A beautiful laptop targeting the MacBook Air
Right now, Huawei's biggest hurdle is public perception – the news is hard to avoid. However, the bottom line is Huawei also makes great products. The Mate 20 and Mate 20 are great examples, but more to the company than more phones.
It also offers Windows-based laptops like the new MateBook 13, something you need right now. Why? Huawei MateBook 13 review ” srcset=”https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/one-touch-power-button-2-840×560.jpg 840w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/one-touch-power-button-2-300×200.jpg 300w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/one-touch-power-button-2-768
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The model supplied for this Matebook 13 review includes Intel's Core i7-8565U processor, though the company sells a second version with the Core i5-8265U chip. Complementing the Core i7 is Nvidia's GeForce MX 150 discrete graphics chip, which is not in the Core i5 version. Rounding out the Huawei Matebook 13 review unit is 8GB or LPDDR3 memory at 2.133MHz, 512GB on a NVMe PCIe stick-shaped SSD, and a one-touch power button with a built-in fingerprint reader located in the top right corner of the keyboard
Available now through Amazon and Newegg, the MateBook 13 packing Intel's Core i7 retails for a decent $ 1,299, while the Core i5 model is a lower $ 999.
A beautiful display powering a beautiful design
The Huawei MateBook 13's super-slim display measures 13 inches diagonally, with a native 2.160 x 1.440 resolution and a pixel density of 195ppi. That's a 3: 2 aspect ratio, meaning videos and games formatted for the typical 16: 9 widescreen will render with black borders along the top and bottom edges.
The screen itself relies on a touch-enabled IPS panel offering 178-degree viewing angles and 100 percent of the sRGB color space. It also has a 1,000: 1 contrast ratio and a maximum brightness of 300 nits, which is decent enough for working outside on an overcast day.
Surrounding the screen are 4.4mm black bezels on the left and right along with a slightly wider black bezel along the top hiding the 1MP camera. According to Huawei, the new laptop boasts an 88-percent screen-to-body ratio – you will hardly notice the frame – providing a clean, nearly edge-to-edge viewing experience. Wide frames are so 2000 late
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Connecting the screen to the base is a black hinge consuming most of the rear workspace, which actually looks nice. When you lift the laptop to view the straight-on, you will barely see a space separating the hinge from the base frame. The screen's bottom bezel even goes down beyond the keyboard area's viewing surface, so you won't see any visual disconnection between the screen and base.
It's a little worrisome that the screen's bottom bezel and hinge cover the cooling system's vents. There is definitely enough room for hot air to escape, but when the fans are full throttle and pushing hot air from the CPU and GPU, is that narrow space wide enough to properly vent all the heat? Huawei MateBook 13 review ” srcset=”https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Ports-right-840×560.jpg 840w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Ports-right-300×200.jpg 300w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Ports-right-768×512.jpg 768w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Ports-right-16×11.jpg 16w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Ports-right-32×21.jpg 32w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Ports-right-28×19.jpg 28w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Ports-right-56×37.jpg 56w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Ports-right-64×43.jpg 64w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Ports-right-1000×667.jpg 1000w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Ports-right-1200×800.jpg 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 840px) 100vw, 840px”/>
On the laptop's left side, you'll find one 3.5mm audio jack and one USB-C port capable of data transfers at 5Gbps and charging the MateBook. On the right you will find a single USB port at 5 GB capable of data transfers and display port output. That's right, even though this laptop provides two USB ports, you can only charge the left one.
There is no standard or microSD card slot for extra storage, which can be problematic for photographers and video. editors on-the go. There is no USB-A connectivity, so you can purchase a USB-C to USB-A adapter or USB-C hub to support your peripherals and external devices. Leaving out USB-A connectivity to keep the laptop at 0.59 inches is understandable, but we're definitely surprised by the lack of a card reader.
There isn't a standard or microSD card slot for extra storage, which can be problematic for photographers and video editors on the go
The Core i7 model ships in a space gray finish, while the Core i5 model arrives in mystic silver. The space gray exterior of our Huawei Matebook 13 review unit is simply beautiful and complements the black screen bezels and keyboard keys. There is nothing “cheap” about its appearance. It's a sleek and sexy premium design pulled from the Huawei flagship MateBook X Pro family. Consider the MateBook 13 a half-step down
Huawei MateBook 13 review
The MateBook's keyboard mostly stretches edge to edge across the base, save for an eighth of an inch on each side. The keys are pleasantly large with a travel distance of 1.2mm, providing a great typing experience. White backlighting provides two brightness levels to illuminate each letter, number, and symbol with white light. Huawei MateBook 13 review ” srcset=”https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/touchpad-1-840×560.jpg 840w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/touchpad-1-300×200.jpg 300w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/touchpad-1-768×512.jpg 768w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/touchpad-1-16×11.jpg 16w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/touchpad-1-32×21.jpg 32w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/touchpad-1-28×19.jpg 28w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/touchpad-1-56×37.jpg 56w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/touchpad-1-64×43.jpg 64w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/touchpad-1-1000×667.jpg 1000w, https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/touchpad-1-1200×800.jpg 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 840px) 100vw, 840px”/>