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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

Martina Osztovits (translated by Martina Osztovits), 01/14/2015

January 2015 update. Here you will find the current best subnotebooks 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.

Subnotebooks bridge the gap between the performance of big laptops and the mobility of small devices like tablets or even smartphones. In our opinion, subnotebooks are no larger than 14-inches (display diagonal), are lighter than 2 kg (~4.4 lbs) and usually feature integrated graphics cards. The price range is big and models from 300 to 2500 Euros (~$407 to $3393) can be represented in our Top 10.

Subnotebook or Ultrabook? We also created a separate Top 10 Ultrabooks with devices meeting the Intel specification from 2013: touch screen, low voltage Haswell processor (TDP: 15 W) or newer, battery life of 6 to 9 hours, Intel Wireless Display and USB 3.0. For the time being, our subnotebook charts include ultrabooks and subnotebooks alike

The following table shows an overview of the Top 10 subnotebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the previous 12 months. 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").

Subnotebook Charts as of January 2015

Top 10 of the previous 10 months at the time of writing the article, best rating first
Link: all reviewed subnotebooks ordered by total rating

Editors' Comments

Actually, the Zenbook UX32LN-R4053HUX32LN-R4029H, and UX32LA-R3025H test models, which we reviewed midyear, should rank top in our charts. However, the manufacturer does no longer sell these, but replaced them with the Zenbook UX303LN successor, which is in our Top 10. Acer do not offer their Aspire S3-392G anymore, just like Toshiba do no longer offer their Kirabook 2014.

All rounder: Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch
All rounder: Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch

1st

Although its almost one year since we reviewed the Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch, it is still relevant. The MBP 13 still belongs to the top sellers in the Apple portfolio. This is not surprising since the bundle features a light and robust aluminum body, a high-res Retina display, a powerful Intel processor and an improved Intel Iris GPU and achieves a battery life of up to 10 hours in realistic scenarios (web surfing). Thus it is virtually unmatched in the Windows world. As a result, the MacBook Pro 13 Retina is an almost universal device for professionals and amateur users alike, which want and can use MacOS in everyday life.

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Rare: mattes IPS touch screen - Toshiba Portege Z30t-A-10X
Rare: mattes IPS touch screen - Toshiba Portege Z30t-A-10X

2nd

Toshiba's Portege Z30t-A-10X is similar to the sibling Portege Z30-A, but adds an IPS touch panel. The expensive ultrabook is designed for business customers, which is evident when you look at the price but also the excellent features. Docking station port, high-quality magnesium case, good input devices, and very long battery runtimes are everything that these customers expect for around 1600 Euros. Unfortunately, the 13-inch notebook does not have a DisplayPort and is comparatively loud when you stress it.

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Thin device: Apple MacBook Air 13
Thin device: Apple MacBook Air 13

3rd

It speaks all the more in favor of the successful Apple MacBook Air 13 from the actual father of ultrabooks that Apple has only made smaller updates to the components for several years. Since the price slightly fell, the latest model of the Air 13 might become more interesting for prospects. Nevertheless, Air fans hope that the slightly old HD display (1440x900) will be replaced by an especially high-res Retina display.

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Best Value Award in December 2014: Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
Best Value Award in December 2014: Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA

4th 

A handy business device can also come from Asus. The 12.5 inch ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA-DT036G is indeed surprising. The small business device only costs just under 800 Euro, but brings (almost) all features of a professional device: trackpoint, fingerprint reader, DisplayPort, matte FHD display, Smartcard slot, backlit keys, and TPM chip. In addition, the brightness is very good, the viewing angles are wide (IPS), the key feedback is strong, and the chassis is a pleasure. The short battery life of only 3:38 hours (WLAN test) is a disadvantage. Asus achieved more than a decent result and the price is much better than of more expensive competitors like the Lenovo ThinkPad X240 and the HP EliteBook 820 G1. Therefore, it won our Best Value Award in December 2014.

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high-end chassis: Asus Zenbook UX303LN-R4141H
high-end chassis: Asus Zenbook UX303LN-R4141H

5th

Asus replaced its successful UX32LN-R4029H (840M), which is no longer offered, with the Zenbook UX303LN-R4141H with the same design. Once again, the UX houses an Haswell chip and a Geforce 840M. In our review, we did not quite understand, why the name was changed since only the connectivity was slightly modified. What remained is a solid, high-quality case from a block of light metal and convincing input devices. The high brightness of the anti-reflective FHD display is a pleasure during outdoor use. Low system noise and low-noise microphone make serious office work possible. Small technicians will appreciate the maintainability. Despite the chassis is only 20 mm high, the underside can be removed. If you do so, you'll find a free mSATA slot. The contrast of the display is not that high as the Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13's. However, colors and color coverage are decent. We assigned our Editors' Choice Award to the Asus Zenbook UX303LN in November 2014 for the well-made bundle.

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Compact office professional: Lenovo Thinkpad X240
Compact office professional: Lenovo Thinkpad X240

6th

Lenovo's ThinkPad X240 with FullHD display is a 12.5-incher with powerful low-voltage CPU that was designed for business customers. The demanding target group expects and gets traditional ThinkPad features including very good input devices, long battery life (8 hours) and a sophisticated docking solution for 1850 Euros (~$2510). The 12.5 inch display has a very fine FullHD resolution. It is bright, contrast-rich and has wide viewing angles.

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Luxury for the CEO: HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
Luxury for the CEO: HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1

7th

With an equally high level, HP keeps its EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 in our Top 10. This is also true for the price. Is the 14-incher worth its 2000 Euro (or more) or does the manufacturer squeeze money out of managers and CEOs? Customers get an excellent display. Usually only workstations or high-end consumer devices with GAMUT displays can achieve a TFT rating of 88%. We liked the very high brightness, the matte TFT (no touchscreen) and the wide viewing angles thanks to IPS. The relatively low contrast of 594:1 appears to be the only disadvantage. We did not like HP's Forcepad (a touchpad version), which requires relearning of basic input methods, that much. In addition, the GPU throttles. A device of this price range should not have such flaws. We do not mean throttling during our unrealistic stress test (which is massive), but GPU throttling during simple tasks. However, businessmen will not notice this, since the Folio 1040 G1 is still very fast. Thanks to good build quality, low temperatures/system noise and long battery life, the Folio 1040 achieved a high rating, anyway.

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Very bright display: Dell XPS 13
Very bright display: Dell XPS 13

8th

Dell's XPS 13-9333 achieved the same rating as several competitors. The 13-incher from Dell also features an FHD display. The device scores points with an excellent build quality and almost perfect input devices. Rare: The camera and the audio rating are very high. So, the buyer does not have to accept poor webcam shots, clanging speakers and noisy telephony. Dell improved the battery life compared to the predecessor. The XPS achieves 7:45 hours in the WLAN test.

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Complete bundle: HP EliteBook 820 G1
Complete bundle: HP EliteBook 820 G1

9th

Looking for a small notebook for your typical business day? While consumers are usually looking for 13.3-inch devices for the use on the road and notebooks with 11.6-inch are considered compact and ultra-mobile, there are still devices with 12.5-inch panels in the business world. The HP EliteBook 820 G1 offers a complete list of features, including DisplayPort, docking station port, SmartCard reader and 3G modem. The matte panel only has the HD resolution, but that is actually sufficient for the small panel. Unfortunately, the brightness and the contrast are not very high, which affects the overall impression. The input devices are, typical for an EliteBook, excellent, you can either control the cursor with a pointer or the touchpad (real mouse buttons, no clickpad). Easy maintenance, high application performance (Intel SSD Pro 1500), low temperature and noise development and a long battery runtime are other positive aspects of the high-quality and durable companion. The author did not like the limited viewing angles, the average brightness as well as the weak speakers.

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Variable keys: ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch
Variable keys: ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

10th

The Carbon from Lenovo courageously implements a new keyboard design, which replaces the F1 to F12 keys as well as the Fn key by a variable touch bar. Traditional ThinkPad user do not like this. However, those who are a little open to new solutions, will profit from it. Otherwise, especially the display improved compared to the predecessor. The dull TN display (relatively narrow viewing angles) was replaced by an IPS touch panel (anti-reflective) with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. In addition, the battery life got slightly longer due to the more frugal Haswell CPU. Lenovo also added ports. HDMI and Ethernet are now available via dongle. All in all, we reviewed an X1 Carbon from 2014, which eliminated the weaknesses of the predecessor, but still does not meet highest standards. We reviewed the top model with HD 5000, Core i7 4550U and 512 GB SSD, but there are also cheaper models available in the market.

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Runner-Up

Dell Latitude E5250: Editors Choice im Januar 2015
Dell Latitude E5250: Editors Choice im Januar 2015
Weakling: Fujitsu Lifebook U574
Weakling: Fujitsu Lifebook U574

Dell's Latitude 12 E5250 (81 %) proved to be a small business partner with great character in our review. The 12.5 inch device has many interfaces including a docking port. Some of them are even on the rear side. The tester liked the sophisticated interface layout and the decent system performance. The build quality is not state of the art, yet fair and solid. The input devices are not disappointing and the battery life of five hours does not need to hide. Nevertheless, the rating is not high enough for our Top 10, especially due to the TN display with HD resolution, which is too dark. The price of 1050 Euro is ambitious, but the Dell Latitude E5250 is a balanced bundle, which is worth it in an appropriate configuration. So, we assigned it our Editor's Choice Award in January 2015.

Fujitsu's Lifebook U574 turns out to be a sham.  The 13 inch ultrabook has a matte touch panel. Unfortunately the TN technology is used and so the viewing angles are poor. Low brightnessvery poor contrast  and poor colors are not appropriate for a price of 900 Euro. The pretty, elegant, yet yielding chassis is another weakness. So, the Lifebook U574 does not stand a chance against its competitors (for example the cheaper ASUSPRO Essential PU301LA-RO064G) in the business range.

Recent Subnotebook Awards

 
 
 

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Screen
Brightness Center (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
360 cd/m² ∼51%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
312 cd/m² ∼45%
Apple MBA 13 2014
280 cd/m² ∼40%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
433 cd/m² ∼62%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
344 cd/m² ∼49%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
377 cd/m² ∼54%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
293.4 cd/m² ∼42%
Dell XPS 13
450.1 cd/m² ∼64%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
270 cd/m² ∼39%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch
385 cd/m² ∼55%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
228 cd/m² ∼33%
Black Level (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
0.4 cd/m² * ∼8%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
0.43 cd/m² * ∼9%
Apple MBA 13 2014
0.32 cd/m² * ∼6%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
0.47 cd/m² * ∼9%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
0.55 cd/m² * ∼11%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
0.518 cd/m² * ∼10%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
0.494 cd/m² * ∼10%
Dell XPS 13
0.655 cd/m² * ∼13%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
0.8 cd/m² * ∼16%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch
0.548 cd/m² * ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
0.23 cd/m² * ∼5%
Contrast (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
900 :1; ∼56%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
726 :1; ∼45%
Apple MBA 13 2014
875 :1; ∼55%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
921 :1; ∼58%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
625 :1; ∼39%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
728 :1; ∼46%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
594 :1; ∼37%
Dell XPS 13
687 :1; ∼43%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
338 :1; ∼21%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch
703 :1; ∼44%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
991 :1; ∼62%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
1.87 * ∼12%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
5.64 * ∼38%
Apple MBA 13 2014
1.91 * ∼13%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
5.56 * ∼37%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
5.45 * ∼36%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
6.85 * ∼46%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
5.08 * ∼34%
Dell XPS 13
4.53 * ∼30%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
8.96 * ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch
5.99 * ∼40%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
6.29 * ∼42%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
2.19 * ∼15%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
7.79 * ∼52%
Apple MBA 13 2014
2 * ∼13%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
4.92 * ∼33%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
4.53 * ∼30%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
6.48 * ∼43%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
6.68 * ∼45%
Dell XPS 13
5.32 * ∼35%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
9.76 * ∼65%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch
5.7 * ∼38%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
7.79 * ∼52%
Gamma (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
2.58 * ∼52%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
2.48 * ∼50%
Apple MBA 13 2014
2.26 * ∼45%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
2.48 * ∼50%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
2.27 * ∼45%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
2.75 * ∼55%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
2.62 * ∼52%
Dell XPS 13
2.35 * ∼47%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
2.17 * ∼43%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch
2.05 * ∼41%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
2.36 * ∼47%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
63 % ∼63%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
64 % ∼64%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
41 % ∼41%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
64 % ∼64%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
41 % ∼41%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
59.7 % ∼60%
Dell XPS 13
55.66 % ∼56%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
39.8 % ∼40%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch
40.63 % ∼41%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
51.7 % ∼52%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
27.4 dB * ∼55%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
28.6 dB * ∼57%
Apple MBA 13 2014
28 dB * ∼56%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
30.1 dB * ∼60%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
29.5 dB * ∼59%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
28.8 dB * ∼58%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
28 dB * ∼56%
Dell XPS 13
29.1 dB * ∼58%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
28.8 dB * ∼58%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
27.4 dB * ∼55%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
28.6 dB * ∼57%
Apple MBA 13 2014
28 dB * ∼56%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
30.6 dB * ∼61%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
29.5 dB * ∼59%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
29 dB * ∼58%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
28.1 dB * ∼56%
Dell XPS 13
29.2 dB * ∼58%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
28.8 dB * ∼58%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
27.4 dB * ∼55%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
28.6 dB * ∼57%
Apple MBA 13 2014
28 dB * ∼56%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
31.7 dB * ∼63%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
29.5 dB * ∼59%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
29 dB * ∼58%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
28.2 dB * ∼56%
Dell XPS 13
29.3 dB * ∼59%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
31.6 dB * ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
28.8 dB * ∼58%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
42.5 dB * ∼85%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
38.9 dB * ∼78%
Apple MBA 13 2014
40.5 dB * ∼81%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
33 dB * ∼66%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
34.3 dB * ∼69%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
34.7 dB * ∼69%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
36.1 dB * ∼72%
Dell XPS 13
31.6 dB * ∼63%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
41.5 dB * ∼83%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
33.7 dB * ∼67%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
44.7 dB * ∼89%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
43.8 dB * ∼88%
Apple MBA 13 2014
43.7 dB * ∼87%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
33 dB * ∼66%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
38.2 dB * ∼76%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
40.5 dB * ∼81%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
37 dB * ∼74%
Dell XPS 13
44.6 dB * ∼89%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
44.2 dB * ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
34 dB * ∼68%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
43 °C * ∼72%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
39 °C * ∼65%
Apple MBA 13 2014
43 °C * ∼72%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
41.8 °C * ∼70%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
55.7 °C * ∼93%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
42.5 °C * ∼71%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
38.6 °C * ∼64%
Dell XPS 13
44.2 °C * ∼74%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
40.8 °C * ∼68%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
40.2 °C * ∼67%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
40 °C * ∼67%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
37.2 °C * ∼62%
Apple MBA 13 2014
40 °C * ∼67%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
43.1 °C * ∼72%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
51 °C * ∼85%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
48.7 °C * ∼81%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
45.6 °C * ∼76%
Dell XPS 13
48.4 °C * ∼81%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
36.2 °C * ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
38.8 °C * ∼65%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
29 °C * ∼48%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
34.3 °C * ∼57%
Apple MBA 13 2014
26 °C * ∼43%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
32.6 °C * ∼54%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
26.6 °C * ∼44%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
32.4 °C * ∼54%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
31.2 °C * ∼52%
Dell XPS 13
32.6 °C * ∼54%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
27.7 °C * ∼46%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
31.6 °C * ∼53%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
28 °C * ∼47%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
33 °C * ∼55%
Apple MBA 13 2014
26 °C * ∼43%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
33.7 °C * ∼56%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
26.2 °C * ∼44%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
35.1 °C * ∼59%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
32.8 °C * ∼55%
Dell XPS 13
35.8 °C * ∼60%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
26.2 °C * ∼44%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
32.3 °C * ∼54%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
1535 min ∼57%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
1194 min ∼44%
Apple MBA 13 2014
648 min ∼24%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
463 min ∼17%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
779 min ∼29%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
719 min ∼27%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
682 min ∼25%
Dell XPS 13
987 min ∼37%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
1195 min ∼44%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
723 min ∼27%
Load (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
99 min ∼4%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
178 min ∼7%
Apple MBA 13 2014
114 min ∼4%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
113 min ∼4%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
117 min ∼4%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
107 min ∼4%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
93 min ∼3%
Dell XPS 13
217 min ∼8%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
139 min ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
107 min ∼4%
WiFi (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
569 min ∼21%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
473 min ∼18%
Apple MBA 13 2014
515 min ∼19%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
218 min ∼8%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
580 min ∼21%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
363 min ∼13%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
370 min ∼14%
Dell XPS 13
465 min ∼17%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
457 min ∼17%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
389 min ∼14%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
2.8 Watt * ∼3%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
3 Watt * ∼3%
Apple MBA 13 2014
3.4 Watt * ∼3%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
3.7 Watt * ∼4%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
3.8 Watt * ∼4%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
3.9 Watt * ∼4%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
3.5 Watt * ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
4.1 Watt * ∼4%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
8.8 Watt * ∼9%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
6.6 Watt * ∼7%
Apple MBA 13 2014
4 Watt * ∼4%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
8.3 Watt * ∼8%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
7.2 Watt * ∼7%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
7.9 Watt * ∼8%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
4.1 Watt * ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
8.7 Watt * ∼9%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
9 Watt * ∼9%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
7.9 Watt * ∼8%
Apple MBA 13 2014
5.8 Watt * ∼6%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
9 Watt * ∼9%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
8.4 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
9.8 Watt * ∼10%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
7.1 Watt * ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
10.2 Watt * ∼10%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
58 Watt * ∼17%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
27.4 Watt * ∼8%
Apple MBA 13 2014
32.4 Watt * ∼9%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
28.8 Watt * ∼8%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
41.6 Watt * ∼12%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
26.4 Watt * ∼8%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
27.3 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
26.3 Watt * ∼8%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
60.6 Watt * ∼17%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
30.3 Watt * ∼9%
Apple MBA 13 2014
32.2 Watt * ∼9%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
30.3 Watt * ∼9%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
51.9 Watt * ∼15%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
26.7 Watt * ∼8%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
27.6 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
26.7 Watt * ∼8%

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Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Toshiba Portege Z30t
846 Points ∼5%
Apple MBA 13 2014
1134 Points ∼6%
Apple MBA 13 2014
1134 Points ∼6%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
835 Points ∼5%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
2378 Points ∼13%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
828 Points ∼5%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
962 Points ∼5%
Dell XPS 13
897 Points ∼5%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
1032 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
1048 Points ∼6%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Portege Z30t
27589 Points ∼16%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
31711 Points ∼19%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
51903 Points ∼31%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
29301 Points ∼17%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
40279 Points ∼24%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
35290 Points ∼21%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Portege Z30t
521 Points ∼4%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
508 Points ∼4%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
1317 Points ∼10%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
516 Points ∼4%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
646 Points ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
658 Points ∼5%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Portege Z30t
4510 Points ∼65%
Apple MBA 13 2014
5012 Points ∼72%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
2504 Points ∼36%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
5068 Points ∼73%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
4629 Points ∼67%
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1
4626 Points ∼67%
Dell XPS 13
4862 Points ∼70%
HP EliteBook 820 G1
4812 Points ∼69%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
5321 Points ∼77%
PCMark 8 - Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2013
3269 Points ∼60%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
3232 Points ∼59%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
3066 Points ∼56%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
3559 Points ∼65%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
3697 Points ∼68%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch 20A7-002DGE
3802 Points ∼69%
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Author: Martina Osztovits, 2015-01-14 (Update: 2015-01-22)