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

    There’s mild, after which there’s mild, and the Dynabook Portege X30L falls into the latter class. Weighing a mere 1.8 kilos, the Portege X30L manages to pack in respectable (if not chart-topping) quad-core Comet Lake efficiency, a shiny 13.3-inch show, fingerprint and facial biometrics, and strong battery life. Productivity-minded customers who wish to journey mild (and have a wholesome price range) will get a kick out of this barely-there laptop computer, though we do want Thunderbolt 3 had been a part of the bundle.

    Portege X30L Specs and Features

    Dynabook’s 13.3-inch Portege X30L affords many configuration selections. A single off-the-rack mannequin (the Portege X30L-G1331) comes with a quad-core, 10th-gen Intel Core i5-10210U Comet Lake CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive for an inventory value of $1,600 from Dynabook.com. (As of this writing, it was $1,374 with reductions.) Build-to-order choices vary from the Core i5-10210U all the way in which as much as a hex-core i7-10810U CPU. Likewise, you’ll be able to broaden the 8GB of RAM as much as 24GB, or quadruple the SSD storage to 1TB. You might additionally go for a touch-enabled FHD show. No 4K choice is out there, however on a display screen this dimension it is arguably overkill. (A 1440p option would have been nice.)

    Our evaluation laptop computer retails for a hefty $2,014 from Dynabook.com as configured, though that value is similar to that of a detailed competitor, the HP Elite Dragonfly. The Portege X30L can also be backed by a three-year guarantee, versus the usual one-year guarantee you’ll get with most mainstream laptops.

    Here are the specs on the built-to-order evaluation mannequin we obtained:

    • CPU: Quad-core 10th-gen Intel Core i5-10210U
    • Memory: 16GB DDR4
    • Graphics: Integrated Intel UHD Graphics
    • Storage: 512GB SSD
    • Display: 13.3-inch IGZO (470 nits, non-touch), 1920×1080 decision
    • Webcam: 720p, twin microphone
    • Connectivity: One SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps (formerly known as USB 3.2 Gen 2) Type-C port, two SuperSpeed USB (5Gbps, formerly known as USB 3.2 Gen 1) Type-A ports, HDMI, combo audio jack, microSD reminiscence card reader 
    • Networking: Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit ethernet
    • Biometrics: Fingerprint reader and IR facial recognition digital camera
    • Battery capability: 42 watt-hour
    • Dimensions: 12.2 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
    • Weight: 1.8 kilos (2.5 kilos with AC adapter)

    Overall, that’s a pleasant mixture of mid- and high-end options, notably in relation to the roomy 512GB solid-state drive and the Wi-Fi 6 networking (which suggests you’ll be prepared for bleeding-edge 802.11ax routers). The 16GB of RAM ought to supply loads of headroom for multitasking or having many browser tabs open directly. The quad-core Core i5-10210U ought to ship easy on a regular basis efficiency whereas holding its personal with CPU-intensive actions corresponding to video processing and database crunching. The full-HD show comes with a powerful 470-nit brightness score (in our real-world checks, it scored even increased), nevertheless it isn’t touch-enabled (the elective FHD touchscreen has a considerably decrease 300-nit score).

    Of course, the important thing spec to bear in mind right here is weight—a mere 1.8 kilos (that’s our measurement, a tad lighter than the 1.9-pound manufacturing facility specification). That makes the Portege X30L one of many lightest laptops (if not the lightest laptop computer) we’ve ever examined with a full-on U-series Intel processor. The U-series chip permits for increased base clock speeds in comparison with low-power Y-series CPUs, to not point out DDR4 reminiscence assist.

    Design

    The corporate-focused Dynabook Portege X30L has a few design benefits, however seems isn’t one among them. With its nondescript onyx-blue magnesium chassis, completely flat lid and utilitarian hinge, the X30L jogged my memory of the equally uninteresting (design-wise, anyway) Lenovo ThinkPad sequence, though a minimum of the brand on the ThinkPad sits at a jaunty angle.

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    The Dynabook Portege X30L isn’t the prettiest laptop computer ever, however boy is it mild.

    But the Portege X30L’s finest design characteristic have to be felt somewhat than seen. It feels ridiculously mild, making it a delight to carry in your palms (and even one hand, for that matter). It’s additionally powerful, with Dynabook promising that it exceeds army MIL-STD 810G requirements for drops, shocks, and different environmental hazards.

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