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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

May 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 later, 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 May 2016

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
191%04/2016
New!
Apple 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%05/2016
New!
Dell 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%06/2015Apple 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
687%05/2015Toshiba KIRA-10DToshiba KIRA-10D
Intel Core i7-5500U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.1 kg17.9 mm13.3"1920x1080matte
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%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
986%03/2016Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GELenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
Intel Core i5-6200U
Intel HD Graphics 520
4 GB Memory, 500 GB Hybrid
1.5 kg20.3 mm12.5"1366x768matte
1085%04/2016
New!
HP EliteBook 820 G3HP EliteBook 820 G3
Intel Core i5-6300U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.3 kg18.9 mm12.5"1366x768matte

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


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 the stiff, touch-sensitive keys will not survive the first generation were wrong. Tim Cook stuck to the keys with extremely short travel as well as the Force Feedback Touchpad. Connectivity - well, one Type C USB port still has to be enough. 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, but you'll get excellent solutions otherwise.

Nevertheless, the tester speaks of an impressive device: Low weight, an excellent display, and best build quality are the most outstanding features. The notable speaker quality is unfortunately combined with a very noisy webcam, which should not occur in the upper price class.

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

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 belongs to 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 under the display again 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 do.

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 not want to spend that much money on 4K: HP's Envy 13-d000ng delivers 3200 x 1800 pixel for currently 888 Euros (just dropped out of the charts).

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 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, those looking for best mobility should not buy the Core M model, but 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 larger than the XPS 13-9350's, 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-incher. In contrast to the MacBook 12, the Latitude 13 can shine in mobility and emissions and also 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 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 by far. The almost frameless display resembles the quality of the excellent XPS 13 2016. This is unfortunately also true for the disadvantages.

Dell has basically 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 flawless build quality, excellent stability, and crisp input devices. The performance of the Core m platform is appropriately scaled: The 13-incher copes just as well with short load peaks as competitors with active cooling. The clock rates first fall noticeably during permanent load, which should only seldom occur during everyday office use.

Latitude 13 7370

Discussion

5th

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 3200 x 1800 pixels is available for significantly less money (888 Euros; see 10th place).

Apple MacBook Air 13 2015

6th

Now matte: Toshiba KIRA-10D
Now matte: Toshiba KIRA-10D

Toshiba offers the KIRA-10D, short KiraBook 2015, for 1350 Euros (~$1517). The Broadwell chipset brings better runtimes (8:38 hours in the Wi-Fi test) and by omitting the touchscreen has reduced the weight by 200 g (~0.44 lb). Therefore, the KiraBook is one of the lightest 13.3-inch subnotebooks on the market with a weight of 1100 gram versus 1286 gram (~2.4 lb versus 2.8 lb/XPS 13 2016). The Full HD display is bright and anti-reflective. As a result, outdoor use is not restricted. The KiraBook 2014 was heavily criticized in this respect, since its glossy touchscreen was not bright enough. Advantages include good input devices, longer battery runtimes and a very good system performance. The high-quality metal case heats up only slightly during normal use, but the fan gets very loud under load. The competitor of the KiraBook FHD is the corresponding Dell XPS 13 variant.

Toshiba sein KIRA-10D

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 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 along 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

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 a 11-inch screen might be sufficient, but competitors like the Asus ZenBook UX305FA provide an anti-reflective Full HD display for 800 Euros (~$903). It is even available with a matte 3200x1800 display for just under 1000 Euros (~$1128).

Pros are a very good system performance with a fast SSD and a Broadwell processor. The ZenBook UX305FA with 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) ist das Air 11 leistungstechnisch überlegen. Apple could slightly improve the graphics performance with the Intel HD Graphics 6000, but the Air is still not really gaming capable. 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

9th

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

Lenovo's ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE replaces the popular X250. Despite many advantages, the entry-level model of the 12.5-inch device (i5, HD TFT) could not take the lead in the office subnotebook charts. The small device is designed for business use, for which an excellent keyboard, a robust construction, and security features like 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, but the test model's resolution is low. Lenovo also offers Full HD models. With low resolution, hard drive, and 4 GB of RAM, we had the entry-level model under review. However, this does not mean that the price is low. The simplest configuration costs 1340 Euros (~$1512).

As well as praise, there are also disadvantages. 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) and the HP EliteBook 820 G2 are competitors.

Lenovos ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE

10th

It is its own fault that it got last - HP EliteBook 820 G3
It is its own fault that it got last - HP EliteBook 820 G3

The HP EliteBook 820 G3 (see review) is a valuable 12.5-inch subnotebook with premium stability. For a high price of 1650 Euros (~$1852) - we had the base configuration in review! - the manufacturer made a lot right including great connectivity, good maintenance, and certainly a high performance from SSD and processor. Unfortunately, only more expensive variants deliver an IPS panel with good viewing angles. The tester was annoyed by the poor TN panel. Its poor measurement results (color space, DeltaE, contrast) and narrow viewing angles are not suitable for the EliteBook class. Thus the 820 G3 lost several points.

The new EliteBook 820 G3 suffers from some unnecessary small problems. You should get a configuration with the FHD-IPS display if possible.

The tester was annoyed by the fan noise, the coil whining (at least in our test model) and the spongy dedicated pointer buttons. For this reason, the 12.5-incher cannot outdo its business competitors the Lenovo ThinkPad X260 and the Dell Latitude E7370.

Without the mentioned problems (at least the TN panel can be avoided), the EliteBook 820 G3 could have been a really good subnotebook. However, we have a hard time recommending the notebook in our review configuration for this price.

HP EliteBook 820 G3

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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
310 cd/m² ∼44%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
316 cd/m² ∼45%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
310 cd/m² ∼44%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
349 cd/m² ∼50%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
251 cd/m² ∼36%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
240 cd/m² ∼34%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
82 % ∼82%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
92 % ∼92%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
95 % ∼95%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
90 % ∼90%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
88 % ∼88%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
84 % ∼84%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
0.405 cd/m² * ∼8%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
0.29 cd/m² * ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
0.64 cd/m² * ∼13%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
0.493 cd/m² * ∼10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
0.26 cd/m² * ∼5%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
0.6 cd/m² * ∼12%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
812 :1; ∼51%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
1152 :1; ∼72%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
489 :1; ∼31%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
746 :1; ∼47%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
1008 :1; ∼63%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
407 :1; ∼25%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
3.96 * ∼26%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
2.27 * ∼15%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
3.1 * ∼21%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
3.29 * ∼22%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
3.55 * ∼24%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
9 * ∼60%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
3.51 * ∼23%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
2.47 * ∼16%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.3 * ∼15%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
3.06 * ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
3.36 * ∼22%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
9.48 * ∼63%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
3.83 * ∼109%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
2.36 * ∼67%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.2 * ∼63%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
2.68 * ∼77%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
2.39 * ∼68%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
2.44 * ∼70%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
6711 ∼89%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
6872 ∼92%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
6526 ∼87%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
6397 ∼85%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
5985 ∼80%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
11116 ∼148%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
38.4 % ∼38%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
64 % ∼64%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
38.8 % ∼39%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
45.9 % ∼46%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
37.18 % ∼37%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
59.8 % ∼60%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
58.63 % ∼59%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
43.8 °C * ∼73%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
42.2 °C * ∼70%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
46 °C * ∼77%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
44.5 °C * ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
45.3 °C * ∼76%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
39.6 °C * ∼66%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
42.1 °C * ∼70%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
34.4 °C * ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
35.6 °C * ∼59%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
42.1 °C * ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
48.8 °C * ∼81%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
40.1 °C * ∼67%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
28.5 °C * ∼48%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
26.2 °C * ∼44%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
25.2 °C * ∼42%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
27.6 °C * ∼46%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
29.3 °C * ∼49%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
29.4 °C * ∼49%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
28.9 °C * ∼48%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
28.5 °C * ∼48%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
25.5 °C * ∼43%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
28.6 °C * ∼48%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
32.4 °C * ∼54%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
30.6 °C * ∼51%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
97 min ∼4%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
135 min ∼5%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
92 min ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
160 min ∼6%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
144 min ∼5%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
620 min ∼23%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
518 min ∼19%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
374 min ∼14%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
512 min ∼19%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
396 min ∼15%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
373 min ∼14%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
1572 min ∼58%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
1399 min ∼52%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
795 min ∼29%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
826 min ∼31%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
2.7 Watt * ∼3%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
2.6 Watt * ∼3%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.5 Watt * ∼3%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
2.5 Watt * ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
3.6 Watt * ∼4%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
3.5 Watt * ∼4%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
5.7 Watt * ∼6%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
6.3 Watt * ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
6.7 Watt * ∼7%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
5.1 Watt * ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
5.9 Watt * ∼6%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
5.4 Watt * ∼5%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
6 Watt * ∼6%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
6.5 Watt * ∼7%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
8.7 Watt * ∼9%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
6.1 Watt * ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
6.6 Watt * ∼7%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
6.2 Watt * ∼6%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
32.1 Watt * ∼9%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
30.9 Watt * ∼9%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
43.7 Watt * ∼12%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
37.6 Watt * ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
28.5 Watt * ∼8%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
27.3 Watt * ∼8%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
36.2 Watt * ∼10%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
30.9 Watt * ∼9%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
60 Watt * ∼17%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
43.4 Watt * ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
36.8 Watt * ∼11%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
39.5 Watt * ∼11%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
28.2 dB * ∼56%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼63%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
29 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
29.4 dB * ∼59%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
28.3 dB * ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼63%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
29 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
29.4 dB * ∼59%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
28.4 dB * ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼63%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
30.7 dB * ∼61%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
31.4 dB * ∼63%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
29 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
29.4 dB * ∼59%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Load Average (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
30.2 dB * ∼60%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼63%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
40.2 dB * ∼80%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
43.9 dB * ∼88%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
37.3 dB * ∼75%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
35.2 dB * ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
33.2 dB * ∼66%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
35.6 dB * ∼71%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
30.2 dB * ∼60%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼63%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
46.3 dB * ∼93%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
43.9 dB * ∼88%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
38.2 dB * ∼76%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
43.1 dB * ∼86%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
33.2 dB * ∼66%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
37 dB * ∼74%

* ... smaller is better

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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
1459 Points ∼7%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
1163 Points ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2485 Points ∼12%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
1328 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
1332 Points ∼6%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
1408 Points ∼7%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
56022 Points ∼30%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
52529 Points ∼28%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
52027 Points ∼28%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
45479 Points ∼25%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
903 Points ∼4%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
715 Points ∼3%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
844 Points ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
688 Points ∼3%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
711 Points ∼3%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
5205 Points ∼66%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
5055 Points ∼64%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
4909 Points ∼62%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
5200 Points ∼66%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
3777 Points ∼48%
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%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
4367 Points ∼71%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
4100 Points ∼67%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
4335 Points ∼71%
HP EliteBook 820 G3
4581 Points ∼75%
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