Review of the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021, an excellent PC, well inspired by the MacBook Pro

by Kelvin
Review of the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021, an excellent PC, well inspired by the MacBook Pro

No, Huawei is not dead! If the Chinese giant tumbles on the smartphones, for lack of Google services, it has not left the PC market. Evidenced by the MateBook X Pro version 2021, an ultraportable with the big screen that we try today. It looks pretty good, this computer. Elegant and thin, it benefits from excellent finishes and perfectly assumes its aspect of a professional machine: Huawei was able to draw inspiration from the MacBook Pro,Apple !

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It even does better, on certain points. Like the screen, for example, in 3: 2 aspect ratio and with much thinner borders than those of the most recent Macs. However, be careful not to rest too much on its laurels: Huawei has not changed the lines of its star computer one iota for two years, and it’s a safe bet that its source of inspiration will. before the end of the year.

  

Screen

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It is obviously this large screen that marks, as soon as you open the machine. It is a very beautiful panel of almost 14 inches (13.9, exactly), with extra thin edges, with a definition of 3000 x 2000 pixels. And according to our tests, it is simply excellent: very bright (535 cd / m2 measured), good contrast too, with faithful colors… There is nothing to complain about, unless you do not like shiny screens. , because the reflections are clearly there.
It is also a touch screen, far from being essential in a “traditional”, but which Huawei has taken advantage of thanks to some software tricks (see below). Its format and its extraordinary definition make it in any case an excellent tool for office automation or surfing.

Ergonomics

In terms of user comfort, Huawei is almost flawless. Firstly, because the machine’s keyboard is excellent: the stroke of the keys is perfect, their sound discreet and satisfactory, and their arrangement ideal. We enjoy writing long texts. Our only complaint comes from its backlight, which tends to shut off very quickly when not in use, which is a bit of a pain when working in dim light. The touchpad is to match, efficient and satisfying to the touch, even if we would have liked a sharper click: it is a little too soft for our taste.

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With two Thunderbolt-compatible USB-C ports and a standard USB 3 port, the connection is correct, but we would have liked to benefit from an HDMI socket. We can however salute Huawei, which provides a very practical adapter with the computer, to be plugged into a USB-C port. Once connected to the machine, it offers you, in addition, a USB-C port and a USB-A… and above all an HDMI and a VGA socket to connect your computer to an external screen or a TV.

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As on previous models of the MateBook X Pro, the webcam is once again hidden between two “function” keys, in order to preserve the “borderless” aspect of the screen. And we can make him the same criticism as usual: the angle of view in low angle is a little strange, and you have to put a certain distance between your face and the computer to obtain a correct result during a videoconferencing. It is not very practical either when taking notes in the middle of a call, because your fingers suddenly hide the camera.

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Finally, refinement now mandatory in “professional” machines, this PC is obviously compatible with Windows Hello. It allows you to identify you through a fingerprint reader, which works perfectly and allows access to the office of Windows very quickly.

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Performances

The Matebook X Pro is equipped with a powerful low-power processor, the Core i7-1165G7, whose frequency can go up to 2.8 GHz. It also benefits, suddenly, from the new generation of integrated graphics circuit from Intel, Xe.

Combined with its 16 GB of RAM, this set offers performance up to the level for office automation, even a little graphic design. The PC is fast, responsive, even when launching heavy applications. Its performance, especially in 3D, however, does not quite equal that of recent machines with the same processor, as you can see in our graph below. The fault, undoubtedly, with the definition of its screen, superior to those of the other PCs of our selection.

Obviously, and despite the presence of a new generation integrated graphics circuit, do not hope to make the Matebook X Pro a real gaming machine, especially since the atypical definition of its screen is not ideal for this use.
However, the Intel Xe circuit is powerful enough that you still consider playing 3D games. For example, we were able to run without much problem or, obviously limiting the graphics options. On the other hand, do not expect to run correctly, even with minimal details …

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During your game, you will also have to experience the sound of the machine’s ventilation system. Which is not very noisy… and that’s a good thing, because we often have to deal with it, and not only in game. During our test, it was sometimes triggered for rather obscure reasons, during a simple surf session. or even… all applications closed, on the desktop. It must be said that in parallel, the MateBook X Pro maintains a contained temperature in all circumstances.

Autonomy

This is a bit the weak point of the Huawei Matebook X Pro. According to our measurements, it is doing less well than its direct competitors, both in versatile autonomy and video, as you can see in the graph below.
Again, his screen is certainly partly responsible. In use, it has been difficult for us to complete a full day of battery work. It compensates for this defect with a rather fast charge. It goes from 0 to 100% in 1:43, and 42 minutes to go from 0% to 50%. It is not bad at all !

Software

First appreciable thing: Huawei has not furnished its computer with: no trial offer for a painful antivirus or for second-rate photo software. In contrast, the Chinese manufacturer slightly Windows 10 to offer some exclusive functions. All this is managed from a single software, called, which resides at the bottom right of your taskbar. Not very intrusive, it is primarily used to keep the and some pilots up to date.

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But as a good copyist, Huawei was also inspired byApple from the point of view of. PC Manager thus offers some functions in line with the American giant’s “Continuity” options. Thus, if you have a second Huawei product (such as a smartphone or a tablet), you can connect it to the PC in different scenarios: display extension, copy files, copy / paste between the two machines. And it works pretty well… when it does!
We have indeed had no problem connecting the PC to a P30 Pro smartphone. However, we were unable to connect it to a recent MatePad tablet. If this function interests you, check the Huawei website to see if your terminal is compatible.
In the same vein, the computer also offers “Huawei Share”, a replica of the Airdrop, fromApple. Handy, again, only if you have other Huawei devices.

PC Manager has other functions, some well regarded, others rather disappointing. By clicking on the icon in the taskbar, you can access a “notifications” pane, which summarizes system events and recent transferred documents.
A third window, “Clipboard”, lists all your recent copy and paste. Handy, although a similar function, but a little hidden, already exists in Windows. There are also shortcuts to some practical functions, such as screenshot and video screenshot… as well as AI Search, an ersatz Spotlight fromApple, which indexes your entire drive so you can search later. Okay. We quickly returned to the native search field of Windows 10, much more efficient.

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