Huawei MateBook X Pro Review

The Huawei MateBook X Pro was for many the best laptop that was released in 2018. There was a lot of buzz around this thing and for good reason to. Most people think of Huawei as “the phone guys” so it is fair to say that no one expected them to knock it out of the park as they did with their Huawei MateBook X Pro. Today we are taking a closer look at this thing and why if you need a new laptop it has to be on your shortlist.

 

The Need To Know

This Huawei MateBook X Pro review was so easy to put together as it pretty much does everything right. It is well made, nice and sleek and it has the horsepower that lets you work really fast or kick back and watch a movie on Netflix in super high clarity.

Pros:

  • Very cool design
  • The display is awesome
  • The battery life really is fantastic
  • It is quick and has a generally great performance

 

Cons:

  • Why is there no SD slot???
  • Their webcam is not the best

 

Huawei MateBook X Pro Specs

If you want all of the detailed specs of the Huawei MateBook X Pro, these are the official specs from their own site. These are the specs for the base model.

  • Width: 304 mm
  • Height: 217 mm
  • Depth: 14.6 mm
  • Weight: 1.33 kg
  • Screen Size: 13.9 inches
  • CPU: 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-8250U processor
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 with 2 GB GDDR5 / Intel® UHD Graphics 620
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • SSD: 256 GB
  • Camera: 720p
  • Ports: One touch power button, 3.5-mm stereo headset jack, USB-C x 1 (Allow data transfer, charging and connection with MateDock 2), Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) port x 1 (Allows speedy data transfer, charging and connection to MateDock 2)
  • Battery: Lithium polymer (six hours plus)
  • Audio: Dolby Atmos Sound System
  • Wi-Fi: EEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 / 5 GHz 2 x 2 MIMO

 

The General Feeling

The first thing that you have to talk about when it comes to the Huawei MateBook X Pro is just how quick this thing is. If you are someone who works at home, likes to screw around on the internet or who wants a device where they can do all their multimedia work on. The Huawei MateBook X Pro really is ideal.

Heck, you can even use this thing to play video games so it really does tick all the boxes for everyone in the house.

 

The Asking Price

We all know that the asking price is what your eye first darts to when you are looking for a new laptop. The base version of the Huawei MateBook X Pro and this more than likely will be the version you read about when you read a Huawei MateBook X Pro review.

This version comes in at somewhere between $1100 and $1200, depending on where you shop of course. With this, you get a 256GB SSD, 8GB of ram and powering the whole thing is an 8th generation Intel Core i5.

If you are willing to spend more (around $1500) you can get much better graphics along with more ram and more storage. That is no small chunk of change. However, when you consider that something like the most expensive MacBook is over 2 grand, it does make the Huawei MateBook X Pro seem like an absolute steal in comparison.

 

How Is It Built?

It is crazy how much abuse a laptop will go through during its life. Even something like opening and closing it takes a toll after a while. Thankfully, the Huawei MateBook X Pro is made to last. When you hold it you notice that it is nice and light coming in at under 3 pounds.

It has a slim and sleek body and it is nice and thin so if you are someone who takes their laptop on the go with you be it to work, class or a buddies house for a night of gaming, you will not be troubled with this.

Currently, there are two colors available these are Mystic Silver along with Space Gray. Space Gray is the more common color as Mystic Silver is not available everywhere and currently you may have to buy the upgraded version if you want that color.

One other thing that the folks at Huawei have done which is great is the way you open the laptop. Via some kind of witchcraft, they have made it so you can just put your finger under the screen and lift it up.

There is no need to hold the bottom down or have the whole thing move when you try to open it up. It sounds a silly thing to talk about, but you do not realize how much easier this makes your life until you have done it.

 

What About The Screen?

Let’s just start this by saying that the screen on this thing is gorgeous. Huawei has been very clever with their design. They have made it so this screen takes up 91 percent of the area. This means that the bezel is very small and it makes for a very impressive display.

At 13.9 inches the screen is a very nice size, but of course, size is not everything…. Or so we are told. The tech behind the screen is fantastic. The screen has a 3K resolution so everything looks so sharp and crystal clear. This makes watching movies or playing games on this thing amazing.

One thing that we really wanted to mention in our Huawei MateBook X Pro review is the build of the screen. This is a touch screen, but it is protected by the glass so this means as well as being tough, that cleaning off those fingerprints is nice and easy. Also, the chances of the screen getting scratched are much less.

 

How Long Can It Go? (The Battery)

When it comes to tech, battery life has got to be the next big evolution. Well the Huawei MateBook X Pro takes one step closer to this battery evolution that we want. When tested against other higher end laptops like the MacBook Pro or the XPS 13 from Dell, this one here blows them away.

Over 6 hours is the battery life which you are getting out of this! When you consider how good the screen is and the horsepower it has that is amazing. The other two laptops we just mentioned have over 2 hours less in the tank when it comes to battery life.

The fact that it gives you over 6 hours and also the fact that this has a fast charge ability mean that you can easily get a full day of use out of this. You can use it until lunchtime, give it a quick half an hour charge and then it is good to go until home time.

It also means that if you are working at home on the couch, you can work for hours and hours and then not have to rush around looking for the charger.

 

The Software & Features

As you would expect with the Huawei MateBook X Pro you are getting the Windows 10 Signature Edition. Huawei has not messed with it too much, but they have included their own PC manager. This is very handy if you also have a Huawei phone as it allows for much easier, quicker and efficient connectivity between the two.

This PC manager also allows you to use Huawei Share which is a really cool feature. You can share files with devices that are close by and it does it fairly quickly. Of course, this is only useful if all the nearby devices are Huawei devices.

A feature that is really neat is the fact that you can fast charge this bad boy! This is something that is really useful and it works out that you can actually charge the laptop faster than the battery runs down, like way, way faster.

Another feature that in theory is great, but is really the only miss of the Huawei MateBook X Pro is the webcam. You can look on the screen all you like, but you will not find a webcam. That is because it is hidden via a button on the keyboard! You press it and it pops up and a little 720p webcam appears.

The problem with this webcam is, of course, the angle it is at! There is no way around this unless they use a camera on the bezel which will then eat into the size of the screen. Still, when this is your main complaint about a laptop, you know it must be doing a whole lot of good!

The other complaint that is well known is the lack of a standard SD card slot. They have gone for two USB C ports which are faster. However, in 2019, they are really not the standard and most people have a few SD cards in their homes that they no doubt would like to be able to use.

Perhaps this is the way that all laptops are going, forgoing the SD card slot, but we feel that adding one here would not have been that hard for them to do.

The Final Say On The Huawei MateBook X Pro

Putting together this Huawei MateBook X Pro review was an absolute pleasure. It is so nice to see a product that does so many things right and also that does it for what is a very reasonable price. Yes, this is not what you would call a cheap laptop.

However, in comparison to what the other people are doing (we are looking at you Dell and Apple) the Huawei MateBook X Pro is fantastic value for money.

It is nice and fast and that screen really is amazing. Yet when you consider just how light it is, the amazing battery life and also the fact that the screen is huge and is crystal clear. You have a truly wonderful laptop on your hands here.

While getting the beefed up and upgraded version is ideal and something we would all love to do. The fact is the standard version of the Huawei MateBook X Pro is still one of the best laptops around and we have a hard time imagining anyone would be disappointed with this.