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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Notebooks

Staff (translated by Martina Osztovits), 06/18/2015

June 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 reg

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 June 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%03/15 Dell 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 Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
Intel Core i7 4720HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
16 GB, 256 GB SSD + TB HDD
from $1099 at Amazon
3.0 kg25 mm17.31920x1080matte
485%

06/15

New!

Asus N751JX
Intel Core i7 4720HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
8 GB, TB HDD
from $1189 at Amazon
3.4 kg30 mm17.31920x1080matte
585%01/15 Asus 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
684%03/15 Acer 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
784%03/15 Acer 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
883%

05/15

New!

Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
Intel Core i7 4720HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
16 GB, SSD 512 GB
from €1599 at notebooksbilliger

2.3 kg22 mm15.63840x2160glossy
983%10/14 Toshiba 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
1082%04/15 Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
Intel Core i7 5500U
NVIDIA GeForce 840M
8 GB RAM, SSD
from $1055 at Amazon
2.3 kg21 mm15.61920x1080matte

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. Like its predecessor, the notebook impresses with a high-quality case, very good input devices, and an extraordinarily good and high-resolution Retina display. You can save money when selecting the GPU. You can either use an Intel Iris Pro Graphics integrated into the CPU or configure an Nvidia GT 750M GPU. The starting 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 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.

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

3rd

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 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 Euros (~$1562).

Discussion
expensive: Asus N751JX
expensive: Asus N751JX

4th

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 provided. 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.

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/~$1369) when you consider the high price and the lack of an SSD. Acer's Aspire V Nitro 7-791G offers some models with an SSD besides the HDD and is therefore a better choice.

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

5th

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. Unfortunately, the maintainability is   much more limited and the author could not even open the maintenance hatch because it is firmly fixed and he wanted to avoid damages. The 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 listening 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 games.

The 17-inch sibling does not manage to enter our Top 10 this time; 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

6th

Acer offers 15 and 17-inch Nitro models. 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 under review. 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.

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

7th

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 its 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 with a good feedback combined with the high performance of the standard voltage Core i5, make the V17 in the low-cost version an interesting all-rounder. The result is our Best Value Award.

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

8th

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) which 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.

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

9th

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 particularly good, and 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 was surprised to find very good input devices with brilliant feedback. The system performance has not increased with 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 will not get 4K or comparable resolutions higher than Full HD. The price of 1377 Euros (~$1490) for the Satellite P50t-B-10T is high, but reasonable in view of the unique display.

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

10th

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 poor 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 suitable 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.

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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 N751JX
337 cd/m² ∼48%
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%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
278.1 cd/m² ∼40%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
255 cd/m² ∼36%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
314 cd/m² ∼45%
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 N751JX
0.61 cd/m² * ∼12%
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%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
0.293 cd/m² * ∼6%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
0.18 cd/m² * ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
0.5 cd/m² * ∼10%
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 N751JX
552 :1; ∼35%
Asus N551JK
850 :1; ∼53%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
1000 :1; ∼63%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
802 :1; ∼50%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
949 :1; ∼59%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
1417 :1; ∼89%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
628 :1; ∼39%
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 N751JX
5.84 * ∼39%
Asus N551JK
7.4 * ∼49%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
5.31 * ∼35%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
6.12 * ∼41%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
8.78 * ∼59%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
2 * ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
5.93 * ∼40%
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 N751JX
3.86 * ∼26%
Asus N551JK
6.24 * ∼42%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
4.73 * ∼32%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
5.97 * ∼40%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
6.29 * ∼42%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
1.61 * ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
6.22 * ∼41%
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 N751JX
2.59 * ∼52%
Asus N551JK
2.98 * ∼60%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
2.36 * ∼47%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
2.48 * ∼50%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
2.25 * ∼45%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
2.37 * ∼47%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
2.58 * ∼52%
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 N751JX
64 % ∼64%
Asus N551JK
69 % ∼69%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
52.9 % ∼53%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
57.5 % ∼58%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
48.31 % ∼48%
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 N751JX
33.2 dB * ∼66%
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%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
31.2 dB * ∼62%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
32.4 dB * ∼65%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
29.6 dB * ∼59%
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 N751JX
33.3 dB * ∼67%
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%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
31.3 dB * ∼63%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
33.4 dB * ∼67%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
29.6 dB * ∼59%
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 N751JX
33.6 dB * ∼67%
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%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
33.4 dB * ∼67%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
33.4 dB * ∼67%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
29.6 dB * ∼59%
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 N751JX
40.4 dB * ∼81%
Asus N551JK
42 dB * ∼84%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
37 dB * ∼74%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
39 dB * ∼78%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
38.6 dB * ∼77%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
44.5 dB * ∼89%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
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 N751JX
42.4 dB * ∼85%
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%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
46.5 dB * ∼93%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
44.4 dB * ∼89%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
39.9 dB * ∼80%
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 N751JX
38.3 °C * ∼64%
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%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
42.2 °C * ∼70%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
43.5 °C * ∼73%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
46 °C * ∼77%
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 N751JX
43 °C * ∼72%
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%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
48.6 °C * ∼81%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
46 °C * ∼77%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
45.8 °C * ∼76%
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 N751JX
25.7 °C * ∼43%
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%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
33.2 °C * ∼55%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
28 °C * ∼47%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
29.4 °C * ∼49%
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 N751JX
26.5 °C * ∼44%
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%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
34.4 °C * ∼57%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
32.8 °C * ∼55%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
30.7 °C * ∼51%
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%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
361 min ∼13%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
269 min ∼10%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
1093 min ∼40%
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%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
190 min ∼7%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
45 min ∼2%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
148 min ∼5%
WiFi (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2013
551 min ∼20%
Asus N551JK
271 min ∼10%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
152 min ∼6%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
314 min ∼12%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
204 min ∼8%
Asus N751JX
244 min ∼9%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
448 min ∼17%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
208 min ∼8%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
263 min ∼10%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
414 min ∼15%
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 N751JX
9.1 Watt * ∼9%
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%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
4.9 Watt * ∼5%
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 N751JX
17.8 Watt * ∼18%
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%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
8.2 Watt * ∼8%
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 N751JX
89.7 Watt * ∼26%
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%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
42 Watt * ∼12%
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 N751JX
92.3 Watt * ∼26%
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%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
53 Watt * ∼15%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Dell XPS 15 (Early 2015)
19.6 Watt * ∼20%
Aspire V Nitro 7-791G
13.1 Watt * ∼13%
Asus N751JX
13.8 Watt * ∼14%
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%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
7.7 Watt * ∼8%

* ... 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 N751JX
4575 Points ∼25%
Asus N551JK
4255 Points ∼24%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
3912 Points ∼22%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
2579 Points ∼14%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
5342 Points ∼30%
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 N751JX
59224 Points ∼35%
Asus N551JK
61456 Points ∼36%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
47901 Points ∼28%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
69310 Points ∼41%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
43886 Points ∼26%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
37352 Points ∼22%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
42320 Points ∼25%
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 N751JX
2863 Points ∼21%
Asus N551JK
2675 Points ∼20%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
2632 Points ∼19%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
1493 Points ∼11%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
3801 Points ∼28%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
1585 Points ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
1410 Points ∼10%
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%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
6087 Points ∼84%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
5010 Points ∼69%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
4610 Points ∼63%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus N751JX
3241 Points ∼59%
Asus N551JK
3113 Points ∼57%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G
3096 Points ∼56%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G
2858 Points ∼52%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501JW
3064 Points ∼56%
Toshiba P50t-B-10T
3386 Points ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15
2906 Points ∼53%

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 N751JX-T4056H Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
 
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
 
Asus UX501JW-DS71T Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL
 
Toshiba Satellite P50t-B-10T Intel Core i7-4710HQ, AMD Radeon R9 M265X, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
 
Lenovo ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15 20DQ0038GE Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP

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