Huawei is launching its new MateBook X portable computer. How does this device behave during everyday use?
Huawei has unveiled the MateBook X computer. In the midst of a pandemic, the hardware is expected to come in handy primarily for those looking for a small and mobile solution for work or study. How does this design perform in everyday use and is it able to provide a satisfying experience?
Appearance and casing
We have to admit that the Huawei MateBook X is impressive out of the box. What first draws your attention is the weight of the whole design – it is really very light. So you can successfully throw the equipment into a backpack, without worrying about its excessive load. In terms of the rest of the design, the whole thing resembles older MacBooks from Apple, especially from the outside. The color of the case is very similar to the Air model that triumphed on the market years ago.
The overall impression of the MateBook X’s chassis is great. It’s a computer with very well-fitted components. On the plus side deserves the design of the display with minimal bezels and a full-size keyboard, which despite the size of the hardware is very comfortable.
On the left and right side there is room for USB Type-C ports. It’s a shame that only two.
Screen and speakers
Huawei MateBook X uses a screen with a diagonal of 13 inches. The ratio of the screen to the entire panel area is 90 percent, which makes the display seem larger. The whole thing runs at a resolution of 3000 by 2000 pixels and covers 100 percent of the sRGB color palette. The MateBook X’s screen is bright and reaches around 400 nits in typical use. Additionally, the entire panel is touchscreen, which unfortunately translates to quite a bit of glare due to the lack of a matte coating.
The MateBook X’s screen works well for most solutions. Its biggest complaint, however, is that it reflects light, which can make some daytime tasks difficult. Sometimes it can seem like we’re dealing with a kind of mirror. And that’s a shame.
To play music, the equipment uses four speakers, and audio is collected using two microphones. For such a small design, the whole thing sounds very good – the Chinese have managed to get us used to good sound quality in their laptops.
Specifications and performance
Huawei MateBook X uses Intel Core i5-10210U processor of the tenth generation. On top of that, you can add 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM and a 512GB SSD hard drive using the PCIe interface. Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi are also on board. The computer does not have a dedicated graphics card, thus using Intel’s integrated solution.
The Huawei MateBook X looks like mobile computing hardware, and that’s how it behaves in everyday use. It’s a computer that can be hooked up to an external monitor, but it will be best used on the road or in various places – not necessarily in a stationary way. The specification that Huawei offers is very decent. To the quality of work on this equipment you can not have complaints. The tenth generation of Intel processors shows its potential in terms of performance, but also power saving.
Huawei MateBook X heats up a bit during more demanding tasks and when charging, but when performing basic activities such as browsing the Internet or watching videos, its casing remains cool, and the whole structure works very quietly.
The Huawei MateBook X uses a 42Wh battery. Energy in the battery can be quickly replenished using Huawei’s dedicated 65W charger. A convenient solution is the ability to charge the computer using both USB Type C inputs. The charger included with the laptop also supports charging other electronic equipment – including devices from the Chinese manufacturer.
The tenth generation of Intel processors performs well in terms of power management. You can squeeze more than 10 hours of work on a single charge out of the MateBook X. Of course, working time is reduced in relation to performing more advanced operations.
Charging the computer is practically a moment – the included charger allows you to replenish its energy in about an hour.
MateBook X is available at a recommended retail price of 6499 PLN. During the pre-order, the new laptops can be ordered together with the Huawei Watch GT 2 smartwatch and Huawei Classic Backpack. Regular sales will begin on October 26.