HP’s Elite Dragonfly is a 360-degree convertible laptop computer that manages the neat trick of becoming an important enterprise options right into a sliver of a package deal. And it’s acquired a cool identify in addition.
Slated to land on October 25 with a beginning value of $1,549, the Elite Dragonfly sports activities a chassis that’s simply 0.6 inches skinny. As we undergo the options, you’ll see a beneficiant array of selections in some areas, and in others, some crucial compromises because of the slender chassis. And in the event you just like the sound of its 2.2-pound base weight or 24-hour battery life, simply do not forget that solely sure configurations will obtain these specs—we’ll clarify extra beneath.
HP Elite Dragonfly specs: Many, many selections
The Elite Dragonfly has a spec listing as lengthy and glossy as its namesake. Let’s summarize the first objects earlier than delving deeper into sure options:
- CPU: Core i3-8145U / Core i5-8265U or i5-8365U / Core i7-8565U or i7 8665U with vPro assist
- Graphics: Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
- Memory: 16GB LPDDR3-2133
- Storage: Up to 2TB NVMe M.2 TLC
- Display: 13.3-inch 1W FHD (400 nits), UHD (550 nits), or FHD with HP Sure View Gen3 privateness toggle (1,000 nits)
- Networking: Wi-Fi 6, elective gigabit LTE with 4×4 antennas, Bluetooth 4.2
- Connectivity: Two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, HDMI, combo 3.5mm audio jack
- Dimensions: 11.98 x 7.78 x 0.63 inches
- Weight: 2.2 kilos (with light-weight battery) or 2.5 kilos (with “Performance” battery)
The SSD storage choices are a mixture of SATA and PCIe SSDs starting from 128GB to 2TB, some with Intel Optane Memory, one with FIPS encryption. The interface and capability variations are an excessive amount of to element right here, however suffice it to say you might have loads of selections.
You don’t have any selection in RAM: The sole quantity is 16GB of dual-channel LPDDR3-2133 SDRAM. Granted, that’s greater than sufficient for many enterprise work, however observe that it’s soldered to the motherboard, so no upgrading is feasible.
The 13.3-inch show’s three panel choices every have their very own temptation. The commonplace Full HD (1920×1080) touchscreen is a 1-watt panel that treads flippantly on battery life. The Sure View FHD could be toggled from a standard view to a safe one which thwarts sideways peekers. It additionally has a surprising 1,000-nit most brightness, however in the event you crank it up your battery will scream. Finally there’s a 4K choice, which sounds insanely crisp and wonderful, nevertheless it’s additionally a variety of pixels for such a small panel. You’ll must scale up your icons or they’ll be microscopic, and naturally, 4K shows use extra battery life.
Speaking of the battery, the Elite Dragonfly affords two choices. The commonplace 2-cell, 38Whr energy pack affords a projected lifetime of as much as 16.5 hours, which is already nice. There’s additionally a 4-cell, 56Whr Performance battery, and that’s the one projected to last as long as a surprising 24 hours—supplied your Elite Dragonfly has the usual FHD 1-watt panel. HP didn’t have estimated battery life stats for the opposite panel choices, nevertheless it’s secure to imagine they won’t hit 24 hours. Note, too, that the Performance battery will improve the Elite Dragonfly’s whole weight by about 0.3 pound.
As far as system interfaces go, the Elite Dragonfly affords two Thunderbolt 3 ports, good for connecting displays in addition to high-speed storage units, together with a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, a full HDMI port, and a combo 3.5-inch audio jack.
As with HP’s different current Elitebooks, the Elite Dragonfly comes with Wi-Fi 6 assist, simply in time for the possible deluge of Wi-Fi 6 routers now that the most recent Wi-Fi commonplace has lastly been licensed. There’s additionally elective gigabit LTE with 4×4 antennas, together with Bluetooth 4.2.
Design and hands-on impressions
Besides its under-the-hood horsepower, the Elite Dragonfly arrives with a smooth CNC-machined magnesium shell designed to satisfy MIL-STD-810G requirements.
It additionally options an oleophobic coating that’s designed to withstand grime and fingerprints—and certainly, the Elite Dragonfly that I checked out at HP’s launch occasion had barely any greasy fingerprints on it, even after it had been totally dealt with by greater than a dozen attendees.
The key caps on the Elite Dragonfly’s keyboard boast about 1.4mm of journey and the identical quieter rubber-dome design present in HP’s 14-inch Elitebook 1040 G4 and x360 1040 G5 fashions. HP Noise Cancelling expertise helps to chop down on ambient noise (together with the sound of your typing) by as much as 20 dB. I gave the keyboard a fast try to the keys certainly felt comfy, though it was arduous to inform how quiet they had been within the noisy ballroom the place the product unveiling happened.
The Elite Dragonfly’s 13-3-inch show comes with 4.75mm aspect bezels and a 10.25mm prime bezel, giving it an 85.8-percent screen-to-body ratio that (once more, in line with HP) is tops for a 13-inch company convertible. Sitting within the prime bezel is a Windows Hello-supporting hybrid IR/webcam with a bodily privateness shutter.
Security and enterprise options
Speaking of safety, the Elite Dragonfly includes a fingerprint reader that sits close to the underside proper nook of the keyboard, whereas HP’s Sure Sense expertise is designed to intelligently detect so-called “zero-hour” malware threats which have but to be recognized.
You additionally get such HP safety features as Sure Click, which sandboxes webpages and read-only Office and PDF attachments; Sure Start, which helps the BIOS get better from assaults; and Sure Run, which is designed to stop any tampering together with your safety settings. Remote IT administration and upkeep by way of Intel’s vPro expertise is an elective additional in the event you spring for a Dragonfly mannequin with a Core i7-8665U processor.
Last however not least, the Elite Dragonfly will even be the primary HP laptop computer to ship with the corporate’s new Workwell software program, which reminds you to take breaks and recommends varied bodily actions at any interval you select.