From cheap Windows and Chrome OS laptops to printers and other must-have peripherals, it’s safe to say that HP offers a dizzying array of hardware. Falling somewhere in the middle of the price spectrum is the HP Envy lineup, which is sadly overlooked despite offering some of the best bang-for-buck laptops, desktops, and printers that money can buy today. The Envy stable covers almost all the bases, so no matter what office equipment you’re after, this hand-picked selection of the best HP Envy deals might just have it.
- HP Envy Inspire 7255e All-in-One Printer —
- Includes six months of HP Instant Ink subscription
- Great print quality
- Has a good scanner that can save documents to PDF
- Includes an automatic document feeder
As the world transitioned to working from home, printers took a big leap forward now that many folks need to print things at home. As such, all-in-one printers have had a lot of great features added to them while still maintaining a pretty great price, such as in the case of the HP Envy Inspire 7255e, which has a few similarities to the HP Envy Inspire 7900e we’ve reviewed before. For example, one thing we like to see at this price point is the addition of the automatic document feeder (ADF), which can hold up to 125 sheets of paper.
Another nice addition is the inclusion of an HP Instant Ink subscription for six months, which is essentially a subscription service that sends you ink. There are different levels of instant ink packages, and each is based on the number of pages you can print per month, with the lowest being 10 pages a month for 99 cents a month, all the way up to 700 pages per month for $25 a month. While it may seem weird to go for a printing subscription, it brings the overall price per page down, which is a big deal given how much ink cartridges cost these days. If you print several hundred pages a month, then the subscription is going to save you a lot of money over time.
As for the print quality, it has a 4800 x 1200 DPI resolution for color, and it does a pretty good job with monochrome documents, as well as a surprisingly good job of photos. Scanning is also pretty good at 1200 x 1200 DPI resolution, and it can even save documents to PDF, which is a huge convenience. It also has a color touchscreen and the ability to control it through a mobile app, another excellent convenience feature that means you don’t have to be connected to a PC.
HP Envy 15 x360 2-in-1 Laptop — $500, was $800
- Solid hardware for the price
- Versatile convertible design
- Great sound through side speakers
- Great value
If you’re not as interested in gaming and want a more mobile platform, this HP Envy x360 convertible laptop is a great option, especially since the base specs are pretty good. In fact, using a Ryzen 5 CPU not only makes the overall laptop cheaper but it also makes it a pretty powerful laptop for productivity and editing work. That’s a great mid-level processor that delivers a lot of muscle for the money, and unless you run a lot of demanding software, there’s no need to shell out hundreds more for a higher-tier CPU.
There’s no option for a discrete GPU, but AMD’s integrated graphics are not all that bad, and you’ll be able to get away with some light gaming. The 15.6-inch display is also nice, using an IPS panel and being LED backlit; it’s also multitouch enabled, which allows you to use it in that convertible style or as a tablet.
As for RAM, you get 8GB at base spec, which is perfectly fine for modern workloads unless you’re a power user. Storage is also pretty good with a 256GB SSD and you’re not likely to run into that limit with a non-gaming laptop. Of course, you can always grab a portable external hard drive if you really need more than that, although whether the extra expense is worth it will depend on your specific needs.
HP Envy Desktop — $500, was $600
- Great base specs
- Lots of room to upgrade and customize
- Ability to add a GPU
- Aesthetically pleasing
If you need a plain desktop computer without too many frills but good build quality, this pre-built from HP is a great offer, not only because the base specs are pretty good but because you have a lot of room to customize your build. For example, while the base CPU that comes with the desktop is an 11th-gen Intel Core i5-11400, you can still upgrade it to an i7-11700F, which is great if you do a lot of CPU-intensive work such as audio editing, streaming both as a viewer or as a streamer, or simulation and strategy gaming.
Similarly, since the desktop is mostly targeted to business users, the base specs don’t come with a GPU, instead relying on the integrated Intel graphics, which may allow you to get away with some casual gaming. On the other hand, if you do plan to game, you have some upgrade options, starting with a GTX 1650 Super, which is a low- to mid-tier GPU for those who aren’t going to game often or play high-end games, to the RTX 3060. Either way, you have quite a few GPU options depending on your gaming needs (and how much extra you’re willing to spend), which we appreciate with business-oriented desktop pre-builts.
Base RAM comes in at 8GB, which should be more than enough for more people, but it may be worth upgrading to 16GB for extra headroom (or even the 32GB option if you’re a power user, but most people likely won’t need that much RAM unless they tend to have tons of demanding programs open simultaneously). You may also consider upgrading your storage if you do a lot of gaming, especially since the base 256GB SSD might not be enough. There are quite a few upgrade options here, although that mostly depends on your needs and what you think you’ll likely be using.
HP Envy 13 Laptop — $750, was $950
- Small and portable design
- Sharp display
- Good upgrade options
- Backlit keyboard
If you need something that can move easily with you on the go, then this smaller HP envy laptop is a great option. With a nice 13.3-inch FHD screen, this laptop is pretty small and lightweight, likely able to fit in most bags that you already carry without too much of an extra fuss. While the base model isn’t touch-enabled, you can upgrade it to one, and for just a bit pf extra cash, it may be worth it.
As for the CPU and memory, the base specs come with an 11th-gen Intel i5-1135G7 and 16GB of RAM, with the CPU being a good mid-tier option and great for the majority of folks out there, and the RAM is probably more than enough for most folks. That being said, we do like the first upgrade that you can get, which bumps the CPU up to the 11th-gen Intel i7-1165G7 but lowers the RAM to 8GB, which is a fair trade, especially if you tend to do a lot of CPU-intensive work. That being said, if you want that 16GB, you can go for that upgrade, which adds both the better CPU and the 16GB of RAM.
When it comes to GPU, there’s no discrete one on there, although you do get the Intel Iris XE graphics, which will let you get away with some casual gaming and maybe even some games like League of Legends. Storage is also relatively good for most users, with a base of 256GB, although you can get 512GB and 1TB.
When are the best HP Envy deals?
The best time of the middle of the year to get yourself a great HP Envy deal will always be Prime Day, which offers up the best electronics deal of the summer. Prime Day is a celebration of Amazon’s birthday and (barring schedule disruptions like we saw in 2020 and 2021) typically happens in July. You should also keep an eye out on other retailers, not just Amazon, because they often try and get out great deals to capitalize on the buying fervor that comes with Prime Day.
Besides Prime Day, another good time for electronics is Black Friday and Cyber Monday. That being said, these two sales days are often overstock sales, so you don’t always see a huge variety of products on the digital shelves. Still, you’ll likely find some HP Envy deals, although it’s likely to be a gamble. There’s also your other holiday shopping to consider, which could further cramp your budget.
That’s why we generally suggest you buy now if you can’t wait. Not only do we not know what deals are coming up in the future but it’s also possible they are worse than the deals now. Plus, you’ll be missing out on several weeks, if not months, of having your new device, so if you find a deal that you like and can afford, it’s worth grabbing it from now rather than waiting.
How much should you spend on an HP Envy laptop?
HP Envy laptops tend to be relatively cheap, so spending more than $1,500 is likely too much, especially since these laptops are targeted toward more budget-friendly consumers. That being said, the HP Envy form factor is pretty great, and there’s no reason you can’t customize and upgrade your base model to something snazzy if you need it, especially if you want to include a good CPU or a lot of RAM.
Ultimately, how much you want to spend will rely heavily on your usage, although if you’re looking for something like a gaming laptop, it’s better to go for laptops made like that, such those in our list of the best gaming laptop deals; they tend to be better priced and have gaming-specific features you won’t find on non-gaming laptops.
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