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Dynabook Portege X30L-G is one of the lightest Comet Lake-U laptops you can get right now

Dynabook Portege X30L-G is one of the lightest business laptops you can get right now (Image source: Dynabook)
Dynabook Portege X30L-G is one of the lightest business laptops you can get right now (Image source: Dynabook)
If you want a super-light subnotebook without having to settle for the super-slow Core m series, then the Comet Lake-U-powered Portege X30L-G should do the trick so long as you can accept a few compromises along the way.

After having just reviewed one of the lightest 14-inch Core U-series laptops money can buy, we were eager to see what one of the lightest 13.3-inch Core U-series laptop would be able to do. The 13.3-inch Dynabook Portege X30L-G weighs just 870 g (1.91 lbs) to be several hundred grams lighter than the similarly-sized Dell XPS 13 or MacBook Pro 13. The difference is immediately noticeable and a welcome boon for travelers or business users constantly on-the-go.

Much like the super-light LG Gram series, however, the super-light Dynabook X30L-G necessitates some compromises that potential users should know about. The extremely low weight of the Dynabook is made possible by the smaller-than-average battery capacity, lack of Gorilla Glass display reinforcement, smaller cooling solution, and a thin chassis skeleton. These consequences lead to average battery life, more flexible lid, limited CPU Turbo Boost potential, and a chassis that's not as rigid as the aforementioned Dell or Apple alternative, respectively.

To the manufacturer's credit, the Dynabook X30L-G still comes with some nice surprises despite the low weight. RAM, storage, and WLAN are all expandable which is more than what we can say for some Ultrabooks and ultra-thin business laptops these days. Battery life, while not extraordinary, is still more than enough at over 8 hours of real-world browsing use. We hope to see support for Thunderbolt 3 and WAN on future revisions to further expand the versatility of the laptop.

See our review on the Dynabook Portege X30L-G here to learn more about the system.

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Allen Ngo, 2020-05-20 (Update: 2020-05-17)