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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

Staff, 01/19/2016

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

For the original German article, see here.

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

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

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

Ultrabook Charts as of January 2016

Pos.RatingDateimageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreen
189%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
289%05/2015Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
Intel Core i5-5200U
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
12 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.8 kg34 mm14"1920x1080matte
388%02/2015Dell Latitude E7450Dell Latitude E7450
Intel Core i5-5300U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
1.6 kg20.4 mm14.0"1920x1080matte
487%12/2015Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHDDell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
Intel Core i7-6500U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.3 kg18.5 mm13.3"3200x1800glossy
587%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
687%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
787%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
886%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
985%05/2015HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
Intel Core i7-5600U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.5 kg15.9 mm14.0"1920x1080glossy
1084%12/2015HP Envy 13-d000ngHP Envy 13-d000ng
Intel Core i5-6200U
Intel HD Graphics 520
4 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.3 kg12.9 mm13.3"3200x1800glossy

Top 10 of the previous 10 months at the time of writing the article, best rating first
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all reviewed ultrabooks ordered by total rating

Editors' Comments

1st

The benchmark: Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch 2015-03
The benchmark: Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch 2015-03

Without a higher rating, Apple's MacBook Pro Retina 13 (2015-03) shares the lead with Lenovo's T450s. Apple has refreshed their Retina flagship with Broadwell hardware and profits from lower power consumption and overall temperature. Apple performs well in terms of case quality, emissions, and display to ensure a very good rating. Although the display no longer leads in terms of resolution, its high quality IPS panel continues to be an excellent reference. Apple is still a small step ahead of the competition in terms of image quality and color precision. Its technical highlights include triple Wi-Fi, an ultra-fast PCIe SSD, and the very handy Force Touch Trackpad.

The 28-Watt Intel Core i5-5257U (Broadwell) processor is only marginally faster than standard 15-Watt chips. Although the Intel Iris Graphics 6100 raises hopes in terms of games and GPU performance, it is disappointing compared to frugal entry-level solutions like the GeForce 840M. If graphics power is important, then GeForce cores are still preferred. The Asus Zenbook UX303LN, for example, is an excellent alternative. The price for our test model is steep at 1250 Euros (~$1357) and can easily climb further for higher SSD capacities.

2nd

The classic to top: Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
The classic to top: Lenovo ThinkPad T450s

Lenovo has done it again: With a rating of 89%, the ThinkPad T450s shares the best rating with the Apple MacBook Pro 13 Retina in the Ultrabook charts. In our Premium Office/Business Charts it is still an unrivaled first. Although our test model did not conform to the Ultrabook standard (height of 34 mm) with its 96 Wh, we still grade it as such, since it meets the standards with the thin, smaller battery.

Apart from the high-end configuration with i7 CPU, the mid-priced Core-i5 model achieves this top rating, too. A particular highlight of this model is the dedicated GeForce 940M graphics card that allows the office notebook to run current 3D games with medium settings. Regardless of the selected model, the T450s impresses with proven ThinkPad qualities like an excellent keyboard, detailed build quality, and low noise emissions. All this has its price: Prospective buyers have to pay at least 1000 Euros (~$1087) for the entry-level model. The price increases significantly with several recommended upgrades (e.g. the excellent Full HD IPS display). Students should opt for the highly discounted offers from the Lenovo Campus program. 

3rd

More performance and battery life thanks to Broadwell: Dell Latitude E7450
More performance and battery life thanks to Broadwell: Dell Latitude E7450

The Latitude E7000 series belongs to the cutting-edge products of Dell's business portfolio. This is not only apparent in the accordingly high price, but also in the high quality of each model. The latest update of the 14-inch model is called Latitude 14 E7450 and comes with CPUs from the Broadwell generation, which Intel introduced at the beginning of 2015. Compared to the predecessor, the processing performance is about 10% higher and the battery runtimes are longer. Otherwise, the differences are quite small. However, this is not to be understood as criticism: Regardless of display, input devices or connectivity chosen - the Latitude convinces with good to very good performance and justifies our total rating of 88%. 

Discussion

4th

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

With the Dell XPS 13-9350 2016, Dell is in the charts once again, albeit not leading it. The successful XPS 13-9343 Touch/Non-Touch has only been changed in details. The impressive metal case with its flawless build quality and the Infinity Edge Display with slim profile have remained the same. The webcam has had to be moved under the display again since the almost non-existent frame did not have enough space above it.

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

We list the i7 + QHD+ variant (87%) ín our top list because of its touch panel. We also had the Full HD + i5-6200U model of the XPS 13-9350 under review (89%). The different ratings are due to shorter battery runtimes. Both devices have a Type-C USB 3.0 with Thunderbolt support and NVMe SSD in common. The bigger XPS 15 9550 sibling with the same Infinity Edge design leads 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.

5th

Enhanced: Broadwell Core i7 with fan: UX305LA-FC012H
Enhanced: Broadwell Core i7 with fan: UX305LA-FC012H
Editor's Choice in October 2015: Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
Editor's Choice in October 2015: Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
Without fan, Broadwell Core M: Asus ZenBook UX305FA-FB003H
Without fan, Broadwell Core M: Asus ZenBook UX305FA-FB003H

Asus replaced the Core M of the previous Zenbook-UX305 with a Broadwell Core i7 and competes with 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. But, let's start from the beginning. The Core i7 brings a huge performance gain compared to the Core M. But, you have to accept slight compromises in ergonomics. Users won't hear much from the fan during everyday tasks, since it usually stands still. The heating of the Core i7 model is on par with the Core M model's. The already good battery runtimes of the Core M Zenbook are even slightly exceeded, since Asus incorporated a slightly bigger battery. It is up to the beholder to decide whether it is disadvantageous that the chassis of the i7 model is 3 mm thicker and marginally heavier.

Regardless whether Core M or Core i7, both models deserve respect. 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), slim look (12 or 15 mm) and maintainability, the Asus is at least on par with the MacBook Pro Retina 13.

Asus made many things right; in both models: The stable, high-end case sits elegantly in the hand and owners will like showing it off. 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 convincing, too. Brightness, contrast, colors - everything is alright. The input devices are also suitable for prolific writers. Unfortunately, a keyboard light is missing. Easy maintainability is also not a matter of course. The bottom plate can be simply removed after loosening several screws here.

The price policy from Asus is interesting: The i7 model with 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and matte FHD costs about 1100 Euros (~$1195). Comparable competitors cost about the same but are equipped with entry-level hardware. The Core M test model (900 Euros, ~$978) even came with a matte 4K panel and a 256 GB SSD. Asus already offers the Core-M + FHD, 128 GB entry model of the UX305 for 799 Euros (~$868). We assigned the Best Value Award to the Zenbook UX305FA in February 2015.

6th

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 our rankings 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. 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. The runtimes are, unfortunately, a bit shorter than the rivals are 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 and Apple's MacBook Air 13 are much better in this regard.

A big problem is the disappointing display; luminance, contrast and color saturation do not really meet the expectations of the high price of 1650 Euros (~$1793), especially when you consider the great panels of the rivals. The viewing angles are very good and the semi-glossy surface prevents fingerprints and some reflections.

The successor is in sight for 2016: The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon is supposed to be the world's 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 1920x1080 pixels or optionally 2560x1440 pixels.

7th

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 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 TrackPoint comes with dedicated buttons again. Therefore, the unusual 5-button ClickPad was discarded after only a single generation. 

The excellent system performance with Broadwell hardware exhibits 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 anyway. Thanks to Lenovo's education discounts, smaller configurations are available for below 1000 Euros (~$1087). Please note that low-priced X250 models are equipped with an HD panel and hybrid hard drive.

8th

With dedicated GPU: Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
With dedicated GPU: Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H

With the Zenbooks, Asus has established a series of models with high-end and solid looks. The Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H follows this approach and not only brings an Intel Broadwell SoC but also a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 940M. Thus, the slim 13-inch notebook is gaming-capable to some extent. The reviewer liked the bright, matte IPS display, but the contrast is, unfortunately, a bit low. Despite powerful hardware, the case heats up moderately. Maintenance is possible, although the base appears to be hermetically sealed at a first glance and can be difficult to remove. A free mSATA slot is available and the battery is replaceable. The battery life of 8:50 hours (840M model of the UX303LN) is very good considering the hardware. The only real disadvantages of the UX303LN are the poor quality of its webcam and the low contrast of the display. If a 14-inch display is apt for you, then the cheaper Lenovo U41-70 is another option.

9th

Extremely mobile, extremely expensive: HP EliteBook 1040 G2
Extremely mobile, extremely expensive: HP EliteBook 1040 G2

A weight of just 1.5 kg (~3.3 lb) and a height of just under 16 mm (~0.6 in) make the EliteBook 1040 G2 one of the most portable devices of the business class. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most expensive ones. Prospective buyers have to pay almost 2500 Euros (~$2718) for a model with Core i7 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD. However, they will get an extremely high-quality, long-lasting and powerful device. It even features a touchscreen with IPS technology, which is, unfortunately, highly reflective and thus makes outdoor use more difficult. Fortunately, the EliteBook is also offered with a matte display without touch functionality.

10th

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

A lot of pixels for the money - that's how the reviewer concludes his almost completely positive verdict on the HP Envy 13-d000ng. The Samsung display features a resolution of 3200x1800 pixels. The panel is glossy, yet not a touchscreen. The QHD panel stands out of the crowd especially with its high sRGB coverage and low color shift. A system with non-touch panel does not meet Intel's ultrabook criteria, but we still list the Envy 13 here because of its interesting configuration.

The handling of the device is just very convenient and the system is very responsive – neither the SSD nor the small amount of memory (4 GB) turn out to be bottlenecks. The display not only has an extremely high resolution, but subjectively also provides great pictures, so you can easily overlook drawbacks like the flexing keyboard. The Envy can also score in productive environments thanks to the fingerprint scanner and TPM. The sound system is just great.

The only noteworthy con is the subpar battery life of only 5:24 hours in the Wi-Fi test. Competitors like the Dell XPS 13 2016, HP EliteBook 820 G2 or MacBook Pro Retina 13 perform better in this aspect. The bundle is available for about 1000 Euros (~$1087); the matte FHD version is even cheaper. The QHD competitors cost at least 1550 Euros (~$1684, XPS 13 2016).

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Screen
Brightness Center (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
361 cd/m² ∼52%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
288 cd/m² ∼41%
Dell Latitude E7450
280 cd/m² ∼40%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
285 cd/m² ∼41%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
349 cd/m² ∼50%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
252.3 cd/m² ∼36%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
397 cd/m² ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
313 cd/m² ∼45%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
274 cd/m² ∼39%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
291 cd/m² ∼42%
Black Level (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
0.361 cd/m² * ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
0.286 cd/m² * ∼6%
Dell Latitude E7450
0.3 cd/m² * ∼6%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
0.18 cd/m² * ∼4%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
0.25 cd/m² * ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
0.426 cd/m² * ∼9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
0.44 cd/m² * ∼9%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
0.64 cd/m² * ∼13%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
0.21 cd/m² * ∼4%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
0.63 cd/m² * ∼13%
Contrast (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
1000 :1; ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
1007 :1; ∼63%
Dell Latitude E7450
933 :1; ∼58%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
1583 :1; ∼99%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
1396 :1; ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
592 :1; ∼37%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
902 :1; ∼56%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
489 :1; ∼31%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
1305 :1; ∼82%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
462 :1; ∼29%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
1.82 * ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
4.35 * ∼29%
Dell Latitude E7450
3.45 * ∼23%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
4.89 * ∼33%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
5.49 * ∼37%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
3.8 * ∼25%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
4.2 * ∼28%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
3.1 * ∼21%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
3.93 * ∼26%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
2.76 * ∼18%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
1.8 * ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
3.7 * ∼25%
Dell Latitude E7450
3.35 * ∼22%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
5.16 * ∼34%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
5.43 * ∼36%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
2.92 * ∼19%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
3.1 * ∼21%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
2.3 * ∼15%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
5.28 * ∼35%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
2.61 * ∼17%
Gamma (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
2.49 * ∼50%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
2.68 * ∼54%
Dell Latitude E7450
2.37 * ∼47%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
2.15 * ∼43%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
2.17 * ∼43%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
2.08 * ∼42%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
2.6 * ∼52%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
2.2 * ∼44%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
2.49 * ∼50%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
2.31 * ∼46%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
61.9 % ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
54.7 % ∼55%
Dell Latitude E7450
60 % ∼60%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
59 % ∼59%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
59.6 % ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
50.41 % ∼50%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
42 % ∼42%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
61 % ∼61%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
57.5 % ∼58%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
29 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
29.1 dB * ∼58%
Dell Latitude E7450
29.1 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
31.8 dB * ∼64%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
28.5 dB * ∼57%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
29 dB * ∼58%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
29.6 dB * ∼59%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
29.6 dB * ∼59%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
31.5 dB * ∼63%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
29 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
29.1 dB * ∼58%
Dell Latitude E7450
29.1 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
31.8 dB * ∼64%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
28.6 dB * ∼57%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
29 dB * ∼58%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
29.6 dB * ∼59%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
29.6 dB * ∼59%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
31.5 dB * ∼63%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
29 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
29.1 dB * ∼58%
Dell Latitude E7450
30 dB * ∼60%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
34.8 dB * ∼70%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
28.8 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
30.3 dB * ∼61%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
31.4 dB * ∼63%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
32.2 dB * ∼64%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
31.5 dB * ∼63%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
42.5 dB * ∼85%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
33.1 dB * ∼66%
Dell Latitude E7450
36.4 dB * ∼73%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
34.8 dB * ∼70%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
39.3 dB * ∼79%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
30.7 dB * ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
33.4 dB * ∼67%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
37.3 dB * ∼75%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
36.4 dB * ∼73%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
35.6 dB * ∼71%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
45.6 dB * ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
34.3 dB * ∼69%
Dell Latitude E7450
37.8 dB * ∼76%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
34.8 dB * ∼70%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
36 dB * ∼72%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
36.9 dB * ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
33.7 dB * ∼67%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
38.2 dB * ∼76%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
36.4 dB * ∼73%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
38.8 dB * ∼78%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
45.1 °C * ∼75%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
49.6 °C * ∼83%
Dell Latitude E7450
41.6 °C * ∼69%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
57 °C * ∼95%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
45.9 °C * ∼77%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
36.2 °C * ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
43.6 °C * ∼73%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
46 °C * ∼77%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
35.9 °C * ∼60%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
49.8 °C * ∼83%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
39.6 °C * ∼66%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
51.9 °C * ∼87%
Dell Latitude E7450
37.1 °C * ∼62%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
56 °C * ∼93%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
45 °C * ∼75%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
38 °C * ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
42.3 °C * ∼71%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
35.6 °C * ∼59%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
42.4 °C * ∼71%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
50.9 °C * ∼85%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
28.5 °C * ∼48%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
29 °C * ∼48%
Dell Latitude E7450
28.7 °C * ∼48%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
34.1 °C * ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
25.6 °C * ∼43%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
26.4 °C * ∼44%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
29.1 °C * ∼49%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
25.2 °C * ∼42%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
28.5 °C * ∼48%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
33.3 °C * ∼56%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
28.3 °C * ∼47%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
30.9 °C * ∼52%
Dell Latitude E7450
31.4 °C * ∼52%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
34.3 °C * ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
25 °C * ∼42%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
27.4 °C * ∼46%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
30 °C * ∼50%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
25.5 °C * ∼43%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
29 °C * ∼48%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
32.7 °C * ∼55%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
1690 min ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
1857 min ∼69%
Dell Latitude E7450
714 min ∼26%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
784 min ∼29%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
1469 min ∼54%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
984 min ∼36%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
779 min ∼29%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
901 min ∼33%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
517 min ∼19%
Load (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
94 min ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
259 min ∼10%
Dell Latitude E7450
115 min ∼4%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
103 min ∼4%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
108 min ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
141 min ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
92 min ∼3%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
112 min ∼4%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
108 min ∼4%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
539 min ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
648 min ∼24%
Dell Latitude E7450
422 min ∼16%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
432 min ∼16%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
569 min ∼21%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
285 min ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
298 min ∼11%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
374 min ∼14%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
452 min ∼17%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
324 min ∼12%
WiFi (sort by value)
Dell Latitude E7450
459 min ∼17%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
401 min ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
325 min ∼12%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
2.8 Watt * ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
3.1 Watt * ∼3%
Dell Latitude E7450
4 Watt * ∼4%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
6.8 Watt * ∼7%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
2.6 Watt * ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
3.3 Watt * ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
2.7 Watt * ∼3%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
2.5 Watt * ∼3%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
3.2 Watt * ∼3%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
5.4 Watt * ∼5%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
7.8 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
8.6 Watt * ∼9%
Dell Latitude E7450
7.8 Watt * ∼8%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
10 Watt * ∼10%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
6.2 Watt * ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
6 Watt * ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
7 Watt * ∼7%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
6.7 Watt * ∼7%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
6.5 Watt * ∼7%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
10.1 Watt * ∼10%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
8.1 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
9.6 Watt * ∼10%
Dell Latitude E7450
9 Watt * ∼9%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
10.5 Watt * ∼11%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
6.5 Watt * ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
6.7 Watt * ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
8 Watt * ∼8%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
8.7 Watt * ∼9%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
7.4 Watt * ∼7%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
11.1 Watt * ∼11%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
52.4 Watt * ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
35.6 Watt * ∼10%
Dell Latitude E7450
31.6 Watt * ∼9%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
30.2 Watt * ∼9%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
30.8 Watt * ∼9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
25 Watt * ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
28.6 Watt * ∼8%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
43.7 Watt * ∼12%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
25.6 Watt * ∼7%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
32.1 Watt * ∼9%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
62.8 Watt * ∼18%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
49.4 Watt * ∼14%
Dell Latitude E7450
29.6 Watt * ∼8%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
33.6 Watt * ∼10%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
27 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
39 Watt * ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
44.3 Watt * ∼13%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
60 Watt * ∼17%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
26.1 Watt * ∼7%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
40.1 Watt * ∼11%

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
5620 Points ∼71%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
4995 Points ∼63%
Dell Latitude E7450
4650 Points ∼59%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
4934 Points ∼62%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
5180 Points ∼65%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
4943 Points ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
4609 Points ∼58%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
5190 Points ∼65%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
4909 Points ∼62%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
5295 Points ∼67%
PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
3363 Points ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
3128 Points ∼55%
Dell Latitude E7450
2932 Points ∼52%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
2582 Points ∼46%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
3167 Points ∼56%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
2778 Points ∼49%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
3148 Points ∼56%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
2711 Points ∼48%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
3100 Points ∼55%
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
4105 Points ∼67%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
4097 Points ∼67%
Dell Latitude E7450
4002 Points ∼65%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
3225 Points ∼53%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
4089 Points ∼67%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
3614 Points ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
4345 Points ∼71%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
3261 Points ∼53%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13
1828 Points ∼9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s
2380 Points ∼12%
Dell Latitude E7450
1023 Points ∼5%
Dell XPS 13 2016 QHD
1109 Points ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA (i7)
1198 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
1067 Points ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
1079 Points ∼5%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB
1120 Points ∼6%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
2485 Points ∼12%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
1133 Points ∼6%

Legend

 
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03 Intel Core i5-5257U, Intel Iris Graphics 6100, Apple SSD SM0128G
 
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00 Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN256HCHP
 
Dell Latitude E7450 Intel Core i5-5300U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
 
Dell XPS 13-9343 Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
 
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H Intel Core i7-5500U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
 
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015 Intel Core i5-5300U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
 
Lenovo ThinkPad X250-20CLS06D00 Intel Core i7-5600U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series SSDSC2BF360A5L
 
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G Intel Core i7-4650U, Intel HD Graphics 5000, Liteonit LCS-256M6S
 
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
 
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2 Intel Core i7-5600U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
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Author: Staff (Update: 2016-01-20)