Review Huawei MateBook D 15 (MRC-W10): a cheap laptop for school and work

With the first version MateBook D you could meet in 2017 — we have dedicated this model a separate material. Then Alexander Babulin called it very simply — the classic Board laptop. And do not argue with a colleague: you are strict, but nice looking “tag”. In this article, we are closely acquainted with the version of 2019, which just went on sale in Russia.

Huawei MateBook D

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Specifications, equipment and

In selling you will encounter two versions of the Huawei MateBook D — MRC and MRC W10-W50. Both use a 4-core chip Core i5-8250U, and a more advanced version differs from the less advanced available graphics GeForce MX150. Other similarities and differences “Makbukov” in the table.

Huawei MateBook D 15
Display 15,6″, 1920 × 1080, IPS, matte
The CPU Intel Core i5-8250U, 4/8 cores/threads, and 1.6 (3,4) GHz, 10 watts
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 620 (MRC-W10)
Intel HD Graphics 620 + NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2 GB (MRC-W50)
RAM 8 GB DDR4-2400, single channel
SSD 256 or 512 GB, SATA 6 GB/s
Interfaces 2 × USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1 × USB 2.0 Type-A
1 × 3.5 mm mini Jack acoustics/microphone
1 × HDMI
Built-in battery 43,3 W·h
External power supply 65W
Dimensions 358 × 239 × 17 mm
Weight 1.9 kg
Operating system Windows 10 x64 Home
Guarantee No data
Price in Russia 51 990 rubles for a test model

For testing we came to the version of MRC-W10. In this laptop, in addition to the Core i5-8250U, uses 8 GB of RAM standard DDR4-2400 and SATA SSD 256 GB. Discrete graphics in it. Is this the model 51 990 rubles. Wireless network device implemented by the controller Intel 8265, which supports IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and a maximum bandwidth of up to 867 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.1.

Complete with Huawei MateBook D comes very compact and handy power supply capacity of 65 watts. It weighs only 200 grams, and therefore will not take much space in your bag and not much will aggravate it.

Appearance

I new Huawei very much like it in appearance. Strict, stylish design and, as they say, nothing more. The color of the dark version of the company called “space grey”, but in the sale you will be met and “mystic silver” version of the MateBook D. Choose the one you like best. The case MateBook D made entirely of aluminum alloy — great to see the metal in the laptop costing little more than 50 thousand rubles. The build quality, in my opinion, very hard to find fault — the device is tailored well, there is nothing to add.

 

With one hand the lid will not open — too tight of a loop are used in the design of the device. But they clearly record the cover in the open state. It reveals a maximum of approximately 130 degrees.

MateBook D weighs less than two pounds, and this version looks better than, say, some budget gaming laptop if you are always the right “tag”. For example, the mass of the ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DY is 2.2 kg — not including polukilogrammovy power supply. The thickness of the “Matuka” — only 17 mm. In General, before you nice and compact camping option — so, in fact, I took him to the category of “laptops for learning”.

Screen MateBook D is 83 % of the total area of the cover. And no wonder: the side frame is fairly slim — 6 mm. the Upper and lower frame has a significantly more — well, okay.


All major interfaces of the laptop is located on the sides. On the left you can see the port for the power connection, HDMI output, two USB 3.1 Gen1 A-type and a 3.5 mm headphone Jack. On the right there is only a USB 2.0 connector is also A-type. Unfortunately, MateBook D have no card reader, but otherwise this set of ports is more than enough to comfortably use the device.

Keyboard MateBook D in terms of the layout brings back memories of recently tested models MSI P65 Creator 9SF: digital block no, and the rightmost column is the keys Del, Home, PgUp, PgDn, and End. I have to have ergonomics already accustomed to, so to write this article on “Matbucha” was very comfortable. Pressing the keys is clear and noiseless.

However, the buttons on the laptop are deprived of illumination, and this is a problem if you frequently work in the evening without the use of artificial lighting.

Touchpad have MateBook D — small, but no complaints. The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures to Windows and handwriting.

Web camera test laptop is running in 720p resolution when vertical frequency of 30 Hz. Good image quality from it is really only when you are in a room with good, bright lighting.

The internal structure and capabilities upgrade

In theory, the test sample is very simple understand — Unscrew the eight screws and carefully remove the bottom. But that’s something did not work — the bottom panel refused to break away, and break the test equipment is not included in the rules of the laboratory 3DNews. So in terms of the internal structure at this time will have to be limited to theory.

Have you paid attention to the fact that both versions of the laptop are equipped with only 8 GB of RAM. However, intelligence reports that the model is equipped with two SO-DIMM slots, one of which includes a module DDR4-2400. I’m sure with time will be absolutely not superfluous to install in this laptop another the same die memory — unless, of course, you will be more successful than we, in the matter of getting inside.

In MateBook D to replace the SSD. In the test model installed SATA drive form factor 2280 256 GB.

As for cooling, for heat removal from the CPU responds with a simple cooler that consists of a single heat pipes and one fan tangential type. In the second part of the article we will examine the effectiveness of its work.

Testing methodology

So in our version of the laptop — MRC-W10 — use integrated CPU graphics, then to test the device in a modern AAA projects using high graphic settings makes no sense. In principle, it makes no sense and in General to test MateBook D in games, and all in Full HD we have launched World of Tanks 1.0 (built-in benchmark, minimum graphic quality).

Gaming performance was determined using the well known program FRAPS. With its help we get the render time of each frame. Then, using FRAFS Bench Viewer utility is calculated not only the average FPS, but the 99th percentile. Using the 99th percentile instead of the minimum of the number of frames per second due to the desire to clear the results from the random bursts of productivity that was triggered not directly associated with the operation of the main components of the platform causes.

Performance measurement of CPU and memory was undertaken using the following software:

  • Corona 1.3. To test the speed of rendering using the same rendering. To measure the speed of constructing a standard BTR scenes used for measuring performance.
  • WinRAR 5.40. Archiving folders with a volume of 11 GB with different data format RAR5 and with the maximum degree of compression.
  • Blender 2.79. Determination of the speed of the final rendering in one of the most popular free package for creating three-dimensional graphics. Measured the duration of the construction of the final model from Blender Cycles Benchmark rev4.
  • x265 HD Benchmark. Test the speed of transcoding video in the perspective format: H. 265/HEVC. The table shows the arithmetic average after four runs.
  • CINEBENCH R15. Measurement of performance photorealistic three-dimensional rendering and animation package CINEMA 4D-test the CPU. The table shows the arithmetic average after 5 runs.

The test display was carried out using the colorimeter X-Rite i1Display Pro and HCFR application.

The time of the laptop battery is tested in three modes. The first version of the load — surfing the web — involves alternately opening and closing tabs sites 3DNews.ru, Computeruniverse.ru and Unsplash.com with an interval of 30 seconds. For this test, use the Google Chrome browser with enabled options “Block data and cookies third party sites and Not allow websites to store data”. In the second mode, plays the video format is x265 (HEVC) standard player Windows 10 with an activated snooze function. In all cases, exhibited the same display brightness 200 CD/m2.

For comparison in the tests presents results for the following laptops:

The test
Model Screen Processor RAM Graphics Drive Battery
HUAWEI MateBook X Pro 13,9″, 3000 × 2000, LTPS Intel Core i5-8250U, 4/8 cores/threads, and 1.6 (3,4) GHz, 15 W 8 GB DDR3-2133 dual-channel HD 620 + GeForce MX150 SSD, 256 GB, PCI Express 3.0 x4 57,4 W⋅h
MSI PS42 8RB 14″, 1920 × 1080, IPS Intel Core i7-8550U, 4/8 cores/threads, 1,8 (4,0) GHz, 15 W 16 GB, DDR3-2133, single channel HD 620 + GeForce MX150 SSD, 512 GB, PCI Express 3.0 x4 50 W⋅h
ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433FN 14″, 1920 × 1080, IPS Intel Core i7-8565U, 4/8 cores/threads, 1.8 m (4,6) GHz, 15 W 16 GB, DDR3-2133, single channel HD 620 + GeForce MX150 SSD, 512 GB, PCI Express 3.0 x2 50 W⋅h
ASUS ZenBook S13 UX392FA 13,9″, 1920 × 1080, IPS Intel Core i7-8565U, 4/8 cores/threads, 1.8 m (4,6) GHz, 15 W 16 GB DDR3-2133 HD 620 SSD 1TB PCI Express 3.0 x4 50 W⋅h
Huawei MateBook D 15 (MRC-W10) 15,6″, 1920 × 1080, IPS Intel Core i5-8250U, 4/8 cores/threads, and 1.6 (3,4) GHz, 15 W 8 GB, DDR3-2400, single channel HD 620 SSD, 256 GB, SATA 6 GB/s 43,3 W⋅h

Display and sound

In the test laptop has IPS-matrix with a matte finish. In terms of the quality of the display is average and Huawei itself does not hide. So, the manufacturer claims that the color gamut matrix corresponds to 45 % of NTSC.

Screen MateBook D was not very bright. The minimum luminance is 5 CD/m2, a maximum of 257 CD/m2. Well, that display features anti-glare. The contrast of IPS-matrix is 918:1 — index is also not a record, but even this level is enough to enjoy to watch the video on the laptop.

Gamma

 

Color gamut

 

Color temperature

The color temperature of the screen is consistently kept slightly above the reference value of 6500 K, and it corresponds to the standard gamma value of 2.2. In the end, the average deviation for grey scale was 4.17 with a maximum value of 10.6 is the average for a laptop of matrices. In the test ColorCheker using 24 color pattern, the average error was of 3.52. Of course, given the errors we did not get 100% coverage of standard sRGB triangle is noticeably compressed, its area is just under 70% of reference values.

As with other IPS matrices from the Glow-effect will not go away: it is clearly visible on a black field, but with colored images almost do not notice it. But there is no PWM, or its frequency is too high for the human eye would notice. So the use of LED lighting can be classified as Flicker-Free solutions throughout the operating range. Stated viewing angles — 178 degrees vertically and horizontally — are true.

In General one should not expect from a laptop this price category perfect pictures. Matrix quite well copes with its task, providing comfortable work in office applications, surfing the web and watching videos.

Stock volume from the speakers MateBook D is pretty decent. And importantly, it sounds the laptop is clean, without wheezing and other “garbage”. The upper frequency is not observed, so any music sounds pretty flat. The bass is there, but he’s what you call choking.

Temperature, frequency and noise

Our test laboratory has studied a variety of computers with chips families Refresh Kaby Lake and Whiskey Lake, including the fact that we focus much on this category as ultrabooks. Therefore, the potential 4-core chip Core i5-8250U readers 3DNews well known. In particular, the same processor used in the model MateBook X Pro — one of the best ultrabooks 2018.

Let me remind you, the frequency of this chip varies in a large range, but when loading all four cores should be 3.4 GHz — so does the technology Turbo Boost. However, the TDP Core i5-8250U default is only 15 watts, so we have not seen a single laptop with Refresh Kaby Lake and Whiskey Lake, which really would work at this frequency.

In MateBook D TDP level was even below the manufacturer further reduced it to 5 watts. Such a maneuver is acceptable within the specifications of the Refresh Kaby Lake and Whiskey Lake. As a result, for example, in LinX 0.7.0 frequency 4-core dropped to 1.1 GHz — that is, we are seeing the throttle at 500 MHz. Such a deficit in megahertz, of course, associated with a decrease in the calculated heat capacity.

Apparently, the creators of the notebook felt that in this particular model at the forefront should be a low noise, cooling and energy efficiency of the laptop. Indeed, if you look at the indicators Core i5-8250U, its hottest core in LinX heated max to 65 degrees Celsius. But LinX is a program which is very strongly loads the CPU, in most cases, the ultrabook will not be used in such conditions. The noise level of the laptop, measured from a distance of 30 centimeters, does not exceed 36 dBA is very quiet.

Another example: video rendering in Adobe Premier Pro 2019 by the processor on the 1.7 GHz — Turbo Boost works, but not at full strength. In other multithreaded applications, the frequency of the Core i5-8250U used in the “Matbucha”, up to 2.3 GHz.

The performance of the CPU, memory, and disk subsystem

Lowering the operating frequency affected the performance MateBook D. besides 8 GB of RAM in my laptop and work in single channel mode.

  Intel Core i5-8250U [HUAWEI MateBook X Pro] Intel Core i7-8550U [MSI 8RB PS42] Intel Core i7-8565U [ASUS ZenBook UX433FN 14] Intel Core i7-8565U [ASUS ZenBook S13 UX392FA] Intel Core i5-8250U [Huawei MateBook D 15]
Corona 1.3, with (less — better) 435 416 373 361 417
WinRAR 5.40, with (less — better) 764 586 523 536 638
Blender 2.76, with (less — better) 353 346 340 293 359
x265 HD Benchmark, FPS (higher is better) 9,9 9,95 Of 10.96 Of 11.36 10,3
CINEBENCH R15, scores (more is better) 530 524 583 565 500

As we already know, solid state drive works in mode SATA 6 GB/s, and therefore cannot boast of high speeds, when compared with representatives of NVMe. Sequential read and write this SSD holds at speeds of up to 530 MB/s.

The performance of the SSD

Graphics performance

Testing MateBook D in the graphics benchmarks don’t make much sense, as our test version lacks GeForce MX150. Even if it were otherwise, we have the example of the same MateBook X Pro know that this SE in Full HD resolution pulls the modern games mainly when you turn on the low graphics quality settings (and even then not always).

The performance of the integrated video Core i5-8520U (UHD 620) enough to run the most undemanding games. For example, if the minimum quality of graphics I was able to receive an average of 111 FPS in the “Tanks.” The minimum frame rate was 59 fps to play, in General.

If you need a ultrabook with GeForce MX150, it is necessary to take model MRC-W50.

Work offline

The laptop has a lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 43.3 W⋅h. According to internal tests of the manufacturer, the notebook can last up to eight and a half hours in video playback. Our tests showed that when the display brightness ~200 CD/m2 the laptop worked for more than six and a half hours. Well, to Huawei very hard to believe — it is necessary only to reduce the brightness of the screen. In General, the endurance MateBook D can be described by the word “worthy.”

Off ultrabook battery is fully charged in 2 hours. While the battery is charging 60% in 1 hour.

Time battery life, 200 CD/m2
Web (open tabs in Google Chrome) 6 h 40 min
View the video (x265, HEVC, 4K) 6 h 26 min

Insights

At Huawei MateBook D 15 was a lot of pluses. The laptop is assembled in a great metal case is quite rare among the models value of 50 000-55, 000 and below. The build quality of the laptop, I have no complaints. Yes, the processor is in MateBook D cut at the TDP, and therefore operates at lower frequencies than other 15-inch models, however, this act of Huawei engineers have turned their device on in a very quiet and cool solution. And I really liked that version tested the “Matbucha” very long running on a single battery charge. The “tag” along with the power pack weighs just over two pounds.

Disadvantages MateBook D too. Well, or rather shortcomings. These include, for example, the lack of keyboard backlighting. I must admit that for some users, this design feature of the laptop will be critical, others will not even notice it. Well, I would like to see in the laptop card reader to carry in a backpack as little as possible for accessories.

In General, the front of you laptop which, as I said, fully fit the definition of workhorse. Its performance and functionality enough to consume Internet content and to study or work with documents. And more from MateBook D is not required.

Source: 3dnews.ru

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