Friday, January 10th 2020

Sharp's Dynabook Portégé is World's Lightest 13-inch Notebook

At this year's CES show, Sharp, a company behind Dynabook, unveiled what they call the world's lightest 13-inch notebook weighing in at just 1.9 lbs or 0.86 kilograms for all the metric system folks out there. The Portégé X30L-G as it is called is a 13-inch laptop of many qualities. For starters, it comes equipped with a 13.3-inch, 1080p IGZO display with a peak brightness of 470 nits. At its core, the Portégé X30L-G uses Intel's 10th generation of Core processors, presumably the Comet Lake variants. Onboard is also Intel's WiFi 6 standard for faster internet speeds, while the I/O is petty decent as well with two USB-A, one USB-C, one HDMI and one Ethernet port.

The laptop's chassis is made out of magnesium alloy and it features dust and drops resistance per military testing methodologies, making it a durable design that can take on everyday work. Additionally, there is a battery of unknown capacity that is advertised to last up to 14.5 hours, however, that is based on Dynabook's testing and we will have to wait for 3rd party reviews to confirm. The X30L-G is going to arrive sometime in February for the price of $1600.
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8 Comments on Sharp's Dynabook Portégé is World's Lightest 13-inch Notebook

#1
TheLostSwede
What amazes me is that this has a proper Ethernet port, whereas Lenovo has gotten rid of it on almost all of the Thinkpads, many which are thicker than this.
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notb
TheLostSwede
What amazes me is that this has a proper Ethernet port, whereas Lenovo has gotten rid of it on almost all of the Thinkpads, many which are thicker than this.
Lenovo has a decent ecosystem of docks and other accessories, which Sharp doesn't (at this point).
It's the same with Dell, HP, Apple, ASUS.

Most slim laptops from largest OEMs are without an RJ45 these days. Most series flagships as well. The expectation (and reality as well) is that you have a dock on your desk (for network and monitors) and a magical thing called WiFi everywhere else. :P

For example: there's an RJ45 in a value-oriented Vostro 3590 for ~$600, but there isn't one in the highest Vostro 7590 (up to $2000). These are both 15" 1.5-2cm thick laptops.
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#3
TheLostSwede
notb
Lenovo has a decent ecosystem of docks and other accessories, which Sharp doesn't (at this point).
It's the same with Dell, HP, Apple, ASUS.

Most slim laptops from largest OEMs are without an RJ45 these days. Most series flagships as well. The expectation (and reality as well) is that you have a dock on your desk (for network and monitors) and a magical thing called WiFi everywhere else. :p

For example: there's an RJ45 in a value-oriented Vostro 3590 for ~$600, but there isn't one in the highest Vostro 7590 (up to $2000). These are both 15" 1.5-2cm thick laptops.
You carry your dock around with you? I want an RJ45 port on a laptop when I need to diagnose network equipment, so I don't need to move things around so much.
I really don't understand why Lenovo got rid of the Ethernet ports on so many of their notebooks, as it's actually a feature that is very useful.
Thinkpads used to be workhorses, now they're, well, I don't really know what they are, but they seem to become more and more useless.
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#4
NC37
Rather have a 2.5lb Zenbook with an MX150 for over $500 less than this glorified netbook.
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#5
JAB Creations
TheLostSwede
What amazes me is that this has a proper Ethernet port, whereas Lenovo has gotten rid of it on almost all of the Thinkpads, many which are thicker than this.
WIFI is cancer causing garbage, real men use Ethernet ports! When I get in to the laptop business they'll all have Ethernet ports because I don't follow the crowd especially when they go running of the cliffs!

On-topic: nice looking laptop and I'm glad that they're finally using AMD!

Wait, this just in! They're not, lame.
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#6
BakerMan1971
So is this taken over from Toshiba or can they just not think of an original name?
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notb
BakerMan1971
So is this taken over from Toshiba or can they just not think of an original name?
Sharp took over Toshiba's PC business and they're keeping a lot of the naming (designs as well).
It's very similar to the IBM-Lenovo* deal from few years back.

*) edit:
And yes, Sharp is a Chinese brand now. :)
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BakerMan1971
notb
Sharp took over Toshiba's PC business and they're keeping a lot of the naming (designs as well).
It's very similar to the IBM-Lenovo* deal from few years back.

*) edit:
And yes, Sharp is a Chinese brand now. :)
Ah that makes more sense now, I wasn't aware Sharp had purchased Toshiba's laptop business, thought it was still going even though its thin on the ground in the UK.
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