HP updates Elite Dragonfly and Folio laptops at CES 2021 for the work-from-home era

HP's latest Elite business laptops add flexibility to your work-from-home experience

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When it comes to CES 2021 Announcing the laptop, it looks like a repeat of 2020 with the bulk of new PCs aimed at commercial and creative users. This is certainly the case for HP, which has closed its announcements with four new work laptops: the Elite Dragonfly Max, Elite Folio, EliteBook 840 G8 Aero and EV14.

HP announced Elite Dragonfly G2 at last year’s CES. It is a sub-2.2-pound two-in-one with optional 4G LTE or 5G mobile wireless and a Built-in tile tracker So that, if you tell it wrong or someone goes along with it, you will be able to easily find it using your phone. For 2021, HP offers a performance boost with 11th-gen Intel processors.


HP Elite Dragonfly G2.

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However, the G2 is now joined by Dragonfly Max. If your life is an unavailable stream video conference call, Max takes communication up a notch from the G2. HP uses four wide-range microphones and a 5-megapixel webcam and with an IR camera so that you audio and video quality are a few steps above your average work laptop.

No pricing was announced for either model, but they are expected to be available later this month.

A Folio with 2-in-1 inside


HP Elite Folio.

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The upcoming Elite Folio is a commercial version of the leather-wrapped Specter Folio. Instead of a detachable keyboard like a rotating display or other two-in-one, the folio starts to look like a typical clamshell laptop, but then you move the screen to place it in a better position behind the touchpad Can. Video chat or presentations.

You can drag the display all the way forward and lie flat (almost) above the keyboard to use it like a tablet. there is one Aes pen To quickly bring down the notes stored above the keyboard ready for you. As soon as you lift the pen, it can also launch an app.

The Folio is powered by a second-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G compute platform, which allows you to get 5G wireless if you want and it is over 24 hours of local video playback, HP says. In addition, it is covered in vegan leather, a smart move by HP considering the use of recycled materials in these new business laptops.

Elite Folio is expected to be available in February but no pricing was announced.

Lighter than air laptops


HP EliteBook 840 G8 Aero.

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For those not interested in a small two-in-one – vegan leather wrapped or not – HP announced the EliteBook 840 G8 Aero. It is less than 2.5 pounds, which HP says makes it the lightest 14-inch business laptop in the world. Like the Dragonfly G2, it has an 11th-gen Intel Core processor, built-in tile tracking, and optional 5G wireless.

Also, to help with conferencing, there are three mixes, and one of them is on the outside, so it sounds more clearly on both sides of the laptop’s display. It is also available with HP Security Privacy features to block your webcams and mics and an optional HP SureView display that helps prevent that block on your screen from anyone who might follow you.

The EliteBook Aero is expected in March, and like others, HP did not announce pricing.


HP Envy 14.

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Along with three commercial laptops, HP announced the new NV14, a consumer laptop, but aimed at creatives. The laptop’s 16:10 14-inch 1,920×1,200-pixel display is color calibrated at the factory and includes a 100% sRGB color gamut. It will be available with an 11th-gen Intel Core processor and Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti Max Q discrete graphics.

Like other laptops announced by HP, the NV14 has improved conferencing features including AI noise removal to clean up its audio. In addition, it has the HP Enhanced Lighting feature, which turns its screen into a selfie ring light to brighten your face in video chat – of course “Why hasn’t anyone done this before on a laptop?” Facility.

The HP Envy 14 is expected to start at the end of this month at $ 1,000. International pricing was not available, but converts to around £ 740 and AU $ 1,290 for the UK and Australia respectively.

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