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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Notebooks

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

For the original German article, see here.

Every month Notebookcheck reviews numerous notebooks of all kinds. Some of these are multimedia laptops. We have classed 14-inch or larger notebooks that have been designed and configured as all-round laptops by the manufacturer in this category and come with graphics cards up to the GTX 950M (or comparable).

The following table shows an overview of the Top 10 multimedia laptops reviewed by Notebookcheck in the previous 12 months and relevant devices that are still available. 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").

Multimedia Notebook Charts as of February 2016

Pos.RatingDateimageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreen
188%06/2015Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Intel Core i7-4870HQ
AMD Radeon R9 M370X
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
2 kg18 mm15.4"2880x1800glossy
287%12/2015Dell XPS 15-9550 i7Dell XPS 15-9550 i7
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
2.1 kg17 mm15.6"3840x2160glossy
387%11/2015Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SFAcer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
NVIDIA GeForce 945M
8 GB Memory, 1000 GB Hybrid
3.1 kg25 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
486%12/2015Dell XPS 15 2016 9550Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
8 GB Memory, 1000 GB Hybrid
2 kg17 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
586%11/2015Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
8 GB Memory, 1000 GB Hybrid
3.1 kg25 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
685%12/2015HP ProBook 470 G3HP ProBook 470 G3
Intel Core i7-6500U
AMD Radeon R7 M340
8 GB Memory, 1000 GB HDD
2.6 kg26 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
785%11/2015Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
Intel Core i7-6500U
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
2.4 kg23.9 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
885%08/2015Asus GL552JX-CN154HAsus GL552JX-CN154H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
2.6 kg33 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
985%07/2015Asus N551JW-CN094HAsus N551JW-CN094H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
2.6 kg28 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
1085%06/2015Asus N751JX-T4056HAsus N751JX-T4056H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
8 GB Memory, 1000 GB HDD
3.4 kg30 mm17.3"1920x1080matte

Top 10 of the previous 12 months at the time of writing - current articles are listed first

Editors' Comments

1st

Leader: Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch 2015-05
Leader: Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch 2015-05

Apple has been slow in refreshing their MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (2013). The look of the 2015 model has remained the same. Even after more than three years, the all-aluminum case sets standards in terms of material, quality, and stability. Unfortunately, this is also true for maintenance difficulty. The bottom panel is fixed with Pentalobe screws. Beneath it, the user reaches a motherboard with proprietary and soldered components (including CPU, GPU, and RAM). The Retina display features a fine resolution of 2280x1800 pixels, but competitors like the new Dell XPS 15 2016 (currently under review) features even higher resolutions. We are excited to see if the new XPS 15 can keep up in terms of professional color precision and coverage.

In terms of performance, there is a very fast SSD connected to the PCI Express 3.0 interface. We have seldom come across such a fast SSD. Users who often move or copy large data packets will particularly benefit from this. Only SSDs connected via Skylake and PCI Express will bring this performance to expensive Windows notebooks. The tester criticized the Haswell quad-core CPU, not because it was slow, but that the 15-incher would have benefited from Broadwell's efficiency, particularly because of its slim chassis. Nevertheless, temperature and system noise are not high in our comparison; quite the contrary. The Radeon GPU shines with a great OpenCL performance, but Nvidia's Maxwell GPUs would have delivered higher 3D performance.

2nd

teething troubles: Dell XPS 15-9550 i7 UHD SSD
teething troubles: Dell XPS 15-9550 i7 UHD SSD

Dell's XPS 15-9550 was one of the most anticipated notebooks of 2015. Our review took a long time and many Dell fans complained to us. Several bugs spoiled the actually positive atmosphere around the 15-incher with Infinity Edge Display. Apparently, Dell was not expecting that much attention from tech-savvy customers and reviewers and hastily launched its XPS before Christmas with a BIOS revision which on the one side fixed the low-power states from the SSD and on the other hand throttled the processor quite heavily. These problems were fixed in another BIOS update on early January 2016, but they left a small tech PR disaster and annoyed editors who had to check the performance multiple times due to interim BIOS versions.

In terms of technology, the XPS 15 plays in the top league. The Core i7 6700HQ makes Apple's MacBook Pro Retina 15 with Haswell 4870HQ obsolete. The NVMe SSD from Samsung performs very well, too. The GeForce GTX 960M belong to the upper mid-range. Thus, all games should run at least in Full HD. Such high CPU and gaming performance have been packed a chassis with a height of only 17 mm. The dual fan cooling system works very well without getting extraordinarily loud or annoying. The display, an IGZO from Sharp, is one of the best UHD panels. Brightness - even on battery - gamut (98 % of sRGB) and contrast are stunning, not to speak of the crisp looking image in a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.

Excellent build quality combined with good maintainability and very compact dimensions. The cooling solution acts reasonably and performance fans won't be disappointed after the BIOS update. The good sound from the speakers and the future-proof Thunderbolt 3 complete the package.

The manufacturer took over the design concept of an almost frameless performance laptop from the 13 inch XPS 13. There is almost nothing to complain about look and build quality. Almost - since smudges collect easily on the soft touch surfaces after three weeks with our two XP 15 models, which were difficult to clean if it could be completely removed at all. The XPS 15 is expensive. At least 1600 Euros for the entry-level configuration (place 4 in this charts), but UHD variants with NVMe SSDs exceed 2000 Euros.

3rd

Surprise: Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro VN7-792G with 945M
Surprise: Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro VN7-792G with 945M

With the Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF another Skylake model made it into our top list. It is surprising that the "entry level" configuration with GeForce 945M achieved a better rating than the GTX 960M model VN7-792G-74Q4. The latter is the Black Edition, but the 945M variant also features a 45-watt processor. The reviewers praised the build quality and the low emissions. Apart from the fact that a Type C USB port has been added, only a few things of the exterior changed. Moreover, the inner components remained almost unchanged. The system and the gaming performance are surprisingly good. In view of the price of just under 1000 Euros (~$1085), this gives an excellent price performance ratio. The contrast-rich and viewing-angle stable IPS-panel and the high-end input devices are convincing.

Even without an outrageously expensive Core i7 CPU and an Nvidia GTX-series GPU, the notebook can handle demanding applications and current games without getting either hot or loud. Overall, we can recommend the Aspire Nitro - and not just our review notebook VN7-792G-55SF.

This model of the Aspire V 17 Nitro is particularly suitable for price-conscious buyers, which do not need performance at all cost, but a solid, partly upgradeable performance bundle for the coming years. We awarded it the Best Value Award in December 2015 for this approach.

Discussion

4th

convincing performance with hybrid drive: Dell XPS 15 9550 i5, HDD, matte FHD
convincing performance with hybrid drive: Dell XPS 15 9550 i5, HDD, matte FHD

The entry-level variant into the XPS 15 features a Core i5 6300HQ, a hybrid hard drive and Full HD. In addition, the battery has a smaller capacity as the one for the top model (56 Wh vs. 84 Wh). The entry-level model lasts an acceptable 5:30 hours, if you consider that an Apple MB Pro Retina 15 2015 has to carry a 99.5 Wh battery for 7 hours. The entry-level XPS 15's exterior is the same as the XPS 15 i7/UHD's. Thus, it features the same advantages like Infinity Edge display and an elegant, stable carbon fiber case. Dell also fixed the heavy throttling of the CPU with BIOS v1.1.15 in the Core i5 variant. So, we had a laptop with relatively few weaknesses at hand at the end of our tests.

The Full HD display with matte surface achieves very good results in brightness and contrast. Its sRGB coverage is almost 100 percent. The imprecise colors out-of-the-box are unfortunate since the display can be perfectly calibrated. In contrast to the UHD display, PWM is used from lowest brightness. In addition, Dell's Content Adaptive Backlight Control (CABC) saves energy (backlight), but generates a visible flickering, which cannot be stopped.

The hybrid HDD is a successful compromise of performance and TB storage capacity. The read transfer rates cannot keep up with a real SSD, but they are clearly superior to those of slow conventional hard drives. Dell's "Raid array" can convince our application benchmarks, so the resulting scores are almost on par with real SSD-based systems.

1000 GB hybrid hard drive and Core i5 6300HQ do not appear that exciting for performance geeks at first. However, the very good, almost SSD-typical scores which the entry-level XPS achieved in our benchmarks, have surprised us in our review. Dell has implemented a clever caching system utilizing RAID array. Games run as fast as on the i7 top model with the GeForce GTX 960M, which is also used here. The i5/FHD variant of the XPS 15 is suitable for those who simply do not need UHD or want to avoid the reflections on the touch panel in the sunlight.

5th

for gamers: Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
for gamers: Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4

The Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4 is the expensive upper class configuration of the Aspire V 17 Nitro above. It comes with a 45-watt Core i7 and a GeForce GTX 960M. The other components including storage device and matte IPS FHD panel are identical. The reviewer calls it a relentless performance package especially for gaming enthusiasts. Here, we want to mention in particular the keyboard, an important part for gamers, which has been improved. However, we think that the lack of maintenance hatches is disadvantageous. Although many components can still be replaced, it requires more care and effort.

The maximum price is about 1900 Euros (~$2063) for the QHD+ model with big SSD and even more RAM. We assigned the Editors' Choice Award to our test model for 1230 Euros (~$1335) in December 2015.

Unfortunately, choosing the right components is not easy. The buyer will have to work their way through many configurations until they (hopefully) find their desired configuration.

6th

Serious worker: HP ProBook 470 G3
Serious worker: HP ProBook 470 G3

As a business all-rounder, the ProBook 470 G3 does not really fit into the multimedia range. Nevertheless, there is a reason that it is here: The AMD Radeon R7 M340 graphics card is powerful enough to also attract gamers. However, to be appealing is one side, to meet expectations is the other. The Radeon only delivers a weak performance in our numerous gaming tests at the level of a GeForce 920M. The 17-incher performs far worse than the Nitro speedsters from Acer. Probably, the ProBook 470 G3 does not even have to compete with this class since the 17-incher is primarily a businesslike desktop replacement for at home. The good input devices, the easy maintainability (free M.2 slot), the matte surfaces and the almost always low system noise are the essentials here. Apart from this, the display is an important aspect and HP does not blunder here:

The Full HD IPS model installed in the ProBook pleases with good contrast and decent brightness rate. Furthermore, we like the color reproduction and viewing-angle stability.

7th

Repeater: Acer Aspire VN7-572G
Repeater: Acer Aspire VN7-572G

Acer has come up with a successor to the V 15 Nitro. This concerns the "simple" non-black edition with 15-watt processor and GeForce GTX 950M. Now, the almost unchanged chassis houses Skylake hardware. "Simple" is not a completely apt word because of vast features including M.2-SSD+HDD and a very good Full HD IPS display. You cannot complain about gaming performance, waste heat or system noise. This case handles everything well including good utilization of the CPU Turbo. There is hardly a performance gain compared to the Broadwell i7 predecessor and the GTX 850M was only insignificantly slower. In return, the system requires less energy - but only when idle. Gaming is possible with up to Full HD details with beautiful colors and high contrast.

The Aspire V 15 Nitro is a well-made combination of technical performance and build quality. The cons are quite negligible.

The Aspire V 15 kept its quite good keyboard and the solid case with appropriate quality. Maintenance is still possible, but not easy for laymen, since the base unit has to be completely disassembled. Unfortunately, the battery life is for some inexplicable reason slightly shorter than the predecessors, although the capacity remained the same. The performance is worse than Haswell / Skylake 45-watt models by far. Those going for the Black Edition with these SoCs only get an insignificantly better system performance, but significantly higher processing performance, especially for multi-core apps. Finally, the GTX 960M in the Black Edition turns the notebook into a real gamer. The following table lists selected Aspire V Nitro models, which we will review, too.

ModelInchCPUGPUHDD/SSDPrice
Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-74H815"i7 6700HQGTX 960M1 TB+256 GB SSD1299 Euros
Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79KE15"i7 6700HQGTX 960M1 TB+256 GB SSD1899 Euros

8th

Gaming with limits: Asus GL552JX-CN154H
Gaming with limits: Asus GL552JX-CN154H

Republic Of Gamers usually suggests the most powerful gaming hardware from Asus. However, the GL552JX-CN154H belongs more in the entry-level gaming segment with its GeForce GTX 950M despite its price of 1200 Euros (~$1301). However, gaming meteorites like its Asus G751JY-T7009H sibling with the GTX 980M are even more expensive (2000 Euros, ~$2171). Certainly, the "small" GL552JX cannot keep up with the 17-incher. It only weighs 2.6 kg instead of 4.16 kg and is rather compact and mobile, in return.

The manufacturer handles temperature emissions and system noise well. CPU and GPU Turbos are used in real-world scenarios. Throttling should be rather an exception, for example during our stress test. Gaming with limits refers to the slightly low gaming performance of the 950M model with DDR3 (1800 MHz). Small flaws in build quality and imperfect stability make us look wistfully to the aluminum finish of several competitors. Although color and shape uplift the plastic chassis, it is and remains the second choice. The tester did not like that the fans cannot be reached for cleaning, the reduced size of the number block and the speakers. The latter cannot completely reach the multimedia level. Those who can accept these compromises, but do not want to do without a contrast-rich display with wide viewing angles and good input devices, are well-advised with the GL552JX-CN154H. The Aspire Nitro Black Edition above with the GTX 960M is a real alternative.

9th

Power & display: Asus N551JW (GTX 960M)
Power & display: Asus N551JW (GTX 960M)

Asus created a 15-incher for just under 1300 Euros (~$1411), which can fulfill even gaming ambitions. With the GeForce GTX 960M, it uses the same GPU as the premium model of the Aspire Nitro Black Edition above. The Asus N551JW-CN094H is a derivative of the successful N551JK (GTX 850M), whereas its look has only slightly changed. With a standard-volt quad-core processor and an SSD, the notebook will please even power users. The additional subwoofer is connected to a dedicated audio out and ensures a decent sound in music and games. In addition to the maintenance hatches and a replaceable battery, the input devices, with strong feedback that might even please prolific writers, are the strengths of the Asus N551JW. The display achieved quite a high rating, since it is very bright, anti-reflective and features wide viewing angles (IPS) and relatively low DeltaE values in factory state. sRGB is completely covered, which might make the device even suitable for professional users. Despite the many advantages, the current price of 1200 to 1500 Euros (~$1301 to $1628, depending on the configuration) appears a bit too high to us. For this price customers can  get a 15-inch Nitro with not just a Full HD but a 4K display from Acer. The Skylake 5K models (592G) are more expensive, thus it might be worth it to buy an older Nitro 591G with 4K.

We will review the Skylake successor in the coming weeks: The Asus N552VX-FY103T with Core i7-6700HQ and GTX 950M. The GPU downgrade ensures that the Haswell model will remain popular. Our test model is the entry-level variant with Terabyte hard drive and FHD panel for 1000 Euros. You'll get a 256 GB SSD for a bold surcharge of 300 Euros.

10th

Expensive: Asus N751JX
Expensive: Asus N751JX

Here comes the 17-inch sibling of the above-mentioned Asus N551JW. The Asus N751JX replaces the N750JK-T4042H from 2014, which is still available. The two devices share the same design, and the additional subwoofer is still included. The updated model uses a slightly faster processor and a new GeForce GTX 950M GPU, but the CPU is still based on the Haswell generation and a successor with Skylake is not in sight yet. The processor is one of the fastest notebook chips in combination with a GeForce GTX 950M for games and GPU applications. Why Asus has equipped the 17-incher with a weaker graphics solution than the 15-incher remains a mystery of their pricing policy.

Noise and temperature development are moderate, which is also a result of the bulky chassis with a height of 3 centimeters (~1.2 in). Nice detail: You can equip the second 2.5-inch slot with a hard drive if the standard 1 TB model is full, or extend the M.2 slot with an SSD. Good input devices and a great sound complete the package.

The matte and bright Full HD display is not bad – but it is based on the TN technology, so the viewing angles are limited. However, they are better than standard TN panels. The price-performance ratio of the N751JK is not very good (currently around 1200 Euros/~$1301) when you consider the high price and the absence of an SSD. Acer's Aspire V Nitro 7-791G offers some models with an SSD as well as the HDD and is therefore a better choice.

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Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Screen
Brightness Center (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
341 cd/m² ∼49%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
361 cd/m² ∼52%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
277 cd/m² ∼40%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
399 cd/m² ∼57%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
346 cd/m² ∼49%
HP ProBook 470 G3
314 cd/m² ∼45%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
328 cd/m² ∼47%
Asus GL552JX
326 cd/m² ∼47%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
341 cd/m² ∼49%
Asus N751JX
337 cd/m² ∼48%
Black Level (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
0.34 cd/m² * ∼7%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
0.38 cd/m² * ∼8%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
0.26 cd/m² * ∼5%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
0.24 cd/m² * ∼5%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
0.32 cd/m² * ∼6%
HP ProBook 470 G3
0.32 cd/m² * ∼6%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
0.33 cd/m² * ∼7%
Asus GL552JX
0.31 cd/m² * ∼6%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
0.37 cd/m² * ∼7%
Asus N751JX
0.61 cd/m² * ∼12%
Contrast (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
1003 :1; ∼63%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
950 :1; ∼59%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
1065 :1; ∼67%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
1663 :1; ∼104%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
1081 :1; ∼68%
HP ProBook 470 G3
981 :1; ∼61%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
994 :1; ∼62%
Asus GL552JX
1052 :1; ∼66%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
922 :1; ∼58%
Asus N751JX
552 :1; ∼35%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
2.07 * ∼14%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
5.34 * ∼36%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
3.49 * ∼23%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
5.95 * ∼40%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
4.01 * ∼27%
HP ProBook 470 G3
3.43 * ∼23%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
4.74 * ∼32%
Asus GL552JX
4.14 * ∼28%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
6.22 * ∼41%
Asus N751JX
5.84 * ∼39%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
1.9 * ∼13%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
4.84 * ∼32%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
3.27 * ∼22%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
8.41 * ∼56%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
3.58 * ∼24%
HP ProBook 470 G3
3.72 * ∼25%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
3.15 * ∼21%
Asus GL552JX
5.46 * ∼36%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
5.24 * ∼35%
Asus N751JX
3.86 * ∼26%
Gamma (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
2.62 * ∼52%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
2.21 * ∼44%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
2.35 * ∼47%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
2.35 * ∼47%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
2.23 * ∼45%
HP ProBook 470 G3
2.39 * ∼48%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
2.51 * ∼50%
Asus GL552JX
2.44 * ∼49%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
2.47 * ∼49%
Asus N751JX
2.59 * ∼52%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
57.9 % ∼58%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
89 % ∼89%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
61.5 % ∼62%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
64 % ∼64%
HP ProBook 470 G3
59.8 % ∼60%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
54 % ∼54%
Asus GL552JX
64 % ∼64%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
68 % ∼68%
Asus N751JX
64 % ∼64%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
28.9 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
31.4 dB * ∼63%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
30.1 dB * ∼60%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
32.6 dB * ∼65%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
32.6 dB * ∼65%
HP ProBook 470 G3
30 dB * ∼60%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Asus GL552JX
30 dB * ∼60%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
31.6 dB * ∼63%
Asus N751JX
33.2 dB * ∼66%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
28.9 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
32.5 dB * ∼65%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
30.1 dB * ∼60%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
33.6 dB * ∼67%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
32.6 dB * ∼65%
HP ProBook 470 G3
30 dB * ∼60%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
32.1 dB * ∼64%
Asus GL552JX
30 dB * ∼60%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
31.6 dB * ∼63%
Asus N751JX
33.3 dB * ∼67%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
28.9 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
33.6 dB * ∼67%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
30.9 dB * ∼62%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
33.6 dB * ∼67%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
33.4 dB * ∼67%
HP ProBook 470 G3
30 dB * ∼60%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
32.8 dB * ∼66%
Asus GL552JX
31.3 dB * ∼63%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
31.6 dB * ∼63%
Asus N751JX
33.6 dB * ∼67%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
46 dB * ∼92%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
45.2 dB * ∼90%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
33.6 dB * ∼67%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
37.1 dB * ∼74%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
36.5 dB * ∼73%
HP ProBook 470 G3
35.1 dB * ∼70%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
41.4 dB * ∼83%
Asus GL552JX
36.9 dB * ∼74%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
41.2 dB * ∼82%
Asus N751JX
40.4 dB * ∼81%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
46 dB * ∼92%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
46 dB * ∼92%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
38.6 dB * ∼77%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
47.5 dB * ∼95%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
48 dB * ∼96%
HP ProBook 470 G3
38.9 dB * ∼78%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
48.4 dB * ∼97%
Asus GL552JX
44.7 dB * ∼89%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
44.7 dB * ∼89%
Asus N751JX
42.4 dB * ∼85%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
43.2 °C * ∼72%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
55.9 °C * ∼93%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
42.1 °C * ∼70%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
62.5 °C * ∼104%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
43.8 °C * ∼73%
HP ProBook 470 G3
43 °C * ∼72%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
48.4 °C * ∼81%
Asus GL552JX
46.3 °C * ∼77%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
38.3 °C * ∼64%
Asus N751JX
38.3 °C * ∼64%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
39 °C * ∼65%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
50 °C * ∼83%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
42 °C * ∼70%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
54.4 °C * ∼91%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
41.4 °C * ∼69%
HP ProBook 470 G3
45.8 °C * ∼76%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
46 °C * ∼77%
Asus GL552JX
41.5 °C * ∼69%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
39.1 °C * ∼65%
Asus N751JX
43 °C * ∼72%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
30 °C * ∼50%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
28.1 °C * ∼47%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
31.2 °C * ∼52%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
33.5 °C * ∼56%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
30.7 °C * ∼51%
HP ProBook 470 G3
32.5 °C * ∼54%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
28.9 °C * ∼48%
Asus GL552JX
33.6 °C * ∼56%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
27.7 °C * ∼46%
Asus N751JX
25.7 °C * ∼43%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
29.3 °C * ∼49%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
27.9 °C * ∼47%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
34 °C * ∼57%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
36.7 °C * ∼61%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
33 °C * ∼55%
HP ProBook 470 G3
35.6 °C * ∼59%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
27.9 °C * ∼47%
Asus GL552JX
32.7 °C * ∼55%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
26.3 °C * ∼44%
Asus N751JX
26.5 °C * ∼44%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
1039 min ∼38%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
528 min ∼20%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
614 min ∼23%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
544 min ∼20%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
410 min ∼15%
HP ProBook 470 G3
490 min ∼18%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
761 min ∼28%
Asus GL552JX
223 min ∼8%
Load (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
105 min ∼4%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
125 min ∼5%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
113 min ∼4%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
140 min ∼5%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
96 min ∼4%
HP ProBook 470 G3
81 min ∼3%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
118 min ∼4%
Asus GL552JX
100 min ∼4%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
432 min ∼16%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
309 min ∼11%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
273 min ∼10%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
332 min ∼12%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
254 min ∼9%
HP ProBook 470 G3
277 min ∼10%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
359 min ∼13%
Asus GL552JX
221 min ∼8%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
246 min ∼9%
Asus N751JX
244 min ∼9%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
6 Watt * ∼6%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
12.5 Watt * ∼13%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
6.4 Watt * ∼6%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
9.9 Watt * ∼10%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
5.8 Watt * ∼6%
HP ProBook 470 G3
5.7 Watt * ∼6%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
5.2 Watt * ∼5%
Asus GL552JX
6.2 Watt * ∼6%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
7.4 Watt * ∼7%
Asus N751JX
9.1 Watt * ∼9%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
12.8 Watt * ∼13%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
19.6 Watt * ∼20%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
10.9 Watt * ∼11%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
12.6 Watt * ∼13%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
9 Watt * ∼9%
HP ProBook 470 G3
11.3 Watt * ∼11%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
9.4 Watt * ∼9%
Asus GL552JX
10.3 Watt * ∼10%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
11.9 Watt * ∼12%
Asus N751JX
13.8 Watt * ∼14%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
13.3 Watt * ∼13%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
22.8 Watt * ∼23%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
14.1 Watt * ∼14%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
16.8 Watt * ∼17%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
14.7 Watt * ∼15%
HP ProBook 470 G3
12.2 Watt * ∼12%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
10.8 Watt * ∼11%
Asus GL552JX
12.2 Watt * ∼12%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
13.8 Watt * ∼14%
Asus N751JX
17.8 Watt * ∼18%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
82.4 Watt * ∼24%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
102 Watt * ∼29%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
67.1 Watt * ∼19%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
70 Watt * ∼20%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
85 Watt * ∼24%
HP ProBook 470 G3
44.8 Watt * ∼13%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
60 Watt * ∼17%
Asus GL552JX
77 Watt * ∼22%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
95.9 Watt * ∼27%
Asus N751JX
89.7 Watt * ∼26%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
91.8 Watt * ∼26%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
107 Watt * ∼31%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
84.9 Watt * ∼24%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
114 Watt * ∼33%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
121.5 Watt * ∼35%
HP ProBook 470 G3
66.3 Watt * ∼19%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
80.9 Watt * ∼23%
Asus GL552JX
105 Watt * ∼30%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
93.7 Watt * ∼27%
Asus N751JX
92.3 Watt * ∼26%

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
3942 Points ∼20%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
5477 Points ∼27%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
4025 Points ∼20%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
5375 Points ∼27%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
5709 Points ∼28%
HP ProBook 470 G3
2272 Points ∼11%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
4160 Points ∼21%
Asus GL552JX
4488 Points ∼22%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
5324 Points ∼27%
Asus N751JX
4575 Points ∼23%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
92723 Points ∼50%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
48680 Points ∼26%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
87210 Points ∼47%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
80910 Points ∼44%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
84659 Points ∼46%
HP ProBook 470 G3
41790 Points ∼23%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
44588 Points ∼24%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
59696 Points ∼32%
Asus N751JX
59224 Points ∼32%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
2350 Points ∼10%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
3909 Points ∼17%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
2575 Points ∼11%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
3907 Points ∼17%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
4061 Points ∼17%
HP ProBook 470 G3
1095 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
2722 Points ∼12%
Asus GL552JX
2726 Points ∼12%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
3985 Points ∼17%
Asus N751JX
2863 Points ∼12%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
5480 Points ∼69%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
5480 Points ∼69%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
4633 Points ∼58%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
5128 Points ∼65%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
4671 Points ∼59%
HP ProBook 470 G3
2998 Points ∼38%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
3624 Points ∼46%
Asus GL552JX
5829 Points ∼73%
Asus N551JW-CN094H
4939 Points ∼62%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 15 2015
3821 Points ∼67%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i7 UHD
3121 Points ∼55%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
3524 Points ∼62%
Dell XPS 15 9550 i5 FHD
3575 Points ∼63%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
3751 Points ∼66%
HP ProBook 470 G3
3399 Points ∼60%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G
3447 Points ∼61%
Asus GL552JX
3637 Points ∼64%
Asus N751JX
3241 Points ∼57%

Legend

 
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05 Intel Core i7-4870HQ, AMD Radeon R9 M370X, Apple SSD SM0512G
 
Dell XPS 15-9550 i7 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
 
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF Intel Core i5-6300HQ, NVIDIA GeForce 945M, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
 
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550 Intel Core i5-6300HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + LiteON CS1-SP32-11 M.2 2242 32GB
 
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
 
HP ProBook 470 G3 Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M340, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
 
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0 Intel Core i7-6500U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Lite-On CV1-8B128
 
Asus GL552JX-CN154H Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
 
Asus N551JW-CN094H Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Kingston SMSM151S3128GD
 
Asus N751JX-T4056H Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100

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