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HP Elite Dragonfly Max 13.3" 2-in-1 Laptop (2021)

MSRP 2259 USDNEX score 78%

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Product Overview

HP Elite Dragonfly Max is a premium 2-in-1 convertible laptop designed for professional. Part of HP's legendary EliteBook lineup in 2021, the Elite Dragonfly Max is a variant of the Dragonfly G2 for the same model year with a number of tweaks:
The Max drops the 4K display option and retains only the 1000nits FHD HP Sure View privacy display. On the plus side, it switches out the (archaic but common) HD webcam for a 5MP, FHD one. It also omits lesser CPU options, being powered exclusively by 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake i7 processors.
Last but not least, the Elite Dragonfly Max is colored in black (instead of blue), which signals itself as the true flagship.
The closest and most notable competition of the Dragonfly Max is Lenovo's X1 Yoga Gen6.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Incredibly powerful and lightweight
  • Excellent battery life
  • 5G WWAN support
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Only 1080p display

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 78% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good keyboard
  • Gorgeous 4K display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • Middling performance
  • Lacks anti-blue light feature
  • No SD card slot
  • No dedicated graphics card
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
2x Thunderbolt 4 + 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x Audio combo + 1x HDMI 2.0
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5 + optional Intel XMM 7360 LTE-Advanced (Cat 9) or Qualcomm Spandragon X55 5G (Cat 20) WWAN

Construction

Battery | Capacity
56 Wh
Camera | Front
Infrared 5MP Camera
Form Factor
2-in-1 convertible laptop computer
Material
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display cover
Microphone
2x user-facing multi-array digital microphones + 2x world-facing microphones
Speakers
Audio by Bang & Olufsen, Quad speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
7.78 inch
Size | Height
0.63 inch
Size | Width
11.98 inch
Weight
2.49 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
Brightness
1000 nits
Display Diagonal
13.3 inch
Display Type
IPS, edge-to-edge glass, micro-edge
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)

Function

Digitizer
Optional Wacom AES 2.0 Pen
Fast Charging
50% in 30 minutes
Graphics
Integrated Intel Xe Graphics
Keyboard Backlight
Yes
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
11th-gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 or i7-1185G7 Tiger Lake
SIM
Optional, 4G LTE or 5G
Touch Screen
Multitouch-enabled

Performance

Memory | Capacity
16 or 32 GB soldered
Memory | Type
LPDDR4X 4266MHz
Power Supply
65 W USB Type-C
Storage
Up to 2TB PCIe NVMe TLC SSD

Production

Debut
2021

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Elite Dragonfly Max ships with a 56 watt-hour battery and a Full HD display. While it promises a full working day of battery life, some other recent laptops are stronger. It's incredibly well-built, offers several real value-add features, and provides some of the best security and privacy functionality you'll find on a laptop.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very well-built
  • Excellent security and privacy features
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Middling performance
  • Middling battery life

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
Weighing a mere 2.5 pounds, the Dragonfly Max offers a plethora of security features. It's more than enough to get the job done on a commute or somewhere with spotty or no internet. The laptop's 5-megapixel camera is definitely better than what you'll find on most laptops.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Lightweight and sturdy
  • Powerful processor
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
All except the Lenovo topped the 4,000 points in PCMark 10 that mean excellent productivity for Microsoft Office or Google Docs. The HP, Asus, and Dell XPS breezed through our photo editing exercise, though serious image collectors will likely want a higher-resolution display and an SD card slot. The ZenBook's high-res screen took its toll.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous, high-res screen
  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No SD card slot

pcworld[4]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from pcworld have found the following***:
The HP Elite Dragonfly Max boasts a beautiful, rugged enclosure and host of thoughtful utilities that business execs are certain to enjoy. The typing experience is aided by the rigid, magnesium chassis, which does not flex, even under heavy-duty typiing. It turned in excellent application performance, but it exhibited lackluster multimedia capabilities and battery life.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Gorgeous 4K display
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • No dedicated Fn keys

theverge[5]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
The HP Elite Dragonfly Max is a great machine to buy, if you can afford it. Almost every aspect is good, and there are features you really can't get anywhere else. But given how much money HP is asking for this thing, I can't help but look at even mild drawbacks with a fairly critical eye.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life
  • Good keyboard
Cons
  • Battery life could be better

tomsguide[6]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The Dragonfly Max is a laptop that certainly lives up to its name. The 2.6 x 4.3-inch multi-point touchpad is smooth and responsive. It took 13.5 hours of web surfing at 150 nits of brightness to fully drain the battery. While I could definitely see this platform being useful for professionals in discretionary fields, the price point makes it inaccessible to those except social workers.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous AMOLED display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • No dedicated graphics card

tomshardware[7]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
The HP Elite Dragonfly Max is an expensive convertible with a great look and a bright screen. It doesn't have a worthwhile power boost compared to cheaper options and doesn't exactly make up for it with its keyboard or its display's other specs. If you're a business-oriented buyer and want 5G or niche security software like HP Sure View, this laptop might be for you.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bright, high-contrast 13.3 inch FHD display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lacks anti-blue light feature

User Reviews

References

1. ^ HP Elite Dragonfly Max review: A work-from-home dream machine. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/hp-elite-dragonfly-max-review/. 2021-06-30. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
2. ^ HP Elite Dragonfly Max review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/hp-elite-dragonfly-max. 2021-08-08. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
3. ^ HP Elite Dragonfly Max Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/hp-elite-dragonfly-max. 2021-06-17. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
4. ^ HP Elite Dragonfly Max review: Premium business convertible with a killer webcam. [pcworld]. https://www.pcworld.com/article/3625831/hp-elite-dragonfly-max-review.html. 2021-07-21. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
5. ^ HP Elite Dragonfly Max review: pretty fly for a steep buy. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/22675550/hp-elite-dragonfly-max-2021-review-tile-test-specs-price-features. 2021-09-20. Retrieved 2021-10-22.
6. ^ HP Elite Dragonfly Max review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/hp-elite-dragonfly-max-review. 2021-07-16. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
7. ^ HP Elite Dragonfly Max Review: A Pricey 5G Follow-Up. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/hp-elite-dragonfly-max. 2021-06-15. Retrieved 2021-09-30.

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