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Dynabook Portege X30L evaluation: Comet Lake power in a featherweight shell

Dynabook Portege X30L evaluation: Comet Lake power in a featherweight shell

The barely-there Portege X30L packs a Intel Comet Lake U-series CPU into a 1.8-pound shell.

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There’s light, and after that there’s light, and the Dynabook Portege X30L falls under the latter classification. Weighing a simple 1.8 pounds, the Portege X30L handles to cram in good (if not chart-topping) quad-core Comet Lake efficiency, a brilliant 13.3-inch display screen, finger print and facial biometrics, and strong battery life. Productivity-minded users who like to take a trip light (and have a healthy budget plan) will get a bang out of this barely-there laptop computer, although we do want Thunderbolt 3 had actually become part of the bundle.

Portege X30L Specifications and Functions

Dynabook’s 13.3-inch Portege X30L uses numerous setup options. A single off-the-rack design (the Portege X30L-G1331) includes a quad-core, 10th-gen Intel Core i5-10210U Comet Lake CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive for a sticker price of $1,600 from Dynabook.com. (Since this writing, it was $1,374 with discount rates.) Build-to-order choices variety from the Core i5-10210U all the method as much as a hex-core i7-10810U CPU. Similarly, you can broaden the 8GB of RAM as much as 24GB, or quadruple the SSD storage to 1TB. You might likewise go with a touch-enabled FHD display screen. No 4K alternative is offered, however on a screen this size it’s perhaps overkill. (A 1440p alternative would have been good.)

Our evaluation laptop computer retails for a substantial $2,014 from Dynabook.com as configured, although that rate is equivalent to that of a close rival, the HP Elite Dragonfly. The Portege X30L is likewise backed by a three-year service warranty, versus the basic 1 year service warranty you’ll get with the majority of traditional laptop computers.

Here are the specifications on the built-to-order evaluation design we got:

  • CPU: Quad-core 10th-gen Intel Core i5-10210U
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel UHD Graphics
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Show:  13.3-inch IGZO (470 nits, non-touch), 1920×1080 resolution
  • Web Cam: 720p, double microphone
  • Connection:  One SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps (previously called USB 3.2 Gen 2) Type-C port, 2 SuperSpeed USB (5Gbps, previously called USB 3.2 Gen 1) Type-A ports, HDMI, combination audio jack, microSD sd card reader 
  • Networking: Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit ethernet
  • Biometrics: Finger print reader and IR facial acknowledgment cam
  • Battery capability: 42 watt-hour
  • Measurements: 12.2 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 1.8 pounds (2.5 pounds with Air Conditioning adapter)

In General, that’s a good mix of mid- and high-end functions, especially when it concerns the roomy 512GB solid-state drive and the Wi-Fi 6 networking (which indicates you’ll be all set for bleeding-edge 802.11ax routers). The 16GB of RAM must provide a lot of headroom for multitasking or having numerous internet browser tabs open at the same time. The quad-core Core i5-10210U ought to provide smooth daily efficiency while holding its own with CPU-intensive activities such as video processing and database crunching. The full-HD display screen includes an outstanding 470-nit brightness score (in our real-world tests, it scored even greater), however it isn’t touch-enabled (the optional FHD touchscreen has a rather lower 300-nit score).

Obviously, the crucial specification to remember here is weight—a simple 1.8 pounds (that’s our measurement, a little bit lighter than the 1.9-pound factory spec). That makes the Portege X30L among the lightest laptop computers (if not the lightest laptop computer) we’ve ever evaluated with a full-on U-series Intel processor. The U-series chip permits greater base clock speeds compared to low-power Y-series CPUs, not to point out DDR4 memory assistance.


The corporate-focused Dynabook Portege X30L has a number of style benefits, however looks isn’t among them. With its nondescript onyx-blue magnesium chassis, completely flat cover and practical hinge, the X30L advised me of the likewise dull (design-wise, anyhow) Lenovo ThinkPad series, although a minimum of the logo design on the ThinkPad sits at a jaunty angle.

dynabook portege x30 l top Ben Patterson/IDG

The Dynabook Portege X30L isn’t the most beautiful laptop computer ever, however young boy is it light.

However the Portege X30L’s finest style function should be felt instead of seen. It feels extremely light, making it a pleasure to keep in your hands (or perhaps one hand, for that matter). It’s likewise difficult, with Dynabook guaranteeing that it surpasses military MIL-STD 810G requirements for drops, shocks, and other ecological risks.


The Dynabook Portege X30L’s 13.3-inch display screen is a little bit of a departure from basic display screen panels because the TFTs (thin-film transistors) that comprise the display screen include IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) transistors, instead of more common a-Si (amorphous silicon) transistors. IGZO-TFT screens can accomplish the very same brightness as a-Si-TFT screens while taking in less power, however (as Show Ninja notes) they’re likewise a fair bit more expensive.

dynabook portege x30 l cameras Ben Patterson/IDG

The leading display screen bezel of the Portege X30L crams in a 720p cam and an IR facial acknowledgment cam.

In any occasion, the Portege X30L’s display screen is definitely intense, determining about 550 nits (or candelas) according to our measurements. That far surpasses our 250-nit requirement for comfy indoor watching (I in fact called down the brightness to 36 percent while utilizing the laptop computer in my dining-room). It’s even intense adequate to utilize outdoors on a warm day (although I still needed to squint a bit to construct out the text on a web page). BThe display screen likewise boasts fantastic seeing angles, dimming just somewhat when seen from the sides or the top or bottom.

The screen has reasonably narrow side bezels however rather chunkier bezels on the leading and bottom. Embedded in the top bezel are 2 electronic cameras: a 720p cam with double microphones, together with a Windows Hello-enabled IR facial acknowledgment cam. I utilized the IR camera to log into Windows for much of my screening, and it generally acknowledged my face within a 2nd or two.

Keyboard, trackpad, speaker, and additionals

The Dynabook Portege X30L’s keyboard feels great, with appropriate travel (the range an essential journeys when it’s pushed) and a gratifying tactile bump and springy rebound with each keystroke. The keyboard felt a little bit lightweight compared to the strong feel of, state, the HP Elite Dragonfly’s keyboard. However, the Elite Dragonfly weighs a great half-pound more than the Portege X30L.

dynabook portege x30 l keyboard Ben Patterson/IDG

The Dynabook Portege X30-L’s backlit keyboard functions a lot of hotkeys, while the touchpad has an integrated finger print reader.

The Portege X30L boasts Function-enabled hotkeys for Windows lock, silencing the microphone, disabling the trackpad, biking in between power strategies, and Aircraft mode, although there aren’t any media playback hotkeys. Abnormally, the volume hotkeys rest on the ‘3’ and ‘4’ secrets instead of on the leading row of function secrets.

The X30L’s trackpad worked efficiently and with couple of missteps. The cursor withstood incorrect inputs on the touchpad. Even when I dragged my palms along the bottom corners of the trackpad, the cursor just leapt sporadically, and it nearly never ever jittered throughout the typical course of typing.

Embedded in the leading left corner of the Dynabook Portege X30L’s touchpad is a Windows-enabled finger print reader. I rotated in between utilizing the finger print reader and the X30-L’s IR facial acknowledgment cam for opening Windows. Similar to the IR cam, the finger print reader worked efficiently for me, usually acknowledging my finger print within a flash or two.

The Portege X30L’s down-firing stereo speakers sounded reasonable as far as laptop computer speakers go, loud and fairly detailed on the luxury however providing little in the method of bass action. Clearly, the X30L’s sound quality won’t impress anybody while you’re streaming Spotify playlists (you’d be much better off with earphones or an external Bluetooth speaker), however they’ll be great for Zoom calls or audio discussions.

Mentioning Zoom, the Portege X30L’s 720p cam provides vibrant, if generally rough and rather blotchy video—simply put, foregone conclusion, and appropriate for Skype, Google Meet, or Zoom.


The Dynabook Portege X30L includes a fairly varied choice of ports considering its size. On the left side, you get a SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps (previously called USB 3.2 Gen 2) Type-C port, a complete HDMI port, a combination audio jack, and a microSD sd card reader. Our evaluation design included a USB-C power adapter. There’s a barrel-shaped charging port too, with an optional matching 45-watt Air Conditioning adapter.

dynabook portege x30 l left side Ben Patterson/IDG

The left-side ports on the Dynabook Portege X30L consist of a SuperSpeed USB Type-C port, a microSD card reader, and a complete HDMI port.

On the best side sit a set of SuperSpeed (5Gbps, previously USB 3.2 Gen 1) Type-A ports, a Gigabit ethernet port (not something you generally see on a laptop computer this slim and light), and a slot for a laptop security cable television.

dynabook portege x30 l right side Ben Patterson/IDG

On the best side of the Portege X30L, you’ll discover 2 USB Type-A ports and Gigabit ethernet.

All in all, okay, especially when it concerns the ethernet and twin USB-A ports.  We’re dissatisfied by the absence of a Thunderbolt 3 port, which we’d usually anticipate on a laptop computer this expensive.

How does a laptop computer this thin and light carry out? Discover on the next page.

  • We’ve evaluated quicker laptop computers than the Dynabook Portege X30-L, however none that were this light while likewise cramming in a U-series Intel CPU.


    • Featherweight, yet rugged style
    • Brilliant display screen
    • Finger print reader and IR facial acknowledgment cam


    • Average multi-core efficiency
    • No Thunderbolt 3 port
    • Dull style


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