The Schenker Vision 15 (Intel NUC M15) is the best Tiger Lake implementation so far
We just reviewed the Schenker Vision 15, the first notebook based on Intel's new NUC M15 reference design. Schenker Technologies cooperates closely with Intel and the Vision 15 supports all the requirements for Intel's new Evo platform. The Vision 15 is a premium multimedia notebook with a 15.6-inch form factor. The entry-level price is around 1500 Euros, so the Vision 15 is a direct competitor for other high-end devices from Asus, Dell, HP or Apple.
Our test unit was a pre-production sample, but we were already convinced by the quality of the unibody aluminum case including the good input devices, but the most important aspect is the Core i7 processor from the Tiger Lake generation. While other implementations so far often struggled with the CPU performance, the Schenker Vision 15 has higher TDP limits and can utilize the full performance of the processor. The surface temperatures stay very low at the same time, but you can clearly hear the fans. We hope the fan control will be improved until the official launch, because even shot peak load activates the two fans, which is not really necessary.
Intel also managed to improve the performance of the new Tiger Lake iGPU significantly, so the lack of a dedicated graphics card is not a deal breaker. The Iris Xe Graphics is completely sufficient if you do not want to play a lot of games in your laptop. Other advantages of the Vision 15 include modern ports like Thunderbolt 4 (on both sides) as well as the fast PCIe 4.0 interface for the SSD. The Vision 15 can be equipped with the new Samsung 980 Pro, which performs brilliantly in our benchmarks. The large 73 Wh battery also manages excellent battery runtimes; our Wi-Fi test runs for around 11 hours at the maximum display brightness.
We were slightly disappointed by the display choice, however. Intel did not follow the current trend towards a 16:10 panel, but decided to use a 1080p touchscreen instead. The subjective picture impression is good, but our measurements also reveal some drawbacks like the slow response times (visible ghosting), and the color accuracy is not perfect, even after our calibration. The sRGB gamut is not fully covered, either, so the panel is not the best choice for picture/video editing.
Please see our full review of the Schenker Vision 15 for more information.