HP’s Elite Dragonfly is a 360-degree convertible laptop that manages the neat trick of fitting the most important enterprise features into a sliver of a package. And it’s got a cool name to boot.

Slated to land on October 25 with a starting price of $1,549, the Elite Dragonfly sports a chassis that’s just 0.6 inches thin. As we go through the features, you’ll see a generous array of choices in some areas, and in others, some necessary compromises due to the slender chassis. And if you like the sound of its 2.2-pound base weight or 24-hour battery life, just remember that only certain configurations will achieve those specs—we’ll explain more below. 

HP Elite Dragonfly specs: Many, many choices

The Elite Dragonfly has a spec list as long and shiny as its namesake. Let’s summarize the primary items before delving deeper into certain features:

  • CPU: Core i3-8145U / Core i5-8265U or i5-8365U / Core i7-8565U or i7 8665U with vPro support
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Memory: 16GB LPDDR3-2133
  • Storage: Up to 2TB NVMe M.2 TLC
  • Display: 13.3-inch 1W FHD (400 nits), UHD (550 nits), or FHD with HP Sure View Gen3 privacy toggle (1,000 nits)
  • Networking: Wi-Fi 6, optional gigabit LTE with 4×4 antennas, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Connectivity: Two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, HDMI, combo 3.5mm audio jack
  • Dimensions: 11.98 x 7.78 x 0.63 inches
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds (with lightweight battery) or 2.5 pounds (with “Performance” battery)

The SSD storage options are a mix of SATA and PCIe SSDs ranging from 128GB to 2TB, some with Intel Optane Memory, one with FIPS encryption. The interface and capacity variations are too much to detail here, but suffice it to say you have plenty of choices. 

You have no choice in RAM: The sole amount is 16GB of dual-channel LPDDR3-2133 SDRAM. Granted, that is more than enough for most enterprise work, but note that it’s soldered to the motherboard, so no upgrading is possible. 

The 13.3-inch display’s three panel options each have their own temptation. The standard Full HD (1920×1080) touchscreen is a 1-watt panel that treads lightly on battery life. The Sure View FHD can be toggled from a normal view to a secure one that thwarts sideways peekers. It also has a stunning 1,000-nit maximum brightness, but if you crank it up your battery will scream. Finally there’s a 4K option, which sounds insanely crisp and lovely, but it’s also a lot of pixels for such a small panel. You’ll need to scale up your icons or they’ll be microscopic, and of course, 4K displays use more battery life. 

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The HP Elite Dragonfly offers three display options: a Full-HD 1-watt panel that’ll help extend your battery life, a 1,000-nit FHD display with HP’s Sure View privacy toggle, and a 550-nit 4K display. 

Speaking of the battery, the Elite Dragonfly offers two options. The standard 2-cell, 38Whr power pack offers a projected life of up to 16.5 hours, which is already great. There’s also a 4-cell, 56Whr Performance battery, and that’s the one projected to last up to a stunning 24 hours—provided your Elite Dragonfly has the standard FHD 1-watt panel. HP did not have estimated battery life stats for the other panel options, but it’s safe to assume they will not hit 24 hours. Note, too, that the Performance battery will increase the Elite Dragonfly’s total weight by about 0.3 pound.  

As far as device interfaces go, the Elite Dragonfly offers two Thunderbolt 3 ports, perfect for connecting monitors as well as high-speed storage devices, along with a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, a full HDMI port, and a combo 3.5-inch audio jack. 

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