Huawei MateBook X
Hello, Guys! Today, I’m going to take a look at Huawei MateBook X review. Huawei is the world’s third-largest smartphone maker, and it built a Windows convertible last year that earned it a lot of love. This year, Huawei moves into laptops, and the result is a thin and light notebook that unlocks with a fingerprint, blows your ears off with super -sound, and even stands up to some spillage. Let’s get started-
This laptop weighs 2.3lbs or 1.05kg be exceptionally light. It also only has Type-C Port you have one on the left side and one on the right one is for power, one is for data and displays output neither have Thunderbolt 3 which is a bit of downer but still pretty nice to be a little bit more forward-thinking. Also, the device is just exceptionally thin. It essentially feels like a tablet which is pretty bizarre for a full laptop. In fact, the main deck is so thin, it can’t go any thinner otherwise they couldn’t put that 3.5mm headset jack. It’s absolutely an astonishing accomplishment. Now, it comes in three colors including space gray, gold and rose gold.
It is all-metal and it doesn’t creak too much but you can kind of hear a little creaking here and there which is probably the glue holding the display together. It is one of that thing that makes it a little bit not as quality as a Surface Pro or even a MacBook. Switching to the bottom here and going to notice a very clean design. You just have your rubber stops here and a couple screws so you can open it.
Fingerprint Scanner & Power Button-
You do have a power button over the Keyboard, pretty standard, except this one has a fingerprint reader built in and it works very well for Windows Hello. So, when you turn this one for the power you just touch it once it is going to hold onto that fingerprint and it’ll automatically log you in.
It’s 2160 by 1440 pixels IPS display. It gives you 200 pixels per inch, it is non-touch. It does have Corning Gorilla Glass 3 across the front which is very nice. The color representation is 100% SRGB and that does hold up in our tests. I also just really like the way this looks. It does have a little bit of glare to it but it’s definitely on the low end. This display I felt like, I could stare out for hours and never have any issues. You have got world’s thin bezel on a laptop and also that three to two aspect ratio makes the screen a little taller. Here you also get a 1-MP front facing the camera or it does not do very well, it’s not impressive.
You’ll see it is an edge to edge with no room to spare. It is a full-size keyboard that they jammed in here. It looks very much like HP Spectre’s Keyboard and I happen to like it a lot. Now, it’s not perfect. It has 1.2mm of travel. That’s a little bit shallow. Most laptops go for 1.3mm. So, it’s gonna be a little shallow on the travel side, but it’s overall very good. You do have three stage backlighting. It comes on automatically because there’s sensor there. Of course, you could also control it via the keyboard shortcut which is very nice. I have no issues typing on this and it felt very natural.
Coming onto the trackpad, you do have an ample size precision touchpad. So, you get all those Windows 10 gestures that we all love. And of course, sensitivity is just perfect. You can find tune it the way you like it. It is glass, too, so it feels great. Here is one thing I don’t like, which is that it does have a little bit tapping noise there. So, it’s not quite a rattle, but it’s a little bit, so you can get that on the ends there.
It has a 7th generation Intel Kaby Lake Core-i5 7200U and at 7th generation Intel Core i7 7500U. Speaking of heat doesn’t get very hot surprisingly, it stays about a 100 degrees Fahrenheit or a 38 degrees Celsius. It has 4 or 8 gigs of LDDR3 RAM which is pretty standard. I recommend, of course, the 8GB if you can afford it. There is no 16-gigabyte option which is a bit of a downside. But they are trying to keep their pricing and check here for storage you get 256GB or 512GB options that are with a PCIe SSD.
It has two speakers right up to the keyboard, Now, what makes this device really unique, they worked with Dolby. So, Dolby did two things with this device. They tuned the hardware, the actual speakers for their Dolby Atmos System. And the software is actually Dolby Atmos as well. It goes very loud, it doesn’t get distorted. Dolby did a great job tuning these to make sure that when voices are on the screen you’re gonna actually hear that. And due to the placement, this is pretty clever, you’re gonna get the sound bouncing off the display and at your face.
I get around 6, maybe 7 hours of battery life. That is definitely on the low end for 2017. Now, I didn’t really necessarily mind it. The trade off here of course is this is so thin it fits into a pocket in most bags. So, you got to weigh that and decide if that’s gonna be good for you. Now, it does have USB Type-C fast charge, so that helps there. And the charger itself is also very small.
The issue here is pricing. So, the Core i5 version with 256 gigs of storage and 8 gigs of RAM $1099. I actually find that right in line with most ultrabooks, and it is $200 lower than a similarly configured Surface Laptop. So, I actually find that very competitive. Now, the Core i7 version goes up to 1,299 and it gives you 512 gigs of storage. So, you got a weight that whether or not you think it’s worth it.
I think this is a great device for its price point, but it is premium hardware. So, overall, I recommend the Huawei MateBook X, but only for a specific group of users. I think if you’re looking for something for a light computing, you’re like doing word processing, some photo editing, this is your device. If you also like watching movies on the go, it’s an exceptional experience. That display and Audio, especially with headphones and Dolby Atmos, it just unparalleled. Huawei targeted a very specific group of users with this device, and I think they nailed it. Just remember this is not for everybody but for those who need it, they’ll definitely appreciate what Huawei has done.
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