Toshiba Announces Portégé X30: 13.3” FHD, Core i7, 16 GB DDR4, Thunderbolt 3by Anton Shilov on May 5, 2017 8:00 AM EST
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|
3MB L3 Cache
4MB L3 Cache
|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|
|USB 3.0||1 × Type-A|
|TB3||2 × Type-C TB3/USB 3.1 ports (also used for charging, external display, etc.)|
|Other I/O||Webcam with RGB + IR sensors, microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack|
|Thickness||15.9 mm (0.62 inches)|
|Weight||Starting at 1.05 kg (2.31 lbs)|
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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Glock24 - Friday, May 5, 2017 - linkTake that Surface Laptop!
vladx - Friday, May 5, 2017 - linkBad comparison, both serve different markets.
Flunk - Friday, May 5, 2017 - linkWait, this is a business laptop? So what Toshiba was really saying when they said they were getting out of the consumer notebook market was that they were discontinuing the garbage low-end line and are only building machines worth buying? I'm fairly certain that the Tecra line was at one point their only "business class" line.
thetuna - Friday, May 5, 2017 - linkClit mouse = business laptop
bubblyboo - Friday, May 5, 2017 - linkClit mouse with with 2 rather than 3 trackpoint mouse buttons = a fraud
Samus - Monday, May 8, 2017 - linkI have always hated toshiba laptops as a technician, but general users love them. That's why I continue to see them. They are a complete nightmare to work on, burying the hard drive inside case of some models requiring removal of the motherboard and 40 dislike-sized screws, and lots of cheap plastics. But they are reliable, lightweight, and often built in Japan.
This model looks no different, a beautiful nightmare.
Luscious - Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - linkI concur, being the proud owner of a Qosmio X305 that I have had to completely disassemble down to the bone FIVE TIMES so far just to replace the lousy sleeve-bearing blowers which die after a paltry 5000 POH. Toshiba's consumer line were trash in the quality control department, which is sad because the X305 I own had stellar audio and SLI graphics, able to compete with the likes of Alienware and Clevo back in it's day. Need a more modern example? Just google "shame file Qosmio X70" for a good article on why Toshiba were forced to kill their consumer line - makes for a good laugh too.
RamarC - Friday, May 5, 2017 - linktoshiba is flirting with bankruptcy/takeover. can one expect this laptop line to see the light of day?
vladx - Friday, May 5, 2017 - linkTheir financial situation is bad, but not insolvency worthy.
omf - Friday, May 5, 2017 - linkThis would be perfect if they'd only slimmed down those bezels and put in a 14" screen instead.