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Best Touch Screen Laptops for Students from HP

5 Best Touch Screen Laptops for Students from HP

Cameron Cashman
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For better or worse, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the need for remote and hybrid learning at all levels of education. Now, more students than ever before rely on a computer for schooling.
With that in mind, modern-day students need a laptop as versatile as they are. Not only does it need to be powerful enough to run a wide variety of applications, but it needs to be sleek, stylish, and - most importantly - flexible.
That’s why students should consider one of our touch screen laptops. Not only are they great for taking notes, but some even feature multiple configurations suited for different types of spaces and workflows.
Here is an overview of the best touch screen laptops for students:
  • HP Chromebook x360 14b-cb0097nr laptop
  • HP Pavilion x360 15-er1047nr laptop
  • HP ENVY 17-cr0747nr laptop
  • HP Spectre x360 14-ef0797nr 2-in-1 laptop
  • HP Dragonfly Folio 13.5 inch G3 2-in-1 notebook PC
Before we dig into the specs, let’s see why these HP laptops are the best choice, no matter what kind of student you are.

A laptop for every type of student

All students do a lot of research and writing, so it goes without saying that it’s important for a laptop to perform basic, everyday tasks well. If all you need is a web browser and word processor, you won’t have to break the bank.
But we have plenty of other options too!
While a quality webcam and microphone may have once been “nice to have” features, they’re now necessary to participate in calls and video meetings. Luckily, we’ve equipped our laptops with high-quality HD webcams and microphones to ensure maximum clarity.
Older students might want something a little more powerful, depending on their area of study. Those studying art and design may need a machine equipped with a sharp, vibrant display and more powerful specs to run photo or video editing software. Students in information technology and computer science will need to look for an even more powerful CPU, with a high clock speed for programming and development environments.
Other students may be looking for entertainment options. Movie and music fans will appreciate high-quality sound from Bang & Olufsen speakers. Gamers should look for more RAM and a high-powered graphics card if they want to run the latest and greatest Triple-A (AAA) releases.
HP has a wide selection of laptops for every type of student, regardless of their area of study and workload.

HP Chromebook x360 14b-cb0097nr

HP Chromebook
All Chromebook laptops run the Chrome OS™ operating system, based on Google’s browser of the same name. This means the machine is limited to basic tasks like web browsing, word processing, and streaming, making it perfect for younger students or users with less demanding needs. It’s also great if you utilize Google’s Workspace or Google Classroom.
This HP ChromeBook x360 is equipped with the Intel® Pentium™ Silver N6000 running at up to 3.3 GHz and 8GB of RAM, allowing you to tackle lightweight processes with ease. The 14-inch touch screen display features a modest 1366 x 768 resolution. But what it lacks in display power, it makes up for in battery performance. With up to 13 hours and 30 minutes of battery life and a quick charge to 50% in just 45 minutes, you won’t have to worry about running out of juice at an integral moment.
Despite the limitations of its OS, the Chromebook is perfect for voice and video calls thanks to its HD dual B&O speakers, wide vision digital webcam, and integrated dual-array microphone.
There’s some room for expansion, too: the Chromebook x360 features two USB-C ports, one USB-A port, and a single 3.5 mm microphone/headphone jack.
A Chromebook is a great option for the tightest of budgets, while providing the ability to perform basic school tasks with ease.

HP Pavilion x360 Convertible 15-er1047nr

HP Pavilion x360 Convertible
For those looking for a little bit more power and flexibility, the HP Pavilion x360 15-inch convertible laptop is the perfect mid-range option. You’ll have access to a wider variety of software applications thanks the brand-new Windows 11.
Its 12th Generation Intel Core™ i5 CPU features a boost clock of 4.4 GHz alongside 16GB of RAM, suitable for general multitasking and many specialized applications.
The HP Pavilion’s integrated Intel Iris™ Xe graphics card is suitable for lightweight games, which will look great on its 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 full high definition (FHD) touch screen with edge-to-edge glass. The HP Pavilion also comes with a single HDMI 2.1 port, which allows for an additional, larger display.
Like all x360 models, the HP Pavilion features multiple configurations, and its keyboard can be folded back to turn it into a fully featured Windows tablet.
It features 256GB of the latest PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 solid state drive (SSD) storage, which offers faster read and write speeds than the traditional hard drive. Those who need more space can easily connect to external storage, thanks to its single USB-C and double USB-A ports.
We’ve also equipped the HP Pavilion x360 with a wide-vision webcam with digital noise reduction, an integrated dual-array microphone, and the standard HD audio courtesy of dual speakers from B&O with HP AudioBoost.
With eight hours of battery life and a fast charge to 50% in just 30 minutes, this is a great, affordable option for students looking for lightweight portability and power.

HP ENVY Laptop 17-cr0747nr

HP ENVY Laptop 17
Unlike the x360 products on this list, the 17-inch HP ENVY laptop does not feature multiple configurations. But many art students will love its extra power and visual fidelity.
Its 12th Generation Intel Core i7 CPU can reach boost frequencies of up to 4.7 GHz. Additionally, its 16GB of RAM and Intel Xe graphics card are perfect companions for this machine’s standout feature: the color-calibrated multitouch IPS display.
This 1920 x 1080 FHD screen features edge-to-edge glass, a brightness of 300 nits, and 100% sRGB color accuracy so you can game, watch movies and edit multimedia projects with extreme clarity.
You’ll have more room to store files and access them quicker than ever, thanks to 512GB of PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD storage. You’ll also enjoy more time to work, with eight hours and 45 minutes of battery life. When it runs out of power, it will only take 30 minutes to quick-charge to 50%.
It also features plenty of room for expansion, with two Thunderbolt USB-C ports with an incredibly fast 40Gbps signaling rate, perfect for media editing on an external storage device. It’s also equipped with one USB-A port, one HDMI 2.1 input, and a combination 3.5 mm headphone/mic jack.
Its high-quality 5MP IR webcam with a shutter is also a significant feature for this laptop, with advanced noise reduction and an integrated dual-array mic.
The HP ENVY is great for artists and casual gamers looking for maximum visual clarity at a competitive price.

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 Laptop 14-ef0797nr

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 Laptop
For those with a larger budget who are looking for high power and versatility along with a sharp, crystal-clear display, consider the HP Spectre x360. It’s been equipped with a 4.7 GHz, 12th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Intel Xe graphics, and 16GB of LPDDR4x-4266 MHz of RAM, making it perfect for light and mid-range gaming and video editing.
It features the most powerful display of the listed products. This 3000 x 2000, OLED multitouch display features edge-to-edge anti-reflection Corning Gorilla Glass, with a standard 400 nit brightness and 500 nits in high-dynamic range (HDR) mode. Additionally, its 100% DCI-P3 color accuracy offers extreme clarity.
This convertible laptop’s tablet mode and included HP MPP 2.0 tilt pen make it the perfect machine for students learning or interested in creating digital art.
It can certainly handle multimedia editing and light- to mid-range gaming, and its vibrant display and dual B&O speakers make it perfect for streaming music and movies.
It will also impress you with its extended 11-hour and 45-minute maximum battery life, making it the perfect companion for more intense work processes on the go.

HP Dragonfly Folio 13.5-inch G3 2-in-1 Notebook

HP Dragonfly Folio 13.5 inch G3
For those who can’t compromise on power, the Dragonfly Folio 2-in-1 represents the top-of-the-line student laptop. This is thanks to its 12th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, along with 16GB LPDDR5 6400 MHz of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage.
It features a 13.5-inch, 1920 x 1280 IPS touch screen with 400 nit brightness and BrightView technology, perfect for all kinds of different types of content. The Dragonfly Folio also has powerful audio options, with quad speakers connected to a discrete amplifier for mind-blowing sound from B&O.
But that’s not the end of this laptop’s list of premium features: It’s also equipped with a powerful 8MP webcam and includes an HP MPP 2.0 tilt pen. Most importantly, its premium backlit keyboard is spill-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about coffee damage during late-night study sessions!

Conclusion

From simple web browsing and word processing to more demanding tasks like photo editing, graphics rendering, and gaming, we have a laptop for every student, regardless of their budget and area of study.
As students’ workflows and responsibilities evolve, they’ll need a powerful, long-lasting laptop that’s as versatile as they are. Consider one of the previous touch screen laptops from HP, which represent the best options for students.

About the Author

Cameron Cashman is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Cameron is based in New England and has experience writing for a variety of industries, including technology, gaming, finance, HR, and recruiting.

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