Huawei MateBook D16: review, specs, price, buy

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Huawei Matebook D16: Review © Huawei

Huawei Matebook D16 in the test: 16-inch notebook in an aluminum guise!

The MateBook D16 is another great notebook that Huawei is bringing onto the market: Although it does not work with the latest high-end technology, it still worked really quickly in the test. In addition, the display convinces with a high image quality, the equipment is complete with the exception of the missing memory card reader. The recommended retail price of 899 euros for the D16 is okay. Even more so at the start of sales: Customers will then receive the Huawei 23.8 “display free of charge – a good deal!

Per

  • Very high pace of work
  • True-to-color, high-contrast display
  • Good workmanship
  • Low weight for a 16-inch notebook

Cons

  • Nothing for games
  • A bit noisy under full load
  • RAM firmly soldered
Tole workmanship, high speed, good displays: the MateBook series from Huawei has rightly made a name for itself. The best thing: apart from the upper-class models of the X-Pro series, the Chinese left the church in the village with the sales prices – customers did not get well-equipped notebooks for too much money. Does that also apply to the youngest member? COMPUTER BILD tested the Huawei MateBook D16.

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Swift 3 (SF313-52-71Y7)


Per

  • Very high pace of work
  • Great, crisp and true-to-color display
  • Long battery life (over 8 hours)
  • Works nice and quiet
  • Lots of SSD storage (954 GB)


Surface Book 3 15 i7 16GB / 256GB


Per

  • Fast work pace
  • Fast graphics chip for games
  • Top display with touchscreen
  • Long battery life
  • Quietly

Cons

  • High price
  • Not upgradeable


Surface Book 3 13.5 i7 32GB / 512GB


Per

  • Fast work pace
  • Fast graphics chip for games
  • Top display with touchscreen
  • Long battery life
  • Quietly

Cons

  • High price
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ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX551QS-HB137T


Per

  • Extremely high working pace
  • Very high game speed – even in 4K
  • Very high image quality
  • Second display with touchscreen function
  • Lots of SSD storage

Cons

  • Very short battery life
  • Loud under full load


LifeBook U939X


Per

  • Very high pace of work
  • High image quality
  • Dock and pen in the package
  • A lot of connections – including USB-C with Thunderbolt 3
  • LTE, WLAN-ac, Bluetooth 5.0

Cons

  • Unsuitable for games
  • A bit noisy under full load


Spin 3 (SP313-51)


Per

  • Very high pace of work
  • High resolution display
  • Pen for touchscreen included
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Yoga C740-14 (81TC002R)


Per

  • Fast work pace
  • Good, high-contrast display
  • Long battery life
  • Precise touch screen
  • Fast WLAN-ax
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Cons

  • SSD storage scarce
  • Not for gamers


MateBook X Pro (2020)


Per

  • Very high pace of work
  • Very bright display with a very high resolution
  • Very accurate color rendering
  • USB-C adapter for HDMI and VGA

Cons

  • A bit noisy under full load

Complete list: the best laptops

MateBook D16: 16-inch format

The format is anything but ordinary: As the product name suggests, the D16 is a 16-inch notebook and not a boring 15.6-inch device. Huawei has designed the display edges so narrow that the exactly 16.1-inch screen does not make the notebook case larger than that of a 15.6-inch laptop. With the dimensions of 37×23.4 centimeters, the MateBook is slightly larger than a DIN A4 page. On the 40.9 centimeter screen diagonal, the Huawei shows websites, documents, photos and videos in Full HD with 1920×1080 pixels.

Huawei Matebook D16: Review © Huawei

The keyboard of the Huawei MateBook D16 can be illuminated if desired.

Good picture quality

Sure, a higher resolution for a (even) more detailed representation would have been nicer, but it would also have catapulted the retail price beyond the 1,000 euro mark. But the reproduction was so nice and sharp in the test, the color fidelity was very high (98.5 percent), the contrast reproduction (1,106: 1) as well. The D16 changed the image in 13.2 milliseconds, not a great rate, but okay. The MateBook did not show ugly streaks in fast movie scenes in the test.


AMD instead of Intel

Huawei Matebook D16: Test © COMPUTER BILD, Arnel S. Mickley

The 16 gigabyte RAM cannot be exchanged or enlarged – it is firmly soldered. If necessary, users can swap the M.2 SSD for a model with more storage.

16 gigabytes of RAM

Huawei Matebook D16: Review © Huawei

On the right, the MateBook D16 has two USB type A sockets (version 3.2 Gen 1) and a headset connection.

Fast work pace

Huawei Matebook D16: Review © Huawei

On the left, the MateBook D16 offers an HDMI port and two USB Type-C sockets (version 3.2 Gen 1; also for charging the battery).

Battery life expandable

The battery runtimes are, however, expandable: The MateBook D16 managed 4 hours and 17 minutes while working without a “refueling stop” at the socket, while video playback lasted 5 hours and 21 minutes. These are not top values, but quite passable. Good: The processor did not develop any high temperatures even under full load, and the notebook did not get hot on the bottom (20.5 degrees) and back (12.9 degrees; difference to the ambient temperature). But under full load, the fan had to transport the waste heat loudly out of the case at high speeds (2.7 sone).

Test results
processor

AMD Ryzen 5 4600H

Graphics chip

AMD Radeon RX Vega 6

Display

16.1 inches (1920×1080 pixels)

Dimensions

37 x 23.4 x 2.1 centimeters

Weight

1,721 grams, power supply: 200 grams

Tempo with Office / Tempo in video editing

very fast (90.2%) / very fast (72.8%)

Game speed (1920×1080 pixels / 3840×2160 pixels)

very jerky (24/8 frames per second)

Accuracy of color representation /

Contrast /

Brightness distribution (deviation) /

Image change (reaction time)

very high (98.4%) /

high (1,106: 1) /

low (7.0%) /

somewhat long (13.2 ms)

Image quality (visual test on the display)

very high (no falsifications)

Battery life (work / video) / charging time

acceptable (4:17 / 5:21) / 2:04 hours

Noises (office / video / full load / games)

quiet (0.4 sone / 0.2 sone / 2.7 sone / 1.0 sone)

RAM (built-in / expandable to a maximum)

16 GB / not possible

Storage (size, type)

477 GB / Samsung MZVLB512HBJQ-00000

connections

1x headphone / microphone combo socket, 1x HDMI, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 type A, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 type C (also for charging) / yes

Radio links

WLAN-ax (2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.1

Using the keyboard /
of the touchpad

Little travel, good pressure point, retractable webcam in F-key row, fingerprint sensor in power switch / pleasant surface, easy and precise to use, difficult to click on the upper edge

Operation of the touch screen

unavailable

Current WLAN-ax



  • Very high pace of work
  • True-to-color, high-contrast display
  • Nothing for games
  • A bit noisy under full load

Huawei MateBook D16 in the test: conclusion

The MateBook D16 is another great notebook that Huawei is bringing onto the market: Although it does not work with the latest high-end technology, it still worked really quickly in the test. In addition, the display convinces with a high image quality, the equipment is complete with the exception of the missing memory card reader. The recommended retail price of 899 euros for the D16 is okay. Even more so at the start of sales: Customers will then receive the Huawei 23.8 “display free of charge – a good deal!

* The cheapest price may be higher in the meantime.

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