2017 must be the year of the Mac killers. They’re everywhere. Dell has Windows PC notebooks with more power than a MacBook Pro. Microsoft has a new Surface Laptop called a MacBook killer. Now, there’s another MacBook Pro killer on the loose. Guess who?
HP? Nope. Dell? Nope. Lenovo? Uh uh. It’s the Portégé X30 from Toshiba. Yes. That Toshiba. I didn’t even know they made PCs anymore, but this one is worthy of a few specification comparisons. Toshiba? I know, right? I don’t know where the company has been in recent years but I read somewhere that the company’s new focus is on the enterprise. Corporate buyers are the only ones who can afford to buy Mac notebook killers.
If you’re into bullet point specification sheets then you’ll probably like the Portégé X30, which assumes you don’t mind Windows 10. This one starts at $1,599 so it’s priced more like a MacBook Pro, which seems to be all the rage at IBM and other enterprise groups who now know a Mac has a lower total cost of ownership than comparable Windows-based PCs.
Let’s do a little comparison shopping to see why the Portégé X30 is yet another MacBook Pro killer.
The Portégé comes with a 13.3-inch touchscreen at full HD resolution; better than a 13-inch MacBook Pro. It also has Intel’s newest CPU, the Kaby Lake Core i5 as the entry-level model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. That compares well with the smaller MacBook Pro, but the bullet points begin to add up.
The Portégé features a USB 3 port, dual USB-C ports, HDMI, microSD slot, Thunderbolt 3, and Windows 10 Pro. There’s also a built-in fingerprint reader to compete with the more expensive MacBook Pro which also features anemic graphics, so there are some similarities.
Toshiba claims the Portégé will get up to 18 hours of battery life. That seems like an ambitious amount which is what one technology rag called the battery life on the Portégé X20W-D ultrabook. The Toshiba weighs less than a comparably equipped MacBook Pro, too. Fully tricked out, a 13-inch MacBook Pro falls just a dollar short of $2,900, about $1,000 more than a slightly less endowed Portégé X30. In fact, with every option I could get on the Toshiba website– including 32GB of RAM– the Portégé still wouldn’t touch $2,600.
The question that has to be asked is, “Is this a true MacBook Pro killer?”
The answer is always the same. PC sales are going down while Mac sales are going up, and even the touchscreen PC notebooks haven’t stemmed the outgoing tide. The Toshiba Portégé X30 has the typical specifications but doesn’t bring enough to the table to get a Mac user to switch.