Because of the corporate turmoil in 2016 – 2018 and uncertain future of its PC business, Toshiba has not updated its popular Portégé family of notebooks in the US for more than two years. After Foxconn/Sharp gained control of the said business unit and renamed it to Dynabook, they started to launch new laptops. Among the first new mobile PCs to be released in the USA are the 2019 Portégé X30 notebooks with Intel’s Whiskey Lake CPUs.

Traditionally, Portégé X30 machines have been aimed at demanding business, enterprise, and government users seeking both portability as well as rich feature sets. The new Portégé X30 is not an exception: the system comes in a familiar Onyx Blue magnesium allow chassis that enables it to bring together high performance, connectivity, security, and a weight that is among the lowest in the 13.3-inch class. Just like its direct predecessor from 2017, Dynabook’s new Portégé X30 weighs 1.05 kilograms (2.31 lbs) and is 15.9 mm thick.

When it comes to internals, the new Portégé X30 packs Intel’s 8th Gen Core i3/i5/i7 processor with built-in UHD Graphics 620 that is accompanied by 8, 16 GB or 32 GB of DDR4 memory as well as up to 1 TB SSD (SATA or PCIe). The CPU is now cooled down using a new quieter S-Type fan and a new cooling system that enables better airflow.

As far as connectivity is concerned, the new laptops are equipped with a Wi-Fi 5 + Bluetooth 5 wireless module, an optional 4G/LTE (select models only) modem, two Thunderbolt 3 ports that can work in DisplayPort and USB 3.1 Gen 2 modes, one USB Type-A connector, one HDMI output, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5-mm audio jack. Traditionally for Toshiba X-series notebooks, the Portégé X30 comes with a backlit, spill-resistant keyboard with a trackpoint nub that complements the touchpad. As for multimedia capabilities, the PC has a stereo sub-system comprising speakers co-designed with Harman Kardon that also carry a DTS badge.

Being aimed at customers who value security and reliability, the Portégé X30 comes equipped with SecurePad with Synaptics Natural ID fingerprint sensor, a webcam with IR sensors (for Windows Hello facial recognition) as well as a Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0).

Dynabook's Portege X30
  General Specifications
Display 13.3" 1920×1080
13.3" 1920×1080 with 10-point multitouch
CPU Core i3-8145U
Core i5-8265U
Core i5-8365U
Core i7-8565U
Core i7-8665U
Graphics HD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
RAM 8/16/32 GB DDR4
Storage Up to 1 TB SSD (SATA or PCIe)
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5
USB 3.0 × Type-A
TB3 2 × Type-C TB3/USB 3.1 ports (also used for charging, external display, etc.)
Card Reader MicroSD
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Other I/O Webcam with RGB + IR sensors, microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack
Battery 48 Wh (?)
Thickness 15.9 mm (0.62 inches)
Weight Starting at 1.05 kg (2.31 lbs)
Price ?

Dynabook’s Portégé X30 come with an international three-year warranty, which will certainly please frequent travelers. Dynabook Americas will start sales of the new laptops in August (in time for BTS season) at prices that will depend on exact configurations.

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Source: Dynabook Americas

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  • Samus - Saturday, July 13, 2019 - link

    I remember replacing a hard drive in one years ago (with an SSD) and I couldn't believe the amount of shit you had to remove to get to the hard drive. It was literally like taking an engine out of a car. Everything had to be disconnected just to get to it, including splitting the chassis, removing the bottom panel and keyboard, the heatpipe\fan, etc. Dozens of screws. It was really amazing. Took over an hour. To physically swap a drive.
  • jabber - Saturday, July 13, 2019 - link

    Tell me about it! Apple has a lot to answer for with its thinner and thinner approach. What used to be a 5 minute job is now an hour or more and risks breaking the machine as you pry apart cheap brittle plastic clips.
  • PasswordIsTaco - Monday, September 7, 2020 - link

    Ok in that case lets have them stop making these thinner and lighter so u can get to the screws easier. Takes a min or 2 more than it did on my circa 2000AD 2” thick fujitsu lifebook. Otherwise ud prob prefer an acer aspire 5 that will upgrade more easily. Just ignore the creaky plastic and more rattling than a 1993 mustang gt
  • jabber - Saturday, July 13, 2019 - link

    Yay I look forward to trying to pry these open to repair them in 2-3 years time.
  • cfenton - Saturday, July 13, 2019 - link

    I hope it's really cheap because Dynabook has no name recognition and sounds a lot like a product from a no-name Chinese OEM. I also think it looks terrible, especially the hinge, but I know that's a matter of personal preference.
  • timecop1818 - Saturday, July 13, 2019 - link

    Looks terrible and ugly.. Huge bezels. 13" 1080p in 2019. The bezels make this thing look closer to 14". The only positive here is a keyboard with separate pgup/down keys. No specifications on the panel, could be some disgusting TN with 300nits brightness. No thanks!
  • damianrobertjones - Thursday, July 18, 2019 - link

    Good lord! I've just glad that 1366x768 is a thing of the past!
  • PasswordIsTaco - Monday, September 7, 2020 - link

    Its a biz machine, one of few available period with (2) 40gb TB3 ports, let alone this footprint, hi nit / anti glare display (so u can use it in the sun, good luck macbook and glossy 4k users) 3 usb-c total, usb-c chargung, AND upgradesble ram and ssd, snd kf course, u get screw locations and aesthetics complaints lol - proof u cant pls everyone, so just pls the ones that matter, in this case, those that appreciate performance and options..and usesbility lol
  • nikon133 - Monday, July 15, 2019 - link

    These "metal" hinges on older Portege machines were, in real, cheap looking plastic molds with "chrome" finish. It would be nice if they have replaced them with actual metal parts. Maybe it was just in my eyes, but those plastics, looking equally bling-y and cheap, undermined impression of otherwise fine looking early ultraportable.
  • Daeros - Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - link

    Give me a Ryzen chip instead of a security hole ridden Intel and we're talking. Replace that display with a 1920x1200 IPS and I'm chasing you down to give you my money.

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