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Huawei MateBook 16 review: AMD Ryzen 5 laptop with 16-inch FullVIEW 2.5K display

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  • Specifications Huawei MateBook 16
  • Design and appearance
  • Laptop screen
  • Speakers and Ports
  • Keyboard and trackpad
  • Scanner and webcam
  • Components and performance
  • Autonomy Huawei MateBook 16
  • Total
  • Should I buy
  • Huawei MateBook 16 laptop review - video
  • The Huawei MateBook 16 laptop comes with a quality screen and decent components, powered by AMD Ryzen processors, with integrated Radeon graphics, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD.

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    The MateBook 16 is available in two configurations,different processors. The first is equipped with AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, and the second is offered with AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, the rest of the components are unchanged. A model with Ryzen 5 came to me for testing, and I invite you to review it.

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    Specifications Huawei MateBook 16

    Display

    16" IPS, 2520x1680 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, up to 300 nits brightness, 100% sRGB coverage

    CPU

    AMD Ryzen 5 5600H or AMD Ryzen 7 7800H

    Graphics

    AMD Radeon

    RAM

    16 GB DDR4 (dual channel)

    Inner memory

    SSD 512 GB NVMe PCIe

    operating system

    Microsoft Windows 11 Home

    Webcam

    720p HD, retractable

    Connectivity and connections

    Intel Wi-Fi 6 (2×2 MIMO), Bluetooth 5.0

    Audio and sound

    Two 2W speakers, two microphones, 3.5mm combo

    Connectors and ports

    2×USB-C (supports data transfer, charging and DisplayPort), 2×USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1×HDMI

    Security

    Built-in fingerprint scanner

    Input Devices

    Island backlit keyboard, glass touchpad

    Battery

    84Wh, 135W USB-C power adapter

    Dimensions and weight

    351×254.9×17.8 mm, 1.99 kg

    Price

    From 90 thousand rubles

    Design and appearance

    Huawei hasn't experimented with the design of the MateBook 16, which looks like every other recent MateBook, just bigger.

    This is not necessarily bad, because the whole seriesHuawei laptops look very elegant, premium and stylistically reminiscent of Apple devices. Throw in the Space Gray case, which is darker than many shades of gray and has a bit of a clean, minimal style.

    Given that this is a laptop with a sixteen-inchdisplay, the case is not as big and bulky as it might seem. However, that doesn't change the fact that the device is still large and definitely not the most comfortable to carry around. You should think ahead before buying.

    The entire body of Huawei MateBook 16 is made of brushed aluminum, so the metal is present not only on the lid, but also in the base, which ensures durability.

    Ergonomically, the MateBook 16 is veryComfortable to use both on your lap and on a table. Rubber strips on the underside of the notebook allow it to be placed firmly on a flat surface. But, fingerprints remain on the case, despite the fact that it is matte.

    Laptop screen

    The highlight of the Huawei MateBook 16, as the name suggests, is a large 16-inch display with a resolution of 2520×1680 pixels.

    It's an IPS panel, so if you're looking for OLED,you should choose something else. However, the high resolution and interesting proportions of the MateBook's display are enough to tempt many users. The manufacturer chose an aspect ratio of 3:2 instead of 16:10 or 16:9. The main advantage of such proportions is a large working area in MS Office, Google Docs, spreadsheets, etc.

    The higher display has another importantthe advantage is that you scroll less, which is convenient when browsing the web. The only downside to 3:2 screens is that it displays black bars at the top and bottom when watching videos, although this isn't too much of a concern once you get used to it.

    In terms of user experience, the MateBook 16's display is bright and detailed and looks amazing, especially when you first look at it when you open the lid of the laptop.

    Beautiful slim bezels createthe impression that the screen here is almost from edge to edge (ratio to the body 90%). Only the lower frame is noticeably wider, which is due to the design of the hinge. The panel offers decent brightness, reaching around 380 nits, though Huawei claims a maximum of 300 nits.

    Indoors or dark conditions it will not turn outa problem, although the slightly matte surface does not allow for comfortable use outdoors on a sunny day. What's more, the screen is 100% sRGB calibrated, resulting in pleasingly vibrant colors. However, one must understand that in relation to the OLED panel, they are less saturated. The slightly matte finish reduces glare, but the refresh rate is capped at 60Hz, unlike the MateBook 14's 90Hz.

    Speakers and Ports

    Along the edges of the Huawei MateBook 16 keyboard are large grilles of two speakers pointing upwards.

    They emit a very rich and resonant sound.Fleshy bass should not be expected, but available, pleasant to the ear, as it is slightly muffled. Considering the size of the laptop, it was possible to install a system with four speakers, as in the Huawei MateBook 14s or the latest Huawei MateBook E.

    In terms of connectors, you get two USB-C ports, one of which is used to charge the laptop, two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an audio combo jack, and an HDMI port.

    This is a pretty decent set for a thinmodern laptop. While a memory card slot would be a welcome addition, it's not really needed as this device isn't intended for creative people. Huawei smartphone owners will surely like that the NFC module is placed in the touch panel, for use with Huawei Share. This software allows you to quickly sync your phone with your laptop to transfer files.

    Keyboard and trackpad

    The keyboard used in the MateBook 16 (with 3-step white backlighting) is well known from other Huawei laptops, it is very comfortable.

    It's easy to find the double Enter key here,full-sized left or right arrow keys, and a set of relatively large Fn keys that are half the size of the others. The stroke is clearly distinguishable, and the intervals are appropriate, thanks to which we get a convenient tool for entering text.

    And while it's a really good keyboard, it falls a little short of the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 laptop.

    The trackpad here is huge, glassy and precise.It provides very good gliding of the fingers, has little resistance and is pleasant to the touch. I must add that the panel supports multi-touch, and the function buttons are integrated into the bottom.

    Scanner and webcam

    I love that the Huawei MateBook 16 has an in-display fingerprint scanner integrated with the power button.

    The key with the scanner is separated from the main onekeyboard, so there is no chance of accidental pressing. The sensor itself is lightning fast and accurate, so during the testing period there was not a single situation in which it misdiagnosed my fingerprint or did not reject an unauthorized one.

    I'm not entirely happy with the fact that the 720p webcam is still between the function keys.

    This solution does not provide the correct angle formaking video calls. In order for none of the interlocutors to have to look into our nostrils, I advise you to use a stand or put something under the laptop.

    Components and performance

    The tested Huawei MateBook 16 with Windows 11 is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor manufactured using a 7nm FinFET lithographic process.

    It consists of six cores (12 threads), the basethe clock frequency of which is 3.3 GHz, and at the time of increased load increases to 4.2 GHz. By default, the processor has a TDP of 45W (configurable from 35W to 54W).

    Add to that an integrated graphics chipAMD Radeon, i.e., a fairly smart GPU system, characterized by a clock speed of 1800 MHz and a quite decent number of cores (seven). Complementing everything is 16 GB of LPDDR4X RAM (soldered on the motherboard, dual-channel) and 512 GB of internal NVMe PCIe SSD memory.

    To keep the temperature under control, the laptopMateBook 16 is equipped with Huawei Shark Fin cooling system. Utilizes large dual fans comprised of 79 ultra-thin S-shaped blades that operate quietly and efficiently, dissipating heat from two wide heatpipes.

    The lack of a dedicated GPU means the MateBook 16 isn't the strongest competitor for graphics, video editing, or demanding gaming.

    Speaking of SSD, I should mention that it is the defaultdivided into two sections, which is a bit strange for a general purpose computer. Fortunately, both disks can be combined into one. The Huawei laptop also handles everyday tasks flawlessly, which means it's great for the office, simple photo editing, or occasional video rendering.

    Немаловажно, что за период тестирования я не noticed a lack of computing power. There were no egregious stutters or performance drops despite the fact that I tested a weaker model. A dozen open tabs in the browser, streaming music, working with text editors and simultaneous processing of graphics in the system application did not cause problems.

    Autonomy Huawei MateBook 16

    Thanks to the combination of an 84 Wh battery and a power-saving AMD processor, the reviewed MateBook 16 is pretty self-contained.

    Huawei laptop is able to withstandover ten hours on a charge using text editing software, Chrome browser, music, photo editor, and YouTube.

    Of course, the run time is highly dependent on the specific workload, video editors or video calls will drain the battery faster.

    As for charging, there is a USB Type-C connector withsupport for fast charging up to 135W, included in the kit. In just 30 minutes, you can recover 33% of your lost energy. And although this is not a stunning result for laptops, it does not cause any complaints.

    Total

    A well-built, very stylish laptop with excellent battery life and a 16-inch screen, the Huawei MateBook 16 meets many modern requirements.

    The speakers here pleasantly impress with sound, andthe keyboard is really good and easy to use. The 3:2 aspect ratio is another strong selling point, offering much more screen real estate than alternatives with standard 16:9 displays. This should be appreciated by multitaskers and those who do a lot of texting or browsing.

    However, even with all the positives720p webcam placement and quality is a huge issue. If Huawei moved the lens and also improved the resolution, I would strongly recommend the laptop to everyone.

    Should I buy

    With an excellent 16-inch screen, Huawei's MateBook 16 is a good and versatile device for work and play.

    Yandex MarketHuawei MateBook 16 laptop review - video HUAWEI MateBook 16 - frameless ultrabook for serious tasks Alexander ShamanAlexander has been writing for a long timealmost two decades. Initially, he collected technology news for local media. His love of science fiction awakened a huge thirst for knowledge. Trying to understand how it works and whether it can work better, he becomes so carried away, as if he is immersed in a trance. For this, among colleagues in TehnObzor, he received the nickname - Shaman. Huawei universal laptop with a large screen Design and ergonomics95/100 Display and multimedia90/100 Keyboard and input devices90/100 Connectors and ports85/100 Performance85/100 Connectivity and connectivity90/100 Autonomy Performance95/100 Total 90The Huawei MateBook 16 had the potential to be one of the best laptops released in 2021. With a nice 3:2 display and plenty of ports, but global availability has been let down a lot. Pros and Cons Stylish design Comfortable keyboard Great 3:2 IPS screen Nice stereo speakers Huge and accurate trackpad Decent performance Good battery life Appropriate number of ports Flawless fingerprint scanner 60 Hz screen Mediocre webcam No Windows Hello support Average GPU performance