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Huawei MateBook D 15 Laptop Review: Still a good notebook with AMD

Mike Wobker, 👁 Andreas Osthoff, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk), 03/09/2020

15-inch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio. We were impressed by the MateBook with an Intel CPU, and now it appears as though it is just as good with an AMD processor. Huawei has made a number of changes to ensure that the AMD CPU can reach its full potential.

Huawei MateBook D 15 AMD

The Huawei MateBook D 15 is now available with an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U. There are no changes in terms of design, and the D 15 is identical to the MateBook D 14 in many ways, save for the size, which is why we shall refer our readers to the review of the D 14 in certain sections instead of providing detailed descriptions. For 650 Euros (~$738), buyers get an AMD CPU, integrated Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SDD. 

Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY (MateBook D Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, Dual-channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, AU Optronics AUO28ED, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, 256 GB 
, 192 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Raven - Audio Processor - HD Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: combined 3.5-mm headphone-microphone jack, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: motion sensor, Hall effect sensor
Networking
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16.9 x 357.8 x 229.9 ( = 0.67 x 14.09 x 9.05 in)
Battery
42 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1280x720)
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 2W Stereo, Keyboard: chiclet-style, Keyboard Light: no, Huawei PC Manager, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.523 kg ( = 53.72 oz / 3.36 pounds), Power Supply: 200 g ( = 7.05 oz / 0.44 pounds)
Price
650 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
85 %
03/2020
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
R5 3500U, Vega 8
1.5 kg16.9 mm15.6"1920x1080
78 %
11/2019
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
R5 3500U, Vega 8
1.8 kg18 mm15.6"1920x1080
82 %
02/2020
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.9 kg18.9 mm15.6"1920x1080
79 %
02/2020
HP 15s-fq1556ng
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
1.7 kg18 mm15.6"1920x1080
87 %
03/2020
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
R5 3500U, Vega 8
1.4 kg16 mm14"1920x1080

Case - Light notebook with a rigid chassis

The chassis of the Huawei MateBook D 15 has not changed. It still uses the same slick and attractive design as the Huawei MateBook D 14.

Size Comparison

364 mm / 14.3 inch 245 mm / 9.65 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 1.9 kg4.08 lbs364 mm / 14.3 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.8 kg3.97 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 242 mm / 9.53 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.7 kg3.73 lbs357.8 mm / 14.1 inch 229.9 mm / 9.05 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.5 kg3.36 lbs322 mm / 12.7 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.4 kg3.05 lbs

Connectivity - MateBook D 15 offers few ports, but fast Wi-Fi

Left side: one USB Type-C port (charging, no DP), one USB Type-A 3.0 port, HDMI port
Left side: one USB Type-C port (charging, no DP), one USB Type-A 3.0 port, HDMI port
Right side: combination headphone/microphone jack, two USB Type-A 2.0 ports
Right side: combination headphone/microphone jack, two USB Type-A 2.0 ports

Communication

The Wi-Fi performance has slightly increased. When compared to the MateBook D 14 with the Intel Core i5-8265U, the Wi-Fi speeds are about 20% higher.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
672 (min: 334, max: 686) MBit/s ∼100% +3%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
653 (min: 593, max: 667) MBit/s ∼97%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
643 (min: 619, max: 656) MBit/s ∼96% -2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (30.9 - 1460, n=138)
549 MBit/s ∼82% -16%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
502 (min: 323, max: 535) MBit/s ∼75% -23%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
309 (min: 278, max: 319) MBit/s ∼46% -53%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
277 (min: 259, max: 289) MBit/s ∼41% -58%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
697 (min: 663, max: 718) MBit/s ∼100% +1%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
690 (min: 335, max: 729) MBit/s ∼99%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
656 (min: 332, max: 675) MBit/s ∼94% -5%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
590 (min: 528, max: 688) MBit/s ∼85% -14%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
588 (min: 564, max: 603) MBit/s ∼84% -15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (36 - 1416, n=138)
541 MBit/s ∼78% -22%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
253 (min: 214, max: 288) MBit/s ∼36% -63%
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Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø652 (593-667)
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø309 (278-319)
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 Intel Wireless-AC 9560; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø661 (334-686)
HP 15s-fq1556ng RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø276 (259-289)
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø642 (619-656)
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø502 (323-535)
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø679 (335-729)
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø588 (564-603)
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 Intel Wireless-AC 9560; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø697 (663-718)
HP 15s-fq1556ng RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø253 (214-288)
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø645 (332-675)
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø591 (528-688)

Web Camera

The D 15 inherits one rather negative aspect of the D 14. The pop-out web camera is still located at the bottom of the screen right between the F6 and F7 keys.

Huawei MateBook D 15 - Web camera
Huawei MateBook D 15 - Web camera
Huawei MateBook D 15 - Web camera
Huawei MateBook D 15 - Web camera

Security

In addition to the TPM chip, the MateBook D 15 also features a fingerprint sensor, which is integrated in the power button. It unlocks the notebook very fast and with a great degree of reliability. 

Accessories

The box contains the notebook itself, a quick-start guide and a charger with an appropriate USB Type-C cable. Huawei does not offer any additional accessories specifically designed for the MateBook D 15.

Maintenance

The bottom cover of the Huawei MateBook D 15 can be removed once all the screws on the bottom are undone. While the RAM is soldered-in, the SSD and the Wi-Fi module can be replaced. Moreover, there also appears to be enough space for a 2.5-inch SATA drive. However, there does not seem to be any way to connect a SATA drive to the motherboard, since the logic board does not have any SATA ports.

Huawei MateBook D 15 - Maintenance
Huawei MateBook D 15 - Maintenance

Warranty

The Huawei MateBook D 15 comes with a 24-month warranty.

Input Devices - Huawei notebook with a good keyboard without a backlight

Keyboard

The travel distance of the MateBook D 15’s keys is rather small, but the actuation point is clear. Even long typing sessions should not present any difficulties. However, we must mention the fact that we really miss the “home” and “end” keys. The scrolling keys are also not provided, but they are not so acutely missed.

TouchPad

The MateBook D 15 uses a TouchPad as a replacement for the mouse. Users should not encounter any problems when moving the mouse pointer and drag-and-drop motions are also easy to pull off due to the smooth surface of the TouchPad. Both right and left clicks are registered very reliably.

Huawei MateBook D 15 - Keyboard
Huawei MateBook D 15 - Keyboard
Huawei MateBook D 15 - TouchPad
Huawei MateBook D 15 - TouchPad

Display - Bright screen, but poor colour-space coverage

Pixel arrangement
Pixel arrangement
Screen bleeding
Screen bleeding

The IPS display of the MateBook D 15 has a native resolution of 1920x1080. The screen is at its brightest in the centre (271 cd/m²). The screen brightness does not change when running on battery power. The screen of the MateBook D 15 is not as bright as that of the D 14. However, the D 15’s display does not utilise PWM for brightness control. All in all, the images look rather cool and the colours appear somewhat washed-out. Users will be able to work on this screen for long periods of time without experiencing any eye-strain.

Huawei does not offer any other display options.

250
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
261
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
254
cd/m²
256
cd/m²
245
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics AUO28ED
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 271 cd/m² Average: 256.1 cd/m² Minimum: 2.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 271 cd/m²
Contrast: 1807:1 (Black: 0.15 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.7 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.9, calibrated: 4.6
ΔE Greyscale 1.6 | 0.64-98 Ø6.1
60.6% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 38.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.17
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AU Optronics AUO28ED, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
CEC PANDA LM156LF-CL07, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
BOE0764 / TV140FHM-NH0, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
LP156WFC-SPD1, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP 15s-fq1556ng
AU Optronics B156HW02, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
19%
-7%
12%
-10%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
43.6 (20.4, 23.2)
36 (18, 18)
17%
41 (21, 20)
6%
37.6 (19.6, 18)
14%
51 (25, 26)
-17%
Response Time Black / White *
31.2 (18, 13.2)
25 (14, 11)
20%
37 (21, 16)
-19%
28 (16.4, 11.6)
10%
32 (18, 14)
-3%
PWM Frequency
178 (10)
200 (90)
Screen
-38%
-29%
-24%
-23%
Brightness middle
271
250
-8%
291
7%
245
-10%
254
-6%
Brightness
256
228
-11%
276
8%
239
-7%
234
-9%
Brightness Distribution
90
83
-8%
85
-6%
82
-9%
86
-4%
Black Level *
0.15
0.205
-37%
0.46
-207%
0.25
-67%
0.18
-20%
Contrast
1807
1220
-32%
633
-65%
980
-46%
1411
-22%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.7
5.65
-20%
4.3
9%
5.6
-19%
5.58
-19%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
20.4
13.7
33%
10.01
51%
15.6
24%
9.83
52%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.6
3.18
31%
4.8
-4%
4.53
2%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.6
6.32
-295%
4.21
-163%
3.4
-113%
5.02
-214%
Gamma
2.17 101%
2.45 90%
2.46 89%
2.3 96%
2.83 78%
CCT
6649 98%
7287 89%
6867 95%
7156 91%
6570 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38.5
38
-1%
41
6%
36.5
-5%
36
-6%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
60.6
59
-3%
64
6%
57.5
-5%
56
-8%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-10% / -29%
-18% / -26%
-6% / -18%
-17% / -21%

* ... smaller is better

Colour-space coverage (sRGB) - 60.6%
Colour-space coverage (sRGB) - 60.6%
Colour-space coverage (Adobe RGB) - 38.5%
Colour-space coverage (Adobe RGB) - 38.5%

The contrast ratio (1807:1) and the black value (0.15 cd/m²) have somewhat improved. Because of such impressive values, the MateBook D 15 leads the field.

The CalMAN analysis reveals that the colours that the screen produces are not overblown and are quite accurate, straight out of the box. The colour accuracy can be slightly improved by means of calibration, but this is not something that we consider absolutely necessary. 

CalMAN - Colour accuracy
CalMAN - Colour accuracy
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Colour accuracy (after calibration)
CalMAN - Colour accuracy (after calibration)
CalMAN - Grayscale (after calibration)
CalMAN - Grayscale (after calibration)
CalMAN - Saturation (after calibration)
CalMAN - Saturation (after calibration)

The MateBook D 15 can be used outdoors. The screen brightness is high enough, which is why the screen content is quite legible on overcast days.

Huawei MateBook D 15 - Outdoor use
Huawei MateBook D 15 - Outdoor use
Huawei MateBook D 15 - Outdoor use
Huawei MateBook D 15 - Outdoor use

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
31.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 13.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 79 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
43.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20.4 ms rise
↘ 23.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 63 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 50 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17067 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

The IPS panel of the Huawei MateBook D 15 has very stable viewing angles. The screen content can be read from any angle without distortions.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - MateBook D 15 with AMD Ryzen 5 does not throttle

Having updated the MateBook product range with AMD’s Ryzen 5 2500U CPUs, Huawei goes one better by switching to the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U. The performance has increased significantly and is now sufficient not only for simple office tasks but also for occasional image-editing.

 

Processor

The AMD Ryzen 5 3500U is a four-core, eight-thread processor, which offers higher clock speeds at the same TDP than its predecessor Ryzen 5 2500U. The base frequency is 2.1 GHz and the boost frequency is 3.7 GHz. How long a CPU can run at its full speed depends in large measure on the cooling solution.

Our Cinebench R15 stress test reveals that Huawei has put in a lot of work here. In the multi-core section, the CPU not only outperforms all other laptops with the same processor but also manages to run at full speed for the entire duration of our stress test. The performance also does not drop when running on battery power.

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Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø669 (662.73-672.62)
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø508 (460.33-641.41)
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø505 (498.72-514.09)
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø537 (517.78-687.49)
HP 15s-fq1556ng Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel Core i5-1035G1: Ø507 (150.07-663.92)
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø661 (656.73-674.67)
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø525 (518.44-565)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
169 Points ∼100% +17%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Core i5-10210U
165 Points ∼98% +15%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
144.02 Points ∼85%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
144 Points ∼85% 0%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼85% -1%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
143 Points ∼85% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
  (131 - 147, n=14)
142 Points ∼84% -1%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 185, n=292)
118 Points ∼70% -18%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Core i5-10210U
687 Points ∼100% +1%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
677.84 (min: 671.21, max: 677.84) Points ∼99%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
674 (min: 644.06, max: 673.71) Points ∼98% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
  (482 - 682, n=15)
636 Points ∼93% -6%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
633 Points ∼92% -7%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
614 Points ∼89% -9%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
604 Points ∼88% -11%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Core i5-8250U
565 Points ∼82% -17%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 1051, n=303)
354 Points ∼52% -48%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
144.02 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
677.84 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
49.44 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98.02 %
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System Performance

In the PCMark 8 and 10 benchmarks, the MateBook D 15 performs about as well as other notebooks with similar hardware. That being said, in our suite of benchmarks, the Huawei notebook only manages to secure a spot in the middle of our comparison chart. 

You can find out how Huawei’s MateBook D 15 stacks up against other laptops on our CPU Benchmarks page.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
3467 Points ∼100% +4%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3344 Points ∼96%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3325 Points ∼96% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (2989 - 3467, n=12)
3284 Points ∼95% -2%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3089 Points ∼89% -8%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3039 Points ∼88% -9%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
2804 Points ∼81% -16%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (405 - 4338, n=107)
2562 Points ∼74% -23%
Productivity
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6874 Points ∼100% +23%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
6679 Points ∼97% +19%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
5758 Points ∼84% +3%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (5456 - 6074, n=12)
5748 Points ∼84% +3%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
5734 Points ∼83% +2%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
5610 Points ∼82% 0%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5603 Points ∼82%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7281, n=107)
5278 Points ∼77% -6%
Essentials
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
9103 Points ∼100% +20%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
8508 Points ∼93% +12%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
7600 Points ∼83%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
7596 Points ∼83% 0%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (6690 - 8300, n=12)
7495 Points ∼82% -1%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
7373 Points ∼81% -3%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 9664, n=107)
6934 Points ∼76% -9%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
6690 Points ∼73% -12%
Score
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4248 Points ∼100% +13%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3992 Points ∼94% +7%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
3818 Points ∼90% +2%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3743 Points ∼88%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (3485 - 3972, n=12)
3734 Points ∼88% 0%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
3526 Points ∼83% -6%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3496 Points ∼82% -7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4609, n=110)
3222 Points ∼76% -14%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5102 Points ∼100% +9%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5035 Points ∼99% +7%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
4772 Points ∼94% +2%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (4559 - 4907, n=8)
4702 Points ∼92% 0%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4699 Points ∼92%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
4570 Points ∼90% -3%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1283 - 5363, n=229)
4080 Points ∼80% -13%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4227 Points ∼100% +16%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3673 Points ∼87% +1%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
3669 Points ∼87% +1%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3641 Points ∼86%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (3316 - 3669, n=9)
3499 Points ∼83% -4%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3317 Points ∼78% -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4211, n=257)
3058 Points ∼72% -16%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3641 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4699 points
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Storage Devices

The MateBook D 15 comes with a fast PM981 SSD from Samsung. It does very well in our suite of benchmarks, but in other devices such as the Lenovo ThinkBook 15 it achieves 30% faster read and write speeds.

You can find out how the storage device in the MateBook D 15 stacks up against other storage devices on our HDD/SSD Benchmarks page

Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
Average Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-17%
30%
7%
43%
Write 4K
134.8
114.9
-15%
176.3
31%
203.1
51%
113 (50.2 - 177, n=24)
-16%
Read 4K
41.68
52.7
26%
48.98
18%
65.32
57%
195 (31.4 - 3738, n=24)
368%
Write Seq
1651
1361
-18%
1789
8%
973.4
-41%
1404 (991 - 1687, n=23)
-15%
Read Seq
2300
1385
-40%
1671
-27%
1651
-28%
1611 (755 - 2300, n=23)
-30%
Write 4K Q32T1
260
181.1
-30%
433.5
67%
525.9
102%
353 (205 - 568, n=24)
36%
Read 4K Q32T1
335.1
340.5
2%
525.6
57%
345.2
3%
389 (229 - 645, n=24)
16%
Write Seq Q32T1
1641
1519
-7%
2983.3
82%
979.8
-40%
1490 (1104 - 1712, n=24)
-9%
Read Seq Q32T1
3452
1515
-56%
3555.1
3%
1883
-45%
3309 (1529 - 3522, n=24)
-4%
Write 4K Q8T8
1687.9
1152 (828 - 1435, n=7)
Read 4K Q8T8
1035.8
736 (572 - 983, n=7)
AS SSD
-30%
34%
-19%
-12%
Score Total
3097
2115
-32%
4279
38%
1901
-39%
2641 (1644 - 3230, n=24)
-15%
Score Write
1542
945
-39%
2033
32%
1083
-30%
1223 (514 - 1752, n=24)
-21%
Score Read
1057
767
-27%
1488
41%
522
-51%
954 (724 - 1152, n=24)
-10%
Access Time Write *
0.042
0.057
-36%
0.025
40%
0.044
-5%
0.042 (0.026 - 0.104, n=24)
-0%
Access Time Read *
0.062
0.032
48%
0.056
10%
0.0713 (0.041 - 0.113, n=24)
-15%
4K-64 Write
1274.96
737.5
-42%
1664.66
31%
827.46
-35%
983 (274 - 1501, n=24)
-23%
4K-64 Read
748.18
586.4
-22%
1174.61
57%
323.13
-57%
704 (530 - 917, n=24)
-6%
4K Write
111.64
77.49
-31%
141.44
27%
165.36
48%
106 (77.4 - 144, n=24)
-5%
4K Read
47.15
44.88
-5%
57.05
21%
58.54
24%
45.7 (32.4 - 53.8, n=24)
-3%
Seq Write
1549.06
1300.38
-16%
2268
46%
904.44
-42%
1335 (827 - 1646, n=24)
-14%
Seq Read
2612.65
1358.29
-48%
2564
-2%
1704.79
-35%
2044 (864 - 2724, n=24)
-22%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-24% / -24%
32% / 33%
-6% / -8%
16% / 11%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3452 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1641 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 335.1 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 260 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2300 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1651 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 41.68 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 134.8 MB/s

Graphics Card

Huawei’s MateBook D 15 comes with the integrated Radeon RX Vega 8 GPU. Its performance depends heavily on the RAM configuration. Here, devices with dual-channel RAM benefit greatly. In the 3DMark benchmarks, the RX Vega 8 in the Huawei notebook does very well. Here, it trounces integrated GPUs from Intel. The graphics performance does not change when running on battery power.

You can learn what kind of performance you can expect from AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics on our GPU Benchmarks page.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3908 Points ∼100% +2%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3837 Points ∼98%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (1668 - 4317, n=33)
3364 Points ∼86% -12%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
2582 Points ∼66% -33%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
2485 Points ∼64% -35%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1914 Points ∼49% -50%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1776 Points ∼45% -54%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 10699, n=380)
1377 Points ∼35% -64%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
2598 Points ∼100% +2%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
2557 Points ∼98%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (1095 - 2901, n=30)
2153 Points ∼83% -16%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
1673 Points ∼64% -35%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
1574 Points ∼61% -38%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1309 Points ∼50% -49%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1245 Points ∼48% -51%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 3726, n=259)
1106 Points ∼43% -57%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
18850 Points ∼100% +2%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
18491 Points ∼98%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (7309 - 19351, n=27)
14696 Points ∼78% -21%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
11453 Points ∼61% -38%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
10265 Points ∼54% -44%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
9730 Points ∼52% -47%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 22615, n=285)
7953 Points ∼42% -57%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
Points ∼0% -100%
3DMark 11 Performance
3950 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
13455 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2339 points
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Gaming Performance

AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 8 is suitable for running older games that do not have very high system requirements. Some of the older titles are even playable at 1080p. To learn what kind of gaming experience you can expect from AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics, go to our GPU Benchmarks page.

BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
21.05 fps ∼100% 0%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
21.01 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (7.6 - 21.2, n=25)
16.9 fps ∼80% -20%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
14.55 fps ∼69% -31%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2.8 - 70.3, n=150)
11.9 fps ∼57% -43%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
11.58 fps ∼55% -45%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
10.8 fps ∼51% -49%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
9.9 fps ∼47% -53%
Dota 2 Reborn
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
39 (min: 35.8) fps ∼100% +1%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
39 (min: 35.8) fps ∼100% +1%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
38.8 (min: 35.7) fps ∼99%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (26.9 - 47.8, n=17)
35.3 fps ∼91% -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6.5 - 60.7, n=30)
28.8 fps ∼74% -26%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
21.9 (min: 20.4) fps ∼56% -44%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
21.8 (min: 16.5) fps ∼56% -44%
1366x768 med (1/3)
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
63.7 (min: 57.3) fps ∼100% +9%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
63.7 (min: 57.3) fps ∼100% +9%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
58.3 (min: 50.1) fps ∼92%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (46.8 - 76.3, n=17)
57.9 fps ∼91% -1%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
53.7 (min: 47.1) fps ∼84% -8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (14.3 - 98.7, n=30)
49.9 fps ∼78% -14%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
40.9 (min: 31.9) fps ∼64% -30%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1920x1080 Standard Quality
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
11.42 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (6.6 - 13.7, n=4)
10.5 fps ∼92% -8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.3 - 13.8, n=5)
8.18 fps ∼72% -28%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
6.85 fps ∼60% -40%
1280x720 Lite Quality
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
22.96 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (13.5 - 27, n=4)
20.9 fps ∼91% -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6.1 - 29.3, n=8)
17.1 fps ∼74% -26%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
12.99 fps ∼57% -43%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 118.85 21.01 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 70.5 58.3 38.8 36.2 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 22.96 11.42 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 26.3 19.4 16.3 fps

Emissions - Quiet laptop from Huawei

System Noise

When idle, the Huawei MateBook D 15 does not produce any noise, and under load the fans are barely audible. Our review device does not produce any abnormal noises such as coil whine. This is why the MateBook D 15 is suitable for very quiet environments.

Noise Level

Idle
29.6 / 29.6 / 29.6 dB(A)
Load
30.6 / 33.8 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.6 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.136.632.633.838.12533.732.629.627343133.133.229.532.237.44031.732.73029.837.15033.93432.334.2346325.228.424.625.528.58026.326.92523.526.710030.929.82827.628.212527.726.524.626.326.116027.428.325.927.527.520025.926.32424.725.825024.925.724.12425.7315242322.821.725.14002321.821.721.22350022.521.921.320.722.663022.321.620.219.722.280022.321.319.418.622.5100022.921.519.718.523.1125023.121.219.217.422.5160022.920.918.716.823.1200023.821.718.816.623.7250023.321.317.815.923.4315020.518.716.615.620.840002018.116.215.420500018.717.31615.618.763001716.315.915.617.1800016.21615.915.516.11000015.915.815.815.515.81250015.615.615.515.415.61600015.415.515.415.215.4SPL33.832.430.629.633.8N21.81.51.32median 22.9median 21.3median 19.2median 17.4median 22.6Delta22.93.83.43.1hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHuawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY

Temperature

According to our measurements, the surface temperatures of the MateBook D 15 peak at 45.6 °C (114 °F) under load. The hottest point is in the upper left corner of the chassis. This is why the wrist rest area never feels hot, which means that the laptop can be used over long periods of time without any problems.

During our one-hour stress test, the CPU clock rates fell only modestly. They dropped from 2.4 GHz down to 2 GHz, while the core temperatures were hovering around 62 °C (143.6 °F). At the beginning of the stress test, the TDP amounted to 30 watts, but then it quickly fell to 25 watts.

MateBook D 15 - Stress test (at the beginning)
MateBook D 15 - Stress test (at the beginning)
MateBook D 15 - Stress test (shortly after the beginning)
MateBook D 15 - Stress test (shortly after the beginning)
MateBook D 15 - Stress test (after one hour)
MateBook D 15 - Stress test (after one hour)
Max. Load
 39.3 °C
103 F
39.2 °C
103 F
34.8 °C
95 F
 
 38.9 °C
102 F
37 °C
99 F
28.3 °C
83 F
 
 32.5 °C
91 F
28.1 °C
83 F
26 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 39.3 °C = 103 F
Average: 33.8 °C = 93 F
35.1 °C
95 F
43.8 °C
111 F
45.6 °C
114 F
26.9 °C
80 F
39.7 °C
103 F
40.4 °C
105 F
26.3 °C
79 F
31.7 °C
89 F
32.8 °C
91 F
Maximum: 45.6 °C = 114 F
Average: 35.8 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  44.9 °C = 113 F | Room Temperature 20.2 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.8 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.3 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 45.6 °C / 114 F, compared to the average of 39.9 °C / 104 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.2 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32.5 °C / 90.5 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.5 °C / 83.3 F (-4 °C / -7.2 F).
Heat distribution under load - top
Heat distribution under load - top
Heat distribution under load - bottom
Heat distribution under load - bottom

Speakers

The speakers of the MateBook D 15 do not sound very loud. The upper mids are especially pronounced. All in all, the speakers are good enough for consuming media content in quiet environments. However, we recommend you use headphones or external speakers for a better listening experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.836.52527273132.230.14029.830.55034.233.66325.5258023.525.810027.62912526.328.516027.539.420024.7492502450.731521.755.640021.258.650020.758.663019.757.680018.661100018.561.6125017.461.9160016.859.6200016.656.7250015.958.8315015.657.9400015.455.5500015.655.4630015.654.4800015.549.81000015.541.71250015.441.71600015.242.2SPL29.670.2N1.326.5median 17.4median 55.5Delta3.46.629.429.928.231.736.736.433.629.628.127.225.423.924.42424.625.12524.825.12823.531.124.33322.837.220.342.619.844.518.850.218.758.217.660.817.157.716.557.215.961.315.757.915.45515.459.115.252.715.252.115.348.315.140.91533.714.731.329.268.91.221.7median 17.1median 48.33.712.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei MateBook D 15-53010TUYLenovo ThinkBook 15
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 53% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 37% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 36% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 57% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo ThinkBook 15 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (68.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 18.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (12.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (13.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (34.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 96% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 3% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 96% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 3% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management - More performance requires more energy

Energy Consumption

According to our measurements, the MateBook D 15 has a slightly elevated power draw. All in all, it is quite average in terms of energy consumption when compared to all other devices with similar hardware that we have reviewed. However, in our comparison chart, the MateBook D 15 takes last place.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.37 / 0.62 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.2 / 8.8 / 10.2 Watt
Load midlight 37.5 / 50.9 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
R5 3500U, Vega 8, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
R5 3500U, Vega 8, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP 15s-fq1556ng
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Power Consumption
22%
9%
26%
24%
5%
-5%
Idle Minimum *
5.2
3.7
29%
3.5
33%
3.3
37%
3.7
29%
5.25 (3.7 - 7.6, n=33)
-1%
6.57 (1 - 36, n=615)
-26%
Idle Average *
8.8
6.2
30%
7.1
19%
6.4
27%
6.9
22%
8.17 (5.86 - 12.9, n=33)
7%
9.76 (2.06 - 39, n=615)
-11%
Idle Maximum *
10.2
8.4
18%
7.8
24%
6.8
33%
8.4
18%
9.74 (6.36 - 13.7, n=33)
5%
12 (3.9 - 55, n=615)
-18%
Load Average *
37.5
31.1
17%
38.9
-4%
29
23%
32
15%
37.3 (24.1 - 50.6, n=33)
1%
33.5 (6.3 - 75, n=605)
11%
Load Maximum *
50.9
43.1
15%
65.4
-28%
46
10%
32.6
36%
45.4 (26.5 - 63.6, n=33)
11%
40.6 (7.6 - 111, n=608)
20%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our practically oriented Wi-Fi test, the MateBook D 15 achieves a battery runtime of almost eight hours, which puts it on the same level as the rest of the competition. Under load, the battery discharges considerably faster, which is a direct result of increased CPU performance.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness
5h 27min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
7h 50min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 15min
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
R5 3500U, Vega 8, 42 Wh
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
R5 3500U, Vega 8, 48 Wh
Lenovo ThinkBook 15
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
HP 15s-fq1556ng
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 41 Wh
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 57 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
36%
1%
8%
50%
33%
WiFi v1.3
470
466
-1%
406
-14%
357
-24%
597
27%
481 (206 - 862, n=234)
2%
Load
75
130
73%
87
16%
104
39%
129
72%
122 (40 - 347, n=566)
63%

Pros

+ very good CPU performance without throttling
+ rigid chassis
+ SATA slot provided
+ fast Wi-Fi

Cons

- USB Type-C port is occupied while charging
- home and end keys are missing
- no keyboard backlight
- non-expandable RAM

Verdict - A notebook CPU should work like this

In review: Huawei MateBook D 15. Test device provided courtesy of: Huawei Germany
In review: Huawei MateBook D 15. Test device provided courtesy of: Huawei Germany

With the MateBook D 15, Huawei has succeeded where many other manufacturers fail for a great number of reasons. The D 15’s CPU does not throttle down even when it is running on battery power. Here, the processor will keep running at full speed until the battery dies. Because of this, the energy consumption is slightly increased. However, why would you buy a powerful processor if you never intended to put it to good use? Moreover, Huawei has implemented a cooling solution that is tailored specifically to this type of hardware, and this is why the system produces so little noise.

The Huawei MateBook D 15 offers a CPU that does not throttle and produces very little fan noise.

The rest of the hardware is quite standard and the only thing that we can criticise is the keyboard. It is suitable for long typing sessions, but those who often use the “home” and “end” keys will painfully miss them. Moreover, we were also expecting to see at least a simple keyboard backlight with a device like this. At the end of the day, buyers who are in the market for a slim and powerful laptop will not be disappointed by the Huawei MateBook D 15.

Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY - 03/05/2020 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
84 / 98 → 86%
Keyboard
82%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
48 / 75 → 64%
Weight
69 / 20-75 → 89%
Battery
79%
Display
83%
Games Performance
59 / 78 → 76%
Application Performance
82 / 85 → 96%
Temperature
91%
Noise
98%
Audio
65 / 91 → 71%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
75%
85%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Huawei MateBook D 15 Laptop Review: Still a good notebook with AMD
Mike Wobker, 2020-03- 9 (Update: 2020-03-12)