What we liked: Huawei MateBook X pro is compact and light with a stellar SRGB display, a very good sound system and solid performance for its size.
What we didn’t: Worst webcam placement ever, and the AC adapter has a horrible case of plugspereading. Plus, you do sacrifice some connections for the size, and an LTE option would be nice.
Quick summary: A great 140inch lightweight clamshell laptop,the Huawei Matebook X pro offers a combo of first-display and a little oomph that suits it or basic graphics work.but an absurd placement in the keyboard renders the webcam close tu useless.
- 8.3 Overall
- Design – 9
- Features – 8
- Performance -8
- Battery – 8
Now its time to dig deep into Mateboox X Pro!
Huawei’s slim little 14-inch clamshell laptop makes a big first impression that stand up over time. It boasts a brigh, color-acurate screen and Nvidia MX150 discrete graphics in a slim, mostly well-designed body, making it an appealing Windows-based Macbook pro alternative. As long as you’re not counting on using the built-in webcam,
The system comes in two configurations: a Core i5-8250U with a 256Gb SSD and 8gb memory for $1,200, AU$2.230 or our test configuration with a Core i7-8550U, 16GB memory and a 512GB SSD for $1,500 but with 8GB,Not yet available in Australia,but probably around Au$2,500.
If all you’re doing is typing and web suring.you can get away with the cheaper model,though if that’s All you’re doing then the Matebook X pro is overkill and you could save more money with something like the slighty heavier Dell XPS 13.
Huawi MateBook X Pro specs
- Price as Reviewed– $1.499.99 (with 8GB)
- Display Size/Resolution—13.9- inch 3,000x 2,000 touch display
- Pc Cpu– 1.8 Ghz intel Core I7-8550U
- Pc memory—16 GB DDR3 SDRAM
- Graphics—2MB Nvida Geforce Mx150
- Storage—512GB SSD
- Ports—Headphone Jack, 1x USB Type A,2 X Usb-c (1x Thunderbolt3)
- Networking—Intel Dual-Band Wireless-Ac 8275, Bluetooch 4.2
- Operating System—Window 10 Home (64-bit)
- Weight— 2.9 ibs/1.3kg
From the ridiculous to the sublime
Let’s just these two design abominations out of the way: the gimmicky pop-up webcam and the awful AC adapter plug that takes up the space of three outlets. While it’s great that you can hide the camera for extra privacy,the angle and location make it unusable. Of course,you can work around both problems with a third-party 65w Usb-c charger and external webcam.
Who thought this was a good idea? It’s actually worse than Dell’s notorious up-nose camera placement,
But the rest of the design is almost ideal given the trade-offs it needs to make between size, heat dissipation needs and connections.With only two Usb-c ports and one Usb-A you-re going to have to go with a dock ro dongle,
Slim and steady design
It has a sensible keyboard layout with big chiclet keys.The keycaps are a little slippery, but they have just enough travel and feedback for comfortable touch typing,and the keyboard’s supposedly spillproof. The windows precision touchpad is big and responsive with clickable areas.
The build quality looks and feels premium,for the most part.The top and bottom covers are aluminium. ut the keyboard surround area feels a bit plasticky. That keeps it from getting too hot, though,and helps reduce the weight.
The Nvidia MX150 GPU gives you a nice little performance bump over Intel’s integrated graphics or playing the occasional platformer and for low=-volume photo editing in addition to the usual web surfing and Netflixathons,but like most ultratjin laptops the MateBook X pro uses the slower, lower-power version of the chip (1D12) running at 936MHZ rather than the faster 1,468Mhz version (1d10). The slower chip ostensibly delivers better battery life, but at 9 hours the laptop’s life is only about average for its class.