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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Notebooks

Staff (translated by Martina Osztovits), 04/19/2015

May 2015 update. Here you will find the current best 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 purchase decisions.

For the original German article, see here.

Every month Notebookcheck reviews numerous notebooks of all kinds. Several of them are multimedia devices. We call laptops of 14-inch size or bigger multimedia laptops if they are all-round laptops given the configuration selected by the manufacturer.

The following table shows an overview of the Top 10 multimedia laptops reviewed by Notebookcheck in the previous 12 months and relevant devices which 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 May 2015

Pos %Date  ModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionFinish
189%07/14Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15
Intel Core i7 4850HQ
Nvidia GeForce GT 750M
16 GB RAM, SSD
from $1699 at Amazon
2.0 kg18 mm15,42880x1800glossy
287%03/15Dell XPS 15 (9530-0538)
Intel Core i7 4712HQ (Haswell)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
16 GB, 512 GB SSD
from $1719 at Amazon
2.1 kg18mm15.63840x2160glossy
386%04/15
New!
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
Intel Core i7 4720HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
16 GB, 256 GB SSD + TB HDD
from €1.349 Euro at notebooksbilliger
3.0 kg25 mm17.31920x1080matte
485%01/15Asus N551JK-CN166H
Intel Core i5 4200H (Haswell)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
8 GB RAM, HDD + SSD Cache
from $1130 at Amazon
2.4 kg31 mm15.61920x1080matte
584%03/15Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
Intel Core i5 5200U
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
8 GB RAM, Hybrid HDD
from $899 at Amazon
2.3 kg25 mm15.61920x1080matte
684%03/15Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
Intel Core i5 4210H (Haswell)
NVIDIA GeForce 840M
4 GB, HDD
from $1384 at Amazon
3.0 kg26 mm17.31920x1200matte
783%10/14Toshiba Satellite P50t-B-10T
Intel Core i7 4710HQ
AMD Radeon R9 M265X
16 GB RAM, SSHD
from $1550 at Amazon
2.4 kg24 mm15.63840x2160glossy
883%06/14Asus N750JK
Intel Core i7 4700HQ
Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M
8 GB RAM, HDD
from $1449 at Amazon
3.1 kg30 mm17.31920x1080matte
982%04/15 Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
Intel Core i7 5500U
NVIDIA GeForce 840M
8 GB RAM, SSD
from €1400 at Cyberport
2.3 kg21 mm15.61920x1080matte
1082%04/15 Dell Inspiron 15-7548
Intel Core i7 5500U
AMD Radeon R7 M270
16 GB RAM, SSD
from $995 at Amazon
2.1 kg20 mm15.63840x2160glossy

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

Editors' Comments

Leader: Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 (2013)
Leader: Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 (2013)

1st

Apple's MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (2013) has been on the market for a while. Alike its predecessor the notebook impresses with a high-end case, very good input devices, and an extraordinarily good high-res Retina display. You can save money when selecting the GPU. An Intel Iris Pro Graphics integrated into the CPU or optionally an Nvidia GT 750M GPU can be configured. The start price ranges from 2000 to 2600 Euros (~$2164 to ~$2813), depending on the configuration.

Follower: Dell XPS 15
Follower: Dell XPS 15

2nd

Dell's XPS 15 from the end of 2013 gets 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 replaced Haswell processors and the old GeForce GT 750M. Despite the old hardware, the XPS 15 is still a prestige object. Chassis and input devices are convenient and perfectly adjusted. The 4K display can be calibrated very well, even though this is not even possible 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.

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. Price as well as performance are top, at least for the multimedia class. The GeForce GTX 960M can even run many titles smoothly in FHD. Nevertheless, the waste heat is low. Acer's bundle is alright, since there are a good IPS panel (matte), very good input devices and a quite high contrast of 848:1. The fan, which starts running abruptly, belongs to the disadvantages. The stability of the big chassis could be better and the 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 Euro.

Discussion
Mixed impressions: Asus N551JK-CN166H
Mixed impressions: Asus N551JK-CN166H

4th

The Asus N551JK-CN166H is the successor of the N550JK; it is not equipped with Broadwell but still uses Haswell processors. Small visual changes do not really improve the 15-inch notebook (black bottom cover) compared to the predecessor (gray, thinner bottom cover), but the stability and quality impression are still on a very high level. The maintainability is, unfortunately, much more limited and the author could not even open the maintenance hatch because it is firmly fixed and the author wanted to avoid damages. Advantages are the great touchpad and a good keyboard with a numeric keypad. One highlight is the very bright and high-contrast display with good viewing angles. Otherwise, the N551JK is a successful all-rounder: The fan is restrained, the Turbo of the processor can be utilized and the provided subwoofer from Asus creates a powerful sound in games and when you listen to music. The GeForce GTX 850M is a good but not perfect GPU for gamers; it is usually not powerful enough for high details and Full HD in current titles.

The 17-inch sibling does not manage to enter our Top 10 right now; the Asus N751JK-T4144H gets a rating of 80%. The N751 was more powerful with the Core i7-4710HQ, but we did not like the frame rate drops in some games and benchmarks as well as the wobbly keyboard support.

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

5th

Acer offers Nitro models with 15 and 17-inches. The new Broadwell chip is now implemented, which is why we had a closer look at the all-rounder with GeForce GTX 850M, the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H. There is also a more expensive version with the GTX 860M GPU, and now even with the brand-new GTX 960M. The Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-591G-727P with the GeForce 9 is currently in review at the time of writing. The test model offers a good combination of performance and ergonomics for comparatively little money, and even the runtimes and the keyboard are pretty good. Drawbacks are the limited maintainability and upgradeability.

Price and performance: Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
Price and performance: Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G

6th

Low-cost in the Top 10? It might be surprising at first that a 17-inch device with a small entry-level GPU like the Nvidia GeForce 840M gets such a good place in our ranking. Acer's Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV does not offer the best gaming capabilities in its class, but it convinces in many other areas like the chassis, input devices and display. Depending on your wallet you can choose between a GeForce 840M, GTX 850M and GTX 860M. The configuration V17 VN7-791G-759Q with the latter GPU is already in our gaming charts. The bright, high-contrast IPS display is remarkable in this price range with wide viewing angles, decent colors and a good contrast. We also like the low system noise, but we miss a maintenance hatch. Convenient details, like the keyboard illumination of the input that provides good feedback in combination with the high performance of the standard voltage Core i5, make the V17 in the low-cost version an interesting allrounder. The result is our Best Value Award.

Mega display: Toshiba Satellite P50t-B-10T
Mega display: Toshiba Satellite P50t-B-10T

7th

Toshiba is not the first manufacturer that has incorporated a display with extraordinarily high resolution in a notebook. With 3840x2160 pixels, the resolution of the 15.6-inch Satellite P50t-B-10T is especially fine, and it also supports touch input. The display also has excellent colors and contrast. 1417:1 is rare in the notebook range. The chassis made from aluminum and plastic is elegant but not the best in terms of stability and quality. The tester found the very good input devices with brilliant feedback surprising. The performance of the system is not increased by an SSD, but a hybrid HDD combined with a standard-volt CPU ensures fast processing. A Radeon R9 M265X from AMD is responsible for graphics, but games in Full HD are too much for it. Gamers are not the primary target group of the Satellite P50t-B-10T, but rather demanding consumers or professional users looking for best display quality for specific applications. At best, workstations perform better in terms of display, but customers won't get 4K or comparable resolutions higher than Full HD there. The price of 1377 Euros (~$1490) for the Satellite P50t-B-10T is high, but adequate in view of the unique display.

Asus N750: 17-inch multimedia all-rounder
Asus N750: 17-inch multimedia all-rounder

8th

Asus' N750JK multimedia notebook with a size of 17-inches largely convinced in our test. With an Intel quad-core CPU (standard voltage) and Nvidia GTX 850M, which is already based on the new Maxwell architecture, it is also suitable for fans of PC games. While the built-in display has an ergonomic matte surface, it loses points in brightness of the colors. With a battery life of above 5 hours in realistic scenarios, the 17-incher convinces in mobility.

Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15: A 360-degree hinge in the standard working device
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15: A 360-degree hinge in the standard working device

9th

The ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15 20DQ0038GE from Lenovo turns the world of business notebooks around, because it wants to be a standard ThinkPad (versions with 12 and 14-inches available) with a 360-degree hinge. The flexibility of a Yoga device is therefore supposed to be successful in the conservative and solid world of business ThinkPads. We think it did not work with the 15-inch model. The reason: The stability of the base unit and the hinges is not really good, but a sturdy construction should be a basic feature of a ThinkPad. We liked the 12 and 14-inch cases of the reviewed siblings ThinkPad Yoga 12 and ThinkPad Yoga 14 much better in this respect. Other drawbacks are the limited maintainability, missing security features and a very bad webcam.

The advantage of the ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15 is the performance. Equipped with an Intel Core i7 5500U (Broadwell), GeForce 840M and a fast SSD, it is not only suited as a working device but also for complex tasks. In addition, you get a semi-glossy touch panel and a Full HD IPS panel with wide viewing angles. This means you can work comfortably, but preferably indoors since reflections cannot be avoided despite the good brightness and the anti-reflective surface.

Dell Inspiron 15-7548: A lot of pixels for a little money
Dell Inspiron 15-7548: A lot of pixels for a little money

10th

The Dell Inspiron 15-7548 is a thin 15-inch device in an aluminum chassis. The performance with SSD, fast low-voltage Core i7 and AMD Radeon R7 M270 is pretty good, but gamers won't be happy with the Radeon R7. We recommend at least a GTX 850M if you want to play games. A real eye-catcher is the 4K IPS display, but not because of its bad contrast and the mediocre luminance, but only because of the high number of pixels. Even though the resolution is similar to the 4K panel of the XPS 15, it is a lower quality panel. Maintenance is a problem at a first glance, but you can remove the whole bottom cover. The short battery runtimes are an issue.

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Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Screen
Brightness Center (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
332 cd/m² ∼47%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
349 cd/m² ∼50%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
347 cd/m² ∼50%
Asus N551JK
323 cd/m² ∼46%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
320 cd/m² ∼46%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
353 cd/m² ∼50%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
255 cd/m² ∼36%
Asus N750JK
275 cd/m² ∼39%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
314 cd/m² ∼45%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
214 cd/m² ∼31%
Black Level (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
0.3326 cd/m² * ∼7%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
0.282 cd/m² * ∼6%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
0.409 cd/m² * ∼8%
Asus N551JK
0.38 cd/m² * ∼8%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
0.32 cd/m² * ∼6%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
0.44 cd/m² * ∼9%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
0.18 cd/m² * ∼4%
Asus N750JK
0.31 cd/m² * ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
0.5 cd/m² * ∼10%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
0.76 cd/m² * ∼15%
Contrast (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
998 :1; ∼62%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
1238 :1; ∼77%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
848 :1; ∼53%
Asus N551JK
850 :1; ∼53%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
1000 :1; ∼63%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
802 :1; ∼50%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
1417 :1; ∼89%
Asus N750JK
887 :1; ∼55%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
628 :1; ∼39%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
282 :1; ∼18%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
1.95 * ∼13%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
2.65 * ∼18%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
6.81 * ∼45%
Asus N551JK
7.4 * ∼49%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
5.31 * ∼35%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
6.12 * ∼41%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
2 * ∼13%
Asus N750JK
4.77 * ∼32%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
5.93 * ∼40%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
5.83 * ∼39%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
2.11 * ∼14%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
3.77 * ∼25%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
7.27 * ∼48%
Asus N551JK
6.24 * ∼42%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
4.73 * ∼32%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
5.97 * ∼40%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
1.61 * ∼11%
Asus N750JK
4.77 * ∼32%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
6.22 * ∼41%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
7.17 * ∼48%
Gamma (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
2.34 * ∼47%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
2.41 * ∼48%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
2.4 * ∼48%
Asus N551JK
2.98 * ∼60%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
2.36 * ∼47%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
2.48 * ∼50%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
2.37 * ∼47%
Asus N750JK
2.3 * ∼46%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
2.58 * ∼52%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
1.94 * ∼39%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
60.6 % ∼61%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
61.02 % ∼61%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
57 % ∼57%
Asus N551JK
69 % ∼69%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
52.9 % ∼53%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
57.5 % ∼58%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
60 % ∼60%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
28 dB * ∼56%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Asus N551JK
32.1 dB * ∼64%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
31.9 dB * ∼64%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
30.6 dB * ∼61%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
32.4 dB * ∼65%
Asus N750JK
31.5 dB * ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
29 dB * ∼58%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
28 dB * ∼56%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
31.6 dB * ∼63%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
32.1 dB * ∼64%
Asus N551JK
32.9 dB * ∼66%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
31.9 dB * ∼64%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
30.6 dB * ∼61%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
33.4 dB * ∼67%
Asus N750JK
31.5 dB * ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
29 dB * ∼58%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
28 dB * ∼56%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
31.6 dB * ∼63%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
35.4 dB * ∼71%
Asus N551JK
33.7 dB * ∼67%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
32.2 dB * ∼64%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
33 dB * ∼66%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
33.4 dB * ∼67%
Asus N750JK
34.8 dB * ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
29 dB * ∼58%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
35.8 dB * ∼72%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
45.4 dB * ∼91%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
47.3 dB * ∼95%
Asus N551JK
42 dB * ∼84%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
37 dB * ∼74%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
39 dB * ∼78%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
44.5 dB * ∼89%
Asus N750JK
34.8 dB * ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
36.6 dB * ∼73%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
36.6 dB * ∼73%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
45.8 dB * ∼92%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
45.4 dB * ∼91%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
48.1 dB * ∼96%
Asus N551JK
44.8 dB * ∼90%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
43.3 dB * ∼87%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
46.2 dB * ∼92%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
44.4 dB * ∼89%
Asus N750JK
40.9 dB * ∼82%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
39.9 dB * ∼80%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
41.5 dB * ∼83%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
46 °C * ∼77%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
51.8 °C * ∼86%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
49.6 °C * ∼83%
Asus N551JK
39.4 °C * ∼66%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
48.2 °C * ∼80%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
44.6 °C * ∼74%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
43.5 °C * ∼73%
Asus N750JK
46.1 °C * ∼77%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
46 °C * ∼77%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
43.5 °C * ∼73%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
42 °C * ∼70%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
64.6 °C * ∼108%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
51.7 °C * ∼86%
Asus N551JK
37.6 °C * ∼63%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
39.5 °C * ∼66%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
45.6 °C * ∼76%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
46 °C * ∼77%
Asus N750JK
44.2 °C * ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
45.8 °C * ∼76%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
54 °C * ∼90%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
34 °C * ∼57%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
38.4 °C * ∼64%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
29.5 °C * ∼49%
Asus N551JK
28.7 °C * ∼48%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
28.3 °C * ∼47%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
31.7 °C * ∼53%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
28 °C * ∼47%
Asus N750JK
26.8 °C * ∼45%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
29.4 °C * ∼49%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
29.8 °C * ∼50%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
33 °C * ∼55%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
44.4 °C * ∼74%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
33 °C * ∼55%
Asus N551JK
26.1 °C * ∼44%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
27 °C * ∼45%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
32.1 °C * ∼54%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
32.8 °C * ∼55%
Asus N750JK
26.6 °C * ∼44%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
30.7 °C * ∼51%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
31 °C * ∼52%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
853 min ∼32%
Asus N551JK
436 min ∼16%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
797 min ∼30%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
524 min ∼19%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
269 min ∼10%
Asus N750JK
453 min ∼17%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
1093 min ∼40%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
633 min ∼23%
Load (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
181 min ∼7%
Asus N551JK
76 min ∼3%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
161 min ∼6%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
61 min ∼2%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
45 min ∼2%
Asus N750JK
52 min ∼2%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
148 min ∼5%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
81 min ∼3%
WiFi (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
551 min ∼20%
Asus N551JK
271 min ∼10%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
152 min ∼6%
Asus N750JK
321 min ∼12%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
314 min ∼12%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
204 min ∼8%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
448 min ∼17%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
208 min ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
414 min ∼15%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
264 min ∼10%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
7.6 Watt * ∼8%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
14.6 Watt * ∼15%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
5.8 Watt * ∼6%
Asus N551JK
8.6 Watt * ∼9%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
5.4 Watt * ∼5%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
7.9 Watt * ∼8%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
12.8 Watt * ∼13%
Asus N750JK
6.5 Watt * ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
4.9 Watt * ∼5%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
6.1 Watt * ∼6%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
15.6 Watt * ∼16%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
19.8 Watt * ∼20%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
14.5 Watt * ∼15%
Asus N551JK
13 Watt * ∼13%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
12.8 Watt * ∼13%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
20.3 Watt * ∼20%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
19 Watt * ∼19%
Asus N750JK
15.5 Watt * ∼16%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
8.2 Watt * ∼8%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
15.5 Watt * ∼16%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
80.4 Watt * ∼23%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
92 Watt * ∼26%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
98 Watt * ∼28%
Asus N551JK
72.2 Watt * ∼21%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
48.6 Watt * ∼14%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
54.7 Watt * ∼16%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
66.7 Watt * ∼19%
Asus N750JK
85.9 Watt * ∼25%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
42 Watt * ∼12%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
47.7 Watt * ∼14%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
88.5 Watt * ∼25%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
85.8 Watt * ∼25%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
104.9 Watt * ∼30%
Asus N551JK
104 Watt * ∼30%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
79.8 Watt * ∼23%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
85.9 Watt * ∼25%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
99.1 Watt * ∼28%
Asus N750JK
118.6 Watt * ∼34%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
53 Watt * ∼15%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
64.1 Watt * ∼18%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
19.6 Watt * ∼20%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
13.1 Watt * ∼13%
Asus N551JK
12 Watt * ∼12%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
11.5 Watt * ∼12%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
13.3 Watt * ∼13%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
18.8 Watt * ∼19%
Asus N750JK
12.4 Watt * ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
7.7 Watt * ∼8%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
15 Watt * ∼15%

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
2692 Points ∼15%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
2971 Points ∼16%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
5410 Points ∼30%
Asus N551JK
4255 Points ∼24%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
3912 Points ∼22%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
2579 Points ∼14%
Asus N750JK
4616 Points ∼26%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
2026 Points ∼11%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
72048 Points ∼43%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
70949 Points ∼42%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
108304 Points ∼64%
Asus N551JK
61456 Points ∼36%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
47901 Points ∼28%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
69310 Points ∼41%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
37352 Points ∼22%
Asus N750JK
90772 Points ∼54%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
42320 Points ∼25%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
14562 Points ∼9%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
1800 Points ∼13%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
2049 Points ∼15%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
3974 Points ∼29%
Asus N551JK
2675 Points ∼20%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
2632 Points ∼19%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
1493 Points ∼11%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
1585 Points ∼12%
Asus N750JK
2766 Points ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
1410 Points ∼10%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
1129 Points ∼8%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
5842 Points ∼80%
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
5549 Points ∼76%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
5669 Points ∼78%
Asus N551JK
4131 Points ∼57%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
3924 Points ∼54%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
2800 Points ∼39%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
5010 Points ∼69%
Asus N750JK
3205 Points ∼44%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
4610 Points ∼63%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
5417 Points ∼74%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus N551JK
3113 Points ∼57%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
3096 Points ∼56%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
2858 Points ∼52%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
3386 Points ∼62%
Asus N750JK
3827 Points ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
2906 Points ∼53%
Dell Inspiron 15-7548
2805 Points ∼51%

Legend

 
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2013-10 Intel Core i7-4850HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, Apple SSD SM0512F
 
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 N551JK-CN166H Intel Core i5-4200H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
 
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
 
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV Intel Core i5-4210H, NVIDIA GeForce 840M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
 
Toshiba Satellite P50t-B-10T Intel Core i7-4710HQ, AMD Radeon R9 M265X, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
 
Asus N750JK-T4042H Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
 
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15 20DQ0038GE Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
 
Dell Inspiron 15-7548 Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M270, Liteon IT LCS-256L9S-11

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