It’s been quite some time – 1936 to be exact – since Konrad Zuse, a German engineer introduced the Z1 to the world. The Z1 was the first computer in a lot of senses, and it took up the space of an entire living room but supplied processing power way less than any laptop out there.
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But . . . not so great for traveling, luckily we are looking at two different laptops that are.
While the MacBook Air has long been the go-to for a lightweight laptop with stellar performance, each year more laptops try to take that crown. In this post, I want to look at 2 of the best of them, the HP Elite Dragonfly and the New Dell XPS 13 9300.
Indeed, for most of us, an ideal laptop for traveling professionals is not necessarily all about having an insane intel optane memory or additional security features, it’s also about an attractive chassis, the clarity of the screen, and being lightweight and portable. Comfortably balancing the laptop on an airplane seatback tray is also a pretty big bonus.
So, let’s take a quick look at which laptop fares better in this intense battle of specifications and quality as two computing heavyweights, HP and Dell, put forward the HP Elite Dragonfly vs Dell XPS 13 in the bout of lightweight laptops.
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HP Elite Dragonfly vs Dell XPS 13: The quick answer
A quick thing off the back is that with the New Dell XPS 13, Dell have ditched the 2-in-1 design in favor of a slightly bigger screen. So if you want a 2-in-1, you will etch have to buy the previous Dell model (still a great machine) or the HP Elite Dragonfly.
When it comes to security and weight, the Dragonfly edges it and the build quality, despite its size, is something HP can be proud of, considering its durability can withstand the roughest of conditions.
Of course, the attractiveness of the Dell XPS 13 is some level ahead of the Dragonfly, with its super-slim body and frightening display outline leaving a classic example of how screens should look like on the sands on time, but that doesn’t mean the Dragonfly doesn’t make your heart skip a beat either.
Similarly, the XPS 13 delivers a better performance than the Dragonfly with the latest processors, even though the Dragonfly frantically scrambles to match up.
My choice? Well if I factor in the price, I believe the New Dell XPS 13 shades it. With the stronger performance, my love for the crazy sexy screen, and the fact is it a few hundred dollars cheaper, that swings it for me and why it is my #1 laptop for travel.
But – it’s not that easy, let’s break it down.
HP Elite Dragonfly
The Dragonfly does not let its name down, as it has what should be a weighty system given wings to fly. With 512GB of memory space (SSD M.2 PCIe for that matter!), paired with a magnificent 32GB of Intel Optane Memory the Dragonfly packs enough capacity to support any storage needs for all road warriors. Add to that a modest Intel UHD 620 Graphics that is covered by running on an Intel Core i7-8665U processor and you get a performance-ready machine that will not fail its user.
Also, the Dragonfly’s blue magnesium chassis makes it a beautiful and ultralightweight business laptop that puts many of its rivals to shame – including the MacBook (but more on that later), especially because of an extraordinary battery life that is normally mutually exclusive with a lightweight chassis.
The HP Elite Dragonfly review isn’t complete without saying that it also comes with a wide selection of ports, including one USB 3.1 Type-A, Two Thunderbolt 3, one HDMI 1.4, a nano SIM slot, headphone jack ports for connectivity.