HP makes two cool corporate laptops: the Elite Dragonfly G2 and Dragonfly Max

The HP Elite Dragonfly was already the coolest corporate laptop (or the only cool corporate laptop?) when it was introduced over a year ago, and now there are two. HP has introduced a second generation: the Elite Dragonfly G2, and the Elite Dragonfly Max, the latter fine-tuned for our new workdays of serial videoconferencing.

Like the original Elite Dragonfly, the two new models are impressively lightweight 360-degree convertibles, starting at 2.2 pounds for the Elite Dragonfly G2 (same as the original) and 2.49 pounds for the Elite Dragonfly Max. The handy Tile module is still available, now integrated into the WLAN module. The eye-catching, slightly iridescent-blue, CNC magnesium shell is still the only color for the Elite Dragonfly G2. The Elite Dragonfly Max comes in that color or a new one, a slightly iridescent black. The Max also boasts some additional features tuned for videoconferencing, which you’ll see as we walk through the feature list.

Announced just before CES 2021 and due to ship in February, HP has not issued pricing for either new model. (The first-gen model we tested costs about $2,100.) However, we can compare the original laptop’s specs to what’s new this time around.

CPU

HP has upgraded the Intel Core CPUs from 8th-gen Whiskey Lake to 11th-gen Tiger Lake U-series Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 mobile CPUs. You can also choose business-minded vPro versions of the Core i5 and Core i7, which bring additional performance, security, and stability features.

Memory

Where the original Elite Dragonfly offered up to 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM, the new generation offers up to 32GB of LPDDR4.

Display

The Elite Dragonfly G2 has the same display options as before: a base FHD (1920×1080), UHD (3840×2160), or an FHD SureView Reflect touch display with integrated privacy screen and a 1,000-nit maximum brightness. Note that the SureView display’s high nit count exists in part to counteract a slight loss in brightness because of the SureView privacy feature and the touch capability. The videoconferencing-focused Elite Dragonfly Max offers just the latter display. 

Graphics

These are low-power ‘U’ chips for mobile PCs, so there is no discrete graphics. 

Storage

All models offer a choice of regular or encrypted SSDs up to 2TB capacity, with either M.2 SATA3 or PCIe NVMe x4 interfaces.