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Asus ExpertBook BR1104CGA review: silent educational laptop with great battery life thanks to Intel's N100

Battery life champ. Powered by the efficient N100 CPU from Intel, this sturdy educational laptop offers excellent battery life, silent operation and robust connectivity. For under 400 EUR, Asus also includes 8 GB LPDDR5-4800 RAM, 128 GB SSD storage and an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 display.

The BR1104CGA-N00007XA is part of Asus’s 2024 lineup of ExpertBook educational laptops with budget-friendly prices in the sub-€400 range. This model is the first laptop with Intel’s N100 processors we review. It is not the first device with that CPU to hit our labs, however, as we have already reviewed several N100 mini PCs since late 2023. Specs are in line with low budget devices suited for students, so we are looking at only 8 GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128 GB storage and an 11.6-inch TN LCD with 1366 x 768 resolution. Nevertheless, the Intel N100 provides enough processing power for educational purposes and offers silent operation combined with excellent battery life.

Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA (BR1100 Series)
Processor
Intel Processor N100 4 x 1 - 3.4 GHz, Alder Lake-N
Memory
8 GB 
, Micron LPDDR5-4800
Display
11.60 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, TN, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Alder Lake-N PCH
Storage
Micron MT 128GBCAV2U31, 128 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Alder Lake-N PCH - cAVS
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1
Networking
Realtek Semiconductor RTL8168/8111 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (10/100/1000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/), Bluetooth 5.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 21.2 x 296.9 x 213 ( = 0.83 x 11.69 x 8.39 in)
Battery
50 Wh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Pro
Camera
Webcam: 1
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 2, Keyboard: German, Keyboard Light: no, 36 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.62 kg ( = 57.14 oz / 3.57 pounds), Power Supply: 250 g ( = 8.82 oz / 0.55 pounds)
Price
381 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

potential competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
79.5 %
06/2024
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
N100, UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N)
1.6 kg21.2 mm11.60"1366x768
72.8 %
01/2024
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
N100, UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N)
365 g46 mmx
80.1 %
12/2022
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
R3 3250U, Vega 3
1.5 kg19.2 mm14.00"1920x1080
82.6 %
02/2023
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
R3 5300U, Vega 6
1.4 kg19 mm14.00"1920x1080
79.5 %
10/2021
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
SD 7c, Adreno 618
583 g7.7 mm11.00"2160x1440

Case and Connectivity

This model’s chassis is completely made of solid plastic and the lids plus the frame around the keyboard / trackpad have a texture that helps improve the grip. The bottom lid can be removed, but only for dusting and maintenance, since RAM and storage cannot be upgraded. For an 11.6-inch laptop, the 1.6 kg weight is above average.

Port selection includes 1x USB-C 10 Gbps (DP+PD), 1x USB-C 2.0, 2x USB-A 5 Gbps, HDMI 1.4 video out, Kensington lock audio and GbE jacks, which are more than enough for this price point.

Wireless connectivity is limited to Wi-Fi 6 5GHz and Bluetooth 5.2. Download speeds are close to theoretical maximum, yet the upload speeds are a bit slower than average.

Webcam resolution and color accuracy are low, as expected for this price point. Still, Asus provides a physical privacy shutter for increased security.

Size Comparison

324 mm / 12.8 in 215 mm / 8.46 in 19 mm / 0.748 in 1.4 kg3.04 lbs323.4 mm / 12.7 in 215.6 mm / 8.49 in 19.2 mm / 0.756 in 1.5 kg3.31 lbs296.9 mm / 11.7 in 213 mm / 8.39 in 21.2 mm / 0.835 in 1.6 kg3.57 lbs252 mm / 9.92 in 177 mm / 6.97 in 7.7 mm / 0.3031 in 583 g1.285 lbs115 mm / 4.53 in 110 mm / 4.33 in 46 mm / 1.811 in 365 g0.805 lbs297 mm / 11.7 in 210 mm / 8.27 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Connectivity

Right side connectors: volume control, power button, audio jack, USB-A 5 Gbps, USB-C 2.0, Kensington lock
Right side connectors: volume control, power button, audio jack, USB-A 5 Gbps, USB-C 2.0, Kensington lock
Left side connectors: GbE jack, HDMI 1.4, USB-C 10 Gbps (PD+DP 1.4), USB-A 5 Gbps
Left side connectors: GbE jack, HDMI 1.4, USB-C 10 Gbps (PD+DP 1.4), USB-A 5 Gbps
Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
Realtek RTL8852AE
882 (835min - 925max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
Realtek RTL8852AE
915 (852min - 942max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1131 (668min - 1309max) MBit/s +22%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
944 (847min - 957max) MBit/s +2%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
925 (906min - 944max) MBit/s
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1044 (752min - 1238max) MBit/s +18%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
938 (731min - 996max) MBit/s +6%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
882 (470min - 936max) MBit/s
0701402102803504204905606307007708409109801050112011901260Tooltip
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE AMD Ryzen 3 5300U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000); iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø882 (835-925)
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE AMD Ryzen 3 5300U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000); iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø915 (852-942)
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA Intel Processor N100, Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N); iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø924 (906-944)
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L Intel Processor N100, Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N); iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1108 (668-1309)
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R AMD Ryzen 3 3250U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 3; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø943 (847-957)
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA Intel Processor N100, Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N); iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø866 (470-936)
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L Intel Processor N100, Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N); iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1044 (752-1238)
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R AMD Ryzen 3 3250U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 3; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø938 (731-996)

Webcamera

ColorChecker
14.5 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
14 ∆E
17.2 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
16.5 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
11.6 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA: 11.07 ∆E min: 2.28 - max: 17.21 ∆E

Input Devices

Regarding the typing experience, the keys on this model offer a shorter travel, but nothing too inconvenient. However, it features the German layout that switches the Z key with the Y and some special characters are placed differently compared to a standard QWERTY layout. Unfortunately, the low-budget specs do not allow for backlight illumination.

The trackpad acting as a mouse replacement is large enough, with a smooth texture that facilitates easy finger gliding. It looks like the build quality is not that great though, as the trackpad starts to creak a bit after a while when doing tap gestures.

Display

Pixel grid (250X magnification)
Pixel grid (250X magnification)

Given the low-cost specs of this model, the 11.6-inch TN display with matte coating does not come as a surprise. It is also limited to 1366 x 768 resolution, yet its performance is a better-than-average. The center of the screen almost hits 300 nits, while the overall average is 273.6 nits. Black level goes as low as 0.48 nits, resulting in a contrast of 604:1. PWM flickering was detected at 25 KHz, but only for 30% or lower screen brightness (≤71 cd/m²).

262
cd/m²
273
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
284
cd/m²
290
cd/m²
289
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
274
cd/m²
252
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 290 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 273.6 cd/m² Minimum: 18.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 287.8 cd/m²
Contrast: 604:1 (Black: 0.48 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 7.68 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.97, calibrated: 1.9
ΔE Greyscale 7.4 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
64.3% sRGB (Calman 2D)
44.62% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
64.95% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
43.19% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.658
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
1366x768, 11.6"
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
BOE CQ NT140FHM-N44, , 1920x1080, 14"
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
LP140WFH-SPP1, , 1920x1080, 14"
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
2160x1440, 11"
Display
-20%
-17%
Display P3 Coverage
43.19
34.7
-20%
35.8
-17%
sRGB Coverage
64.95
52.2
-20%
53.6
-17%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
44.62
35.9
-20%
37
-17%
Response Times
13%
-8%
-29%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
37.68 ?(19, 18.68)
39 ?(21, 18)
-4%
34 ?(16, 18)
10%
46.4 ?(22.8, 23.6)
-23%
Response Time Black / White *
20 ?(15, 5)
14 ?(10, 4)
30%
25 ?(13, 12)
-25%
26.8 ?(15.2, 11.6)
-34%
PWM Frequency
25000 ?(71)
Screen
10%
3%
51%
Brightness middle
290
260
-10%
327
13%
447.8
54%
Brightness
274
244
-11%
313
14%
427
56%
Brightness Distribution
87
80
-8%
87
0%
88
1%
Black Level *
0.48
0.63
-31%
0.33
31%
0.45
6%
Contrast
604
413
-32%
991
64%
995
65%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
7.68
2.28
70%
7.91
-3%
1.48
81%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
9.6
4.94
49%
20.73
-116%
2.6
73%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
1.9
2.16
-14%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
7.4
1.64
78%
5.71
23%
1.9
74%
Gamma
2.658 83%
2.37 93%
2.11 104%
2.08 106%
CCT
8017 81%
6384 102%
6437 101%
6624 98%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
1% / 4%
-7% / -3%
11% / 35%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
20 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 5 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 38 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (21.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
37.68 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 18.68 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 50 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (33.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 25000 Hz
≤ 71 cd/m² brightness

The display backlight flickers at 25000 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 71 cd/m² and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 25000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

As the flickering occurs only on very low brightness settings, it should not be an issue in typical office settings. Nonetheless, use in low light conditions may be straining to the eyes.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17560 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

0%
0%
10%
10%
20%
20%
30%
30%
50% (no PWM)
50% (no PWM)
100% (no PWM)
100% (no PWM)

Out of the box color accuracy is more than double the DeltaE 3 threshold. Default grayscale is 7.4 and color checker test shows an even higher DeltaE of 9.6. A quick calibration can bring the values under DeltaE 3 (1.9  for grayscale and 2.54 for the color checker test). When it comes to color gamut, the display is only able to cover 64% of sRGB, so it is not recommended for any content creation. Nevertheless, it is slightly better than the competitor displays.

Viewing angles are consistent with a TN panel where colors begin to shift dramatically at angles bigger than 30o. The matte coating does a decent job for outdoor use, even though the glare gets more pronounced when most of the screen is dark.

Default greyscale
Default greyscale
Calibrated greyscale
Calibrated greyscale
Default color checker
Default color checker
Calibrated color checker
Calibrated color checker
Default saturation
Default saturation
Calibrated saturation
Calibrated saturation

Outdoor use

Performance

The BR1104C laptop lineup from Asus is designed as a budget solution for students and includes several configurations. Besides the N100 variant complemented by 8 GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128 GB UFS storage tested here, Asus also offers variants powered by the N200 CPU, which include an optional touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass (glossy coating) and stylus, plus up to 16 GB RAM and up to 256 GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe storage.

Processor

Intel’s N100 CPU is based on the Alder Lake architecture launched in late 2021. It features 4 efficient cores (Gracemont E-cores) with no multithreading, 6 MB L3 cache and base clocks set to 1 GHz (6 W TDP). Boost clocks can reach 3.4 GHz, in which case the TDP raises momentarily up to 28 W. The integrated graphics solution featured on this CPU is the UHD Graphics chips clocked at 750 MHz.

Analyzing the results from the Cinebench R15 Multi loop, the N100 on the Asus BR1104CGA laptop is slightly faster than the N100 on the Minisforum mini PC and both show stable operation with no throttling. However, the N100 appears slower than AMD’s Ryzen 3 3250U that features only 2 cores with multithreading. We also included a Ryzen 3 5300U with 4 cores and 8 threads that operate at 25 W by default, and the performance difference versus the N100 is almost 4X. For overall synthetic test performance, the N100 on the Asus laptop seems to be the slowest processor.

CPU specs
CPU specs
Motherboard
Motherboard
RAM
RAM
SPD
SPD
GPU
GPU
Benchmark
Benchmark
GPU-Z specs
GPU-Z specs
GPU-Z sensors
GPU-Z sensors
HWInfo
HWInfo

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

050100150200250300350400450500550600650700750800850900Tooltip
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA Intel Processor N100: Ø237 (229.37-246.24)
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L Intel Processor N100: Ø219 (212.73-224.56)
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R AMD Ryzen 3 3250U: Ø332 (321.72-353.09)
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE AMD Ryzen 3 5300U: Ø885 (836.16-906.04)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.5: Single-Core | Multi-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Average of class Office
  (181.3 - 764, n=113, last 2 years)
569 Points +100%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
434 Points +52%
Average Intel Processor N100
  (285 - 358, n=7)
337 Points +18%
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel Processor N100
331 Points +16%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
300 Points +5%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel Processor N100
285 Points
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Average of class Office
  (356 - 5904, n=113, last 2 years)
3207 Points +444%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
2076 Points +252%
Average Intel Processor N100
  (590 - 1139, n=7)
907 Points +54%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
805 Points +36%
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel Processor N100
776 Points +32%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel Processor N100
590 Points
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Average of class Office
  (98 - 284, n=111, last 2 years)
220 Points +85%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
170 Points +43%
Average Intel Processor N100
  (118.8 - 155, n=7)
143 Points +20%
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel Processor N100
137 Points +15%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
119 Points 0%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel Processor N100
118.8 Points
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Average of class Office
  (242 - 2642, n=113, last 2 years)
1439 Points +485%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
906 (836min - 906max) Points +268%
Average Intel Processor N100
  (246 - 479, n=7)
371 Points +51%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
353 Points +43%
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel Processor N100
296 Points +20%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel Processor N100
246 (229.37min - 246.24max) Points
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel Processor N100
1956 Seconds *
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel Processor N100
1594 Seconds * +19%
Average Intel Processor N100
  (1017 - 1956, n=7)
1360 Seconds * +30%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
1319 Seconds * +33%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
544 Seconds * +72%
Average of class Office
  (214 - 2248, n=116, last 2 years)
501 Seconds * +74%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Average of class Office
  (2337 - 6687, n=114, last 2 years)
5058 MIPS +66%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
3960 MIPS +30%
Average Intel Processor N100
  (3046 - 3958, n=7)
3623 MIPS +19%
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel Processor N100
3449 MIPS +13%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
3291 MIPS +8%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel Processor N100
3046 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Average of class Office
  (6602 - 62349, n=114, last 2 years)
35603 MIPS +373%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
21971 MIPS +192%
Average Intel Processor N100
  (7532 - 13291, n=7)
10800 MIPS +43%
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel Processor N100
9272 MIPS +23%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
8899 MIPS +18%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel Processor N100
7532 MIPS
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Average of class Office
  (510 - 1974, n=114, last 2 years)
1499 Points +64%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
1070 Points +17%
Average Intel Processor N100
  (915 - 1018, n=8)
981 Points +7%
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel Processor N100
946 Points +3%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel Processor N100
915 Points
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
806 Points -12%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
597 Points -35%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Average of class Office
  (1018 - 11980, n=114, last 2 years)
6900 Points +261%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
4008 Points +110%
Average Intel Processor N100
  (1911 - 2896, n=8)
2567 Points +34%
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel Processor N100
2038 Points +7%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel Processor N100
1911 Points
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
1687 Points -12%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
1397 Points -27%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Average of class Office
  (1.55 - 17.4, n=113, last 2 years)
9.49 fps +452%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
6.54 fps +280%
Average Intel Processor N100
  (1.72 - 3.49, n=7)
2.67 fps +55%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
2.17 fps +26%
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel Processor N100
1.99 fps +16%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel Processor N100
1.72 fps
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel Processor N100
129.6 s *
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel Processor N100
100.4 s * +23%
Average Intel Processor N100
  (67 - 129.6, n=7)
88.6 s * +32%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
85.5 s * +34%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
76.8 s * +41%
Average of class Office
  (31.3 - 129.6, n=113, last 2 years)
56.1 s * +57%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel Processor N100
1.06 sec *
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel Processor N100
1.039 sec * +2%
Average Intel Processor N100
  (0.822 - 1.06, n=7)
0.92 sec * +13%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
0.843 sec * +20%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
0.658 sec * +38%
Average of class Office
  (0.4244 - 1.192, n=112, last 2 years)
0.574 sec * +46%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
246 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
34.3 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
118.8 Points
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System Performance

In the PCMark 10 suite, the N100 CPU on the Asus laptop is slightly faster overall than the Minisforum implementation, even though it only scores more in the Essentials test, while in the Productivity and Digital Content Creation tests it falls to last place.

PCMark 10 / Score
Average of class Office
  (2463 - 7157, n=97, last 2 years)
5409 Points +92%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
Vega 6, R3 5300U, Lenovo UMIS RPJTJ256MEE1OWX
4383 Points +55%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
Vega 3, R3 3250U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-265G
3109 Points +10%
Average Intel Processor N100, Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N)
  (2786 - 3207, n=7)
3016 Points +7%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), N100, Micron MT 128GBCAV2U31
2823 Points
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), N100, Gofatoo 256GB
2801 Points -1%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Average of class Office
  (5575 - 20841, n=97, last 2 years)
9911 Points +44%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
Vega 6, R3 5300U, Lenovo UMIS RPJTJ256MEE1OWX
7833 Points +14%
Average Intel Processor N100, Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N)
  (6068 - 7482, n=7)
6931 Points 0%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), N100, Micron MT 128GBCAV2U31
6898 Points
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
Vega 3, R3 3250U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-265G
6547 Points -5%
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), N100, Gofatoo 256GB
6456 Points -6%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Average of class Office
  (3041 - 10198, n=97, last 2 years)
7463 Points +79%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
Vega 6, R3 5300U, Lenovo UMIS RPJTJ256MEE1OWX
6741 Points +62%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
Vega 3, R3 3250U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-265G
5670 Points +36%
Average Intel Processor N100, Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N)
  (4167 - 5033, n=7)
4642 Points +11%
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), N100, Gofatoo 256GB
4306 Points +3%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), N100, Micron MT 128GBCAV2U31
4167 Points
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
Average of class Office
  (1912 - 9056, n=97, last 2 years)
5953 Points +180%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
Vega 6, R3 5300U, Lenovo UMIS RPJTJ256MEE1OWX
4327 Points +104%
Average Intel Processor N100, Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N)
  (2126 - 2497, n=7)
2317 Points +9%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
Vega 3, R3 3250U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-265G
2198 Points +3%
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), N100, Gofatoo 256GB
2146 Points +1%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), N100, Micron MT 128GBCAV2U31
2126 Points
PCMark 10 Score
2823 points
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DPC Latency

The N100 processor handles 4K video playback with minimal frame drops. Unfortunately, this N100 implementation records one of the highest DPC latencies we have seen in recent reviews, which is around 30X higher than the average.

DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), N100, Micron MT 128GBCAV2U31
30049.6 μs *
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
Vega 3, R3 3250U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-265G
4321.8 μs * +86%
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), N100, Gofatoo 256GB
1464.6 μs * +95%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
Vega 6, R3 5300U, Lenovo UMIS RPJTJ256MEE1OWX
485 μs * +98%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

AS SSD Copy Benchmark
AS SSD Copy Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 8.0.4
CrystalDiskMark 8.0.4

It is not too often we come across UFS SATA3 SSD storage on laptops nowadays, but some budget configurations like this one still feature such solutions to reduce costs. The Micron MT 128GBCAV2U31 SSD is as slow as an old HDD model in the more demanding DiskSpd test where it records only 124.2 MB/s sequential reads and 46.7 MB/s sequential writes with no throttling. In AS SSD, the results are substantially better, with 925 MB/s reads and 294 MB/s writes, whereas the SSD manages to break 1 GB/s in CrystalDiskMark.

Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Micron MT 128GBCAV2U31
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Gofatoo 256GB
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-265G
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
Lenovo UMIS RPJTJ256MEE1OWX
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
128 GB eMMC Flash
Average Micron MT 128GBCAV2U31
 
Average of class Office
 
AS SSD
130%
115%
147%
0%
370%
Seq Read
925
668
-28%
2150.46
132%
1846
100%
925 ?()
0%
Seq Write
294
702
139%
920.46
213%
1175
300%
294 ?()
0%
4K Read
18
56.7
215%
37.07
106%
49.4
174%
18 ?()
0%
4K Write
28.2
108.2
284%
98.83
250%
129
357%
28.2 ?()
0%
4K-64 Read
272
744
174%
527.38
94%
452
66%
272 ?()
0%
4K-64 Write
189.6
453
139%
283.45
49%
406
114%
189.6 ?()
0%
Access Time Read *
0.302
0.094
69%
0.108
64%
0.076
75%
0.302 ?()
-0%
Access Time Write *
0.157
0.132
16%
0.059
62%
0.03
81%
0.157 ?()
-0%
Score Read
383
867
126%
780
104%
686
79%
383 ?()
0%
Score Write
247
631
155%
474
92%
653
164%
247 ?()
0%
Score Total
799
1962
146%
1601
100%
1672
109%
799 ?()
0%
Copy ISO MB/s
73.37
903.94
1058
Copy Program MB/s
354.07
151.58
168
Copy Game MB/s
602.55
474.61
401

* ... smaller is better

Micron MT 128GBCAV2U31
Sequential Read: 925MB/s
Sequential Write: 294MB/s
4K Read: 18MB/s
4K Write: 28.2MB/s
4K-64 Read: 272MB/s
4K-64 Write: 189.6MB/s
Access Time Read: 0.302ms
Access Time Write: 0.157ms
Score Read: 383Points
Score Write: 247Points
Score Total: 799Points

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA Micron MT 128GBCAV2U31; diskspd 2.0.17 f: Ø124 (121.39-125.2)
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L Gofatoo 256GB; diskspd 2.0.17 f: Ø504 (361.25-641.08)
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-265G: Ø2465 (1684.01-2479.96)
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE Lenovo UMIS RPJTJ256MEE1OWX: Ø2034 (836.14-2116.45)

GPU Performance

Alder Lake-N processors integrating Intel UHD Graphics iGPUs are not really suited for gaming scenarios. With only 24 EUs, the iGPU coming with the N100 processor provides the bare minimum features for 4K video playback, external screen output and maybe some retro gaming or low resolution / low settings newer games. In synthetic tests like 3DMark 11 or the latest version, N100 mostly lags behind AMD’s APUs with the older Vega 3 iGPU.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average of class Office
  (1468 - 13132, n=104, last 2 years)
6149 Points +319%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
3959 Points +170%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
1640 Points +12%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N)
  (1458 - 2233, n=12)
1545 Points +5%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), Intel Processor N100
1468 Points
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), Intel Processor N100
1461 Points 0%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average of class Office
  (712 - 9228, n=105, last 2 years)
4324 Points
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
2638 Points
Average Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N)
  (1080 - 1646, n=11)
1209 Points
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), Intel Processor N100
1191 Points
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
1084 Points
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Average of class Office
  (5681 - 58068, n=85, last 2 years)
24576 Points +186%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
19073 Points +122%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), Intel Processor N100
8594 Points
Average Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N)
  (7218 - 11498, n=12)
8532 Points -1%
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), Intel Processor N100
8012 Points -7%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
7526 Points -12%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Office
  (242 - 3242, n=104, last 2 years)
1395 Points +333%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14ALC6-82KT0077GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
863 Points +168%
Asus ExpertBook L1 L1401CDA-EK0457R
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
400 Points +24%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N)
  (304 - 473, n=12)
331 Points +3%
Asus BR1104CGA-N00007XA
Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), Intel Processor N100
322 Points
Minisforum Venus Series UN100L
Intel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N), Intel Processor N100
319 Points -1%
3DMark 11 Performance
1688 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
6177 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
536 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
364 points
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Gaming Performance

The Witcher 3 stress test shows that this N100 implementation is mostly stable with little to no throttling so that the iGPU runs at maximum frequency for as long as it is needed. However, the game is only playable at 1024 x 768 with low settings. Performance appears to be similar to a Vega 3 iGPU with dual-channel RAM, and it is roughly two times slower compared to that of a Vega 6 iGPU. Dota 2 Reborn is playable up to medium settings and this generally applies for other competitive games like CS:GO. X-Plane 11.11 is not playable, regardless of the selected settings.

Witcher 3 FPS Chart