Business laptops tend to be heavy and not particularly stylish. HP is trying to buck the trend with the Elite Dragonfly, a thin and light laptop aimed at business users. HP added a raft of premium features, along with refined styling that borrows from some of HP’s competitors. It all adds up to a slick notebook with a hefty price tag.
The laptop sports a 13.3-inch display that comes in three different flavors (all IPS LCD with touch support). There’s a low-power 1080p display with a respectable peak brightness of 400 nits or a high-performance 1080p option with 1,000 nits. The brighter display would be very usable even in direct sunlight, but the low-power display uses just one watt of power. That gives you up to 24 hours of mixed usage with the larger of two battery options. There’s also a 4K display option with 550 nits of brightness. The display covers 86 percent of the device, and HP even managed to get the webcam in the right place above the screen. There’s also a small physical camera shutter mechanism for added peace of mind.
Inside, the Elite Dragonfly has the latest Intel processors, plus support for Wi-Fi 6 and LTE connectivity. There’s an old USB-A port on one side, but the opposite edge offers a pair of USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3. The BO speakers next to the keyboard also use recycled plastic extracted from water. Speaking of the keyboard, HP says it’s crafted a special microphone array that tracks your keystrokes and cancels the sound in the audio driver. Thus, you can type during an online meeting without anyone hearing it.
The Elite Dragonfly is HP’s first fully magnesium chassis, following in the footsteps of Microsoft’s Surface products. It comes in a dark blue color, which HP calls “Dragonfly Blue.” It also has a multi-layer anti-oil coating to reduce fingerprint buildup. That magnesium frame also helps keep the weight down. The computer is only 2.18 pounds; less than one kilogram. It’s not the lightest computer in the world, but it’s an impressive feat for convertible notebooks, which are usually a bit bulkier.
HP will release the Elite Dragonfly on October 25th starting at $1,549. However, if you want the upgraded screen, more storage, a larger battery, and other goodies, the price will quickly creep up over $2,000. Still, people might be willing to pay that for a business laptop with these features.
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