You want an Apple MacBook but do not have the budget for? Look to the Huawei MateBook X Pro, currently showing for less than 1200 euros for Black Friday. This 13.9-inch ultrabook has everything for it: thin and light chassis, chic and minimalist design and state-of-the-art architecture. Dominated by a gorgeous Ultra HD IPS edge-to-edge touch screen multi-touch, it is intended for fans of multimedia thanks to its Quad Core i5 Kaby Lake Refresh supported by 8 GB of RAM, a dedicated SSD of 256 GB and especially by a GeForce MX150 graphics card. Do not forget to mention its backlit keyboard, hidden webcam and Thunderbolt 3 connectors.
Features of Huawei MateBook X Pro
|Slab||13.9 '' Ultra HD LED IPS 3: 2 touch multi-touch (3000×2000, brilliant)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-8250U Kaby Lake Refresh (1.6GHz, 4 cores, TDP 15W)|
|RAM installed (max)||8 GB (Welded) DDR4 2400 MHz|
|Storage space||SSD M.2 NVMe 256GB PCIe|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Pascal GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 dedicated, Intel UHD 620 integrated into the processor and Optimus|
|Audio system||4 speakers|
|webcam||Yes, HD with microphone|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac (Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265)|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 4.1|
|Video output (s)||–|
|Entries exits)||Headphone / Mic Combo|
|USB||1 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 3.1 Type-C Gen1 + 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen2) Thunderbolt 3|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Autonomy announced||8 hours|
|Dimensions (mm)||304 x 217 x 14.6|
|Other||Backlit chiclet keyboard, multi-touch touchpad|
Shout design lovers, go your way. The Huawei MateBook X Pro is all that is more neutral and minimalist, like the MacBook. Moreover, the Chinese manufacturer has made the wise choice to place his ultrabook in a unibody chassis (monohull) aluminum, a serious asset strength. The aesthetics and the assembly are treated with beveled angles and some well placed curves.
Side measurements, the Huawei MateBook X Pro makes strong with a weight set around 1.3 kg and an thickness of 14.6 mm, which is perfectly acceptable for almost 14 "(13.9 inches), which incorporates a dedicated graphics card that is more.
The battery is consistent (57.4 Whr) and should allow to keep a full day of work away from a power outlet, either 9 hours of autonomy.
Small feature of this Huawei MateBook X Pro, the webcam is "hidden" in the upper part of the keyboard. Huawei sells this positioning for the security of your privacy but it mainly causes an unflattering angle of view. Take into account if you often do video conferencing.
The screen of this ultrabook is a small singularity in itself. His format 3: 2 is similar to that of the Surface and presents 3K UHD definition (3000 x 2000 px, resolution of 260 dpi). This definition is close to 4K and delivers a crisp image in all circumstances, whether you want to modulate the display (juxtaposed window), to enlarge the characters or to view content in (High) High Definition. On the other hand, IPS panel does a nice job of opening the viewing angles and faithfully reproducing the colors while the tactile offers a whole new dimension to Windows 10, more fun and interactive. Not to mention the impression of immersion offered by its particularly refined edges.
The ultrabook has other arguments to convince, especially from the point of view of performance. Featuring a perennial heart architected around a Quad Core i5 Kaby Lake Refresh low consumption and 8 GB RAM, he is perfectly comfortable with office and multimedia tasks, including surfing the Internet, playing videos, working on Office or photo editing (Photoshop, Lightroom). It can also tackle other missions a little more demanding (Adobe Premiere) in reasonable proportions. In addition, the 8 GB of RAM provides a fluid multitasking environment, even if you multiply active applications and / or tabs on the web. A small warning is needed: given the fineness of the frame, it is expected that the ventilation is permanently active in view of the components. This is the compromise to be made.
Casual players will be happy to hear the presence of a GeForce MX150 inside the ultrabook even if it does not play on the native definition of the screen. This dedicated graphics card latest generation aligns with the performance of a GeForce 950MX and is therefore intended for the game little greedy. The game in Full HD is supported on a good part of the titles of the market on condition to make concessions on the sharpness of the rendering. Note that it will surely lower the definition of the screen on 1600 x 900 px to launch the last outings in honest conditions.
For its part, storage plays a decisive role in the reactivity of the system since it is entrusted to a Fast dedicated SSD (NVMe PCIe), a solution known for its vivacity but also for its qualities in terms of energy saving, robustness and silence. As a result, the system and programs open instantly and the files are transferred to talk about it. Note that his 256GB capacity remains limited and will not allocate more than 200 GB of storage after installation of the various programs and the OS. The use of an external storage solution will then become necessary to take your toy library with you.
To finish on the connectivity, the list is quite small since it is limited to a headphone jack and three USB 3.1 ports, including two USB Type-C and a Thunderbolt 3 compatible (the other is dedicated to power). Fortunately, everything is possible thanks to the versatility of this format. Via dedicated adapters you can get RJ45, HDMI as well as USB Type-A. In addition, a fingerprint reader secures access to your session.
Our opinion on the Huawei MateBook X Pro (November 2018)
Proposed at this time to 1199 euros at Amazon in a gray color or Money, the Huawei MateBook X Pro has more than one string to his bow and can not find a valid competitor in his category. Obviously, this configuration is common at this price level but for an ultrabook in the mind of Apple with such a beautiful retina type screen, it has something to seduce.