Here I Review Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020, A Key Part Of Huawei’s New Ecosystem. The people Unlike the smartphone scene, which has got to constantly evolve every six months to stay consumers’ interest, and reviewers from getting snarky, standards for the laptop spaces seem tons less demanding. Year after year, companies from Apple and Dell keep the precise same form factor while upgrading just the internals—otherwise referred to as a “spec bump.”
There’s nothing wrong with this within the laptop space, I suppose—we just need this stuff to figure as a productivity machine—and that is what Huawei’s through with the 2020 edition of the MateBook X Pro.
Review Of Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020
I last reviewed the 2018 model of this four year old laptop line I skipped the 2019 model and this 2020 model looks very familiar if not identical. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Since the MetBook X Pro hardware, especially the slim bezel, slim frame and charging efficiency was noticeable before the pack from 2017 to 2018.
We still have the 13.9-inch 3K LCD panel that spans almost edge to edge; an equivalent one-touch fingerprint scanner that goes from off machine to completely booted up in under 30 seconds; an equivalent excellent well-spaced keyboards; and therefore the same hidden webcam inside said keyboard that some people really dislike.
Weight and dimensions are identical too: 14.6mm at its thickest point; and weighing 2.93 lbs. This was a very impressive machine in terms of looks and style when it first debuted in 2017 and still is that the case now, albeit rivals have trapped a touch (Apple, for instance, shaved the bezels off its MacBook Pros beginning last year, so it doesn’t look as outdated next to Huawei’s machine because it did in 2018).
However, the MateBook X Pro’s price has changed, a minimum of for the west. the bottom i5 2018 model, starting at $1,150, was one among the simplest deals in its class, several hundred dollars cheaper than an equivalent spec model from Dell, Microsoft, and particularly Apple.
This year, the entry level’s price has jumped to the equivalent of $1,600 in Europe for the bottom i5 model. To be fair, base storage and RAM have doubled to 512GB and 16GB in 2020. In 2018, the model below offered 256GB and 8GB, but the MetBook X Pro is one of the cheapest laptops to push at least one of the prices.
Good news for those in Asia: the machine may be a better value here. In China, an equivalent base model starts at 8,999 yuan, which is $1,275, and similar prices are often found in Hong Kong, too. except for a piece of the planet, the worth factor of the MateBook X Pro has declined.
The internals is obviously the newest generation, so on my test unit it’s a 10th-gen Intel core i7 with 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics card. The latter is simple enough to run most games at a base level, and graphics work, but almost top tier enough for heavy-duty video editing.
Other than editing 4K footage on Adobe Premiere, almost all other productivity tasks run here with no hiccups. I frequently ran a six Chrome tabs while streaming Spotify and running a desktop version of EMUI with no lags.
The latter feature — desktop EMUI — may be a key differentiating factor that sets the MateBook X Pro from other Windows machines. Huawei is trying to create its own eco-system, one with complete hardware and software synergy. Huawei calls the vision “1 + 8 + N,” with “1” being the smartphone—the “central key to everything we neutralize today’s digital age,” consistent with a Huawei rep. The “8” represents Huawei’s eight major non-phone consumer product categories (laptop, tablet, smartwatch, etc.), and therefore the “N” representing the “Internet of Things.”
Here’s how it works on the MateBook X Pro: tap a Huawei phone on the lower right corner of the MateBook X Pro’s base, the 2 devices connect. Once linked, users can run their Huawei phone’s screen on the laptop screen in real-time with almost no noticeable lag. This proved to be very useful during heavy workdays because it allowed me to reply to WhatsApp messages directly on the laptop screen without having to grab the phone. Many popular apps, like Instagram, also don’t have a correct Windows app, so having the ability to browse Instagram on the laptop, through the phone, maybe a unique experience.
This connection also allows direct file and data transfer. So it’s kind of like Apple’s AirDrops, but rather than wirelessly it’s done via NFC tap-and-go.
From my test using the MateBook X Pro and a Huawei P40 Pro, everything worked as advertised and that I think loyal Huawei users will find much benefit to employing a Huawei laptop, too. However, if you’re on another phone, these features are lost.
The keyboards are backlit and offer 1mm of travel (very good). As a really fast typer, I found the typing experience here to be near flawless. However, the trackpad’s “tap to click” feature is just too sensitive; I’m constantly accidentally triggering unwanted clicks when I’m trying to scroll. I dug through settings and tried to tweak the sensitivity level, but to no avail. the matter bothered me such a lot I had to show off “tap to click” entirely and just physically click into trackpad instead. this is often not ideal, as “tap to click” may be a very natural movement most laptop users have gotten won’t do it.
To be fair, this might just be my personal swiping habit; I even have not seen many other complaints about the trackpad. But I feel objective, the trackpad of the MateBook X Pro isn’t as great because the one sees in Apple’s MacBook Pros.
The LCD screen gets relatively bright—enough for outdoor use—but not as bright as any of my flagship phones. This goes back to my gripe that the smartphone scene just innovates and evolves at such a faster pace. Almost any smartphone released today gives me a high refresh OLED panel, but within the laptop space, we’re still cursed with just a 60Hz LCD screen. The MateBook X Pro’s screen is one among the simplest in laptops, but I’ve been spoiled by my smartphone screens, which produce punchier colors and zippers around with more fluidity.
Still, watching movies on this laptop is great, because of the loud and full speakers.
Running a mostly clean version of Windows 10 Home, basic performance with the MateBook X Pro has been pleasant. I do, however, think Microsoft’s Windows UI is dated and not as intuitive as Apple’s macOS, but that’s a gripe with Microsoft, not the laptop maker.
The 56Wh battery here remains unchanged from the past two years: the MateBook X Pro can eek by an 8-hour workday of data processing and surfing the web. If I do heavier tasks, like run Adobe Photoshop or watch videos, endurance drops. Overall, battery life is suitable, though Apple’s line of MacBook Pros tends to last longer.
The webcam, as mentioned, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. thanks to its location, it points up at the user, at an unflattering angle. I don’t mind it much, but it really depends on preferences.
In terms of I/O, you get a headphone jack, two USB-Cs with Thunderbolt capabilities, and a USB-A. The latter is increasingly a rarity in laptops (it’s gone altogether Apple machines) so it’s great to ascertain here, as many laptop accessories still use the old port.
Conclusion: lots to supply for Huawei fans
Huawei’s MateBook X Pro won rave reviews in 2018 (the Verge called it best laptop of the year; and that I certainly liked it tons, too). The 2020 model brings back almost the entire package with a more modern processor, so by default, it’s still a really, excellent machine. But the mixture of the worth jump and other brands catching up a touch (Apple has fixed its terrible keyboards from 2016 to 2019), means the MateBook X Pro 2020 not wins a simple recommendation.
It is now one among the simplest options around, rather than clearly the simplest. And seeing what proportion the smartphone scene innovates, I would like laptops to intensify and begin pushing forward with tech and new form factors. Give us a dual-screen laptop just like the Asus Zenbook Duo, give us OLED screens, give us high refresh rates.
Still, this is often a very good portable work machine if the price is not an issue, and people using Huawei phones and plan on sticking with them will find a really intuitive ecosystem, one that’s not available on, say, Dell laptops.