Huawei’s MateBook X Pro: Review

Huawei’s new MateBook X Pro promises everything you can expect from an ultrabook class laptop. It is without a doubt one of the best laptops on the market today, but not without its fair share of controversy.

Huawei’s MateBook X Pro: Review

One of the best laptops on the market today, Huawei’s new MateBook X Pro builds on the previous generation MateBook X with a whole lot of useful upgrades and improvements.

It also improves on Apple’s MacBook Pro, which it is a replica of; in fact, your first look at the MateBook X Pro is sure to give you flashbacks of the Apple laptop, – and you won’t be the first one.

I guess it would be fair to say that Huawei has shamelessly cloned the MacBook Pro here, but what a great job the Chinese tech giant has done with it. In fact, it’s better than the original in more ways than one.

While last year’s MateBook X did have a lot going for it – considering it was Huawei’s first shot at a laptop – this year’s Pro version impresses even more, as it fixes several things that were ignored in its predecessor.

However, it does come with a high price tag, but well worth it, especially for those of you thinking in terms of a Surface laptop with a little bit of an oomph factor. Surely, this one is better value for money.

What’s strikingly obvious about the MateBook X Pro is its superlative display. Well, it’s a 13.9-inch display with the perfect 3:2 aspect ratio.

The main deal, however, is the near borderless screen design. The super thin bezels actually make the Dell XPS 13 look a little bit chunky in comparison.

We’re talking a 91% percent display to body ratio here – one of the best out there today. Huawei proudly claims it is the “World’s First FullView Touchscreen Notebook.”

The laptop also boasts an auto-brightness feature, which is not something you get to see on every other laptop. Surface and a few others have it, and that’s about it.

As far as color accuracy goes, it is 99 percent Adobe sRGB as well as 77% Adobe RGB that we’re talking about here. So, the MateBook X Pro is a touchscreen too, just in case you are a fan of the touch.

Now, with bezels as thin as what you have on this latest MateBook, it was not possible for the company to squeeze in a webcam at the regular top of the screen position.

So, Huawei went ahead and hid it in the keyboard; press the middle function key and, voila, up pops the webcam.

It does change the angle of view, though, which may or may not be such a good thing, depending on your individual perspective, but whatever the case may be, you have to live with it.

While the power button on the top right-hand corner of the keyboard looks every bit standard, it does have a fingerprint scanner built into it.

What’s impressive here is that Huawei stores your fingerprint in the BIOS which logs you into Windows automatically and in quick time the moment you press down on the power button. That is indeed a neat trick.

The overall keyboard design, again, is much too reminiscent of the MacBook Pro – backlit keys, huge trackpad and all; and not only is the trackpad nice and big, it has an excellent click to it as well.

To say that the audio quality of the MateBook X Pro will blow you away will not be an overstatement by any stretch of the imagination. That’s how good it is!

The four Dolby ATMOS speakers that make up the quad sound system of this Huawei laptop, are easily the best you have heard on any laptop out there in the market. It certainly pales Surface, Dell, HP and many others in comparison.

In-built full equalizer, surround sound, and bass and spatial representation qualities of these speakers make movie watching that much more pleasurable.

While the absence of a subwoofer may give the impression that Huawei has missed a trick here, it is certainly well-compensated for by the really cool software which affords you movie, music, games and voice modes.

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If you are a movie buff who wants the full works as far as sound effects are concerned, then the Huawei MateBook X Pro is the laptop for you.

All the goodness of this piece of exemplary laptop technology, clone or not, come together in a 2.9-pound (1.3 kg) package.

The MateBook X Pro is 11.97 inches (304 mm) wide and 8.54 inches (217 mm) high, with a depth of 0.57 inches (14.6 mm).

You have the headphone jack and two USB Type C ports on the left-hand side edge of the device, one of them for Thunderbolt 3 with the 40 GB for bandwidth there, while the other C port can be used for power delivery.

The laptop has a surprise – and a pleasant one at that – on the opposite side, where Huawei has managed to accommodate a full USB Type A port.

This is exactly what we mean when we say that the clone is better than the original in many respects.

A USB Type A may be a legacy port and all of that, but having it as an available option is very much welcome, especially for thumb drives and peripherals.

The four 4 microphones on the bottom are there for the Cortana far-field array.

A lot of people may have an issue with the $2,000-plus price tag of the MateBook X Pro, as most people tend to associate Chinese brands with budget cheap, but that certainly does not hold true here.

This is a premium laptop – a powerhouse of a device, really – with very good components inside it, from processor to WiFi to graphics and sound cards and more.

So, reminiscent is this Huawei laptop of the Apple MacBook Pro that having one would be like having a MacBook itself, but with Windows on it.

 

So, if you are a MacBook user looking to switch to the Windows scheme of things, there is no better option than this Huawei laptop to make the transition a smooth and familiar one.

Display

  • Size: 13.9 inches
  • Type: LTPS
  • Screen-to-body ratio: 91%
  • Resolution: 3000 x 2000, 260 PPI
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Viewing angle: 178 degrees
  • Colour: sRGB 100% colour gamut
  • Contrast: 1500:1
  • Maximum Brightness: 450 nits
  • Touchscreen: 10-point, anti-fingerprint

CPU

  • 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8550U processor
  • 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-8250U processor
  • GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 with 2 GB GDDR5 / Intel® UHD Graphics 620

Memory

  • 8 GB / 16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz*

SSD

  • 256 GB / 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD

Battery

  • Material: Lithium polymer
  • 57.4 Wh* (TYP)

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