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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

Staff (translated by Martina Osztovits), 09/02/2015

September 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. 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), 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 (~$325 to $2711) 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 September 2015

Pos.RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreen
189%04/15Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Intel Core i5-5257U
Intel Iris Graphics 6100
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
1.6 kg18 mm13.3"2560x1600glossy
288%06/15HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EAHP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
Intel Core i7-5500U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.3 kg21 mm12.5"1920x1080matte
388%05/15Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHzApple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core M-5Y31
Intel HD Graphics 5300
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
920 g13.1 mm12.0"2304x1440glossy
488%03/15Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-TouchDell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
Intel Core i5-5200U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
, 128 GB SSD
1.3 kg18.5 mm13.3"1920x1080matte
587%06/15Apple 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%05/15Toshiba 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
787%04/15Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
Intel Core i5-5300U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.4 kg19 mm14.0"2560x1440matte
887%07/15Asus Zenbook UX305FA-FC004HAsus Zenbook UX305FA-FC004H
Intel Core M-5Y10
Intel HD Graphics 5300
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
1.3 kg13 mm13.3"1920x1080matte
987%02/15Lenovo ThinkPad X250-20CLS06D00Lenovo ThinkPad X250-20CLS06D00
Intel Core i7-5600U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8 GB Memory, 360 GB SSD
1.4 kg20.3 mm12.5"1920x1080matte
1086%07/15Asus 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

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

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 and 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 regard to 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 (~$1409) for our test model is steep and just gets higher if you want additional extras like a bigger SSD or more memory.

Buy Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015

2nd

Surprising: HP EliteBook 820 G2-J8R58EA
Surprising: HP EliteBook 820 G2-J8R58EA

At just under 2000 Euros (~$2168), HP charges a high price for its EliteBook 820 G2-J8R58EA. Financially strong customers who don't find the price too steep will get a mobile communications module as well as a matte Full HD display with IPS technology. Such a display has been long awaited for by a part of the customers base, since the EliteBook 820 G1 (Haswell) predecessor only featured a resolution of 1366x768 pixels.

The EliteBook 820 G2 has many advantages: high-quality case, sophisticated maintenance, good input devices and, last but not least, low warming. The 12.5-incher can work silently, but when the fan turns on, it generates annoying side noises. The bright, contrast-rich IPS display reached a very good rating (90%), which we seldom assign to a display. This is due to the high contrast, the high brightness, the wide viewing angles and the high color precision. The docking port is typical for a business device, but it is on a side here. In addition, there are three USB ports, a full-sized DisplayPort and Ethernet RJ45.

In short, HP created a convincing subnotebook with the EliteBook 820 G1, which comprehensively meets the demands made on a mobile, professional office device. Thus, the 12.5-incher can easily outperform its competitors, including the Lenovo ThinkPad X250 and the Dell Latitude E7250.

Buy HP EliteBook 820 G2

3rd

Less is more: Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
Less is more: Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz

With the MacBook 12 (Early 2015), Apple targets users who do not even want to do without their familiar OSX environment on a very mobile 12-incher. For this reason, Intel equipped the subnotebook, which weighs only 900 g, with a Core M 5Y31 (Broadwell), which can be cooled passively. The MacBook 12 convinced the tester with a surprisingly decent everyday performance. The same is true for the bright Retina display with wide viewing angles.

Accurate build quality and very high stability are Apple's strengths, which the 12-incher also delivers. The battery runtimes cannot dampen the mobility: The handy subnotebook lasts 7:36 hours in our Wi-Fi test. The speakers are a small surprise: Apple demonstrates that not only multimedia laptops are capable of a loud, balanced and rich sound with a touch of bass.

The default resolution of this device is 2304x1440 pixels, which is significantly higher than the Air 11's. The brightness distribution is even, the brightness above average, and the sRGB coverage (color space) is at least 95%. The high color fidelity of the uncalibrated display compared to the sRGB reference is very commendable. The price of 1700 Euros (~$1843) is steep and depends on the configuration (CPU variant, SSD 256 & 512 GB) and availability.

Buy Apple MacBook 12

Discussion

4th

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 makes the Macbook Air competitor look very good. 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 it 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 range 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.

Buy Dell XPS 13

5th

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

Small update, little effect: 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, were not removed. The resolution of only 1440x900 pixels also remained unchanged. Competitors offer Full HD at least and some of them even offer an anti-reflective coating (ThinkPad X250, Zenbook UX305FA).

The realistic battery life of above 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. In particular, the fast SSD surprised the tester. Despite slim build, the system noise is low during normal usage. But, 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.

Buy 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 1400 Euros (~$1517). The Broadwell chipset brings better runtimes (8:38 hours in the Wi-Fi test) and omitting the touchscreen reduced the weight by 200 g. So, the Kirabook belongs to the lightest 13.3-inch subnotebooks on the market. The Full HD display is bright and anti-reflective. Thus outdoor use is unlimited. The Kirabook 2014 was heavily criticized in this aspect, since its glossy touchpad was not bright enough. Advantages are good input devices, long battery runtimes and a very good system performance. The high-quality metal case only heats up 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, which is available for 1080 Euros (~$1170). Toshiba offers a Core i7-5500U, 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD for the 320 Euros (~$347) it costs more.

Buy Toshiba Kirabook 2015

7th

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 hardly affects 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 does not even manage 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 are just average considering the 1500 to 2100 Euros (~$1788) price tag and when compared to its rivals. Viewing angles are very good and the semi-glossy surface prevents fingerprints and reduces reflections. The resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels is very high for a 14-incher. No other notebook in this chart has this high of a resolution aside form the MacBook Pro Retina 13 and the MacBook 12.

Buy Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015

8th

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 (~$1192) and come with entry-level configurations at this price point. The test model for 906 Euros (~$1082) 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 (~$865). This was the first time a model with such a price had achieved the first place in this top list. So, we assigned our Best Value Award of February 2015 to the Zenbook UX305FA.

Buy Asus Zenbook UX305

9th

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

Lenovo's ThinkPad X250 (20CLS06D00) is a handy subnotebook with a rare 12.5-inch business format. It is a direct competitor of the HP EliteBook G2 (see 2nd place) with the same diagonal, resolution and matte display surface. 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 with 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 is worse than the competition. The price of the X250 is attractive, though. Thanks to Lenovo's education discounts, smaller configurations are available for below 1000 Euros (~$1083). Please note that low-priced X250 models are equipped with HD panels and hybrid hard drives.

Buy Lenovo ThinkPad X250

10th

With graphics card: Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
With graphics card: Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H

With the Zenbooks, Asus already established a series of models with focus on high-end, solid look where possible with an aluminum case four years ago. The Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H follows this approach and not only brings Intel's Broadwell SoC but also a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 940M. Thus the slim 13-incher is gaming capable to some extent. The tester liked the bright, matte IPS display, but the contrast is low. Despite powerful hardware, the case only heats up moderately. Maintenance is possible, although the base appears to be hermetically sealed at a first glance. The underside can be removed. Afterwards, you can see a free mSATA slot and a replaceable battery. The battery life of 8:50 hours (840M model of the UX303LN) is very good in view of 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 screen fits your needs, then the Lenovo U41-70 with its Geforce 940M is another solid choice.

Buy Asus Zenbook UX303

Recent Subnotebook Awards

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Screen
Brightness Center (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
361 cd/m² ∼52%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
300 cd/m² ∼43%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
345 cd/m² ∼49%
Dell XPS 13-9343
409.7 cd/m² ∼59%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
329 cd/m² ∼47%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
334 cd/m² ∼48%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
252.3 cd/m² ∼36%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
310 cd/m² ∼44%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
397 cd/m² ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
313 cd/m² ∼45%
Black Level (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
0.361 cd/m² * ∼7%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
0.33 cd/m² * ∼7%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
0.324 cd/m² * ∼6%
Dell XPS 13-9343
0.366 cd/m² * ∼7%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
0.405 cd/m² * ∼8%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
0.29 cd/m² * ∼6%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
0.426 cd/m² * ∼9%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
0.75 cd/m² * ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
0.44 cd/m² * ∼9%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
0.64 cd/m² * ∼13%
Contrast (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
1000 :1; ∼63%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
909 :1; ∼57%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
1065 :1; ∼67%
Dell XPS 13-9343
1119 :1; ∼70%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
812 :1; ∼51%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
1152 :1; ∼72%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
592 :1; ∼37%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
413 :1; ∼26%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
902 :1; ∼56%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
489 :1; ∼31%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
1.82 * ∼12%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
3.68 * ∼25%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
1.62 * ∼11%
Dell XPS 13-9343
7.67 * ∼51%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
3.96 * ∼26%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
2.27 * ∼15%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
3.8 * ∼25%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
2.49 * ∼17%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
4.2 * ∼28%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
3.1 * ∼21%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
1.8 * ∼12%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
2.47 * ∼16%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
1.88 * ∼13%
Dell XPS 13-9343
4.66 * ∼31%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
3.51 * ∼23%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
2.47 * ∼16%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
2.92 * ∼19%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
1.89 * ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
3.1 * ∼21%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.3 * ∼15%
Gamma (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
2.49 * ∼50%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
2.4 * ∼48%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
2.55 * ∼51%
Dell XPS 13-9343
1.65 * ∼33%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
3.83 * ∼77%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
2.36 * ∼47%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
2.08 * ∼42%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
2.36 * ∼47%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
2.6 * ∼52%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.2 * ∼44%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
61.9 % ∼62%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
41.6 % ∼42%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
61.8 % ∼62%
Dell XPS 13-9343
59.65 % ∼60%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
38.4 % ∼38%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
64 % ∼64%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
50.41 % ∼50%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
54 % ∼54%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
42 % ∼42%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
29 dB * ∼58%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 13-9343
29 dB * ∼58%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
28.5 dB * ∼57%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
29 dB * ∼58%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
29 dB * ∼58%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 13-9343
29.1 dB * ∼58%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
28.6 dB * ∼57%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
29 dB * ∼58%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
29 dB * ∼58%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 13-9343
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
30.7 dB * ∼61%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
28.8 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
30.3 dB * ∼61%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
31.4 dB * ∼63%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
42.5 dB * ∼85%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
34.7 dB * ∼69%
Dell XPS 13-9343
31.1 dB * ∼62%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
40.2 dB * ∼80%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
43.9 dB * ∼88%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
30.7 dB * ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
33.4 dB * ∼67%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
37.3 dB * ∼75%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
45.6 dB * ∼91%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
35.1 dB * ∼70%
Dell XPS 13-9343
38.4 dB * ∼77%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
46.3 dB * ∼93%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
43.9 dB * ∼88%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
36.9 dB * ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
33.7 dB * ∼67%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
38.2 dB * ∼76%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
45.1 °C * ∼75%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
43.2 °C * ∼72%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
45.7 °C * ∼76%
Dell XPS 13-9343
44.6 °C * ∼74%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
43.8 °C * ∼73%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
42.2 °C * ∼70%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
36.2 °C * ∼60%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
43.1 °C * ∼72%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
43.6 °C * ∼73%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
46 °C * ∼77%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
39.6 °C * ∼66%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
45.1 °C * ∼75%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
49.4 °C * ∼82%
Dell XPS 13-9343
44.8 °C * ∼75%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
42.1 °C * ∼70%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
34.4 °C * ∼57%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
38 °C * ∼63%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
41.2 °C * ∼69%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
42.3 °C * ∼71%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
35.6 °C * ∼59%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
28.5 °C * ∼48%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
31.2 °C * ∼52%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
32.5 °C * ∼54%
Dell XPS 13-9343
28.8 °C * ∼48%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
28.5 °C * ∼48%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
26.2 °C * ∼44%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
26.4 °C * ∼44%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
26.3 °C * ∼44%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
29.1 °C * ∼49%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
25.2 °C * ∼42%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
28.3 °C * ∼47%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
32.5 °C * ∼54%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
33.1 °C * ∼55%
Dell XPS 13-9343
28.8 °C * ∼48%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
28.9 °C * ∼48%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
28.5 °C * ∼48%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
27.4 °C * ∼46%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
26.2 °C * ∼44%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
30 °C * ∼50%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
25.5 °C * ∼43%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
1690 min ∼63%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
921 min ∼34%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
1407 min ∼52%
Dell XPS 13-9343
1295 min ∼48%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
1572 min ∼58%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
1399 min ∼52%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
984 min ∼36%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
781 min ∼29%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
779 min ∼29%
Load (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
94 min ∼3%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
97 min ∼4%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
155 min ∼6%
Dell XPS 13-9343
145 min ∼5%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
97 min ∼4%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
135 min ∼5%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
141 min ∼5%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
189 min ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
92 min ∼3%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
539 min ∼20%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
338 min ∼13%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
456 min ∼17%
Dell XPS 13-9343
598 min ∼22%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
620 min ∼23%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
518 min ∼19%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
285 min ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
298 min ∼11%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
374 min ∼14%
WiFi (sort by value)
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
401 min ∼15%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
408 min ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
325 min ∼12%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
2.8 Watt * ∼3%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
3.1 Watt * ∼3%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
1.7 Watt * ∼2%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
2.7 Watt * ∼3%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
2.6 Watt * ∼3%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
3.3 Watt * ∼3%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
3.1 Watt * ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
2.7 Watt * ∼3%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.5 Watt * ∼3%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
7.8 Watt * ∼8%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
5.8 Watt * ∼6%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
5.3 Watt * ∼5%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
5.7 Watt * ∼6%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
6.3 Watt * ∼6%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
6 Watt * ∼6%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
7.5 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
7 Watt * ∼7%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
6.7 Watt * ∼7%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
8.1 Watt * ∼8%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
6.5 Watt * ∼7%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
6 Watt * ∼6%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
6 Watt * ∼6%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
6.5 Watt * ∼7%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
6.7 Watt * ∼7%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
8.6 Watt * ∼9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
8 Watt * ∼8%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
8.7 Watt * ∼9%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
52.4 Watt * ∼15%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
30.5 Watt * ∼9%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
18.5 Watt * ∼5%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
32.1 Watt * ∼9%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
30.9 Watt * ∼9%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
25 Watt * ∼7%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
25.2 Watt * ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
28.6 Watt * ∼8%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
43.7 Watt * ∼12%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
62.8 Watt * ∼18%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
46.3 Watt * ∼13%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
29.3 Watt * ∼8%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
36.2 Watt * ∼10%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
30.9 Watt * ∼9%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
39 Watt * ∼11%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
30.6 Watt * ∼9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
44.3 Watt * ∼13%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
60 Watt * ∼17%

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
1828 Points ∼10%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
1059 Points ∼6%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
898 Points ∼5%
Dell XPS 13-9343
1133 Points ∼6%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
1459 Points ∼8%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
1163 Points ∼6%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
1067 Points ∼6%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
686 Points ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
1079 Points ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2485 Points ∼14%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
53847 Points ∼32%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
37897 Points ∼22%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
41018 Points ∼24%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
56022 Points ∼33%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
52529 Points ∼31%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
45644 Points ∼27%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
27325 Points ∼16%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
40296 Points ∼24%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
981 Points ∼7%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
619 Points ∼5%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
620 Points ∼5%
Dell XPS 13-9343
714 Points ∼5%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
903 Points ∼7%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
715 Points ∼5%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
665 Points ∼5%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
407 Points ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
625 Points ∼5%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
5620 Points ∼77%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
4414 Points ∼61%
Dell XPS 13-9343
4745 Points ∼65%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
5205 Points ∼72%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
5055 Points ∼70%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
4943 Points ∼68%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
4001 Points ∼55%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
4609 Points ∼63%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
4909 Points ∼68%
PCMark 8 - Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
4105 Points ∼74%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
4133 Points ∼74%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
3488 Points ∼63%
Dell XPS 13-9343
3811 Points ∼68%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
4367 Points ∼78%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
4100 Points ∼74%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
3614 Points ∼65%
Asus ZenBook UX305FA
2761 Points ∼50%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
4345 Points ∼78%
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Author: Staff, 2015-09- 2 (Update: 2015-09- 2)