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Face Off: Toshiba Portege Z30 vs. Dell Latitude 13 7370 vs. HP EliteBook 1030 G1

Core m business notebooks. The "traditional" Portege Z30 stands on relatively equal ground with the the thinner and fanless alternatives from Dell and HP in terms of weight and missing features.

13-inch business notebooks are very common, but how do newer fanless Core m designs stand up against an actively-cooled ULV alternative? This week's comparison pits the Core i7 Toshiba Portege Z30-C against the Core m Dell Latitude 13 7370 and HP EliteBook 1030 G1. As our benchmarks and measurements below will show, the performance, battery life, and weight differences between them pale in comparison to factors outside of the processor such as their selection of features and display quality.

We encourage users to check out our dedicated review pages below for more data and detailed analyses of each of the three models. This comparison is by no means a replacement, but a condensed aid for those on the fence.

Toshiba Portege Z30
Toshiba Portege Z30
Dell Latitude 13 7370
Dell Latitude 13 7370
HP EliteBook 1030 G1
HP EliteBook 1030 G1

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Case

High-end business notebooks are almost always made more robust and durable than a similarly priced Ultrabook. This remains true here with the use of magnesium, carbon fiber, and CNC aluminum for the Toshiba, Dell, and HP, respectively. The Dell and HP notebooks are surprisingly rigid with taut hinges and displays that feel stronger than on the Toshiba. This is despite the fact that the Toshiba is thicker and with a larger footprint than both of its competitors. We would have expected a physically larger notebook to carry more benefits than what the Portege Z30 is offering over the Dell and HP.

Outside of size and materials, the three notebooks weigh nearly the same at about 1.2 kg each. Thus, the Dell and HP feel denser and more substantial than the Toshiba due to their thinner form factors and passive cooling systems.

316 mm / 12.4 inch 227 mm / 8.94 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.2 kg2.65 lbs310 mm / 12.2 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 15.7 mm / 0.618 inch 1.2 kg2.56 lbs305 mm / 12 inch 211 mm / 8.31 inch 14.3 mm / 0.563 inch 1.2 kg2.75 lbs

Ports in Comparison

Toshiba Portege Z30
Toshiba Portege Z30
Dell Latitude 13 7370
Dell Latitude 13 7370
HP EliteBook 1030 G1
HP EliteBook 1030 G1

Connectivity

Ports vary widely between these notebooks with notable pros and cons for each. The Toshiba is one of the few notebooks still shipping with legacy VGA that business users in particular can appreciate, though it skimps on any USB Type-C ports. The Dell is the only one of the three without a dedicated docking port as the manufacturer has openly stated that it plans to drop its proprietary docking port in favor of the more universal Thunderbolt 3. As a result, the system ships with two Thunderbolt ports for better future-proofing while still providing Micro-HDMI, MicroSD, SmartCard, and SIM options.

The EliteBook 1030 G1 includes both USB Type-C and a proprietary docking port. Unfortunately, it is lacking key options like SmartCard, RJ-45, and a SD reader and is thus more reliant on adapters and docks for connectivity.

Ports and Connections

Toshiba Portege Z30-C Dell Latitude 13 7370 HP EliteBook 1030 G1
USB 3x USB 3.0 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 3.1 Type-C + Thunderbolt 3 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 1
Video-out 1x HDMI, 1x VGA 2x USB 3.1 Type-C + Thunderbolt 3, 1x Micro-HDMI 1x HDMI
Audio 3.5 mm combo audio 3.5 mm combo audio jack 3.5 mm combo audio jack
Other SD reader, SmartCard reader, Port Replicator III, RJ-45, Kensington Lock MicroSD reader, SmartCard reader, SIM slot, Kensington Lock Docking port, Kensington Lock
Storage Bays 1x M.2 2280 1x M.2 2280 1x M.2 2280

Input Devices

Dell and HP business notebooks tend to offer very consistent typing experiences from one generation to the next. Travel, feedback, and quality are thus very good on the Latitude 13 and EliteBook 1030 G1 with solid impressions for fast typists. Toshiba offers the weaker keyboard out of the three due to its spongier feedback.

Meanwhile, the touchpads on the three notebooks couldn't be more different. The HP utilizes a clickpad with integrated mouse keys and a dedicated TrackPoint, but the keys are very shallow compared to those on the Dell. The Dell is equipped with an easier-to-use traditional touchpad with dedicated mouse keys, though the lack of a TrackPoint can irk some business users. The HP EliteBook takes a more consumer-oriented approach with nothing but a widened clickpad not unlike some Envy and Spectre notebooks. Users who aren't accustomed to TrackPoints and dedicated mouse keys may prefer this more minimalist approach for more comfortable cursor control and multi-touch gestures.

Toshiba Portege Z30
Toshiba Portege Z30
Dell Latitude 13 7370
Dell Latitude 13 7370
HP EliteBook 1030 G1
HP EliteBook 1030 G1

Display

The HP EliteBook carries the better overall display panel than either the Toshiba or Dell in terms of backlight brightness, resolution, contrast, gamut, and out-of-the-box color accuracy. It achieves this without sacrificing too much in the way of response times, which is a common drawback on wide gamut panels. In comparison, the Dell panel is dimmer with slower response times and a narrower color space while the Toshiba suffers from pulse-width modulation on certain brightness levels and could benefit the most from an end-user calibration.

Toshiba Portege Z30
Toshiba Portege Z30
Dell Latitude 13 7370
Dell Latitude 13 7370
HP EliteBook 1030 G1
HP EliteBook 1030 G1
Displays at a Glance

Toshiba Portege Z30 Dell Latitude 13 7370 HP EliteBook 1030 G1
Size 13.3-inch IPS matte 13.3-inch IPS matte 13.3-inch IPS glossy
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 3200 x 1800
Pixel Density 166 PPI 166 PPI 276 PPI
Panel ID Toshiba TOS508F Sharp LQ133M1 Sharp SHP1465
Toshiba Portege Z30-C-138Dell Latitude 13 7370HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42 (18, 24)
50.4 (20.4, 30)
42.4 (17.2, 25.2)
Response Time Black / White *
28 (7, 21)
33.6 (13.2, 20.4)
25.6 (11.6, 14)
PWM Frequency
217 (40)
Screen
Brightness middle
300
261
401
Brightness
280
241
369
Brightness Distribution
87
85
85
Black Level *
0.31
0.26
0.35
Contrast
968
1004
1146
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.9
4.3
3.5
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.91
8.66
6.33
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.69
5.82
4.13
Gamma
2.33 94%
2.44 90%
2.28 96%
CCT
6487 100%
6771 96%
6508 100%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
63
49.18
61.56
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98
77.84
94.64
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

Toshiba Portege Z30 color profile
Toshiba Portege Z30 color profile
Dell Latitude 13 7370
Dell Latitude 13 7370
HP EliteBook 1030 G1
HP EliteBook 1030 G1
Toshiba Portege Z30
Toshiba Portege Z30
Dell Latitude 13 7370
Dell Latitude 13 7370
HP EliteBook 1030 G1
HP EliteBook 1030 G1

Performance

CPU Performance

Toshiba, Dell, and HP offer multiple CPU options for their respective notebooks. Our comparisons below reflect only the configurations we have on hand.

CineBench benchmarks show minimal CPU performance differences between the Core i7-6500U in the Toshiba and the Core m7-6Y75 in the HP despite the large TDP discrepancy. This is due to the i7-6500U in the Toshiba performing slower than the average i7-6500U by about 30 percent because of throttling during benchmarking. Meanwhile, the Core m5-6Y57 in the Dell is about 35 percent slower than both the Toshiba and HP in multi-threaded operations.

Serviceability is reasonably easy on these systems, though users will find few upgradeable components outside of their M.2 drives and WLAN modules. The Toshiba utilizes SODIMM modules instead of soldered RAM for end-user upgradeability.

See our dedicated CPU pages on the Core i7-6500U, Core m5-6Y57, Core m7-6Y75 and for more benchmarks and comparisons.

Hardware at a Glance

Toshiba Portege Z30 Dell Latitude 13 7370 HP EliteBook 1030 G1
CPU 2.5 GHz Core i7-6500U 1.1 GHz Core m5-6Y57 1.2 GHz Core m7-6Y75
TDP 15 W 4.5 W 4.5 W
RAM 16 GB DDR3L, Dual-Channel, 2x SODIMM 8 GB LPDDR3, Dual-Channel, soldered 16 GB LPDDR3, Dual-Channel, soldered
GPU HD Graphics 520 HD Graphics 515 HD Graphics 515
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Portege Z30-C-138
84 Points ∼39%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
101 Points ∼46%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
114 Points ∼52%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Portege Z30-C-138
288 Points ∼7%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
180 Points ∼4%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
283 Points ∼6%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
1.16 Points ∼48%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
1.37 Points ∼56%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
2.03 Points ∼5%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
3.25 Points ∼7%
wPrime 2.0x
1024m (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
892.201 s * ∼11%
32m (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
21.895 s * ∼4%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - --- (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
746.877 Seconds * ∼3%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
2681 Points ∼8%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
4221 Points ∼13%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Physics (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
1848 Points ∼5%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
2987 Points ∼8%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
26372 Points ∼31%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
34273 Points ∼40%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
24624 Points ∼29%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
24950 Points ∼30%
PCMark 7
System Storage (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
4237 Points ∼59%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
5180 Points ∼73%
Computation (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
12679 Points ∼45%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
13808 Points ∼49%
Creativity (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
7441 Points ∼52%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
9217 Points ∼64%
Entertainment (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
2956 Points ∼28%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
3301 Points ∼31%
Productivity (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
3637 Points ∼33%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
2440 Points ∼22%
Lightweight (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
3941 Points ∼54%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
3316 Points ∼45%
Score (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
4165 Points ∼46%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
4917 Points ∼54%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
4238 Points ∼65%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
3784 Points ∼58%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
3528 Points ∼33%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
3555 Points ∼34%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Toshiba Portege Z30-C-138
3271 Points ∼54%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
3048 Points ∼50%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
2838 Points ∼47%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2 (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
11.72 fps ∼0%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
19.13 fps ∼0%
Pass 1 (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
92.55 fps ∼34%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
108.72 fps ∼40%

* ... smaller is better

Toshiba Portege Z30-A
Toshiba Portege Z30-A
Dell Latitude 13 7370
Dell Latitude 13 7370
HP EliteBook 1030 G1
HP EliteBook 1030 G1

GPU Performance

3DMark 11 ranks the HD Graphics 520 in the Toshiba about 20 percent and 40 percent faster than the HD Graphics 515 in the HP and Dell, respectively. This translates directly into higher frame rates when gaming as shown by the Bioshock Infinite benchmark, but the integrated GPU is still not powerful enough to play most modern 3D titles at the native 1080p resolution smoothly. Unlike its CPU, the GPU in the Toshiba shows no signs of major throttling when under load.

See our dedicated GPU pages on the HD Graphics 520 and HD Graphics 515 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Toshiba Portege Z30-C-138
1377 Points ∼3%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
992 Points ∼2%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
1132 Points ∼2%
3DMark - 1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 13 7370
4658 Points ∼3%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
6684 Points ∼4%
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Portege Z30-C-138
25.57 fps ∼10%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
26.81 fps ∼11%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
33.92 fps ∼14%
BioShock Infinite - 1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Toshiba Portege Z30-C-138
29 fps ∼7%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
20.3 fps ∼5%
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
19.5 fps ∼5%

Stress Test

We run both Prime95 and FurMark to simulate maximum stress and to test system stability. These unrealistic conditions do not represent daily workloads and are instead meant to put both the CPU and GPU at 100 percent capacity.

Throttling occurs on all three systems as expected from most ULV CPUs. Performance throttling occurs more heavily on the two Core m systems, though core temperatures stabilize at a much lower 66 C each compared to 75 on the more powerful Toshiba. The integrated GPU in the Toshiba is favored over the CPU in terms of performance scaling when both are stressed. In other words, its GPU is better able to maintain faster Boost clock rates while the CPU is throttles well below its base frequency.

Toshiba Portege Z30
Toshiba Portege Z30
Dell Latitude 13 7370
Dell Latitude 13 7370
HP EliteBook 1030 G1
HP EliteBook 1030 G1
CPU and GPU Clock Rates Under Stress

Toshiba Portege Z30 Dell Latitude 13 7370 HP EliteBook 1030 G1
Processor GHz Core i7-6500U Core m5-6Y57 Core m7-6Y75
Rated GPU Core Clock (MHz) 1000 300 - 900 300 - 1000
Stable GPU Core Clock on FurMark (MHz) 950 300 450
Rated CPU Core Clock (GHz) 2.5 1.1 1.2
Stable CPU Core Clock on Prime95 (GHz) 1.6 0.8 0.7
Average CPU temperature 75 C 66 C 66 C

Emissions and Energy

System Noise and Temperature

Fan noise is present only on the Toshiba notebook as opposed to the passively cooled HP and Dell. Thus, these latter two systems offer truly silent operation not unlike most Android tablets. We can notice some coil whine, though only when placing our ears very close to the base of the notebooks.

The Toshiba thankfully runs silently as well when idling on desktop. Sustained low-medium loads will bump fan noise up to almost 32 dB(A), which is still quiet enough to be largely unnoticeable under ambient office or classroom conditions. Gaming loads are very loud at 40 dB(A) or higher.

Surface temperatures are cooler on the Toshiba due to its active cooling solution whereas the Dell and HP utilize large heat spreaders in place of fans. At worst, we can measure a surface temperature of almost 41 C on the Toshiba compared to 50 C and 44 C on the Dell and HP, respectively. The HP in particular is noticeably warmer on its palm rests and keyboard than on the Toshiba and Dell.

Toshiba Portege Z30-C-125Dell Latitude 13 7370HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
Noise
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
30
Idle Average *
30.8
Idle Maximum *
31.6
Load Average *
40.3
Load Maximum *
44.9

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption

The three systems are each at single-digit Wattages when idling on desktop. When gaming or processing demanding loads, the Toshiba becomes the more demanding system at over 42 W compared to just 26 W and 15 W on the HP and Dell, respectively. Note that our maximum stress power measurement for the Toshiba is lower than its gaming average as the system begins to throttle when under extreme processing conditions. The HP system is notably more demanding than the Dell despite each carrying 4.5 W TDP processors due in part to its higher resolution panel and brighter backlight.

Toshiba Portege Z30-C-138Dell Latitude 13 7370HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
3.2
5
4
Idle Average *
7.8
7.5
8
Idle Maximum *
8.7
8
8.6
Load Average *
42.2
15.3
26.5
Load Maximum *
35.7
26.8
34.8

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The HP notebook carries the larger internal battery capacity and the more power-efficient Core m7 compared to the i7-6500U in the Toshiba, yet it disappointingly has a shorter battery life than both the Toshiba and Dell. Users can expect a runtime of about 5 hours of real-world use from the HP while the Toshiba and Dell can last for 30 to 60 minutes longer each under similar conditions. Again, the shorter battery life on the HP may be partly attributed to its more demanding display.

Toshiba Portege Z30-C-138
52 Wh
Dell Latitude 13 7370
34 Wh
HP EliteBook 1030 G1-X2F03EA
40 Wh
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
588
618
WiFi v1.3
345
367
305
Load
176
144

Verdict

The displays and diverging feature sets of these notebooks play a bigger part than the performance differences between the ULV i7 in the Portege Z30 and the Core m in the Latitude 13 and EliteBook 1030 G1.
The displays and diverging feature sets of these notebooks play a bigger part than the performance differences between the ULV i7 in the Portege Z30 and the Core m in the Latitude 13 and EliteBook 1030 G1.

There are enough key differences between these notebooks that we can't strongly recommend one over the other. The Toshiba provides faster performance with legacy VGA and a Port Replicator, but it is thicker without necessarily offering more features or better build quality. The Dell system is the thinnest with Thunderbolt 3 and longer battery runtimes, but its screen is relatively dimmer and with a narrower color profile. Lastly, the HP provides the better and brighter display at the cost of fewer connectivity features and shorter battery life.

As for performance differences, the Toshiba is unsurprisingly faster than the Core m-powered Dell and HP. However, we're disappointed to see the Toshiba throttle so easily and be at almost the same level as the Core m7-6Y75 in the HP during benchmarking. Its integrated HD Graphics 520 GPU is still able to provide a slight to moderate performance boost over the HD Graphics 515 for those who have use for the extra horsepower. Otherwise, the Dell or HP will be the better fit for common everyday tasks like browsing, video playback, and word processing.

Toshiba Portege Z30-CDell Latitude 13 7370HP EliteBook 1030 G1

+ Magnesium chassis

+ VGA, Proprietary docking port

+ Dedicated keyboard keys and TrackPoint

+ Wider color gamut

+ Expandable 2x SODIMM

+ Stronger graphics performance

+ Generally cooler surface temperatures

+ Carbon fiber and magnesium chassis

+ Thinner and slightly smaller

+ Completely silent operation

+ 2x Thunderbolt 3, SIM

+ Longer battery life

+ CNC aluminum chassis

+ Completely silent operation

+ USB Type-C Gen. 1

+ Wider touchpad

+ Higher display resolution and wider color gamut

+ Brighter display backlight

- Thicker and larger design

- No USB Type-C

- Spongier keyboard feedback

- Higher CPU temperatures

- Loud under gaming loads

- No full-size SD reader (MicroSD only)

- Uncommon Micro-HDMI port

- Dimmer display backlight and narrower color gamut

- Longer display response times

- No SD reader, Thunderbolt 3, VGA, or RJ-45

- No TrackPad or dedicated mouse keys

- Shorter battery life despite its higher battery capacity

Toshiba Portege Z30-C

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Allen Ngo, 2016-11-29 (Update: 2018-05-15)
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.