|Specifications at a glance: HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook|
|Screen||13.5-inch 1920 x 1280 IPS touchscreen||13.5-inch 1920 x 1280 IPS touchscreen||13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 IPS touchscreen|
|Processor||Intel Core i3-1215U||Intel Core i7-1265U vPro||Intel Core i5-1245U vPro|
|RAM||8GB LPDDR4-4266||32GB LPDDR4-4266||8GB LPDDR4-4266|
|Storage||128GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD||512GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD||256GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD|
|GPU||Intel Iris Xe|
|Networking||WiFi-6E, Bluetooth 5.2|
|Ports||2x Thunderbolt 4, 1x USB-A, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x 3.5 mm jack plug, 1x MicroSD card reader|
|Mate||11.59 x 8.73 x 0.65 inches
(294.38 x 221.74 x 16.51mm)
|Weight||Starts at 2.8 lbs (1.27 kg)|
|Price (list price)||$980||$1,800||$1,709 when configured on HP.com|
Chromebooks are tired of being treated like second-class citizens.
Over the past decade, ChromeOS developers have tried to develop the operating system with features that could bring it more on par with macOS and Windows. Google has been pushing Chromebooks as business machines, praising the purported simplicity and security benefits of their stripped-down operating system.
HP’s new Elite Dragonfly Chromebook represents a ChromeOS device that’s pushed to the limit, from its looks to its components.
The laptop comes as some of HP’s most coveted business machines and comes with a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU with Intel vPro support. Performance and style are significantly higher than what many think of when they think of Chromebooks.
But while it’s only suitable for business users with simple, web-centric needs, its performance isn’t on par with Windows machines in the same price range.
With promises of business performance, the Elite Dragonfly Chromebook is one of the most expensive Chromebooks available, at over $1,000 with maximum specs. Of course there are still Chromebooks available for a few hundred dollars, but with a growing interest in pushing Chromebooks as fleet-ready enterprise machines, ultimate gaming devices and ultraportable devices with versatile form factors, there are already several Chromebooks in the elite. of the Dragonfly Chromebook price range.
Here’s what you can get in terms of specs from other expensive Chromebooks when configured similarly to our review engine and based on what’s readily available at the time of writing. Please note that our configuration is not a specific SKU, but rather configured on HP.com. You can find a similar SKU to my review unit, but with 1920×1280 resolution for $1450.
|Fashion model||Processor||RAM||Storage||Display||Price (at time of writing)||Mobile networks|
|HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook||i5-1245U vPro||8GB||256GB SSD||13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 touchscreen||$1,709||4G, 5G is coming|
|Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise||i5-10310||16GB||256GB SSD||14-inch 1920 x 1080 touchscreen||$1,564||4G|
|Lenovo ThinkPad C14 Chromebook||i5-1245U vPro||8GB||256GB SSD||14″ 1920 x 1280||$1,019||4G|
|Samsung Galaxy Chromebook||Intel Core i5-10210U||8GB||256GB SSD||13.3-inch 3840 x 2160 OLED touchscreen||$1,000||N/A|
One of the Dragonfly Chromebook’s biggest claims to fame is the optional addition of Intel vPro. Of the Chromebooks, only the ThinkPad C14 shares this option. vPro support helps sell machines to IT departments as it allows remote management of the devices.
HP is particularly interested in the stability the platform promises, a spokesperson told reviewers during a briefing. vPro machines are supposed to use identical silicon for all units as long as the device is sold. HP also pointed out the performance standards and security benefits of vPro, especially vPro’s total memory encryption.
The 2-in-1 also supports 4G for mobile work. 5G is reportedly coming this fall and would help the Dragonfly stand out.
Additional security claims come from Google, which says the read-only operating system, authenticated boot, and blocked executables reduce the need for antivirus protection. IT staff can also approve and block apps and extensions, remotely disable or wipe devices, and perform background updates.