Huawei Matebook 13 Review

Huawei Matebook 13 Review

Ultrabooks are in the spotlight and, Huawei Matebook 13 Review, designed by the Chinese company Huawei, we will pay special attention to what makes an ultraportable. We think in particular of the compact and light format, but also of performance and instant ignition, and even autonomy. Dedicated to the professional and adapted to intensive work thanks to its screen reducing eye fatigue, the model can also appeal to students in its accessible configs.

Features of the Huawei Matebook 13

Huawei Matebook 13 Review
Technical characteristics
Dimensions: 28.6 x 21.1 x 1.49 cm
Weight: 1.3 kg
Screen size: 13 inches (IPS touch screen)
Processor: Intel Core i7 10510U (16 GB RAM)
Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce MX250
Storage: 512 GB SSD
Connectivity: 2x USB-C, jack + 1 USB-C dock (HDMI, USB-C and USB-A)
Average autonomy: 7h
Quick charge: 2 hours for a complete cycle

It should be noted that the characteristics indicated below apply to the model we are testing, but several configs are available. The differences are then made on the processor (i5, i7, AMD), memory (8/16 GB), SSD storage and graphics card.

Efficient, complete, and pleasant to use, the Matebook 13 puts forward solid arguments to convince. Its price range and its value for money also make it attractive. Excellent laptop, however, we expected more like an ultrabook. Autonomy, for example, remains average compared to the competition, and the screen is too difficult to read outdoors.

WE love

Pros
  • General build quality
  • The excellent performance
  • The pleasant keyboard
  • The resolution and display beauty
Cons
  • despite readability problems
  • Autonomy just a bit

Huawei Matebook 13 Review: our full test

A successful design for the ultrabook

The manufacturer relies on sobriety and class; the ultraportable delicacy is combined with a gray aluminum frame of the most beautiful effect and the worked finishes. The model is intended to be unadorned and, ultimately, sports a fairly professional design. The compact dimensions of the body and the device ( 1.3 kg ) facilitate transport and mobility.

A quick word on connectivity, a point on which Huawei goes to the essentials. Natively, we therefore find:

  • USB-C ports (including 1 dedicated exclusively to charging)
  • a jack output

Not famous, but fortunately, the manufacturer also includes a dock that, connected to USB-C, gives access to HDMI, a USB-A port, and a new USB-C port. However, don’t count on Thunderbolt 3 or a microSD card reader.

Huawei Matebook 13 Review

Pleasant and ergonomic use

Once again, Huawei surprises us with a worked keyboard, featuring a fast run. The keys oppose a small resistance, making typing easier. Good news: it’s backlit so that you can use it in dark spaces. As with its other devices – the Matebook X Pro, for example – Huawei innovates by placing the webcam under a key on the keyboard. Interesting in terms of privacy, but ultimately impractical because the camera takes you from a low angle.

The trackpad , on the other hand, suffers from no flaws, although a smoother surface would have made it easier to use. Its responsiveness is nevertheless undeniable.

Finally, the last way exists to interact with the ultrabook: the touch screen! With a stylus (not included) or fingers, you can directly access the features you want. Go ahead with delicacy, though, as the screen easily shakes due to its thinness.

Also, a small innovation for the user experience: for people with a Huawei smartphone, the “ Huawei Share ” is available to you! Concretely, via the chip inserted in the sticker area on the lower part of the keyboard, you can connect your phone to the ultraportable. Convenient to share files, but also to control the smartphone directly from the computer. The Huawei Share, however, remains unusable if you do not have NFC technology and for owners of other smartphones except the Honors.

A beautiful screen, unfortunately hampered by reflections

With its WQHD resolution (2160 x 1440p), you will enjoy the beauty and quality of its display to watch your favorite movies, series, and videos. From a typical Asus Vivobook perspective, Matebook 13 reveals a screen occupancy rate of 91%. You benefit from a sufficiently generous screen despite its small size, perfect for multimedia and office automation (more information on the same page).

The colorimetry, moreover, is well calibrated and also respects the entire sRGB spectrum. Nevertheless, the IPS panel suffers from two flaws: too thin contrasts (1000: 1) and a brilliant design, sensitive to reflections despite the correct maximum brightness (300 nits). In brightly lit rooms or outdoors, it won’t be easy to see clearly.

The excellent performance of the Huawei Matebook 13 i7

We expect it, but we are always surprised by the result: the performance is excellent. From an instant start-up in a few seconds to fluidity and speed of execution and navigation, it is difficult to push the machine to its limits. Creative work – including video editing – will preferably be done on the 16 GB RAM config. No doubt: the i7 and the SSD perform their functions perfectly.

In addition, thanks to the Nvidia MX250 GPU, casual video game enthusiasts will be able to have fun and enjoy, for example, Fortnite and other games of the genre. However, do not expect anything from recent and resource-hungry titles.

The value-for-money alternative to the Huawei Matebook 13 i5

This configuration certainly does not push performance as far as with an i7, but it has the price advantage. Faced with professional use, this configuration may be suitable for students who do not necessarily have such intensive use.

In addition to these two Intel variants, we find the ultrabook with an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor. Consequently, the GPU returns under the folds of AMD with this time a Radeon Vega 8 Graphics. Regarding memory and storage, you have the choice between 8 and 16 GB respectively, and 256 and 512 GB in SSD. Depending on the config you choose, you can bring the price of the Matebook 13 down.

Correct autonomy, but perfectible

One of the advantages of an ultrabook is its extended battery life, promising at least a day’s work. If you limit yourself to pure office automation (word processing software, spreadsheets, etc.), you won’t have to worry about taking the charger with you.

On the other hand, for mixed-use, the autonomy drops. Understand that: for video/music, Internet browsing, and office automation, the autonomy will not exceed 7h / 7h30. This is correct, but the competition manages to do better at the same level as the range. This result is all the more surprising as, in the specifications of the model, Huawei announces an autonomy of 11.6 hours in video playback on its official website.

Fortunately, the Matebook 13 makes up for it on its fast USB-C charge. You will have to count 2 hours for a complete reload of the computer. If necessary, the ultraportable can, therefore, be recharged for about thirty minutes to fill a lack of autonomy.

Still, on autonomy, the equipment unfortunately does not keep all its promises.

Conclusion of the test and opinion on the Huawei Matebook 13 Review

An accessible and efficient ultrabook, this is the informal promise made by the manufacturer with this model. Are the promises kept? Both on the issue of price and responsiveness and fluidity, it is clear that yes. It is, therefore, perfectly suitable for professional use. At the same time, it allows you to use it more “leisure,” the beautiful screen (although perfectible on the contrasts) with the thin edges inviting you to a streaming session of the most appreciable. However, improvements are still possible, especially vis-à-vis what we are entitled to expect from an ultrabook, such as a little more autonomy.

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