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Schenker VIA 15 Laptop Review: a lightweight AMD notebook

Portable and robust. The Schenker VIA 15 is a 15-inch notebook that has good looks and promising specifications. But there are some peculiarities that potential buyers should be aware of. Find out more in our review.
Mike Wobker, 👁 Andreas Osthoff, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Katherine Bodner),
Schenker VIA 15

At CES 2020, Schenker announced their business notebook VIA 15 - the manufacturer's first AMD model in over a decade. The device is currently equipped with chips from AMD's Raven Ridge series, but there might be an overhauled version of the device featuring Renoir CPUs if the model is a success.

Our configuration of the Schenker VIA 15 is available for around 900 Euro (~$990), which makes it slightly more expensive than similarly equipped notebooks. Any device in our database can be added to the comparison devices below every section.

Schenker VIA 15
Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U 4 x 2.1 - 3.7 GHz, Zen+
Graphics adapter
Memory
16384 MB 
, Single-Channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, Chi Mei CMN15E8, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Storage
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB, 500 GB 
, 427 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Rave/Renoir - Audio Processor - HD Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined 3.5-mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17 x 356 x 234 ( = 0.67 x 14.02 x 9.21 in)
Battery
91 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1280x720)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo speakers, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.394 kg ( = 49.17 oz / 3.07 pounds), Power Supply: 382 g ( = 13.47 oz / 0.84 pounds)
Price
830 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
83 %
04/2020
Schenker VIA 15
R5 3500U, Vega 8
1.4 kg17 mm15.6"1920x1080
82 %
02/2020
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.9 kg18.9 mm15.6"1920x1080
80 %
09/2019
HP ProBook 455R G6
R5 3500U, Vega 8
2 kg19 mm15.6"1920x1080
85 %
03/2020
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
R5 3500U, Vega 8
1.5 kg16.9 mm15.6"1920x1080
78 %
11/2019
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
R5 3500U, Vega 8
1.8 kg18 mm15.6"1920x1080

Case & Connectivity - fast Wi-Fi with the VIA 15

Schenker has chosen a magnesium alloy case, which makes the 15-inch notebook light and solid. The design is simple and functional but attractive nonetheless. We did not notice any issues in terms of the workmanship, which seems to be of high quality. The device weighs 1.4 kg (~3.1 lbs), which makes it the lightest notebook in our comparison field. Its narrow bezels also make it slimmer than the HP ProBook 455R G6 and Acer Aspire 5 A515, for example. The hinges are fairly tight and you will need two hands to open the notebook. 

Apart from its decent basic port selection, the VIA 15 also includes a microSD card slot. This only reaches low transfer rates in our test with our reference card Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II. The opposite can be said for the Wi-Fi module, which positions our test unit at the top of the comparison field in our test with the reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12 thanks to its fast Wi-Fi 6 standard (802.11 ax).

However, a bug occurred during our tests which prevented Wi-Fi from working when the laptop was activated from standby. We managed to fix the issue with a BIOS update and by installing the newest Intel drivers. According to Schenker, models that are delivered now should not have this issue any more. 

The included webcam offers the usual 0.9 MP with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Colors are displayed brighter than they should be and our test chart is rather blurry with noticeable difficulties displaying details.

Size Comparison

365 mm / 14.4 inch 257 mm / 10.1 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 2 kg4.41 lbs364 mm / 14.3 inch 245 mm / 9.65 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 1.9 kg4.08 lbs364 mm / 14.3 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.8 kg3.97 lbs357.8 mm / 14.1 inch 229.9 mm / 9.05 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.5 kg3.36 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 234 mm / 9.21 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 1.4 kg3.07 lbs

Port Selection

Left: Noble Lock, GigabitLAN, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.2 Gen1, 3.5-mm audio jack, microSD card reader
Left: Noble Lock, GigabitLAN, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.2 Gen1, 3.5-mm audio jack, microSD card reader
Right: 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C, 1x USB 3.2 Gen1, HDMI, power supply
Right: 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C, 1x USB 3.2 Gen1, HDMI, power supply
Front: No ports
Front: No ports
Back: No ports
Back: No ports
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP ProBook 455R G6
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
83.7 MB/s ∼100% +136%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
78.2 MB/s ∼93% +121%
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=311)
62.7 MB/s ∼75% +77%
Schenker VIA 15
 
35.4 MB/s ∼42%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP ProBook 455R G6
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.4 MB/s ∼100% +138%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86.9 MB/s ∼99% +137%
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=284)
78.6 MB/s ∼90% +114%
Schenker VIA 15
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
36.7 MB/s ∼42%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker VIA 15
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1413 (min: 983, max: 1471) MBit/s ∼100%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (523 - 1620, n=44)
1080 MBit/s ∼76% -24%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
672 (min: 334, max: 686) MBit/s ∼48% -52%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
653 (min: 593, max: 667) MBit/s ∼46% -54%
HP ProBook 455R G6
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
614 (min: 575, max: 626) MBit/s ∼43% -57%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
309 (min: 278, max: 319) MBit/s ∼22% -78%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker VIA 15
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1287 (min: 1206, max: 1352) MBit/s ∼100%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (553 - 1645, n=43)
1025 MBit/s ∼80% -20%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
697 (min: 663, max: 718) MBit/s ∼54% -46%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
690 (min: 335, max: 729) MBit/s ∼54% -46%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
588 (min: 564, max: 603) MBit/s ∼46% -54%
HP ProBook 455R G6
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
531 (min: 413, max: 578) MBit/s ∼41% -59%
ColorChecker
11.5 ∆E
16.5 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
17.2 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
14 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
23.5 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
17.9 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
14 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
12 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Schenker VIA 15: 13.46 ∆E min: 2.75 - max: 23.52 ∆E

Input Devices - the Schenker notebook has a backlit keyboard

The keyboard of the Schenker VIA 15 has a comfortable pressure point and enables fast and easy typing. The arrow keys are just as large as the main keys and the keys pos1, end, delete and page up and down are all available as primary functions. Only the row of f keys is a little narrower than the rest. The keyboard has two-level backlighting, which works well.

Schenker uses a Clickpad with a smooth surface. The cursor moves across the screen evenly and clicks are actuated reliably. Only long drag-and-drop movements occasionally require a second try. 

Schenker VIA 15 - input devices
Schenker VIA 15 - input devices

Display - high contrast and good brightness

Subpixel
Subpixel
Screen bleeding
Screen bleeding

The display Schenker has chosen for its VIA 15 is a matte IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It has an average brightness of 273 cd/m², which places it at the top of our comparison field. The display remains this bright when running on battery. The brightness distribution is only average at 81 percent. We measured PWM flickering at a brightness level below 30 percent. The frequency is fairly high at 25,910 Hz, which means that even sensitive users should not have any issues with it.  

Schenker does not offer any alternative display options.

302
cd/m²
292
cd/m²
287
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
296
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
245
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei CMN15E8
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 302 cd/m² Average: 273 cd/m² Minimum: 15.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 296 cd/m²
Contrast: 1184:1 (Black: 0.25 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.7 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 0.8
ΔE Greyscale 2.1 | 0.64-98 Ø6
99.8% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 64.7% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.31
Schenker VIA 15
Chi Mei CMN15E8, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
LP156WFC-SPD1, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP ProBook 455R G6
LG Philips LGD05CE, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AU Optronics AUO28ED, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
CEC PANDA LM156LF-CL07, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
-1%
11%
-15%
-29%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38.4 (18.8, 19.6)
37.6 (19.6, 18)
2%
34 (18, 16)
11%
43.6 (20.4, 23.2)
-14%
36 (18, 18)
6%
Response Time Black / White *
26.8 (15.2, 11.6)
28 (16.4, 11.6)
-4%
24 (14, 10)
10%
31.2 (18, 13.2)
-16%
25 (14, 11)
7%
PWM Frequency
25910 (30)
178 (10)
-99%
Screen
-124%
-113%
-111%
-90%
Brightness middle
296
245
-17%
262
-11%
271
-8%
250
-16%
Brightness
273
239
-12%
235
-14%
256
-6%
228
-16%
Brightness Distribution
81
82
1%
83
2%
90
11%
83
2%
Black Level *
0.25
0.25
-0%
0.27
-8%
0.15
40%
0.205
18%
Contrast
1184
980
-17%
970
-18%
1807
53%
1220
3%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.7
5.6
-229%
6.34
-273%
4.7
-176%
5.65
-232%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
2.9
15.6
-438%
9.28
-220%
20.4
-603%
13.7
-372%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.8
4.8
-500%
4.82
-503%
4.6
-475%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.1
3.4
-62%
4.33
-106%
1.6
24%
6.32
-201%
Gamma
2.31 95%
2.3 96%
2.06 107%
2.17 101%
2.45 90%
CCT
6759 96%
7156 91%
7041 92%
6649 98%
7287 89%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
64.7
36.5
-44%
36
-44%
38.5
-40%
38
-41%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.8
57.5
-42%
56
-44%
60.6
-39%
59
-41%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-63% / -105%
-51% / -94%
-63% / -96%
-60% / -76%

* ... 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
26.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.2 ms rise
↘ 11.6 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. » 54 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18.8 ms rise
↘ 19.6 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 636 (maximum) ms. » 41 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39 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 25910 Hz ≤ 30 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 25910 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 30 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 25910 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17886 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Color space coverage (sRGB) - 99.8 percent
Color space coverage (sRGB) - 99.8 percent
Color space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 64.7 percent
Color space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 64.7 percent

The VIA 15 has a good contrast ratio of 1184:1 and a good black value of 0.25 cd/m². Combined with a color space coverage of almost 100 percent (sRGB), this means vivid colors and deep blacks. Our analysis using the CalMAN software and X-Rite i1Pro2 show that the display only has a low color deviation ex-works. This can be further improved by calibrating the display.

The Schenker VIA 15 is suitable to be used outdoors, although we would still recommend finding a shady spot as content can be difficult to read in direct sunlight. The panel also has stable viewing angles, which means that colors and content are not inverted or distorted when looking at the screen from an angle.  

CalMAN - color accuracy
CalMAN - color accuracy
CalMAN - grayscales
CalMAN - grayscales
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - color accuracy (after calibration)
CalMAN - color accuracy (after calibration)
CalMAN - grayscales (after calibration)
CalMAN - grayscales (after calibration)
CalMAN - saturation (after calibration)
CalMAN - saturation (after calibration)
Schenker VIA 15 - viewing angles
Schenker VIA 15 - viewing angles
Schenker VIA 15 - outdoor use (in direct sunlight)
Schenker VIA 15 - Außeneinsatz (in direktem Sonnenlicht)
Schenker VIA 15 - outdoor use (in direct sunlight)
Schenker VIA 15 - outdoor use (in direct sunlight)

Performance - AMD processor without throttling

Schenker VIA 15 - maintenance
Schenker VIA 15 - maintenance

Schenker has directed its VIA 15 at business users who are looking for a notebook that is suitable for a variety of office applications. Its performance should also suffice for simple image and video processing. Apart from our configuration, the model should also be available with an AMD Ryzen 7 3700U and various shapes and sizes of storage devices and RAM.  

While users can only use RAM in single-channel mode and therefore only expand via a single RAM slot, they can install up to two SSDs in the VIA 15.

 

Processor

The installed AMD Ryzen 5 3500U is a quad-core processor with clock rates between 2.1 and 3.7 GHz. The CPU can work up to eight threads simultaneously, although its performance also depends on the notebook's cooling system. Our CineBench R15 loop shows that Schenker has done a good job. The processor's performance remains fairly constant even over a long period of time. This means that the VIA 15 offers the same performance as the Huawei MateBook D 15.

The Schenker VIA 15 reached a multi-core result of 586 points when running on battery.

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Schenker VIA 15 AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø668 (665.42-677.39)
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø537 (517.78-687.49)
HP ProBook 455R G6 AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø564 (554.09-645.67)
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø669 (662.73-672.62)
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø508 (460.33-641.41)
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø505 (498.72-514.09)

The Schenker notebook also gets very good results in the individual single and multi-core benchmarks. Only the Intel Core i5-10210U in the Lenovo ThinkBook 15 reaches a higher result for a short period.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Core i5-10210U
165 Points ∼74% +15%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
144.02 Points ∼64% 0%
Schenker VIA 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
144 Points ∼64%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
143 Points ∼64% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
  (131 - 147, n=17)
142 Points ∼63% -1%
HP ProBook 455R G6
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
137 Points ∼61% -5%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 202, n=588)
117 Points ∼52% -19%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Core i5-10210U
687 Points ∼16% +1%
Schenker VIA 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
682 (min: 572.66, max: 672.25) Points ∼16%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
677.84 (min: 671.21, max: 677.84) Points ∼15% -1%
HP ProBook 455R G6
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
646 Points ∼15% -5%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
  (482 - 682, n=18)
641 Points ∼15% -6%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
614 Points ∼14% -10%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
604 Points ∼14% -11%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1346, n=596)
372 Points ∼9% -45%
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
682 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
38.93 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
144 Points
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System Performance

The results of the PCMark 10 benchmarks position our test unit in the middle range of our comparison field. The results are all quite uniform and we calculated a maximum performance deviation of 5 percent to other Ryzen 5 3500U devices. The Lenovo ThinkBook 15 with its Intel CPU is the only outlier. Find out how the VIA 15 fares compared to other notebooks in our CPU benchmark list. 

In general, the Schenker notebook offers a fast system. Applications start quickly and we did not encounter any judders or other issues during testing.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3344 Points ∼26% +4%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (2989 - 3526, n=15)
3329 Points ∼26% +3%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3325 Points ∼26% +3%
Schenker VIA 15
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
3223 Points ∼25%
HP ProBook 455R G6
Vega 8, R5 3500U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
3205 Points ∼25% -1%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3089 Points ∼24% -4%
Average of class Office
  (320 - 5547, n=203)
2831 Points ∼22% -12%
Productivity
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6874 Points ∼66% +24%
HP ProBook 455R G6
Vega 8, R5 3500U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
5835 Points ∼56% +5%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (5456 - 6074, n=15)
5774 Points ∼55% +4%
Average of class Office
  (1266 - 8567, n=203)
5740 Points ∼55% +3%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
5610 Points ∼54% +1%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5603 Points ∼54% +1%
Schenker VIA 15
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
5555 Points ∼53%
Essentials
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
9103 Points ∼79% +24%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
7600 Points ∼66% +3%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (6690 - 8300, n=15)
7520 Points ∼66% +2%
Schenker VIA 15
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
7351 Points ∼64%
Average of class Office
  (2683 - 9821, n=203)
7306 Points ∼64% -1%
HP ProBook 455R G6
Vega 8, R5 3500U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
7298 Points ∼64% -1%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
6690 Points ∼58% -9%
Score
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4248 Points ∼52% +17%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (3485 - 3972, n=15)
3761 Points ∼46% +3%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3743 Points ∼46% +3%
HP ProBook 455R G6
Vega 8, R5 3500U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
3691 Points ∼46% +1%
Schenker VIA 15
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
3646 Points ∼45%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3496 Points ∼43% -4%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 5409, n=204)
3462 Points ∼43% -5%

Storage Devices

Schenker has equipped our test unit with a 500-GB SSD from Samsung, which offers very good read and write rates according to our storage benchmarks, making second place in our comparison field.

Find out more about various storage devices on our HDD/SSD benchmark page.

Schenker VIA 15
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
HP ProBook 455R G6
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Average Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
 
Average of class Office
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
3%
-38%
-19%
-34%
-1%
-40%
Write 4K
164.5
176.3
7%
126.4
-23%
134.8
-18%
114.9
-30%
145 (99.3 - 197, n=13)
-12%
104 (0.217 - 227, n=203)
-37%
Read 4K
46.88
48.98
4%
40.45
-14%
41.68
-11%
52.7
12%
47 (38.5 - 53.2, n=13)
0%
36.1 (0.176 - 166, n=203)
-23%
Write Seq
2659
1789
-33%
702.3
-74%
1651
-38%
1361
-49%
1832 (1087 - 2900, n=13)
-31%
840 (21.4 - 2714, n=201)
-68%
Read Seq
2623
1671
-36%
1129
-57%
2300
-12%
1385
-47%
1815 (974 - 2929, n=13)
-31%
1099 (74 - 2827, n=201)
-58%
Write 4K Q32T1
310.9
433.5
39%
298.6
-4%
260
-16%
181.1
-42%
409 (311 - 557, n=13)
32%
291 (0.222 - 701, n=204)
-6%
Read 4K Q32T1
351.2
525.6
50%
344
-2%
335.1
-5%
340.5
-3%
486 (351 - 648, n=13)
38%
314 (0.647 - 773, n=204)
-11%
Write Seq Q32T1
3236
2983.3
-8%
801.2
-75%
1641
-49%
1519
-53%
3232 (2933 - 3280, n=13)
0%
1074 (56.5 - 3407, n=204)
-67%
Read Seq Q32T1
3547
3555.1
0%
1723
-51%
3452
-3%
1515
-57%
3479 (3235 - 3565, n=13)
-2%
1781 (78.6 - 3564, n=204)
-50%
Write 4K Q8T8
1687.9
2067
876 (4.69 - 2067, n=19)
Read 4K Q8T8
1035.8
1064
855 (247 - 1525, n=19)
AS SSD
3%
-52%
-27%
-49%
6%
-594%
Score Total
4446
4279
-4%
1540
-65%
3097
-30%
2115
-52%
5051 (4379 - 5862, n=12)
14%
1494 (21 - 5782, n=407)
-66%
Score Write
2018
2033
1%
495
-75%
1542
-24%
945
-53%
2534 (1902 - 2859, n=12)
26%
525 (8 - 2668, n=407)
-74%
Score Read
1616
1488
-8%
711
-56%
1057
-35%
767
-53%
1663 (1414 - 2359, n=12)
3%
647 (6 - 2373, n=407)
-60%
Access Time Write *
0.034
0.025
26%
0.041
-21%
0.042
-24%
0.057
-68%
0.0292 (0.023 - 0.037, n=12)
14%
0.976 (0.021 - 34.1, n=435)
-2771%
Access Time Read *
0.041
0.032
22%
0.057
-39%
0.062
-51%
0.0498 (0.033 - 0.092, n=12)
-21%
1.355 (0.025 - 32, n=430)
-3205%
4K-64 Write
1648.94
1664.66
1%
334.32
-80%
1274.96
-23%
737.5
-55%
2155 (1494 - 2444, n=12)
31%
358 (0.23 - 2280, n=436)
-78%
4K-64 Read
1280.24
1174.61
-8%
524.06
-59%
748.18
-42%
586.4
-54%
1355 (1156 - 2050, n=12)
6%
484 (0.34 - 2072, n=436)
-62%
4K Write
129.35
141.44
9%
89.26
-31%
111.64
-14%
77.49
-40%
132 (99.1 - 166, n=12)
2%
78.7 (0.21 - 182, n=436)
-39%
4K Read
53.55
57.05
7%
36.63
-32%
47.15
-12%
44.88
-16%
52.9 (30 - 62.3, n=12)
-1%
31.6 (0.4 - 112, n=436)
-41%
Seq Write
2392.35
2268
-5%
711.99
-70%
1549.06
-35%
1300.38
-46%
2470 (2081 - 2779, n=12)
3%
573 (41.5 - 2615, n=437)
-76%
Seq Read
2817.1
2564
-9%
1503.06
-47%
2612.65
-7%
1358.29
-52%
2547 (2172 - 2975, n=12)
-10%
930 (42.5 - 2978, n=437)
-67%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
3% / 3%
-45% / -46%
-23% / -24%
-42% / -42%
3% / 3%
-317% / -361%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3547 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 3236 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 351.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 310.9 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2623 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2659 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 46.88 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 164.5 MB/s

Graphics

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 reached good results in the 3DMark 11 benchmark. As this GPU's performance strongly depends on the included RAM, the advantages of the device's 16 GB of RAM are clear. However, Schenker could have enabled an even better performance by making dual-channel mode available. Luckily this should not be a deciding factor for an office laptop such as this one. The VIA 15 reaches the same 3DMark 11 result when running on battery.

Find out more about the performance of other graphics units on our GPU benchmark page.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3837 Points ∼100% +21%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (1668 - 4317, n=37)
3391 Points ∼88% +7%
Schenker VIA 15
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3174 Points ∼83%
HP ProBook 455R G6
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3085 Points ∼80% -3%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
2582 Points ∼67% -19%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1914 Points ∼50% -40%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 5422, n=707)
1416 Points ∼37% -55%
3DMark 11 Performance
3214 points
Help

Gaming Performance

AMD's Radeon RX Vega 8 can definitely be used to play occasional games, although users will have to stick to older titles or games with low demands in terms of graphics performance. Our test also showed that users will have to forego Full-HD resolution in favor of smooth frame rates. Current AAA games are hardly playable even at the lowest graphics settings 

Find out what kind of performance to expect from various titles on our GPU games page.

Dota 2 Reborn
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
38.8 (min: 35.7) fps ∼100% +36%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (26.9 - 47.8, n=22)
35.8 fps ∼92% +26%
Average of class Office
  (5.5 - 69, n=83)
28.7 fps ∼74% +1%
Schenker VIA 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
28.5 (min: 26.6) fps ∼73%
HP ProBook 455R G6
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
26.9 (min: 25) fps ∼69% -6%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
21.9 (min: 20.4) fps ∼56% -23%
1366x768 med (1/3)
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (46.8 - 76.3, n=22)
58.9 fps ∼100% +7%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
58.3 (min: 50.1) fps ∼99% +6%
Schenker VIA 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
54.9 (min: 50.2) fps ∼93%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
53.7 (min: 47.1) fps ∼91% -2%
HP ProBook 455R G6
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
50.1 (min: 45.5) fps ∼85% -9%
Average of class Office
  (9.7 - 107, n=91)
49.5 fps ∼84% -10%
X-Plane 11.11
1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (14.4 - 27.3, n=18)
17.9 fps ∼100% +5%
Schenker VIA 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
17.1 fps ∼96%
Average of class Office
  (4.7 - 41.6, n=66)
16.8 fps ∼94% -2%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
16.3 fps ∼91% -5%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
12.4 fps ∼69% -27%
1920x1080 med (fps_test=2)
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (14.5 - 31, n=19)
19.9 fps ∼100% +6%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
19.4 fps ∼97% +4%
Schenker VIA 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
18.7 fps ∼94%
Average of class Office
  (5.3 - 47.3, n=71)
17.8 fps ∼89% -5%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
13.4 fps ∼67% -28%
1280x720 low (fps_test=1)
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (19.2 - 39.9, n=19)
26.4 fps ∼100% +3%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
26.3 fps ∼100% +2%
Schenker VIA 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
25.7 fps ∼97%
Average of class Office
  (7.1 - 55.3, n=74)
24.1 fps ∼91% -6%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
11.5 fps ∼44% -55%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
21.01 fps ∼100% +48%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (7.6 - 21.4, n=27)
16.9 fps ∼80% +19%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
14.55 fps ∼69% +3%
Schenker VIA 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
14.17 fps ∼67%
HP ProBook 455R G6
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
14.03 fps ∼67% -1%
Average of class Office
  (1.8 - 54.8, n=280)
11.4 fps ∼54% -20%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
10.8 fps ∼51% -24%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
118.85 fps ∼100% +43%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (68.9 - 123, n=26)
98.4 fps ∼83% +19%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
83.39 fps ∼70% +1%
Schenker VIA 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
82.89 fps ∼70%
HP ProBook 455R G6
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
82.73 fps ∼70% 0%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
81.9 fps ∼69% -1%
Average of class Office
  (12.2 - 212, n=400)
58.4 fps ∼49% -30%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 82.89 14.17 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 72 54.9 28.5 26.5 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 25.7 18.7 17.1 fps

Emissions & Energy - fans only run occasionally

System Noise

The Schenker VIA 15 is very quiet throughout with the fans only turning on occasionally. And even then they are hardly audible, humming away evenly. The noise turns up under load but never becomes uncomfortably loud, although you might want to avoid this scenario in surroundings that are sensitive to noise.

Please note: Schenker has informed us that they are currently working on a BIOS update that will improve fan behavior under load. We will be testing the fan noise again as soon as this is available.

Noise Level

Idle
29.6 / 29.6 / 29.6 dB(A)
Load
33.4 / 38.1 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 Highs2030.534.437.230.72526.526.828.725.73133.33236.9344030.529.132.730.65025.526.724.825.46326.2242324.18025.224.423.723.310025.127.126.324.71252424.324.122.616024.923.924.624.620023.923.223.223.925023.122.222.223.63152220.620.724.140021.420.520.72650021.119.419.626.663020.118.818.624.780019.418.818.323.8100021.319.819.826.612501917.717.626.8160019.517.616.529.4200019.41716.329250018.816.615.927.7315017.315.815.525.9400016.415.615.524.7500015.915.715.525.2630015.815.715.620.5800015.815.715.617.91000015.715.715.616.31250015.615.415.415.71600015.315.215.215.3SPL30.829.629.438.1N1.51.31.32.8median 19.4median 17.7median 17.6median 24.7Delta3.13.33.4233.533.329.432.328.328.228.233.532.536.736.736.729.331.933.632.725.529.228.127.124.726.925.430.722.722.424.424.324.823.324.624.825.223.12525.525.925.525.125.924.523.723.52424.223.324.325.423.622.222.824.223.420.720.323.12321.119.822.423.220.618.823.421.119.518.721.62220.217.622.224.12017.123.424.619.216.523.222.31815.923.424.119.215.723.720.916.415.420.717.915.715.4181815.815.217.816.115.515.216.415.415.515.315.715.315.315.115.415.115.31515.414.91514.714.933.830.629.233.71.91.41.21.9median 23median 19.5median 17.1median 23.13.13.23.73hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseSchenker VIA 15Lenovo ThinkBook 15

Temperature

Our measurements show that the VIA 15 reaches surface temperatures of up to 45.2 °C (113.36 °F) under load. This means that you can still use the device on your lap - although it might start getting a little warm. But remember that this temperature only occurs under strong load. 

The VIA 15 reached clock rates above 3 GHz at the beginning of our stress test, but these soon dropped to 2.7 GHz. By the end of the one-hour test, the frequency had dropped to 2.5 GHz, which is still 0.4 GHz above the base clock rate of 2.1 GHz. The power consumption reached 63.6 W at first and then settled around 47.5 W.

Schenker VIA 15 - stress test (beginning)
Schenker VIA 15 - stress test (beginning)
Schenker VIA 15 - stress test (end)
Schenker VIA 15 - stress test (end)
Max. Load
 34.4 °C
94 F
44.5 °C
112 F
34.7 °C
94 F
 
 27.2 °C
81 F
36.8 °C
98 F
32.1 °C
90 F
 
 25.2 °C
77 F
26.6 °C
80 F
26.6 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 44.5 °C = 112 F
Average: 32 °C = 90 F
37.5 °C
100 F
45.2 °C
113 F
36.6 °C
98 F
32.2 °C
90 F
34.8 °C
95 F
29.3 °C
85 F
26.6 °C
80 F
27.3 °C
81 F
26.2 °C
79 F
Maximum: 45.2 °C = 113 F
Average: 32.9 °C = 91 F
Power Supply (max.)  43.1 °C = 110 F | Room Temperature 20.6 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32 °C / 90 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 44.5 °C / 112 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 45.2 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.6 °C / 76 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 26.6 °C / 79.9 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28 °C / 82.4 F (+1.4 °C / 2.5 F).
Heat map - top
Heat map - top
Heat map - bottom
Heat map - bottom

Speakers

The speakers aren't particularly loud and have a fairly narrow sound spectrum. Both low and high frequencies are lost, which means that the AMD notebook is not really ideal for media consumption. We would recommend connecting external speakers or headphones. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.233.72528.724.43136.9324032.729.15024.825.7632324.88023.723.310026.325.312524.125.316024.630.720023.237.225022.238.131520.741.340020.747.550019.652.363018.654.880018.365.3100019.865.4125017.663.6160016.559.8200016.361.8250015.958.8315015.557.5400015.551.2500015.548.4630015.650.4800015.642.21000015.642.81250015.439.71600015.228.7SPL29.471.7N1.324.5median 17.6median 48.4Delta3.49.835.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSchenker VIA 15Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Schenker VIA 15 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 10.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (13% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (11.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (34.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 96% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 3% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 95% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 3% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Power Consumption

The VIA 15 has a minimum power consumption of 5.7 W while idling and up to 63.6 W under load.

The included AC adapter has a rated output of 65 W and is therefore large enough to cover the VIA 15's needs.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.37 / 0.84 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.7 / 9.1 / 9.6 Watt
Load midlight 33.3 / 63.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Schenker VIA 15
R5 3500U, Vega 8, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP ProBook 455R G6
R5 3500U, Vega 8, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
R5 3500U, Vega 8, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
R5 3500U, Vega 8, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
 
Average of class Office
 
Power Consumption
12%
12%
3%
24%
6%
-16%
Idle Minimum *
5.7
3.5
39%
4.8
16%
5.2
9%
3.7
35%
5.32 (3.7 - 8.8, n=37)
7%
7.39 (1.3 - 32, n=1019)
-30%
Idle Average *
9.1
7.1
22%
7.6
16%
8.8
3%
6.2
32%
8.22 (5.86 - 12.9, n=37)
10%
11.2 (3.7 - 42, n=1019)
-23%
Idle Maximum *
9.6
7.8
19%
10.9
-14%
10.2
-6%
8.4
12%
9.71 (6.36 - 13.7, n=37)
-1%
13.5 (4.8 - 67, n=1019)
-41%
Load Average *
33.3
38.9
-17%
30.2
9%
37.5
-13%
31.1
7%
37.6 (24.1 - 55.3, n=37)
-13%
37.2 (7.43 - 99.3, n=1004)
-12%
Load Maximum *
63.6
65.4
-3%
42.2
34%
50.9
20%
43.1
32%
46.1 (26.5 - 65.6, n=37)
28%
46.3 (12.2 - 129, n=1006)
27%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

We measured a very good battery life of 13 hours and 23 minutes in our Wi-Fi test. This result is significantly better than that of the competition. This is mainly due to the very large 91-Wh battery, which required around 2.5 hours to recharge during our test.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
13h 23min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Schenker VIA 15
R5 3500U, Vega 8, 91 Wh
803 min ∼30%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
R5 3500U, Vega 8, 42 Wh
470 min ∼18% -41%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
R5 3500U, Vega 8, 48 Wh
466 min ∼18% -42%
HP ProBook 455R G6
R5 3500U, Vega 8, 45 Wh
461 min ∼17% -43%
Average of class Office
  (105 - 1124, n=403)
428 min ∼16% -47%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
406 min ∼15% -49%

Pros

+ good CPU performance
+ very good Wi-Fi performance
+ high-contrast display
+ long battery life
+ low weight

Cons

- RAM in single-channel mode only
- bad webcam

Verdict - a very good AMD notebook with only minor weaknesses

Review: Schenker VIA 15. Test unit provided by Schenker Technologies
Review: Schenker VIA 15. Test unit provided by Schenker Technologies

Schenker has made a lot of good decisions for the VIA 15. The performance of its Ryzen 5 3500U remains high and steady under load and does not suffer from high temperatures. The device also offers a great battery life and very good Wi-Fi performance. This makes the VIA 15 a worthy competitor to the Huawei MateBook D 15.

The Schenker VIA 15 is a strong AMD notebook that offers good battery life and does not suffer from heat-related issues.

Our round of tests leaves little to criticize. The surface of the keyboard could offer a bit more grip and we would generally expect better webcams in notebooks nowadays - but that goes for all notebook manufacturers. One big disadvantage is the fact that RAM only runs in single-channel mode. This is a waste of potential performance that could have had a particularly positive impact on the graphics performance. But an office laptop such as this should be able to do without that anyway.

Schenker VIA 15 - 04/05/2020 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
54 / 80 → 68%
Weight
70 / 20-75 → 91%
Battery
90%
Display
88%
Games Performance
57 / 78 → 73%
Application Performance
81 / 95 → 85%
Temperature
91%
Noise
94%
Audio
47%
Camera
31 / 85 → 37%
Average
73%
83%
Office - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2020-04-10 (Update: 2020-05-19)
Mike Wobker
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I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.