Battery life depends on whether you measure with the NVIDIA GPU always-on or the Intel UHD Graphics 620. We tested the latter.
Under full load – everything maxed out – it lasted just over 2 hours. In a 1080p video loop at 50% screen brightness it lasted just under 10 hours (Huawei claims 12 hours). In general office
The 65W USB-C PD 2.0 fast charger can go from 0-100% in under 1.5 hours. It keeps up with charging under any load.
We also used a Cygnet 60W and 45W Belkin USB-C PD 2.0 charger and a full recharge was a little under 3 hours. In theory, you can even use a 5V/2A phone charger at a pinch that we estimate would take 12-14 hours to charge. It also worked well with USB-C Power banks.
It includes a Matedock2 – USB-C dongle to HDMI, VGA and USB-A and
Despite Microsoft’s Australian site mentioning Active Pen support we were unable to get it to use any of the active stylus we had. It will support a capacitive (finger) stylus.
GadgetGuy’s take: MateBook X Pro is one of the best
In the 16:9 market you have HP Spectre, Lenovo Yoga, Dell XPS, Asus ZenBook, and Acer Spin 5. These are all very good – there is not a lot to recommend one over the other. So, in part price – value for money comes into play.
But as a 3:2 screen its only competition is the Surface Laptop and it has a huge edge if only via USB-C/Thunderbolt, the NVIDIA GPU, a far better screen and slightly better keyboard. Although the Surface supports an active pen and Windows Ink.
I think the i5 version is all you need. The i7 has 16GB memory and a 512GB SSD but if you need that then fit it later – maybe when a 1TB SSD has come down in price. I would even look for an SKU without the NVIDIA GPU – ultralights really don’t benefit that much from this graphics power.
But I do have one other gripe. Despite it being portrayed as an X-hinge in most marketing, it is not! It is a clamshell notebook and that is fine.
The MateBook X
There are also academic and student discounts of approx 10%.
I can’t recommend buying at other online merchants as you will want local warranty and support.