Huawei MateBook X Pro Signature Edition Thin & Light Laptop, 13.9" 3K Touch, 8th Gen i7-8550U, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, GeForce MX150, 3:2 Aspect Ratio, Office 365 Personal, Space Gray - Mach-W29C
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- World's First FullView Display: Immersive 13.9-inch 3K touchscreen with 91% screen-to-body ratio, only 0.57-inch thin and weighs only 2.93 lbs., perfect for at-home or on-the-go computing
- Powerful Inside: Windows 10 Home Signature Edition with no bloatware. 8th Gen Intel Core i7 8550U processor + NVIDIA GeForce MX150 - boosts performance up to 40% over its predecessor
- Home Theater: 3K touchscreen with 3, 000 x 2, 000 resolution, 1500:1 contrast ratio and 260 PPI allow you to see vivid details when viewing HD content. 2nd Gen Dolby ATMOS for immersive audio
- One Touch Power Button: Enabling users to power on the notebook, finish identity authentication through Windows Hello and access the desktop in less than 8 seconds
- English Keyboard
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Huawei MateBook X Pro Signature Edition Thin - Light Laptop - Intel Quad Core i7-8550U, 16GB, 512GB SSD PCIe, 13.9 Inch 3k Touchscreen, GeForce MX150 2GB, Eng-KB, Windows 10, Space Grey
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- Design: This is a very good looking laptop. The dark grey color is pretty much identical to the "space gray" that Apple uses on their MacBooks.
- Battery life: excellent. Watching youtube, editing documents, and other light productivity work yields about 8-10 hours of use.
- Display: Very bright and easy to use outdoors. Not quite as bright as the new MacBook Pros, but close. Color accuracy is skewed towards the reds, but that can be fixed with calibration.
- Keyboard: MUCH better than Apple's new keyboards. Very quiet comfy to type on. It feels very similar to the Surface keyboards (which is a good thing)
- Speakers: Excellent sound. The bass could be better, but the sound is very clear and can get fairly loud.
- The SSD is upgradable. Not easily upgradable, but it's not soldered in, which is a plus. If anyone is wondering, my unit has a Toshiba SSD. Write speeds are poor, around 300MB/s, read speeds are decent at around 1800MB/s.
NOT SO GOOD:
- Build Quality: After a few days of use, the laptop started to creak when I pick it up. I tried tightening the screws, but that didn't fix it. Very irritating. The USB C ports are also VERY tight. It feels like I'm going to break something when I remove the charging connector.
- Port arrangement: This is a minor one, but I wish they put one USB C port on either side instead of putting both on the same side. This would make it possible to charge the laptop from either side.
- Price: I think $1499 (for the 512gb model) is too much. At the time of writing this review, Amazon is including a $300 gift card, and that makes it easier to swallow.
THE TRULY AWFUL:
- Webcam: I can't think of a single scenario where using this webcam would be acceptable. Even for just casual video chatting, it's awful. I like that it can be hidden, but the positioning makes it impossible to get a "normal" view of your face. Not to mention the actual camera quality is poor as well. It's a 1MP camera.
- Touchpad: It's a Precision touchpad, but it sure doesn't feel like it. It doesn't even compare to the Surface touchpads. Even the "click" is very cheap feeling. Not to mention, the touchpad rattles quite a bit. Not what I expected for a $1500 device.
- Coil Whine: Similar to the older Dell XPS 13, this unit has quite a bit of coil whine. It's amplified when plugged in. This is pretty unfortunate, but some people won't notice it.
- Fan Noise: It's pretty much always on. It's not obnoxious, but it's loud enough to hear it in a very quiet room. If the laptop isn't plugged in and is on power saver mode, the fans do quiet down. On (almost) every other laptop, the fan is actually connected to a metal heatsink. On this laptop, there's about 0.5cm of space between the fan and the heatsink. This is just bad design and incredibly inefficient.
As for what comes in the box, you get:
- The laptop
- Power brick
- 2m long USB C cable
- A USB C dongle with VGA, USB A, HDMI, and charging passthrough. This DOES NOT support 4k@60hz, but hey, its included.
TL;DR: This machine is 90% of a MacBook Pro for ~70% of the price. It's a great value compared to a Mac, but compared to other Windows laptops, I think it's priced too high, especially for a "new" brand like Huawei.
Leave a comment if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them.
I didn't use the laptop for a few months as I was still using my Macbook Air. Boy do I regret waiting. I thought there was something wrong with the trackpad as it would keep going crazy. Turns out it wasn't the track pad but was the touch screen. There was a hairline crack in it that I couldnt see while using it. It must've been damaged in shipping as it seems other people have had this problem...
On top of that it whines, gets hot, the track pad feels cheap and loose. The final nail in the coffin is that the webcam/ microphone don't work in applications like Google Chrome or Opera. I can't video chat via Facebook or Gmail which renders the laptop basically useless for me.
I have contacted Huawei about this. They want $400 to replace the screen... I asked them also about the camera/mic problem. They told me to just reset the laptop to factory settings, even though I have barely used the thing.
At this point I just want to return it but I am outside of Amazon's return window. I highly regret purchasing this laptop. Don't make the same mistake.
● Its stunning display. Since the refresh rate isn't listed by Amazon, this ultrabook's display runs at 60Hz. I'd wish for a higher refresh rate, but if that is to keep the price down then it is what it is.
● Excellent build quality (albeit nearly identical to the Macbook but that's a good thing if you are into a minimalist style).
● The keyboard is excellent. It travels well, and coming from a desktop keyboard, I got used to it rather quickly.
● The price. The initial price you can get this for is such a steal with what comes included and the specs. You would be spending an upwards of $2k for numerous brands with similar specs as the high-end X Pro. (At the time of this writing, I would advise visiting Microsoft's or Newegg's store and purchasing it at a more retail price compared to what sellers on here may offer).
● Best speakers I have ever listened to on an ultrabook.
● The hidden webcam is a perfect idea for the majority of users who rarely use a webcam and take privacy as a big deal (you can even disable the webcam from being recognized by POST via disabling it within the BIOS settings).
● The web cam is in an awkward place but since I hardly use a webcam, I don't see it as a big deal. (Just buy a Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, Widescreen Video Calling and Recording, 1080p Camera, Desktop or Laptop Webcam and use that USB A port this ultrabook has included to your advantage).
● The keyboard's backlight has three modes that can be set with its dedicated function key: off, low brightness, and high brightness. I would rather have a plain and simple on and off function but that's not the main complaint. The complaint is after nearly 15 seconds of not typing anything, the backlight turns itself off. This is troublesome at night when you're reading an article or watching a video and you can barely see the keyboard when you want to type again because the keyboard light turns itself off.
● If you hold down on the trackpad to - let's say when you drag something and you move your finger to the edge of the trackpad, the cursor starts to move in the same direction on its own until you either lift your finger or move your finger away from one of the edges. This could possibly be a hardware defect in with my specific purchase but I would like to bring this out there.
● The heat dissipation on this ultrabook is horrible. You will find that just mere web browsing will make the machine quite warm (I normally see the processor float in the range of 40-50 C when doing everyday tasks and reaching 70 degrees when gaming). I tried to undervolt the CPU some and while it did help a tad bit, it wasn't enough to keep the whole bottom of the chassis from getting awkwardly warm every now and then.
So if you can get past the few caveats the Matebook X Pro has, you will find yourself loving this product at first sight.