The Huawei MateBook X Pro is getting a facelift in 2021 to compete with other ‘luxury laptop’ goods like the 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro and the Dell XPX 15. In fact, the MateBook X Pro’s original edition wowed us so much in 2018 that we gave it the prestigious ‘best in class’ title and put it at the top of our list of the best laptops at the time.
That, unfortunately, appears to have left some large shoes to fill, as the MateBook X Pro, despite being impressive, falls short in a few key areas. One notable flaw is geographical availability, with the gadget now only available in China and parts of Europe, while Huawei has stated that it wants to make the smartphone available in the United States through third-party retailers.
It’s crucial to remember that our critique of the MateBook X Pro does not imply that it’s a poor product. The slim ultrabook provided a pleasant experience for ordinary chores, and because of its strong technology, it handled large workloads admirably.
Our review model came equipped with an 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of DDR4 RAM, which gladly devoured every spreadsheet, chrome tab, and streaming app we could throw at it with little complaints. Our tests indicated that it’s a capable workhorse capable of keeping up with your everyday needs, albeit it can’t compete with similarly configured machines like the HP Spectre x3.
A few design improvements fell short of expectations, such as the webcam being neatly hidden within the keyboard, resulting in an ugly view of your chin, and some intriguing software that lets you share data through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, but only if you own a Huawei mobile phone.
When you consider the MateBook X Pro’s high price tag, these flaws make it feel exorbitant for what is effectively a bang-average premium laptop. Of said, if you choose style over functionality, this laptop is still a good buy, and the premium look of this laptop outshines products with superior functionality.
Price and availability
The model cost about$2,250. It’s still pricy, but you’re getting some really luxurious (if not odd) features for a luxury price. Whether or not this is a suitable laptop for you will largely depend on how many of these specialized features you will actually use, which may explain its high price. There are cheaper laptops accessible that will meet your needs if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a gadget or look into importing one from another country.
The Huawei MateBook X Pro’s design is undoubtedly stunning, yet, even so, it couldn’t help but raise a few eyebrows. Only two colors are available: Space Grey and Emerald Green, which may cause some confusion considering that the product photographs dotted throughout this review clearly show a blue laptop. This appears to be the Emerald Green finish, which is significantly bluer in person than our photos imply, bordering on teal.
Despite the color mismatch, this is a stunning laptop. The vibrant color stands out among a sea of largely silver and black devices on the market, and the metallic gold Huawei emblem adorning the rear adds to the blue hue’s vibrancy.
It’s not the lightest ultra-slim laptop by any means, measuring 15.51 x 8.54 x 0.57 inches and weighing 2.9 pounds, but it’s still very portable and easy to toss into a bag. We didn’t find the wonderful blue coating to be easily scratched, but if you’re concerned about it taking a beating, you should probably invest in a protective case.
The 3:2 aspect ratio of the 13.9-inch 3000 x 2000-pixel display gives beautifully sharp pictures, and the bezels are incredibly thin. It’s a lot of fun to watch shows on, so if you want to stream or watch movies on the go, this is a terrific option.
Even with the cleanest of hands, the touchscreen capability is highly responsive. However, the screen’s glossy coating resulted in unattractive fingerprints all over the surface. However, because the screen is glossy, using the laptop in any bright area is a complete misery, so don’t expect to be working in the garden when the sun shines. It’s impossible to use because of the glare.