For almost a decade I have always used two systems, on the one hand the Windows world and on the other hand Apple. It was always for professional reasons, but also private ones and an interest in both worlds. For Windows notebooks, I’ve almost always relied on Lenovo and Dell for the past decade. Now at the end 2020 the Huawei Matebook X Pro came into the house. A slim and elegant Windows notebook with an ingenious screen.
Scope of delivery
The Matebook X Pro is currently being delivered with the most necessary accessories and laudably comes with a USB-C charger. This returns 65 W and the matching USB-C cable is also included in sufficient length. Absolutely the future for me, I no longer want notebooks with DC charging plugs, USB-C is ideal and can be used universally. Also included is a small adapter that is connected via USB-C. The Matebook can still be charged via this, and there is also a USB-A port, as well as HDMI and VGA for connections to screens and projectors.
Processing & amp; Design
As someone who usually surrounds myself with a lot of Apple hardware, it was extremely important to me to use a well-made and beautiful Windows notebook. The MateBook X Pro from Huawei should meet exactly this requirement at a very fair price. I want to highlight the screen in advance. This is in the rather unusual 3: 2 format and one 13. 9 ″ diagonal absolutely great. On the one hand very bright, which is also confirmed by the measured values and on the other hand it scores with the resolution of 10210 × 2000 points. Huawei also indicates the so-called screen-to-body ratio, which is 91% and says that only 9% of the area is used for the frame. That makes a lot. As such, I use the touch display less, but classically, but the possibility would be there.
In terms of workmanship, you don’t have to fool Huawei, as far as everything is flawless. The Matebook X Pro is available in three colors, of course I also opted for space gray because of the existing setup. Funnily enough, the footprint of the Matebook is as large as an A4 sheet, so it’s ideal for a backpack and on the go. The case is made of a magnesium-aluminum alloy, but feels completely metallic and also rather cold.
Connection variety and purpose
Compared to other manufacturers, Huawei has found a good mix between connectivity and not too many connections. On the left there are two USB-C connections, as well as a 3.5mm jack socket and a USB-A socket on the right. For historical reasons, this is still often needed, so it is definitely a good decision. From my point of view, there would have been room for another USB-C socket on the right, also because of my setup with the dock. I think it’s particularly good that Huawei includes the simple USB-C multi-adapter, which is good.
I currently use the Matebook X Pro almost to 100% at home, a bit on the road last year. At home I still have my home office setup and it was important to me that the new Windows Notebook can be used directly there. That is why the choice was made for the Matebook, because it can also be fed from the screen via USB-C and uses it as a hub. On the other hand, space gray was also a perfect fit.
I use the Matebook X Pro mainly for office applications, video calls, numerous cloud applications and also for Modbus software and Loxone Config, which only work on Windows.
MateBook X Pro in use
So far the Matebook has been very convincing in terms of workmanship and design, as well as connections. After several months of use, it did its job there, too, and did it well. To be honest, I was a bit surprised by the camera myself, I didn’t even know it. This is located under a “key” between F6 and F7 and can be opened by pressing. The camera with 1 MP resolution just does the job, not the best resolution for video calls and above all the perspective from below. But it’s enough for quick calls on the go and otherwise I use the integrated camera in the screen in the home office. I particularly liked the fingerprint scanner in the on-button, always logged in immediately and worked stably. The two-level illuminated keyboard does its job without blame. Since I work with several devices, I use various keyboards, the Matebook is definitely good.
I would particularly like to highlight the screen from the test period so far. It is really very successful, a top resolution combined with the brightness is simply pleasant to work with. The performance of the i5 variant is easily sufficient for my purposes.
- Size: 304 x 217 x 14. 6 mm
- Weight: 1. 33 kg
- CPU: Intel 10. Generation i5 – 10210 U
- RAM: 16 GB
- Storage: 512 GB SSD
- Graphics: Intel UHD 620
- Display: 13. 9 ″ (35 cm diameter)
- Resolution: 3000 × 2000 pixels
- Viewing angle: 178 Degree
- Aspect ratio: 3: 2
- Camera: 1 MP
- WiFi: 802. 11 ac (backwards compatible with a / b / g / n (2 × 2 MIMO)
- Color: Space Gray
The change away from the usual devices from IBM / Lenovo and Dell took some effort, but it was worth it. For me, the Huawei Matebook X Pro is closer to the Macbook in terms of design and workmanship and has so far been absolutely convincing in use. Today I always recommend choosing devices with a USB-C power supply and connectivity, one cable is the future and makes many things easier. In a next step I will certainly take a closer look at a HUawei smartphone and the associated “Huawei Share” for the lightning-fast transfer of photos and videos between the MateBook and smartphone.
Who of you hangs around in the Huawei ecosystem and how satisfied are you?
The Huawei Matebook X Pro is available in stores, the i5 version seems out of stock, the i7 version is available it for 1400 .- CHF .