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Review Clevo W670SZQ1 (Schenker B713) Barebones Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 05/01/2014

Business by Schenker. Schenker classifies the B713 as a work device for both the professional environment and private use. The matte screen, strong Core i5 processor, Trusted Platform Module, and maintenance-friendly options make the laptop seem interesting. Our report reveals whether it is just as convincing in real-life use.

For the original German review, see here.

17.3-inch laptops designed for both professional and private users have become rare over the past few years. Therefore, it is quite welcome when a manufacturer launches a corresponding device on the market. As usual for Schenker, the laptop can be customized to a very large extent. The price starts at 650 Euros (~$903).

We used the HP ProBook 470 G1 (Core i5-4200MRadeon HD 8750M) and Fujitsu LifeBook N532 (Core i5-3210MGeForce GT 620M) to classify the laptop.

Case & Connectivity

The B713's casing is completely made of plastic. Brushed aluminum is simulated on the base unit's upper side and display's lid by means of different charcoal and gray colors. As appropriate for an office laptop, the B713 does not have any reflective/glossy surfaces. The base unit is generally rigid. However, it can be warped a bit too extensively for our taste. This is even more true for the lid. The large maintenance cover enables easy access to the hardware.

The B713 features interfaces that are found in most modern laptops. Their positioning is not ideal because they are on a level with the wrist rest. The laptop does not sport a docking port - which is also the case in the ProBook and LifeBook. Schenker installed a Wi-Fi module from Intel in our review sample. We did not experience any problems with it; the connection was never interrupted.

Schenker B713. (Picture: Schenker)
Schenker B713. (Picture: Schenker)
The laptop features a serious look (Picture: Schenker)
The laptop features a serious look (Picture: Schenker)
The large maintenance cover enables accessing the innards.
The large maintenance cover enables accessing the innards.
Left: Power socket, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, eSATA/USB, HDMI, USB 3.0
Left: Power socket, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, eSATA/USB, HDMI, USB 3.0
Right: Microphone-in, headphone-out, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, DVD burner, Kensington lock slot
Right: Microphone-in, headphone-out, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, DVD burner, Kensington lock slot
Front: Memory card reader
Front: Memory card reader

Input Devices

The input devices of Schenker's B713
The input devices of Schenker's B713

Our review sample is equipped with an unlit chiclet keyboard. The keyboard is also available with a backlight for a 20 Euro (~$28) surcharge. The flat, lightly roughened keys have a medium drop and clear pressure point. The keys' resistance is also acceptable. The keyboard yields slightly when typing on it; that, however, did not prove distracting. The multi-touch ClickPad (a touchpad without dedicated keys) takes up an area of approximately 10.5 x 6.5 cm (~4.1 x 2.6 in). The slick surface allows the fingers to glide effortlessly. The pad features a short drop and clear pressure point, and is quite smooth in use.

Display

Schenker installs a matte 17.3-inch screen with a native resolution of 1600x900 pixels in the B713. A Full HD screen is available for a 59 Euro (~82) surcharge. The screen places itself in a good range with an average brightness of 232.9 cd/m². In return, the contrast of 230:1 and black level of 1.03 cd/m² are incomprehensible. Such rates can no longer be justified nowadays. We can only hope that the available Full HD screen delivers better rates.

217
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
235
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
221
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 251 cd/m²
Average: 232.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 237 cd/m²
Black: 1.03 cd/m²
Contrast: 230:1

In state of delivery, the screen's average DeltaE 2000 shift is 9.66. Most screens that we have assessed presented a similar rate. No color achieves the target range of DeltaE less than 3. The screen also exhibits a clear bluish cast, which can be eliminated via calibration as we ascertained.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
Schenker B713 outdoors
Schenker B713 outdoors

Owing to the screen's matte surface, the laptop can be used outdoors. However, excessively bright surroundings should be avoided. The same characteristic concerning viewing angle stability as for most laptops is true here: The image distorts as soon as the vertical view of the laptop is altered. It is better horizontally, and several people can look at the screen simultaneously.

Performance

Schenker has created a 17.3-inch office device with the B713. It has enough power for coping with most tasks in the fields of office, Internet, and communication. The laptop additionally offers security features, such as Trusted Platform Module. Our review sample is available for approximately 900 Euros (~$1250). Potential buyers can customize the device in Schenker's online shop. The least expensive configuration sports a Pentium 3550M processor, 4 GB of working memory, and a 500 GB hard drive. It is sold for around 650 Euros (~$903).

Processor

Our review sample sports a Core i5-4310M dual-core processor. The CPU is based on Intel's current Haswell architecture, and clocks with a base speed of 2.7 GHz. The speed can be accelerated to 3.3 GHz (both cores) and 3.4 GHz (one core only) via Turbo. The processor has a TDP of 37 Watts. The processor ran the CPU tests of the Cinebench benchmarks at full speed in AC mode. The scores are better than those of the ProBook and LifeBook because the CPU in the B713 runs with higher speeds. The B713's processor is throttled to 1.6 GHz in battery mode, and the Cinebench scores are correspondingly lower (Cinebench R11.5: Single - 0.72; Multi - 1.7).

Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
7395 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
14079 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
6533 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6844
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9622
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4664
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
17.2 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.59 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.48 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
24.07 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
327 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
129 Points
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Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker B713
HD Graphics 4600, 4310M, Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3
1.48 Points ∼74%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
0.64 Points ∼32% -57%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.05 Points ∼53% -29%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.11 Points ∼56% -25%
Fujitsu Lifebook N532-0M3501DE
GeForce GT 620M, 3210M, Toshiba MK5076GSX
1.15 Points ∼58% -22%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.35 Points ∼68% -9%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.36 Points ∼68% -8%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker B713
HD Graphics 4600, 4310M, Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3
3.59 Points ∼20%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.32 Points ∼8% -63%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2.46 Points ∼14% -31%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2.6 Points ∼15% -28%
Fujitsu Lifebook N532-0M3501DE
GeForce GT 620M, 3210M, Toshiba MK5076GSX
2.89 Points ∼16% -19%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
3.22 Points ∼18% -10%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3.25 Points ∼18% -9%

System Performance

Windows boots quickly, and the system runs smoothly and fast. The swift solid-state drive is noticed here. The PCMark benchmark scores are also very good. The B713 clearly defeats both contenders in the PCMark 7 benchmark because both laptops only sport conventional hard drives. PCMark 8 focuses on another area, and the advantage of the SSD is no longer noticed. The ProBook scores better because it features a stronger GPU.

PC Mark
PCMark Vantage15201 points
PCMark 75022 points
PCMark 8 Home v22723 points
PCMark 8 Creative v22944 points
PCMark 8 Work v23947 points
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PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Schenker B713
HD Graphics 4600, 4310M, Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3
5022 Points ∼72%
HP ProBook 655
Radeon HD 8450G, A6-5350M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1890 Points ∼27% -62%
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2344 Points ∼34% -53%
Fujitsu Lifebook N532-0M3501DE
GeForce GT 620M, 3210M, Toshiba MK5076GSX
2451 Points ∼35% -51%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2569 Points ∼37% -49%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2630 Points ∼38% -48%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2689 Points ∼39% -46%

Storage Devices

A solid-state drive from Crucial is installed as the storage device in the B713. It has a capacity of 120 GB. The SSD operates swiftly. Its transfer rates are up-to-date. Only the sequential write speed is relatively slow. In addition to the SSD, a 1 TB hard drive from Seagate for data storage is also installed in the laptop.

Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3
Sequential Read: 490.93 MB/s
Sequential Write: 115.16 MB/s
4K Read: 26.02 MB/s
4K Write: 93.45 MB/s
4K-64 Read: 258.96 MB/s
4K-64 Write: 116.74 MB/s
Access Time Read: 0.086 ms
Access Time Write: 0.066 ms
Copy ISO: 153.73 MB/s
Copy Program: 99.14 MB/s
Copy Game: 135.5 MB/s
Score Read: 334 Points
Score Write: 222 Points
Score Total: 717 Points
Schenker B713
Intel Core i5-4310M, Intel HD Graphics 4600, Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3
Lenovo ThinkPad W540 20BG001BGE
Intel Core i7-4800MQ, NVIDIA Quadro K2100M, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
Nexoc G728II
Intel Core i7-4700MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, Mushkin Atlas mSATA MKNSSDAT240GB
HP EliteBook 840 G1
Intel Core i7-4600U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Intel SSD Pro 1500 Series SSDSC2BF180A4H
AS SSD
24%
-12%
20%
Seq Read490.93514.1
5%
198.91
-59%
450.87
-8%
Seq Write115.16244.39
112%
152.61
33%
223.95
94%
4K Read26.0226.38
1%
17.57
-32%
23.67
-9%
4K Write93.4572.98
-22%
102.94
10%
95.35
2%

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics 4600 graphics core is used in the B713. It supports DirectX 11.1, and clocks with speeds ranging from 400 to 1250 MHz. The 3DMark scores of the B713 and LifeBook are virtually on par. The installed graphics cores are roughly equally strong. Neither contender can compete with the ProBook because it features the strongest graphics core.

3D Mark
3DMark 11952 points
3DMark Ice Storm42737 points
3DMark Cloud Gate4889 points
3DMark Fire Strike584 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Schenker B713
HD Graphics 4600, 4310M, Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3
952 Points ∼5%
Fujitsu Lifebook N532-0M3501DE
GeForce GT 620M, 3210M, Toshiba MK5076GSX
1068 Points ∼6% +12%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1873 Points ∼10% +97%

Gaming Performance

The B713's hardware configuration allows playing a few computer games smoothly in a low resolution and low to medium quality settings. Users who are looking for an office laptop that can also play up-to-date games should turn to the ProBook.

low med.high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 48.322.912.8fps
Tomb Raider
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Schenker B713
HD Graphics 4600, 4310M, Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3
48.3 fps ∼9%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
94 fps ∼18% +95%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Schenker B713
HD Graphics 4600, 4310M, Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3
22.9 fps ∼5%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
45.9 fps ∼10% +100%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Schenker B713
HD Graphics 4600, 4310M, Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3
12.8 fps ∼3%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
30.8 fps ∼7% +141%

Emissions

System Noise

The B713 is barely audible in idle mode. The fan is frequently inactive, and only the very quiet noise of the hard drive can be heard. In return, the fan speeds up audibly during load.

Noise Level

Idle 31.2 / 31.2 / 31.2 dB(A)
HDD 31.6 dB(A)
DVD 37.2 / dB(A)
Load 40. / 45.6 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Schenker B713 in the stress test.
Schenker B713 in the stress test.

The B713 never heated up excessively. The exterior temperatures were all within an acceptable range at every measuring point. A maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 degrees Fahrenheit) was reached. The LifeBook's temperatures are similar, and the ProBook heats up more.

The CPU and GPU performed the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) at full speed (CPU: 3.3 GHz; GPU: 1.25 GHz). The processing cores were clearly slower when the stress test was performed in battery mode. While the CPU clocked to 1.6 GHz, the GPU's speed was 400 MHz. The CPU's temperature settled to approximately 60 degrees Celsius (140 Fahrenheit) in the stress test (AC mode).

 27.8 °C28.1 °C24 °C 
 27.6 °C28.9 °C23.5 °C 
 26.4 °C27.8 °C24.7 °C 
Maximum: 28.9 °C
Average: 26.5 °C
24.2 °C28.6 °C29.2 °C
23.6 °C30.9 °C28.4 °C
22.8 °C30.5 °C30.8 °C
Maximum: 30.9 °C
Average: 27.7 °C
Power Supply (max.)  31.1 °C | Room Temperature 21.9 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The stereo speakers in the B713 are on the casing's front bottom edge. They produce a thin, bass-free, muffled and tinny sound. Speech is well understood. Users who value a better sound experience will have to use external speakers or headphones.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The B713's idle power consumption of 11.5 to 18.6 Watts is unusually high. We are used to better rates from laptops based on Haswell processors - such as the ProBook proves with 7.2 to 11.9 Watts. The power consumption of 55.8 Watts in medium load via 3DMark 06 and the full load consumption of 70.6 Watts during the stress test via Prime95 and FurMark is also relatively high. Although the ProBook sports a dedicated GPU, it consumes less power with 40.7 and 60.7 Watts respectively.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.4 Watt
Idle 11.5 / 18.1 / 18.6 Watt
Load 55.8 / 70.6 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Websites are opened automatically every 40 seconds in the practical Wi-Fi test. The energy-saving profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The B713 achieved a runtime of 4:30 h here. The rate is acceptable. The ProBook (4:27 h) matches that, and the LifeBook (4:02 h) shuts down sooner.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
4h 30min

Verdict

Schenker provides a satisfactory office laptop with the B713. It offers high application performance, can boast with decent input devices, and is maintenance-friendly. Owing to the SSD, the laptop operates swiftly, and the second hard drive ensures that there is enough storage capacity. The screen has to be criticized. Such a low-contrast display is no longer up to date. The B713's power consumption - particularly in idle mode - is also much too high. However, the device provides feasible battery runtimes.

HP's ProBook 470 G1 would be an alternative when a laptop with a dedicated GPU is wanted. Fujitsu's LifeBook N532 scores with its WWAN socket (including antennas and SIM card slot), which allows equipping the laptop with a 3G/LTE modem.

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In Review: Schenker B713, courtesy of Schenker.

Specifications

Schenker B713
Processor
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 4600, Core: 400-1250 MHz, 10.18.10.3412
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3, single-channel, two memory banks (one bank occupied)
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600x900 pixel, LG Philips LP173WD1-TLF1, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM86 (Lynx Point)
Harddisk
Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3, 120 GB 
+ Seagate ST1000LM024 (1 TB), 980 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: headphone-out, microphone-in, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, RSMMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, Trusted Platform Module 1.2
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless-AC 3160 (a b g n ac), 4.0 Bluetooth
Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208FB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 36 x 413 x 273 ( = 1.42 x 16.26 x 10.75 in)
Weight
3.1 kg ( = 109.35 oz) Power Supply: 454 g ( = 16.01 oz)
Battery
62.2 Wh Lithium-Ion, 11.1 V, 5600 mAh
Price
899 Euro
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Additional features
Webcam: 2 Megapixel (max. 1600x1200), Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 24 Months Warranty

 

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Pro

+Good application performance
+Matte screen
+Simple maintenance options
+mSATA port
 

Cons

-Low contrast screen with bluish cast
-High power requirement

Shortcut

What we like

The good application performance, and the maintenance-friendly options.

What we'd like to see

A better screen.

What surprises us

Schenker installs a screen with very low contrast. These screens should be extinct by now.

The competition

HP Probook 470 G1, Fujitsu Lifebook N532, HP Probook 470 G0, Dell Inspiron 17

Rating

Schenker B713
04/14/2014 v4
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
76 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
70%
Weight
56 / 67 → 77%
Battery
85%
Display
72%
Games Performance
68 / 85 → 80%
Application Performance
81%
Temperature
94%
Noise
84%
Audio
45%
Camera
38 / 85 → 45%
Average
71%
77%
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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2014-05- 1 (Update: 2014-05- 1)