HP Elite Dragonfly Max is the first 2 in 1 laptop touchscreen model is praised for its 5-megapixel webcam! Yes, this is not an alternative universe but the reality we live in. Even the most expensive MacBooks and Windows convertibles still rely on simple 720p webcams, even in zoom times, the new Dragonfly Max convertible laptop is hopefully the start of a little more megapixel craze for laptop webcams.
It’s 2021, just under a year after we started using Zoom and other video conferencing tools to keep in touch with fellow human beings, friends, and business partners. While the latter has become better and more diverse, the webcams built into laptops and convertibles are de facto at the level of 2005 when the HD-ready standard slowly made the 720p resolution popular.
While 32-megapixel selfie cams are almost standard in cell phones and 8-megapixel cameras – the basis for 4K video – can be found in even the cheapest entry-level cell phones, laptops remain ultra-conservative with 720p webcams, even with the latest MacBooks from Apple nothing better to offer here. As far as we know, no more than 2-megapixel webcams have been installed on any notebook tablet.
We are curious to see whether the Elite Dragonfly Max HP 2 in 1 laptop, which HP presented together with its cheaper brother Elite Dragonfly G2 at CES 2021, can set a new minimum standard here because the integrated 5-megapixel webcam with IR function for Windows Hello is still not good enough for 4K video conferencing, but it should at least result in significantly better image quality than usual.
The HP Elite Dragonfly Max is a very light 13.3-inch business convertible laptop with a magnesium chassis and Intel Tiger Lake vPro chip and as such are probably not exactly cheap, it also gets 4 microphones for better audio quality during video chats and especially addresses those who want to communicate professionally with others online.
Price and availability
The 1.1 kg lightweight convertible HP 2 in 1 laptop is now available to pre-order on the Bhphotovideo.com website, pricing starts from $2,199 for the base variant with a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7 Wi-Fi only.
HP Elite Dragonfly Max Specifications
- Processor/Chipset: Intel Core i U-Series Quad-Core 13W; i5/i7 Transactional with optional vPro; Modern Standby Connected support
- Display: 13.3″ FHD (1920×1080) HP Sure View Reflect IPS touch with Anti-Sparkle, (1000 nits), Ambient Light Sensor (standard), 100% touch (10-Point Mufti-touch), Chemically-strengthened Corning Gorillas Glass 5, Direct Bond; Wacom Touch/ HP Rechargeable Pen G3
- Memory: 16GB/32GB LPDDR4; all memory down, no sockets
- Storage: Support one M.2 SATA3 and PCIe/NVMe x4 standard and encrypted SSDs; up to 2TB
- Power/Battery: 56.2 WHr battery with long battery life, to be confirmed HP 1000 cycle long-life battery, HP Fast Charge (up to 50% in 30 minutes), Overnight Charge support; USB-C power delivery
- Input Devices: HP Quiet Keyboard (1.3mm travel), full-size, spill-resistant, backlit; HP DuraKeys, Integrated lattice, ClickPad, MS PTP; HP Rechargeable Pen G3, Programmable Key
- Input/Output: 1 USB 3.1 GI (5gbps signaling rate) charging port, 2 USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), 1 HDMI 1.4b, 1 Nano SIM
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 615.16 (802.11 ax), Bluetooth 5.0 LE Combo with Miracast Support, CO-layout for CNVi Harrison Peak 2, HP Extended Range Wireless LAN, YI Optional M.2 WWAN support: 4×4 MIMOSS LTE Integrated Cat9, 5G eSlM Support; Ability to assign device-specific MAC address
- Audio/Multimedia: 5MP Webcam IR Camera with HP Privacy Camera, HP Audio Boost (next-gen audio codec) with inbound/outbound noise reduction; discrete amplifiers; Wide-range Mic Array (a Total, 2 World-Facing, and 2 Front-Facing Microphones), HP Bang & Olufsen Audio featuring premium speakers with 76dB and 350 Hz bass roll-off; Auto-switching audio channel; HP QuickDrop, HP Sound
- Calibration tunes audio to match your hearing capabilities, HP Dynamic Audios automatically maximizes the audio experience for
- speech, music, and movies, DNN Noise Suppression helps teams focus while collaborating by reducing background noise
- Security: HP Sure Start Gen6, HP Sure Run Gen4, HP Sure Recover Gen4 (onboard eMMC optional), HP Sure View Reflect, HP Sure
- Click, TPM 2.0, Touch fingerprint sensor, HP Privacy Camera, Face recognition with IR camera, Nano Lock Slot, Wake on FPS, Integrated Tile, Intrusion Detection
- Manageability and Software: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 preinstall, HP Client Manager, HP MIK, HP Image Assistant, HP Elite Service, HP Global Series Support, HP Custom Integration Services, HP Common Core BIOS, Intel vPro support, HP Global Series, HP QuickDrop22, HP WorkWe1127, HP Easy Clean
- Durability and Sustainability: Undergoes 19 MIL-STD 8 IOH test; HP Total Test Process ENERGY STARS, EPEAT Gold in the US, Speaker enclosure and display bezel made from post-consumer recycled plastic and 5% ocean-bound plastics; Keyboard and keycaps made with 50% post-consumer recycled DVDs, Outer box packaging is 100% sustainably sourced.
- Dimensions: 304.3 x 197.5x 16.1 mm
- Weight: 1.13kg, 2.491bs