A quick Huawei Matebook 13 Review
This ultraportable computer, presented by Huawei a few months ago, seems to be a perfect companion for everyday actions. Portable, thin, light, on paper this computer looks very practical, is it really?
A simple and sober design with a gray aluminum for the frame with the logo embossed in the center of it.
When you open it, you have the impression of being in front of one of Apple’s MacBooks, a 13 ”screen with little bezel, a luminous black keyboard taking all the width, with keys with a touch and a pleasant return for typing. The touchpad is elongated compared to other models, which is not unpleasant. If it doesn’t suit you, no problem, the touch screen will take over.
What is it worth in daily use?
I was able to use it for 3 weeks as a personal computer; it went with me everywhere, thanks to its small size, it fits easily in a backpack. Whether in progress, it is convenient, indeed, the screen size is perfect for development, we can split the screen in two, to have the editor on one side and the terminal on the other. And this for several hours, in fact the battery has an autonomy of more than ten hours in office automation. Knowing that it recharges fairly quickly, so no worries to be done on this side.
In terms of connections, we only have a jack and two USB-C ports. Of which only one can recharge the computer unfortunately. An adapter is provided in the box which allows us to have a VGA, HDMI, USB, and USB-C socket. It was useful for me to make PowerPoint presentations from a USB key on an HDMI video projector.
Having an Honor View 20, I have access to Huawei Share technology. It allows me to approach my phone to the NFC tag to transfer files quickly, and it must be admitted that it is convenient.
This ultraportable does not have a graphics card. I was able to advance in my video editing in Premiere Pro and edit my photos with Lightroom and Photoshop, which are quite demanding software, but which run smoothly on the computer. Indeed, apart from slight heating at the top right of the keyboard, and a very small noise of ventilation, there is no problem using it for rather heavy tasks.
I was even able to play some games like Trackmania on this computer, of course, the keyboard is not the most suitable, but for small amateur parties to have fun, this is no problem. The options were set to normal, and I didn’t notice any issues, apart from the heater at the top right of the keyboard, which is reasonable and understandable.
Available at less than $850, it is an excellent ultraportable, combining comfort and performance. Only the small negative points that prevent it from being the perfect ultraportable. It has nothing to envy its big brother the Huawei Matebook X.