HP Elite Dragonfly Review: Elite Machine With Security Features But Costly For Most Of Us

Published on December 28, 2019
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HP continues to revitalize your closest plane’s business class section The new HP Elite Dragonfly from $162,169 and checked for a total value of $2,629 surprises the systems with an elegant blue-magnesium frame that is much lighter than it seems. It appears to have not enough copper and black spectrum laptops. Yet Dragonfly’s beauty is far from just deep-skin thanks to its lovely display slender bezels and surprisingly long life batteries.

I would like to recommend this to everyone if only the laptop was not out of reach for the most consumer with its high price. The HP Elite Dragonfly is a good 2-in-1 laptop, however, which is worth its money; other laptop makers are seeing HP as a pioneer in luxury laptops–and indeed, even MacBook enthusiasts will notice it.

Availability & Price – HP Elite Dragonfly

The price for Dragonfly is $1,629 in start-up costs making it out of reach for most of the customers. A comparable speculations of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga cost $1,327, while the MacBook Air starts at $1,099, which are much cheaper than the Dragonfly but is bundled with a slower, more powerful CPU, which is half as expensive.

The cost of the HP computer packed in Intel Core is $2,169, we have checked the I7-8665 U CPU, RAM 16 GB, M.2 PCIe SSD 512 GB and Intel Optane’s H10 SSD 32 GB. Also, it’s updated to a big 4-cell battery, with optional pen and sleeve. This bigger battery comes in standard with the Dragonfly entry level but you can save $22 if you want a battery with two cells.

The unit is equipped with a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-8265U, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics. The Core i5-8365U, 16 GB of RAM, Intel vPro security, 1920x 1080 pixels and 1000 nit panels, HP’s Safe View Privacy Screen technology would be recommended for you to buff in to the $1,849 midrange model.


The HP Dragonfly, named after HP’s shade of blue, is a 2-in-1 laptop so lovely that it could make a difference to the following notebook generation. This is a laptop, with the appearance I can’t break a joke about (as I love to make fun of any gains in design), from its striking hue to its mild silver accent and its very gripping texture.

The Apple MacBook Air (2.8 pounds, 0.6 inches), Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2.9 pounds and 0.5 inches) and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (3 pounds, 0.6 inches) seems remarkably heavy than the 2.5 pounds and 0.6 inches thick elite dragonfly.

What’s great, though, is that the machine does not feel fragile. This laptop design is lightweight. Many magnesium-shell products I’ve used in the past. But unlike them, Dragonfly does not crack or bend as apply pressure, due to its inner reinforcements. In addition, HP supplied the machined metal shell of the Dragonfly with an oleophobic coating, which made the removal of any scrub easy.

Ports Availability

HP Dragonfly also includes HDMI-out, USB 3.1 ports, two Thunderbolt 3 USB-Cs, and headset jack. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga comes bundled in all of this together with a second USB 3.1 connector and an Ethernet extension and connection. Unfortunately only Thunderbolt 3s, and a headphone jack, are available in MacBook Air.

Durability& Security

There are basics with business laptops, cool features of robustness and security that help to persuade businesses to make a solid investment. Luckily, the HP Elite Dragonfly is not the minimum settler.

Dragonfly also incorporates Intel’s vPro platform, which offers remote management assistance for IT professionals. HP has also issued its own BIOS self-healing technology to counter low-level attacks on your machine. In addition, underneath the right bottom of the keyboard is a fingerprint reader.

We would be docking points without them. The Dragonfly has an elegantly small design to cover your privacy with a diagonal two-toned circle, which goes beyond its real webcam coverage. This isn’t the first ever shutter, but it’s the first shutter I’ve seen that looks good.

The Dragonfly has passed 19 MIL-STD-810 checks, like all HP Elite laptops, meaning it doesn’t bend or crack under pressure. The experiments tested the machine’s survival ability to fall, extreme temperatures (both high and low), sand blasts and other damage unintentionally.


The 13.3-inch Dragonfly screen of 1920×1080-pixel proved to be a great monitor to look at the trailer of the Bond film No Time to Die. I can see every little smudge on Daniel Craig’s faces and love the eye blues, and catch the green trees of a bridge that 007 was remembering.

The Dragonfly generates 117% of the RGB spectrum according to our colorimeter, which matches the average premium range of the 122% laptop and is closely compared with the 113% performance of XPS 132-in-1. This is slightly higher than 106% of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga and 100% of the MacBook Air.

The light on the Dragonfly is also quite bright with up to 373 nits. The average class of 362 nits and the 342 nits in the MacBook Air is above this. The ThinkPad X1, like the Dell XPS 13, gets much more impressive, with a maximum of 402 sleeves. You get an excellent variety of viewing angles with colors up to 60°, to the left and right on this Dragonfly stand. 

As I squeezed, pinched, pulled, and swiped on a touchscreen of the Dragonfly, I saw excellent reaction times matches a luxury laptop like this. It has also been easy to navigate through news articles.

Final Verdict

The crisp, lovely design of the HP Dragonfly; light weight and rugged safety features combine to make the laptop feel as good as it can be used. When I saw the price of our reviewing machine, it didn’t cost so much. In getting the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga, you could save $300, but you would lose two hours battery life in exchange. Having said that, the HP Elite Dragonfly is really the Elite name, as the beauty and durability of this laptop contributes to its total excellence.

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