With availability slated for this month, HP’s upcoming Chromebook Elite Dragonfly could be the king of all ChromeOS devices when it finally hits the scene. Ahead of its impending release, our friend Kevin Tofel came across a listing for the Elite Dragonfly on Google’s shopping site. Before you get too excited, the listing links directly to HP’s website where the premium Chromebook is nowhere to be found. (This was probably an early listing pulled from HP’s website, but incorporated into the Google Shopping database.)
We know the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook will start at $999, but what we don’t know is what internals will come at that MSRP. Hopefully it won’t be anything less than a 12th Gen Core i5 and 8GB of RAM because this device is as high-end as it gets and it deserves to have a solid foundation for the model. entry level. The aforementioned model on Google Shopping, however, carries the hefty price tag of $2,165 and I’m crossing my fingers that it’s the top-tier configuration.
Do not worry. I’m not going to gloss over this seemingly exorbitant retail price. We’ll come back to that in a moment. First, let’s take a look at the list. Unfortunately, there’s not much to guess from Google’s landing page for the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook. Other than an image, a price, and the brief description below, there’s no clue as to which model it is.
Focus more with a high-performance Chromebook featuring the latest innovations in cloud computing. Designed for virtual collaboration with industry-leading HP Presence AI video and audio. Work confidently with the highly secure and easy-to-manage HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook.
This price though
I know what you’re thinking. $2200??? That’s a crazy price for a Chromebook. Maybe, but again, maybe not. First off, it’s not the first Chromebook to carry a price tag of this magnitude. Let me remind you of Dell’s Enterprise Latitude family that came out a few years ago. The Latitude 7410 2-in-1 was priced at $2155 and it only came with a 10th Gen Core i5 and 8GB of RAM. It wasn’t a dud, but it certainly didn’t justify Dell’s asking price. Other than that, the Dell felt completely uninspired. It was designed for enterprise customers, but lacked cutting-edge features or anything else that really set it apart from devices that cost half the price. It just felt like a high-end vanilla Chromebook that didn’t excel at anything.
Comparing the HP Elite Dragonfly to the Dell Latitude is a classic case of apples and oranges. HP has done something groundbreaking in the ChromeOS space with this new device and for the right buyer, it may very well be worth every penny. First of all, this is the very first Chromebook to sport the prestigious Dragonfly badge and that’s just the start. HP threw everything it had at this device and you get all the cutting-edge features you expect from a high-end laptop, regardless of operating system.
The Chromebook Elite Dragonfly comes with a magnetic-charging stylus, a super-bright 3:2 display, 12th Gen Intel processors, and up to a monstrous 32GB of RAM. You can opt for a 1000 nit screen, 5G and the security of HP’s Sure View Reflect screen. If that wasn’t enough, this Chromebook is the first of its kind to feature a haptic touchpad. Add Thunderbolt 4 support, Wi-Fi 6, an HDMI port, MicroSD, and a few other features, and you have the most complete Chromebook ever. It doesn’t hurt that this thing is absolutely gorgeous.
So, is the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook worth nearly $2,200? I guess it really depends on your use case and personal preference. For the average consumer? Not at all. There are plenty of devices on the market that cost between $500 and $700 that will handle almost any task with ease and offer cutting-edge features. However, some outliers will gladly pay that high price for all the HP Elite Dragonfly has to offer.
For example, Google has finally unveiled Steam for ChromeOS and this Chromebook will be a gamer’s dream come true to access Steam’s massive library of games directly from a Chromebook. If you love Chromebooks but still need a solid Steam gaming laptop, this will be the number one contender. Then there are the developers. For those who want to take full advantage of Linux on ChromeOS, this Chromebook will give developers access to more power and productivity than any other device on the market.
Last but not least, there are people like us who simply want the best from ChromeOS. Yes, we may be impractical but sometimes you just have to let your little light shine and buy what you want. I know. It’s a bit of an Apple way of thinking, but you know me, I like having all the bells and whistles I can figure out with all the power you can give me. That said, I’m most definitely going to buy this Chromebook unless something more exciting comes along. It’s still early in the year but I agree with Robby that this will be the Chromebook to beat in 2022. Stay tuned. We’ll update as soon as we have more information on this model and when we finally see it available.