As an introduction to this analysis
Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.So we ran tests on Huawei MateBook D 15 to find out what it was worth.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.
MateBook D 15 to surf the Internet?
We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. An inexpensive computer such as MateBook D 15 may seem to be the solution. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Huawei; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
Even if it is not equipped with a touch screen, this model is still easy to use. It’s not prohibitive, but you may find it MateBook D 15 less easy to use when you’re on the go.
Nevertheless, the trackpad is intuitive and simple to use. An important parameter for those whose laptop is not a daily work tool but who wish to make it last for several years; Huawei thought it over carefully in this case.
With a processor Ryzen 5 3500U, Huawei offers an already outdated technology. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. With less than a 8 Gb of RAM, it MateBook D 15 is a fair one. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 256 Gb. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Last point about the autonomy. the MateBook D 15 can work 7 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. In other words, you will have to keep this MateBook D 15 most of the time connected to the power cable.
MateBook D 15 for videos?
Huawei presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. This MateBook D 15 is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.8 kilogram.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this MateBook D 15. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
For the sound part, the MateBook D 15 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Ryzen 5 3500U that is several years old now. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Huawei didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. For the MateBook D 15 has only 3 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it MateBook D 15 seems inappropriate. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
MateBook D 15 the right choice for travelling connected ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes MateBook D 15 to be easily carried around. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Huawei. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
Its weight of 1.8 Kg makes it easy to move. It is one of the lightest in this category. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. Thin, lightweight laptops such as this MateBook D 15 do not generally have touch screens. The constraint being then to always have the mouse in the computer bag. Or you’ll have to deal with the trackpad.
Equipped with a glossy slab, it provides very good visual comfort. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
With the installation of the processor Ryzen 5 3500U, the power consumption is rather important.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Huawei; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
With 7 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. Thanks to this, Huawei was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. The connector part is less well supplied, with only 3 possibilities. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
No Bluetooth technology on this model. Too bad because it is very practical when you are in nomad mode and you want to connect to a phone or speakers. Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this MateBook D 15 for travel use.
The MateBook D 15 to make audio or video editing.
The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of Huawei have thought of for this MateBook D 15. Indeed, to meet this need it is necessary to have a laptop with a high processor and RAM speed, but this is not the case here. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Ryzen 5 3500U that is almost obsolete. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
The designers of Huawei have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The MateBook D 15 has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (7 hours). Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
For the connector part, the MateBook D 15has the USB3 format. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
Clearly, it’s not MateBook D 15 designed for audio-visual editing. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
The MateBook D 15 for online or local games.
It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. With this MateBook D 15, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. The Huawei technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
With only 1366×768, this model is below standard ones. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.With 256 Gb it MateBook D 15is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
For the Wi-Fi technology, Huawei, has done little more than standard i.e. without the 5GHz wireless band. We would have liked it to be one of the available options.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.8 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 7 hours available.
In short, an average rendering that makes this MateBook D 15 a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
MateBook D 15 the right choice for office automation ?
In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, Huawei may have put a rather low computer on the market. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
Customary of this OS, Huawei has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10.
Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. A weight of 1.8 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 256 Gb. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
So, in summary, it appears that it MateBook D 15 is less interesting than its competitors. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
What about the MateBook D 15 ?
The conclusion of the test MateBook D 15 is that almost all its specifications are below the others. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks