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Schenker Slim 14 M18 (Clevo N141WU, i7-8550U, UHD620) Laptop Review

Mike Wobker, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Katherine Bodner), 10/09/2018

A steady companion. The Schenker Slim 14 is impressive in its slim metal case and with its wide range of ports. Find out whether the inner values of this 14-inch notebook match its gorgeous exterior in our review.

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Schenker Slim 14 M18

Schenker has been offering notebooks with a wide range of configuration options for a while now. They are based on the Clevo barebones and are directed at various needs. The Slim series is ideal for business users but might also appeal to students due to its affordable starting price. It covers display sizes from 13 to 17 inches. While the predecessor of our current test unit, the Schenker Slim 14-L17, was made of plastic, the Slim 14 M18 has a metal case.

The two Intel CPUs Core i5-8250U and Core i7-8550U with their integrated graphics unit UHD Graphics 620 can be combined with up to 32 GB of RAM and 5 TB of storage space. In addition, an optional LTE module allows for maximum flexibility.

The market of slim 14-inch business companions is quite well stocked already and we have chosen several competitors as our comparison devices for this review. These include the Acer TravelMate P2410, the MSI PS42 8RB Prestige and the Lenovo ThinkPad A485. We have also included the Schenker Slim 14-L17 as this was tested in a configuration that the Slim 14 M18 is also available in.

Schenker Slim 14 M18
Graphics adapter
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4, Dual-Channel
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, CMN14D2, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U + iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB, 1024 GB 
, 910 GB free
Soundcard
Conexant CX8400 @ Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined audio jack, Card Reader: 6-in-1 card reader, Thunderbolt 3 Alpine Ridge
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless-AC 9260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, LTE
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18.8 x 329.8 x 225 ( = 0.74 x 12.98 x 8.86 in)
Battery
36 Wh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 6 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9MP, 16:9, 1.280x720
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 40 Watt AC adapter, cleaning cloth, USB stick with drivers, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.4 kg ( = 49.38 oz / 3.09 pounds), Power Supply: 269 g ( = 9.49 oz / 0.59 pounds)
Price
1600 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Connectivity - a Schenker with many maintenance options

Maintenance possibilities
Maintenance possibilities

The new Clevo barebone of the Schenker Slim 14 M18 is made completely from metal and therefore gives the impression of being very stable. The silver color suits its business appeal and makes the Schenker notebook very attractive. Its many maintenance options are also impressive. After removing all the screws from the bottom of the device, you will also have to unscrew three screws beneath the keyboard before being able to remove the bottom cover. This provides full access to all the components. Our test unit has space for an additional 2.5-inch hard drive and an LTE module. 

Despite its metal case, the Schenker Slim 14 M18 is one of the more lightweight devices in our comparison. Its dimensions are average. The same can be said for the 6-in-1 card reader. Using our reference card, the Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II, the reader offers good write and read rates that can keep up with its comparison devices. The Wi-Fi performance positions the Schenker towards the bottom of the scale. The single antenna limits transfer speeds and means that our test unit cannot keep up with 2x2-Mimo-featuring devices despite supporting the ac standard and 5 GHz band.

Unlike many competitors, the Schenker Slim 14 is equipped with a full-fledged (Alpine Ridge) Thunderbolt 3 port.

Schenker Slim 14 M18
Schenker Slim 14 M18
Schenker Slim 14 M18
Schenker Slim 14 M18
Schenker Slim 14 M18
Schenker Slim 14 M18
Schenker Slim 14 M18

Size Comparison

Port selection

Left: AC adapter, SIM card slot, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1, power button, headphones, microphone
Left: AC adapter, SIM card slot, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1, power button, headphones, microphone
Right: 1x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1, Mini Display Port, HDMI, 6-in-1 card reader, LAN, Kensington Lock
Right: 1x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1, Mini Display Port, HDMI, 6-in-1 card reader, LAN, Kensington Lock
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Schenker Slim 14 L17
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
77.2 MB/s ∼100% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
74.2 MB/s ∼96% +6%
Schenker Slim 14 M18
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
70.1 MB/s ∼91%
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=232)
60.8 MB/s ∼79% -13%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
21.33 MB/s ∼28% -70%
Acer TravelMate 2410-G2-MG-82E6
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
16.8 MB/s ∼22% -76%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Schenker Slim 14 L17
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
85.7 MB/s ∼100% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
85.6 MB/s ∼100% +4%
Schenker Slim 14 M18
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
82.2 MB/s ∼96%
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=209)
78 MB/s ∼91% -5%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
25.34 MB/s ∼30% -69%
Acer TravelMate 2410-G2-MG-82E6
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.3 MB/s ∼28% -70%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker Slim 14 L17
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
592 MBit/s ∼100% +63%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
536 MBit/s ∼91% +48%
Acer TravelMate 2410-G2-MG-82E6
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
505 MBit/s ∼85% +39%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
409 MBit/s ∼69% +13%
Schenker Slim 14 M18
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
363 MBit/s ∼61%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
336 MBit/s ∼57% -7%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer TravelMate 2410-G2-MG-82E6
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
613 MBit/s ∼100% +122%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
593 MBit/s ∼97% +115%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
581 MBit/s ∼95% +111%
Schenker Slim 14 L17
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
518 MBit/s ∼85% +88%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
311 MBit/s ∼51% +13%
Schenker Slim 14 M18
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
276 MBit/s ∼45%

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Input Devices - an office laptop with a good keyboard

The keyboard of the Schenker Slim 14 M18 offers a crisp typing experience with a solid pressure point. The well-proportioned keys mean that even long typing sessions should not become uncomfortable and the arrow and function keys are well placed as well. The optional five-level keyboard backlight does a good job at helping to recognize keys in the dark.

Schenker has chosen a touchpad with separate mouse buttons as its mouse replacement. The rough surface of the pad responds very well to inputs and enables precise navigation of the cursor even when working for a long time. The mouse buttons feel a little soft and the right button has a hardly recognizable pressure point. Still, it registers clicks reliably.

Input devices
Input devices
Keyboard backlight
Keyboard backlight

Display - an IPS panel in the Schenker Slim 14 M18

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The screen of the Schenker Slim 14 consists of a 14-inch IPS panel and has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its brightness is average at 348 cd/m² and places the Schenker notebook on second place in our comparison table. The brightness distribution of 84% can also be compared to those of our comparison devices. The manufacturer does not offer an alternative display.

350
cd/m²
362
cd/m²
360
cd/m²
345
cd/m²
379
cd/m²
347
cd/m²
325
cd/m²
345
cd/m²
319
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 379 cd/m² Average: 348 cd/m² Minimum: 23.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 379 cd/m²
Contrast: 1148:1 (Black: 0.33 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.15 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2, calibrated: 1.03
ΔE Greyscale 4.49 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
98% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 62% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.42
Schenker Slim 14 M18
CMN14D2, , 1920x1080, 14
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AUO383D, , 1920x1080, 14
Acer TravelMate 2410-G2-MG-82E6
CMN N140HCA-EAB, , 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
NV140FHM-N46, , 1920x1080, 14
Schenker Slim 14 L17
LG Philips LGD046D, , 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
1%
3%
-54%
-12%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
34 (16, 18)
35 (17, 18)
-3%
34 (16, 18)
-0%
44.8 (22.8, 22)
-32%
37.6 (19.6, 18)
-11%
Response Time Black / White *
26 (14, 12)
25 (15, 10)
4%
24 (13, 11)
8%
35.2 (19.6, 15.6)
-35%
28 (14.8, 13.2)
-8%
PWM Frequency
25000
25000 (10)
0%
1000 (99)
-96%
20490 (99)
-18%
Screen
7%
-35%
-65%
-13%
Brightness middle
379
421
11%
265
-30%
275
-27%
326
-14%
Brightness
348
398
14%
239
-31%
272
-22%
320
-8%
Brightness Distribution
84
86
2%
85
1%
85
1%
81
-4%
Black Level *
0.33
0.27
18%
0.37
-12%
0.26
21%
0.31
6%
Contrast
1148
1559
36%
716
-38%
1058
-8%
1052
-8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.15
4.08
-30%
3.93
-25%
5.9
-87%
4.6
-46%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.75
7.48
3%
8.79
-13%
20
-158%
10.3
-33%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.03
3.13
-204%
4.9
-376%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.49
2.92
35%
2.29
49%
3.6
20%
4.4
2%
Gamma
2.42 91%
2.32 95%
2.33 94%
2.36 93%
2.24 98%
CCT
7317 89%
7043 92%
6951 94%
6798 96%
5978 109%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62
57
-8%
38
-39%
38.1
-39%
55.8
-10%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98
87
-11%
60
-39%
59.6
-39%
85.1
-13%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
4% / 6%
-16% / -27%
-60% / -63%
-13% / -13%

* ... 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
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 12 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. » 46 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 18 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. » 23 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41 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 25000 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 25000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 25000 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 8933 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Color space coverage sRGB - 98%
Color space coverage sRGB - 98%
Color space coverage AdobeRGB - 62%
Color space coverage AdobeRGB - 62%

The panel of the Slim 14 M18 has a good contrast ratio of 1148:1 and a slightly elevated black value of 0.33 cd/m² according to our measurements. The color space coverage is decent at 98% of the sRGB and 62% of the AdobeRGB color space, which places our test unit above its competition. Instead, the Schenker seems to have some difficulties displaying grayscales and blacks. The blue cast that is visible ex-works can be removed by calibrating the screen. 

The comparably good brightness level makes the Slim 14 M18 suitable for working outdoors. However, we would still recommend finding a spot in the shade, as content is often difficult to read in direct sunlight. The IPS panel also offers very good viewing angles. Content can be read without distortion from almost every angle with colors appearing natural.

CalMAN - color accuracy
CalMAN - color accuracy
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - grayscales
CalMAN - grayscales
CalMAN - color accuracy (after calibration)
CalMAN - color accuracy (after calibration)
CalMAN - saturation (after calibration)
CalMAN - saturation (after calibration)
CalMAN - grayscales (after calibration)
CalMAN - grayscales (after calibration)
viewing angle stability
viewing angle stability
viewing angle stability
viewing angle stability
outdoor use
outdoor use

Performance - the Slim 14 M18 offers good system performance

LatencyMon
LatencyMon

Schenker has equipped our test unit of the Slim 14 with an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU and an integrated UHD Graphics 620 GPU. These can make use of 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage. This makes the 14-inch notebook very suitable for diverse office applications. However, there are some limitations when it comes to graphically demanding applications. 

While Schenker does not offer an alternative for the UHD Graphics 620, the Core i7-8550U CPU can be replaced with a Core i5-8250U processor. The storage options go up to 32 GB of RAM and 4 TB of storage.

Processor

The Intel Core i7-8550U is a quad-core processor of Intel's Kaby Lake series. It offers clock rates from 1.8 to 4 GHz and is equipped with the integrated graphics unit Intel UHD Graphics 620. The high clock rates combined with good energy-efficiency means that this processor is very suitable for slim, high-performance notebooks, although its performance depends heavily on the device's cooling system and set TDP. 

The Slim 14 M18 can only reach its maximum clock rate for a short time in our Cinebench loop and starts throttling by about 7% after the first round. The Schenker notebook then remains on this level for the remainder of the test.

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Compared to its comparison devices, the Schenker Slim 14 M18 achieves good results but is still slightly below the average performance of devices that are equipped with Intel's Core i7-8550U.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
Intel Core i7-8550U
162 Points ∼74% +11%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (108 - 172, n=67)
160 Points ∼73% +10%
Acer TravelMate 2410-G2-MG-82E6
Intel Core i7-8550U
150 Points ∼69% +3%
Schenker Slim 14 M18
Intel Core i7-8550U
146 Points ∼67%
Schenker Slim 14 L17
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼67% -1%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
143 Points ∼66% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U
134 Points ∼61% -8%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 178, n=478)
108 Points ∼50% -26%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
630 Points ∼14% +11%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (301 - 761, n=69)
575 Points ∼13% +2%
Schenker Slim 14 M18
Intel Core i7-8550U
566 Points ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U
553 Points ∼13% -2%
Schenker Slim 14 L17
Intel Core i5-8250U
533 Points ∼12% -6%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
Intel Core i7-8550U
502 Points ∼11% -11%
Acer TravelMate 2410-G2-MG-82E6
Intel Core i7-8550U
482.58 (min: 478.58, max: 514) Points ∼11% -15%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1050, n=482)
318 Points ∼7% -44%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
146 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
566 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
54.6 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

Our test unit has very good results in the PCMark benchmarks and can usually beat its competition, sometimes by a wide margin. However, we noticed that the Schenker Slim 14 L17 reached slightly better system performance results in the older PCMark 8.

Find out what other notebooks have to offer on our CPU benchmark page.

PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Schenker Slim 14 L17
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
4006 Points ∼66% +6%
Schenker Slim 14 M18
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB
3764 Points ∼62%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba KSG60ZMV512G
3740 Points ∼61% -1%
Acer TravelMate 2410-G2-MG-82E6
GeForce MX130, 8550U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3663 Points ∼60% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3255 - 4197, n=26)
3641 Points ∼60% -3%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3155 Points ∼52% -16%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4458, n=355)
3009 Points ∼49% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
2937 Points ∼48% -22%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba KSG60ZMV512G
3503 Points ∼35% +19%
Schenker Slim 14 M18
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB
2947 Points ∼30%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
2772 Points ∼28% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1506 - 3160, n=21)
2747 Points ∼28% -7%
Average of class Office
  (320 - 3503, n=97)
2524 Points ∼25% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
2359 Points ∼24% -20%
Productivity
Schenker Slim 14 M18
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB
6369 Points ∼66%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (4962 - 6958, n=21)
6211 Points ∼64% -2%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba KSG60ZMV512G
5811 Points ∼60% -9%
Average of class Office
  (1444 - 7142, n=97)
5372 Points ∼55% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3759 Points ∼39% -41%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3408 Points ∼35% -46%
Essentials
Schenker Slim 14 M18
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB
8108 Points ∼76%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6628 - 9291, n=21)
7832 Points ∼73% -3%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba KSG60ZMV512G
7050 Points ∼66% -13%
Average of class Office
  (2683 - 8787, n=97)
6799 Points ∼64% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5848 Points ∼55% -28%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
5732 Points ∼54% -29%
Score
Schenker Slim 14 M18
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB
3827 Points ∼49%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba KSG60ZMV512G
3753 Points ∼48% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2629 - 4072, n=23)
3608 Points ∼46% -6%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 4269, n=98)
3134 Points ∼40% -18%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
2712 Points ∼35% -29%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
2673 Points ∼34% -30%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3764 points
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Storage Devices

Schenker has equipped our test unit of the Slim 14 M18 with a 1-TB Samsung SSD 970 Pro. This enables, not only decent system performance but also, very good read and write rates. As this storage device is one of the best in our SSD/HDD benchmark list, it obviously does a lot better than its competition in today's comparison. Only the other Samsung SSD, a 960 Pro with a capacity of 512 GB, found in the Schenker Slim 14 L17, can beat our test unit.

The Slim 14 M18 can be configured with numerous SSDs from various manufacturers. The basic configuration is a Samsung 860 EVO with 256 GB.

Schenker Slim 14 M18
Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
Acer TravelMate 2410-G2-MG-82E6
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Schenker Slim 14 L17
Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
Average Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB
 
Average of class Office
 
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-39%
-49%
-24%
33%
0%
-74%
Write 4k QD32
253
208.4
-18%
255.2
1%
205.6
-19%
475.1
88%
253
0%
109 (0.154 - 706, n=648)
-57%
Read 4k QD32
352.1
310.6
-12%
380.7
8%
286.5
-19%
565.3
61%
352
0%
139 (0.015 - 652, n=648)
-61%
Write 4k
131.8
97.08
-26%
81.6
-38%
89.65
-32%
196.7
49%
132
0%
40.5 (0.009 - 197, n=660)
-69%
Read 4k
54.15
24.9
-54%
27.7
-49%
52.15
-4%
57.71
7%
54.2
0%
15.4 (0.218 - 148, n=660)
-72%
Write 512
1640
298.1
-82%
260.5
-84%
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Sequential Read: 1615 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1621 MB/s
512K Read: 1230 MB/s
512K Write: 1640 MB/s
4K Read: 54.15 MB/s
4K Write: 131.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 352.1 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 253 MB/s

Graphics

The Schenker Slim 14 M18 is available only with Intel's integrated UHD Graphics 620. This is suitable for less graphically demanding applications but managed to display some older games smoothly in our test. The performance of the UHD Graphics 620 depends on the available RAM and highly benefits from Dual-Channel-RAM.

The 2x 8-GB RAM in our test unit enable the Schenker notebook to reach 3DMark results that are significantly higher than the average UHD Graphics 620 notebook. The graphics performance cannot be compared with that of laptops with a dedicated GPU. 

Find out what other graphic cards have to offer compared to the Intel UHD Graphics 620 on our GPU benchmark page.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
4686 Points ∼100% +155%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
2885 Points ∼62% +57%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U
2794 Points ∼60% +52%
Acer TravelMate 2410-G2-MG-82E6
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, Intel Core i7-8550U
2791 Points ∼60% +52%
Schenker Slim 14 M18
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1841 Points ∼39%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 1979, n=104)
1680 Points ∼36% -9%
Schenker Slim 14 L17
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1666 Points ∼36% -10%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 4967, n=603)
1222 Points ∼26% -34%
3DMark 11 Performance
2070 points
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Gaming Performance

The integrated graphics unit UHD Graphics 620 from Intel only offers limited suitability for gaming. It can display casual games and old titles, such as Bioshock Infinite, easily. There are also some modern games that can be displayed smoothly at the lowest settings.

Find out what to expect from the Intel UHD Graphics 620 in our GPU gaming list.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 8039.233.510.7fps

Emissions & Energy - quiet laptop, quiet speakers

System Noise

Noise profile
Noise profile

The Schenker Slim 14 M18 is very quiet when running. The fans do not turn on immediately even under load. When they are running, they emit a slight buzzing noise. However, this is often drowned out by ambient noise. The Schenker can therefore be used in quiet surroundings.

Noise Level

Idle
30.3 / 30.3 / 30.3 dB(A)
Load
37.3 / 37.3 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 Highs2032.433.23331.932.42534.232.432.83434.23132.431.932.633.532.44030.230.628.932.730.25030.230.129.53330.2632928.429.128.8298027.72726.927.327.710025.726.226.225.725.712525.625.125.824.625.616024.124.82423.724.120022.823.423.222.422.825022.322.222.421.722.331522.422.721.620.922.44002222.220.420.92250021.521.119.619.321.563021.221.319.318.521.280022.722.718.418.422.7100026.826.617.918.426.8125026.52718.217.626.5160025.92617.717.525.920002727.117.717.627250030.229.917.517.730.2315026.72717.617.626.7400022.522.2181822.5500020.920.818.118.120.9630020.920.718.218.120.9800019.819.418.318.119.81000019.218.718.218.319.2125001918.318.118.1191600019.218.318.318.119.2SPL37.337.330.530.437.3N2.32.31.31.32.3median 22.5median 22.7median 18.3median 18.3median 22.5Delta2.62.31.91.92.6hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseSchenker Slim 14 M18

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

The Schenker Slim 14 M18 reaches a maximum surface temperature of 30 °C (86 °F) while idling. This increases to over 45 °C (113 °F) under load and starts to feel rather warm. The core temperatures reached 71 °C (~160 °F) in our one-hour stress test and the clock rate dropped below the base clock rate to 1.8 GHz.

As our stress test scenario simulates extreme load that is very unlikely to occur during everyday use, users should not encounter any heat-related limitations in the use of the Schenker Slim 14 M18. 

Max. Load
 30.4 °C
87 F
37.9 °C
100 F
34.5 °C
94 F
 
 30.2 °C
86 F
35.8 °C
96 F
32.5 °C
91 F
 
 28.2 °C
83 F
27.9 °C
82 F
25.8 °C
78 F
 
Maximum: 37.9 °C = 100 F
Average: 31.5 °C = 89 F
41.6 °C
107 F
45.4 °C
114 F
37 °C
99 F
32.8 °C
91 F
35.9 °C
97 F
33.4 °C
92 F
29.2 °C
85 F
31 °C
88 F
29.7 °C
85 F
Maximum: 45.4 °C = 114 F
Average: 35.1 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  45.2 °C = 113 F | Room Temperature 24 °C = 75 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.5 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 37.9 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 45.4 °C / 114 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.7 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 28.2 °C / 82.8 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.3 °C / 82.9 F (+0.1 °C / 0.1 F).
Heat map while idling - top
Heat map while idling - top
Heat map while idling - bottom
Heat map while idling - bottom
Heat map under load - top
Heat map under load - top
Heat map under load - bottom
Heat map under load - bottom

Speakers

The speakers of the Schenker Slim 14 M18 are very quiet and can only be used to play audio in very calm surroundings. The sound itself is also unbalanced with a strong focus on mids. We would recommend using headphones or external speakers for longer listening sessions.

Speaker profile
Speaker profile
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.431.932.4253334333133.133.533.14030.432.730.45030.13330.16329.128.829.18027.527.327.510026.325.726.312525.424.625.416024.523.724.520022.922.422.925027.821.727.831540.120.940.140047.420.947.450048.419.348.463050.318.550.380060.118.460.1100063.218.463.2125066.217.666.2160066.517.566.520006717.667250062.317.762.3315057.317.657.3400054.81854.8500057.118.157.1630054.618.154.680005818.1581000054.618.354.61250050.218.150.21600049.718.149.7SPL7430.474N26.61.326.6median 54.6median 18.3median 54.6Delta91.9935.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSchenker Slim 14 M18Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Schenker Slim 14 M18 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (66.99 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (30.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 91% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 88% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 7% 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, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
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%

Power Consumption

The Schenker Slim 14 M18 belongs to the more energy-efficient devices on our comparison list, although the differences are not that big. According to our measurements, the Schenker can consume as little as 4 watts and as much as 36.4 watts. The included 40-watt AC adapter is powerful enough to supply the Schenker Slim 14 with sufficient power at all times. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.23 / 0.75 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4 / 7 / 9.3 Watt
Load midlight 36.2 / 36.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtimes

The Schenker can run our realistic Wi-Fi test for seven hours before having to reconnect to an external power supply. This means that its battery runtime is better than the manufacturer's promise of six hours and is positioned in the upper mid-range of our comparison list.

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
8550U, GeForce MX150, 50 Wh
893 min ∼34% +113%
Acer TravelMate 2410-G2-MG-82E6
8550U, GeForce MX130, 48 Wh
441 min ∼17% +5%
Schenker Slim 14 M18
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 36 Wh
420 min ∼16%
Average of class Office
  (105 - 964, n=295)
404 min ∼15% -4%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
2700U, Vega 10, 50 Wh
394 min ∼15% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
PRO 2500U, Vega 8, 48 Wh
330 min ∼13% -21%
Schenker Slim 14 L17
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 44 Wh
304 min ∼12% -28%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
7h 00min

Pros

+ stable case
+ very good maintenance options
+ good keyboard
+ good system performance
+ Thunderbolt 3 port

Cons

- very quiet speakers
- weak webcam
- mouse buttons have soft feedback

Verdict - very good office notebook from Schenker

Review: Schenker Slim 14 M18. Test unit provided by Schenker Germany
Review: Schenker Slim 14 M18. Test unit provided by Schenker Germany

The Schenker Slim 14 M18 was on its best behavior while testing. Its hardware clearly plays a part in the good results, but we do not anticipate significantly lower performance in the cheaper configurations. Users can expect a powerful office notebook that offers a wide range of maintenance possibilities and should master most everyday applications with ease.

Schenker has created a well-balanced configurable 14-inch notebook that will not disappoint its users.

Apart from the good port selection and decent keyboard, the screen is very decent as well. On top of that, the notebook's design allows users to add hardware components, such as an LTE module or a second hard drive later on without too much hassle. The speakers are weak and performance throttles after long periods under load, but this is being very critical and should not really impact everyday use. The webcam could also be better.

Schenker Slim 14 M18 - 10/09/2018 v6
Mike Wobker

Chassis
82 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
76%
Pointing Device
79%
Connectivity
61 / 80 → 76%
Weight
70 / 20-67 → 100%
Battery
89%
Display
89%
Games Performance
60 / 68 → 88%
Application Performance
90 / 92 → 98%
Temperature
92%
Noise
92%
Audio
50%
Camera
37 / 85 → 43%
Average
74%
85%
Office - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2018-10- 9 (Update: 2018-10- 9)