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Overview

Huawei is expanding its product line, in a similar style to Apple. Their MateBook X Pro is a quality product, designed well and built just as well too. An expensive product that has all the powerful components one would expect of it. The machine is a good buy if it is within your budget, available in  "Mystic Silver” and “Space Gray” and with different options of RAM and storage.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Latest components

  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Expensive for performance

  • Cleaver webcam, but flawed

Description

After working on telco networks and smartphones, Huawei also did well with their initial laptops. They have released other models that are also noteworthy, this includes the MateBook X Pro.

The Huawei MateBook X Pro 2019

Setting the bar high with the predecessor, Huawei has, again, delivered a great machine with the MateBook X Pro. The design factor of the new model is the same as the old one, sans the lotus flower Huawei logo. Available in "Mystic Silver” and “Space Gray”, with a unibody frame that is only 0.57 inches and 2.93 pounds; making it thinner and just a tad heavier than the MacBook Air

The keyboard is especially snappy for something this thin, with great feedback on the trackpad mouse as well. The webcam is placed inside a key that is in the 'function' keys line at the top of the keyboard. Although the fact that it gets cut off once it is folded in is great, the angle it sees is not the best though, the camera looks up at the user. The resulting image is not so flattering.

Internals

Huawei's MateBook X Pro has variants, the entry-level version has an 8th generation Intel Core i5-8265U processor with Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a 512GB SSD. The more powerful version has an Intel Core i7-8565U is available along with 16GB DDR3 RAM and 1TB of storage. The latter version also has the Nvidia GeForce MX250 (2GB GDDR5) for the graphics rendering. The SSDs being used are based on the NVMe PCIe communication standards, this is a very fast data transfer system. The next step in SSD technology, making for a high-performance storage system.

The display

The MateBook X Pro retains the aspect ratio of its predecessor, at 3:2. The colour space is a 100% of the sRGB range, with a high contrast ratio at 1,500:1 which gives the display a very good visual dynamic range. The resolution is high at 3000x2000pixels bringing the pixel density to 260ppi. The screen also has the ability to be used as a touchscreen, adding a lot more versatility. The display is a great visual experience, with vibrant, rich colours. 

OS

A great thing about the MateBook X Pro 2019 is that it has no preloaded softwares that send annoying notifications to buy them or upgrade. Aside from Windows 10 Home, there is only one other 'outside' software: the Huawei PC Manager. This software is just to keep an eye on the laptops functioning, letting you know if Windows missed any driver updates or if there are any hardware issues that need attention. Also included in this software is the 'My Phone' feature or Huawei Share. This allows for fast connectivity and sharing of files with some of Huawei's smartphones, all the ones that have version 9.0 or 9.1 of their user interface; EMUI. 

Battery

The battery in their MateBook series remains unchanged, but with better management of resources by the new processors it does well enough. It is encased with a 57.4Wh battery.

Connectivity, ports and other features

For connectivity, the Huawei MateBook X Pro has WiFi and Bluetooth, the 2 most relevant wireless technologies today. The ports supported include Thunderbolt 3 via one of its two USB-C ports, but it also offers a standard USB 3.0 port and the headphone jack. The laptop comes built with a quad-speaker set up from Dolby Atmos. The speakers are installed on the keyboard deck and are top firing; the sound is pretty good as far as laptop speakers go. A fingerprint reader is built into the power button, an extremely fast and convenient feature.

The Huawei MateBook X Pro 2019 is a well built and powerful machine. From the higher end of the price spectrum. Given all the components and features packed into it, it is a quality laptop. The prices vary a bit depending on which internal components one chooses.

Specifications

CPU 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U (quad-core, 8MB cache, up to 4.6GHz)
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620; Nvidia GeForce MX250 (2GB GDDR5)
RAM 16GB DDR3 (2,133MHz)
Screen 13.9-inch, 3,000 x 2,000, LTPS touch display (260 ppi, 450 nits, 1,500
Storage 1TB SSD (NVMe PCIe)
Ports 1 x USB-C Thunderbolt 3, 1 x USB-C 3.1, 1 x USB 3.0, headset jack
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Camera HD (720p, 0.9MP) webcam
Weight 2.93 pounds (1.33kg)
Size 11.97 x 8.54 x 0.57 inches (304 x 217 x 14.6mm; W x D x H)
OS Windows 10 Home
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