Huawei MateBook 13 overview (i7-8550U, Nvidia MX150)
Regardless of the entire controversy across the Huawei firm, it’s arduous to disclaim they nonetheless make among the greatest worth notebooks available on the market. Thus, if you happen to’re high-quality with shopping for a Huawei product (it’s as much as you, however so long as you’re not working in intelligence or a Authorities establishment, I don’t see why, at this level, this facet would steer you away), the Matebook 13 that we’re analyzing on this overview ought to be in your listing of competent ultraportables to get on the $900-$1100 worth vary.
This is without doubt one of the extra distinctive merchandise available on the market primarily as a result of it comes with a Three:2 aspect-ratio touchscreen, one thing few different units provide as of late, just like the Microsoft Floor laptop computer or Huawei’s personal higher-end MateBook X Professional.
That apart, the MateBook 13 can be compact and moveable, nicely made, highly effective for its class and a reliable typer, in addition to competitively priced, beginning at below $900 as of June 2019. Then again, potential consumers must settle for that this isn’t as skinny or as mild as among the options on the market, features a small battery and restricted IO.
We’ll get in depth on all these points within the overview down beneath, so by the tip of it you’ll know if the Huawei MateBook 13 is the appropriate product for you or not.
Specs as reviewed
|Huawei MateBook 13
|Display screen||13 inch, 2160 x 1440 px, IPS, contact, shiny, Chi Mei CMN8201|
|Processor||Intel Whiskey Lake Core i7-8565U CPU, quad-core|
|Video||Intel UHD 620 + Nvidia MX150 25 W (GeForce 430.86)|
|Reminiscence||eight GB LPDDR3 2400 MHz dual-channel (soldered)|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD (80 mm – WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G)|
|Connectivity||Wi-fi AC (Intel AC 9560), Bluetooth 5.zero|
|Ports||2x USB-C gen2 (left – information and charging, proper – information and video), mic/headphone|
|Battery||41.7 Wh, 65W charger|
|Measurement||358 mm or 11.26” (w) x 239 mm or eight.31” (d) x 17 mm or zero.59” (h)|
|Weight||2.93 lbs (1.33 kg)+ .44 lbs (.2 kg) charger and cables, EU model|
|Extras||backlit keyboard, HD webcam, stereo audio system, finger sensor within the energy button, ports adapter included|
Our overview unit is the very best specced model obtainable over right here in Europe, alongside the base-level mannequin that you would be able to additionally discover in shops, with the Core i5-8265U processor, nonetheless eight GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage and no devoted graphics.
Design and first look
Aluminum is used for this laptop computer’s whole case, however the development just isn’t unibody like on the X Professional, as an alternative is a plastic chassis wearing metallic outer-sheets, like with most different mid-range computer systems.
This construct particularity implies that the MateBook 13 just isn’t as sturdy as a MacBook Air, for example, nonetheless, my solely main criticism is with the truth that the chassis squeaks and creaks when choosing up the laptop computer. I might additionally advise on inserting this inside a protecting sleeve when throwing it in your bag, as a result of, whereas the display’s body feels sturdy, urgent arduous across the center of the lid, subsequent to that Huawei emblem, does push some ripples into the panel. Now, I’m positively nitpicking right here, as I’m assured most customers gained’t even discover these points with every day use, however I report on what I discovered and it’s higher to pamper this than remorse later.
These apart, the MateBook 13 is properly crafted and a ravishing piece of . Huawei went with dark-grey themes, of which the one on our take a look at unit they’ve unashamedly known as Area Gray (the opposite is Deep Gray), and it appears skilled and clear, doing a great job at hiding smudges and smears.
Practicality is one other space the place the MateBook 13 checks most packing containers. With the three:2 display, the footprint is taller than with most different 13-inch laptops, and that leaves room for a correctly sized keyboard, arm-rest and clickpad, in addition to for an influence button with a finger-sensor in it. The display may be lifted up and adjusted with a single hand, and goes again to about 160 levels, which is alright even for couch-use, whereas the grippy ft and the low-profile tapered front-lip and rounded corners make this comfy to make use of on a desk as nicely.
The design pushed the audio system on the underside, although, not like on the 14-inch MateBook X Professional, and so they’re nonetheless alright, however simple to muffle on the lap. It additionally made this MateBook 13 a bit thicker and heavier than different units in its class; I’m nonetheless high-quality with the full weight of two.9 lbs and the general thickness, however there are lighter choices on the market, and I might have hoped for higher IO at this thickness.
On this case, there are solely two USB-C slots, of which the one on the left helps information and charging, and the one on the appropriate help information and video. There’s additionally a headphone jack on the left edge and a tiny standing LED, however nothing else, and no Thunderbolt Three help both, if that’s one thing you’re desirous about.
Huawei does embody a nifty port-extender within the bundle, although, which supplies entry to USB-A, VGA and HDMI, so will cowl most wants.
All in all, it may appear that this MateBook 13 comes brief within the total craftsmanship high quality and even in practicality when in comparison with different ultraportables available on the market, however don’t overlook that is additionally a reasonably reasonably priced product, which makes the sandwiched design and restricted IO quirks most customers gained’t thoughts accepting, after they include a worth minimize of a number of hundred over the opposite choices.
Keyboard and trackpad
Huawei didn’t compromise on the keyboard, not like others do on their mini-laptops, and consequently, this pc is a quick, quiet and when you get used to it, an correct typer as nicely.
This does take a good bit to get used to, although, for 2 essential causes: the keys are a 16 x 16 mm in dimension, so a bit bigger than on most implementations, however with slender spacing between them, thus relatively unforgiving, and the journey may be very brief and once more leaves little room for errors. As somebody used to this sort of shallow keyboards, I do just like the suggestions and the general structure, however these coming from a desktop keyboard on an older laptop computer can have a more durable time to adapt to.
The keys are additionally backlit with white LEDs and three brightness ranges to select from. They get shiny sufficient at their max settings, and there’s little mild creeping from beneath due to their brief top, however the keys flip off in a short time (I couldn’t discover a approach to regulate that) and the illumination system doesn’t mild up with clickpad swipes, like on the premium laptops, it’s essential to really press a key to do it.
Down beneath, centered on the body, Huawei applied a superb and spacious clickpad. It’s a plastic floor with Precision drivers, and it’s quick and correct with swipes, faucets and gestures. The floor rattles with faucets, even with softer ones, although, and the bodily clicks are additionally clunkier and noisier than I’d need.
Huawei additionally places a finger-sensor inside the energy button, and it’s a sensible implementation built-in with Home windows Good day, which captures your fingerprint if you press the button to energy on the laptop computer (so long as it’s one of many fingers registered in Home windows), and makes use of the info to log into Home windows with out requiring an additional swipe.
As already talked about within the intro, the MateBook 13 comes with a 13-inch IPS touchscreen with a Three:2 2160 x 1440 px IPS panel. The three:2 facet ratio is the primary promoting level right here, permitting an elevated vertical working space that may get very helpful with on a regular basis shopping, text-editing, and different chores. In fact, this leaves black bars on the high and backside when watching motion pictures, however for all the pieces else, the three:2 panel is a superb addition and I want extra laptops would include this sort of screens. This text does a great job explaining why Three:2 screens are extra sensible than the usual 16:9 panels utilized by most OEMs.
As of proper now, the Microsoft Floor laptop computer and tablets, the Huawei MateBook X Professional and a bunch of Chromebooks are the one different choices with Three:2 screens, however hopefully that’s going to alter sooner or later.
Again to our MateBook 13, Huawei went with a mid-quality panel on this mannequin, with middling brightness and distinction ranges, however glorious sharpness, viewing angles and fairly good colours. Right here’s what we received on our take a look at unit, with the Sypder4 sensor:
- Panel HardwareID: Chi Mei CMN8201(P130ZFA-BA1);
- Protection: 100% sRGB, 71% NTSC, 76% AdobeRGB;
- Measured gamma: 2.2;
- Max brightness in the midst of the display: 277 cd/m2 on energy;
- Distinction at max brightness: 620:1;
- White level: 6800 Okay;
- Black on max brightness: zero.44 cd/m2;
- PWM: No.
The panel got here well-calibrated out-of-the-box, however you need to use this calibrated profile for small additional tweaks.
This apart, it’s value noting that Huawei implements an aggressive light-sensor on this laptop computer, which turns down the brightness with a purpose to save-up power, and also you’ll almost definitely wish to disable it from the settings. We disabled ours throughout the exams, besides, our sensor returned a reasonably low brightness stage, in comparison with what others received of their critiques.
I also needs to add that we haven’t observed any mild bleeding or uniformity points on our pattern, so total it is a nice high quality display, and my solely main nit is with the considerably restricted visibility in very shiny environments, the place the 300-nits panel is simply not shiny sufficient to compensate for the outer mild and the glare launched by the shiny layer of glass on high of the touchscreen. As compared, the MateBook X Professional will get a brighter and richer 500-nits panel, and even most 16:9 options get brighter panels as of late.
, efficiency and improve choices
Out take a look at variations is a better specced configuration of the Huawei MateBook 13, equivalent to the fashions you’ll discover in shops, with the Core i7-8565U WhiskeyLake processors, eight GB of RAM and Nvidia MX150 graphics, within the full-power 10De 1D10 25W variant, and never the lower-power 10De 1D12 possibility you’ll discover on most different ultraportables.
It additionally will get solely will get a Western Digital SN720 512 GB SSD, connected through a PCIe x4 connection, and glorious performer that ought to fulfill even essentially the most pretentious amongst you. The drive is nonetheless upgradeable, in truth, it’s the solely elements you possibly can improve when you get inside.
Sadly the MateBook 13 doesn’t include greater than eight GB of RAM on any of the obtainable configurations; eight GB ought to be sufficient for many customers proper now, however if you happen to’re planning on operating extra demanding software program that advantages from extra and even sooner reminiscence, you’ll just about need to go together with one thing else. And that’s really a pity and maybe a cheeky approach to oversell you the higher-end MateBook X Professional mannequin, because the MateBook 13 performs excellently in demanding chores, as soon as tweaked, as you’ll discover out down beneath.
However first, right here’s the way it offers with every day chores, whereas operating pretty cool and completely quiet, because the followers inside change off with motion pictures and light-browsing.
In fact, if you happen to solely want a laptop computer for shopping, motion pictures, and every day multitasking, you possibly can persist with the base-level Core i5 configuration, and go for the i7 + MX150 if you happen to plant to run extra demanding CPU + GPU masses, after all, inside the limitations of an ultracompact pc.
The Core i7-8565U Whiskey Lake processor, with 4 cores and eight threads, can ship glorious efficiency with a correct thermal implementation. We take a look at the CPU’s habits in demanding masses by operating Cinebench R15 for 10+ instances in a loop, with 2-Three sec delay between every run, which simulates a 100% load on all of the cores. For our exams, we used the Excessive-Efficiency mode in Home windows.
Out of the field, the CPU settles for round 2.Three -2.5 GHz after a number of Cinebench runs, scores of round 510 factors, a TDP of 15+ W and temperatures of round 66-70 levels Celsius. These are barely subpar outcomes for this processor, however don’t overlook it’s applied inside a compact chassis, and Huawei set low CPU temperature limits with a purpose to permit thermal room for that 25W GPU.
Undervolting considerably will increase these outcomes. We couldn’t’ set up XTU on this laptop computer, so went again to the trusty Throttlestop and stably lowered voltages by -120 mV. On this case, the CPU settles for round 2.7-2.eight GHz after a number of Cinebench runs, scores of 630+ factors, a TDP of 15+ W and temperatures of round 70 levels Celsius, which is a roughly 15-20% enchancment over the inventory settings, with none impression on the temperatures.
Our pattern carried out excellently on battery as nicely, just about mimicking the habits whereas plugged in. The makes the MateBook 13 among the finest choices for performing demanding-chores whereas on battery, simply take into account you’re not going to have the ability to run these masses for greater than 1.5 to 2 hours, attributable to its small battery, however you need to use power-banks for longer runtimes.
Regardless of this habits within the Cinebench loop take a look at, the CPU really runs at very excessive frequencies with video games and benchmarks, particularly as soon as undervolted, as you’ll see beneath.
We first ran our set of ordinary benchmarks on the default profile, and right here’s what we received:
- 3DMark 11: P4883 (Graphics – 4650, Physics – 7508);
- 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 3304 (Graphics – 3660, Physics – 9756);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1213 (Graphics – 1099, CPU – 2961);
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 2547;
- GeekBench four.1.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 5059, Multi-core: 16382;
- CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 667 cb, CPU Single Core 178 cb;
- CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 1289 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark four.zero 32-bit: Move 1 –163.96 fps, Move 2 – 37.01 fps.
Then we reran much more benchmarks on the -120 mV undervolted profile, which allowed a fairly vital improve in CPU associated exams and, as anticipated, just about no adjustments in GPU scores:
- 3DMark 11: P4935 (Graphics – 4640, Physics – 8611);
- 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 3276 (Graphics – 3600, Physics – 11021);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1215 (Graphics – 1099, CPU – 3050);
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 2525;
- PCMark 10: 4387(Necessities – 8820, Productiveness – 7036, Digital Content material Creation – 3692);
- PassMark: Score: 4419, CPU mark: 8563, 3D Graphics Mark: 2737;
- GeekBench four.1.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 5442, Multi-core: 17678;
- CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 762 cb, CPU Single Core 190 cb;
- CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 1538 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark four.zero 32-bit: Move 1 –179.18 fps, Move 2 – 41.5 fps.
The Undervolted profile results in 10-15% CPU efficiency features, and stable total outcomes for an implementation with a TDP restrict of 15 W. Lots of the different thin-and-lights do permit the CPU to run at larger TDP with demanding masses, and consequently, return higher efficiency.
The GPU scores didn’t improve with undervolting, however as you’ll see down beneath, undervolting really permits the GPU to run at barely larger clocks with video games, because it lowers the CPU temperatures and permits additional headroom for the graphics chip.
With that out of the way in which, let’s have a look at some gaming outcomes. We ran a few DX11 and DX12 video games on our test-unit, on the native 2160 x 1440 px decision (until in any other case specified) and Low/Excessive particulars, and compiled the ends in the next desk.
|Low Preset||Excessive Preset|
|Bioshock Infinite||85* fps||57* fps|
|Far Cry 5||17 fps||14 fps|
|Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor||54** fps||36** fps|
|Rise of Tomb Raider||27 fps||19 fps|
|The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt||24-32 fps||15-22 fps|
- The Witcher Three – recorded with Fraps in marketing campaign mode
- Bioshock, Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Tomb Raider – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities
- * ran at 1920 x 1080 px
- ** ran at 1600 x 1200 px, native decision not acknowledged
That is what we received when it comes to CPU and GPU speeds in Witcher Three, a really taxing title for this sort of .
Undervoting the CPU results in a drop in CPU temperatures and a rise in GPU frequencies, that’s why it’s completely advisable on such a laptop computer. Particulars beneath.
Gaming on battery is barely doable and solely in older video games that put little pressure on the CPU, because the processor throttles right down to .eight GHz on this case.
All in all, the MateBook 13 handles video games higher than I anticipated. Huawei did a great job at implementing a 25W variant of the Nvidia MX150 chip inside such a small platform, and that enables it to run older or informal video games on the native decision and playable framerates. Newer titles are too robust for the platform to crack, although, even at very low graphics settings.
It’s, nonetheless, crucial to notice that this laptop computer will get a 2160 x 1440 px display, which interprets into two points that you need to take into account. Firstly, even if the GPU is extra highly effective than the 10W model you’ll principally discover in compact ultraportables, the efficiency acquire is misplaced to the upper decision and the MateBook 13 just about return the identical fps counts as a standard laptop computer with the 10W MX150 GPU and a 1920 x 1080 px display. On high of that, there’s a great likelihood you may run into compatibility points with older video games that may not correctly acknowledge the 2160 x 1440 px decision, which suggests you’ll be pressured to play them at a distinct decision that may considerably flaw the general expertise.
Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others
Huawei makes use of a reliable thermal design of the MateBook 13, with two followers positioned between the CPU and GPU, and a single, however pretty thick, heatpipe, that attracts warmth from each elements. This is without doubt one of the best designs on this phase, and just like what different OEMs use on their fashions.
The followers keep quiet with informal on a regular basis actions, and solely kick on with multitasking and heavier shopping. I additionally haven’t observed any coil whine on my unit, but it surely’s been reported by some house owners, so it’s a matter of luck.
The 2 followers spin sooner and averagely loud with gaming, at as much as 43-44 dB at head stage. The outer case will get heat, however solely hits temperatures within the mid-40s on each the highest and the underside, that are fairly good for a compact laptop computer with this sort of . The WASD keys get to about 42-43 levels Celsius, whereas the arrows hit 37-38 levels with longer gaming periods, each barely at a consolation stage for a pleasing gaming expertise.
*Every day Use – operating Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, followers ~36 dB
*Load – taking part in FarCry 5 for about 30 minutes on extremely FHD settings, followers ~43-44 dB
For connectivity, there’s an Intel 9560 wi-fi module inside this laptop computer, with Bluetooth 5.zero, just about the go-to answer for an above-average ultraportable as of late. It carried out nicely with our setup, each close to the router and at 30 ft with obstacles in between.
So far as the audio system go, there’s a set of them firing by means of cuts on the lateral sides of the underbelly, and so they’re about common. We measured pretty low most volumes of about 72-73 dB at head stage, however the sound comes out clear and with out distortions. It does lack a good bit within the low finish, with bass solely noticeable from about 115 Hz, and the location additionally makes these audio system simple to cowl and muffle when utilizing the laptop computer on the lap or just about in every single place besides on a flat floor.
There’s additionally a 720p digital camera on the MateBook 13, positioned on the high of the display, with relatively washed out picture high quality. The mic pins are surprisingly positioned on the underbelly as nicely, so that they’re not the perfect at catching voices and will also be coated pretty simply when the laptop computer doesn’t sit on a desk.
There’s solely a 41.7 Wh battery inside this Matebook 13, smaller than what you’ll discover with most different choices within the area of interest.
Huawei’s implementation is definitely very environment friendly, even with the i7 and the higher-resolution display that take their toll, besides, this simply gained’t final as lengthy on a cost as different units with bigger batteries.
Right here’s what we received on our overview unit, with the display’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~30 brightness).
- 6.5 W (~6+ h of use) – textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 5 W (~eight h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 5 W (~eight h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 11.9 W (~Three h 30 min of use) – shopping in Edge, Higher Efficiency Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 28.5 W (~1 h 20 min of use) – Gaming – Shadow of Mordor, Max Efficiency Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON, fps restrict of 40.
Huawei pairs the MateBook 13 with a compact 65 Wh USB-C charger, which is barely sufficient to maintain the at bay with demanding masses. Remember that you’ll must hook this as much as the laptop computer’s left port, because the USB-C port on the appropriate doesn’t help charging.
The battery doesn’t discharge with video games, however on the similar time will cost very, very slowly, because the charger’s capability is almost on par with the system’s power calls for on this case. There’s additionally no quick-charging applied, so far as I can inform, so a 10 to 100% recharge will take wherever from just a little below two hours with mild use, to many hours if operating demanding actions.
Worth and availability
The Huawei MateBook 13 is extensively obtainable internationally, in two essential configurations:
- Core i5-8265U, eight GB RAM, 256 GB SSD
- Core i7-8565U and Nvidia MX150 25W, eight GB of RAM, 512 GB SSD
The previous is offered for below 900 USD within the US on the time of this text, or 900 EUR in Germany/France and 900 GBP within the UK. The latter is just about a 200 USD/EUR/GBP improve, and it’s well worth the distinction for the gaming talents of that MX150 chip and the elevated (and really quick) space for storing.
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There are fairly a couple of mini laptops with gaming capabilities, based mostly on Intel Core U Whiskey Lake and Nvidia’s MX150 and the up to date MX250 graphics chips. In fact, some carry out higher than others and every has its particularities.
Huawei’s MateBook 13 essential promoting factors are the high-res Three:2 touchscreen and the aggressive pricing. It additionally will get the 25W model of the MX150 chip, whereas most different ultracompact fashions follow the slower and extra environment friendly 10 W variant, however its gaming benefit is negated by the display’s larger decision, that’s why, if gaming on a thin-and-light laptop computer sits excessive in your listing, you’ll be higher off with one thing just like the Razer Blade Stealth 13 and even the MSI Status PS42, each with FHD screens, competent cooling and 25W variations of the MX150 and MX250 GPUs. Huawei’s MateBook X Professional is another choice to contemplate if you happen to’re OK with a barely bigger and costlier pc, however with a brighter display, improved IO and a bigger battery, and Asus’s ZenBook UX392 is one other nice possibility within the premium phase, with a lighter chassis, brighter display, and bigger battery.
The MateBook is nonetheless a well-balanced product and a great allrounder, due to that display, its quick and quiet keyboard, the efficiency and the competent thermal module, that enables for good acoustics and thermals in most conditions. Huawei did skimp on a couple of points, although, so potential customers should settle for the squeaky chassis, the small battery life, the restricted IO and the awkwardly positioned and never very loud audio system.
After which there’s the entire controversy round Huawei merchandise. As of June 2019, until you’re working/studying in locations that expressly prohibit Huawei merchandise, I don’t see why you wouldn’t purchase a Huawei pocket book. Nonetheless, that may change sooner or later, if the US software program producers determine to restrict help for Huawei laptops, similar to it occurred with telephones not too long ago, so I perceive why a few of you may wish to keep on the protected facet and simply go together with one thing else altogether. The choice is yours, all I’m saying is that there’s excellent worth on this MateBook 13, and a specific set of traits and options you’re not going to search out in one other related product, apart from the higher-tier and costlier MateBook X Professional.
With that in thoughts, we’ll wrap up this overview of the Huawei MateBook 13 right here, however the feedback part is open on your ideas and questions, so get in contact.