HP Elite Dragonfly Max vs Apple MacBook Air (Intel, 2020)

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Evaluation of HP Elite Dragonfly Max and Apple MacBook Air (Intel, 2020) important characteristics
System and application performance
Performance in popular 3D games
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Design, materials, durability and usability

Key Differences

What are the key differences between the notebooks
Advantages of the HP Elite Dragonfly Max
  • Includes an old-school USB-A port
  • Around 3.3x better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Slightly easier to carry: weighs 160 grams less (around 0.35 lbs)
  • Thinner bezels and 2% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Supports next-generation Wi-Fi 6 wireless networks
  • Features a bigger (~12%) battery – 56 against 50 watt-hours
  • Provides 150% higher max. screen brightness: 1000 vs 400 nits
  • Display has support for touch input
  • Smaller footprint: 7% more compact case (93.1 vs 100.1 square inches)
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Air (Intel, 2020)
  • 37% sharper screen – 227 versus 166 pixels per inch (PPI)
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs


Weight 1.13 kg (2.49 lbs) 1.29 kg (2.84 lbs)
Dimensions 304.3 x 197.6 x 16 mm
11.98 x 7.78 x 0.63 inches
304.1 x 212.4 x 16.1 mm
11.97 x 8.36 x 0.63 inches
Area 601 cm2 (93.2 inches2) 646 cm2 (100.1 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~81.1% ~79.4%
Side bezels 5 mm 8.8 mm
Colors Black Silver, Gold, Gray
Transformer Yes No
Opening angle 360° 140°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber No No
Number of fans 1 1
Max. fan speed (RPM) - 8100 RPM
Noise level 31.1 dB 45.8 dB


Size 13.3 inches 13.3 inches
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
PPI 166 ppi 227 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:9 16:10
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels 2560 x 1600 pixels
HDR support Yes, HDR10 Yes, HDR10
Touchscreen Yes No
Coating Glossy (Antireflective) Glossy (Antireflective)
Display tests
Contrast 1767:1 1300:1
sRGB color space 94.8% 98.3%
Adobe RGB profile 72.3% 64.2%
Response time 38 ms 35 ms
Max. brightness


Voltage - 11.4 V
Full charging time 1:30 hr 2:50 hr
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Right Left
Charge power 65 W 30 W
Cable length - 2 meters
Weigh of AC adapter 264 gramm -


CPU name
Base frequency 0.9-2.4 GHz 1.1 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.2 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores 4 2
Threads 8 4
L3 Cache 8 MB 4 MB
Integrated GPU Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EU Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4
Fabrication process 10 nm 10 nm


Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 15 W 15 W
Type Integrated Integrated
Fabrication process 10 nm 10 nm
GPU base clock 300 MHz 300 MHz
GPU boost clock 1100 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory size System Shared System Shared
Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory speed 4.27 Gbps 3.73 Gbps
Shading units 640 384
DirectX support 12 12
GPU performance


RAM size
Channels 2x8 GB 2x4 GB
Clock 4266 MHz 3733 MHz
Upgradable No No
Total slots - 2


Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x) Custom
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x256 GB 1x256 GB
Upgradable Yes No
Total slots 1 -
NVMe Yes Yes


Speakers 4.0 2.0
Dolby Atmos No Yes
Loudness 87.1 dB 75.8 dB
Microphones 2 3


Wi-Fi standard v6 v5
Bluetooth v5 v5
Fingerprint Yes Yes
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 720
USB-A 1x USB 3.2 No
USB Type-C 2x USB 4.0 2x USB 3.1
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 4 Thunderbolt 3
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.0 No
DisplayPort No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) No No
SD card reader No No
Proprietary charging port No No


Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel - 1 mm
Size 11.0 x 6.5 cm 12.1 x 8.1 cm
Surface Glass Glass
Windows Precision Yes No
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