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Best HP Desktops to Give as Gifts
January 8, 2024
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There are few things more exciting to get during the holidays than a new piece of tech, and a new desktop computer tops the list of items that work for just about every holiday list. Whether your loved one is a gamer, a creative, or someone who just likes to relax by streaming movies and chatting with friends, a desktop PC offers serious benefits. And it can be pretty affordable, too.
A desktop PC is ideal for those friends and family members who are difficult to shop for, too. You could also buy a PC as a group gift for an entire household, saving you shopping time and winning you serious points when they unwrap it.
What to look for in best desktop gifts
Before you start shopping, consider some of the must-have features of a modern PC. At a minimum, your desktop gift should include:
Superior processing power with a high-speed, compatible graphics solution
Built-in monitor or a standalone display to see games, movies, and work in high clarity
Plenty of memory for handling multiple applications, plus storage for large files and games
Extra ports and slots for future expansion and accessories
You can get most PCs up and running in minutes, meaning your loved one can use it almost immediately after they open it.
Our picks for desktop gift ideas demonstrate top-tier performance, superb versatility, and affordability so you can make someone’s holidays truly special while you stay within your gift-giving budget.
1. HP Slim desktop PC - best PC for families
The HP Slim Desktop Bundle (S01-pF3000t) boasts a slim profile that fits on even the smallest desks, and it offers all the features your loved one would need in class, at work, or just hanging out at home. It’s also easy on the eyes with a geometric patterned front panel and beveled edges that give it a modern touch.
HP towers can stand up to daily performance needs thanks to the reliable 13th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, which provides plenty of power with an oversized price tag.
It comes with 16GB of memory, and for storage, you get a zippy 1TB solid-state drive (SSD). With all this room, your loved one can choose between keeping their favorite photos, games, and files on the cloud, or store them locally without fear of overloading their local drives.
Families will especially appreciate all the ports on the front of the PC. Forget about reaching around to the back of the machine to plug in headphones or access the USB port.
It also includes a mouse and keyboard so your recipient can enjoy their gift as soon as possible. Pair this PC with an HP monitor and speakers (sold separately) for a full audio-visual experience.
This is just one of the HP Slim Desktop PC options available. If you want to save more money, you can find plenty of other, similarly great products.
2. HP Pavilion desktop PC - best PC for students
With decades of popularity and great design, the HP Pavilion Desktop (TP01-3025t) represents an affordable mid-range option. It takes up less room than older, bulkier towers and sets a strong foundation for hardware with an Intel Core i5 processor with Intel UHD Graphics 730.
It also comes with 8GB of RAM to guarantee a responsive experience. Plus, it offers 512GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD primary storage, and another 1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard disk drive (HDD) of secondary storage – plenty of room to keep your favorite files, videos, and games at your fingertips.
Sleek and accessible design
You’ll immediately notice the HP Pavilion’s versatile exterior design. Thanks to the polished silver and brushed metal finish, this PC fits into just about any workspace or decor.
It’s also highly accessible with lots of front-facing features, including an optical drive with built-in DVD-writer. There are many external connections within reach, too, so you don’t have to fumble around in more cramped environments.
Like the other PCs on the list, it ships with the latest Windows 11 operating system already installed, so you won’t have to update it before giving it to your loved one.
3. OMEN by HP Gaming Desktop - best PC for creators
With an impressive slate of hardware options, the OMEN 45L Gaming Desktop (GT22-1470se) has the potential to top our list for performance. It’s powered by the latest 13th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, which can be upgraded to an i9 processor, so it’s designed to deliver.
Plus, your loved one doesn’t need to be a gamer to appreciate it. While it does come with NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti graphics (8GB dedicated) and Kingston FURY 16GB with RGB Heatsink memory, they can use it for any tasks that require power, such as creating videos, 3D rendering, animation, and other creative pursuits.
Lots of storage and class
With a 1TB WD Black PCIe® 4x4 NVMe™ TLC M.2 SSD primary drive and the option for up to 2TB 7200 rpm SATA HDD secondary storage, all those gaming and CAD files can stay on the system for easy access. It’s built to resemble a modern gaming PC, too, with its sleek black design, green accent lighting, and black angular shape.
This PC also has advanced thermal features to keep the device cooler when playing more resource-intensive games, including an RGB liquid cooler. Even better, it’s expandable. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving, because the new owner can easily add storage, memory, graphics, and WiFi cards as needed. The easy-open case has additional bays for expansion, so as their needs change, the computer can change with them.
This OMEN gaming desktop line has a full suite of accessories to match, too. From the headset to the keyboard, your loved one can get the look and play for hours with performance specs worthy of the pros.
4. HP ENVY PC - best PC for professionals
The HP ENVY Desktop (TE01-4000) ships with all necessary peripherals, too, including HP 310 wired keyboard and mouse combo right out of the box.
Versatile hub for personal computing
With a desktop like this HP ENVY, you’ll find a good balance of performance and functionality. It may not be as easy to upgrade compared to a standard tower-style PC, but it makes up for it with strong specs and a streamlined setup.
For hardware, it starts with a 13th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and the option for NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics. You can also load it with up to 32GB of RAM and up 1TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe TLC M.2 SSD storage to ensure your PC is built for just about any use.
You’ll find plenty of ports to support your PC accessories or monitor choice, with a 3-in-1 memory card reader, 1 USB Type-C 5Gbps signaling rate; 2 USB Type-A 10Gbps signaling rate; 2 USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate; 4 USB 2.0 Type-A; and 1 headphone/microphone combo ports.
5. Victus by HP gaming desktop PC - best PC for gamers
Do you have someone on your list who could use a serious gaming machine? The Victus by HP 15L Gaming Desktop (TG02-1000) is it. This PC starts with an affordable baseline and has tons of options for customization. Those are two serious advantages if that special someone needs to upgrade an aging rig or if you want to provide them with an entry into the world of PC gaming.
This PC features the Victus line’s signature design and fun personalization options with the built-in RGB lighting on the tower’s “V.”
You’ll also find great multimedia features, with audio tuned by Bang & Olufsen and support for 4K video. Pair it with a powerful HP OMEN display for the complete experience with the highest-quality visuals.
Robust hardware specs
This HP Victus computer has a high ceiling for hardware with up to a 13th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics card. That’s the ideal foundation for tackling the latest games and applications.
You can count on deep storage and superior responsiveness, too. There’s up to 32GB of DDR4-3200 MHz RAM with many storage configurations to consider, including high-efficiency SSD.
6. Bonus: HP ENVY Move All-in-One PC - best PC for on-the-go users
The ENVY Move All-in-One PC is a highly transportable all-in-one desktop computer. With its carry handle, keyboard pocket, and kickstand legs, you can grab and go and set up almost anywhere. It's also constructed with recycled plastics and metals, giving you peace of mind wherever you are.
The ENVY Move packs some important tech together for the whole family, including screen blur if someone is too close to the display, auto brightness adjustment, tilt adjustment, privacy camera shutter, and login via secure Windows Hello.
This AiO is also loaded with a 13th Generation Intel Core i3 processor, Intel UHD graphics, and 8GB of onboard RAM. You'll also enjoy a beautiful quad high definition (QHD), touch screen display.
The perfect device for that special someone
Finding the right gift for everyone on your list can be challenging. Whether you’re helping a new student explore their vocation or giving a gamer the edge they need against the competition, the right desktop PC can make a big difference for just about anyone.
Sometimes that can make it all the more daunting to make a final decision. Who will get the most out of what specs? If you need to check out even more options, the HP desktop selection boasts a wide range of preloaded and customizable options designed with students, gamers, professionals, and families in mind.
About the Author: Linsey Knerl is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Linsey is a Midwest-based author and public speaker. She has a passion for helping consumers and small business owners do more with their resources via the latest tech solutions.
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