The elegant casing of Huawei’s updated 16-inch notebook hides powerful hardware.
Around mid-summer, we reported on the arrival of Huawei’s new notebooks, including the MateBook D 16. Of course, there is no question of a “world novelty”, as the hardware has already been unveiled and even started to be sold in some regions, but the first shipments have only recently arrived on the European and Hungarian markets, so our test subject – with the exception of the keyboard – is identical to the copies sold in domestic stores .
Although the Chinese manufacturer’s name is primarily associated with mobile phones, it is no longer considered a new player in the notebook market, moreover, their introductory model, the MateBook X Pro, was excellent, and since then we have mostly concluded our tests of them with satisfaction. An exception to this was last year’s MateBook D 15, which was not a bad offer in itself, but it changed so little compared to its predecessor that most of the competition already surpassed it in the price/value competition, which was previously considered strong. Let’s take a look at the successor, the MateBook D 16, which not only has a slightly larger display, but also a new platform, an updated design and a different keyboard!
Ever since it left the circle of OEM manufacturers, Huawei has devoted itself almost entirely to the production of “quality” products. We don’t want to flatter them with this, but it is a fact that the company is trying very hard to launch devices with a premium appearance on the market. This can also be seen with the D 16, which is officially the cheapest member of the D series, yet it has a completely metal, perfectly designed casing, which is completely solid, with no visible bending, flexibility, whining or low-quality joints anywhere.
The 16″ display, which also appears in the name, dominates a very large portion of the front panel, since the IPS panel with 16:10 aspect ratio, 1920×1200 pixels has been passed into a 15.6″ size. This means that the size of the machine is 357 x 249 x 18 mm. and its weight is 1.7 kg – these are particularly good values in this size category!
With the exception of the very thin black frame around the screen (which finally includes the webcam at the top), the notebook is wrapped in medium gray, silky aluminum, and its hinge runs along almost the entire back. The resistance of this is a bit stronger than it should be, so we cannot open it and adjust the tilt angle of the panel with one hand – but in return it can hold the large display even while moving.
The wrist rest, as well as the area around the keyboard, is made of the already mentioned aluminum, which, due to its texture, is not prone to collecting fingerprints. The touchpad has been moved slightly to the left of the center line, and the keyboard with an extra numeric section does not leave much free space on either side of the lower part due to its width.
The first place where we will face savings is the connector range: although we are dealing with a 12th generation Intel platform, there is no TB4 that also requires the payment of a license fee, only USB 3.2 Gen1. True, there are three of them, two Type-C on the left side and one Type-A on the right side – here the second Type-A inexplicably only supports USB 2.0. Among the interfaces, there is no shortage of HDMI, there is also a combined audio connector, but no Ethernet. Regarding the Type-C sockets, it is important to know that they also perform the role of a charging port, so they are USB-PD compatible (the included adapter is also a 65-watt USB-PD model with a separate cable), and one of them also offers DP-Alt mode.
The lower part of the machine can be opened relatively easily after removing the screws, so expandability is theoretically possible. In practice, what we can do is very limited because only the SSD can be replaced, as the RAM and even the WLAN adapter were soldered to the motherboard. By the way, the picture also shows that this motherboard was originally designed for double-fan cooling – the larger model, the MateBook 16s, got it, but in the case of the D 16, a heat-conducting pipe, a fan and a fin fell victim to savings – this but, as we will see in the following, it was not without consequences!
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