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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Notebooks

Staff (translated by Martina Osztovits), 08/09/2015

September 2015 update. Here you will find the best current multimedia notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.

For the original German article, see here.

Every month Notebookcheck reviews numerous notebooks of all kinds. Some of these are multimedia devices. We have classed 14-inch or larger notebooks that have been designed and configured as all-round laptops by the manufacturer in this category.

The following table shows an overview of the Top 10 multimedia laptops reviewed by Notebookcheck in the previous 12 months and relevant devices that are still available. If ratings are equal, the latest review is listed first. The table can be sorted by clicking its headers and filtered by entering text in the text field above it (e.g. "matte").

Multimedia Notebook Charts as of September 2015

Pos.RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreen
188%06/15Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Intel Core i7-4870HQ
AMD Radeon R9 M370X
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
2 kg18 mm15.4"2880x1800glossy
287%03/15Dell XPS 15 (9530-0538)Dell XPS 15 (9530-0538)
Intel Core i7-4712HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
2.1 kg18 mm15.6"3840x2160glossy
386%04/15Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TWAcer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
3 kg25.4 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
485%08/15Asus GL552JX-CN154HAsus GL552JX-CN154H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
2.6 kg33 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
585%07/15Asus N551JW-CN094HAsus N551JW-CN094H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
2.6 kg28 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
685%06/15Asus N751JX-T4056HAsus N751JX-T4056H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
8 GB Memory, 1000 GB HDD
3.4 kg30 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
784%06/15MSI PE60-2QEi581MSI PE60-2QEi581
Intel Core i5-4210H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
8 GB Memory, 1000 GB HDD
2.3 kg27 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
884%03/15Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574HAcer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
Intel Core i5-5200U
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
8 GB Memory, 500 GB Hybrid
2.4 kg24 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
983%07/15Lenovo U41-70Lenovo U41-70
Intel Core i7-5500U
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.6 kg20 mm14.0"1920x1080matte
1083%05/15Asus UX501JW-DS71TAsus UX501JW-DS71T
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
2.3 kg22 mm15.6"3840x2160glossy

Top 10 of the previous 12 months at the time of writing - current articles are listed first

Editors' Comments

1st

Leader: Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Leader: Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05

Apple has been slow in refreshing their MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (2013). Now, the MacBook Pro Retina 15 (Mid 2015) from 2015 is available. The look has remained the same. Even after more than three years, the all-aluminum case sets standards in terms of material, quality, and stability. Unfortunately, this is also true for maintenance difficulty. The bottom panel is fixed with Pentalobe screws. Beneath it, the user reaches a motherboard with proprietary and soldered components (including CPU, GPU, and RAM). The Retina display features a fine resolution of 2280x1800 pixels, but competitors like the Dell XPS 15 or the Toshiba Satellite P50t feature even higher resolutions. Nevertheless, the MacBook's panel rating puts them in their place, albeit just barely: 89 vs. 88%. The color precision suitable for professionals and the color coverage were decisive here.

In terms of performance, there is a very fast SSD connected to the PCI Express 3.0 interface. We have seldom come across such a fast SSD. In several measurements, it even achieves double the transfer rates. Users who often move or copy large data packets will particularly benefit from this. The tester criticized the Haswell quad core CPU, not because it was slow, but that the 15-incher would have benefited from Broadwell's efficiency, particularly because of its slim chassis. Nevertheless, temperature and system noise are not high in our comparison; quite the contrary. The Radeon GPU shines with a great OpenCL performance, but Nvidia's Maxwell GPUs would have delivered higher 3D performance. In addition, Apple does without innovations like HDMI 2.0 and HEVC decoder with this design decision. A GM206 model would have featured the latter. Such innovations can certainly be expected for a price between 2250 and 3600 Euros (~$2455 and ~$3928).

Buy Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15

Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 Late 2013 Notebook Review

2nd

Follower: Dell XPS 15
Follower: Dell XPS 15

Dell's XPS 15 features a 4K UHD panel, which has 3840x2160 pixels instead of "just" the QHD+ resolution with 3200x1800 pixels. A bit sharper is always possible. The components are still the superseded Haswell processors and the old GeForce GT 750M. Despite the old hardware, the XPS 15 is still an object of prestige. The chassis and input devices are convenient and perfectly adjusted. The 4K display can be calibrated very well, even though this is not necessary because of the accurate colors ex-works. The reviewer did have some issues with the scaling in the native resolution. Another problem of the XPS 15 is the temperature development under load; Dell uses a powerful 45-watt processor and not a low-voltage model. If mainly high resolution is important, the Satellite P50t from Toshiba with identical resolution, which is also in our Top 10, might be an option. Dell has already introduced the successor on the Computex 2015, the XPS with Infinity display (frameless, see XPS 13), which is supposed to be launched this year. Rumors say that this 15-incher might be powered by the new Intel Core i processors from the Skylake generation. In terms of display, there are supposed to be various options including a Full HD panel and a 4K panel. The XPS from 2015 might be able to take over the crown from the MacBook Pro Retina 15.

Buy Dell XPS 15

3rd

For Gamers: Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
For Gamers: Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW

The 17-inch Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW is Acer's Bolide of the Nitro series. In terms of price and performance, it is in the top position, at least in the multimedia class. The GeForce GTX 960M can run many games smoothly even in FHD. Nevertheless, the waste heat is low. Acer's bundle is all right, since it has a good IPS panel (matte), very good input devices and a quite high contrast of 848:1. The fan, which starts running abruptly, is one of its disadvantages. The stability of the large chassis could be better and maintainability is not the best. At least it is difficult to get to the components. The Aspire V Nitro 7-791G comes with an Intel Core i7-4720HQ (Haswell), a 256 GB SSD and a 1 TB hard drive for 1370 Euros (~$1562). Acer offers configurations with Geforce 940M for beginners, which have the same, high-end display as the expensive 960M model.

Buy Acer Aspire V17 Nitro

Discussion

4th

Gaming With Limits: Asus GL552JX-CN154H
Gaming With Limits: Asus GL552JX-CN154H

Republic Of Gamers means recognizable looking, powerful gaming hardware from Asus. However, the GL552JX-CN154H rather belongs into the entry-level gaming segment with its GeForce GTX 950M despite its price of 1200 Euro. However, gaming bolides like its Asus G751JY-T7009H sibling with GTX 980M are even more expensive (2000 Euro). Certainly, the "small" GL552JX cannot keep up with this 17-incher. In return, it only weighs 2.6 kg instead of 4.16 kg and is rather compact and mobile.

The manufacturer handles temperature emissions and system noise well. CPU and GPU Turbo are used in real-world scenarios. Throttling should be rather an exception, for example during our stress test. Gaming with limits refers to the slightly low gaming performance of the 950M model with DDR3 (1800 MHz). Small flaws in build quality and not perfect stability make us wistfully look to the aluminum finish of several competitors. Although color and shape hoke the plastic chassis up, it is and remains the second choice. The tester did not like that the fans cannot be reached for cleaning, the shrunk number block and the speakers. The latter cannot completely reach the multimedia level. Those who can accept these compromises, but do not want to do without a contrast-rich display with wide viewing angles and good input devices, are well-advised with the GL552JX-CN154H. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 with GeForce GTX 960M is a real alternative. It is slightly more powerful, but not generally better than the GL552JX.

5th

Power & Display: Asus N551JW (GTX 960M)
Power & Display: Asus N551JW (GTX 960M)

Asus created a 15-incher for just under 1300 Euros (~$1528), which can fulfill even gaming ambitions. With the GeForce GTX 960M, it uses the same GPU as the Aspire V Nitro 7-7991G premium model. The Asus N551JW-CN094H is a derivative of the successful N551JK (GTX 850M), whereas its look has only slightly changed. With a standard volt quad core processor and an SSD, the notebook will please even power users. The additional subwoofer is  connected to a dedicated audio out and ensures a decent sound in music and games. Apart from maintenance hatches and a replaceable battery, the input devices with strong feedback, which might even please prolific writers, are the strengths of the Asus N551JW. The display achieved quite a high rating, since it is very bright, anti-reflective and features wide viewing angles (IPS) and relatively low DeltaE values in factory state. sRGB is completely covered, which might make the device even suitable for professional users. Despite the many advantages, the current price of 1399 Euros (~$1527) appears a bit too high to us. Customers already get a 15-inch Nitro with 4K display and not only Full HD from Acer for this price.

Buy Asus N551

6th

Expensive: Asus N751JX
Expensive: Asus N751JX

Here comes the 17-inch sibling of the above mentioned Asus N551JW. The Asus N751JX replaces the N750JK-T4042H from 2014, which is still available. The two devices share the same design, and the additional subwoofer is still included. The updated model uses a slightly faster processor and a new GeForce GTX 950M GPU, but the CPU is still based on the Haswell generation. However, the Intel Core i7-4720HQ is not outdated since Intel has not yet launched the 47-watt Broadwell chips that were announced recently at Computex (Core i7-5700 etc.).

The processor is one of the fastest notebook chips in combination with a GeForce GTX 950M for games and GPU applications. The smallest GTX model is the entry into the real mobile gaming world. However, compared to the GTX-850M models the new chip has only a small advantage, so the GTX 850, which is now cheaper, is the better option. Why Asus has equipped the 17-incher with a weaker graphics solution than the 15-incher remains a mystery of their price policy.

Noise and temperature development are moderate, which is also a result of the bulky chassis with a height of 3 centimeters (~1.2 in). Nice detail: You can equip the second 2.5-inch slot with a hard drive if the standard 1 TB model is full, or extend the M.2 slot with an SSD. Good input devices and a great sound complete the package.

The matte and bright Full HD display is not bad – but it is based on the TN technology, so the viewing angles are limited. However, they are better than standard TN panels'. The price-performance ratio of the N751JK is not very good (currently around 1200 Euros/~$1369) when you consider the high price and the absence of an SSD. Acer's Aspire V Nitro 7-791G offers some models with an SSD as well as the HDD and is therefore a better choice.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00P9VYSQM?tag=notebookche0f-20Buy Asus N751

7th

Boaster: MSI PE60-2QEi581
Boaster: MSI PE60-2QEi581

Elvis is still alive! MSI introduced their new upscale 15 and 17-inch Multimedia class with the classy name "Prestige" at the Computex 2015. We had both under review, and both made it into our top list. With the PE60, MSI has created a 15-incher that delivers a very good display, several features for professionals and full performance for work and gaming. For example, there are a Qualcomm Killer e2200 Ethernet card, the excellent range of the Wi-Fi antennas, the shortcut manager and True Color (color profiles). The latter tool allows selecting color profiles for different fields of application. The keys feature a backlight and always remain legible in brightness. The keyboard features several special keys or the F1 to F12 keys are configured with primary functions, which are suitable for professional use. Typing on the keys is very comfortable. However, the touchpad is disappointing because of its cheap-looking mechanical buttons (no ClickPad).

The professional claim is affected by the chassis, which lacks perfect stability as well as a completely stylish look. The PE does by no means look ugly. However, if you hold it in your hands and look closely, you will notice the simple plastic base and loose hinge covers. The finish of the inside and the lid is brushed aluminum, which feels premium to the touch.

Buy MSI PE60

8th

Good package: Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
Good package: Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H

Acer offers 15 and 17-inch Nitro models. The 15 inch allround model comes with a GeForce GTX 850M and is called Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H. There are also a more expensive version with the GTX 860M GPU, and a brand-new model with GTX 960M. The test model offers a good combination of performance and ergonomics at a relatively cheap price, and even the runtimes and the keyboard are pretty good. Drawbacks are the limited maintainability and upgradeability. Due to many configuration options, the 15-incher is already available as cheap allround model with Geforce 940M from 700 Euro. There are even many 840M models in the market. Since the performance is only slightly different, you can safely buy in case of a price advantage.

Buy Acer Aspire V15 Nitro

9th

Geforce Ultrabook: Lenovo U41-70
Geforce Ultrabook: Lenovo U41-70

Thin and light like an ultrabook, but with a dedicated graphics card: Quite a few customers wish for such a device for both work and gaming. Since it lacks a touchscreen and battery life is too low, the Lenovo U41-70 is not a true ultrabook, but many buyers won't mind anyway. However, the 14-incher performs as expected: The GeForce 940M can play current games and both the SSD and fast Core i7 5500U (Broadwell) CPU ensure high performance. The input devices are decent and the simple chassis appears solid. Unfortunately, the FHD display blunders. The TN panel has narrow viewing angles and is not especially bright. What is an anti-reflective panel good for if the brightness falls below 200 cd/m² on battery? Those who want a better IPS display should consider the Asus Zenbook UX303LN, which also comes with a GeForce graphics card.

Buy Lenovo U41

10th

for power users: Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
for power users: Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW

A 4K display, dedicated graphics card, quad-core CPU and a slim and elegant metal chassis. Can it get any better? Asus' ZenBook Pro UX501JW is a 15.6-inch premium device that is targeted at demanding but also wealthy customers. It is priced at 1600 Euros (~$1825). On the other hand, you get a real desktop replacement (power user) that manages everything except high-end gaming.

The 3840x2160 pixels resolution of the IPS panel (IPS, touch) is impressive, but this cannot be said about the colors: We notice a yellow cast ex-works (Asus profile), but it can be removed by calibration. The same applies to the color accuracy; the DeltaE deviations ex-works are bad because they are far too high. Calibration helps here as well and results in a very low DeltaE deviation (or use our color profile from the review).

The positive aspects are the fast CPU and GPU; including Optimus, the very fast SSD as well as the very attractive chassis design with a lot of metal and sophisticated surfaces that are nice to touch. The emissions (temperature, system noise) are low when you consider the performance, and the keyboard provides a good feedback. The NX500 still had some quality issues in this respect.

However, the UX501 suffers from short battery runtimes: 4.5 hours in the WLAN test are not very good, even for a notebook that can handle games. Unfortunately, the speaker volume is low, and the missing bass does not help.

Buy Asus ZenBook UX501

Recent Multimedia Awards

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Screen
Brightness Center (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
341 cd/m² ∼49%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
349 cd/m² ∼50%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
347 cd/m² ∼50%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
326 cd/m² ∼47%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
341 cd/m² ∼49%
Asus N751JX
337 cd/m² ∼48%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
300 cd/m² ∼43%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
320 cd/m² ∼46%
Lenovo U41-70
245 cd/m² ∼35%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
278.1 cd/m² ∼40%
Black Level (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
0.34 cd/m² * ∼7%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
0.282 cd/m² * ∼6%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
0.409 cd/m² * ∼8%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
0.31 cd/m² * ∼6%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
0.37 cd/m² * ∼7%
Asus N751JX
0.61 cd/m² * ∼12%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
0.35 cd/m² * ∼7%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
0.32 cd/m² * ∼6%
Lenovo U41-70
0.42 cd/m² * ∼8%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
0.293 cd/m² * ∼6%
Contrast (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
1003 :1; ∼63%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
1238 :1; ∼77%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
848 :1; ∼53%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
1052 :1; ∼66%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
922 :1; ∼58%
Asus N751JX
552 :1; ∼35%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
857 :1; ∼54%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
1000 :1; ∼63%
Lenovo U41-70
583 :1; ∼36%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
949 :1; ∼59%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
2.07 * ∼14%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
2.65 * ∼18%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
6.81 * ∼45%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
4.14 * ∼28%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
6.22 * ∼41%
Asus N751JX
5.84 * ∼39%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
1.8 * ∼12%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
5.31 * ∼35%
Lenovo U41-70
9.55 * ∼64%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
8.78 * ∼59%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
1.9 * ∼13%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
3.77 * ∼25%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
7.27 * ∼48%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
5.46 * ∼36%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
5.24 * ∼35%
Asus N751JX
3.86 * ∼26%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
2.18 * ∼15%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
4.73 * ∼32%
Lenovo U41-70
10.73 * ∼72%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
6.29 * ∼42%
Gamma (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
2.62 * ∼52%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
2.41 * ∼48%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
2.4 * ∼48%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
2.44 * ∼49%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
2.47 * ∼49%
Asus N751JX
2.59 * ∼52%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
2.37 * ∼47%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
2.36 * ∼47%
Lenovo U41-70
2.34 * ∼47%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
2.25 * ∼45%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
57.9 % ∼58%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
61.02 % ∼61%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
57 % ∼57%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
64 % ∼64%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
68 % ∼68%
Asus N751JX
64 % ∼64%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
64 % ∼64%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
52.9 % ∼53%
Lenovo U41-70
38 % ∼38%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
48.31 % ∼48%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
28.9 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
30 dB * ∼60%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
31.6 dB * ∼63%
Asus N751JX
33.2 dB * ∼66%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
32.8 dB * ∼66%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
31.9 dB * ∼64%
Lenovo U41-70
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
31.2 dB * ∼62%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
28.9 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
31.6 dB * ∼63%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
32.1 dB * ∼64%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
30 dB * ∼60%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
31.6 dB * ∼63%
Asus N751JX
33.3 dB * ∼67%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
32.8 dB * ∼66%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
31.9 dB * ∼64%
Lenovo U41-70
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
31.3 dB * ∼63%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
28.9 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
31.6 dB * ∼63%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
35.4 dB * ∼71%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
31.3 dB * ∼63%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
31.6 dB * ∼63%
Asus N751JX
33.6 dB * ∼67%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
35.4 dB * ∼71%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
32.2 dB * ∼64%
Lenovo U41-70
32.4 dB * ∼65%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
33.4 dB * ∼67%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
46 dB * ∼92%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
45.4 dB * ∼91%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
47.3 dB * ∼95%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
36.9 dB * ∼74%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
41.2 dB * ∼82%
Asus N751JX
40.4 dB * ∼81%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
42.3 dB * ∼85%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
37 dB * ∼74%
Lenovo U41-70
38 dB * ∼76%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
38.6 dB * ∼77%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
46 dB * ∼92%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
45.4 dB * ∼91%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
48.1 dB * ∼96%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
44.7 dB * ∼89%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
44.7 dB * ∼89%
Asus N751JX
42.4 dB * ∼85%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
47.4 dB * ∼95%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
43.3 dB * ∼87%
Lenovo U41-70
42.2 dB * ∼84%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
46.5 dB * ∼93%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
43.2 °C * ∼72%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
51.8 °C * ∼86%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
49.6 °C * ∼83%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
46.3 °C * ∼77%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
38.3 °C * ∼64%
Asus N751JX
38.3 °C * ∼64%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
45.5 °C * ∼76%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
48.2 °C * ∼80%
Lenovo U41-70
44 °C * ∼73%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
42.2 °C * ∼70%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
39 °C * ∼65%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
64.6 °C * ∼108%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
51.7 °C * ∼86%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
41.5 °C * ∼69%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
39.1 °C * ∼65%
Asus N751JX
43 °C * ∼72%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
37.5 °C * ∼63%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
39.5 °C * ∼66%
Lenovo U41-70
40 °C * ∼67%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
48.6 °C * ∼81%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
30 °C * ∼50%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
38.4 °C * ∼64%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
29.5 °C * ∼49%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
33.6 °C * ∼56%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
27.7 °C * ∼46%
Asus N751JX
25.7 °C * ∼43%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
35.8 °C * ∼60%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
28.3 °C * ∼47%
Lenovo U41-70
24.8 °C * ∼41%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
33.2 °C * ∼55%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
29.3 °C * ∼49%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
44.4 °C * ∼74%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
33 °C * ∼55%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
32.7 °C * ∼55%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
26.3 °C * ∼44%
Asus N751JX
26.5 °C * ∼44%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
38.7 °C * ∼65%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
27 °C * ∼45%
Lenovo U41-70
26.2 °C * ∼44%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
34.4 °C * ∼57%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
1039 min ∼38%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
223 min ∼8%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
345 min ∼13%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
797 min ∼30%
Lenovo U41-70
544 min ∼20%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
361 min ∼13%
Load (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
105 min ∼4%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
100 min ∼4%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
85 min ∼3%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
161 min ∼6%
Lenovo U41-70
100 min ∼4%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
190 min ∼7%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
432 min ∼16%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
314 min ∼12%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
204 min ∼8%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
221 min ∼8%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
246 min ∼9%
Asus N751JX
244 min ∼9%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
168 min ∼6%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
448 min ∼17%
Lenovo U41-70
233 min ∼9%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
263 min ∼10%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
6 Watt * ∼6%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
14.6 Watt * ∼15%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
5.8 Watt * ∼6%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
6.2 Watt * ∼6%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
7.4 Watt * ∼7%
Asus N751JX
9.1 Watt * ∼9%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
21.8 Watt * ∼22%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
5.4 Watt * ∼5%
Lenovo U41-70
3.2 Watt * ∼3%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
12.8 Watt * ∼13%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
19.6 Watt * ∼20%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
13.1 Watt * ∼13%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
10.3 Watt * ∼10%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
11.9 Watt * ∼12%
Asus N751JX
13.8 Watt * ∼14%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
26.1 Watt * ∼26%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
11.5 Watt * ∼12%
Lenovo U41-70
5.6 Watt * ∼6%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
13.3 Watt * ∼13%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
19.8 Watt * ∼20%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
14.5 Watt * ∼15%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
12.2 Watt * ∼12%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
13.8 Watt * ∼14%
Asus N751JX
17.8 Watt * ∼18%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
26.6 Watt * ∼27%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
12.8 Watt * ∼13%
Lenovo U41-70
5.7 Watt * ∼6%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
82.4 Watt * ∼24%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
92 Watt * ∼26%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
98 Watt * ∼28%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
77 Watt * ∼22%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
95.9 Watt * ∼27%
Asus N751JX
89.7 Watt * ∼26%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
88.5 Watt * ∼25%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
48.6 Watt * ∼14%
Lenovo U41-70
35.8 Watt * ∼10%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
91.8 Watt * ∼26%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
85.8 Watt * ∼25%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
104.9 Watt * ∼30%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
105 Watt * ∼30%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
93.7 Watt * ∼27%
Asus N751JX
92.3 Watt * ∼26%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
119.7 Watt * ∼34%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
79.8 Watt * ∼23%
Lenovo U41-70
50.3 Watt * ∼14%

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
3942 Points ∼22%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
2971 Points ∼16%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
5410 Points ∼30%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
4488 Points ∼25%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
5324 Points ∼30%
Asus N751JX
4575 Points ∼25%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
4999 Points ∼28%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
3912 Points ∼22%
Lenovo U41-70
2329 Points ∼13%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
5342 Points ∼30%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
92723 Points ∼55%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
70949 Points ∼42%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
108304 Points ∼64%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
59696 Points ∼35%
Asus N751JX
59224 Points ∼35%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
51289 Points ∼30%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
47901 Points ∼28%
Lenovo U41-70
48537 Points ∼29%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
43886 Points ∼26%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
2350 Points ∼17%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
2049 Points ∼15%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
3974 Points ∼29%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
2726 Points ∼20%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
3985 Points ∼29%
Asus N751JX
2863 Points ∼21%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
3778 Points ∼28%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
2632 Points ∼19%
Lenovo U41-70
1378 Points ∼10%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
3801 Points ∼28%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
5480 Points ∼75%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
5549 Points ∼76%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
5669 Points ∼78%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
5829 Points ∼80%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
4939 Points ∼68%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
3275 Points ∼45%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
3924 Points ∼54%
Lenovo U41-70
4828 Points ∼66%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
6087 Points ∼84%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
3821 Points ∼69%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
3637 Points ∼66%
Asus N751JX
3241 Points ∼59%
MSI PE60-2QEi581
3114 Points ∼57%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
3096 Points ∼56%
Lenovo U41-70
2343 Points ∼43%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
3064 Points ∼56%

Legend

 
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05 Intel Core i7-4870HQ, AMD Radeon R9 M370X, Apple SSD SM0512G
 
Dell XPS 15 (9530-0538) Intel Core i7-4712HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, Lite-On LMT-512L9M
 
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
 
Asus GL552JX-CN154H Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
 
Asus N551JW-CN094H Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Kingston SMSM151S3128GD
 
Asus N751JX-T4056H Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
 
MSI PE60-2QEi581 Intel Core i5-4210H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
 
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
 
Lenovo U41-70 Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
 
Asus UX501JW-DS71T Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL

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