Review: HP Elite Dragonfly G2 With Built-In Tile Tracker And Sure View Gen4

By Patrick Moorhead - May 21, 2020
HP Elite Dragonfly

Last holiday season, I tested out HP’s newest laptop in its Elite lineup, the HP Elite Dragonfly. The Dragonfly is HP’s take on a lightweight-premium looking business notebook. I already completed an in-depth 4-week review on this system and you can access the full review here. The focus for this second review is to talk about the new integrated Tile tracker including– the setup, how the built-in Tile works, and the value add. It is worth noting that HP is the first OEM to nail down a partnership with Tile. Also, the HP Elite Dragonfly is the first laptop to market to contain a built-in Tile tracker.

Tile setup

After I booted the system up and created a new user profile, my first task was to set up the Tile module and sync it to my smartphone. The Tile Windows application comes preloaded onto the system and the prompt needed for the Tile setup is within the app. Tile’s website also has a simple 3 step guide to setting up the Tile. I listed the steps below.  

1.     Press Shift + F11 to begin activation. Your laptop will sync with Tile via Bluetooth.

2.     Follow the prompts and wait until you see a message that your Tile is activated. 

3.     Download the Tile mobile app, sign in, and ring your nearby laptop!

After I pressed Shift + F11, the Tile device’s notorious chime went off which indicated that the module and the system were synced via Bluetooth. I was then prompted to download the Tile mobile app onto my smartphone. I have been using a Tile module for years to keep track of my keys, so I opted to sign into my already existing account. When I attempted to sign in, I wasn’t given a prompt to sync the Tile device to my smartphone. I opted to reboot the system and sign in under a different email address as a new user. After registering as a new user, it was simple to set up the Tile module. After accepting the terms and conditions, I then searched for the laptop within the Tile mobile app and clicked the pair and the devices synced. Pairing the Tile device to my smartphone via the Tile mobile app only took a few clicks. After the quick set up I was able to control the laptops Tile integration from my smartphone with less than a minute’s worth of leg work.

How it works

Using the Tile mobile app to locate my Elite Dragonfly system proved to be just as simple as the setup. I launched the Tile application from my mobile phone, clicked “find” on my HP laptop within the app, and then my Elite Dragonfly started ringing. Rest assured that you can use a tablet or PC to launch the Tile application and locate your HP Elite Dragonfly if using your smartphone isn’t an option.The chime sound within the Elite Dragonfly is moderately loud, and it was easy for me to hear from other rooms in the house. If the volume of the chime is muffled or drowned out there is a proximity map with green strength bars within the app that indicates how close you are to the device. When using the proximity map, the closer I got to my Elite Dragonfly the more the green bars on the proximity map would fill. I will note that this proximity map is designed to locate your system quickly with a high degree of accuracy. The locater would not fill green until I was within 2 feet of the system. That degree of accuracy is essential when considering that the value prop of a Tile module lies in its ability to locate the system quickly, easily, and accurately. Another free feature within the app worth noting was the “Location History” feature. This feature is free and shows you the recent past locations of the system.

Value of Tile integration

The value of the built-in Tile is completely subjective to the user or business purchasing a system. The market research that was sent along with the Elite Dragonfly seems to only enhance the validity that having a Tile device built-in a PC is worth the additional cost. The research shows that 60% of people admitted to being late to work because of a misplaced PC and 90% of people find the ability to locate a laptop as valuable. Although this isn’t a feature I had desired in the past, having the ability to locate my system within 30 seconds proved to be both valuable and convenient. A premium feature within the Tile app that to me seems like the cherry on top is the “Smart Alerts” feature. If a new user opts in to a paid Tile premium membership, the Tile application will automatically notify you when you are about to leave your house without your system. I could see this proving to be valuable to those that rush out the door in the morning while on the way to work, possibly resulting in their work PC getting left at home. It is also worth noting that the Tile device should respond to a location request if the system has some battery life left. The integrated Tile device is designed to consume minimal amounts of power while providing the ability to locate your system quickly.

Sure View Reflect enhances privacy and security  

The HP Elite Dragonfly comes standard with a suite of Sure security features including Sure Click, Sure Start, Sure Run, and Sure Recover. The already secure enterprise platform got more private and secure with the addition of Sure View Reflect. Sure View Reflect is HP’s solution to combat visual hacking and protect sensitive company and personal data from being stolen. The feature, in short, is a copper tinted privacy layer added to the system's display that blocks out the ability to see the information on screen from different viewing angles. The fact that 1.5% of the user's screen is viewable at a 45-degree angle proves how effective Sure View Reflect can be. The always-on ALS (Ambient Light Sensor) helps adjust the brightness settings in different lighting conditions.  

I tested this feature and was happy with the enhanced privacy it provided me in both light and dark environments. Especially since I need my device to remain private in a variety of workspaces ranging from a common area at a WeWork or FRIMSPACE office to a dark cabin on an airline. To me, Sure View Reflect seems like a very simple yet effective solution to whatever visual hacking threats may come at your enterprise. 

Wrapping up  

The built-in Tile module added to HP’s Elite Dragonfly proved to be a simple yet valuable addition to an already compelling enterprise platform. I was happy with the ease of setup and instant ability to track my Dragonfly’s location via the Tile mobile app. The Tile mobile application is built for ease of use and I think the Tile addition is something users will utilize. The only drawback I could find is that I couldn’t get an LTE-based device and Tile as it takes up an M.2 slot. Oh well, you can’t have everything. 

In my opinion, the built-in Tile device will prove to be a feature that HP Elite Dragonfly purchasers didn’t ask for but ultimately adopt and find valuable. The 4th Generation of Sure View is a big improvement over its predecessor, and I wonder why every enterprise wouldn’t be clamoring for this feature. 

Note: Moor Insights & Strategy writers and editors may have contributed to this article.

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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.