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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

June 2016 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.

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Subnotebooks bridge the gap between the performance of large laptops and the mobility of small devices such as tablets or even smartphones. More recently, 2-in-1 devices and convertibles have penetrated the subnotebook market.

In our opinion, subnotebooks are no larger than 14 inches (display diagonal), lighter than 2 kg (~4.4 lbs) and usually feature integrated graphics cards. The price range is wide and models from 300 to 2500 Euros (~$325 to $2711) can be represented in our Top 10.

Subnotebook or ultrabook? We have created a separate Top 10 Ultrabooks with devices meeting the Intel specifications from 2013: touchscreen, low voltage Haswell processor (TDP: 15 W) or higher, battery life of 6 to 9 hours, Intel Wireless Display and USB 3.0. For the time being, however, 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 June 2016

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
191%04/2016Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30
Intel HD Graphics 515
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
927 g13.1 mm12"2304x1440glossy
290%11/2015Dell XPS 13-9350Dell XPS 13-9350
Intel Core i5-6200U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.2 kg18.5 mm13.3"1920x1080matte
389%03/2016Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055TAsus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel Core m7-6Y75
Intel HD Graphics 515
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.2 kg12.3 mm13.3"3200x1800matte
487%05/2016Dell Latitude 13 7370Dell Latitude 13 7370
Intel Core m5-6Y57
Intel HD Graphics 515
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.2 kg14.3 mm13.3"1920x1080matte
587%06/2016
New!
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGELenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
Intel Core i7-6500U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.4 kg20.3 mm12.5"1920x1080matte
687%06/2015Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
Intel Core i7-5650U
Intel HD Graphics 6000
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.4 kg17 mm13.3"1440x900glossy
786%07/2015Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079HAsus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
Intel Core i5-5200U
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.5 kg19 mm13.3"1920x1080matte
886%01/2016
New!
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
Intel Core i7-5600U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.3 kg23 mm13.3"1920x1080matte
986%05/2015Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
Intel Core i5-5250U
Intel HD Graphics 6000
4 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
1.1 kg17 mm11.0"1366x768glossy
1086%06/2016
New!
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISKLenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Intel Core i7-6560U
Intel Iris Graphics 540
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.2 kg14 mm13.3"1920x1080matte

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

Two interesting subnotebooks missed the top list by a small margin: the HP Spectre 13 (see review) with a height of 10 mm (~0.4 in), despite its fan-cooled Core i7 processor. Unfortunately, the contra list got too long. Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to consider the slim 13-inch device. The second one is the Acer Aspire S13 (see review). It is also very slim at 14 mm (~0.55 in) but unfortunately, it suffers from a pulsating fan, which lowers the rating.

1st

Spartan, yet leading: MacBook 12 Early 2016
Spartan, yet leading: MacBook 12 Early 2016

The controversial MacBook 12 (see review) goes into the second round. Those who thought that the robust, touch-sensitive keys would not survive the first generation were wrong. Tim Cook has stuck to the keys with extremely short travel and the Force Feedback Touchpad. Connectivity - well, one Type C USB port still has to suffice. Thus, the limitation to the flexibility of a smartphone remains a signature feature of the MacBook 12.

Small, light, limited. With the MacBook 12, you need to be willing to accept omissions in the connectivity; otherwise, you will get excellent solutions.

Nevertheless, the tester is talking about an impressive device: Light weight, an excellent display, and best build quality are the most outstanding features. Unfortunately, the impressive speaker quality is combined with a very noisy webcam, which should not occur in the upper price category.

However, there are only a few changes compared to the model from 2015; slightly better graphics performance and better battery life (8:30 hours). The passively cooled Core m3 performs worse in several CPU benchmarks (single core). The performance of the fanless subnotebook is just sufficient for most standard applications.

Priced at 1449 Euros (~$1626), the base configuration is not particularly cheap. In our opinion, it is worth spending 100 Euros (~$112) more on a 13-inch Air as it comes with a significantly better display.

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz

2nd

Familiar face: Dell XPS 13-9350 matte FHD version
Familiar face: Dell XPS 13-9350 matte FHD version
Editor's Choice Award in December 2016: XPS 13-9350 matt FHD
Editor's Choice Award in December 2016: XPS 13-9350 matt FHD

Once again, Dell has entered the top models in our subnotebook charts with the XPS 13-9350 2016 (see review). You might think that this was easy since only details of the successful XPS 13-9343 Touch/Non-Touch have been changed. The impressive metal case with its flawless build quality and the Infinity Edge Display with slim profile have remained the same. The webcam has had to be moved to below the display since the almost non-existent frame did not have enough space above it.

The bright display is available as anti-reflective 1080p model or as Touch QHD+ (4K) model with glossy surface. Good colors (93% of Adobe RGB @ QHD+) and an extremely high contrast of 1500:1 are pleasing to the eyes. The performance corresponds to today's expectations in a slim subnotebook: no throttling at high load and an NVMe-PCIe SSD, which copies data even faster than SSDs.

The Full HD i5-6200U variant of the XPS 13-9350 2016 leads our top list. We also had the i7 + QHD+ model under review (88%), which achieved a slightly lower rating due to shorter battery runtimes. Both devices have a Type-C USB 3.0 with Thunderbolt support and NVMe SSD in common. The larger XPS 15 9550 sibling with the same Infinity Edge design is leading our Top 10 Multimedia.

The Dell XPS 13-9350's greatest strength lies in its delicate balance of everything that matters to the ultraportable market. Whether the emphasis is on portability, performance, versatility, ergonomics, heat and noise, or even sheer beauty, there simply is not much to complain about.

In case you do not want to spend that much money on 4K: HP's Envy 13-d000ng delivers 3200x1800 pixel, currently priced at about 888 Euros (~$1006; just slipped out of the charts). Anyone looking for a perfect work device with high flexibility should consider the ThinkPad X260 (see review). Prices start from about 1300 Euros (~$1473/ HD panel); the test configuration priced at 1800 Euros (~$2040/ FHD panel) reached 5th place in this top list.

XPS 13-9350 Full HD matte, i5 6200U, 256 GB

XPS 13-9350 QHD+ Touch, i7 6500U, 256 GB

XPS 13-9350 QHD+ Touch, i7 6560U, 512 GB

3rd

Asus ZenBook "Air": UX305CA-FB055T
Asus ZenBook "Air": UX305CA-FB055T

The ZenBook UX305CA-FB055T (see review) is the high-end ZenBook. Asus has incorporated an Intel Core m7-6Y75, which makes a fanless system possible, but reduces the performance under constant load. The ZenBook UX305UA-FC040T with an Intel Core i7-6500U and fan overcomes this problem. It costs about the same and achieves a battery life of over nine hours despite a more powerful CPU. The UX305CA lasts only 6:42 hours due to its smaller battery and higher QHD+ resolution. Thus, anyone looking for the best mobility option should not buy the Core M model, but rather the variant with the 15-watt Core i7/i5. Nevertheless, a cheaper Core m3 model might be sufficient for potential buyers. The Core m3 delivers enough performance for the tasks the laptop is designed for, while the Core m7 processor is unable to permanently keep up its higher performance.

The high-resolution QHD+ screen (3200x1800 pixels) is the second attraction. It delivers a razor sharp image - but a weak contrast. Other weaknesses include the lack of a keyboard light and the CPU whining in our test model. Otherwise, the reviewers still like the ultra-slim chassis with concentric circles on the lid. The dark gray surface with purple hue is certainly a signature feature. It has great haptics, but smudges become visible quickly. The footprint is slightly higher than that of the XPS 13-9350, but with a weight of 1200 g (~2.6 lb) the UX305CA is extremely light. The ZenBook UX303UA-R4051T with a fan weighs in at 1450 g (~3.2 lb; larger battery).

Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T

4th

Fanless: Latitude 13 7370
Fanless: Latitude 13 7370

The Dell Latitude 13 7370 (see review) is a fanless 13-inch device. Unlike the MacBook 12, the Latitude 13 can shine in mobility and emissions and brings considerable features. Among others, the test model came with a Full HD display with IPS technology, 8 GB of RAM and a fast PCIe SSD. However, Dell charges a high price. The base model with a Core m5-6Y57 costs a steep 2200 Euros (~$2469).

In this Top 10, the HP EliteBook with a fan-cooled, yet more powerful Core i5-6300U is a competitor. Its battery life is similar (above six hours), however, its poor TN panel with narrow viewing angles cannot keep up with the sharp IPS panel (Full HD) of the Latitude 13 7370. The ThinkPad X260 impresses with its FHD IPS panel here: With its Core i processor, it is significantly faster than the Latitude 7370. The almost frameless display resembles the quality of the excellent XPS 13 2016. This is unfortunately also true for the disadvantages.

Basically, Dell has incorporated a very good panel with high brightness potential, which, however, is not always available due to automatic brightness and contrast control.

The Latitude 13 7370 impresses with its flawless build quality, excellent stability, and crisp input devices. The performance of the Core m platform is appropriately scaled: The 13-inch device copes just as well with short load peaks as competitors with active cooling. The clock rates first fall noticeably during permanent load, which  rarely occur during everyday office use.

Latitude 13 7370

Discussion

5th

Business dwarf: Lenovo ThinkPad X260
Business dwarf: Lenovo ThinkPad X260

Lenovo's ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE has replaced the popular X250. Despite many advantages, the entry-level model of the 12.5-inch device (i5, HD TFT) could not take a top spot in the office subnotebook charts. However, the top model priced at 1800 Euros (~$2040), the ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE with IPS FHD, Core i7 and 512-GB-SSD got 5th place at once.

The small device is designed for business use for which an excellent keyboard, a robust construction, and security features as such TPM or fingerprint readers are standard. We like the hot swap battery feature. Apart from the replaceable battery, there is a second battery beneath the underside. The 12-inch device lasts almost seven hours in our WLAN battery test with the two batteries. The display was impressive with high image quality. Lenovo also offers a cheaper HD variant.

Overall, the Full HD display of the ThinkPad is nothing to sneeze at. It is bright, contrast-rich and viewing angle stable and better than the also available HD display. In addition, the Full HD display does not show PWM flickering.

As well as praise, there are also criticisms. There is no maintenance hatch, RAM can only work in single channel mode (1 slot), and despite its robustness the case has minor weaknesses in its build quality. In our opinion, the Dell Latitude 12 E7250 (brighter display, not in the Top 10) and the HP EliteBook 820 G2 (see review) and 820 G3, which missed the top list by a small margin, are its competitors.

6th

Reloaded classic: Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2015-03
Reloaded classic: Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2015-03

While the Apple MacBook Air 13 2015 is a little more efficient with the Broadwell chip from Intel, its weaknesses, including the TN panel with narrow viewing angles and difficult maintenance have not been removed. The resolution of just 1440x900 pixels has also remained unchanged. At least the competitors offer Full HD, and some of them even offer an anti-reflective coating (ThinkPad X250, ZenBook UX305FA).

The realistic battery life of more than 10 hours in our Wi-Fi test is impressive. Together with the enormous system performance, it brings real notebook power onto the desk or the lap. The fast SSD in particular surprised the tester. Despite its slim build, the system noise is low during normal usage. However, the small fan gets loud under load (stress test). Aside from the stress test, typical load generates an acceptable 40 dB(A).

1500 Euros (~$1626) is a steep price, especially since similar or better configurations from the competition cost significantly less. All things considered, the MacBook Air 13 2015 is a well-made product and using it is fun. HP's Envy 13-d000ng with 3200x1800 pixels is available for significantly less money (888 Euros/~$1006; see 10th place). Anyone looking for a slim, yet cheap subnotebook and can do with slightly lower performance should consider the ZenBook UX305CA (see review). The Core m3 edition with FHD-IPS is available for just 800 Euros (~$906).

Apple MacBook Air 13 2015

7th

with graphics card: ZenBook UX303LB-R4079H
with graphics card: ZenBook UX303LB-R4079H

It is confusing that the ZenBook UX303 series consists of so many models. While it shares its look with the UX305 mentioned above, it is even lighter and slimmer. To put it another way, the UX303 models are mainstream ZenBooks, which bring the highest possible performance in a moderately slim aluminum case, while the UX305 models are designed for high-end performance and mobility without any compromises. The UX305 models are more expensive, but cheaper configurations might be available for less money. For example, the ZenBook UX303LB-R4079H currently costs 1000 Euros (~$1128) and features a Core i5 and a GeForce 940M. Moreover, it comes with a matte IPS panel. Customers have to look for a long time for such an offer (with 256 SSD). Only Lenovo's U41-70 and IdeaPad 500s-14ISK are available for the same price. But neither of these two 14-inch devices features an aluminum uni-body or an IPS display. The only points of criticism are the slightly weak contrast (500:1) and the almost useless image quality of the webcam.

The UX303LB-R4079H is an elegant, compact subnotebook with long battery runtimes, fast SSD, and an IPS display with wide viewing angles and strong colors. The latter is quite bright and thanks to its matte surface, is even suitable for outdoor usage. The input devices provide a good feedback and the recordings of the microphone show a low noise level. Even the system noise is relatively low under load. Thus, the ZenBook is suitable as a companion in libraries. Currently, anyone looking for the smallest possible gaming capable Windows subnotebook will not get around the UX303LB and its variants. The Intel Iris Graphics 6100 of the MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch 2015-03 cannot keep up in terms of gaming performance, whereas the Apple device is priced at 1350 Euros (~$1523).

If graphics performance is not important for you: The sister model, ZenBook UX303UA-R4051T, without Nvidia chip achieved a total rating of 85% and brings a current Skylake processor. The model with the same SSD capacity and Full HD display is equally expensive.

Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H

8th

old hand with new tricks: Toshiba Portégé Z30t
old hand with new tricks: Toshiba Portégé Z30t

The high-end model from the manufacturer, the Toshiba Portégé Z30t-B1320W10 (see review) demonstrates what a business subnotebook should bring today. Competitors also offer an IPS panel with Full HD resolution, but do they also feature a touchscreen with anti-glare filter? Toshiba is strong here, since colors and contrasts are quite good. The light magnesium construction has not been changed for two years and appears slightly outmoded. However, temperature management and system performance are up-to-date. The same is true for the battery runtimes of just under 8 hours in the Wi-Fi test. Competitors are the ThinkPad X260 (see review), the HP EliteBook 820 G3 (see review) and the Latitude 12 E7250 (see review). With a price tag of about 1700 Euros (~$1926), the Z30t can certainly keep up with these and does not appear to be too expensive. Unfortunately, the laptop lacks modern ports such as Type-C-USB or DisplayPort. In return, it provides a native docking port on the underside.

9th

Low resolution: Apple MacBook Air 11 2015
Low resolution: Apple MacBook Air 11 2015

Apple's MacBook Air 11 has been refreshed. Now, the handy, light, good-looking subnotebook with a classic design comes with a Broadwell chip, which improves energy efficiency, but not the battery runtimes. The chassis has remained the same - probably the manufacturer thought, "never change a winning team". It is up to the buyer to decide whether they prefer an HD resolution or a USP. On the one hand 1366x768 pixels on an 11-inch screen might be sufficient, but competitors such as the Asus ZenBook UX305FA provide an anti-reflective Full HD display for 800 Euros (~$906). It is even available with a matte 3200x1800 display for just under 1000 Euros (~$1128).

Positive points include a very good system performance with a fast SSD and a Broadwell processor. The ZenBook UX305FA with a Core m cannot keep up here. The MacBook Air 11 can actually keep up with the performance of standard laptops, which usually come with 15-watt SoCs these days. The Air 11 delivers a higher performance than the MacBook 12 (see 1st place). Apple could improve the graphics performance somewhat with the Intel HD Graphics 6000, but the Air is not really suitable for gaming. All things considered, it is a good office subnotebook with high quality in all aspects, although the old HD resolution and the relatively poor viewing angles (TN) remain weaknesses. As in the past, maintenance and connectivity are not the strengths of the Air.

Apple MacBook Air 11 2015

10th

elegant aluminum device: Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
elegant aluminum device: Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Best Value Award in June 2016: IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Best Value Award in June 2016: IdeaPad 710S-13ISK

With its stylish aluminum chassis and haptics, the Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK (see review) competes with the ZenBooks as well as the MacBook Air 13. Unlike the latter, Lenovo uses a Full HD panel with IPS technology, which is now the standard in the price range of 900 Euros (~$1020) and above. Apart from the build quality, the tester praises the good keyboard and the viewing angle stable and contrast-rich display. Thanks to an extremely fast SSD and an iGPU with eDRAM, the performance is excellent. However, the system also throttles significantly under extreme load. We recommend the smaller variant with i5-6200U and 4 GB of RAM. Currently, customers will not get that much for 850 or 900 Euros (~$963 or ~$1020), respectively, anywhere else. Thus, we assign it the Best Value Award in June 2016.

We did notice some technical weaknesses such as extreme throttling during the stress test and the slightly humming fan, but this is not important here, because in practice, maximum load will be a very rare scenario for the device.

Recent Subnotebook Awards

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Screen
Brightness (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
358 cd/m² ∼51%
Dell XPS 13-9350
276 cd/m² ∼39%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
352 cd/m² ∼50%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
241 cd/m² ∼34%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
322 cd/m² ∼46%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
310 cd/m² ∼44%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
310 cd/m² ∼44%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
284 cd/m² ∼41%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
349 cd/m² ∼50%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
326 cd/m² ∼47%
Brightness Distribution (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
88 % ∼88%
Dell XPS 13-9350
88 % ∼88%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
81 % ∼81%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
85 % ∼85%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
91 % ∼91%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
82 % ∼82%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
95 % ∼95%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
90 % ∼90%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
90 % ∼90%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
87 % ∼87%
Black Level (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
0.47 cd/m² * ∼9%
Dell XPS 13-9350
0.191 cd/m² * ∼4%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
0.69 cd/m² * ∼14%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
0.26 cd/m² * ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
0.32 cd/m² * ∼6%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
0.405 cd/m² * ∼8%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
0.64 cd/m² * ∼13%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
0.308 cd/m² * ∼6%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
0.493 cd/m² * ∼10%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
0.36 cd/m² * ∼7%
Contrast (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
823 :1; ∼51%
Dell XPS 13-9350
1453 :1; ∼91%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
565 :1; ∼35%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
1004 :1; ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
1053 :1; ∼66%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
812 :1; ∼51%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
489 :1; ∼31%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
961 :1; ∼60%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
746 :1; ∼47%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
956 :1; ∼60%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
1.6 * ∼11%
Dell XPS 13-9350
4.88 * ∼33%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
3.04 * ∼20%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
4.3 * ∼29%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
5.71 * ∼38%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
3.96 * ∼26%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
3.1 * ∼21%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
3 * ∼20%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
3.29 * ∼22%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
6.09 * ∼41%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
1 * ∼7%
Dell XPS 13-9350
4.26 * ∼28%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
2.88 * ∼19%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
5.82 * ∼39%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
5.15 * ∼34%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
3.51 * ∼23%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.3 * ∼15%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
1.61 * ∼11%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
3.06 * ∼20%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
5.36 * ∼36%
Gamma (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
2.26 * ∼65%
Dell XPS 13-9350
2.59 * ∼74%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
2.43 * ∼69%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
2.44 * ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
2.38 * ∼68%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
3.83 * ∼109%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.2 * ∼63%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
2.18 * ∼62%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
2.68 * ∼77%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
2.01 * ∼57%
CCT (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
6680 ∼89%
Dell XPS 13-9350
6562 ∼87%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
6848 ∼91%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
6771 ∼90%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
6881 ∼92%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
6711 ∼89%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
6526 ∼87%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
6716 ∼90%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
6397 ∼85%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
7230 ∼96%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
61.6 % ∼62%
Dell XPS 13-9350
41.6 % ∼42%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
55 % ∼55%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
49.18 % ∼49%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
42.38 % ∼42%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
38.4 % ∼38%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
62.37 % ∼62%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
38.8 % ∼39%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
62.25 % ∼62%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB) (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
82.2 % ∼82%
Dell XPS 13-9350
65.79 % ∼66%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
85 % ∼85%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
77.84 % ∼78%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
65.62 % ∼66%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
59.8 % ∼60%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
96.57 % ∼97%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
97.54 % ∼98%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
39 °C * ∼65%
Dell XPS 13-9350
45.2 °C * ∼75%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
39.1 °C * ∼65%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
43.2 °C * ∼72%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
47.5 °C * ∼79%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
43.8 °C * ∼73%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
46 °C * ∼77%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
34.4 °C * ∼57%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
44.5 °C * ∼74%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
42 °C * ∼70%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
44 °C * ∼73%
Dell XPS 13-9350
45.2 °C * ∼75%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
38.7 °C * ∼65%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
50.8 °C * ∼85%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
43.6 °C * ∼73%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
42.1 °C * ∼70%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
35.6 °C * ∼59%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
31.8 °C * ∼53%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
42.1 °C * ∼70%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
37.5 °C * ∼63%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
32 °C * ∼53%
Dell XPS 13-9350
30.4 °C * ∼51%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
26 °C * ∼43%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
30.5 °C * ∼51%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
34.9 °C * ∼58%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
28.5 °C * ∼48%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
25.2 °C * ∼42%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
23.8 °C * ∼40%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
27.6 °C * ∼46%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
34.8 °C * ∼58%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
32 °C * ∼53%
Dell XPS 13-9350
31.2 °C * ∼52%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
25.7 °C * ∼43%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
31.2 °C * ∼52%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
35.9 °C * ∼60%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
28.9 °C * ∼48%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
25.5 °C * ∼43%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
23.8 °C * ∼40%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
28.6 °C * ∼48%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
33.4 °C * ∼56%
Battery Runtime
Load (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
231 min ∼9%
Dell XPS 13-9350
150 min ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
182 min ∼7%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
176 min ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
92 min ∼3%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
97 min ∼4%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
119 min ∼4%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
92 min ∼3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
89 min ∼3%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
501 min ∼19%
Dell XPS 13-9350
451 min ∼17%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
402 min ∼15%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
367 min ∼14%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
501 min ∼19%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
620 min ∼23%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
374 min ∼14%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
466 min ∼17%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
512 min ∼19%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
418 min ∼15%
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
782 min ∼29%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
1013 min ∼38%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
588 min ∼22%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
953 min ∼35%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
1572 min ∼58%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
1240 min ∼46%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
810 min ∼30%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
2.7 Watt * ∼3%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
4.2 Watt * ∼4%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
5 Watt * ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
3.5 Watt * ∼4%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
2.7 Watt * ∼3%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.5 Watt * ∼3%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
2.5 Watt * ∼3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
3.3 Watt * ∼3%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
2.7 Watt * ∼3%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
8.4 Watt * ∼8%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
7.5 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
5.5 Watt * ∼6%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
5.7 Watt * ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
6.7 Watt * ∼7%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
5.1 Watt * ∼5%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
7.4 Watt * ∼7%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
7.2 Watt * ∼7%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
8.9 Watt * ∼9%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
8 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
6.7 Watt * ∼7%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
6 Watt * ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
8.7 Watt * ∼9%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
6.1 Watt * ∼6%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
8.2 Watt * ∼8%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
22 Watt * ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
15.9 Watt * ∼5%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
15.3 Watt * ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
28.9 Watt * ∼8%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
32.1 Watt * ∼9%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
43.7 Watt * ∼12%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
37.6 Watt * ∼11%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
36.5 Watt * ∼10%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
20.5 Watt * ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
22.5 Watt * ∼6%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
26.8 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
42.1 Watt * ∼12%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
36.2 Watt * ∼10%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
60 Watt * ∼17%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
43.4 Watt * ∼12%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
43.7 Watt * ∼12%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
28.2 dB * ∼56%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
29 dB * ∼58%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
30.2 dB * ∼60%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
29 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
30.1 dB * ∼60%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
28.3 dB * ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
29 dB * ∼58%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
30.3 dB * ∼61%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
29 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
30.1 dB * ∼60%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
28.4 dB * ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
29 dB * ∼58%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
31.4 dB * ∼63%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
32.2 dB * ∼64%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
29 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
30.1 dB * ∼60%
Load Average (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
30.2 dB * ∼60%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
35.1 dB * ∼70%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
40.2 dB * ∼80%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
37.3 dB * ∼75%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
35.6 dB * ∼71%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
35.2 dB * ∼70%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
39.2 dB * ∼78%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
30.2 dB * ∼60%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
37.8 dB * ∼76%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
46.3 dB * ∼93%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
38.2 dB * ∼76%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
37.6 dB * ∼75%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
43.1 dB * ∼86%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
39.3 dB * ∼79%

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Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
1277 Points ∼6%
Dell XPS 13-9350
1558 Points ∼7%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
1188 Points ∼6%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
1094 Points ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
1406 Points ∼7%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
1459 Points ∼7%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2485 Points ∼12%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
1220 Points ∼6%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
1328 Points ∼6%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
2244 Points ∼11%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
52625 Points ∼28%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
35580 Points ∼19%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
38931 Points ∼21%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
47266 Points ∼26%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
56022 Points ∼30%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
45426 Points ∼25%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
52027 Points ∼28%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
60021 Points ∼32%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
682 Points ∼3%
Dell XPS 13-9350
861 Points ∼4%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
464 Points ∼2%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
509 Points ∼2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
747 Points ∼3%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
903 Points ∼4%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
644 Points ∼3%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
844 Points ∼4%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
4989 Points ∼63%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
4480 Points ∼56%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
4165 Points ∼53%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
5194 Points ∼65%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
5205 Points ∼66%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
4909 Points ∼62%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
4966 Points ∼63%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
5200 Points ∼66%
PCMark 8 - Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
3550 Points ∼58%
Dell XPS 13-9350
4078 Points ∼67%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
3472 Points ∼57%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
4238 Points ∼69%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
4341 Points ∼71%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
4367 Points ∼71%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-B1320W10
4330 Points ∼71%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
4680 Points ∼76%
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