HP vs. Lenovo: Popular PC Laptop Makers Compared

Most people find the experience of purchasing a new PC laptop pretty frustrating. Unless you’re already firmly devoted to a particular brand, picking your next laptop can be maddeningly confusing. There are so many brands, models and form factors to consider.
A quality new PC laptop is a big investment, so you want to get something that will hold up well for several years. Plus there are dozens of configurations and specs to worry about. If all you want is a computer that runs well at an affordable price, all the options can be overwhelming!
The team at Upsie is here to help. This article, we look at two of the top PC laptop makers, HP and Lenovo. Both are established brands with strong portfolios. Here’s what to know about the two brands.

Company Histories

HP has been around since the 1930s and has been making PCs and laptops since just about the beginning of those machines’ histories. The company released its first laptop in 1984 and continues producing many consumer and commercial electronics and services to this day.
In the 2000s, enterprise services and equipment became a larger part of the business. In 2014, the company split into two entities: HP Enterprise took the enterprise technology, infrastructure and services portions of the company. HP Inc. retained the PC and printing business.
Lenovo has been around since 1984, when it was founded in Beijing as Legend. The company later moved to Hong Kong, where it made its first Chinese PC (among other tech products). The big shift was in 2005, when IBM sold its entire personal computing division to Lenovo, including its massively popular ThinkPad line. Since that time, Lenovo has been the manufacturer and distributor of the iconic ThinkPad along with dozens of other Lenovo laptops and PCs.


Both companies have an extensive lineup of laptops, and we can’t cover these exhaustively in this short review. Here are some of the highlights for both companies.


HP’s dizzying array of models fall into a half-dozen or more categories. Of these, one of the best categories is the HP Envy. The current entry, HP Envy x360, is one of the best PC laptops available for under $1,000 according to Laptop Mag. It’s also a touchscreen 2-in-1 device, which is a great bonus.
HP also offers laptops in categories such as Spectre (premium 2-in-1 ultrabooks and laptops), Elite Dragonfly, ProBook and EliteBook (business laptops), Omen (gaming laptops), ZBook Studio (high-end workstation) and Pavilion (midrange consumer laptops).


Lenovo’s lineup is a bit simpler. The ThinkPad is still the champ, taking 6 of the top 10 spots in Laptop Mag’s best Lenovo review. ThinkPads have historically been extremely durable, powerful machines with but one major flaw: they’re really ugly.
And right now in 2020, this largely holds true. Just about any ThinkPad will be an impressively durable device, and just about everyone is likely to lose the aesthetics competition.
Lenovo has diversified the ThinkPad lineup with some new form factors, including the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2-in-1 foldable device) and the ThinkPad X1 Tablet (detachable 2-in-1).
Lenovo does have some strictly consumer-oriented models, including the Yoga (2-in-1) and the Legion (gaming laptop)

Build Quality

The mid 2000s were not a good time to be an HP laptop customer. The race to the bottom that struck nearly all brands certainly affected HP. Build quality and longevity suffered. During that time, Lenovo kept being Lenovo, building quality machines primarily for the business market.
Thankfully, somewhere in the early to mid 2010s, this trend of pumping out the absolute cheapest machines finally began to subside. As PCs in general started moving up in price, so did overall quality.
These days, both companies are churning out machines of reasonable build quality. Lenovo still maintains an edge, but the truth is they maintain that edge over just about every other manufacturer.

Computing Power and Graphics

One of the strengths of the PC market is also one of its weaknesses: you can get a PC laptop with just about any combination of processing power and graphics power. This is good if you know what you’re looking for, but here too the dizzying array of options can overwhelm.
There isn’t a clear winner or loser between HP and Lenovo when it comes to computing and graphics power. Both companies offer beastly machines and lightweight ones. As long as you buy a laptop that’s built for what you want to do, you should be OK.

Protect Your New Purchase with a Laptop Extended Warranty

The choice between HP and Lenovo ultimately comes down to your own preferences and goals. Whichever you choose, make sure to protect your new device with an extended laptop warranty from Upsie. Upsie offers you industry-leading coverage against defects and accidental damage for a price that will surprise you!

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