The 15 best gifts to buy from HP
Laptops and mice and keyboards, oh my!
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Already thinking about what to buy for your giftee this year? You can never go wrong with tech gifts, especially in a year where everyone is spending more time indoors. Tech and gaming gear will be at a premium this holiday season, too, with global shipping delays expected for the winter, so it's best to start shopping early.
Whether your giftee needs an improved work from home setup, a boost to their gaming kit (for your and their sakes), or a new set of headphones to drown out the roommates and pets, HP has something that will work for everyone on your list. Here are our top gift recommendations you can grab from HP.
1. For the one who’s in desperate need of a laptop upgrade: The HP Spectre x360
If you have someone special on your list this year that needs a better laptop model for work, school, or everything in between, look no further than this convertible laptop from HP. Our editors love this laptop—we featured it in our best laptops of 2021 as well as our best laptops for students thanks to its 3:2 aspect ratio display, its long battery life, and its sleek, easy-to-use design. It's a touch screen model, so you can easily take notes and use it for schoolwork or design. We also reviewed it in-depth and concluded that it could reasonably be compared to the Macbook Air (no small praise, considering how much we adore the Macbook Air).
2. For the one who needs an affordable laptop for school: The HP Envy x360 Laptop
With constantly shifting restrictions and the possibility of moving back to hybrid or at-home schooling models, students need a computer that they can trust to get them through coursework at home and in the classroom. The Envy x360 laptop stood out against many different affordable laptops we tested and offers a AMD Ryzen™ 5 4500U processor, a multitouch-enabled display, and a great keyboard all for a bargain price.
3. For the one who wants all their functionality in one place: The HP ENVY All-in-One
This computer is perfect for the person who wants work from home but doesn't have tons of space for a desktop or extra monitors. The HP ENVY All-in-One 32-a1055 is compact, sleek, and boasts a huge 4K display that's powered by a hard-working graphics processor. We checked out and loved the HP ENVY All-in-One, and noted that it functioned as a great home base as well as a solid gaming computer.
4. For the one who wants to rule the world: The HP 32s Monitor
Comic books have taught us for years that the key to ruling the world lies in having an assortment of oversized monitors, and if your giftee has villainous aspirations consider getting them started with this impressive 32-inch monitor from HP. We love HP monitors, and while we haven't tested this one the reviews speak for themselves. The monitor offers a 31.5 inch diagonal FHD resolution screen with a 178 degree viewing angle for excellent image quality. Reviewers adored how large this monitor was and recommended it for its color quality and used it for work and for gaming.
5. For the one who wants to be transported: The HP X24i Gaming Monitor
Gaming monitors can take anyone's escapism up a notch, by offering immersive graphics and enhancing the overall experience of playing a game. This gaming monitor from HP is built to offer accuracy, with a 1ms response rate and 144Hz refresh rate, and AMD FreeSync Premium technology to encourage lag-free gameplay. While we haven't tested this particular gaming monitor, reviewers were overwhelmingly pleased with its quality and recommended it for the image clarity for the price.
6. For the one who’s looking to get into gaming: The HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop
If you’ve got a giftee who wants to start looking into PC gaming, but doesn't know where to start, this HP Pavilion model desktop will help them learn the ropes of PC gaming (and also give them a sense of what they might want to upgrade in the future). Pre-built PCs can sometimes be a bit dicey, but the this desktop offers solid specs, including a serviceable base graphics card in the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, and many options to customize the hardware to reflect your preferred specs. It all comes packaged in a stylish, simple black and green chassis.
7. For the one who’s always struggling with their laptop touchpad: The HP X3000 Wireless Mouse
If your giftee is constantly muttering to themselves about the inconvenience of using their touchpad every day, look no further than this wireless mouse. Connecting with a USB adapter and available in a sleek design, this mouse is a great gift idea for the person that wants to move through their workday with a little more ease. We tested out this mouse and noted that its affordability makes it worth trying out if you're in the market for a cheap wireless mouse.
8. For the one who’s working from the kitchen counter: The HP Elite Dragonfly G2 Notebook PC
Laptops are great for working from home, but only if you have everything you need in one place. The HP Elite Dragonfly offers 512 GB of storage (with upgrades available) and strong battery life, and when we tried it out we loved it for its fantastic keyboard—perfect for the person that needs efficiency as well as flexibility.
9. For the one who’s been leaving scratches on the computer desk: The OMEN Mouse Pad 100
Gaming on a PC often requires a lot of small, sharp movements, and if your giftee’s surfaces are unprotected they could be doing more harm than good. This mouse pad from OMEN boasts a non-slick rubber base and has a cloth surface for maximum accuracy.
10. For the one who hates earbuds: The OMEN Blast Headset
Prepare to transform someone's gaming experience. Gaming headsets are incredible (not just for gaming, either) thanks to over the ear headphones that allow for full immersion via sound. This OMEN headset is reasonably priced compared to a lot of other gaming headsets, and reviewers enjoyed this headset's comfort and adjustability via OMEN software.
11. For the one who loves a bargain: The HP Wireless Keyboard and Mouse 300
This combo package is perfect for the person looking to improve their work from home setup with a few essential pieces for a low price. The combo comes with a wired keyboard and computer mouse that are compatible with Microsoft Windows products.
12. For the one who loves Google: The HP Chromebook x360
Chromebooks are solid machines that are extremely easy to use on the go, optimized for Google programs and Google Chrome functionality. We talked about Chromebooks in our roundup of convertible laptops from HP, and noted that they're great for casual laptop users. The most affordable Chromebook model in the x360 line from HP comes with an Intel Celeron processor and a touch display for easy conversion to a tablet.
13. For the one who loves writing (and maybe spreadsheets): Microsoft Office 2019 Home & Student
Microsoft Office is often an essential part of working from home, but often there’s no need to spend money on a subscription. If you have a student in your life that’s been trudging through the school year using Google Docs, or a giftee that’s looking for a more permanent software setup for their computer, the Microsoft Office License might present a great option.
14. For the one who wants their gear to have a specific look: The OMEN 25L Desktop
The OMEN line of gaming desktops, for the most part, is home to machines that all have a sleek, smooth chassis and monochromatic aesthetic, visually differentiating the OMEN line from the Pavilion gaming gear. If looks are you or your giftee's thing, this gaming tower from the OMEN line is a great option for a gaming desktop at a solidly low price point, with upgradeable specs if the base specs aren't quite to your liking.
15. For the one who loves smart gadgets and photography: The HP Tango X Printer
This printer is perfect for the person who wants to print photos but doesn't have tons of space for a photo printer. The HP Tango X is compact, sleek, and offers voice-activated printing and smart features that make it perfect for anyone trying to navigate a home office who needs things printed, but doesn't want a big printer/ photocopier setup. When we tested the Tango X, we were impressed with its ability to pair with Google Assistant and Alexa, its overall speed, and its beautiful design. You also get four months of free ink with HP Instant Ink when you purchase the Tango X.
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