The best laptop on the market isn’t the Surface Pro. It’s not the MacBook Pro. It’s not the new MacBook Air. The title goes to the Huawei MateBook X Pro, and it’s quite shocking that more people aren’t aware of it.
I gave the laptop a great review in August. Usually, my excitement with a laptop dies down after the honeymoon period. But that’s not the case with the MateBook X Pro, which I appreciate more than when I first got it.
The X Pro has become my number one go-to media device for watching movies and even listening to music when I am in a small room. The speakers are just as good as they are on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the screen is just as sharp. Well, perhaps the color display and contrast ratio isn’t as good as the MacBook Pro’s, but it’s close enough. Besides, the screen resolution is better on the X Pro, and this is especially noticeable when reading text.
I sometimes miss Final Cut X Pro on the MacBook Pro, but Adobe Premiere Pro on the MateBook X Pro is faster — at least when compared to the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor (the MateBook has an i7 processor and discreet graphics).
I have been able to edit 4K videos without any hiccups, even though I would prefer to edit 4k videos on a more powerful desktop. Still, the X Pro does the job, and it doesn’t take hours for the videos to render. The 2018 MacBook Pro is able to edit 4K videos as well, though much more sluggishly.
I don’t dislike Apple’s Butterfly keys as much as others, but I prefer the keys on the MateBook X Pro, which actually have some travel (though minimal) to them. Still, once you get used to the keyboard, it’s the best on the market. It really makes a difference when you are typing documents for more than 15 minutes.
What I Don’t Like
I’m not absolutely in love with the touchpad. It’s comfortable and works, but it’s not as smooth as the touchpad on Microsoft’s Surface Pro. It’s not even close to being as good as the touchpad on the MacBook Pro. However, it’s definitely not a deal killer. It’s just easier to make mistakes between right and left clicks.
The worst thing about the X Pro is the webcam, which is hidden in a key on the top row. Once you press the camera key, the webcam comes out. As cool as it sounds, you’re not going to want to use this as your primary webcam. Luckily, I barely use a webcam. If I need to do video conferencing, I use my iPhone.
Still the Best…
Despite some minor shortcomings, Huawei’s MateBook X Pro is still the best laptop on the market. It not only provides a 14-inch screen, but the ultra-thin and portable notebook, which is powerful enough to replace your desktop in most situations, provides all-day battery life and allows you to accomplish just about any task whenever and wherever you need to.