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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

January 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.

For the original German article, see here.

Subnotebooks bridge the gap between the performance of large 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), 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 newer, 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 January 2016

Pos.RatingDateimageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreen
189%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%04/2015Apple 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
388%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
488%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
588%03/2015Dell 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
687%10/2015Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012HAsus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
Intel Core i7-5500U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.3 kg15 mm13.3"1920x1080matte
787%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
887%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
987%04/2015Lenovo 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
1087%02/2015Lenovo 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

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 took the lead in our subnotebook charts with the XPS 13-9350 2016. 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 it 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 bigger 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.

2nd

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

With the same rating, Apple's MacBook Pro Retina 13 (2015-03) is on par with the new XPS 13 2016 and still at the top of our charts. Apple updated its Retina flagship with Broadwell in early April 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 has 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 is 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. While Dell's NVMe SSDs are fast, they usually perform worse in a direct comparison.

The 28-watt Intel Core i5-5257U (Broadwell) processor is just slightly faster than the standard chips with 15 watts. The Intel Iris Graphics 6100 can raise some hopes in terms of gaming or GPU performance, but it disappoints compared to frugal entry-level solutions like a GeForce 840M/940M. The HD Graphics 520 of the Skylake XPS 13 is almost on par. If GPU performance is important for you, then the Windows-based Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H (940M) or the XPS 13 2016 (HD Graphics 520) are good alternatives. The prices of 1250 Euros (~$1409) or 1350 Euros for the test models are steep and get higher if you want additional extras like a larger SSD or more memory.

Nevertheless, these drawbacks cannot really affect the good overall performance of the MBP 13 - the subnotebook is a great working device with long battery runtimes, especially in combination with OS X.

3rd

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 for by some of the customer base, since the EliteBook 820 G1 (Haswell) predecessor only featured a resolution of 1366x768 pixels.

The EliteBook 820 G2 has many advantages: high quality casing, sophisticated maintenance, good input devices and, finally yet importantly, low warming. The 12.5-inch device 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, 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.

Discussion

4th

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 want to do without their familiar OSX environment on a very mobile 12-inch device. For this reason, Intel has equipped the subnotebook, which weighs only 900 g (~2 lb), with a Core M 5Y31 (Broadwell), which can be cooled passively. Core M and passive cooling: It might be worthwhile to consider the Asus UX305. The MacBook 12 impressed 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-inch device delivers. The battery runtimes cannot tarnish the mobility: The handy subnotebook lasts 7:36 hours in our Wi-Fi test. The speakers are a small surprise: Apple demonstrates that multimedia laptops are not the only devices that 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.

5th

Optional: Dell XPS 13-9343
Optional: Dell XPS 13-9343

For the time being, we have left the Dell XPS 13-9342 (FHD/QHD+) from 2015 in our top list, since it is still widely available in the market and probably an economical alternative to the brand new model from 2016. The flawless build quality of the slim chassis can still be praised. A display with very good quality and a frameless Infinity Edge design were already on board at the beginning of 2015 and were pleasing to the eyes. The discerning buyer will also get sturdy hinges, premium haptics and input devices with strong feedback. Important: In our review, the older XPS 13 lasted 10 hours in our Wi-Fi test (matte model), while the new XPS 13 achieved only 7:31 hours. The battery life is shorter in all tests and this is true for the QHD+ model. Anyone requiring longer battery runtimes should possibly select the XPS 13 from 2015.

In practice, the performance loss compared to the current Skylake model 9050 is relatively low. The same is true for the new NVME SSD. In fact, the significantly better graphics performance of the HD 520 and the Type-C USB 3.1 with Thunderbolt combo makes the brand new XPS 13 more attractive in terms of technology. The prices of the 2015 and 2016 model are quite similar, but this can quickly change in the market, when Dell starts the sale of the XPS 13 9343.

6th

Enhanced: Broadwell Core i7 with fan: UX305LA-FC012H
Enhanced: Broadwell Core i7 with fan: UX305LA-FC012H
Without fan, Broadwell Core M: Asus ZenBook UX305FA-FB003H
Without fan, Broadwell Core M: Asus ZenBook UX305FA-FB003H

Asus has replaced the Core M of the previous ZenBook-UX305 with a Broadwell Core i7 to better compete with the XPS 13 and the MacBook Air 13. Overall, they are more or less on par, although the Air 13 dominates the performance scores with its SSD and HD Graphics 6000. However, let us start from the beginning. The Core i7 brings a huge performance gain compared to the Core M. You will have to accept slight compromises in terms of ergonomics and build quality. Users will not hear much from the fan during everyday tasks, since it is usually idle. The heating of the Core i7 model is on par with the Core M model. The already good battery runtimes of the Core M ZenBook are even marginally exceeded since Asus has incorporated a slightly larger battery. It is up to the user to decide whether it is a disadvantage that the chassis of the i7 model is 3 mm (~0.1 in) thicker and slightly heavier.

Both models deserve respect regardless of the Core M or Core i7 CPU. They are on par with the MacBook Pro in terms of build quality and input devices. In emissions (with/without fan), weight (1267 or 1300 gram/~2.8 or ~2.9 lb), slim look (12 or 15 mm/ 0.47 or ~0.6 in) and maintainability, the Asus is at least on par with the MacBook Pro Retina 13.

Asus has done many things right in both models: The stable, high-end case sits elegantly in the hand. The battery life of 8:30 to 9:30 hours in a realistic scenario (Wi-Fi test) is enough for a workday. The contrast-rich, matte IPS display with Full HD resolution is impressive. Brightness, contrast, color - everything is balanced. The input devices are also suitable for prolific writers. Unfortunately, a keyboard backlight is missing. The bottom plate can be easily removed after loosening several screws.

The price policy from Asus is interesting: The i7 model with 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD and matte FHD costs about 1100 Euros (~$1203). Comparable competitors cost about the same, but are equipped with entry-level hardware. The Core M test model (900 Euros/~$984) even comes with a matte 4K panel and a 256 GB SSD. Asus offers the entry model of the UX305 with Core M, 128 GB SSD, and FHD display for 789 Euros (~$863).

A strong processor and larger battery turn a good subnotebook into an even better one. Potential buyers can now decide which is more important: Silent operation or as much performance power as possible.

7th

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 only 1440x900 pixels has 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 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.

8th

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 belongs to 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 unlimited. The KiraBook 2014 was heavily criticized in this aspect, 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.

9th

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. According to the reviewers, the design is practical, minimalistic and attractive. The chassis feels solid; the slight flexing of the base unit hardly affects the good impression. Once again, the keyboard design is classic: Lenovo has abandoned the experimental F-keys and the additional buttons in the ClickPad. It seems that those changes in the second generation deterred too many business customers. The 5-button ClickPad is obsolete as well and we can once again use three dedicated buttons. Overall, 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. Unfortunately, the run times are slightly shorter than the rivals and the Carbon does not even manage 7 hours in our WLAN test, even though the battery capacity has been increased. Dell's XPS 13-9343 or Apple's MacBook Air 13 are much better in this respect.

A big problem is the disappointing display. Luminance, contrast, and color saturation are just average considering the 1500 to 2100 Euros (~$1788 to ~$2297) price tag when compared to its rivals. Viewing angles are very good and the semi-glossy surface prevents fingerprints and reduces reflections. The resolution of 2560x1440 pixels is very high for a 14-inch device. Apart from the MacBook Pro Retina 13 and the MacBook 12, no other notebook in this chart has this high a resolution. However, the cheap Asus ZenBook UX305 Core M model with UHD panel (3200x1800 pixels) can even slightly exceed this.

The successor is in sight for 2016: The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon is supposed to be the world-wide lightest 14 inch business ultrabook with a weight of 1.179 kg and a height of less than 17 mm. Weight and height were significantly reduced. The IPS display will be available with either a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels or optionally 2560 x 1440 pixels.

10th

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

Lenovo's ThinkPad X250 (20CLS06D00) is a practical 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. In this model, the latter comes with dedicated buttons. 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 of a modest 5:30 hours in the WLAN test is worse than the competition. Nevertheless, the price of the X250 is attractive. Thanks to Lenovo's education discounts, smaller configurations are available for under 1000 Euros (~$1083). Please note that low-priced X250 models are equipped with HD panels and hybrid hard drives.

Recent Subnotebook Awards

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Screen
Brightness Center (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
277.5 cd/m² ∼40%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
349 cd/m² ∼50%
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%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
397 cd/m² ∼57%
Black Level (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
0.191 cd/m² * ∼4%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
0.25 cd/m² * ∼5%
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%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
0.44 cd/m² * ∼9%
Contrast (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
1453 :1; ∼91%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
1396 :1; ∼87%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
812 :1; ∼51%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
1152 :1; ∼72%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
592 :1; ∼37%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
902 :1; ∼56%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
4.88 * ∼33%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
5.49 * ∼37%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
3.96 * ∼26%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
2.27 * ∼15%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
3.8 * ∼25%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
4.2 * ∼28%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
4.26 * ∼28%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
5.43 * ∼36%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
3.51 * ∼23%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
2.47 * ∼16%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
2.92 * ∼19%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
3.1 * ∼21%
Gamma (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
2.59 * ∼52%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
2.17 * ∼43%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
3.83 * ∼77%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
2.36 * ∼47%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
2.08 * ∼42%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
2.6 * ∼52%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
41.6 % ∼42%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
59.6 % ∼60%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
38.4 % ∼38%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
64 % ∼64%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
50.41 % ∼50%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
42 % ∼42%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
28.2 dB * ∼56%
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
29 dB * ∼58%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 13-9343
29 dB * ∼58%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
29.6 dB * ∼59%
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%
Idle Average (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
28.3 dB * ∼57%
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
29 dB * ∼58%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 13-9343
29.1 dB * ∼58%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
29.6 dB * ∼59%
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%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
28.4 dB * ∼57%
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
29 dB * ∼58%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 13-9343
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
29.6 dB * ∼59%
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%
Load Average (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
30.2 dB * ∼60%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
39.3 dB * ∼79%
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%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
30.2 dB * ∼60%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
36 dB * ∼72%
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%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
45.2 °C * ∼75%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
45.9 °C * ∼77%
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%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
43.6 °C * ∼73%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
45.2 °C * ∼75%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
45 °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%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
42.3 °C * ∼71%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
30.4 °C * ∼51%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
25.6 °C * ∼43%
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%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
29.1 °C * ∼49%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
31.2 °C * ∼52%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
25 °C * ∼42%
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%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
30 °C * ∼50%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
782 min ∼29%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
1469 min ∼54%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
1572 min ∼58%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
1399 min ∼52%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
984 min ∼36%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
779 min ∼29%
Load (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
150 min ∼6%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
108 min ∼4%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
97 min ∼4%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
135 min ∼5%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
141 min ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
92 min ∼3%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
451 min ∼17%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
569 min ∼21%
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%
WiFi (sort by value)
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
401 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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
2.6 Watt * ∼3%
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%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
2.7 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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
6.2 Watt * ∼6%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
5.7 Watt * ∼6%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
6.3 Watt * ∼6%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
6 Watt * ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
6.5 Watt * ∼7%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
6 Watt * ∼6%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
6.5 Watt * ∼7%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
6.7 Watt * ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
8 Watt * ∼8%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
30.8 Watt * ∼9%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
32.1 Watt * ∼9%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
30.9 Watt * ∼9%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
25 Watt * ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
28.6 Watt * ∼8%
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%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
27 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%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
44.3 Watt * ∼13%

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
1828 Points ∼9%
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
1059 Points ∼5%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
898 Points ∼4%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
1133 Points ∼6%
Dell XPS 13-9343
1198 Points ∼6%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
1459 Points ∼7%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
1163 Points ∼6%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
1067 Points ∼5%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
1079 Points ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
2485 Points ∼12%
Dell XPS 13-9350
1558 Points ∼8%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
53847 Points ∼29%
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
37897 Points ∼21%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
41018 Points ∼22%
Dell XPS 13-9343
51649 Points ∼28%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
56022 Points ∼30%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
52529 Points ∼28%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
45644 Points ∼25%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
40296 Points ∼22%
Dell XPS 13-9350
52625 Points ∼28%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
981 Points ∼4%
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
619 Points ∼3%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
620 Points ∼3%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
714 Points ∼3%
Dell XPS 13-9343
757 Points ∼3%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
903 Points ∼4%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
715 Points ∼3%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
665 Points ∼3%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
625 Points ∼3%
Dell XPS 13-9350
861 Points ∼4%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
5620 Points ∼71%
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
4414 Points ∼56%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
4745 Points ∼60%
Dell XPS 13-9343
5180 Points ∼65%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
5205 Points ∼66%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
5055 Points ∼64%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
4943 Points ∼62%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
4609 Points ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
4909 Points ∼62%
Dell XPS 13-9350
4989 Points ∼63%
PCMark 8 - Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
XPS 13-9350
4105 Points ∼67%
Apple MBP Retina 13 2015
4133 Points ∼68%
HP Elitebook 820 G2
3488 Points ∼57%
Apple MacBook 12 (2015)
3811 Points ∼62%
Dell XPS 13-9343
4089 Points ∼67%
Asus UX305LA-FC012H (Core i7)
4367 Points ∼71%
Apple MacBook Air 13 (2015)
4100 Points ∼67%
Toshiba KIRA-10D
3614 Points ∼59%
Lenovo TP X1 Carbon 2015
4345 Points ∼71%
Dell XPS 13-9350
4078 Points ∼67%
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Author: Staff, 2016-01-15 (Update: 2016-01-15)