An space the place the Elite Dragonfly falls considerably quick, although, is its show. The low-power full HD panel on my assessment unit tops out at 400 nits, which is lots vibrant for indoor use. However below daylight, it bought a lot more durable to see, particularly when making an attempt to observe dimly lit scenes in The Haunting of Hill Home. There’s additionally a mannequin with a UHD 550-nit panel and one with HP’s SureView privateness filter in-built that goes as much as 1,000 nits. Personally I would go for the latter model. It is good while you’re, say, engaged on an embargoed put up within the center seat on the way in which to CES, to have the ability to block nosy seatmates from seeing your display with the push of a button.
The bottom mannequin’s display continues to be sharp and vivid sufficient for YouTube movies or gentle Netflixing. In case you’re on the lookout for a extra cinematic expertise, although, you may want one thing with a better decision and higher distinction ratios like a Dell XPS 13 or a Galaxy Ebook Flex. Though we’ve but to check the latter system out and might’t vouch for its efficiency.
Efficiency and battery life
You possibly can spec the Elite Dragonfly with something from an eighth-generation Intel Core i3 to an i7 with vPro enterprise options. My assessment unit got here with a Core i7 chip, which was greater than sufficient for my each day workflow, which largely consists of Slack, Telegram, batch photograph conversion, gentle picture modifying and leaping between dozens of open Chrome tabs.
Graphics efficiency is the place the Elite Dragonfly lags the competitors, although. Its Intel UHD 620 processor is not highly effective sufficient for even gentle gaming or video modifying. It took two minutes and forty seconds to transform a one-minute 4K film trailer to 1080p on Handbrake, which is nearly a full minute slower than the Floor Laptop computer three. Throughout my benchmarking, the Elite Dragonfly bought heat, but it surely by no means ran too sizzling and the fan noise was barely noticeable, which is especially spectacular given its compact physique.
I’ve additionally been shocked by the Elite Dragonfly’s battery life. I’ve taken it with me to conferences, and to get work achieved at eating places, and the battery indicator has not budged. Although HP mentioned the laptop computer is meant to last as long as 16.5 hours, it solely clocked 13 hours and 11 minutes on our battery take a look at, which is worse than the XPS 13 2-in-1 and ThinkPad X1 Carbon, however greater than the XPS 13 clamshell. That quantity is prone to be decrease if you happen to use a mannequin with a brighter, sharper display, and if you happen to had been searching the online over an LTE connection.
It is robust to check the Elite Dragonfly to different laptops, as few enterprise convertibles right this moment are this skinny and light-weight. You may get a ThinkPad X1 Yoga, which would offer a greater typing expertise, however the Elite Dragonfly simply seems to be and feels a lot extra trendy. You may additionally go for a equally specced Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 for across the identical value, which provides a greater display with HDR help. However the Elite Dragonfly provides far more ports and, personally, I want HP’s design.
On the finish of the day, the Elite Dragonfly is a strong convertible that, regardless of its enterprise branding, may simply maintain an enchantment to mainstream laptop computer customers.