HP's Elite Dragonfly is a lightweight 13-inch business laptop with style

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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HP on Wednesday introduced the HP Elite Dragonfly, a 13-inch business-class convertible that doesn’t quite fit the standard enterprise mold. That’s readily apparently by the name alone but of course, the Elite Dragonfly is much more than a catchy moniker.

It features a 13.3-inch touch display in your choice of standard FHD or 4K variety and can be configured with up to an Intel Core i7-8665U processor, 16GB of soldered LPDDR3 and a 512GB Intel PCIe NVMe SD (with 32GB of Intel Optane memory).

Gigabit-class 4G LTE is also an option, should Internet connectivity be absolutely paramount. A spill-resistant, backlit keyboard comes standard, as does the 720p webcam with physical sliding cover.

Connectivity includes two USB Type-C Thunderbolt ports, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, a headphone / microphone combo jack, an HDMI 1.4 connector and an external nano SIM slot. Support for Wi-Fi 6 also comes standard.

Battery life is rated at north of 24 hours with the performance battery albeit on a “properly configured” machine under certain circumstances. The “lightweight” battery is said to be good for up to 16.5 hours on a single charge and with HP Fast Charge, you can get a 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes.

HP said the machine also offers the highest screen-to-body ratio in a 13-inch business convertible at nearly 86 percent. Plus, let’s not gloss over the fact that it is a convertible, meaning it essentially does double duty as a laptop and a tablet.

HP has also baked in loads of helpful software and security features including HP WorkWell (personal wellness software), HP Sure Sense to defend against malware attacks and HP Sure Recover with Embedded Reimaging to get back up and running should things go south.

The HP Elite Dragonfly launches on October 24 starting at $1,549.

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amstech

IT Overlord
Good to see Netbooks (sorta kinda maybe) are coming back, I've always liked them.
Even with a 13" touchscreen and convertible design, it's more or less the same thing.
With a nice Core i3, 8GB RAM and an SSD and they are great little devices for the field, so if this Dragonfly has a 4/8 CPU, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD it will be a great little package.
They should make a model without the touchscreen, give it an i5 and about a 10-11" screen, and price it MUCH less...that would be a seller.
 
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Uncle Al

TS Evangelist
I'm sorry but everything I've seen HP produce over the past 10 years has been a lot less than desirable and so proprietary that only their tech's can use their parts to repair them .....
 

Wizwill

TS Booster
I have been using HP printers for quite some time. It seems to me they pretty well have a handle on the market yet the user interface on the OfficeJet and DeskJet models is one of the most unintuitive I have ever dealt with. Their software especially their rather convoluted wireless printing hookup is impossible. I also deplore the fact that the printer frequently turns for a couple of minutes, undoubtedly spewing ink internally, before printing. in my 25+ years experience with IT, I've never had a printer with shorter ink cartridge life than an HP.

I think the ideal printer set up would be an Epson tank photo printer forcolor work, a laser black-and-white with two-sided printing capabilities for most stuff and use your old HP printer with only a large black cartridge set up to address your envelopes.
No matter how good it Could be I don't think I would buy an HP laptop
 
I'm sorry but everything I've seen HP produce over the past 10 years has been a lot less than desirable and so proprietary that only their tech's can use their parts to repair them .....

Up till I switched over to Alienware, HP desktops and laptops were all I'd use.

You are correct...their products are in many cases shortsighted and the proprietary decisions:

#1 I don't want soldered memory - I want replaceable memory
#2 I want user replaceable SSD NVME M.2
#3 Not too much HP bloatware included.

Considering I can get a 2TB SSD for less than $190, I'd rather upgrade to that no matter what laptop I'd buy. One of my Alienware laptops is getting one for Christmas.

I'd also be happier having GTX or RTX graphics. a 1060, 1070, 1080, 1660 or 2060 would be nice.
 

joeciardi

TS Rookie
Actually..... I think you'll find the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK U939X is the lightest convertible PC in the world.

The HP Dragonfly is only the lightest convertible "under 59 cubic inches".

The Fujitsu LIFEBOOK is the lightest convertible, regardless of size.

Best to check all the facts before publishing.
 

mailpup

TS Special Forces
Actually..... I think you'll find the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK U939X is the lightest convertible PC in the world.

The HP Dragonfly is only the lightest convertible "under 59 cubic inches".

The Fujitsu LIFEBOOK is the lightest convertible, regardless of size.

Best to check all the facts before publishing.
It might be best to read the article before commenting. It never said anything about being the lightest.