The so-called “lighter than air” laptops can be obtainable in January.

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HP Elite Dragonfly G2 at CES 2021


HP made daring claims when it launched the Elite Dragonfly laptop computer final 12 months, calling it “lighter than air.” While that’s actually not doable, the unique Dragonfly did weigh a formidable 2.2 kilos and is without doubt one of the better-looking enterprise laptops round. This 12 months, HP is popping this right into a full-fledged line by saying two new fashions — the Dragonfly Max and Dragonfly G2.

One apparent replace to the sequence is their processors. You can get the G2 with new Eleventh-generation Intel chips with as much as 32GB of RAM as an alternative of the unique’s restrict of 16GB. But there are loads extra upgrades right here. Both new Dragonfly laptops use what HP is asking its “premium” keyboard that’s backlit and spill-resistant, and include options like on-lap detection and Context Aware to inform when the machine is in your purse. By figuring out how regular and even the floor is, the system will sense if it’s in your lap, and decrease the temperature so that you don’t get uncomfortably heat. When you place the Dragonfly again on a steady floor like a desk, it’ll enable the temperature to go up.

HP says the Context Aware function can shorten boot time “by 10+ seconds” and can optimize battery life once you’re on the go. A brand new device known as Intrusion Detection will discover when the machine has been opened or compromised and warn you. There are additionally a couple of new AI-based options specializing in audio. Dynamic audio, for instance, will decide for those who’re on a convention name or listening to music and optimize for every (prioritize voices on a name and fuller bass for music). Sound calibration, in the meantime, will allow you to create an audio profile primarily based in your “ear print” so you possibly can take heed to issues at ranges tailor-made to your preferences. Finally, there’s additionally the AI noise discount device we examined on the Elitebook 1040 G7 that’s speculated to filter out issues like sirens, slamming doorways and rustling paper in your convention calls.

Gallery: HP Elite Dragonfly G2 press footage | 16 Photos

Both the G2 and the Max might be configured with 4G or 5G connectivity to remain on-line wherever you go. And whereas they each have 13.3-inch IPS touchscreens, they’re obtainable in several configurations. The G2 is available in a full HD low-power model, a full HD version with HP’s Sure View privateness function and a UHD choice that helps HDR400 and goes as much as 1,000 nits of brightness. Meanwhile, the Max is simply obtainable with a full HD, 1,000-nit show with a privateness defend in-built.

Like the unique, each new Dragonflies are very skinny and lightweight. The G2 weighs underneath a kilogram (about 2.2 kilos) whereas the Max is a hair heavier at 1.1kg (2.49 kilos). While some variations of the unique Dragonfly provided Tile monitoring, you needed to connect the tags to the pc your self, making it no totally different from merely shopping for your personal tracker to stay on the machine. The new Dragonflies each include Tile trackers built-in into the WLAN module, which makes extra sense.

The two new laptops appear very comparable, however, as its title suggests, the Max packs some bonuses. For one, it has a 5-megapixel webcam with IR sensor for Windows Hello logins. That’s one of many sharpest cameras on a laptop computer we’ve seen thus far. The G2 has the identical 720p (1.2-megapixel) webcam with IR sensor as the unique.

Gallery: HP Elite Dragonfly Max press gallery | 24 Photos

The Max additionally comes with HP Eye Ease that meets Eyesafe necessities for imaginative and prescient safety, together with issues like decreased blue mild. It additionally has a mechanical webcam shutter which you can drag to cowl the sensor, whereas the G2 has a bodily cowl which you can solely set off via a devoted button on the keyboard. Finally, the Max is available in a “Sparkling Black” coloration choice along with the unique blue. The G2 is simply obtainable within the blue.

Both Dragonfly laptops can be obtainable in January, and HP stated pricing can be shared nearer to retail date. The firm additionally introduced a brand new EliteGuide 840 G8 Aero as we speak that has a 14-inch full HD display and weighs 1.15kg (2.54 kilos). Since it’s larger, you possibly can spec the Aero with as much as 64GB of RAM along with the Eleventh-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors. It presents a slew of connectivity choices, together with an HDMI slot, two Thunderbolt USB C ports, two USB A (3.1) sockets and a headphone jack. You may even go for a Smartcard reader.

The Aero can be obtainable in March, and just like the Dragonflies its value received’t be introduced till nearer to its retail launch. Though these are marketed as industrial laptops meant for firms to purchase for his or her workers, HP’s Elite sequence can typically be purchased in shopper channels and are among the many most tasty enterprise laptops round. Before you get too excited by the prospect of utilizing one among these quickly although, keep tuned for our testing to see what real-world efficiency and battery life is like.

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