HP’s gorgeous Elite Dragonfly business laptop lineup has received a new member; the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook brings enterprise-grade performance on Google’s Chrome OS.
Google’s Chrome OS has long been a favourite for entry-level tasks. It’s uncomplicated, easy to use, and has low hardware requirements, perfect for simple day-to-day productivity that doesn’t require specialized software. Chromebooks are also often affordable, making them great choices for education and small businesses, where cheap devices need to be deployed en-masse.
As a member of the high-end Elite Dragonfly lineup, the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook delivers a premium Chromebook experience. It not only boasts increased security with its Titan C security chip, fingerprint sensor, and Chrome Enterprise manageability but is also certified for Intel’s Evo platform to ensure a consistently smooth user experience.
For performance, the HP Elite Dragonfly leans on the “next-gen Intel processor”, which basically means Intel’s 12th gen mobile processor. HP also offers Intel vPro options for added manageability and stability. It can be configured with up to 32 GB of LPDDR4x memory and up to 512GB of SSD storage.
HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook specifications
|Device||HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook|
|Processor||Intel 12th gen vPro mobile processors|
|Memory||Up to 32GB LPDDR4x|
|Graphics||Integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics|
|Storage||128GB to 512GB SSD storage|
|Display||13.5-inch, 3:2, 1920×1280, 400 nits
13.5-inch, 3:2, 1920×1280, 1000 nits
13.5-inch 3:2, 2256 x 1504, 400 nits, touch
|Weight||1.28 kg (2.83lbs)|
|Pricing and availability||No official pricing, available April 2022|
One of the device’s best features is its glass haptic trackpad. Haptic trackpads are no stranger to premium devices, but are unprecedented on a Chromebook. A quick Google search revealed that the Elite Dragonfly Chromebook is actually the first that has one. Cool.
Although it has no OLED option like its Windows-based counterpart, the Elite Dragonfly Chromebook still has three impressive LCD display choices. Users can select either a WUXGA+ or a QHD panel, as well as the option of an anti-glare screen coating for working under harsh lighting.
There’s also the included stylus, which charges wirelessly when attached to the side of the device via magnets.
Despite weighing just 1.28kg (2.83lbs) and measuring 17mm thick, the Elite Dragonfly Chromebook still has all the ports to cover the needs of professional users. Additionally, the device is equipped for remote work with its 5MP camera and mics with AI noise reduction.
The laptop also passes 19 mil-spec endurance tests.
Of course, all this premium goodness also drives up the cost, but by how much remains to be seen. While HP has said that the Elite Dragonfly Chromebook will land in April, it has kept its price under wraps for now.
Correction Jan 25. 9:26 a.m. EST: HP has clarified that the device uses the Titan C security chip, not the Open Titan H1 security chip as specified in the pre-release media datasheet. The original article has been updated to reflect this change.