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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

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

April 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 they usually feature integrated graphics cards. The price range is big and models from 300 to 2500 Euros (~$342 to $2853) can be represented in our Top 10.

Subnotebook or ultrabook? We also created a separate Top 10 Ultrabooks with devices meeting the Intel specifications from 2013: touchscreen, 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 April 2015

Pos.RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionFinish
189%03/15
new!
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
Intel Core i5 5257U
Intel Iris Graphics 6100
8 GB RAM, SSD
from $1235 at Amazon
1.6 kg18 mm13.32560x1600glossy
288%02/15Dell XPS 13-9343
Intel Core i5 5200U (Broadwell)
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8 GB RAM, SSD
from $965 at Amazon
1.27 kg18 mm13.33200x1800glossy
387%03/15
new!
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
Intel Core i5 5300U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8 GB RAM, SSD
from $1500 at Amazon
1.4 kg19 mm142560x1440matte
487%02/15Lenovo ThinkPad X250
Intel Core i7 5600U (Broadwell)
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8 GB RAM, SSD
from $2351 at Amazon
1.4 kg20 mm12.51920x1080matte
587%02/15Asus ZenBook UX305FA
Intel Core M 5Y10
Intel HD Graphics 5300
8 GB RAM, SSD
from $800 at Amazon
1.3 kg12 mm13.33200x1800matte
685%03/15
new!

Asus Zenbook UX303LN
Intel Core i7 5500U (Broadwell)
NVIDIA GeForce 840M
8 GB RAM, SSD
from $1250 at Amazon

1.4 kg19 mm13.31920x1080matte
786%07/14Toshiba Portege Z30t-A
Intel Core i7 4500U
Intel HD Graphics 4400
8 GB RAM, SSD
from $1300 at Amazon
1.4 kg20 mm13.3 1920x1080matte
886%06/14
Apple MacBook Air 13 2014
Intel Core i5 4260U
Intel HD Graphics 5000
4 GB RAM, SSD
from $949 at Amazon
1.4 kg17 mm13.31440x900glossy
985%11/14Asus ASUSPRO BU201LA
Intel Core i5 4210U
Intel HD Graphics 4400
4 GB RAM, HDD
from €879 at Amazon
1.4 kg21 mm12.51920x1080matte
1085%05/14Lenovo Thinkpad X240
Intel Core i7 4600U
Intel HD Graphics 4400
8 GB RAM, SSD
from $1329 at Amazon
1.5 kg20 mm12.51920x1080matte

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

The Zenbook UX32LN-R4053HUX32LN-R4029H, and UX32LA-R3025H test models, which we reviewed midyear, should rank top in our charts. However, the manufacturer no longer sells these but replaced them with the Zenbook UX303LN and UX305FA successors, which are in our Top 10. Acer does not offer their Aspire S3-392G anymore, just like Toshiba no longer offers their Kirabook 2014.

1st

First among equals: Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch 2015-03
First among equals: Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch 2015-03

What does a subnotebook need to lead our ranking? Apple's MacBook Pro Retina 13 (2015-03) can take the first place in our top list with a small advantage. Apple updated its Retina flagship with Broadwell and benefits from a lower warming and power consumption. The good rating is a result of Apple's typical strengths like the chassis quality, emissions or the display. The display already lost its resolution crown, but the IPS display with wide viewing angles is still on a reference level. The subjective picture impressions or the accuracy of the colors are still a small step ahead of the competition. Technological highlights like the triple-stream WLAN, an ultrafast PCIe SSD or the very practical Force Touch trackpad are unique in this combination.

The 28-watt processor Intel Core i5-5257U (Broadwell) is just slightly faster than the standard chips with 15 Watts. The Intel Iris Graphics 6100 can raise some hopes in respect of gaming or GPU performance, respectively, but it disappoints compared to frugal entry-level solutions like a GeForce 840M. The GeForce chips are still better in terms of performance. If the latter is important for you, then the Windows based Asus Zenbook UX303LN is a good alternative. The price of 1300 Euros for our test model is steep and just gets higher if you want additional extras like a bigger SSD or more memory.

2nd

Best of its class: Dell XPS 13-9343
Best of its class: Dell XPS 13-9343

Dell did not reinvent the wheel, but brings several innovations in its successful XPS 13, which make the Macbook Air competitor look very well. The flawless build quality of the slim chassis can still be praised. Sturdy hinges, premium haptics and input devices with strong feedback make the 13-incher first choice. The display frame is extremely thin and gives the signature feature of the XPS 13. The QHD+ touchscreen gives all in brightness, contrast, and colors and achieves a rare high display rating of 88%. Please note that Dell uses different displays in Germany and the US market (1st review, US series model). We also had the German model under review and the model with different TFT identifier was significantly darker.

The battery runtimes of the Broadwell architecture ranges from just under 10 to 15 hours. The Full HD model of the Dell XPS 13 is said to achieve even better runtimes. Broadwell Core i5 and fast SSD ensure very good system performance, the CPU also runs at maximum Turbo clock under load. Nevertheless, the XPS 13 remains quite quiet, and the waste heat is almost negligible. The design causes disadvantages in connectivity and WLAN receptions. If a Torx screwdriver is on hand, it is possible to maintain the battery and several components.

Discussion

3rd

Third generation: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
Third generation: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015 is now available in the third generation and manages to get a spot in the top of our ranking right away. The Carbon is still a 14-inch device, but the compact dimensions have more similarities with a 13.3-inch notebook, which is a result of the thin display frame. The construction is handy, minimalistic and attractive according to the reviewers. The chassis feels solid, the slight flexing of the base unit is hardly affecting the good impression. The keyboard design is once again classic, Lenovo waives the experimental F-keys and the additional buttons in the clickpad. It seems that those changes of the second generation scared off too many business customers. The 5-Button ClickPad is obsolete as well and we can once again use three dedicated buttons. All in all it is one of the best input device combinations in an Ultrabook.

Broadwell does not have a CPU performance advantage over the second generation (Haswell), but the HD Graphics 5500 is 20 % faster than before. The runtimes are unfortunately a bit shorter than the rivals and the Carbon not even manages seven hours in our WLAN test, even though the battery capacity was increased. Dell's XPS 13-9343 or Apple's MacBook Air 13 are much better in this regard.

A big problem is the disappointing display; luminance, contrast and color saturation do not really meet the expectations of the high price of 1650 Euros, especially when you consider the great panels of the rivals. The viewing angles are very good and the semi-glossy surface prevents fingerprints and some reflections.

4th

Compact business device: Lenovo ThinkPad X250
Compact business device: Lenovo ThinkPad X250

Lenovo's ThinkPad X250 (20CLS06D00) is a handy subnotebook with rare 12.5 inch business format. It is an almost unchanged successor of the X240 from the end of 2013. The solid case with many features is still one of the best on the market (smallest business subnotebook). This goes well with the contrast-rich Full HD display with wide viewing angles (IPS type). The keyboard and the trackpoint are stable and crisp, too. In this model, the latter comes dedicated buttons again. So, the unusual 5-button Clickpad was discarded after only a single generation. 

The excellent system performance with Broadwell hardware meets low system noise and temperature increase. However, the battery life is modest. 5:30 hours in the WLAN test are worse than the competition. The price of the X250 is attractive anyway. Thanks to Lenovo's education discounts, smaller configurations are available for below 1000 Euro. Please note that low-priced X250 models are equipped with HD panel and hybrid hard drive.

5th

Great price: Asus Zenbook UX305FA-FB003H
Great price: Asus Zenbook UX305FA-FB003H

The Asus Zenbook UX305FA-FB003H deserves a top spot in this Top 10, since it is on par with the MacBook in build quality and input devices. In emissions (no fan), weight (1267 g), slim design (12 mm), and maintainability it is even better than the MacBook Pro Retina 13.

The light bundle convinced with a solid performance in our test, but its Core M falls behind Haswell alternatives. Asus made many things right, but the capacity of the battery was decreased in favor of weight and height. So, it only achieves a usual battery life of seven hours in the WLAN test.

Asus' pricing is interesting: comparable competitors cost at least 1100 Euros (~$1255) and come with entry-level configurations at this price point. The test model for 999 Euros (~$1140) comes with excellent components including matte 4K panel and 256 GB SSD. Asus priced the entry-level model with FHD display and 128 GB SSD at 799 Euros (~$911). This is the first time a model with such a price has achieved the first place in this top list. So, we assigned our Best Value Award of February 2015 to the Zenbook UX305FA.

6th

Haswell predecessor on sale: Asus Zenbook UX303LN-R4141H
Haswell predecessor on sale: Asus Zenbook UX303LN-R4141H

The Asus Zenbook UX303LN-R4274H is a compact subnotebook in a not especially light, yet stable aluminum case. The newest generation with Intel's Broadwell SoC delivers rather good performance, which the SanDisk-SSD contributes to. The Asus still comes with the NVIDIA GeForce 840M, which makes the slim 13-incher gaming capable to some extent. The tester liked the bright, matte IPS display, but the contrast is weak. Despite powerful hardware, the case gets only moderately warmer. Maintenance is possible, although the base looks sealed at the first glance. After you removed the underside, you'll get to a free mSATA slot and a replaceable battery. Considering the hardware, the battery life of 8:50 can be called very good. The only real disadvantages of the UX303LN are the poor web cam and the already mentioned low contrast of the panel.

7th

Rare: matte IPS touchscreen - Toshiba Portege Z30t-A-10X
Rare: matte IPS touchscreen - Toshiba Portege Z30t-A-10X

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 (~$1826). Unfortunately, the 13-inch notebook does not have a DisplayPort and is comparatively loud when you stress it.

8th

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

It speaks all the more in favor of the successful Apple MacBook Air 13 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 prospective buyers. Nevertheless, Air fans hope that the slightly old HD display (1440x900) will be replaced by an especially high-res Retina display.

9th

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

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 Euros (~$913) 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.

10th

Compact office professional: Lenovo ThinkPad X240
Compact office professional: Lenovo ThinkPad X240

Lenovo's ThinkPad X240 with Full HD display is a 12.5-incher with a 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 (~$2108). The 12.5-inch display has a very fine FullHD resolution. It is bright, contrast-rich and has wide viewing angles.

Recent Subnotebook Awards

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Screen
Brightness Center (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
361 cd/m² ∼52%
Dell XPS 13-9343
367.3 cd/m² ∼52%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
252.3 cd/m² ∼36%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
397 cd/m² ∼57%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
310 cd/m² ∼44%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
376 cd/m² ∼54%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
312 cd/m² ∼45%
Apple MBA 13 2014
280 cd/m² ∼40%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
433 cd/m² ∼62%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
377 cd/m² ∼54%
Black Level (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
0.361 cd/m² * ∼7%
Dell XPS 13-9343
0.178 cd/m² * ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
0.426 cd/m² * ∼9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
0.44 cd/m² * ∼9%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
0.75 cd/m² * ∼15%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
0.7 cd/m² * ∼14%
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%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
0.518 cd/m² * ∼10%
Contrast (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
1000 :1; ∼63%
Dell XPS 13-9343
2063 :1; ∼129%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
592 :1; ∼37%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
902 :1; ∼56%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
413 :1; ∼26%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
537 :1; ∼34%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
726 :1; ∼45%
Apple MBA 13 2014
875 :1; ∼55%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
921 :1; ∼58%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
728 :1; ∼46%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
1.82 * ∼12%
Dell XPS 13-9343
5.92 * ∼39%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
3.8 * ∼25%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
4.2 * ∼28%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
2.49 * ∼17%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
3.09 * ∼21%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
5.64 * ∼38%
Apple MBA 13 2014
1.91 * ∼13%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
5.56 * ∼37%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
6.85 * ∼46%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
1.8 * ∼12%
Dell XPS 13-9343
4.79 * ∼32%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
2.92 * ∼19%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
3.1 * ∼21%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
1.89 * ∼13%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
2.4 * ∼16%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
7.79 * ∼52%
Apple MBA 13 2014
2 * ∼13%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
4.92 * ∼33%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
6.48 * ∼43%
Gamma (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
2.49 * ∼50%
Dell XPS 13-9343
2.42 * ∼48%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
2.08 * ∼42%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
2.6 * ∼52%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
2.36 * ∼47%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
2.24 * ∼45%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
2.48 * ∼50%
Apple MBA 13 2014
2.26 * ∼45%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
2.48 * ∼50%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
2.75 * ∼55%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
61.9 % ∼62%
Dell XPS 13-9343
63 % ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
50.41 % ∼50%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
42 % ∼42%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
54 % ∼54%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
64 % ∼64%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
41 % ∼41%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
41 % ∼41%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
29 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 13-9343
30.2 dB * ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
28.5 dB * ∼57%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
29 dB * ∼58%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
31 dB * ∼62%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
28.6 dB * ∼57%
Apple MBA 13 2014
28 dB * ∼56%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
30.1 dB * ∼60%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
28.8 dB * ∼58%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
29 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 13-9343
30.3 dB * ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
28.6 dB * ∼57%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
29 dB * ∼58%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
31 dB * ∼62%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
28.6 dB * ∼57%
Apple MBA 13 2014
28 dB * ∼56%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
30.6 dB * ∼61%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
29 dB * ∼58%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
29 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 13-9343
30.4 dB * ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
28.8 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
30.3 dB * ∼61%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
31 dB * ∼62%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
28.6 dB * ∼57%
Apple MBA 13 2014
28 dB * ∼56%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
31.7 dB * ∼63%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
29 dB * ∼58%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
42.5 dB * ∼85%
Dell XPS 13-9343
34.4 dB * ∼69%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
30.7 dB * ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
33.4 dB * ∼67%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
36.6 dB * ∼73%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
38.9 dB * ∼78%
Apple MBA 13 2014
40.5 dB * ∼81%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
33 dB * ∼66%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
34.7 dB * ∼69%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
45.6 dB * ∼91%
Dell XPS 13-9343
48 dB * ∼96%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
36.9 dB * ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
33.7 dB * ∼67%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
39.3 dB * ∼79%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
43.8 dB * ∼88%
Apple MBA 13 2014
43.7 dB * ∼87%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
33 dB * ∼66%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
40.5 dB * ∼81%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
45.1 °C * ∼75%
Dell XPS 13-9343
40.6 °C * ∼68%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
36.2 °C * ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
43.6 °C * ∼73%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
43.1 °C * ∼72%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
47.1 °C * ∼79%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
39 °C * ∼65%
Apple MBA 13 2014
43 °C * ∼72%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
41.8 °C * ∼70%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
42.5 °C * ∼71%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
39.6 °C * ∼66%
Dell XPS 13-9343
41.2 °C * ∼69%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
38 °C * ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
42.3 °C * ∼71%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
41.2 °C * ∼69%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
43.4 °C * ∼72%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
37.2 °C * ∼62%
Apple MBA 13 2014
40 °C * ∼67%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
43.1 °C * ∼72%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
48.7 °C * ∼81%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
28.5 °C * ∼48%
Dell XPS 13-9343
31.2 °C * ∼52%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
26.4 °C * ∼44%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
29.1 °C * ∼49%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
26.3 °C * ∼44%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
27.1 °C * ∼45%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
34.3 °C * ∼57%
Apple MBA 13 2014
26 °C * ∼43%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
32.6 °C * ∼54%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
32.4 °C * ∼54%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
28.3 °C * ∼47%
Dell XPS 13-9343
30.6 °C * ∼51%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
27.4 °C * ∼46%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
30 °C * ∼50%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
26.2 °C * ∼44%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
26.3 °C * ∼44%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
33 °C * ∼55%
Apple MBA 13 2014
26 °C * ∼43%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
33.7 °C * ∼56%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
35.1 °C * ∼59%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
1690 min ∼63%
Dell XPS 13-9343
912 min ∼34%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
984 min ∼36%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
779 min ∼29%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
781 min ∼29%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
1194 min ∼44%
Apple MBA 13 2014
648 min ∼24%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
463 min ∼17%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
719 min ∼27%
Load (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
94 min ∼3%
Dell XPS 13-9343
140 min ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
141 min ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
92 min ∼3%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
189 min ∼7%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
178 min ∼7%
Apple MBA 13 2014
114 min ∼4%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
113 min ∼4%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
107 min ∼4%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
539 min ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
285 min ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
298 min ∼11%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
530 min ∼20%
WiFi (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9343
580 min ∼21%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
401 min ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
325 min ∼12%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
408 min ∼15%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
473 min ∼18%
Apple MBA 13 2014
515 min ∼19%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
218 min ∼8%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
363 min ∼13%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
2.8 Watt * ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
2.7 Watt * ∼3%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
3.1 Watt * ∼3%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
2.6 Watt * ∼3%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
3 Watt * ∼3%
Apple MBA 13 2014
3.4 Watt * ∼3%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
3.7 Watt * ∼4%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
3.9 Watt * ∼4%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
7.8 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
7 Watt * ∼7%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
7.5 Watt * ∼8%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
6.8 Watt * ∼7%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
6.6 Watt * ∼7%
Apple MBA 13 2014
4 Watt * ∼4%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
8.3 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
7.9 Watt * ∼8%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
8.1 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
8 Watt * ∼8%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
8.6 Watt * ∼9%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
7.9 Watt * ∼8%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
7.9 Watt * ∼8%
Apple MBA 13 2014
5.8 Watt * ∼6%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
9 Watt * ∼9%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
9.8 Watt * ∼10%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
52.4 Watt * ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
28.6 Watt * ∼8%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
25.2 Watt * ∼7%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
40.1 Watt * ∼11%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
27.4 Watt * ∼8%
Apple MBA 13 2014
32.4 Watt * ∼9%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
28.8 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
26.4 Watt * ∼8%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
62.8 Watt * ∼18%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
44.3 Watt * ∼13%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
30.6 Watt * ∼9%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
52.1 Watt * ∼15%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
30.3 Watt * ∼9%
Apple MBA 13 2014
32.2 Watt * ∼9%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
30.3 Watt * ∼9%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
26.7 Watt * ∼8%

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
1828 Points ∼10%
Dell XPS 13-9343
1109 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
1067 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
1079 Points ∼6%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
686 Points ∼4%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
2499 Points ∼14%
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%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
828 Points ∼5%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
53847 Points ∼32%
Dell XPS 13-9343
46293 Points ∼27%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
45644 Points ∼27%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
40296 Points ∼24%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
27325 Points ∼16%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
54160 Points ∼32%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
27589 Points ∼16%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
31711 Points ∼19%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
29301 Points ∼17%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
981 Points ∼7%
Dell XPS 13-9343
746 Points ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
665 Points ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
625 Points ∼5%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
407 Points ∼3%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
1446 Points ∼11%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
521 Points ∼4%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
508 Points ∼4%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
516 Points ∼4%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
5620 Points ∼77%
Dell XPS 13-9343
4934 Points ∼68%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
4943 Points ∼68%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
4609 Points ∼63%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
4001 Points ∼55%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
4510 Points ∼62%
Apple MBA 13 2014
5012 Points ∼69%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
2504 Points ∼34%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
4629 Points ∼64%
PCMark 8 - Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015
4105 Points ∼74%
Dell XPS 13-9343
3225 Points ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
3614 Points ∼65%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
4345 Points ∼78%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
2761 Points ∼50%
Asus Zenbook UX303LN
4154 Points ∼75%
Toshiba Portege Z30t
3232 Points ∼58%
ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
3066 Points ∼55%
Lenovo Thinkpad X240
3697 Points ∼66%
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