HP shows light premium notebooks: Aero, Dragonfly, Folio, Envy

HP brought several new releases of compact business notebooks to the CES. The 14-inch EliteBook 840 will soon have a closely related sibling, the EliteBook 840 Aero, which, however, weighs less than 1.2 kilograms. While the ProBook 635, which has been available since the end of 2020, is only available in the lighter Aero version in this country, the EliteBook 840 Aero is not intended to replace the regular EliteBook 840, but to expand the range. This makes the device especially interesting for those business users who want a light work device without the admins having to dig a lot deeper into the till.

If the budget is secondary, the Elite Dragonfly G2, which weighs less than a kilogram, is an all-round refurbished noble notebook. The inner workings were not only updated to Intel’s eleventh generation of Core i (Tiger Lake), but also converted in other ways: The integration of the find-my-device search service Tile, available as an option, is now also possible in combination with a cellular modem and not more only alternative. Other options such as a privacy screen, which was added over time in the first generation of devices, are available on the G2 from launch.

The lightweight HP Elite Dragonfly Max

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If that is still not enough, you can also buy a special high-end model of the high-end notebook with the Elite Dragonfly Max. The differences do not affect the technology in the fuselage, but the lid: Instead of a 720p, it contains a 5-megapixel camera and four instead of three microphones – so you are particularly well positioned for the video conferences that are common these days. In addition: only the Max version can be purchased in black instead of blue.

The Elite Folio with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx and 5G modem could be of interest to those who mainly deal with web applications. Because of the ARM processor you have to do without some classic x86 Windows applications, but in return you get a consistently silent 1.3 kilogram notebook with a battery that lasts for over 24 hours according to HP.

HP Elite Folio mit Snapdragon-CPU

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Another special feature: the screen is hung on two hinges so that you can switch from notebook to tablet mode and back without having to lift the device. The pen-operated 13.5 touchscreen has the rare aspect ratio of 3: 2 with a particularly large picture height, while the EliteBook 840 Aero and the Dragonfly come with conventionally narrow 16: 9 displays.

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The fourth notebook in the series of presentations is not a business device, but rather offers a compromise between mobility and gaming power: In the Envy 14 with this screen diagonal, HP combines quad-core processors from Intel’s Tiger Lake family with Nvidia’s mid-range GPU GeForce GTX 1650 Ti – what you get for then have to carry around 1.6 kilograms. In the lid there is a touchscreen in 16:10 format (1920 × 1200 pixels), which is a useful plus in image height.

HP Envy 14 with a 16:10 display

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In the USA, the Elite Dragonfly including the Max variant, such as the Envy 14, will be available in January 2021. The Elite Folio will follow in February, while the EliteBook 840 Aero will start in March with the availability of the new vPro-capable Core i processors. HP has not yet announced availability and prices for Germany.


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