The chassis of the Thomson Evo M15 Evo is monolithic in style. It is a simple block with rounded corners. The edges are particularly marked and provide an unpleasant feeling when handling. The black coating of our test model is sandblasted with a Thomson logo in the upper right corner of the hood. We regret the sensitivity of the coating to fingerprints.
Opening the cover reveals a touch screen surmounted by a plate with an edge-to-edge finish. The tone-on-tone keyboard does not have a numeric keypad, but is backlit. Its upper perforations are not openings for the loudspeakers, but simple vents. The start button also takes place just to the right of the perforations. The keyboard is in fact placed a little more towards the front of the chassis, which leaves less room for the touchpad which is not very high – but of classic width.
In use, typing on the keyboard is comfortable and the stroke of the keys sufficient and well marked. On the side of the touchpad, the glide is fluid, and Windows gestures are perfectly taken into account. On the other hand, the left and right clicks sink a little too much for our taste.
The connectivity of the Thomson M15 Evo is well supplied. There are two ThunderBolt 4 ports which support data transmission, charging and DisplayPort protocol. Two USB ports (10 Gb / s), an HDMI 2.0 port and a mini-jack complete this almost perfect connection, which ultimately only lacks a memory card reader.
Unsurprisingly, wireless connectivity is entrusted to the Intel AX201 chip which supports wifi 6 at 2400 Mb/s and Bluetooth 5.2. The webcam has a 720p sensor and is compatible with Windows Hello thanks to its infrared sensors. The rendering is just fine in good light and becomes very noisy in a darker environment.
The cooling system of the Thomson M15 Evo is made up of two fans, two radiators and two heat pipes. Thomson (or Intel) saw large, which makes it possible to maintain very correct temperatures on the side of the keyboard. During our encoding test, we noted just under 41°C between the two fans at the 6 / F7 keys. The rest of the PC remains relatively cool: less than 30°C at each end of the keyboard and a little over 25°C at the touchpad.
Noise pollution is also low (34.8 dB in Normal mode) and is similar to a slight hiss, audible, but not to the point of disturbing your open-space neighbors. Performance and ventilation management is left entirely to Windows. Thus the Performance mode makes it possible to release the ventilation which is then much too reactive and noisy, for an anecdotal performance gain.
To access the interior of the Thomson M15 Evo, you must remove 7 Torx screws and gently unclip the shell. Once the cover is removed, the wifi card and the SSD are removable, while the RAM is soldered. The battery can also be replaced if necessary. Thomson gave us a repairability index of 7.5/10.
The Thomson M15 Evo has an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD; an 11th Gen Rocket Lake processor. and which therefore begins to date (end of 2020). It therefore does not benefit from the hybrid architecture introduced with the 12th gen Cores. and is content with 4 hyperthreaded cores that can reach 4.20 GHz and have an adjustable thermal envelope of 12 to 28 W.
It thus reaches a performance index of 78 which is beginning to pale in comparison to the competition.
However, the Thomson M15 Evo will handle office use without any problem. It’s when you ask it a little more, for example in photo editing or video processing, that it starts to be worth it. Fortunately, it is well helped by its Samsung PM9A1 SSD – equivalent to the 980 Pro – which reaches 6.36 GB / s in reading and 4.63 GB / s in writing.
For video game use, the integrated Iris Xe chipset does not perform miracles; you will have to settle for dated games or drastically lower the level of detail to obtain an acceptable frame rate.
The screen of the Thomson M15 Evo consists of a 15.6-inch touch screen with a definition of 1920 x 1080 px. Its integration is neat, especially with its glass panel and its thin borders – the lower border is a little wider.
Our probe measured a delta E of 2.7, less than 3 and therefore a guarantee of faithful colors. The color temperature (6737 K measured) is also close to the value of the video standard (6500 K). The contrast is also very good for an IPS panel (1469:1), although we are still very far from the perfect blacks of an Oled panel.
We simply regret the persistence which amounts to 30 ms, which results in a trail under the pointer or shadows when the windows are moved. Similarly, the panel’s reflectance is high (48.5% of reflected light) and the panel’s brightness (446 cd/m²) does not counter reflections, particularly outdoors.
Beware of Intel video drivers that have “Local adaptive contrast enhancement” enabled by default. Coupled with the light sensor placed next to the webcam, it increases the contrast when the computer is in a bright environment, especially when dark content is displayed. This option, designed before the arrival of dark mode, causes fonts to smudge and deteriorate color gradients by artificially increasing the contrast. So avoid…
Mobility / Autonomy
The Thomson M15 Evo displays fairly standard dimensions (35.5 x 23 cm) for a 15.6-inch PC. Its thickness is limited to 1.49 cm despite large non-slip pads. The weight of 1.65 kg is understood without the 330 g of the 65 W USB-C charger. The set can therefore be transported quite easily in a backpack.
The M15 Evo pulls out of the game thanks to a substantial autonomy: 10 h 17 min exactly on our usual protocol (screen at 200 cd / m², Netflix playback under Chrome). He will therefore be able to stay away from an outlet during a working day. The 73 Wh battery and the low processor consumption (28 W) are the artisans of this performance.
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