HP has been using the Dragonfly name for a series of thin and light laptops and tablets over the past few years. But so far the Dragonfly brand has been limited to HP’s business-class mobile computers. Now the company is introducing its first consumer-oriented Dragonfly PCs, starting with the HP Dragonfly Pro Windows laptop and the HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook.

Both will be available this spring and HP says pricing will be announced closer to release. While both are 14 inch laptops with similar designs, the operating system isn’t the only difference. The Chromebook, for example, is powered by a 12th-gen Intel Core “Alder Lake” processor, while the Windows version supports up to an AMD Ryzen 7 7736U chip.

HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook

The processor isn’t the only difference. The Chromebook has a brighter, higher-resolution display, but only supports up to 16GB of RAM, while the Windows model can be configured with up to 32GB. Both feature LPDDR5 memory that’s soldered to the mainboard though, so it’s not user upgradeable. But the laptops also both use M.2 SSDs which are replaceable.

Another difference is the keyboard. Not only does the HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook feature a ChromeOS keyboard with keys for back, home, and recent apps, among other things, but the Windows model features a set of special shortcut keys along the right side. One opens the Control Center, another the Camera Settings, and a third is a dedicated key to contact HP’s 24/7 support services… which seems like kind of a waste of space for folks who rarely contact customer support and/or plan to keep their laptop after the warranty expires. A fourth key is user-customizable and can be used to open the app or setting of your choice.

HP Dragonfly Pro

HP says the Windows version of the HP Dragonfly Pro  was co-engineered with AMD and uses AMD Platform Management Framework (PMF) technology to balance performance and power consumption.

Here’s a comparison of some key specs for the two versions of HP’s new Dragonfly Pro:

HP Dragonfly ProHP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook
OSWindows 11 HomeChromeOS
ProcessorAMD Radeon 7736uIntel Core i5-1235U
Display14 inches
1920 x 1200 pixels
IPS LCD
400 nits
100% sRGB color gamut
Low blue light
flicker-free
multi-touch
86.5% screen-to-body ratio
14 inches
2560 x 1600 pixels
IPS LCD
1200 nits
100% sRGB color gamut
multi-touch
87.6% screen-to-body ratio
RAM16GB or 32GB
LPDDR5-6400
16GB
LPDDR5
Storage512GB or 1TB
PCIe NVMe SSD
256GB
PCIe NVMe SSD
Ports2 x USB4 (40 Gbps)
1 x USB 3.2 Type-C (10 Gbps)
4 x Thunderbolt 4
WirelessQualcomm WCN685x
WiFi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
WiFi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
Webcam5MP
IR camera (Windows Hello)
Camera Sutter
8MP
AudioQuad speakers (2 upward-facing, 2-downward)
Dual microphones
B&O audio
Quad speakers (2 upward-facing, 2-downward)
B&O audio
Battery & charging64.6 Wh
96W USB-Type-C power adapter
50% charge in 30 minutes
51.3 Wh
96W USB Type-C power adapter
50% charge in 30 minutes
KeyboardBacklit
Haptic trackpad
Fingerprint sensor
RGB backlit
ChromeOS keys
Dimensions12.5″ x 8.8″ x 0.7″12.4″ x 8.7″ x 0.7″
Weight3.53 pounds3.33 lbs
ColorCeramic White or Sparkling Black

HP says the laptop is also made using some recycled materials, with the Windows model featuring 90% recycled magnesium and 50 to 75% recycled aluminum in the enclosure and the ChromeOS model featuring 65% recycled metal in the cover. Both incorporate some recycled plastic for the keycaps and some other components.

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  1. I would not buy the HP dragonfly line… low volumes too many compromises for the thin & low weight… I actually use my cpu. Ryzen 7 7736u is a nice chip, but unless they discount I would rather wait for the 3nm Ryzen 3 for the same price.

  2. Somehow, marketing determined that screwing up the keyboard with built-in annoyances was WORSE than daring to break the flat bottom line to stick full size arrow keys on the keyboard.

    Dedicated keys that open any kind of application that depends on networking have never annoyed me less than they’ve been convenient. On my old (funnily enough) HP keyboard, there are dedicated “search” and “club hp” (whatever that was) keys. It’s really easy to hit them on accident, which opens the browser, but if you should hold the button down, it’ll just keep opening browser windows. And of course, they had to put the “support” key right where your thumb might be if you hold the laptop in your right hand.
    The camera settings key is not really useful unless they’re giving the device a world facing camera, or your work day involves a lot of both video conferences and changing locations.
    All of these functions should have just been assigned to normal keys as alternate functions that only activate when you press fn.

    1. Whoops, I meant “they thought that that screwing up the keyboard with built-in annoyances was better than daring to break the flat bottom line to stick full size arrow keys on the keyboard”.

      1. I sure wouldn’t want a laptop with a “Club HP” key; reminds me of my OnePlus phone, which has an unremovable link to OnePlus’ “Red Cable Club” (incomprehensibly labeled just “U16577360 …”) prominently displayed at the top of what should be Android Settings.