Apple’s MacBook Pro 14 has taken over as the best 14 inch laptop you can buy today, thanks to great performance and battery life, a spectacular screen and a stylish and functional design. It’s one of the best laptops you can buy, and just updated with the newest Apple M2 Pro and Max CPUs for better performance and efficiency.

HP introduced Dragonfly Pro at CES 2023 to take over the macbook pro, and it has quite a steep hill to climb. We haven’t gotten a chance to review the laptop yet, but it marks an interesting shift for Dragonfly into the consumer segment of the business market. Can HP’s newly designated 14-inch machine take on the best?

Two models of the HP Dragonfly Pro, showing the front and back of the devices.

Specifications

Dragonfly HP Pro Apple MacBook Pro 14
Dimensions 12.39 inches x 8.78 inches x 0.72 inches 12.31 inches by 8.71 inches by 0.60 inches
Weight 3.53 pounds 3.5 pounds
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 7736U Apple M2 Pro
Apple M2 Max
graphics AMD Radeon graphics Integrated
RAM 16 GB
32GB
16 GB
32GB
64GB
96GB
show 14.0-inch 16:10 Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS 14.2-inch 16:10 Liquid Retina XDR 3024 x 1964
Storage 512GB SSD
1TB SSD
512GB SSD
1TB SSD
2TB SSD
4TB SSD
8TB SSD
I touched Yes Not
ports 2x USB-C 4.0
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
3x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 4
1xHDMI 2.0
1 3.5mm audio jack
SD card reader
wireless Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
webcam 5MP with infrared camera for Windows 11 Hello 1080p
Operating system windows 11 macOS Monterey
Battery 64.6 watt-hours 70 watt-hours
Price Determined $1,999+
Classification not yet reviewed 5 out of 5 stars (M1 version)

Design

The Dragonfly Pro and MacBook Pro 14 are fractions of an inch apart in width and depth, and both weigh around 3.5 pounds. However, the Dragonfly Pro is a bit thicker, something we find hard to explain.

HP makes great keyboards, especially in its Specter and Dragonfly lines, and we expect this to carry over to the Dragonfly Pro. If so, we’re looking at a snappy, responsive keyboard that makes fast touch typing comfortable for hours. However, it still won’t measure up to the Magic Keyboard on the MacBook Pro 14, which is still the best keyboard on a laptop today. It’s not as deep as some, but its switches are precise and consistent, and typing on it is an enjoyable experience. Both laptops have haptic touchpads, although Apple’s is slightly larger. We’ll have to test how HP’s Force Touch version of the MacBook Pro 14 compares, which is the current standard for touchpads.

An interesting aspect of Dragonfly Pro is HP’s new 24/7 live concierge support, which can be accessed using one of four hotkeys on the right side of the keyboard. There will be a fee for the service, which will put you in touch with a live technical support agent when you run into a traffic jam. Interestingly, if you don’t subscribe to the service, that key doesn’t work and can’t be reassigned.

Performance

Top view of the HP Dragonfly Pro showing the screen and keyboard.

The Dragonfly Pro uses an AMD Ryzen 7 7736U 15-28W 8-Core/16-Thread CPU, and the two companies worked together to use an adaptive platform management framework that aims to embrace performance in IT workflows. real world productivity. It’s a low-power version of AMD’s latest Ryzen 7000 series chips, likely to provide solid productivity and limited creative performance. Compare that to the minimal M2 Pro in the MacBook Pro 14, which starts with a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU and improves on the performance of the already class-leading M1 Pro.

Although it’s a new upgrade to the MacBook Pro 14 as this comparison is being written, we’re still willing to guarantee that the minimal M2 Pro will vastly outperform the Dragonfly Pro in performance and offer an even bigger advantage when you upgrade to the M2 Max, which can hold up to 12 CPU cores and 38 GPU cores. The MacBook Pro 14 will be a much faster laptop for any task, be it productivity or creativity. And we’re comfortable saying that without having tested either laptop.

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A MacBook Pro 14 screen.

MacBook Pro 14 features a superb 14.2-inch 16:10 mini-LED XDR display with 3024 x 1964 resolution and running at up to 120Hz. It has wide, accurate colors, incredible brightness, and deep contrast. that rivals OLED in its inky blacks. It’s a truly spectacular display that’s great for media creators and consumers alike thanks to its excellent HDR support.

The Dragonfly Pro, surprisingly, is limited to a 14.0-inch 16:10 60Hz Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS display. We haven’t tested it and therefore can’t vouch for its quality, but HP’s specs put it at 400 nits of brightness, significantly less than the MacBook Pro 14’s display, and 100% sRGB, which is just the average premium display spec.

Once again, the MacBook Pro 14 outperforms the Dragonfly Pro. Its screen is spectacular, while if we had to guess, the Dragonfly Pro’s panel will be good but not great. And it’s not as sharp as today’s premium laptop standard should be, let alone compared to the MacBook Pro 14.

portability

Side views of Apple MacBook Pro 14 showing the ports.

You’ll feel both laptops in your backpack—they’re not diminutive 13-inch machines. But neither is going to weigh you down as much, and both are slim enough to easily fit in a backpack. However, the MacBook Pro 14 is thinner.

The biggest difference will likely be in battery life, something we’ll have to test on both machines. But the M2 Pro and Max CPUs are still more efficient than the M1 Pro and Max, which already provide the best battery life we’ve seen in powerful laptops. We expect the MacBook Pro 14 to deliver hours more life than the Dragonfly Pro, unless HP has pulled a rabbit out of its hat.

Dragonfly Pro better be cheap, or it doesn’t stand a chance

The MacBook Pro 14 outperforms the Dragonfly Pro in almost every way. We assume it will be much faster, offer significantly better battery life, enjoy a much better screen, and have a better keyboard and trackpad. On paper, the HP doesn’t stand a chance.

We’ll have to wait to see pricing because the MacBook Pro 14 starts at $2,000 and goes way up from there. You can spend over $6,000 on a fully configured machine. If the Dragonfly Pro wants to win over MacBook Pro 14 customers, it’s going to have to be cheap.

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