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Toshiba Portégé X30 (i7-7600U, 256 GB) Laptop Review

Featherweight champion? Toshiba's Portégé X30 packs tons of features in one of the lightest bodies currently available. Can the X30 compete with other thin-and-light heavyweights, or will it get knocked out?

We recently reviewed the Portégé X20W and praised it for its high-quality chassis and long battery life. Today, we look at the other side of the Portégé coin, the X30. While it lacks the convertible styling of its little brother, the X30 packs a lot of power in an impressively thin and light body. The premium look and feel, top-tier components, and inclusion of Thunderbolt 3, look to appease road warriors and frequent fliers.

In this review, we'll take a close look at the X30's build, performance, and overall experience. Our model is rigged with an Intel Core i7-7600U, 16 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB NVMe SSD, all of which retails for about $2100. Our particular review unit isn't available through Toshiba's website, but Toshiba offers a few options for the processor, RAM, display resolution, and SSD, allowing purchasers to tailor the device to their specific needs.

What remains constant across models is the insanely thin and light chassis. At less than 16 mm thick and just over 1 kg, the Portégé X30 is one of the most compact notebooks currently on the market. As such, we will compare it to other thin-and-lights intended for both business and non-enterprise users; in particular, we will also look at the 2017 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the Lenovo ThinkPad T470s, and the HP Spectre 13. We will also look at the refreshed 12-inch MacBook from Apple and the Dell XPS 13 with Iris graphics to get a wider picture of how other CPUs perform in comparison to the X30. Let's dive in.

Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001) (Portege X30 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-7600U (Intel Core i7), Dual-core, hyperthreaded
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel HD Graphics 620 21.20.16.4550
Memory
16384 MB 
, Single-Channel, DDR4-2400 / PC4-19200
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 166 PPI, 10-point multitouch, Toshiba TOS508F, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U + iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, 256 GB 
, 225 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Combo microphone / headphone, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Infrared retina scanner
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.9 x 315 x 226.1 ( = 0.63 x 12.4 x 8.9 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 2W, harman/kardon, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Toshiba eco Utility, Toshiba Password Utility, Toshiba Service Station, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.043 kg ( = 36.79 oz / 2.3 pounds), Power Supply: 353 g ( = 12.45 oz / 0.78 pounds)
Price
2109 usd

 

Case

The magnesium alloy case is very well made. There are no gaps in the body of the device, and everything fits together seamlessly. Metal adorns almost every surface of the device, save for the large bezel around the display and the plate housing the keyboard, which are both plastic. This gives the notebook a cool, premium, and elegant feel. Speaking of feel, there is a very subtle texture to the chassis that feels akin to fine-grain sandpaper. This gives a bit of added grip that's helpful when pulling the computer from a bag or moving it around. All said, the X30 feels great underhand.

Our model is the "Onyx Blue" version, which has a brushed pattern with a slight cobalt hint. There's also some kind of sparkle in the color that catches the light, giving the laptop a unique finesse without being overblown. This is a device that will make its presence known in the boardroom amid a sea of dull matte black notebooks. Be wary, though: Toshiba includes a large microfiber cloth with the notebook, and it will be needed. The finish attracts smudges and fingerprints, and these can be finicky to rub off.

Despite its thin profile, the chassis is still very sturdy. There is some slight flex on the underside, but the keyboard deck stays rigid under applied pressure. There is no creaking or other unseemly noise when handling the device. Our sole complaint concerning the workmanship lies in the display. The thin screen is very easy to flex and can be twisted with minimal effort. The hinges are solid and well tuned. One-handed opening is easy, and the screen stays set at any angle, even while typing.

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"Compact" is the name of the game here. The X30 is very similar in footprint to the X1 Carbon, although Toshiba beats Lenovo here by about 100 grams. Compared to the HP Spectre, which is known for its tiny form factor, the X30 is about 5.5 mm thicker but has a smaller overall footprint. The X30 is also 70 grams lighter. Thanks to the Magnesium-alloy chassis, which is much lighter than the more common aluminum, the X30 is one of the lightest 13.3-inch notebooks on the market right now.

Connectivity

While some notebooks have sacrificed I/O in the name of thinness, Toshiba has done a decent job with connectivity here. The X30 sports a Kensington lock, a USB 3.0 Type-A port, and a full-sized HDMI port. There's also a microSD slot for media transfer. We like the inclusion of two USB 3.1 Type-C ports with full Thunderbolt 3 support. Thunderbolt 3 is highly versatile and able to support high-res displays, eGPUs, fast external drives, and more. Unfortunately, since there is no dedicated power in, one of these ports will be needed to charge the laptop. Users may want to invest in a USB port hub. 

Left: Kensington Lock, USB 3.0 Type-A, combo mic/line out
Left: Kensington Lock, USB 3.0 Type-A, combo mic/line out
Right: microSD card, 2x USB 3.1 Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 3, HDMI
Right: microSD card, 2x USB 3.1 Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 3, HDMI
Front: status LEDs
Front: status LEDs
Rear: ventilation
Rear: ventilation

SD Card Reader

Using our Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 Reference-Card, we measure a respectable 89.6 MB/s in AS SSD, which is in line with the competition. The X30 was able to transfer a large amount of photos at about 63.2 MB/s. The microSD card reader isn't the fastest on the market, but it should be quick enough for business and home users.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
186.1 MB/s ∼100% +194%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
73.67 MB/s ∼40% +17%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
63.2 MB/s ∼34%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
61.2 MB/s ∼33% -3%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
219.8 MB/s ∼100% +145%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
91.23 MB/s ∼42% +2%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
89.6 MB/s ∼41%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
82.88 MB/s ∼38% -7%

Communication

The Intel 8265 Dual-Band WiFi card in the X30 offers excellent wireless connectivity. In our testing, the X30 is capable of transmit and receive speeds around 490 and 650 Mbit/s, respectively. While receiving speeds leads most of the competition, transmit speeds are at the back of the pack. However, these speeds should be more than adequate for most business networks. Wireless communications are also reliable; we have yet to experience any dropped connections or other WiFi problems. 

At the time of this writing, there is no option for WWAN connectivity available. However, Toshiba has said that WWAN options will be coming in the near future.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple MacBook 12 2017
Broadcom 802.11ac
660 MBit/s ∼100% +2%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
647 MBit/s ∼98%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
644 MBit/s ∼98% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
634 MBit/s ∼96% -2%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
634 MBit/s ∼96% -2%
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
485 MBit/s ∼73% -25%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple MacBook 12 2017
Broadcom 802.11ac
689 MBit/s ∼100% +41%
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
663 MBit/s ∼96% +36%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
589 MBit/s ∼85% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
580 MBit/s ∼84% +19%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
495 MBit/s ∼72% +1%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
488 MBit/s ∼71%

Security (business devices)

The fingerprint scanner is integrated in the touchpad.
The fingerprint scanner is integrated in the touchpad.

The Portégé X30 has a slew of security features that most users will find useful. In addition to TPM, the X30 has a fingerprint scanner (integrated into the touchpad) and an infrared iris scanner that works incredibly well with Windows Hello. Both biometric scanners are quick and fairly reliable. The fingerprint scanner never fails to register our fingerprint the instant it is touched. The iris scanner offers speedy and convenient logins, even in the dark, but only detects our eyes about 90% of the time. Either way, the number of secure login options is admirable; users can opt for a PIN, password, eye scan, or fingerprint.

Maintenance

Unlike other ultrathin notebooks, the interior of the X30 is readily accessible. There are 12 Philips head screws holding the bottom panel on, one of which is hidden underneath the rubber foot in the center. Once the screws are removed, the panel can be easily popped off without the need for a pry tool. Inside, users will have access to the CPU fan, the battery, the RAM, and the wireless card. The CPU can also be found underneath a relatively simple heat sink. In our unit, there is one free RAM slot for an extra DIMM, meaning that RAM can be upgraded to 32 GB. During our test period, we could not locate the storage; it's likely that the NVMe SSD is either located on the other side of the motherboard (which would require further disassembly to access) or is soldered on.

The RAM, battery, and wireless card are all easily accessible.
The RAM, battery, and wireless card are all easily accessible.
One RAM slot is open.
One RAM slot is open.

Warranty

Toshiba offers a 3-year limited warranty with all versions of the X30.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard is standard notebook affair: the keys offer decent travel with spongy feedback. Drop is well-defined. The keys are on the noisy side with a deep clacking sound. While not as annoying as other notebook keyboards, the noise is noticeable and may be distracting to some. However, the keys are well-sized and well-spaced, so most users will find the typing experience perfectly serviceable.

We do find complaint with the right side Shift key. In order to make space for dedicated Page Up and Page Down keys, the right Shift key is only half size. This was an annoyance in our experience with the laptop and will frustrate some typists. Also, the layout of the media and system control keys is confusing. For instance, the Mute key is located on the Escape key (i.e., FN + ESC will mute or unmute the speakers), but the Volume Up and Down keys are located in the number row on 3 and 4. These function keys are not lit by the white backlight, which adds to the frustration when using the device in dark environments. Users will need to take time to learn the layout of these system keys.

The white backlight can be set to either turn off after a few seconds (reactivating upon a keypress) or stay on indefinitely. There is only one brightness level, but the backlight strikes a good balance. It is bright enough for use in moderately lit rooms but not so bright that it will cause eyestrain in the dark.

Touchpad & TrackPoint

The touchpad has a smooth finish that makes for easy glide and responsive tracking. The clicking mechanism in the bottom portion has firm feedback and feels good to use. We have no cause for complaint with the touchpad. While some users may worry that the integrated fingerprint scanner will get in the way, its placement hasn't presented a problem in our use. The dedicated buttons above the trackpad feel weak and mushy. While they are responsive, they offer poor feedback and are not enjoyable to use.

The TrackPoint is decent. Tracking is good with no jitters and steady motion, but it is overall less responsive when compared to TrackPoints on Lenovo devices. The TrackPoint on the X30 gets the job done, but feels a bit slick; out finger slips off the nub every now and then. Overall, users may actually opt for the touchpad over the TrackPoint

Touchscreen

Touch input via the display is accurate and responsive. Scrolling is smooth, and the 10-point multitouch panel quickly and correctly registers all touch input.

Keyboard, touchpad, and TrackPoint
Keyboard, touchpad, and TrackPoint
White Backlight
White Backlight

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

Toshiba offers two resolutions options for the X30's 13.3-inch display: 1366x768 or 1920x1080. Our review model has a Full HD (1920x1080) panel with optional 10-point multitouch. The IPS display is excellent. With an average brightness of 323 cd/m2, the screen is bright enough for most lighting conditions and is noticeably brighter than the competition from Lenovo. Brightness levels are also fairly uniform across the screen, also the top is noticeably brighter than the bottom at maximum brightness. Response times are a cut above the rest, beating rivals by about 10-15%. PWM is not a problem at any brightness level.

342.6
cd/m²
334.6
cd/m²
345.1
cd/m²
320.5
cd/m²
332.6
cd/m²
316.8
cd/m²
298.1
cd/m²
312.6
cd/m²
302.9
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 345.1 cd/m² Average: 322.9 cd/m² Minimum: 18.02 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 332.6 cd/m²
Contrast: 1188:1 (Black: 0.28 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.6 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 2.5 | - Ø
94% sRGB (Argyll) 62% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.12
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Toshiba TOS508F, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
B140HAN03_1, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
LEN40A9 (R140NWF5 R1), IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Apple MacBook 12 2017
APPA027, LED IPS, 12, 2304x1440
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
CMN1374, IPS UWVA, 13.3, 1920x1080
Response Times
-10%
-4%
-5%
-18%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
36.8 (18.8, 18)
41.6 (20.4, 21.2)
-13%
40.8 (22.8, 18)
-11%
40.8 (19.6, 21.2)
-11%
46 (26, 20)
-25%
Response Time Black / White *
29.6 (17.2, 12.4)
31.6 (18.8, 12.8)
-7%
28.8 (14.8, 14)
3%
29.2 (15.8, 13.4)
1%
33 (21, 12)
-11%
PWM Frequency
219.3 (99)
116000
Screen
-34%
-32%
-35%
Brightness
323
288
-11%
264
-18%
382
18%
Brightness Distribution
86
85
-1%
88
2%
91
6%
Black Level *
0.28
0.24
14%
0.24
14%
0.35
-25%
Contrast
1188
1296
9%
1132
-5%
1154
-3%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.6
5.5
-112%
6.1
-135%
5.37
-107%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.5
6.2
-148%
3.4
-36%
6.44
-158%
Gamma
2.12 113%
2.02 119%
2.12 113%
2.52 95%
CCT
6720 97%
5950 109%
6077 107%
6738 96%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62
55.96
-10%
38
-39%
58
-6%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
94
85.77
-9%
60
-36%
89
-5%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-22% / -29%
-18% / -26%
-5% / -5%
-27% / -32%

* ... smaller is better

Where the Toshiba really shines is color. With color and grayscale DeltaEs around 2.5, the X30's screen is accurate enough for professional color work (a DeltaE of less than 3 is generally considered acceptable for professionals). Calibration improves these measurements a bit but likely won't be necessary for most users. Color space coverage is also fairly good; the X30's display covers 94% of the sRGB space and 62% of AdobeRGB.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN ColorChecker (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
vs. sRGB: 94%
vs. sRGB: 94%
vs. AdobeRGB: 62%
vs. AdobeRGB: 62%

Due to its relatively bright panel and matte finish, the display is quite usable outside. Direct sunlight can hinder the experience, but while under shade or overcast skies, images and text remain clear enough for standard business tasks. Users will still be able to work when next to windows or working outside. Viewing the display off center may present a challenge when outdoors, however.

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
29.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.2 ms rise
↘ 12.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 70 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
36.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18.8 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 29 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (42.4 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 not detected

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8499 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Even display backlight with no bleeding
Even display backlight with no bleeding

Viewing angles are as expected for an IPS display. Images are accurate and colors remain remarkably accurate at extreme angles (greater than 45°). Lap users will be able to see the screen without problems, and the screen can be easily shared with neighbors (such as during a meeting). The screen backlight is uniform across the panel and bleed is nonexistent.

Performance

The Portégé X30 is equipped with the latest and greatest ultraportable components. The Kaby Lake Core i7-7600U is, at the time of this review, the fastest dual-core laptop CPU available from Intel. This, coupled with a speedy NVMe SSD and up to 32 GB of RAM, make the X30 a capable machine able to handle almost any task thrown its way. Its weakness lies in 3D-focused applications, such as modeling or gaming; the integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU is not well-suited for these heavy workloads. Let's take a look and see if Toshiba is able to capitalize on the speed and efficiency of the CPU and how the system as a whole compares to its competition.

 

Processor

Built on Intel's Kaby Lake architecture, the dual-core Core i7-7600U has a base clock speed of 2.8 GHz that can turbo up to 3.9 GHz across both cores. As mentioned, this makes the 15 W 7600U the fastest dual-core notebook chip currently made by Intel. The CPU has features Intel's trademark Hyperthreading, allowing it run two threads per core. In essence, this makes the 7600U capable of handling 4 threads at once. 

So how much more does this extra power get you? Sadly, nothing significant. Using Cinebench R15 to measure CPU performance, the X30 actually falls behind its competitors in single-core operations by 10-18%. In multi-core tasks, the 7600U is comparable to the other i5 and i7 CPUs found in rivals. Intel's "U" series of i5 and i7 CPUs are typically very close in performance, as they are all dual-core chips with hyperthreading. Buyers deciding between models of the X30 may want to opt for the Core i5-7300U, as it is about $150 cheaper with no significant loss in power. What is clear is that the lower tier of Core m processors, like the m3-7Y32 in the Macbook 12, are far slower.

Over long tasks, the CPU is consistent. Running Cinebench R15 multiple times in a row, the 7600U is able to reliably score around 340 points with no dips in performance. This is a rock-solid CPU.

For more information on the Intel Core i7-7600U, please visit our dedicated page on the CPU here.

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 (on battery)
Cinebench R15 (on battery)
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Core i7-7560U
153 Points ∼77% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel Core i7-7500U
143 Points ∼72% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
Intel Core i5-7300U
143 Points ∼72% +13%
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
Intel Core i7-7500U
140 Points ∼70% +11%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Intel Core i7-7600U
126 Points ∼63%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
Intel Core m3-7Y32
120 Points ∼60% -5%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
Intel Core i5-7300U
369 Points ∼17% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel Core i7-7500U
360 Points ∼17% +6%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Intel Core i7-7600U
341 Points ∼16%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Core i7-7560U
336 Points ∼16% -1%
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
Intel Core i7-7500U
314 Points ∼15% -8%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
Intel Core m3-7Y32
265 Points ∼12% -22%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Intel Core i7-7600U
1.68 Points ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
Intel Core i5-7300U
1.59 Points ∼70% -5%
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
Intel Core i7-7500U
1.35 Points ∼59% -20%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
Intel Core i5-7300U
4.13 Points ∼2% +8%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Intel Core i7-7600U
3.82 Points ∼2%
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
Intel Core i7-7500U
3.45 Points ∼1% -10%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Intel Core i7-7600U
6130 Points ∼69%
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
Intel Core i7-7500U
5613 Points ∼63% -8%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Intel Core i7-7600U
12177 Points ∼24%
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
Intel Core i7-7500U
11223 Points ∼23% -8%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Intel Core i7-7600U
525.9 s * ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
Intel Core i5-7300U
446.9 s * ∼5% +15%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
Intel Core i5-7300U
560 Seconds * ∼2% -3%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Intel Core i7-7600U
542 Seconds * ∼2%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
8631
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
12177
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6130
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
31.6 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.82 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.68 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.7 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
35.2 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
341 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
126 Points
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System Performance

System performance is largely in line with other business notebooks. This is unsurprising, as most rivals are now equipped with similar dual-core CPUs, DDR4 RAM, integrated graphics, and NVMe drives. In PCMark 8's Work benchmark, the competition from Lenovo, HP, and Dell performed within 3% of the X30, which is within a margin of error.

Overall, the X30 is very responsive. Apps open quickly and operate smoothly. The machine is able to handle multiple open programs and tabs at once without a hiccup and can switch between them on the fly. Users will not be left waiting on the X30 to respond.

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5053 Points ∼78% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4999 Points ∼77% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4978 Points ∼76% +1%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4910 Points ∼75%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
4890 Points ∼75% 0%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
HD Graphics 615, 7Y32, Apple SSD AP0256
3946 Points ∼61% -20%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
5083 Points ∼55% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4910 Points ∼53% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4874 Points ∼52% +7%
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4655 Points ∼50% +2%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4561 Points ∼49%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
HD Graphics 615, 7Y32, Apple SSD AP0256
3904 Points ∼42% -14%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4025 Points ∼67% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3987 Points ∼67% +13%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
3902 Points ∼65% +10%
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3789 Points ∼63% +7%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3543 Points ∼59%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
HD Graphics 615, 7Y32, Apple SSD AP0256
3078 Points ∼52% -13%
PCMark 7 Score
5667 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3543 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4561 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4910 points
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Storage Devices

Toshiba offers models of the X30 with 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage. The Samsung drive used in our X30 is snappy and quick. While not the fastest drive on the market, speeds should still be more than sufficient for home and office use. Compared to the competition, the X30 can access files about 15% faster than the HP Spectre 13 but falls behind the Lenovo ThinkPad T470s and X1 Carbon by 10% and 45%, respectively.

Users should keep in mind that the storage may not be upgradeable and should choose an adequate amount at checkout. 

Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Apple MacBook 12 2017
Apple SSD AP0256
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
19%
8%
-39%
-3%
Write 4k QD32
535.7
495.6
-7%
499.4
-7%
370.1
-31%
416
-22%
Read 4k QD32
625.5
601.2
-4%
580.1
-7%
521.3
-17%
497.1
-21%
Write 4k
143.6
172.2
20%
159.2
11%
12.78
-91%
140.2
-2%
Read 4k
40.9
60.97
49%
60.7
48%
9.721
-76%
57.47
41%
Write 512
762.9
1098
44%
855.8
12%
579.3
-24%
911.3
19%
Read 512
857.6
814
-5%
830.5
-3%
658.1
-23%
753
-12%
Write Seq
1213
1383
14%
1213
0%
898.5
-26%
1088
-10%
Read Seq
1270
1827
44%
1399
10%
954.8
-25%
1090
-14%
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Sequential Read: 1270 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1213 MB/s
512K Read: 857.6 MB/s
512K Write: 762.9 MB/s
4K Read: 40.9 MB/s
4K Write: 143.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 625.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 535.7 MB/s

GPU Performance

Intel's Kaby Lake integrated graphics bring some new features into the fold. The HD Graphics 620 GPU can output to a 4K monitor at 60 Hz (provided it's connected via the Thunderbolt 3) and can support up to 3 total displays, albeit not at 4K. Thus, the X30 is able to drive the increasingly common dual-monitor setup at the office without a hitch. Video playback and streaming are also smooth without any stutter, even at 4K.

Oddly, in our 3DMark benchmarking, the X30 falls behind its rivals. While the Iris-equipped Dell XPS 13 understandably leads by a wide margin (62% better in Fire Strike), the HP Spectre 13, X1 Carbon, and ThinkPad T470s also handily beat the X30. This is strange, as the latter devices have the exact same GPU and similar CPU setups to the X30. Repeated testing confirms this, however, so the comparison stands. This may be a fluke with the software but is something to keep in mind. This disparity doesn't impact the main purpose of this laptop, however, and shouldn't be the sole deterrent for potential buyers.

While the integrated GPU is capable enough for standard productivity, gaming is not its strong suit. Most modern titles are unplayable at all but the lowest setting and resolutions, and some flat out refuse to run. Lighter titles from the Windows Store and older games are viable, but not much else. As such, those looking device that can play games after a long day at the office will want to look elsewhere. 

Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
1838 Points ∼10% +50%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1653 Points ∼9% +35%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7300U
1494 Points ∼9% +22%
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1413 Points ∼8% +15%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7600U
1225 Points ∼7%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y32
1124 Points ∼6% -8%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
2124 Points ∼4% +47%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1641 Points ∼3% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7300U
1578 Points ∼3% +9%
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1562 Points ∼3% +8%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7600U
1446 Points ∼3%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y32
1227 Points ∼2% -15%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
1369 Points ∼3% +62%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1093 Points ∼3% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7300U
1044 Points ∼3% +23%
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
948 Points ∼2% +12%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7600U
847 Points ∼2%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
11232 Points ∼7% +59%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
8971 Points ∼5% +27%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7300U
8725 Points ∼5% +23%
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
8104 Points ∼5% +15%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7600U
7068 Points ∼4%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
Intel HD Graphics 615, 7Y32
6863 Points ∼4% -3%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
47546 Points ∼7% +30%
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7600U
36544 Points ∼5%
3DMark 11 Performance
1577 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
52149 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5812 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
780 points
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Stress Test

Stress testing the device gives some insight into the system's behavior under heavy loads. While running Prime 95, which heavily taxes the CPU of a system, the 7600U is able to hit its maximum speed of 3.9 GHz, but can only maintain performance at its base clock of 2.8 GHz. Temperatures across the CPU die stay fairly cool at 72°. FurMark stresses the system a bit further; while the Intel HD Graphics 620 perform well (hitting 900 MHz), the CPU plummets to 1.5 GHz, well below its base clock. This throttling may be a bit too heavy, as temperatures average around 70° C; the system has a bit of play here. Stressing both the CPU and GPU, we see similar throttling. The CPU averages about 1.9 GHz, while the GPU settles in at 650 Mhz. Temperatures are surprisingly cool given the amount of stress the machine is under. At 60° C, there is a lot of headroom for the processor to stretch its wings. 

Prime95
Prime95
FurMark
FurMark
Prime 95 + FurMark
Prime 95 + FurMark
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 2.8 - 72 -
FurMark Stress 1.5 900 70 70
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.9 650 60 60

Emissions

System Noise

Fan noise profile
Fan noise profile

The Portégé X30 is a quiet machine. During most tasks, the single fan remains off and only spins up slightly when the system comes under heavy load (e.g., multiple programs open and actively running). Even when strained, the fan only hits about 38 dB(A), which is much quieter than most of the competition. As the fan emits a low-pitched and even whir, it quickly blends into the background and can go unnoticed under normal office noise.

Noise Level

Idle
28.4 / 28.4 / 28.4 dB(A)
Load
33.2 / 37.9 dB(A)
 
 
 
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: 28.4 dB(A)
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Apple MacBook 12 2017
HD Graphics 615, 7Y32, Apple SSD AP0256
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
Noise
-5%
-1%
-9%
-3%
off / environment *
28.4
29.3
-3%
27.8
2%
30.4
-7%
29.9
-5%
Idle Minimum *
28.4
29.3
-3%
27.8
2%
30.4
-7%
29.9
-5%
Idle Average *
28.4
29.3
-3%
27.8
2%
30.4
-7%
29.9
-5%
Idle Maximum *
28.4
32.2
-13%
27.8
2%
30.4
-7%
30.3
-7%
Load Average *
33.2
34.3
-3%
34.8
-5%
40
-20%
33.9
-2%
Load Maximum *
37.9
39.3
-4%
42
-11%
40
-6%
34.9
8%
Witcher 3 ultra *
42

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Here we see a benefit of the heavy throttling we observed when stress testing: temperatures are very well managed. The notebook chassis never exceeds 41° C, which it flirts with at the exhaust vent in the middle of the back of the device. The keyboard deck remains comfortable under any workload, and the palm rests feel cool, even under load. Toshiba did an excellent job with thermals here.

Heat map (keyboard)
Heat map (keyboard)
Heat map (underside)
Heat map (underside)
Max. Load
 33 °C40.6 °C35.4 °C 
 27.4 °C34.2 °C32 °C 
 26.4 °C27.2 °C26 °C 
Maximum: 40.6 °C
Average: 31.4 °C
32 °C40 °C35 °C
29.8 °C36.2 °C32 °C
27.8 °C29 °C28.8 °C
Maximum: 40 °C
Average: 32.3 °C
Power Supply (max.)  41 °C | Room Temperature 23 °C | Fluke 62 Mini

Speakers

Speaker profile
Speaker profile

Considering the thin chassis, the speakers are surprisingly robust. Bass feels thin and is usually nothing more than a flat pop, but mids and highs are very well balanced and clear. The overall sound profile is very even and pleasurable. The speakers get reasonably loud, capping out at about 77 dB. Even at these levels, the case doesn't rattle. All said, the speakers are good and very well suited to conference calls, which is good news for business users.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2042.2382537.234.43135.835.44035.334.75033.732.26332.533.78032.63310031.231.41253031.316028.737.320028.349.925027.458.831527.261.740026.860.550026.160.663025.458.980024.965.6100024.462.9125023.962160023.367.8200023.366.3250023.367.4315023.261.7400022.965.150002359.963002362.480002367.31000023.269.31250023.165.11600023.161SPL3677N2.640.8median 23.9Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)median 61.7Delta1.96.131.635.231.633.138.433.144.138.544.136.632.136.629.129.329.129.126.629.127.425.727.425.926.425.92726.12733.923.733.933.322.733.339.321.639.34620.84653.52053.551.319.451.35018.85050.418.350.452.617.652.65817.8586117.56163.117.563.164.817.464.867.317.867.367.717.967.767.118.167.165.118.365.16418.46463.618.463.661.718.361.758.118.358.17630.476331.433median 58HP Spectre 13-v131ngmedian 18.3median 5810.61.910.6hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001) audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (77.04 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 27% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 21%, worst was 48%
Compared to all devices tested
» 26% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 68% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

HP Spectre 13-v131ng audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (68 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 77% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 15% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 20%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 75% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 19% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The X30 draws very little power, even for an ultraportable. While power draw is about average for the category when idle, the X30 draws significantly less power than similar thin-and-lights. Compared to the X1 Carbon, which has a similar processor, the X30 only demands a little more than half power used by the Lenovo competitor. This may explain the underwhelming and unexpected CPU performance we measured in Cinebench, but we cannot determine this definitively. Regardless, the X30 will not be a burden on the power bill.

The X30 charges through either of the two USB-Type C ports. The included 45 W adapter is more than sufficient to power the device. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 0.7 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.6 / 7.6 / 8.2 Watt
Load midlight 23.8 / 28 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
7600U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
7500U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
7300U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Apple MacBook 12 2017
7Y32, HD Graphics 615, Apple SSD AP0256, LED IPS, 2304x1440, 12
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
7500U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP, IPS UWVA, 1920x1080, 13.3
Power Consumption
-24%
-20%
29%
-8%
Idle Minimum *
4.6
3.84
17%
4.8
-4%
2
57%
3.6
22%
Idle Average *
7.6
6.3
17%
6.6
13%
5.4
29%
6.4
16%
Idle Maximum *
8.2
8.6
-5%
7
15%
6.6
20%
9.2
-12%
Load Average *
23.8
41.9
-76%
39.2
-65%
22
8%
34
-43%
Load Maximum *
28
48.7
-74%
44.8
-60%
20
29%
34.4
-23%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The 48 Wh battery allows for expected runtimes. At just over 7 hours, the X30 will not be able to get through a full work day before needing a recharge. However, the X30 makes for a good flight companion; disabling WiFi and turning the screen brightness all the way down results in a runtime just shy of 15 hours, which should be more than enough for a day of travel. These times are much better than the HP Spectre 13, which has a smaller 38 Wh battery, but business users in need of all day battery life should look to the X1 Carbon or T470s from Lenovo.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
14h 58min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
7h 10min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 01min
Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)
7600U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 57 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s-20HF0012US
7300U, HD Graphics 620, 51 Wh
Apple MacBook 12 2017
7Y32, HD Graphics 615, 41.4 Wh
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 38 Wh
Battery Runtime
15%
24%
26%
-21%
Reader / Idle
898
1252
39%
1062
18%
718
-20%
WiFi v1.3
430
496
15%
487
13%
540
26%
394
-8%
Load
121
110
-9%
172
42%
77
-36%

Pros

+ beautiful design
+ premium materials
+ sturdy chassis (except display)
+ incredibly thin and light
+ color accurate screen
+ fast fingerprint and iris scanners
+ 2x Thunderbolt 3
+ runs relatively cool

Cons

- display flexes easily
- fingerprint magnet
- underwhelming CPU performance

Verdict

In review: Toshiba Portégé X30. Review unit courtesy of Toshiba
In review: Toshiba Portégé X30. Review unit courtesy of Toshiba

Toshiba has created quite the contender. The Portégé X30 is an impressive feat of engineering; fitting this much into such a thin and light body deserves applause. The inclusion of two Thunderbolt 3 ports helps mitigate one of the main problems of modern thin-and-lights - anemic I/O. Even in this regard, the X30 still offers enough ports that most will find useful. While we still prefer the connectivity options afforded by the X1 Carbon, they come at the cost of a bit more weight and a slightly bigger footprint. Power users may also prefer the superior keyboard and maintenance of the X1, making it a difficult choice between Toshiba and Lenovo.

The light weight also belies the sturdiness of the chassis. There is almost no flex in the keyboard deck and underside panel, which is again impressive. However, the lid flexes if pressure is applied; this may become an issue after months or years of use. Other quibbles include the mediocre keyboard and the frustrating layout of the special keys as well as the fingerprint-prone finish of the device's body. Our main concern lies in the processor performance. The Core i7-7600U looks much better on paper than it performs here. This could be due to throttling (in order to keep temperatures controlled), undervolting of the CPU, or a combination of both. While we cannot definitively determine the cause, it's of little consequence in light of overall system performance. Yes, the X30 performs a bit slower in benchmarks than its rivals, but in real world use, it still feels snappy and very quick.

On the whole, the Toshiba Portégé X30 is an excellent notebook for road warriors and business people who constantly travel. The good I/O loadout, beautiful screen, and well-made chassis are high points on this delicious device, and niceties like the fast iris scanner and 3-year warranty are icing on this feathery cake.

Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001) - 06/27/2017 v6
Sam Medley

Chassis
91 / 98 → 93%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
67 / 80 → 84%
Weight
75 / 67 → 100%
Battery
89%
Display
88%
Games Performance
59 / 68 → 86%
Application Performance
88 / 92 → 96%
Temperature
93%
Noise
96%
Audio
70%
Camera
50 / 85 → 59%
Average
79%
88%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sam Medley, 2017-06-29 (Update: 2017-07- 4)
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Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.