Huawei’s MateBook X lineup is the corporate’s most premium – spanning the fanless MateBook X, that weighs simply 1.0kg and is Huawei’s most-portable machine and the laptop computer we now have right here – the Huawei MateBook X Pro, which mixes portability with energy.
The MateBook X Pro 2021 was initially launched in China and is now on pre-order in Europe and occurring sale quickly. The 16GB/1TB mannequin is CNY 12,000/€1.899/£1.599, which is not low cost, however really fairly aggressive when you think about the package deal you might be getting.
Our unit comes within the Emerald Green coloration and there is additionally a Space Gray one, however Huawei has seemingly discontinued the lighter Mystic Silver it provided for the MateBook X Pro 2020. The laptop computer is available in a small carboard field with a 65W charger and a single USB-C cable.
The charger is a regular Power Delivery brick which may additionally cost your pill or cellphone (and even drone) with variable energy of 10W, 18W, 24W, 45W and 65W, making this mix a really handy one.
One of the principle appeals of the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 is its design. It’s a skinny and light-weight machine with skinny bezels and tightly packed internals.
It’s freakish to suppose that Huawei has stored roughly the identical design for its MateBook X Pro lineup for 4 years and but this machine seems no less than nearly as good as any of its rivals in 2021.
Complete with Intel’s eleventh gen Tiger Lake CPUs, the quickest RAM round, Wi-Fi 6 assist, a 3:2 touchscreen show and a premium building, the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 is a critical ultraportable.
The 2021 mannequin additionally brings some refined enhancements over its predecessor. There’s a second fan underneath the hood and Intel’s eleventh gen processor brings extra efficiency and Thunderbolt 4, the aforementioned sooner Wi-Fi 6 and a solid-state touchpad.
Display, keyboard, touchpad, I/O
The show of the MateBook X Pro 2021 seems similar to final yr’s mannequin. It’s a 3:2 LTPS LCD of 3000x2000px decision, with tack-sharp 260ppi and 178-degree viewing angles. The bezels across the machine are properly trimmed, leading to a claimed 91% display to physique ratio.
Huawei claims a typical brightness of 450 nits, which we even discovered conservative. We measured a most of 480 nits on the middle. The show helps 100% of the sRGB coloration gamut and got here with wonderful coloration replica from the field.
The solely weak point of the show is its shiny glass cowl, which is kind of reflective.
The show’s side ratio is on this reviewer’s opinion the most effective for a laptop computer. At 13.9-inches and three:2, it strikes the right stability between video, photograph and internet looking/productiveness. You get extra vertical house for web sites and paperwork and do not lose any horizontal house for viewing 16:9 movies, in comparison with the everyday 13.3-14.0-inch 16:9 or 16:10 laptop computer.
Plus the three:2 side is ideal for modifying pictures.
Naturally, the MateBook X Pro 2021’s show is a touchscreen. It helps as much as 10 level enter, could be very responsive and helps multi-touch gestures for zooming. It provides an entire new stage to scrolling web sites and viewing photographs.
You can drag on the display with three fingers to entry Huawei’s intuitive screenshot instrument. It lets you choose with a finger simply what a part of the display you need to seize.
The quad audio system on the MateBook X Pro 2021 embrace a woofer and a tweeter on either side for richer sound. The grilles on the aspect of the keyboard aren’t the supply of the sound, nonetheless. There are vents beneath them that give the strongest sound. They’re side-facing, and never backside dealing with too so if the laptop computer is on a desk, the sound bounces off the flat floor, making for wealthy listening expertise.
The keyboard is full-sized with simply over a centimeter on either side reserved for the audio system. This is a short-travel keyboard, which is par for the course with thin-and-light laptops, however is without doubt one of the finest I’ve used.
Key journey is brief however the tactile response is agreeable. Each secret’s nicely-balanced and the format could be very simple to get used to. The enter secret’s huge and simple to search out.
The solely points are the small up and down keys and the dearth of any Home, End, Page Up and Page Down buttons, which can be a deal-breaker for some.
I wrote this whole review of the MateBook X Pro 2021’s keyboard and did not expertise any points. This is a machine you possibly can comfortably kind all day on, as soon as you have spent the time to get used to its idiosyncrasies.
The touchpad could be very huge. It takes greater than a 3rd of the underside of the MateBook X Pro 2021’s deck. The glass floor is completely clean for scrolling and multi-fingered gestures.
This is a solid-state glass touchpad. Huawei calls it Free Touch and it will possibly register clicks wherever on the floor. The Huawei Free Touch app means that you can customise the press sensitivity and the vibration depth to your liking. You may even flip off the press, which is a bit jarring.
If you’ve got a supported Huawei smartphone, you possibly can join it utilizing Huawei Share. You simply faucet the cellphone’s NFC to the touchpad to initialize the connection. Huawei Share means that you can management your cellphone from the laptop computer and share information between the 2 units.
Something that hasn’t modified from earlier Huawei and Honor laptops and hasn’t aged effectively is the webcam hidden within the f-row of the keyboard. It’s an up-the-nose cam which is well blocked should you’re typing. Plus it is an HD digital camera with poor high quality all-around.
On the upside the dual-microphones on the entrance of the laptop computer provide wonderful readability for calls.
The fingerprint scanner is embedded into the facility button. It helps cashing, which suggests a single press is sufficient to activate the laptop computer and log you into Windows. There’s no Windows Hello-supported digital camera, although.
There’s respectable port choice for such a skinny and light-weight gadget. You get two USB-C ports and three.5mm audio jack on the left aspect and a single full-sized USB-A on the precise.
Both USB-C’s are 40Gbps Thunderbolt 4 ports that assist [email protected] and 3840x2160px output.
If we needed to level a finger at one thing within the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021’s construct, it is the smudge-proneness of the chassis. The modern metallic floor eagerly collects and retains fingerprints and dirt and is a bit troublesome to wipe down.
Performance and battery life
Our Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 is powered by the eleventh gen Intel Core-i7-1165G7 – a chip with 4 cores and eight threads, constructed on a 10nm course of with a 12MB L3 cache and a TDP of as much as 28W.
Mated to the chipset is Intel’s eleventh gen Iris Xe GPU, which is alleged to be round 20% sooner than Intel’s tenth gen built-in graphics and sooner than the NVIDIA MX250 GPU in final yr’s MateBook X Pro.
Huawei has outfitted the MateBook X Pro 2021 with 16GB of the current-fastest LPDDR4x RAM, working at 4266 MHz.
When in Performance mode, the CPU idles round 1200MHz with spikes to 4100MHz. Temperatures at idle sit round 37°C to 40°C. During a stress take a look at the CPU jumps to just about 90°C and a clock pace of about 4100MHz, then rapidly throttles all the way down to round 2400MHz and slightly below 80°C.
This yr’s MateBook X Pro 2021 has added a second fan, which is linked to the primary one by way of a skinny vapor cooling chamber.
Huawei tuned the MateBook X Pro 2021 to run quiet and to not get highly regarded. Each time the machine passes 80°C the CPU rapidly throttles down to permit it settle down. Fans hardly ever kick in until the system is confused, however even then obtained as loud as 45dB at arms size. The chassis by no means obtained actually scorching – we registered a peak temperature of 42°C on the middle of the keyboard.
The mixture of Intel’s eleventh gen CPU and built-in graphics leads to a quiet and funky machine that may deal with most workflows with out challenge. Photo modifying on the MateBook X Pro 2021 is a breeze and you may even do video modifying with the precise settings – optimized media, as an illustration.
The storage drive in our Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 is the Samsung PM981a – a wonderful drive with wonderful efficiency.
Battery life was excellent from the MateBook X Pro 2021. It managed slightly below 8 hours of steady internet looking at 100% brightness and 12:30 hours at 50% brightness.
Charging the machine from 0 to 100% took 90 minutes. Huawei says you possibly can obtain 4 hours of battery life with simply half-hour on the charger.
Should you purchase it?
The Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 gives wonderful worth for cash. It is dear and there are a couple of laptops with related specs for much less, however an identical your complete package deal will price extra. And when you think about that the real-life efficiency is nearly as good because the specs promise there are not any actual downsides.
No different gadget blends collectively a 3:2 touchscreen with 480 nits of brightness, such a gorgeous design, nice audio system, keyboard, touchpad and battery life.
But once more, it’s fairly an costly laptop computer. You may get this stage of efficiency, if not at this stage of portability and craftsmanship, at a cheaper price.
And there is a sure Apple laptop computer (or two) that has an edge in efficiency and battery life for a cheaper price, however you’d must forgo Windows and a touchscreen.
The Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 can do all of it, is beautiful to make use of, would not compromise and feels particular. We first noticed this machine in 2018 and it was mind-blowing then and it is nonetheless spectacular right this moment. Certainly one of many simpler suggestions we will make.
- Big, vibrant, color-accurate touchscreen.
- 3:2 side ratio is ideal for looking the net, doc work, photograph modifying.
- Great keyboard, trackpad, audio system.
- Excellent construct high quality and craftsmanship.
- Good battery life.
- Fast, handy USB-C charging.
- Very good efficiency from Intel eleventh gen platform.
- Very quick SSD.
- No USB-C (and no charging) on the precise aspect.
- Poor webcam placement and high quality.
- Display could be very reflective.
- Body simply smudges.