HP Elite Dragonfly laptop review

Most of the time, when a business laptop like the HP Elite Dragonfly crosses our desk, we kind of roll our eyes and get on with testing it. Laptops for professionals never tend to be too terribly exciting or much to look at, after all, as they’re designed to get a job done rather than be shiny consumer products. But what if there was a laptop that could do both?

Well, there finally is. The HP Elite Dragonfly is packed not only with the security and IT features that businesses demand, but it also includes speedy hardware, plenty of ports, and most importantly: an aesthetic to die for. 

The HP Elite Dragonfly is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful 2-in-1 laptops we’ve tested in a long time, and it’s so thin and light that we took an entire month to review it – just so we had an excuse to travel with it over the holidays and through CES 2020

Now, you should keep in mind that the HP Elite Dragonfly definitely isn’t cheap. This thing will run you $1,629 (£1,618, AU$2,770) just to get you on the ground floor. The fact that this laptop is targeted almost exclusively to traveling professionals makes this price point make a little more sense, but this is definitely a laptop that has major crossover appeal.

What makes this laptop indispensible for the traveling professional, though, is the LTE integration. Some driver issues stopped us from having a totally seamless experience with having an “online anywhere” experience, but for the most part it’s become a feature that we’re having trouble imagining life without. 

Essentially, as traveling professionals ourselves, the HP Elite Dragonfly has been a dream come true. If you’re constantly on the road, the lightweight design, always-connected LTE coverage and the speedy internals make the Elite Dragonfly one of the best laptops out there. 

Right now, you can pick up the HP Elite Dragonfly for $1,629 (£1,618, AU$2,770) to start. That’ll net you an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 U-Series processor, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD – though the SSD gets doubled in the UK entry configuration. 

For the hardware on offer, that’s a pretty penny to be sure, but it starts to make sense once you take the LTE and the 2-in-1 design into consideration. 

If that doesn’t sound like enough horsepower for the work you need to do, you can of course pack the HP Elite Dragonfly with more powerful hardware. At the top end, you’ll get an 8th-generation Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD – which is a weird place to stop. 

But that’s just for the pre-built configurations. You’re able to create your own configuration in the US with much more storage and a better display. If you absolutely max it out with an Intel Core i7 processor, a 4K display and a 2TB SSD, the cost tops out at $3,258. 

If you’re in the UK, you can still get up to a 1TB SSD and a 4K display, though that will run you £1,950. Australians max out with the same configuration as the UK, and that runs AU$4,210.

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