Price (RRP): $329 but shop around
The Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 is one of the best looking 13.9” subnotebooks with a very ‘Apple-Esque’ Space Grey machined alloy chassis. It is the third generation to use this chassis – when you are on a good thing stick to it.
The Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 model appears largely unaffected by the US Presidential Edict facing its Android phones. It has Windows 10 and Microsoft’s special form of spyware that is ostensibly there to make your Windows experience easier. Yes, Huawei has a PC Manager that can automatically update the device and it too collects PII if you let it.
It has a 13.9” Surface-like 3000×2000, 3:2 ratio screen, Intel 10th generation Core i7-10510U processor and runs Windows 10 quite nicely.
We reviewed the 2019 version and rated it 4.9/5 – close to perfection. This is déjà vu. It has much of the same that made it great, but as we delved, we found some subtle differences. And what a difference one year makes to teh competition.
Australian Review: Huawei Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 laptop
- Website here
- Price: $3299 but seen at JB Hi-Fi for $2799
- Warranty: 12 months
- Design: Clamshell opens to about 150°
- Country of manufacture: China
- Huawei (Est. 1987) pronounced Wah-wei is a Chinese multi-national making Telco network, 4/5G comms, data centres, and its consumer business with smartphones, PCs and wearables. The US has declared the company’s 5G network product a national security threat preventing US companies like Google from doing new business with it.
Screen – EXCEED
It has the same specifications as the 2019 model – 13.9”, 3000×2000, 260ppi, LTPS IPS, 8-bit, 60Hz.
- Model JDI (Japan Display Inc) LPM139M422A
- STBR: 91% – very small bezels
- Glossy Gorilla Glass reduces direct sunlight readability
- 10-point touch – precise
- 16.7 million colours – an SDR screen
- Brightness: claim 450 nits but varies from 492-535 (13%). It is LPTS which means no separate backlight
- Contrast: Claim 1500:1 but measures 1653:1 at 180 nits
- Colour temp: 6761-6839 – daylight equivalent
- 99% sRGB (our tests varied between 95-99 depending on brightness and settings)
- 68% Adobe RGB
- 70% DCI-P3
- Delta E colour accuracy 1.4 (anything below 4 is great)
- G-T-G 50ms – a little slow for gamers
- Great viewing angles out to about 130° before the colour shift
It is a screen that pops – great colours. It is a shame that it does not have higher ADOBE RGB for creatives as the 3:2 ratio is all about productivity.
3:2 will display an A4 sheet (portrait) or two A4 sheets (landscape scaled). When viewing 16:9 video content, there are larger black top and bottom bars.
It does not support an Active pen (digitiser), but you can use passive capacitive pens and Windows Ink.
When running the tests, we discovered that it is indeed the same panel as the 2019 model – the review unit’s panel was made in 2017, so I guess they got a good bulk-buy deal.
Processor – PASS
Intel I7-10510U 4-core/8-thread 1.8/4.9GHz, 14nm, 10-25W TPD
- Passmark: Mains power 7096. (2019 i7-8550U model was 8316)
- Geekbench 5 single/multi: 1234/3613
While the raw figures on mains power are slightly faster than the 2019 model, they are lower on battery power. CPU-Z tests confirm it is throttled to 15W TPD on battery.
Noise is 30-38dB, noticeable, but not obtrusive.
Temp under load: CPU 78°, 43° bottom and 45° top although over trackpad deck it was closer to ambient temperatures – the main heat is under the keyboard
Graphics – PASS
Intel UHD Graphics 620 supports up to two external displays over USB-C ALT DP
- Geekbench 5 Compute 6238 (similar to an AMD Radeon 89750M)
NVIDIA GeForce MX250 2GB GDDR5 (2019 MX 150 is an average of 11% faster). It switches in when Intel Graphics is inadequate.