We definitely did not expect this, but the city has a new best laptop: Huawei MateBook X Pro. This notebook, which is in the greatest demand, has conquered us so much that now it takes one of the highest places in our best shopping guides.
With the Huawei MateBook X Pro, we get the fastest, most luxurious, and most durable laptop we’ve seen since the Dell XPS 13. We must admit that Huawei did this by emulating trendsetters quite correctly, but not one of its predecessors came close to that. balance of function and form. And yes, the Huawei MateBook X Pro is expensive, but the math works in favor of Huawei, offering features that few of its closest competitors can put together at a reasonable price. Now let’s get into it.
Price and Availability
We’ve been patiently waiting for months, but the Huawei MateBook X Pro arrives – you’re expecting $ 1,199 (£ 1299, about $ 1,650) to start with the 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD. From there, your next option is to increase the specification to double the amount of available storage and memory and add a graphical option to the MX150 GPU for $ 1,499 (1,499 pounds or about 1,999 Australian dollars).
At these prices, the MateBook X Pro reviewed here looks like a real deal next to the most expensive 13-inch MacBook Pro configuration, which costs $ 2,299 (£ 2,219, $ 3,479). Meanwhile, the XPS 13 also wins easily in value terms, priced at $ 1,999 (£ 1,649), which matches the most expensive MateBook X Pro configuration — and only takes up half of the storage space.
The design of the MateBook X Pro retains the first-class feel of its predecessor, thanks to its one-piece aluminum design with diamond edges and sandblasting. This leads to the fact that the laptop certainly looks luxurious – and feels the same. When the MateBook X Pro is closed, its thickness is only 4.9 mm (0.19 inches) and the thickest is 14.6 mm (0.57 inches). At the same time, it weighs only 1.33 kg (2.93 lbs), which, according to Huawei, is lighter than 1.35 kg in the MacBook Air. It is clear that this is a thin and fairly light laptop that is convenient to carry. Again, the MateBook X Pro comes in two colors, Space Gray and Mystic Silver, and both look great close up. Of course, you need to get the most expensive version if you want this silver color – at least in the USA.
There is a full-size backlit keyboard and waterproof, although I would like the backlight to have more precise control than several brightness levels. However, the course of these keys is deep enough for the terribly thin profile of the laptop, and they are sharp enough when they return from the press, so as to practically not study on other premium laptops, namely the MacBook. Under the deep and elegant keyboard lies a large trackpad, which, according to Huawei, is the largest of those found on a 14-inch laptop. After some use, we can safely say that
The 13.9-inch IPS (flip-flop) screen now has an impressively thin 4.4 mm frame around it. This reduces the overall size of the laptop to 12 inches wide. Huawei claims the MateBook X Pro is the world’s first FullView laptop with a 91% screen-to-body ratio.
At this point, in combination with the graphics of the Nvidia MX 150, we have a laptop that is ready to take on almost any important task, except for editing and rendering 4K media files. The laptop copes quite well with the Dell XPS 13 with comparable specifications, surpassing the single-core Geekbench 4 and being within the margin of error for most other tests.
As for the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the MateBook X Pro easily crushed it in our Geekbench 4 and Cinebench tests, proving how much stronger the leading Apple laptop would have been if it had been waiting for the 8th generation Intel processors a little longer. Meanwhile, the specialized MateBook X Pro graphics chip means that it can handle multimedia editing and render better than any competing device without any problems. In short, the more consistent power profile in the MateBook X Pro makes it perhaps an even more attractive alternative to the Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Pro in terms of performance, which is an amazing event.
Victories do not end there. The MateBook X Pro is one of the most durable ultrabooks — far fewer Windows laptops in general — we have ever tested. In a 6-hour and 12-minute PCMark 8 battery test, this laptop outperformed the Dell flagship by just under two hours. Meanwhile, in the TechRadar local video test, he beat the XPS 13 and MacBook Pro by more than two hours and 90 minutes, respectively. We definitely did not expect that the next day will come when this laptop will surpass both the best laptop with Windows and the leading MacBook from Apple. At the moment, you are looking at a laptop that is not only more powerful than both the top 13-inch models for Windows and macOS, respectively, but also longer. How much does this laptop cost again?
Software and Features
Although the MateBook X Pro promises to release Microsoft Signature Edition for Windows 10 on its latest laptop, Huawei has only introduced one application to the operating system: Huawei PC Manager. This service provides a faster wireless connection between it on the MateBook X Pro and Huawei phones. The PC Manager tool also allows you to use Huawei Share, a kind of competitor to Apple AirDrop, which allows you to exchange files with neighboring devices at speeds using the service up to 20 Mbps. This is a pretty good feature, but it requires that not only the user buy all-in on Huawei devices and services, but all of his or her friends and colleagues are not an easy order. In addition, the only other feature of the MateBook X Pro is USB-C, a 65 W power adapter that houses the smart controller. allowing him to supply the right amount of voltage and amplifier depending on what type the device is connected to. Moreover, it offers quick charging options for this laptop, so it charges the MateBook X Pro faster than you can burn its battery.