Benchmarks

Cinebench - 11.5

OpenGL - 13.28 fps

CPU - 2.97 fps

3D Mark

Ice Storm - 23728

Cloud Gate - 3383

Fire Strike - 439

Battery test

2 hours 29 minutes

In terms of performance, the component to score the highest on the Windows Experience Index (WEI) was the processor (7.1), followed by gaming graphics (6.3), HDD transfer rate (5.9) and RAM performance (5.9), and graphics (5.0).

The E743 lasted around four hours during our general use test, which dipped to just two and a half when put under our 3D Mark Home battery life test, which continuously opens and closes apps and plays video until the laptop's battery is depleted. If you're not keen on lugging around a power cable, you'd do well opting for that second battery in your module bay.

Experience

The graphics tests fared the worst in our benchmarks, with 3DMark's more demanding Cloud Gate and Fire Strike tests resulting in extremely choppy frame rates.

But clearly this isn't a laptop for gaming, and it was more than responsive when it came to navigating the desktop and opening apps such as Microsoft Office 2013 (Word and OneNote).

After firing up a 1080p YouTube video we found playback smooth and stutter free, though we weren't too impressed with the E743's middling audio that can be described as adequate at best.