HP’s new Elite Dragonfly business laptop has mass appeal

HP's latest EliteBook, the Elite Dragonfly, does not look like a business laptop. It comes in a shade of deep blue, and its lightweight magnesium construction looks and feels more like a premium consumer laptop than something made for the commercial industry.

The 13.3-inch Dragonfly Elite weighs less than 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds). It is much lighter than HP's previous EliteBooks, light enough to carry with one hand. HP is clearly trying to face other lightweight competitors like the LG Gram. And although it doesn't weigh much, the machine doesn't feel cheap, and it's full of ports and features.

This is a 2-in-1 laptop, so it can be folded 360 degrees, in case you want to use it as a tablet or write on your screen. Supports active stylus, but sold separately. Around its sides, you will find two Thunderbolt 3 ports (any of which the laptop can charge), a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, an HDMI port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Kensington lock. Its 720p webcam is on the screen (complete with a hardware shutter for privacy) and is compatible with Windows Hello. There is also a fingerprint sensor in the palm rest, if you wish to have more than one authentication method at your disposal.


The shutter switch can cover the webcam for added protection and privacy.
Photo by Cameron Faulkner / The Verge

The Elite Dragonfly has an eighth-generation Intel Core U-series vPro processor that, according to Intel, is "business class, but consumer friendly." According to its specifications In addition, the range of available CPUs to choose from starts with the Intel Core i3-8145U at the lower end of the Intel Core i7-8565U, although all options have Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated graphics. This machine can be configured with up to 16 GB of dual-channel LPDDR3 RAM and 2 TB of NVMe SSD storage, although the input model includes 8 GB of RAM and a slower M.2 128 GB SATA drive.

Other features include support for the recently released Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), which allows Internet speeds 5 times faster than 802.11ac. You can opt for 4G LTE if you wish; HP has added 4×4 antennas to that model (two on the upper bezel of the screen and two surrounding the palm rest), which should greatly improve transfer speeds compared to the 2×2 antenna layout on the HP EliteBook x360 1030, its previous model. [19659009] Grid view

Because these are commercial systems, HP also offers other customization options. If you are willing to give up the weight of 1 kg for longer battery life, you can opt for a 56 Wh "performance" battery that extends the operating time of 16.5 hours in the default "Light" battery of 38 Wh at 24.5 hours Both batteries support HP's quick charge function, which can take them to a 50 percent charge in 30 minutes.

The default screen is an FHD screen with 400 nits of brightness that only requires 1W of power. You'll get the best battery life with that one, but if you need a sharper and brighter screen, HP also offers a UHD screen with HDR support and 550 nits. If privacy is important, you can choose to obtain the HP Sure View screen that digitally limits the viewing angle to prevent intruders from seeing what's on your screen; Supports 1,000 nits and comes in FHD resolution.

The new HP Dragonfly Elite will start at $ 1,549 when it starts shipping in November.

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