Windows 10 Pro: Is Toshiba's new Portégé X30 the ultimate high-end ultraportable?

Toshiba's 13.3-inch Portégé X30 lightweight notebook is now out in the US, from $1,450.

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Toshiba's high-powered Portégé X30 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor.

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If you're after a high-end lightweight laptop that can last all day, Toshiba says its new Portégé X30 notebook will do the job with an advertised battery life of up to 18 hours.

How it performs in the real world remains to be seen. ZDNet's review of the recently launched Portégé X20W-D ultrabook found its advertised 14.5 hour battery to be "ambitious".

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Nonetheless, the enterprise-class Portégé X30 is likely to appeal to business users for its performance, security, and sturdiness. The Japanese tech giant focuses on the enterprise these days, which helps explain the Portégé X30 features and starting price of $1,450.

The magnesium-alloy body notebook weighs 2.31lb (1.05kg) and is 0.59-inches (15.99mm) thick, which is 13 percent lighter and 11 percent thinner than its predecessor.

It features a 13.3-inch Full HD touch display at a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel resolution and comes with Windows 10 Pro. The notebook is available in three standard configurations, as well as built-to-order options.

The entry level model comes with Intel's Kaby Lake Core i5 processor, 8GBRAM, and a 256GB SSD storage, while the $1,900 model offers a Core i7 processor with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage. The mid-tier $1,600 model has a Core i7 processor with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD.

Connectivity options include one USB 3.0 port, two USB Type-C ports, an HDMI port, a microSD slot, Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

According to Toshiba, the laptop has passed the so-called US Military Standard Mil-SPEC-810G for extreme temperature, vibration, shock, humidity, drop, and dust. The backlit keyboard is also spill resistant.

The laptop offers a number of extra security features, including password-free login courtesy of the fingerprint sensor in the touchpad, Windows Hello face authentication, Microsoft's BitLocker Drive Encryption and Windows 10 Device Guard and Credential Guard.

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