Battery

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 use I expect about six to eight hours.

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.

Accessories

It includes a Matedock2 – USB-C dongle to HDMI, VGA and USB-A and pass through power. Our review unit also came with a USB-C to Ethernet adapter. You will not need the expense of a Thunderbolt 3 dock unless you have a lot of accessories needing external power.

MateBook X Pro

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.

MateBook X Pro

Price

The MateBook X PRo is officially available only from the Microsoft Store for $1899/2599 (i5/i7 with 8/16GB and 256/512GB SSD). Both models have the NVIDIA GPU.

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.

Huawei MateBook X Pro is close to perfection
Name: Huawei MateBook X Pro Price (RRP): $1899 to 2599 Manufacturer: Huawei
Great screen – perfect 3:2 productivity formati5 is all you needWalks all over the Surface Laptop (apart from the stylus)Decent battery life and recharge timesNVIDIA GPU if you need itSolid quality build
X Pro does not mean X-hinge – it’s a clamshell laptopThunderbolt 3 is 20Gbps – no biggieWebcam accentuates double chins
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