Huawei MateBook X Pro
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The best laptop of 2018.
Huawei has crafted a sleeper hit best laptop of 2018 with its MateBook X Pro, a surprisingly sublime marriage of function and form with few, if any, flaws to speak of for all audiences both professional and prosumer.
- Incredibly slick, sensible design
- Gorgeous, bright display
- Strong all-around performance
- Terrific battery life
- No SD card slot
- Clever webcam is still flawed
- Mystic Silver is Core i7 only
A slimline beauty that’s ready to crash Apple’s party.
A seriously stylish and powerful Windows laptop with some clever ideas to get the maximum display for your dollar.
- Ultra-skinny screen bezels
- Powerful CPU/GPU combo for an ultraportable
- Loads of storage and respectable battery life
- Touchpad can be finickity
- Webcam angle isn’t very flattering
- Looks a little too familiar
Huawei’s new MateBook X Pro is the best laptop right now.
The MateBook X Pro’s performance and design alone win it high marks right away, but once the price is factored in, it becomes a no-brainer. Its few faults are only an issue if you happen to make a lot of video calls from your laptop or you need your computer to last longer than a work day away from an outlet. Everything else is as good or better than any other laptop I’ve used.
Simply put, if you are looking to purchase a new laptop for productivity or entertainment, the MateBook X Pro should be at the very top of your list.
- Immaculate materials and design
- Big, bright display with very small bezels
- Great keyboard and trackpad
- Lots of power
- Both USB-C and USB-A ports
- Terrible webcam
- Average battery life
- Occasional fan noise
It’s true that the Huawei MateBook X Pro is an unapologetic clone of the Apple MacBook Pro. But it’s an excellent one, offering an intriguing screen ratio, superb sound quality, and a much better blend of price and performance than the machine that inspired it. It’s not a useful machine for videoconferencing, but the oddly placed webcam will only be a deal-breaker for someone who spends a lot of time on video calls.
For everyone else, the MateBook X Pro is excellent as an alternative to both mainstream Windows ultraportables like the Dell XPS 13, as well as macOS laptops. If you’re prepared to spend about $1,500 on a conventional laptop, it should be at the top of your list.
- Superb audio quality
- Comfortable, oversized touchpad
- Thin, sleek design
- Screen aspect ratio makes editing documents easier
- USB-C and USB 3.0 ports
- Awkward webcam placement
The Huawei MateBook X Pro is a speedy machine with a gorgeous display, comfortable keyboard and solid battery life. We would easily recommend this over the 13-inch MacBook Pro, if it were easier to buy this machine in the U.S. And while the MateBook X Pro’s high import price was once a dealbreaker, that’s no longer the case.
But with the MateBook X Pro’s new U.S. availability, and lower prices, it’s not only the laptop I wish Apple would make, but it also might be my next laptop.
- Fast performance
- Exquisite screen
- Comfortable keyboard
- Long battery life
- Both USB Type-C and Type-A ports
- Limited availability
The Huawei MateBook X Pro is not perfect, but it trumps the competition in most areas. It has that innovative camera placement, fast fingerprint sensor and an extremely thin-bezelled screen, which places it ahead of competition. The specs are top notch, the design is beautiful (if derivative), the battery life is great and the sound is impressive (though not in all areas).
Drawbacks include a relatively small number of ports, odd angle of the camera and overly glossy screen (though some users might like it). And when I compare those to what this device has to offer, I’d be more than prepared to live with them.
- Huge screen with tiny bezels
- Top-notch specs
- Camera never needs to be taped over
- Impressive sound
- Screen too glossy
- Camera has an odd angle
- Another USB-A port or a memory card slot would be great
Huawei’s fourth laptop looks like a MacBook Pro clone, but manages to add in features that make it better for pros on the go. A traditional USB A port and a 14-inch display in a 13-inch body are both big pluses, plus excellent audio that makes it a cut above some others. You may not be so thrilled with the pop-up webcam, or the fact that it’s hard to pick up in the US.
- Well-engineered USB-A port
- Beautiful 14-inch display in a 13-inch frame
- Good battery life
- Expensive in Europe
- US availability
- Webcam placement will annoy some
- Potential trackpad issues
A great 14-inch lightweight clamshell laptop, the Huawei MateBook X Pro offers a combo of first-rate display and a little oomph that suits it for basic graphics work. But an absurd placement in the keyboard renders the webcam close to useless.
- Compact and light
- Stellar sRGB display
- Very good sound system
- Solid performance for its size
- Worst webcam placement ever
- AC adapter has a horrible case of plugspreading disease
- Sacrifice some connections for the size
- LTE option would be nice
Huawei’s MateBook X Pro is a solid piece of hardware that appeals to those who want the biggest touchscreen display possible in the smallest form factor while also enjoying an amazing speaker experience. It is quite expensive compared to competing products and realizes its full potential when paired with a Huawei smartphone.
It performed very well for me over the past couple of weeks and I would love to see all laptops minimize the bezels like Huawei.
- High quality design, fit, and finish
- Gorgeous 13.9 inch display
- Solid battery life
- Liquid resistant keyboard
- 91% screen-to-body ratio with minimal bezels
- Compelling Dolby Atmos quad-speaker system
- Fast Windows Hello fingerprint scanner
- Camera embedded in the keyboard can produce odd results
- Keys are a bit mushy and loose
With a stunning trim-bezel screen, heaps of power on tap, ample ports (including full-size USB), and a great-looking finish throughout, it really is Pro by name and pro by nature.
Sure, the battery life doesn’t hit the double-figures golden standard, and we’re not sure just how much cash this powerful laptop will cost when (or if?) it arrives in the UK. But we really do hope it arrives on these shores, as the MateBook X Pro is a truly great Windows laptop.
- Tiny screen bezel is the smallest in the business
- Bright and resolution touchscreen looks superb
- Heaps of power on tap
- Full size USB plus two USB-C for the future
- Discrete graphics (and off-board compatibility too)
- Battery life won’t hit double figures
- Camera placement isn’t right
- Auto-brightness is overzealous
- Screen too glossy and therefore reflects
- No SD card slot
Huawei’s Matebook X Pro is a very good ultraportable at an attractive price, cutting a few corners here and there but concentrating its efforts where consumers care most.
Huawei’s Matebook X Pro focuses on the areas you’ll care about, making this thin-and-light one to consider for your next laptop purchase.
- Competitive price, compared to premium ultrabooks
- Lovely 3K display that pumps out tons of light
- Included MateDock accommodates legacy devices
- Power-limit throttling impedes performance
- Battery life is just average
- Huawei used Nvidia’s lower-power MX150 discrete GPU
Huawei’s MateBook X Pro is an incredible laptop with one unforgivable flaw.
Huawei is onto something, and the MateBook X Pro is a fantastic laptop by most respects. Hopefully its next MateBook Pro won’t X-out the webcam.
- Beautiful, aluminum, super-thin design
- Stunning edge-to-edge touchscreen
- Nvidia GeForce GPU option
- Good battery life
- USB-C adapter dongle in the box for displays
- 1 extra full-size USB port
- Quick, convenient fingerprint unlock.
- Horrible, no good, very bad webcam is too awkward to use
- Touchpad is touchy
- No SD card slot
The MateBook X Pro is a great laptop with a bad webcam. You’ll have to decide if that problem invalidates the system’s other perks.
- Simple yet functional design
- Good keyboard, great touchpad
- Bright, high-contrast display
- Great speakers for the size
- Solid battery life
- Weird webcam location
- MX150 performs behind similar competitors