Apple’s MacBook Pro 14 has taken over as the best 14-inch laptop today, thanks to great performance and battery life, a great display, and an elegant, functional design. It’s one of the best laptops you can buy, and it’s been upgraded with the new Apple M2 Pro and Max CPUs for even better performance and efficiency.
HP introduced the Dragonfly Pro at CES 2023 to compete with the MacBook Pro, and it has a pretty steep hill to climb. We’re yet to review the laptop, but it marks an interesting switch for Dragonfly from the commercial market to the consumer segment. Can HP’s newly renamed 14-inch machine take on the best?
|hp dragonfly pro||apple macbook pro 14|
|Dimensions||12.39 Inch x 8.78 Inch x 0.72 Inch||12.31 inch x 8.71 inch x 0.60 inch|
|weight||3.53 pounds||3.5 pounds|
|processor||AMD Ryzen 7 7736U||apple m2 pro
Apple M2 Max
|graphics||amd radeon graphics||Integrated|
|to hit||16 GB
|Show||14.0-inch 16:10 Full HD+ (1,920 x 1,200) IPS||14.2-inch 16:10 Liquid Retina XDR 3024 x 1964|
|storage||512 GB SSD
1 TB SSD
|512 GB SSD
1 TB SSD
4 TB SSD
|ports||2 x USB-C 4.0
1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
|3 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 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-hour||70 watt-hour|
|rating||Not yet reviewed||5 out of 5 stars (M1 version)|
The Dragonfly Pro and MacBook Pro 14 are within a fraction of an inch of each other in width and depth, and both weigh about 3.5 pounds. The Dragonfly Pro is quite thick, though, which is something that’s difficult for us to quantify.
HP makes great keyboards, especially in their Specter and Dragonfly lines, and we hope that carries over to the Dragonfly Pro. If it does, we’ll see a fast, responsive keyboard that makes fast touch typing comfortable for hours. It still won’t live up to the Magic Keyboard on the MacBook Pro 14, though, 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 a pleasant experience. Both laptops have haptic touchpads, although Apple’s has a slightly larger one. We’ll have to test how HP’s version compares to the MacBook Pro 14’s Force Touch, which is today’s standard for touchpads.
One interesting aspect of the Dragonfly Pro is HP’s new 24/7 live concierge support, which can be accessed using one of four hot keys on the right side of the keyboard. There’s a fee for the service, which will put you in touch with a live technical support agent if you get stuck. Interestingly, if you don’t sign up for the service, that key is non-functional and can’t be remapped.
Dragonfly Pro uses AMD Ryzen 7 7736U 15-watt to 28-watt 8-core/16-thread CPUs, and the two companies worked together to use an adaptive platform management framework aimed at real-world productivity workflows To adopt the performance of It’s a low-power version of AMD’s latest Ryzen 7000 series chips, which are likely to deliver solid productivity and limited creativity performance. In contrast, the MacBook Pro 14 features the minimal M2 Pro, which starts with a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU and improves on the performance of the already class-leading M1 Pro.
Even though it’s a brand new MacBook Pro 14″ update as this comparison is written, we’re ready to guarantee that the minimalist M2 Pro will vastly outpace the Dragonfly Pro in performance and even more so when you upgrade. Offer more leads. M2 Max, which can have up to 12 CPU cores and 38 GPU cores. The MacBook Pro 14 will be a faster laptop for any task, be it productivity or creativity. And we feel comfortable saying that without benchmarking any laptops.
The MacBook Pro 14 enjoys a 14.2-inch 16:10 Mini-LED XDR display at 3024 x 1964 resolution and clocks in at up to 120Hz. It has detailed and accurate colors, incredible brightness, and deep contrast that rivals OLED in its dazzling blacks. It really is a great display that’s great for creators and media consumers alike, thanks to its excellent HDR support.
The Dragonfly Pro, surprisingly, is limited to a 14.0-inch 16:10 full HD+ (1,920 x 1,200) IPS display at 60Hz. We haven’t tested it and so can’t attest to its quality, but HP specs put it at 400 nits of brightness – significantly lower than the MacBook Pro 14’s display – and 100% sRGB, which only premium displays can do. Average specification.
Again, the MacBook Pro 14 beats out the Dragonfly Pro. The display is great, while, if we were to guess, the panel on the Dragonfly Pro will be good but not great. And it’s not nearly as fast as it should be given the current premium laptop standard, let alone compared to the MacBook Pro 14″.
You’ll feel both laptops in your backpack—these aren’t tiny 13-inch machines. But neither of these will weigh you down that much, and they’re both slim enough to easily slip into a backpack. The MacBook Pro 14 is thinner though.
The biggest difference is likely in battery life, which we’ll have to test on both machines. But the M2 Pro and Max’s CPUs are even more efficient than those of the M1 Pro and Max, which already deliver the best battery life we’ve seen in a powerful laptop. We expect the MacBook Pro 14 to deliver hours more longevity than the Dragonfly Pro, unless HP has pulled a rabbit out of its hat.
The Dragonfly Pro better be cheap, or it doesn’t stand a chance
The MacBook Pro 14 beats the Dragonfly Pro in almost every aspect. We’re guessing it’ll be a lot faster, offer noticeably better battery life, enjoy vastly improved performance, and have a better keyboard and touchpad. On paper, HP doesn’t have a chance.
We’ll have to wait to see the pricing as the MacBook Pro 14 starts at $2,000 and goes up from there. You can spend over $6,000 on a fully configured machine. If the Dragonfly Pro wants to win customers over to the MacBook Pro 14, it’s going to have to be cheaper.