This is HUAWEI MateBook X Pro 2020 Laptop Review. Has the lockdown served as an improvement for the company or contrary wise? We dig this for you, so let’s tech into it! Before the main meal – a bit about the role of this laptop in our world. What you see is now commonly called an ultrabook.
It’s all about fashion, design, lightweight body but quite powerful hardware to let you comfortably deal with all tasks. I want you to stick with these words through the whole review as the laptop is NOR cheap, neither can be called a gaming one. In my opinion, the purpose of this kind of laptops is to please the business people, who are seemingly the only ones who’s buying them, and to keep their style away from the one the rough brutal and chunky gaming laptops use to have.
So the outer look I’d describe with one expression – done by beauty standards. The design is very minimalistic, elegant, not clumsy and without any gaming RGB gimmicks. The metal body in our case is finished with diamond grinding and sandblasting. By the way, this colour version is called emerald green. It looks really unusual, unlike the classic grey and Metallic versions, besides, IMHO, the green one is a better delight to the eye. The weight of this little guy is just 1.3 kg.
You can take it everywhere you’d like and I doubt that it will create some pain in the back. Of the interesting engineering decisions over its body, the first and funny one is the location of the cooling vents: they’re literally hidden at the very rear near the hinges. The second one is the ports: apart from a headphone jack, the laptop has JUST two USB 3.1 Type-C both of which can be used for plugging in power supply, and one USB 3.0 Type-A port.
When I saw that for the first time, I felt honestly ANGRY for such cupidity, but then out of the box, I found the cure for happiness: an adapter that bears one Type-C, one Type-A, HDMI port and VGA. Apple could really learn how to express empathy in a correct way… simply out of the box! If you take a look at the screen frame, you won’t see a web-cam, but how’s that in a business laptop?!
Hold on, what’s that new button between the F6 and F7 keys? Exactly pushing it releases a camera unit with a pop-up motion. If you question yourself what is this done for? First of all, most of the modern trends are about privacy, so many conspiracy theorists might be sleeping more quietly knowing that the web-cam in their laptop opens on demand and nobody is watching them. Secondly, such camera location means that the screen frame is now thinner, and this is exactly the thing!
Nice job, I think! Frankly, my laptop camera is not the most used unit BUT, these days a webcam in a business notebook is a necessary thing, so it’s nice that Huawei kept it. As we pushed the first button, let’s talk about a keyboard. It’s of a membrane-type here, with 3 levels of backlight brightness. It is comfortable to use, although I must admit that the key travel is not the most prominent. Perhaps someone will need to get used to it. The touchpad here is quite a big one.
It’s still far from the size of the chalkboard that we see in the latest MacBooks, but in the end definitely no complaints about this one. Another so-to-say feature of the keyboard is perfectly distracting you from the speaker holes. Honestly, they are hard to notice… also they are LOUD, whole lotta LOUD! The sound comes with a large number of high frequencies, but that’s just my audiophile madness. In fact, there are four speakers here that create a really nice sound flow!
But that’s not all – in symmetry, Huawei engineers included 4 microphones… probably to compensate for the lack of sight spying through the closed web-cam with nice hearing technology 😉 Actually, this is for clearer voice in video calls. Covid is really changing our priorities. There is a fingerprint reader in the device- it is located in the power button, works snappy and flawlessly. Let’s move on to the screen. It’s 13.9 inches LTPS LCD with a resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels.
The screen-to-body ratio is 91%. I find this pretty exciting. SRGB coverage is 100%. The maximum brightness is 450nits. It is pleasant to look at. The picture is sharp, colours are set neatly that altogether brings only nice emotions from watching movies, gaming or working with documents comfortably. There is no increased refresh rate, but here you’ll get one of the most useful features of this laptop – a sensor grid. It supports Multitouch up to 10 simultaneously used fingers.
The reason and advantage of having it are HuaweiShare. To work properly, the device is using the NFC module that. In fact, this function allows sharing the screen of your Huawei smartphone or a tablet to Huawei’s laptop. But it’s not JUST sharing or broadcasting the picture – you get an active screen of the mobile device that you can control from the laptop. Swiping and tapping across the display, you can flip through menus, launch applications, control the camera, play games and even arrange file transfer between a laptop and a smartphone.
In both ways, by the way. At first, I thought that all this stuff would barely work. Shockingly, everything turned out well. Big thumbs up for such an ecosystem, at least someone else cares about that as Apple does. By the way, Huawei Share works with smartphones and tablets based on Kirin 970, 980 and 990. In addition to this and other utility tools, Huawei has equipped the laptop with a 65 W power supply that is kinda smart and therefore suitable for charging Huawei laptops, Huawei tablets, as well as smartphones.
This idea is not too brand new but is it really bad that, for instance, a devoted fan of the brand who has all the possible products for a happy life feels even more respect for the company that doesn’t bend under the sanctions, and also tries to implement high functionality stuff as well as paying attention to the high-quality ecosystem. Well, since we touched the charging topic, a couple of words about the battery … So, from the native adapter, the local 56Wh battery is charged by 50% in half an hour.
The full charge takes 2 hours. As the manufacturer says, the regular video playback will last up to 13 hours. We tested an FHD video at 50% brightness, and couldn’t squeeze more than 8 out of it. The hardware in our computer swings around the 10th generation Intel® Core i7-10510U processor with 4 cores working on frequency from 1.8 to 4.9 GHz. There’s an Intel UHD Graphics, as well as a discrete NVidia GeForce MX250 with 2 GB of GDDR5 video memory. The storage type is NVMe PCIe SSD for 1TB. As for the RAM, it is 16 gigs of LPDDR3 with 2133 MHz. I’ll repeat that the laptop is NOT a gaming one.
But it will fit easily performing even complex working tasks… and games from the age of Diablo 3. This one spins on the maximum graphics with the maximum screen resolution. Some slowdowns may happen once every 10-15minutes. For the rest, the game runs highly smoothly. Also, just for the sake of interest, we launched world Of Warships – at 3K resolution, the game is giving lags even on medium presets. This was the end of our experiments.
The bottom line is that you can work on a laptop in almost any app… just be pickier with games if you still decide to play between your business meetings. Summarizing the stuff. Does HUAWEI MateBook X Pro 2020 turn out as a great device? I’ll say, yes. It is good looking, compact, with a hefty battery, nice speakers and an excellent screen. It is INDEED a disappointment for eager gamers, but no one promised the opposite. If it was a regular machine, I’d say CHEERS-good-bye to you already, but I must mention once again an ecosystem, or more precisely, the Huawei Share that brings a decent bond between a smartphone or tablet and a computer.
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