HP is refreshing its business-focused Elite Dragonfly range this year with an updated G2 model and a new Dragonfly Max option. Both laptops will include Intel’s latest 11th generation processors and optional 5G connectivity. The Max model even enhances the built-in webcam and adds a second black option to the range.
Both the 13.3-inch Dragonfly G2 and Dragonfly Max will ship with 11th-generation Intel processors, with the i3 only available on the G2 and i5 and i7 processor options on both. Both can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM and up to 2TB of M.2 SSD storage. Both models will also include one USB 3.1
The models really differ in display and webcam configurations. The Dragonfly Max will only be available with a 13.3-inch HD (1920 x 1080) display, while you can configure the Dragonfly G2 with HD or 4K panels. Both will still include HP privacy-oriented screen options, which include screen coloring technology so people who pass by can’t see what you’re doing.
The Dragonfly Max will also include a 5-megapixel webcam, compared to the 1.2-megapixel one found in the G2. This is a significant change in the era of remote work, when traditional laptop webcams often fail. Max also features four wide-range microphones for better video and audio calls, and supports a special webcam privacy slider found on last year’s Dragonfly laptops. HP removed this handheld slider on the G2 this year and replaced it with a keyboard button that activates the webcam shutter.
Both the Dragonfly G2 and Max will include 5G options, with AT&T and T-Mobile networks supported in the United States. HP also retains the built-in tile tracker it introduced with the 2020 models. You can track your laptop like any other tile device, as long as it has some battery life left.
HP says it expects the Dragonfly G2 and Max to be available in January, but the company has not yet announced pricing details. Given that the base model of the Dragonfly G2 in 2020 was $ 1,500, this year’s models are bound to be expensive business options.