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HP & # 39; s new Elite Dragonfly business laptop has a lot of appeal

HP & # 39; s newest EliteBook, the Elite Dragonfly, does not look like a business laptop. It comes in a shade of deep blue and the lightweight magnesium construction looks more like a premium consumer laptop than something made for the commercial industry.

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The 13.3-inch Elite Dragonfly weighs less than 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds). It is much lighter than HP & # 39; s previous EliteBooks, light enough to carry with one hand. HP is clearly trying to tackle other feather-light competitors, such as the LG Gram. And although it does not weigh much, the machine does not feel cheap and is full of ports and functions.

This is a 2-in-1 laptop, so it can bend 360 degrees, in case you want to use it as a tablet or write on the screen. It supports active styluses, but they are sold separately. There are two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the sides (both of which can charge the laptop), a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, an HDMI port, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a Kensington slot. The 720p webcam is located above the screen (complete with a hardware shutter for privacy) and supports Windows Hello. There is also a fingerprint sensor on the palm rest if you want to have more than one authentication method at your disposal.


The shutter switch can cover the webcam for extra protection and privacy.
Photograph by Cameron Faulkner / The Verge

The Elite Dragonfly has an 8th generation Intel Core U-series vPro processor that, according to Intel, is "enterprise class, but consumer friendly". According to the specification sheet, the range of available CPUs starts from the Intel Core i3-8145U on the low side of the Intel Core i7-8565U, although all options have integrated graphics cards from Intel UHD Graphics 620. This machine can be configured with up to 16 GB of dual-channel LPDDR3 RAM and 2 TB NVMe SSD storage, although the entry-level model delivers 8 GB of RAM and a slower 128 GB M.2 SATA drive.

Other features include support for the recently introduced Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), which allows 5x higher internet speeds than 802.11ac. You can choose 4G LTE if you want; HP has added 4×4 antennas to that model (two on the top edge of the screen and two around the palm rest), which should dramatically improve transfer rates compared to the 2×2 antenna setup on the HP EliteBook x360 1030, the previous model.

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Because these are business systems, HP also offers other customization options. If you are willing to abandon the weight of 1 kg for a longer battery life, you can opt for a "performance" 56 Wh battery that extends the service life of 16.5 hours in the standard "lightweight" 38 Wh battery up to 24.5 hours. Both batteries support the HP Quick Charge feature, which can charge them up to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

The standard screen is an FHD screen with a brightness of 400 nits that requires only 1 W of power. You get the best battery life, but if you need a sharper, clearer screen, HP also offers a UHD screen with HDR support and 550 nits. If privacy is important, you can choose to get HP & # 39; s Sure View display that digitally limits the viewing angle to prevent snoopers from seeing what's on your screen; it supports 1,000 nits and comes in FHD resolution.

The new Elite Dragonfly from HP starts at $ 1,549 when shipped in November.