From the Envy to the Spectre x360, HP has produced some head-turning 2-in-1 laptops in recent years. Looks aren’t everything, though, so HP packed its premium portable powerhouses with options like latest-gen processors, speedy SSD drives, multi-touch displays, and aluminum construction. This well-balanced combination of specs and aesthetics has kept HP laptops firmly in the hearts and minds of professional reviewers and consumers alike, myself included.
When I first saw the new HP Elite Dragonfly 13.3" Laptop, it was hard not to be impressed; but it wasn’t just me—everywhere I went, someone wanted to converse about the laptop by my side, and I was happy to oblige. Its iridescent blue finish is as striking as its slim and lightweight magnesium body. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, if you’ve seen this laptop in person, then you can tell why it’s a conversation starter.
Who Is It For?
Before I dive into the reasons why I think you’ll love the Elite Dragonfly, allow me to first identify who it’s for. While this laptop is certainly a looker, it’s all business. My configuration was equipped with an 8th-Gen Core™ i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage coupled with 32GB of Intel® Optane™ memory, backlit keyboard, and all-day battery life. I could go on like this for a few more lines, but what does this long list of specs mean?
Mobile business professionals have all the power and storage they need to power through their work day, and long meetings that could’ve been an email. Add to those specs a bevy of security features and you’ll be well protected from malicious actors along the way.
Let’s highlight a few things that make Elite Dragonfly shine bright.
If your business laptop is going to be an everyday carry, it must be lightweight, durable, and have enough battery life to keep pace. Otherwise, the daily carry becomes a chore that quickly becomes a burden. With its 2.2 lb weight, magnesium chassis, and 56 Wh battery capacity, the Elite Dragonfly is ready for all the above.
Less is more when it comes to mobility, and I found this laptop’s 13.3" widescreen display to be the ideal screen size as I bounced from meeting to meeting, juggling my coffee mug and notes that I’m yet to digitize. Thankfully, because of the aforementioned battery life, the charger didn’t have to make those trips.
Now to the stuff your IT administrator will love. Outside of the basic security features found in Windows 10 Professional, the Elite DragonFly supports secure logins, thanks to its integrated fingerprint reader and Windows Hello facial recognition via its IR webcam. Furthermore, the webcam offers a physical sliding privacy shutter to block unwanted surveillance attempts. All of this gives you peace of mind, allowing you to keep those important documents and spreadsheets safe and sound.
In this day and age, keeping your data protected is no laughing matter. In or out of the office, you can never be too careful. The fingerprint reader is my unlocking method of choice, and I found the Elite Dragonfly’s sensor to be fast and reliable, much like my smartphone, which is a good thing.
How your laptop connects to the Internet and your peripherals shouldn’t be overlooked. Not only do you have to make sure the laptop has enough bandwidth and connections to meet your current needs, but you should also consider any new devices you may add down the road—because there’s always new tech. While guessing what that new tech may be or how it connects is difficult, having the latest connectivity options, such as Thunderbolt™ 3/USB Type-C with Power Delivery and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) will help to ensure your new laptop isn’t obsolete out of the box.
Slim laptops often make sacrifices when it comes to ports but, thankfully, this one offers a USB Type-A connector, an HDMI port, and two USB Type-C ports. It even comes with a USB Type-C-to-Ethernet adapter for those wired high-speed Internet connections. You can also use Bluetooth 5.0 to connect compatible peripherals wirelessly. Optional accessories like HP’s Active Pen G3 are also supported to work in conjunction with the laptop’s Window’s Ink capabilities.
You’re not always working and, even if you are, for those time when you’re forced to watch The Mandalorian for “business purposes,” having a display that handles up to 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution helps bring that experience to life. The multi-touch screen sits on a 360-degree hinge, giving you flexible viewing options, and its 550-nit brightness capability allows you to see all the action, even in bright light.
On the audio side, the laptop’s built-in Bang & Olufsen speaker array rounds things out quite nicely—and if you just want to wear headphones, you can do that, too.
Considering its price range and top-tier specs, this laptop was designed to make a statement, and it does just that. If you’re simply a casual user, this machine may be more than you need; but if you’re a mobile professional, power user, or someone who simply wants one of the best Windows laptops on the market, you owe it to yourself to explore the Elite Dragonfly.
Business users don’t always get to choose their work laptop, but as I’ve smiled around my office for the past two weeks with this laptop in tow, I hope I’ve made it clear that this is my laptop of choice.