Huawei uses an eco-friendly packaging design with a brown carton-box. There’s only a printed outline of the Matebook D 15 together with the Huawei logo, which also the only thing printed on the other side of the box. I guess Huawei decided to save a few bucks in the packaging.

Huawei Matebook D, Huawei Matebook D 15 Review, Gadget Pilipinas, Gadget Pilipinas

Huawei opted for the most minimalist design they could incorporate on a laptop. A gray-toned aluminum finish with a Huawei logo in a darker shade. A lot of you could associate the laptop’s simple design with Apple’s or Xiaomi’s. But Huawei chooses the color to remain distinct and still feel premium over its doppelgangers.

Ports selection on the Matebook D 15 is inadequate, especially for a 15-inch device. There’s a total of three(3) USB 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, and a USB-C port that serves as a charging port. Unfortunately, the USB-C port doesn’t support Thunderbolt, so you’ll lose its connectivity when the Matebook D requires charging.

The Huawei Matebook D’s FullView display supports a near-180 degree tilt for an ergonomic experience.

Huawei Matebook D, Huawei Matebook D 15 Review, Gadget Pilipinas, Gadget Pilipinas

The trackpad uses windows precision drivers for accurate tracking. Its size is just right for a 15-inch laptop though a little more couldn’t hurt.

The color blocking and font choice of the Matebook D closely resembles the Apple Macbook’s fingerprint. There’s nothing to complain about Huawei’s layout choice except for the lack of keyboard backlighting. The power button is located outside the keyboard area and also acts as a fingerprint reader.

The keyboard uses a membrane chiclet-style switches similar to what Lenovo is using on their yoga series. Actuation and bottom-out force feel right, and the key spacing is even with not awkward key-sizing.

The keen-eyed among you immediately noticed an unusual key placement in an almost perfect keyboard layout of the Huawei Matebook D. Huawei opted to use a pop-up camera instead of the conventional display integration on either the top or bottom bezel of the full-view display.

The camera uses a spring-based pop-up mechanism. While it provides privacy and a cleaner overall look, there’s a trade-off in camera quality. The camera angle is ideal for any video calls, whether it be personal or business-related.

Huawei Matebook D, Huawei Matebook D 15 Review, Gadget Pilipinas, Gadget Pilipinas
Huawei Matebook D 15 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Huawei Share is an exclusive feature found only on Huawei devices. Similar to Apple’s airdrop, Huawei Share is a wireless sharing feature to seamlessly transfer files in the Huawei ecosystem. The integration of Huawei Share in the Matebook D makes it a bonus for Huawei phone users to grab this laptop.

Huawei Matebook D, Huawei Matebook D 15 Review, Gadget Pilipinas, Gadget Pilipinas
Huawei Matebook D 15 Review
Our Verdict
Huawei's previous Matebooks disrupted the market by offering superb performance and quality. At the price of Php 38,000, Huawei breaks the barrier of 15-inch premium and entry-level laptops with the Matebook D 15 sporting all the must-haves without the unnecessary nice to haves. It is merely a premium-looking notebook that can get simple tasks done without any drawbacks found on a regular office laptop. The Matebook D 15 is an easy recommendation for users who want the portability of a thin laptop but with the perk of having a bigger screen real estate to work at. If you find its performance lacking for your workload, then the second iteration of the Matebook D 15 featuring 4th gen Ryzen processors is something to look forward to in the future.
Build Quality
9.3
Performance
7.6
Functionality
8.5
Battery Life
8.2
Price
9.3
Reader Rating87 Votes
5.9
What's Good
Premium Build Quality
SSD+HDD Combo
Aesthetics
Stealth Camera
Competitive Pricing
What's Not
CPU Performance
Thermals
Camera Angle
Lack of Ports
8.6
PC Reviews Lead at Gadget Pilipinas | Website

Grant is a Financial Management graduate at UST. His passion for gadgets and tech crossed him over in the industry where he could apply his knowledge as an enthusiast and in-depth analytic skills as a Finance Major. His passion allows him to earn at the same time help Gadget Pilipinas' readers in making smart, value-based decisions and purchases with his reviews and guides.