to any peripherals you need and get the full-desktop experience using the Thunderbolt Dock.
A special word for gamers: this laptop offers Xbox integration on Windows 10. Yeay!
HP EliteBook 745 G5 AMD Ryzen Laptop
Behold the little cousin of #3—the 14” HP EliteBook 745 G5 priced at a considerably cheaper $1,489.00. This one is a stellar machine particularly for the highly mobile population, offering speedy performance through an AMD Ryzen 7 2700U processor running at 2.2 GHz (can be boosted up to 3.8 GHz). While the processor in both #3 and #4 is the same, this machine scores a tad lower when it comes to memory and storage space: 8GB RAM and 256GB storage (SSD). The battery life is at par, delivering a backup of up to 12 long hours. The HP Fast Charging feature is available here too, allowing you to juice up to 50 percent in only 30 minutes.
How’s the viewing experience? Exemplary! This laptop has a smaller screen (14”) but does not compromise on the graphics quality. Like #3, it supports AMD Radeon Vega Graphics and has an anti-glare, backlit screen with the optimal resolution of 1920 x 1080. Since the display is extra bright and offers 72 percent sRGB, all your multimedia content renders with stunning beauty and accuracy. Indeed, even audio content plays back beautifully; the Bang & Olufsen speakers live up to every bit of the hype.
True to the promise of an EliteBook, this laptop excels at manageability, security and portability. It is extremely light at only 3.37lbs and has a thickness of 0.71”. The keyboard is spill-resistant and backlit, further enhancing the ease with which you can lug this machine along, wherever you go. Yes, this too has an MIL-STD 810G rating for field-readiness.
The provisions for wireless connectivity are also in place—802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2—and the device support is adequate.
HP EliteBook 735 G5 AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Laptop
The lightest and cheapest EliteBook on the list, this one weighs only 2.94lbs, has a thickness of 0.7”, and will set you back by $1,299.00. It is a 13.3” laptop that nonetheless packs in a robust processor, high-quality graphics, and the security and manageability that you have come to expect from the HP EliteBook series.
So, how capable is the processor? Well, it is an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor with a base frequency of 2GHz. This can be boosted up to 3.6GHz. The memory and storage space are comparable to #4—8GB RAM and 256GB storage (SSD). All in all, it performs well for day-to-day computing needs, delivering an edge especially in tasks that require multiple cores (and threads). The battery life here too is a terrific 12 hours.
The HP EliteBook 735 G5 supports AMD Radeon Vega Graphics and has a full High-Definition screen. No compromises are made with the display quality, however, which means you will find an anti-glare, backlit screen with 72 percent sRGB and a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It is pleasant to view A/V content on this EliteBook; all the details and colors retain their originality.
If you are looking to purchase an EliteBook but are on a tight budget, this machine is a deserving candidate. It has all the features that you love best in the series—security, privacy, ease of managing your tasks—but is more affordable than its contemporaries (#4 and #5).
HP ENVY x360 15-cp0013nr AMD Ryzen 5 Laptop
The final HP ENVY model on this list, this laptop falls short on some fronts when compared to #1 and #2, but its competent processing and support for creativity still manage to win hearts.
A 15.6” model priced at $609.99, the HP ENVY x360 15-cp0013nr offers an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor at 2GHz. This can be boosted up to 3.6GHz, as opposed to 3.8GHz in HP ENVY x360 15z and 13z. While it is equipped with 8GB RAM, the storage space is rather scanty at 128GB (SSD). Interestingly, the battery backup is better; your device can function unplugged for up to 10.5 hours with regular use and 8 hours with video playback.
The graphics support on this laptop is for AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics. Arguably, this is lower than the higher HP ENVY models that offer Vega 10 graphics, but you will still find the viewing experience crystal-clear, meticulous and compelling. The screen has a full resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a Corning Gorilla Glass protects it from scratches.
The good news is that the device support and wireless connectivity options on this HP ENVY are on par with #1 and #2. It is equally flexible too, offering four modes of operation and convenient portability with a thickness of 0.74”. Note that it is a somewhat heavier laptop, weighing 4.49lbs.
HP ProBook 645 G4 AMD Ryzen Laptop
Best battery life, highly portable and secure laptop
The only HP ProBook on this list, here’s why this 14” laptop deserves its inclusion: a capable AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor that can be boosted up to run up to 3.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage (SSD), and a stupendous battery life of 13.5 hours! The super-long battery backup imparts unmatched portability to the device, which even otherwise is reasonably easy to carry at a weight of 3.8lbs and a thickness of 0.83”. Plus, since the laptop has an MIL-STD 810G rating, you can rest assured that it is ready for the challenges of travel. You can purchase the HP ProBook 645 G4 for $954.00.
This ProBook supports AMD Radeon Vega Graphics and has an anti-glare, backlit screen which enhances your viewing experience. Note that the sRGB support is a lot lower at 45 percent. The screen resolution is also below optimal at 1366 x 768.
In terms of device support and connectivity, you can avail of one USB 3.1 Type-C port, three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, an HDMI, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. This makes it easy for you to stay on top of your tasks, collaborating when needed and never feeling disconnected from things that matter. The Windows 10 Pro operating system helps boost your ease of use further by offering thoughtful features like Cortana (personal digital assistant), Microsoft Edge, and Xbox integration. The best thing is, you needn’t worry about security while using this machine; the security and privacy solutions are best-in-class and include HP Sure Start, BIOS and HP Sure Click.
HP Pavilion 15-cw0075nr AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Laptop
The HP Pavilion series is best known for its adaptability to modern lifestyles, trudging along without complaint as you take notes, browse through photos and videos or surf the internet. True to this reputation, the HP Pavilion 15-cw0075nr offers terrific performance through its AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor (2GHz–3.6GHz), 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD storage, and a battery backup of 7.5 hours (up to 6 hours on video playback). With the Fast Charge, you can power up to 50 percent in 45 minutes, just like the HP ENVY computers in #1 and #2. This 15.6” computer is available at the attractive price of $569.00, making it one of the cheapest on this list.
There are a few compromises, of course, to deliver this powerhouse at a bargain. One of them is a smaller screen resolution of 1366 x 768. However, the display is backlit and full High-Definition; the graphics support is AMD Radeon Vega 8. Moreover, you can easily avail of the HDMI port to connect to a higher-resolution display if you need to.
Portability-wise, this Pavilion fares pretty well. It has a narrow-bezel design and weighs 3.97lbs with a thickness of 0.7”. It supports 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. To let you connect to your devices and peripherals, it offers two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C port, and of course, an HDMI port. From distortion-free, loud sound through two Bang and Olufsen speakers to undeterred Kensington NanoSaver Security, this is one machine that can become an understanding, versatile life partner.
HP Pavilion 15z Touch Laptop
Most affordable pick for day-to-day computing
Presenting the cheapest HP AMD Ryzen laptop on this list—the HP Pavilion 15z. It costs only $459.99 and offers an AMD Ryzen 3 2200U processor that can run up to 3.4GHz. This is a 15.6” laptop whose price belies its configuration. Both the memory and the storage space are highly upgradable. You can have up to 16GB RAM; the storage space can be configured to 1TB SATA and 256GB/512GB SSD. This is no less than a wonder for most everyday computing tasks.
The graphics support on this machine is naturally lower than its counterpart in #8. You stand to get AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics, a backlit screen, and a resolution of 1366 x 768. However, you can upgrade this to 1920 x 1080 if you like. Overall, the display is bright and clear, boding well for most multimedia pursuits in daily use.
This HP Pavilion is well-suited to the grind of modern life, traveling easily in a backpack with its thickness of 0.7” and weight of 4.27lbs. It is self-sufficient in terms of device support and connectivity too, equipped with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, one USB Type-C 3.1 port, and two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports.
HP mt44 Mobile Thin Client AMD Ryzen 3 2300U Laptop
Best-in-class mobility and collaborative features
The last laptop on this list holds its own with its unique Windows 10 IoT Enterprise operating system and collaboration features that few laptops can match. This 14” laptop costs $849.00 and is HP’s very first mobile-thin client especially built to facilitate a sharing-based environment. To this end, this 3.37lbs-laptop offers inventive provisions like a third mic, an integrated privacy screen, and a collaboration keyboard. The machine is fuelled by an AMD Ryzen 3 2300U processor that can be overclocked up to 3.4GHz. It is equipped with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage (SSD).
With the HP mt44, you stand to get AMD Radeon Vega 6 graphics, a full High-Definition, anti-glare screen, Bang & Olufsen speakers, one USB 3.1 port, and an SD card reader. With upgraded PCoIP technology, you can easily get desktop-level performance even while working on graphics-intensive tasks.
While it’s true that this machine is handy for most computing needs, its true mettle becomes evident in a collaborative environment. In addition to HP Sure Start and BIOS, the privacy screen (optional) and the HP Privacy Camera also give you superior security while working in a public environment. You get to use an integrated browser tailored for cloud connections as well as avail of excellent virtualization with leading providers like Citrix and VMware. So, if you’re looking for a truly “mobile” Ryzen laptop, this beauty of a machine can be a smart choice.
Switching your favorite CPU—one you have been familiar with for decades—can be a loaded decision. But if you’re one to keep in step with times and tend to perform a lot of multithreaded operations on your machine, an AMD Ryzen laptop can be just your thing. The HP umbrella now features numerous laptops that can offer you this, and all of them come with a deep commitment to performance and speed—every day, over time.
If you seek a computing partner for creative needs and demand superior graphics and I/O, an HP ENVY Ryzen laptop fits the bill. Consider opting for an HP EliteBook or an HP ProBook if field-readiness and mobility are higher on your priority list. For those of you on a small budget, the HP Pavilion is a mighty, multi-purpose laptop that your wallet will be happy with.
The best part about purchasing a laptop from a reliable, established brand is the implicit assurance. When it comes to the marriage of HP and Ryzen, you can expect the thrill of an efficient processor balanced with the comfort of a machine that knows its job to a T.