Huawei MateBook 13 audit: sophomore battles

The MateBook 13’s most serious issue is the MateBook X Pro

A year ago’s Huawei’s MateBook X Pro was a shocker of a workstation. Not exclusively was it unimaginably skillful in all the significant classifications that issue — control, conveyability, structure, manufacture quality, console, trackpad, even battery life — it was additionally fantastically modest, offering that bundle for many dollars not exactly contending Windows workstations or even MacBooks. The MateBook X Pro effectively turned into my proposal for the best PC of the year, and even now, over a half year later, it stays at the highest point of numerous waitlists.

So the bar for Huawei’s next workstation — the new MateBook 13, which was declared at CES not long ago and is hitting Amazon and Newegg around the time this audit is distributed — is obviously high. The MateBook 13 has dropped the “Ace” moniker, and it begins at an even lower cost: $999 for the passage show and $1,299 for the overhauled variant, the two of which offer an impressive esteem. But at the same time it’s lost a portion of the highlights of the MateBook X Pro, and it isn’t exactly the pummel dunk victor a year ago’s model was.

Well done

  • Incredible form quality
  • Amazing console and trackpad
  • Minimal structure with 3:2 presentation
  • Amazing processor in addition to discretionary discrete GPU


  • Beneath normal battery life
  • Constrained USB-C ports
  • No Thunderbolt 3 bolster
  • Excessively forceful programmed splendor sensor

Structure shrewd, the MateBook 13 is fundamentally the same as the MateBook X Pro, which implies that it’s fundamentally the same as Apple’s MacBook Air and MacBook Pro: its full metal body comes in dim or silver, it weighs about 2.87 pounds, and it’s 0.59 inches thick. Significantly progressively noteworthy is the MateBook 13’s width. While it’s generally indistinguishable profundity from a MacBook Air, it’s seventy five percent of an inch smaller, on account of amazingly trim side bezels and no speakers on the best deck. (Rather, they are on the underside of the PC.) accordingly, the sound yield from the MateBook 13 isn’t as great as the MateBook X Pro or a MacBook Air or Pro, however the sound quality and volume are sufficient.

That structure makes the MateBook 13 shockingly minimal; it feels increasingly like I’m bearing a Surface Pro with a console appended than a clamshell PC with a 13-inch show, full-estimate console, and colossal trackpad.


The 13-inch touchscreen is perceptibly littler than the MateBook X Pro’s 13.9-inch board, and it has a 2k (2160 x 1440) board rather than the 3k (3000 x 2000) one found on a year ago’s PC. I don’t have much issue with the goals or shading precision of the MateBook 13’s screen, and I cherish the 3:2 perspective proportion, yet the programmed brilliance change is annoyingly forceful and diminishes the screen to about unusable dimensions. I inevitably killed the programmed alteration and simply utilized the splendor keys on the console to physically change it as essential. When the programmed modification is handicapped, the screen carries on considerably more like other premium workstations, with a most extreme brilliance of 300 nits that coordinates the MacBook Air however falls behind the MacBook Pro and different class-driving PC screens.

The best change Huawei made to the MateBook 13 is moving the webcam from being covered up inside a spring up key in the console’s capacity column to the correct place over the showcase. It’s far less novel than the MateBook X Pro’s webcam, however it’s unmistakably increasingly usable on the grounds that it doesn’t get hindered by my fingers on the console or give a perspective of my chest to different gatherings of a video call.

Something else, the MateBook 13 has a fundamentally the same as console to the MateBook X Pro, with brilliant key feel and travel, backdrop illumination, and a power catch that serves as a unique mark sensor for Windows Hello login. The trackpad underneath the console is expansive and brilliant (truly, it utilizes Windows Precision drivers) for both single finger following and multifinger motions, however it stopped reacting a couple of times amid my testing, constraining a reboot of the PC.

Like the MacBook Air, the MateBook 13 has two USB-C ports. In any case, not at all like the MacBook Air, neither of them bolster Thunderbolt 3. Further, the left port backings information exchange and charging, however not video out, while the port on the correct side backings information exchange and video out, yet not charging. That implies it’s impractical to interface the MateBook 13 to an outside presentation and charger with only one link, which is something each other PC with USB-C I’ve tried is able to do. It’s a bizarre and disappointing impediment. The MateBook 13 additionally comes up short on any USB-A ports, yet Huawei includes a little center with USB-A, HDMI, and VGA ports in the case. Too terrible you can’t utilize that center to charge the PC and interface it to an outside showcase in the meantime.


In the engine, the MateBook 13 has either a quad-center Core i5 or i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of capacity. The $1,299 i7 display I’ve been trying additionally incorporates a Nvidia MX150 discrete designs card (appraised at 25W TDP), which is fit for dealing with some light gaming or helping with photograph and video altering. Those segments are significantly more dominant than what Apple offers in the MacBook Air, and the MateBook 13’s execution for everyday profitability work is noteworthy. I can switch between Chrome with many tabs open, Slack, email, Word, Twitter, and more without skirting a beat or ever feel like I’m truly focusing on the PC. My solitary grumble is that I wish there was a possibility for 16GB of RAM, which the MateBook X Pro offered, for surprisingly better performing various tasks execution and a possibility for incorporated LTE network.

The MateBook 13 isn’t fanless, however its fans once in a while wake up. More often than not, it works coolly and unobtrusively. The main time the fans truly do turn up to capable of being heard dimensions is the point at which I play a requesting AAA amusement like Star Wars Battlefront II or import or fare vast bunches of photographs from Adobe Lightroom.

Unfortunately, while I’m satisfied with the MateBook 13’s execution, I’m not exactly excited with its battery life. While the MateBook X Pro had normal, yet acceptable battery life of somewhere in the range of seven and eight hours, the MateBook 13’s stamina is beneath normal, much of the time conking out before the six-hour check and averaging only five hours between charges. That is far not exactly a full workday for me, and it’s short of what I anticipate from a premium, ultraportable PC.

The most serious issue Huawei has with the MateBook 13 is that it’s only not as great of a PC as the MateBook X Pro. Without that examination, the MateBook 13 is very noteworthy, particularly when you think about that it offers a bigger number of specs for your buck than for all intents and purposes whatever else available. It has extraordinary execution, a magnificent presentation, an incredible console and trackpad, and shockingly minimized measurements. The greatest issues it has are crummy battery life and peculiarly constrained USB-C ports.


At the time this audit is distributed, I can get the MateBook X Pro for just $80 more and get a comparable processor and GPU; a similar measure of capacity; more RAM; better battery life; better port choice; and a bigger, higher-goals show. The main genuine preferred standpoint the MateBook 13 offers is an (a lot) better webcam and a somewhat littler impression.

On the off chance that you are searching for the most reduced premium Windows workstation with a 3:2 presentation, discrete designs, and an extraordinary value, the MateBook 13 is it. Be that as it may, the vast majority should simply run with the MateBook X Pro.