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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

Staff, 04/17/2016

April 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 purchasing decisions.

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At the beginning of 2011 Intel initiated a new class of notebooks, the Ultrabooks. 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 consists of mainly highly 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. Since there could be different ratings with optional touchscreens, the corresponding devices are marked accordingly.

Note: Due to updating our rating to v5, the last update of this chart brought about significant changes.

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" or "touch").

Top Ultrabooks Chart as of April 2016

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
191%03/2016Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGELenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
Intel HD Graphics 520
12 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.3 kg18.8 mm14.0"2560x1440matte
289%04/2016
New!
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGELenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
Intel Core i7-6500U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.2 kg16.5 mm14.0"2560x1440matte
389%04/2016Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
Intel Core i7-6600U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.7 kg19.4 mm14"2560x1440glossy
489%03/2016
New!
Asus 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
588%02/2016Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGADell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Intel Core i7-6560U
Intel Iris Graphics 540
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.3 kg15 mm13.3"3200x1800glossy
687%04/2016HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABDHP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
Intel Core i7-6500U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.6 kg18.9 mm14"1920x1080matte
786%07/2015
New!
Asus 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%03/2016Lenovo 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
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
1083%04/2016
New!
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
Intel Core i5-6200U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 500 GB HDD
1.6 kg20 mm13.3"1920x1080matte

Editors' Comments

1st

Convincing performance: Lenovo ThinkPad T460s
Convincing performance: Lenovo ThinkPad T460s

Following the triumph of the ThinkPad T450s, Lenovo introduced theThinkPad T460s (see review) about a year later. Unlike many other updates, this is an extensive makeover of the business companion including a new, even slimmer case and new hardware inside. As usual, the input devices are high-quality, but the touch ClickPad is a matter of taste. In our review, the premium model (i7-6600U, 12 GB DDR4 RAM, 512 GB NVMe SSD) achieved an excellent system performance with low emissions and a good battery life of about 6 hours in practical use.

Many, partly optional, security, management and communication features make the bundle complete. The WQHD panel in our test model also performed well. The base configuration features an FHD IPS display. Exemplary: The base configuration includes a 3-year warranty. The test model came with a matte WQHD panel, but Lenovo also offers multi-touch.

2nd

Lightweight: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Lightweight: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is even further up than the T460s in Lenovo's business lineup. The buyer gets probably the lightest notebook of its category (just under 1.2 kg/~2.6 lb) for a steep entry level price of over 1500 Euros (~$1710) but has to accept a few compromises: While the Carbon impresses with many features, users cannot even upgrade the RAM themselves. Moreover, some customers might wish for a fully-fledged SD card reader and a native LAN port (adapter required). Because of these limitations, the slightly less crisp keyboard and slightly teetering display hinges, we would rather recommend the sibling from the T series.

Nevertheless, the X1 Carbon is certainly attractive and performs well to very well in almost all aspects. In terms of battery life, touchpad, and display it is slightly better than the T460s. The WQHD version is available with a glossy touchpad. Thus, we have also included the Carbon from 2016 in our Top 10 Ultrabooks.

3rd

Touch me: Dell Latitude E7470
Touch me: Dell Latitude E7470

The Latitude series from Dell is one of  the strongest competitors of the ThinkPad T400 series. With the E7470, the US manufacturer follows a different approach to the Lenovo T460 and does not primarily focus on mobility, but rather uses a comparable massive case, which allows easy maintenance. The case is also impressive with its excellent stability and a very powerful cooling system, which remains super-silent even under full load. The option for a high-resolution WQHD panel with touch support is also noteworthy. Although it is glossy, it can basically be used outdoors thanks to its high brightness. Obviously matte displays are available as an alternative.

4th

Asus ZenBook &quot;Air&quot;: UX305CA-FB055T
Asus ZenBook "Air": UX305CA-FB055T

The ZenBook UX305CA-FB055T (see review) is the premium 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 an 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 rather 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 that the laptop is designed for, while the Core m7 processor is unable to keep up its higher performance permanently.

The high-resolution QHD+ screen (3200x1800 pixels) is the second attraction. It delivers a razor sharp image - but a weak contrast. The touchscreen variant of the ZenBook UX305CA-FB055T turns it into a real ultrabook, but it features a glossy panel. 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 that of the XPS 13-9350, 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).

Discussion

5th

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 once again in the charts, albeit not leading it. The successful XPS 13-9343 Touch/Non T Touch has only 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 AdobeRGB @ 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%) in our top list because of its touch panel. We also had the Full HD + i5-6200U model of the XPS 13-9350 (89%) and the updated configuration with i7-6560U CPU and Intel Iris graphics 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 larger XPS 15 9550 sibling with the same Infinity Edge design leads our Top 10 Multimedia.

6th

Only its display performance is weak: HP EliteBook 840 G3.
Only its display performance is weak: HP EliteBook 840 G3.

Not only the Dell Latitude E7470 competes with the ThinkPad T460s for the lead in our charts, the HP EliteBook 840 G3 (see review) does, too. Despite its very solid overall performance, the 840 G3 could not ultimately achieve this - mainly due to a well-known weakness: HP still does not incorporate a high-end IPS panel in all configurations but partly uses the TN technology with inferior contrast and viewing angles. Only models with WQHD resolution feature an IPS panel with much higher quality. These are also available with touchscreen for a surcharge.

HP deserves praise for integrating a modern USB Type-C port and the fact that the EliteBook can be equipped with a 2.5-inch drive and an M.2 drive. The competing models from Lenovo and Dell can only house a M.2 SSD. The 840 G3 also meets the high expectations on a device of its price range in the classical office aspects; system noise, temperature, and input devices.

7th

With dedicated GPU: ZenBook UX303LB-R4079H
With dedicated GPU: ZenBook UX303LB-R4079H

With the ZenBooks, Asus has established a series of models with premium and solid looks and preferably an aluminum unibody four years ago. The ZenBook UX303LB-R4079H (see review) 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 to some extent suitable for gaming. The reviewer liked the bright, matte IPS display, but unfortunately, the contrast is rather low. Despite powerful hardware, the case heats up moderately. Maintenance is possible, although at a first glance the base appears to be hermetically sealed. After removing the underside, a free mSATA slot is available and the battery can be replaced. 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 adequate for you, then the cheaper Lenovo U41-70 (no ultrabook) with a GeForce 940M is a slim, light, yet not that high-end notebook alternative. While this model does not fulfill Intel's ultrabook criteria, corresponding configurations without GPU and with touch panel do.

8th

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

Lenovo's ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE replaces the popular X250. The 12.5-inch device under review with entry-level configuration (i5, HD-TFT) did not take the lead in the office subnotebook category despite its many advantages. The small device is designed for professional use, for which an excellent keyboard, a robust construction, and security features like TMP or fingerprint reader are required. We like the hot-swap battery feature. Apart from the removable battery, there is a second battery beneath the underside. With the two batteries, the 12-inch device lasts almost seven hours in our WLAN test. With its high image quality the display is impressive, but the resolution of the test model is low. Lenovo also offers a Full HD variant. With low resolution, hard drive, and 4 GB of RAM, we had the entry-level model under review. Entry-level does not mean it would be cheap, since the simplest configuration costs 1340 Euros (~$1502).

Despite all the praise, there are also some disadvantages. There is no maintenance hatch, RAM can only work in single-channel mode (1 slot), and the case has small defects in workmanship despite a robust build. In our opinion, competitors are the Dell Latitude 12 E7250 (brighter display) and the HP EliteBook 820 G2.

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 (~$2802) 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

anti-reflective touchscreen: Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
anti-reflective touchscreen: Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111

The Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111 (Tested here) has a remarkable advantage: The 13-inch device features a matte touch panel (FHD, IPS), which could convince with good outdoor usability and almost 100% sRGB color space in our test. The tester praised the stable, yet not particularly light case and the very long battery runtimes (Wi-Fi test: 7 hours). It is disappointing that the laptop lacks a keyboard light in view of its steep price.

The only real drawback of the otherwise overall impressive Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111, considering the high price, is the incomprehensible lack of an SSD that restricts the overall performance unnecessarily.

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Screen
Brightness Center (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
257 cd/m² ∼66%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
272 cd/m² ∼70%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
380 cd/m² ∼97%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
390 cd/m² ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
307.5 cd/m² ∼79%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
366 cd/m² ∼94%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
313 cd/m² ∼80%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
262 cd/m² ∼67%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
274 cd/m² ∼70%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
323 cd/m² ∼83%
Black Level (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
0.26 cd/m² * ∼38%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
0.32 cd/m² * ∼46%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
0.26 cd/m² * ∼38%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
0.69 cd/m² * ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
0.207 cd/m² * ∼30%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
0.65 cd/m² * ∼94%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
0.64 cd/m² * ∼93%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
0.26 cd/m² * ∼38%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
0.21 cd/m² * ∼30%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
0.42 cd/m² * ∼61%
Contrast (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
988 :1; ∼66%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
850 :1; ∼57%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
1462 :1; ∼98%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
565 :1; ∼38%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
1486 :1; ∼100%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
563 :1; ∼38%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
489 :1; ∼33%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
1008 :1; ∼68%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
1305 :1; ∼88%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
769 :1; ∼52%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
4.59 * ∼45%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
2.61 * ∼25%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
3.11 * ∼30%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
3.04 * ∼30%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
4.18 * ∼41%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
10.26 * ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
3.1 * ∼30%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
3.55 * ∼35%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
3.93 * ∼38%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
3.44 * ∼34%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
6.38 * ∼55%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
3.31 * ∼29%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
4.35 * ∼38%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
2.88 * ∼25%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
4.94 * ∼43%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
11.51 * ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.3 * ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
3.36 * ∼29%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
5.28 * ∼46%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
4.62 * ∼40%
Gamma (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
2.51 * ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
2.35 * ∼94%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
2.37 * ∼94%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
2.43 * ∼97%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
2.31 * ∼92%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
2.4 * ∼96%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.2 * ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
2.39 * ∼95%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
2.49 * ∼99%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
2.37 * ∼94%
CCT (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
6238 ∼49%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
6360 ∼50%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
6771 ∼53%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
6848 ∼54%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
7645 ∼60%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
12725 ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
6526 ∼51%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
5985 ∼47%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
7108 ∼56%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
6913 ∼54%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
65 % ∼66%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
63 % ∼64%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
62 % ∼63%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
55 % ∼56%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
59 % ∼60%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
47 % ∼48%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
45.9 % ∼47%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
61 % ∼62%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
63 % ∼64%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB) (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
98 %
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
95 %
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
96 %
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
85 %
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
92 %
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
74 %
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
98 %
Brightness Distribution (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
94 %
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
95 %
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
81 %
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
81 %
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
92 %
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
87 %
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
95 %
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
88 %
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
85 %
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
90 %
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
29.2 dB * ∼92%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
29.1 dB * ∼92%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
31.2 dB * ∼98%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼98%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
29.2 dB * ∼92%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
31.2 dB * ∼98%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
29.6 dB * ∼93%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
29.4 dB * ∼92%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
29.6 dB * ∼93%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
31.8 dB * ∼100%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
29.2 dB * ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
29.1 dB * ∼91%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
31.2 dB * ∼97%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼98%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
29.2 dB * ∼91%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
32.1 dB * ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
29.6 dB * ∼92%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
29.4 dB * ∼92%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
29.6 dB * ∼92%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
31.8 dB * ∼99%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
29.2 dB * ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
29.1 dB * ∼88%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
31.2 dB * ∼94%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼95%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
29.2 dB * ∼88%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
33.1 dB * ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
31.4 dB * ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
29.4 dB * ∼89%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
32.2 dB * ∼97%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
31.8 dB * ∼96%
Load Average (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
33.7 dB * ∼90%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
35.6 dB * ∼95%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
31.9 dB * ∼85%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼83%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
31.4 dB * ∼84%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
36.2 dB * ∼97%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
37.3 dB * ∼99%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
33.2 dB * ∼89%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
36.4 dB * ∼97%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
37.5 dB * ∼100%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
38.5 dB * ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
38.1 dB * ∼99%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
31.9 dB * ∼83%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
31.3 dB * ∼81%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
31.4 dB * ∼82%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
37.8 dB * ∼98%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
38.2 dB * ∼99%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
33.2 dB * ∼86%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
36.4 dB * ∼95%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
36.3 dB * ∼94%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
40.8 °C * ∼89%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
43.2 °C * ∼94%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
38.2 °C * ∼83%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
39.1 °C * ∼85%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
41.4 °C * ∼90%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
37 °C * ∼80%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
46 °C * ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
45.3 °C * ∼98%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
35.9 °C * ∼78%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
34.4 °C * ∼75%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
40.3 °C * ∼82%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
45 °C * ∼91%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
36.5 °C * ∼74%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
38.7 °C * ∼79%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
49.2 °C * ∼100%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
37.1 °C * ∼75%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
35.6 °C * ∼72%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
48.8 °C * ∼99%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
42.4 °C * ∼86%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
33.1 °C * ∼67%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
27.6 °C * ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
30.2 °C * ∼100%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
25.1 °C * ∼83%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
26 °C * ∼86%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
29.6 °C * ∼98%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
25.3 °C * ∼84%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
25.2 °C * ∼83%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
29.3 °C * ∼97%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
28.5 °C * ∼94%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
26.4 °C * ∼87%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
28.7 °C * ∼89%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
30.6 °C * ∼94%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
25.8 °C * ∼80%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
25.7 °C * ∼79%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
32 °C * ∼99%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
26.6 °C * ∼82%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
25.5 °C * ∼79%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
32.4 °C * ∼100%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
29 °C * ∼90%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
27.2 °C * ∼84%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
833 min ∼82%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
942 min ∼92%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
1013 min ∼99%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
604 min ∼59%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
1020 min ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
795 min ∼78%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
901 min ∼88%
Load (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
62 min ∼34%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
115 min ∼63%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
112 min ∼62%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
182 min ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
128 min ∼70%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
146 min ∼80%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
160 min ∼88%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
112 min ∼62%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
340 min
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
429 min
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
346 min
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
402 min
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
311 min
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
453 min
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
374 min
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
396 min
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
452 min
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
412 min
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
3.8 Watt * ∼53%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
3.8 Watt * ∼53%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
5.1 Watt * ∼71%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
4.2 Watt * ∼58%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
7.2 Watt * ∼100%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
3.8 Watt * ∼53%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.5 Watt * ∼35%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
3.6 Watt * ∼50%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
3.2 Watt * ∼44%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
4.2 Watt * ∼58%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
7.1 Watt * ∼76%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
7.1 Watt * ∼76%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
8.5 Watt * ∼91%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
8.4 Watt * ∼90%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
9.3 Watt * ∼100%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
6.3 Watt * ∼68%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
6.7 Watt * ∼72%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
5.9 Watt * ∼63%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
6.5 Watt * ∼70%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
8.4 Watt * ∼90%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
7.8 Watt * ∼67%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
7.7 Watt * ∼66%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
10.1 Watt * ∼87%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
8.9 Watt * ∼77%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
11.6 Watt * ∼100%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
6.8 Watt * ∼59%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
8.7 Watt * ∼75%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
6.6 Watt * ∼57%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
7.4 Watt * ∼64%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
8.5 Watt * ∼73%
Load Average (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
36.3 Watt * ∼83%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
30.2 Watt * ∼69%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
35.2 Watt * ∼81%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
15.9 Watt * ∼36%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
31.9 Watt * ∼73%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
34.4 Watt * ∼79%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
43.7 Watt * ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
28.5 Watt * ∼65%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
25.6 Watt * ∼59%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
30 Watt * ∼69%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
46 Watt * ∼77%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
44.7 Watt * ∼75%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
31 Watt * ∼52%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
22.5 Watt * ∼38%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
29.9 Watt * ∼50%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
28.3 Watt * ∼47%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
60 Watt * ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
36.8 Watt * ∼61%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
26.1 Watt * ∼44%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
29.5 Watt * ∼49%

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
5190 Points ∼65%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
5350 Points ∼67%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
5194 Points ∼65%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
4480 Points ∼56%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
5672 Points ∼71%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
4909 Points ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
3777 Points ∼48%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
5295 Points ∼67%
PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
3542 Points ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
3385 Points ∼60%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
3344 Points ∼59%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
2614 Points ∼46%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
2928 Points ∼52%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
3231 Points ∼57%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
3262 Points ∼58%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
3100 Points ∼55%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
2788 Points ∼49%
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
4442 Points ∼73%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
4342 Points ∼71%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
4543 Points ∼74%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
3472 Points ∼57%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
3438 Points ∼56%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
4275 Points ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
4335 Points ∼71%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
1600 Points ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE
1553 Points ∼8%
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470
1418 Points ∼7%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
1188 Points ∼6%
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
2039 Points ∼10%
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD
1468 Points ∼7%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2485 Points ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE
1332 Points ∼7%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
1133 Points ∼6%
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111
1307 Points ∼7%

Legend

 
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE Intel Core i7-6600U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Samsung SSD SM951a 512GB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVKV512)
 
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 20FB003RGE Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
 
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series E7470 Intel Core i7-6600U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
 
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T Intel Core m7-6Y75, Intel HD Graphics 515, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
 
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA Intel Core i7-6560U, Intel Iris Graphics 540, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
 
HP EliteBook 840 G3 T9X59ET#ABD Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
 
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
 
Lenovo ThinkPad X260-20F60041GE Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
 
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2 Intel Core i7-5600U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
 
Toshiba Satellite Pro A30T-C-111 Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
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