HP Elite Dragonfly hands-on review

HP Elite Dragonfly hands-on
“Lightweight and stylish, the HP Elite Dragonfly is almost too sleek to be considered purely a business laptop.”
Lightweight yet sturdy design
Extremely bright display options
Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
Lots of security features
Launching with older processors
The HP Spectre x360 is the crown jewel of HP’s laptops, and it’s long been one of our favorite laptops. But HP has more up to its sleeve than just Spectres.

Enter the new HP Elite Dragonfly. While technically a business laptop, you don’t have to be a CEO to appreciate its stylings — or its peculiar name. Holding the CNC-machined magnesium, outfitted in a stylish blue finish and weighing in at 2.2 pounds, it was the most jealous for a business laptop I’ve ever been.

The first thing I noticed with the Dragonfly was its portability. As it was handed to me, I immediately felt how light this new 2-in-1 truly is. At 2.2. pounds, the Dragonfly is easier to hold in one hand than the MacBook Air and XPS 13 (2.7 pounds.) It’s even lighter than the Spectre x360, which is just shy of three pounds.
In fact, it’s so light, that I assumed it was made of plastic. But it’s not.
To accomplish this lightness, the Dragonfly sports an alloy magnesium chassis, which HP claims can be lighter than the aluminum typically used in other 2-in-1s. There might not be the fancy “gem cuts” like with the Spectre x360, but each of the individual surfaces on the Dragonfly is custom designed and cut on a CNC machine.
It is also MIL-STD 810G military spec, with HP putting it through 120,000 hours of testing on the hinges and other areas of the device. This should mean the Dragonfly is build to last.

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