Hewlett-Packard (HP)

HP LogoThe new Hewlett-Packard (HP) is still an American technology company only now with a focus on reinvention. And a vision toward creating “technology that makes life better for everyone.”

Founded in 1939, the company was restructured in 2015. As a result, its enterprise products and services business spun-off into its own publicly traded company-Hewlett Packard Enterprise. This effectively renamed the personal computer and printer division of the Hewlett-Packard Company, HP Inc.

HP’s well-rounded selection of laptops span a wide variety of Chromebooks. Mainstream consumer systems. Premium Ultrabooks. And strong business series notebooks. Which earned the company its position as the world’s leading PC manufacturer for six years, from 2007-2013.

While there are some good-looking business models like the EliteBook Folio and ZBook Studio G3. HP’s Achille’s heel is in the gaming and business department.

Both disappoint with overall boring designs and poor performance: Sticky keyboards and bad displays plague business models. And, the company’s Omen line simply can’t compete with other flagship gaming laptops.

The high-end products feature super slim systems with head-turning designs, gorgeous screens, and long battery life. Similarly, even less-expensive models come awash in a variety of colors to choose from.

Innovations

One of the challenging things about constructing a thin laptop is it sometimes sacrifices comfort. Not so with thin designs from Hewlett-Packard. The company seems to have the market cornered when it comes to developing some of the industry’s thinnest laptops.

The Spectre, for example, is built with a slim profile. Without even sacrificing performance. And the keyboard design on the EliteBook Folio G1 has twice the travel of a MacBook in-spite of its slimmer chassis.

Support

Hewlett-Packard delivers better tech support on every channel than most of its competitors. The staff is polite, upbeat, and knowledgeable about the company’s products.

Warranty

Your laptop comes standard with a one-year limited warranty. And no. Upgrading RAM and storage won’t void it. The HP Care Pack is the company’s line of extended warranties that can cover your laptop up to 3-years. It can include accidental-damage protection. And on-site service.

While shipping is covered on business and consumer models to get your laptop fixed. You’ll unfortunately have to pony-up the cash to have your laptop sent in fore repairs on lower-tier laptops like Chromebooks. Unless you opt for Care Pack.

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