The HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook appears on Google Shopping

With an expected availability this month, HP’s upcoming Elite Dragonfly Chromebook could become the king of all ChromeOS devices when it finally hits the scene. Ahead of the upcoming release, our friend Kevin Tofel has stumbled across a list for Elite Dragonfly on Google’s shopping site. Before you get too excited, the list links directly to the HP website, where the premium Chromebook is not to be found. (Most likely this was an early listing retrieved from the HP website but entered the Google Shopping Database.)

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We know the starting price of the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook is going to be $ 999, but what we do not know is what internal components will come to that MSRP. Hopefully it will be no less than a 12th generation Core i5 and 8GB of RAM because this device is as premium as they come and it deserves to have a solid baseline for the entry-level model. However, the aforementioned model on Google Shopping carries the hefty price tag of $ 2,165, and I cross my fingers that this is the top-tier configuration.

Do not worry. I’m not going to shoot over the seemingly exorbitant retail price. We’ll get to that in a moment. Let’s first take a look at the list. Unfortunately, there is not much to predict from Google’s landing page for the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook. Apart from a picture, a price and the brief description below, there is no clue as to which model this is.

Sharpen your focus with a high-performance Chromebook with the latest innovations in cloud-first computing. Designed for virtual collaboration with cutting-edge HP Presence AI-enhanced video and audio. Work safely with the extremely secure and manageable HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook.

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook on Google Shopping

That price though

I know what you’re thinking. 2200 kr ??? That’s an insane price for a Chromebook. Maybe, but then again, maybe not. First of all, this is not the first Chromebook to carry a price tag of this magnitude. Let me remind you of the Dell Enterprise Latitude family that came out a few years ago. The 2-in-1 Latitude 7410 sold for a whopping $ 2155, and it only came with a 10th generation Core i5 and 8GB of RAM. It was not a dud, but it certainly did not guarantee near the price that Dell asked for. Other than that, Dell felt completely uninspired. It was designed for enterprise customers, but lacked any groundbreaking features or anything else that really sets it apart from devices that cost half the price. It simply felt like a premium vanilla Chromebook that did not excel at anything.

Comparing the HP Elite Dragonfly to the Dell Latitude is a classic case of apples and oranges. HP has done something revolutionary in the ChromeOS field with this new device, and for the right buyer, it may well be worth every penny. First, this is the first Chromebook ever to carry the prestigious Dragonfly brand, and this is just the beginning. HP threw everything it had after this device and you get all the industry-leading features you would expect from a premium laptop, regardless of the operating system.

The Elite Dragonfly Chromebook comes with a magnetic rechargeable stylus, a 3: 2 super bright screen, 12th generation Intel CPUs and up to a monstrous 32GB of RAM. You can choose a 1000 nit screen, 5G and HP’s Sure View Reflect screen security. If that wasn’t enough, this Chromebook is the first of its kind with a haptic touchpad. Throw in Thunderbolt 4 support, Wi-Fi 6, an HDMI port, MicroSD and a few other features, and you’ve got the most complete Chromebook ever created. It does not hurt that this thing is absolutely amazing.

So is the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook worth almost $ 2200? I suppose it really depends on your use case and your personal preferences. For the average consumer? No way. There are plenty of devices on the market running $ 500- $ 700 that will handle just about any task with ease and offer segment-leading features. However, there are some outliers who will be happy to pay this premium price for all that the HP Elite Dragonfly has to offer.

For example, Google has finally removed Steam for ChromeOS, and this Chromebook will be a gamer’s dream come true to access Steam’s huge library of games directly from a Chromebook. If you love Chromebooks but still need a solid Steam gaming laptop, this will be the best challenger. 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 that ChromeOS has to offer. Yes, we can be impractical, but sometimes you just have to let your little light shine and buy the thing you want. I know. It’s a kind of Apple-like way of thinking, but you know me, I like to have every single bell and whistle I can handle with all the horsepower you can give me. That said, I would definitely buy this Chromebook unless something more interesting comes along. It’s still early in the year, but I agree with Robby that this will be the Chromebook to hit in 2022. Stay tuned. We will update as soon as we get more information about this model and when we finally see it available.

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