When compiling a working from home/remotely tech list, items like the Poly Studio P15 should be considered for that list, but so should a powerful and capable thin and light notebook PC that is very portable but also still packs a great performance punch. Enter HP’s Dragonfly G4 which measures 16.4 mm and tips the laptop scales at under 1 kg, making this premium clamshell very easy to carry around from room to room or in your notebook bag.
Under the stylish and quality feeling metal hood resides Intel’s 13th gen processor series – the Intel Core i7-1355U in this instance, paired with 32GB RAM, and integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics (6Q257AV – no slouch as you get about similar performance to NVIDIA’s MX dedicated GPU), meaning Windows 11 Pro along with all your favourite apps and multitasking is fairly smooth, snappy and seamless. Helping on the speed front is a 1 TB (1000 GB) SSD.
After finishing your presentation or spreadsheet for work, you can enjoy taking in your favourite Netflix or Disney+ series on the 13.5″ diagonal BrightView WLED UWVA WUXGA+ (1920×1280) display that is not just easy on the eyes in terms of resolution and viewing angels, but also due to it reducing blue light (Low Blue Light) and being viewable under bright office lighting (400 nits). Accompanying those good visuals is an equally impressive sound for such a portable, slim notebook courtesy of Audio by Bang & Olufsen, which features quad stereo speakers.
Other notable features include a 6-cell, 68-WHr Long Life Battery that eeks out a mightily impressive battery life that should get you through a working day of Office docs, browsing, email, and Teams/Zoom meetings. Moreover, it boasts quick charge technology that should see you charging the laptop back to 50% in around half an hour. All the connectivity bases are covered in the form of 2 Thunderbolt 4 with USB Type-C ports (40Gbps signaling rate – USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort 1.4); one USB Type-A (5Gbps signaling rate – USB Power Delivery) port; an HDMI 2.1 port; plus a stereo headphone/microphone combo jack.
The typing experience is a joy on HP’s Premium Backlit Keyboard that for an added bonus is also a spill-resistant keypad, and this is supported by HP’s large and smooth Clickpad with multi-touch gesture support.
All in all the HP Dragonfly G4 has simply perched itself on the top spot of our notebook PCs worth considering for those on the go, people working remotely, and corporates who can spec non-budget laptops as their work devices. RRP pending, but it is not going to be on the more affordable side we can tell you that, even if this is the non-touchscreen version of the G4.