Huawei MateBook X Pro
Hello, Guys! Today I’m going to take a look at the Huawei MateBook X Pro Review. Huawei has been making smartphones for a while now, but there is relatively no competitor in the whole laptop space. In the Era of Ultraportables and larger beefier workhorses, it’s hard to stand out from those that have been doing this for so long. But maybe the newcomer can bring some real innovation and inspire a little more competition in this old market. Though not without taking some cues from some other best in the class. So, here in this review, I’ll tell you the answer to the question- Is the Huawei MateBook X Pro an incredibly compelling laptop that’s worth your attention or just yet another MacBook Pro ripoff. So, Let’s start-
Design & Build: –
The MateBook X Pro comes in just under 3lbs, and it’s made out of an all-aluminium material that feels very premium. It’s built exceptionally well though there’s no getting around the fact that this thing looks almost like a carbon copy of a MacBook Pro. But what’s Apple’s high-end laptop is missing in some areas, the MateBook X Pro has especially when it comes to ports there are two USB Type-C ports on this machine with one of them being Thunderbolt 3 compatible and on the other side, there is a full-size USB-A Port.
To be honest, in my one month of testing I use the port only a handful times though I will say just knowing that I had it there gave me real peace of mind and it saved me the frustration of having to dig through my backpack to find that Type-A to Type-C dongle. Honestly, I appreciate this best of both worlds approach and despite what other manufacturers may say I don’t think it took away from the design or added any additional thickness.
Another thing I appreciate about the MateBook X Pro is that almost bezel-less display. The Huawei MateBook X Pro has a 91% screen to body ratio that gives you lots of room to navigate around and take advantage of all that screen resolution. The display is not 4K it comes in just under at a resolution of 3000 by 2000, so it’s more than like 3K. But it gets very bright, it’s got an excellent colour reproduction, and it’s also got a touch-screen which is super nice and convenient for the times that you need it. Movies, Games, Web browsing everything looks good on this display.
Though you will notice one, this is missing, and that’s the Webcam. While we did something special with the camera placement on MateBook X Pro instead of putting it under the screen or doing a notch design of the top. The Webcam lives built into a dedicated key on the keyboard, just press down on that key and the camera pops up, and it’s ready to use. It’s something that I’ve never seen done before, and it’s nice for those conscious of their design and especially in this day and age their privacy. But I have to say it to the angle flat out sucks, and there’s absolutely no way to adjust it. Webcam lives in a mechanical switch you can either have it open or closed there’s no in-between. Also if you are going to use that webcam, you’re going to sit away far back.
The Huawei MateBook X Pro has a fantastic keyboard. It’s so good that I did not want to stop typing on it. The keys are a chiclet style, and they’re very comfortable to type on, and it reminds me of that old MacBook Pro style keyboard which is an excellent thing. There’s a right amount of key travel, and the entire keyboard feels very spacious. It’s also spill proof, but luckily I haven’t had to test that yet.
The same story also goes to the trackpad below; it’s very spacious. It’s very smooth for navigating around the OS. It’s got multi-touch support, and it’s also significantly bigger than what you see on other laptops on this size and after using this thing for while I came to appreciate that extra trackpad space.
There’s also a Windows Hello compatible fingerprint reader built into the power button right above the keyboard. There’s not much to say about this it comes standard; it works well, it’s convenient and secure way to unlock and lock your machine. So, for a laptop that’s been such a strong performer overall.
I have to say I was pretty disappointed by the built-in speakers especially after how much Huawei has been hyping them up. To the companies credit, they are technically Dolby Atmos certified, and they do get very loud, but after listening to them for a quite a while, they honestly are comparable to every other pair of laptop speakers I’ve heard. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good enough for listening to music or watching YouTube videos but if you want to sit down and watch something for an extended period or listen to music do yourself a favour get a pair of good headphones or a Bluetooth speaker. It’s going to be much better than the built-in speakers.
When it comes to performance, the Huawei MateBook X Pro can hold its own against others in this class. It has Intel 8th Gen processor inside and our unit is explicitly packed with an i7 8550U, 16 gigs of RAM and a 512-gigabyte NVMe SSD. You’re getting an i7 though it is worth noting that it’s running at a slower clock speed of 1.8GHz, honestly for a thin and light laptop you’re not going to get desktop level power. But if you keep your expectations realistic you’ll be pleased with the performance, you’re able to get out of the sink, and it’s an i7 so it can handle multitasking very well. Day-to-day usage of the standard sub email, web browsing, watching videos it’s going to run on this machine without any issues. It can also handle 4K video editing in the premiere at full quality playback without dropping frames which is excellent, and you can even do a little gaming.
Well, it has the dedicated GPU built-in it’s an Nvidia MX 150, and it does not close to delivering the power of a desktop level GPU but having two gigs of dedicated video RAM built into this laptop especially laptop of this size is excellent. Don’t expect it’s extraordinary but turn down your settings to medium or low depending on the game and you can get games running at a very playable framerate.
I know many of you are curious about the battery on the MateBook X Pro and I’ll say that I came in the right in the middle of the pack which is fine. I got a very respectable 7 to 8 hours of battery life on average during my testing. During the one month I used it, I was able to make it through an ordinary day work or a day of classes at school fine. As long as I wasn’t doing anything super CPU intensive as a complete package the MateBook X Pro is giving you a lot to consider.
You’ll need to get over the fact it looks like a MacBook Pro because it does but once you do you can enjoy a beautifully designed and a well-made machine. It’s a very compelling package, and the pricing or availability is a little up and down now, Huawei says this machine is coming to the US, but we don’t know when we also don’t know the exact pricing will be when it does happen from overseas. The MateBook X Pro is price over in Europe at 1500 euros which are about equivalent to 1800 US dollars.
There is in no way an insignificant amount of money, and you’re getting an Ultrabook that has some shortcomings, but as a second attempt from a newcomer in this space I say give it some serious thought in consideration. It is by no means the laptop for every day but for those looking for a midsize lightweight laptop that has a little pep in its step you’ll be delighted.
So, what do you guys think of Huawei’s latest laptop?
Is the camera placement on this thing innovative and very interesting or is it annoying and looking at you from the worst possible and leave a comment down below and let us know.