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Schenker XMG P406 (Clevo P640RE) Notebook Review

Sven Kloevekorn, Tanja Hinum (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 01/18/2016

Small rocket. Serious gaming devices with a 14-inch screen are rare; the majority of gamers prefers a larger screen instead of a higher mobility. At least the compact dimensions do not prevent extreme performance, which is proven by Schenker's new device. Chassis and input devices are great. So the only thing we have to find out is whether the display, sound and emissions can meet the high expectations as well.

For the original German review, see here.

Just like the Schenker XMG P506 we reviewed back in October 2015, you can also configure the 14-inch XMG P406 (base price 1399 Euros/~$1525) comprehensively on the homepage of the manufacturer. All configurations are equipped with a Full HD IPS display as well as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M with 3 GB dedicated GDDR5-VRAM. Furthermore, every buyer gets the Intel Gaming Bundle (consisting of Just Cause 3CS: GO and World of Warships) for free.

Our review unit was equipped with the Intel Core i7-6700HQ (4x 2.6 up to 3.5 GHz, Hyperthreading, 45 W TDP), but you can also select the even faster i7-6820HK (4x 2.7 up to 3.6 GHz, Hyperthreading, 45 W TDP). However, we do not think that this makes much sense. Other upgrades are available for the memory equipment, hard drive, Wi-Fi module, WWAN (without, UMTS or LTE), warranty, operating system and security software. The tested configuration with the Core i7-6700HQ, 16 GB DDR4-RAM (2133 MHz), 256 GB PCIe-SSD, conventional 1 TB HDD and the wireless adapter Intel Dual Band Wireless AC-8260 costs 1839 Euros (~$2004) and tips the scale at 2.2 kg (~4.85 pounds). We also have to note that some part designations of the review unit differ from the configurator.

We use the following comparison devices for this article: The P406 is only the third gaming notebook with a 14-inch screen that we checked within the last 10 months, so we obviously include the Schenker XMG C405 and Gigabyte P34W v3. We also use two 15-inch gaming devices with high scores. The Alienware 15 R2 uses a faster GeForce GTX 980M, while the Nexoc G515 II is equipped with a GTX 960M. The comparison tables also include the main rival from MSI, the GS40, which was in review at the same time.

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Schenker XMG P406
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M - 3072 MB, Core: 924 - 1038 MHz, Memory: 5000 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 354.09, Nvidia Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4, 2133 MHz, Dual-Channel, 2/2 slots occupied, up to 32 GB
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, LG Philips 140WF1 (LGD040A), IPS, Full HD, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM170 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Samsung SM951 MZHPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e, 256 GB 
, SSD + Western Digital Slim WD10SPCX-24HWST1, 1 TB HDD @ 5400 rpm
Soundcard
Realtek ALC892 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Headphones, Microphone, S/PDIF, Card Reader: MMC/RSMMC/SD/Mini-SD/SDHC/SDXC, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25 x 349 x 247 ( = 0.98 x 13.74 x 9.72 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 3 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: FHD 2 MP
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Sound Blaster X-FI MB5, 2.0 Speaker-System, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, PSU: 180 Watts, Accessories: CD and USB stick with software and drivers, manual, Software: Control Center, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.19 kg ( = 77.25 oz / 4.83 pounds), Power Supply: 592 g ( = 20.88 oz / 1.31 pounds)
Price
1839 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Schenker advertises a metal chassis for its XMG P406, which is based on the Clevo barebone P640RE. This might be true for the lid and the top of the base, but both the bottom and the display frame are made of plastic. Typical for the XMG-series is the edgy-futuristic design that can easily be spotted. The metal surfaces, which are actually smooth, are painted in a dark gray matte finish. Against our expectations, they are pretty grippy and fingerprints are not a big problem.

Twisting attempts are handled pretty well by the base, but there is some creaking. It is no problem to open the lid with just one hand. Protruding edges, which are obviously part of the design, are found everywhere. We did not find any noteworthy inconsistencies in respect of the build quality. All in all, the chassis leaves a solid and sophisticated impression that can match the price of at least 1399 Euros (~$1525). The review unit is very light for a gaming device at 2.2 kg (4.85 lb), but not in comparison with common 14-inch models.

Schenker XMG P406
Schenker XMG P406
Schenker XMG P406
Schenker XMG P406
Schenker XMG P406
Schenker XMG P406
Schenker XMG P406
Schenker XMG P406
Schenker XMG P406
Schenker XMG P406
Schenker XMG P406
Schenker XMG P406
Schenker XMG P406

Ports

You will not be disappointed by the Schenker XMG P406 if you want to attach multiple external displays to your gaming notebook. Thanks to one HDMI and two Mini-DisplayPorts (1.2), you can drive up to three external monitors simultaneously besides the internal display. HDMI 2.0 is missing, the HDMI port can only display UHD or 4K videos at 25 Hz (according to the manufacturer), while QHD (2160x1440) is possible at 60 Hz. Schenker does not cut any corners in respect of the other ports and includes 4x USB 3.0, coaxial S/PDIF port and separate stereo jacks for in- and outputs for microphones and headphones, so you can use conventional headsets. The card reader supports many formats and there is even a Gigabit-Ethernet port for stationary operation.

The best position for ports from an ergonomic point of view is the rear area of the sides or at the back. The manufacturer does not fully follow this philosophy. The power connector is actually at the back, but most ports are at the left front, where at least right-handed mouse users are not affected by attached flash drives or cables. We measured a transfer rate of up to 100 MB/s when we copied large files from our USB 3.0 hard drive.

Left side: 2x Mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, microphone, headphones, S/PDIF
Left side: 2x Mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, microphone, headphones, S/PDIF
Right side: SIM, card reader, 2x USB 3.0, Gigabit-Ethernet, Kensington Lock
Right side: SIM, card reader, 2x USB 3.0, Gigabit-Ethernet, Kensington Lock
Internals
Internals
Heat pipes
Heat pipes

Maintenance

There is no maintenance hatch and the battery is not accessible from the outside, either, so you will have to remove the whole bottom cover (secured by 11 screws) for upgrades or cleaning the fan. The process is pretty easy though, and once the cover is removed, you can access all-important components including the fans. The soldered CPU cannot be replaced (the same applies for the GPU).

Communication

Schenker equips its gamer with a modern Wi-Fi module with the designation Intel Dual Band Wireless AC-8260, which supports both the often crowded and therefore slower 2.4 GHz band and the less crowded 5 GHz band. Intel advertises a maximum transfer rate of 867 Mbps in an ac-network. Bluetooth 4.0 is included as well. The author recently changed his test environment with a new router, so we currently have no comparison data for the signal quality. However, the modules from Intel usually provide a very good signal quality as long as the manufacturer does not mess up the antenna design.

Accessories

The simple box of our review sample includes the mandatory power adapter plus a power cord, a self-created DVD with unknown content that we could not read, a microfiber cloth, an XMG key chain as well as an XMG sticker. The usual quick-start guide and warranty information were missing.

Warranty

Schenker grants a standard warranty period of 24 months for the XMG P406.

Input Devices

Touchpad settings
Touchpad settings

Touchpad

Gaming notebooks are usually operated with an external mouse, but we obviously have a look at the quality of the classic touchpad with its dedicated buttons anyway. The comfortably sized surface, which does not always accept inputs in the peripheral areas, is slightly roughened. This also adds to the good tactile feedback and gliding capabilities (even with slightly wet fingers). Responsiveness and precision are very good and even fast movements were recognized very well. Drag-&-Drop via double-tap always worked on the first attempt.

The good impression is supported by the convenient resistance of the mouse buttons over the whole width as well as the firm pressure point and the flawless build quality. Numerous settings for gestures for up to three fingers are available in the familiar Synaptics driver (picture).

Keyboard

Schenker decided against a separate numeric keypad, which enables normal-sized keys with a sufficient spacing of around 3 mm (~0.12 in). The layout is a bit special, because some keys like Pos 1, Page Up/Down and End are in an additional column right next to the Return key, but you should get used to it quickly. The flat and non-slip keys have an average travel as well as a firm pressure point and a well-defined pressure point. The typing experience was fast and free of fatigue.

Both the lettering and the even illumination, which can be adjusted in five levels, leave an excellent impression. The build quality did not reveal any flaws, either. That the keyboard can hardly be dented only supports the great overall impression it left during the review. Even demanding frequent writers should be satisfied. Only the high noise from the bigger keys like the space bar could be an issue for noise-sensitive users.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

IPS panels are synonymous for wide viewing angles and good color reproduction, but sometimes still have small issues with reaction times. This is also the case for the matte screen of the Schenker XMG P406, even though the Full HD resolution is nearly ideal for gamers. The situation is better for the decent, but not overwhelming maximum brightness of 266 cd/m² (on average). The same also applies for the rivals except for the Alienware and Nexoc, which are too dark for their price. Due to the 14-inch screen, you get a pixel density of 157 PPI, which creates a sharp picture where you cannot see individual pixels.

Despite the low brightness distribution of 81%, a black picture looks very homogenous. Our review sample only shows small signs of screen bleeding at the lower left frame, but it is not visible in practice. The manufacturer does not offer any other panel options.

272
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
261
cd/m²
282
cd/m²
241
cd/m²
296
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips 140WF1 (LGD040A)
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 296 cd/m² Average: 265.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 282 cd/m²
Contrast: 1282:1 (Black: 0.22 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.98 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 4.08 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
83% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 54% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.51

Surprisingly low is the black value of the review unit (0.22 cd/m²), which supports our subjective impression of rich blacks. This will result in a great contrast ratio of 1282:1 in combination with the decent luminance. The Alienware 15 R2 can even display deeper blacks, but "only" manages 947:1, which is still very good, due to the lower luminance. The black value of the Gigabyte P34W is way too high at 0.72 cd/m². This results in a poor contrast of 424:1 that you would expect from a notebook for 400 Euros (~$436).

The color deviations from the standard, which are represented by the DeltaE value, are okay for an IPS display at 4 (Grayscale) and 5 (ColorChecker), respectively. The target values should be smaller than three, which is actually realized by the aforementioned and criticized Gigabyte and also the review unit after the calibration (profile linked in the box). The AdobeRGB color space is usually only important for serious picture editing, and the measured coverage of 54% is slightly behind the best panels (60% +) in this comparison, where the low-contrast Gigabyte is once again at the top.

CalMAN Grayscale pre-calibration (slightly visible color cast)
CalMAN Grayscale pre-calibration (slightly visible color cast)
CalMAN ColorChecker pre-calibration
CalMAN ColorChecker pre-calibration
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
Schenker XMG P406 vs. AdobeRGB
Schenker XMG P406 vs. AdobeRGB
CalMAN Grayscale calibrated (color cast is gone)
CalMAN Grayscale calibrated (color cast is gone)
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps calibrated
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps calibrated
Schenker XMG P406 vs. sRGB
Schenker XMG P406 vs. sRGB
Schenker XMG P406MSI GS40-6QE16H11Schenker XMG C405Gigabyte P34W V3Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)Nexoc G515 II
Response Times
34%
10%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
56 (22, 34)
31 (12, 19)
45%
48.8 (15.6, 33.2)
13%
Response Time Black / White *
30 (8, 22)
23 (5, 18)
23%
28 (6.8, 21.2)
7%
PWM Frequency
200 (25)
Screen
-20%
-13%
-21%
-26%
-25%
Brightness middle
282
304
8%
280
-1%
305.4
8%
180
-36%
232
-18%
Brightness
266
282
6%
267
0%
277
4%
179
-33%
216
-19%
Brightness Distribution
81
88
9%
85
5%
84
4%
83
2%
82
1%
Black Level *
0.22
0.37
-68%
0.32
-45%
0.72
-227%
0.19
14%
0.3
-36%
Contrast
1282
822
-36%
875
-32%
424
-67%
947
-26%
773
-40%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.98
7.47
-50%
4.75
5%
2.81
44%
6.74
-35%
6.26
-26%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.2
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.08
6.51
-60%
5.91
-45%
1.92
53%
6.44
-58%
4.98
-22%
Gamma
2.51 88%
3.71 59%
2.52 87%
2.21 100%
2.29 96%
2.25 98%
CCT
5877 111%
7840 83%
5742 113%
6384 102%
6465 101%
6968 93%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
54
56
4%
59
9%
60.4
12%
38
-30%
37
-31%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
83
86
4%
60
-28%
58
-30%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
7% / -10%
-13% / -13%
-21% / -21%
-8% / -19%
-25% / -25%

* ... smaller is better

Due to the current weather situation, we were only able to check the outdoor capabilities on a cloudy and gray day. The picture on the right shows the ideal position with a house entry behind the notebook, where the usability is not limited. The left picture represents the worst-case scenario where the panel is turned directly towards the sky. The P406 is still usable in this case, but this would have been different under sunlight. The decent maximum brightness and the matte display are the best prerequisites for the outdoor usability in general.

Outdoor use (backlight)
Outdoor use (backlight)
Outdoor use (shade)
Outdoor use (shade)

The IPS display of the XMG P406 offers the expected wide viewing angles, but the usual brightness and contrast drops from angles from above or below are visible pretty early compared to other IPS panels, while the colors hardly deviate at all. Our viewing angle picture can unfortunately hardly show this behavior. You get the best picture when you look at the panel from above. We have already seen better performances in this price range.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8 ms rise
↘ 22 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
56 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 34 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. » 91 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.6 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 9279 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance

Latency
Latency

The XMG P406 is a compact gaming notebook that can usually handle even modern and GPU-demanding titles smoothly at the highest settings. Notebooks with this kind of performance are obviously more than powerful enough for all other possible usage scenarios and every common application. The fast quad-core from Intel (Core i7-6700HQ @ 2.6-3.5 GHz) supports Hyperthreading and is supported by 16 GB DDR4-RAM (dual-channel), so this even applies for heavily parallelized applications like 3D rendering that can often utilize the very powerful graphics card. A smooth operation is ensured by the fast M.2-SSD with a capacity of 256 GB, while the 1 TB HDD offers plenty of storage space. The latencies are okay according to LatencyMon.

Processor

Clocks Cinebench loop
Clocks Cinebench loop

The soldered CPU from Intel's current Skylake generation is usually designed for bigger notebooks. Thanks to the renewed architecture (Tock) and the 14 nm manufacturing process, the new chips have a slightly higher performance compared to the previous Haswell chips like the comparable i7-4810MQ (4x 2.6 up to 3.6 GHz, Hyperthreading, 47 W TDP), but more importantly a higher efficiency. The Turbo Boost is limited to 3.1 GHz when you stress all four cores and 3.3 GHz for two cores. Intel also includes a frugal GPU with the designation HD Graphics 530, which can automatically be activated via Nvidia Optimus for simple tasks. A new feature of Skylake is the support for fast DDR4-RAM. 

The Cinebench scores are on the expected performance level, and the comparison below does not show any surprises, either. The i7-6700HQ chips of the comparison notebooks are on par; the two i7-4720HQ chips cannot quite keep up, but do not affect the gaming performance. Our Cinebench 15 loop (Multi) was executed with 3.1 GHz at first, but then started to fluctuate. The average frequency was 2.9 GHz after 15 minutes, so the Turbo utilization is not perfect. The CB R15 score drops by 47% to 357 points on battery power. Even more benchmarks are available in our Tech-section.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker XMG P406
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
141 Points ∼65%
MSI GS40-6QE16H11
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
139 Points ∼64% -1%
Schenker XMG C405
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
135 Points ∼62% -4%
Gigabyte P34W V3
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
130 Points ∼60% -8%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
146 Points ∼67% +4%
Nexoc G515 II
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
142 Points ∼65% +1%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker XMG P406
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
680 Points ∼16%
MSI GS40-6QE16H11
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
677 Points ∼15% 0%
Schenker XMG C405
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
610 Points ∼14% -10%
Gigabyte P34W V3
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
636 Points ∼15% -6%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
677 Points ∼15% 0%
Nexoc G515 II
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
676 Points ∼15% -1%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker XMG P406
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.6 Points ∼66%
MSI GS40-6QE16H11
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.62 Points ∼66% +1%
Schenker XMG C405
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
1.51 Points ∼62% -6%
Gigabyte P34W V3
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
1.47 Points ∼60% -8%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.67 Points ∼68% +4%
Nexoc G515 II
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.65 Points ∼68% +3%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker XMG P406
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.45 Points ∼17%
MSI GS40-6QE16H11
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.46 Points ∼17% 0%
Schenker XMG C405
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
6.47 Points ∼15% -13%
Gigabyte P34W V3
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
6 Points ∼14% -19%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.43 Points ∼17% 0%
Nexoc G515 II
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
6.56 Points ∼15% -12%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Schenker XMG P406
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5348 Points ∼49%
Schenker XMG C405
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
5075 Points ∼47% -5%
Gigabyte P34W V3
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
5080 Points ∼47% -5%
Nexoc G515 II
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5501 Points ∼51% +3%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Schenker XMG P406
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20394 Points ∼31%
Schenker XMG C405
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
18261 Points ∼28% -10%
Gigabyte P34W V3
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
19447 Points ∼30% -5%
Nexoc G515 II
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20169 Points ∼31% -1%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5348
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
20394
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.6 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.45 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
141 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
680 Points
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System Performance

The powerful hardware can meet the expectations. Starting with the proven PCMark 7, which benefits from fast storage drives in particular, there are no noteworthy differences between the comparison devices. The situation is similar in PCMark 8, even though the Schenker falls behind by 11 up to 16% in the Home benchmark (v2). This is not a big problem though.

PCMark 7 Score
6147 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3371 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5023 points
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PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Schenker XMG P406
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZHPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
6147 Points ∼67%
MSI GS40-6QE16H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
5451 Points ∼60% -11%
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
6182 Points ∼68% +1%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
5846 Points ∼64% -5%
Nexoc G515 II
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZHPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
6161 Points ∼67% 0%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Schenker XMG P406
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZHPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
5023 Points ∼77%
MSI GS40-6QE16H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
4831 Points ∼74% -4%
Schenker XMG C405
GeForce GTX 965M, 4720HQ, Crucial M550 CT256M550SSD3
4813 Points ∼74% -4%
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
4443 Points ∼68% -12%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
5011 Points ∼77% 0%
Nexoc G515 II
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZHPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
4964 Points ∼76% -1%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Schenker XMG P406
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZHPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
3371 Points ∼55%
MSI GS40-6QE16H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
3776 Points ∼62% +12%
Schenker XMG C405
GeForce GTX 965M, 4720HQ, Crucial M550 CT256M550SSD3
3869 Points ∼63% +15%
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
4006 Points ∼66% +19%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
3822 Points ∼63% +13%
Nexoc G515 II
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZHPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
3793 Points ∼62% +13%

Storage Devices

Schenker implements a removable M.2-SSD, which is not limited by the SATA-3 standard thanks to the PCIe interface. This is clearly visible when we look at the enormous sequential read result of almost 1900 MB/s (!), which can only be matched by the similarly equipped Nexoc G515 II. Gamers can benefit from the high transfer rates, because many games load data in large bundled files from the drive. However, you will not feel a difference compared to a SATA-3 SSD in common tasks.

The read performance of small and random 4K blocks (~40 MB/s) is also excellent, where 30 MB/s are already a good result. A small drawback, which should not really matter in practice, is the read performance of 4K blocks with multiple threads (4K-64 Read) simultaneously, since it falls behind the Nexoc G515 II by 36%. The Schenker XMG can secure the first place in terms of writing performance, which is not that important.

AS SSD Benchmark: SSD
AS SSD Benchmark: SSD
CrystalDiskMark 3.0: SSD
CrystalDiskMark 3.0: SSD
CrystalDiskMark 3.0: HDD
CrystalDiskMark 3.0: HDD
Samsung SM951 MZHPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
Sequential Read: 1634 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1290 MB/s
512K Read: 1149 MB/s
512K Write: 1285 MB/s
4K Read: 43.82 MB/s
4K Write: 110.3 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 320.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 287.3 MB/s
Schenker XMG P406
Samsung SM951 MZHPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
MSI GS40-6QE16H11
Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
Schenker XMG C405
Crucial M550 CT256M550SSD3
Gigabyte P34W V3
Lite-On LMT-128L9M
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
Nexoc G515 II
Samsung SM951 MZHPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
AS SSD
-23%
-37%
-48%
6%
Score Write
568
65
-89%
450
-21%
357
-37%
554
-2%
Score Read
934
967
4%
468
-50%
446
-52%
1326
42%
4K Write
92
102.45
11%
97.58
6%
67.93
-26%
92.63
1%
4K Read
39.68
45.54
15%
30.61
-23%
30.97
-22%
39.56
0%
Seq Write
1251.98
289.11
-77%
475.56
-62%
322.94
-74%
1174.14
-6%
Seq Read
1875.39
1834.13
-2%
523.45
-72%
486.99
-74%
1862.57
-1%
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-7%
-39%
-50%
-19%
-2%
Write 4k
110.3
138.8
26%
111.3
1%
75.04
-32%
143.7
30%
110.9
1%
Read 4k
43.82
49.57
13%
33.03
-25%
33.13
-24%
42.62
-3%
43.92
0%
Write Seq
1290
686.6
-47%
496.6
-62%
337.4
-74%
306
-76%
1196
-7%
Read Seq
1634
1332
-18%
517
-68%
503.7
-69%
1213
-26%
1612
-1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-15% / -16%
-38% / -38%
-49% / -48%
-19% / -19%
2% / 3%

GPU Performance

Just like the even faster high-end model GTX 980M (+ 20-30%), the GTX 970M inside the P406 is also based on Nvidia's Maxwell chip GM204, which is manufactured in a 28-nm process. The memory size of 3 GB is actually not that generous anymore, and the memory is attached via a 192-bit interface. The card supports DirectX 12 with feature level 12_1, which is already available in Windows 10. It can even handle modern and GPU-demanding titles in maximum settings and quality features like anti-aliasing, as long as you are satisfied with the Full HD resolution. If you want to use these quality settings with even higher resolutions, you should have a look at the GTX 980M or GTX 980.

How does the Schenker XMG P406 perform compared to other high-end notebooks with the GTX 970M? If you ignore SLI systems and look at the 3DMark scores, you can see that the performance is on the expected level. Interesting is also the comparison with notebooks that are equipped with the much slower GTX 960M (Nexoc G515 II) and the GTX 980M of the Alienware 15 R2. 3DMark 11 determines the expected score with an advantage of 19-27% for the 980M and a deficit of 39-43% for the GTX 960M. The CPU performance is already significantly reduced on battery power, so we can assume the same for the GPU.

3DMark 11 Performance
9332 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
21052 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
6564 points
Help
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
Schenker XMG P406
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
7436 Points ∼18%
MSI GS40-6QE16H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
7362 Points ∼18% -1%
Schenker XMG C405
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
5536 Points ∼14% -26%
Gigabyte P34W V3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
7564 Points ∼19% +2%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
9293 Points ∼23% +25%
Nexoc G515 II
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
4458 Points ∼11% -40%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Schenker XMG P406
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
51975 Points ∼28%
MSI GS40-6QE16H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
51921 Points ∼28% 0%
Schenker XMG C405
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
35541 Points ∼19% -32%
Gigabyte P34W V3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
52542 Points ∼28% +1%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
65993 Points ∼36% +27%
Nexoc G515 II
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
31525 Points ∼17% -39%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Schenker XMG P406
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
9649 Points ∼19%
MSI GS40-6QE16H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
10026 Points ∼20% +4%
Schenker XMG C405
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
7322 Points ∼14% -24%
Gigabyte P34W V3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
9779 Points ∼19% +1%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
11509 Points ∼23% +19%
Nexoc G515 II
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
5497 Points ∼11% -43%

Gaming Performance

We just want to refer to the table below to avoid any repetitions. The biggest challenge for the GTX 970M was the amazing looking Dragon Age Inquisition from 2014 in the highest settings. Numerous benchmarks for mobile graphics cards and some desktop models are available in our Tech-section.

low med. high ultra
Metro: Last Light (2013) 130 126.2 96.9 54.1 fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 134.2 58.1 fps
Thief (2014) 84.3 49 fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 125.3 68.6 50.8 fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 124.1 54.8 36.6 fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 102 59 0 game wont start fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 98.9 53.1 42.2 fps
Just Cause 3 (2015) 102.3 59.3 50.8 fps

Emissions

System Noise

Both fans are usually deactivated while idling, but the fan that takes care of the heat from the processor likes to spin up during the boot and other occasions that cannot really be repeated and it is quite audible in this case. More stress for the CPU via Prime95 will increase the speed of the CPU fan until you can hear a loud, but convenient murmur without annoying characteristics even from a couple of meters (~6 feet) away. The GPU fan will join the party when we stress the GPU via FurMark; this does not really increase the system noise, but the murmur is more intense and therefore more disturbing. The HDD is only audible when you put your ear against the notebook.

Compared to other 14-inch models with the GTX 970M, the differences are not that big. Larger notebooks like the Alienware 15 R2 or the Nexoc G515 II are often quieter under load.

Noise development idle
Noise development idle
Noise development load
Noise development load
Speakers: Pink & White noise
Speakers: Pink & White noise

Noise Level

Idle
30 / 32 / 40 dB(A)
HDD
33 dB(A)
Load
47 / 51 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 (15 cm distance)
Schenker XMG P406
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS40-6QE16H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
Schenker XMG C405
GeForce GTX 965M, 4720HQ
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Nexoc G515 II
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
Noise
-1%
-5%
-3%
2%
10%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
30
33
-10%
29.2
3%
34.2
-14%
33.6
-12%
29.4
2%
Idle Average *
32
34
-6%
34.6
-8%
34.3
-7%
33.8
-6%
30.2
6%
Idle Maximum *
40
38
5%
38.8
3%
38
5%
34
15%
35.6
11%
Load Average *
47
44
6%
54
-15%
43.8
7%
39.3
16%
39.8
15%
Load Maximum *
51
52
-2%
54.4
-7%
55
-8%
51.4
-1%
41.6
18%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

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

Hardly anybody plays demanding games on their lap, but we still want to mention it: Up to 56 °C (132.8 °F) at the bottom would be uncomfortable. Normal applications on the other hand are no problem. If the notebook is standing on a table, the temperatures around the palm rest are more important, which do not even reach body temperature in any scenario.

Maximum load for the system via Prime95 and FurMark can result in a CPU temperature of up to 100 °C (212 °F, according to HWMonitor). The CPU clock will eventually level off at a steady 2.6 GHz after a while. This is not below the nominal clock, so there is no throttling, but the Turbo is not utilized, either. Such a high, sustained load is not even possible with very demanding games in practice, so the effects on the gaming performance are limited, which is also supported by the modest benchmark results. It is, however, unfortunate that the GPU core tends to throttle a bit (~ 870 MHz) under maximum load.

Max. Load
 50.2 °C
122 F
55 °C
131 F
52.2 °C
126 F
 
 49.2 °C
121 F
53.5 °C
128 F
47.3 °C
117 F
 
 33 °C
91 F
36.1 °C
97 F
30.9 °C
88 F
 
Maximum: 55 °C = 131 F
Average: 45.3 °C = 114 F
58.7 °C
138 F
55.7 °C
132 F
48.7 °C
120 F
51.1 °C
124 F
55.2 °C
131 F
48.8 °C
120 F
28.6 °C
83 F
32 °C
90 F
30.3 °C
87 F
Maximum: 58.7 °C = 138 F
Average: 45.5 °C = 114 F
Power Supply (max.)  52.3 °C = 126 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 45.3 °C / 114 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 55 °C / 131 F, compared to the average of 39.6 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 58.7 °C / 138 F, compared to the average of 42.3 °C / 108 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 33.5 °C / 92 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 36.1 °C / 97 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-7.3 °C / -13.2 F).
Schenker XMG P406
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS40-6QE16H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
Schenker XMG C405
GeForce GTX 965M, 4720HQ
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Nexoc G515 II
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
Heat
-5%
0%
6%
12%
-3%
Maximum Upper Side *
55
57.4
-4%
47.8
13%
45.2
18%
48
13%
56.8
-3%
Maximum Bottom *
58.7
68.8
-17%
60.4
-3%
56.8
3%
57.3
2%
62
-6%
Idle Upper Side *
36.9
36.3
2%
37.7
-2%
34.6
6%
31.9
14%
39.6
-7%
Idle Bottom *
41.7
41.2
1%
44.8
-7%
43.6
-5%
33.4
20%
39.1
6%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

Schenker equipped the XMG P406 with the Sound Blaster X-Fi technology from Creative. Still, we learned that the big name does not automatically result in a good sound experience. The maximum volume is not very high, making it only sufficient for medium-sized rooms at best. However, this is a result of the modules themselves. The sound is a bit focused in the default "Music" preset due to the missing bass, but still balanced and pretty natural in general. The speakers, which are located underneath the display, even show signs of dynamic and a spatial effect.

We used a couple of songs with a focus on high tones to check if the playback will distort. This is not the case and there were no volume fluctuations, either. The low maximum volume was most noticeable with metal music with tuned guitars and drums; the tracks did not sound rich but slightly distorted. The individual instruments are fortunately not blurred and can be easily differentiated. There were no problems during gaming, but the author would have preferred a richer sound and recommends headphones or external speakers for a better sound experience.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The consumption values of the review unit are modest when we compare them with similarly fast 14- and 15-inch gaming notebooks that we reviewed over the last 12 months. The only surprise is the big difference to the XMG C405 with the i7-4720HQ and GTX 965M, which needs more power in all load scenarios (except for the stress test).

Schenker XMG P406
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS40-6QE16H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
Schenker XMG C405
GeForce GTX 965M, 4720HQ
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Nexoc G515 II
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
Power Consumption
4%
-21%
-3%
10%
Idle Minimum *
12
10
17%
15.8
-32%
11.4
5%
11.2
7%
Idle Average *
16
14
12%
22.8
-43%
16.5
-3%
14.6
9%
Idle Maximum *
22
24
-9%
27.3
-24%
22
-0%
21.8
1%
Load Average *
90
90
-0%
106.8
-19%
94.2
-5%
78.3
13%
Load Maximum *
170
172
-1%
152
11%
192.2
-13%
132.6
22%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 12 / 16 / 22 Watt
Load midlight 90 / 170 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtime

Despite the moderate consumption, the runtimes are affected by the small 45-Wh battery. Potential buyers of the XMG P406 sacrifice screen estate and rightly expect a better mobility with decent runtimes in return. However, a bigger battery would also increase the weight. The Alienware 15 R2 (15.6-inch) lasts much longer, but it also has a battery with twice the capacity and the whole system is 900 grams (~2 lb) heavier.

You can expect around one hour at the maximum brightness level when you want to play games on battery power. However, our Wi-Fi script at around 150 nits (how we test) only determines little more than three hours as well. All in all, the battery runtimes are a pretty significant drawback of the device.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
4h 35min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
3h 17min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 12min
Schenker XMG P406MSI GS40-6QE16H11Schenker XMG C405Gigabyte P34W V3Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)Nexoc G515 II
Battery Runtime
16%
20%
52%
121%
42%
Reader / Idle
275
313
14%
522
90%
769
180%
WiFi v1.3
197
297
51%
236
20%
446
126%
249
26%
Load
72
60
-17%
82
14%
114
58%
114
58%
H.264
302
456
WiFi
284

Pros

+ can be configured comprehensively
+ solid and well-built chassis
+ many ports, three video-out
+ easy access for maintenance
+ very good input devices
+ high-contrast IPS panel
+ decent sound system
+ comparatively low weight
+ compact dimensions
+ blazing fast SSD

Cons

- slow response times of the display
- Turbo utilization could be better
- fan sometimes spins up while idling
- limited performance on battery power
- battery runtimes a bit short
- CPU and GPU soldered

Verdict

In review: Schenker XMG P406. Test model courtesy of Schenker Technologies
In review: Schenker XMG P406. Test model courtesy of Schenker Technologies

Schenker did a nice job with the small XMG P406 and offers a generally convenient gaming notebook, which can be adjusted to your own preferences in the configurator. However, our review unit, for around 1840 Euros (~$2004), is certainly no bargain. A look at the cons shows that there are only three drawbacks that are really important for gamers: the long reaction times of the display, the significantly reduced performance on battery power (when you plan to use it on the road) as well as the slightly pulsating cooling solution while idling, which is not quiet under load either.

Positive aspects are the solid chassis, the good input devices, numerous ports, the easy disassembly of the bottom cover (does not affect the warranty in the case of Schenker) as well as the high-contrast display, even though it is not suited for professional picture editing even after a calibration. The sound system is probably a bit quiet, but works well otherwise.

The device scores a good 86% in our review, so we can give it a purchase recommendation. The other 14-inch devices in the comparison group cannot quite keep up with the review unit.

Schenker XMG P406 - 02/23/2016 v5(old)
Sven Kloevekorn

Chassis
76 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
59 / 81 → 72%
Weight
62 / 10-66 → 93%
Battery
71%
Display
86%
Games Performance
91%
Application Performance
94%
Temperature
76 / 95 → 80%
Noise
67 / 90 → 74%
Audio
75%
Average
77%
83%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Schenker XMG P406 (Clevo P640RE) Notebook Review
Sven Kloevekorn, 2016-01-18 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.