Huawei MateBook D15 (2021) Review in Nepal: A thoroughly decent laptop

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Huawei MateBook D15 has recently been launched in Nepal. And Huawei MateBook D15 doesn’t try to rewrite the rulebook, it just offers competency and value in a compact package.

In this age of ultrabooks, ultraportables, 2-in-1 convertibles, hybrid gaming notebooks, and tablets masquerading as laptops, is there much to be said for a traditional bog-standard laptop?

Pros and Cons of Huawei MateBook D15 2021

Pros  Cons
  • Good value
  • Rigid aluminium alloy chassis
  • Slim and light for a 15.6in laptop
  • Average display
  • No keyboard backlight
  • Awkwardly placed webcam

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Huawei MateBook D15 review: What’s new

In fact, there’s a bit of a gap in the market for something with a 15.6-inch screen that doesn’t weigh a ton, has enough power to perform everyday tasks with reasonable dispatch but lacks fancy-pants features like a 360-degree hinge. Crucially, it should also have a price tag that doesn’t make you wince when you tap the “Buy” button.

Huawei’s 2021 MateBook D15 seemingly fits these stringent requirements. It’s a straightforward no-frills laptop with decent dimensions, decent build quality, a decent specification, and decent design, and it’s all yours for a decent price.

Huawei MateBook D15 (2021) review: Design and Build Quality

The laptop’s size and weight – 358 x 230 x 17mm and 1.56kg – is extremely portable, and the impressive rigid Space Grey aluminum alloy chassis is equally as lavish.

That means the D15 is still just as solid, smart, compact, and light a notebook today as it was a year ago. Huawei’s concern about weight and portability has extended to the 65W power supply, too, with a 160g slimline affair with a retractable third prong.

The bottom of the D15 can be removed easily once you’ve undone the ten Torx T5 screws holding it in place, with the option to replace the SSD (the RAM slots and Wi-Fi card are not accessible). Strangely, however, while there is space for a 2.5in HDD, there’s no way to connect the drive’s SATA cable to the motherboard. If you want to change the operating system rather than the hardware, you’re in luck; launching Ubuntu 20.04 off a USB stick revealed no issues whatsoever, so replacing Windows should be very straightforward.

Huawei MateBook D15 (2021) review: Display and Audio

Both the display and speakers fitted to the 2020 D15 were a bit shoddy, so it’s unfortunate that they’ve not been improved at all in this iteration. The 1,920 x 1,080 IPS screen tops out a maximum brightness of just 135cd/m² (which is very poor), with an sRGB coverage and volume of 55.8% and 57.2% respectively. Delta E colour accuracy was also pretty dreadful at 6.04, and only the contrast ratio of 1,365:1 was in line with what I hoped for.

The stereo speakers are a little bass-lite, just like those in the 2020 model. They fire downwards, so they sound more punchy when the D15 is resting on a flat, solid surface, but pick it up and things sound altogether less impressive.

huawei matebook d15 nepalHuawei MateBook D15 (2021) review: Performance

The new D15 comes with the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, which is a quad-core component with a basic clock speed of 2.4GHz and a Turbo Boost of 4.2GHz, along with 8GB of DDR4 3200MHz dual-channel RAM. Subjected to our in-house 4K media benchmark, the new i5 D15 outscored the 2020 AMD model by 145 to 112.

Huawei MateBook D15 (2021) review: Battery Life

Battery life has taken a gentle stroll along the path to virtue compared to the previous model. The capacity may be the same at 42Wh, but the i5 model lasted for 7hrs 10mins in our battery run-down test, compared to just 5hrs 50mins for the old Ryzen 5 machine. That’s still not a great result, but a boost in performance is always welcome.

Huawei MateBook 14 (2021) Specifications:

Release Date 2021
Processor Intel Core i5-1135G7, or Intel Core i7-1165G7
Memory 8 GB  or 16 GB DDR4
Storage 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD
Graphics Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Display 14.0″, QHD (2160 x 1440)
Model MateBook 14 2021
Operating System (OS) Windows 10 Home
Processor Name Intel Core i5-1135G7
Number of Cores 4 / 4
Cache 8 MB / 12 MB
Base Frequency 2.40 GHz / 2.80 GHz
Maximum Frequency 4.20 GHz / 4.70 GHz
Standard Memory Size 8 GB
Memory Type DDR4
Number of Slots 1
Max Supported 16 GB
Graphics Card Name Intel Iris Xe Graphics
GPU Interface Integrated
Dedicated VRAM None
Base GPU Frequency 400 MHz
Boost GPU Frequency 1300 MHz
Size (Inches) 14.0″
Resolution QHD (2160 x 1440)
Touchscreen? Optional
Other Features Contrast Ratio 1500:1, Viewing Angle 178 degrees, Touchscreen, 10-point multi-touch sensitive screen with finger gesture screenshot, Eye Care, IPS, Screen-to-body Ratio 90%, Aspect Ratio 3:2, 185 PPI, 300 nits, Colour Gamut 100% sRGB
Drive Type NVMe PCIe SSD
Max Size 512 GB
SD Card Options None
Dimensions (W x D x H) 307.5 x 223.8 x 15.9 mm
Weight 1490 g
USB Ports 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1 USB Type-C (support data, charging, DisplayPort)
HDMI Ports 1 x HDMI
RJ-45 (Ethernet) Ports None
Thunderbolt None
Bluetooth Version 5.1
Wired LAN (RJ-45) No
Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Battery Type 56 Wh, Lithium polymer
Battery Life Up to 11 hours of FHD video playback (Advertised)
Audio/Sound 2 x Speaker, 2 x Microphone, 3.5 mm Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
Webcam 720p HD recessed camera
Optical Drive None


Huawei MateBook D15 (2021) Price in Nepal and Availability

The official price of the Huawei MateBook D15 2021 in Nepal is Rs. 1,09,990. It is officially available online through Aliteq Store.

Huawei MateBook D15 (2021)  Price in Nepal (Official) 
Intel Core i5-1135G7, 8GB RAM, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD 14″ FHD IPS Display Rs.  109,990 (Buy Here)

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