This last historical period marked the rebirth of a sector that was proceeding slowly, that of notebooks. You want for smartworking, you want for video lessons, the fact is that the trend has grown a lot (often to the point of making it difficult to buy a PC in traditional stores, if not at disproportionate prices) and manufacturers have adapted, launching products for all budgets.
After seeing LG's laptop, the Gram 17 in my full review, today I'm talking about the Huawei MateBook D15 in the 2021 edition, an all-rounder laptop, renewed with the new processors of Intel and Iris XE graphics, an extra treat for home laptops.
Matebook D15 (2021) review
Design and Materials
OK I want to start looking a little more critical, because then I won't be so bad with this Matebook D15; design does not inspire me with modernity, technology, imagination. Huawei remained a bit on her own, did not want to overdo it and was content to make a beautiful but functional laptop: this is a laptop of those "suitable for anyone", so probably go a little more on design it wouldn't have been productive.
Having said that, the Matebook D15, from the technical data sheet, has dimensions equal to 357,8 x 229,9 x 16,9 mm and a rather low weight of suns 1,56kg, also thanks to the aluminum alloy body which helps to keep the weight limited. I found it very pleasant to the touch, but a different material I would have appreciated more, especially considering the market value of this Matebook D15.
On the lower part it has gods rubber feet which facilitate the support on the desk but above all allow a good dissipation (leaving the rear slits free) as well as a better sound propagation since the speakers have been inserted at the bottom.
The first thing that catches the eye are undoubtedly the extremely small display bezels that lead to a screen-to-size ratio of about 90%, values not common on all 15 ″ laptops on the market.
Another aspect that does not go unnoticed is the choice of Huawei not to enter the numeric keypad (poco bad eh, mind you) but to leave, then, about 3 cm on the left side and as many on the right side totally unused, empty. The choice is debatable, definitely: personally I would have integrated the altoparlanti in that position, but probably the reasons that led Huawei not to do so are others.
On the other hand, one aspect on which Huawei has not spared itself in the least is connectivity given the immense endowment of ports available to the Matebook D15. Two USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone connector, a USB-C port (finally also useful for charging), an HDMI input and a USB 3.2 Gen 1.
In addition, a very precise has been integrated reader biometric useful when turning on Windows and for unlocking any protected apps; it works well, is responsive and very accurate.
Furthermore, for those who own devices such as the P40 Pro or Mate series smartphones, they can take advantage of the Huawei Share NFC tag present on the body to transfer files from smartphone to computer very quickly: a sort of AirDrop in Huawei sauce.
La comfort of a big screen is one of those things that I personally would never be able to give up, but market trends often rule and if consumers demand smaller laptops, the market adapts. This Matebook D15 has a nice 15.6 "display, of which there are not many more around: the resolution è FullHD 1080p and the panel has a maximum brightness of 250nits about and a contracted by only 800: 1.
These are not numbers that make you cry for a miracle, it is true, but the sufficient brightness and the total absence of reflections on the panel, will make it possible to work in practically any environment without having too many visual problems. If on the one hand, therefore, the characteristics of the display are not exactly the best, the matt finish is that feature that inevitably saves everyone in a corner. Brava Huawei!
Overall, however, it must be said to be fair that the colors are not so saturated which makes it impossible, for example, to use this laptop in the graphic or photographic field since the colors would not be very faithful: it is information that must be given, but the professionals of the sector, even if they had to rely on these types of laptops at work, would undoubtedly combine it with calibrated external monitors.
Speakers and Audio Quality
As anticipated Huawei chose to integrate the speakers, well two of 2W each, in the rear body at the bottom and the choice is logically very questionable. I'm not an admirer of these speakers positioned in this way, I also reiterated it in the review of the LG G Gram, especially when there is a lot of space ahead that could have been dedicated to the speakers, contributing to an increase in perceived quality as well as, perhaps, to a higher volume.
However, the speaker they are absolutely not to be criticized; the premise is a pure personal judgment because overall the audio quality is more than satisfactory even if, as usual in this price range, it would need abetter equalization (the mid frequencies are too excessive), nothing that cannot be solved with a little software.
Hardware and Performance
Among the biggest and most obvious changes that Huawei has made to its 2021 laptops we find the platform change, from AMD Ryzen to Intel Core i5-1135G7 eleventh generation, combined with the new integrated Iris XE GPU capable of satisfying 80% of uses, excluding heavy video editing or gaming in 20%, for which the laptop was not born.
La RAM is equal to type 16GB L e the SSD of type NVMe PCIe and from 512GB (only note, you find it already partitioned when you first start Windows, for many it is inconvenient but personally I find it convenient for dividing data and the operating system, a countercurrent thought).
Leaving aside a bit the "pipponi" from the technical data sheet, it must be said that the performance of the Matebook D15 is much more than good and definitely exceeding expectations. The contexts of use of such a product, as already mentioned, range from domestic to office use, so it seems useless to point out that gaming is not conceivable here as well as the prevalent use of photo and video editing programs that they would continually put stress on the computer without leading to great results.
In the benchmarks, the results are good, above (once again) expectations; excellent optimization of Huawei in the battery / performance field as with the predefined presets present on Huawei PC Manager (the app pre-installed on the computer at the first start) allow you to limit the CPU in order to be able to obtain a good autonomy or to remove the brakes when power is needed. I specified the presence of PC Manager as the adjustments are a bit more accurate than those of Windows which cuts performance excessively, not being calibrated ad-hoc device by device.
Keyboard and TouchPad
I start by telling you that I found the keyboard a lot comfortable, the key travel is good and the click is firm but not annoying. Unfortunately, however, those of Huawei have well thought out not to integrate a backlight system, which would have made it much more convenient to use the notebook in environments poco bright.
The numeric keypad is missing, the page UP / DOWN keys and a few others, but they are tolerable deficiencies, neutral the touchpad è accurate, works well but perhaps slightly underpowered compared to the large body; the multi-touch gesture they are comfortable and work well.
By now tradition, then, Huawei has integrated the webcam hidden in a dedicated key in the middle of F6 and F7; apart from the inventive aspect of the positioning that has already been run in, I continue to believe that having a shot from below is not exactly the best. But, this is the price to pay to have a display with frames reduced to the bare minimum.
The resolution is in the market average, and I keep asking myself why - especially in a period like the one we are experiencing - companies have not thought of focusing more on the quality of the images captured: whether you use the notebook for smart working or for distance learning, the webcam has now become one of those indispensable peripherals.
La battery integrated and non-removable of the Matebook D15 (2021) is a drive from 42Wh, sufficient in office use to complete a day of work without ever having to resort to a power outlet, while keeping the performance and, perhaps, the brightness of the display in check.
The situation is different with him streaming video online on Netflix, displays and speakers at their maximum capacity, where the battery drops by about 25% per hour, greatly reducing the expected autonomy.
In the package, on the other hand, Huawei inserts a loader (with removable USB-C cable) from ben 65W which guarantees a complete recharge 0-100% in poco more than an hour. In case you do not have an hour available, in about 15 minutes of recharging you will be able to have it poco more than 90 minutes of autonomy.
Price and Conclusions
Il price to which Huawei offers, this laptop is from €899 maybe a little bit' exaggerated if we think of some of the shortcomings I mentioned, first of all the absence of keyboard backlighting and the apparently too "cheap" materials for the market range. However, it must be said that with the discount code below you can buy it immediately, on the Huawei store, a €759: a price much more suited to a notebook with the characteristics of this new D15.
That said, the Matebook D15 still boasts top-notch performance, a good battery and good portability. It is not a gaming notebook and does not have a display suitable for graphic precision work, but for office and / or home use, I repeat, the choice is more than apt.
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