The Huawei D16 fully incorporates the design of Honor’s MagicBook Pro, except for the chrome logo of course. The monolithic alloy chassis is slightly dark.
Once opened, we discover a keyboard without a numeric keypad, centered on the shell, with large perforated black bands on each side. These hide the speakers and the start button decked out with a fingerprint reader, very responsive by the way.
The keyboard of the Honor model seems to have been revised. The typing is pleasant and the stroke of the keys sufficiently long. The presence of loudspeakers on either side of the keyboard disturbs the natural positioning of the hands and fingers, the little ones tending to regard these loudspeakers as keys; it will take time to adapt.
The sliding of the 12 cm wide touchpad is pleasant. Windows 10 gestures are well recognized and the bottom corners are firm enough. Huawei had the good idea to integrate the NFC tag to synchronize his phone with the Huawei Share application in the touchpad. Previously, this tag was stuck on the shell, some users took it off for aesthetic reasons, which made pairing impossible. The intention is laudable, but the Huawei Share function is only compatible with the brand’s smartphones …
The connection consists of two USB-A 3.2 ports and a headphone / microphone combo socket on the right side; there are two USB Type-C ports and an HDMI port on the left edge. The USB-C ports are used for charging the device and can charge a device even if the PC is turned off. It is also possible to connect a DisplayPort screen to it.
Network connectivity is provided by an Intel AX200 chip which allows the MateBook D16 to benefit from Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. As a reminder, the Honor version was only compatible with Wi-Fi 5. The RJ45 socket is absent despite the size of the chassis, a somewhat regrettable point for a PC with a sedentary aim.
As with all Huawei models, the webcam is integrated into the keyboard between the F6 and F7 keys. The lens pops out with a single push. Its definition of 720p is just correct and the angle of view is really not flattering. Not to mention that you will mainly see your fingers if you use the keyboard.
The cooling of the MateBook D16 is efficient. We measured a maximum temperature of 38.3 ° C on the keyboard after our encoding test of about 15 min. Suffice to say that your fingers will not suffer. Hot spots are located on either side of the hinge and at the “R” key on the keyboard.
Regarding noise pollution, we noted a maximum of 39.5 dB during our encoding session. However, while it is large, the noise generated is not aggressive – no hissing, for example. In play, the nuisances are less important (34.8 dB measured); the breath is audible when you are in front of the machine, but inaudible in a neighboring room with the door open.
To access the components, you need a Torx screwdriver to remove the 10 screws that hold the cover. You must then gently unclip the cover with an opening pick – otherwise the cover will stay in place.
Huawei has chosen a battery that occupies only two thirds of the width of the PC. He could have taken advantage of this free space to offer a larger battery, and therefore a much greater autonomy.
Good news, the SSD and the Wi-Fi card are easily accessible and a second M.2 port is even present. However, you will need to obtain a fixing screw. Bad news, the RAM is soldered and can not be changed or increased.
The screen consists of a matte IPS panel with 4.9mm borders, except on the lower part. Huawei also announces an occupancy ratio of 90%, compared to the size of the chassis. For our part, we measured 83% of screen occupancy, far from the 92% of the MateBook X Pro.
The colors are particularly well transcribed, since we have measured a Delta E of 1; As a reminder, the eye can no longer distinguish drifts when the Delta E is less than 3. The color temperature is also very good (6582 K measured) and very close to the 6550 K of the video standard.
On the other hand, the contrast would have deserved to be a little higher. Measured at 1284: 1, it falls short of the average for the computers tested (1438: 1). Finally, afterglow (17 ms) and maximum brightness (343 cd / m²) are just average for the computers tested.
Even if the MateBook D16 does not stand out for its brightness, it is not very sensitive to glare thanks to a powerful anti-glare coating. We thus measured an average reflectance of 19%, well below the average reflectance of the computers tested (31.8%).
The speakers of the Huawei MateBook D16 are at first glance the same as those of the Honor MagicBook Pro. And unfortunately for the Huawei, that’s not a good point. The size of the grids around the keyboard, however, suggested that the sound part of the MateBook D16 would be up to par, especially for multimedia use, but it is not.
Listening, the sound volume is a bit tight, but it makes the shell vibrate at full volume. There is also a glaring lack of bass and high mids. The Apple MacBook Air being our yardstick, it is clear that the Huawei MateBook D16 is far behind it, whether in terms of sound volume or quality. We expected much better from a laptop of this size.
We will not dwell on the headphone jack which is average of what we usually test. The output level is even above the average, while on the contrary the crosstalk is higher than the average.
The 56 Wh battery allows the Huawei MateBook D16 to reach an autonomy of 8 h 40 min with our test protocol (Netflix under Chrome, brightness at 200 cd / m² and volume at 50%). We note the presence of the fast charge allowing to recover 2 hours of autonomy in 15 minutes of charging, as well as the possibility of recharging its peripherals via the USB-C ports when the computer is off.
Huawei announces “a 16.1-inch panel in a 15.6-inch chassis“and the promise of a small footprint is kept. The MateBook D16 measures 36.7 x 23.3 cm by 1.8 cm thick. We compared the dimensions of the MateBook D16 with other 15.6 inches, and to within a few millimeters, the dimensions are similar.
The weight of the MateBook D16 is 1.73 kg on our scale. With the 65 W charger this brings the whole to 1.95 kg. A completely reasonable weight for trips, even regular ones.