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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 07/08/2017

January 2018 update. Here you will find the current best subnotebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.

For the original German article, see here.

Subnotebooks bridge the gap between the performance of large laptops and the mobility of small devices such as tablets or even smartphones. More recently, 2-in-1 devices and convertibles have penetrated the subnotebook market.

We categorize subnotebooks as devices that are no larger than 14-inches in screen size and lighter than 2 kg (~4.4 lbs) with integrated GPUs. The price range is wide and models from 300 to 2500 Euros (~$342 to $2851) can be represented in our Top 10.

Subnotebook or ultrabook? We have created a separate Top 10 Ultrabooks list with devices meeting the Intel specifications from 2013: touchscreen, low-voltage Haswell processor (TDP: 15 W) or higher, battery life of 6 to 9 hours, Intel Wireless Display and USB 3.0. For the time being, however, our subnotebook charts will include ultrabooks and subnotebooks alike.

The following table shows an overview of the Top 10 subnotebooks as reviewed by Notebookcheck in the past 12 months. Important: good devices on the market might remain longer in the top list in exceptional cases. We remove devices that are no longer offered in shops, even if the review is younger than 12 months. The table can be sorted by clicking its headers and filtered with the adjacent text field (e.g. "matte").

Top 10 Subnotebooks as of January 2018

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
190%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
290%06/2017Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-7267U
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.4 kg15 mm13.3"2560x1600glossy
389%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
489%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
588%01/2018
New!
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UNAsus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.1 kg13.9 mm13.3"1920x1080matte
688%03/2017HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ETHP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
Intel Core i7-7500U
Intel HD Graphics 620
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.3 kg18.9 mm12.5"1920x1080matte
788%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
888%07/2017Huawei MateBook XHuawei MateBook X
Intel Core i5-7200U
Intel HD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.1 kg12.5 mm13.3"2160x1440glossy
987%08/2017Toshiba Tecra X40-DToshiba Tecra X40-D
Intel Core i7-7600U
Intel HD Graphics 620
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.3 kg17 mm14"1920x1080matte
1087%03/2017HP EliteBook 725 G4HP EliteBook 725 G4
AMD PRO A12-9800B
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.3 kg18.9 mm12.5"1920x1080matte

Top 10 of the previous 10 months at the time of writing, highest rating first
Link: all reviewed subnotebooks ordered by total rating

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Editors' Comments

In June, the Microsoft Surface Laptop (see review) missed the Top 10. It would have ranked in just below the new Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch. However, this average subnotebook is simply not good enough for the top due to its few ports, poor performance and lack of maintenance options.

12-07-2017: We reviewed both Dell XPS 13 SKUs, the XPS 13 i5-8250U (Kaby Lake Refresh, here in review) as well as the XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris (Kaby Lake, here in review). The models performed very well at 88 and 87%, respectively, which is only managed by the best subnotebooks. We continue to list the Dell on the 3rd spot (89% for the XPS 13 i7-8550U).

Lenovo's IdeaPad 320S-13IKB just missed the ranking. It is an interesting device for about 1000 Euros, because you get a 13-inch laptop with 512 GB SSD storage, GeForce MX150, and the latest i5-8250U.

01-12-2018: One new addition pushes the Razer Blade Stealth QHD i7-8550U out of the ranking. This subnotebook is transformed into a gaming system with the Razer Core V2. Both the Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-3IKB (MX150) and the AMD based Lenovo ThinkPad A275 miss the Top 10. Reasons were the throttled MX150 and slow WLAN (320S) as well as the fragile case and the poor display (A275).

1st

Yesterday's and today's leader: Apple MacBook 12 2017
Yesterday's and today's leader: Apple MacBook 12 2017

Apple's MacBook 12 (2016) was leading until recently. This is one more reason for the MacBook 12 from 2017 to orient itself on this leadership position. What is successful does not need to be changed. Hence, Apple kept the base unit and its look the same as in 2015.

Nevertheless, the MacBook 12 still features many qualities which are as important today as they were two years ago.

With the silent Kaby Lake Y, the MacBook 12 always remains silent but still ensures smoothly running office and web applications. Meanwhile, the performance gain is not big. Migrating from the MacBook 12 from 2015 to today's variant does not pay off.

Always silent operation, good battery runtimes of up to 9 hours during realistic use and very good speakers which do not indicate that they are squeezed into an extremely slim case, are still important pros of the MacBook 12.

However, two small features bring notable improvements: Force Touch is integrated now and the Butterfly mechanism of the short-travel keys makes typing easier and more comfortable. Unfortunately, there is still only a single Type-C port (with DisplayPort), which is also used for charging.

The Apple MacBook 12 can be recommended to ultra-mobile users, who need to frequently transport their device and to not have high requirements on the performance reserves of their companion.

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2nd

Update only: Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touch Bar i5
Update only: Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touch Bar i5

Apple upgrades its MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touch Bar i5 (see review) with current Kaby Lake chips and faster SSDs. The look remains the same. This is not surprising, since it was last refreshed only eight months ago.

The new Kaby Lake processor is a bit faster, but the GPU performance did not change.

The Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 is new. However, it does not perform better than the Iris 550 from 2016. This is unfortunate, since the gaming performance often remains pedestrian and cannot keep up with current GeForce entry-level chips in any way. Meanwhile, the battery runtimes got worse, which is surprising, since Kaby Lake should have a better efficiency. The tester praised the quiet and still good cooling system, the huge trackpad with phenomenal precision, and the good speakers.

The case and display are among the best you can get, the fans are very quiet, and the performance is very steady.

Cons include the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi problem when a USB device is connected, the poor webcam, and the lack of a USB-A and HDMI port. The strongest competitors still include the elegant Dell XPS 13 9360 in 3rd place, whose FHD variant is significantly cheaper. However, a QHD+ variant with a touch panel is also available. With 2560x1600 pixels, its touch panel has a slightly lower resolution than the MacBook Pro 13 2017.

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MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5

3rd

Familiar appearance: XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
Familiar appearance: XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7

Dell's brand-new XPS 13 9360 QHD+ (here in review) with Kaby Lake-Refresh SoC can immediately secure a top spot in our Ultrabook ranking. The excellent panel of the previous model was not touched; it is bright and manages a high contrast ratio of 1170:1. A touchscreen is still optional in the end of 2017. There is unfortunately PWM on all brightness levels, even at the maximum luminance. This is caused by the CABC control (Content Adaptive Brightness Control).

We can notice performance gains thanks to Kaby Lake-Refresh, which is particularly interesting for performance users. The surface temperatures are still not uncomfortable.

The XPS 13 is once again a very strong contender in the subnotebook space for this Holiday season. The performance boost is as advertised even though we had hoped for better Turbo Boost sustainability over longer periods.

Still impressive: The flawless build quality of the metal case as well as the Infinity Edge display with the thin profile.

We have the QHD+/i7-8550U model of the XPS 13 in this ranking. We also reviewed the SKU with the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 (XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris, 7560U) as well as the Kaby Lake Refresh (XPS 13 9360R, i5-8250U, QHD). However, they got a lower overall score, so we do not list them separately. Both models share features like Thunderbolt/USB-C as well as NVMe-SSDs.

So what SKU should you get? The Iris SKU with the "old" dual-core Kaby Lake, which promises more GPU performance, or the 9360R with four native CPU cores? Our author has a clear opinion:

The Kaby Lake in combination with the more powerful Iris GPU does not make much sense for the XPS 13, because you cannot utilize its full potential. The new 8th Gen processors (Kaby Lake-Refresh) are superior in terms of CPU performance, and the GPU is not significantly slower either.

Dell XPS 13 QHD, i7-8550U

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XPS 13 i7-8550U

XPS 13 9360 FHD, i7-7560U, Iris Plus 640

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XPS 13-9360 (FHD, i5-7200U, 256GB)

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XPS 13 9360 FHD i5

XPS 13-9360 (QHD+ Touch, i5-7200U, 256GB)

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XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i5

XPS 13-9360 (QHD+ Touch, i7-7500U, 256GB)

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XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7

4th

14-inch hybrid: Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ
14-inch hybrid: Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ

Have you already been waiting for a slim, stylish subnotebook which is also suitable for occasional gaming for a long time? If so, Asus might have the right offer for you with the Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T [see review]. This 14-inch laptop with a height of only 16 mm features an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX. It is combined with a fast Core i7, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. Do you wish for anything else?

Remember, the Zenbook’s 940MX is only around 30 % faster than the integrated Intel HD Graphics 620.

Nice try, but it does not perform too well in gaming. In the tester's opinion, the GeForce 940MX is dispensable. The iGPU variant for 1200 Euros might be the better choice for many users, since 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.

Office and business users looking for a presentable high-quality portable notebook are the device’s primary target audience. Gamers, on the other hand, should steer clear.

The Zenbook UX3430UQ is a serious competitor to the XPS 13 FHD. When compared to the Asus with iGPU, the two premium subnotebooks cost about the same, but the Asus has an advantage thanks to a 512 GB SSD and 16 GB of RAM. However, the XPS 13 performs slightly better in build quality. In terms of display, the Asus is leading. 99 % of sRGB, low DeltaE, and high brightness are top-notch.

Those who want to save a bit of money, but do not want to waive the 940MX can simply buy the 3 mm thicker Zenbook UX3410UQ sibling (86 %, see review), which costs about 1300 Euros with Core i7-7500U, 940MX, 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD. The UX3410UQ (19 mm) and UX3430UQ (16 mm) share almost the same look and interfaces.

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Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T

5th

The Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN (here in review) wants to compete with the Dell's XPS systems. You get a nice design, long battery runtime (8:24 hours), a good display, and even decent speakers. It features Nvidia's MX150 GPU. The latter is not available on the XPS 13, but Thunderbolt 3 and NVMe-SSD.

Buy this instead of an XPS 13? Wait, because you should consider the cons as well: The CPU performance is inconsistent and throttles on battery power. Not every user will like the weak keyboard and the fan is pretty loud under load.

Nevertheless, the pros unambiguously outweigh the cons, which is why the ZenBook 13 UX331UN deserves a recommendation.

The price of 1200 Euros is justified for a subnotebook with a modern dedicated GPU, but you should know about the drawbacks of this laptop. A low-cost alternative for this system is the 13-inch IdeaPad 320S-13IKB (MX150) (here in review) for about 900 Euros and a 85% total rating. The XPS 13 is the more premium alternative, which starts at about 1300 Euros – with Thunderbolt, but without dGPU. The SKU with the Iris GPU cannot compete with the MX150.

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ZenBook 13 UX331UN

6th

Almost 10 hours: HP EliteBook 820 G4
Almost 10 hours: HP EliteBook 820 G4

HP's EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET (see review) is one of the smallest old-school business laptops. It does not omit interfaces in favor of the slimmest possible design and the lowest weight. A large DisplayPort, the out-of-date VGA port and a smart-card reader have made it into the case. Good input devices and a well-made case are mandatory. Unfortunately, the fan emits an annoying whining noise.

Otherwise, you can hear a quiet whistling sound. This should not occur in computers in this price range; even more so as we have already criticized this in the predecessor.

The fast NVMe SSD ensures a fast system. However, the Turbo of the Intel SoC is not fully utilized in all load scenarios. The 820 G4 performs well in terms of display.

HP has incorporated a bright, contrast-rich, viewing-angle-stable IPS panel. Even the colors are quite decent out-of-the-box.

The top model with Core i7-7500U, 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB SSD and LTE of the EliteBook 820 G4 costs a steep 1980 Euros (~$2256). The entry-level model is available for 1400 Euros (~$1596). The 12-inch laptop competes with fully fledged laptops such as the ThinkPad X260 and the Dell Latitude 12 E7270, which are similarly priced. However, Dell only equips the entry-level model priced at 1340 Euros (~$1528) with an HD panel, while the EliteBook always features Full HD.

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EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET

7th

Security Business: Fujitsu LifeBook U937
Security Business: Fujitsu LifeBook U937
Editors Choice Award in August 2017: LifeBook U937
Editors Choice Award in August 2017: LifeBook U937

Certainly, the LifeBook U937 from Fujitsu is expensive for 1500 Euros, but it is also special. The special features are not the SoC or the SSD, which is almost unreasonably small in view of the price class, but the security features - Smartcard, Fingerprint and TPM 2.0 in particular.

For just under $1500, you will get a very small and probably the lightest business notebook with a lot of security features, a good battery runtime and a bright display. We would definitely recommend the U937. It only has a few minor weaknesses and performs brilliantly in many respects.

The pro list is quite long and even includes easy maintenance. Moreover, the tester praised the premium display for its brightness and high color coverage. The battery life of 10:54 hours is excellent. Only the Dell XPS 13 can keep up with the Fujitsu in this respect. Complaints are the slightly inhomogeneous brightness distribution and the small, whirring fan (under load). The complaints are small in view of the pros however. Hence, we assigned the Editor's Choice Award to the Fujitsu LifeBook U937 in August 2017.

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LifeBook U937

8th

3:2 format: Huawei MateBook X
3:2 format: Huawei MateBook X

Huawei is known for smartphones in Germany. Now, it is the first time the Chinese technology giant has offered a subnotebook for the European market. The MateBook X [see review] is only 12.5 mm thick and still features an Intel Core i5-7200U. Huawei promises fully-fledged laptop performance. Can they keep this promise without CPU throttling?

The well-built MateBook X in the emergent 3:2 format is very compact, sturdy, looks good, and brings a new, passive MEPCM cooling system, which is good enough for normal operation to allow its components to exploit their reserves, even though it reaches its limits during constant loads.

The performance falls heavily under prolonged, high load. Buyers have do decide whether they only want to use the MateBook X for mails, text processing and web-surfing anyway. If so, the throttling is not relevant. The keyboard with slightly spongy typing experience and the sub-optimal TFT contrast are more critical in this case.

The glossy display makes outdoor use almost impossible. This is not a problem, since the real-world battery life does not exceed 5:37 hours anyway.

The imposing, well-made case with very stiff lid is very compact and the display bezel is almost as small as the Dell XPS 13 Infinity Edge's. The fanless MateBook X works silently. It features a decent sound system and a bright display with high color fidelity.

If the XPS 13 is too thick and the Lifebook U937 is too expensive for you, you might find a non-performance solution with short battery life in between the two in the MateBook X, which attracts attention with design and not with noise. Those who want performance, should buy the XPS 13 or an MacBook Pro 13 instead. The latter costs as much as the MateBook X without Touchbar.

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MateBook X

9th

larger display: Toshiba Tecra X40-D
larger display: Toshiba Tecra X40-D

Toshiba fights the seemingly invulnerable business elite from Dell, HP, and Lenovo once again. Devices such as the X30 (see review) and the X20W (see review) could impress us very much, and the new Tecra X40-D (see review) does so, too. If the X30 (13.3 inch) is too small for you, you will get a larger display in the X40 (14 inch). While it is not extraordinarily bright, and its color space is small, the touch panel with matte surface is a must have for work.

It doesn't quite reach the level of the excellent Lenovo X1 Carbon, but it comes close enough that the tradeoffs may be worth the lower cost.

Toshiba scores points with a relatively attractive price from 1500 Euros. Competitors such as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the Elitebook 1030 G1, or the Latitude 13 7370 cost significantly more or come with a significantly weaker Core m. The Tecra X40-D features a 15 Watt Kaby Lake processor. In combination with the lightning fast NVMe SSD, it brings tremendous performance. However, there are also disadvantages. The modest display is only one of them.

The noisy keys are distracting, and the space bar developed a nasty habit of squeaking when pressed during our testing period.

The similarly expensive Lifebook U937 (6th place) could be an alternative you might like. It is lighter, thinner and brings a plethora of security options (smart card reader + fingerprint reader + TPM 2.0). The U937's display and keyboard are better. In return, it only comes with a SATA III SSD. If 13 inch are sufficient, you can consider the Toshiba Portege X30-D (88 %), which achieved a very good rating in our test. It is thin and light (1040 gram) and features Thunderbolt 3 and a good display.

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Tecra X40-D

10th

High-end performance AMD: HP EliteBook 725 G4 (AMD PRO A12)
High-end performance AMD: HP EliteBook 725 G4 (AMD PRO A12)

In a sense, the HP EliteBook 725 G4 (see review) is the low-end version of the EliteBook 820 G4 (4th place). A 12-inch EliteBook for the less affluent? In some way, since the lowest-end configuration (G3) with A10-8700B, HD panel and hard drive is available from 999 Euros (~$1139). The most expensive variant with LTE and a decent FHD IPS display costs 1400 Euros (~$1596). For this price, you will only get the lowest-end EliteBook 820 G4 with Intel hardware.

The EliteBook 725 G4 is made for users who place less importance on CPU performance and battery life.

The exterior is very similar to the 820 G4's: stable, high-quality case suitable for everyday use, convincing IPS display and a three-year warranty. Unfortunately, its fan also emits a whistling noise at higher speed and the Turbo is not used to capacity.

HP has equipped the EliteBook with an IPS panel that is overall convincing. It is a bright, high-contrast, viewing-angle-stable model that presents a good color reproduction in the state of delivery.

The battery life of just over six hours is significantly lower than the 820 G4 sibling's. If battery life and processing performance are not the decisive factors, the EliteBook 725 G4/G3 is a good choice, since you will get a 12-inch EliteBook without the exorbitantly high price of the Intel variant.

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EliteBook 725 G4

Recent Subnotebook Awards

Editor's Choice Award in April 2017: EliteBook 820 G4
Editor's Choice Award in April 2017: EliteBook 820 G4
Best Value Award in June 2017: Asus Zenbook UX3410UQ
Best Value Award in June 2017: Asus Zenbook UX3410UQ
Editor's Choice Award in August 2017: LifeBook U937
Editor's Choice Award in August 2017: LifeBook U937

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017 (19.6, 21.2)
40.8 ms * ∼6%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5 (23.6, 24.4)
48 ms * ∼8%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U (18.4, 17.2)
35.6 ms * ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T (20, 20)
40 ms * ∼6%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN (10.8, 11.6)
22.4 ms * ∼4%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET (16, 19)
35 ms * ∼6%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937 (20.4, 18.8)
39.2 ms * ∼6%
Huawei MateBook X (15, 18)
33 ms * ∼5%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D (19.6, 18.4)
38 ms * ∼6%
HP EliteBook 725 G4 (27, 20)
47 ms * ∼7%
Response Time Black / White (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017 (15.8, 13.4)
29.2 ms * ∼12%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5 (16.4, 17.2)
33.6 ms * ∼14%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U (16, 11.2)
27.2 ms * ∼11%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T (17, 11)
28 ms * ∼12%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN (17.2, 14)
31.2 ms * ∼13%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET (7, 19)
26 ms * ∼11%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937 (9.2, 10.8)
20 ms * ∼8%
Huawei MateBook X (12, 12)
24 ms * ∼10%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D (16.4, 10.4)
26.8 ms * ∼11%
HP EliteBook 725 G4 (14, 10)
24 ms * ∼10%
PWM Frequency (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
116000 Hz ∼81%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5 (80)
119000 Hz ∼83%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U (100)
19690 Hz ∼14%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
0 Hz ∼0%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
0 Hz ∼0%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
0 Hz ∼0%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937 (20)
211.9 Hz ∼0%
Huawei MateBook X
0 Hz ∼0%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D (99)
20410 Hz ∼14%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
0 Hz ∼0%
Screen
Black Level (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
% * ∼0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
0.48 % * ∼10%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
0.33 % * ∼7%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
0.34 % * ∼7%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
0.35 % * ∼7%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
0.29 % * ∼6%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
0.33 % * ∼7%
Huawei MateBook X
0.45 % * ∼9%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
0.25 % * ∼5%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
0.19 % * ∼4%
Brightness (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
514 cd/m² ∼73%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
357 cd/m² ∼51%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
366 cd/m² ∼52%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
321 cd/m² ∼46%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
304 cd/m² ∼43%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
347 cd/m² ∼50%
Huawei MateBook X
395 cd/m² ∼56%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
261 cd/m² ∼37%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
310 cd/m² ∼44%
Brightness Distribution (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
88 % ∼88%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
83 % ∼83%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
88 % ∼88%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
90 % ∼90%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
81 % ∼81%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
81 % ∼81%
Huawei MateBook X
88 % ∼88%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
85 % ∼85%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
88 % ∼88%
Contrast (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
1148 :1 ∼72%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
1170 :1 ∼73%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
1038 :1 ∼65%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
966 :1 ∼60%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
1124 :1 ∼70%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
1070 :1 ∼67%
Huawei MateBook X
907 :1 ∼57%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
1136 :1 ∼71%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
1732 :1 ∼108%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
0.8 * ∼5%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
4.2 * ∼28%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
2.88 * ∼19%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
4.2 * ∼28%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
6.49 * ∼43%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
3.5 * ∼23%
Huawei MateBook X
1.55 * ∼10%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
6.4 * ∼43%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
2.69 * ∼18%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
1 * ∼7%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
5.7 * ∼38%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
4.24 * ∼28%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
3.9 * ∼26%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
6.16 * ∼41%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
4.9 * ∼33%
Huawei MateBook X
1.91 * ∼13%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
6.3 * ∼42%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
4.23 * ∼28%
Gamma (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
2.16 ∼62%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
2.28 ∼65%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
2.38 ∼68%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
2.43 ∼69%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
2.32 ∼66%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
2.21 ∼63%
Huawei MateBook X
2.34 ∼67%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
2.39 ∼68%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
2.21 ∼63%
CCT (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
6672 ∼667%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
7336 ∼734%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
7380 ∼738%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
7144 ∼714%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
7575 ∼758%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
7136 ∼714%
Huawei MateBook X
6491 ∼649%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
6511 ∼651%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
6011 ∼601%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
59 % ∼59%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
64 % ∼64%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
60.4 % ∼60%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
42 % ∼42%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
63.5 % ∼64%
Huawei MateBook X
61 % ∼61%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
38 % ∼38%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
46 % ∼46%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB) (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
92.2 % ∼92%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
99 % ∼99%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
93.1 % ∼93%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
65 % ∼65%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
98.1 % ∼98%
Huawei MateBook X
96 % ∼96%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
60 % ∼60%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
72 % ∼72%
Noise
off / environment (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
dB * ∼0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
30.6 dB * ∼61%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
27.9 dB * ∼56%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
30.8 dB * ∼62%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
29.6 dB * ∼59%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
30.7 dB * ∼61%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
30.8 dB * ∼62%
Huawei MateBook X
dB * ∼0%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
28 dB * ∼56%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
30.4 dB * ∼61%
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
dB * ∼0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
30.6 dB * ∼61%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
27.9 dB * ∼56%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
30.8 dB * ∼62%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
29.6 dB * ∼59%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
30.7 dB * ∼61%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
30.8 dB * ∼62%
Huawei MateBook X
dB * ∼0%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
28 dB * ∼56%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
30.4 dB * ∼61%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
dB * ∼0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
30.6 dB * ∼61%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
27.9 dB * ∼56%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
30.8 dB * ∼62%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
29.6 dB * ∼59%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
30.7 dB * ∼61%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
30.8 dB * ∼62%
Huawei MateBook X
dB * ∼0%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
28 dB * ∼56%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
30.4 dB * ∼61%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
dB * ∼0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
30.6 dB * ∼61%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
27.9 dB * ∼56%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
32.4 dB * ∼65%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
29.6 dB * ∼59%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
30.7 dB * ∼61%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
31.1 dB * ∼62%
Huawei MateBook X
dB * ∼0%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
28.2 dB * ∼56%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
30.4 dB * ∼61%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
dB * ∼0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
41.8 dB * ∼84%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
30.8 dB * ∼62%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
35.1 dB * ∼70%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
41.7 dB * ∼83%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
35.3 dB * ∼71%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
32.3 dB * ∼65%
Huawei MateBook X
dB * ∼0%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
33.2 dB * ∼66%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
31.7 dB * ∼63%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
dB * ∼0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
41.8 dB * ∼84%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
33.1 dB * ∼66%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
38.4 dB * ∼77%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
43.5 dB * ∼87%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
33.7 dB * ∼67%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
35.7 dB * ∼71%
Huawei MateBook X
dB * ∼0%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
39.9 dB * ∼80%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
34.4 dB * ∼69%
Witcher 3 ultra (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
39.1 dB * ∼78%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
43.5 dB * ∼87%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
38.9 °C * ∼65%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
43 °C * ∼72%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
49 °C * ∼82%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
44 °C * ∼73%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
40.9 °C * ∼68%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
37 °C * ∼62%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
43.4 °C * ∼72%
Huawei MateBook X
40.4 °C * ∼67%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
43 °C * ∼72%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
36.5 °C * ∼61%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
42.5 °C * ∼71%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
39 °C * ∼65%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
54 °C * ∼90%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
50.2 °C * ∼84%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
38.1 °C * ∼64%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
38.9 °C * ∼65%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
41.6 °C * ∼69%
Huawei MateBook X
41.2 °C * ∼69%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
42 °C * ∼70%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
34.1 °C * ∼57%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
30.6 °C * ∼51%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
25 °C * ∼42%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
26.6 °C * ∼44%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
26.2 °C * ∼44%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
23.9 °C * ∼40%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
26.3 °C * ∼44%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
26.5 °C * ∼44%
Huawei MateBook X
26.5 °C * ∼44%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
29.2 °C * ∼49%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
24.8 °C * ∼41%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
30.8 °C * ∼51%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
24 °C * ∼40%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
28.2 °C * ∼47%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
27 °C * ∼45%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
23.1 °C * ∼39%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
27 °C * ∼45%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
26 °C * ∼43%
Huawei MateBook X
26.9 °C * ∼45%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
27.8 °C * ∼46%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
25.8 °C * ∼43%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
min ∼0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
min ∼0%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
1108 min ∼41%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
1292 min ∼48%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
1321 min ∼49%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
1346 min ∼50%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
1152 min ∼43%
Huawei MateBook X
512 min ∼19%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
876 min ∼32%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
700 min ∼26%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
540 min ∼20%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
519 min ∼19%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
589 min ∼22%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
527 min ∼20%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
504 min ∼19%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
566 min ∼21%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
654 min ∼24%
Huawei MateBook X
337 min ∼12%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
357 min ∼13%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
380 min ∼14%
Load (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
min ∼0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
70 min ∼3%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
143 min ∼5%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
97 min ∼4%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
120 min ∼4%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
205 min ∼8%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
161 min ∼6%
Huawei MateBook X
162 min ∼6%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
126 min ∼5%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
123 min ∼5%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
2 Watt * ∼2%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
2.8 Watt * ∼3%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
4.1 Watt * ∼4%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
2.6 Watt * ∼3%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
2.7 Watt * ∼3%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
2.7 Watt * ∼3%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
3.11 Watt * ∼3%
Huawei MateBook X
4.6 Watt * ∼5%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
5.2 Watt * ∼5%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
4.5 Watt * ∼5%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
5.4 Watt * ∼5%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
10.9 Watt * ∼11%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
5.8 Watt * ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
5.9 Watt * ∼6%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
5.3 Watt * ∼5%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
4.8 Watt * ∼5%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
6.1 Watt * ∼6%
Huawei MateBook X
11 Watt * ∼11%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
6.9 Watt * ∼7%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
6.3 Watt * ∼6%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
6.6 Watt * ∼7%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
11.4 Watt * ∼11%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
6 Watt * ∼6%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
6.25 Watt * ∼6%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
6.2 Watt * ∼6%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
6.6 Watt * ∼7%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
6.75 Watt * ∼7%
Huawei MateBook X
12 Watt * ∼12%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
7 Watt * ∼7%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
8.3 Watt * ∼8%
Load Average (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
22 Watt * ∼6%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
55.4 Watt * ∼16%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
42.5 Watt * ∼12%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
42 Watt * ∼12%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
37.6 Watt * ∼11%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
28.5 Watt * ∼8%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
28.9 Watt * ∼8%
Huawei MateBook X
39.5 Watt * ∼11%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
24.6 Watt * ∼7%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
27.6 Watt * ∼8%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
20 Watt * ∼6%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
57.5 Watt * ∼16%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
41.4 Watt * ∼12%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
46 Watt * ∼13%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
60.1 Watt * ∼17%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
29 Watt * ∼8%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
33.3 Watt * ∼10%
Huawei MateBook X
34.6 Watt * ∼10%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
30.1 Watt * ∼9%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
34.5 Watt * ∼10%

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Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
1324 Points ∼4%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
2924 (min: 2907) Points ∼10%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
2032 Points ∼7%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
2335 Points ∼8%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
3811 Points ∼13%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
1645 Points ∼5%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
1628 Points ∼5%
Huawei MateBook X
1667 Points ∼6%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
1789 Points ∼6%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
2130 Points ∼7%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
1753 Points ∼6%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
1586 Points ∼6%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
1071 Points ∼4%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
1373 Points ∼5%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
2563 Points ∼10%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
822 Points ∼3%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
865 Points ∼3%
Huawei MateBook X
785 Points ∼3%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
980 Points ∼4%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
1230 Points ∼5%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
866 Points ∼3%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
67042 Points ∼6%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
56060 Points ∼5%
Huawei MateBook X
54224 Points ∼5%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
39764 Points ∼4%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
5376 Points ∼67%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
5979 Points ∼74%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
4143 Points ∼51%
PCMark 8 - Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Apple MacBook 12 2017
3946 Points ∼61%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
4081 Points ∼63%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
4436 Points ∼68%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
4812 Points ∼74%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
5037 Points ∼77%
HP EliteBook 820 G4 Z2V72ET
4824 Points ∼74%
Fujitsu LifeBook U937
4538 Points ∼70%
Huawei MateBook X
4276 Points ∼66%
Toshiba Tecra X40-D
4963 Points ∼76%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
3885 Points ∼60%
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