HP Elite Dragonfly Review: the Anti-ThinkPad

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HP Elite Dragonfly Review: the Anti-ThinkPad

If you have a work-issued laptop — no matter the maker — chances are it’s bland and boxy, with thick bezels, a mediocre display, battery life that might let you make it through a long meeting, and a thickness and heft that makes it the last thing you want to toss in your bag and take home. 

Not so with the 13.3-inch Elite Dragonfly ($1,629 to start, $2,517 as tested, although the company says our config will eventually be offered for $2,169), HP’s reinvention of the business/consumer crossover convertible. It competes with the likes of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Yoga and Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1, and bests both on several (though not all) fronts. It’s also the first business-focused portable in years that looks as good — if not better — than the best consumer ultraportables.  

Specifications

CPU Intel Core i5-8265U / Intel Core i5-8365U / Intel Core i7-8665U
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620 (integrated)
Memory 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz
SSD 512GB NVMe-PCIe SSD with 32GB of Optane Memory H10
Display 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 touchscreen
Networking Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 (2×2); Intel XMM 7360 LTE-Advanced Cat 9
Ports 2x Thunderbolt 3/USB-C; 1 USB-A 3.1 Gen 1; Headphone/Mic combo jack; HDMI 1.4; Nano SIM slot
Camera 720p / IR
Battery 56Wh Li-Polymer
Power Adapter 65W
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Dimensions (WxDxH) 12 x 7.8 x 0.63 inches (304 x 198 x 16 mm)
Weight 2.2 pounds / 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg) as tested
Price (as Configured) $2,517
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