HP Elite DragonFly, analysis: impeccable design and autonomy in less than a kilo of weight

Few laptops had attracted as much attention during a test as the new HP Elite DragonFly, a premium ultrabook that has already passed the Xataka test table.

The premium ultrabook sector has a preferred audience: the mobility professional. The HP DragonFly is a lightweight, powerful notebook model, and above all with a design and finish that is light years from the classic notebooks for work. And it also takes care of autonomy, something essential to work in mobility.

HP Elite DragonFly data sheet

HP Elite Dragonfly


13.3 "IPS 1080p touch


30.43 x 19.75 x 1.61 cm


0.9 kg


Up to 16 GB


8th Generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7


256/512 GB SSD + 32 GB Intel Optane


38/52 Wh

Operating system

Windows 10 pro




2 Thunderbolt with USB-C, 1 USB 3.1, HDMI, jack, 4G connection and fingerprint reader.


From 1,499 euros

HP Elite Dragonfly - 13.3 "FHD Notebook (8th Generation Intel Core i5 Processor, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel UHD Graphics 620, Windows 10 Pro 64) Black

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Appearance and resistance like few

HP surely has the saga of ultrabooks with the best designs on the market. Most of them combine great appearance with robustness and very little weight and dimensions. This new HP Elite Dragonfly is one of your best achievements in all of those aspects.

The HP Dragonfly is a very thin, light ultrabook (the case is magnesium alloy and in one piece) and with an exquisite finish and excellently finished. Premium range without a doubt but with certified military standards. The model we have analyzed is "dragonfly blue" and we have it represented in all the elements of the case, including the keyboard.

HP has managed with its Dragonfly to combine an exquisite design, resistance and record weight for a laptop that one wants everyone to see

The good details at the level of finish make the team always seem spotless, something that with premium finishes is not usually common. The treatment of the case of this HP Dragonfly is fantastic and neither traces nor dirt are visible anywhere on its surface, neither external nor internal. The only exception is on the touchpad.

Beyond the design, the great achievement of the HP DragonFly is in its dimensions and weight. It is a 13.3-inch diagonal model that weighs less than 1 kg and has dimensions of 30.43 x 19.75 x 1.61 cm. But as we will see later, neither keyboard nor connectivity nor touchpad are negatively affected by this great compaction exercise.

Another example: Although it's a small computer, HP has found a place to put two side speakers that span the full width of the keyboard. It is a system of 4 stereo speakers with the signature of Bang & Olufsen.

That effort for sound is matched within the physical limits of the case. The sound is correct, powerful and crisp enough, but not comparable to models that have more physical space for sound development.

The B&O touch is appreciated at the software level, allowing more control than what is marked by default under Windows, especially interesting in terms of noise reduction when we make video calls.

The HP Dragonfly has been configured as a convertible ultrabook. The hinges, very robust, allow the 360-degree screen to be easily folded down, so that, thanks to its touch screen and the support for a bluetooth touch pen (and rechargeable via USB-C), this device can double as a tablet in a very solvent way, especially due to its low weight.

What was impossible to achieve in the slim design of this HP ultrabook is a place to keep the stylus safe, something to keep in mind.

In the design we must also highlight the sliding cover for the webcam, a detail that is greatly appreciated for its simplicity and effectiveness. No weird or wacky experiments.


Without cooling outlets on the sides, the HP Elite Dragonfly manages its possibilities in terms of physical connectivity in a very efficient and practical way. And it does not help the thin thickness of 16 mm on the sides.

On the right side we have a standard size HDMI 1.4 port, the headphone input / output and the two USB-C (Thunderbolt) ports, both of which allow the device to be charged.

The other side is left for the Kensignton security connector, a USB-A 3.1 Gen1 port and the power button. There's also room for a slot for data connectivity, but it's only accessible on models that add that connectivity.

Wireless connectivity stars Wifi 6 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.

FullHD screen with reduced frames

The HP Elite Dragonfly is an ultrabook that offers a 13.3-inch diagonal screen and FullHD resolution, with a ratio of more than 85% screen-to-body.

The panel is IPS, offers a color reproduction of 72% NTSC and 117% of the sRGB space, and its brightness reaches 400 nits, a fairly high figure that allows us to display correctly outdoors and under all kinds of circumstances. Of course, without a matte finish, you have to be careful with reflections.

The model we have tested has multitouch capacity of up to 10 points, which in these compact devices never hurts to be able to directly interact with the operating system using the screen.

Closed webcam

Power under the eighth generation of Intel

The HP Elite DragonFly reviewed is the version that comes with a 1.6 GHz Core i5-8265U processor and 16 GB DDR3 RAM. For a model that reaches the market in 2020 we expected a more advanced generation of both components. There is a model with Core i7 but also an eighth generation.

The HP Elite Dragonfly offers correct performance but the choice of components is not among the most current and best on the market

If we stick to performance, this processor meets the main objective of this team, and we can navigate with multiple tabs, work with office programs or play multimedia content without any problem or delay in fluidity. The benchmark figures are as follows.

In Cinebench R20, this HP DragonFly managed to exceed 1000 points, while in the tests more focused on the graphic apparatus, we obtained 3854 in PCMark 8 Creative and in 3DMark, 5055 and 1078 in the Night Ride and FireStrike tests respectively.

For the main storage unit, this HP Elite has chosen a 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD together with a 32 GB Intel Optane drive (with its corresponding software to manage it). On a day-to-day basis the fluidity of this combination is complete, but in the usual benchmarks, the SSD falls somewhat below the best NVM drives that have passed through the Xataka test table.

The HP Dragonfly being such a compact ultrabook, cooling is a critical element. But the experience has reassured us. Much.

Even with demanding tasks or long-term streaming, the equipment does not overheat (it is noteworthy that there is no evidence of an increase in temperature at the top), and all this without the active cooling system being switched on. functioning.

When we are working using the battery, the fans have no presence whatsoever when browsing or streaming. And we have not had problems using the equipment in a very comfortable way on the knees, something that this thin and light equipment cries out for.

The situation changes somewhat when we work with the equipment connected to power. So we have seen a behavior without patterns regarding the turning on of the fans for the cooling of the system. Even with simple navigation tasks, there are times when the cooling system is activated without seemingly being necessary.

The system expels the air through the lower part, where there is a grille that covers the equipment from one side to the other, but we believe that it has little room for maneuver due to the low height of the gum, which elevates the equipment almost negligibly when it is placed on table.

Solvent ultrabook autonomy

The HP Elite DragonFly has a two-cell battery and a capacity of 38 Wh. There is a version that, with just a few more grams of weight, offers a three-cell battery and more than 50 Wh of battery.

Unless you really need enormous autonomy, the 38 Wh version we have tested perfectly meets as a team for a typical day on the move. In our actual usage test, in which maintaining connectivity and screen brightness at 50-60%, we have performed navigation, office automation and streaming music and video tasks, the HP Elite DragonFly has maintained an average of between 6.5 and 7.5 hours of autonomy.

The charger, USB-C type, is light and quite compact, but not like the most on the market. Yes, its power is up to 65 W, which manages to fully charge the equipment in less than an hour.


In professional cutting equipment such as this HP DragonFly, the software section goes somewhat unnoticed if we come from the purely consumer environment. But there is great value in terms of security in the software section.

The Windows 10 Pro version that comes standard with this HP notebook incorporates numerous layers associated with security and privacy, including HP DriveLock systems, the integrated TPM 2.0 chip, secure erase of the hard disk or power-on and pre-boot authentication , in addition to custom BIOS. And let's not forget that we are dealing with a team with Intel vPro technology.

At the biometric identification level, this HP Elite DragonFly includes a fingerprint reader near the touchpad as well as an infrared camera to use the face with Windows Hello. Both systems are comfortable, fast and reliable in their operation.

Keyboard and touchpad

The keyboard of the HP Dragonfly is another of its important selling points. In my particular case, the very pleasant experience using it has made it my favorite functionality of the equipment.

The typing experience with the keyboard of the HP Dragonfly has been fantastic, both in noise level and performance or comfort of use

The keyboard has a full size, nice touch and very quiet no matter how powerful you strike each key. These respond with a good tour and for all this it has been a very comfortable keyboard to use.

It is of the island type, with very practical function keys and we have only found problems when adapting with the arrow keys, which are very small in the case of those above and below. Also the reduced Enter button may be strange at first for those who have very strong writing routines.

The keyboard, in the same blue tone as the rest of the equipment, has the screen-printed keys in white-gold tone, allowing the perfect display of each one. It is also backlit with two user-controllable lighting levels.

As for the touchpad, HP also achieves a high note with this component by giving it considerable dimensions despite the compactness of the equipment. It is comfortable to use, its glass surface allows fast and precise glides and having Windows Precision as standard reinforces the handling of the equipment with gestures.

HP Elite DragonFly, Xataka's opinion and note

Despite being included in the company equipment catalog, this HP Elite DragonFly is an example for the consumer sector of ultrabooks. Few problems can be put on a team that, with a high price, gives us back in experience the great part of the money invested in it.

It undoubtedly does it in design, finish and especially in weight, which makes it a pure ultrabook to carry from one side to the other. Its interior, somewhat out of date with Intel's eighth-generation processors, meets its basic objective. The same happens with autonomy, just for a not very long work day away from home. And all with a 13.3-inch screen that looks pretty good in any circumstances.

And as a colophon, the keyboard and touchpad have given us one of the best experiences in this type of device. Great job from HP.


Design9.75 screen Performance8.25 Keyboard / trackpad9.25 Software8.75 Autonomy8,75

In favor

  • Fantastic design and weight
  • Balanced display
  • Very comfortable to use keyboard


  • Available Intel processors are eighth generation
  • Yield below expectations by price

HP Elite Dragonfly - 13.3 "FHD Notebook (8th Generation Intel Core i5 Processor, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel UHD Graphics 620, Windows 10 Pro 64) Black

Today on Amazon for € 1,905.74

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