Dynabook’s new Portégé will be one of the lightest laptops you can buy

Dynabook’s new Portégé will be one of the lightest laptops you can buy

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Dynabook has announced its newest 14-inch flagship, the Portégé X40L-K. The instrumentality volition commencement astatine $1,799.99 and hits shelves successful April. I haven’t seen a afloat breakdown of the configurations that volition beryllium offered, but I’m surely funny however costly it volition go.

Dynabook is known for making mindblowingly airy laptops. Its Portégé enactment regularly includes immoderate of the lightest models successful the world. At 2.3 pounds, the X40L-K won’t rather beryllium the lightest 14-inch laptop connected the market, but it’ll apt beryllium close. Currently, determination are a fistful of 14-inchers that measurement little than 2.2 pounds — disconnected the apical of my head, the database includes the Asus ExpertBook B9 and the LG Gram 14 — but that’s specified a smidge of a quality I uncertainty it volition interaction anyone’s life. There’s besides the Acer Swift 7, which clocks successful astatine nether 2 pounds, but that hasn’t been refreshed successful a fewer years.

It is light, but it’s not peculiarly thin. Image: Dynabook

Thinness isn’t everything for astir shoppers, of course. And portion a fig of companies are zeroing successful connected sub-3-pound laptops this year, they’re cutting assorted corners to execute that weight. We’ve seen larboard selections, artillery sizes, keyboards, and touchpads shrink. It volition beryllium absorbing to spot wherever Dynabook has chosen to compromise, but we’ll person to hold until the reappraisal process to cognize that for sure.

For its part, Dynabook claims you won’t spot issues with sturdiness. The device, it says is engineered to conscionable MIL-STD-810H standards, which mostly includes driblet tests, unit testing, and the like.

In presumption of specs, Dynabook says the Portégé volition beryllium certified done the Evo program, Intel’s badge of honor. It volition see 12th-Gen P-Series i5 and i7 processors and up to 32GB of LPDDR5 memory. No GPU enactment (which would beryllium shocking astatine this size) — it’s Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics each the mode down.

There are Thunderbolt 4 ports arsenic good arsenic an HDMI and 2 USB-A. Up to 4 outer displays are supported. The show is 16:10 (hurray!) and includes blue-light simplification exertion (which astir displays we’re investigating bash these days). The speakers enactment Dolby Atmos audio, which is besides not a rarity astatine this terms point, but is often a bully sign.

The artillery is lone 65Wh, which makes maine a spot nervous, but since I haven’t tested a ton of these caller 12th-Gen chips yet, I’ll reserve judgement until the reappraisal process.

On the bundle side, there’s a diagnostic called Dynabook Online Meeting Assist, which “uses AI to guarantee faces are agleam and disposable successful the wide spectrum of lighting conditions.” These sorts of effects tin beryllium good, but tin besides marque things look artificial, truthful we’ll person to spot however it looks successful testing. Also applicable to league callers: There are 360-degree dual-array microphones and AI sound reduction.

The institution is besides refreshing immoderate of its 13-inch models, including the Portégé X30L-K and the convertible Portégé X30W-K. Both devices present person 12th-Gen Intel chips, LPDDR5 memory, and Wi-Fi 6E. The models volition commencement astatine $1,379.99 and $1,599.99 respectively.

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