Whatever company is involved, Apple’s presence is felt at every IT presentation. This was the reason for bearded jokes, but, as a rule, the crowded auditorium is full of luminous apples on the covers of the MacBook. One can only imagine how annoying it is, for example, the Microsoft leadership, which has long and largely unsuccessfully promoted Surface. Other manufacturers of ultrabooks feel no better. Moreover, their designs are also undeservedly deprived of attention.
Windows laptops, at least, are not inferior to Apple products in the iron part, and sometimes surpass it. With a budget of about 100,000 rubles on sale, you can find potentially interesting options from Lenovo, HP, ASUS, and more recently, Huawei.
Regular readers of Trashbox will probably remember the presentation of the Huawei MateBook X Pro, at least in the original location of the 1 MP laptop camera - below between the F6 and F7 keys.
If our habits are similar, and you use the Webcam from strength a couple of times a year, do not pay attention to this “crutch”. If you regularly communicate in Skype, then keep in mind that everything said by gadget journalists after the presentation of the laptop was confirmed.
It is no accident that photographers rarely take portraits from the bottom up, the angle is simply unsuccessful, and faces shot on a Web camera often look bad. In addition, fingers often get into the frame when printing.
However, the compromise with the location of the camera is justified by the FullView screen. The 13.9 ”thin-frame LTPS is the cornerstone on which the entire Huawei MateBook X Pro design is erected. If not for this decision, the laptop simply would not have turned out so compact (304 x 217 x 14.6 mm with a weight of 1.3 kg).
The performance of the case deserves separate praise - Huawei MateBook X Pro is perceived as monolithic and at the same time looks elegant. Despite the large opening angle, the lid of the laptop is tight and does not stagger even from touching the touchscreen. The protective glass of the screen has an oleophobic coating, but it glare strongly.
The display is clear with a wide viewing angle and looks just fine thanks to a resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels and coverage of 95-100% of the sRGB color space. The contrast of the image corresponds to the claimed 1,500: 1, but the brightness turned out to be even higher than indicated in the specifications (480 nits) and higher than most laptops.
Color rendering is generally very accurate, with an average deviation of 1 Delta-E. Only one channel revealed an outlier. It did not disappear completely even after calibration. Most likely, the matter is about the individual features of the matrix of our copy of Huawei MateBook X Pro. Another such feature is the light at the screen frame, visible on a black field.
Thanks to the keyboard with large keys, the Huawei MateBook X Pro is not inferior to the MacBook in the convenience of typing even in the dark, because the backlighting of characters has two gradations of brightness. However, if you dreamed about a separate series of function keys, this laptop is not for you.
The imposing touchpad is one of the most comfortable in my memory. The smooth slippery surface is very sensitive and recognizes multi-touch gestures without the slightest error or delay.
One can hardly guess this without looking at the list of technical specifications of the laptop, but a fingerprint sensor is built into the power button. It works instantly and completely imperceptibly.
Even when the computer is turned off, the fingerprint is read at the moment the power button is pressed - without downplaying the ideal implementation, probably prompted by the mobile division of the company.
The connector set of the MateBook X Pro, alas, is poor. A 3.5 mm jack, USB 3.0 and a pair of USB-C, one of which supports Thunderbolt 3. Huawei offers to use the MateDock 2 “dock”, but it is not convenient to use it, like most of these consoles.
Get used to relying on network interfaces provided by Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b / g / n / ac (2.4 and 5 GHz) and Bluetooth 4.2. Obviously, the entire industry is moving towards the rejection of wired connections.
Competitive hardware is packed inside a metal case: an 8th-generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor, a discrete GeForce MX150 graphics card (2 GB GDDR5), 8 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 256 GB SSD drive. Enough for games, but only in Full HD.
Alas, the density of the layout of the components in the case is such that both the permanent and random access memory are soldered to the motherboard. Upgrading the MateBook X Pro is not possible, but it’s a pity, because 8 GB of RAM is far from enough in all situations, and a modification with 16 GB in Russia is not for sale and whether it will appear is not known.
The filling of the Huawei MateBook X Pro resembles the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3, so the comparison suggests itself.
In synthetic tests, Chinese-brand laptops go head to head, but due to the DDR4 RAM, the Mi Notebook is slightly ahead of the MateBook in PC Mark and tests related to OpenGL, but at short distances.
Huawei MateBook X Pro cools better and from under heavy heavy load it is faster than the competitor. The cooler, which consists of a single fan and three heat pipes, is idle most of the time, but under load it does not allow the chip to reduce performance due to overheating.
The original find was the shape of the air intakes. If the grilles are usually located on the bottom of the laptop, then fresh air enters through the long and narrow slots combined with the speaker openings. Therefore, the chance to accidentally block the access of oxygen into the body is much less. True, there is a possibility that it is the shape of the holes that should be blamed for the fact that under the maximum load on the video card the cooling is noisy.
By the way, there are already four speakers in the case of the Huawei MateBook X Pro, so the owners of the laptop will not be faced with a lack of volume. The sound is clean and more than good for a laptop.
As for the battery life, I managed to squeeze out up to 10 hours of web surfing from a 57.4 Wh battery from a third of the maximum screen brightness. There is enough energy on the day of working with documents, and if you need to unzip the video card, the charger is not difficult to take with you. Due to its compactness, the language does not even turn to call the MateBook Charger a power supply, although the characteristics of the adapter are adults and allow you to charge the laptop in half in 45 minutes, and fully in 2 hours.
When I first removed the Huawei MateBook X Pro from the box, the first thing I wanted was to seal the company logo, but then changed my mind. If Huawei continues to hold the brand and produce just as smart devices, in a couple of years, its symbols on the lid of the laptop will look as appropriate as a luminous apple.
Now, when I am adding this review, I do not want to return the test sample at all, and this is indicative. MateBook X Pro is a reliable and convenient tool for those whose workplace is not tied to a desk in the office, a convenient, compact, productive and just cool laptop with a high-end touch screen.Pros:
- High-quality matrix with thin frames and the highest brightness;
- Perfect assembly, low weight and dimensions;
- Fast charge and compact charger;
- Discrete graphics card;
- Efficient cooling system;
- Fingerprint sensor.
May not like:
- Bad webcam location;
- Few expansion ports;
- There may be problems with the uniformity of the backlight;
- The memory is soldered on the board.
- 8 GB of RAM may be small.
Final rating: 9 out of 10.