HP Laptop 15z, $300
This is another low range to midrange laptop that’s fine for everyday tasks but not ideal for heavy-duty processing jobs, such as editing 4K video. That’s a nice price, though. Other retailers are selling the model for more than $500. The 15z has a lower-end AMD processor, 8GB of memory, and a 1-terabyte hard drive. That’s a lot of space, but hard drives are slower than solid-state drives, so you may find yourself waiting a bit longer for files to be copied or for big documents to fully load. Its sluggish performance is partly why a similar model performed only okay in our ratings. Poor display quality also held it back.
HP Envy x360 15t, $600
HP’s Envy line laptops also occupy the midtier, with this 15-inch convertible available for almost $900 at other retailers. Here you’ll find a latest-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and a 1-terabyte hard drive. Again, that’s a lot of space, but the laptop may work more slowly than a model with a solid-state drive. HP Envy laptops have generally done well in our ratings, with a similar model scoring highly in just about all categories. At almost 5 pounds, however, it’s a bit heavy.
HP Spectre x360 15t, $1,120
This Spectre is a convertible and one of the most powerful non-gaming laptops offered in HP’s Black Friday sale. The sale price may not seem cheap, but the laptop usually sells for close to $1,400. Like the 13-inch Envy above, this machine packs a recently released Intel Core processor. In this case, though, it’s not the i5 but the more powerful i7. You also get 8GB of memory, a 256GB solid-state drive, and a 4K display—those are great specs. (A 4K display can make it easier to edit high-res photos and videos, but it will tend to reduce battery life.) When we tested a similar model, it was among the highest-rated laptops of its size.