HP will launch enterprise laptops of all sizes and shapes this 12 months, however the ones the C-suite will seemingly have their eyes on are members of the Elite Dragonfly line. If its predecessors are something to go by, the Elite Dragonfly G3 can be a light-weight, highly effective, stunning, and undoubtedly costly Home windows PC. The HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook, extra intriguingly, will carry a Chrome OS platform to the road for the primary time. That could possibly be the premium, well-built gadget for which Chrome OS followers within the enterprise sphere have been ready.
The HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook contains a haptic trackpad (the primary one we’ve seen on a Chromebook so far), a fingerprint sensor, and a Certain View Replicate privateness display screen. For a greater convention name expertise, the gadget contains “AI-enhanced video and audio.” These options are all staples of the Dragonfly line however rarities within the Chromebook area.
You possibly can configure the Dragonfly Chromebook with as much as 512GB of storage and 32GB of RAM. It contains twelfth Gen Intel processors and would be the first Chromebook to help Intel’s vPro platform. The battery is 51Whr, and HP claims it might cost as much as 90 p.c in 90 minutes, which might be quick for a Chromebook.
That is the Dragonfly Chromebook.
The Dragonfly G3 doesn’t look too totally different from the Dragonfly Gen 2. Essentially the most thrilling change is that it’s lastly deserted the 16:9 facet ratio in favor of a 3:2 show. (The Chromebook talked about above can be 3:2.) Extra vertical area, hooray! Additionally attention-grabbing to notice is that HP seems to have deserted the convertible kind issue — the Gen 2 was a 2-in-1, however the Gen 3 is a clamshell.
Like its Chromebook sibling, the G3 contains AI options for convention calls (together with an “look filter” to tweak your video feed and noise discount that’s supposed to assist mitigate muffling from a masks) and has been bumped as much as twelfth Gen Intel processors that help the vPro platform. It contains as much as 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage, in addition to a 68Wh battery.
A fly for the boardroom.
Final 12 months’s Elite Dragonfly laptops have been actually the very best of the very best. The Dragonfly Max was one of the crucial stunning gadgets I examined final 12 months and would completely be my laptop computer of selection — besides that it was manner too costly to be a sensible buy for most individuals. Hopefully the addition of a Chromebook to the road will assist carry the Dragonfly’s distinctive construct and state-of-the-art safety and AI options to a extra accessible worth level. It might even be possibility for employees preferring Chrome OS to Home windows however haven’t but had an possibility with the safety and stability their jobs require.
The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 is predicted to be out there in March, whereas the Chromebooks are coming in April. Pricing has not been introduced for both — however I feel it’s secure to imagine they received’t be low-cost.
Correction, Thursday, January sixth, 11:23 AM: An earlier model of this text misstated the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook’s facet ratio. It’s 3:2.