Huawei is placing extra concentrate on laptops as of late and now – now we have the model new Huawei MateBook X Professional. That is Huawei’s premium laptop computer and with it, comes with a heavy worth to match. But this isn’t the corporate’s first time in releasing a premium laptop computer too. So how does the Huawei MateBook X Professional 2020 compete in opposition to the competitors?
For RM7,999, listed below are all of the issues that you could know concerning the Huawei MateBook X Professional 2020.
I’ve to confess, the field design is reasonably lovely. It’s clear and easy. Digging out all the contents, now we have a couple of of the essential issues:
- The Huawei MateBook X Professional 2020 itself
- USB-C to USB-C cable
- 65W USB-C charger
- USB-C hub
Metallic physique design
Trying on the Huawei MateBook X Professional 2020, it’s made out of steel and your entire laptop computer physique is absolutely stable. The whole backside plate is made out of steel, too.
Huawei additionally took the time to chamfer the sides so that it’ll not chunk into the person’s palm whereas typing or simply holding the laptop computer. Not that massive of a deal, however one thing price highlighting nonetheless.
As for the ports, the Huawei MateBook X Professional 2020 comes with an honest number of ports. We have now:
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Double USB-C ports
- Both one can be utilized for charging
Huawei’s included USB-C dongle additionally has a couple of extra ports:
- USB 3.zero Kind-A
Nonetheless, not one of the best answer since now we have to plug in one other dongle for video output – however the Huawei MateBook X Professional 2020 is just too skinny to incorporate an HDMI port. Whereas it’s not preferrred, the MateBook X Professional 2020 does help Thunderbolt 3.
I do want that Huawei would have one other USB-C port on the best aspect so I can cost the laptop computer by plugging into both aspect.
Earlier than we open up the laptop computer lid, I’m positive a few of you already realized the laptop computer’s squarish form. Similar to the earlier MateBook X Professional, it’s utilizing a show with a 3:2 facet ratio.
Attractive 3:2 show
After reviewing so many laptops, that is the primary one which has a 3:2 facet ratio. It’s almost sq. – and it’s nice to do work utilizing this facet ratio show, too. We’re very used to the now-conventional 16:9 facet ratio which permits two home windows to snap aspect by aspect, and possibly even multi-task. Utilizing this MateBook X Professional 2020 forces me to concentrate on just one window – one job at a time.
There are execs and cons in utilizing a show of this facet ratio – but it surely boils down to private choice.
Nonetheless, the MateBook X Professional 2020 does have an exquisite, vivid 13.9-inch show with 3000×2000 pixels in decision. It has magnificent brightness, colours, and white steadiness. Watching movies on this show is totally beautiful – however we’ll need to bear with the black bars. Personally, watching 16:9 movies on the MateBook X Professional 2020 is ok, however 21:9 films on the MateBook X Professional 2020 shouldn’t be one thing that I like.
As a bonus, the show on the MateBook X Professional 2020 can be touch-sensitive.
By way of the keyboard structure, it is rather much like the Huawei MateBook D 15 that we’ve reviewed quite some time ago. It nonetheless has the popup “chest cam” which is located between the F6 and F7 keys.
One factor I do like is that Huawei moved the ability button exterior of the keyboard space, and in addition built-in a fingerprint scanner into it. That’s the place it must be positioned since I at all times use the delete key on the keyboard.
The keyboard’s typing really feel is fairly bizarre. There’s a comparatively lengthy key journey however from what I can really feel, the keys sink a bit too deep into the chassis for my private choice. Nothing significantly main, since this whole evaluate can be typed on the MateBook X Professional 2020.
Huawei additionally tweaked how the operate key works. For instance, with the operate layer flip off, we press F11 to take a screenshot. Now, holding the Fn key earlier than urgent the F11 key will set off F11 (on Chrome, it’s toggling fullscreen mode) as a substitute. It’s tough to elucidate, however that is extraordinarily helpful for individuals who use keyboard shortcuts.
A good trackpad
It’s a giant trackpad, and my fingers can glide on it actually easily. It’s also utilizing Home windows Precision Touchpad drivers, so all of the Home windows 10 gestures work with none points. It is a first rate trackpad total, however there are palm rejection points like many different Home windows laptops on the market.
It’s an honest trackpad.
The largest improve that the Huawei MateBook X Professional 2020 bought is by way of its hardware. It now options the newest 10th Gen Intel Core processor, amongst different upgrades:
- 13.9-inch IPS LCD display
- 3000×2000 pixels in decision
- Intel Core i7-10510U
- NVIDIA GeForce MX250 with 2GB VRAM
- 16GB DDR3 RAM (soldered)
- 1TB PCIe Gen. 3 x4 NVMe SSD
- 56Wh battery
This laptop computer, with the newest Intel Core i7-10510U, can pump out these scores in benchmarks.
By way of gaming, the general efficiency isn’t that dangerous. Many of the gaming efficiency relies on the MX250 anyway – and like many different laptops, Overwatch at its lowest graphical settings is playable.
My largest subject with the Huawei MateBook X Professional 2020 shouldn’t be its efficiency – however by way of the temperature and its cooling answer.
It’s sizzling? 🔥
Okay, so I perceive Huawei is attempting to make the MateBook X Professional 2020 in a method that its fan is useless quiet. I’ve by no means heard the fan as soon as whereas working – and that’s implausible. But the CPU temperature is sitting at about 51°C.
However after we begin to do one thing that requires extra energy – possibly edit a easy video on Adobe Premiere Professional – the temperature shoots up and thermal throttles.
Why is that this taking place? To reply that query, we took aside the Huawei MateBook X Professional 2020 to search out out. What we discovered was this.
There’s solely a single fan contained in the laptop computer with warmth pipes operating throughout each the CPU and GPU collectively, lined by a steel defend. Basically, what Huawei has created is an air channel whereby air is available in from one aspect, passes by way of the elements, and exits by way of the opposite aspect. Nonetheless, it’s simply not highly effective sufficient to wick the warmth away beneath heavier load.
What about upgradability?
I actually doubt anybody will wish to even improve this laptop computer, although. It already comes filled with an enormous 1TB NVMe SSD and the 16GB DDR3 RAM is soldered. Should you do wish to change the SSD, it’s fairly an journey. And likewise probably void your guarantee as a result of there’s a clean sticker on the SSD screw.
Like we talked about earlier, there’s a big steel defend protecting a lot of the motherboard. I’m unsure concerning the objective of this steel defend, however we’ll need to take away the whole cooling system to swap the SSD. We will affirm that the SSD is upgradable as a result of its screw peeked out from the steel defend.
Surprisingly, with its comparatively small 56Wh battery, the MateBook X Professional can final about 6 hours on my workload. My workload consists of a number of Chrome web-browsing alongside Spotify, and a few YouTube movies.
Maybe Intel has but once more improved the ability effectivity on its processors, contemplating that this laptop computer does have a display that’s larger than the usual 1080p decision.
It takes about 2 hours to cost from 15% to 100% in about 2 hours whereas idling. Fairly common cost time right here.
Must you purchase the Huawei MateBook X Professional (2020)?
The Huawei MateBook X Professional (2020) has its personal deserves. It comes with a good-sounding speaker, good specs on paper, and total stable construct high quality. In comparison with different premium ultrathin laptops, the one factor that’s particular to me personally is the truth that it makes use of a display with a 3:2 facet ratio when now we have a sea of 16:9 or 16:10 laptops.
Furthermore, the specs are solely good on paper, however the cooling system can’t address the hardware whereas working with demanding duties.
For the worth of RM7,999, it’s very tough for me to suggest this laptop computer. And since now we have the XPS 13 9300 with us, keep tuned for that evaluate earlier than making your buy.