A first look at the Huawei MateBook D 15 (2020): Budget laptops don’t get any better


Here’s the thing about working on a budget: You’re usually forced to make some sacrifices here and there. You have to sit down and ask some serious questions: What laptop is the best for gaming? If you’re a student, which laptop is the best option for your studies? If you just want to use the laptop for browsing YouTube or making Zoom calls, is this a decent option? It’s rare to find a machine that easily fits into every category but if your budget is shouting for a device that can do a little bit of everything, you ought to check out the Huawei MateBook D15.

The MateBook D 15 is designed to be as consistent and reliable as possible. Given what a solid deal the laptop is, the specs under the MateBook D 15’s hood will prove that it’s time to improve your portable computing. And, most importantly, it’s available to order right now!

Display of power

The Huawei MateBook D 15 is equipped with all the hardware you need to ensure you work efficiently and with zero hassles. Running on an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor, a whopping 8GB of DDR4 RAM and comes fitted with both a 1TB storage drive and, to sweeten the deal even further, a 256GB SSD drive. This all amounts to a laptop that’s incredibly fast, surpassing other models in the same price range. The Ryzen 5 processor is powerful enough to juggle all the tasks you need it to, easily running apps in multiple windows without the slightest hitch.

Yet it’s the 256GB SSD that really seals the deal here. Having the MateBook D 15’s operating system on the built-in solid-state drive ensures that your computer starts in a heartbeat, easily outpacing a standard hard drive. The inclusion of an SSD is a luxury most laptops avoid, giving this Huawei device a tangible edge over the competition.

Prettily portable

It’s not just the internals. The Huawei MateBook D 15 is a stunning device, with an appealing IPS screen displaying crystal clear resolution of 1920×1080. Despite those high-end components, it’s not at all bulky, making it a great laptop for students and kids alike. Measuring in at 357.8mm x 229.9mm x 16.9mm, it can easily be carried all over the place. It’s the kind of portability you need in a laptop, especially when you’re constantly on the move.

Speaking of always being on the move, you might be the type of person that needs to work without being plugged in at all times. An efficient (and generous) battery is always a winner in cases like those and that’s what you’ll find here. The MateBook D 15 is equipped with a 42Wh battery, meaning a day on campus (or the office) taking notes without a dedicated charging port is more than possible.

Feels good, man

While the MateBook D 15’s battery can last for a decent length of time, should you really be spending all that time staring at a computer screen? Huawei has thought of user health when it comes to lengthy bouts in front of the crystal-clear IPS panel. With the Huawei Monitor Manager mode, it’s possible to control your display to place less strain on your eyes. You’ll be able to use the MateBook D 15 longer than other devices and still finish up the day with fresher eyes. That’s a medical benefit that more computers should be offering right now.

There’s really not a shadow of doubt, for the asking price of R13,500 (from the South African Huawei store), what you get for your money is incredible. With an advanced processor, tons of storage space and even an SSD for faster, more efficient booting you can expect the MateBook D 15 to outperform its price point. Here it is, just begging to be purchased. What are you waiting for?


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