Toshiba this week introduced its new Portégé X30 lineup of notebooks designed for business and enterprise users. Three models will be on offer, powered by Intel’s Kaby Lake-U SoCs and they come equipped with up to 16 GB of memory, up to 512 GB of SSD storage, Thunderbolt 3, WiGig connectivity (optional), harman/kardon speakers, and security features such as an IR camera, a fingerprint reader, and a TPM 2.0 module. The weight of the clamshell is just around 2.3 pounds (or about 1.05 kilograms), among the lowest in the industry.

Now focused primarily on business notebooks rather than laptops for consumers, Toshiba does not make many PC-related announcements these days. Nonetheless, the company continues to develop ultra-portable laptops to compete against rivals. In this space, models such as Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 or Dell’s XPS 13 reign supreme. So this week, Toshiba launched its new Portégé X30 13.3” notebook that combines high performance, connectivity, and security with a low weight that is among the lowest in the class. To reduce the weight of the notebook to around a kilogram, Toshiba used a magnesium alloy for the chassis. This increased the thickness of the laptop to 15.9 mm, but it looks like Toshiba decided that weight reduction and durability is more important than ultimate portability at any cost.

The Toshiba Portégé X30 is based on Intel’s Core i5/i7 processor with built-in HD Graphics 620 and Microsoft’s Windows 10 Pro operating system. Depending on the version of the PC, the Portégé X30 can be equipped with 8 or 16 GB of DDR4-2133 memory, and a 256 GB or a 512 GB PCIe SSD. When it comes to connectivity, the new notebook is equipped with an 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.1 wireless module, optional WiGig (select built-to-order models only), one HDMI output, a microSD card reader, two Thunderbolt 3 ports that can work in DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 modes, and one USB Type-A header.

Toshiba Portege X30
  Portege X30-D1352 Portege X30-D1354 Portege X30-D1356
Display 13.3" 1920×1080 with 10-point multitouch
CPU Core i5-7300U
2C/4T
3MB L3 Cache
2.6-3.5 GHz
Core i7-7600U
2C/4T
4MB L3 Cache
2.8-3.9 GHz
Graphics HD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
RAM 8 GB DDR4-2133 16 GB DDR4-2133
Storage 256 GB M.2 PCIe SSD 512 GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Wi-Fi Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
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 $1450 $1600 $1900

For security features, the Portégé X30 is equipped with SecurePad with Synaptics Natural ID fingerprint sensor, a webcam with IR sensors (for facial recognition) as well as a Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0). For added comfort, the notebook comes with a backlit, spill-resistant keyboard with a trackpoint nub. As for multimedia capabilities, the system has a stereo sub-system featuring speakers co-designed with Harman Kardon that also carry a DTS label.

Toshiba’s Portégé X30 laptops are available directly from the company in the U.S. for $1450, $1600 or $1900, depending on configurations. Toshiba sells its Portégé notebooks in other regions as well, albeit in different configs (e.g., machines with a 1366×768 resolution and lower-end CPUs) and at different price points.

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Source: Toshiba

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  • OFelix - Friday, May 5, 2017 - link

    Would have preferred a 1GB SSD for the CEO's musid and video collection! Reply
  • ied - Friday, May 5, 2017 - link

    The machine appears physically large enough for a 16:10 or 3:2 screen, but still they use 16:9 displays with thick borders top/bottom. Meh. Reply
  • tuxRoller - Friday, May 5, 2017 - link

    They're asking that price with the lowest-end intel gpu?
    Give me at least an iris gpu.
    Reply
  • drajitshnew - Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - link

    "one USB Type-A header." That's something new, a header in a laptop Reply
  • helvete - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - link

    This machine looks like a very nice choice. Just why do they use that Harman Kardon stuff in a business machine I do not get; to have fancy telco sounds perhaps.

    Those of you ranting about the GPU or display - the target audience will not play demanding games or use it without external monitors anyway.
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