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Huawei MateBook D15 review

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Is there much to be said for a classic bog-standard laptop in this age with ultrabooks, ultraportables, 2-in-1 convertible bonds, hybrid gaming notebooks, and tablets masquerading as laptops?

 

There’s a market for a laptop with a 15.6-inch screen that doesn’t weigh a ton, has enough power to handle ordinary chores quickly, but doesn’t have fancy features like a 360-degree hinge.

 

What you need to know

The good news is that Huawei MateBook D15 for 2021 appears to meet these specifications. It’s a simple, no-frills laptop with reasonable size, build quality, a reasonable specification, and a reasonable design, and it’s all yours for a reasonable price. Did I mention it’s generally fairly good?

 

Don’t be fooled into believing that decent is just another word for boring. The 2020 edition of the D15 has long been a favorite of ours at Expert Reviews, and it’s also been on our list of best laptops for quite some time.

 

Design and build quality

In terms of appearance, the 2021 D15 is a carbon copy of the 2020 model. I’m not sure if that was a case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” or just plain sloth on Huawei’s part, so let’s assume the former. The laptop’s dimensions and weight – 358 x 230 x 17mm and 1.56kg – make it highly portable, and the remarkable robust Space Grey aluminum alloy chassis adds to the luxury.

 

As a result, the D15 is still as reliable, intelligent, compact, and light a laptop as it was a year ago. Huawei’s weight and portability concerns have been extended to the 65W power supply, which is a 160g slimline device with a retractable third prong.

 

Display and audio

The 2020 D15’s display and speakers were both a little substandard, so it’s terrible that they haven’t been improved in any way in this edition. The 1,920 x 1,080 IPS screen has a maximum brightness of only 135cd/m2 (which is extremely low), as well as sRGB coverage & volume of 55.8% and 57.2 percent, respectively. The Delta E color accuracy was similarly poor at 6.04, with only the contrast ratio of 1,365:1 meeting my expectations.

 

Subjectively, it appears to be better than the figures suggest, thanks to TÜV Rheinland’s Flicker-Free & Reduced Blue Light certifications, as well as a matte coating that reduces reflections. The small 5.3mm two-side bezels, even if they are a little cheap looking, continue to impress, as does the fact that the screen occupies around 87 percent of the lid surface.

 

Performance and battery life

The new D15 is equipped with an 11th Generation Intel Core i5-1135G7 quad-core CPU with a base clock speed of 2.4GHz as well as a Turbo Boost of 4.2GHz, as well as 8GB of DDR4 3200MHz dual-channel RAM. The new i5 D15 outperformed the 2020 AMD counterpart by 145 points in our in-house 4K media benchmark.

 

Verdict

With the new D15, Huawei hasn’t made any huge leaps forward, but the tiny advances it has made are enough to keep it towards the top of our recommended list of budget laptops for another year, even though the price has gone up as well as the display hasn’t gotten the much-needed improvement.

 

Of course, there are a few niggles, like the webcam’s unusual placement and the lack of any kind of keyboard backlighting, but the MateBook D15 is still a robust, smart, and capable machine at a reasonable price. What is the name of the word I’m looking for? Oh, yes: respectable.

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