The laptops in Huawei’s MateBook line-up don’t just look alike, but many of them actually share a lot of specifications and hardware. As a result, these similarities can make recommending a device for someone rather tricky, so there are some other pros and cons of each model to consider when making your purchasing choice.
There is a handful of Huawei laptop options available in the SA market, but looking at the MateBook line specifically, here are the 3 devices you should keep on your radar:
1. Huawei MateBook X Pro:
Huawei MateBook X Pro is essentially a high-end ultraportable laptop that was first introduced in 2018. The Huawei MateBook X Pro has seen some great improvements over the past few years, and the 2021 edition of the MateBook X Pro is one of the best in its category.
Pros: The MateBook X Pro offers a beautiful 13.9-inch, 3:2 display, a full keyboard and touchpad feel, durable battery life, and a quick SSD.
Cons: Of course, the MateBook X Pro’s price is a deterrent for some, and puts it in line with some high-end MacBooks out there. But if you disfavour macOS and need a Windows choice, the MateBook X Pro is a great option.
2. Huawei MateBook D:
Pros: The 2021 brush-up of the MateBook D didn’t set the world alight, but this update is something worth considering in its price-range. Although its AMD processor does not offer the speeds offered in the Intel-based MateBooks, its reliable battery life outstrips the MateBook 13 and is not that far off from the MateBook X’s runtime.
Cons: The AMD-powered MateBook D scores an 8,845 on benchmarking software Geekbench 4, which was easily beaten by the 8th Gen Core-i7, chip-powered MateBook 13 (17,136). So, you’re not getting the crème de la crème in its range, despite its upsides.
3. Huawei MateBook 13:
Speaking of, the Huawei MateBook 13 is one of the best releases from Huawei, offering performance that trumps most other laptops in the category, while being fair on price.
Pros: The 1.3kg, 11.3 x 8.3 x 0.6-inch MateBook 13 is the lightweight MateBook, giving you one of the lightest and sleekest laptops on the market, making it ideal for travel or moving around the house.
Cons: Regrettably, the MateBook 13’s battery does not allow much staying power. Its Laptop Mag Battery Test score (tested while browsing the internet over WiFi) passed out at 6 hours and 15 minutes, which is not the worst, but something to keep in mind.
Basically, if you are looking to purchase a brand-new laptop for productivity, work or amusement, then you should at least check out what Huawei has to offer. It’s safe to say that the Huawei MateBook X Pro is a winner if you have the budget and looking for a stellar Windows option.