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Durabook S15AB Rugged Laptop Review

Durable notebook. The 1.5-inch thick laptop can be dropped from a height of up three feet while supporting up to three storage drives. Modern conveniences like 4G LTE, RAID, and a backlit keyboard are available.

The Durabook S15AB is a semi-rugged 15.6-inch laptop designed for industrial environments or field technicians. These types of systems are typically jam-packed with ports and customizeable options with thick form factors that favor functionality over visual design.

More information on the Durabook S15AB can be found on its official product page here and the specifications sheet below. Direct competitors to the S15AB include other rugged laptops like the Panasonic Toughbook, the Dell Latitude Rugged, or the Getac S series.

Durabook S15AB specifications and options (Source: Durabook)
Durabook S15AB specifications and options (Source: Durabook)
Durabook S15ABG2
Processor
Intel Core i5-8265U 4 x 1.6 - 3.9 GHz, Whiskey Lake-U
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 26.20.100.7262
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, 10-10-10-28, Single-Channel, expandable
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, Chi Mei N156HGE-EA2, TN LED, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-LP - cAVS
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Serial Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD reader
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-LM (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wireless-AC 9260 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUD0N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 30 x 375 x 273 ( = 1.18 x 14.76 x 10.75 in)
Battery
56 Wh, 7600 mAh Lithium-Polymer, removeable
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Beveled, 36 Months Warranty, ruggedized
Weight
2.57 kg ( = 90.65 oz / 5.67 pounds), Power Supply: 360 g ( = 12.7 oz / 0.79 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
78 %
04/2020
Durabook S15ABG2
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620
2.6 kg30 mm15.6"1920x1080
84 %
03/2019
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
i7-8650U, Radeon RX 540
3.5 kg59.3 mm14"1920x1080
81 %
09/2019
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
i5-8365U, UHD Graphics 620
2.2 kg33 mm14"1920x1080
84 %
10/2018
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
i5-7200U, HD Graphics 620
2.2 kg30.9 mm15.6"1920x1080
82 %
10/2018
Getac S410
i5-8550U, UHD Graphics 620
2.2 kg34.9 mm14"1366x768

Case

Case follows MIL-STD 810G specifications for shock, vibration, dust, and more
Case follows MIL-STD 810G specifications for shock, vibration, dust, and more
Aluminum-magnesium body
Aluminum-magnesium body
Hinges opened to maximum angle (~160 degrees)
Hinges opened to maximum angle (~160 degrees)
Rough matte surfaces are rigid and do not yield easily
Rough matte surfaces are rigid and do not yield easily
Carrying handle is convenient, but it's not detachable
Carrying handle is convenient, but it's not detachable
Only a Philips screwdriver is required to access most of the components inside
Only a Philips screwdriver is required to access most of the components inside
380 mm / 15 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 31.9 mm / 1.256 inch 2.8 kg6.07 lbs352.5 mm / 13.9 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 59.3 mm / 2.33 inch 3.5 kg7.61 lbs378 mm / 14.9 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 30.9 mm / 1.217 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs375 mm / 14.8 inch 273 mm / 10.7 inch 30 mm / 1.181 inch 2.6 kg5.67 lbs347 mm / 13.7 inch 244.5 mm / 9.63 inch 32.9 mm / 1.295 inch 2.8 kg6.24 lbs346 mm / 13.6 inch 272 mm / 10.7 inch 33 mm / 1.299 inch 2.2 kg4.92 lbs

Connectivity

Right ports
Right ports
Rear ports
Rear ports
Left ports. Optical drive can be swapped for a storage drive (Image source: Durabook)
Left ports. Optical drive can be swapped for a storage drive (Image source: Durabook)

SD Card Reader

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
182.86 MB/s ∼100% +164%
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
171.81 MB/s ∼94% +148%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
146 MB/s ∼80% +111%
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
145 MB/s ∼79% +109%
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
73.8 MB/s ∼40% +6%
Durabook S15ABG2
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
69.3 MB/s ∼38%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
228.78 MB/s ∼100% +171%
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
228.26 MB/s ∼100% +170%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
174.4 MB/s ∼76% +107%
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
165.7 MB/s ∼72% +96%
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
85.15 MB/s ∼37% +1%
Durabook S15ABG2
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
84.4 MB/s ∼37%

Communication

We experienced no connectivity issues when connected to our Netgear RAX200 router. Both transmit and receive rates are stable with the included Intel 9260 Wi-Fi 5 module. Durabook offers no Wi-Fi 6 options at the moment.

Empty WAN slot with antenna included if users want to install a module themselves
Empty WAN slot with antenna included if users want to install a module themselves
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1295 (min: 1184, max: 1487) MBit/s ∼100% +12%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1242 (min: 1133, max: 1283) MBit/s ∼96% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 20SA000GUS
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1199 (min: 600, max: 1243) MBit/s ∼93% +4%
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
1154 (min: 1110, max: 1202) MBit/s ∼89%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1645 (min: 1401, max: 1773) MBit/s ∼100% +57%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 20SA000GUS
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1240 (min: 1061, max: 1422) MBit/s ∼75% +18%
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
1048 (min: 1000, max: 1089) MBit/s ∼64%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1030 (min: 722, max: 1235) MBit/s ∼63% -2%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1153 (1110-1202)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1046 (998-1089)

Webcam

ColorChecker
4.6 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
4 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
4 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
5 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Durabook S15ABG2: 6.44 ∆E min: 2.74 - max: 15.52 ∆E

Maintenance

Two panels on the bottom cover the SSD, WAN module, SIM slot, WLAN module, and two SODIMM slots. The optical drive can be removed and replaced with additional drives if desired.

Warranty

Three-year warranty comes standard as opposed to only one or two years on most other laptops.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The removable keyboard is excellent and easy to type on. Keys have adequate travel with crisper feedback than most Ultrabooks. Clatter, however, is loud when typing.

Dedicated auxiliary keys for volume or brightness would have been useful especially for this particular category.

Touchpad

The touchpad (10 x 5 cm) is not Precision enabled. Two-finger inputs like scrolling and zooming are still supported, but they are slow and unreliable. Furthermore, the cursor moves at a lower frame rate when compared to using an external mouse. We recommend using an external mouse whenever possible for more accurate and reliable clicks.

Standard keyboard layout with no dedicated aux keys
Standard keyboard layout with no dedicated aux keys
Clickpad surface is rougher than most other laptops and it's more difficult to use
Clickpad surface is rougher than most other laptops and it's more difficult to use
Keyboard is comfortable to type on because of the satisfactory key feedback
Keyboard is comfortable to type on because of the satisfactory key feedback
Full-size Arrow keys
Full-size Arrow keys

Display

The Chi Mei N156HGE-EA2 panel on our test unit can also be found on the Acer Aspire E5-551G and Lenovo ThinkPad T550. The problem is that these laptops are from 2014 which means the DuraBook is using a six-year old TN panel. Colors are way off and contrast is low for a poor visual experience out of the box. We understand that the system is not designed for editing or watching movies, but it's still far behind the curve in its own category as most other rugged laptops now come with higher quality IPS panels instead.

Brightness is average as we're able to record a maximum of only 284 nits. Pulse-width modulation is present on all brightness levels up to 99 percent which might impact users who are sensitive to onscreen flickering.

No touchscreen or 4K UHD options
No touchscreen or 4K UHD options
Thick display bezels
Thick display bezels
Matte subpixel array. The slightly grainy look is common amongst matte panels
Matte subpixel array. The slightly grainy look is common amongst matte panels
No uneven backlight bleeding issues because of the TN panel
No uneven backlight bleeding issues because of the TN panel
275.4
cd/m²
283.9
cd/m²
285.5
cd/m²
244.6
cd/m²
284.8
cd/m²
253.3
cd/m²
252.7
cd/m²
266.7
cd/m²
252.4
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei N156HGE-EA2
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 285.5 cd/m² Average: 266.6 cd/m² Minimum: 0.06 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 284.8 cd/m²
Contrast: 407:1 (Black: 0.7 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 11.48 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 3.06
ΔE Greyscale 13.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6
76.8% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 48.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.09
Durabook S15ABG2
Chi Mei N156HGE-EA2, TN LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
AU Optronics AUO523D, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
AU Optronics AUO523D, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
InfoVision M140NWF5 R3, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Fujitsu Celsius H780
LP156WF6-SPP1, IPS LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
LG Philips LP156WFB-SPB1, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
-36%
-35%
3%
2241%
-47%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
24.4 (12.8, 11.6)
62.8 (35.6, 27.2)
-157%
68 (34, 34)
-179%
42 (20.8, 21.2)
-72%
38 (18.8, 19.2)
-56%
38 (21, 17)
-56%
Response Time Black / White *
19.6 (14.4, 5.2)
40 (24.4, 15.6)
-104%
33.6 (18.8, 14.8)
-71%
29.6 (13.2, 16.4)
-51%
26.8 (16.4, 10.4)
-37%
27 (16, 11)
-38%
PWM Frequency
301.2 (99)
763
153%
735.3 (100)
144%
694.4 (99)
131%
20830 (60)
6816%
Screen
87%
93%
77%
37%
16%
Brightness middle
284.8
844
196%
1111.7
290%
1037
264%
271
-5%
260
-9%
Brightness
267
793
197%
1026
284%
1015
280%
260
-3%
241
-10%
Brightness Distribution
86
88
2%
80
-7%
76
-12%
86
0%
87
1%
Black Level *
0.7
0.54
23%
0.81
-16%
0.6
14%
0.29
59%
0.39
44%
Contrast
407
1563
284%
1372
237%
1728
325%
934
129%
667
64%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
11.48
4.8
58%
3.83
67%
5.71
50%
3.9
66%
5.23
54%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
19.71
11.88
40%
7.85
60%
26.27
-33%
10.2
48%
7.73
61%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
3.06
1.15
62%
2.98
3%
4.52
-48%
2.9
5%
4.2
-37%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
13.2
7.6
42%
5.6
58%
5.5
58%
2.6
80%
4.22
68%
Gamma
2.09 105%
2.334 94%
2.306 95%
2.04 108%
2.29 96%
2.62 84%
CCT
14566 45%
6546 99%
7676 85%
5783 112%
6517 100%
6104 106%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
48.8
62
27%
59
21%
36.4
-25%
56.1
15%
34
-30%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
76.8
97
26%
93
21%
57
-26%
85.8
12%
53
-31%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
26% / 61%
29% / 65%
40% / 61%
1139% / 509%
-16% / 6%

* ... smaller is better

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Further measurements with an X-Rite colorimeter reveal an overly cool color temperature with inaccurate colors as a result. Once we calibrated the display, however, colors and grayscale would improve dramatically. We recommend calibrating the display if possible because the visual experience will improve noticeably.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

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
19.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.4 ms rise
↘ 5.2 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 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 24 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
24.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.8 ms rise
↘ 11.6 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 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 16 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39 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 301.2 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 301.2 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 301.2 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17901 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is poor due to both the limited brightness and limited viewing angles of the TN panel. The matte display helps to reduce glare, but it can only do so much on its own.

Outdoors on a cloudy day
Outdoors on a cloudy day
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors on a cloudy day
Outdoors on a cloudy day
Narrow TN viewing angles
Narrow TN viewing angles

Performance

Processor

CPU performance is below average. When compared to the 36 other laptops in our database all equipped with the same Core i5-8265U processor, the one in our Durabook is roughly 22 percent slower in multi-thread performance. Running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop shows a performance drop of 12 percent over time.

See our dedicated page on the Core i5-8265U for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R20
CineBench R20
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Durabook S15ABG2 UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, UDinfo HF3-25UB HF325UB256GBA2P; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø406 (400.88-461.45)
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø413 (406.64-496.34)
Dynabook Portégé X30-F-10N UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø521 (516.63-551.37)
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø462 (417.79-486.07)
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55 UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø572 (568.13-611.85)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit - CPU Multi 64Bit
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Intel Core i7-8850H
1116 Points ∼100% +142%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
711 (min: 499, max: 719) Points ∼64% +54%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
677.84 (min: 671.21, max: 677.84) Points ∼61% +47%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
672 Points ∼60% +46%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (457 - 750, n=38)
592 Points ∼53% +28%
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
Intel Core i5-8365U
578 Points ∼52% +25%
Dynabook Portégé X30-F-10N
Intel Core i5-8265U
551 Points ∼49% +20%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
496 (min: 406.64, max: 496.34) Points ∼44% +8%
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
Intel Core i7-8650U
465 Points ∼42% +1%
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel Core i5-8265U
461 (min: 400.88, max: 461.45) Points ∼41%
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
Intel Core i7-8650U
451 Points ∼40% -2%
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
Intel Core i5-7200U
326 Points ∼29% -29%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit - CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
193 Points ∼100% +20%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Intel Core i7-8850H
185 Points ∼96% +15%
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
Intel Core i5-8365U
168 Points ∼87% +4%
Dynabook Portégé X30-F-10N
Intel Core i5-8265U
161 Points ∼83% 0%
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel Core i5-8265U
161 Points ∼83%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (111 - 164, n=35)
155 Points ∼80% -4%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
146 Points ∼76% -9%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
144.02 Points ∼75% -11%
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
Intel Core i7-8650U
143 Points ∼74% -11%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
135 Points ∼70% -16%
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
Intel Core i5-7200U
128 Points ∼66% -20%
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
Intel Core i7-8650U
128 Points ∼66% -20%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core) - CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
1571 Points ∼100% +62%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
1525 Points ∼97% +57%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1499 Points ∼95% +54%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (972 - 1564, n=15)
1267 Points ∼81% +30%
Dynabook Portégé X30-F-10N
Intel Core i5-8265U
1237 Points ∼79% +27%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
1038 Points ∼66% +7%
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel Core i5-8265U
972 Points ∼62%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core) - CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
472 Points ∼100% +18%
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel Core i5-8265U
401 Points ∼85%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (325 - 403, n=15)
389 Points ∼82% -3%
Dynabook Portégé X30-F-10N
Intel Core i5-8265U
386 Points ∼82% -4%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
370 Points ∼78% -8%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
364 Points ∼77% -9%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
334 Points ∼71% -17%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU - BMW27 CPU
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel Core i5-8265U
1098 Seconds * ∼100%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
1039 Seconds * ∼95% +5%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (769 - 1098, n=14)
888 Seconds * ∼81% +19%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
687 Seconds * ∼63% +37%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
680 Seconds * ∼62% +38%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Intel Core i7-8850H
494.1 Seconds * ∼45% +55%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
4814 MIPS ∼100% +16%
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Intel Core i7-8850H
4558 MIPS ∼95% +10%
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel Core i5-8265U
4154 MIPS ∼86%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (3780 - 4195, n=14)
4052 MIPS ∼84% -2%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
3885 MIPS ∼81% -6%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3536 MIPS ∼73% -15%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 - 7z b 4
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Intel Core i7-8850H
30761 MIPS ∼100% +124%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
20861 MIPS ∼68% +52%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
16901 MIPS ∼55% +23%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (13731 - 18802, n=14)
16206 MIPS ∼53% +18%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
13812 MIPS ∼45% +1%
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel Core i5-8265U
13731 MIPS ∼45%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel Core i5-8265U
1043 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (1040 - 1047, n=3)
1043 Points ∼100% 0%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
895 Points ∼86% -14%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (3442 - 3681, n=3)
3564 Points ∼100% +4%
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel Core i5-8265U
3442 Points ∼97%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3157 Points ∼89% -8%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset - 4k Preset
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Intel Core i7-8850H
7.61 fps ∼100% +125%
Lenovo ThinkPad T590-20N4002VGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
5.5 fps ∼72% +63%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (3.38 - 4.8, n=14)
4.2 fps ∼55% +24%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4.14 fps ∼54% +22%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
3.51 fps ∼46% +4%
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel Core i5-8265U
3.38 fps ∼44%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF - 20 Documents To PDF
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel Core i5-8265U
67.8 s ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (59.4 - 67.8, n=3)
62.6 s ∼92% -8%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean - Overall mean
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
0.745 sec * ∼100% -3%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (0.72 - 0.736, n=3)
0.729 sec * ∼98% -1%
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel Core i5-8265U
0.72 sec * ∼97%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
461 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
47.8 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
161 Points
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks are within a few percentage points of the average Core i5-8265U in our database despite the slower-than-average CPU performance recorded in our Processor section above. We experienced no software issues or random crashes during our time with the test unit.

PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
3843 Points ∼30% +35%
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
3821 Points ∼30% +34%
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
3403 Points ∼26% +20%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2067 - 3210, n=29)
2917 Points ∼23% +3%
Durabook S15ABG2
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, UDinfo HF3-25UB HF325UB256GBA2P
2844 Points ∼22%
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
HD Graphics 620, i5-7200U, Micron SSD 1100 SED 256GB MTFDDAK256TBN
2311 Points ∼18% -19%
Productivity
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
7531 Points ∼72% +22%
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
7328 Points ∼70% +19%
Durabook S15ABG2
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, UDinfo HF3-25UB HF325UB256GBA2P
6154 Points ∼59%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2941 - 6556, n=29)
6061 Points ∼58% -2%
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
6002 Points ∼58% -2%
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
HD Graphics 620, i5-7200U, Micron SSD 1100 SED 256GB MTFDDAK256TBN
5386 Points ∼52% -12%
Essentials
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
8580 Points ∼75% +9%
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
8503 Points ∼74% +8%
Durabook S15ABG2
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, UDinfo HF3-25UB HF325UB256GBA2P
7854 Points ∼69%
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
7842 Points ∼68% 0%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (5073 - 8689, n=29)
7833 Points ∼68% 0%
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
HD Graphics 620, i5-7200U, Micron SSD 1100 SED 256GB MTFDDAK256TBN
6539 Points ∼57% -17%
Score
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
4497 Points ∼55% +22%
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
4451 Points ∼55% +20%
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
3751 Points ∼46% +1%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2247 - 3985, n=29)
3705 Points ∼46% 0%
Durabook S15ABG2
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, UDinfo HF3-25UB HF325UB256GBA2P
3699 Points ∼46%
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
HD Graphics 620, i5-7200U, Micron SSD 1100 SED 256GB MTFDDAK256TBN
3106 Points ∼38% -16%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
5231 Points ∼79% +14%
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
5170 Points ∼78% +12%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3132 - 4927, n=23)
4657 Points ∼71% +1%
Durabook S15ABG2
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, UDinfo HF3-25UB HF325UB256GBA2P
4605 Points ∼70%
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
HD Graphics 620, i5-7200U, Micron SSD 1100 SED 256GB MTFDDAK256TBN
4565 Points ∼69% -1%
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
4381 Points ∼66% -5%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
4052 Points ∼67% +23%
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
4038 Points ∼66% +23%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2747 - 4244, n=24)
3442 Points ∼56% +5%
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
HD Graphics 620, i5-7200U, Micron SSD 1100 SED 256GB MTFDDAK256TBN
3433 Points ∼56% +5%
Durabook S15ABG2
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, UDinfo HF3-25UB HF325UB256GBA2P
3285 Points ∼54%
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
3146 Points ∼52% -4%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3285 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4605 points
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DPC Latency

LatencyMon shows DPC latency issues when running Prime95 with a DPC routine execution time of 1034 μs. Otherwise, the system runs smoothly when opening multiple browser tabs and playing 4K UHD video. Our minute-long test video on YouTube returns no dropped frames.

DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Durabook S15ABG2
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, UDinfo HF3-25UB HF325UB256GBA2P
915.1 μs * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

Two internal storage bays are available: one standard 2.5-inch SATA III bay and one proprietary side-loaded bay. The side-loaded bay can house up to two storage drives for up to three drives in total.

Our test unit comes with a 256 GB SATA III SSD whereas other laptops have moved on to faster and smaller PCIe drives.

CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
AS SSD
AS SSD
Primary 2.5-inch SATA III bay
Primary 2.5-inch SATA III bay
Durabook S15ABG2
UDinfo HF3-25UB HF325UB256GBA2P
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
Fujitsu Celsius H780
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
Micron SSD 1100 SED 256GB MTFDDAK256TBN
AS SSD
138%
188%
36%
306%
10%
Copy Game MB/s
134.73
792.9
489%
385.86
186%
1170.02
768%
229.57
70%
Copy Program MB/s
151.29
378.14
150%
204.71
35%
405.92
168%
149.63
-1%
Copy ISO MB/s
371.26
1622.33
337%
553.43
49%
1547.02
317%
311.67
-16%
Score Total
938
2099
124%
2475
164%
1083
15%
4469
376%
827
-12%
Score Write
374
804
115%
1143
206%
413
10%
2080
456%
358
-4%
Score Read
369
886
140%
921
150%
440
19%
1549
320%
309
-16%
Access Time Write *
0.189
0.051
73%
0.051
73%
0.058
69%
0.037
80%
0.057
70%
Access Time Read *
0.192
0.044
77%
0.044
77%
0.089
54%
0.066
66%
0.115
40%
4K-64 Write
297.84
604.26
103%
981.79
230%
313.71
5%
1789.01
501%
258.31
-13%
4K-64 Read
291.84
636.48
118%
676.65
132%
369.84
27%
1395
378%
236.07
-19%
4K Write
46.69
97.93
110%
96.39
106%
60.32
29%
102.48
119%
65.9
41%
4K Read
35.07
39.91
14%
39.34
12%
26.18
-25%
48.35
38%
23.9
-32%
Seq Write
290.41
1015.89
250%
652.54
125%
387.3
33%
1882.1
548%
341.49
18%
Seq Read
424.71
2096.13
394%
2053.85
384%
437.71
3%
1049.45
147%
494.32
16%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
220%
152%
20%
237%
11%
Write 4K
63.51
114.4
80%
98.76
56%
55.44
-13%
98.29
55%
72.11
14%
Read 4K
26.67
43.86
64%
38.51
44%
31.11
17%
40.18
51%
25
-6%
Write Seq
258.8
1281
395%
843.3
226%
460.9
78%
1777
587%
413.2
60%
Read Seq
392.4
1918
389%
1282
227%
481.9
23%
1247
218%
488.9
25%
Write 4K Q32T1
249.4
422.5
69%
355.5
43%
234.6
-6%
344.7
38%
161.5
-35%
Read 4K Q32T1
259.2
260.6
1%
241.4
-7%
181.7
-30%
383.1
48%
184.8
-29%
Write Seq Q32T1
311.9
1282
311%
892.5
186%
527.8
69%
2019
547%
432.3
39%
Read Seq Q32T1
459
2515
448%
2478
440%
547.5
19%
2076
352%
531.2
16%
Write 4K Q8T8
1750.6
Read 4K Q8T8
1568.1
Total Average (Program / Settings)
179% / 172%
170% / 175%
28% / 30%
272% / 281%
11% / 10%

* ... smaller is better

UDinfo HF3-25UB HF325UB256GBA2P
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 459 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 311.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 259.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 249.4 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 392.4 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 258.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 26.67 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 63.51 MB/s

GPU Performance

The integrated UHD Graphics 620 holds no surprises. The years-old GPU is unfit for any graphics-heavy workloads as one would expect. This particular model does not offer any discrete graphics options either unlike the Dell Latitude 7424 and its more capable Radeon RX 540 GPU.

See our dedicated page on the UHD Graphics 620 for more technical information and benchmarks.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Time Spy
Time Spy
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
AMD Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U
566 Points ∼4% +56%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (299 - 443, n=67)
375 Points ∼2% +3%
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
363 Points ∼2%
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U
355 Points ∼2% -2%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, i7-8850H
6953 Points ∼17% +528%
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
AMD Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U
3876 Points ∼10% +250%
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
AMD Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U
3853 Points ∼9% +248%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1418, n=183)
1146 Points ∼3% +3%
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
1108 Points ∼3%
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U
1046 Points ∼3% -6%
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
Intel HD Graphics 620, i5-7200U
970 Points ∼2% -12%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, i7-8850H
44533 Points ∼23% +415%
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
AMD Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U
25616 Points ∼13% +196%
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
AMD Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U
25077 Points ∼13% +190%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11436, n=196)
9198 Points ∼5% +6%
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
8648 Points ∼4%
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U
8439 Points ∼4% -2%
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
Intel HD Graphics 620, i5-7200U
7584 Points ∼4% -12%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, i7-8850H
7968 Points ∼35% +441%
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
AMD Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U
6040 Points ∼27% +310%
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
AMD Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U
5853 Points ∼26% +297%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (959 - 2142, n=215)
1568 Points ∼7% +6%
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
1473 Points ∼7%
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U
1363 Points ∼6% -7%
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
Intel HD Graphics 620, i5-7200U
1212 Points ∼5% -18%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Fujitsu Celsius H780
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, i7-8850H
8573 Points ∼17% +389%
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
AMD Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U
4983 Points ∼10% +184%
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
AMD Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U
4967 Points ∼10% +183%
Durabook S15ABG2
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
1754 Points ∼3%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 2006, n=215)
1737 Points ∼3% -1%
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U
1724 Points ∼3% -2%
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
Intel HD Graphics 620, i5-7200U
1527 Points ∼3% -13%
3DMark 11 Performance
1926 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7910 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1020 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
416 points
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low med. high ultra
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 71.3 42.3 19.1 16.7 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 20.9 14.2 12.8 fps

Emissions

System Noise

The fan will idle during low loads like word processing. If browsing or video streaming, fan noise will jump from a silent 29.3 dB(A) to 31.7 dB(A). If running higher loads like gaming, fan noise will increase to 35.5 dB(A) to be audible but not bothersome. The fan tends to pulse when running medium loads instead of remaining constant.

Running extreme loads like Prime95 will induce a fan noise of up to 38 dB(A) temporarily before it drops back down to a constant 35.5 dB(A).

We can notice no major electronic noise or coil whine on our unit.

Durabook S15ABG2
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, UDinfo HF3-25UB HF325UB256GBA2P
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8365U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
HD Graphics 620, i5-7200U, Micron SSD 1100 SED 256GB MTFDDAK256TBN
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
Radeon RX 540, i7-8650U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
Noise
2%
2%
-2%
5%
off / environment *
29.3
28.6
2%
29
1%
30.3
-3%
28.3
3%
Idle Minimum *
29.3
28.6
2%
29
1%
30.3
-3%
28.3
3%
Idle Average *
29.3
28.6
2%
29.6
-1%
30.3
-3%
28.3
3%
Idle Maximum *
29.3
28.6
2%
30.5
-4%
30.3
-3%
28.3
3%
Load Average *
35.5
32.9
7%
30.3
15%
37
-4%
29.9
16%
Load Maximum *
38
39
-3%
39
-3%
36.9
3%
38
-0%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
29.3 / 29.3 / 29.3 dB(A)
Load
35.5 / 38 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.3 dB(A)

Temperature

Surface temperatures are not an issue no matter the load due to the ULV CPU and thick build. At worst, hot spots toward the rear of the system can become as warm as 42 C after running Prime95 and FurMark for an hour as shown by the temperature maps below.

Rear exhaust
Rear exhaust
AC adapter after running extreme loads for an hour
AC adapter after running extreme loads for an hour
Max. Load
 31.4 °C
89 F
44 °C
111 F
36 °C
97 F
 
 30.8 °C
87 F
38.4 °C
101 F
35.6 °C
96 F
 
 28.4 °C
83 F
30.2 °C
86 F
30.6 °C
87 F
 
Maximum: 44 °C = 111 F
Average: 33.9 °C = 93 F
32 °C
90 F
42 °C
108 F
30.4 °C
87 F
31.2 °C
88 F
33.6 °C
92 F
29 °C
84 F
28.2 °C
83 F
27 °C
81 F
26.2 °C
79 F
Maximum: 42 °C = 108 F
Average: 31.1 °C = 88 F
Power Supply (max.)  41 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 21.2 °C = 70 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.9 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.4 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.6 °C / 87.1 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28 °C / 82.4 F (-2.6 °C / -4.7 F).
System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Prime95+FurMark (top)
Prime95+FurMark (top)
Prime95+FurMark (bottom)
Prime95+FurMark (bottom)

Stress Test

We stress the system with synthetic loads to identify for any potential throttling or stability issues. When running Prime95, the CPU would spike up to 3.2 GHz for a few seconds until hitting a core temperature of 82 C. Thereafter, clock rates would drop to a constant 2.5 GHz and 72 C for a few minutes. Eventually, however, clock rates will drop even further to 1.6 GHz with short-lived spikes to 3.3 GHz as shown by our screenshot below. The sudden spikes in clock rate correlate with the short spikes in power consumption that we recorded in the next section below.

Running both Prime95 and FurMark will throttle the CPU down to 1.3 GHz and a core temperature of 81 C.

Performance will drop if running on battery power even when set to the High Performance profile. A 3DMark 11 test on batteries returns Physics and Graphics scores of 1616 and 1557 points, respectively, compared to 6358 and 1754 points when on mains.

System idle
System idle
Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
System Idle -- -- 38
Prime95 Stress 1.6 - 3.3 -- 61 - 81
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.3 1050 81

Speakers

Audio is sufficient as the limited bass shouldn't be an issue for the target audience. However, we're able to notice slight crackling noises from the speakers when setting the volume to maximum.

Pink noise at maximum volume
Pink noise at maximum volume
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs204138.6412539.93939.93139.838.139.84039.337.239.35037.336.937.36337.937.637.98035.834.835.810034.33534.312534.234.534.216035.133.335.120036.433.536.425040.632.140.631543.631.743.640050.73150.750059.930.559.963069.429.869.480072.929.372.9100075.528.975.5125076.929.176.9160073.628.773.6200074.828.574.8250071.828.571.8315073.328.173.3400070.32870.3500062.428.162.4630065.52865.5800059.627.959.61000066.427.766.41250067.227.767.21600071.527.771.5SPL84.240.984.2N54.74.154.7median 66.4median 28.9median 66.4Delta12.91.912.935.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseDurabook S15ABG2Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Durabook S15ABG2 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (12.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (11.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (31.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 92% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 4% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 92% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Idling on desktop consumes between 3 W and 9 W while higher loads like 3DMark 06 will consume about 40 W. We're able to record a maximum of 59.8 W from the small (~10.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm) 65 W AC adapter when stressing the processor to 100 percent utilization.

Power consumption while running 3DMark 06
Power consumption while running 3DMark 06
Prime95 initiated at 10s mark. Consumption spikes to 58 W for about 18 seconds before falling and cycling between 23 W and 58 W. The behavior mimics the our Stress Test clock rate observations above
Prime95 initiated at 10s mark. Consumption spikes to 58 W for about 18 seconds before falling and cycling between 23 W and 58 W. The behavior mimics the our Stress Test clock rate observations above
Prime95+FurMark initiated at 10s mark. Consumption spikes again temporarily before falling back down, but the rate is constant this time at 41 W
Prime95+FurMark initiated at 10s mark. Consumption spikes again temporarily before falling back down, but the rate is constant this time at 41 W
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.07 / 0.55 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.5 / 7.9 / 9 Watt
Load midlight 39.8 / 59.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Durabook S15ABG2
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, UDinfo HF3-25UB HF325UB256GBA2P, TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
i7-8650U, Radeon RX 540, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG), IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
i7-8650U, Radeon RX 540, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
i5-8365U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Fujitsu Celsius H780
i7-8850H, Quadro P2000, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
i5-7200U, HD Graphics 620, Micron SSD 1100 SED 256GB MTFDDAK256TBN, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
-78%
-58%
-13%
-114%
21%
Idle Minimum *
3.5
6.5
-86%
4.8
-37%
3.7
-6%
9.1
-160%
3.65
-4%
Idle Average *
7.9
15.1
-91%
13.6
-72%
9.6
-22%
13.2
-67%
6.8
14%
Idle Maximum *
9
16.1
-79%
13.8
-53%
10.4
-16%
14.04
-56%
6.9
23%
Load Average *
39.8
70.5
-77%
67.8
-70%
40
-1%
78.8
-98%
29.1
27%
Load Maximum *
59.8
95.2
-59%
93.5
-56%
71.9
-20%
172.5
-188%
34
43%
Witcher 3 ultra *
68.1
69.1

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The removable battery pack offers just under 7 hours of real-world WLAN use. Charging from empty to full capacity takes about 2 hours. The system cannot be recharged via USB Type-C.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 51min
Durabook S15ABG2
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 56 Wh
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme
i7-8650U, Radeon RX 540, 102 Wh
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged-P85G
i7-8650U, Radeon RX 540, 102 Wh
Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55
i5-8365U, UHD Graphics 620, 71 Wh
Fujitsu Lifebook A357-A3570MPH06DE
i5-7200U, HD Graphics 620, 49 Wh
Dell Latitude 14 7414 Rugged Extreme
6300U, HD Graphics 520, 97 Wh
Battery Runtime
71%
136%
169%
15%
53%
Reader / Idle
1882
WiFi v1.3
411
703
71%
972
136%
1104
169%
471
15%
628
53%
Load
160
190

Pros

+ comfortable keyboard keys
+ up to 3x storage drives
+ removable battery
+ small AC adapter
+ optional 4G LTE
+ strong chassis
+ 2 MP webcam

Cons

- touchpad is jumpy and not very smooth
- PWM at almost all brightness levels
- below average CPU performance
- no dedicated GPU options
- display could be brighter
- no PCIe M.2 options
- old TN panel

Verdict

In review: Durabook S15AB. Test unit provided by Durabook
In review: Durabook S15AB. Test unit provided by Durabook

Our favorite aspect of the Durabook S15AB is the crisp feedback of the keyboard keys when typing and easy access to ports and internal upgrades. The protective flaps covering the ports on the Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55 and Getac S410, for example, are comparatively more difficult to open and finicky to access.

The one aspect that could use the most improvement would be the TN display and the fickle touchpad control. This is an an old display panel that doesn't hold up very well by today's IPS standards and it isn't bright enough to be used outdoors without needing to squint. The presence of pulse-width modulation could impact nighttime usage as well where lower brightness settings are desirable.

Users can customize and get a quote on the Durabook S15AB through the product page here.

Durabook S15ABG2 - 04/27/2020 v7
Allen Ngo

Chassis
88 / 98 → 89%
Keyboard
76%
Pointing Device
56%
Connectivity
59 / 80 → 74%
Weight
59 / 20-75 → 71%
Battery
73%
Display
75%
Games Performance
50 / 78 → 65%
Application Performance
78 / 95 → 82%
Temperature
91%
Noise
94%
Audio
70%
Camera
52 / 85 → 61%
Average
71%
78%
Office - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2020-04-28 (Update: 2020-05- 5)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.