Huawei finally made it. With the MateBook X Pro, you've created a laptop that's a shameless copy of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro, but that's easy to forgive because it's just so damn good. It is better than the original in many ways and lags behind only when it comes to specific details.
I spent about 10 days with the MateBook X Pro, mainly with my main work machine, and this is the first time in ages that I seriously considered returning to the realm of Windows laptops again and again.
Comparing the new Huawei laptop to the 13-inch MacBook Pro (which is my main work laptop), I'm not following the easy path. Apart from the similarities in the name and the fact that Huawei was constantly comparing them both during the launch of the device in Barcelona, it is only very obvious that Huawei had one goal in mind: build a device that works just like Apple's professional games. Laptop is better.
It starts with the design. The Huawei MateBook X Pro has an aluminum unibody that is sturdy, solid and monolithic, with the exception of the ports on the sides, cooling "gills" on the bottom and a Huawei logo on the back. My review sample was in "mystical silver color" (it also comes in "Space Gray" sounds familiar?) And there are not two possibilities; it's a dead alarm for the 1
Overall, when it comes to design and usability, Huawei wins overall, but falls For example, the USB-C connectors on the left are badly aligned and the trackpad is not as precise as I would like it to be, none of these problems is a deal-breaker, but they add up. 19659004] Very, very large screen
And there is this screen It's not the best screen I've seen on a laptop For example, the MacBook Pro's screen is a bit brighter, has more natural colors and is not nearly anywhere In addition, I had to turn off the Huawei's automatic brightness control because it was too quirky for my taste.
But Huawei's notebook definitely has the most attractive screen on a laptop, thanks to its crazy-tiny surrounds. There is no ugly chin like the Dell XPS 13 – the lower frame is as thin as possible.
A screen that beautifully starts to be touched, and you can actually do it. I'm not a big fan of touchscreens on laptops because they get dirty quickly (Huawei says the MateBook's screen is fingerprint-resistant), but the option is there.
The 3,000×2,000 resolution is probably too big for this screen size, but extremely high resolutions on portable devices are fashionable these days, and I doubt many will complain.
All in all, the MateBook X Pro will not disappoint you, unless you work a lot outdoors and can not stand glossy screens.
Tons of Power and Solid Battery Life
Inside, the Maebook X Pro is an absolute powerhouse. I tested the most powerful version with an Intel Core i7-855U processor of the eighth generation, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD memory, Intel's UHD 620 graphics chip paired with dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics and a 57.4 Wh battery.
There is also a fingerprint scanner (which is seamlessly integrated into the power button) and some sophisticated details, such as a power pack that is fairly compact; about twice the size of smartphones.
It can be difficult for a laptop processor to run such a large screen resolution, but I've had no problems with the MateBook X Pro. My work, which consists mainly of tons of Chrome tabs, has proven to be a great success.
As for the battery life, I could not reach the announced 12 hours; the battery was good for half of this number most of the time. For comparison, note that my 13-inch MacBook Pro Touch Bar almost never lasts more than 4 hours. Note that the MateBook X Pro comes with Huawei's proprietary power-saving software that has probably helped in this department.
Eerie Sound and Other Little Things
The sound of the MateBook X Pro deserves a special mention, as it left me speechless. Thanks to the magic of Dolby Atmos, it widens the sound stage many times wider than the actual loudspeakers of the laptop (all four); so much that I involuntarily twisted my neck and looked for loudspeakers that were not there. It's a trick, and after a while you get used to it, but it's impressive, especially in songs with lots of separate, triple sounds (like a funky rhythm guita). Play it with someone and they'll ask you where you hid the rest of the speakers.
In addition, the sound of the MateBook X Pro is far from perfect; It has the tinny thinness that you will hear on most laptops of this size, and bass is definitely very limited. But it's still way better than the sound on the MacBook Pro.
Then there are all the other little details you would not have expected from a company like Huawei that have a long history of building laptops. The keyboard is backlit and splash-proof. The laptop has four built-in microphones. The fingerprint sensor is very fast; Huawei says it only takes 1.9 seconds to log into the system from sleep, and although I do not think it's that fast, it's definitely not too far from that number. Much thought has been made in this device.
Possibly the Best Laptop Out There
The Huawei MateBook X Pro is not perfect, but it trumps the competition in most areas. He has an innovative camera placement, a fast fingerprint sensor and an extremely thin-walled screen, which requires him the competition. The specs are top notch, the design is nice (if drained), the battery life is great and the sound is impressive (though not in all areas).
The drawbacks include a relatively small number of ports, a strange angle of the camera, and an overly glossy screen (though some users may like it). And if I compare them to what this device has to offer, I would be more than willing to live with them.
All of this would be meaningless if the MateBook X Pro costs a fortune, but it does not. The top model (which I tested) costs € 1,899 ($ 2,336). That's far less than the typical European price for a top-of-the-line 13-inch MacBook Pro, which has a weaker processor and less RAM. A comparatively well-equipped Dell XPS 13 costs a few hundred dollars less, depending on the market.
But if that's too much, there's also a version of the MateBook X Pro with Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 512GB of memory, and MX 150 graphics for $ 1,699, or even cheaper without the discrete graphics and only 256 GB of storage space for 1,499 euros.
Huawei MateBook X Pro
Giant screen with tiny bezels • First-class specifications • Camera never has to be pasted over • Impressive sound
Glossy Screen • Camera has a strange angle • Another USB-A port or memory card slot would be great