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Huawei MateBook D15 review

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Quick verdict: The Huawei MateBook D15 brings a nice, clean design and a reasonable amount of processing power to the mid range, but its battery life leaves a lot to be desired.

  • Clean design
  • Good display
  • Full sized HDMI output
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Pop-up webcam looks up your nose

Huawei's currently blocked from offering Google's Android OS on its phones, but no such restriction is in place (for now) for its laptop lines. That means that the Huawei MateBook D15 is a full Windows 10 laptop, like its predecessors were.

Unlike many of Huawei's previous offerings, this isn't a high-end ultrabook style model, but instead more of a mid-range laptop. The MateBook D15 benefits from Huawei's uncluttered design, and it's moderately powerful for a laptop in its class, but it does lack the kind of battery endurance you're likely to want in a laptop of this size and price.


Design

Design

  • 15.6-inch 1,080p display
  • Range of ports on both sides
  • Pop-up webcam
Huawei MateBook D15

Performance

Performance

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3500U with 8GB of RAM is fair at this price
  • Huawei Share only works with Huawei phones
Huawei MateBook D15

Battery life

Battery life

  • Very fast charging
  • Wide charger
  • Sub-par battery life
Huawei MateBook D15

Should you buy the Huawei MateBook D15?

Finder score: 3.0

The Huawei MateBook D15 doesn't do too much wrong within its price bracket. The design is a little derivative, but it's also pleasant, and it's graced with more ports than you'll find on a more expensive MacBook in any case. There's enough processing power for what is a mid-range device, so it's an entirely capable unit on that score.

Battery life isn't what it should be. That might not be an issue if your daily work simply involves using it plugged in at your desk and only away from power for brief meetings, but it's still not hard to get better battery endurance, even at this price point.


Pricing and availability

Price

Average online price: $1,199 for 256GB of onboard storage

Where to buy


Specifications

Huawei MateBook D15
Finder score: 3

General

Type
Laptop
Processor Family
AMD Ryzen 5
Processor Model
3500U
RAM
8GB

Display

Screen Size
15.6 inches
Resolution
1920 x 1080px
Graphics Processor
Radeon Vega 8 Graphics

Features

HDMI Ports
1
USB-C Ports
1
USB 3.0 Ports
1
USB 2.0 Ports
2
Bluetooth
v5.0
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Webcam
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes

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