HP Elite DragonFly, analysis: impeccable design and autonomy in less than a kilo of weight

Few laptops had attracted as much attention during a test as the new HP Elite DragonFly , a premium ultrabook that has already passed the Xataka test table.

The premium ultrabook sector has a preferred audience: the mobility professional. The HP DragonFly is a lightweight, powerful notebook model, and above all with a design and finish that is light years from the classic notebooks for work. And it also takes care of autonomy, something essential to work in mobility.

HP Elite DragonFly data sheet

SCREEN 13.3 “IPS 1080p touch
DIMENSIONS 30.43 x 19.75 x 1.61 cm
WEIGHT 0.9 kg
RAM Up to 16 GB
PROCESSOR 8th Generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7
STORAGE 256/512 GB SSD + 32 GB Intel Optane
BATTERY 38/52 Wh
OTHERS 2 Thunderbolt with USB-C, 1 USB 3.1, HDMI, jack, 4G connection and fingerprint reader.
PRICE From 1,499 euros

HP Elite Dragonfly – 13.3 “FHD Notebook (8th Generation Intel Core i5 Processor, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel UHD Graphics 620, Windows 10 Pro 64) Black

Appearance and resistance like few

HP surely has the saga of ultrabooks with the best designs on the market. Most of them combine great appearance with robustness and very little weight and dimensions. This new HP Elite Dragonfly is one of your best achievements in all of those aspects.

The HP Dragonfly is a very thin, light ultrabook (the case is magnesium alloy and in one piece) and with an exquisite finish and excellently finished. Premium range without a doubt but with certified military standards. The model we have analyzed is “dragonfly blue” and we have it represented in all the elements of the case, including the keyboard.

HP has managed with its Dragonfly to combine an exquisite design, resistance and record weight for a laptop that one wants everyone to see

The good details at the level of finish make the equipment always seem spotless, something that with premium finishes is not usually common. The treatment of the case of this HP Dragonfly is fantastic and no traces or dirt are visible anywhere on its surface, neither external nor internal. The only exception is on the touchpad.

Beyond the design, the great achievement of the HP DragonFly is in its dimensions and weight. It is a model with a 13.3-inch diagonal that weighs less than 1 kg and has dimensions of 30.43 x 19.75 x 1.61 cm. But as we will see later, neither keyboard nor connectivity nor touchpad are negatively affected by this great compaction exercise.

Another example: Although it’s a small computer, HP has found a place to put two side speakers that span the full width of the keyboard. It is a system of 4 stereo speakers with the signature of Bang & Olufsen.

That effort for sound is matched within the physical limits of the case. The sound is correct, powerful and crisp enough, but not comparable to models that have more physical space for sound development.

The B&O touch at the software level is appreciated, allowing more control than the one that is marked by default under Windows, especially interesting in terms of noise reduction when we make video calls.

The HP Dragonfly has been configured as a convertible ultrabook . The very robust hinges allow the screen to be folded 360 degrees easily, so that, thanks to its touch screen and the support for a bluetooth touch pen (and rechargeable via USB-C), this device can double as a tablet in a very solvent way, especially due to its low weight.

What was impossible to achieve in the slim design of this HP ultrabook is a place to keep the stylus safe, something to keep in mind.

In the design we must also highlight the sliding cover for the webcam, a detail that is greatly appreciated for its simplicity and effectiveness. No weird or wacky experiments.

William White
Bachelor in Audiovisual Communication and amateur travel. Between getaway and getaway. When I have spare time, I see sport (I leave it to others to practice it).