Overview MateBook X Pro: how Huawei did all and created the best ultrabook of the year
Regular visitors 3DNews probably read our detailed report on MateBook X Pro. Even then, the ultrabook has very much interested us. Thus, the device is equipped with a 4-core processor Kaby Lake Refresh, but mobile graphics GeForce MX150. And yet there are atypical ultrabook screen and some interesting “chips”. About the performance, functionality and design MateBook X Pro I will tell you next.
Specifications, equipment and
To begin with, what MateBook X Pro went on sale in two different color variations. To our test lab arrived version of Space Gray, but there is a modification called Mystic Silver. And even in the sale you will meet a version of “Matbucha” as with graphics GeForce MX150, and without it. All possible combinations of iron indicated in the table below.
In Russia officially will be sold Matebook X Pro grey with 8 GB RAM and SSD to 256 GB.
|HUAWEI MateBook X Pro|
|Display||13,9″, 3000 × 2000, LTPS, multi-touch|
|The CPU||Intel Core i5-8250U, 4/8 cores/threads, and 1.6 (3,4) GHz, 15 W|
|Intel Core i7-8550U, 4/8 cores/threads, 1,8 (4,0) GHz, 15 W|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 620
Intel HD Graphics 620 + NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2 GB
|RAM||8 or 16 GB DDR3-2133, 2 channel, without the possibility of extension|
|SSD||256/512 GB PCI Express 3.0 x4, without the possibility of extension|
|Interfaces||1 × Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C)
1 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1 × 3.5 mm mini Jack acoustics/microphone
|Built-in battery||57,4 W•h|
|External power supply||65W|
|Dimensions||304 × 217 × 14.6 mm|
|Operating system||Windows 10 x64 Home|
|Price in Russia, by data “Yandex.Market”||No data|
I got to test the modification with a Core i5-8250U, graphics GeForce MX150 2 GB, 8 GB RAM and SSD on 256 Gbytes. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, the cost of various versions of MateBook X Pro was unknown.
Ultrabook equipped with a wireless module Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8275, which supports IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and a maximum bandwidth of up to 867 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.2.
On the website of the manufacturer listed, complete with MateBook X Pro is an external power supply is 65 watts. However, to me the ultrabook came with the source, which is shown in the photo above. Such (in terms of size) adapters are usually equipped with smartphones, but the device worked fine with this power supply. Cable at both ends has connector USB Type-C, and it can be used for other purposes — for example, to connect to ultrabook external hard disk, card reader and mobile phone.
Appearance and input device
Case MateBook X Pro is fully made of metal. Color Space Gray (space gray) I liked it. The manufacturer claims that the surface of the body processed the sandblasting machine — so it was a little matte and attracts dust and fingerprints.
MateBook X Pro is very compact, although ultrabook uses 13.9-inch matrix — the width of the laptop is 304 mm. for Example, the recently tested HP Spectre 13 were broader than at 11 mm, but this laptop has a matrix with a smaller screen. Just MateBook X Pro are very slim frame (4.4 mm) — thin on all four sides of the screen. The result is a 13.9-inch display takes up 91 % of the surface of the top cover.
Yes, MateBook X Pro beats records according to parameters such as thickness (14.6 mm) and weight (1.33 kg). At the same time to travel with the ultrabook was very comfortable. In addition, external power adapter along with USB cable only weighs 200 grams.
Laptop lid reveals about 135 degrees — the design uses a very tight hinges, they are clearly positioning the screen and don’t let him hang around even while typing, for example, in the subway. At the bottom of the hull on the front panel, there is a special recess, which is very easy to open the lid of the display with just one hand.
Front and back have MateBook X Pro no elements is not provided. It may seem that the laptop uses a passive cooling system as arrays for input/output air is not visible. But they are hidden under the display cover.
MateBook X Pro can be called functional ultrabook. HUAWEI engineers managed to get on the right side of the standard USB 3.1 Gen1 A-type. On the left side of the Thunderbolt connector 3, combined with the USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C and 3.5-mm Jack for headphones. Perhaps full of happiness in MateBook X Pro not enough unless the reader.
Button for laptop is a multifunctional. It is integrated in the fingerprint sensor, which allows you to unlock the Desk. From sleep mode the laptop goes instantly.
In General MateBook X Pro a very comfortable keyboard. Unfortunately, due to the size of the housing of the laptop is no full keys Home, Page Up, Page Down and End, but under the main buttons is really a huge touchpad.
Strengths keyboard MateBook X Pro include a large key size and the distance between them. The comfort like working for 15.6-inch laptop without number pad. “Matbucha” is a full-size Backspace, no awkward solutions such as a slash to the left of the Enter button, like some other manufacturers. Awkward to work only with the arrow keys “up” and “down” — too young they were. In General, print articles and social media posts with MateBook X Pro was very convenient.
Keyboard backlight is only one color, but two levels of brightness, which is fine with me. A number of F1-F12 by default, works only in combination with Fn multimedia function is in priority.
Among the function keys there is one for the application to call PC Manager. With its help, for example, you can update the BIOS on the laptop and drivers and to configure the power settings and sync is connected to “Matbucha” smartphone.
Touchpad MateBook X Pro again, just giant for 13-inch laptop. To use such a pleasure. As a result, the ultrabook HUAWEI seems to me a very easy system to work with text and web surfing too.
One of the interesting “chips” MateBook X Pro — hidden web camera, because a thin frame ultrabook does not allow you to place it in the usual location above the screen. To enable it, click on the button with the image of the camera. A paranoid and personally mark Zuckerberg definitely will appreciate this technical feature of the laptop. This location of the module, however, has obvious disadvantages. First, your interlocutor in Skype will look at you with not very good perspective — Hello second chin, even if you do not. Secondly, to communicate and to simultaneously print the text is somewhat difficult ― toes and then cover the picture. I want to believe that a mechanism with a web camera will be durable.
But the webcam is, alas, turned out to be very simple. Its resolution is just one megapixel. Indoors, under artificial light the image is very noisy.
By the way, MateBook X Pro is equipped with four microphones. The manufacturer claims that they are able to pick up the sound from a distance of four meters. Yes, the ultrabook supports voice control and speech translation from Microsoft for multiple users.
The internal structure and capabilities upgrade
MateBook X Pro simply understands — it is necessary to remove only the eight screws (however, use fasteners with torx-slot). Next we have to remove the bottom of the ultrabook.
To get to the “innards” MateBook X Pro much sense, since the laptop is simply nothing to change. RAM (in our case — 8 GB DDR3-2133) and SSD soldered to the motherboard. Therefore, it is worth carefully consider the choice of a specific model of ultrabook. The inability to independently replace the RAM and SSD in such devices have been natural. Personally, I would take a mobile device with a minimum of 16 GB of RAM.
In our instance we used a model of Lite-On CA3-8D256 256 GB, but sales can be found version with SSD TOSHIBA. In any case, the system uses the NVMe drive PCI Express 3.0 x4.
Usually ultrabooks are equipped with a dead cooling system — even if we are talking about a device with a 4-core processor Kaby Lake Refresh. But MateBook X Pro is a pleasant exception to the rule. See, Core i5-and GeForce 8250U MX150 cool single cooler, consisting of three long teplorulon. WITH this in ultrabook definitely inspires confidence.