Today HP unveils its latest high-end flagship Chromebook for both home and business users in the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook. We’re going to get into the specs and features this brings to the table in a moment, but I think at this point it’s safe to say that the Dragonfly Chromebook is by far one of the most impressive and feature-rich Chromebooks we have. have ever seen. There are new, cool features on board, but there are also tweaks to old issues HP had in the past with its more expensive Chromebooks, and the combination is impressive and exciting.
HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook Key Specifications
- 12th generation Intel Alder Lake processors with Iris-Xe GPU
- Certified Intel Evo and vPro
- 13.5-inch 1920 × 1280 or 2256 × 1504 3: 2 display
- 400 or 1000 nits of brightness
- Sure View Reflect screen security optional
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- 128GB / 256GB / 512GB SSD
- Up to 32 GB LPDDR4x RAM
- Backlit keyboard with global mute button
- Haptic trackpad
- 2x USB Type C (Thunderbolt 4)
- 1x USB type A (3.2 Gen 2)
- Full size HDMI port
- microSD card slot
- 5G-capable with SIM slot
- WLAN 6e
- Bluetooth 5
- 51Wh battery with quick charge (90% in 90 minutes)
- Quad speakers
- Magnetically attached, wireless USI pen
- Passes 19 MIL-STD tests
- 294.5 x 221.85 x 16.6 mm
- 88.37% screen-to-body ratio
- 2.83 pounds
Pack every feature you could want
That is certainly a dizzying array of features, but we can tell you they all fit together in a tight aluminum / magnesium hybrid case that screams premium. We’ll be posting a hands-on video in the next few days, but trust me when I tell you the fit and build quality of this pre-production model is fantastic. The color (Dragonfly Blue) is gorgeous, the texture is matte and classy, and the end result is just gorgeous without looking gaudy or overly luxurious. It just looks all around classic, noble and high quality.
If you look at this list of specifications, there are a few things that stand out. First, the 12th generation Intel processors are expected, but nice to see alongside the massive RAM options (up to 32GB ??) and solid storage options. Coupled with some great screen options, 400 nits of brightness, and a higher resolution than the Elite c1030, we already have a nice combination. But it doesn’t stop there.
The keyboard on this one is as good as it gets and it sits above that the world’s first haptic trackpad used on a Chromebook. If you’re not familiar, this is the same technology Apple uses in Macbooks as well with the Magic Trackpad 2, allows the feeling of a click with no actual moving parts. This means you can get a satisfactory, solid click on any part of the trackpad surface and there is no need to worry about getting a device with a slightly lowered trackpad. While this is a first for the Dragonfly, I hope this will become the standard on all Chromebooks over $ 400 in the future. I love this feature so much.
The port choices are solid for such a slim device and I love seeing the full size HDMI port here. With a couple of USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 and one USB Type-A port, everything you could want in a travel laptop like this one is there. The other ports worth mentioning here are the speakers, and here, too, HP has really whipped up the game. This time we have a quad speaker setup with two speakers above the keyboard and two directly on the front of the unit. We’ll get into the sound later in our hands-on video, but it’s vastly improved over all previous HP Chromebooks.
Other notable features include the magnetically attached USI pen (just like the HP x2 11) that charges itself while it’s in place, the system-wide mute button right on the keyboard, a fingerprint scanner, and a vastly improved 5 MP Camera that HP tunes to be much better for more difficult lighting situations. Together with these additions, the Dragonfly Chromebook also meets the Intel Evo specification and can even be equipped on the company side so that it is certified Intel’s vPro seal of approval makes it the world’s first Chromebook to receive this award.
There’s really nothing else we could expect from this Chromebook from a spec or function perspective. Every need is granted, and with a starting price of $ 999, we’re excited to see what this Chromebook can do in the second quarter when it hits the market. HP took notes, made some changes, and delivered what already looks like a safe bet to be in talks with the Dragonfly about the best Chromebook of 2022. Stay tuned for more of CES 2022 and our hands-on snippets of the Elite Dragonfly Chromebook later this week.