Using a CNC-machined magnesium alloy chassis, HP is able to get the weight of the Elite Dragonfly under 1kg, a remarkable achievement considering very few laptops – except the likes of the LG Gram – can reach.
This has allowed HP to create what it claims is the “world’s lightest compact business convertible.” Not only is it incredibly light, but it’s also incredibly durable as well, meeting the requirements for the MIL-STD 810G military standard.
The world’s longest battery life
Apart from the incredibly light design, the other big selling point of the HP Elite Dragonfly is the fact that it has, according to HP, the “world’s longest battery life in a 13-inch business convertible.”
Project Athena verified
The HP Elite Dragonfly is also one of the first laptops to meet Intel’s Project Athena specifications, which are essentially a template created by Intel to shape the next generation of laptops.
So, along with an incredibly long battery life, it boasts powerful components with an 8th generation Intel Core vPro processor, Wi-Fi 6 for three times faster file transfer speeds compared to older Wi-Fi technology and optional 4G LTE connectivity.
According to Chris Walker, corporate vice president, Mobile Computing Platforms at Intel, “the HP Elite Dragonfly is an exceptional example of how HP and Intel are driving innovation through the Project Athena program.”
Privacy is a big focus with the HP Elite Dragonfly as well, with a privacy shutter that obscures the webcam, an integrated HP Sure View Gen3 privacy screen, which prevents people near you seeing what’s on your screen, and HP Multi-Factor Authenticate Gen3, which offers biometric authentication methods to keep the laptop secure.
If you go for the privacy screen, you get a 13.3-inch 1080p display with 1000 nit brightness. You can also go for a low-power 1080p screen with 400 nits – essential if you want that 24 hour battery life. There’s also an option for a 4K 13.3-inch screen, which will no doubt look fantastic, but make more demands on the battery life.
So, it looks like you’ll need to do a bit of configuring if you want the HP Elite Dragonfly with the super-long battery – or if you want the ultra-light version. It doesn’t look like you can have both, unfortunately, but that’s the reality of modern technology at the momentCREDIT: Matt Hanson - TechRadar