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Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook 12 and Air 13

Lighter than Air? Apple shocked the whole industry with the first MacBook Air: We had never seen such a slim and light notebook before. However, in the meantime the other manufacturers have come up with several slim Windows devices that are good alternatives to the current MacBooks. Update November 2017.

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The following article considers the current notebook series from Apple and tries to find the five best currently available Windows alternatives reviewed by Notebookcheck for each. We have restricted them by size, weight, resolution, hardware, and price. Depending on individual weighting, the order in the lists might be different or unmentioned devices might get a chance. Therefore, the lists can be ordered by the mentioned criteria.

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Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook Pro 13 and 15

The Original: Apple MacBook Air 13

RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreen
86%06/2017Apple MacBook Air 13.3Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
Intel Core i5-5350U
Intel HD Graphics 6000
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
1.4 kg17 mm13.3"1440x900glossy

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Top 5 Windows alternatives to the Apple MacBook Air 13

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
190%06/2017Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Intel Core i5-7300U
Intel HD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.1 kg8.5 mm12.3"2736x1824glossy
289%10/2017Dell XPS 13 i7-8550UDell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8550U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.3 kg15 mm13.3"3200x1800glossy
389%07/2017Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012TAsus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
Intel Core i7-7500U
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.3 kg15.9 mm14"1920x1080matte
488%12/2017
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Dell Latitude 13 7380Dell Latitude 13 7380
Intel Core i7-7600U
Intel HD Graphics 620
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.3 kg20 mm13.3"1920x1080matte
588%08/2017Fujitsu LifeBook U937Fujitsu LifeBook U937
Intel Core i5-7200U
Intel HD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
950 g15.5 mm13.3"1920x1080matte

1st

Microsoft Surface Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft has won many fans with the Surface tablets and the Pro variant is popular among the business community. The latest variant is simply called Surface Pro without number again. Without a USB-C port, it almost appears a bit outdated. It has this property in common with the MacBook Air 13 (2017), which can no longer compete with the MacBook Pro 13 and has a significantly smaller and thinner brother in the MacBook.

However, we want to write about the Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) here, which proves to be a worthy competitor to Apple's MacBook Air 13: even longer battery runtimes than the predecessor, a bright display, and quite suitable for video telephony, thanks to a good camera and microphone. In addition, the convertible is completely silent and looks good. However, the performance throttles heavily under prolonged load. The tablet only turns into a real convertible with the Signature Type Cover for a surcharge and the price is already quite steep without accessories.

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2nd

Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13

Thanks to its small dimensions and light weight, not only is the Dell XPS 13  a suitable rival for the Apple MacBook Pro 13, but also for the MacBook Air 13. This year you only get a processor update, and Dell will probably launch a new chassis at the CES next year. This does not sound like a lot, but the processor is much faster than before and the GPU is also a bit more powerful compared to the previous model. The surface temperatures are a bit higher at some spots, but it is still comfortable. Overall, the 2017 XPS 13 is still a great subnotebook and a worthy rival for the MacBook Air 13.

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3rd

Asus ZenBook UX3430UQ
Asus ZenBook UX3430UQ

Have you been waiting for a slim, stylish subnotebook for a long time? If so, Asus might have the right offer for you with the ZenBook UX3430UQ: the 14-inch device is an excellent high-end business subnotebook with great input devices, excellent display, low emissions and long battery life of 8:47 hours. Moreover, it features a fingerprint sensor and TPM 2.0. However, the GeForce 940MX is dispensable. The iGPU variant for 1200 Euros (~$1431) might be the better choice for many users. It allows saving money and is certainly sufficient for everyday tasks.

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Dell Latitude 13 7380
Dell Latitude 13 7380

4th

At first glance, the Dell Latitude 13 7380 seems more like a traditional business notebook. On second glance, it does offer a few extras. Like for example the strikingly small yet surprisingly rigid case for a 13.3-inch laptop made entirely of a high-quality magnesium alloy. At the end of the day the differences to Dell’s own XPS series are pretty minor and restricted mostly to features important for business users, such as for example the optional WWAN modem. Unfortunately, a docking station is not available. The Latitude’s input devices are excellent and its battery life is very good. Thus, the Dell Latitude 13 7380 is a worthy alternative to the MacBook Air 13.

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5th

Fujitsu LifeBook U937
Fujitsu LifeBook U937

Fujitsu has managed to come under the magic 1 kg (~2.2 lb) limit with its LifeBook U937. Compared to it, the Apple MacBook Air 13 appears almost bulky. The device comes with 256 GB of storage, 8 GB of RAM and a fast Core i7 processor. However, it lacks a keyboard light. Moreover, you have to accept the limited stability of the display lid.

Despite extremely slim design, the battery runtimes are very good and the Wi-Fi battery life even exceeds the Apple's by several minutes. The Fujitsu LifeBook U937 is also recommendable due to many security features. However, you have to be ready to pay the high price of just under 1500 Euros (~$1789).

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Size Comparison

Measurements in Comparison

Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5 (20, 22)
42 ms * ∼7%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017) (30.4, 22)
52.4 ms * ∼8%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937 (20.4, 18.8)
39.2 ms * ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T (20, 20)
40 ms * ∼6%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U (18.4, 17.2)
35.6 ms * ∼6%
Dell Latitude 13 7380 (17.2, 16.8)
34 ms * ∼5%
Response Time Black / White (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5 (18, 11)
29 ms * ∼12%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017) (18.4, 10)
28.4 ms * ∼12%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937 (9.2, 10.8)
20 ms * ∼8%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T (17, 11)
28 ms * ∼12%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U (16, 11.2)
27.2 ms * ∼11%
Dell Latitude 13 7380 (17.2, 12.4)
29.6 ms * ∼12%
PWM Frequency (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
21000 Hz ∼4%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
58000 Hz ∼10%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937 (20)
211.9 Hz ∼0%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
0 Hz ∼0%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U (100)
19690 Hz ∼3%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
0 Hz ∼0%
Screen
Brightness middle (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
417 % ∼132%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
% ∼0%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
353 % ∼111%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
353 % ∼111%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
386.1 % ∼122%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
317 % ∼100%
Brightness (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
401 cd/m² ∼136%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
347 cd/m² ∼118%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
366 cd/m² ∼124%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
357 cd/m² ∼121%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
295 cd/m² ∼100%
Brightness Distribution (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
88 % ∼101%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
81 % ∼93%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
88 % ∼101%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
83 % ∼95%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
87 % ∼100%
Black Level (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
0.29 cd/m² * ∼97%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
cd/m² * ∼0%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
0.33 cd/m² * ∼110%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
0.34 cd/m² * ∼113%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
0.33 cd/m² * ∼110%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
0.3 cd/m² * ∼100%
Contrast (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
1438 :1 ∼136%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
1070 :1 ∼101%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
1038 :1 ∼98%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
1170 :1 ∼111%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
1057 :1 ∼100%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
3.63 * ∼58%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
3.5 * ∼56%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
2.88 * ∼46%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
4.2 * ∼67%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
6.3 * ∼100%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
6.74 * ∼65%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
6.9 * ∼66%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
6.61 * ∼64%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
7.6 * ∼73%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
10.4 * ∼100%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
2.18 * ∼28%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
4.9 * ∼63%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
4.24 * ∼54%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
5.7 * ∼73%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
7.8 * ∼100%
Gamma (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
3.09 ∼171%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
2.21 ∼122%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
2.38 ∼131%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
2.28 ∼126%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
1.81 ∼100%
CCT (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
6767 ∼95%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
7136 ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
7380 ∼104%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
7336 ∼103%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
7120 ∼100%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
63 % ∼103%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
63.5 % ∼104%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
64 % ∼105%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
59 % ∼97%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
61 % ∼100%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB) (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
99 % ∼108%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
98.1 % ∼107%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
99 % ∼108%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
92.2 % ∼100%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
92 % ∼100%
Noise
off / environment (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
dB * ∼0%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
dB * ∼0%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
30.8 dB * ∼110%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
30.8 dB * ∼110%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
27.9 dB * ∼100%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
28 dB * ∼100%
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
dB * ∼0%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
dB * ∼0%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
30.8 dB * ∼110%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
30.8 dB * ∼110%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
27.9 dB * ∼100%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
28 dB * ∼100%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
dB * ∼0%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
dB * ∼0%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
30.8 dB * ∼110%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
30.8 dB * ∼110%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
27.9 dB * ∼100%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
28 dB * ∼100%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
dB * ∼0%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
dB * ∼0%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
31.1 dB * ∼105%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
32.4 dB * ∼109%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
27.9 dB * ∼94%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
29.6 dB * ∼100%
Load Average (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
dB * ∼0%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
dB * ∼0%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
32.3 dB * ∼106%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
35.1 dB * ∼115%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
30.8 dB * ∼101%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
30.6 dB * ∼100%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
dB * ∼0%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
dB * ∼0%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
35.7 dB * ∼101%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
38.4 dB * ∼108%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
33.1 dB * ∼94%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
35.4 dB * ∼100%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
39.2 °C * ∼96%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
42.8 °C * ∼104%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
43.4 °C * ∼106%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
44 °C * ∼107%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
49 °C * ∼120%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
41 °C * ∼100%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
40.3 °C * ∼88%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
41.5 °C * ∼91%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
41.6 °C * ∼91%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
50.2 °C * ∼110%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
54 °C * ∼118%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
45.6 °C * ∼100%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
37 °C * ∼139%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
27.6 °C * ∼104%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
26.5 °C * ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
26.2 °C * ∼98%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
26.6 °C * ∼100%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
26.6 °C * ∼100%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
32.3 °C * ∼110%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
26.9 °C * ∼91%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
26 °C * ∼88%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
27 °C * ∼92%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
28.2 °C * ∼96%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
29.4 °C * ∼100%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
1054 min ∼66%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
min ∼0%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
1152 min ∼72%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
1292 min ∼81%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
1108 min ∼70%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
1594 min ∼100%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
744 min ∼118%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
638 min ∼101%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
654 min ∼104%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
527 min ∼84%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
589 min ∼93%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
630 min ∼100%
Load (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
168 min ∼119%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
min ∼0%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
161 min ∼114%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
97 min ∼69%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
143 min ∼101%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
141 min ∼100%
H.264 (sort by value)
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
714 min ∼100%

Legend

 
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5 Intel Core i5-7300U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
 
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017) Intel Core i5-5350U, Intel HD Graphics 6000, Apple SSD SM0128G
 
Fujitsu LifeBook U937 Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
 
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T Intel Core i7-7500U, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, SanDisk SD8SN8U512G1002
 
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
 
Dell Latitude 13 7380 Intel Core i7-7600U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP

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Benchmarks in Comparison

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
4371 Points ∼67%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
3983 Points ∼61%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
4538 Points ∼70%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
4812 Points ∼74%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
4436 Points ∼68%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
5060 Points ∼78%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
3396 Points ∼57%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
2936 Points ∼49%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
3601 Points ∼60%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
3913 Points ∼65%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
3432 Points ∼57%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
3872 Points ∼65%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
1591 (min: 1580, max: 1656) Points ∼5%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
1628 Points ∼5%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
2335 Points ∼8%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
2032 Points ∼7%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
1762 Points ∼6%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
5878 Points ∼12%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
5420 Points ∼11%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
6277 Points ∼13%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
6852 Points ∼14%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
8459 Points ∼17%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
6363 Points ∼13%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
67042 Points ∼6%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
46459 Points ∼4%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
1.24 Points ∼55%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
1.36 Points ∼60%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
1.62 Points ∼71%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
1.86 Points ∼82%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
2.98 Points ∼12%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
3.5 Points ∼15%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
6.47 Points ∼27%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
3.92 Points ∼16%
OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
25.23 fps ∼20%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
31.22 fps ∼25%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
46.94 fps ∼38%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
37.48 fps ∼30%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
116 Points ∼20%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
141 Points ∼24%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
122 Points ∼21%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
135 Points ∼23%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
167 Points ∼28%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
161 Points ∼27%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
277 Points ∼13%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
334 Points ∼16%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
324 Points ∼15%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
346 Points ∼16%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
603 Points ∼28%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
359 Points ∼17%
OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
26.38 fps ∼15%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
32.49 fps ∼19%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
16.62 fps ∼10%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
49.35 fps ∼29%
Dell Latitude 13 7380
41.49 fps ∼24%

Legend

 
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017) Intel Core i5-5350U, Intel HD Graphics 6000, Apple SSD SM0128G
 
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5 Intel Core i5-7300U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
 
Fujitsu LifeBook U937 Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
 
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T Intel Core i7-7500U, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, SanDisk SD8SN8U512G1002
 
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
 
Dell Latitude 13 7380 Intel Core i7-7600U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP

Top 5 Windows alternatives to the Apple MacBook 12

Since the MacBook Air 11 has been discontinued, the slim and light MacBook 12  is the smallest laptop of Apple's line-up. It quite radically omits almost all interfaces. This trend continues in Ultrabooks with Windows.

The Original: Apple MacBook 12

RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreen
90%06/2017Apple MacBook 12 2017Apple MacBook 12 2017
Intel Core m3-7Y32
Intel HD Graphics 615
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
920 g13.1 mm12"2304x1440glossy

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Top 5 Windows alternatives to the Apple MacBook 12

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
190%06/2017Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Intel Core i5-7300U
Intel HD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.1 kg8.5 mm12.3"2736x1824glossy
290%06/2016HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EAHP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
Intel Core m5-6Y54
Intel HD Graphics 515
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
979 g12.4 mm12.5"1920x1080matte
388%09/2017
new!
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EAHP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U
Intel HD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.2 kg9.1 mm12.3"2716x1824glossy
488%08/2017Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
Intel Core i5-7200U
Intel HD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.2 kg7.4 mm12"2160x1440glossy
587%09/2017
new!
Dell Latitude 7285Dell Latitude 7285
Intel Core i5-7Y57
Intel HD Graphics 615
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.4 kg19 mm12.3"2880x1920glossy

We made an interesting observation when we looked for alternatives to Apple's smallest notebooks. There are just no similarly high quality notebooks smaller than 12 inches. Many suitable devices such as the Sony Vaio Pro 11, the Dell XPS 11 or the Vaio Tap 11 are not available anymore. This means that there is no longer an 11-inch device in this Top 5; all the devices have screens with 12 or 12.5 inches. Apple follows this trend as well and does not continue the MacBook Air 11; the MacBook 12 is the smallest model from now on.

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1st

Microsoft Surface Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft has won many fans with the Surface tablets and the Pro variant is popular among the business community. The latest variant is simply called Surface Pro without number again. Without USB-C port it almost appears a bit outdated. It still proves to be a worthy competitor to Apple's MacBook Air 13: even longer battery runtimes than the predecessor, a bright display, and quite suitable for video telephony, thanks to a good camera and microphone. In addition, the convertible is completely silent and looks good. However, the performance throttles heavily under prolonged load. The tablet only turns into a real convertible with the Signature Type Cover for a surcharge and the price is already quite steep without accessories.

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2nd

HP EliteBook Folio G1
HP EliteBook Folio G1

What does a notebook have to bring in order to keep up with the small MacBooks? It needs high performance, a great display, a high-end keyboard and a stylish case. The HP EliteBook Folio G1 offers all these, a fast Wi-Fi as well as an infrared camera for signing in via face recognition. However, as in all small and slim notebooks you have to accept limited connectivity and the processor throttles under full load.

Overall, the fanless design is great for quiet environments and the optional docking station might be another reason for buying the HP EliteBook Folio G1.

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HP Elite x2 1012 G2
HP Elite x2 1012 G2

HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 is a nice convertible, which is primarily designed for business users. The fast Core i5 processor and the generous scope of delivery including great keyboard dock and input pen are big advantages.

We also like the fast M.2 SSD, sufficient runtimes of around 6 hours, as well as the bright IPS screen with wide color gamut. We don't think the more expensive i7 version is worth it, since the additional performance will most likely be lost due to the limited cooling capabilities. Our test model also had pretty warm surfaces under load.

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Samsung Galaxy Book 12
Samsung Galaxy Book 12

Samsung is also slowly approaching the western notebook market again. The Samsung Galaxy Book 12 is a direct competitor to Microsoft's Surface Pro and can also be a threat to the MacBook 12. There are hardly any complaints thanks to a premium, and simple design, high-end build quality, fast LTE connectivity, good input devices, good display, and long battery life. At most, you can criticize it for throttling under prolonged load and slightly too high temperatures. Otherwise, it is a worthy contender for about 1500 Euros (~$1789).

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Dell Latitude 7285
Dell Latitude 7285

Modern convertibles have to be stylish and powerful, especially if they want to compete with the MacBook 12. The Dell Latitude 7285 on the other hand features a rather simple design and a low TDP processor. So why is the Latitude 7285 still in our ranking? The great 3K display is a joy to look at, the keyboard dock is illuminated and has an additional battery, and a 36-month warranty is not bad, either. The processor also exceeded our expectations and is more than sufficient for everyday office tasks. However, the convertible can also be much more expensive compared to Apple's smallest MacBook depending on the configuration.

There are also some drawbacks: The battery runtime is not great, despite the two batteries, and both the power consumption as well as the surface temperatures are too high.

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Size Comparison

Measurements in Comparison

Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA (14.8, 17.2)
32 ms * ∼5%
Apple MacBook 12 2017 (19.6, 21.2)
40.8 ms * ∼6%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5 (20, 22)
42 ms * ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728 (2, 2)
4 ms * ∼1%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA (23.6, 22)
45.6 ms * ∼7%
Dell Latitude 7285 (19.6, 24.4)
44 ms * ∼7%
Response Time Black / White (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA (12.4, 11.6)
24 ms * ∼10%
Apple MacBook 12 2017 (15.8, 13.4)
29.2 ms * ∼12%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5 (18, 11)
29 ms * ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728 (18, 2)
20 ms * ∼8%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA (9.2, 12.4)
21.6 ms * ∼9%
Dell Latitude 7285 (15.6, 14.8)
30.4 ms * ∼13%
PWM Frequency (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
0 Hz ∼0%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
116000 Hz ∼20%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
21000 Hz ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728 (100)
250 Hz ∼0%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA (50)
2119 Hz ∼0%
Dell Latitude 7285 (20)
922.1 Hz ∼0%
Screen
Brightness middle (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
289 % ∼54%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
% ∼0%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
417 % ∼79%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
376 % ∼71%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
443 % ∼83%
Dell Latitude 7285
531 % ∼100%
Brightness (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
298 cd/m² ∼61%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
401 cd/m² ∼82%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
378 cd/m² ∼77%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
446 cd/m² ∼91%
Dell Latitude 7285
490 cd/m² ∼100%
Brightness Distribution (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
87 % ∼101%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
88 % ∼102%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
91 % ∼106%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
88 % ∼102%
Dell Latitude 7285
86 % ∼100%
Black Level (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
0.27 cd/m² * ∼73%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
cd/m² * ∼0%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
0.29 cd/m² * ∼78%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
0.03 cd/m² * ∼8%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
0.41 cd/m² * ∼111%
Dell Latitude 7285
0.37 cd/m² * ∼100%
Contrast (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
1070 :1 ∼75%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
1438 :1 ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
12533 :1 ∼873%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
1080 :1 ∼75%
Dell Latitude 7285
1435 :1 ∼100%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
4.82 * ∼138%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
3.63 * ∼104%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
4.1 * ∼117%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
2.6 * ∼74%
Dell Latitude 7285
3.5 * ∼100%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
10.73 * ∼173%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
6.74 * ∼109%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
6.45 * ∼104%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
4 * ∼65%
Dell Latitude 7285
6.2 * ∼100%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
3.84 * ∼82%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
2.18 * ∼46%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
3.64 * ∼77%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
3 * ∼64%
Dell Latitude 7285
4.7 * ∼100%
Gamma (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
2.41 ∼118%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
3.09 ∼151%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
2.58 ∼126%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
2.38 ∼117%
Dell Latitude 7285
2.04 ∼100%
CCT (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
6492 ∼99%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
6767 ∼103%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
7113 ∼108%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
6780 ∼103%
Dell Latitude 7285
6581 ∼100%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
42.03 % ∼62%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
63 % ∼93%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
74 % ∼109%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
62.6 % ∼93%
Dell Latitude 7285
67.6 % ∼100%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB) (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
64.8 % ∼65%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
99 % ∼99%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
93 % ∼93%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
98 % ∼98%
Dell Latitude 7285
99.8 % ∼100%
Noise
off / environment (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
dB * ∼NAN%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
dB * ∼NAN%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
dB * ∼NAN%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
30.3 dB * ∼INF%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
29.5 dB * ∼INF%
Dell Latitude 7285
dB * ∼NAN%
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
dB * ∼NAN%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
dB * ∼NAN%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
dB * ∼NAN%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
dB * ∼NAN%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
29.5 dB * ∼INF%
Dell Latitude 7285
dB * ∼NAN%
Idle Average (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
dB * ∼NAN%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
dB * ∼NAN%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
dB * ∼NAN%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
30.3 dB * ∼INF%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
29.5 dB * ∼INF%
Dell Latitude 7285
dB * ∼NAN%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
dB * ∼NAN%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
dB * ∼NAN%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
dB * ∼NAN%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
dB * ∼NAN%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
29.5 dB * ∼INF%
Dell Latitude 7285
dB * ∼NAN%
Load Average (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
dB * ∼NAN%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
dB * ∼NAN%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
dB * ∼NAN%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
31.7 dB * ∼INF%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
30.6 dB * ∼INF%
Dell Latitude 7285
dB * ∼NAN%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
dB * ∼NAN%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
dB * ∼NAN%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
dB * ∼NAN%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
31.7 dB * ∼INF%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
32.5 dB * ∼INF%
Dell Latitude 7285
dB * ∼NAN%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
42.7 °C * ∼91%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
38.9 °C * ∼83%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
39.2 °C * ∼84%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
52.5 °C * ∼112%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
42.3 °C * ∼90%
Dell Latitude 7285
46.8 °C * ∼100%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
45.8 °C * ∼92%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
42.5 °C * ∼86%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
40.3 °C * ∼81%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
56.3 °C * ∼114%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
44.5 °C * ∼90%
Dell Latitude 7285
49.6 °C * ∼100%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
32.1 °C * ∼107%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
30.6 °C * ∼102%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
37 °C * ∼123%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
31.4 °C * ∼104%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
29.5 °C * ∼98%
Dell Latitude 7285
30.1 °C * ∼100%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
32.3 °C * ∼113%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
30.8 °C * ∼108%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
32.3 °C * ∼113%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
32.2 °C * ∼113%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
25.2 °C * ∼88%
Dell Latitude 7285
28.5 °C * ∼100%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
526 min ∼51%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
min ∼0%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
1054 min ∼102%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
1031 min ∼100%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
833 min ∼81%
Dell Latitude 7285
1030 min ∼100%
H.264 (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
413 min ∼112%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
409 min ∼111%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
377 min ∼102%
Dell Latitude 7285
369 min ∼100%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
355 min ∼91%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
540 min ∼138%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
744 min ∼190%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
378 min ∼97%
Dell Latitude 7285
391 min ∼100%
Load (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
152 min ∼94%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
min ∼0%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
168 min ∼104%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
min ∼0%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
138 min ∼85%
Dell Latitude 7285
162 min ∼100%

Legend

 
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA Intel Core m5-6Y54, Intel HD Graphics 515, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
 
Apple MacBook 12 2017 Intel Core m3-7Y32, Intel HD Graphics 615, Apple SSD AP0256
 
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5 Intel Core i5-7300U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
 
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728 Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
 
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
 
Dell Latitude 7285 Intel Core i5-7Y57, Intel HD Graphics 615, Toshiba KBG20ZMS256G

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Benchmarks in Comparison

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 7285
4854 Points ∼56%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
4146 Points ∼64%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
3946 Points ∼61%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
3983 Points ∼61%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
4291 Points ∼66%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
4036 Points ∼62%
Dell Latitude 7285
3911 Points ∼60%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
3037 Points ∼51%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
3078 Points ∼52%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
2936 Points ∼49%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
3538 Points ∼59%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
3289 Points ∼55%
Dell Latitude 7285
3073 Points ∼51%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
1360 Points ∼5%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
1324 Points ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
1683 Points ∼6%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
1646 Points ∼5%
Dell Latitude 7285
1440 Points ∼5%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
5257 Points ∼11%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
5035 Points ∼10%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
5420 Points ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
6149 Points ∼12%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
5919 Points ∼12%
Dell Latitude 7285
5321 Points ∼11%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
53450 Points ∼5%
Dell Latitude 7285
46353 Points ∼4%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
1.47 Points ∼65%
Dell Latitude 7285
1.52 Points ∼67%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
3.6 Points ∼15%
Dell Latitude 7285
3 Points ∼13%
OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
32.03 fps ∼26%
Dell Latitude 7285
32.09 fps ∼26%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
111 Points ∼19%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
120 Points ∼20%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
141 Points ∼24%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
127 Points ∼22%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
127 Points ∼22%
Dell Latitude 7285
133 Points ∼23%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
250 Points ∼12%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
265 Points ∼12%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
334 Points ∼16%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
321 Points ∼15%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
322 Points ∼15%
Dell Latitude 7285
273 Points ∼13%
OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
35.98 fps ∼21%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
25.61 fps ∼15%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
32.49 fps ∼19%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
41.36 fps ∼24%
Dell Latitude 7285
36.41 fps ∼21%

Legend

 
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA Intel Core m5-6Y54, Intel HD Graphics 515, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
 
Apple MacBook 12 2017 Intel Core m3-7Y32, Intel HD Graphics 615, Apple SSD AP0256
 
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5 Intel Core i5-7300U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
 
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728 Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
 
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
 
Dell Latitude 7285 Intel Core i5-7Y57, Intel HD Graphics 615, Toshiba KBG20ZMS256G
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