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Schenker VIA 14 laptop review: Lightweight materials combined with a big battery

The lightweight battery-monster. Schenker does not just want to sell gaming laptops; work laptops are also a lucrative market. That is why Schenker is releasing the VIA 14, a laptop that is both lightweight and enduring. A promising combination, which works great in this comprehensive review.
Benjamin Herzig, 👁 Andreas Osthoff (translated by Benjamin Herzig),

The German PC manufacturer Schenker has made a name for itself mainly with its XMG gaming laptops. But the manufacturer wants to compete in different parts of the laptop market, too. The Schenker VIA laptops for example are supposed to attack the office market.

Today's review device, the Schenker VIA 14, has a 14-inch screen, which is still the most popular size in the business market. In this area, Schenker competes with giants like HP (Elitebook 840 G5), Dell (Latitude 7400) and Lenovo (ThinkPad T490s).

Compared with those business systems, the Schenker VIA 14, which we are reviewing in a configuration with i5, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD and FHD screen, is significantly cheaper. The Schenker VIA 14 starts at €1,099 (~$1197) here in Germany. The competitors cost much more with the same amount of RAM and SSD storage. As the Tuxedo InfinityBook S 14 v5, the laptop is available with Linux, too. 

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Schenker VIA 14
Processor
Intel Core i5-10210U 4 x 1.6 - 4.2 GHz, Comet Lake-U
Graphics adapter
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2666, 8 GB on board, 1x SO-DIMM slot
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, B140HAN06.2, a-Si AHVA-IPS LED, Low Power, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Comet Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002, 1024 GB 
, M.2 2280, PCIe NVMe, 890 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-LP - cAVS
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: microSD
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16.5 x 322 x 216.8 ( = 0.65 x 12.68 x 8.54 in)
Battery
73 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p with Infrared
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: 6 row chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Schenker 14 inch sleeve, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.075 kg ( = 37.92 oz / 2.37 pounds), Power Supply: 197 g ( = 6.95 oz / 0.43 pounds)
Price
1522 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86 %
04/2020
Schenker VIA 14
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.1 kg16.5 mm14"1920x1080
89 %
04/2018
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620
1.5 kg17.9 mm14"1920x1080
87 %
09/2019
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
i7-8665U, UHD Graphics 620
1.5 kg18.9 mm14"1920x1080
89 %
05/2019
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg16.1 mm14"1920x1080

Chassis & Connectivity: Schenker VIA 14 is a Clevo laptop

The Schenker VIA 14 is manufactured by Clevo. The barebone design is used by other manufacturers as well. Appropriately, we would describe the grey look as slightly generic. The screen bezels are small, except for the area below the screen. Above the screen is a reverse notch that provides room for the webcam – seemingly unnecessary, considering the wasted space beneath the LCD panel.

The magnesium-chassis is well made and robust, except for the easily bendable LCD lid. The hinges are not perfectly adjusted: It is not possible to open the lid with one hand and the display wobbles as well. The lid can be opened to 180 degrees. The most attractive quality of this design is the weight: The competitors are all heavier, except the more expensive ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7

There is a plentiful port selection with legacy ports like HDMI. A microSD card reader is present, too. For charging, Schenker relies on a proprietary charging port, though USB C charging is possible. Thunderbolt 3 on the other hand is missing, a no-go for such an expensive laptop.

RAM and SSD are upgradable, with two M.2 2280 SSDs and one RAM slot. 8 GB are soldered down. A positive fact: The cover is only held down by eleven Phillips head screws. No plastic clips are used here.

Compared to the competing business systems from last year, the Schenker VIA 14 has the advantage of a Wi-Fi 6 card in form of the Intel AX201. Thanks to it, the transfer rates are much higher. The upcoming business models of the competition will support the standard though.

Size & weight comparison

329 mm / 13 inch 225.8 mm / 8.89 inch 16.1 mm / 0.634 inch 1.3 kg2.8 lbs326 mm / 12.8 inch 234 mm / 9.21 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.5 kg3.4 lbs321 mm / 12.6 inch 214 mm / 8.43 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 1.5 kg3.38 lbs322 mm / 12.7 inch 216.8 mm / 8.54 inch 16.5 mm / 0.65 inch 1.1 kg2.37 lbs

Ports

left: charging port, HDMI, USB 3.1 Gen 2 type A, USB 3.1 Gen 2 type C
left: charging port, HDMI, USB 3.1 Gen 2 type A, USB 3.1 Gen 2 type C
right: microSD, combo audio, USB 3.1 Gen 1 type A, kensington lock
right: microSD, combo audio, USB 3.1 Gen 1 type A, kensington lock
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
180 MB/s ∼100% +132%
Schenker VIA 14
 
77.5 MB/s ∼43%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
68.3 MB/s ∼38% -12%
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=306)
62.5 MB/s ∼35% -19%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
205 MB/s ∼100% +135%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
87.8 MB/s ∼43% +1%
Schenker VIA 14
  (Toshiba Exceria pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
87.1 MB/s ∼42%
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=279)
78.3 MB/s ∼38% -10%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1532 (min: 788, max: 1670) MBit/s ∼100%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (523 - 1620, n=41)
1075 MBit/s ∼70% -30%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
652 MBit/s ∼43% -57%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
648 MBit/s ∼42% -58%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
644 MBit/s ∼42% -58%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1472 (min: 1403, max: 1492) MBit/s ∼100%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (553 - 1645, n=40)
1036 MBit/s ∼70% -30%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
667 MBit/s ∼45% -55%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
663 MBit/s ∼45% -55%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
523 MBit/s ∼36% -64%
ColorChecker
5.9 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
7 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
4 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
8 ∆E
20.2 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
1.8 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
11 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Schenker VIA 14: 8.78 ∆E min: 1.76 - max: 20.23 ∆E

Input devices: Good keyboard in the Schenker laptop

Clevo gave the Schenker laptop VIA 14 a chiclet keyboard with six rows of keys. The keys are backlit with LEDs (two settings), they have a slightly rough surface and a flat, square form. Their typing feel is pretty good; the keys have a snappy pressure point and a good amount of travel. The keyboard does not have any flex to it, another important factor. Even though there are better keyboards (like Lenovo ThinkPads for example), this keyboard can be used to type in longer texts, like the intro of this review. A negative are the extremely small arrow keys.

The touchpad has a smooth plastic surface that allows a smooth gliding of the finger. It is 10.5 cm wide and 6 cm long (~4.1 x 2.4 in), offering an appropriately sized touch-surface. Thanks to Microsoft's "Precision Touchpad" driver, the touchpad works very well. Zoom and two-finger-scroll work without problems. Since this is a clickpad, there are no dedicated keys. The integrated click-mechanism has a crispy click, though it also is relatively loud.

keyboard area Schenker VIA 14
keyboard area Schenker VIA 14

Schenker laptop with Low Power display

The Schenker VIA 14 is on sale with a single LCD option: A matte 14-inch screen with FHD resolution (1,920 x 1,080) without touch. Schenker advertises this panel as "Low Power". In our review device, the panel is made by AUO (B140HAN06.2) and it is based on AHVA-IPS technology. The screen has a good brightness value of 309 cd/m² on average. The competition from HP and Lenovo is better, with roughly 390 cd/m².

The screen has barely any backlight-bleeding and we could not measure Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). A weak point are the response times, especially grey-to-grey. However, the business competitors are not better when it comes to this.

subpixel array Schenker VIA 14
subpixel array Schenker VIA 14
Barely any backlight-bleeding (shown enhanced here)
Barely any backlight-bleeding (shown enhanced here)
289
cd/m²
311
cd/m²
283
cd/m²
315
cd/m²
335
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
312
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
307
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
B140HAN06.2
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 335 cd/m² Average: 308.6 cd/m² Minimum: 17.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 329 cd/m²
Contrast: 1971:1 (Black: 0.17 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.3 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.9, calibrated: 1
ΔE Greyscale 3.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6.1
99.6% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 65.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.19
Schenker VIA 14
B140HAN06.2, a-Si AHVA-IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
AUO3B3D, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
AU Optronics B140HAN, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
B140HAN05.7, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
20%
-5%
-6%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
60.8 (28.4, 32.4)
42.4 (19.6, 22.8)
30%
62 (29.6, 32.4)
-2%
61.6 (30.8, 30.8)
-1%
Response Time Black / White *
35.2 (17.2, 18)
31.6 (18, 13.6)
10%
37.6 (21.2, 16.4)
-7%
38.8 (21.2, 17.6)
-10%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-42%
-27%
-6%
Brightness middle
335
414
24%
289
-14%
391
17%
Brightness
309
387
25%
286
-7%
389
26%
Brightness Distribution
84
87
4%
91
8%
87
4%
Black Level *
0.17
0.25
-47%
0.16
6%
0.23
-35%
Contrast
1971
1656
-16%
1806
-8%
1700
-14%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.3
5.5
-139%
4.7
-104%
3.4
-48%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5
9.9
-98%
8.7
-74%
4.7
6%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1
2.3
-130%
1.3
-30%
1.1
-10%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.9
6.4
-64%
6.4
-64%
4
-3%
Gamma
2.19 100%
2.31 95%
2.54 87%
2.49 88%
CCT
6556 99%
7811 83%
5977 109%
6809 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
65.5
56.9
-13%
61.2
-7%
62.4
-5%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.6
88.1
-12%
95.1
-5%
97.4
-2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-11% / -33%
-16% / -24%
-6% / -6%

* ... 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
35.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.2 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 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 91 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
60.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 28.4 ms rise
↘ 32.4 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. » 95 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.2 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 not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18032 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

colors
colors
saturation
saturation
grey-scale
grey-scale
colors (calibrated)
colors (calibrated)
saturation (calibrated)
saturation (calibrated)
grey-scale (calibrated)
grey-scale (calibrated)
sRGB: 99.6 %
sRGB: 99.6 %
AdobeRGB: 65.5%
AdobeRGB: 65.5%
Outdoors (50 % shadow/50 % indirect sun-light)
Outdoors (50 % shadow/50 % indirect sun-light)

Ex-factory, the panel does have a slight green tint, which we were able to remove with the CalMan software and the X-Rite i1 Pro Colorimeter. Subjectively, the quality of the of the screen is excellent, thanks to the very good contrast (1917:1), low black-value (0.17 cd/m²) and nearly completely covered sRGB. Basic photo editing is possible with this Schenker laptop.

Outdoors, the Schenker struggles a little bit, despite the matte surface of the screen. A little over 300 cd/m² is not extremely bright. For shadowy places, the brightness suffices.

viewing-angle picture Schenker VIA 14
viewing-angle picture Schenker VIA 14

Performance: Schenker VIA 14 has a PCIe 4.0 SSD

Aside from the Intel Core i5-10210U, the Schenker VIA 14 is also available with the Core i7-10510U. The Intel UHD Graphics 620 serves as the GPU. Concerning the RAM, Schenker combines 8 GB soldered RAM with a single SO-DIMM slot. In our review device, a 8 GB DDR4-2666 module sits in the slot, making it a total of 16 GB (maximum of 40 GB). Schenker uses M.2 SSDs for mass-storage. The Schenker VIA 14 can take in two M.2 2280 SSDs at the same time.

HWiNFO
HWiNFO
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z Cache
CPU-Z Cache
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Mainboard
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
LatencyMon
LatencyMon
LatencyMon drivers
LatencyMon drivers
LatencyMon test
LatencyMon test

Processor

The Intel Core i5-10210U is an Intel processor based on the Skylake architecture and its newest 14 nm refresh, Comet Lake. The four CPU cores have a clock-rate range of 1.6 to 4.2 GHz. The typical power-consumption is rated at 15 W, which means it is an Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) processor for ultrabooks. Our CPU benchmark-list enables comparisons with other CPUs.

In the Cinebench loop, the CPU can consume up to 35 W for a few seconds, then the consumption slowly decreases to 18 W. The maximum clock-rate for the multicore test is 3.9 GHz, with 18 W it sits at 2.6 GHz. The CPU temperatures are hovering around 95 degrees Celsius (203 degrees Fahrenheit) during the loop test.

Compared with the competition, the Schenker laptop performs well enough. Only the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 and the ThinkPad T490 are faster. The ThinkPad T490s and the two AMD models ThinkPad T495s and T495 are on par, while the competitors from Dell and HP are clearly slower. 

The CPU performance is limited when no charger is connected. The maximum power consumption in this case is 20 W.

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Schenker VIA 14 Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø574 (555-722)
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø510 (500.33-582.81)
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH Intel Core i7-8665U, Intel Core i7-8665U: Ø544 (523.43-667.87)
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00 Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø584 (566.02-686.12)
Lenovo ThinkPad T495s-20QKS01E00 AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U: Ø578 (565.26-658.27)
Lenovo ThinkPad T495-20NKS01Y00 AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U: Ø576 (569.82-610.73)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 20R1-000YUS Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø628 (486.69-776.19)
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U: Ø539 (523-626)
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 20RY0002US Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø650 (621.2-684.29)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 20RY0002US
Intel Core i7-10510U
186 Points ∼83% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 20R1-000YUS
Intel Core i7-10510U
182 Points ∼81% +18%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Intel Core i7-8665U
181 Points ∼81% +18%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (154 - 174, n=23)
166 Points ∼74% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U
162 Points ∼72% +5%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U
154 Points ∼69%
Lenovo ThinkPad T495s-20QKS01E00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U
149 Points ∼67% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T495-20NKS01Y00
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
144 Points ∼64% -6%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼64% -7%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
143 Points ∼64% -7%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 202, n=584)
116 Points ∼52% -25%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 20R1-000YUS
Intel Core i7-10510U
776 Points ∼18% +7%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel Core i5-10210U
722 (min: 555, max: 722) Points ∼16%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel Core i5-8265U
686 (min: 566.02, max: 686.12) Points ∼16% -5%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Intel Core i7-8665U
674 Points ∼15% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T495s-20QKS01E00
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U
658 Points ∼15% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 20RY0002US
Intel Core i7-10510U
657 Points ∼15% -9%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
630 Points ∼14% -13%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (479 - 790, n=23)
623 Points ∼14% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad T495-20NKS01Y00
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
611 Points ∼14% -15%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
Intel Core i5-8250U
583 Points ∼13% -19%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1346, n=592)
367 Points ∼8% -49%
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
722 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
48.4 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
154 Points
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System performance

We do not find any flaws when it comes to everyday performance. In the PCMark benchmarks, the Schenker notebooks performs good as well.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3210 Points ∼25% +21%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2487 - 4463, n=17)
3103 Points ∼24% +17%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3080 Points ∼24% +16%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
2807 Points ∼22% +6%
Average of class Office
  (320 - 5547, n=195)
2795 Points ∼22% +6%
Schenker VIA 14
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
2649 Points ∼20%
Productivity
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7100 Points ∼68% +10%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6099 - 7317, n=17)
6715 Points ∼64% +4%
Schenker VIA 14
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
6450 Points ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
6441 Points ∼62% 0%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
5844 Points ∼56% -9%
Average of class Office
  (1266 - 8567, n=195)
5708 Points ∼55% -12%
Essentials
Schenker VIA 14
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
8791 Points ∼77%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (7172 - 10000, n=17)
8567 Points ∼75% -3%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
8519 Points ∼74% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
8361 Points ∼73% -5%
Average of class Office
  (2683 - 9821, n=195)
7242 Points ∼63% -18%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
7139 Points ∼62% -19%
Score
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4094 Points ∼50% +7%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3752 - 4353, n=17)
4026 Points ∼50% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3985 Points ∼49% +5%
Schenker VIA 14
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
3810 Points ∼47%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 5409, n=196)
3429 Points ∼42% -10%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
2429 Points ∼30% -36%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
4244 Points ∼70% +18%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3182 - 4284, n=13)
3658 Points ∼60% +2%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3652 Points ∼60% +2%
Schenker VIA 14
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
3587 Points ∼59%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3547 Points ∼58% -1%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4770, n=443)
3099 Points ∼51% -14%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3587 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4917 points
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Storage

The M.2 2280 SSD in the Schenker laptop VIA 14 was made by Seagate. The FireCuda 520 is a new PCIe 4.0 SSD, which has been put in as a special order for this review. Since the VIA 14 only supports PCIe 3.0, the FireCuda can not quite reach its full potential, though it still is stronger in the benchmarks than the competition, especially while it writes data. The standard SSD in the VIA is the Samsung 970 Evo Plus, which is also good and which we reviewed in the Schenker VIA 15. For consumers, choosing the FireCuda may not make a lot of sense at this point.

Schenker VIA 14
Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
Schenker VIA 15
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
Average Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
 
Average of class Office
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-44%
-21%
-28%
-6%
0%
-48%
Write 4K
201
92.75
-54%
118.6
-41%
122.03
-39%
164.5
-18%
201
0%
103 (0.217 - 227, n=194)
-49%
Read 4K
60.17
30.67
-49%
44.68
-26%
45.56
-24%
46.88
-22%
60.2
0%
35.7 (0.176 - 166, n=194)
-41%
Write Seq
2471
353.2
-86%
1866
-24%
1497.34
-39%
2659
8%
2471
0%
810 (21.4 - 2714, n=192)
-67%
Read Seq
2104
1937
-8%
2173
3%
2385.23
13%
2623
25%
2104
0%
1072 (74 - 2827, n=192)
-49%
Write 4K Q32T1
323.6
358
11%
330.9
2%
240.94
-26%
310.9
-4%
324
0%
287 (0.222 - 701, n=195)
-11%
Read 4K Q32T1
551
253.1
-54%
343.1
-38%
338.03
-39%
351.2
-36%
551
0%
310 (0.647 - 773, n=195)
-44%
Write Seq Q32T1
3407
359.6
-89%
1927
-43%
1528.4
-55%
3236
-5%
3407
0%
1037 (56.5 - 3407, n=195)
-70%
Read Seq Q32T1
3475
2613
-25%
3528
2%
2915
-16%
3547
2%
3475
0%
1749 (78.6 - 3564, n=195)
-50%
Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD ZP1000GM30002
Sequential Read: 2131 MB/s
Sequential Write: 2616 MB/s
512K Read: 2135 MB/s
512K Write: 2880 MB/s
4K Read: 59.77 MB/s
4K Write: 203.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 555 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 482.2 MB/s

GPU

The Intel UHD Graphics 620 is an integrated GPU. The performance of the 24 Executive units depends on the RAM, since the GPU has no dedicated memory. To put out the maximum performance, the memory has to run in the Dual Channel mode. This is the case for the Schenker laptop. Since the Intel UHD 620 is pretty slow for today's standard in any case, the difference is not really that huge. For more demanding tasks and newer games, it is too slow.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1839 Points ∼100% +20%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8665U
1804 Points ∼98% +17%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 2006, n=212)
1735 Points ∼94% +13%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1653 Points ∼90% +8%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1537 Points ∼84%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 5422, n=700)
1402 Points ∼76% -9%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Office
  (76 - 1164, n=85)
509 Points ∼100% +43%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8665U
391 Points ∼77% +10%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (299 - 443, n=65)
374 Points ∼73% +5%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
357 Points ∼70%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
317 Points ∼62% -11%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1336 Points ∼100% +9%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1230 Points ∼92%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8665U
1173 Points ∼88% -5%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1418, n=181)
1145 Points ∼86% -7%
Average of class Office
  (138 - 4109, n=518)
1076 Points ∼81% -13%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1009 Points ∼76% -18%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
10881 Points ∼100% +16%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8665U
9354 Points ∼86% 0%
Schenker VIA 14
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
9349 Points ∼86%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11436, n=194)
9183 Points ∼84% -2%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
8181 Points ∼75% -12%
Average of class Office
  (1208 - 27117, n=559)
7362 Points ∼68% -21%
3DMark 11 Performance
1709 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
8000 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1123 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
409 points
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Gaming performance

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 66.3 38.4 30.8 9.3 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 63.7 36.7 18.2 16.5 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 11.4 10.2 9.6 fps

Emissions & Energy: Schenker VIA is a lot cooler than a Schenker XMG

Noise

Unfortunately, the Schenker VIA 14 does not stay completely quiet while idling. Sometimes the fan does come on with 30.3 dB(A). In the stress-test, the Schenker VIA 14 does get a lot louder with 40.5 dB(A) as the maximum noise-level. On average though, the noise-level sits at 35.6 dB(A) during load.

Noise Level

Idle
29.4 / 29.4 / 30.3 dB(A)
Load
35.6 / 40.5 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: 29.4 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.43031.133.234.82528.827.527.329.829.83130.934.729.233.742.14028.229.927.830.5385032.534.233.132.432.66324.926.223.723298024.724.124.623.524.810029.131.829.127.628.612524.724.523.722.925.216023.523.922.22325.320022.92423.122.623.425022.823.622.822.12331522.923.12121.422.240022.32520.121.52250022.925.319.820.622.363023.224.219.219.121.680021.624.419.118.921.4100023.42618.818.422.9125025.427.918.417.623.6160027.930.119.716.725.720003032.619.516.627.4250029.131.618.315.926.5315027.330.416.715.824.2400025.228.716.215.622.1500022.9271615.720.4630020.123.215.815.618.2800018.821.615.915.617.31000017.319.315.815.616.51250016.217.315.715.415.81600015.615.715.515.215.6SPL37.840.530.329.435.6N2.63.21.41.32.2median 22.9median 24.5median 19.1median 17.6median 22.3Delta2.222.93.22.2hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseSchenker VIA 14

Temperatures

stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)
stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)

The Schenker laptop barely gets warm during the stress-test. Different from the Cinebench test, the CPU power consumption is quickly limited to 10 W when tested with Prime95 and FurMark. This keeps temperatures low, but also results in strong throttling. In everyday use, this should not be a problem though.

Max. Load
 33.4 °C
92 F
35.6 °C
96 F
31.7 °C
89 F
 
 31.2 °C
88 F
32.1 °C
90 F
29.9 °C
86 F
 
 24.9 °C
77 F
25.1 °C
77 F
24.1 °C
75 F
 
Maximum: 35.6 °C = 96 F
Average: 29.8 °C = 86 F
30.8 °C
87 F
33.5 °C
92 F
30.1 °C
86 F
28.6 °C
83 F
34.5 °C
94 F
30 °C
86 F
26.2 °C
79 F
26.1 °C
79 F
26.3 °C
79 F
Maximum: 34.5 °C = 94 F
Average: 26.6 °C = 80 F
Power Supply (max.)  38.3 °C = 101 F | Room Temperature 20.6 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.8 °C / 86 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 35.6 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 34.5 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25 °C / 77 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 25.1 °C / 77.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28 °C / 82.4 F (+2.9 °C / 5.2 F).
palmrest (stress test)
palmrest (stress test)
bottom (stress test)
bottom (stress test)

Speakers

Without bass, not loud enough and not balanced – the speakers of the Schenker VIA 14 are roughly comparable with phone speakers. For listening to music, it is recommendable to use the perfectly working combo-audio-jack.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.235.32529.839.63133.732.74030.530.25032.433.7632326.38023.523.910027.630.212522.923.71602323.920022.624.825022.128.531521.435.740021.550.650020.658.563019.159.380018.965.1100018.470.6125017.664.7160016.760.8200016.656.6250015.956.5315015.854.2400015.652.4500015.750.5630015.643.1800015.644.41000015.642.21250015.4431600015.237SPL29.473.4N1.325.3median 17.6median 50.5Delta3.211.345.638.345.647.837.747.849.83749.848.23748.249.635.649.650.835.950.853355355.333.455.357.232.557.259.631.959.662.231.662.263.930.663.966.530.466.569.229.669.272.429.272.472.328.972.375.228.975.277.528.777.576.328.376.375287574.827.874.875.227.675.269.827.769.865.427.365.463.927.363.969.627.269.668.527.268.567.527.167.562.227.162.259.72759.785.140.185.164.73.864.7median 68.5median 28.3median 68.55.81.65.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSchenker VIA 14Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 20R1-000YUS
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Schenker VIA 14 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 10.3% higher than median
(-) | mids are not linear (18.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (36.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 97% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 1% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 97% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 2% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 20R1-000YUS audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 7.7% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.6% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 7% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 89% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 9% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 88% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy management

The power consumption is slightly higher when compared with the competitors. Considering the battery capacity, this is not a huge deal though. The maximum consumption of 69 W is more than the 65 W charger can handle. Luckily, the power consumption quickly decreases to a manageable value of 35.5 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.36 / 3.9 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.6 / 6.1 / 9.3 Watt
Load midlight 35.5 / 69 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery life

charging time 178 minutes
charging time 178 minutes

The crown jewel of the Schenker VIA 14: The integrated 73 Wh battery. With it, the Schenker laptop easily beats the competition. Fittingly, the Schenker VIA 14 performs excellent in the Wi-Fi test, as it ran for more than 14 hours in this test.

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Schenker VIA 14
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, 73 Wh
843 min ∼32%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
i7-8665U, UHD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
696 min ∼26% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s-20NYS02A00
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 57 Wh
607 min ∼23% -28%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
447 min ∼17% -47%
Average of class Office
  (105 - 1104, n=394)
424 min ∼16% -50%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge)
14h 03min

Pros

+ lightweight magnesium chassis
+ big battery = long battery life
+ good FHD screen
+ nice port selection
+ comfortable keyboard
+ fast AX Wi-Fi
+ good upgradability
+ chassis stays cool under load
+ good CPU performance

Cons

- missing business-features
- less warranty options than the competition
- DPC latency problem
- screen: Lower brightness than competitors & slow response times
- bad speakers
- no Thunderbolt 3

Verdict

in review: Schenker VIA 14, review sample supplied by Schenker.
in review: Schenker VIA 14, review sample supplied by Schenker.

Lightweight, fast and enduring: Is there something the Schenker VIA 14 can not do? Indeed, Schenker and Clevo have delivered a fine laptop.

Especially the extremely lightweight chassis in combination with the big battery are compelling arguments for the Schenker laptop. Also, real weaknesses are not many: The matte FHD screen is pretty good, the keyboard is comfortable enough for heavy users. The port-selection is comparably wide, Wi-Fi is fast and the Schenker notebook is upgradable as well. The VIA 14 stays cool at all times, even under load, and it delivers a commendable CPU performance, too.

Just to be clear: The Schenker VIA 14 is not a perfect device. For example, sometimes the fan starts running when the device is idling and can get loud under load. The screen is not as bright as the panels used by the competition and has pretty high response times. Furthermore, the Schenker VIA 14 has DPC  latency problems and the speakers are really bad. Also, there is no Thunderbolt and in general less business features (like a smartcard reader or WWAN) compared with the competition. Similarly, there are not as many warranty options as there are with the Dell, HP and Lenovo competitors. For example, an on-site service is not available.

The basics are all on-point – which is why the Schenker VIA 14 gets a recommendation from us.

With those deficiencies in mind, the Schenker laptop might have a hard time competing with the ThinkPads, Latitudes and EliteBooks in the enterprise sector. On the other hand, when it comes to consumers interested in an office laptop, we can see them buying the Schenker VIA 14. It possesses many qualities that we want to see in a good work laptop and is an easy recommendation.

Schenker VIA 14 - 04/06/2020 v7
Benjamin Herzig

Chassis
83 / 98 → 85%
Keyboard
87%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
56 / 80 → 70%
Weight
74 / 20-75 → 98%
Battery
90%
Display
88%
Games Performance
49 / 78 → 63%
Application Performance
79 / 95 → 83%
Temperature
95%
Noise
94%
Audio
51%
Camera
30 / 85 → 36%
Average
74%
86%
Office - Weighted Average

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Benjamin Herzig, 2020-04-30 (Update: 2020-04-30)
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Editor of the original article: Benjamin Herzig - Editor
In 2010 I started to get more and more involved with technology, especially notebooks have been my passion ever since. Of course I came across the detailed tests of Notebookcheck very quickly. With time I learned more and more about notebooks and started writing small reviews about notebooks in forums and blog pages. To earn some extra money during my studies I turned my hobby into my profession and joined the team of Notebookcheck in 2016. My personal interest is especially in business notebooks.