HP Elite Dragonfly Notebook Review
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Here’s what HP had to say about the Elite Dragonfly notebook PC. This notebook features a stunning dragonfly blue finish, an optional 1000-nit ultrabright display, and advanced security to help keep you safe and productive wherever the day takes you. It also features Windows 10 Pro business edition. It also features 720 HD webcam with HD quality and IR webcam.
Here are some of the things that this notebook featured that will make it a worthy buy:
HP Sure View; which lets you block from prying eyes. This means that the light is blocked from the sides. This makes it nearly impossible for meddling fools to see what your doing.
The webcam is also pretty decent. We have a 720 HD webcam with HD quality and IR webcam and equipped with HP Privacy Camera. This is a physical shutter to protect from malicious surveillance.
The trackpad was also great to use. Smooth gliding movements and definitely a breeze to you. There was barely any resistance too. And its pretty accurate too.
As for the keyboard/ keypad, I have to say its such a treat to use. Every button feels great to push. There’s a bit of a problem with the letter “J” which gets stuck from time to time.
But the thing with the HP Elite Dragonfly notebook is the fact that its a “hybrid”. Because its also a tablet that you can use just exactly like a tablet minus the android or iOS functions and features. That being said, its a thing of beauty when you turn it into a tablet.
Add to this that they have a great touchscreen display and its the ultimate mobile experience. One problem that I have with the product would have to be how much it is a smudge magnet. Like you’d rather go with the trackpad rather than smudge up the touchscreen.
the whole touchscreen function does grow on you so when I went back to using my main laptop, I found myself swiping around from time to time because I’ve gotten so used to the touchscreen of the HP Elite Dragonfly. Fortunately for potential buyers, you would be getting an amazing stylus along with this outstanding HP product. It’s a bluetooth-heavy tool too.
Honestly I’m surprised that this business level notebook comes in such a tiny frame. It weighs 0.99kg which is one of the lightest laptops out in the market today. From a businessman’s standpoint or from a daily commuter, this laptop definitely hits the sweet spot.
I’m happy to report in this review for the HP Elite Dragonfly that this laptop is INSANE when it comes to battery life. It comes with the HP Long Life 4-cell, 56.2 Wh Li-on polymer. There’s also the 2-cell version for the lower version of the model. I left the charging cable for this one time and I realized two things.
- Its easy to get a charge still because it runs on type-c chargers and
- It takes a lot to drain the laptop dry.
It’s got an exceptional performance thanks to the processor attached to it. Don’t expect to go and be able to play games here though as the screen size prohibits you from playing games as is. You could try connecting it to a monitor. Still, even when powered up, it’s not my recommended device for gaming. But when we do work outside of video editing, then this is where the Elite Dragonfly really shines bright. I’ve tried working with the two different browsers open and different Youtube accounts and different videos at high resolution.
HP Elite Dragonfly Specs
CPU: 8th generation Core i3, Core i5, Core i7
RAM: Up to 16GB
Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Display: 13 inches (1920 x 1080 or 3840 x 2160)
Graphics: Intel UHD 620
Ports: 2 Thunderbolt with USB-C, 1 USB 3.1, HDMI, headphone/mic, Nano SIM for WWAN
Battery: 2-cell or 4-cell
Size: 11.98 x 7.78 x 0.63 inches
HP Elite Dragonfly notebook review – the verdict
The Elite Dragonfly is a luxurious and efficient notebook with an equally luxurious price. Here are some of the things that I actually enjoyed.
- Its ultra light and fits in just about any bag
- the tablet mode is very convenient but I really don’t see much use of it for my end. Still great
- The battery life on this product is INSANE!
- Minimal heating issues, something unheard for notebooks
- Great display with awesome colors
- Impressive speakers thanks to the Bang and Olufsen speakers.
- Type C cable charger
- Intel Core I7 8th gen processor. Nuff said.
Here are a few of the things I’m not impressed with for the HP Elite Dragonfly.
- the power button ditched the fingerprint scanner from a model down
- touchscreen has potential but is also a big smudge magnet
- very limited USB ports
- Type C cable charger