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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

Staff, 08/18/2016

August 2016 update. Here you will find the best Ultrabooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the past few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.

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At the beginning of 2011 Intel initiated a new class of notebooks, the Ultrabooks. Notebook manufacturers could use the protected designation "Ultrabook" if they met certain requirements, for example the CPU (Intel Haswell ULV), battery runtime (6 hours FHD playback) and dimensions (<21 mm/~0.86 in). Therefore, this notebook class consists of mainly highly mobile devices with slim cases and yet decent performance (Core i processors) for almost every display size. The latest versions also integrate a touchscreen.

Some of our review samples did not have a touch panel, in which case there are also configurations with an optional touchscreen. Since there could be different ratings with optional touchscreens, the corresponding devices are marked accordingly.

Note: Due to updating our rating to v5, the last update of this chart brought about significant changes.

The following table shows an overview of the Top 10 Ultrabooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the previous 10 months. If the ratings are equal, the latest review is listed first. The table can be sorted by clicking on its headers and filtered by entering text in the text field above it (e.g. "matte" or "touch").

Top 10 Ultrabooks as of August 2016

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
191%03/2016Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGELenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
Intel HD Graphics 520
12 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.3 kg18.8 mm14.0"2560x1440matte
289%04/2016Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGELenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
Intel Core i7-6500U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.2 kg16.5 mm14.0"2560x1440matte
389%04/2016Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
Intel Core i7-6600U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.7 kg19.4 mm14"2560x1440glossy
489%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
588%02/2016Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGADell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Intel Core i7-6560U
Intel Iris Graphics 540
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.3 kg15 mm13.3"3200x1800glossy
687%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
787%06/2016Lenovo 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
887%04/2016HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABDHP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
Intel Core i7-6500U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.6 kg18.9 mm14"1920x1080matte
986%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
1086%06/2016Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
Intel Core i5-6200U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.4 kg19.8 mm13.3"1920x1080matte

Editors' Comments

1st

Convincing performance: Lenovo ThinkPad T460s
Convincing performance: Lenovo ThinkPad T460s

Following the triumph of the ThinkPad T450s, Lenovo introduced theThinkPad T460s (see review) about a year later. Unlike many other updates, this is an extensive makeover of the business companion including a new, even slimmer case and new hardware inside. As usual, the input devices are high-quality, but the touch ClickPad is a matter of taste. In our review, the premium model (i7-6600U, 12 GB DDR4 RAM, 512 GB NVMe SSD) achieved an excellent system performance with low emissions and a good battery life of about 6 hours in practical use.

Many, partly optional, security, management and communication features make the bundle complete. The WQHD panel in our test model also performed well. The base configuration features an FHD IPS display. Exemplary: The base configuration includes a 3-year warranty. The test model came with a matte WQHD panel, but Lenovo also offers multi-touch.

2nd

lightweight: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
lightweight: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon G4 2016 (see review) is even further up than the T460s in Lenovo's business lineup. The buyer gets the probably lightest notebook of its category (just under 1.2 kg/~2.6 lb) for a steep entry level price of over 1500 Euros (~$1710) but has to accept a few compromises: While the Carbon impresses with many features, users cannot even upgrade the RAM themselves. Moreover, some customers might wish for a fully-fledged SD card reader and a native LAN port (adapter required). Because of these limitations, the slightly less crisp keyboard and slightly teetering display hinges, we would rather recommend the sibling from the T series.

Nevertheless, the X1 Carbon is certainly attractive and performs well to very well in almost all aspects. In terms of battery life, touchpad, and display it is slightly better than the T460s. In contrast to the predecessor, the WQHD version is not available with touchscreen.

3rd

Touch me: Dell Latitude E7470
Touch me: Dell Latitude E7470

The Latitude series from Dell is one of  the strongest competitors of the ThinkPad T400 series. With the E7470, the US manufacturer follows a different approach to the Lenovo T460 and does not primarily focus on mobility, but rather uses a comparable massive case, which allows easy maintenance. The case is also impressive with its excellent stability and a very powerful cooling system, which remains super-silent even under full load. The option for a high-resolution WQHD panel with touch support is also noteworthy. Although it is glossy, it can basically be used outdoors thanks to its high brightness. Obviously matte displays are available as an alternative.

4th

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

The ZenBook UX305CA-FB055T (see review) is the premium 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, those looking for best mobility 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 that the laptop is designed for, while the Core m7 processor is unable to keep up its higher performance permanently.

The high-resolution QHD+ screen (3200x1800 pixels) is the second attraction. It delivers a razor sharp image - but a weak contrast. The touchscreen variant of the ZenBook UX305CA-FB055T turns it into a real ultrabook, but it features a glossy panel. 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 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).

Discussion

5th

Familiar face: Dell XPS 13-9350 in the matte FHD version.
Familiar face: Dell XPS 13-9350 in the matte FHD version.
Editor's Choice Award in December 2015: XPS 13-9350 matte FHD
Editor's Choice Award in December 2015: XPS 13-9350 matte FHD

With the Dell XPS 13-9350 2016, Dell is once again in the charts, albeit not leading it. The successful XPS 13-9343 Touch/Non T Touch has only changed in details. 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 an anti-reflective 1080p model or as a Touch QHD+ (4K) model with glossy surface. Good colors (93% of AdobeRGB @ QHD+) and an extremely high contrast of 1500:1 are pleasing to the eyes. The performance corresponds to current expectations in a slim subnotebook: no throttling at high load and an NVMe-PCIe SSD, which copies data even faster than SSDs do.

We list the i7 + QHD+ variant (87%) in our top list because of its touch panel. We also had the Full HD + i5-6200U model of the XPS 13-9350 (89%) and the updated configuration with i7-6560U CPU and Intel Iris graphics under review (89%). The different ratings are 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 leads our Top 10 Multimedia.

XPS 13 9350 i7 6500U

XPS 13 9350 i7 6560U

6th

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 not only shine in mobility and emissions, but 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).

The competition in this Top 10 is the 12 inch ThinkPad X260, which is offered with matte non-touch display and a glossy touchscreen. The x260 tends to be cheaper, although it delivers a higher performance with the 15 Watt SoC. However, only Core m5 variants of the Latitude 13 are fanless. 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.

7th

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

Lenovo's ThinkPad X260 (see review) replaces the popular X250. The 12.5-inch device under review with entry-level configuration (i5, HD-TFT) did not achieve a top place despite its many advantages. Things are different for the top model for 1800 Euros: The ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE with IPS FHD, Core i7 and 512-GB-SSD got 7th.

The small device is designed for professional use, for which an excellent keyboard, a robust construction, and security features like TMP or fingerprint reader are required. We like the hot-swap battery feature. Apart from the removable battery, there is a second battery beneath the underside. With the two batteries, the 12-inch device lasts almost seven hours in our WLAN test. The display convinces with high image quality. In addition, Lenovo offers a cheaper HD model.

The Full-HD display is pretty impressive as well. The panel is bright and offers lots of contrast and a great viewing angle stability. There is no question that it is superior to the regular HD display, which is also available on certain models. In addition, the Full-HD display doesn't exhibit any PWM flickering.

Despite all the praise, there are also some disadvantages. There is no maintenance hatch, RAM can only work in single-channel mode (1 slot), and the case has small defects in workmanship despite a robust build. In our opinion, competitors are the Dell Latitude 12 E7250 (brighter display; not in the Top 10) and the HP Elitebook 820 G2 (see review) as well as the 820 G3.

8th

Only its display performance is weak: HP EliteBook 840 G3.
Only its display performance is weak: HP EliteBook 840 G3.

Not only the Dell Latitude E7470 competes with the ThinkPad T460s for the lead in our charts, the HP EliteBook 840 G3 (see review) does, too. Despite its very solid overall performance, the 840 G3 could not ultimately achieve this - mainly due to a well-known weakness: HP still does not incorporate a high-end IPS panel in all configurations but partly uses the TN technology with inferior contrast and viewing angles. Only models with WQHD resolution feature an IPS panel with much higher quality. These are also available with touchscreen for a surcharge.

HP deserves praise for integrating a modern USB Type-C port and the fact that the EliteBook can be equipped with a 2.5-inch drive and an M.2 drive. The competing models from Lenovo and Dell can only house a M.2 SSD. The 840 G3 also meets the high expectations on a device of its price range in the classical office aspects; system noise, temperature, and input devices.

9th

With dedicated GPU: ZenBook UX303LB-R4079H
With dedicated GPU: ZenBook UX303LB-R4079H

With the ZenBooks, Asus has established a series of models with premium and solid looks and preferably an aluminum unibody four years ago. The ZenBook UX303LB-R4079H (see review) follows this approach and not only brings an Intel Broadwell SoC but also a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 940M. Thus, the slim 13-inch notebook is to some extent suitable for gaming. The reviewer liked the bright, matte IPS display, but unfortunately, the contrast is rather low. Despite powerful hardware, the case heats up moderately. Maintenance is possible, although at a first glance the base appears to be hermetically sealed. After removing the underside, a free mSATA slot is available and the battery can be replaced. The battery life of 8:50 hours (840M model of the UX303LN) is very good considering the hardware. The only real disadvantages of the UX303LN are the poor quality of its webcam and the low contrast of the display. If a 14-inch display is adequate for you, then the cheaper Lenovo U41-70 (no ultrabook) with a GeForce 940M is a slim, light, yet not that high-end notebook alternative. While this model does not fulfill Intel's ultrabook criteria, corresponding configurations without GPU and with touch panel do.

10th

Entry-level ThinkPad: ThinkPad 13 Ultrabook
Entry-level ThinkPad: ThinkPad 13 Ultrabook

With the Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100 (see review), the manufacturer complements its lower-end offers. The light 13-inch device is superior to the ThinkPad 11e and inferior to the X series. For a price of about 850 Euros (Campus program), it delivers Skylake hardware with iGPU, an SSD, and a Full HD panel - with IPS (test model, depends on the variant). Certainly, buyers get an excellent ThinkPad keyboard; however without backlight. The 13-inch laptop works very quietly and thanks to an SSD also quickly. The display is even better than in T series models:

Our two test models of the T460 and T460s were equipped with panels from Innolux, which are beaten by the LG display of the ThinkPad 13.

However, the tester criticized stability as well as fan control. He complained about the hinges and the torsional stiffness. The fan occasionally starts spinning without reason. Depending on the price, the Dell XPS 13 is currently the better bundle and available for about 1000 Euros in the best case.

Recent Ultrabook Awards

Best Value Award in January 2016: HP Envy 13-d000ng QHD/i7
Best Value Award in January 2016: HP Envy 13-d000ng QHD/i7

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
35.6 ms * ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
44 ms * ∼87%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
48 ms * ∼94%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
38 ms * ∼75%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
50.8 ms * ∼100%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
50.4 ms * ∼99%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
32.8 ms * ∼65%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
43 ms * ∼85%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
43.2 ms * ∼85%
Response Time Black / White (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
29.2 ms * ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
24 ms * ∼71%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
27 ms * ∼80%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
27 ms * ∼80%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
29.6 ms * ∼88%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
33.6 ms * ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
27.2 ms * ∼81%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
25 ms * ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
26.8 ms * ∼80%
PWM Frequency (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
220 Hz ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
220 Hz ∼15%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
0 Hz ∼0%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
1429 Hz ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
0 Hz ∼0%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
0 Hz ∼0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
0 Hz ∼0%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
204 Hz ∼14%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
0 Hz ∼0%
Screen
Brightness (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
248 cd/m² ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
268 cd/m² ∼76%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
354 cd/m² ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
352 cd/m² ∼99%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
297 cd/m² ∼84%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
241 cd/m² ∼68%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
322 cd/m² ∼91%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
336 cd/m² ∼95%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
310 cd/m² ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
227 cd/m² ∼64%
Brightness Distribution (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
94 % ∼99%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
95 % ∼100%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
81 % ∼85%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
81 % ∼85%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
92 % ∼97%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
85 % ∼89%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
91 % ∼96%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
87 % ∼92%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
95 % ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
86 % ∼91%
Black Level (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
0.26 % * ∼38%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
0.32 % * ∼46%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
0.26 % * ∼38%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
0.69 % * ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
0.207 % * ∼30%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
0.26 % * ∼38%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
0.32 % * ∼46%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
0.65 % * ∼94%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
0.64 % * ∼93%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
0.22 % * ∼32%
Contrast (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
988 :1 ∼66%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
850 :1 ∼57%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
1462 :1 ∼98%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
565 :1 ∼38%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
1486 :1 ∼100%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
1004 :1 ∼68%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
1053 :1 ∼71%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
563 :1 ∼38%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
489 :1 ∼33%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
1059 :1 ∼71%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
4.59 * ∼45%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
2.61 * ∼25%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
3.11 * ∼30%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
3.04 * ∼30%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
4.18 * ∼41%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
4.3 * ∼42%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
5.71 * ∼56%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
10.26 * ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
3.1 * ∼30%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
5.41 * ∼53%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
6.38 * ∼55%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
3.31 * ∼29%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
4.35 * ∼38%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
2.88 * ∼25%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
4.94 * ∼43%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
5.82 * ∼51%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
5.15 * ∼45%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
11.51 * ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.3 * ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
4.15 * ∼36%
Gamma (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
2.51 ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
2.35 ∼94%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
2.37 ∼94%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
2.43 ∼97%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
2.31 ∼92%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
2.44 ∼97%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
2.38 ∼95%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
2.4 ∼96%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.2 ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
2.45 ∼98%
CCT (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
6238 ∼49%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
6360 ∼50%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
6771 ∼53%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
6848 ∼54%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
7645 ∼60%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
6771 ∼53%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
6881 ∼54%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
12725 ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
6526 ∼51%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
6773 ∼53%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
65 % ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
63 % ∼97%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
62 % ∼95%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
55 % ∼85%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
59 % ∼91%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
49.18 % ∼76%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
42.38 % ∼65%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
47 % ∼72%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
36.52 % ∼56%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB) (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
98 % ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
95 % ∼97%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
96 % ∼98%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
85 % ∼87%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
92 % ∼94%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
77.84 % ∼79%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
65.62 % ∼67%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
74 % ∼76%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
57.16 % ∼58%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
29.2 dB * ∼93%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
29.1 dB * ∼93%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
31.2 dB * ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
29.2 dB * ∼93%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
dB * ∼0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
29 dB * ∼93%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
31.2 dB * ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
29.6 dB * ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
29.1 dB * ∼93%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
29.2 dB * ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
29.1 dB * ∼91%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
31.2 dB * ∼97%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼98%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
29.2 dB * ∼91%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
dB * ∼0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
29 dB * ∼90%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
32.1 dB * ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
29.6 dB * ∼92%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
29.1 dB * ∼91%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
29.2 dB * ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
29.1 dB * ∼88%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
31.2 dB * ∼94%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼95%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
29.2 dB * ∼88%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
dB * ∼0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
29 dB * ∼88%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
33.1 dB * ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
31.4 dB * ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
29.1 dB * ∼88%
Load Average (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
33.7 dB * ∼90%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
35.6 dB * ∼95%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
31.9 dB * ∼86%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼84%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
31.4 dB * ∼84%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
dB * ∼0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
35.1 dB * ∼94%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
36.2 dB * ∼97%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
37.3 dB * ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
31.5 dB * ∼84%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
38.5 dB * ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
38.1 dB * ∼99%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
31.9 dB * ∼83%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼81%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
31.4 dB * ∼82%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
dB * ∼0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
37.8 dB * ∼98%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
37.8 dB * ∼98%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
38.2 dB * ∼99%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
33.5 dB * ∼87%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
40.8 °C * ∼86%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
43.2 °C * ∼91%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
38.2 °C * ∼80%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
39.1 °C * ∼82%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
41.4 °C * ∼87%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
43.2 °C * ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
47.5 °C * ∼100%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
37 °C * ∼78%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
46 °C * ∼97%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
43.7 °C * ∼92%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
40.3 °C * ∼79%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
45 °C * ∼89%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
36.5 °C * ∼72%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
38.7 °C * ∼76%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
49.2 °C * ∼97%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
50.8 °C * ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
43.6 °C * ∼86%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
37.1 °C * ∼73%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
35.6 °C * ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
44.2 °C * ∼87%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
27.6 °C * ∼79%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
30.2 °C * ∼87%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
25.1 °C * ∼72%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
26 °C * ∼74%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
29.6 °C * ∼85%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
30.5 °C * ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
34.9 °C * ∼100%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
25.3 °C * ∼72%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
25.2 °C * ∼72%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
31.4 °C * ∼90%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
28.7 °C * ∼80%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
30.6 °C * ∼85%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
25.8 °C * ∼72%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
25.7 °C * ∼72%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
32 °C * ∼89%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
31.2 °C * ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
35.9 °C * ∼100%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
26.6 °C * ∼74%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
25.5 °C * ∼71%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
32.1 °C * ∼89%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
833 min ∼82%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
942 min ∼92%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
min ∼0%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
1013 min ∼99%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
604 min ∼59%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
588 min ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
953 min ∼93%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
1020 min ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
min ∼0%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
944 min ∼93%
Load (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
62 min ∼34%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
115 min ∼63%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
112 min ∼62%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
182 min ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
128 min ∼70%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
176 min ∼97%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
92 min ∼51%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
146 min ∼80%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
min ∼0%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
129 min ∼71%
WiFi (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
min
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
min
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
min
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
min
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
min
Dell Latitude 13 7370
min
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
min
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
min
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
min
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
min
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
340 min ∼68%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
429 min ∼86%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
346 min ∼69%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
402 min ∼80%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
311 min ∼62%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
367 min ∼73%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
501 min ∼100%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
453 min ∼90%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
374 min ∼75%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
372 min ∼74%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
3.8 Watt * ∼53%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
3.8 Watt * ∼53%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
5.1 Watt * ∼71%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
4.2 Watt * ∼58%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
7.2 Watt * ∼100%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
5 Watt * ∼69%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
3.5 Watt * ∼49%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
3.8 Watt * ∼53%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.5 Watt * ∼35%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
3.1 Watt * ∼43%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
7.1 Watt * ∼76%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
7.1 Watt * ∼76%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
8.5 Watt * ∼91%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
8.4 Watt * ∼90%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
9.3 Watt * ∼100%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
7.5 Watt * ∼81%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
5.5 Watt * ∼59%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
6.3 Watt * ∼68%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
6.7 Watt * ∼72%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
5.5 Watt * ∼59%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
7.8 Watt * ∼67%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
7.7 Watt * ∼66%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
10.1 Watt * ∼87%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
8.9 Watt * ∼77%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
11.6 Watt * ∼100%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
8 Watt * ∼69%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
6.7 Watt * ∼58%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
6.8 Watt * ∼59%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
8.7 Watt * ∼75%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
6 Watt * ∼52%
Load Average (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
36.3 Watt * ∼83%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
30.2 Watt * ∼69%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
35.2 Watt * ∼81%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
15.9 Watt * ∼36%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
31.9 Watt * ∼73%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
15.3 Watt * ∼35%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
28.9 Watt * ∼66%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
34.4 Watt * ∼79%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
43.7 Watt * ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
25.8 Watt * ∼59%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
46 Watt * ∼77%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
44.7 Watt * ∼75%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
31 Watt * ∼52%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
22.5 Watt * ∼38%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
29.9 Watt * ∼50%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
26.8 Watt * ∼45%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
42.1 Watt * ∼70%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
28.3 Watt * ∼47%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
60 Watt * ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
33.6 Watt * ∼56%

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
5190 Points ∼64%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
5350 Points ∼66%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
5194 Points ∼65%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
4480 Points ∼56%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
5672 Points ∼70%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
4165 Points ∼52%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
5194 Points ∼65%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
4909 Points ∼61%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
4442 Points ∼73%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
4342 Points ∼71%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
4543 Points ∼74%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
3472 Points ∼57%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
3438 Points ∼56%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
4238 Points ∼69%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
4341 Points ∼71%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
4275 Points ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
4041 Points ∼66%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
3542 Points ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
3385 Points ∼60%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
3344 Points ∼59%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
2614 Points ∼46%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
2928 Points ∼52%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
3048 Points ∼54%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
3284 Points ∼58%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
3231 Points ∼57%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
3024 Points ∼53%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
1600 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
1553 Points ∼6%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
1418 Points ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
1188 Points ∼5%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
2039 Points ∼8%
Dell Latitude 13 7370
1094 Points ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE
1406 Points ∼6%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
1468 Points ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2485 Points ∼10%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100
1372 Points ∼5%

Legend

 
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE Intel Core i7-6600U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Samsung SSD SM951a 512GB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVKV512)
 
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
 
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470 Intel Core i7-6600U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
 
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T Intel Core m7-6Y75, Intel HD Graphics 515, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
 
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA Intel Core i7-6560U, Intel Iris Graphics 540, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
 
Dell Latitude 13 7370 Intel Core m5-6Y57, Intel HD Graphics 515, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7
 
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F6007RGE Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Liteonit LCH-512V2S
 
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
 
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
 
Lenovo ThinkPad 13-20GKS01100 Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
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