Huawei Matebook X Review

Huawei is the world’s third largest smartphone producer, and today the Chinese company has turned its attention to creating notebooks.  Its first effort, the Matebook X is quite excellent, though, like with everything Huawei makes, its influences are clear – Apple’s Macbook better start sleeping with one eye open.

Despite its initial appearance, the Matebook is really a fairly innovative device, together with the business using its expertise and expertise in the smartphone sector to influence its notebook design.  The end result is an ultra-portable laptop with some brilliant user-focused features that make it a pleasure to use.

But let us begin with the way its appearances.  Cover the logos and you would be hard-pressed to distinguish the difference between this and Apple’s Macbook.  That is no bad thing since the Macbook is arguably the most attractive laptop you can purchase, but it might have been nice to see Huawei do something a bit different with the design like Microsoft did with the Surface Laptop.

We are not too fussed, though, since the Macbook is a stunning notebook, and so too is the Matebook X. It is great news for individuals that love Apple’s industrial design but prefer Windows 10 above macOS.

Open it up and you will discover a pleasingly clicky keyboard having an adequate amount of travel, and a huge glass touchpad, which is a pleasure to use.  The hinge gives a fantastic amount of opposition and feels secure while open.

Huawei is also selling the Matebook X in Space Grey, Rose, and Silver colors.

When open you will discover the most distinguishing feature which sets the Matebook X besides the Macbook.  It is the stunning, 2160 x 1440 pixels, 13-inch display, complete with shrunken bezels.  That’s 1 inch bigger than the Macbook’s 12-inch screen, making this the world’s smallest 13-inch laptop.  That is an impressive claim, and the sharp, relatively large screen is a significant selling point of the device.

The screen has a 3:2 aspect ratio, so it is a bit more square than most notebooks.  This is terrific for working and surfing the world wide web, but not so good for watching videos.

Despite that, Huawei is pitching the Matebook X as a networking device, particularly as the notebook features some pretty impressive Dolby Atmos speakers.

Now, obviously this is not likely to start pumping out 24 channel surround sound, but the Matebook X doesn’t sound really good, especially for a laptop of its dimensions.  There is not huge amounts of bass, which is expected, but there is tons of volume and a large sound stage.

Huawei has also taken some invention from its smartphone division, placing a lightning fast fingerprint sensor within the power button.  This is a remarkably secure and fast way to unlock the device and saves you having to type a password each time you visit unlock it.

The keyboard can also be water resistant, so you should not worry if a thoughtless coworker knocks a drink on it.

Just like Apple, the only ports you get here are two USB-C, and a headphone jack.  Although, slightly annoyingly, the left USB-C is just for electricity, while the perfect USB-C may be used for everything else.  They are not interchangeable like those of Apple devices.

Generously, Huawei will incorporate a USB-C adapter in the box, which includes an HDMI port, USB3, Screen Port and an excess USB-C.

Specs

Dimensions: 286 x 211 x 12.5 mm (in it’s thickest)

Weight: 1.05 kg

Storage: 256 GB / 512 GB SSD

Display: 13-inch IPS,  2160 x 1440 pixels, sRGB 100\% colour gamut, 350 nits

CPU: 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7200U or Core i7-7500U chip

GPU: Intel HD Graphics 620

Memory: 4GB / 8GB LPDDR3

Battery: 41.4 Wh (5449 mAh@7.6 V) maintained 10 hour battery life

OS: Windows 10 64-bit House

Audio: Dolby Atmos

As you can see from the spec sheet, it is certainly no slouch, though, admittedly, it is also not likely to be used for gaming.

The battery life is claimed to be about 10 hours.  We would say this is a small overestimate, and generally got about 8 hours, which we are still pretty satisfied with.

The Huawei Matebook X has everything, a stunning premium design, powerful specs, and useful, user-centric capabilities.

If you are following an ultraportable laptop, love Apple’s industrial design, but favor Window 10, this is actually the best machine.

If you can not wait, it’s also worth checking out the rather brilliant Dell XPS 13, or Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop.