Huawei Matebook D15: Unboxing and first impressions

The 9-to5 workday is dead.

And that, I think, is the only welcome casualty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, companies are beginning to evaluate several categories that will allow employees to choose how often, if ever, they return to the office.

Going to the office will no longer be about measuring the time we arrive, the time we log out, or how many hours we spend in the office. The task in hand is not just about making the workplace a more flexible environment, but also of making our schedules more flexible.

A flexible work format could involve two-to-three days in the office dedicated to collaborative group tasks, presentations or meetings with clients, in a flexible regime depending on the needs of the moment. Some who do not live near a company office might choose a fully-remote mode especially if their tasks that do not require an office, and will be able to work remotely all the time. While those who will choose to work in the office will be reserved for the small minority with responsibilities that require their presence there.

As such you need to invest in a device that will not only allow you to work flexibly– whether its at home, on the office, or anywhere you need to be—but also work smartly.

For the past few years Huawei’s MateBook series of laptops have provided solid options for those looking for a notebook that is powerful yet still affordable.

This year, Huawei decided to crank all these attributes to the max, with the HUAWEI MateBook 14, HUAWEI MateBook D 14, and HUAWEI MateBook D 15, all of which carry the Huawei DNA of three core factors: aesthetics, innovation, and intelligence.

The new MateBook D series is designed to deliver all-round performance, all the while offering incredible portability in a sleek, robust chassis. Besides high performance hardware, the new Huawei notebook offers a suite of cross-device features that let your other smart Huawei devices complement the PC and empower you to do more.

The MateBook D Series comes in two size configurations a 14inch and 15inch laptop and for this feature we will be unboxing and taking a look at the Huawei Matebook D15.

The Huawei Matebook D15 comes in a standard brown cardboard box with the Matebook secured by a PE Foam board all around.

Incuded in the box is the MateBook D15 unit that is further wrapped in plastic, the 65W AC adapter wall adapter/charger, and some paper documents (quick start guide and warranty).

The MateBook D15 is designed to be both portable as it is durable. Huawei has cut away all the unnecessary bulk from the design resulting in a chassis that is superbly light and compact just measuring 16.9mm thin and weight 1.54kg . You’ll have no problem sliding it in your backpack or laptop sleeve and bring it wherever you need to work.

In-box Accessories PC x 1 | USB-C Power Adapter x 1 | USB-C cable x 1 | Quick Start Guide x 1 | Warranty card x 1

In terms of look and feel, HUAWEI MateBook D 15 features a durable aluminium alloy body which is tempered by anodic oxidation that includes 40 processes to make the metallic body tougher and stronger. It is available in two colors–Space Grey and Mystic Silver which is the one we are using.

The build is solid and doesn’t feel flimsy, and doesn’t flex or creak when gripped or pressed and to further ensure that various components are designed for long-term use Huawei performed rigorous durability tests to ensure that the parts are up to, if not exceed, industry standards.

Despite this slim design though, the Huawei MateBook D15 has all the ports you need so you don’t have to buy or bring an extra dongle.

First on the left is the USB-C port for charging, data, and reverse charging (in powered-off state), there’s also a USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1, and an HDMI port beside it.

Looking over to the right you’ll see a 3.5mm headphone & mic combo jack and two more USB Type-A 2.0 ports.

On the front edge are two tiny holes for the microphones while underneath, are the rubber feet, vents, and two 2W speakers on the left and right-hand sides.

Lift up the lid to reveal the bit 15.6-inch screen, and the spacious keyboard. The power button on the top right also doubles as a fingerprint sensor while the beside trackpad you’ll find the location for the Huawei Share.

My usual problem with keyboard is that they are often smooth and oil magnets the keyboard of the MateBook D15 has a very subtle texture which hopefully means it won’t get greasy easily. The keys are not cramped and have a decent travel providing you with those satisfying keyboard clicks making it very nice to type on. The only thing that is missing is the backlit keys, which is quite important if you are someone who likes to work in the dark (for whatever reason).

A trademark of Huawei is its hidden webcam, located between the F6 and F7 key. Push it down to reveal the webcam. While this is still somewhat a polarizing placement–the advantage is that the bezels of the screen are very slim and you can easily hide the webcam physically for privacy purposes. The disadvantage is that the angle serves as a nose cam and if you are using those elevated laptop stands the camera will be focused down on your stomach.

The trackpad is smooth and very responsive with some satisfying clicks as well, but with the size of this laptop, a wider trackpad would have been even more awesome.

The HUAWEI MateBook D 15 features MateBook family’s iconic FullView Display and as I mentioned because the camera is tucked in the keyboard you get to enjoy 5.3mm narrow bezels at the top and on the sides, giving you a high screen-to-body ratio of 87%.

These thinner bezels enable the laptop to house a bigger display in the compact body, delivering a wider viewing perspective.

The HUAWEI MateBook D 15 sports a 15.6-inch, FHD (1920×1080) IPS screen with anti-glare properties. The 16:9 aspect ratio makes the display the perfect candidate for watching cinematic content.

The power Button doubles as a finger print scanner for security

Performance-wise, at the core of this new notebook is the 11th Gen Intel Core Processor that ensures an outstanding user experience with a CPU that has four cores and eight threads, delivering up to 38.9%12 better multi-thread performance in benchmarks.

The new processor is built on Intel’s new 10nm SuperFin process, which allows the processor to be even more power efficient than its predecessor. The new integrated Iris XeGraphics is 164.7%13 more powerful than before and is more than capable of supporting daily productivity tasks, as well as the occasional multimedia needs. All that plus 16GB of RAM and 512 GB high-speed NVMe PCIe SSD storage means running and switching between tasks are snappier than ever, and the Performance Mode toggle unleashes the CPU’s full power to accommodate more demanding work.

The HUAWEI MateBook D 15 comes with a 65W AC adapter with a detachable USB Type-C cable. A 15-minute charging session is said to provide enough charge for the HUAWEI MateBook D 15 for up to two hours. We’ll see how long its battery lasts in our full review of this notebook.

Lastly, Huawei has highlighted the Matebook D15’s Super Device capabilities which means it can instantly connectnto any Huawei device within proximity. Syncing with different form factors is more seamless than ever — from sharing files to using mobile apps; from collaborative editing across screens to projecting on larger monitors — all interactions are made wireless and intuitive from the moment Super Device activates.

The MateBook D15 still has a lot of of amazing features we need to explore so be sure to watch out or our full review in the next few weeks!


SPECIFICATIONS

Display:
Size: 15.6 inches
Screen-to-body ratio: 87%
Resolution: 1920 x 1080, 141 PPI
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Viewing angle: Approx. 170° (Typical)
Colour: 45% NTSC (Typical)
Contrast: 800:1 (Typical)
Maximum Brightness: 250 nits (Typical)

Appearance
Dimensions (H × W × D): 16.9mm x 357.8mm x 229.9mm
Weight: approximately 1.56kg27
Colour: Mystic Silver, Space Grey

Operating System Windows 11
Processor 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7
Graphics Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Memory 8GB/16GB
Hard Drive 256GB/512GB NVMe PCle SSD

Buttons and Ports:
Fingerprint Power Button
2-in-1 3.5mm earbuds & microphone
USB-C x 1
HDMI x 1 (port specification: HDM1.4b)
USB 2.0 (USB-A) x 2 (maximum power output is 5V/1.5A)
USB 3.2 Gen1 X 1

Wi-Fi: 2X2 MIMO, Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.1
Camera: Recessed Camera: 720P HD

Battery: 42Wh (rated capacity)
Power adapter HUAWEI USB-C Power Adapter 65W
• Input: 100 V–240 V AC, 50/60Hz
• Output: 5V/2A, 9V/2A,12V/2A, 15V/3A, 20V/3.25A

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