Huawei MateBook X Pro review


Huawei has a new advanced laptop called Huawei MateBook X Pro (2020). That being said, the latest version is inside. The Chinese company has equipped its champion with the latest low-voltage Intel Core processors, updated Nvidia graphics, and so on.

Everything else is basically the same, let’s take a deep dive and see what makes the new MateBook X Pro really new and what doesn’t. Is it worth the considerable price of the request? Let us know

The MateBook X Pro with two processor options, both Intel Core 10th generation, introduces a new color path and brightens the interior. They are paired with 16GB of RAM, 512GB or 1TB of NVMe PCIe memory and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU.

The battery is still 56 watts and the screen is the same as the excellent 3000×2000 3: 2 IPS screen before, with 100% sRGB coverage and 450 nits brightness.

The Core i5 with 512 GB of storage is priced at € 1599, while the Core i7 with 1TB is priced at € 1899. The rest of the specifications are the same and our review unit is the second case.

Design


If you buy a space gray model, you will find it hard to just say that this is the embodiment of 2020. You can of course choose the variety of emerald green, in which case you will certainly be different from your office staff.

Today, due to the prevalence of COVID-19, work at home is becoming a big thing, the display factor may be minimized to some extent. With that said, we are happy to see brighter colors for laptops, something that has been a staple of the smartphone world for years now. Sure, it has black, gray, beautiful silver, and a professional look, but unfortunately it is also stale.

In terms of weight, it’s somewhere in the middle of your class. It is by no means the lightest, but it is not so heavy that transportation is allowed during the day.

The all-metal construction with a weight of 1.33 kg gives you a sense of quality, this weight is not so much that you want to tolerate it too much. The build quality is outstanding, we have nothing to complain about.

Maximum door opening angle Maximum door opening angle

Opening the hinge with a trick is achievable, but not super easy. Speaking of hinges, you can not even open the door up to 180 degrees, say 360. At this price, it is unfortunate.

Ports, input devices


The MateBook X Pro comes with two USB-C ports on the left (support for fast charging and DisplayPort) and a 3.5mm microphone / headphone jack. On the other hand you only get one USB-A 3.0 port and that’s it. Compromises had to be made to make the device thinner, but as you can see, this is less dangerous than some MacBooks.

The keyboard has a backlight and with the F3 key you can go through three different levels as well as the “off” mode. The backlight is good enough, but there is absolutely no custom for it, so keep this in mind.

These keys do not feel like they have a long journey, but they are probably enough for most people, although the browser likes to push more easily – as if they had less resistance to pressing. This is another important aspect of the keyboard feel, apart from the amount of travel.

While we rate the MateBook X Pro well for key trips, it’s a bit of a hassle, but obviously, you don’t care about any of these. The sound of the keyboard is not as annoying as the others, and it is also a little quieter, and the keyboard does not bend at all and feels very firm without any scratches – which, of course, at this price, as it should be.

Keyboard and touchpad Keyboard and touchpad

The touchpad is large, its center is simply highlighted. It feels great to the touch and the buttons click a lot (although some may dislike it).

The gestures on the laptop pad are perfectly fine, and all of this means that you may be much less on the mouse than other laptops, even if you are a “forever” mouse reviewer like this.

The fingerprint sensor is embedded in the power button and is firmly impacted. We want to recognize about 70% of the time of the first print, which is not too bad but not too good. Fingerprint scanners are also the only biometric security solution you can use with Windows because face scanning with Windows Hello is not supported.

And compared to capacitive fingerprint sensors in smartphones, for some reason, this one is just worse. Obviously, just not recognizing your finger on the first try is a big deal, but it can be annoying over time. Hopefully, new driver updates will fix this.

Display and sound


The IPS 13.9 “3: 2 3000×2000 touchscreen is definitely what stands out most in the MateBook X Pro. This was true for the first time, and is true today with the 2020 model as well.

The world of smartphones is doing its job, it has finally found its way into laptops over the last year or two, and we all love it.

The word “immersion” has been used a lot throughout the tech world, but it’s actually the best way to describe this page, and that’s thanks to its small margins, with a screen-to-body ratio of 91%, but Also because of the very good display, with 100% sRGB color space coverage.

The screen of the MateBook X Pro 2020 is bright and up to 450 nits, which means that it is definitely not impossible to use it outdoors on a sunny day, but unfortunately this will not be without frustration.

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Although it is clear, it is also very reflective, so you may have to fiddle with your position so that it does not distract you by reflecting on everything around you. We really hope that Huawei will make this model less reflective for this year’s model, because this type of reflector reduces high brightness to some extent.

The 3: 2 aspect ratio is still not very popular outside of several laptop manufacturers, including Microsoft (and obviously Huawei). Its proponents highlight the fact that it is better for office work than 16: 9 or 16:10, but it obviously goes up and down the big black bars when watching any kind of video content.

It also makes the page a little narrower than the 16: 9 14 page, which means that if you are used to having two windows side by side while working, it makes you feel a little tighter everywhere.

There is also an ambient light sensor that seems to have its own mind. We had to manually adjust the brightness settings because apparently the sensor could never hit the right spot.

This is personal, of course, so you may not be upset, and the good news is that if it gets too annoying, you can turn it off. Although this is a unique experience and it is very lively everywhere in the workplace, so while it is definitely a good thing to have it, it either needs more adjustments or it may be the ideal place and therefore not the most reliable.

Performance


The Core i7-10510U CPU in our unit is part of the Intel Comet Lake family, with a TDP of 15W at 1.8GHz, but can be adjusted up to 10W at 800MHz, a time that the MateBook X Pro offers when using the device in standby mode or with It definitely uses the least.

This processor has 4 cores and 8 strings with 8 MB of Intel smart cache. It supports DDR4 and LPDDR4, but Huawei decided to make it compatible with LPDDR3.

This part is still produced with a 14-nanometer process, although Intel is happy to add a few “+” signs to indicate that it is constantly improving. While this may be the case, AMD is using a 7nm process for its latest laptop APU design, and Intel’s move to anything less than 10nm is still consistently delayed.

The GeForce MX250 discrete graphics solution is Nvidia’s current option for this purpose, so you should not expect a miracle from it. It just means more graphics performance compared to what Intel Integrated Graphics has been able to do.

Performance has been good enough for us over time with the MateBook X Pro. The Core i7-10510U processor is Intel’s latest low-voltage hero, and needless to say, no sex tapes have occurred. 16 GB of RAM is enough for anyone who does not have a lot of video editing and works with a fully compatible processor to always keep things organized. Interestingly enough.

However, Windows in some scenarios – to select a few items on the desktop, then right-click, even stutter for a second.

Battery life


The most interesting thing about the battery life of the MateBook X Pro is its charger. no really. This is a one-size-fits-all job, and no two separate cables run into an inconvenient brick.

In that sense, it’s like a phone charger, and is actually about twice the average size of your phone’s electrical bricks. And then it charges the laptop via USB-C, there is no proprietary madness here.

This is a 65-watt unit and it also happily charges your smartphone. Its small size and lightweight make the MateBook X Pro no more portable than the one used by one of the other manufacturers’ massive electric bricks because when traveling with it, the overall weight (and occupied volume) of the adapter is reduced.

Now, the 56 watt battery life was quite good, you can easily leave a normal working day in this device. Because each person’s exact usage is different, it is difficult to put an exact number on it. Well, this is not very difficult, because it is very useless. 8 hours of internet browsing and office work is easily achievable and this is the standard that we have considered this computer because of its target audience.

Charging time is also very fast, so the entire battery life should not be a problem unless you always play – but why do you do this with the GeForce MX 250?

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Fair price
  • good performance
  • Excellent battery life

Cons

  • The webcam shoots your nose
  • Lack of ports

Specifications

  • Processor: Intel Core 1.6-GHz i5-8250U;1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U (Kaby Lake-R) (Core i7 as tested)
  • Memory: 8GB-16GB 2,133MHz LPDDR3 (16GB as tested)
  • Display: 13.9-inch IPS technology (3,000×2000)
  • Graphics: Intel UHD 620 (Integrated) + Nvidia GeForce MX150 w/2GB GDDR5 (MX150 not included on Core i5 model)
  • Storage: 256GB-512GB PCIe-NVMe SSD (512GB as tested)
  • Camera: Front: 1MP
  • Wireless: 802.11ac (2 x 2) & Bluetooth 4.1
  • Ports: One USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (power delivery, data transfer); one USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 (Thunderbolt, power delivery, data transfer); one USB 3.0 Type-A; headphone jack. MateDock 2 includes USB-A port, USB-C port, VGA and HDMI
  • Battery: 57.4Wh
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home
  • Dimensions: 11.97 x 8.54 x 0.57 inches (14.6mm)
  • Weight: 2.9 pounds, 3.34 pounds (with charger), 3.48 pounds with charger and hub (as measured)
  • Price: $1,199 (Core i5); $1,499 (Core i7)

Verdict


Since the introduction of the first MateBook X Pro, many more laptops have appeared with small margins, so looking at the MateBook X Pro 2020 up close may not have a “wow” effect in that regard. That being said, this design, while recycling, still makes the device look stunning.

Due to its compact footprint for an approximately 14-inch screen as well as the small USB-C charging brick, this portability is also difficult. The new MateBook X Pro is very good in terms of usability, the performance for the target market is excellent and the build quality is high and low.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is a popular product that can be compared to the Apple MateBook. It starts at € 1499, but with that cost, you get the eighth-generation Core i5, just 8GB of RAM, and just 256GB of storage. To upgrade to the 10th generation i5, matching RAM and Matebook memory (for the i5), you have to pay € 2198 versus € 1599 for Huawei. This is quite steep and you will also miss the touch screen.

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The HP Specter x360 puts a 360-degree hinge with a touch screen on the table, and for the same € 1899 price tag on the top-of-the-line MateBook, you’ll also get a more powerful Core i7-9750H processor. Better GeForce GTX1650 GPU, but only 512GB of space-saving.

So you can choose the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 from all the available options because it creates the right balance for you. If you want to have one of the best screens in the world of Windows laptops that has a high enough resolution while it is not 4K and still does not have a 3: 2 aspect ratio, this is a winner.

The laptop will also perform very well for ultrabook work. As long as you don’t throw heavy games at it or try to edit 4K movies for hours, you’ll be fine. Battery life is great for most uses, charging fast (and the bricks are small and light and can even charge your smartphone via USB-C), this software does not have any bloating and belly, many cases For MateBook.

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