CES 2020 | Dynabook Portege X30L comes with more ports than you'd expect from a laptop weighing less than 2 pounds
Sharp Dynabook business laptops aren't as well known here in the States when compared to the giants that are Lenovo, HP, or Dell, but that doesn't necessarily mean they have the weaker portfolio. The former Toshiba division will demo a handful of Portege and Tecra laptops at Las Vegas this week all bound for the U.S. with the flagship Dynabook Portege X30L-G leading the pack.
The upcoming 13.3-inch Portege X30L will be notable for carrying 10th gen Intel Comet Lake-U CPUs up to the hexa-core Core i7-10710U with a starting weight of under 1.9 pounds or just 870 g. In comparison, the popular Dell XPS 13 with the same CPU clocks in at 1.23 kg to be noticeably heavier while having far fewer ports and features. The LG Gram series also starts at just under 1 kg albeit with fewer ports than what the Dynabook will be offering. Sharp is hoping that the newest Intel CPUs, ultralight weight, single-slot expandable RAM, and wide selection of integrated ports can lure in small-to-medium size businesses who might have otherwise gone with Lenovo, HP, or Dell.
A notable drawback on most Portege or Tecra laptops in the past was their displays as we found them to be too dim with shallower colors than what competitors would offer. Now that Dynabook is a subsidiary of Sharp, however, we can expect their newer laptops to utilize in-house Sharp panels for improved picture quality. With that said, it still boggles our mind that native 768p panels continue to be an option here for what Sharp considers to be a high-end series laptop.
Expect the Portege X30L to become available in the next few months with Comet Lake-U and integrated vPro support. Portege fans might notice that the X30L has a lot in common with the 2017 Portege X30 that launched in Asia only.