The Ryzen 5 3500U’s temperature is undoubtedly toasty with peak temps reaching 80c during our benchmark run. Despite the high temperature, the fans are near-silent for a 15-inch laptop, which suggests a very passive fan cooling profile. SSD and HDD temps are well within our expectations, with the former being slightly cooler than most laptop configurations.
If there’s one thing to dislike about the Matebook D15, it’s the abysmal 42Wh battery life. Our usual workload of 8 browser tabs, MS Word, MS Excel netted a battery life of only 3hours. That’s at a 100% brightness, and a tier lower in best performance found on the power option slider. Tuning down the brightness and setting the slider to the best battery life resulted in a 4.5-hour battery usage.
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.
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.