It’s easy to access all the components of the Latitude 5420 if you ever need to repair or upgrade the machine. The back cover is held on with standard Phillips-head screws and internal plastic clips, which are easy to unscrew and unsnap. You can easily replace the laptop’s memory, storage, battery, fan, wireless card, speakers, and display. If you’re more experienced with repairs or if you work in IT, you can repair or replace nearly any component of the machine. For instance, even the power button is its own module that you can swap out if you remove nearly all the internal components, including the battery, motherboard, and inner frame. This level of repairability is unrivaled in comparison against ultrabooks or MacBooks and not seen on most other laptops available. Dell publishes a nice service manual to make repairs easier.
When the Xerox Duplex Combo Scanner earned one of our Best of 2019 Awards, its rival the HP ScanJet Pro 2500 f1 was already three and a half years old. Now HP has finally replaced that model. The new ScanJet Pro 2600 f1 ($379), like its predecessor, combines a flatbed scanner with a sheetfed automatic document feeder (ADF) for handling everything from stacks of printed sheets to book pages and delicate documents. It's significantly faster than the 2016 model and comes with a much-improved edition of HP's Scan Pro interface and document processing software, making it—like the higher-end Editors' Choice winner the ScanJet Pro 3600 f1—a superb dual-function scanner for small and home offices. (It lists for $80 to $110 more than its closest competitors, though that's likely to come down soon, and already has at a couple of online outlets.) The 2600 f1 edges out the Xerox Combo as our new Editors' Choice pick among entry-level sheetfed/flatbed document scanners.
The ScanJet Pro 2600 f1 is the least expensive of four combination scanners HP debuted a few weeks ago. We've already reviewed the 3600 f1 mentioned above and the corporate ScanJet Enterprise Flow N6600 fnw1. While they vary widely in speed, capacity, volume, and price, these three are similar in size and weight.
However, while the other two were significantly smaller than their predecessors, the ScanJet Pro 2600 f1 is a bit bulkier than the 2500 f1 at 5.2 by 19.4 by 12.8 inches (HWD) and 11.9 pounds. The Xerox Duplex Combo Scanner is smaller and weighs about half as much, and the Epson DS-1630 Flatbed Color Document Scanner sits between the Xerox and this new HP in heft.
Like the 3600's, the 2600's control panel is a modest, easy-to-use array of buttons and LEDs. From the left, the buttons are Cancel, Shortcut Select (for selecting workflow profiles, which we'll discuss momentarily), Scan to PDF, Scan to JPEG, Scan to Email, Scan to Cloud, Scan to USB, Simplex/Duplex (toggling one- and two-sided scanning), Scan/Start, and the power button. As minimal as this array is, the Epson and Xerox's control panels are even sparser.
Most of the buttons correspond with preconfigured workflow profiles installed by the HP Scan Pro software (more about it in a minute). Scanning resolutions are 600dpi from the ADF and 1,200dpi from the flatbed. Color depth is 24-bit external and 48-bit internal, and the maximum document size is 8.5 inches wide by 10.2 feet long.
If you want a color touch screen for configuring and executing scans, you'll have to step up to a midrange or high-volume model such as the HP N6600 fnw1 or the Raven Pro Max. The latter, in fact, lets you edit scans, configure document-management settings, and much more from an 8-inch tablet-like touch panel. Such advanced features don't come cheap, however; the enterprise HP and the Raven Max cost three or four times as much as the ScanJet Pro 2600 f1.
The HP's auto-duplexing ADF holds up to 60 pages, and the device's daily duty cycle is 1,500 scans. The Epson DS-1630 and Xerox Combo have matching duty cycles, though their automatic document feeders hold slightly fewer sheets. High-end scanners like the Raven Pro Max and the HP ScanJet Enterprise Flow come with 100-page ADFs and much higher daily maximums (6,000 and 8,000 scans, respectively).
I've looked at several combination sheetfed/flatbed scanners lately, and this HP is the only one except the Xerox Combo with a USB 2.0 port instead of a 10-times-faster USB 3.x connection. (As our test scores suggest, however, studying document pages at the speed of this class of scanner doesn't really demand a lot of bandwidth.)
It doesn't matter which flavor of USB you use, as all require a direct connection to a single Windows PC or Mac, ruling out Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or access from smartphones and tablets. Nor does the 2600 f1 have an auxiliary USB port for scanning to flash drives or other USB storage devices, a common feature on next-level-up models like the HP 3600 f1.
As mentioned, whether you scan from the control panel or your computer, you must install either the HP Scan Pro software or one of the WIA, ISIS, or TWAIN scanner drivers. The former allows you to create and modify preconfigured workflow profiles (HP calls them shortcuts), while the latter let you scan directly into many programs such as Microsoft's Office suite or Adobe Creative Cloud apps.
HP Scan Pro is, not surprisingly, an enhanced version of HP Scan. Not only does it let you control the scanner directly, but you can also edit or create shortcuts including all aspects of a scan job: the scanning resolution, whether simplex or duplex, the file type, the destination, and so on.
HP rates the 2600 f1's scanning speed at 25 one-sided pages per minute (ppm) and 25 two-sided images per minute (or ipm, where each page side counts as an image). We don't see many sheetfed scanners nowadays with lower ratings. The Xerox and Epson advertise the same speed, while the ScanJet Pro 3600 f1 is rated at 30ppm and 60ipm. The HP ScanJet Enterprise Flow N6600 nfw1 boasts a 50ppm/100ipm rating, topped by the Raven Pro Max at 60ppm/120ipm.
I tested this HP on our usual Intel Core i5 testbed running Windows 10 Pro and, in this case, HP Scan Pro. First, I clocked the 2600 f1 and its software as they captured our 25-page one-sided and 25-page two-sided text documents, then converted and saved the scans to image PDF format. The scanner narrowly beat its ratings at 26.8ppm and 53.7ipm.
I can't compare those results to its 2500 f1 predecessor, which was reviewed with a different test methodology. The Xerox Combo was slightly faster. The Epson DS-1630 was considerably slower, thanks to its dual-pass automatic document feeder—instead of having two sensors to capture both sides of a page in one pass, it scans one side, pulls the paper back in, and flips it before scanning the other side. That naturally takes more than twice as long as the single-pass ADFs found on the other machines mentioned here, and on most other sheetfed scanners on the planet.
Next, I clocked the ScanJet Pro as it scanned our two-sided 25-page (50 sides) text document and converted and saved the scans to the more versatile, document-archiving-friendly searchable PDF format. The entire task—from clicking Scan to displaying the PDF—took 54 seconds.
That's 6 seconds behind the midrange ScanJet Pro 3600 f1, 4 seconds ahead of the Xerox Combo, and miles ahead of the dual-pass DS-1630. The HP N6600 fnw1 was nearly twice as fast as its entry-level sibling at 28 seconds, and the Raven Pro Max was quicker still at 24 seconds. The Fujitsu fi-8270, one of three new sheetfed/flatbed combos from that company, did the job in 25 seconds.
The purpose of scanning pages and converting them to an editable format is, of course, to avoid typing or retyping. There was a time when optical character recognition (OCR) wasn't nearly as precise as it is today; without clean, original (not photocopied) text pages using common fonts, you'd find yourself entering line after line of corrections.
Today, even the cheapest portable scanners and their software do a terrific job of scanning text and converting it to desired document types even with the smallest fonts. The ScanJet Pro 2600 f1 proved error-free down to 6-point type in both our sans-serif (Arial) and serif (Times New Roman) tests, which is wonderfully accurate, if basically average for modern scanners. Both the Epson and Xerox (tested in 2017 and 2019, respectively) were perfect at 6 points for Arial and 8 for Times New Roman. Their software's likely improved since then, and you're not likely to run into much text that's any smaller, anyway.
I also scanned several photos, brochures, and PowerPoint and Excel handouts with colorful business graphics, as well as a couple of stacks of business cards. Like its higher-end siblings, this ScanJet handles colors deftly. When I set the flatbed to 1,200dpi resolution, fine details and gradations from one color to another were impressive. As with the 3600 f1, I've no complaints about this flatbed.
There's little to dislike about this compact scanner—aside from its $379 list price, that is. Again, it's a good bet that you'll be able to find this HP for less. (At the time we published this, a couple of outlets offered it for $299.) Even at MSRP, the ScanJet Pro 2600 f1 is just robust and ground-breaking enough to edge into the Editors' Choice circle among entry-level combination sheetfed/flatbed scanners. And as its price comes down (and it will), it will become an even greater value.
For new and old investors, taking full advantage of the stock market and investing with confidence are common goals.
Many investors also have a go-to methodology that helps guide their buy and sell decisions. One way to find winning stocks based on your preferred way of investing is to use the Zacks Style Scores, which are indicators that rate stocks based on three widely-followed investing types: value, growth, and momentum.
Why Investors Should Pay Attention to This Value Stock
Value investors love finding good stocks at good prices, especially before the broader market catches on to a stock's true value. Utilizing ratios like P/E, PEG, Price/Sales, and Price/Cash Flow, the Value Style Score identifies the most attractive and most discounted stocks.
HP Inc. is the surviving entity following the November 2015 split of Hewlett-Packard Company into publicly traded entities - Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company and HP Inc.
HPQ boasts a Value Style Score of A and VGM Score of A, and holds a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) rating. Shares of HP are trading at a forward earnings multiple of 7.5X, as well as a PEG Ratio of 1.9, a Price/Cash Flow ratio of 6.9X, and a Price/Sales ratio of 0.5X.
A company's earnings performance is important for value investors as well. For fiscal 2022, six analysts revised their earnings estimate higher in the last 60 days for HPQ, while the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased $0.03 to $4.30 per share. HPQ also holds an average earnings surprise of 8.4%.
With strong valuation and earnings metrics, a good Zacks Rank, and top-tier Value and VGM Style Scores, investors should strongly think about adding HPQ to their portfolios.
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In the latest trading session, HP (HPQ) closed at $31.95, marking a -1.99% move from the previous day. This move lagged the S&P 500's daily loss of 1.15%. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 0.71%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, lost 0.13%.
Coming into today, shares of the personal computer and printer maker had lost 7.81% in the past month. In that same time, the Computer and Technology sector lost 1.37%, while the S&P 500 gained 1.44%.
Wall Street will be looking for positivity from HP as it approaches its next earnings report date. In that report, analysts expect HP to post earnings of $1.05 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 5%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $15.8 billion, up 3.34% from the year-ago period.
For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $4.30 per share and revenue of $65.97 billion, which would represent changes of +13.46% and +3.92%, respectively, from the prior year.
It is also important to note the exact changes to analyst estimates for HP. exact revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.
Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an actionable rating system.
The Zacks Rank system ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 0.12% lower. HP is holding a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now.
Investors should also note HP's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 7.57. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 7.57, which means HP is trading at a no noticeable deviation to the group.
Meanwhile, HPQ's PEG ratio is currently 1.89. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. HPQ's industry had an average PEG ratio of 1.94 as of yesterday's close.
The Computer - Mini computers industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 51, which puts it in the top 21% of all 250+ industries.
The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our individual industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.
You can find more information on all of these metrics, and much more, on Zacks.com.
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Inspiring productivity and streamlining print transformation for IT teams
Workers miss their office printer more than happy hour or a free lunch
Work flows fast with the new HP LaserJet Managed E800/E700 series
Bringing value to customers with a secure, customizable and easy-to-manage portfolio
PALO ALTO, Calif., July 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Re-imagining the office experience, companies are resetting plans to cater to new ways of working. Tasked with creating modern and inspiring workplace environments, CIOs and ITDMs require the right technologies to enable a fast moving, digitally enabled workforce to be productive.
A exact Morning Consult survey1, commissioned by HP, polled 1,000 office workers in the US and Canada to find out what they appreciate (and had missed) most about the office. It turns out, what they really missed was printing. In fact, 57% of office workers surveyed said they missed their office printer more than a free lunch or happy hour.
To address the need for a true workplace of the future, HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) today introduced the HP LaserJet Managed E800/E700 series, a new portfolio of multi-function printers that support and inspire a productivity-focused hybrid workforce, with intelligent solutions that can make work flow faster.
“As the hybrid work model continues to evolve, CIOs and IT departments have never been more challenged,” said Carles Farre, Global Head of Print Services and Solutions, HP Inc. “They need intelligent printers with advanced features that streamline work processes. The HP LaserJet Managed E800/E700 series offers our customers and channel partners a sleek, fully customizable and easily manageable portfolio to meet today’s workplace and digitization goals – now and in the future.”
The HP LaserJet Managed E800/E700 series delivers:
Simplified Workflows & Boosted Productivity: The E800/E700 Flow series offers comprehensive workflow solutions with new FLOW 2.0 features, including the ability to make edits directly to your content on the control panel (highlight, redact – even simply sign), as well as customized shortcuts2. Innovative Reverse and Retry technology3 detects and resolves double feed issues and paper jams aiding workflows to be kept at a premium.
Powerful, Fast Performance: Get more done faster; up to 70ppm fast printing4 speed and 300 ipm5 duplex scan speed powered by HP’s custom designed quadcore processor. Utilizing autosensing technology, customers automatically save time with tone and color management, two-sided document detection and automatic job separation features.
Customizable and Sleek Design: Modern designs include five color panels6 to match your office decor and HP Flex Build for flexible configurations to meet different business needs7.
World’s Most Secure Printing8: A exact Morning Consult survey1, commission by HP, found that 67% of ITDMs believe privacy and security in a flex work environment have become more complex, especially when it comes to printer security. With HP Wolf Enterprise Security9, the HP LaserJet Managed E800/E700 series protects, detects, and self-recovers. Specifically, these new devices include Memory Shield™, which helps detect malicious attacks on the printer and, if detected, automatically self-heals. Memory Shield™ uses a hardware-protected solution called Runtime Intrusion Detection to actively scan memory for anomalies, and XGuard CFI from Karamba to monitor the execution flow of the printer firmware to help detect and prevent potential zero-day attacks.
Built-in Sustainability: Supports zero deforestation10 and helps save resources with HP’s energy efficient printing.11
For more information about the E800/E700 series, please visit https://www.hp.com/us-en/printers/laserjet-managed-e800-e700-series.html.
The HP LaserJet Managed E800 series is expected to be available in North America on August 1 with expanded availability expected in select countries in Europe in October. The series will continue to roll out to additional countries this year and next. The HP LaserJet Managed E700 series is expected to be available in North America in September and select countries in Europe in October. The series will continue to roll out to additional countries this year and next.
HP Inc. is a technology company that believes one thoughtful idea has the power to change the world. Its product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers, and 3D printing solutions helps bring these ideas to life. Visit http://www.hp.com.
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1 HP commissioned Morning Consult to conduct a survey between March 19th and 23rd, 2022. A total demo of 200 enterprise IT decision makers (100 in US/100 in Canada) and 1,000 office workers (500 in US/500 in Canada). Morning Consult works with panel providers to recruit people through a variety of methods (e.g., loyalty programs, in-app promos, etc.) to build a pool of respondents willing to take surveys in exchange for rewards, such as gift cards. Respondents are not endorsing an HP product. The interviews were conducted online, and the data was unweighted. Results for ITDMs have a margin of error of plus or minus 7 percentage points, while results for office workers have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
2 Management of customized delivery options are only available with the optional Workflow accelerator card availability expected in January 2023.
3 Reverse and Retry technology is only available on Flow-based models.
4 Measured using ISO/IEC 24734, excludes first set of test documents. For more information, see http://www.hp.com/go/printerclaims. Exact speed varies depending on the system configuration, software application, driver, and document complexity.
5 Scan speeds measured from ADF. actual processing speeds may vary depending on scan resolution, network conditions, computer performance, and application software. Measured using standards found at: http://standards.iso.org/ittf/PubliclyAvailableStandards/SC28_Test_Pages/.
6 Color panels are optional and availability may vary. Check with your HP Reseller for details.
7 The availability of Flex Build program differs by region or country.
8 HP’s most advanced embedded security features are available on HP Managed and Enterprise devices with HP FutureSmart firmware 4.5 or above. Claim based on HP review of 2022 published features of competitive in-class printers. Only HP offers a combination of security features to automatically detect, stop, and recover from attacks with a self-healing reboot, in alignment with NIST SP 800-193 guidelines for device cyber resiliency. For a list of compatible products, visit: hp.com/go/PrintersThatProtect. For more information, visit: hp.com/go/PrinterSecurityClaims.
9 HP Security is now HP Wolf Security. Security features vary by platform, please see product data sheet for details.
10 100% outer fiber-based packaging and internal fiber-based cushions made from sustainably sourced certified and recycled fibers.
11 HP voluntarily designs and tests its printing systems to prevent emissions that exceed Blue Angel and EPEAT eco-label guidelines.
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Smartsheet, the enterprise platform for dynamic work, will host its annual ENGAGE conference, September 19-22, 2022, at the Seattle Convention Center. Thousands of innovators from across the globe will hear from Smartsheet executives, special guests including McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown and Head of Commercial Technology Ed Green, and well-known brands like TIME and HP about platform updates, the power of Smartsheet and our vision for helping organizations amplify their impact, no matter the challenges they face.
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"There's a significant competitive advantage right now for companies who can create value within their organizations. To take advantage of this, individuals and teams need to quickly respond to change, create solutions that work, and scale those successes across their organizations," said Mark Mader, CEO of Smartsheet. "We've been hard at work developing better ways for people to work together on what matters most and look forward to showing our community how to maximize the value realized with Smartsheet this Septeber."
During the three-day event, attendees will have access to more than 75 breakout sessions led by Smartsheet experts, customers, and industry thought leaders on topics, including:
"Attending ENGAGE has always been a highlight for me, so to say I'm excited that we're back in-person is an understatement. Learning about new product capabilities and how others use Smartsheet is wonderful, but meeting other achievers and supporting one another is what this conference is really about," said Deanna Vandermeer, Smartsheet Overachiever Alumni and Curriculum Financial Analyst & Administrative Liaison Mesa County Valley School District 51.
Customers can also put their Smartsheet knowledge to the test and get certified at the event in three areas that proves their skill and proficiency with the Smartsheet platform:
Don't miss out on announcements, sessions, and networking (and some surprises!) - register for ENGAGE today.
Smartsheet (NYSE: SMAR) is the enterprise platform for dynamic work. By aligning people and technology so organizations can move faster and drive innovation, Smartsheet enables its millions of users to achieve more. Visit www.smartsheet.com to learn more.
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HP and Google really, really want you to think of Chromebooks as fit for the corner office as well as K-12 classrooms and cash-strapped consumers. The HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook (starts at $1,149; $1,734 as tested) is a corporate 2-in-1 convertible laptop built for cloud-first hybrid work. It's the first Chromebook with Intel's vPro IT manageability and security tech and the most advanced Chrome OS laptop to date. The Elite Dragonfly is unabashedly expensive, replacing its 2020 predecessor the HP Elite Chromebook c1030 Enterprise as the priciest Chromebook we've seen. But if you're not impressed by its exotic haptic touchpad and Wi-Fi 6E, you might perk up at claims like "three hours less downtime per week" and "zero ransomware attacks in history." The HP claims our Editors' Choice award for Chromebooks for business.
Like our consumer Editors' Choice winner the Acer Chromebook Spin 713, the Elite Dragonfly Chromebook has a 13.5-inch IPS touch screen with a squarish 3:2 aspect ratio, which lets you see more of a document or webpage without scrolling and feels more like a pad of paper when held in tablet mode. The $1,149 base model's display has 1,920-by-1,280-pixel resolution and 400 nits of brightness; it's paired with a 12th Generation Intel Core i3 non-vPro processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB NVMe solid-state drive.
For $1,734, our Chrome Enterprise Upgrade test unit also has 8GB of memory but steps up to a Core i5-1245U vPro CPU (two Performance cores, eight Efficient cores, 12 threads), a 256GB SSD, and a 400-nit Gorilla Glass 5 screen with 2,256-by-1,504 resolution matching the Acer's. A third display option has the lower pixel count but is a 1,000-nit panel with HP's Sure View privacy screen. The RAM and SSD ceilings are 32GB and 512GB respectively; flagship models have Intel's Core i7-1265U and 4G LTE mobile broadband. (HP says 5G is coming this fall.)
The Elite Dragonfly claims to be both sturdy and environmentally friendly, two must-haves for enterprise computing these days. Not only has it passed MIL-STD 810H tests against road hazards like shock and vibration, HP boasts, but it also has a 90% recycled-magnesium top, 50% recycled-aluminum bottom, and 50% recycled-plastic keycaps. The Chromebook measures 0.65 by 11.6 by 8.7 inches and weighs 2.8 pounds, a bit trimmer than the Spin 713 (0.67 by 11.8 by 9.3 inches, 3.2 pounds). The competing 13.3-inch Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook is 0.61 by 12.1 by 8.4 inches, and the heaviest of the trio at 3.3 pounds.
The side screen bezels are thin, though the top one is thicker to accommodate a webcam with sliding shutter. The system feels robust and sturdy, though as with most thin convertibles there's a bit of flex if you grasp the screen corners or mash the keyboard. The display also wobbles a bit when tapped in laptop mode—the annoying but impossible-to-eradicate "screen bounce" phenomenon. A fingerprint reader in the palm rest speeds sign-ins.
On the laptop's left side are USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI ports—the latter a big Chromebook bonus for connecting an external monitor without fussing with a USB-C dongle—plus a microSD card slot. You'll also find the power button and a volume rocker for use in tablet mode.
A second Thunderbolt 4 port joins an audio jack, a USB 3.2 Type-A port, and SIM-card and security-lock slots at right. The AC adapter has a USB-C connector; the Elite Dragonfly is compatible with HP's Thunderbolt docking stations.
The 5-megapixel webcam puts most notebooks' cheap 720p cameras to shame, capturing 1080p videos (and, in a nifty new Chromebook option, five-second GIFs) and 2,560-by-1,920-pixel stills. Images are sharp and colorful, though a bit dark in rooms that aren't brightly lit.
The Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers above the keyboard are surprisingly loud without being boomy or distorted at top volume. Highs and midtones are crisp, and bass is stronger than I expected; you can easily make out overlapping tracks. One of the top-row keys mutes the mic and all apps so you won't disturb conference calls.
Backlit for use in those dim rooms I mentioned, the keyboard follows the standard Chromebook layout with top-row browser, brightness, and volume controls, plus keys for switching among virtual desktops, capturing screens, and locking the system. Windows migrants will be frustrated by the lack of Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys (worsened by HP's trademark placement of the cursor arrows in a row instead of the proper inverted T), but the keyboard has a comfortable, responsive typing feel, even if it is a bit noisy.
The large, buttonless touchpad uses haptic technology, like that of Apple's MacBooks and just a few high-end Windows laptops, so clicks are registered equally wherever you press (even at the top edge) and indicated by feedback instead of physical movement. The feedback is rather faint, but you quickly get used to it, and is a welcome addition when you drag or snap windows to the sides (halves) of the screen.
As with most Chromebooks, the display offers a range of faux or "looks like" resolutions (the default is 1,410 by 940 pixels) if you find that its native resolution of 2,256 by 1,504 pixels makes screen elements and text too tiny. The panel is nicely bright (though I stuck with the top two or three backlight levels), with clean white instead of grayish backgrounds, and rich, well-saturated colors. The 5.5-inch pen clings tightly to the Dragonfly's right edge and charges wirelessly; it kept up with my fastest swoops and scribbles, and exhibited good palm rejection.
Thanks to Intel vPro, IT managers can revel in remote manageability and security, including total memory encryption (TME) and Keylocker. The vPro functionality also includes approving and blocking apps and extensions, and remotely wiping or disabling misplaced machines.
In addition, HP provides QuickDrop software, used to transfer files between your Chromebook and iOS or Android phone; a trial of the Concepts sketching app; and one year of Parallels Desktop, so Chrome Enterprise customers can run Windows programs.
For our benchmark charts, I compared the Elite Dragonfly with four other Intel Core-powered Chromebooks. Besides two additional 13.5-inch convertibles with 3:2 aspect displays—the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 and HP Elite c1030 Chromebook Enterprise—I chose two 14-inch clamshells aimed at consumers and business respectively, the Acer Chromebook 514 and the Asus Chromebook CX9. You can see their basic specs in the table below.
We test Chromebooks with three overall performance benchmark suites—one Chrome OS, one Android, and one online. The first, Principled Technologies' CrXPRT 2, measures how quickly a system performs everyday tasks in six workloads such as applying photo effects, graphing a stock portfolio, analyzing DNA sequences, and generating 3D shapes using WebGL.
The Elite Dragonfly trailed in PCMark Android but scored a win in Basemark Web and more or less tied for first in CrXPRT 2, so it's a great performer for the Google Workspace and other office tasks it's destined for. It's one of the quickest Chromebooks we've tested.
Sadly, the Dragonfly balked at our Android CPU benchmark, Primate Labs' Geekbench (likely a software glitch, not a deficiency with the laptop specifically). It did run our Android GPU test, GFXBench 5.0, which stress-tests both low-level routines like texturing and high-level, game-like image rendering that exercises graphics and compute shaders, reporting results in frames per second (fps).
Finally, to test a Chromebook's battery, we loop a 720p video file with screen brightness set at 50%, volume at 100%, and Wi-Fi and keyboard backlighting disabled until the system quits. Sometimes we must play the 69GB video from an external SSD plugged into a USB port, but the HP had more than enough room on board.
We've never seen a Chromebook with a dedicated GPU instead of integrated graphics, so we've never seen a Chromebook with blazing gaming performance, though the Dragonfly is more than quick enough for browser and Android games. More important, it delivers solid if not record-setting battery life. You should easily get through a day's work without worrying about staying close to a wall outlet.
Google is serious about selling Chrome OS to corporations, touting its continuous, automatic updates; no need for third-party antivirus software; swift startup, voice support, and cloud profiles that work across devices; Google Workspace's compatibility with Microsoft Office; and built-in Google Meet videoconferencing and Screencast screen recorder with auto-transcript. With the cutting-edge, vPro-compliant HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook, the platform has its best example yet for enterprise deployment.
The rather large drawback is that the Dragonfly is shockingly expensive, or at least will seem so to anyone not used to premium Chromebooks. Even with HP currently discounting the $1,149 base model to $979.99, it'll make consumers turn away and prospective business buyers hesitate. But if they take the plunge, IT managers will find the Elite Dragonfly the best Chromebook ever and an Editors' Choice-worthy showpiece for cloud and flexible work.