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Schenker F516 Flex i5-6400T (Clevo N350DW) Notebook Review

Andreas Osthoff, 03/05/2016

Solid office notebook. The F516 Flex from Schenker Technologies is a configurable office notebook. Besides a 15.6-inch IPS display, it uses desktop processors, which can be easily replaced if necessary.

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The Flex notebooks from Schenker are designed for professional users and can be configured quite comprehensively. The manufacturer differentiates between the F516 Flex with integrated graphics and F526 Flex with a dedicated GeForce GTX 950M GPU. Prices for the F516 Flex start at 760 Euros (~$836) while our review configuration is available for around 1200 Euros (~$1320). In return, you get a desktop Core i5 processor, 16 GB of RAM, a matte 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display as well as an M.2-SSD in combination with a 1 TB HDD.

Because of the price range, there are various 15-inch office notebooks we that can use for comparison. These include, for example, the Lenovo ThinkPad E560ThinkPad T560 or the ProBook 450 G3, but they are only using ULV hardware. Nexoc offers a similar concept with the B519 and even uses a similar chassis to our test model. But what are the advantages of a desktop processor, or is a mobile dual-core sufficient for the office environment?

As well as the notebook, Schenker Technologies also sent us the entire processor lineup for the F516 Flex for testing purposes. The only exception is the Intel Core i3-6300T, which is not currently available due to delivery problems.

Schenker F516 Flex
Processor
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 530, Core: 950 MHz, Memory: 933 MHz
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR3-1866, Dual-Channel, 2 of 2 slots occupied, up to 16 GB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, LP156WF6, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel H170 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB, 250 GB 
, + 1-TB-HDD Western Digital WD10JPVX 5.400 rpm, 1100 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 Express Card 34mm, 1 Express Card 54mm, 1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphones, 3.5 mm microphone, Card Reader: 6-in-1 (MMC/RSMMC/SD/MiniSD/SDHC/SDXC), 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SU-208HB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 32.95 x 382 x 259.5 ( = 1.3 x 15.04 x 10.22 in)
Battery
62 Wh Lithium-Ion, removeable, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 6 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 2.0 MP Webcam
Additional features
Speakers: 2.0, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Power adapter, software and drivers CD, manual, Control Center, OneDrive, Office 365 (30-day trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.677 kg ( = 94.43 oz / 5.9 pounds), Power Supply: 351 g ( = 12.38 oz / 0.77 pounds)
Price
1200 Euro

 

Case & Connectivity

The Schenker F516 Flex is based on the N350DW chassis from the barebone manufacturer, Clevo. We are dealing with a classic case here, which favors functionality over the design. It is made entirely of black and matte plastics, but the build quality of the 3.3 cm (~1.3 in) high and around 2.7 kg (~6 lb) case is okay. The base in particular is very sturdy and cannot be pushed in; only the area above the optical drive is a bit weaker. It is easier to twist the lid and pressure on the back results in picture distortions, but this should not be an issue in practice. The maximum opening angle is 180 degrees and the center hinge does not have any problems with the lid.

The advantage of the bulkier chassis is the excellent maintainability. There is a maintenance hatch on the bottom, which is secured by four screws. It is easy to remove and provides access to all the important components. This also includes the processor, which is not soldered. The antennas for the optional LTE module are already integrated. By the way, the battery is easily accessible from the outside.

The F516 Flex covers all the basics in terms of ports (Ethernet, 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI) and does not forget the office features, either. Besides a VGA output, SmartCard reader, TPM module and a fingerprint scanner, you also get a docking port at the bottom. The optional docking station Schenker DS200 (~130 Euros/ ~$143) allows easy integration into the work environment. Users of the F516 Flex have to sacrifice very modern ports like USB-C or Thunderbolt.

left: power, VGA, LAN, 3x USB 3.0, HDMI, ExpressCard 34, SD-card reader
left: power, VGA, LAN, 3x USB 3.0, HDMI, ExpressCard 34, SD-card reader
right: USB 2.0(powered), headphones, microphone, DVD burner, SmartCard reader (under the optical drive), Kensington Lock
right: USB 2.0(powered), headphones, microphone, DVD burner, SmartCard reader (under the optical drive), Kensington Lock

Input Devices

The keyboard is an illuminated chiclet keyboard with a dedicated numeric keypad. The input is pretty quiet, offers a good pressure point and in general, provides a comfortable typing experience. Only the travel could be slightly longer for our taste, especially considering the thick chassis. The touchpad leaves mixed impressions. The surface itself offers good gliding capabilities and also recognizes inputs in the peripheral areas very well. However, we did not like the two dedicated mouse buttons at all. They are very quiet, but the pressure point is extremely spongy and you never really know if they have recognized your click or not. Therefore, you should use the tap-to-click functionality of the touchpad if there is no external mouse.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

Schenker offers two different matte Full HD displays for the F516 Flex. The standard panel is based on the TN technology, but you can also get an IPS panel for an extra 50 Euros (~$55). The latter is also the panel of our review unit and performs very well in our measurements. The average luminance is around 290 cd/m² and the contrast almost 1000:1. However, the brightness distribution could be better. We could not determine PWM flickering for our review unit.

282
cd/m²
281
cd/m²
248
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
324
cd/m²
313
cd/m²
267
cd/m²
282
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 324 cd/m² Average: 284.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 77 %
Center on Battery: 324 cd/m²
Contrast: 953:1 (Black: 0.34 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.89 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 3.91 | - Ø
Gamma: 3.3
Schenker F516 Flex
LP156WF6
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Lenovo LP156WF6-SPK2
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
LTN156HL09901
HP ProBook 450 G3
AU Optronics
Nexoc B519 N350DW
LG Philips LP156WF6
Response Times
23%
-21%
11%
-5%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
48
38.4
20%
58
-21%
41.2
14%
56
-17%
Response Time Black / White *
30
22.4
25%
36
-20%
28
7%
28
7%
PWM Frequency
220
2083
Screen
-16%
-24%
-54%
8%
Brightness
285
234
-18%
220
-23%
214
-25%
310
9%
Brightness Distribution
77
83
8%
84
9%
91
18%
87
13%
Black Level *
0.34
0.27
21%
0.27
21%
0.43
-26%
0.33
3%
Contrast
953
952
0%
900
-6%
491
-48%
1006
6%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.89
7.16
-46%
7.49
-53%
9.25
-89%
4.65
5%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.91
6.28
-61%
7.5
-92%
9.83
-151%
3.5
10%
Gamma
3.3 73%
2.44 98%
2.35 102%
2.82 85%
2.54 94%
CCT
6354 102%
6806 96%
6115 106%
10890 60%
6461 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36.6
38.9
36.4
54
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
57.3
60.9
57.3
83
Total Average (Program / Settings)
4% / -6%
-23% / -23%
-22% / -38%
2% / 5%

* ... smaller is better

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 not detected

In comparison: 60 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 1345 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 30860) Hz was measured.

The CalMAN measurements show decent results, especially for an office notebook. The average DeltaE-2000 deviation compared to the sRGB reference color space is 4.89 for the colors and 3.91 for the grayscale (ideal: smaller 3 each). There is no visible blue cast.

CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps

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
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 23 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. » 70 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (27.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
48 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 30 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (44.2 ms).

The outdoor usability is pretty good thanks to the matte display surface as well as the decent luminance and you can also use the device quite comfortably in bright environments as long as you avoid direct light sources. The viewing angle stability is very good thanks to the IPS technology.

In the sun
In the sun
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance

Schenker's F516 Flex is an office notebook and can be configured very comprehensively. Thanks to the fast quad-core processor from Intel, an M.2-SSD and 16 GB of memory (dual-channel), the test model is powerful enough for all typical office workloads. A dedicated graphics card, however, is not available.

 

Processor

Our review unit uses Intel's Core i5-6400T. It is a desktop processor with 4 cores (2.2 to 2.8 GHz) and a TDP of 35 watts. As with the mobile i5 chips, the desktop i5 does not support Hyperthreading. The benchmarks leave a mixed impression, because the i5-6400T is between the two mobile chips i5-6200U and i7-6500U in single-core scenarios due to the pretty low Turbo Boost (2.8 GHz). However, it is about 30% faster than the mobile CPUs in the Multi tests. Whether such a processor makes sense depends on your usage scenario. If you frequently stress your processor, the desktop processor could pay off; otherwise, the mobile chips are more than powerful enough for common office or web applications. More benchmarks for the processor are available here.

Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
7382 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
18940 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5740 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7950
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
14798
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4397
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
39.6 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
4.82 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.35 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
39.16 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
420 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
119 Points
Help
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T
1.35 Points ∼90%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U
1.45 Points ∼97% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
Intel Core i5-6200U
1.29 Points ∼86% -4%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
1.32 Points ∼88% -2%
Nexoc B519 N350DW
Intel Core i5-6600T
1.5 Points ∼100% +11%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T
4.82 Points ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U
3.55 Points ∼67% -26%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
Intel Core i5-6200U
3.23 Points ∼61% -33%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
3.21 Points ∼61% -33%
Nexoc B519 N350DW
Intel Core i5-6600T
5.28 Points ∼100% +10%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T
119 Points ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U
124 Points ∼92% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
Intel Core i5-6200U
113 Points ∼84% -5%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
116 Points ∼86% -3%
Nexoc B519 N350DW
Intel Core i5-6600T
135 Points ∼100% +13%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T
420 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U
319 Points ∼76% -24%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
Intel Core i5-6200U
290 Points ∼69% -31%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
288 Points ∼69% -31%
Nexoc B519 N350DW
Intel Core i5-6600T
418 Points ∼100% 0%

How is the performance of the other processors you can get for the F516 Flex? As expected, the Intel chips scale very linearly. The other two i5 chips have an advantage of around 10 and 20%, respectively, in the CPU benchmarks. The i7 is clearly ahead, which benefits from Hyperthreading in the Multi tests in particular. Thanks to the high Turbo clock of 3.6 GHz, the Core i7-6700T can compete with even the fastest mobile processors like the Xeon E3-1505M v5. The base processor Pentium G4500T was a positive surprise. It has only two cores (no Hyperthreading), but is just slightly behind the popular Core i5-6200U thanks to the high clock of 3 GHz. All processors were able to utilize their full performance potential during our tests.

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i7-6700T
1.74 Points ∼100% +29%
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6600T
1.63 Points ∼94% +21%
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6500T
1.45 Points ∼83% +7%
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T
1.35 Points ∼78%
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Pentium G4500T
1.19 Points ∼68% -12%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i7-6700T
7.26 Points ∼100% +51%
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6600T
5.88 Points ∼81% +22%
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6500T
5.36 Points ∼74% +11%
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T
4.82 Points ∼66%
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Pentium G4500T
2.82 Points ∼39% -41%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i7-6700T
153 Points ∼100% +29%
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6600T
141 Points ∼92% +18%
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6500T
128 Points ∼84% +8%
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T
119 Points ∼78%
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Pentium G4500T
118 Points ∼77% -1%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i7-6700T
669 Points ∼100% +59%
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6600T
511 Points ∼76% +22%
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6500T
466 Points ∼70% +11%
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T
420 Points ∼63%
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Pentium G4500T
245 Points ∼37% -42%

System Performance

The general system performance of the Schenker F516 Flex is very good. PCMark 7, which benefits particularly from fast SSD storage, determines a score of 5407 points, so our test model can outperform the competition. Only the Nexoc B519 manages an even higher result thanks to the fast NVMe-SSD. Subjectively, the system leaves a great impression with fast starts of the operating system and applications.

PCMark 7 Score
5407 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
6400T, 16384, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
5407 Points ∼85%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
6500U, 8192, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
5102 Points ∼81% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
6200U, 4096, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3609 Points ∼57% -33%
HP ProBook 450 G3
6200U, 4096, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
3075 Points ∼49% -43%
Nexoc B519 N350DW
6600T, 16384, Samsung SM951 MZHPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
6333 Points ∼100% +17%

Storage Devices

Our review unit is equipped with an M.2-SSD from Samsung (850 Evo) with a capacity of 250 GB. It is attached via SATA-interface (NVMe-SSD optional) and manages very good transfer rates of around 490 MB/s (seq. read) and 450 MB/s (seq. write). Schenker has also implemented a conventional hard drive from Western Digital (5400 rpm) and a capacity of 1000 GB. It manages an average transfer rate of almost 82 MB/s according to HD Tune. This is a normal result for a 5400 rpm drive. More benchmarks and comparisons are available in our HDD/SSD list.

The performance of the SD-card reader is just average, because we determined a maximum of only 85 MB/s with our reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS II, up to 260 MB/s).

Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
Sequential Read: 489.1 MB/s
Sequential Write: 452.4 MB/s
512K Read: 418.6 MB/s
512K Write: 382.3 MB/s
4K Read: 46.37 MB/s
4K Write: 108.7 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 388.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 321.9 MB/s

GPU Performance

The graphics are handled by the integrated HD Graphics 530 of the processor. The maximum core clock is 950 MHz (memory 933 MHz). The clock can vary depending on the processor and the HD Graphics 530 can reach up to 1150 MHz. The performance in the 3DMarks is around 10 to 30% ahead of the HD Graphics 520 (mobile processors), but in general, we are still on a low performance level. However, the GPU is perfectly adequate for normal tasks and even video editing is not a problem thanks to the QuickSync technology. More benchmarks for the HD Graphics 530 are available in our tech section.

3DMark 06 Standard
9750 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1421 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
55283 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5927 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
811 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel HD Graphics 530
1421 Points ∼53%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
AMD Radeon R7 M370
2689 Points ∼100% +89%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
Intel HD Graphics 520
1219 Points ∼45% -14%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel HD Graphics 520
1260 Points ∼47% -11%
Nexoc B519 N350DW
Intel HD Graphics 530
1761 Points ∼65% +24%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel HD Graphics 530
811 Points ∼49%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
AMD Radeon R7 M370
1654 Points ∼100% +104%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
Intel HD Graphics 520
552 Points ∼33% -32%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel HD Graphics 520
574 Points ∼35% -29%
Nexoc B519 N350DW
Intel HD Graphics 530
988 Points ∼60% +22%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel HD Graphics 530
5927 Points ∼77%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
AMD Radeon R7 M370
7083 Points ∼93% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
Intel HD Graphics 520
4304 Points ∼56% -27%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel HD Graphics 520
4847 Points ∼63% -18%
Nexoc B519 N350DW
Intel HD Graphics 530
7652 Points ∼100% +29%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel HD Graphics 530
55283 Points ∼71%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
AMD Radeon R7 M370
34736 Points ∼45% -37%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
Intel HD Graphics 520
35672 Points ∼46% -35%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel HD Graphics 520
40691 Points ∼52% -26%
Nexoc B519 N350DW
Intel HD Graphics 530
77528 Points ∼100% +40%

Gaming Performance

The gaming capabilities of the F516 Flex are very limited, but also not very important for an office notebook. If you still want to play games once in a while, you have to play older games at low details. More requirements of games are available in our gaming list.

Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T, Intel HD Graphics 530
10.5 fps ∼56%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
18.6 fps ∼100% +77%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
7.4 fps ∼40% -30%
Nexoc B519 N350DW
Intel Core i5-6600T, Intel HD Graphics 530
13.2 fps ∼71% +26%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T, Intel HD Graphics 530
23.7 fps ∼56%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
42.7 fps ∼100% +80%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
15.1 fps ∼35% -36%
Nexoc B519 N350DW
Intel Core i5-6600T, Intel HD Graphics 530
30 fps ∼70% +27%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T, Intel HD Graphics 530
33.7 fps ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
55.4 fps ∼100% +64%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
26.8 fps ∼48% -20%
Nexoc B519 N350DW
Intel Core i5-6600T, Intel HD Graphics 530
44.8 fps ∼81% +33%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T, Intel HD Graphics 530
69.4 fps ∼66%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
105.5 fps ∼100% +52%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
52 fps ∼49% -25%
Nexoc B519 N350DW
Intel Core i5-6600T, Intel HD Graphics 530
48 fps ∼45% -31%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T, Intel HD Graphics 530
6.7 fps ∼42%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
16.1 fps ∼100% +140%
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T, Intel HD Graphics 530
22.4 fps ∼48%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
46.7 fps ∼100% +108%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T, Intel HD Graphics 530
26.6 fps ∼55%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
48.4 fps ∼100% +82%
1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T, Intel HD Graphics 530
51.8 fps ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, AMD Radeon R7 M370
86.7 fps ∼100% +67%
low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 69.433.723.710.5fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 51.826.622.46.7fps

Emissions & Energy

System Noise

System noise in different load scenarios
System noise in different load scenarios

The F516 Flex is quiet (~31-33 dB(A)) while idling, but not silent. We can measure around 37 dB(A) under load in the first scene of 3DMark 06 and up to 42 dB(A) under maximum load. The fans respond very quickly to load, but also reduce their speed quickly after the load period. Subjectively, the cooling was much more active with the faster processors.

Noise Level

Idle
31.6 / 31.6 / 33.1 dB(A)
DVD
37 / dB(A)
Load
37.9 / 41.9 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 31.3 dB(A)

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

Our review unit executes our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark for at least one hour) at a steady 2.5 GHz, which is the maximum Turbo clock for four active cores. The graphics card runs at 900 MHz and cannot fully maintain its maximum clock (950 MHz). The chip warms up to 75 °C (~167 °F). As expected, a 3Dmark immediately after the stress test did not show a lower score.

The surface temperatures stay pretty cool under load, only the center area (processor) and the fan exhaust can reach up to 38 °C (~100 °F). This is perceptible, but the rest of the chassis is conveniently cool.

Max. Load
 26.9 °C30.4 °C22.4 °C 
 34.8 °C38.6 °C22.7 °C 
 31 °C32 °C25 °C 
Maximum: 38.6 °C
Average: 29.3 °C
22.5 °C27.8 °C25 °C
22.5 °C30.6 °C36 °C
23.8 °C28.6 °C31 °C
Maximum: 36 °C
Average: 27.5 °C
Power Supply (max.)  44.6 °C | Room Temperature 20.7 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket

Speakers

Speaker measurements
Speaker measurements

The F516 Flex has two speakers at the front that are facing towards the bottom. The sound puts emphasis on the high tones and there are distortions when you reach about 50% of the maximum volume, which is not very loud at 69 dB(A). We recommend headphones or external speakers for a better sound experience. They can be attached via stereo jack, HDMI or Bluetooth.

Power Consumption

You can see the impact of the desktop processor in the consumption measurements. Notebooks with ULV hardware sometimes consume only half the power while idling. 56 watts under load for the F516 Flex is also much higher compared to the typical 30 to 35 watts for a ULV system. The standby consumption of 1 watt is much too high. The 65-watt power adapter is adequate for the notebook.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 9.7 / 13.4 / 15.7 Watt
Load midlight 42 / 56.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Schenker F516 Flex
HD Graphics 530, 6400T, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
HP ProBook 450 G3
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
Nexoc B519 N350DW
HD Graphics 530, 6600T, Samsung SM951 MZHPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
Power Consumption
23%
47%
39%
-23%
Idle Minimum *
9.7
4.2
57%
4.3
56%
4.9
49%
11.9
-23%
Idle Average *
13.4
7.5
44%
7.3
46%
8.2
39%
15.8
-18%
Idle Maximum *
15.7
8.2
48%
7.8
50%
9
43%
18
-15%
Load Average *
42
49.6
-18%
26.3
37%
30.1
28%
57.6
-37%
Load Maximum *
56.8
65.8
-16%
32
44%
36.1
36%
70.7
-24%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Thanks to the comparatively high battery capacity of 62 Wh, the Wi-Fi surfing runtime (150 cd/m², Balanced power profile) is still decent, despite the high consumption. Around 5 hours is only slightly behind the ThinkPad E560 (+13%) and the ProBook 450 G3 (+2%), while the ThinkPad T560 is much more enduring (+119%) thanks to the larger battery and the frugal components.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing v1.3
5h 02min
Schenker F516 Flex
Intel Core i5-6400T, 62 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Intel Core i7-6500U, 48 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
Intel Core i5-6200U, 67 Wh
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U, 44 Wh
Battery Runtime
13%
119%
2%
WiFi
WiFi v1.3
302
342
13%
661
119%
309
2%

Pro

+ very good FHD IPS display
+ SSD + HDD
+ very good system performance
+ individual configurations
+ illuminated keyboard
+ comprehensive maintenance with socketed processor
+ decent keyboard
+ decent runtime
+ good connectivity

Cons

- spongy touchpad buttons
- high idle and standby consumption
- bad speakers

Verdict

In Review: Schenker F516 Flex. Test model courtesy of Schenker Technologies.
In Review: Schenker F516 Flex. Test model courtesy of Schenker Technologies.

The F516 Flex from Schenker is a solid office notebook. It is not a slim Ultrabook, but you get a sturdy chassis with excellent maintainability. Other positive aspects are the very good IPS display as well as the decent keyboard. The notebook also offers many business features like a fingerprint scanner, docking port or a TPM module.

The obvious question is whether a powerful desktop chip makes sense in an office device. This will certainly depend on your requirements, because mobile ULV chips will be quite adequate if you do not perform CPU-demanding applications on a regular basis. The base processor G4500T also left a good impression in this respect. It is powerful enough for office as well as web applications and ensures a responsive system in combination with an SSD.

We could not find any serious issues during our review; the biggest problems are the bad dedicated touchpad buttons and the comparatively high power consumption. Overall, the Schenker F516 Flex is still a convenient business alternative for the established manufacturers and can be configured comprehensively.

Schenker F516 Flex - 02/29/2016 v5
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
74 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
69%
Connectivity
61 / 80 → 76%
Weight
59 / 67 → 83%
Battery
82%
Display
86%
Games Performance
56 / 68 → 83%
Application Performance
88 / 92 → 95%
Temperature
93%
Noise
86%
Audio
59%
Camera
27 / 85 → 32%
Average
71%
80%
Office - Weighted Average

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Andreas Osthoff, 2016-03- 5 (Update: 2016-03- 6)