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HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook hands-on from CES 2023

HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook hands-on from CES 2023

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For many people, Chromebooks are inexpensive, no-frills machines for surfing the web and getting some tasks done. But they can be even more. New high-end Chromebooks combine the simplicity of ChromeOS with the performance and looks of a premium laptop, and HP’s new Dragonfly Pro Chromebook is one of the most compelling examples we’ve seen to date.

The Dragonfly Pro Chromebook, launching this spring at an undisclosed price (we expect it to match current upscale Chromebooks, around $500 or more), uses the same sleek design language as its Windows counterpart while throwing in a handful of nice touches, including sleek RGB lighting that you’d typically only find on gaming laptops. We got a chance to get our hands on this alluring new Chrome notebook ahead of its unveiling at CES 2023, so here are some first impressions.

• Product: HP Dragonfly Chromebook Pro
• Start date: Spring 2023
• Pricing: To be announced in Spring (Premium Chromebooks typically cost $500 or more)
• Why it’s worth your attention: Chromebooks rarely look this good, nor do they typically offer high-end features like customizable RGB lighting. If you want the simplicity of ChromeOS but in a design that really stands out, the dragonfly belongs on your radar.

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Since 2020’s Samsung Chromebook 2, no ChromeOS notebook has caught my attention more than the Dragonfly Pro. HP’s latest premium Chromebook looks almost identical to the standard Dragonfly Pro, meaning it’s slim enough to stand out in the office, light enough for easy travel, and attractive in both Ceramic White and Sparkling Black.

The Dragonfly Pro Chromebook felt great during my limited hands-on time, as it had a 3.3-pound frame that was a no-brainer and a satisfyingly bright and colorful 14-inch 2560 x 1600 display, that really popped up when I lit my favorite YouTube videos. I was immediately drawn to the laptop’s keyboard, which not only feels nice and bouncy, but also offers customizable RGB lighting — a rarity in a Chromebook.

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You can choose from a handful of preset colors and patterns in the ChromeOS settings menu, or have it automatically matched to Dragonfly Pro’s many colorful background options. The Dragonfly Pro Chromebook’s RGB lighting might not be as robust or dynamic as a gaming laptop, but it’s still a nice touch that perfectly complements the notebook’s sleek design and colorful display.

HP’s latest Chromebook is powered by a 12th Gen Intel Core i5 processor with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for everyday fast email, work, and Android gaming through the Google Play Store . HP promises “all-day battery life” (something we’re excited about) as well as fast-charge support that can get you charged to 50% in 30 minutes (ditto).

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The Dragonfly Pro Chromebook is just part of HP’s impressively large CES 2023 list, which runs the gamut from affordable notebooks built with sustainability in mind to high-end Windows computers, including the standard Dragonfly Pro, giving you the same sleek design but with the flexibility of Windows 11 plus the power of AMD processors and a wider range of storage and memory options.

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Staples like the HP Laptop 14-inch and HP Laptop 15.6-inch have been updated with newer components, with the former coming in a particularly intriguing “Eco Edition”. According to HP, the new notebook will be made with up to 25% of the product made from post-consumer recycled plastic, with additional materials such as used cooking oil used. It also comes in 100% sustainably sourced, recyclable packaging. It also looks gorgeous in person, sporting an attractive Waterfall Blue colorway.

HP’s sustainability efforts also extend to its latest all-in-one desktop, which has a chassis the company says is made from at least 40% recycled plastic, a stand that’s made from 75% recycled aluminum and a base made entirely from recycled polyester. Recycled coffee grounds are used to create the attractive mottled finish. Overall, it’s great to see HP making such a big effort towards eco-friendly products, especially when they all look so great.

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HP’s lineup of consumer PCs is impressive this year, not only because the company’s devices look sleek and promise great performance, but also because many of them are built with the planet in mind. The Dragonfly Pro 14 looks like a serious contender for best laptop, and its Chromebook counterpart is one of the most attractive we’ve seen yet. Consider affordable, eco-conscious options like the HP Laptop 14-inch and 24-inch All-in-One, and HP should have something for almost everyone in 2023. We look forward to testing HP’s new lineup as PCs get rolling all year long, so stay tuned for more.

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