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Tuxedo Pulse 15 Laptop Review - AMD-powered 15-inch Linux Ultrabook

AMD Ryzen meets Linux. Tuxedo's Pulse 15 is a 15-inch multimedia notebook based on AMD's Ryzen line of CPUs. It is customizable and offers plentiful connectivity as well as a large battery that makes for a long battery life.
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The Pulse 15 is a 15-inch Ultrabook with a fast 45 W AMD Ryzen 4000-series processor. It features a very compact magnesium case that weighs just 1.5 kg. The matte IPS panel found on our review unit is featured in every SKU and the device is freely configurable otherwise. For example, you can opt for the faster Ryzen 7 4800HS instead of the Ryzen 5 4600H, and RAM and SSD options are aplenty. Prices start at around 1,000 Euros. Our particular review unit, equipped with a 1 TB SSD, 32 GB of RAM, and an additional dual-boot Windows installation cost around 1,300 Euros at the time of writing.

If you are interested in the Pulse 15 but would prefer Windows to Linux, you may want to take a closer look at the otherwise identical Schenker Via Pro 15.

Please not that we ran all benchmarks and tests under Windows for better comparability. Drivers for Windows are included with the device and can also be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.

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Tuxedo Pulse 15
Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H 6 x 3 - 4 GHz, 54 W PL2 / Short Burst, 35 W PL1 / Sustained, Renoir (Zen 2)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), Core: 1500 MHz, Memory: 1333 MHz
Memory
32768 MB 
, DDR4-3200, dual-channel, max. 64 GB
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LQ156M1JW01, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Storage
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB, 1024 GB 
, 900 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Raven/Renoir/VanGogh/Cezanne - Audio Processor - HD Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm audio, Card Reader: microSD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17 x 356 x 234 ( = 0.67 x 14.02 x 9.21 in)
Battery
91 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 6 cells
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 90W PSU, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.474 kg ( = 51.99 oz / 3.25 pounds), Power Supply: 494 g ( = 17.43 oz / 1.09 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
85 %
03/2021
Tuxedo Pulse 15
R5 4600H, Vega 6
1.5 kg17 mm15.60"1920x1080
85 %
11/2020
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
R5 4600H, Vega 6
1.7 kg16.9 mm16.10"1920x1080
88 %
12/2020
Schenker Vision 15
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.7 kg15 mm15.60"1920x1080
87 %
05/2020
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
i5-10300H, UHD Graphics 630
1.8 kg18 mm15.60"1920x1200
85 %
07/2020
LG Gram 15Z90N
i5-1035G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.1 kg16.8 mm15.60"1920x1080

Case & Connectivity

The case is made of either metal (base unit bottom cover) or a magnesium alloy (display lid and base unit top case), and its dark color leaves a very subtle and sleek impression. The case is very well made, and it felt very robust and stable. The center of the keyboard area depresses a little when typing but does not creak at all. The thin lid is more flexible than the base but even here we found no evidence of creaking or visual distortions of any kind. The hinges could have been firmer as the lid falls shut when cracked open and left ajar. Maximum opening angle is 145 degrees.

The bottom cover is held in place with Phillips screws and can be easily removed. Once inside you get access to the replaceable Wi-fi module and M.2 SSD as well as the fan assembly for servicing and cleaning.

Size Comparison

369 mm / 14.5 inch 234 mm / 9.21 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.7 kg3.75 lbs357.6 mm / 14.1 inch 225.3 mm / 8.87 inch 16.8 mm / 0.661 inch 1.1 kg2.41 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 234 mm / 9.21 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 1.5 kg3.25 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 230 mm / 9.06 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1.7 kg3.66 lbs344.72 mm / 13.6 inch 230.14 mm / 9.06 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.8 kg4.03 lbs
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Ports

The Pulse 15 features the most important ports but lacks USB 4 and Thunderbolt. Its USB-C port can be used for charging but does not carry a DisplayPort signal. The lethargic USB 2.0 port feels out of place, a relict that seems to have fallen out of time.

Unfortunately, the microSD card reader is connected via said USB 2.0 bus and thus very slow. In return, the modern and fast Intel Wi-Fi modem (AX200 incl. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1) performed very well and without any issues. 

Right: USB-C 3.2 (Gen. 1, Power Delivery), USB-A 3.2 (Gen. 1), HDMI 2.0, power
Right: USB-C 3.2 (Gen. 1, Power Delivery), USB-A 3.2 (Gen. 1), HDMI 2.0, power
Left: Kensington lock, Ethernet, USB-A 2.0, USB-A 3.2 (Gen. 1), headphone jack, microSD card reader
Left: Kensington lock, Ethernet, USB-A 2.0, USB-A 3.2 (Gen. 1), headphone jack, microSD card reader
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
204.4 MB/s ∼100% +477%
LG Gram 15Z90N
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
84.1 MB/s ∼41% +138%
Average of class Multimedia
  (18.1 - 222, n=62, last 2 years)
78.2 MB/s ∼38% +121%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
  (AV Pro V60)
35.4 MB/s ∼17%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
199.2 MB/s ∼100% +435%
Average of class Multimedia
  (15.9 - 217, n=61, last 2 years)
88.9 MB/s ∼45% +139%
LG Gram 15Z90N
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
88.8 MB/s ∼45% +139%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
  (AV Pro V60)
37.2 MB/s ∼19%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Tuxedo Pulse 15
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1408 (1302min - 1571max) MBit/s ∼100%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1306 (653min - 1347max) MBit/s ∼93% -7%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1281 (1079min - 1478max) MBit/s ∼91% -9%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (523 - 1640, n=98)
1169 MBit/s ∼83% -17%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
876 (819min - 901max) MBit/s ∼62% -38%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
671 (639min - 690max) MBit/s ∼48% -52%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1434 (1394min - 1508max) MBit/s ∼100% +1%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1413 (1263min - 1488max) MBit/s ∼99%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (447 - 1645, n=97)
1083 MBit/s ∼76% -23%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1049 (253min - 1334max) MBit/s ∼73% -26%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
646 (548min - 695max) MBit/s ∼45% -54%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
615 (571min - 655max) MBit/s ∼43% -56%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1408 (1302-1571)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1413 (1263-1488)
ColorChecker
20.6 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
23 ∆E
22.1 ∆E
22.1 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
27.8 ∆E
18.1 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
19.5 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
20.1 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
18.4 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Tuxedo Pulse 15: 15.62 ∆E min: 2.28 - max: 27.81 ∆E

Input Devices

At first glance, the keyboard with its white backlight and large keycaps looks more akin to an old-style traditional keyboard and not a modern chiclet-style keyboard. Typing feels very comfortable thanks to its very accurate keystroke, and we encountered no issues typing longer texts either. The keys themselves are comfortably quiet save for the larger keys, such as Space or Return, that tend to clatter a bit.

The large clickpad (11.7 x 7.3 cm / 4.6 x 2.9 inches) sits firmly in place and has no play. Its smooth plastic surface made controlling the cursor a breeze. The bottom area can be depressed and clicked, which is immediately acknowledged with a fairly loud sound. Gestures worked flawlessly. The clickpad can be enabled or disabled via double clicking the top left corner, the status of which is indicated via a small LED.

Input devices
Input devices

Display – Pulse 15 with Matte IPS Panel

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Minor backlight bleeding
Minor backlight bleeding

The only display available for the Pulse 15 is a 15.6-inch FHD IPS panel with a matte surface. Subjectively, it did alright save for bright areas that tended to look slightly grainy.

According to the data sheet the display should reach up to 321 nits, which we are unable to affirm. In our tests, we were able to determine a maximum of 314 nits in the center with an average of just 299 nits. Its low black level of just 0.19 nits makes for a very good contrast ratio of up to 1,600:1.

We found PWM flickering at brightness levels of 30 % and below at a very high frequency of 25 kHz, which we don’t expect to cause any issues. Response times were fairly slow overall causing visible ghosting. In addition, a completely dark background with the backlight turned up will produce two spots of visible backlight bleeding at the bottom of the display. Fortunately, those were not visible during everyday use.

266
cd/m²
295
cd/m²
282
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
284
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
308
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LQ156M1JW01
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 314 cd/m² Average: 292 cd/m² Minimum: 14.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 310 cd/m²
Contrast: 1653:1 (Black: 0.19 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.1 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6, calibrated: 0.9
ΔE Greyscale 3.4 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
99.3% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 64.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.28
Tuxedo Pulse 15
LQ156M1JW01, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
N161HCA-EA3, IPS, 1920x1080, 16.10
Schenker Vision 15
BOE08F5, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Sharp LQ156N1, IPS, 1920x1200, 15.60
LG Gram 15Z90N
LP156WF9-SPN1, .2 IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.60
Response Times
24%
0%
28%
42%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
59.2 (30, 29.2)
37.6 (18.8, 18.8)
36%
60 (29.2, 30.8)
-1%
42 (20, 22)
29%
36 (18, 18)
39%
Response Time Black / White *
39.2 (19.6, 19.6)
25.6 (14, 11.6)
35%
39 (19.2, 18.8)
1%
28.8 (15.2, 13.6)
27%
22 (12, 10)
44%
PWM Frequency
25000 (30)
25250 (30)
1%
Screen
23%
-16%
-15%
-5%
Brightness middle
314
337
7%
478
52%
592
89%
366
17%
Brightness
292
312
7%
462
58%
565
93%
342
17%
Brightness Distribution
85
89
5%
94
11%
85
0%
88
4%
Black Level *
0.19
0.2
-5%
0.27
-42%
0.46
-142%
0.28
-47%
Contrast
1653
1685
2%
1770
7%
1287
-22%
1307
-21%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.1
0.8
62%
3.2
-52%
3.19
-52%
2.68
-28%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.5
1.1
80%
8.4
-53%
5.45
1%
5.25
5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.9
0.7
22%
2
-122%
2.03
-126%
1.08
-20%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.4
1
71%
4.5
-32%
3.9
-15%
2.4
29%
Gamma
2.28 96%
2.2 100%
2.16 102%
2.25 98%
2.25 98%
CCT
6355 102%
6538 99%
6788 96%
6522 100%
6474 100%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
64.5
63.8
-1%
63.1
-2%
71.6
11%
61
-5%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.3
99.5
0%
93.6
-6%
100
1%
96
-3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
24% / 23%
-8% / -14%
7% / -8%
19% / 2%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
39.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19.6 ms rise
↘ 19.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 96 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
59.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 30 ms rise
↘ 29.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 94 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 25000 Hz ≤ 30 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 25000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 30 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 25000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9644 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 151500) Hz was measured.

The display is very well calibrated by default and does not suffer from a visible color tint. We were able to improve upon color accuracy even further through calibration, and the display turned out to be very well usable for photo and video editing purposes thanks to its complete coverage of the sRGB color space.

CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN grayscale calibrated
CalMAN grayscale calibrated
CalMAN saturation calibrated
CalMAN saturation calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated

While the matte surface is beneficial outdoors, we would have wished for a brighter display backlight. As it is, the display is only comfortably usable in the shade. As expected of an IPS panel viewing angles are quite good.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance – Fast SSD and a lot of RAM

The preinstalled ControlCenter software runs under both Linux and Windows, and it enables the user to select between the various performance modes and fan profiles. We ran our tests in the default Balanced setting.

Control Center overview
Control Center overview
Control Center profiles
Control Center profiles

Processor – AMD Ryzen 5

The AMD Ryzen 5 4600H features 6 cores that can process 12 threads simultaneously. This particular 45 W CPU will boost up to 4.0 GHz, and overall performance of our Pulse 15 review unit turned out to be very good. After an initial TDP boost of up to 54 W the CPU quickly settled at 35 W. With Performance Mode enabled in ControlCenter were were able to increase continuous TDP to 45 W.

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Tuxedo Pulse 15 AMD Ryzen 5 4600H: Ø1319 (1258.61-1403.76)
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H AMD Ryzen 5 4600H: Ø1361 (1342.69-1420)
Schenker Vision 15 Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø968 (957.88-1027.12)
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5 Intel Core i5-10300H: Ø870 (827.87-893.75)
LG Gram 15Z90N Intel Core i5-1035G7: Ø414 (401.76-534.64)

Overall, our benchmark results are almost identical to those of the Honor MagicBook Pro with the exact same processor. All other comparison devices featured Intel CPUs and were incapable of keeping up. CPU performance drops by around 15 % on battery.

Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
539 Points ∼100% +19%
Average of class Multimedia
  (93 - 585, n=81, last 2 years)
456 Points ∼85% 0%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
454 Points ∼84%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
452 Points ∼84% 0%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel Core i5-10300H
446 Points ∼83% -2%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
  (428 - 454, n=7)
446 Points ∼83% -2%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
380 Points ∼71% -16%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
3234 Points ∼100% +6%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
  (3055 - 3393, n=7)
3234 Points ∼100% +6%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
3055 Points ∼94%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel Core i5-10300H
2107 Points ∼65% -31%
Average of class Multimedia
  (272 - 4094, n=82, last 2 years)
2076 Points ∼64% -32%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1999 Points ∼62% -35%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
1043 Points ∼32% -66%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
228 Points ∼100% +30%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel Core i5-10300H
186 Points ∼82% +6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (41 - 228, n=90, last 2 years)
181 Points ∼79% +3%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
  (175 - 179, n=8)
177 Points ∼78% +1%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
176 Points ∼77% +1%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
175 Points ∼77%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
153 Points ∼67% -13%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
  (1398 - 1467, n=9)
1427 Points ∼100% +2%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
1420 (1342.69min - 1420max) Points ∼100% +1%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
1404 (1258.61min - 1403.76max) Points ∼98%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1027 (957.88min - 1027.12max) Points ∼72% -27%
Average of class Multimedia
  (125 - 1815, n=100, last 2 years)
909 Points ∼64% -35%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel Core i5-10300H
889 (827.87min - 893.75max) Points ∼62% -37%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
539 Points ∼38% -62%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
1074.6 Seconds * ∼100% -191%
Average of class Multimedia
  (279 - 4564, n=65, last 2 years)
647 Seconds * ∼60% -75%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
518 Seconds * ∼48% -40%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel Core i5-10300H
508 Seconds * ∼47% -38%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
369 Seconds * ∼34%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
356 Seconds * ∼33% +4%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
  (337 - 369, n=5)
351 Seconds * ∼33% +5%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5099 MIPS ∼100% +17%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel Core i5-10300H
4889 MIPS ∼96% +13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1454 - 5412, n=64, last 2 years)
4758 MIPS ∼93% +10%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
  (4334 - 4471, n=5)
4398 MIPS ∼86% +1%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
4345 MIPS ∼85%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
4334 MIPS ∼85% 0%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
4091 MIPS ∼80% -6%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Tuxedo Pulse 15
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
38873 MIPS ∼100%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
38185 MIPS ∼98% -2%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
  (36693 - 38873, n=5)
37807 MIPS ∼97% -3%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
26819 MIPS ∼69% -31%
Average of class Multimedia
  (4569 - 47797, n=64, last 2 years)
26097 MIPS ∼67% -33%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel Core i5-10300H
24388 MIPS ∼63% -37%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
13921 MIPS ∼36% -64%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1586 Points ∼100% +41%
Average of class Multimedia
  (813 - 1586, n=57, last 2 years)
1284 Points ∼81% +14%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel Core i5-10300H
1183 Points ∼75% +5%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
1163 Points ∼73% +4%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
1123 Points ∼71%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
1117 Points ∼70% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
  (1099 - 1123, n=6)
1114 Points ∼70% -1%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Tuxedo Pulse 15
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
6574 Points ∼100%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
6080 Points ∼92% -8%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
  (5260 - 6574, n=6)
6005 Points ∼91% -9%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5878 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1604 - 8053, n=57, last 2 years)
5174 Points ∼79% -21%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel Core i5-10300H
4399 Points ∼67% -33%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
2713 Points ∼41% -59%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Tuxedo Pulse 15
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
9.98 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
  (9.27 - 10.4, n=5)
9.85 fps ∼99% -1%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
9.79 fps ∼98% -2%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
7.58 fps ∼76% -24%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel Core i5-10300H
7.28 fps ∼73% -27%
Average of class Multimedia
  (0.98 - 11.7, n=62, last 2 years)
6.84 fps ∼69% -31%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel Core i5-10300H
63.6 s * ∼100% -9%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
  (58.4 - 73.3, n=5)
63.6 s * ∼100% -9%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
62.5 s * ∼98% -7%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
58.4 s * ∼92%
Average of class Multimedia
  (16.5 - 99.2, n=57, last 2 years)
55.8 s * ∼88% +4%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
45.8 s * ∼72% +22%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
32.26 s * ∼51% +45%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
0.811 sec * ∼100% -31%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel Core i5-10300H
0.646 sec * ∼80% -5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (0.56 - 1.002, n=57, last 2 years)
0.641 sec * ∼79% -4%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
0.627 sec * ∼77% -2%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
0.617 sec * ∼76%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
  (0.607 - 0.627, n=5)
0.617 sec * ∼76% -0%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.571 sec * ∼70% +7%

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1404 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
67.8 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
175 Points
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System Performance

Thanks to its powerful processor and its fast SSD the Pulse 15 turned out to be a very responsive computer that reacted practically instantaneously to input. We did not encounter any issues during our review period.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
Vega 6, R5 4600H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
5299 Points ∼34% +2%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (5185 - 5299, n=3)
5256 Points ∼34% +1%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
Vega 6, R5 4600H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
5185 Points ∼33%
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
5165 Points ∼33% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1001 - 9234, n=83, last 2 years)
4442 Points ∼29% -14%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
3187 Points ∼21% -39%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
3047 Points ∼20% -41%
Productivity
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (7209 - 7517, n=3)
7327 Points ∼66% +1%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
Vega 6, R5 4600H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
7254 Points ∼65%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
Vega 6, R5 4600H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
7209 Points ∼65% -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1407 - 8921, n=83, last 2 years)
7007 Points ∼63% -3%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
6996 Points ∼63% -4%
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
6852 Points ∼61% -6%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
6417 Points ∼57% -12%
Essentials
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
10522 Points ∼91% +18%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
9874 Points ∼86% +11%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (8888 - 9123, n=3)
8970 Points ∼78% +1%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
Vega 6, R5 4600H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
8898 Points ∼77%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
Vega 6, R5 4600H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
8888 Points ∼77% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2891 - 10539, n=83, last 2 years)
8800 Points ∼76% -1%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
8272 Points ∼72% -7%
Score
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
5158 Points ∼59% +4%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (4977 - 5110, n=3)
5029 Points ∼57% +1%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
Vega 6, R5 4600H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
5001 Points ∼57% 0%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
Vega 6, R5 4600H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
4977 Points ∼57%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1144 - 6514, n=84, last 2 years)
4626 Points ∼53% -7%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
4329 Points ∼49% -13%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
3906 Points ∼44% -22%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
5364 Points ∼85%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (4485 - 4652, n=2)
4569 Points ∼73%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
Vega 6, R5 4600H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
4485 Points ∼71%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
3842 Points ∼61%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1371 - 5364, n=65, last 2 years)
3771 Points ∼60%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
3497 Points ∼56%
PCMark 10 Score
4977 points
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DPC Latencies

DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
7445.5 μs * ∼100% -776%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
4989.7 μs * ∼67% -487%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1521.2 μs * ∼20% -79%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
Vega 6, R5 4600H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
1297.1 μs * ∼17% -53%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
Vega 6, R5 4600H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
850.4 μs * ∼11%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

The Pulse 15’s single M.2-2280 slot is connected via PCIe 3.0 x4. The exact SSD model of your liking can be selected during configuration. Our review unit came equipped with a fast 1 TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus.

Tuxedo Pulse 15
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
Schenker Vision 15
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
Average Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
 
Average of class Multimedia
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-9%
74%
-32%
-1%
5%
-13%
Write 4K
110.53
156.91
42%
238.1
115%
93.29
-16%
177.1
60%
148 (92.5 - 208, n=13)
34%
137 (55.5 - 263, n=80, last 2 years)
24%
Read 4K
43.38
48.81
13%
79.21
83%
45.9
6%
47.88
10%
49 (40.5 - 54.3, n=13)
13%
49.9 (13 - 148, n=80, last 2 years)
15%
Write Seq
3041.36
1050.26
-65%
4138.8
36%
1211
-60%
2182
-28%
2559 (1197 - 3241, n=13)
-16%
1636 (214 - 4139, n=79, last 2 years)
-46%
Read Seq
2413.97
2517.03
4%
4132.9
71%
1633
-32%
1900
-21%
2250 (1018 - 3037, n=13)
-7%
1711 (423 - 4133, n=79, last 2 years)
-29%
Write 4K Q32T1
392.04
408.73
4%
696.88
78%
273.1
-30%
448.4
14%
442 (289 - 540, n=13)
13%
410 (81.3 - 697, n=80, last 2 years)
5%
Read 4K Q32T1
490.92
504.03
3%
757.59
54%
356
-27%
470.3
-4%
515 (332 - 621, n=13)
5%
447 (92.1 - 767, n=80, last 2 years)
-9%
Write Seq Q32T1
3329
1087.4
-67%
5187.1
56%
1198
-64%
2227.5
-33%
3308 (3263 - 3339, n=13)
-1%
2053 (211 - 5187, n=80, last 2 years)
-38%
Read Seq Q32T1
3567.9
3407.3
-5%
7117
99%
2269
-36%
3454
-3%
3548 (3477 - 3568, n=13)
-1%
2752 (390 - 7117, n=80, last 2 years)
-23%
Write 4K Q8T8
1283
1275 (446 - 1814, n=3, last 2 years)
Read 4K Q8T8
1052.3
991 (926 - 1023, n=3, last 2 years)
AS SSD
-22%
33%
-218%
-29%
3%
-60%
Copy Game MB/s
1027.34
1655
61%
732.94
-29%
665.12
-35%
1595 (802 - 5984, n=10)
55%
1024 (74 - 1824, n=59, last 2 years)
0%
Copy Program MB/s
436.98
662.41
52%
499.35
14%
346.02
-21%
742 (390 - 2694, n=10)
70%
518 (44.5 - 984, n=59, last 2 years)
19%
Copy ISO MB/s
2101
2775.26
32%
1150.59
-45%
1134.98
-46%
2133 (1710 - 2383, n=10)
2%
1562 (116 - 3182, n=59, last 2 years)
-26%
Score Total
6221
5376
-14%
7069
14%
2094
-66%
3741
-40%
5770 (4450 - 6412, n=13)
-7%
3398 (479 - 7069, n=80, last 2 years)
-45%
Score Write
2923
2721
-7%
2873
-2%
370
-87%
1520
-48%
2620 (1560 - 2923, n=13)
-10%
1476 (136 - 2992, n=80, last 2 years)
-50%
Score Read
2176
1769
-19%
2825
30%
1157
-47%
1526
-30%
2087 (1846 - 2457, n=13)
-4%
1281 (186 - 2825, n=80, last 2 years)
-41%
Access Time Write *
0.024
0.027
-13%
0.02
17%
0.552
-2200%
0.027
-13%
0.0291 (0.02 - 0.054, n=13)
-21%
0.1178 (0.019 - 1.075, n=80, last 2 years)
-391%
Access Time Read *
0.034
0.079
-132%
0.033
3%
0.125
-268%
0.043
-26%
0.0412 (0.031 - 0.062, n=13)
-21%
0.0726 (0.032 - 0.361, n=75, last 2 years)
-114%
4K-64 Write
2511.86
2345.58
-7%
2265.2
-10%
218.8
-91%
1275.34
-49%
2217 (1189 - 2512, n=13)
-12%
1201 (56.6 - 2716, n=80, last 2 years)
-52%
4K-64 Read
1878.14
1449.71
-23%
2208.94
18%
972.67
-48%
1190.9
-37%
1761 (1579 - 2110, n=13)
-6%
1037 (139 - 2209, n=80, last 2 years)
-45%
4K Write
157.23
140.48
-11%
219.34
40%
74.83
-52%
147.5
-6%
139 (100 - 188, n=13)
-12%
122 (15.2 - 233, n=80, last 2 years)
-22%
4K Read
55.58
44.22
-20%
72.89
31%
42.21
-24%
50.5
-9%
49.9 (27.9 - 58.3, n=13)
-10%
47.1 (7.36 - 73.2, n=80, last 2 years)
-15%
Seq Write
2539
2348
-8%
3886.1
53%
766.19
-70%
974
-62%
2644 (2469 - 2858, n=13)
4%
1522 (134 - 3886, n=80, last 2 years)
-40%
Seq Read
2425
2749
13%
5427.2
124%
1423.43
-41%
2842
17%
2755 (2173 - 3002, n=13)
14%
1965 (341 - 5529, n=80, last 2 years)
-19%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-16% / -16%
54% / 48%
-125% / -151%
-15% / -19%
4% / 4%
-37% / -43%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3567.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 3329 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 490.92 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 392.04 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2413.97 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 3041.36 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 43.38 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 110.53 MB/s

Sustained Read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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GPU Performance

GPU-Z
GPU-Z

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 performs as expected and at the same level as in the Honor MagicBook ProSchenker's Vision 15 with Intel Xe Graphics was much faster in comparison, Dell’s XPS 15 with UHD Graphics much slower. The Pulse 15 is thus more than fast enough for regular multimedia applications, including high-definition video playback.

GPU performance remained consistent under sustained load and on battery.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average of class Multimedia
  (765 - 31866, n=81, last 2 years)
8606 Points ∼100% +90%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6971 Points ∼81% +54%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
4589 Points ∼53% +1%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
4525 Points ∼53%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (3401 - 4713, n=19)
4150 Points ∼48% -8%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G7
2914 Points ∼34% -36%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics 630, Intel Core i5-10300H
1744 Points ∼20% -61%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Multimedia
  (142 - 9323, n=71, last 2 years)
2098 Points ∼100% +134%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1611 Points ∼77% +80%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
903 Points ∼43% +1%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
897 Points ∼43%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (650 - 932, n=18)
803 Points ∼38% -10%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics 630, Intel Core i5-10300H
382 Points ∼18% -57%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average of class Multimedia
  (1065 - 23674, n=88, last 2 years)
6328 Points ∼100% +105%
Schenker Vision 15
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
5759 Points ∼91% +86%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
3093 Points ∼49%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
3051 Points ∼48% -1%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (2122 - 3239, n=19)
2661 Points ∼42% -14%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G7
1418 Points ∼22% -54%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics 630, Intel Core i5-10300H
1189 Points ∼19% -62%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Average of class Multimedia
  (3997 - 87836, n=69, last 2 years)
32495 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (15227 - 24163, n=12)
20836 Points ∼64%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics 630, Intel Core i5-10300H
9873 Points ∼30%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G7
7024 Points ∼22%
3DMark 11 Performance
4905 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2836 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1028 points
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Gaming Performance

While the integrated GPU performed admirably the Pulse 15 is most certainly not a gaming notebook by any means. It will, however, run older and less demanding games smoothly even in high details.

low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 58.6 18.4 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 109 89 50 46.5 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 45.6 33.8 29.9 fps

Emissions & Energy

Noise Emissions

Both fans are off most of the time during everyday use. Only when the CPU is subjected to sustained load will the fans ramp up noticeably and peak at 42.3 dB(A) under maximum load or around 40 dB(A) while gaming. The frequency was not particularly unpleasant, and we found no evidence of coil while or other electrical noise whatsoever. The additional fan profiles that can be enabled using the ControlCenter software allow for further fan noise customization.

Noise Level

Idle
24.4 / 24.4 / 28.6 dB(A)
Load
32.3 / 42.3 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 24.4 dB(A)
Tuxedo Pulse 15
Vega 6, R5 4600H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
Vega 6, R5 4600H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
Schenker Vision 15
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
LG Gram 15Z90N
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
Noise
-5%
-14%
-5%
-13%
off / environment *
24.4
29.7
-22%
29.8
-22%
28
-15%
30.7
-26%
Idle Minimum *
24.4
29.7
-22%
29.8
-22%
28
-15%
30.7
-26%
Idle Average *
24.4
29.7
-22%
29.8
-22%
28
-15%
30.7
-26%
Idle Maximum *
28.6
30.5
-7%
31.1
-9%
28
2%
31.9
-12%
Load Average *
32.3
31
4%
40.5
-25%
28
13%
34
-5%
Witcher 3 ultra *
40.1
31.3
22%
40.5
-1%
Load Maximum *
42.3
36.7
13%
40.5
4%
41.9
1%
34.2
19%

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs20302827.930.329.229.82524.226.627.725.824.726.63131.533.434.530.128.831.94029.83130.127.929.529.25030.632.730.732.533.6326325.43224.221.121.429.18024.628.623.72119.630.71002828.727.127.424.529.212525.924.423.42218.826.316026.22723.921.418.427.520027.12624.222.118.624.325027.225.821.919.916.821.831527.42520.918.315.420.840031.329.122.919.612.821.550032.429.62420.913.421.763030.62922.519.412.820.580029.627.221.417.811.518.9100031.329.122.118.311.619.6125033.730.523.219.711.621.6160036.132.424.117.21119200036.832.420.716.511.317.7250034.4291914.511.316.1315028.624.4161311.814.540002520.514.312.51213.85000221813.612.412.113.4630018.715.213.212.812.513.5800016.113.6131313.113.71000013.713.21312.912.5141250012.912.912.712.712.313.8160001211.912.412.111.713.1SPL43.840.132.328.624.430.2N3.931.61.10.61.3median 27.4median 26median 21.4median 17.8median 12.5median 19Delta5.35.1442.34.5hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseTuxedo Pulse 15

Temperature

Surface temperatures remained inconspicuous even under load. We found a single hot spot in the center above the keyboard with a temperature of slightly over 40 °C. With both CPU and GPU under load the APU’s power consumption settled at around 35 W with the CPU cores running at around 3 GHz and the GPU at around 930 MHz.

Stress test
Stress test
Max. Load
 35.5 °C
96 F
41.4 °C
107 F
37.4 °C
99 F
 
 29.5 °C
85 F
37.5 °C
100 F
32.9 °C
91 F
 
 25.3 °C
78 F
26.2 °C
79 F
26.3 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 41.4 °C = 107 F
Average: 32.4 °C = 90 F
39.3 °C
103 F
43.8 °C
111 F
32.4 °C
90 F
29.9 °C
86 F
35.5 °C
96 F
27.8 °C
82 F
27.1 °C
81 F
27.5 °C
82 F
26.1 °C
79 F
Maximum: 43.8 °C = 111 F
Average: 32.2 °C = 90 F
Power Supply (max.)  38.4 °C = 101 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.4 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 31 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41.4 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.8 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 39 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.7 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 31 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 26.3 °C / 79.3 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.9 °C / 84 F (+2.6 °C / 4.7 F).
Surface temperatures stress test (top)
Surface temperatures stress test (top)
Surface temperatures stress test (bottom)
Surface temperatures stress test (bottom)

Speakers

The two 2 W speakers are located at the bottom of the device. Accordingly, they can sound quite muffled depending on what surface the device is placed on. Audio performance was not particularly good overall. While maximum volume was decent the speakers tended to boom noticeably at higher volume levels and sounded very tinny overall. They are certainly good enough for occasionally watching short videos or listening to background music, but we would still recommend a set of external speakers of headphones for a much-improved audio experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2029.230.42524.728.43128.833.84029.529.45033.6286321.424.68019.626.510024.526.512518.828.416018.437.820018.645.725016.847.131515.450.640012.856.150013.459.663012.864.380011.571.3100011.669.3125011.667.916001165.2200011.363.7250011.361.5315011.861.540001253.4500012.149.9630012.549.8800013.143.11000012.544.61250012.342.51600011.736.9SPL24.476.2N0.632.1median 12.5median 50.6Delta2.39.538.439.338.43737.53735.333.335.333.431.633.434.532.534.542.63142.644.93044.955.928.755.963.827.463.86726.46768.925.668.972.425.972.470.725.270.769.923.869.970.322.670.370.82270.875.121.375.174.820.774.876.320.976.375.420.675.466.620.766.666.720.966.764.620.964.672.821.272.871.521.371.571.321.571.369.421.669.468.421.568.466.721.466.768.821.468.884.233.684.265.4265.4median 69.9median 21.5median 69.92.32.12.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseTuxedo Pulse 15Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Tuxedo Pulse 15 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 14.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 92% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 4% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 84% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 11% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(+) | good bass - only 4.6% away from median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (6.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 0% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Power Consumption

Power consumption turned out to be inconspicuous and without any surprises. It was okay when idle, and the included 90 W power supply was more than adequate under load. However, we would have wished for lower power consumption during standby and when powered off.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.86 / 1.37 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5 / 7.7 / 8.7 Watt
Load midlight 42.4 / 97.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.

Battery Life

Battery life is very long thanks to the device’s large 91 Wh battery. When running our real-world Wi-Fi test with brightness normalized at 150 nits the device lasted for almost 14 hours. With brightness turned all the way up it still managed over 8 hours and lasted for around 2 hours under maximum load.

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Schenker Vision 15
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 73 Wh
912 min ∼35% +11%
Tuxedo Pulse 15
R5 4600H, Vega 6, 91 Wh
823 min ∼31%
LG Gram 15Z90N
i5-1035G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 80 Wh
728 min ∼28% -12%
Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H
R5 4600H, Vega 6, 56 Wh
619 min ∼23% -25%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
i5-10300H, UHD Graphics 630, 56 Wh
556 min ∼21% -32%
Average of class Multimedia
  (198 - 912, n=82, last 2 years)
498 min ∼19% -39%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
13h 43min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness
8h 20min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 00min

Pros

+ high-quality case
+ fast CPU
+ high system performance
+ long battery life
+ good input devices
+ configurable

Cons

- USB 2.0
- slow microSD card reader
- poor speakers
- slow response times

Verdict – Good-Looking and Powerful Ultrabook

In review: Tuxedo Pulse 15. Review unit provided by Tuxedo
In review: Tuxedo Pulse 15. Review unit provided by Tuxedo

The Tuxedo Pulse 15’s highlights are its excellent metal case and its fast processor while at the same time retaining low temperatures and noise emissions. We also liked its input devices and its connectivity, albeit we were taken aback by its slow USB 2.0 port that we would not have expected on a modern laptop with a price tag of more than 1,000 Euros.

The Pulse 15 is a compact 15-inch Ultrabook with fast AMD processor and long battery life.

Its FHD display is well-suited for productivity applications. Not only is it matte but it can be calibrated to ensure very high color accuracy. Our only gripe is its low maximum brightness, which could have been higher for outdoor use in particular. Other downsides include its poor speakers and slow microSD reader. If you are looking for a thin 15-inch laptop with a powerful CPU the Pulse 15 (as well as its Schenker Via 15 Pro running Windows) is worth a closer look.

Price and Availability

The Pulse 15 can be configured and purchased on Tuxedo’s website and starts at around 1,000 Euros.

Tuxedo Pulse 15 - 03/17/2021 v7
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
86 / 98 → 88%
Keyboard
91%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
51 / 80 → 64%
Weight
69 / 20-72 → 95%
Battery
90 / 95 → 95%
Display
87%
Games Performance
62 / 90 → 69%
Application Performance
92 / 90 → 100%
Temperature
91%
Noise
92 / 95 → 97%
Audio
63%
Camera
26 / 85 → 30%
Average
76%
85%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Andreas Osthoff
Editor of the original article: Andreas Osthoff - Managing Editor Business Laptops - 1251 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
I grew up with modern consumer electronics and my first computer was a Commodore C64, which encouraged my interest in building my own systems. I started working as a review editor for Notebookcheck during my dual studies at Siemens. Currently, I am mainly responsible for dealing with business laptops and mobile workstations. It’s a great experience to be able to review the latest devices and technologies and then compare them with each other.
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Born in the United States and raised in Germany I became acquainted with both languages from an early age and turned this into my profession later in life. Computers have always played an important role in my life, and my love for all things digital is a huge part of my daily routine. Virtual Reality has captured my imagination and interest in particular, and I cannot wait to see what the (near) future will bring.
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