Notebookcheck

Schenker S306 Subnotebook Review

A success. Schenker's S306 is a slim 13.3-inch subnotebook that shouldn't have any problems finding an audience. The S306 is equipped with a beautiful IPS Full-HD display, a good keyboard and it's easy to maintain as well. The battery life could be better, however.

Working For Notebookcheck

Are you a techie who knows how to write? Then join our Team!

Currently wanted: 
News Editor - Details here

For the original German review, see here.

13.3-inch notebooks enjoy great popularity - one only needs to look at the success of Apple's Macbook Air 13 and Asus' Zenbook UX303 as well as UX305-series. Schenker adds another offering to the mix with their S306. The notebook comes equipped with components from Intel and has room for two storage drives. Competitors are the HP Envy 13, the Apple Macbook Air 13, as well as the Asus Zenbook UX303 and UX305.

Schenker S306
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 520, Core: 300-950 MHz, Single-Channel, 20.19.15.4352
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3-1600, Single-Channel, one slot (used)
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, Chi Mei 133HSE, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e, 256 GB 
, Western Digital WD10SPCX (1 TB, 5400 rpm), 1130 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC269 @ Intel Skylake PCH-H - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: Audiokombo, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18 x 325 x 219 ( = 0.71 x 12.8 x 8.62 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.4 kg ( = 49.38 oz / 3.09 pounds), Power Supply: 297 g ( = 10.48 oz / 0.65 pounds)
Price
1150 Euro

 

Case & Connectivity

A simple, yet elegant metal chassis - available in silver and dark gray - houses the hardware. The build quality is high and leaves a favorable impression; the stability is also very good. There's no maintenance cover, so accessing the internals requires the removal of the bottom part of the base unit. That's an easy thing to do, since the bottom tray simply comes off once the screws are removed.

The S306 comes equipped with the usual array of physical ports. Positive is the fact that a USB 3.1 port is on board as well. The subnotebook lacks a Ethernet port, so users interested in one need to use a USB-to-Ethernet adapter. The ports are located towards the rear of the S306 on the sides, so the areas to the left and right of the palm rest remain free of cables.

The card reader works at different speeds depending on the size of the data and transfers large blocks at a maximum of 38.5 MB/s. Copying 250 jpeg files (5 MB each) took place at 28.9 MB/s. As always, we use our reference SD card - a Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II - for these tests.

left side: power jack, USB 2.0 (yes - 2-point-0 - even though there's a "SuperSpeed" sticker on the chassis), audio-combo jack, reset button
left side: power jack, USB 2.0 (yes - 2-point-0 - even though there's a "SuperSpeed" sticker on the chassis), audio-combo jack, reset button
right side: card reader, USB 3.1, HDMI, USB 3.0
right side: card reader, USB 3.1, HDMI, USB 3.0

Input Devices

The S306 is equipped with a backlit chicklet keyboard. The backlight has two brightness levels, which are accessed using a function key. The flat keys are slightly rough to the touch with short travel and well-defined feedback. The resistance could be a tad higher - but that is a matter of taste. During typing, the keyboard flexes ever so slightly at the upper right side, but that flexing has no detrimental effect. The keyboard is very decent overall and should even satisfy avid typists. The multitouch-capable clickpad measures 10.5 x 6.3 cm and is as such large enough for gestures. The smooth surface allows fingers to glide easily. The travel distance is short with ample feedback..

input devices
input devices

Display

subpixel array
subpixel array

The S306 features a matte 13.3-inch display with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Other display types are not offered. Both the brightness (332.7 cd/m²) as well as the contrast (890:1) are quite good. At brightness levels of 90 % and below, the display uses PWM with a frequency of 1020 Hz. Since this is very high, even sensitive users shouldn't have a problem.

372
cd/m²
352
cd/m²
305
cd/m²
366
cd/m²
347
cd/m²
299
cd/m²
350
cd/m²
301
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 372 cd/m² Average: 332.7 cd/m² Minimum: 7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %
Center on Battery: 347 cd/m²
Contrast: 890:1 (Black: 0.39 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.66 | 0.8-29.43 Ø6.4
ΔE Greyscale 4.18 | 0.64-98 Ø6.6
93% sRGB (Argyll) 61% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.79

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 1020 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 1020 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1020 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9986 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 588200) Hz was measured.

As shipped, the display has a color DeltaE deviation of 3.66, which is only slightly above the target (DeltaE less than 3). The display is not affected by a bluish tint.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Graylevels
CalMAN - Graylevels
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation

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
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 43 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
46 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13 ms rise
↘ 33 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. » 70 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (42.1 ms).

The panel uses IPS technology and exhibits a high viewing angle stability. The screen content is visible from nearly all angles. Outdoor use is certainly possible, although direct sunlight should be avoided.

outdoor use (sun behind the notebook)
outdoor use (sun behind the notebook)

Performance

The S306 is slim and individually configurable 13.3-inch subnotebook. Our review version sells for about 1150 Euro (~$1300) in Schenker's online shop; the least expensive version costs 799 Euro (~$905). 

Processor

The S306 is equipped with the dual-core Core i5-6200U (Skylake) - Intel's current middle-class ULV CPU. The CPU - which offers ample performance for most tasks - is clocked at 2.3 GHz with a Turbo-maximum of 2.7 GHz for both cores and 2.8 GHz for a single core. The Turbo is active with the notebook plugged in as well as running on battery power.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6798
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9937
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4381
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
25.32 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.2 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.32 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
32.24 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
287 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
115 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
115 Points ∼89%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
109 Points ∼84% -5%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
97 Points ∼75% -16%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
123 Points ∼95% +7%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
129 Points ∼100% +12%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-EHM1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
72 Points ∼56% -37%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
108 Points ∼84% -6%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
121 Points ∼94% +5%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
HD Graphics 6000, 5650U, Apple SSD SD0256F
112 Points ∼87% -3%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-A-10X
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
112 Points ∼87% -3%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
116 Points ∼90% +1%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
112 Points ∼87% -3%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
287 Points ∼97%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
258 Points ∼87% -10%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
291 Points ∼98% +1%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
276 Points ∼93% -4%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
278 Points ∼94% -3%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-EHM1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
200 Points ∼68% -30%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
258 Points ∼87% -10%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
296 Points ∼100% +3%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
HD Graphics 6000, 5650U, Apple SSD SD0256F
296 Points ∼100% +3%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-A-10X
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
223 Points ∼75% -22%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
287 Points ∼97% 0%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
285 Points ∼96% -1%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
1.32 Points ∼90%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
1.18 Points ∼80% -11%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
1.13 Points ∼77% -14%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
1.43 Points ∼97% +8%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
1.47 Points ∼100% +11%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-EHM1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
0.81 Points ∼55% -39%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
1.24 Points ∼84% -6%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
1.41 Points ∼96% +7%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
HD Graphics 6000, 5650U, Apple SSD SD0256F
1.47 Points ∼100% +11%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-A-10X
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
1.27 Points ∼86% -4%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
1.28 Points ∼87% -3%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
1.33 Points ∼90% +1%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
3.2 Points ∼98%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
2.82 Points ∼87% -12%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
3.2 Points ∼98% 0%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3.07 Points ∼94% -4%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
3.14 Points ∼96% -2%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-EHM1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
1.79 Points ∼55% -44%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
2.84 Points ∼87% -11%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
3.26 Points ∼100% +2%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
HD Graphics 6000, 5650U, Apple SSD SD0256F
3.14 Points ∼96% -2%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-A-10X
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
2.4 Points ∼74% -25%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
3.19 Points ∼98% 0%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
3.09 Points ∼95% -3%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
4381 Points ∼88%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
4122 Points ∼83% -6%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
4397 Points ∼88% 0%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
4695 Points ∼94% +7%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
4874 Points ∼98% +11%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
4600 Points ∼92% +5%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
HD Graphics 6000, 5650U, Apple SSD SD0256F
4980 Points ∼100% +14%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-A-10X
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
4230 Points ∼85% -3%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
4394 Points ∼88% 0%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
4376 Points ∼88% 0%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
9937 Points ∼99%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
8576 Points ∼86% -14%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
9942 Points ∼99% 0%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
9543 Points ∼95% -4%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
9869 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
9767 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
HD Graphics 6000, 5650U, Apple SSD SD0256F
10008 Points ∼100% +1%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-A-10X
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
7448 Points ∼74% -25%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
9815 Points ∼98% -1%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
9959 Points ∼100% 0%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
5595 Points ∼85%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
5294 Points ∼80% -5%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
5769 Points ∼88% +3%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
6582 Points ∼100% +18%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
6039 Points ∼92% +8%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
HD Graphics 6000, 5650U, Apple SSD SD0256F
6406 Points ∼97% +14%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
6093 Points ∼93% +9%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
2581 Points ∼85%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
2650 Points ∼87% +3%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
2747 Points ∼90% +6%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
3036 Points ∼99% +18%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
2846 Points ∼93% +10%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
HD Graphics 6000, 5650U, Apple SSD SD0256F
3053 Points ∼100% +18%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
2882 Points ∼94% +12%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
90.8 ms * ∼39%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
113.3 ms * ∼49% -25%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
89 ms * ∼38% +2%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
96.2 ms * ∼41% -6%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
80.2 ms * ∼35% +12%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-EHM1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
124.5 ms * ∼54% -37%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
151 ms * ∼65% -66%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
95.3 ms * ∼41% -5%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
232.1 ms * ∼100% -156%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
98 ms * ∼42% -8%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
192.06 Points ∼90%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
116.6 Points ∼54% -39%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
214.46 Points ∼100% +12%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
194.6 Points ∼91% +1%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
1294.5 ms * ∼50%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
2614.9 ms * ∼100% -102%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
1250.7 ms * ∼48% +3%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
2250.8 ms * ∼86% -74%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
1118.2 ms * ∼43% +14%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
2292.2 ms * ∼88% -77%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
2400.8 ms * ∼92% -85%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
1310.6 ms * ∼50% -1%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
28194 Points ∼88%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
13100 Points ∼41% -54%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
28525 Points ∼89% +1%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
14491 Points ∼45% -49%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
32020 Points ∼100% +14%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
14493 Points ∼45% -49%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
27593 Points ∼86% -2%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
2652 Points ∼90%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
2677 Points ∼91% +1%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
2714 Points ∼92% +2%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
2951 Points ∼100% +11%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
2659 Points ∼90% 0%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
2668 Points ∼90% +1%

* ... smaller is better

Quality journalism is paid by advertising. We show the least amount of ads possible. Adblock users see more ads. Please, switch off ad blockers.

System Performance

A speedy SSD and a powerful processor guarantee a very responsive system. The PC Mark results are very good, even though the S306 can't outperform the direct competitors despite the significantly faster SSD. During normal operation, a fast SSD doesn't offer a lot of advantages - although load times do improve significantly. In addition, the RAM is running in single-channel mode. Dual-channel is not an option, since the S306 only has one RAM slot. The latter mode would allow the GPU to run more efficiently. The overall performance of our review notebook can't be improved - Schenker has already exhausted all the options.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2920 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3571 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4013 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
2920 Points ∼82%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
3191 Points ∼89% +9%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
3209 Points ∼90% +10%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
2841 Points ∼79% -3%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
3320 Points ∼93% +14%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-EHM1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
2833 Points ∼79% -3%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
3167 Points ∼88% +8%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
HD Graphics 6000, 5650U, Apple SSD SD0256F
3579 Points ∼100% +23%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-A-10X
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
2184 Points ∼61% -25%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
2983 Points ∼83% +2%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
3246 Points ∼91% +11%

Storage Devices

Although the chassis is slim and compact, there's enough room inside for two drives. The system drive is an NVMe SSD with a capacity of 256 GB. The transfer rates are - thanks to the PCI Express x4 interface - outstanding. In addition, there's also a regular 2.5-inch HDD. This platter-based drive spins at 5400 RPM and has a capacity of 1 TB.

Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
Sequential Read: 1646 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1274 MB/s
512K Read: 1148 MB/s
512K Write: 1255 MB/s
4K Read: 48.43 MB/s
4K Write: 124.3 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 482.2 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 382.6 MB/s

GPU Performance

An Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU handles the graphics output. The integrated graphics handles DirectX 12 and runs at up to 950 MHz. The results of the 3D Mark benchmark tests are as expected for this type of GPU. As we mentioned before, it's impossible to use dual-channel mode to improve the performance.

3DMark 11 Performance
1267 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
39536 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4488 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
607 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
1267 Points ∼51%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
1138 Points ∼46% -10%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
1487 Points ∼60% +17%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
1849 Points ∼74% +46%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
2488 Points ∼100% +96%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-EHM1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
1151 Points ∼46% -9%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
2485 Points ∼100% +96%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
1198 Points ∼48% -5%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
HD Graphics 6000, 5650U, Apple SSD SD0256F
1459 Points ∼59% +15%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-A-10X
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
846 Points ∼34% -33%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
1558 Points ∼63% +23%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
1483 Points ∼60% +17%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
607 Points ∼43%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
707 Points ∼50% +16%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
1073 Points ∼75% +77%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
1428 Points ∼100% +135%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-EHM1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
596 Points ∼42% -2%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
757 Points ∼53% +25%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
HD Graphics 6000, 5650U, Apple SSD SD0256F
903 Points ∼63% +49%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-A-10X
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
521 Points ∼36% -14%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
861 Points ∼60% +42%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
797 Points ∼56% +31%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
2786 Points ∼53%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
2691 Points ∼51% -3%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
4053 Points ∼77% +45%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
5291 Points ∼100% +90%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
2788 Points ∼53% 0%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
3324 Points ∼63% +19%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
4488 Points ∼72%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
5104 Points ∼82% +14%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
5833 Points ∼94% +30%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
5778 Points ∼93% +29%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
6223 Points ∼100% +39%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-EHM1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
3778 Points ∼61% -16%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
5461 Points ∼88% +22%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
HD Graphics 6000, 5650U, Apple SSD SD0256F
6061 Points ∼97% +35%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-A-10X
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
3883 Points ∼62% -13%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
5931 Points ∼95% +32%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
5512 Points ∼89% +23%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Schenker S306
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
39536 Points ∼70%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
54698 Points ∼96% +38%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
56687 Points ∼100% +43%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
45983 Points ∼81% +16%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
48845 Points ∼86% +24%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-EHM1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
37002 Points ∼65% -6%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
51649 Points ∼91% +31%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
HD Graphics 6000, 5650U, Apple SSD SD0256F
56022 Points ∼99% +42%
Toshiba Portege Z30t-A-10X
HD Graphics 4400, 4500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
27589 Points ∼49% -30%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
52625 Points ∼93% +33%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
52970 Points ∼93% +34%

Gaming Performance

Some games - mainly those with low demands on the hardware - run without stuttering, as long as the resolution is not too high and the quality is set to low. Performance would improve if the system had a second RAM slot.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 30.217.714.66.4fps

Emissions & Energy

System Noise

sound response
sound response

During idle, the fan frequently doesn't run at all. The notebook is completely silent then, unless the 2.5-inch HDD is being accessed. Under load, the fan system spools up aggressively - so much so, that we recorded 48.5 dB during the stress test, which is way too high for an ULV notebook. We didn't notice any abnormal sounds like CPU whining or similar.

Noise Level

Idle
31.3 / 31.3 / 31.4 dB(A)
Load
38.6 / 48.5 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

the S306 during the stress test
the S306 during the stress test

The S306 handles the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark) in identical fashion no matter if it is plugged in or running on battery power. Most of the time, the processor runs between 1.5 and 1.6 GHz, although occasionally the frequency jumps to 2.0 GHz. The GPU fluctuates between 900 and 950 MHz. The chassis only gets moderately warm with just a few areas exceeding 40 degrees C.

Max. Load
 29.1 °C44.2 °C43.4 °C 
 28.5 °C37.1 °C39.1 °C 
 28.2 °C27.9 °C32.4 °C 
Maximum: 44.2 °C
Average: 34.4 °C
42.3 °C40.7 °C32 °C
35.1 °C34.1 °C31.4 °C
33.3 °C32.5 °C30.3 °C
Maximum: 42.3 °C
Average: 34.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  54.6 °C | Room Temperature 22 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket

Speakers

pink noise
pink noise

The stereo speakers are located on the bottom. They sound quite thin and bass is lacking. Voices are easy to understand. For better results, we recommend headphones or external speakers.

Power Consumption

During idle, the S306 consumes up to 12.6 watts. For an ULV subnotebook, this value is a little too high - we would like to see less than 10 watts here. When we ran our stress test, the power draw increased up to 38.7 watts, which is just slightly above what the notebook requires at medium load levels. The CPU is subjected to throttling. There isn't really any room for improvement. The power adapter is rated at 40 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.44 / 0.85 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.3 / 10.1 / 12.6 Watt
Load midlight 34.6 / 38.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

Our real-life WLAN test simulates the load when browsing the web. We use the balanced profile and set the display brightness to 150 cd/m². Under these conditions, the S306 lasted for 5 hours and 29 minutes - a solid result.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
5h 29min
Battery Runtime - WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Schenker S306
6200U, 45 Wh
329 min ∼86%
Asus Zenbook UX303LA-RO340H
5200U, 50 Wh
566 min ∼149%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
6200U, 51 Wh
349 min ∼92%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
5500U, 35 Wh
253 min ∼66%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
6500U, 50 Wh
410 min ∼108%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-EHM1
6Y30, 45 Wh
382 min ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX303LB-R4079H
5200U, 50 Wh
374 min ∼98%
Asus Zenbook UX305LA-FC012H
5500U, 56 Wh
569 min ∼149%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
5650U, 54 Wh
620 min ∼163%
Dell XPS 13-9350
6200U, 56 Wh
451 min ∼118%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
6200U, 45 Wh
381 min ∼100%

Pros

+ matte IPS display
+ Full-HD resolution
+ quiet most of the time
+ simple to maintain
+ SSD + HDD
+ good keyboard
+ 2-year warranty (Germany)

Cons

- just average battery life

Verdict

In review: Schenker S306. Test model courtesy of Schenker.
In review: Schenker S306. Test model courtesy of Schenker.

Schenker's 13.3-inch subnotebook is visually quite appealing. The performance is up to par and the Core i5 processor should satisfy the requirements of most users. The S306 handles the daily workload without getting overly noisy or hot. The fast SSD guarantees a quick and responsive system, while the 2.5-inch drive provides ample storage. Both drives could be swapped out if so desired. The bottom tray of the base unit is removable. The IPS Full-HD dsiplay offers great viewing angle stability and features excellent brightness as well as good contrast. The keboard should even frequent typists.

All things considered, the S306 is a well-rounded subnotebook.

In our opinion, there's still room for improvement. We also question if two hard drives are really necessary: we would have preferred a less noisy fan system and a larger-capacity battery.

Schenker S306 - 03/14/2016 v5
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
86 /  98 → 88%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
49 / 80 → 62%
Weight
70 / 35-78 → 81%
Battery
85%
Display
89%
Games Performance
54 / 68 → 79%
Application Performance
85 / 87 → 98%
Temperature
90 / 91 → 99%
Noise
83%
Audio
40 / 91 → 44%
Camera
48 / 85 → 56%
Average
73%
83%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

Pricecompare

Read all 1 comments / answer
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Schenker S306 Subnotebook Review
Sascha Mölck, 2016-03-23 (Update: 2016-03-23)
Bernhard Pechlaner
Bernhard Pechlaner - Review Editor
Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).