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HP Dragonfly Folio G3 is one of the quietest business laptops we’ve tested

HP Dragonfly Folio G3 is one of the quietest business laptops we’ve tested
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HP Dragonfly Folio G3 is one of the quietest business laptops we've tested (Image source: HP)
HP Dragonfly Folio G3 is one of the quietest business laptops we’ve tested (Image source: HP)

At just under 34 dB(A) at its loudest, the HP convertible is significantly quieter than most other Core U-powered subnotebooks by wide margins. You’d have to consider the MacBook Air M2 if you want something even quieter.

HP is now shipping its third generation Dragonfly Folio to succeed last year’s Snapdragon-powered Elitebook Folio. We praised its performance and versatility especially when compared to its ARM-tethered predecessor, but its low fan noise in particular was just as surprising.

We’re able to measure a maximum fan noise of just 33.4 dB(A) from the Dragonfly Folio G3 when the CPU is at 100 percent utilization compared to well over 40 dB(A) from competing Core U-powered subnotebooks like the Razer Book 13 or Dell Latitude 7330 when all are on the Performance power profile. Since the dB scale is logarithmic, the difference between 34 dB(A) and 40+ dB(A) is immediately noticeable in most office or workplace environments.

Thankfully, the CPU in the HP is not throttled significantly to compensate for the quiet fans. The Core i7-1265U in our unit would perform very closely to the aforementioned Dell Latitude 7330 despite their fan noise differences. Clock rates still fall over time, but certainly not by as much as initially anticipated.

Check out our full review on the Dragonfly Folio G3 to learn more about the model.

Fan noise profile (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark 06, Orange: Witcher 3, Green: Prime95 stress)
Fan noise profile (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark 06, Orange: Witcher 3, Green: Prime95 stress)
HP Elite Dragonfly Folio 13.5 G3
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1265U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1265U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
Dell Latitude 13 7330
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1265U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
Framework Laptop 13.5 12th Gen Intel
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1260P, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
Razer Book 13 FHD
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Gen2-20VH0017GE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
off / environment *

24.6

22.8

7%

23.4

5%

22.8

7%

27

-10%

29.3

-19%

Idle Minimum *

24.6

23.2

6%

23.4

5%

23

7%

27

-10%

29.3

-19%

Idle Average *

24.6

23.2

6%

23.4

5%

23

7%

27

-10%

29.3

-19%

Idle Maximum *

24.6

23.2

6%

23.4

5%

23

7%

27.1

-10%

29.3

-19%

Load Average *

27.8

25.1

10%

37.8

-36%

47.3

-70%

29

-4%

34.3

-23%

Witcher 3 ultra *

33.4

32

4%

39.2

-17%

47.3

-42%

33.3

-0%

Load Maximum *

33.4

35.2

-5%

43

-29%

49.8

-49%

44.8

-34%

36.3

-9%

* … smaller is better

Allen Ngo, 2022-12-14 (Update: 2022-12-14)

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