Thomson Evo laptop test: full of surprises

Thomson Evo laptop test: full of surprises

Editor rating: 4 out of 5

Building

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The blue bar only lights up when Alexa is tapped.

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The chassis of the Thomson Evo M15 Evo has a monolithic style. It is a simple block with rounded corners. The edges are specially marked and provide an unpleasant feeling when handling them. The black coating on 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.

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The Thomson M15 Evo is particularly understated.

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Opening the cover reveals a touch screen topped by a plate with an edge-to-edge finish. The tone-on-tone keyboard does not have a number pad, but it is backlit. Its top perforations are not speaker openings, but simple vents. The home button is also located just to the right of the perforations. In fact, the keyboard is positioned a bit more towards the front of the chassis, which leaves less room for the trackpad, which is not very tall, but has the classic width.

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The interior is as discreet as the exterior.

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In use, typing on the keyboard is comfortable and the keystroke is sufficient and well marked. On the touchpad side, the slide is fluid and Windows gestures are perfectly taken into account. On the other hand, the left and right clicks sink in a bit too much for our liking.

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The touchpad is not tall enough for a 15.6-inch laptop.

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The connectivity of the Thomson M15 Evo is well provided. There are two ThunderBolt 4 ports that 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 finally only lacks a memory card reader.

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The connectors are distributed on each side.

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As expected, wireless connectivity is entrusted to the Intel AX201 chip that supports Wi-Fi 6 at 2400 Mb/s and Bluetooth 5.2. The webcam has a 720p sensor and supports Windows Hello thanks to its infrared sensors. Rendering is fine in good light and gets very noisy in a darker environment.



In the shadow


with good light

The Thomson M15 Evo’s cooling system is made up of two fans, two radiators, and two heat pipes. Thomson (or Intel) saw big, which makes it possible to maintain very correct temperatures on the side of the keyboard. During our coding test, we noticed just under 41 °C between the two fans on the 6/F7 keys. The rest of the PC remains relatively cool: less than 30 °C at each end of the keyboard and just over 25 °C on the trackpad.
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 neighbors in the open space. Performance and ventilation management is left entirely to Windows. Thus, the Performance mode makes it possible to free the ventilation, which is then too reactive and noisy, for an anecdotal gain in performance.

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The temperature rise is contained.

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To access the inside of the Thomson M15 Evo, you need to remove 7 Torx screws and gently unclip the case. Once the cover is removed, the wifi card and SSD are removable, while the RAM is soldered on. The battery can also be replaced if necessary. Thomson gave us a repairability rating of 7.5/10.

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Only the SSD, wifi card and battery are replaceable.

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Editor Rating: 3 out of 5

Performance

The Thomson M15 Evo has an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD; an 11th generation Rocket Lake processor. and that therefore begins to date (end of 2020). Therefore, it does not benefit from the hybrid architecture introduced with the 12th generation Cores. and it settles for 4 hyperthreaded cores that can reach 4.20 GHz and have an adjustable thermal envelope from 12 to 28 W.

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Performance index (the bigger the better).

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It thus reaches a performance index of 78 that begins to pale in comparison to the competition.

However, the Thomson M15 Evo will handle office use without a problem. It’s when you ask for a little more, say in photo editing or video processing, that it starts to pay off. Fortunately, its Samsung PM9A1 SSD -equivalent to the 980 Pro- helps a lot, reaching 6.36 GB/s in reading and 4.63 GB/s in writing.

For gaming use, the integrated Iris Xe chipset doesn’t work miracles; You’ll have to settle for outdated games or drastically lower the detail level to get a decent frame rate.

Editor Rating: 3 out of 5

Screen

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 bottom edge is a bit wider.

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The panel’s glossy finish is prone to reflections.

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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 a long way from the perfect blacks of an OLED panel.
We just lament the persistence amounting to 30 ms, which results in trailing under the pointer or shadows when moving windows. Similarly, the reflectance of the panel is high (48.5% of reflected light) and the brightness of the panel (446 cd/m²) does not counteract reflections, especially outdoors.

Beware of Intel video drivers that have “Local Adaptive Contrast Enhancement” enabled by default. Along with the light sensor placed next to the webcam, it increases the contrast when the computer is in a bright environment, especially when displaying dark content. This option, designed before the advent of dark mode, makes fonts blotchy and deteriorates color gradients by artificially increasing contrast. So avoid…



Editor rating: 5 out of 5

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 the large non-slip pads. The weight of 1.65 kg is understood without the 330 g of the 65 W USB-C charger. Therefore, the set can be transported quite easily in a backpack.

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The 65 W charger is compact, but we could have managed without the mains cable.

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The M15 Evo gets out of the game thanks to a substantial autonomy: 10h 17min exactly in our usual protocol (screen at 200 cd/m², reading Netflix under Chrome). So you’ll be able to stay away from a power outlet during a business day. The 73 Wh battery and the low consumption of the processor (28 W) are the craftsmen of this performance.

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The Thomson Evo offers substantial autonomy.

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