Huawei has just been in the laptop game for a couple of years currently, however following up on the accomplishment of a system like the MateBook X Pro, Huawei is extending its scratch pad portfolio with the new MateBook 13.
Beginning at $1000 for an Intel Core i5-8265U CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD and 13-inch 2160 x 1440 touchscreen in spiritualist silver, the MateBook 13 is the organization’s new mainstream laptop pointed solidly at bringing down the new MacBook Air. Like the Matebook X Pro, the MateBook 13 includes an all-aluminum body with styling clearly inspired by what Apple has been improving the situation years.
When I got the chance to play with the MateBook 13 at instructions for CES, a Huawei representative even boasted that weighing in at 2.8 pounds and estimating 0.59-inches thick, the MateBook 13 is both more slim and lighter than the new MacBook Air. In any case, on the grounds that the MateBook doesn’t don the Air’s decreased wedge-molded plan, it doesn’t feel very that thin. Rather, it has an inclination that it’s a lot nearer match to the standard 13-inch MacBook Pro.
That said, Huawei hasn’t gone full Apple clone, as the MateBook holds a conventional chiclet-style keyboard that is more to type on than anything in Apple’s lineup, alongside a handy power button that has worked in fingerprints reader so you can transform on the framework and sign into Windows with a solitary touch.
Inside, Huawei claims it has supported the MateBook 13’s cooling with its new double fan Sharkfin 2.0 cooling framework. Huawei says its fans move 25 percent more air than the blowers on an ordinary PC, which ought to be a major help for any individual who moves up to the MateBook 13’s discretionary $1,300 config which includes a Core i7-8565U CPU, 8GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD stockpiling, and a Nvidia MX150 GPU with 2GB of VRAM.
Some may Question Huawei’s decision just to include two USB-C ports on the MateBook 13, which is somewhat odd thinking about that there was presumably space for more and that MateBook X Pro accompanies one USB-An and USB-C port each. So to compensate for that, each MateBook 13 will come packaged with a MateBook Dock 2 for nothing (that regularly costs around $70), which extends network by means of a USB Type-A, HDMI, Ethernet, and VGA ports.
All in one, the MateBook 13 resembles a strong and progressively moderate option in contrast to one of my most loved PCs of 2018, however, I do have two smallish concerns. The first is that the MateBook 13’s screen is just evaluated at around 300 nits, which is about normal for a $1,000 workstation. When you contrast that with the magnificent splendor, thick 3000 x 2000 goals, and energetic hues you get on the MateBook X Pro’s screen, it’s a bit of frustrating. That screen was effortlessly one of its best highlights. While the MateBook 13’s presentation looks fine, it’s slightly below average.
My second concern is that Huawei rates the MateBook 13’s battery life at just 9.6 hours for the model with Nvidia graphics, or about 10 hours for the standard config. It’s possible that Huawei is just being conservative with its projections, but if those numbers hold true, that means the MateBook 13 might only end up with just mediocre or slightly above average longevity in the real world.
That said, with a release date set for January 29th, we won’t have to wait too long to find out how the MacBook 13 performs for real. And as an alternative to the new MacBook Air, Huawei’s attempt at a mainstream 13-inch laptop with Windows is looking pretty good.