HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook Front Left

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook Enterprise shows up with a $2,165 price tag

When the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook debuted in January, HP said to expect availability and pricing in April. Based on the high-end hardware, I figured the cost to be well above what most people expected. A third of the way through April and there’s no official price information. However, I see a listing on Google Shopping for this Chrome OS laptop. It shows the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook Enterprise with a $2,165 price tag, although you can’t buy it yet.

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook Enterprise price

Before you panic and after you pick your jaw up off the floor, there are a few things worth noting here.

First, this is an Enterprise model Chromebook and they always cost more than consumer models. Part of that is because companies can get away with it due to enterprise budgets and services. And part of it is because the additional cost of a Chrome Enterprise license is baked in.

Second, I’d question the price listing if this was from a third-party reseller. Those prices are often inflated. However, Google is listing HP as the seller and the purchase link does take you directly to HP.com even if you can’t buy the device yet.

Third, it’s not possible to determine the configuration of this HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook Enterprise. Therefore, it could be completely maxed out for this price. At least I hope it is!

That would mean it runs on a 12th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Intel VPro support. It would have 32 GB of memory and a 512 GB NVMe M.2 storage module. And instead of the base 1920 x 1200 resolution, the 13.5-inch display would have a 2256 x 1536 panel.

Having said that, I wouldn’t be completely surprised to see a top-end model for around or more than $2,000. And, assuming this pricing information is accurate, I’m sure you’ll be paying at least $999 or more for a base consumer model with much less capable hardware.

I’m thinking that means a 12th-gen Intel Core i3 processor, 8 GB of memory, and a 128 GB SSD module. The lower display resolution would also apply here. I hope the haptic trackpad would be included in all models. And of course, add any upgrades and the price would go up from there.

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook haptic trackpad

This type of device is right in my wheelhouse, and I’ve paid $1,249 and $1,400 in the past for Chromebooks. Those were Google-branded devices and, at the time, far more powerful than any other competing products.

Even so, I’m not sure that same price range is what I’d spend now. I’d have to get or expect a lot more value from say a $1,400 Chromebook over one that’s well under $1,000. The landscape has changed as there are many more high-end devices available for less, forcing more price competition.

Essentially, I want a Chromebook that’s going to handle my daily workload for at least three to four years at a minimum. That includes coding efforts for education purposes using Linux, as well as my typical daily web use. Gaining native Steam support for my existing PC gaming collection would be a bonus, and the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook would get me that.

Well, it could, depending on the choice of processor, that is: Currently, Google requires either a Core i5 or Core i7. But those are 11th-gen CPU requirements, so a newer Core i3 might make the cut. Steam support will also depend on the GPU and that could vary based on the configuration.

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook front face

If the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook is available in a $1,250 or so configuration meeting my needs, I’ll likely take the plunge. I’d certainly want 16 GB of memory as that’s what I have now on my daily driver. A Core i5 would have to be there too. Honestly though? I’m a bit leery of getting that package at what I consider a good price right now.

Again, just to be clear: There’s no official pricing from HP as of yet, although I hope we see it soon for all configurations. Indeed, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some news on that front once people see the price tag of this Enterprise model.

I know there are readers waiting for this device and I’m curious: What’s your expectation of pricing and for what configuration? What are you looking to get and how much are you willing to pay?

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8 thoughts on “HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook Enterprise shows up with a $2,165 price tag

  1. I really need the power these days so ….

    Time to sell a kidney, so….

    Time to visit one of my brothers.

    🙂

  2. The Google Shopping listing says HP.com. While it is possible that HP.com has resellers, my guess is that it is an HP vendor listing that goes live next week (as early as tomorrow?) so the Google Shopping listing is early. To compare, last year’s 11th gen Windows HP Elite Dragonfly laptops cost even more: up to $3300. So it is a victory to even have Chrome OS included in this premium enterprise line. It means that HP’s Comet Lake and Tiger Lake enterprise Chromebooks sold. Clearly enterprise users want them.

    Remember, Intel-based MacBooks no longer exist. So if you are an enterprise user who wants “Windows apps without Windows” via Parallels, Chromebooks like this are your only option.

  3. I’m seeking one with a 5G connection as well as other high end components. I won’t need the Enterprise model, but I would like the 16 / 512 config. Also, the screen as bright as possible as my old eyes are failing me these days when it’s less than bright.

  4. I’ve been a Chrome OS user since the Acer C720 days and don’t want to give it but the hardware specs for Windows machines are just so much better and at a lower price than Chromebooks. I may just to go back to dual booting Linux like I did before Chrome OS came around.

  5. All right. It is live. CPU options are as follows.
    i3-1215U: 2 P cores and 4 E cores with 8 threads. Intel UHD Graphics 64EUs
    i5-1235U: 2 P cores and 8 E cores for 12 threads. Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
    i7-1265U: 2 P cores and 8 E cores for 12 threads. Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs

    Initially I was disappointed, but it does look like all the “U” options have only 2 performance cores.

    1. Yeah, I noticed that this morning and just wrote up some thoughts. I am disappointed, based on what information we have. How much will a consumer model with similar internals cost?

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