By 10 October 2019 | Categories: news


How much are you willing to pay for portability mixed with some high-end business specs? HP’s Elite Dragonfly is a sub one-kilogram ultralight notebook, which we must say looks gorgeous. It was launched at a function in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, amidst a range of performance cars in the Daytona showroom. This was a fitting locale since the HP Dragonfly with all its great specs also comes with a sweet price tag - starting at R34 900.

Apart from the one-kilogram magnesium body, another major benefit is HP’s claimed 24.5-hour battery life. This allows three working days where you can leave the charger in your bag, or two days if you are doing the type of hours that can afford the Dragonfly.

According to HP South Africa, the R34 900 model includes the following specifications:

  • 13.3” Full HD Brightview UWVA 400 Nit Touch Display
  • Intel Core i5-8265U processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB PCIe NVMe+ SSD + 16 GB 3D Xpoint SSD Optane memory
  • Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  • 2 Cell Battery
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • A three-year warranty

 As with many notebooks, these specs are configurable, depending on how much you’re willing to pay. On the security side, the Dragonfly comes with fingerprint and facial recognition, and a shutter over the front facing video camera. The HP Privacy Screen that blocks out the display except when facing it head-on, is a configurable extra.  There’s also an optional gigabit-class 4G LTE4a cellular connectivity available, while the Dragonfly comes with Wi-Fi 6.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and for that reason there’s Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers on board, with the Dragonfly, much like Lenovo’s Yoga models, also capable of different standing modes, seeing that it can fold back onto itself to be used as a tablet (or standing tent-like). Making it easy to work on your new-fangled tablet, there’s an optional HP Rechargeable Active Pen G3, that sends a proximity alert if it’s left behind.

Port wise you’re looking at two Thunderbolt slots (USB Type-C connector, power delivery 3.0 support); one USB 3.1 Gen 1 (charging); one headphone/microphone combo; and one full size HDMI 1.4.

The HP Elite Dragonfly will be available to company executives in South Africa come November this year. Hit play below to see the Dragonfly elevating its users.


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