In this article, you will be reading about the Dynabook Portege business laptop review. The Dynabook Portégé X30L-G is a well-rounded, attractive business laptop but it suffers from too many small flaws to make it to our shortlist. We’d perhaps be too harsh to call it a one-dimensional laptop but it sums up our feeling.
Earlier this year, Dynabook, the subsidiary of Sharp Electronics that took over Toshiba’s PC operations, unveiled a new laptop that is called the “world’s lightest 13.3in a notebook with Intel 10th gen CPUs”. The Portégé X30L-G comes from a family of laptops that hails back from 1994, back when color screens were optional and plasma displays, still around.
Dynabook Portege Business Laptop Review
The Portege brand has long stood for high-quality, ultralight laptops, and that’s as true today under the Dynabook banner as it used to be under Toshiba (though nowadays you can buy a 15.6-inch Portege, which seems like a contradiction in terms).
The 13.3-inch Portege X30L-G is amazingly light at 1.92 pounds and highly attractive in its dark blue magnesium-alloy skin, but it’s also jarringly expensive at $2,014 in our tested configuration.
Even with extras like four years of on-site service, that’s steep enough to make premium ultraportable like the Dell XPS 13 and Razer Blade Stealth 13 look like a bargain and steep enough to knock a full star of the Portege’s review rating.
Not much has changed externally between the Toshiba Portégé R700 that was reviewed nearly 10 years ago and the X30L-G. The same design language permeates throughout; from the soft edges, the two silver strips next to the hinges, to the Onyx Blue color scheme and the Rubenesque shape.
The Portégé is neither the thinnest laptop nor the one with the smallest footprint around, but it does strike a near-perfect balance, helped by the fact that it weighs only 837g without its charger. At 308.8 x 211.6 x 17.9 mm, it is a tad bigger than a 200-page A4 copybook.
At the heart of the Dynabook is Intel’s 10th generation Core i7 processor; there are actually three different types of Core i7; the low power 10510Y, the normal 10510U, and the 10nm 1065G7. The 10510x CPUs are still on Intel’s mature but advanced 14nm lithography.
The 510U which powers our laptop has four cores, eight threads, a 1.8GHz base frequency, and a Turbo frequency of 4.9GHz. With a TDP of 15W and 8MB cache, it features Intel’s UHD Graphics but doesn’t support low-power DDR4 memory.
So there is 8GB (soldered) SODIMM DDR4 memory with an additional 8GB. You can upgrade the device to 24GB with another 16GB.
Below are the full specs of the Dynabook Portégé X30L-G configuration according to TechRadar Pro for review:
- CPU: Intel Core i7-10710U quad-core 1.8GHz
- Graphics: UHD graphics
- RAM:16GB DDR4
- Screen:3-inch1920 x 1080 resolution
- Storage:Samsung MZVLQ5512HALU 512GB NVME PCI3
- Ports:2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB Type C, 1 x HDMI, audio jack, MicroSD card reader, Gigabit Ethernet
- Connectivity:Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 controller, Bluetooth 5
- Size:9 x 308.8 x 211.6mm (H x W x D)
The Dynabook Portégé X30L-G will appeal to those looking for the lightest laptop on the block while accepting any compromise that goes with it.
The X30L-G is not the fastest, the thinnest, the cheapest, or the laptop with the longest battery life. Despite some of these flaws a lot of people still love it. You can get more details here.