Huawei has decided to make a change in its production, developing new laptops able to fit inside the current market. Although the proposed prices are not within the reach of any type of customer, this brand promises power and reliability. Two characteristics that often go hand in hand with high economic demands. In fact, over the years the company has succeeded in gaining the trust of many new users, thanks to the marketing of smartphones characterized by a good quality-price ratio. If this rapid increase in sales should therefore also affect the market for notebook, difficult times could emerge for all the other suitors. Huawei Matebook 13, in this regard, tries to question the entire sector. On board we find a good level of hardware and very simple aesthetic lines. This device, presented at the beginning of the year, how will it have behaved, however, in our tests? Will the price charged for this computer be justified or is it simply marketing? Let's find out everything there is to know about Matebook 13, inside ours Full review.
Review Matebook 13
Inside the sales package we find:
- Huawei Matebook 13;
- battery charger, with support for fast charging from 65W;
- USB Type-C / USB Type-C cable;
- adapter to expand the connectivity sector.
Design & Materials
Matebook 13 is made completely in aluminum, presenting a surface finish very similar to that shown by Apple MacBooks. This coloring is then called Space Gray and the comparison with the Californian house is soon served on a silver platter. Despite everything, however, it is commendable the level of care reserved for this product, which immediately proves robust and well assembled. It must also be considered, in fact, that dimensions they are really minimal. This notebook measures, in fact, 286 x 211 x 14,9 mm, totaling a weight only 1300 grams.
The company logo is clearly visible on the front, which is slightly raised with respect to the body and has a knurled surface. All the screws the product is equipped with are perfectly flush with the structure, just as there are no imperfections at the hinges rear. These offer a good stability to the front panel, even after strong jolts. Furthermore, below the display we can appreciate a wide horizontal slot, which is mainly used for heat dissipation.
On the right side of the body there is a single entrance USB Type-C 3.1. On the opposite side, however, in addition to the presence of another USB Type-C port also dedicated to charging the notebook, we note the hole mini jack for headphones and the main microphone. I remember, then, that only the USB Type-C input on the left is responsible for charging the device.
A final aspect to consider is the biometric sensor, positioned just above the keyboard of Matebook 13. This component has been implemented within the same power button and seems to work well, offering excellent reactivity in the unlocking phase.
Touchpad & Keyboard
Opening the notebook you are faced with really essential lines. What is most striking is the large space reserved for keyboard, which ends almost at the side edge. This allows, however, to have a good size of the keys, thus managing to always obtain maximum control even in the most agitated writing phases.
During daily use I did not notice any particular differences in the stroke of the keys reserved for this Matebook 13, compared to the classic iMac keyboard. Perhaps the touch is less decisive but, despite this, it is difficult to make any mistakes while typing. By pressing hard in the central part it is possible to feel a slight bending of the body but, under normal conditions, this is not a problem.
In the lower part of the device is the space touchpad central, characterized by a smooth surface. I would have preferred a greater height but, putting aside my tastes, I must admit that it can be used easily for any type of activity. Thanks to the drivers Microsoft Precisionmoreover, everyone can enjoy Windows gestures, speeding up users' work. I did not find, however, any problems with this unit, which shows good accuracy.
Huawei Matebook 13 mount a display IPS da 13 diagonal inches, with resolution 2K (2160 x 1440 pixels) and 220 ppi. We are in the presence of a panel that is not too bright but which, in any case, can satisfy enough even in outdoor environments. Lacking an anti-reflection surface is, however, normal for something to be lost in terms of sharpness. Despite this, I must admit that the sensor that regulates the brightness of the screen is not as precise as I would have hoped, always being too conservative at night. Fortunately it seems that the company has opted, however, for a good oleophobic treatment, allowing us to keep the front glass clean enough.
But what sets the basis for better productivity on this notebook is the detail aspect ratio used, that with his 3:2 it allows to obtain a greater surface area during reading and writing, displaying a higher number of information on the screen.
We are not in possession of the unit equipped with a touch screen, therefore we cannot issue any type of feedback about it.
Hardware & Performance
This notebook has a processor inside it Intel Core i7-8565U of eighth generation, a quad-core with a base clock frequency equal to 1.8 GHz. To accompany this CPU we find, then, an integrated graphics card, or a Intel UHD Graphics 620. As for the memories, however, we have 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM at 2133 MHz and well 512 GB of internal storage, guaranteed by a SSD NVMe from Samsung.
Huawei Matebook 13 allows you to perform all the tasks pertaining to the world of work, with excellent performance. Dedicate yourself to the suite Office it's really nice, while still running different programs. Even with browsing via browser you do not feel, then, particular problems, being able to use Chrome with several windows open. However, it is worth pointing out that this notebook was not designed to perform more expensive tasks in terms of power. When trying to create a video, for example, you should not go beyond a certain limit, because only 8 GB of RAM could be affected. The same applies to the photo editing on Photoshop, although in this case it seems that the system holds a slightly higher level of complexity.
Same stress test performed on this unit show a good general stability, because in the most critical conditions the notebook never presents thermal throttling problems. While using all the available power, the temperature remain within an acceptable range, which is attested on 70-80 °. So you don't have to worry about the reliability of this machine. In the benchmarks it is clear, among other things, how Huawei has opted for a very fast internal memory, both in reading and writing. I just have to do a little note in this regard, which we see in the next paragraph.
I decided to create this section to help all those users who do not like the original partitioning of the SSD. In fact, on Matebook 13 we have 512 GB of storage, so divided:
- about 80 GB, of which 50 GB is actually available, are dedicated tounit C:, where we find Windows files and all pre-installed programs;
- about 400 GB are contained within theunit D:, where you can install any type of application.
If the situation remains the same, you may soon saturate the C: drive, having to continually proceed to install the programs on the larger partition. And this is exactly what happened to me after a few hours of use. There is a method, however, by which to modify this type of setting. Furthermore, I advise you to carry out the following operations only when the notebook is turned on for the first time, because all data will be removed later. On the desktop screen, therefore, we find the taskbar at the bottom. We will simply have to click on the Windows symbol, with the right mouse button. Once pressed on the icon, an additional window will open, in which you will have to choose the "Disk Management" option. Only at this point you will have to select the D: drive by clicking on it with the right button of your mouse. Select the "Delete Volume" item. Once this partition is "removed", you can click, again with the right mouse button, on the C: drive; all you have to do is click on the "Extend Volume" option, so as to finally have a single storage block on Huawei Matebook 13, from around 500 GB.
All benchmarks were performed with the charger connected to the device.
We won't spend a lot of words about the software offered by Microsoft, because Windows 10 Home has the same functions on almost all devices that use it. However, sometimes the companies themselves implement some interesting features that can increase the appeal of this operating system. In fact, Huawei is one of these companies and has introduced functionality on Matebook 13 Huawei Share. This service was designed to reduce waiting times when transferring data from your smartphone to your computer, and vice versa. An idea as simple as it is brilliant, though not entirely original. Using the form NFC, contained in the phone, it is possible to send to the notebook any type of file, in a quick and precise way. Just place your device in the marked area, and you're done.
This function will be usable, however, only by the owners of a latest-generation Huawei device, with the new one on board EMUI 9. Once you have set up your smartphone on the computer, using this service, you can use this shortcut whenever you need it.
Matebook 13 has a module Wi-Fi ac Dual Band (Intel AC9560) with good performance and excellent coverage, managing to generate an important flow of information even in the most difficult to reach corners of the home. Unfortunately there is no Ethernet input, not even in the adapter provided in the package. On the latter we find, in fact, a door USB Type-C, a input VGA and a door HDMI. As mentioned above, on the notebook we find two USB type C, which however are not enabled to perform the same operations. The right one allows the sharing of video content and data transfer, while the one on the left is responsible for charging the device and transferring data.
We then have the Bluetooth 5.0 and the NFC. There is also a space on the top of the front frame webcam from 1 mega-pixel, capable of shooting video in 720p. Although the photographic quality is tiny, it is still a sufficiently useful component in the phase of video call.
No particular audio system was installed on the notebook, perhaps branded by some big brand. The only two speaker, positioned under the body, they reside in the lower part of the structure, almost in correspondence of the two front rubbers. In general, the quality is quite good, although it shows very low and incisive bass. When watching multimedia content, on YouTube or Netflix, you can still enjoy discreet audio.
On board the Matebook 13 we find one battery da 42 Wh. It is always difficult to judge the autonomy offered by a terminal of this type, due to its extreme versatility. I can however confirm that using it mainly in the workplace, using the Office suite and little else, can bring you up to 5 hours of continuous use. Watching some TV series and movies, instead, you will also total 8-9 hours of ignition.
Not consuming much in standby, by the way, excludes the possibility of having to constantly think about its recharge. When you need it, however, you could rely on its wall-mounted power supply quick charging da 65W. Thanks to it, you will go from 10 to 100% in about 1 30 hours and minutes.
Huawei Matebook 13 is sold, in our configuration, to a figure of 1199 €. We are talking about a price not just for everyone but that is justified by a really top quality overall. Huawei has really provided an identity to this product, creating a stable and very reliable notebook for everyday use. In case you want to save something, however, there is also a "lighter" version, with an eighth generation Intel Core i5 on board. With a cost of 999 euro, it is perhaps the best product for value for money. Not having had the opportunity to personally test the performance, however, I do not say much in his favor.