Huawei officially has started to enter the North America laptop market at the end of June 2017. They make their debut by announcing the Matebook E which basically the cheaper and competitive version of Surface Pro. The company just does not stop there because earlier this year they offer us another solid option with Huawe Matebook D which coming with 15 inch screen display and pretty great specification. They add of business style at their marketing because this time they really want to target of business consumers rather than making their market wider than before. While it does not have many different things to promise, I think it’s worth to take look inside especially considering how cheap it is.
I have tested the unit for couple of weeks and give me a solid and good experience although what you find here is almost everything is available at their competitors. The biggest consideration you have here is probably located on price that cheaper here. Well, let’s take look at it further and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Connectivity
At first glance, the design looks very similar to any high end laptops available right now, but I still need to give them good appreciation because the entire thing is well made and executed. The chassis is built from aluminium and leaves a tough and solid impression. I do not find hard edge and unfinished things and the matte finishing making it feels comfortable to touch and looks premium. The bezel here is created mostly from plastic and only about 6 mm which quite wider than Dell XPS 13 bezel. Keep in mind, the XPS 13 bezel is wider, but they have to put the front facing camera below the display which never looks promising as the picture taken is not ideal.
In term of build quality, I guess we get what we pay for here. The gaps are nowhere and the chassis is very good at resisting twist even when I put some amount of power here. The same goes to hinge system which allowing you to adjust the angle up to 130 degrees. The thing is quite wobble, but it’s pretty normal considering this isn’t a convertible system. As for the connectivity, we have of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, but I cannot find any USB type-C here. A single USB-C should be much appreciated as cheaper systems have come with this kind of port. Not a big matter anyways.back to menu ↑
Display and Input
Huawei adds different hardware configuration for this device, but for some reasons they do not give us a good selection of display. The only display available here is 15 inch screen IPS panel coming with 1920 x 1080p resolution. The images qualities and brightness are pretty similar to what you find on ASUS Vivobook S15. I think they add the same panel here. The panel can cover of 60 percent of SRGB color and getting 260 nits brightness. The images are sharp, but brightness is quite underwhelming here. At least, the screen is still very usable at indoor condition.
As for the input, the keyboard experience here is very decent thanks to solid upper construction and additional tray. There is no such a flex and offering a decent way of typing and fully free from error. The keys travel have 1.5 mm distant which a common for a 15 inch system. The backlit support is found here and feels promising for typing at darker environment. I never find the keyboard as so impressive, but feel incredibly solid for long typing.
|Huawei Matebook D||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Core I5-7200U 2.5 GHz|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||8GB DDR3 Memory|
Performance and Battery
The hardware specification here consisting of Intel I5 7200U processor, 8GB RAM, and 1TB HDD. This specification is appear as pretty standard, but allowing you to run anything you want including of hard work like video editing. Here, we get of extra external GPU with NVIDIA 940MX which does not let you running AAA games, but capable of delivering much better experience on handling 3D work in comparable with Intel HD. I manage to play of Fortnite here, but the game is only playable at lowest setting with 720p setting. If you think that setting is playable for you, then there is no reason for me not to recommend it for you.
Another worth checking feature here is the battery. For most entire time, it gets solid 7 to 8 hours battery in very heavy usage. The 43Wh battery lasts long enough than I expect considering how good the performance is. In comparison with its competitor, the battery is slightly good although some systems like Acer Travel Mate should provide you better battery here. The result sounds promising, but I really know that many users will expect more here. Just how its far to your needs and used it as the main consideration.back to menu ↑
While the Matebook D never promises of news things or impressive stuff, I find all of features and specifications are relatively good. There is no such a thing to complaint besides than its lack of modern connectivity. The rest things like performance, battery, and display are better than I my expectation here. If you look for more performance here, then just see of its big brother, the Matebook X Pro. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration. I just hope the information is good enough for you. At last, thank you for reading the article and see you again next time.