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Dynabook Portege X30L-G Laptop Review: A New Lightweight Benchmark

Over 400 grams lighter than the MacBook Air. Dynabook has managed to fit expandable RAM, expandable storage, multiple USB ports, and an Intel Core U-series CPU all in a chassis weighing just 870 g total. So, what's the catch? The devil is in the details.

Unveiled at CES 2020, the Dynabook Portege X30L-G is the crown subnotebook model in the manufacturer's lineup of business-centric laptops. The model prioritizes weight more strongly than other competitors as evidenced by its very low weight of just 870 g.

The configuration for this review comes equipped with the Core i5-10210U Comet Lake-U CPU, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD for approximately $1400 USD. Other SKUs may be available with varying storage capacities and a Core i7 CPU, but the matte 1080p resolution and integrated UHD Graphics 620 GPU remain fixed the same across the board.

Direct competitors to the Dynabook Portege X30L-G include other flagship subnotebooks catered to business users like the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5, HP EliteBook 1030 series, Lenovo ThinkBook 13 or the ThinkPad X series, and even the Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Pro 13 to a degree.

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Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Processor
Intel Core i5-10210U 4 x 1.6 - 4.2 GHz, Comet Lake-U
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 620, DDR4, 26.20.100.7870
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2666, 19-19-19-43, Dual-Channel (8 GB soldered + 1x SODIMM)
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, Toshiba TOS508F, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Comet Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-LP - cAVS
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: MicroSD
Networking
Intel Comet Lake PCH-LP - I219-V gBE (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.9 x 309 x 212 ( = 0.7 x 12.17 x 8.35 in)
Battery
42 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Dynabook Service Station
Weight
859 g ( = 30.3 oz / 1.89 pounds), Power Supply: 302 g ( = 10.65 oz / 0.67 pounds)
Price
1400 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
85 %
05/2020
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
859 g17.9 mm13.3"1920x1080
89 %
03/2020
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.2 kg14.8 mm13.4"1920x1200
82 %
04/2018
LG Gram 13Z980-A
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620
965 g15 mm13.3"1920x1080
86 %
07/2019
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg15.9 mm13.3"1920x1080
88 %
05/2018
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
i5-8550U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg17.7 mm13.3"1920x1080

Case

When compared to the Portégé X30-F, the X30L-G is slightly thicker but much smaller in footprint. Both systems otherwise share similar chassis materials for similar impressions. The lid is very flexible here especially when compared to the Gorilla Glass-reinforced displays of the XPS 13 or HP Spectre 13, but Dynabook has assured us that the flexing is by design and that it won't necessarily damage the display.

The low weight is the defining feature of the Portege X30L. The XPS 13 and MacBook Pro 13, for example, are about 300 g and 500 g heavier, respectively, than our Toshiba unit.

MIl-STD-810G-certified magnesium alloy chassis
MIl-STD-810G-certified magnesium alloy chassis
Power button is not a fingerprint reader unlike on most newer Ultrabook designs
Power button is not a fingerprint reader unlike on most newer Ultrabook designs
Hinges are firm with minimal teetering when typing since the lid is so light
Hinges are firm with minimal teetering when typing since the lid is so light
Lid opened to maximum angle (~150 degrees)
Lid opened to maximum angle (~150 degrees)
The slightly roughened dark texture hides fingerprints reasonably well
The slightly roughened dark texture hides fingerprints reasonably well
Rounded edges and corners. There is no proprietary docking station port
Rounded edges and corners. There is no proprietary docking station port
310 mm / 12.2 inch 229 mm / 9.02 inch 17.7 mm / 0.697 inch 1.3 kg2.93 lbs309 mm / 12.2 inch 212 mm / 8.35 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 859 g1.894 lbs307.6 mm / 12.1 inch 216 mm / 8.5 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.3 kg2.94 lbs305 mm / 12 inch 211 mm / 8.31 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 965 g2.13 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.4 kg3.03 lbs296 mm / 11.7 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 14.8 mm / 0.583 inch 1.2 kg2.62 lbs

Connectivity

The system offers a wide variety of ports despite the small screen size and very low weight. Main drawbacks include the lack of both Thunderbolt 3 and WAN options which travelers and business users might rely on.

Recharging via USB Type-C is supported even though there is a proprietary AC adapter barrel port next to it. Dynabook says buyers can request either a USB Type-C or barrel charger before purchasing.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: 2x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen. 1, Gigabit RJ-45, Kensington Lock
Right: 2x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen. 1, Gigabit RJ-45, Kensington Lock
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: AC adapter, USB Type-C 3.2 Gen. 2, HDMI, 3.5 mm combo, MicroSD reader
Left: AC adapter, USB Type-C 3.2 Gen. 2, HDMI, 3.5 mm combo, MicroSD reader

SD Card Reader

Spring-loaded SD card reader. The card sits completely flush against the edge and so it can be difficult to eject
Spring-loaded SD card reader. The card sits completely flush against the edge and so it can be difficult to eject
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
152.1 MB/s ∼100% +95%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
146.3 MB/s ∼96% +87%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
78.1 MB/s ∼51%
LG Gram 13Z980-A
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
71 MB/s ∼47% -9%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
210 MB/s ∼100% +146%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
187.3 MB/s ∼89% +119%
LG Gram 13Z980-A
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
85.64 MB/s ∼41% 0%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
85.4 MB/s ∼41%

Communication

The Intel AX200 comes standard for Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and integrated Bluetooth 5. We experienced no issues when connected to our Netgear RAX200 test router.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1388 (min: 875, max: 1490) MBit/s ∼100% +10%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1282 (min: 1203, max: 1358) MBit/s ∼92% +2%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1257 (min: 668, max: 1414) MBit/s ∼91%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1251 (min: 803, max: 1358) MBit/s ∼90% 0%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1563 (min: 1461, max: 1779) MBit/s ∼100% +5%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1484 (min: 1342, max: 1614) MBit/s ∼95% 0%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1484 (min: 1301, max: 1644) MBit/s ∼95%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1178 (min: 1025, max: 1264) MBit/s ∼75% -21%

Webcam

ColorChecker
9 ∆E
14.7 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
16.4 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
15 ∆E
13 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
16 ∆E
22.2 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
13 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331: 13.69 ∆E min: 5.35 - max: 22.24 ∆E

Maintenance

The bottom panel is secured by 12 Philips screws for easy accessibility. Once inside, users get direct access to one SODIMM slot, the M.2 WLAN module, and the internal battery. The primary M.2 2280 slot is unfortunately underneath the motherboard and more difficult to access.

Note that 8 GB of single-channel RAM comes soldered. Users can expand this to dual-channel up to 24 GB with a removable SODIMM module not unlike on the LG Gram 14.

Accessories and Warranty

The retail box includes a handy velvet cleaning cloth in addition to the usual paperwork. The manufacturer includes three years of +CARE warranty as standard or four years for build-to-order models.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Key layout remains almost the same as the X30-F. Clatter is a bit louder than on most Ultrabooks including the XPS 13 or LG Gram 13 with weaker key feedback than on the HP EliteBook 1030. The individual keys are small as well and so there is a lot of empty space between each key. Making the keys larger would have made typing feel less cramped.

Touchpad

The Precision-enabled clickpad (10 x 5.8 cm) is smaller than the one on the LG Gram 13 (10.5 x 7 cm). Furthermore, the fingerprint reader continues to occupy space on the clickpad that could have otherwise been used for cursor control while most other laptops have re-positioned the fingerprint reader elsewhere.

Cursor control is smooth and reliable on the slightly roughened clickpad surface. Some sticking occurs at very slow speeds as expected. The integrated mouse click is very shallow in travel with somewhat spongy feedback. Seasoned business users will probably miss the dedicated mouse keys and the TrackPoint pointing stick as found on the Portege X30-F.

Identical layout as last year's model
Identical layout as last year's model
Strange PgUp and PgDn layout. These keys are too small and spongy to be comfortable to use
Strange PgUp and PgDn layout. These keys are too small and spongy to be comfortable to use
Travel is shallow and key feedback could have been firmer
Travel is shallow and key feedback could have been firmer
Like most other clickpads, dragging and dropping is more difficult without any dedicated mouse keys
Like most other clickpads, dragging and dropping is more difficult without any dedicated mouse keys

Display

Interestingly, HWiNFO cannot identify the exact Toshiba panel on our unit other than the TOS508F controller. This particular controller is shared between several other Portege laptops including the Z30t, X30T, and X20W.

Display quality is excellent and comparable to high-end Ultrabooks. It's bright at about 450 nits with high contrast ratio and deep colors unlike the horrid 768p panels on some older Tecra systems.

Onscreen texts and images are not as crisp as on a glossy laptop like the XPS 13 9300 due to the matte overlay as shown by our RGB microscope screenshot below. For a business-centric laptop, this likely won't bother the target audience.

Matte panel to reduce both glare and weight. Matte touchscreen option is available
Matte panel to reduce both glare and weight. Matte touchscreen option is available
Narrow side bezels, but the top bezel is quite thick
Narrow side bezels, but the top bezel is quite thick
Only minor uneven backlight bleeding
Only minor uneven backlight bleeding
Subpixels are not as crisp as on a glossy screen
Subpixels are not as crisp as on a glossy screen
461.7
cd/m²
446.1
cd/m²
453.2
cd/m²
440.4
cd/m²
482
cd/m²
438.6
cd/m²
440.9
cd/m²
448
cd/m²
461.1
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Toshiba TOS508F
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 482 cd/m² Average: 452.4 cd/m² Minimum: 27.81 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 482 cd/m²
Contrast: 1205:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.85 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 1.2
ΔE Greyscale 2 | 0.64-98 Ø6
97.7% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 62.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.1
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Toshiba TOS508F, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Sharp LQ134N1, IPS, 13.4, 1920x1200
LG Gram 13Z980-A
LG LP133WF6-SPC1, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
APPA03D, IPS, 13.3, 2560x1600
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
N133HCE-EN2, a-Si IPS LED, 13.3, 1920x1080
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
IVO M133NVF3-R0, IPS LED, 13.3, 1920x1080
Response Times
-25%
27%
132%
17%
-11%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
54.8 (26, 28.8)
50 (22, 28)
9%
37.6 (19.6, 18)
31%
50.4 (24.4, 26)
8%
40.4 (22, 18.4)
26%
36 (18.8, 17.2)
34%
Response Time Black / White *
35.6 (19.2, 16.4)
33.2 (16, 17.2)
7%
27.6 (16.8, 10.8)
22%
35.2 (19.6, 15.6)
1%
28.8 (15.6, 13.2)
19%
24.8 (14, 10.8)
30%
PWM Frequency
23810 (24)
2500 (25)
-90%
116300 (66)
388%
25000 (20)
5%
1020 (99)
-96%
Screen
-30%
-37%
16%
-19%
-66%
Brightness middle
482
607.6
26%
347.8
-28%
603
25%
319
-34%
316
-34%
Brightness
452
595
32%
331
-27%
577
28%
309
-32%
326
-28%
Brightness Distribution
91
96
5%
89
-2%
92
1%
92
1%
85
-7%
Black Level *
0.4
0.4
-0%
0.36
10%
0.35
12%
0.28
30%
0.19
52%
Contrast
1205
1519
26%
966
-20%
1723
43%
1139
-5%
1663
38%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.85
3.23
-75%
2.37
-28%
1.7
8%
2.4
-30%
4.5
-143%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.08
8.67
-181%
4.21
-37%
3.1
-1%
6.3
-105%
12.1
-293%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.2
1.01
16%
4.21
-251%
0.7
42%
0.6
50%
2.9
-142%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2
5.5
-175%
2.5
-25%
2.1
-5%
3.8
-90%
5
-150%
Gamma
2.1 105%
2.12 104%
2.15 102%
2.18 101%
2.16 102%
2.22 99%
CCT
6822 95%
6413 101%
6384 102%
6843 95%
7335 89%
6018 108%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62.5
63
1%
62.5
0%
76.7
23%
63.5
2%
57.9
-7%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97.7
97.5
0%
97
-1%
99.4
2%
99.1
1%
87.3
-11%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-28% / -29%
-5% / -27%
74% / 41%
-1% / -12%
-39% / -54%

* ... smaller is better

Color space covers approximately 98 percent and 63 percent of the sRGB and AdobeRGB standards, respectively, to be comparable to most other high-end Ultrabooks or business subnotebooks.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Further measurements with an X-Rite colorimeter reveal a well-calibrated display out of the box. Average grayscale and color DeltaE values sit at just 2 and 1.2, respectively, meaning further calibration from the end-user will not be necessary.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
35.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19.2 ms rise
↘ 16.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 91 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
54.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 26 ms rise
↘ 28.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 89 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 23810 Hz ≤ 24 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 23810 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 24 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 23810 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17886 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is decent under shade due to the relatively bright screen, wide viewing angles, and matte panel to reduce glare. Direct sunlight will still wash out colors.

Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Colors and contrast change slightly from wide viewing angles
Colors and contrast change slightly from wide viewing angles

Performance

Processor

Multi-thread CPU performance is about 15 to 20 percent slower than the average Core i5-10210U in our database to be about as fast as the older Core i5-8250U. When running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop, final scores would be flat throughout the test whereas most other laptops have higher initial scores. We suspect that the manufacturer had to limit the Turbo Boost potential of the CPU because of the relatively small cooling solution. We explore clock rates in more detail in our Stress Test section below.

See our dedicated page on the Core i5-10210U for more technical information and benchmarks. Upgrading to the Core i7-10510U option should bring roughly 40 percent faster multi-thread performance — at least on paper.

CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R20
CineBench R20
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Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331 UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø479 (475.43-482.26)
LG Gram 13Z980-A UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø482 (469.02-547.42)
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø557 (546-655)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7 Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø609 (588.11-736)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core) - CPU (Multi Core)
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
2410 Points ∼100% +115%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 20R1-000YUS
Intel Core i7-10510U
1654 Points ∼69% +48%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1533 Points ∼64% +37%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1499 Points ∼62% +34%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
1492 Points ∼62% +33%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1396 Points ∼58% +25%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (1105 - 1820, n=20)
1319 Points ∼55% +18%
Dynabook Portégé X30-F-10N
Intel Core i5-8265U
1237 Points ∼51% +10%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
1138 Points ∼47% +2%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
1121 Points ∼47%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
1117 Points ∼46% 0%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core) - CPU (Single Core)
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
460 Points ∼100% +12%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
453 Points ∼98% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 20R1-000YUS
Intel Core i7-10510U
447 Points ∼97% +8%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
425 Points ∼92% +3%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
412 Points ∼90%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (351 - 428, n=20)
412 Points ∼90% 0%
Dynabook Portégé X30-F-10N
Intel Core i5-8265U
386 Points ∼84% -6%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
383 Points ∼83% -7%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
369 Points ∼80% -10%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
351 Points ∼76% -15%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
334 Points ∼73% -19%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit - CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
1051 Points ∼100% +119%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 20R1-000YUS
Intel Core i7-10510U
776 Points ∼74% +62%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
760 (min: 489.25, max: 610.17) Points ∼72% +59%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
672 Points ∼64% +40%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
668 (min: 646.48, max: 668.95) Points ∼64% +39%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
667 Points ∼63% +39%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
659 Points ∼63% +38%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (479 - 790, n=25)
623 Points ∼59% +30%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
564 Points ∼54% +18%
Dynabook Portégé X30-F-10N
Intel Core i5-8265U
551 Points ∼52% +15%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
494 Points ∼47% +3%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
479 (min: 475.43, max: 482.26) Points ∼46%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit - CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 20R1-000YUS
Intel Core i7-10510U
182 Points ∼100% +10%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
182 Points ∼100% +10%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
180 Points ∼99% +8%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (154 - 174, n=25)
167 Points ∼92% +1%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
166 Points ∼91% 0%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
166 Points ∼91%
Dynabook Portégé X30-F-10N
Intel Core i5-8265U
161 Points ∼88% -3%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
156 Points ∼86% -6%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
145 Points ∼80% -13%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼79% -14%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
135 Points ∼74% -19%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU - BMW27 CPU
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
942.3 Seconds * ∼100% -3%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
918 Seconds * ∼97%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (585 - 1004, n=14)
809 Seconds * ∼86% +12%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
766 Seconds * ∼81% +17%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
703 Seconds * ∼75% +23%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
681 Seconds * ∼72% +26%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
585 Seconds * ∼62% +36%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4438 MIPS ∼100% +1%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
4425 MIPS ∼100% 0%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
4415 MIPS ∼99%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (4099 - 4467, n=14)
4273 MIPS ∼96% -3%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
4087 MIPS ∼92% -7%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
3726 MIPS ∼84% -16%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3555 MIPS ∼80% -19%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 - 7z b 4
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
27115 MIPS ∼100% +73%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
21139 MIPS ∼78% +35%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
18535 MIPS ∼68% +18%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (14717 - 21679, n=14)
17630 MIPS ∼65% +13%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
17508 MIPS ∼65% +12%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
15667 MIPS ∼58%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
15003 MIPS ∼55% -4%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1324 Points ∼100% +21%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1229 Points ∼93% +12%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
1096 Points ∼83%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (1014 - 1133, n=15)
1079 Points ∼81% -2%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
904 Points ∼68% -18%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4855 Points ∼100% +36%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
4372 Points ∼90% +22%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (2800 - 4256, n=15)
3655 Points ∼75% +2%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
3576 Points ∼74%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3154 Points ∼65% -12%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset - 4k Preset
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
6.08 fps ∼100% +52%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
6.032 fps ∼99% +50%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (3.61 - 6.28, n=14)
4.53 fps ∼75% +13%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
4.27 fps ∼70% +6%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
4.01 fps ∼66%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3.99 fps ∼66% 0%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
3.89 fps ∼64% -3%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF - 20 Documents To PDF
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
85.3 s ∼100% +41%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
60.6 s ∼71%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (49.6 - 63.4, n=9)
50.6 s ∼59% -17%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
0.02 s ∼0% -100%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
0 s ∼0% -100%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean - Overall mean
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
0.899 sec * ∼100% -28%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
0.682 sec * ∼76% +3%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
0.734 sec * ∼82% -4%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
0.722 sec * ∼80% -3%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (0.658 - 0.735, n=14)
0.71 sec * ∼79% -1%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.704 sec * ∼78%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
479 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
52.8 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
166 Points
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks rank our Dynabook higher than older subnotebooks running on 8th gen or 9th gen Core U series CPUs. The exception is the Digital Content Creation benchmark which favors laptops with faster GPUs.

PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
3856 Points ∼30% +29%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U, Apple SSD AP0256
3587 Points ∼28% +20%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2487 - 4463, n=20)
3112 Points ∼24% +4%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3058 Points ∼24% +3%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
2980 Points ∼23%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
2945 Points ∼23% -1%
LG Gram 13Z980-A
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
2734 Points ∼21% -8%
Productivity
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
7317 Points ∼70%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6099 - 7317, n=20)
6717 Points ∼64% -8%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
6393 Points ∼61% -13%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
5836 Points ∼56% -20%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
5759 Points ∼55% -21%
LG Gram 13Z980-A
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
5626 Points ∼54% -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U, Apple SSD AP0256
4786 Points ∼46% -35%
Essentials
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
9335 Points ∼81%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
8763 Points ∼76% -6%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (7172 - 10000, n=20)
8622 Points ∼75% -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U, Apple SSD AP0256
8343 Points ∼73% -11%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
8015 Points ∼70% -14%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
7278 Points ∼64% -22%
LG Gram 13Z980-A
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
6821 Points ∼60% -27%
Score
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4217 Points ∼52%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
4154 Points ∼51% -1%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3752 - 4353, n=20)
4040 Points ∼50% -4%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
3816 Points ∼47% -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U, Apple SSD AP0256
3751 Points ∼46% -11%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3630 Points ∼45% -14%
LG Gram 13Z980-A
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3381 Points ∼42% -20%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
5116 Points ∼78% +2%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
5039 Points ∼76% 0%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5039 Points ∼76%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (4286 - 5102, n=15)
4897 Points ∼74% -3%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
4841 Points ∼73% -4%
LG Gram 13Z980-A
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4592 Points ∼70% -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U, Apple SSD AP0256
4238 Points ∼64% -16%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U, Apple SSD AP0256
3986 Points ∼65% +9%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
3948 Points ∼65% +8%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
3825 Points ∼63% +5%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3182 - 4284, n=15)
3653 Points ∼60% 0%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
3641 Points ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3467 Points ∼57% -5%
LG Gram 13Z980-A
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3241 Points ∼53% -11%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3641 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5039 points
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DPC Latency

LatencyMon shows DPC latency issues when opening multiple browser tabs on our homepage. Fortunately, we can record no dropped frames when playing 4K UHD video content on YouTube.

DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
2107.5 μs * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

There is just one internal storage bay to keep weight as low as possible. The manufacturer offers 256 GB and 512 GB options and our specific unit comes with a Samsung PM981a NVMe SSD. Samsung drives are generally faster than those from Intel, SK Hynix, or Toshiba.

CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
AS SSD
AS SSD
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
LG Gram 13Z980-A
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Apple SSD AP0256
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
AS SSD
-36%
-83%
-105%
-38%
Copy Game MB/s
1447.11
491.4
-66%
191.66
-87%
849.94
-41%
374.15
-74%
Copy Program MB/s
572.1
302.84
-47%
127.55
-78%
406.91
-29%
292.16
-49%
Copy ISO MB/s
2050.73
1021.51
-50%
204.5
-90%
1404.43
-32%
943.09
-54%
Score Total
4908
1915
-61%
997
-80%
1465
-70%
2234
-54%
Score Write
2065
818
-60%
316
-85%
313
-85%
843
-59%
Score Read
1864
734
-61%
453
-76%
752
-60%
939
-50%
Access Time Write *
0.091
0.105
-15%
0.235
-158%
0.258
-184%
0.031
66%
Access Time Read *
0.048
0.042
12%
0.084
-75%
0.316
-558%
0.046
4%
4K-64 Write
1695.84
539.02
-68%
231.25
-86%
163.02
-90%
671.71
-60%
4K-64 Read
1601.42
475.64
-70%
376.66
-76%
642.97
-60%
772.2
-52%
4K Write
124.61
156.61
26%
60.97
-51%
15.95
-87%
119.08
-4%
4K Read
55.85
62.96
13%
27.16
-51%
11.35
-80%
40.31
-28%
Seq Write
2443.8
1227
-50%
241.7
-90%
1340
-45%
517.69
-79%
Seq Read
2067.04
1956.28
-5%
496.37
-76%
974
-53%
1264.37
-39%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
3%
-68%
-41%
Write 4K
164.1
186.8
14%
73.92
-55%
89.33
-46%
Read 4K
49.34
71.45
45%
25.67
-48%
37.4
-24%
Write Seq
1777
1203
-32%
255.2
-86%
608.2
-66%
Read Seq
1752
2600
48%
480.7
-73%
1019
-42%
Write 4K Q32T1
401.1
514.1
28%
197.2
-51%
487.9
22%
Read 4K Q32T1
498.7
570.4
14%
214.4
-57%
284.8
-43%
Write Seq Q32T1
2988
785.7
-74%
254.9
-91%
872.1
-71%
Read Seq Q32T1
3544
2947
-17%
554.1
-84%
1635
-54%
Write 4K Q8T8
387.3
Read 4K Q8T8
756.6
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-17% / -22%
-76% / -77%
-105% / -105%
-40% / -39%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3544 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2988 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 498.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 401.1 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1752 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1777 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 49.34 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 164.1 MB/s

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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GPU Performance

The Comet Lake-U series still uses the same UHD Graphics 620 as the older Whiskey Lake-U series and so there are no surprises here. If more graphics power is needed, we recommend going for a laptop with Iris graphics or discrete GeForce MX graphics instead like the Huawei MateBook X Pro.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Time Spy
Time Spy
 
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, i7-8750H
7176 Points ∼32% +311%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4086 Points ∼18% +134%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
3409 Points ∼15% +95%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3079 Points ∼14% +77%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U
2601 Points ∼12% +49%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U
1819 Points ∼8% +4%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1744 Points ∼8%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1696 Points ∼8% -3%
LG Gram 13Z980-A
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
1597 Points ∼7% -8%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (959 - 2142, n=215)
1568 Points ∼7% -10%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
1480 Points ∼7% -15%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
1014 Points ∼4% -42%
1280x720 Performance GPU
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, i7-8750H
6874 Points ∼13% +282%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4508 Points ∼9% +150%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
4279 Points ∼8% +138%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4263 Points ∼8% +137%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U
2985 Points ∼6% +66%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1822 Points ∼4% +1%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1800 Points ∼4%
LG Gram 13Z980-A
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
1773 Points ∼3% -1%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
1759 Points ∼3% -2%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 2006, n=215)
1737 Points ∼3% -3%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U
1728 Points ∼3% -4%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
1186 Points ∼2% -34%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, i7-8750H
1596 Points ∼11% +297%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
824 Points ∼5% +105%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
794 Points ∼5% +98%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
754 Points ∼5% +88%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U
550 Points ∼4% +37%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
402 Points ∼3%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
386 Points ∼3% -4%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (299 - 443, n=68)
376 Points ∼3% -6%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, i7-8750H
5677 Points ∼14% +339%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
2950 Points ∼7% +128%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
2891 Points ∼7% +124%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
2692 Points ∼7% +108%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U
1893 Points ∼5% +46%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1293 Points ∼3%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U
1280 Points ∼3% -1%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1237 Points ∼3% -4%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1418, n=184)
1147 Points ∼3% -11%
LG Gram 13Z980-A
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
1129 Points ∼3% -13%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
1105 Points ∼3% -15%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
735 Points ∼2% -43%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, i7-8750H
34926 Points ∼18%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
17803 Points ∼9%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
16695 Points ∼9%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
15783 Points ∼8%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
9592 Points ∼5%
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U
9470 Points ∼5%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11436, n=196)
9198 Points ∼5%
LG Gram 13Z980-A
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
9132 Points ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
9058 Points ∼5%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
6078 Points ∼3%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
59091 Points ∼8% +29%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
57777 Points ∼8% +27%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
55731 Points ∼8% +22%
LG Gram 13Z980-A
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
50888 Points ∼7% +11%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
45651 Points ∼6%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
44007 Points ∼6% -4%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (29002 - 59483, n=61)
43423 Points ∼6% -5%
3DMark 11 Performance
2008 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1173 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
460 points
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low med. high ultra
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 71.5 45.3 21.1 18.8 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 21.9 14.9 13.2 fps

Emissions

System Noise

The system is almost silent during low to low-medium loads. When running the first benchmarks scene of 3DMark 06, for example, fan noise doesn't pick up until halfway through the 90-second test. Running extreme loads for long periods will induce a fan noise of 38 dB(A) for results that are not unlike the XPS 13.

We're able to notice minor electronic noise when placing an ear near the keyboard keys. Thankfully, it's not loud or noticeable enough to be of any concern.

Cooling solution consists of a single ~40 mm fan and a short copper heat pipe
Cooling solution consists of a single ~40 mm fan and a short copper heat pipe
Sole SODIMM slot sits adjacent to the processor
Sole SODIMM slot sits adjacent to the processor
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
LG Gram 13Z980-A
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
Iris Plus Graphics 645, i5-8257U, Apple SSD AP0256
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
Noise
-0%
1%
-3%
-1%
-2%
off / environment *
28.5
28.3
1%
28.1
1%
29.5
-4%
28.8
-1%
29.3
-3%
Idle Minimum *
28.5
28.3
1%
28.1
1%
29.5
-4%
28.8
-1%
29.3
-3%
Idle Average *
28.5
28.3
1%
28.1
1%
29.5
-4%
28.8
-1%
29.3
-3%
Idle Maximum *
28.5
28.3
1%
28.1
1%
29.5
-4%
29.7
-4%
29.3
-3%
Load Average *
32
32.5
-2%
34.3
-7%
31.1
3%
30.7
4%
33.2
-4%
Load Maximum *
38
39.3
-3%
34.3
10%
39.3
-3%
38.3
-1%
36.1
5%
Witcher 3 ultra *
39.3

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
28.5 / 28.5 / 28.5 dB(A)
Load
32 / 38 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.5 dB(A)

Temperature

The palm rests, clickpad, and keyboard keys never become uncomfortably warm as the hot spots are toward the rear of the system instead. At worst, these areas can be as warm as 42 C as shown by the temperature maps below which is typical of ultra-thin laptops with Core U-class CPUs.

Rear exhaust
Rear exhaust
AC adapter when on high loads for an hour
AC adapter when on high loads for an hour
Max. Load
 35 °C
95 F
41.2 °C
106 F
35 °C
95 F
 
 30.4 °C
87 F
36 °C
97 F
27 °C
81 F
 
 26 °C
79 F
25.6 °C
78 F
25.4 °C
78 F
 
Maximum: 41.2 °C = 106 F
Average: 31.3 °C = 88 F
32.2 °C
90 F
44 °C
111 F
34.4 °C
94 F
28.4 °C
83 F
35.4 °C
96 F
30.6 °C
87 F
26.8 °C
80 F
27.8 °C
82 F
28 °C
82 F
Maximum: 44 °C = 111 F
Average: 32 °C = 90 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.4 °C = 103 F | Room Temperature 21.4 °C = 71 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.3 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41.2 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.5 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 26 °C / 78.8 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28 °C / 82.4 F (+2 °C / 3.6 F).
System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Prime95+FurMark stress (top)
Prime95+FurMark stress (top)
Prime95+FurMark stress (bottom)
Prime95+FurMark stress (bottom)

Stress Test

We stress the system with synthetic loads to identify for any potential throttling issues. When running Prime95, the CPU would immediately become stable at 2.1 GHz whereas most other Intel laptops would boost to 3.0+ GHz for at least the first few seconds. These results mirror our CineBench R15 Multi-Thread loop test results above. Core temperature can indeed reach 100 C albeit only for a short while at the start of the test before falling and stabilizing at 74 C.

Performance is limited if running on battery power. A 3DMark 11 test on batteries returns Physics and graphics scores of 5430 and 1417 points, respectively, compared to 6302 and 1800 points when on mains.

System idle
System idle
Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
System Idle -- -- 49
Prime95 Stress 2.1 -- 74
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.0 699 66

Speakers

Speakers lack bass as one would expect from a business-centric laptop. Audio is sufficiently loud for small conference rooms
Speakers lack bass as one would expect from a business-centric laptop. Audio is sufficiently loud for small conference rooms
Pink noise at maximum volume
Pink noise at maximum volume
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.538.838.52535.13635.13134.935.734.94032.134.232.15033.731.533.7633833.438803132.43110030.83030.812531.229.531.216031.428.231.420036.527.936.525045.526.545.531553.227.553.240056.425.656.450057.124.657.163056.523.856.580062.823.462.8100069.62369.6125072.222.772.2160075.722.675.7200069.62369.6250070.322.870.3315072.822.972.8400070.923.170.9500067.523.267.563007223.572800073.123.773.11000070.623.970.61250068.624.168.61600067.924.967.9SPL83.135.683.1N52.92.552.9median 67.9median 23.8median 67.9Delta10.6210.635.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseDynabook Portege X30L-G1331Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 78% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 16% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 75% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Idling on desktop demands between 3 W and 9 W on average depending on the brightness setting and power profile. Running the first benchmark scene of 3DMark 06 consumes about 31 W to be slightly more efficient than the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s or HP EliteBook 830 G5 equipped with older Core U-series CPUs.

We're able to measure a temporary maximum of 49.4 W from the small (~6.2 x 6.2 x 2.8 cm) AC adapter when running Prime95 as shown by our graphs below.

Power consumption when running 3DMark 06. Consumption starts high at around 42 W before falling and stabilizing at 30.6 W
Power consumption when running 3DMark 06. Consumption starts high at around 42 W before falling and stabilizing at 30.6 W
Prime95 initiated at 10s mark. Consumption spikes to 49.4 W for just a few seconds before falling and stabilizing at 30.6 W
Prime95 initiated at 10s mark. Consumption spikes to 49.4 W for just a few seconds before falling and stabilizing at 30.6 W
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 0.56 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.8 / 4.9 / 9 Watt
Load midlight 31.2 / 49.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD, IPS, 1920x1200, 13.4
LG Gram 13Z980-A
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
i5-8257U, Iris Plus Graphics 645, Apple SSD AP0256, IPS, 2560x1600, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A, a-Si IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
i5-8550U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0), IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Power Consumption
-16%
-12%
-14%
-2%
-28%
Idle Minimum *
2.8
4.2
-50%
3.9
-39%
2.1
25%
3.1
-11%
4.5
-61%
Idle Average *
4.9
6.9
-41%
7.3
-49%
6.9
-41%
5.87
-20%
6.4
-31%
Idle Maximum *
9
7.5
17%
7.4
18%
7.8
13%
6.6
27%
9.2
-2%
Load Average *
31.2
33.3
-7%
36.1
-16%
42
-35%
35.3
-13%
35.7
-14%
Load Maximum *
49.4
48.4
2%
35.8
28%
64.5
-31%
46.5
6%
65.4
-32%
Witcher 3 ultra *
37.1

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Battery capacity is small likely to keep the weight as low as possible. Users can expect around 8 hours of real-world WLAN use when on the Balanced profile at 150 nits brightness.

Recharging from empty to full capacity takes about 1.5 hours compared to twice that on the LG Gram 14.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 20min
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, 42 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 52 Wh
LG Gram 13Z980-A
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 72 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 2TB3
i5-8257U, Iris Plus Graphics 645, 58.2 Wh
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
HP EliteBook 830 G5-3JX74EA
i5-8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 49 Wh
Battery Runtime
53%
45%
55%
9%
-15%
Reader / Idle
766
WiFi v1.3
500
763
53%
724
45%
777
55%
545
9%
424
-15%
Load
83
140

Pros

+ quiet when browsing or streaming
+ three-year warranty as standard
+ wide variety of integrated ports
+ supports USB Type-C charging
+ upgradeable RAM and WLAN
+ >95 pecent sRGB coverage
+ incredibly lightweight
+ easy serviceability
+ MicroSD reader
+ IR camera

Cons

- no Ice Lake or AMD Ryzen options; UHD Graphics only
- no dedicated mouse keys; no TrackPoint stick
- SSD requires additional steps to access
- Core i5 performance could be better
- dated fingerprint reader positioning
- no webcam shutter; thick top bezel
- no Thunderbolt 3 support
- no WWAN or vPro

Verdict

In review: Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331. Test unit provided by Dynabook
In review: Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331. Test unit provided by Dynabook

The biggest reason for owning a Dynabook Portege X30L over alternatives like the HP EliteBook, Dell Latitude, or Lenovo ThinkPad X series would be for its very low weight. We can't stress how much of a difference a few hundred grams can be especially if you like to lug your laptop around everywhere you go. Even the LG Gram 13 isn't as light as our Portege and it's marketed as being one of the lightest subnotebooks you can buy.

If weight isn't your primary concern, then other laptops tend to offer faster CPU and GPU performance, firmer keyboard keys, additional connectivity options like Thunderbolt and WAN, more rigid chassis, longer battery life, and easier access to the internal SSD. The HP EliteBook x360 1030, for example, is brighter, thinner, and more versatile when on the road although at the cost of some extra weight.

The Dynabook Portege X30L works best when you're always moving and want a lightweight companion that doesn't skimp on port options or quality. If you spend most of your day working in one place, however, then there are better options out there as you wouldn't be exploiting the main selling point of the system.

Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331 - 05/18/2020 v7
Allen Ngo

Chassis
79 / 98 → 80%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
56 / 80 → 70%
Weight
77 / 20-75 → 100%
Battery
82%
Display
91%
Games Performance
51 / 78 → 65%
Application Performance
86 / 95 → 91%
Temperature
91%
Noise
96%
Audio
73%
Camera
40 / 85 → 46%
Average
76%
85%
Office - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2020-05-18 (Update: 2020-05-18)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.