Laptops have been an integral part of technology for many years now. Many models come and go. Some make a mark while some don’t. We have seen multiple design changes in the past few years and many have been really impressive. Now, everybody knows that consumers now want their laptops to be thin and powerful at the same time. This definitely sounds easy and doable but, putting a hell lot of power in such a small form factor is always tough. Many companies in the past have tried to implement this but fail miserably due to issues like heat and less power. HP comes up with incredible features in laptops every time.
HP is known to break boundaries in the notebook industry. They have been one of the first companies to release a thin and sleek yet powerful laptop. This time they have tried their hands on the business laptop segment. They have released the brand new Elite Dragonfly notebook which looks very promising in its segment. Let’s dig in and find out if this laptop can make a mark on the business notebook segment.
Design of HP Elite Dragonfly-
The chassis of this laptop is made up of magnesium which makes it extremely light. The laptop weighs less than a kilo at 0.99 kgs. It is just o.63 inches thick and despite having a 13-inch laptop, the footprint of this laptop is just 11.98 inches wide.HP was able to pull this off successfully by getting the screen to body ratio up to 86%. Now, some are gonna say that there are laptops with better ratios but being a 2 in 1 convertible version, this is very respectable. The laptop also comes with oleophobic protection which drastically reduces the number of dirt layering and fingerprints. Speaking of fingerprints, the laptop also has a fingerprint scanner for added security.
Since this is a business-oriented laptop, it comes with a bunch of ports. The panel houses 2 USB – C slots with Thunderbolt 3, a full-sized HDMI port, a USB – A socket and a headphone jack. There is also a nano sim card slot with LTE support as well as a power button on the left side of the frame. Considering how thin the laptop is kudos to HP for pulling this off unlike other companies like Apple which couldn’t.
Display and Keyboard of HP Elite Dragonfly-
The display is where the laptop falls short. The IPS FHD display on the base model can only go up to 400 nits which is OK for indoor use but not so good when using outdoor under sunlight. There are 2 more options available in terms of display. Both have a UHD display but the latter one has a 1000 nit display with HP’s SureView Privacy Filter. One could opt for the latter model if they don’t want their nosy neighbors to peek in.
The base model is still good enough to watch YouTube and Netflix but if you want something with a better resolution then go for a different laptop or a UHD model.
Speaking of the keyboard, typing is quite comfortable on the Dragonfly as the layout is well spaced and the keys are cushy. The buttons aren’t as deep as a Lenovo Thinkpad but still, there is plenty of travel on offer. The keyboard is very quiet so even when you are frustrated from your work and smack the space button, others won’t notice. The trackpad is big and responsive. Clearly HP has not skimmed on the quality of the keyboard and the trackpad.
Performance and Battery life –
In terms of performance, this laptop comes with a plethora of options to go for. One can pick one with a Core i3 or a Core i7 with vPro enterprise features. I will be highlighting the top-spec model in this post. The top-spec unit comes with a 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7 – 8565U which can go up to 4.6 GHz.In the graphics department, the laptop does not have a dedicated graphics card but has the Intel UHD 620 graphics. The laptop comes with 16 GB of ram and 512 GB of SSD storage. It also has a Widescreen HD (720p) webcam which will definitely be useful during video conferences.
All in all the laptop has great hardware for business-related work and can also handle some games.
In terms of battery, the battery life is short compared to rivals but still good as it can survive a day with a 50% charge depending on the use.
HP has never disappointed in this department. They have always partnered with the best companies like Beats, Bang and Olufsen and Conexant to name a few. The dragonfly is no exception. It also has an upward-firing speaker setup like other HP laptops and is quite loud. Even though you won’t really use it in a business laptop but it’s still there when you need it.
Wrap up –
To sum it up, the Dragonfly is a great business laptop with enough power on offer. The sleek look with the Dragonfly Blue color makes it a great-looking laptop. Unfortunately, though it is priced too heavily at a whopping $1500.
One should go for this laptop if they are a traveling business person, want a great looking laptop or simply have a boatload of cash. One should stay away from this one if you are looking for a GPU based laptop or a cheap one.
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