First Impressions: Huawei MateBook X Pro Is MacBook Pro Of PC World

The Huawei MateBook X Pro is another technology secret I didn’t initially pay attention to. The Verge calls it “the best laptop right now” and noted that you won’t find another laptop with more bang for your buck. Forbes also loves the device and explains how the keyboard is among the best laptop keyboards on the market. I’ve also heard from industry friends who have kept telling me that the MateBook X Pro is something I have to try.

On Thursday, I received my review unit. I’ve only used it for one day, but I am largely impressed. The notebook doesn’t run that well out of the box; one must update graphic drivers, audio drivers, etc. But once the updates are completed, the MateBook X Pro feels like a dream machine. A full review will be posted within the next week. However, here are some of my first impressions of the unit that has an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD ($1499).

The MateBook X Pro has a great keyboard.
  • A 14-inch notebook that fits in the chases of a 12-inch one. Barely any screen bezel. Reminds me a little bit of the Dell XPS 13.
  • The Dolby Atmos speakers on this thing are amazing. They are just as good as the speakers on the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
  • The keys are very short, but feel comfortable. They are better than the keys on the MacBook Pro, although they don’t offer the same “crunch” feeling.
  • The 3:2 screen ratio is a little hard to get used to, especially when watching movies. This type of screen works well on a tablet that you can operate in portrait mode such as the Surface Pro. It’s not a deal breaker here, but it just feels weird.
  • The 13.9-inch 3K screen is beautiful. It offers almost as good of a contrast ratio as that on the MacBook Pro. There is absolutely no backlight bleed on my test unit.
  • The touchpad is great, but not fantastic like it is on the Dell XPS laptops or the MacBook Pros. It’s quite huge.

The MateBook X Pro is a premium device.

  • For such a light computer, this Huawei laptop packs in a lot of punches. It has a discreet graphics chip for light gaming, and it can edit 4K videos with Adobe Premiere decently.
  • This looks so much like a MacBook Pro, but isn’t an exact MacBook Pro clone.
  • The keys, unfortunately, don’t stay lit unless you are pressing them. This could create a minor problem when using the X Pro in a very dark environment.
  • Right now, battery life seems very good, but not great.
  • This computer just oozes quality in every single way.

About Daryl

Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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