Huawei Matebook X Pro review

Huawei is a tech company not known for making laptops, but with its recently launched MateBook X Pro, Huawei is trying to push into the high-end Ultrabook space. Not only does it pack a stunning brilliant display coupled with impressive performance specs, but it also has a long-lasting battery with a sleek design that puts it against the likes of MacBook Pro and Dell XPS 13.

The MateBook Pro 2019 gets an upgrade from its predecessor, with an Intel processor that is 40 times faster than the older MateBook released in 2018. Also, the MateBook X Pro surpasses Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Pro in both Geekbench 4 and Cinebench software tests, proving itself as an Ultrabook that’s performance-driven.

In this article, we’ll be doing a quick review of the Huawei MateBook Pro X, discussing its design, display, specs, performance, battery life and let you know why the Huawei MateBook Pro X should be on your top list of Ultrabook to look out for this year. Keep reading to know more

Design

The MateBook X Pro’s design continues with the premium design of its predecessor and features a smooth aluminum unibody design coupled with diamond-cut edges that results in a laptop that undeniably looks and feels classy.

When closed, the laptop folds to about 4.9mm at its thinnest end, and 14.6mm at its thickest. It weighs around 1.33kg, which is much more lighter than the MacBook Air which weighs 1.35kg.

The lightweight and portable chassis of the MateBook X Pro makes it convenient and easy to carry about, as it fits in most backpacks and can even be carried in some tablet compartments. The MateBook X Pro is an incredibly portable machine, despite its considerable power within.

Display

The MateBook X Pro features an IPS (in-plane switching) screen with very small 4.4mm bezels surrounding it, which is an impressive upgrade from its predecessor the MateBook X. With Huawei claiming the MateBook X Pro as world’s first ‘Full View’ laptop due to its 91% screen to body ratio.

This results in Huawei placing the MateBook X Pro’s webcam underneath a key with a camera icon on top of it. Pressing this key would make the 720p camera pop up and can be pressed down after use.

In terms of the screen display, we have a stunning 13.9-inch IPS display with 3,000 by 2,000 resolution, 260 PPI (pixels per inch) pixel density, a sleek touchscreen with fast response and Gorilla Glass protection to ensure it is scratch-free.

The display features a 3:2 aspect ratio like the MateBook X before it, rather than the common 16:9 aspect ratio on most laptops, making the MateBook X Pro screen squarer than other laptops, which is good for watching movies and editing documents.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The MateBook X Pro keyboard is conveniently designed and offers a pleasant typing experience, due to its shallow size, the keys require little force to press each key when typing with the laptop. The keyboard also comes with backlight and is spill-proof.

The MateBook X Pro also comes with a large 4.7 x 3.0-inch touchpad which dwarfs the touchpad of the likes of Apple and Fell. And can also accurately track your hand movements. It response fast to clicks and is smooth when performing finger gestures for window scrolling.

Performance and Specifications

The high-end Intel Core i7-8550U CPU powers the MateBook X Pro and is coupled with 16GB of RAM, 512GB internal storage and Nvidia MX250 GPU with 2GB of dedicated memory providing tons of raw power for seamless multitasking and performance.

Watching a 1080p YouTube video and opening lots of Chrome tabs ran without stutter or pause. In benchmarks tests the MateBook X Pro handled most well, leading the MacBook pro in both Geekbench 4 and Cinebench benchmark tests.

Meanwhile, the MateBook X Pro’s dedicated graphics chip, although it is quite capable of handling media editing and video rendering, where it falls short is playing today AAA game titles. Although it can run some game titles well at Max settings, it struggles to run the latest games of today at low to medium settings.

Specs

Display 13.9-inch IPS display, 3,000 by 2,000 resolution with touch screen, 260 PPI
CPU1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U
RAM16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz
Internal Storage512GB SSD
Graphics Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics (2GB GDDR5 dedicated)
Size and Dimensions1.33kg, 304 x 217 x 14.6mm (W x H x D)
Camera1MP Front-facing camera
BatteryLi-Po 57.4 W/hr
Connectivity802.11ac (2 x 2 MIMO) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1

Software and Features

A Microsoft Windows 10 Signature Edition comes with the MateBook X Pro, with Huawei bundling its manager, “Huawei PC Manager” into the operating system. This app allows instant wireless connection between the MateBook X Pro and Huawei phones for content transfer.

Another special feature of the MateBook X Pro is its 720p webcam, which is hidden inside a button with a camera description on it and is rather awkwardly placed and random pops up when mistakenly touched.

Battery life

The MateBook X Pro is one of the longest-lasting Ultrabooks currently out there right now. Lasting a total of 6 hours and 12 minutes on average to heavy use and beating Dell’s XPS 13 by with two hours difference.

Charging the MateBook X Pro is also a breeze with its USB-C, 65W smart power adapter allowing it to deliver just the right amount of voltage and amps depending on the type of device plugged in. Also, the smart power adapter offers fast-charging capabilities.

Comparison to the Competition

If you want a MacBook-style portable computing experience but with a Windows OS, then the Huawei MateBook X Pro system is the right one for you. When compared to the latest Apple MacBook Pro and Dell XPS 13, the MateBook X Pro delivers in terms of performance, brilliant display and portable weight.

The Huawei MateBook X Pro is an incredible laptop and it’s only flawed by the lack of an SD card slot and its webcam position also considering the $1499 price that comes with, you might want to settle for the 2018 MateBook X if you don’t fancy the upgrade.

ProsCons
Fast performanceNo SD card slot
Beautiful screen with touchscreen and extra thin bezelsThe webcam is awkwardly placed
Comfortable keyboard and wide touchpad 
Both Type-C and Type-A ports present 
Long-lasting battery life with fast charging 

Verdict

The Huawei MateBook X Pro no doubts is a better upgrade to the MateBook X. And if you are on a tight budget and what you want is a premium ultraportable, then the Matebook X Pro is a good alternative to the MacBook Pro and Dell XPS 13.