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Schenker M505 (Clevo W650SC) Notebook Review

Florian Glaser, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Markus Doepfert), 04/28/2015

Fine-tuning. Schenker Technologies relies for the M505 on the simple design of the predecessor. The changes underneath the hood are equally marginal. For instance, the IPS panel is accompanied by a GeForce GTX 950M instead of a GeForce GTX 850M. Find out here how this affects the performance.

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Almost one year ago we tested the Schenker M504, which turned out to be a well-rounded versatile notebook with high-grade display. The successor, the M505, builds on existing strengths and gains slightly in speed, but only if you choose the GeForce GTX 950M. The default graphics card, the GeForce 940M, is - despite the higher base price - unfit to challenge the GeForce GTX 850M of the predecessor.

Those who are looking for a gaming notebook should also upgrade the processor. The 2.2 GHz Intel Celeron 2970M of the base model is neither capable of Turbo Boost (automatic overclocking) nor Hyperthreading (virtual doubling of the amount of cores) and only has a 2 MB L3-cache available. We recommend investing at least 100 Euros (~$109) in a Core-i3 or Core-i5 processor. The Core-i7 range is only suitable to a limited extent due to the finite graphics power (the GeForce GTX 950 belongs to the midrange).

Apart from that, the base configuration, which costs 899 Euros (~$981), comes with 4 GB DDR3-RAM and a 500 GB hard drive. Those who choose 8 or 16 GB and a combination of HDD and SSD are required to pay a much higher price. Hence, our test configuration reaches almost 1,400 Euros (~$1528), which is significantly more than some of the competitors ask for (Asus N551Acer Aspire V15HP Envy 15 …).

Control Center - System Program
Control Center - System Program
Control Center - Device
Control Center - Device
Control Center - Gaming
Control Center - Gaming
Flexikey
Flexikey
Schenker M505
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M - 2048 MB, Core: 993 MHz, Memory: 2000 MHz, DDR3, ForceWare 345.05, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, SO-DIMM DDR3-RAM PC3-12800 (1600 MHz), 2 of 2 Slots occupied, max. 16 GB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, AU Optronics B156HAN01.2 (AUO12ED), IPS, Full-HD, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM86 (Lynx Point)
Storage
Samsung SSD 850 EVO mSATA 250GB, 250 GB 
, + WDC Black WD7500BPKX-22HPJT0, 750 GB HDD @7200 rpm. Slots: 1x mSATA & 1x 2,5-Zoll
Soundcard
VIA VT1802P @ Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: Headphones, Microphone, Card Reader: MMC,RSMMC,SD,Mini SD,SDHC,SDXC,MS,MS Duo,MS Pro, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208FB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 31 x 374 x 252 ( = 1.22 x 14.72 x 9.92 in)
Battery
62 Wh Lithium-Ion, 5600 mAh, 11.1V, W650BAT-6, 327 Grams
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: FHD (2 MP)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo (Sound Blaster Cinema 2), Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Power-Supply: 120 Watts, Quick Start Guide, Drivers DVD, MS Office 365 Trial, 24-48 Months Warranty
Weight
2.572 kg ( = 90.72 oz / 5.67 pounds), Power Supply: 464 g ( = 16.37 oz / 1.02 pounds)
Price
1390 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

In terms of design, the M505 is the twin brother of its predecessor. Its review takes a closer look at the case, the equipment and the input devices. The only difference we could observe was the changed touchpad surface: Instead of a smooth finish, the mouse substitute offers a rough surface, which gives an improved feedback. Please note: All pictures in the image gallery are from the M504.

Display

The new display is another feature that needs to be praised. Instead of the LG Philips LP156WF4-SPB1 the M505 employs an AU Optronics B156HAN01.2 (the XMG A505 sends it regards).

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279
cd/m²
290
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
268
cd/m²
275
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
248
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 290 cd/m² Average: 267.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 275 cd/m²
Contrast: 1250:1 (Black: 0.22 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.78 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 2.28 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
91.4% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 59% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.3

Although the old model already convinced with its high contrast and a relatively low black value, the successor comes off with a small advantage in these categories. Our measuring instrument established 1,250:1 and 0.22 cd/m² in comparison to the old model’s 930:1 and 0.33 cd/m². The slightly lower illumination (86 vs. 90%) and a 10% lower brightness (268 vs. 296 cd/m²) are in our opinion negligible.

Schenker M505
AU Optronics B156HAN01.2 (AUO12ED)
Schenker M504
LG Philips LP156WF4-SPB1 (LGD0323)
Asus N551JK-CN166H
Samsung 156HL01-102 (SDC324C)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
LG Philips LP156WF6-SPB1
HP Envy 15-k203ng
AU Optronics
Screen
-51%
-50%
-32%
-132%
Brightness middle
275
307
12%
323
17%
320
16%
297
8%
Brightness
268
296
10%
312
16%
283
6%
286
7%
Brightness Distribution
86
90
5%
83
-3%
83
-3%
85
-1%
Black Level *
0.22
0.33
-50%
0.38
-73%
0.32
-45%
0.78
-255%
Contrast
1250
930
-26%
850
-32%
1000
-20%
381
-70%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.78
6.98
-151%
7.4
-166%
5.31
-91%
11.14
-301%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.28
6.63
-191%
6.24
-174%
4.73
-107%
12.16
-433%
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.46 89%
2.98 74%
2.36 93%
3.13 70%
CCT
6505 100%
6471 100%
8098 80%
5980 109%
12217 53%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59
50
-15%
69
17%
52.9
-10%
51.2
-13%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
91.4

* ... smaller is better

The AU Optronics' biggest advantage is the improved color fidelity. As the screenshots below prove, the grayscale, the RGB balance and the color saturation are already more than acceptable when delivered. A fact that does not apply to the M504. This is topped off by the bigger color space coverage: 91% sRGB and 59% AdobeRGB are quite a statement. The predecessor display had to be content with 72% and 50%.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
Schenker M505 vs. sRGB
Schenker M505 vs. sRGB
Schenker M505 vs. AdobeRGB
Schenker M505 vs. AdobeRGB

In terms of viewing angle stability, the M505 does well once again. Deviations occur only at steep angles from above or below, which is typical for the IPS technology. TN panels stand no chance against the AU Optronics. Criticism is allowed for its outdoor capabilities. Due to its mediocre brightness, the M505 lacks visibility in bright places - despite the anti-glare surface.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

As mentioned before, the components are highly similar to those of the predecessor. To allow a smooth everyday experience with Windows programs, we set up the M505 with a midrange processor and a 250 GB solid- state drive. The package is rounded off with 8 GB DDR3-RAM and a 750 GB HDD spinning at 7,200 rpm.

System information Schenker M505

Processor

The Core i5-4210M is a 2.6 GHz dual-core model. Equipped with Turbo Boost and Hyperthreading it can reach up to 3.2 GHz and work with eight threads simultaneously. 3 MB L3-Cache is quite impressive (4-8 MB @Core i7) for a dual-core.

Single-Core Rendering
Single-Core Rendering
Multi-Core Rendering
Multi-Core Rendering
CPU- & GPU-Load
CPU- & GPU-Load

Another feature that needs to be mentioned is the integrated graphics chip. Since the M505 supports the Optimus technology by Nvidia, the system is able to switch dynamically between the HD Graphics 4600 and the dedicated GeForce GPU. Besides saving energy, it has positive effects on the heat output as well as the noise level.

Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.34 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.36 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
51.89 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
117 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
307 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
82.49 fps
Help

But let's get back to the CPU. During the test with Cinebench R11.5, the Core i5-4210M showed an ideal turbo usage of 3.2 GHz with single-core load and 3.1 GHz with multi-core load. Even under extreme conditions, simulated during our stress test with the tools FurMark and Prime95, the turbo is still active (~2.8 GHz). The benchmark values are only a logical result of this behavior. Although the Core i5-4210M cannot keep up with its quad-core brothers in the multi-core scenarios, the dual-core is sufficiently fast for standard tasks such as MS Office, video or web. For games, the graphics card is the limiting factor.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker M505
Intel Core i5-4210M
117 Points ∼55%
Schenker XMG A505
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
142 Points ∼67% +21%
Schenker M504
Intel Core i5-4310M
128 Points ∼60% +9%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
Intel Core i5-4200H
130 Points ∼61% +11%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
Intel Core i5-5200U
108 Points ∼51% -8%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
Intel Core i7-5500U
120 Points ∼56% +3%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker M505
Intel Core i5-4210M
307 Points ∼10%
Schenker XMG A505
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
538 Points ∼17% +75%
Schenker M504
Intel Core i5-4310M
325 Points ∼10% +6%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
Intel Core i5-4200H
323 Points ∼10% +5%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
Intel Core i5-5200U
261 Points ∼8% -15%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
Intel Core i7-5500U
289 Points ∼9% -6%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker M505
Intel Core i5-4210M
1.34 Points ∼55%
Schenker XMG A505
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
1.57 Points ∼64% +17%
Schenker M504
Intel Core i5-4310M
1.47 Points ∼60% +10%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
Intel Core i5-4200H
1.46 Points ∼60% +9%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
Intel Core i5-5200U
1.25 Points ∼51% -7%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker M505
Intel Core i5-4210M
3.36 Points ∼12%
Schenker XMG A505
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
5.87 Points ∼22% +75%
Schenker M504
Intel Core i5-4310M
3.56 Points ∼13% +6%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
Intel Core i5-4200H
3.5 Points ∼13% +4%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
Intel Core i5-5200U
2.8 Points ∼10% -17%

System Performance

Those who include an SSD can expect an extremely high system speed. Our test device does not have to fear comparison to more expensive gaming notebooks in PCMark 7: 5,462 points are quite something for a multimedia laptop. The quad-core option would probably add a few hundred points.

PCMark 7 Score
5462 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Schenker M505
GeForce GTX 950M, 4210M, Samsung SSD 850 EVO mSATA 250GB
5462 Points ∼64%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
6042 Points ∼70% +11%
Schenker M504
GeForce GTX 850M, 4310M, Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3
4969 Points ∼58% -9%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
4131 Points ∼48% -24%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3924 Points ∼46% -28%

Storage Devices

The 15-inch device can be equipped with a 2.5-inch hard drive and additionally an mSATA-SSD. For the latter, Schenker relies on Crucial (M550 and MX200) and Samsung (850 EVO). In terms of price-performance ratio, any of the three models would make for a solid choice. Most of the time the competing products' only difference is a few bucks. Our test model ran with the 250 GB version of Samsung's 850 EVO. 511 MB/sec sequential read and 496 MB/sec sequential write in the AS SSD benchmark put the mSATA drive among the strongest competitors there are. For even higher values a notebook with a RAID system (e.g. see the MSI GS60) or an SSD based on PCI-Express (Schenker XMG U505) is required.

Samsung SSD 850 EVO mSATA 250GB
Sequential Read: 524.7 MB/s
Sequential Write: 501.6 MB/s
512K Read: 471.7 MB/s
512K Write: 384 MB/s
4K Read: 45.82 MB/s
4K Write: 104.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 373.3 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 344.4 MB/s

Graphics Card

While the high-end model GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M outshine their predecessors by far due to their new architecture (Maxwell instead of Kepler), Nvidia settled for tuning the clockspeed for the low-priced chips. The effects on the Schenker M505 are especially insignificant. In practice there is almost no difference between 902-1,084 MHz (GTX 850M) and 993-1,124 (GTX 950M). The main issue of the midrange GPU is its small memory interface. A 128-bit bus is not enough anymore for gamers, especially since barebone manufacturer Clevo equipped the GTX 950M with DDR3 instead of the modern GDDR5. The 2 GB memory will also be a bottleneck in the future.

3DMark 11 Performance
4356 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
62912 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
9514 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2810 points
Help

Despite all this, the GeForce GTX 950M cuts a good figure as an all-round GPU for a multimedia notebook. As long as the M505 does not come in contact with extremely demanding 3D programs, the DirectX 11 chip is powerful enough to cope with the load. The benchmarks make it clear that the performance is similar to the level of the GTX 850M. Advice: Bargain hunters should take advantage of the clearance sale of the M504. While being phased out, this model costs 200 Euros (~$219) less despite similar hardware. Thanks to GDDR5-VRAM, notebooks based on the GTX-860M are yet another economical and faster alternative.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Schenker M505
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
4356 Points ∼14%
Schenker XMG A505
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
5639 Points ∼18% +29%
Schenker M504
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
4270 Points ∼14% -2%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
4255 Points ∼14% -2%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
3912 Points ∼13% -10%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
3961 Points ∼13% -9%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Schenker M505
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
2810 Points ∼11%
Schenker XMG A505
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
4071 Points ∼15% +45%
Schenker M504
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
2695 Points ∼10% -4%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
2675 Points ∼10% -5%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
2632 Points ∼10% -6%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
2579 Points ∼10% -8%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Schenker M505
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
9142 Points ∼16%
Schenker XMG A505
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
12472 Points ∼21% +36%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
8340 Points ∼14% -9%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
8665 Points ∼15% -5%

Gaming Performance

Those who do not require maximum details and multiple anti-aliasing in every game should get along just fine with the GeForce GTX 950M. Aside from a few extreme cases such as Assassin's Creed UnityWatch DogsRyse: Son of Rome and Dragon Age: Inquisition, medium to high settings in the native resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels are possible. More frugal and/or older games (e.g. FIFA 15Sims 4 and F1 2014) can be played in all their graphics glory.

low med. high ultra
Crysis 3 (2013) 81.448.135.213.3fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 226.7131.471.933.7fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 134.499.986.129.6fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 6159.242.122.4fps
Thief (2014) 64.149.440.419.3fps
Watch Dogs (2014) 49.742.219.410.5fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 158.697.663.635.2fps
Sims 4 (2014) 164.388.253.245.4fps
Fifa 15 (2014) 153.8131.592.8fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 85.454.127.917fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 130.693.347.634fps
Ryse: Son of Rome (2014) 52.242.521.119.8fps
F1 2014 (2014) 116898269fps
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014) 111.967.841.422fps
Assassin's Creed Unity (2014) 38.629.713.28.4fps
Far Cry 4 (2014) 65.25727.121.2fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 47.540.923.616.4fps
Evolve (2015) 68.750.927.223.4fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 109.68134.921fps
GTA V (2015) 77.171.429.311.8fps

Emissions

System Noise

The noise generation has barely changed in comparison to the M504. This comes as no surprise as the devices are almost identical. When the notebook is under no or nearly no load the system works rather quietly. Admittedly the tested HDD (Western Digital Black) is always drawing attention with its constant rustling and clattering, but after a long rest period the hard drive as well as the fan shut off completely, muting the M505 altogether. The Clevo barebones' typical and annoying speeding up of the cooling system, which we have noticed quite often in the past, has become a rather rare occurrence. The 3D mode is the biggest negative.  An average of 44 dB(A) in 3DMark 06 and up to 50 dB(A) under full load are quite a lot for a multimedia notebook. Other all-rounders prove to be quieter.

Schenker M505
Schenker M504
Asus N551JK-CN166H
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
HP Envy 15-k203ng
Noise
0%
2%
6%
1%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
29.4
29.5
-0%
32.1
-9%
31.9
-9%
33.4
-14%
Idle Average *
33.2
31
7%
32.9
1%
31.9
4%
33.4
-1%
Idle Maximum *
34.4
31.8
8%
33.7
2%
32.2
6%
33.4
3%
Load Average *
44.3
47.4
-7%
42
5%
37
16%
42.1
5%
Load Maximum *
49.6
53
-7%
44.8
10%
43.3
13%
44.8
10%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
29.4 / 33.2 / 34.4 dB(A)
HDD
33.8 dB(A)
DVD
37.2 / dB(A)
Load
44.3 / 49.6 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress Test
Stress Test

Although the case fan produces quite a lot of noise during 3D scenarios, the case still noticeably heats up in some areas. After one hour of full load, our measurement instrument displayed up to 44 °C (111.2 °F) at the bottom and up to 42 °C (107.6 °F) at the top. This would not be a problem, if it were not for the palm rest that is also affected. Long gaming sessions can therefore become a bit unpleasant. When in idle mode the device stays substantially cooler. Two hours of idle result in a case temperature of almost 27 °C (80.6 °F, top) and 28 °C (82.4 °F, bottom). All in all, we would label the results as decent. The same goes for the components. The maximum value of 86 °C  (186.8 °F) for the Core i5-4210M is not overly hot. As a matter of fact, the GeForce GTX 950M only reached 70 °C  (158 °F) during the stress test.

Schenker M505
Schenker M504
Asus N551JK-CN166H
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
HP Envy 15-k203ng
Heat
-4%
11%
4%
11%
Maximum Upper Side *
42.2
39.4
7%
39.4
7%
48.2
-14%
43.3
-3%
Maximum Bottom *
43.8
41.2
6%
37.6
14%
39.5
10%
43.2
1%
Idle Upper Side *
29
34.2
-18%
28.7
1%
28.3
2%
23.8
18%
Idle Bottom *
32.5
35.9
-10%
26.1
20%
27
17%
23.8
27%

* ... smaller is better

Max. Load
 40 °C
104 F
39.7 °C
103 F
27.8 °C
82 F
 
 41.5 °C
107 F
41.9 °C
107 F
27.3 °C
81 F
 
 41.6 °C
107 F
42.2 °C
108 F
28.3 °C
83 F
 
Maximum: 42.2 °C = 108 F
Average: 36.7 °C = 98 F
31 °C
88 F
39.9 °C
104 F
43.8 °C
111 F
29.1 °C
84 F
40 °C
104 F
43 °C
109 F
32.1 °C
90 F
39.8 °C
104 F
37.8 °C
100 F
Maximum: 43.8 °C = 111 F
Average: 37.4 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  49.7 °C = 121 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.7 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.2 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °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 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(-) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 42.2 °C / 108 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.2 °C / 84.6 F (-13 °C / -23.4 F).

Speakers

Sound Blaster Cinema 2
Sound Blaster Cinema 2

Despite the software update (Sound Blaster Cinema v2 instead of v1) the 2.0 system still sounds very feeble. In addition to maximum volume, it is also lacking in precision and bass. Without headset or external speakers, movies, games and songs do not even come close to unfolding their true potential. The sound quality does not stand a chance to that of other multimedia notebooks. Thanks to the included subwoofer, the Asus N551 sounds significantly better.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Unsurprisingly the power consumption complies with that of the predecessor: 11-18 watts in idle mode and 70-105 watts under load are acceptable for an all-round notebook. With 120 watts, the power supply appears to be sufficiently dimensioned (at least for the use of a dual-core CPU).

Schenker M505
Schenker M504
Asus N551JK-CN166H
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
HP Envy 15-k203ng
Power Consumption
1%
15%
33%
42%
Idle Minimum *
11.2
11.2
-0%
8.6
23%
5.4
52%
5.4
52%
Idle Average *
15.8
15.2
4%
12
24%
11.5
27%
9.9
37%
Idle Maximum *
18
17.2
4%
13
28%
12.8
29%
10.6
41%
Load Average *
70.2
72.6
-3%
72.2
-3%
48.6
31%
37.6
46%
Load Maximum *
105.2
106.4
-1%
104
1%
79.8
24%
67.3
36%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 11.2 / 15.8 / 18 Watt
Load midlight 70.2 / 105.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

The runtime of the test configuration ranges between 2.5 and a maximum of 5.5 hours, making it neither sublime nor subprime. Top: Schenker ships the M505 with a 62 Wh battery. Theoretically, the W650SC barebone is also available with a weaker 48 Wh battery.

Schenker M505
Schenker M504
Asus N551JK-CN166H
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
HP Envy 15-k203ng
Battery Runtime
-2%
-7%
79%
Reader / Idle
322
316
-2%
436
35%
797
148%
Load
147
146
-1%
76
-48%
161
10%
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 22min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 27min

Pros

+ High-quality IPS panel
+ Good overall performance
+ Battery directly accessable
+ Easy maintenance
+ Many configuration options
+ Matt surface
+ No bloatware

Cons

- Average case quality
- Interfaces inconveniently placed
- No keyboard lighting
- Rather noisy during 3D mode
- Poor sound system
- Only DDR3-VRAM

Verdict

Schenker M505
Schenker M505

Admittedly, the complete package of the M505 works well. Nevertheless, we need to point out that; the case is slightly old fashioned. Other multimedia notebooks of the 15-inch format (Asus N551Acer Aspire V15HP Envy 15) are lighter, slimmer and/or of better quality. Furthermore, the competitors have the edge over the M505 in terms of sound, input devices and emissions.

The M505's greatest highlight is the high-quality IPS panel, which delights in almost every aspect. The outstanding maintainability and the plentiful configuration possibilities are another reason to buy the notebook, let alone the clean Windows installation that comes without unnecessary bloatware.

Despite all this, it would not hurt if the case manufacturer Clevo put more effort into the next generation. Our wish list contains items such as keyboard lighting, a better positioning of the interfaces and adequate loudspeakers.

Nevertheless, those who are not put off by the somewhat high price, get a strong all-rounder.

Schenker M505 - 03/31/2016 v5
Florian Glaser

Chassis
66 / 98 → 67%
Keyboard
67%
Pointing Device
72%
Connectivity
47 / 81 → 57%
Weight
59 / 20-67 → 83%
Battery
86%
Display
90%
Games Performance
74 / 85 → 87%
Application Performance
88 / 92 → 95%
Temperature
80%
Noise
70 / 95 → 74%
Audio
50%
Average
71%
77%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Florian Glaser, 2015-04-28 (Update: 2018-05-15)