HP Elite Dragonfly review: the most enduring hybrid notebook PC

by Kelvin
HP Elite Dragonfly review: the most enduring hybrid notebook PC

The Elite Dragonfly has recently joined the HP ranges. This ultra-portable 13.3-inch PC is primarily designed to appeal to professionals. For them, it can be designed on demand, with options taken from the brand’s catalog. However, some machines with fixed configurations target the most demanding users, but not necessarily pros. And it will surely make them happy. Why ? Simply because it is the most enduring mobile machine on the market today. The HP Elite Dragonfly is marketed in two versions on the brand’s online site, we tested the most affordable, displayed at 1,800 euros.

HP Elite Dragonfly

When we first got started, we had already presented the HP Elite Dragonfly. Because, it must be admitted, hardly this ultraportable arrived within our laboratory, we had submitted it to our test protocols to verify the promises of HP. So, in this test article, we mainly discuss what could have escaped us and we confirm (or not) our first impressions.

HP Elite Dragonfly

On the finishing side, nothing to complain about. The machine does not suffer from any design or assembly defect. The ergonomics are good, the correct connection (3 USB, including 2 Type-C Thunderbolt 3, an HDMI output, a headphone jack) and the comfort of the backlit keyboard is excellent.

HP Elite Dragonfly

Even the touchpad surprised us! However, this is a field on which HP does not have the reputation of being good. As for the reactivity of the 13.3 inch slab surface under finger pressure, it has been validated.

Using a stylus is also possible since the touch interface allows this. Whether the Dragonfly is positioned in tablet, tent or stand mode, taking notes or drawing directly on its Full HD screen is possible.

HP Elite Dragonfly

Flamboyant brightness and contrast, respect for colors at half mast

Let’s talk about the screen. During our first tests, its brightness and contrast ratio had amazed us. After having repeated several measurements, we validate. It is quite simply the most luminous and best contrasted slab that we have had before our eyes. 994 cd / m² on average maximum, a peak at 1074 cd / m² on the top corner left ; an average contrast ratio of 2436: 1 with, shallower blacks where we noted the brightness peak. Although these values ​​are very high, the homogeneity is not really there. Everything is clearer above than below. The index climbs to 0.06, it’s average.

Another little annoyance, the respect for colors is not as good as it should be. The deltaE is 4.18, with blues and reds that are far too distorted. The HP Elite is one of the worst students in its class.

Confidentiality comes at a price

Confidentiality is important in the professional world. HP has therefore fitted the Dragonfly webcam with a slide which can cover the sensor. There is also a button to deactivate the on-board microphones. Most importantly, this is what the F2 key does. One press and the integrated privacy filter is activated (Sure View). The brightness and contrast values ​​are then lowered. Visibility is no less good, provided you are in front of the machine. Logic. However, we couldn’t help but notice that, even when you deactivate the filter, the way you place yourself in relation to the machine is important. This more or less impacts visual comfort.

HP Elite Dragonfly

And for good reason, the horizontal and vertical viewing angles of the screen are quite closed naturally. The sharpness and the colors of the image are altered as soon as you move the screen a little or reposition the chair of your desk. At the writing, this was a real embarrassment for several people. Not for your servant. Probably because he is used to not moving when he works at his keyboard. However, this is a point to take into account.

We cannot, however, make a case of generality. HP offers three screen options for the Dragonfly and we have only experienced the “” model; impossible to comment on other versions.

It breaks autonomy records

HP Elite Dragonfly

We had already seen it a few days ago, the HP Elite Dragonfly is a long-distance runner. It takes more than 1:15 pm in versatile use and more than 10:15 in continuous video playback. We had not had such scores since the test of the 2019 Dell XPS 13 vintage and again, the latter did not reach these excellent times.

It’s the best in its class since not a single of the ultraportables tested recently is capable of overshadowing it. Both in the PC and Mac family. In addition, its huge battery recharges to 50% in 34 minutes and fills up completely in just 2 hours 20 minutes.

As quiet as warm

We already mentioned in our previous article, the on-board configuration is not of the latest generation. It consists of a two-year-old Intel platform, 8 GB of memory and 256 GB of SSD. To compare it with some of the more current component sets, see our test of the Huawei MateBook D 14 2020 for which we had taken the Elite as a standard meter on some tests.

This configuration is in any case perfectly capable of running office, web and multimedia apps in the utmost silence. Only 32 dB maximum noted in case of maximum stress, it’s impressive, but there is eel under the rocks.

Indeed, the mercury rises strongly on the whole case. We noted 30 ° C on the palm rests and up to 40 ° C on the top of the keyboard. Under the machine, the thermometer reaches almost 48 ° C at the right hinge.

Power, finesse (1.65 cm) and a muzzled fan, the perfect cocktail for. The Intel Core i5-8265U processor lowers its frequencies after 35 seconds. It only takes a minute to go from its nominal speed (1.6 GHz) to 900 MHz. This only happens if you mobilize both all the hearts and the integrated graphic part. A rare situation for this type of machine.

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