The manufacturer continues to fight a tough battle to prove it's still worth buying its smartphones even though it doesn't have the full support of Google, a problem that doesn't affect laptops running Windows 10.
The 2020 evolution of Huawei & # 39; s flagship laptop doesn't change much from the previous generation, but the increase in specs and new green finish is enough to remind us why we're fans of this MateBook X Pro.
Design and build quality
If you choose to buy the MateBook X Pro for its gray or silver coins, you will find it difficult to distinguish this year's model from last year's model. The laptop features the same Ultra-slim chassis at only 14.6mm and weighs 1.33kg.
It's light enough to glide smoothly inside the stuffed room of your backpack. Its screen provides 3: 2 aspect ratio, with frames you can't see available when downloading a webcam on the keyboard to save space.
We have to say that we don't find the location of this webcam, because it is nevertheless used sparingly, something added to these days of Zoom video viewing. However, the chin angles never touch, and when you take notes during a call, all they will see is your fingers.
However, there are privacy benefits of having a webcam physically locked in with the key, with the new feature being that it's still pretty cool. It doesn't help to sign in with Windows Hello, but there is a fingerprint sensor connected to the power button.
The keyboard feels very spacious and comfortable, with a shallow but satisfying ride that ensures a balance between clicks and keys. It's one of the best keyboards we've used, along with the wide trackpad, something that hasn't changed since the previous version.
And it hasn't changed their ports and connectors, providing 3.5mm jack dots, and two USB-C ports (with the support of Thunderbolt 3 on one) and one USB-A 3.0 port on the other hand which is all a success on such a small laptop.
So if everything is the same as last year, why do we recommend it? Let's say that Huawei has improved what needed to be changed, such as chip making and elimination, to get rid of what it did with its smart phone list.
With the new green finish, we see that the MateBook X Pro wins a grand total and becomes an attractive model for the family, for being good in the professional or business areas, and also for being among the smallest and most useful community.
We really want all laptops to look like this.
A bright and wonderful display
The fact that it uses the same panel as last year's model doesn't stop you from being one of the best screens you'll ever see integrated into a laptop today. The 3: 2 aspect ratio is rare, because it's higher than the 16: 9 tonic.
This does not mean that it is a huge thank-you number when working, since you can fit in a few more rows when you submit spreadsheets, more rows in word documents, and more space in lines of code.
With a 13.9-inch size and a 3000 x 2000-pixel resolution, the FullView 3K touchscreen provides efficient and accurate interaction with the ability to swipe three fingers down to hold the screen effortlessly.
Also, sharing content has simplified intelligence since the interaction between PCs and mobile devices has never been so easy. It is also possible to record a PC screen or copy text from device to device.
It may not be 4K quality, unlike the Dell XPS 13, but its solution is high enough for most applications, whether you're using image and video editing, or just viewing multimedia content.
It is very distinctive and high gloss, and covers a variety of colors. With the exception of a glittering finish, there is no room for improvement. Screenshots of advanced laptops are no different to the new MateBook X Pro from 2020 right now.
Specification and performance
Another real change that comes with laptop compatibility is the increase in RAM memory and the renewal of the use of the tenth-generation Intel Core agreement. The basic model is now a Core i5-1020U with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
From here, it is possible to upgrade and add the Nvidia GeForce MX 250 GPU for an additional € 200, while for € 300 more you can upgrade the features and select the Core i7-10510U and raise the storage to 1 TB (configuration here analyzed).
The graph shows the benches where the brochure performance is strong and shows that it is in line with its main competitors, although surprisingly it remains the model of last year, because the tenth-generation dots enhance energy efficiency.
It also suffers a bit from the long and demanding PCMark 10 test, which may indicate the challenges of cooling such a small chassis, which results in less speed for its fans to prevent overheating.
However, there is nothing to worry about, because this is what this machine is meant for, by ensuring daily production and balanced work, without having to deal with 4K video editing or a complete gaming experience or gaming.
At the time of testing this laptop, the company offers model only on your website, which can add other series of accessories such as a mouse, MateDock 2 hub or FreeBuds 3, but without the best offer in its configuration.
Battery and charging to last
While Huawei's original MateBook struggled to integrate smaller batteries, the company changed this to the latest models so that the MateBook X Pro 2020 now lasts 15 hours in our ongoing battery drainage test.
At these times it has been ranked as one of the best notebooks we've seen, with an average of 8 hours being the average number of booklets with this high standard. Therefore, you do not have to worry about calling the charger every day everywhere.
By using a USB-C port to find ways to charge, you can also use your phone charger to charge it at any time, or USB-C is a powerful enough bank.
Obviously, you will not get the best charging speed or up to 65 W that a charger provided with mechanical warranties, but it will allow you to deal with unexpected events. With its original charger we were able to charge the battery at 45 percent in just 30 minutes, in four hours.
Software with additional functions
The MateBook X Pro comes with full support for Windows 10 Home, so there is no need to worry about the lack of access to Windows essential services or features. Everything is here, as expected, without any restrictions of any kind.
You also get a couple of benefits for Huawei, as long as you own the company's new phone or tablet. Touch a compatible device with the Huawei Share tag near the touchpad and you can connect it with NFC.
It's the fastest and easiest way to share files between your phone and laptop. You can also show your phone's screen on a computer, allowing you to use your phone as with a mouse app and keyboard support.
You'll have to keep the phone close to your MateBook laptop, of course, but don't worry, because you won't need to have & # 39; Share & # 39;
The latest price for a laptop
As expected, the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 is not cheap, but neither does it increase its price compared to last year's version, without including the new generation of Intel Core chips for the new generation.
A model to buy from Huawei's official store It costs € 1,499 and has an Intel Core i5-10210U chip with 8 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage. It is possible to double RAM up to 16 GB, with up to 1 TB of storage capacity.
You should pay special attention to the suspension, since the new Huawei MateBook X Pro model with eight-generation controllers is still listed, which is a clear indication that it is not the current 2020 model.
There are other ways like HP Dragonfly which we reviewed last month with a setting like a retail price € 1,699 compatible with a digital pen to work with its touchscreen.
If you're sure you want to buy a Huawei laptop, MateBook D14 It starts at a suggested price of € 749 with an AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage.
Find out with our article the complete selection of the best laptops of 2020, where we bring you the best models from top brands.
The final decision
Huawei hasn't changed much about the new 2020 edition of the MateBook X Pro, something we see is great for why it should revolutionize something that works like charm and is important to users. It was one of the best laptops you could buy last year.
Processor improvements are noticeable, and we can appreciate the fact that Huawei allows you to customize your RAM, storage or graphics chip, something that major brands offer, in order to customize the offering according to your needs.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a light and functional laptop, which you can handle pretty much everywhere, and forget to pair it with a power charger, this should be your choice, which guarantees the use of over 15 hours in normal conditions.
- 13.9-inch touchscreen
- 3K resolution for 3000 x 2000 pixels and 260 dpi
- Intel Core processor i5-10210U or 7-10510U
- Intel UHD or Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics
- 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM
- 512GB or 1TB SSD storage
- 1Mp pop-up webcam
- Ports: 1x USB-A 3.0, 2x USB-C (1x Thunderbolt 3) and Headphones
- Fingerprint 2.0 Power Button
- Wifi communication, Bluetooth 5.0
- Dolby Atmos speakers and microphone
- Windows 10 Home App
- Dimensions 304 x 217 x 14.6 mm
- Weight 1.33 kg