HP Elite Dragonfly

HP Elite Dragonfly Is Google’s Pixelbook Rebirth

HP Elite Dragonfly
HP Elite Dragonfly Is Google’s Pixelbook Rebirth

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook is upscale. Therefore, No budget-cutting is done. The laptop is high-end.

It’s like Windows’ Dragonfly. HP design meets Intel’s top hardware. However, this Chromebook is costly. Without a new Pixelbook, Google needs a new hero product. HP will fill it.
The HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook was launched at the start of 2022. The workplace may be its primary market, but this is still one of the best Chromebooks. Is it what we expected? Is the price fair? Why not?

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook price/availability

Price? Starting at $1,149 (£999/AU$1,699); reviewed at $1,499 (£1,199/AU$2,099)
When? Currently available
Where? US and UK availability is forthcoming.
The HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook starts at $1,149 (£999 / AU$1,699) in the US.

The base model has an Intel Core i3 1215U, 8GB LPDDR4x, 128GB NVMe SSD, and a 13.5-inch QHD+ touchscreen with 400 nits of brightness. You’ll need the Core i5 to add Intel vPro to this configuration.

If you were to go all out for the boss, you’d purchase an Intel Core i7-1265U vPro, 32GB LPDDR4x, 512GB, and a 13.5-inch WUXGA+ (1920x1280p) touchscreen with 400 nits max brightness. Therefore, This top-tier Chromebook costs $3,393, which is astonishing. It’s good to be the boss sometimes, right?

Our review configuration costs $1,449, which is costly for a Chromebook. This is an enterprise device, so the extra security measures are expected, yet it’s still cheaper than other Windows laptops in its class.

Camera Genius

The 5-megapixel webcam beats most notebooks’ 720p cameras, capturing 1080p films and 2,560-by-1,920-pixel stills. Sharp, vibrant images, but dark in dimly lit environments.

Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers above the keyboard are loud without being boomy or distorted. Highs, midtones, and bass are clean, and overlapping tracks are easy to hear. Top-row key mutes mic and applications to avoid disturbing conference conversations.
The backlit keyboard has top-row browser, brightness, and volume settings, plus keys for switching virtual desktops, capturing screens, and locking the machine. Windows migrants will be frustrated by the lack of Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys (worsened by HP’s placement of the cursor arrows in a row instead of the traditional inverted T), but the keyboard is pleasant and responsive, if noisy.
The buttonless touchpad uses haptic technology, like Apple’s MacBooks and a few high-end Windows laptops, so clicks are registered equally (even at the top edge) and communicated by feedback instead of actual movement. You rapidly get used to the mild sensation while dragging or snapping windows to the sides of the screen.
As with most Chromebooks, the display supports faux or “looks like” resolutions (the default being 1,410 by 940 pixels) if its native resolution of 2,256 by 1,504 pixels is too small. The display is bright (I used the top two or three brightness levels), with white backgrounds and rich, vivid colours. The 5.5-inch pen charges wirelessly and attaches to the Dragonfly’s right edge. It kept up with my fastest swoops and scribbles and had good palm rejection.

Audio, webcam, keyboard, stylus

Due to proper spacing and key travel, the Chromebook’s flat keys seem unique. I had little trouble typing for long periods, though I hoped for more comfortable dishes or keycap texture.

“Refresh,” “capture,” “mute mic,” and “lock computer” were useful during the workday.

The keyboard’s lighting may be turned off, however altering its brightness required me to memorise Alt + Screen Brightness (I never did).

The laptop comes with a USI stylus that magnetically charges on the right side. Magnets are strong, but garaged pens are more convenient.
I appeared as sharp on the Elite Dragonfly Chromebook’s camera as on other laptop webcams. Regardless the illumination, colours were accurate. Using the camera far from a window and without illumination decreased image quality. Despite being grainier and darker, the image’s colours were close to the genuine thing.

The 5 MP camera is sharper than the 720p Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise, 1080 Lenovo ThinkPad C14 Chromebook, or 1 MP Samsung Galaxy Chromebook (which also has a questionable 8 MP camera on the deck for taking world-facing pictures when the computer is tented).
I like the Dragonfly Chromebook’s real webcam shutter, which is controlled by a slider, even if its black-and-white striped cover is hard to see.
There are speakers north of the keyboard and on each corner of the laptop’s lip (four speakers total). Bang & Olufsen tuned the quartet, and their volume fills my living room. Minimal bass, but music isn’t as tinny as with thin machines. You receive what you hear without an equalisation.

HP said the laptop’s AI-based noise reduction doesn’t require users to be in front of the device. Hardware integration reduces noise canceling’s battery drain.

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