The supposed “lighter than air” laptops will be available from January
Post-launch of the Elite Dragonfly laptop the previous year, HP made bold claims by calling it “lighter than air.” Though that sounds impossible, the actual Dragonfly did amazingly weigh 2.2 pounds and is one of the most attractive looking business laptops around. This year, HP is taking this into a full-fledged line by declaring two new models i.e the Dragonfly Max and Dragonfly G2.
An obvious update to the series is their processors. You can avail the G2 with new 11th-generation Intel chips featuring up to 32GB of RAM rather than the original’s limit of 16GB. However, there are many more upgrades here. Both new Dragonfly laptops employ what HP calls its “premium” keyboard that is backlit and spill-resistant and is available with features like on-lap detection and Context-Aware to notify when the device is in your purse. By determining how steady and even the surface is, the system will sense if it’s on your lap, and lower the temperature so you don’t get uncomfortably warm. If you place the Dragonfly back on an even surface like a desk, it’ll allow the temperature to go up.
HP claims that the Context-Aware feature can reduce boot time “by 10+ seconds” and will maximize battery life when you’re on the go. A new tool called Intrusion Detection will observe when the device has been opened or compromised and notify you. There are also a few new AI-based features focusing on audio. Dynamic audio, for example, will ascertain if you’re on a conference call or listening to music and maximize for each. Sound calibration, on the contrary, will allow you to create an audio profile based on your “ear print” so you can listen to things at levels customized for your preferences. Additionally, there’s the AI noise reduction tool too, we tested on the Elitebook 1040 G7 that can filter out things like sirens, slamming doors and rustling paper on your conference calls.
Both the G2 and the Max can be configured with 4G or 5G connectivity to stay online when you are on the move. Both feature 13.3-inch IPS touchscreens, available in different configurations. The G2 comes in a full HD low-power version, a full HD edition with HP’s Sure View privacy feature and a UHD option that supports HDR400 and goes up to 1,000 nits of brightness. Meanwhile, the Max is only available with a full HD, 1,000-nit display with a privacy shield built-in.
Like the original, both new Dragonflies are very thin and light. The G2 weighs under a kilogram (about 2.2 pounds) while the Max is a hair heavier at 1.1kg (2.49 pounds). The new Dragonflies both come with Tile trackers integrated into the WLAN module, which makes more sense.
The two new laptops appear identical, but, as its name suggests, the Max has some benefits. For one, it features a 5-megapixel webcam with IR sensor for Windows Hello logins. That’s one of the sharpest cameras on a laptop ever seen. The G2 has the same 720p (1.2-megapixel) webcam with IR sensor as the original.
The Max also has HP Eye Ease that meets Eyesafe requirements for vision protection, including things like reduced blue light. It also features a mechanical webcam shutter that can be dragged to cover the sensor, whereas the G2 has a physical cover that you can only trigger through a dedicated button on the keyboard. Most importantly, Max comes in a “Sparkling Black” colour option apart from the original blue. The G2 is only available in blue.
Both Dragonfly laptops will be available from January, and HP said pricing will be shared closer to retail date.