In the world of business notebooks, the HP Dragonfly G4 stands out as a sleek and attractive option. With its alluring slate blue design, lightweight build, and compact form factor, this laptop exudes a sense of style that dispels the notion that business devices need to be dull. Boasting a range of impressive features such as an integrated privacy screen, a top-notch webcam, and 5G connectivity, the Dragonfly G4 is tailored for the needs of modern road warriors. Let’s delve deeper into its specifications and performance to see if it truly lives up to its promising image.
Design and Build Quality
The HP Dragonfly G4 shares a striking resemblance to its predecessor, the G3, in terms of design. The laptop’s rounded corners and matte finish provide an elegant aesthetic while maintaining a professional look. This notebook is impressively lightweight, weighing at about a kilogram. It has 180-degree hinge allows for convenient screen sharing, while the integrated privacy screen—activated via the F2 shortcut—offers privacy when needed, making it ideal for working in public spaces, a security feature that your cyber security manager will approve.
Display and Webcam
The Dragonfly G4 features a 13.5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,280 pixels. I love how HP integrated a privacy screen, which enhances security. The laptop sports a 5MP webcam that captures sharp and noise-free images, with an impressive 88-degree field of view. Additionally, the webcam offers facial recognition capabilities, complemented by a separate fingerprint reader for enhanced security.
Input and Connectivity
The HP Dragonfly G4 excels in user input options, featuring a spacious touchpad and a tactile keyboard with impressive key travel. I do fancy the feedback from the touchpad. It just has a balanced spring to it.
The keyboard has great tactile feedback and comfortable typing experience, which I am sure most writers will dig it. A standout feature is the programmable key (F12), allowing users to assign their preferred function through the myHP app, enhancing customization and convenience. In terms of connectivity, the G4 has an HDMI port, a USB-A port, and two Thunderbolt 4 ports. It also includes a nano-SIM slot for seamless 4G or 5G connectivity, catering to the demands of always-connected professionals.
Performance and Battery Life
Equipped with an Intel Core i7-1365U processor, 32GB of RAM, and a spacious 1TB SSD, the Dragonfly G4 delivers commendable performance. I am usually not a heavy user. I write, I watch YouTube and listen to Spotify. Each use is around two to three hours, so the G4 took around 3 days to drain before I needed to plug in desperately.
Undoubtedly, the HP Dragonfly G4 is an exceptional business laptop that excels in both form and function. Its attractive design, lightweight build, and host of features make it a desirable choice for professionals on the go. I love the privacy screen, thee webcam, versatile input options, excellent performance, battery life and the much-needed ports in today’s world.
However, I can’t say the same for its premium price tag. The device that I’m reviewing retails at S$3,939. It is too much for most people to stomach. That said, if you value the specifications and performance that the G4 can bring to your productivity, and have a generous budget, go for it! We can’t let Apple dominate the market, can’t we?