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CES 2020 | Dynabook Portege X30L comes with more ports than you'd expect from a laptop weighing less than 2 pounds

Dynabook Portege X30L comes with more ports than you'd expect from a laptop weighing less than 2 pounds
Dynabook Portege X30L comes with more ports than you'd expect from a laptop weighing less than 2 pounds
The 13.3-inch Portege X30L will offer RJ-45, full-size HDMI, Wi-Fi 6, expandable RAM, a bright 470-nit matte display, vPro, and a hexa-core CPU all for well under 1 kg when it launches in the U.S. this Summer.

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.

The Asian Portege X30 is making its way to the U.S. as the Portege X30L
The Asian Portege X30 is making its way to the U.S. as the Portege X30L
Top bezels are still quite thick when compared to the latest Lenovo or HP business laptops. There is no Privacy shutter
Top bezels are still quite thick when compared to the latest Lenovo or HP business laptops. There is no Privacy shutter
Users can charge via the proprietary AC adapter port or USB Type-C
Users can charge via the proprietary AC adapter port or USB Type-C
More integrated port options than most other super-light business laptops
More integrated port options than most other super-light business laptops
WWAN connectivity will not be an option
WWAN connectivity will not be an option
MIL-STD-810G chassis
MIL-STD-810G chassis
No dedicated mouse keys for the touchpad
No dedicated mouse keys for the touchpad
Dynabook Portege X30L-G specifications (Source: Sharp)
Dynabook Portege X30L-G specifications (Source: Sharp)

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Allen Ngo, 2020-01- 6 (Update: 2020-01- 8)
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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.