Notebookcheck

Schenker Media 15 (i7-7700HQ, MX150) Laptop Review

Mike Wobker (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk), 12/14/2017

Good with edges. The Schenker Media 15 is exactly what it claims to be: A multimedia notebook with enough performance for many entertainment applications. The buyers will have to make certain concessions, and, because the competition is on the same level at the very least, the question here is: Why should we pick the Media 15 over other devices?

For the original German review, click here.

With the Media 15, Schenker has a portable all-rounder on offer. Like with other devices from the manufacturer, the buyers have plenty of hardware options to choose from. While the processor options are limited to the Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs from Intel, the choice, in terms of storage space devices, RAM and communications modules, is quite extensive.  Notebooks with an internal DVD or Blu-ray drive are far and few between, and Schenker, too, has only external disk drives on offer.

Our review device is dubbed "Media 15 Value Edition" and comes with the manufacturer-recommended hardware configuration (the storage device and all). This configuration consists of an Intel Core i7 7700HQ processor, an Nvidia GeForce MX150 and 16 GB of RAM. Therefore, media content should be rendered without any problems and current games should be playable with the medium settings.

None of the competing devices that we have reviewed offer the same GPU-CPU combination as the Media 15. Because of this, we have selected multimedia notebooks with the Intel Core i7 7700HQ and multimedia laptops with the GeForce MX150 for comparison purposes. Comparable devices include: the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L, the Dell XPS 15 9560, the HP x360 15t-bl100 and the MacBook Pro 15 2017 from Apple.

Schenker Media 15
Graphics adapter
Memory
16384 MB 
, Dual-channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LP156WF6, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Sunrise Point, Intel Kaby Lake-H
Storage
Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2, 512 GB 
, 340 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC269 @ Intel Skylake PCH-H - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1x Headphone jack, 1x Microphone jack, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26.9 x 378 x 267 ( = 1.06 x 14.88 x 10.51 in)
Battery
62 Wh Lithium-Ion, removeable, 6 cells, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 4.5 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 2.5 MP FullHD (1.920 x 1.080)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, USB drive with software and drivers, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.1 kg ( = 74.08 oz / 4.63 pounds), Power Supply: 400 g ( = 14.11 oz / 0.88 pounds)
Price
1330 Euro

 

Case & Connectivity

The case of our review device is made of simple plastic. The material seems very rigid, and the notebook does not make any creaking sounds when it is used. However, we did not dare to push the case too hard. With a weight of 2.1 kilograms (4.6 lbs), the Media 15 is one of the lightest devices of its kind. Sometimes, it is actually too light. When the display lid is pushed all the way back, one gets a distinct impression that the notebook is going to tip over.

The ports, on the right side of the Media 15, are placed very close to the front of the chassis; when one is using an external mouse, protruding cables can get in the way. Left-handed individuals are in for a similar ordeal, but on a bigger scale: The entire left side is covered with ports. Among them is the SD card reader, which operates at “okay” speeds. The SD card slot is protected from dust by a dummy SD card. By the bye, SD cards do not go in all the way; they protrude about 2 millimeters from the slot.

The Intel Tri-Band Wireless-AC 8265 module allows for fast transfer rates in wireless networks. However, when compared to the competing devices, the Wi-Fi performance looks rather mediocre.

Size Comparison

Ports

Left side: DC power socket, ethernet port, VGA port, HDMI output, USB Type-C port, USB 3.0, SD card reader
Left side: DC power socket, ethernet port, VGA port, HDMI output, USB Type-C port, USB 3.0, SD card reader
Right side: microphone jack, headphone jack, USB 2.0 port, USB 3.0 port, Kensington Security Slot
Right side: microphone jack, headphone jack, USB 2.0 port, USB 3.0 port, Kensington Security Slot
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
157.5 MB/s ∼100% +105%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
120.5 MB/s ∼77% +57%
Schenker Media 15
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76.7 MB/s ∼49%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
74.9 MB/s ∼48% -2%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
252.6 MB/s ∼100% +191%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
217.6 MB/s ∼86% +151%
Schenker Media 15
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86.8 MB/s ∼34%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
84 MB/s ∼33% -3%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Broadcom BCM15700A2 802.11ac
949 MBit/s ∼100% +146%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
648 MBit/s ∼68% +68%
Schenker Media 15
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
386 MBit/s ∼41%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
347 MBit/s ∼37% -10%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
62.3 MBit/s ∼7% -84%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Broadcom BCM15700A2 802.11ac
845 MBit/s ∼100% +48%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
664 MBit/s ∼79% +16%
Schenker Media 15
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
572 MBit/s ∼68%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
529 MBit/s ∼63% -8%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
310 MBit/s ∼37% -46%

Input Devices

The keyboard of the Media 15 offers the functionality of a full-featured keyboard, including the numeric pad. During long typing sessions, the fingers often falter, which can be blamed on the weak switches. Moreover, the keys have a very smooth surface and are prone to wobbling. All of this leads to a rather “mushy” typing experience. That said, the special keys are well-placed, and the number pad provides additional value.

A touchpad with dedicated mouse buttons acts as a mouse replacement. The buttons feel as though they are going to lose their firmness over time. Until then the pressure point is firm, and both buttons do a pretty good job. The touchpad recognizes multi-touch inputs and offers scroll functionality. Therefore, two fingers placed on the touchpad at the same time should enable comfortable scrolling. This function also works in practice; however even minimal deviations from the designated two-finger gesture will result in zooming instead of scrolling. This problem does not arise with other manufacturers.

Display

pixel arrangement
pixel arrangement

Schenker has put an IPS panel with extremely stable viewing angles in the Media 15. It has a resolution of 1920x1080. The relatively high color space coverage and the low black value make the display look very nice. The subjective impression of the display is very good. When compared to the competing devices, the screen of the Media 15 is definitely above average.

318
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
324
cd/m²
313
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
320
cd/m²
320
cd/m²
334
cd/m²
336
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 336 cd/m² Average: 321 cd/m² Minimum: 28.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 321 cd/m²
Contrast: 849:1 (Black: 0.37 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.69 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 3.05 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
84% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 55% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.42
Schenker Media 15
LG Philips LP156WF6, , 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
BOE06C3, , 3840x2160, 15.6
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
LG Display, LP173WF4-SPF5, , 1920x1080, 17.3
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
APPA031, , 2880x1800, 15.4
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
3840x2160, 15.6
Response Times
-38%
162%
147%
-65%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
34 (20, 14)
41.2 (23.2, 18)
-21%
41 (19, 22)
-21%
48 (23.6, 24.4)
-41%
57.2 (27.2, 30)
-68%
Response Time Black / White *
30 (19, 11)
29.6 (16.4, 13.2)
1%
31 (17, 4)
-3%
33.8 (19.6, 14.2)
-13%
39.2 (23.6, 15.6)
-31%
PWM Frequency
20000
1000
-95%
122000 (90)
510%
119000 (80, 210)
495%
961.5
-95%
Screen
3%
15%
41%
7%
Brightness middle
314
338.7
8%
397
26%
545
74%
370.1
18%
Brightness
321
325
1%
364
13%
523
63%
356
11%
Brightness Distribution
92
91
-1%
84
-9%
86
-7%
87
-5%
Black Level *
0.37
0.28
24%
0.29
22%
0.44
-19%
0.37
-0%
Contrast
849
1210
43%
1369
61%
1239
46%
1000
18%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.69
4.9
-4%
3.88
17%
1.6
66%
5.3
-13%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.64
8.7
18%
8.22
23%
3.8
64%
9.9
7%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.05
5.5
-80%
3.1
-2%
1.9
38%
4.6
-51%
Gamma
2.42 99%
2.08 115%
2.59 93%
2.26 106%
2.31 104%
CCT
6684 97%
7498 87%
6570 99%
6834 95%
6284 103%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55
63.5
15%
55
0%
88.3
61%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
84
86.92
3%
84
0%
100
19%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-18% / -7%
89% / 49%
94% / 70%
-29% / -10%

* ... 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
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 11 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. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 14 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. » 22 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41.3 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 20000 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 20000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 20000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8813 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

84% of sRGB
84% of sRGB
55% of AdobeRGB
55% of AdobeRGB

The brightness of the Media 15 is high enough for use under the open sky. For brightness control, the manufacturer uses PWM. With 20000 Hz, the frequency is very high, meaning that it should not cause any problems for susceptible individuals.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: Color Accuracy
CalMAN: Color Accuracy
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Screen bleeding
Screen bleeding

Performance

Our review device comes equipped with a Core i7 7700HQ CPU from Intel and a GeForce MX150 graphics card from Nvidia. Therefore, rendering media content of all sorts and running graphically demanding applications should not be a problem. The CPU options are limited, with the somewhat slower Intel Core i5 7300HQ being the only alternative. In terms of the GPU, there is a little bit more choice with the GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti. Besides that, the manufacturer offers various SSD/HDD combinations and configuratable amounts of RAM. Our review device comes with 16 GB of RAM.

 

Quality journalism is made possible by advertising. We show the least amount of ads whenever possible. We intentionally show more ads when an adblocker is used. Please, switch off ad blockers.

Processor

Most of the competing devices manage to eke out a little bit more performance from Intel’s Core i7 7700HQ processor, however the differences are very slight. The Media 15 hands in a good benchmarking result and can also make full use of the available resources. In our Cinebench loop, the Media 15 managed to maintain its full performance over a prolonged period of time, except for minor fluctuations. These fluctuations always stay on the same level and should not be noticeable during normal use.

You can learn, on our “CPU Benchmarks” page, what kind of performance the Intel Core i7 7700HQ can achieve in other devices and benchmarks.

0102030405060708090100110120130140150160170180190200210220230240250260270280290300310320330340350360370380390400410420430440450460470480490500510520530540550560570580590600610620630640650660670680690700710720730740Tooltip
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
162 Points ∼78% +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159.95 Points ∼77% +9%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
156 Points ∼75% +6%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
157 Points ∼76% +7%
Razer Blade (2017)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
154 Points ∼74% +5%
Schenker Media 15
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
147 Points ∼71%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
739 Points ∼24% +2%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
735 Points ∼24% +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
732 (min: 729, max: 733) Points ∼24% +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
726.78 (min: 704.77, max: 731.97) Points ∼23% 0%
Razer Blade (2017)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
729 Points ∼23% 0%
Schenker Media 15
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
726 Points ∼23%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
147 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
726 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
94.19 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Help

System Performance

The system runs very smoothly. In PCMark 8, our review device achieves a very good result, which can be attributed, in large part, to the very fast SSD. However, over the course of our review, the system crashed twice. We could not determine the cause of these crashes, because at the time of the crashes no demanding programs or benchmarks were running.

PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Radeon Pro 555, 7700HQ, Apple SSD SM0256L
4054 Points ∼67% +1%
Schenker Media 15
GeForce MX150, 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
4009 Points ∼66%
Razer Blade (2017)
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
3958 Points ∼65% -1%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD
3588 Points ∼59% -11%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3457 Points ∼57% -14%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4009 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5123 points
Help

Storage Devices

Schenker has a wide selection of storage space devices on offer. The SSD in our review device, the Samsung 960 PRO, is currently number 6 on our list of SSD/HDD benchmarks. Therefore, it is no surprise that the benchmark results are superb and that our review device manages to achieve an outstanding score. However, the good SSD does not come cheap- it costs 369 Euros ($435)- and can be bought in the hardware configurator on Schenker’s website. Without this SSD, the Schenker Media 15 has only a 500 GB Seagate Barracuda HDD with 5400 RPM at its disposal. 

Schenker Media 15
Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Apple SSD SM0256L
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-8%
-63%
-29%
-18%
Write 4k QD32
489
547.1
12%
237.7
-51%
468.37
-4%
398.1
-19%
Read 4k QD32
554.3
644.9
16%
247.4
-55%
630.82
14%
509.1
-8%
Write 4k
153.4
155.2
1%
81.44
-47%
12.87
-92%
134.1
-13%
Read 4k
53.51
58.85
10%
27.58
-48%
10.76
-80%
45.14
-16%
Write 512
1543
1118
-28%
302.5
-80%
1124.03
-27%
1119
-27%
Read 512
999.8
849.1
-15%
295.6
-70%
967.57
-3%
977.4
-2%
Write Seq
1769
1476
-17%
385.6
-78%
1505.1
-15%
1106
-37%
Read Seq
2175
1248
-43%
480.1
-78%
1556.5
-28%
1684
-23%
Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
Sequential Read: 2175 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1769 MB/s
512K Read: 999.8 MB/s
512K Write: 1543 MB/s
4K Read: 53.51 MB/s
4K Write: 153.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 554.3 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 489 MB/s

Graphics Card

The Nvidia GeForce MX150 performs just as we expected. The score in 3DMark 11 is on the same level as the competition. In order to allow comparison with the next-better GPU, the GeForce GTX 1050, we have included a comparable device in the chart below. It goes to show that you can expect a significant increase in performance with this graphics card

You can learn how well the Nvidia GeForce MX150 stacks up against other graphics cards on our “GPU Benchmarks” page.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7461 (min: 7273, max: 7576) Points ∼15% +63%
Schenker Media 15
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4591 Points ∼9%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
4564 Points ∼9% -1%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
4519 Points ∼9% -2%
3DMark 11 Performance
4925 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
15777 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3320 points
Help

Gaming Performance

Whether or not the Media 15 is fit for gaming, every prospective buyer will have to decide on their own. The device can run smoothly most of the latest games with the medium settings, however stutters are a common occurance here. Games like the one-year-old “Rise of the Tomb Raider” can actually run smoothly even with the high settings. All in all, our review device does a little better than the competing notebooks. For the full gaming performance, buyers should invest some more cash in the Media 15 version with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti.

You can learn what kind of games are playable with an Nvidia GeForce MX150 on our “Gaming Benchmarks” page.

Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
31.1 fps ∼100% +47%
Schenker Media 15
GeForce MX150, 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
21.2 fps ∼68%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
17.6 fps ∼57% -17%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
17.4 (min: 16, max: 20) fps ∼56% -18%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
37.7 fps ∼100% +53%
Schenker Media 15
GeForce MX150, 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
24.6 fps ∼65%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
23.1 fps ∼61% -6%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
20.6 (min: 18, max: 23) fps ∼55% -16%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
68.5 fps ∼100% +56%
Schenker Media 15
GeForce MX150, 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
43.8 fps ∼64%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
40.8 (min: 23, max: 17.6) fps ∼60% -7%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
37.2 (min: 34, max: 42) fps ∼54% -15%
1024x768 Lowest Preset
Schenker Media 15
GeForce MX150, 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
76.1 fps ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
72.3 fps ∼95% -5%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
67.1 (min: 62, max: 74) fps ∼88% -12%
low med. high ultra
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 76.143.824.621.2fps

Emissions & Energy

Systen Noise

At idle, the Media 15 is very quiet; even in very quiet environments, the system noise is barely audible. Under load, and by “load” we mean copying of files, the fan noise becomes quite audible, but not loud per se. With external speakers for sound reproduction, the fan noise can be drowned out quite effectively. Our review device is not suitable for quiet environments, except for simple internet browsing.

Noise Level

Idle
30.3 / 30.3 / 30.6 dB(A)
Load
42.5 / 51.2 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
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: 30.3 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.831.432.834.833.232.8253431.334.730.930343135.733.632.232.431.435.74031.929.132.23029.931.95032.128.53029.138.332.16328.329.432.826.727.228.3803232.626.725.8263210025.927.526.725.526.425.912528.127.125.124.923.828.11602727.424.624.623.42720028.128.224.222.622.528.125029.629.825.521.721.129.631533.332.92821.320.433.340032.332.627.120.219.932.350031.731.827.219.519.331.763033.633.72718.918.333.68003636.429.118.717.836100039.839.932.217.917.539.8125039.139.131.117.617.839.1160040.941.432.917.617.640.9200041.94232.517.717.741.9250043.943.83217.717.743.9315042.242.229.717.817.842.2400036.736.824.5181836.7500033.73422.218.218.233.7630030.630.920.618.418.230.6800028.72920.418.418.428.71000025.325.220.318.618.425.3125002221.723.119.318.3221600022.220.62526.118.422.2SPL51.151.241.530.730.351.1N6.973.51.41.46.9median 32.3Schenker Media 15median 32.6median 26.7median 18.7median 18.3median 32.3Delta4.95.62.721.24.9hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

Our review device does not get hot at all in day-to-day use. The surface temperatures exceed the 27-°C mark (~81 °F) only at one measurement point. Under load, the temperatures increase significantly. Here, the case temperatures reach up to 44 °C (111 °F). Our stress test shows how the Media 15’s internal components fare under load. The core temperatures exceed the 90-°C mark (194 °F) at the very end of our one-hour stress test; the cooling system should have prevented the CPU from getting so hot. However, in everyday use, such a usage scenario is almost out of the question, and therefore such high core temperatures should not lead to any limitations. 

Max. Load
 43.6 °C
110 F
33 °C
91 F
25.4 °C
78 F
 
 29.1 °C
84 F
33.7 °C
93 F
26.7 °C
80 F
 
 25.7 °C
78 F
30.5 °C
87 F
24.1 °C
75 F
 
Maximum: 43.6 °C = 110 F
Average: 30.2 °C = 86 F
25 °C
77 F
26.6 °C
80 F
39.1 °C
102 F
30.1 °C
86 F
29.7 °C
85 F
37.2 °C
99 F
22.1 °C
72 F
36.8 °C
98 F
28.7 °C
84 F
Maximum: 39.1 °C = 102 F
Average: 30.6 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.1 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
Upper side at idle
Upper side at idle
Underside at idle
Underside at idle
Upper side under load
Upper side under load
Underside under load
Underside under load

Speakers

The speakers in the Media 15 deliver a very poor sound. Therefore, external speakers are highly recommended. Bass is practically non-existent, and the low overall volume results in very poor reproduction of other sounds. Other manufacturers use considerably better speakers for their devices.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.633.231.62530.73030.73134.531.434.54029.229.929.25031.438.331.46327.827.227.88031.32631.310026.726.426.712526.323.826.31602623.42620027.322.527.32503121.13131544.920.444.940055.219.955.250049.719.349.763049.818.349.88005917.859100063.117.563.1125067.317.867.3160069.817.669.8200070.817.770.8250066.617.766.6315062.917.862.94000611861500062.718.262.7630067.118.267.1800067.318.467.31000056.818.456.8125005618.3561600056.818.456.8SPL77.930.377.9N37.31.437.3median 56.8Schenker Media 15median 18.3median 56.8Delta10.11.210.135.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Schenker Media 15 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (12% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (30.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 95% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 3% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 88% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 8% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked!)

Energy Consumption

At idle, the Media 15 needs very little energy and draws, at the maximum, 11 watts, which makes it somewhat more energy efficient than the competing devices. Under load, the energy consumption reaches up to 88 watts, which puts our review device behind the competition. Cause for concern: The AC adapter of our review device is rated at 90 watts, which means there is no power reserve to talk about.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 0.9 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.8 / 8.6 / 10.8 Watt
Load midlight 75 / 88 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

The battery life of the Media 15 is less than average. Above all, it does exceptionally poorly in our practically-oriented Wi-Fi test. The competing devices achieve double the battery life, at the very least.

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
7700HQ, Radeon Pro 555, 76 Wh
644 min ∼24% +52%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
8550U, GeForce MX150, 79.2 Wh
511 min ∼19% +21%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 97 Wh
434 min ∼16% +2%
Schenker Media 15
7700HQ, GeForce MX150, 62 Wh
424 min ∼16%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
8550U, GeForce MX150, 48 Wh
377 min ∼14% -11%
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 54min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
7h 04min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 03min

Pros

+ display with very good viewing angles
+ great color space coverage
+ easy maintenance
+ good price-to-performance ratio

Cons

- loud under load
- mediocre keyboard
- error-prone multi-touch function
- very poor speakers

Verdict

Our review device was provided to us courtesy of: Schenker Technologies.
Our review device was provided to us courtesy of: Schenker Technologies.

With the Media 15, Schenker has a solid multimedia notebook on offer. On paper, the device’s hardware looks good, and our benchmark results confirm that the notebook does offer a great deal of performance. However, it is important that prospective buyers choose their hardware components carefully so as not to end up with an unbalanced device. Nevertheless, there are some drawbacks to which buyers should give some thought. The sound quality is very poor and the battery life is well below average, although conversely the display is really good.

The Schenker Media 15 is a solid multimedia notebook that offers a lot of hardware customization options, through which buyers can customize the performance of their device, to great effect, before they purchase it.

Over the course of our review, the Media 15 crashed twice for no obvious reason, and high CPU temperatures that we measured during our stress test could have serious implications for the longevity of the device. Nevertheless, the Media 15 is worth a look for price-conscious buyers. Video streaming, image editing and 3D applications are not a problem for this device. However, when playing demanding video games, the device should be given a break now and again to make sure that the CPU temperatures do not stay at excessive levels for too long.

Schenker Media 15 - 02/20/2018 v6
Mike Wobker

Chassis
78 / 98 → 79%
Keyboard
66%
Pointing Device
79%
Connectivity
53 / 81 → 66%
Weight
62 / 20-67 → 90%
Battery
89%
Display
87%
Games Performance
79 / 85 → 93%
Application Performance
93 / 92 → 100%
Temperature
93%
Noise
80 / 95 → 84%
Audio
30%
Camera
45 / 85 → 53%
Average
72%
82%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

Pricecompare

static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Schenker Media 15 (i7-7700HQ, MX150) Laptop Review
Mike Wobker, 2017-12-14 (Update: 2018-03-19)