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

Florian Wimmer (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 07/03/2017

January 2019 Update. 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.

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. Also note the following top lists:

The following table shows possible Windows based MacBook competitors tested on Notebookcheck in the last 12 months. With the same rating, younger tests are ranked first. The table can be sorted by clicking on the headings or restricted with the text filter (eg matte).

Best Windows alternatives to the Apple MacBook Air

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
191%10/2018Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GBMicrosoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
781 g8.5 mm12.3"2736x1834glossy
290%05/2018Dell Latitude 7390Dell Latitude 7390
Intel Core i7-8650U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.3 kg16.5 mm13.3"1920x1080matte
389%01/2018Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.2 kg11.6 mm13.3"1920x1080glossy
489%04/2018Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
Intel Core i5-8350U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.3 kg9.75 mm12.3"1920x1280glossy
589%01/2019
New!
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.3 kg14.5 mm13.5"2256x1504glossy

1st - Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Microsoft won many fans with its Surface tablets and the Pro model is also popular amongst business users. The latest iteration is once again called Surface Pro 6 and almost appears a bit outdated without USB-C port. This is common with the MacBook Air 13 (2017), which fortunately got an update with the MacBook Air (2018) including USB-C. This is annoying, because we already criticized the lack of USB-C on last year's Surface.

Otherwise, there is once again not much to criticize about the Surface Pro 6: Nice case, long battery runtime (but shorter than on the old model), bright display, silent operation. However, you still have to add the Type Cover if you want a real alternative to the MacBook Air. It is surprising that the Cinebench performance is better on the Surface Pro 6, which does not use a fan unlike the MacBook Air....

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2nd - Dell Latitude 7390

Dell Latitude 7390
Dell Latitude 7390

In our review of Dell's business laptop we say: "Only a few laptops impressed us as much as the Dell Latitude 7390". Thanks to an anti-glare (!) touchscreen, really long battery runtimes, great port selection, and the low weight, this statement is justified. It does not have to be the model with the Core i7; you can save money with the Core i5 and the performance is still superior to the Apple MacBook Air 13.

However, it comes at a price: Compared to the MacBook Air 13, which is actually pretty cheap right now, the Dell Latitude 7390 can easily cost twice as much depending on the configuration, but you also get much more modern components.

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3rd - Dell XPS 13

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, the aging subnotebook has finally received a new case. Build quality is as high as expected, and while the case is ever so slightly thinner than the old one it is not as rigid anymore. The major downside of this year’s model is that all SKUs now feature a reflective display so there is no way getting around that anymore. We would have also preferred a bigger selection of ports and a better webcam. In return, the input devices were solid, battery life was long, and the device remained almost completely silent in everyday use. As such, the XPS 13 remains a strong contender to the MacBook Air 13.

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4th - Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1

Dell Latitude 5290
Dell Latitude 5290

The Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 follows the concept of the Surface Pro: A powerful tablet in the first place, which can be transformed into a full-fledged laptop replacement thanks to a high-quality keyboard cover. Even the maintenance of Dell's business convertible is pretty simple and it is usually very quiet in practice.

The battery runtime is not as convincing and the price is also higher compared to some of the rivals in this ranking. You do not get a Thunderbolt port, but a good screen and many security features in return.

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5th - Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

Microsoft offers a veritable portfolio of Surface devices by now, and they can compete with Apple's MacBooks. The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is a typical Ultrabooks, which competes with the MacBook Air thanks to its slim construction and low weight.

We really like the excellent screen with great color accuracy. The Surface Laptop 3:2 also features a 3:2 aspect ratio and offers more vertical space compared to common 16:9 screens, which can be an advantage in productive applications. The input devices are decent as well. Other highlights are the good speakers and the long battery runtime.

The major drawback is the lack if Thunderbolt 3 as well as the maintainability, which is non-existent. The laptop is also cheaper than Apple's new MacBook Air, so it is a serious alternative.

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The Original: Apple MacBook Air

RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
88%11/2018Apple MacBook Air 2018Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel Core i5-8210Y
Intel UHD Graphics 617
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.2 kg15.6 mm13.3"2560x1600glossy
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 MB Air Alternatives in Comparison

Size Comparison

325 mm / 12.8 inch 227 mm / 8.94 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 1.4 kg2.98 lbs308 mm / 12.1 inch 223.2 mm / 8.79 inch 14.5 mm / 0.571 inch 1.3 kg2.76 lbs305 mm / 12 inch 208 mm / 8.19 inch 16.5 mm / 0.65 inch 1.3 kg2.88 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 15.6 mm / 0.614 inch 1.2 kg2.73 lbs302 mm / 11.9 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 11.6 mm / 0.4567 inch 1.2 kg2.67 lbs292 mm / 11.5 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 9.75 mm / 0.3839 inch 1.3 kg2.82 lbs292 mm / 11.5 inch 201 mm / 7.91 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 781 g1.722 lbs

Measurements

Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5Dell Latitude 7390Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1Apple MacBook Air 2018Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GBMicrosoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
52.4 (30.4, 22)
62.4 (32.4, 30)
36.8 (18, 18.8)
56.8 (26.8, 30)
39.6 (20.8, 18.8)
42 (22, 20)
69.2 (34.8, 34.4)
Response Time Black / White *
28.4 (18.4, 10)
45.6 (24.4, 21.2)
30.4 (18.8, 11.6)
36 (19.6, 16.4)
28 (15.6, 12.4)
25 (14, 11)
46.4 (26, 20.4)
PWM Frequency
58000
1008 (20)
1852 (98)
113600 (75)
20800 (50)
Screen
Brightness middle
428
303.8
548
320
463
392
Black Level *
0.26
0.31
0.51
0.29
0.32
0.24
Brightness
405
289
545
315
450
390
Brightness Distribution
87
86
86
95
83
89
Contrast
1646
980
1075
1103
1447
1633
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.8
2.9
3.65
1.2
3.76
3.2
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.2
5.79
7.15
3.2
7.35
6.3
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.4
3.7
5.5
0.8
3.18
4.5
Gamma
2.21 100%
2.118 104%
2.154 102%
2.2 100%
2.53 87%
2.2 100%
CCT
7067 92%
6323 103%
7052 92%
6548 99%
6994 93%
7556 86%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62.8
63
65.2
62.1
59
63.9
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
96.4
95
99.1
96
90
95
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.72
1.81
0.5
2.68
1.4
Noise
off / environment *
29.1
28.2
28.5
28.5
28.7
Idle Minimum *
29.1
28.2
28.5
28.5
28.7
Idle Average *
29.1
28.2
28.5
28.5
28.7
Idle Maximum *
29.1
28.2
28.5
28.5
28.7
Load Average *
32.2
31.5
28.5
30
30
Load Maximum *
37.3
42.7
41.6
41.8
32.9
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
42.8
44.2
44.4
44.4
44.4
39.7
39.3
Maximum Bottom *
41.5
45.5
47.4
52
41.2
41.1
42
Idle Upper Side *
27.6
24.1
22.8
32
23.6
34.5
23.8
Idle Bottom *
26.9
23.2
25.8
31.2
23.2
30.7
24.2
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
1417
1066
1249
WiFi v1.3
638
644
664
300
721
545
543
Load
119
84
131
118
98
H.264
831
740
818

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
HD Graphics 6000, 5350U, Apple SSD SM0128G
4371 Points ∼67%
Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
4906 Points ∼75%
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5197 Points ∼80%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
4764 Points ∼73%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
3209 Points ∼49%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
3970 Points ∼61%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
4923 Points ∼76%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
HD Graphics 6000, 5350U, Apple SSD SM0128G
3396 Points ∼56%
Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3994 Points ∼66%
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3886 Points ∼64%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3776 Points ∼62%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
2484 Points ∼41%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
3088 Points ∼51%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
3153 Points ∼52%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
HD Graphics 6000, 5350U, Apple SSD SM0128G
1591 (min: 1580, max: 1656) Points ∼5%
Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
1989 Points ∼6%
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
1860 Points ∼6%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
1847 Points ∼6%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
1711 Points ∼5%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
2048 Points ∼7%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
2065 Points ∼7%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
HD Graphics 6000, 5350U, Apple SSD SM0128G
5878 Points ∼10%
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7770 Points ∼13%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
8236 Points ∼14%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
4841 Points ∼8%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
8748 Points ∼15%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
8910 Points ∼15%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
65709 Points ∼6%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
66347 Points ∼6%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
HD Graphics 6000, 5350U, Apple SSD SM0128G
1.24 Points ∼51%
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2.02 Points ∼83%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
1.71 Points ∼70%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
HD Graphics 6000, 5350U, Apple SSD SM0128G
2.98 Points ∼11%
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
6.82 Points ∼25%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
5.95 Points ∼22%
OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
HD Graphics 6000, 5350U, Apple SSD SM0128G
25.23 fps ∼15%
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
47.18 fps ∼28%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
41.34 fps ∼24%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
HD Graphics 6000, 5350U, Apple SSD SM0128G
116 Points ∼53%
Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
144 Points ∼66%
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
176 Points ∼81%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
151 Points ∼69%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
132 Points ∼61%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
143 Points ∼66%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
141 Points ∼65%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
HD Graphics 6000, 5350U, Apple SSD SM0128G
277 Points ∼6%
Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
669 Points ∼15%
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
619 Points ∼14%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
514 Points ∼12%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
285 Points ∼7%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
585 Points ∼13%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
590 Points ∼13%
OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
HD Graphics 6000, 5350U, Apple SSD SM0128G
26.38 fps ∼11%
Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
54.74 fps ∼22%
Dell Latitude 7390
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
48.2 fps ∼19%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
48.37 fps ∼19%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
34.7 fps ∼14%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
43.6 fps ∼17%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
97.8 fps ∼39%

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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.

Best Windows alternatives to the Apple MacBook 12

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
191%10/2018Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GBMicrosoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
781 g8.5 mm12.3"2736x1834glossy
289%04/2018Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
Intel Core i5-8350U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.3 kg9.75 mm12.3"1920x1280glossy
389%01/2019
New!
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet G3-20KJ001NGELenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet G3-20KJ001NGE
Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.3 kg8.9 mm13"3000x2000glossy
488%01/2019
New!
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GELenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
8 GB Memory, 256 GB NVMe
1.1 kg17.4 mm12.5"1920x1080
588%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

1st - Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Microsoft won many fans with its Surface tablets and the Pro model is also popular amongst business users. The latest iteration is once again called Surface Pro 6 and almost appears a bit outdated without USB-C port. This is common with the MacBook Air 13 (2017), which fortunately got an update with the MacBook Air (2018) including USB-C. This is annoying, because we already criticized the lack of USB-C on last year's Surface.

Otherwise, there is once again not much to criticize about the Surface Pro 6: Nice case, long battery runtime (but shorter than on the old model), bright display, silent operation. However, you still have to add the Type Cover if you want a real alternative to the MacBook Air. It is surprising that the Cinebench performance is better on the Surface Pro 6, which does not use a fan unlike the MacBook Air....

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2nd - Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1

Dell Latitude 5290
Dell Latitude 5290

The Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 follows the concept of the Surface Pro: A powerful tablet in the first place, which can be transformed into a full-fledged laptop replacement thanks to a high-quality keyboard cover. Even the maintenance of Dell's business convertible is pretty simple and it is usually very quiet in practice.

The battery runtime is not as convincing and the price is also higher compared to some of the rivals in this ranking. You do not get a Thunderbolt port, but a good screen and many security features in return.

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3rd - Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

The ThinkPad X1 Tablet is a great business convertible. Thanks to the pen and the numerous operating modes of a 2-in-1, it is more versatile than the MacBook 12. You also get a great touchscreen and high performance.

However, there are some drawbacks, like the mediocre battery runtime and the speakers. If you are only looking for a typical laptop, you might not use the advantages of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet. It is also more expensive, but a great alternative.

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4th - Lenovo ThinkPad A285

Lenovo ThinkPad A285
Lenovo ThinkPad A285

There is finally some movement in the processor market, which is currently dominated by Intel: AMD is back and offers better integrated graphics adapters. The Radeon RX Vega 8 in the Lenovo ThinkPad A285 cannot replace a discrete GPU yet, but offers significantly more performance compared to Intel's iGPUs. The processor is also more than powerful enough for office tasks, the fan is quiet, you get great input devices you expect from a ThinkPad, and a matte IPS screen. The laptop is also compact and light, so it is a good alternative for the MacBook 12.

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5th - Samsung Galaxy Book 12

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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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 MB 12 Alternatives in Comparison

Size Comparison

307.7 mm / 12.1 inch 209.8 mm / 8.26 inch 17.4 mm / 0.685 inch 1.1 kg2.52 lbs304 mm / 12 inch 225.6 mm / 8.88 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 1.3 kg2.82 lbs292 mm / 11.5 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 9.75 mm / 0.3839 inch 1.3 kg2.82 lbs292 mm / 11.5 inch 201 mm / 7.91 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 781 g1.722 lbs291.3 mm / 11.5 inch 199.8 mm / 7.87 inch 7.4 mm / 0.2913 inch 1.2 kg2.6 lbs280.5 mm / 11 inch 196.5 mm / 7.74 inch 13.1 mm / 0.516 inch 920 g2.03 lbs

Measurements

Apple MacBook 12 2017Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GBLenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet G3-20KJ001NGELenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
40.8 (19.6, 21.2)
4 (2, 2)
56.8 (26.8, 30)
42 (22, 20)
47.2 (21.2, 26)
41 (22, 19)
Response Time Black / White *
29.2 (15.8, 13.4)
20 (18, 2)
36 (19.6, 16.4)
25 (14, 11)
42.4 (19.6, 22.8)
31 (16, 15)
PWM Frequency
116000
250 (100)
1852 (98)
20800 (50)
25510 (50)
Screen
Brightness middle
376
548
463
474
347
Black Level *
0.03
0.51
0.32
0.33
0.37
Brightness
378
545
450
418
321
Brightness Distribution
91
86
83
76
88
Contrast
12533
1075
1447
1436
938
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.1
3.65
3.76
3.2
7.7
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.45
7.15
7.35
6.1
31
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.64
5.5
3.18
4.5
7.9
Gamma
2.58 85%
2.154 102%
2.53 87%
2.07 106%
2.24 98%
CCT
7113 91%
7052 92%
6994 93%
5881 111%
6914 94%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
74
65.2
59
64
42.2
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
93
99.1
90
99.4
64.9
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.81
2.68
0.9
6
Noise
off / environment *
30.3
28.5
29.8
28.9
Idle Minimum *
28.5
29.8
28.9
Idle Average *
30.3
28.5
29.8
28.9
Idle Maximum *
28.5
31.3
28.9
Load Average *
31.7
28.5
35.9
31.2
Load Maximum *
31.7
41.6
38.6
31.2
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
38.9
52.5
44.4
39.7
44.3
43
Maximum Bottom *
42.5
56.3
52
41.1
48.9
46
Idle Upper Side *
30.6
31.4
32
34.5
30
24.5
Idle Bottom *
30.8
32.2
31.2
30.7
26.6
25.9
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
1031
1066
790
574
WiFi v1.3
540
300
545
395
469
Load
84
118
83
96
H.264
409
523
286

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
HD Graphics 615, 7Y32, Apple SSD AP0256
3946 Points ∼61%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
4291 Points ∼66%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
4764 Points ∼73%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
3970 Points ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet G3-20KJ001NGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4136 Points ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4650 Points ∼71%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
HD Graphics 615, 7Y32, Apple SSD AP0256
3078 Points ∼51%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
3538 Points ∼58%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3776 Points ∼62%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
3088 Points ∼51%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet G3-20KJ001NGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3479 Points ∼57%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3714 Points ∼61%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
HD Graphics 615, 7Y32, Apple SSD AP0256
1324 Points ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
1683 Points ∼5%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
1847 Points ∼6%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
2048 Points ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet G3-20KJ001NGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2041 Points ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3153 Points ∼10%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
HD Graphics 615, 7Y32, Apple SSD AP0256
5035 Points ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
6149 Points ∼10%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
8236 Points ∼14%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
8748 Points ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet G3-20KJ001NGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
8625 Points ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
8099 Points ∼14%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
66347 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
69209 Points ∼6%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
1.71 Points ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
1.55 Points ∼64%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
5.95 Points ∼22%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
6.08 Points ∼22%
OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
41.34 fps ∼24%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
42.64 fps ∼25%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
HD Graphics 615, 7Y32, Apple SSD AP0256
120 Points ∼55%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
127 Points ∼58%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
151 Points ∼69%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
143 Points ∼66%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet G3-20KJ001NGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
141 Points ∼65%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
132 Points ∼61%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
HD Graphics 615, 7Y32, Apple SSD AP0256
265 Points ∼6%
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SM-W728
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
321 Points ∼7%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
514 Points ∼12%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
585 Points ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet G3-20KJ001NGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
695 Points ∼16%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet G3-20KJ001NGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
661 Points ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
541 Points ∼12%
OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
HD Graphics 615, 7Y32, Apple SSD AP0256
25.61 fps ∼10%
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
48.37 fps ∼19%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
43.6 fps ∼17%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet G3-20KJ001NGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
97.8 fps ∼39%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
46.34 fps ∼19%
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