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 give an unpleasant feeling when handling. The black coating on our test model is sandblasted with a Thomson logo in the top right corner of the hood. We apologize for the coating’s sensitivity to fingerprints.
Opening the cover reveals a touchscreen surmounted by a slab 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 speakers, but simple ventilation openings. The start button is also located just to the right of the perforations. The keyboard is located a little more towards the front of the chassis, which gives less space for the touchpad, which is not very high – but of classic width.
In use, it is comfortable to type on the keyboard, and the keystroke is sufficient and well marked. On the side of the touchpad, the sliding 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 connection options for the Thomson M15 Evo are 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 in the end only lacks a memory card reader.
Not surprisingly, 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 reproduction is perfectly fine in good light and becomes very noisy in darker surroundings.
The cooling system in the Thomson M15 Evo consists of two fans, two radiators and two heat pipes. Thomson (or Intel) saw big, which makes it possible to keep 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 stays relatively cool: less than 30°C at either end of the keyboard and just over 25°C at the touchpad.
The noise pollution is also low (34.8 dB in normal mode) and is like a slight hiss, audible but not to disturb your neighbors in the open space. Management of performance and ventilation is completely left to Windows. The performance mode thus makes it possible to release the ventilation, which is then overly reactive and noisy, for an anecdotal performance gain.
To access the interior of the Thomson M15 Evo, remove 7 Torx screws and carefully loosen the shell. Once the cover is removed, the wifi card and 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 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD; an 11th generation Rocket Lake processor. and which therefore begins to date (end of 2020). It therefore does not benefit from the hybrid architecture introduced with 12th gen Cores. and is satisfied 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 begins to pale in comparison to the competition.
However, the Thomson M15 Evo will handle office use without any problems. It’s when you ask a little more about it, for example in image 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/si read and 4.63 GB/si write.
For video game use, the integrated Iris Xe chipset doesn’t perform miracles; you’ll have to settle for dated games or drastically lower the detail level to achieve an acceptable frame rate.
The screen of the Thomson M15 Evo consists of a 15.6-inch touchscreen with a definition of 1920 x 1080 px. Its integration is nice, especially with its glass panel and its thin edges – the bottom edge is slightly 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 30ms, resulting in a trace under the cursor or shadows when the windows are moved. Correspondingly, the panel’s reflectance is high (48.5% of reflected light) and the panel’s brightness (446 cd/m²) does not counteract reflections, especially outdoors.
Beware of Intel video drivers that have “Local Adaptive Contrast Enhancement” enabled by default. Together with the light sensor located 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 smear and degrade color gradients by artificially increasing 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 significant autonomy: 10 h 17 min exactly on our usual protocol (200 cd / m² screen, 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 craftsmen behind this performance.