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Lenovo ThinkPad E560 (Core i7, Radeon R7 M370) Notebook Review

Till Schönborn (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 12/14/2015

Successful evolution. For the first time, Lenovo equips a ThinkPad from the E500 series with a high-quality IPS display as well as a graphics card with fast GDDR5 memory. The price including SSD and i7 CPU is still below 1,000 Euros (~$1096) – is it a bargain?

For the original German review, see here.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad E-series (sometimes also called ThinkPad Edge) is synonymous for inexpensive office notebooks with a solid build quality and high-quality input devices. The latest update of the series with 14 and 15-inch models promises better performance thanks to new Intel Skylake processors as well as some interesting features that were previously not available in the lower price segment.

After the review of the sibling E460, we are now looking at the bigger ThinkPad E560 in this article. Depending on the configuration, you can already get it for around 650 Euros (~$713, Core i3, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD) and special education models for students are sometimes even cheaper. Our review unit for around 930 Euros (~$1020) is one of the most expensive models, but it comes with comprehensive features in return: Besides a Core i7-6500U and 8 GB RAM, the manufacturer also implements a 192 GB SSD as well as a dedicated Radeon R7 M370. It is also noteworthy that the GPU is equipped with 2 GB of fast GDDR5 memory and that the Full HD display is based on a high-quality IPS panel. Sounds interesting? Let’s have a look.

Rivals for the ThinkPad are comparable office notebooks from other manufacturers like the HP ProBook 450 G3 or the Dell Latitude 3550 that we will have a look at over the course of the review.

Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000 (ThinkPad E560 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R7 M370 - 2048 MB, Core: 875 MHz, Memory: 3600 MHz, GDDR5, 15.201.1101.0, Enduro
Memory
8192 MB 
, 1x 8 GB DDR3L-1600, 1 of 2 slots occupied
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, Lenovo LP156WF6-SPK2, IPS-Panel, LED-Backlight, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS, 192 GB 
, 158 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Skylake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: Headset port (3.5 mm jack), Card Reader: SD, MMC
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUC0N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 27.1 x 377 x 256 ( = 1.07 x 14.84 x 10.08 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: Intel RealSense 3D Camera (2x 1080p)
Additional features
Speakers: JBL Stereo (2x 2W), Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 65-Watt PSU, Lenovo Solution Center, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.35 kg ( = 82.89 oz / 5.18 pounds), Power Supply: 220 g ( = 7.76 oz / 0.49 pounds)
Price
930 Euro

 

Case

The model change from the ThinkPad E550 to the E560 can be described as a careful evolution and you can hardly see any differences from the outside. The proven construction with a visually boring, but actually quite resistant plastic (PC/ABS) creates quite an old-school look, but it fits perfectly for a working device. The chassis is focused on practicality in general: Dust or fingerprints are no problem for the matte gray surfaces, and they are less prone to scratches than some glossy cases. 

The stability is pretty good, at least for the base unit with a weight of 2.4 kg and a height of 2.7 centimeters. Concentrated pressure does not result in visible warping, but additional stability elements would have been a good idea for the display, where the torsion-resistance is just mediocre. Still, it does not affect the operation in practice. Positive aspects of the E560 are the taut and precise hinges, which are only covered by plastic, but you need two hands to open the lid and even strong vibrations are not a big problem.

The build quality of the Edge series is still not perfect, because there are sometimes sharp material transitions and visible gaps, so there is still a difference to a device from the L- or T-series. Even though this only appears to be a visual issue: The quality control of other manufacturers seems to be a bit more careful.

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Connectivity

Average card-reader performance (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
Average card-reader performance (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)

Except for the fact that Lenovo replaced the last USB 2.0 port with a more modern USB 3.0 connector (for a total of three), the port equipment is similar to the predecessor. Thanks to HDMI 1.4b (up to 4K @30 Hz), VGA, Gigabit-Ethernet as well as a headset port, the E560 should be suited for the majority of scenarios. You can also use an optional docking station via OneLink connector, which provides more USB, display and Ethernet ports. Depending on the model, the prices vary between around 100 Euros (~$109, OneLink Dock) and 150 Euros (~$164, OneLink Dock pro with DisplayPort).

Front: card reader
Front: card reader
Left side: Kensington lock, Gbit-LAN, VGA, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0
Left side: Kensington lock, Gbit-LAN, VGA, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0
Back: no ports
Back: no ports
Right side: headset port, DVD burner, USB 3.0, power/OneLink
Right side: headset port, DVD burner, USB 3.0, power/OneLink

Communication

RealSense 3D camera
RealSense 3D camera

The new wireless module Intel Wireless-AC 3165 now supports Bluetooth 4.2 but otherwise does not really differ from the older Wireless-AC 3160. The WLAN support includes all current standards in 2.4 and 5 GHz networks, but it is still just a single-stream adapter with maximum transfer rates of up to 433 Mbps in an 802.11 ac network. The wireless signal was still excellent during our review with a long distance and high performance, which is supported by the excellent transfer rate of 27 MB/s at a short distance (3 meters, router TP-Link Archer C7). 

Instead of a normal webcam, the ThinkPad is equipped with a so called Intel RealSense 3D camera. It can be used for 3D facial scans or gesture control in games, for example. At least in theory, because there are still hardly any real apps besides the nice technological demo. The only scenario for now is Windows Hello, which requires a 3D camera due to security reasons. The quality of the 1080p sensor unfortunately does not leave a very good impression and the results are just as blurry and noisy as the common 0.9 MP modules. At least the corresponding array microphone works very well and convinces with clear voice recordings.

Security

Since the E560 is more consumer-oriented, it is equipped with a TPM, but it lacks other important features like vPro support or a fingerprint scanner. The possibility to secure the system launch, hard drive and/or BIOS via password was, fortunately, not waived.

Accessories

Except for the mandatory quick-start guide as well as a corresponding 65-Watt power adaptor, Lenovo does not put any other accessories in the box of the ThinkPad. The preloaded Windows 10 Home (64-bit version) is pretty clean and mostly free of annoying test and advertisement apps. Lenovo installs the app "Lenovo Settings", a handy tool for the most important settings. You can, for example, use it to modify several power settings, administrate networks or check the battery status.

Maintenance

You can open the two maintenance hatches after the removal of four screws in total and gain access to the WLAN module, the two memory slots (one free) as well as the 2.5-inch drive. You would have to disassemble the device further for access to the fan and the cooling solution, but only experienced users should do that. Also unfortunate: Due to the lack of a free M.2 slot, you cannot use an additional SSD or a combination of SSD and HDD – the rival HP ProBook 450 G3 is superior in this respect.

Warranty

Contrary to more expensive ThinkPads, where Lenovo usually grants a three-year warranty, the standard warranty period of the E-series is just 12 months (Bring-In service). It can be extended to 2 years for around 35 Euros (~$38, or 3 years for 75 Euros, ~$82), which seems reasonable.

Keyboard

Lenovo’s ThinkPad series is known for the excellent keyboards that are among the best in the notebook segment – and the comparatively inexpensive E-series can live up to the expectations as well. Even though the material impression and the pressure point cannot quite keep up with the robust mechanics of a T550 or T450s, both the feedback and the typing experience still surpass almost every other competitor. Once you got used to the long travel and the heavy stroke, you do not want to type on any other laptop – that’s at least the opinion of the author. The E560 unfortunately lacks any kind of background illumination and the slightly clattery noise development could be more subtle as well, but that can hardly affect the very positive overall impression.

Touchpad

Similar to the keyboard, both the touchpad and the TrackPoint look exactly the same as before. The touchpad is therefore once again a so called ClickPad, where the mouse buttons are directly integrated into the lower part of the 10 x 5.6 cm surface. Thanks to their precise and firm pressure point, you can even execute complicated drag'n'drop commands, which is unfortunately not always the case when you use a ClickPad. In combination with the good gliding capabilities, the flawless precision and the comprehensive settings in the driver panel, you get a good solution from Lenovo.

The second input method is obviously the classic red TrackPoint, which got its dedicated mouse buttons (including scrolling) back since the last generation. Compared to the firm touchpad buttons, they are very soft and quiet without affecting the stroke. You can also use the buttons in combination with the touchpad if you want to, so you don’t have to waive multitouch gestures.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad and TrackPoint
Touchpad and TrackPoint

Display

Brightness distribution
Brightness distribution
Subpixel array
Subpixel array

Depending on the configuration you can either get the Lenovo E560 with a simple WXGA (1366x768 pixels, 100 PPI, 220 cd/m², TN panel) or a better FHD display (1920x1080 pixels, 141 PPI, 250 cd/m², IPS panel). Our top model obviously uses the sharper 1080p screen, which cannot quite reach the advertised luminance. Instead of 250 cd/m² we can only measure 234 cd/m² in the center, which is still a significant improvement over the predecessor (E550: 188 cd/m²). Positive: The E560 does not use PWM to control the backlight, so there is no potentially disturbing flickering. The brightness is not reduced on battery power, either. We do have to deduct points for the clearly visible backlight bleeding of our review unit, even though it is only annoying in combination with dark display content.

Thanks to the switch from a TN to an IPS display, both the black value (0.27 cd/m²) and the contrast ratio (952:1) of the new ThinkPad generation are dramatically improved. Our review unit is now on par with the Dell Latitude 3550 in this respect and offers a very vivid and rich picture, which was usually reserved for much higher price segments so far.

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 not detected

In comparison: 57 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 6668 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

238
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 257 cd/m² Average: 234 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 255 cd/m²
Contrast: 952:1 (Black: 0.27 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 7.16 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 6.28 | - Ø
57.3% sRGB (Argyll) 36.6% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.44
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
1.920 x 1.080 IPS-Panel
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
1.920 x 1.080 TN-Panel
HP ProBook 450 G3
1.920 x 1.080 TN-Panel
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
1.920 x 1.080 IPS-Panel
Response Times
-16%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38.4 (13.2, 25.2)
41.2 (22.4, 18.8)
-7%
Response Time Black / White *
22.4 (6.4, 16)
28 (10, 18)
-25%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-29%
-24%
28%
Brightness
234
188
-20%
214
-9%
335
43%
Brightness Distribution
83
90
8%
91
10%
88
6%
Black Level *
0.27
0.46
-70%
0.43
-59%
0.31
-15%
Contrast
952
424
-55%
491
-48%
1139
20%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
7.16
9.92
-39%
9.25
-29%
4.59
36%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.28
10.06
-60%
9.83
-57%
3.73
41%
Gamma
2.44 98%
2.37 101%
2.82 85%
2.42 99%
CCT
6806 96%
11552 56%
10890 60%
6268 104%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36.6
38
4%
36.4
-1%
55
50%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
57.3
59.3
3%
57.3
0%
83
45%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-29% / -29%
-20% / -23%
28% / 28%

* ... 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
22.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6.4 ms rise
↘ 16 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. » 21 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (26.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.2 ms rise
↘ 25.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 38 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (42.8 ms).
AdobeRGB coverage (36.6%)
AdobeRGB coverage (36.6%)
sRGB coverage (57.3%)
sRGB coverage (57.3%)

You can still notice that the E560 is an entry-level device when you look at the color representation. The calibration of the panel ex-works is now more precise than before, but the average DeltaE deviations are still not good with 7.2 (colors) and 6.3 (grayscale). Our optimized ICC profile can help a bit, but individual colors, saturated blue and purple shades in particular, still show high deviations, which is mainly a result of the small color gamut. The screen only covers 36.6% of the AdobeRGB as well as 57.3% of the sRGB standard – not sufficient for professional photographers or graphics designers.

ColorChecker (pre-calibration)
ColorChecker (pre-calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (pre-calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (pre-calibration)
Grayscale (pre-calibration)
Grayscale (pre-calibration)
ColorChecker (calibrated)
ColorChecker (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)

Even though you would sometimes like to see a brighter backlight, you can basically still use the E560 outdoors thanks to its anti-reflective display surface. Only direct sunlight will create diffuse reflections that affect the visibility, so you should prefer a place in the shade.

Outdoor use (sunshine)

Viewing angles Lenovo ThinkPad E560
Viewing angles Lenovo ThinkPad E560

Contrary to a TN panel, the picture quality of the IPS display is just slightly affected from an angle above or below. We can only see a clear contrast deficit when the angle surpasses 45 degrees, and colors don't look as rich. Some high-end notebooks (like the MacBook Pro series from Apple, for example) are even better in this respect, but the result is still satisfying considering the price class of around 1,000 Euros (~$1096) – especially when you look at the predecessor, which was very disappointing in this regard.

Performance

Maximum Turbo Boost 3.1 GHz
Maximum Turbo Boost 3.1 GHz

The Intel Core i7-6500U is one of the top models from the recently launched Skylake ULV series and has two cores plus Hyper-Threading, which can run with 2.5-3.1 GHz (Turbo for two cores: 3.0 GHz). Compared to the Broadwell predecessor Core i7-5500U (2.4-3.0 GHz), the i7-6500U also implements some architectural improvements besides the increased clocks, which result in a 5-10% higher per-MHz performance. The chip is still manufactured in an advanced 14-nm process with FinFETs, which enables a low TDP of just 15 Watts.

The Skylake processor comes with the integrated HD Graphics 520. It is a DirectX 12 capable GPU, but the performance is still in the low-end range. Lenovo therefore equipped the E560 with a dedicated Radeon R7 M370, so there is enough performance for current games and complex 3D applications. This GPU is based on the "Mars" chip with 384 GCN shaders (875 MHz) and a 128-bit memory interface as well as 2 GB GDDR5 memory (3600 MHz effective). Thanks to AMD's Enduro technology, the Radeon GPU is only activated when it is really needed, while simpler tasks are handled by the more frugal Intel graphics.

8 GB RAM, more precisely a single 8 GB DDR3L 1600 module, ensures that there is enough headroom for moderate multi-tasking. We would usually mention the performance deficits due to the single-channel memory configuration at this point, but this is not so important here because of the dedicated graphics card.

Processor

CB R15 Single: 3.1 GHz
CB R15 Single: 3.1 GHz
CB R15 Multi: 3.0 GHz
CB R15 Multi: 3.0 GHz

Besides the usual performance improvements, Intel was focused on a better efficiency during the development of the Skylake generation in particular. This means Skylake can maintain higher Turbo clocks than its predecessor, despite the identical 14-nm manufacturing and the identical TDP, which will obviously help the performance.

Even our high-end model Core i7-6500U is hardly limited by the 15-Watt rating in practice and can always utilize its full clock range. The chip executes Cinebench R15 with a steady clock of 3.0 (Multi) or 3.1 GHz (Single), both on mains as well as battery power. It is still doubtful whether the high price of the i7 chip is really worth it: The Core i5-6200U in the recently tested ThinkPad E460 is just 10% slower, a difference that should not be noticeable for the user. An upgrade from a Broadwell Core i7-5500U does not make much sense in our opinion, either.

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U
1.45 Points ∼96%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U
1.3 Points ∼86% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U
1.42 Points ∼94% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
Intel Core i7-5600U
1.51 Points ∼100% +4%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
1.32 Points ∼87% -9%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U
1.41 Points ∼93% -3%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U
3.55 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U
3.23 Points ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U
3.13 Points ∼88% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
Intel Core i7-5600U
3.31 Points ∼93% -7%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
3.21 Points ∼90% -10%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U
3.29 Points ∼93% -7%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U
124 Points ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U
114 Points ∼88% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U
123 Points ∼95% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
Intel Core i7-5600U
130 Points ∼100% +5%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
116 Points ∼89% -6%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U
124 Points ∼95% 0%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U
319 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U
290 Points ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U
282 Points ∼88% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
Intel Core i7-5600U
302 Points ∼95% -5%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
288 Points ∼90% -10%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U
299 Points ∼94% -6%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U
20.95 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U
18.97 fps ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U
17.31 fps ∼83% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
Intel Core i7-5600U
18.72 fps ∼89% -11%
Pass 1 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U
107.55 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U
97.6 fps ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U
89.6 fps ∼83% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
Intel Core i7-5600U
102.36 fps ∼95% -5%
Geekbench 3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U
6403 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U
5801 Points ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U
5794 Points ∼90% -10%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U
2902 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U
2702 Points ∼93% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U
2839 Points ∼98% -2%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7921
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
11004
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4871
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
7835 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
14045 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
6343 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.45 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
52.86 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.55 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
51.33 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
124 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
319 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
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Storage Devices

AS SSD benchmark
AS SSD benchmark

Many more affordable ThinkPads like the E560 are fortunately equipped with fast SSDs nowadays, even though Lenovo picked a very inexpensive model from Samsung's CM871 series, which only manages decent transfer rates for sequential read operations at up to 500 MB/s. The write performance of the 192 GB 2.5-inch drive, which is based on V-NAND flash with 3 bits per cell (TLC), is just 170 MB/s. The 4K results are disappointing as well, probably because the SSD does not have its own DRAM cache.

Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
Transfer Rate Minimum: 280.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 399.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 388.8 MB/s
Access Time: 0.2 ms
Burst Rate: 126.7 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.1 %

System Performance

Even though the SSD is one of the slower drives, the ThinkPad is still very responsive and convinces with fast boot and loading times. The writing performance is not that important in practice compared to the reading performance anyway, and the mediocre 4K results do not have a big effect on desktop applications, either. All in all, we can say that Lenovo's decision was good: Better a low-end SSD instead of an SSHD or even HDD as long as you can live with the potentially lower storage capacity.

The CPU performance should not be a problem in practice, either, since the i7-6500U can even compete with older 35- and 45-Watt models like the Core i5-4200H (Haswell). If you often edit HD videos, run heavily parallelized simulations or use similarly complex software, you will have to use a quad-core CPU to get a noticeably faster system.

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
5102 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Radeon R7 M265, 5500U, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
2819 Points ∼55% -45%
HP ProBook 450 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
3075 Points ∼60% -40%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2714 Points ∼53% -47%
Acer TravelMate P257-M-56AX
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
4293 Points ∼84% -16%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
4650 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Radeon R7 M265, 5500U, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
4020 Points ∼86% -14%
HP ProBook 450 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
3901 Points ∼84% -16%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3873 Points ∼83% -17%
Acer TravelMate P257-M-56AX
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
3979 Points ∼86% -14%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
4049 Points ∼100%
HP ProBook 450 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
3460 Points ∼85% -15%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3443 Points ∼85% -15%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
3595 Points ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Radeon R7 M265, 5500U, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
3960 Points ∼100% +10%
HP ProBook 450 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
2910 Points ∼73% -19%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3152 Points ∼80% -12%
Acer TravelMate P257-M-56AX
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
3090 Points ∼78% -14%
PCMark 7 Score
5102 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3595 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4049 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4650 points
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GPU Performance

Accelerated H.265 playback
Accelerated H.265 playback

This is actually the first time that we test the Radeon R7 M370 from AMD, even though the GPU is technically very similar to the familiar Radeon R7 M360. The important difference between the two models: While the R7 M360 is only equipped with DDR3 memory, the R7 M370 can use GDDR5 memory, where the effective clock is twice as high. The memory bandwidth is therefore twice as wide as well, so the lower core clock (M360: 980 MHz, M370: 875 MHz) can be more than compensated for. The R7 M370 is between 30 and 60% ahead of the R7 M360 in the popular 3DMarks and can even just beat the GeForce 940M from Nvidia.

The integrated HD Graphics 520 would only manage roughly half of the frame rate, even with dual-channel memory, but it is much more frugal in return and also comes with the more modern video decoder. The latter can even handle H.265 videos in 4K at 60 fps without noteworthy CPU load.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
AMD Radeon R7 M370
2522 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
2313 Points ∼92% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
AMD Radeon R7 M265
2073 Points ∼82% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
AMD Radeon R7 M360
1989 Points ∼79% -21%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
NVIDIA GeForce 830M
1961 Points ∼78% -22%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel HD Graphics 520
1318 Points ∼52% -48%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel HD Graphics 520
1165 Points ∼46% -54%
3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
AMD Radeon R7 M370
1760 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
1627 Points ∼92% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
AMD Radeon R7 M265
1397 Points ∼79% -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
AMD Radeon R7 M360
1109 Points ∼63% -37%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
NVIDIA GeForce 830M
1360 Points ∼77% -23%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel HD Graphics 520
861 Points ∼49% -51%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel HD Graphics 520
608 Points ∼35% -65%
3DMark 06 Standard
12983 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
8513 points
3DMark 11 Performance
2689 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
34736 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7083 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1654 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
822 points
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Gaming Performance

Similar to the previously mentioned synthetic benchmarks, the gaming performance of the Radeon R7 M370 is pretty much on par with the Nvidia GeForce 940M (DDR3 version). This is usually not sufficient for the native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, but the ThinkPad can handle many modern games in 1366x768 and the Medium preset. Not a bad result for a notebook that is primarily designed for office tasks – casual gamers do not necessarily need more 3D performance. Much higher graphics settings would require an upper mainstream solution like the GeForce GTX 950M anyway.

Crysis 3
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
20.2 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M
18.1 fps ∼90% -10%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
32.6 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M
25.4 fps ∼78% -22%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
54.1 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M
39.1 fps ∼72% -28%
Tomb Raider
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
42.7 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
34.6 fps ∼81% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
29.7 fps ∼70% -30%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
15.1 fps ∼35% -65%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
15.3 fps ∼36% -64%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
24.5 fps ∼57% -43%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
31.1 fps ∼73% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M
36.4 fps ∼85% -15%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
33.4 fps ∼78% -22%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
33.5 fps ∼78% -22%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520
24.4 fps ∼57% -43%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
55.4 fps ∼84%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
51.5 fps ∼78% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
38.7 fps ∼59% -30%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
26.8 fps ∼41% -52%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
26.6 fps ∼40% -52%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
39.4 fps ∼60% -29%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
55.3 fps ∼84% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M
66.1 fps ∼100% +19%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
58 fps ∼88% +5%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
61.5 fps ∼93% +11%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520
36.6 fps ∼55% -34%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
105.5 fps ∼81%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
104.5 fps ∼80% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
73.2 fps ∼56% -31%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
52 fps ∼40% -51%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
50.1 fps ∼38% -53%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
74.2 fps ∼57% -30%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
108.7 fps ∼83% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M
130.8 fps ∼100% +24%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
123.2 fps ∼94% +17%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
128.8 fps ∼98% +22%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520
71.8 fps ∼55% -32%
BioShock Infinite
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
46.7 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520
24.1 fps ∼52% -48%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
48.4 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520
27.9 fps ∼58% -42%
1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
86.7 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520
51.4 fps ∼59% -41%
Metro: Last Light
1366x768 High (DX11) AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
21.8 fps ∼97%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M
22.5 fps ∼100% +3%
1366x768 Medium (DX10) AF:4x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
38.2 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M
36.4 fps ∼95% -5%
1024x768 Low (DX10) AF:4x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
51.9 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M
46.4 fps ∼89% -11%
Battlefield 4
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
33.2 fps ∼100%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
46.7 fps ∼100%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
68 fps ∼100%
Thief
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
18 fps ∼100%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
21 fps ∼100%
1024x768 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
30.3 fps ∼100%
Sims 4
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
35 fps ∼87%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
16.6 fps ∼41% -53%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
25.3 fps ∼63% -28%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M
35.7 fps ∼89% +2%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
40.1 fps ∼100% +15%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
58.6 fps ∼65%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
40.5 fps ∼45% -31%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
49.4 fps ∼55% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M
66.2 fps ∼73% +13%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
90.1 fps ∼100% +54%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
172.7 fps ∼94%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
164.8 fps ∼89% -5%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
176.8 fps ∼96% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M
161.1 fps ∼87% -7%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
184.5 fps ∼100% +7%
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
15.7 fps ∼100%
1344x756 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
27.8 fps ∼100%
1280x720 Lowest Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
37.4 fps ∼100%
Dragon Age: Inquisition
1920x1080 High Graphics Quality (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
11.7 fps ∼73%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
10.7 fps ∼66% -9%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
4.5 fps ∼28% -62%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
10.3 fps ∼64% -12%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
16.1 fps ∼100% +38%
1366x768 Medium Graphics Quality (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
34.9 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
28.7 fps ∼82% -18%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
11.7 fps ∼34% -66%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
18.9 fps ∼54% -46%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
29.7 fps ∼85% -15%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
25.1 fps ∼72% -28%
1024x768 Low Graphics Quality (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
58.6 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
42 fps ∼72% -28%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
17.2 fps ∼29% -71%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
28.6 fps ∼49% -51%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
44.7 fps ∼76% -24%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
40.9 fps ∼70% -30%
Battlefield Hardline
1920x1080 High Graphics Quality (DX11) (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
19.4 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
17.3 fps ∼89% -11%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
7.3 fps ∼38% -62%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
11.9 fps ∼61% -39%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
16.7 fps ∼86% -14%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
18 fps ∼93% -7%
1366x768 Medium Graphics Quality (DX11) (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
52.5 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
42 fps ∼80% -20%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
21.7 fps ∼41% -59%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
33.5 fps ∼64% -36%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
46.1 fps ∼88% -12%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
50.2 fps ∼96% -4%
1024x768 Low Graphics Quality (DX11) (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
72.4 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
53.3 fps ∼74% -26%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
30.6 fps ∼42% -58%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
47.7 fps ∼66% -34%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
65.2 fps ∼90% -10%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
71.7 fps ∼99% -1%
Dirt Rally
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
25.6 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
21.3 fps ∼83% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
18.4 fps ∼72% -28%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
12.5 fps ∼49% -51%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
12.5 fps ∼49% -51%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
12.5 fps ∼49% -51%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
25.5 fps ∼100% 0%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
22.6 fps ∼88% -12%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520
12.7 fps ∼50% -50%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
47.6 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
40.6 fps ∼85% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
34 fps ∼71% -29%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
20 fps ∼42% -58%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
19.9 fps ∼42% -58%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
25.7 fps ∼54% -46%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
45.6 fps ∼96% -4%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
45.1 fps ∼95% -5%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520
23.6 fps ∼50% -50%
1024x768 Ultra Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
116.8 fps ∼64%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
136.6 fps ∼75% +17%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
91.8 fps ∼50% -21%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
71.3 fps ∼39% -39%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
70.6 fps ∼39% -40%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
113.3 fps ∼62% -3%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
165.4 fps ∼90% +42%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
183.2 fps ∼100% +57%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520
95 fps ∼52% -19%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off) (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
9.5 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
8.8 fps ∼93% -7%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
7.3 fps ∼77% -23%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
9 fps ∼95% -5%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
9.2 fps ∼97% -3%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
18 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
15.9 fps ∼88% -12%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
15 fps ∼83% -17%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
16.7 fps ∼93% -7%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
17.6 fps ∼98% -2%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
27.6 fps ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
22.9 fps ∼79% -17%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
24.5 fps ∼84% -11%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
27 fps ∼93% -2%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
29 fps ∼100% +5%
Batman: Arkham Knight
1920x1080 High / On (Interactive Smoke & Paper Debris Off) AA:SM AF:8x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
10 fps ∼83%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
7 fps ∼58% -30%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
7 fps ∼58% -30%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
10 fps ∼83% 0%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
12 fps ∼100% +20%
1366x768 Normal / Off AF:4x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
23 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
17 fps ∼74% -26%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
19 fps ∼83% -17%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
21 fps ∼91% -9%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
21 fps ∼91% -9%
1280x720 Low / Off AF:Trilinear (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
29 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
25 fps ∼86% -14%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
23 fps ∼79% -21%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
26 fps ∼90% -10%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
25 fps ∼86% -14%
Metal Gear Solid V
1920x1080 High / On (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
20.2 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
18.3 fps ∼91% -9%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
16.9 fps ∼84% -16%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
16.4 fps ∼81% -19%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
16.1 fps ∼80% -20%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520
11.5 fps ∼57% -43%
1366x768 Medium / Off (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
43.3 fps ∼89%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
48.7 fps ∼100% +12%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
18.3 fps ∼38% -58%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
28.2 fps ∼58% -35%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
48.2 fps ∼99% +11%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
40.5 fps ∼83% -6%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
39.9 fps ∼82% -8%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520
28.3 fps ∼58% -35%
1024x768 Low / Off (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
57.1 fps ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
60 fps ∼100% +5%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
28.6 fps ∼48% -50%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
45 fps ∼75% -21%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
60 fps ∼100% +5%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
60 fps ∼100% +5%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
58 fps ∼97% +2%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
Intel Core i7-6500U, Intel HD Graphics 520
43.7 fps ∼73% -23%
Mad Max
1920x1080 High Preset AF:6x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
17.1 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
16 fps ∼94% -6%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
15.7 fps ∼92% -8%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
16.4 fps ∼96% -4%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
17 fps ∼99% -1%
1366x768 Normal Preset AF:2x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
38.4 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
32.4 fps ∼84% -16%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
32 fps ∼83% -17%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
34.5 fps ∼90% -10%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
34.4 fps ∼90% -10%
World of Warships
1920x1080 High Preset AF:8x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
17.7 fps ∼48%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
28.1 fps ∼77% +59%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
17.2 fps ∼47% -3%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
15.9 fps ∼43% -10%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
22 fps ∼60% +24%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
20.2 fps ∼55% +14%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
34.7 fps ∼95% +96%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
36.6 fps ∼100% +107%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:Trilinear (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
35.6 fps ∼46%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
56.4 fps ∼72% +58%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
36.7 fps ∼47% +3%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
32.1 fps ∼41% -10%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
47 fps ∼60% +32%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
37.6 fps ∼48% +6%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
75.3 fps ∼96% +112%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
78.1 fps ∼100% +119%
1366x768 Low Preset AF:Trilinear (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
51 fps ∼49%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
83.2 fps ∼80% +63%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
46.5 fps ∼45% -9%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
45.2 fps ∼44% -11%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
69.2 fps ∼67% +36%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
48.4 fps ∼47% -5%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
102.6 fps ∼99% +101%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
103.4 fps ∼100% +103%
FIFA 16
1366x768 High Preset AA:2x MS (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
27.9 fps ∼48%
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
49.1 fps ∼85% +76%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
25 fps ∼43% -10%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
39.7 fps ∼69% +42%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
50 fps ∼86% +79%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
57.8 fps ∼100% +107%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
57.9 fps ∼100% +108%
1280x720 Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Intel Core i7-5500U, AMD Radeon R7 M265
69 fps ∼69%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
36.9 fps ∼37%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
63.5 fps ∼64%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 830M
92.6 fps ∼93%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
99.7 fps ∼100%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M
88.5 fps ∼89%
Anno 2205
1920x1080 High Preset AA:4x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
8.7 fps ∼90%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
9.7 fps ∼100% +11%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:2x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
19.8 fps ∼89%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
5.3 fps ∼24% -73%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
22.3 fps ∼100% +13%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
35.4 fps ∼87%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
8.2 fps ∼20% -77%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
40.6 fps ∼100% +15%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
1920x1080 High / On AA:FX (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
11.4 fps ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
8.5 fps ∼65% -25%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
13.1 fps ∼100% +15%
1366x768 Medium / Off (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
28 fps ∼96%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
20.6 fps ∼71% -26%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
9.7 fps ∼33% -65%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
12 fps ∼41% -57%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
29.2 fps ∼100% +4%
1024x768 Low / Off (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
44.2 fps ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
33.9 fps ∼73% -23%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
17.2 fps ∼37% -61%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
22 fps ∼47% -50%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
46.7 fps ∼100% +6%
Fallout 4
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
11.5 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
7.5 fps ∼65% -35%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
11.1 fps ∼97% -3%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:T AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
21.1 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
14.5 fps ∼69% -31%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
8.6 fps ∼41% -59%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
9.1 fps ∼43% -57%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
11.4 fps ∼54% -46%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
19.8 fps ∼94% -6%
1280x720 Low Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
34 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
21.4 fps ∼63% -37%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
13.2 fps ∼39% -61%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
13.6 fps ∼40% -60%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
18.8 fps ∼55% -45%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
32.3 fps ∼95% -5%
Star Wars Battlefront
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
16 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
8.9 fps ∼56% -44%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
12.8 fps ∼80% -20%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
32.8 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
16.5 fps ∼50% -50%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
28.5 fps ∼87% -13%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
52.1 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
23.5 fps ∼45% -55%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
46.2 fps ∼89% -11%
Assassin's Creed Syndicate
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
8.9 fps ∼93%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
5.9 fps ∼61% -34%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
9.6 fps ∼100% +8%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
15.8 fps ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
10 fps ∼58% -37%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
17.3 fps ∼100% +9%
1024x768 Low Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
19.3 fps ∼89%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Intel Core i5-6200U, AMD Radeon R7 M360
12 fps ∼55% -38%
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U, NVIDIA GeForce 930M
21.8 fps ∼100% +13%
low med. high ultra
Crysis 3 (2013) 54.132.620.27.4fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 105.555.442.718.6fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 86.748.446.716.1fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 51.938.221.810.1fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 6846.733.212.8fps
Thief (2014) 30.321189.8fps
Sims 4 (2014) 172.758.63525fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 37.427.815.711.7fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 58.634.911.77.6fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 72.452.519.412.8fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 116.847.625.613.4fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 27.6189.55.7fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 292310fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 57.143.320.212.7fps
Mad Max (2015) 38.417.113.8fps
World of Warships (2015) 5135.617.713.3fps
FIFA 16 (2015) 27.915.6fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 35.419.88.74.1fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015) 44.22811.46.5fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 3421.111.58.4fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 52.132.81613.5fps
Assassin's Creed Syndicate (2015) 19.315.88.9fps

Emissions

System Noise

Since the fan is deactivated when the system is idling and the SSD does not make any noise either, the ThinkPad is a completely silent working device. This does not change in practice when you use the browser, office applications or watch videos. 3DMark06 only results in a moderate 33.6 dB(A) – many recent notebooks were louder even while idling. The maximum value of 35.5 dB(A) in the chart below can only be provoked with our stress test. Subjectively, we would call the fan characteristics medium up to high-pitched, but hardly annoying because of the low noise.

Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
Radeon R7 M265, 5500U, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
HP ProBook 450 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
Acer TravelMate P257-M-56AX
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
Noise
-2%
-18%
-0%
-7%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
29.2
29.8
-2%
32.5
-11%
29.7
-2%
31.8
-9%
Idle Average *
29.2
29.8
-2%
32.5
-11%
29.7
-2%
31.8
-9%
Idle Maximum *
29.2
31.1
-7%
32.5
-11%
29.7
-2%
31.8
-9%
Load Average *
33.6
33.1
1%
43.5
-29%
33.1
1%
35
-4%
Load Maximum *
35.5
35.6
-0%
45.3
-28%
34.2
4%
37.6
-6%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
29.2 / 29.2 / 29.2 dB(A)
Load
33.6 / 35.5 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft SL-451 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)
Stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)
Prime95
Prime95

Even though the fan is usually deactivated, the chassis stays conveniently cool with simple tasks and never surpasses a temperature of 30 °C at any spot. It gets noticeably warmer under load with up to 45 °C, but the heat is mainly concentrated in the area of the fan exhaust at the left back of the notebook, so there are no further limitations for the user.

The manufacturer also manages the temperatures inside the chassis pretty well with around 80 and 85 °C (GPU and CPU). While the processor, which is slightly limited by its TDP rating of 15 Watts, can maintain a solid 2.8 GHz, the GPU throttles from 875 to just 690 MHz. We cannot rule out that this kind of throttling, which reduces the 3D performance by up to 20%, could also happen during gaming when the ambient temperatures are higher.

Max. Load
 40.3 °C41.5 °C28.6 °C 
 37.3 °C45 °C26.8 °C 
 29.9 °C36.6 °C24.1 °C 
Maximum: 45 °C
Average: 34.5 °C
26.8 °C39.8 °C31.9 °C
25.8 °C38.9 °C36.8 °C
23.9 °C33.8 °C30.6 °C
Maximum: 39.8 °C
Average: 32 °C
Power Supply (max.)  50.6 °C | Room Temperature 19.1 °C | Fluke 62 Max

Speakers

The integrated stereo speakers above the keyboard create a pretty clear sound that is focused on the medium tones, whereas bass is basically lacking completely. The speakers manage a surprisingly high maximum volume but tend to distort, so you should not crank it up. External headphones or speakers can be attached via the common 3.5 mm stereo jack as well as the HDMI output when you have a corresponding AV receiver.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The idle consumption of 4.2 up to 8.2 Watts basically did not change compared to the predecessor (4.1 up to 7.7 Watts) and is common for this class of device. We are, however, a bit surprised about the significantly increased consumption under maximum load: Instead of 37.7 up to 54.7 Watts (E550: i7-5500U, R7 M265), the E560 (i7-6500U, R7 M370) pulls 49.6 up to 65.8 Watts from the socket. This is probably a result of the higher clock as well as the GDDR5 memory of the new Radeon R7 M370, which consumes much more power than the DDR3 memory of the previous Radeon R7 M265. The provided 65-Watt power adaptor can handle the maximum consumption but does not have much headroom.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.25 / 0.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.2 / 7.5 / 8.2 Watt
Load midlight 49.6 / 65.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtime

The Skylake platform is much more efficient than Broadwell under partial load in particular, so the E560 manages slightly longer runtimes than the E550 with the identical battery capacity. Users can expect around 6-7 hours of web browsing or local HD video playback at an adjusted brightness of 150 cd/m² before you have to recharge the battery. If you deactivate the wireless modules, reduce the luminance and just perform simple office tasks, you should be able to squeeze more than ten hours out of the battery. The Dell Latitude 3550 manages similar runtimes, but needs a big 58 Wh battery.

Reader's Test
Reader's Test
WLAN test
WLAN test
H.264 test
H.264 test
Classic Test
Classic Test
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
48 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E550-20DF00CNGE
48 Wh
HP ProBook 450 G3
44 Wh
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
58 Wh
Acer TravelMate P257-M-56AX
37 Wh
Battery Runtime
-21%
-19%
10%
-15%
Reader / Idle
884
663
-25%
575
-35%
775
-12%
703
-20%
H.264
413
311
-25%
337
-18%
474
15%
WiFi v1.3
342
293
-14%
309
-10%
379
11%
321
-6%
Load
104
82
-21%
90
-13%
129
24%
83
-20%
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
14h 44min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
5h 42min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
6h 53min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 44min

Pros

+ decent case quality
+ excellent keyboard
+ optional docking solutions
+ high-contrast and high-resolution IPS display with wide viewing angles
+ very good application performance
+ low noise development
+ good price-performance ratio

Cons

- mediocre color reproduction of the display
- limited upgradeability
- slight throttling under maximum load
- only 12 months warranty

Verdict

In review: Lenovo ThinkPad E560. Test model courtesy of Campuspoint.
In review: Lenovo ThinkPad E560. Test model courtesy of Campuspoint.

After the excellent result of the ThinkPad E460, the E560 continues the good performance and Lenovo is once again (depending on the configuration) able to offer a comparatively inexpensive entry-level model without bigger issues. Besides the, as usual, excellent keyboard, we want to mention the new IPS display in particular, which not only offers a higher luminance and better contrast ratio but also much wider viewing angles than the TN panels that are common in this price range. The performance is also pretty good thanks to the SSD, 8 GB RAM and Core i7 processor, although we would recommend a model with the i5 CPU, which is not much slower, for price-conscious users. The dedicated Radeon R7 M370 with GDDR5 memory provides a decent gaming performance with reduced details, but the integrated HD Graphics 520 would also be sufficient for office and multimedia applications.

You cannot make a mistake when you buy the ThinkPad E560 – but you should really think about if you need the Core i7 processor and Radeon GPU.

We already mentioned that we did not find any serious drawbacks in our review, but there are still some things that could be improved for the next generation. Among others, we would like a free M.2 slot as well as a simpler access to the fan and the cooling solution, and the color representation of the display could be better. However, similar to the pretty short warranty period of just 12 months, this is mainly a result of the price – Lenovo still wants to sell its more expensive L and T series.

Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000 - 02/26/2016 v5
Till Schönborn

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
87%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
53 / 80 → 66%
Weight
61 / 67 → 87%
Battery
87%
Display
83%
Games Performance
62 / 68 → 91%
Application Performance
81 / 92 → 88%
Temperature
90%
Noise
93%
Audio
69%
Camera
58 / 85 → 68%
Average
76%
84%
Office - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Lenovo ThinkPad E560 (Core i7, Radeon R7 M370) Notebook Review
Till Schönborn, 2015-12-14 (Update: 2016-06- 7)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.