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The Huawei MateBook D 16 reveals several advantages in the test compared to the nearly identical Honor MagicBook Pro

The Huawei MateBook D 16 convinces in the test. (Image: Huawei)
The Huawei MateBook D 16 convinces in the test. (Image: Huawei)
With the MateBook D 16, Huawei offers a stylish laptop in a metal case with a 16.1-inch display for under 1,000 Euros (~$1,212). Is the device only compelling in terms of looks or does it also manage to convince with its components? And how does it compare to the very similar Honor MagicBook Pro?
Marcus Schwarten (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪

It's well known that Honor and Huawei collaborated on many products until the recent split. This is also evident in their laptops. The Huawei MateBook D 16 is very similar to the Honor Honor MagicBook Pro 4600H except for a few details.

But which is the better laptop? This is one of the central questions in our review of Huawei's MateBook D 16. Huawei only offers its laptop in the 53011VFJ configuration with the AMD Ryzen 5 4600H along with AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 graphics and 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. The same configuration is also available from Honor. In our test, the combination delivered a solid computing performance that is more than sufficient for the usual office-related tasks.

Among other things, the MateBook D 16 distinguishes itself from the MagicBook Pro with a faster Wi-Fi connection and a snappier SSD. However, the 16.1-inch display is a bit worse. At 300 cd/m², it could gladly be a bit brighter, but it's sufficient for working indoors as well as outdoors in the shade.

The biggest point of criticism in our review is the rather modest battery life. Despite having the same capacity, it's surprisingly shorter than that of the virtually identical Honor MagicBook Pro that is equipped with the same CPU. Unfortunately, the MateBook D 16 doesn't offer Thunderbolt 3 either. In return, however, there are two USB-C ports, which is a big advantage compared to the Honor alternative. The latter's single USB-C port is occupied by the power adapter, while the MateBook still provides one unused port.

Overall, the Huawei MateBook D 16 is a good laptop in the price range under 1,000 Euros (~$1,212), and although it's not officially available in the US, you can keep tabs on Amazon and wait for the device to pop up there. Further information as well as the exact results of our test can be found in the review of the Huawei MateBook D 16.

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Marcus Schwarten
Editor of the original article: Marcus Schwarten - Senior Tech Writer - 1900 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I have been fascinated by technology for around 25 years – especially technology that makes life easier rather than more complicated. Mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches are particularly close to my heart as is the booming subject of smart homes. I have been working in these areas for several years now as a news and reviews editor. I have been active with various websites, including the smart home blogs homee, Nuki, and siio, as well as tech portals such as Giga and TechRadar. I have been writing news and laptop reviews for Notebookcheck since 2020.
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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 516 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Marcus Schwarten, 2021-05- 1 (Update: 2021-04-30)