The Schenker VIA 14 competes well with ThinkPads, EliteBooks & Latitudes thanks to its big battery
Schenker XMG stands for extremely powerful gaming laptops based on Clevo barebone designs. The manufacturer has made its name in this area, though of course, the laptop market does not only consist of gaming laptops.
With the Schenker VIA 14, Schenker expands into the office market. To do this, Schenker chose a Clevo barebone with the most popular size in the office/business segment – 14 inch. Also, Schenker focuses on a low weight as well as strong battery life.
In our review of the Schenker laptop, this combination proves to be successful. The grey magnesium chassis of the Schenker VIA 14 is roughly as light as the more expensive Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7. At the same time, it contains a 73 Wh battery, which is best in class. Other 14 inch business laptops like the Lenovo ThinkPad T490s or Dell Latitude 7400 have 57 to 60 Wh battery capacity. With this advantage, its no surprise that the Schenker laptop easily beats the competition when it comes to battery life. In the Wi-Fi test with 150 cd/m² screen brightness, it achieves a battery life of 14 hours.
If we look at other factors, the manufacturer of the XMG laptops has not built in many other flaws into the VIA 14 either. Many of the negatives we found are not that serious. The closes to substantial criticism is probably that the Schenker VIA 14 lacks business features and warranty options. In the end, this is probably the reason why Dell, Lenovo and HP should not be too worried about the VIA 14, as it is more made for individual consumers and less for big enterprise customers.