- Materials and weight
- Crisp, well-calibrated display
- Keyboard and touchpad
- Webcam quality
- Storage partition
- No SD card reader
Huawei Matebook with a premium design, world-class hardware, and a keyboard designed for productivity are some of the ingredients of Huawei’s new recipe to position its ultrabook as a professional mobile laptop. We tested the original from Huawei thoroughly.
Professional ultrabooks are taking increasingly essential positions in the laptop market, driven by the demand for equipment capable of offering excellent performance in mobility without affecting productivity.
Huawei has been learning a few tricks over the past few years with the development of its MateBook range of 2-in-1 convertible laptops and has poured all experience into developing the brand’s most professional ultrabook: the 2020 Huawei MateBook X Pro.
For its update, the Chinese brand has opted for the new batch of 10th generation Intel Core processors, more RAM, and new connectivity if you use a Huawei smartphone. Are they worth the 1,899 euros that this laptop costs? We reveal all the details of the Huawei MateBook X Pro in this review.
Huawei MateBook X Pro
- Dimensions: 304x217x14.6 mm.
- Total weight: 1.33 kg
- Operating system: Windows 10 Home
- Processor: Intel Core i7-10510U | 4 cores at 1.8 GHz and Turbo at 4.9 GHz
- Graphics: Integrated GPU Intel UHD | Nvidia GeForce MX250
- RAM: memory 16 GB LPDDR3 at 2,133 MHz
- Storage: 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
- Display type: 13.9 “LTPS Touch | 450 nits brightness | 3: 2 aspect ratio | 100% sRGB
- Screen resolution: 3,000 x 2,000 pixels | 260 dpi
- Connectivity: IEEE 802.11a / b / g / n / ac wireless connectivity | Bluetooth 5.0 | NFC – A / V data connectors 2 x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 | USB Type-A 3.0 | Mixed headphone / mic minijack
- Battery: 56 Wh battery | 65W USB Type-C charger
- Price: 1,899 euros
Light, slim and with premium finishes
Huawei’s professional ultra-book is carving out an important niche in the market by offering the right ingredients to achieve a good user experience.
Design is one of the aspects that has the most significant impact on user experience. A compact size and contained weight are essential for someone who must carry their laptop all day.
In this sense, the 2020 Huawei MateBook X Pro more than meets the eye as it offers a surprisingly compact size to accommodate a nearly 14-inch screen, occupying only a little more than other laptops with a 13-inch screen as it has dimensions of 304 x 217 mm – little more than a DIN A4 sheet – and 1.33 kg in weight.
Another point to consider is its 14.6 mm thickness, which reduces the space available for the physical ports and connectors while complicating the cooling options for the hardware, which we will cover in more detail below. In the dedicated sections.
On its side edges, we find several connectors. The left side is busiest. There are two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support (charging, data, and audio/video) and a mixed input for microphone and headphones and a tiny LED that indicates the charging status of the laptop. At the opposite end, Huawei has integrated a USB 3.0 Type-A port.
13.9 inches with the correct format and remarkable brightness
One of the most pleasant surprises that we find when opening the laptop is to find ourselves in front of a screen that, according to Huawei data, occupies 91% of the available surface.
The frames are very well adjusted, leaving 4.4mm on the sides and top, and just over 10mm on the bottom, so the work surface is very well used. This may be one of the reasons why Huawei has decided not to integrate the webcam in the display frame.
This ratio of screen size and resolution offers a density of 260 dpi that gives you excellent sharpness that displays well-defined text. This makes the 2020 Huawei MateBook X Pro one of the best allies for working on the go.
On the other hand, the color calibration is very well adjusted. With 100% coverage of the sRGB space and a 450 nits brightness. The result is vibrant images with rich colors, without distorting them with excessive saturation.
A new generation of Huawei Matebook processors, 16 GB of RAM and a fast SSD
The processor change is one of the best arguments for the generational renewal of the Huawei MateBook X Pro of 2020. And since they were, add twice the RAM and storage capacity.
Huawei’s ultrabook is available in two versions: the Intel Core i5-10210U with a 512 GB SSD. Or a more powerful model with the Intel Core i7-10510U and 1 TB of SSD storage.
The Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020 that we are analyzing mounts an Intel Core i7-10510U processor with 4 cores at 1.8 GHz. But capable of scaling up to 4.9 GHz when the workload demands it combined with an Nvidia GeForce GPU MX250.
A well-designed Huawei Matebook X Pro keyboard to be used for hours
One of the strengths of Huawei’s MateBook X Pro is, without a doubt, its keyboard and touchpad. This has been designed to work for hours without dropping productivity due to hand fatigue. It is a keyboard to stay and live on.
It is a keyboard with three levels of backlighting with chiclet-type keys that offer an excellent response. And charming touch and a short journey to which it is unnecessary to add a lot of pressure when you press it.
The keys are the right size, and we found no problems moving around the keyboard when typing with keys. That was too large or with too much separation between them. Getting a more natural and relaxed posture of the hands that do not have to stretch too much to reach them.
No need to worry about the charger and at full speed to use a whole day
Battery life is one of the key characteristics for an ultrabook designed for mobility. Such as the 2020 MateBook X Pro that we are analyzing.
In this section, they are marked to stretch the times of use in idyllic consumption scenarios. But when you land in the real world, the battery indicator reaches its critical part in less time.
Using the MateBook X Pro, Huawei advertises between 11 and 15 hours of use for its 56 Wh battery.
In the real daily use that we have given it as the main computer from which texts like this one that you are reading have been written. Photographs and videos have been developed and edited, we have surfed the web playing videos and music in streaming, etc.
When it comes time to recharge the battery, Huawei’s ultrabook will need 140 minutes to complete the 100% charge cycle through any of its USB Type-C ports. Since it does not have any fast-charging system.
Along with the laptop is a very compact charger that provides a power of 65W through a USB Type-C charging cable also included. This helps minimize the number of cables in your luggage. As you can use the same charger for your laptop and mobile phone.