We met the HP Elite Dragonfly earlier this year; it was one of the models used to represent Intel’s project Athena (I like this name, but not as much as Scarlett). It’s an impeccable example of a premium class ultrabook. The absence of additional questions is the indicator that the company is moving in a clear way.

HP has touched upon visible things that are, perhaps, too common for other companies to put a priority mark on them. First of all, Dragonfly is 5G-enabled and, according to The Verge, this feature will be accessible around mid-2020. An integrated Tile tracker and Sure View Reflect technology transforms the Dragonfly into the most assured, tiny machine I’ve ever seen.

Also, we shouldn’t bypass the fact that a vast majority of mechanical parts in it are made from recycled materials.

Okay, I wasn’t sincere with you – there is still one item in this device which is not so amiable, and it’s the price tag. The base model with a standard configuration will cost around $1500, though it’s not the same model we are talking about. Our system with similar specs, Tile technology, an i7, vPro, and the Sure View Reflect screen has a price range between $2100 and $2700, depending on RAM, storage, and other specs. The model resembles a president’s car rather than an average vehicle used for everyday life. Yes, it’s the elite ultrabook and if you are a businessman who’s always on the go, be sure to rely on this bad boy *loud slapping noise*. 

During Intel’s presentation at CES 2020, and taking advantage of the occasion, HP demonstrated the remastering of last year’s model calling Elite Dragonfly, the first recycled ultrabook (that means the body and 80 percent of the Dragonfly’s mechanical parts and 90 percent of the magnesium chassis are now made from plastic litter collected in maritime areas).

Monica Chin described her feelings when touching and holding the laptop for The Verge, as controversial a thing as its weight (around 2.5 pounds) doesn’t correspond to its sturdiness. The body of the Dragonfly is ergonomically perfect because there are no picky corners on edges and your wrists won’t get tired during typing.

HP has replaced the coverings on the keyboard and the screen’s bezels with recycled plastic.

The screen is a separate story

Can we talk about your privacy? The Dragonfly has the ability to switch between two screen modes. Press F2 to instantly change the mode. The first mode is called Sharing Mode, which self adjusts up to 773 nits of brightness and wide viewing angles. The second mode is Privacy Mode, which creates a blank spot for curious people. When you’re using the curiosity killing mode in public, strangers with long noses will face difficulties trying to pry into your details, unless they face it head-on. 

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But the problem of a bright reflection occurs when the Privacy Mode is on. When you’re setting the brightness below the permissible maximum, the device could “self-destruct” its own performance and be effortless outdoors and indoors, so don’t use it under 50 percent brightness with Privacy Mode.

I’m going to remind you that the Dragonfly is a specimen of Intel’s Athena project, which means it has a powerful battery life. Almost 12 hours of energy stamina is available from a full charge, giving you an exciting day on the internet and on your computer in general.

Lose it, find it

The Tile integrated technology emits even more revolutionary rays. Tile is a small device inside the body of the Dragonfly which connects via Bluetooth so that you can find its location by using the special Tile App on your phone. The most delicious fact about Tile is that its independent hardware with its own power. You can put to bed any questions about how to find your laptop when a thief gets their hands on it. The integrated speaker will sound the alarm signal even when the computer isn’t working. The Tile can function upon 20 days while your laptop is off, states HP.

The process of establishing the Tile is like shooting fish in a barrel. You have to activate the Tile Microsoft app which is tentatively uploaded on your device and then register for the service. When you open the Tile mobile app, you’ll find a list of Tile products you’ve got connected. It functions in a similar way to how iPhone users press the “Find” button and an alarm will sound from the device. You’ll also receive the last-registered location of your gadget on a map, and of course, with a Tile premium account, you can expand that to a 30-day location history. 

According to Monica Chin’s test, she could hear the tracker’s alarm until about 60 feet away and the Tile was connected to the laptop until about 140 feet away.

HP Dragonfly specs

  • Intel Core i7-8665U
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD
  • 13.3-inch touchscreen display, 1920 x 1080, 1000 nits (spec), 773 nits (tested), Sure View Reflect
  • 56.2 watt-hour battery
  • 65W USB-C charger
  • Four-speaker system
  • Three-microphone array (two front-facing, one back-facing)
  • Ports: Two Thunderbolt 3, one headphone, one HDMI 1.4, one USB 3.1, one lock, one SIM             
  • Wi-Fi 6, LTE option

Wrapping up

The more unattainable the specs, the more attractive this ultrabook is. Of course, you have the option to buy a cheaper version without the premium features, because truly speaking, not all people really need a Privacy Mode. You can save some money and treat yourself to an extra portion of ice cream instead.