HUAWEI MateBook D 16: A working laptop capable of more serious tasks

HUAWEI MateBook D 16: A working laptop capable of more serious tasks

HUAWEI has proven itself to be a producer of affordable and intelligent working laptops. As we have pointed out on several occasions in the reviews of the MetBook series, the company has been able to put the right accents and separate the main features from the secondary ones, but is not afraid of experiments. For example, HUAWEI was one of the first to start using 16-inch screens instead of the usual 15.6-inch format. We have already talked about last year ' s version of the MetBook D 16, it is time to talk about improving it.

Today, many laptop manufacturers no longer give their own names to individual modifications of devices in the same series, and HUAWEI MatetBook D 16 sample 2022 is no exception. It is easier to identify it in Internet shops than by filling it in: from the red chips of Rysen, the company has moved to the "blue" Alder Lake processors. In this case, HUAWEI uses higher-power chips than those typical for the ultra-bug 28-watts, because the HUAWEI MateBook D16 has placed it on the border between light road laptops and work computers, which most often live on the user ' s desk.

In the basic configuration, the laptop is equipped with an i5-12450H processor with four cost-effective kernels and four productive ones, the top-up version of HUAWEI MateBook D 16 can boast the i7-12700H crystal with the formula 6+8.

Both CPUs are designed for a steady-state power consumption of 45 W. However, based on tests of the test sample with i7-12700H on board, even at maximum capacity at multiple load, the crystal averages no more than 30 W of power.

The RAM volume on the laptop is 16 Gbyte, and the LPDDR4X memory is used in four-channel mode, but it works with a capacity of 3,200 MT/s and certainly does not allow expansion by the user, so with a suitable volume it is better determined in advance. The hard storage capacity of all versions of HUAWEI MateBook D 16 is the same - 512 Gbyte, and no more. However, it is a SSD with a fourth generation PCI Express interface. For wireless communications, the laptop uses the IEEE 802.11ax and Bluetooth 5.1 module.

Despite a progressive screen format of 16 inches and a powerful filler, the product HUAWEI is in the affordable price category: the recommended retail price for the HUAWEI MateBook D 162022 version, based on the i5-12500H central processor, is 69999 roubles.

The computer is assembled in the metal body of simple and rigorous design. The color solution in the Russian market is one: "space gray." The mass of the device is quite modest at its size — about 1.7 kg, but it is good that HUAWEI engineers did not try to reduce weight in any way, disregarding the chassis mechanics. Nothing in the shell creaks, the lid — adjusted for the fact that the screen is not laminated by glass — is quite rigid, and the keyboard substrate, although it can be pressed, but believe me, we've seen a lot of ultra-buckles with a much less solid working surface.

Unlike its predecessors, this model has been removed from the topcaste under finger grabbing: instead of it, there's a small "dead" on the lid, and there's also a web camera eye. By the way, it's not going to be possible to lift the lid with one hand -- the loops are too tight. Here's another, more significant change: the screen itself now has a ratio of 4:10.

The screen itself has a 1920 × 1,200 resolution, which is no longer impressive for a diagonal of 16 inches, but no longer has anything to do with it, and no one needs an elevated pixel density at all. This is quite bright. The color temperature of the image is also normal: just above 6500 K.

The keyboard has been completely reworked. If earlier in HUAWEI MateBook D 16 was only the main set of keys, and the seat on the sides was occupied by embedded acoustics, the dynamics were now moved under the bonnet to supplement the keyboard with a digital block. However, for this purpose some keyboards had to be cut across the width, especially "~". In the printing process, you notice immediately that the keyboard moves a little longer than before, and the keyboard mechanisms very quickly return the lids to the neutral position - the sense of viscosity is not in the mind. On the other hand, some users prefer the keyboards with greater resistance to press. The hardness of the keyboard under the keyboard is sufficient to exclude a visible discomfort, although the vibration is noticed when the text is fast. As a result, the keyboard is very loud. The keylight is two-step, cold white. The key button is separated from the main key block, and the button is attached to the keyboard.

The touchpad in this laptop is glass, but the surface of the glass is not perfectly smooth: it is a matter of merit or weakness, a matter of individual preference. The one-digit advantage is that the touchpad does not drift and does not make any external sounds when pressed. The switch click is still quite loud. The other is that, with such a large working area of the shell, the panel could have made a bigger one, but as a result left a lot of space around it.

The HUAWEI MateBook D 16 chassis carries a model set of wire interfaces for a modern mass laptop: the HDMI video unit, the acoustic mini-jack, two USB Type-A ports and two Type-C ports. However, with USB ports, it is not easy. One Type-A and Type-C pairs meet standard 3.2 Gen 1 and the other USB 2.0. Any Type-C connection can be used to power from the power grid, but only a fast USB 3.2 Gen 1 removes the DisplayPort signal. Of course, a memory card reader, which HUAWEI MateBook D16 would have been deprived of in the business laptop.

The laptop battery is charged to a 65 W miniatural power unit, also with the USB Type-C connector, which means the BP itself, and the disconnected cable will be suitable for charging other devices. In particular, some smartphones of the same manufacturer will be charged fast.

By the way, HUAWEI has already built a whole ecosystem of products designed to work together. For example, the MetaBook D16 supports the instantaneous interface to the periphery on the Bluetooth short distance signal, the wireless transmission of the image to the MeteView monitor, and has deep integration with HUAWEI mobile gadgets. For example, a tablet can be used as an additional screen and transmit files or text by drag and drap.

HUAWEI MatetBook D16 supports a table with a long rubber strip at the rear and two, also with rubber feet at the front. The cooling system operates on a standard basis: cold air intake from the bottom and hot air emissions from the top between the bottom of the shell and the screen.

The cooler itself consists of a fan, radiator, and heat tube structure, all of which are of one unit, although the shell contains a space under the second tube.

The laptop has only one M.2 link for a solid storage device, and the LPDDR4X operational memory is always released on a motherboard. The HUAWEI MateBook D 16 battery has enough for a laptop with such characteristics. This is certainly a metal "armature" on top of the USB Type-C interfaces that are used for charging, and thus most exposed to both regular and accidental mechanical loads.

In the end, we can say that HUAWEI created a laptop based on a well-known and proven formula. HUAWEI MateBook D version 16 of 2022 has a presentational appearance, an excellent screen and a high-quality keyboard mechanic, with a digital block. This is the most important thing for a working laptop. Plus, thanks to the recent CPU platform, which offers up to six highly productive and eight energy-efficient x86 kernels, the laptop is ready for more serious calculations than typical office tasks. You can only visit the modest capabilities of an upgrade, the low speed of half of USBs, the absence of a memory card reader and configuration with a terabyte SSD, but it is also excruciative for the relatively small cost of the device, especially if it is a lower configuration. It seems to us that the laptop is the most attractive one, because HUAWEi MateBook D 16 is primarily the ability of this machine to work with documents, but it is not the main machine to work with documents, rather than the small cost of the device.