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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

Staff (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 08/11/2015

September 2015 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 September 2015

Pos.RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreen
189%04/15Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Intel Core i5-5257U
Intel Iris Graphics 6100
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
1.6 kg18 mm13.3"2560x1600glossy
289%05/15Lenovo 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%02/15Dell XPS 13-9343Dell XPS 13-9343
Intel Core i5-5200U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.3 kg18.5 mm13.3"3200x1800glossy
488%02/15Dell 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
587%04/15Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
Intel Core i5-5300U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.4 kg19 mm14.0"2560x1440matte
687%02/15Lenovo ThinkPad X250-20CLS06D00Lenovo ThinkPad X250-20CLS06D00
Intel Core i7-5600U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8 GB Memory, 360 GB SSD
1.4 kg20.3 mm12.5"1920x1080matte
787%01/15Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020GAsus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
Intel Core i7-4650U
Intel HD Graphics 5000
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.7 kg19.8 mm14"1600x900matte
886%07/15Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079HAsus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
Intel Core i5-5200U
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.5 kg19 mm13.3"1920x1080matte
985%05/15HP 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
1085%12/14Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA-DT036GAsus ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA-DT036G
Intel Core i5-4210U
Intel HD Graphics 4400
4 GB Memory, 500 GB HDD
1.4 kg20.6 mm12.5"1920x1080matte

Top 10 of the previous 10 months at the time of writing the article, best rating first
Link: 
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

Apple's MacBook Pro Retina 13 (2015-03) takes the lead with its high final score. The manufacturer 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 is no longer leading 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 WiFi, 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 and can easily climb higher for higher SSD capacities.

Buy Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13

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 Ultrabook charts. In our Premium Office/Business Charts it is still 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 its 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 (~$1140) 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.

Buy Lenovo ThinkPad T450s

3rd

Alpha leader: Dell XPS 13-9343 (2015)
Alpha leader: Dell XPS 13-9343 (2015)

Dell's XPS 13 is still one of the best 13-inch devices on the market. The XPS 13-9343 is the latest redesign of the already impressive 2012 model. The chassis is now slightly lighter, and yet sophisticated and sturdy. The keyboard and touchpad inputs are still first-class, provide excellent feedback, and should satisfy professional users. The MacBook Air, which is traditionally a major rival, is easily beaten by the XPS 13. The latter primarily suffers from the "outdated" display. The Dell is impressive with 4K resolution (3200x1800), accurate colors, high brightness and a contrast that we rarely see: 2063:1. A display cannot be much better. It is great that Dell also offers a significantly cheaper Full HD model.

The author was impressed by the whole package of the XPS 13. The display, great battery runtimes of almost 10 hours (WLAN test), good build quality, fast system performance, even some maintainability and low emissions. Except for the somewhat limited port variety, there is actually nothing to criticize. However, Dell charges a premium price for its premium flagship: Almost 1400 Euros (~$1594).

Buy Dell XPS 13

Discussion

4th

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 this year. Compared to the predecessor, the processing performance is about 10 percent 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 percent.

Buy Dell Latitude 14 E7450

5th

Third generation: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
Third generation: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015 is now available in the third generation and manages to get a spot in the top of our ranking right away. The Carbon is still a 14-inch device, but the compact dimensions have more similarities with a 13.3-inch notebook, which is a result of the thin display frame. The construction is handy, minimalistic and attractive according to the reviewers. The chassis feels solid; the slight flexing of the base unit is hardly affecting 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 percent faster than before. The runtimes are unfortunately a bit shorter than the rivals are and the Carbon not even manages 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 (~$1882), 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.

Buy Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

6th

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 are 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 (~$1140). Please note that low-priced X250 models are equipped with an HD panel and hybrid hard drive.

Buy Lenovo ThinkPad X250

7th

Quality at a low price: AsusPro Advanced BU401LA
Quality at a low price: AsusPro Advanced BU401LA

High quality for little money - with this recipe for success, Asus also tries to establish reputation in the business segment. And with success: After the smaller BU201LA jumped into the Top 10 of its category right away, the AsusPro Advanced BU401LA followed with a similarly convincing performance. Even though a stable case and precise input devices are more or less for sure in this segment, the AsusPro's very crisp keyboard with especially long travel deserves special praise. Overall, the BU401 convinces with a great price performance ratio and the lack of notable weaknesses . If it was not for the much too dark display, which is only suitable for outdoor use with limitations, the Ultrabook could have achieved an even better ranking.

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.

Buy Asus Zenbook UX303

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 (~$2852) 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.

Buy HP EliteBook 1040 G2

10th

Great price-performance ratio: ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA
Great price-performance ratio: ASUSPRO Advanced BU201LA

A handy business device can also come from Asus. The 12.5-inch AsusPro Advanced BU201LA-DT036G is indeed surprising. The small business device costs just under 800 Euros (~$911), but brings (almost) all features of a professional device: TrackPoint, fingerprint reader, DisplayPort, matte FHD display, SmartCard slot, backlit keys, and TPM chip. In addition, the brightness is very good, the viewing angles are wide (IPS), the key feedback is strong, and the chassis is a pleasure. The short battery life of only 3:38 hours (WLAN test) is a disadvantage. Asus has achieved more than a decent result, and the price is much better than the more expensive competitors like the Lenovo ThinkPad X240 and the HP EliteBook 820 G1. Therefore, it won our Best Value Award for December 2014.

Buy AsusPro Advanced BU201

Size Comparison

Measurement

Screen
Brightness Center (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
361 cd/m² ∼52%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
288 cd/m² ∼41%
Dell XPS 13-9343
367.3 cd/m² ∼52%
Dell Latitude E7450
280 cd/m² ∼40%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
252.3 cd/m² ∼36%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
397 cd/m² ∼57%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
216 cd/m² ∼31%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
312 cd/m² ∼45%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
313 cd/m² ∼45%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
274 cd/m² ∼39%
Black Level (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
0.361 cd/m² * ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
0.286 cd/m² * ∼6%
Dell XPS 13-9343
0.178 cd/m² * ∼4%
Dell Latitude E7450
0.3 cd/m² * ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
0.426 cd/m² * ∼9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
0.44 cd/m² * ∼9%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
0.436 cd/m² * ∼9%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
0.43 cd/m² * ∼9%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
0.64 cd/m² * ∼13%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
0.21 cd/m² * ∼4%
Contrast (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
1000 :1; ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
1007 :1; ∼63%
Dell XPS 13-9343
2063 :1; ∼129%
Dell Latitude E7450
933 :1; ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
592 :1; ∼37%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
902 :1; ∼56%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
495 :1; ∼31%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
726 :1; ∼45%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
489 :1; ∼31%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
1305 :1; ∼82%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
1.82 * ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
4.35 * ∼29%
Dell XPS 13-9343
5.92 * ∼39%
Dell Latitude E7450
3.45 * ∼23%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
3.8 * ∼25%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
4.2 * ∼28%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
9.63 * ∼64%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
5.64 * ∼38%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
3.1 * ∼21%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
3.93 * ∼26%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
1.8 * ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
3.7 * ∼25%
Dell XPS 13-9343
4.79 * ∼32%
Dell Latitude E7450
3.35 * ∼22%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
2.92 * ∼19%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
3.1 * ∼21%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
10.72 * ∼71%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
7.79 * ∼52%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.3 * ∼15%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
5.28 * ∼35%
Gamma (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
2.49 * ∼50%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
2.68 * ∼54%
Dell XPS 13-9343
2.42 * ∼48%
Dell Latitude E7450
2.37 * ∼47%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
2.08 * ∼42%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
2.6 * ∼52%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
2.49 * ∼50%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
2.48 * ∼50%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.2 * ∼44%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
2.49 * ∼50%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
61.9 % ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
54.7 % ∼55%
Dell XPS 13-9343
63 % ∼63%
Dell Latitude E7450
60 % ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
50.41 % ∼50%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
42 % ∼42%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
44.8 % ∼45%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
64 % ∼64%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
61 % ∼61%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
29 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
29.1 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 13-9343
30.2 dB * ∼60%
Dell Latitude E7450
29.1 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
28.5 dB * ∼57%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
29 dB * ∼58%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
29.3 dB * ∼59%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
28.6 dB * ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
29.6 dB * ∼59%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
29 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
29.1 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 13-9343
30.3 dB * ∼61%
Dell Latitude E7450
29.1 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
28.6 dB * ∼57%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
29 dB * ∼58%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
29.3 dB * ∼59%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
28.6 dB * ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
29.6 dB * ∼59%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
29 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
29.1 dB * ∼58%
Dell XPS 13-9343
30.4 dB * ∼61%
Dell Latitude E7450
30 dB * ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
28.8 dB * ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
30.3 dB * ∼61%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
30.9 dB * ∼62%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
28.6 dB * ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
31.4 dB * ∼63%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
32.2 dB * ∼64%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
42.5 dB * ∼85%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
33.1 dB * ∼66%
Dell XPS 13-9343
34.4 dB * ∼69%
Dell Latitude E7450
36.4 dB * ∼73%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
30.7 dB * ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
33.4 dB * ∼67%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
33.1 dB * ∼66%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
38.9 dB * ∼78%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
37.3 dB * ∼75%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
36.4 dB * ∼73%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
45.6 dB * ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
34.3 dB * ∼69%
Dell XPS 13-9343
48 dB * ∼96%
Dell Latitude E7450
37.8 dB * ∼76%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
36.9 dB * ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
33.7 dB * ∼67%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
37.3 dB * ∼75%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
43.8 dB * ∼88%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
38.2 dB * ∼76%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
36.4 dB * ∼73%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
45.1 °C * ∼75%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
49.6 °C * ∼83%
Dell XPS 13-9343
40.6 °C * ∼68%
Dell Latitude E7450
41.6 °C * ∼69%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
36.2 °C * ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
43.6 °C * ∼73%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
41.1 °C * ∼69%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
39 °C * ∼65%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
46 °C * ∼77%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
35.9 °C * ∼60%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
39.6 °C * ∼66%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
51.9 °C * ∼87%
Dell XPS 13-9343
41.2 °C * ∼69%
Dell Latitude E7450
37.1 °C * ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
38 °C * ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
42.3 °C * ∼71%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
40.5 °C * ∼68%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
37.2 °C * ∼62%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
35.6 °C * ∼59%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
42.4 °C * ∼71%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
28.5 °C * ∼48%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
29 °C * ∼48%
Dell XPS 13-9343
31.2 °C * ∼52%
Dell Latitude E7450
28.7 °C * ∼48%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
26.4 °C * ∼44%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
29.1 °C * ∼49%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
32.5 °C * ∼54%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
34.3 °C * ∼57%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
25.2 °C * ∼42%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
28.5 °C * ∼48%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
28.3 °C * ∼47%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
30.9 °C * ∼52%
Dell XPS 13-9343
30.6 °C * ∼51%
Dell Latitude E7450
31.4 °C * ∼52%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
27.4 °C * ∼46%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
30 °C * ∼50%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
33.5 °C * ∼56%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
33 °C * ∼55%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
25.5 °C * ∼43%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
29 °C * ∼48%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
1690 min ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
1857 min ∼69%
Dell XPS 13-9343
912 min ∼34%
Dell Latitude E7450
714 min ∼26%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
984 min ∼36%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
779 min ∼29%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
699 min ∼26%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
1194 min ∼44%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
901 min ∼33%
Load (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
94 min ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
259 min ∼10%
Dell XPS 13-9343
140 min ∼5%
Dell Latitude E7450
115 min ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
141 min ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
92 min ∼3%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
120 min ∼4%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
178 min ∼7%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
112 min ∼4%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
539 min ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
648 min ∼24%
Dell Latitude E7450
422 min ∼16%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
285 min ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
298 min ∼11%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
374 min ∼14%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
452 min ∼17%
WiFi (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9343
580 min ∼21%
Dell Latitude E7450
459 min ∼17%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
401 min ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
325 min ∼12%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
310 min ∼11%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
473 min ∼18%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
2.8 Watt * ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
3.1 Watt * ∼3%
Dell Latitude E7450
4 Watt * ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
3.3 Watt * ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
2.7 Watt * ∼3%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
4.1 Watt * ∼4%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
3 Watt * ∼3%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2.5 Watt * ∼3%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
3.2 Watt * ∼3%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
7.8 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
8.6 Watt * ∼9%
Dell Latitude E7450
7.8 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
6 Watt * ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
7 Watt * ∼7%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
7.1 Watt * ∼7%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
6.6 Watt * ∼7%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
6.7 Watt * ∼7%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
6.5 Watt * ∼7%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
8.1 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
9.6 Watt * ∼10%
Dell Latitude E7450
9 Watt * ∼9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
6.7 Watt * ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
8 Watt * ∼8%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
7.3 Watt * ∼7%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
7.9 Watt * ∼8%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
8.7 Watt * ∼9%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
7.4 Watt * ∼7%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
52.4 Watt * ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
35.6 Watt * ∼10%
Dell Latitude E7450
31.6 Watt * ∼9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
25 Watt * ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
28.6 Watt * ∼8%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
28.9 Watt * ∼8%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
27.4 Watt * ∼8%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
43.7 Watt * ∼12%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
25.6 Watt * ∼7%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
62.8 Watt * ∼18%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
49.4 Watt * ∼14%
Dell Latitude E7450
29.6 Watt * ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
39 Watt * ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
44.3 Watt * ∼13%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
29.3 Watt * ∼8%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
30.3 Watt * ∼9%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
60 Watt * ∼17%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
26.1 Watt * ∼7%

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
5620 Points ∼77%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
4995 Points ∼69%
Dell XPS 13-9343
4934 Points ∼68%
Dell Latitude E7450
4650 Points ∼64%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
4943 Points ∼68%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
4609 Points ∼63%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
5190 Points ∼71%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
4510 Points ∼62%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
4909 Points ∼68%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
5295 Points ∼73%
PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
3363 Points ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
3128 Points ∼57%
Dell XPS 13-9343
2582 Points ∼47%
Dell Latitude E7450
2932 Points ∼53%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
2778 Points ∼50%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
3148 Points ∼57%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
2711 Points ∼49%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
2184 Points ∼40%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
3100 Points ∼56%
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
4105 Points ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
4097 Points ∼74%
Dell XPS 13-9343
3225 Points ∼58%
Dell Latitude E7450
4002 Points ∼72%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
3614 Points ∼65%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
4345 Points ∼78%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
3261 Points ∼59%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
3232 Points ∼58%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 2015-03
1828 Points ∼10%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
2380 Points ∼13%
Dell XPS 13-9343
1109 Points ∼6%
Dell Latitude E7450
1023 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
1067 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X250
1079 Points ∼6%
Asus ASUSPRO Advanced BU401LA-CZ020G
1120 Points ∼6%
Toshiba Portégé Z30t
846 Points ∼5%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
2485 Points ∼14%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G2
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 XPS 13-9343 Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
 
Dell Latitude E7450 Intel Core i5-5300U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
 
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
 
Toshiba Portege Z30t-A-10X Intel Core i7-4500U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
 
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 PM851 Series MZNTE256HMHP
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Author: Staff (Update: 2015-09- 2)