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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

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

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Subnotebooks bridge the gap between the performance of large laptops and the mobility of small devices such as tablets or even smartphones. More recently, 2-in-1 devices and convertibles have penetrated the subnotebook market.

In our opinion, subnotebooks are no larger than 14 inches (display diagonal), lighter than 2 kg (~4.4 lbs) and usually feature integrated graphics cards. The price range is wide and models from 300 to 2500 Euros (~$325 to $2711) can be represented in our Top 10.

Subnotebook or ultrabook? We have created a separate Top 10 Ultrabooks with devices meeting the Intel specifications from 2013: touchscreen, low voltage Haswell processor (TDP: 15 W) or later, battery life of 6 to 9 hours, Intel Wireless Display and USB 3.0. For the time being however, our subnotebook charts include ultrabooks and subnotebooks alike.

The following table shows an overview of the Top 10 subnotebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the previous 12 months. If ratings are equal, the latest review is listed first. The table can be sorted by clicking its headers and filtered by entering text in the text field above it (e.g. "matte").

Subnotebook Charts as of April 2016

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
190%11/2015Dell XPS 13-9350Dell XPS 13-9350
Intel Core i5-6200U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.2 kg18.5 mm13.3"1920x1080matte
289%05/2015Apple 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
389%03/2016Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055TAsus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel Core m7-6Y75
Intel HD Graphics 515
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.2 kg12.3 mm13.3"3200x1800matte
488%06/2015HP 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
587%06/2015Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
Intel Core i7-5650U
Intel HD Graphics 6000
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.4 kg17 mm13.3"1440x900glossy
687%05/2015Toshiba KIRA-10DToshiba KIRA-10D
Intel Core i7-5500U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.1 kg17.9 mm13.3"1920x1080matte
786%07/2015Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079HAsus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
Intel Core i5-5200U
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.5 kg19 mm13.3"1920x1080matte
886%05/2015Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
Intel Core i5-5250U
Intel HD Graphics 6000
4 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
1.1 kg17 mm11.0"1366x768glossy
986%03/2016
New!
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GELenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
Intel Core i5-6200U
Intel HD Graphics 520
4 GB Memory, 500 GB Hybrid
1.5 kg20.3 mm12.5"1366x768matte
1085%12/2015
New!
HP Envy 13-d020ngHP Envy 13-d020ng
Intel Core i5-6200U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.4 kg12.6 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

Familiar face: Dell XPS 13-9350 matte FHD version
Familiar face: Dell XPS 13-9350 matte FHD version
Editor's Choice Award in December 2016: XPS 13-9350 matt FHD
Editor's Choice Award in December 2016: XPS 13-9350 matt FHD

Once again, Dell has taken the lead in our subnotebook charts with the XPS 13-9350 2016 (see review). You might think that this was easy since only details of the successful XPS 13-9343 Touch/Non-Touch have been changed. The impressive metal case with its flawless build quality and the Infinity Edge Display with slim profile have remained the same. The webcam has had to be moved under the display again since the almost non-existent frame did not have enough space above it.

The bright display is available as anti-reflective 1080p model or as Touch QHD+ (4K) model with glossy surface. Good colors (93% of Adobe RGB @ QHD+) and an extremely high contrast of 1500:1 are pleasing to the eyes. The performance corresponds to today's expectations in a slim subnotebook: no throttling at high load and an NVMe-PCIe SSD, which copies data even faster than SSDs do.

The Full HD i5-6200U variant of the XPS 13-9350 2016 leads our top list. We also had the i7 + QHD+ model under review (88%), which achieved a slightly lower rating due to shorter battery runtimes. Both devices have a Type-C USB 3.0 with Thunderbolt support and NVMe SSD in common. The larger XPS 15 9550 sibling with the same Infinity Edge design is leading our Top 10 Multimedia.

The Dell XPS 13-9350's greatest strength lies in its delicate balance of everything that matters to the ultraportable market. Whether the emphasis is on portability, performance, versatility, ergonomics, heat and noise, or even sheer beauty, there simply is not much to complain about.

In case you not want to spend that much money on 4K: HP's Envy 13-d000ng delivers 3200 x 1800 pixel for currently 888 Euros (see 10th place).

XPS 13-9350 Full HD matte, i5 6200U, 256 GB

XPS 13-9350 QHD+ Touch, i7 6500U, 256 GB

XPS 13-9350 QHD+ Touch, i7 6560U, 512 GB

2nd

Lighter than air: Apple MacBook 12
Lighter than air: Apple MacBook 12

With the MacBook 12 (see review), Apple surprisingly launched a new product series last year. Since it has been reduced to the base essentials, the 12-inch notebook weighs only 920 g (~2 lb) and 13 mm high (~0.5 in). Apple has split opinions with this device: With only a single USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen. 1) port, you have to do with the flexibility of a smartphone. It is not possible to charge the device and connect a mouse at the same time - at least not without the optional adapter. The keyboard with its robust touch sensitive keys is also debatable. Nevertheless, the MacBook 12 performs excellently in the core disciplines of a highly mobile notebook: realistic battery runtimes of over 7 hours, an excellent display, extremely light weight, low emissions (silent operation), yet satisfactory performance.

Apple MacBook 12

3rd

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

The ZenBook UX305CA-FB055T (see review) is the high-end ZenBook. Asus has incorporated an Intel Core m7-6Y75, which makes a fanless system possible, but reduces the performance under constant load. The ZenBook UX305UA-FC040T with Intel Core i7-6500U and fan overcomes this problem. It costs about the same and achieves a battery life of over nine hours despite a more powerful CPU. The UX305CA lasts only 6:42 hours due to its smaller battery and higher QHD+ resolution. Thus, those looking for best mobility should not buy the Core M model, but the variant with the 15-watt Core i7/i5. Nevertheless, a cheaper Core m3 model might be sufficient for potential buyers. The Core m3 delivers enough performance for the tasks the laptop is designed for, while the Core m7 processor is unable to permanently keep up its higher performance.

The high-resolution QHD+ screen (3200x1800 pixels) is the second attraction. It delivers a razor sharp image - but a weak contrast. Other weaknesses include the lack of a keyboard light and the CPU whining in our test model. Otherwise, the reviewers still like the ultra-slim chassis with concentric circles on the lid. The dark gray surface with purple hue is certainly a signature feature. It has great haptics, but smudges become visible quickly. The footprint is slightly larger than the XPS 13-9350's, but with a weight of 1200 g (~2.6 lb) the UX305CA is extremely light. The ZenBook UX303UA-R4051T with a fan weighs in at 1450 g (~3.2 lb; larger battery).

Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T

4th

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. Wealthy customers who do not 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 by some of the customer base, since the EliteBook 820 G1 (Haswell) predecessor featured a resolution of only 1366x768 pixels.

The EliteBook 820 G2 has many advantages: high quality casing, sophisticated maintenance, good input devices and, finally and most importantly, low warming. The 12.5-inch device can work silently, but when the fan turns on, it generates annoying 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, high brightness, wide viewing angles and high color precision. The docking port is typical for a business device and it is located on the side. In addition, there are three USB ports, a full-sized DisplayPort and Ethernet RJ45.

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

HP Elitebook 820 G2

Discussion

5th

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

While the Apple MacBook Air 13 2015 is a little more efficient with the Broadwell chip from Intel, its weaknesses, including the TN panel with narrow viewing angles and difficult maintenance have not been removed. The resolution of just 1440x900 pixels has also remained unchanged. At least the competitors offer Full HD, and some of them even offer an anti-reflective coating (ThinkPad X250, ZenBook UX305FA).

The realistic battery life of more than 10 hours in our Wi-Fi test is impressive. Together with the enormous system performance, it brings real notebook power onto the desk or the lap. The fast SSD in particular surprised the tester. Despite its slim build, the system noise is low during normal usage. However, the small fan gets loud under load (stress test). Aside from the stress test, typical load generates an acceptable 40 dB(A).

1500 Euros (~$1626) is a steep price, especially since similar or better configurations from the competition cost significantly less. All things considered, the MacBook Air 13 2015 is a well-made product and using it is fun. HP's Envy 13-d000ng with 3200 x 1800 pixels is available for significantly less money (888 Euros; see 10th place).

Apple MacBook Air 13 2015

6th

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

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

Toshiba sein KIRA-10D

7th

with graphics card: Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
with graphics card: Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H

It is confusing that the ZenBook UX303 series consists of so many models. While it shares its look with the UX305 mentioned above, it is even lighter and slimmer. To put it another way, the UX303 models are mainstream ZenBooks, which bring the highest possible performance in a moderately slim aluminum case, while the UX305 models are designed for high-end performance and mobility without compromises. The UX305 models are more expensive, but cheaper configurations might be available for less money. For example, the ZenBook UX303LB-R4079H currently costs 1000 Euros (~$1128) and features a Core i5 and a GeForce 940M. Moreover, it comes with a matte IPS panel. Customers have to look for along time for such an offer (with 256 SSD). Only Lenovo's U41-70 and IdeaPad 500s-14ISK are available for the same price. But neither of these two 14-inch devices features an aluminum uni-body or an IPS display. The only points of criticism are the slightly weak contrast (500:1) and the almost useless image quality of the webcam.

The UX303LB-R4079H is an elegant, compact subnotebook with long battery runtimes, fast SSD, and an IPS display with wide viewing angles and strong colors. The latter is quite bright and thanks to its matte surface, is even suitable for outdoor usage. The input devices provide a good feedback and the recordings of the microphone show a low noise level. Even the system noise is relatively low under load. Thus, the ZenBook is suitable as a companion in libraries. Currently, anyone looking for the smallest possible gaming capable Windows subnotebook will not get around the UX303LB and its variants. The Intel Iris Graphics 6100 of the MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch 2015-03 cannot keep up in terms of gaming performance, whereas the Apple device is priced at 1350 Euros (~$1523).

If graphics performance is not important for you: The sister model, ZenBook UX303UA-R4051T, without Nvidia chip achieved a total rating of 85% and brings a current Skylake processor. The model with the same SSD capacity and Full HD display is equally expensive.

Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H

8th

Low resolution: Apple MacBook Air 11 2015
Low resolution: Apple MacBook Air 11 2015

Apple's MacBook Air 11 has been refreshed. Now, the handy, light, good-looking subnotebook with a classic design comes with a Broadwell chip, which improves energy efficiency, but not the battery runtimes. The chassis has remained the same - probably the manufacturer thought, "never change a winning team". It is up to the buyer to decide whether they prefer an HD resolution or a USP. On the one hand 1366x768 pixels on a 11-inch screen might be sufficient, but competitors like the Asus ZenBook UX305FA provide an anti-reflective Full HD display for 800 Euros (~$903). It is even available with a matte 3200x1800 display for just under 1000 Euros (~$1128).

Pros are a very good system performance with a fast SSD and a Broadwell processor. The ZenBook UX305FA with Core M cannot keep up here. The MacBook Air 11 can actually keep up with the performance of standard laptops, which usually come with 15-watt SoCs these days. Apple could slightly improve the graphics performance with the Intel HD Graphics 6000, but the Air is still not really gaming capable. All things considered, it is a good office subnotebook with high quality in all aspects, although the old HD resolution and the relatively poor viewing angles (TN) remain weaknesses. As in the past, maintenance and connectivity are not the strengths of the Air.

Apple MacBook Air 11 2015

9th

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

Lenovo's ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE replaces the popular X250. Despite many advantages, the entry-level model of the 12.5-inch device (i5, HD TFT) could not take the lead in the office subnotebook charts. The small device is designed for business use, for which an excellent keyboard, a robust construction, and security features like TPM or fingerprint readers are standard. We like the hot swap battery feature. Apart from the replaceable battery, there is a second battery beneath the underside. The 12-inch device lasts almost seven hours in our WLAN battery test with the two batteries. The display was impressive with high image quality, but the test model's resolution is low. Lenovo also offers Full HD models. With low resolution, hard drive, and 4 GB of RAM, we had the entry-level model under review. However, this does not mean that the price is low. The simplest configuration costs 1340 Euros (~$1512).

As well as praise, there are also disadvantages. There is no maintenance hatch, RAM can only work in single channel mode (1 slot), and despite its robustness the case has minor weaknesses in its build quality. In our opinion, the Dell Latitude 12 E7250 (brighter display) and the HP EliteBook 820 G2 are competitors.

Lenovos ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE

10th

Low-cost 4K: HP Envy 13-d020ng
Low-cost 4K: HP Envy 13-d020ng
Best Value Award in April 2016: HP Envy 13-d020ng
Best Value Award in April 2016: HP Envy 13-d020ng

With the Envy 13-d020ng (see review), HP competes with the Asus Zenbook UX303, the Dell XPS 13, and the MacBook Air 13. The 13-incher is attractive with its optically and haptically very well-made aluminum chassis. The Envy 13 brings a matte IPS display, Full HD, and very good speakers for 1000 Euros (~$1128).

The matte IPS display of the Envy is very appealing. It delivers wide viewing angles, a high brightness, and a high contrast (FHD variant).

With SSD and Core i5-6200U, the performance is as high as it should be. We only observed throttling under extreme load. The battery runtime of 6:21 hours is not poor. The XPS 13 in 1st place only lasts one hour longer (+10%). However, several competitors including the Apple MacBook Air 13 2015-03 achieve a 50% longer battery life. The Envy 13-d020ng only has a few minimal flaws including the lack of a maintenance hatch and the feedback of the keyboard.

The price policy of the HP Envy 13-d020ng is interesting: The Envy 13-d004ng variant (review of the identical Envy 13-d000ng) with 4K display (3200x1800) is also available from 1000 Euros (~$1128) and even sports a Core i7-6500U. However, the battery life of our 4K test model (i5-6200U) is shorter by one hour.

In our opinion, the i7 does not pay off, since it makes for significantly shorter battery runtimes (Wi-Fi test: 206 minutes). The single core advantage of up to 20% in CPU performance and the slightly higher gaming performance of about 10% might be interesting for performance users, but all others won't notice it in practice (4K model).

Are you confused? The following table lists the current variants. As it is the currently cheapest, fully-fledged subnotebook (no Core m) with 4K display, we assigned it our Best Value Award in April 2016.

ModelSizeTFTCPUGPURAMHDD/SSD/etc.Price
Envy 13-d000ng (N7H78EA#ABD)13,3"3200x1800 glare6200UHD 5204GB256GB SSD M.2 2280888 Euro
Envy 13-d003ng (K3D47EA#ABD)13,3"1920x1080 matte 6200UHD 5208GB256GB SSD M.2 2280900 Euro
Envy 13-d004ng (K3D48EA#ABD)13,3"3200x1800 glare6500UHD 5208GB256GB SSD M.2 2280999 Euro
Envy 13-d002ng (P0U82EA#ABD)13,3"3200x1800 glare6500UHD 5208GB512GB SSD M.2 22801300 Euro

Recent Subnotebook Awards

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Screen
Brightness Center (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
277.5 cd/m² ∼40%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
345 cd/m² ∼49%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
390 cd/m² ∼56%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
300 cd/m² ∼43%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
329 cd/m² ∼47%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
334 cd/m² ∼48%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
313 cd/m² ∼45%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
368 cd/m² ∼53%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
262 cd/m² ∼37%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
345 cd/m² ∼49%
Black Level (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
0.191 cd/m² * ∼4%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
0.324 cd/m² * ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
0.69 cd/m² * ∼14%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
0.33 cd/m² * ∼7%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
0.405 cd/m² * ∼8%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
0.29 cd/m² * ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
0.64 cd/m² * ∼13%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
0.493 cd/m² * ∼10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
0.26 cd/m² * ∼5%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
0.25 cd/m² * ∼5%
Contrast (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
1453 :1; ∼91%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
1065 :1; ∼67%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
565 :1; ∼35%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
909 :1; ∼57%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
812 :1; ∼51%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
1152 :1; ∼72%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
489 :1; ∼31%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
746 :1; ∼47%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
1008 :1; ∼63%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
1380 :1; ∼86%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
4.88 * ∼33%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
1.62 * ∼11%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
3.04 * ∼20%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
3.68 * ∼25%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
3.96 * ∼26%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
2.27 * ∼15%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
3.1 * ∼21%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
3.29 * ∼22%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
3.55 * ∼24%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
4.94 * ∼33%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
4.26 * ∼28%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
1.88 * ∼13%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
2.88 * ∼19%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
2.47 * ∼16%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
3.51 * ∼23%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
2.47 * ∼16%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.3 * ∼15%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
3.06 * ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
3.36 * ∼22%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
5.85 * ∼39%
Gamma (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
2.59 * ∼52%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
2.55 * ∼51%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
2.43 * ∼49%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
2.4 * ∼48%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
3.83 * ∼77%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
2.36 * ∼47%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.2 * ∼44%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
2.68 * ∼54%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
2.39 * ∼48%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
2.25 * ∼45%
CCT (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
6562 ∼87%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
6411 ∼85%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
6848 ∼91%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
6310 ∼84%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
6711 ∼89%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
6872 ∼92%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
6526 ∼87%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
6397 ∼85%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
5985 ∼80%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
7105 ∼95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
41.6 % ∼42%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
61.8 % ∼62%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
55 % ∼55%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
41.6 % ∼42%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
38.4 % ∼38%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
64 % ∼64%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
38.8 % ∼39%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
45.9 % ∼46%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
60 % ∼60%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB) (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
65.79 % ∼66%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
95.5 % ∼96%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
85 % ∼85%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
64.9 % ∼65%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
59.8 % ∼60%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
93 % ∼93%
Brightness Distribution (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
88 %
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
90 %
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
81 %
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
83 %
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
82 %
Toshiba KIRA-10D
92 %
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
95 %
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
90 %
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
88 %
HP Envy 13-d020ng
95 %
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
28.2 dB * ∼56%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼63%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
29 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
29.4 dB * ∼59%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
32.5 dB * ∼65%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
28.3 dB * ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼63%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
29 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
29.4 dB * ∼59%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
32.5 dB * ∼65%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
28.4 dB * ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼63%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
30.7 dB * ∼61%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
31.4 dB * ∼63%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
29 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
29.4 dB * ∼59%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
32.4 dB * ∼65%
Load Average (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
30.2 dB * ∼60%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼63%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
34.7 dB * ∼69%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
40.2 dB * ∼80%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
43.9 dB * ∼88%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
37.3 dB * ∼75%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
35.2 dB * ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
33.2 dB * ∼66%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
36 dB * ∼72%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
30.2 dB * ∼60%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼63%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
35.1 dB * ∼70%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
46.3 dB * ∼93%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
43.9 dB * ∼88%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
38.2 dB * ∼76%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
43.1 dB * ∼86%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
33.2 dB * ∼66%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
36.5 dB * ∼73%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
45.2 °C * ∼75%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
45.7 °C * ∼76%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
39.1 °C * ∼65%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
43.2 °C * ∼72%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
43.8 °C * ∼73%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
42.2 °C * ∼70%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
46 °C * ∼77%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
44.5 °C * ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
45.3 °C * ∼76%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
51 °C * ∼85%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
45.2 °C * ∼75%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
49.4 °C * ∼82%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
38.7 °C * ∼65%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
45.1 °C * ∼75%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
42.1 °C * ∼70%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
34.4 °C * ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
35.6 °C * ∼59%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
42.1 °C * ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
48.8 °C * ∼81%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
46 °C * ∼77%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
30.4 °C * ∼51%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
32.5 °C * ∼54%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
26 °C * ∼43%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
31.2 °C * ∼52%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
28.5 °C * ∼48%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
26.2 °C * ∼44%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
25.2 °C * ∼42%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
27.6 °C * ∼46%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
29.3 °C * ∼49%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
25.5 °C * ∼43%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
31.2 °C * ∼52%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
33.1 °C * ∼55%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
25.7 °C * ∼43%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
32.5 °C * ∼54%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
28.9 °C * ∼48%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
28.5 °C * ∼48%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
25.5 °C * ∼43%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
28.6 °C * ∼48%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
32.4 °C * ∼54%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
24.4 °C * ∼41%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
782 min ∼29%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
1407 min ∼52%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
1013 min ∼38%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
921 min ∼34%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
1572 min ∼58%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
1399 min ∼52%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
795 min ∼29%
Load (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
150 min ∼6%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
155 min ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
182 min ∼7%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
97 min ∼4%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
97 min ∼4%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
135 min ∼5%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
92 min ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
160 min ∼6%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
451 min ∼17%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
456 min ∼17%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
402 min ∼15%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
338 min ∼13%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
620 min ∼23%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
518 min ∼19%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
374 min ∼14%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
512 min ∼19%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
396 min ∼15%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
381 min ∼14%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
1.7 Watt * ∼2%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
4.2 Watt * ∼4%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
3.1 Watt * ∼3%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
2.7 Watt * ∼3%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
2.6 Watt * ∼3%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.5 Watt * ∼3%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
2.5 Watt * ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
3.6 Watt * ∼4%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
4.2 Watt * ∼4%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
5.3 Watt * ∼5%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
8.4 Watt * ∼8%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
5.8 Watt * ∼6%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
5.7 Watt * ∼6%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
6.3 Watt * ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
6.7 Watt * ∼7%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
5.1 Watt * ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
5.9 Watt * ∼6%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
7.4 Watt * ∼7%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
6 Watt * ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
8.9 Watt * ∼9%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
6.5 Watt * ∼7%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
6 Watt * ∼6%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
6.5 Watt * ∼7%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
8.7 Watt * ∼9%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
6.1 Watt * ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
6.6 Watt * ∼7%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
10.1 Watt * ∼10%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
18.5 Watt * ∼5%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
15.9 Watt * ∼5%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
30.5 Watt * ∼9%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
32.1 Watt * ∼9%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
30.9 Watt * ∼9%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
43.7 Watt * ∼12%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
37.6 Watt * ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
28.5 Watt * ∼8%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
33.4 Watt * ∼10%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
29.3 Watt * ∼8%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
22.5 Watt * ∼6%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
46.3 Watt * ∼13%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
36.2 Watt * ∼10%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
30.9 Watt * ∼9%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
60 Watt * ∼17%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
43.4 Watt * ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
36.8 Watt * ∼11%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
34.7 Watt * ∼10%

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Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
1558 Points ∼8%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
898 Points ∼4%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
1188 Points ∼6%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
1059 Points ∼5%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
1459 Points ∼7%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
1163 Points ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2485 Points ∼12%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
1328 Points ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
1332 Points ∼7%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
1483 Points ∼7%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
52625 Points ∼28%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
41018 Points ∼22%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
35580 Points ∼19%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
37897 Points ∼21%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
56022 Points ∼30%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
52529 Points ∼28%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
52027 Points ∼28%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
45479 Points ∼25%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
52970 Points ∼29%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
861 Points ∼4%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
620 Points ∼3%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
464 Points ∼2%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
619 Points ∼3%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
903 Points ∼4%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
715 Points ∼3%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
844 Points ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
688 Points ∼3%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
797 Points ∼3%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
4989 Points ∼63%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
4480 Points ∼56%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
4414 Points ∼56%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
5205 Points ∼66%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
5055 Points ∼64%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
4909 Points ∼62%
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2015-03
5200 Points ∼66%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
3777 Points ∼48%
PCMark 8 - Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
4078 Points ∼67%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2015) 1.1 GHz
3488 Points ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
3472 Points ∼57%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
4133 Points ∼68%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
4367 Points ∼71%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
4100 Points ∼67%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
4335 Points ∼71%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
4113 Points ∼67%
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