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Huawei MateBook 13 Review: Beautiful and Premium Laptop

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According to rumors, Huawei is now not the easiestperiod. Nevertheless, the company produces excellent gadgets. A good example of this was the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro smartphones. However, the Chinese giant offers not only smartphones, but also laptops. I recently met the new Huawei MateBook 13.

I got a review on a model on an Intel processorCore i7-8565U, there is another version of the laptop on the Intel core i5-8265U. In my version, the Nvidia GeForce MX 150 discrete graphics card is already installed, which is not in the version with Core i5. The laptop received 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM with a frequency of 2133 MHz and a 512 GB Samsung NVMe PCIe SSD.

The older model MateBook 13 on the Intel Core i7 costs about 85,000 p., The youngest is 65,000 rubles.

  • Design and construction
  • Laptop display
  • Connection and ports
  • Keyboard and touchpad
  • Sound and quality
  • Performance
  • SSD
  • Gaming notebook
  • System and software
  • Autonomy
  • Should I buy?
  • Design by Huawei MateBook 13

    The model MateBook 13 on the Core i7 is presented in"Cosmic gray" color. The younger version of the Core i5 released in the color of "mystical silver." The laptop looks really beautiful, which is complemented by elegantly thin black screen frames and a compact keyboard.

    There is not a single element that could be called cheap. Huawei MateBook 13 fully corresponds to the premium class, in which the flagship MateBook X Pro shines.

    The display is fixed to the base very securely. Although the black hinge takes up most of the rear working space, it looks beautiful. The lower frame of the screen extends beyond the keyboard area, so you will not notice any space between the screen and the base.

    I'm a little worried that the bottom frame andMateBook 13 screen hinge closes the cooling vents. Under normal load this will not cause problems, but at full power the hot air will not be maximally blown through by the cooling system. In addition, working with a laptop on your lap will not be very convenient and this may in part cause overheating.

    Laptop display

    Stylish and compact Huawei MateBook 13 receivedultra-slim 13-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 2160 × 1440 pixels (195ppi) with an aspect ratio of 3: 2. This means that video and games in 16: 9 widescreen format will be displayed with black margins at the top and bottom.

    Screen MateBook 13 got an IPS matrix with cornersreview of 178 degrees and 100% coverage of the color space sRGB. It shows a 1000: 1 contrast ratio and has a maximum brightness of 300 nits, which is enough to work outside on a cloudy day. Colors remain rich and vibrant even at maximum brightness.

    There is a frame around the screen to the right and left4.4 mm. At the top of the frame is slightly wider so that you can install a 1-megapixel camera. According to representatives of Huawei, this laptop boasts 88% of the ratio of the display to the body.

    Connection and ports

    On the left side of the laptop, Huawei MateBook 13 isonly a 3.5 mm audio jack and a USB-C port that can transfer data at speeds up to 5 Gbps and charge the device. On the right is the second USB-C and DisplayPort port. Note that the battery only charges when connected to the left USB-C.

    Photographers and video editors here may encounterwith a problem. There is no memory card slot and there is no USB-A connector, due to which you will additionally need to purchase a USB-C adapter to USB-A or a full-fledged hub.

    I can understand why there is no USB-A port here, after all, the laptop is made very thin. But, for what reason is there no microSD slot? The question remains unanswered.

    Keyboard and touchpad

    Keyboard MateBook 13 takes almost everythingedge-to-edge space. The keys are comfortable, full-sized with a depth of 1.2 mm. Typing large texts on such a keyboard is really a pleasant experience. All keys have a white backlight with two levels of brightness. However, the digital part of the backlight is devoid. But, there are additional function buttons for controlling the brightness, backlight, multimedia and other functions.

    Huawei MateBook 13 received an updated touchpadrectangular shape, which is becoming the new standard for Windows laptops. Unlike old touch panels, Windows now has support for new drivers and gestures. In addition, Microsoft promises that the release of updates will occur for a long time, even if the manufacturers themselves stop releasing them.

    During the test, the touchpad of this MateBook showed itselffrom the best side. He is comfortable and very responsive. The large surface of the sensor is similar to the outlines of smartphones. Now it is much more convenient to control a laptop, especially since there is no visual separation between the left and right keys.

    Sound and quality

    My Huawei MateBook 13 has discrete graphics,dual cooling system, very thin case and keyboard from edge to edge. That is why the only possible place for installation of two-watt speakers was the lower part of the body.

    In my opinion, the ideal option would bereducing the width of the keyboard and installing the speakers on the front, as implemented in the MacBook Air. Nevertheless, the sound was good. It is not only reflected from the surface of the desktop, but also penetrates through the keyboard area. If you make the sound too loud, a small metallic tint appears.

    But, I can subjectively notice that viewingfilm or listening to music on MateBook 13 will give pleasure. Even at maximum volume, the sound from the audio system is rich, without wheezing or rattling.

    CPU performance

    Intel Core i7-8565U is a quadprocessor of the eighth generation Whiskey Lake, released in the third quarter of last year. The base frequency of the processor is 1.8 GHz, with a load it accelerates to 4.6 GHz. On average, the chipset consumes 15 watts, which is ideal for thin and light notebooks, providing high performance and low heat generation.

    This processor in a single-core test Geekbenchscored 5120 points, and in the multi-core - 16,983 points. These results allow MateBook 13 to bypass most competitors on the same chip. It clearly surpasses the Core i5-8250U processor installed in the latest Acer Chromebooks, and the Core i7-6820HK in Alienware 14 R4.

    I also conducted tests with video conversion. This time, the Core i7-8565U fell behind the sixth generation Core i7 in the Alienware laptop. The conversion took 248.87 seconds, while Alienware did the same task for 231.09. For the sake of interest, I launched the same task on a 2017 HP laptop with a Pentium N3540 processor. He coped with the task in 1383.72 seconds.

    Fast SSD

    In addition to the nimble processor, the Huawei MateBook 13Samsung SSM fast PCIe SSD is installed. The average sequential read speed is 3521 Mbit / s, and the sequential write is 1884 Mbit / s. This result allows the Huawei laptop to take the lead, leaving behind a laptop Alienware and Acer Chromebook Spin 13.

    High performance processor and memoryallows you to run applications and programs almost instantly. A full Windows boot takes only 5 seconds. Touch the power button with a built-in fingerprint scanner and Windows Hello logs in a second.

    In general, if you want to find a quickA Windows laptop, the Huawei MateBook 13 might be the perfect option. If you need a light and thin laptop, on which you can enjoy playing games with a resolution of 1440p, you will have to continue the search, despite the presence of a discrete GeForce video card.

    Gaming performance

    The discrete graphics card Nvidia GeForce MX 150 has2 GB of dedicated video memory GDDR5, this is a budget version of the GT 1030. Graphics are great for editing video and photos, as well as for creating 3D-animation. She also pulls the game, but not at the maximum settings.

    MX 150 shows itself well in the Rocket League. at 1080p resolution, it produces 61.18 fps in maximum performance mode and 57.68 fps at high performance. If we increase the resolution to 1440p, we get 49.8 and 40 fps.

    I also launched Far Cry 5 and averaged 23fps, while the resolution is set to 1080p and low graphics settings. An increase to 1440p brought down fps to 13. For comparison, GTX 1080 in Alienware at low graphics settings produces at 1080p more than 76 fps, and at 1440p it is about 71 fps.

    Final Fantasy XV game was merciless to MX too150 in MateBook 13. At low graphics settings at 1080p resolution, the laptop showed from 18 to 30 frames per second. If you increase the settings to standard, then fps set in the region of 13-21. I did not dare to run this game in high settings or with a resolution of 1440r.

    Of course, Huawei is not going to promote MateBook13 as a gaming device, however, this laptop is quite suitable for a pleasant stay with not the most demanding games. For real gaming, it's better to choose other computers.

    Windows 10 system

    In my Huawei MateBook 13 OS was installedWindows 10 Home Build 17134 Signature Edition. This means that a clean installation has been made here and there is no extra software commonly found on other builds.

    Here I can call only standardapps like Candy Crush Saga, Cooking Fever, Royal Revolt 2: Tower Defense and more, there's not even a trial version of McAfee that eats system memory.

    Nevertheless, MateBook 13 is not devoid of proprietary software. Huawei installed its own PC Manager utility to check the overall system status. One click of a button, you can check the equipment for problems or update any driver.

    MateBook 13 autonomy

    In conclusion, let's talk about the autonomy of HuaweiMateBook 13. We are promised up to 9.6 hours of work without recharging when playing video in 1080p. I checked this application by launching the looped trailer for Aquamen in 1080p. At a screen brightness of 50%, the laptop lasted 9 hours and 19 minutes. With the increase in brightness to 100%, the time was reduced to 7 hours and 20 minutes.

    In the browser test with looping page loadthe results were more modest. With a brightness of 50%, the tested MateBook 13 worked for 4 hours and 41 minutes. Increasing the brightness to 100%, reduced autonomy to 3 hours and 44 minutes.

    Considering that we usually not only watch the videoor surf the web, battery life may be completely different. On average, the MateBook 13 I showed the result for more than 6 hours, while the display brightness was 50%.

    These results suggest that this Huawei laptop may be the perfect solution for business trips.

    Total

    Huawei MateBook 13 is a great thin and lighta laptop designed for serious tasks and professionals performing complex tasks like editing multimedia. Even gamers will be able to appreciate the potential of this laptop, although playing top games at maximum settings will not work.

    I have only two comments on MateBook 13. First, there is not enough slot for microSD-cards, which will prevent the convenient work of photo editors and video content. We'll have to use adapters or hubs. Secondly, there is no USB-A connector, and connecting a standard mouse to a laptop or something else directly will not work. Again, you need to use either an available USB-C, or buy an adapter.

    Should I buy?

    All in all, this MateBook 13 is the perfect laptop for work. You can fall in love with it at first sight - powerful, stylish and more or less affordable. For someone, it can be a Windows alternative to the MacBook Air.

    Benefits

    • Bright screen.
    • Beautiful design.
    • Ultra slim and lightweight.
    • High performance.
    • Net version of Windows 10.
    • Good sound from the speakers facing down.
    • Discrete graphics for editors and easy games.

    disadvantages

    • No USB-A port.
    • No memory card reader.

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