Huawei Matebook X laptop review: lightweight and powerfulJohannes Röll 26 / May / 21 Visitors: 55
The new Huawei MateBook X isn't just another compact ultrabook. It is full of innovative solutions that couldsurprise even us.
Ultra-light, ultra-thin and generally ultra-cool - this is how the new Matebook X turned out. Judge for yourself: theweight is less than a kilogram, the thickness is only 13.6 mm. And this is not a budget option, which contains onlythe essentials. Let's talk about everything in order.
Design and screen
In the hands of this laptop, it feels like a medium-sized book. For nothing that book. It is so weightless that I want todisassemble the case and see if they forgot to put something there. The bottom panel of the laptop is slightlybeveled towards the edges, due to this solution, it seems that the device has a thickness like a standard fountainpen. But if you put it on a table, the height of the rubber feet is added to this size, so that the laptop does not lookcompletely flat.
A notch in the case near the touchpad allows you to easily lift the lid with one finger. In this case, the lower part willnot rise with the upper - the force on the hinges is precisely calculated. The lid can be folded back about 140 .
The screen of the Matebook X is a separate topic. It is made on the basis of an LTPS matrix, has a resolution of3000x2000 pixels and an unusual aspect ratio of 3: 2. The bezels are indeed very thin - even by the standards ofmodern ultrabooks. But the main thing is that this screen is touch-sensitive, like that of the Matebook X Pro. Moreover, it supports multitouch, up to 10 touches at the same time.
In other words, you can scroll the page with a swipe of your finger or zoom in by sliding the image apart, just like ona smartphone. To take a screenshot of the screen, you just need to slide your finger along its diagonal, and toscreen a fragment, just circle it. This is insanely convenient, although with frequent use of the touchscreen, theentire screen quickly becomes covered with fingerprints.
The camera is hidden in one of the laptop keys between F6 and F7. The decision is no longer new for Huawei andis still controversial.
It is clear that with such thin frames around the screen, as in the Matebook X, it is quite problematic to fit a camerainto one of them. But in ordinary laptops, you can adjust the angle by the position of the screen. Here, the angle isoptimal only when the laptop is on the table, and even then demanding female representatives may not like it. Participating in video conferences while lying on your favorite couch or simply holding the device on your lap isalready more problematic - it is not a fact that the face will be in the frame.
The thin edges of the case did not allow the Matebook X to accommodate a sufficient range of connectors. Theirchoice here, frankly, is stingy: only two USB-C and a combined 3.5 mm jack. Charging is carried out via USB-C(either, from both sides), the corresponding 65-watt device is included.
Also included with the laptop is a MateDock 2 docking station with all current interfaces: USB 3.0, USB Type-C, HDMI and even VGA. The main thing is not to forget or lose this adapter.
Keyboard and touchpad
The laptop uses a scissor-type keyboard, the key travel, for obvious reasons, is quite small. At first, insufficientlyperceptible feedback gets in the way when typing a large number of texts, but you quickly get used to it. The keyshave two-level backlighting, the first stage, apparently, is focused on use in complete darkness. If you do not pressany keys for a while, the backlight turns off automatically.
There was no Home / End / PgUp / PgDn markup on the block with arrows, but everything works fine with the Ctrlkey.
Huawei laptops still work with smartphones of their own brand through HuaweiShare. For example, you can make acall from a laptop using a mobile connection. In order to link two gadgets, you just need to bring the phone to thetouchpad, which contains the NFC module.
Also, with the help of HuaweiShare, you can transfer files or work with documents on a smartphone, editing themfrom a laptop.
Iron and performance
Our configuration includes an Intel Core i5-10210U processor (4 cores, 8 threads). It operates at a base frequencyof 1.6 GHz, but in TurboBoost mode it can accelerate to 4.2 GHz. Of course, there was no room for a discrete videocard, so the graphics are built-in. The memory is also "built-in": it is soldered on the motherboard (which is alsoHuawei), so it cannot be changed. However, while this is not necessary: you can immediately buy a laptop with 16GB of RAM.
In principle, 4-core solutions are common for Ultrabooks. But what really surprises is the passive cooling system. The absence of deflectors on the back cover is striking at once. Such solutions are typical for low-power Celeron-based laptops or other low-performance processors. But here is a completely different matter.
The secret of this cooling system lies in the evaporation chamber with multilayer graphite panels. It works efficientlyenough to keep the processor from overheating even at 100% load. During our stress test, the CPU warmed up to80 C after 10 minutes, but it did not come to throttling even after 20 minutes.
The case heats up significantly under heavy loads: this is especially noticeable if you hold the laptop on your lap. However, it remains completely silent.
Like any laptop, the Matebook X has advantages and disadvantages. Moreover, he clearly has more advantages. An excellent screen (also a touchscreen) with sufficient brightness and large viewing angles is one of the mainones. Light weight and thickness are two other important characteristics that the Matebook X should definitely fall inlove with.
Disadvantages are not to say that they greatly complicate life, but still make their own adjustments. The top coverdoes not open 180 , as we would like (and as many competitors offer), the location of the camera in the key makesit difficult to obtain an acceptable angle in non-standard situations. The keyboard itself is far from ideal in terms oftyping comfort, although it is quite suitable for answering letters and surfing. The reduction in the number ofinterfaces can be called a trend, but this is a necessary measure.
Even if the new model does not have USB-A (we will assume that everyone has been using cloud storage for a longtime, not flash drives), we would like to have a banal HDMI for connecting monitors or projectors.
Johannes Röll was born 1978 in Brilon,Germany. Graduated RWTH Aachen University. Over the past ten years he worked as Head of the plastic card team, where he was mainly responsible for the development of the distribution, Head of sales Department and Financial Analyst,where he got experience in planning and support sales figures for branches. For the present he works as freelancer