Huawei MateBook 13 laptop review
For years, those who wanted to have a MacBook laptop from Apple had to have an iPhone as well in order to enjoy the full experience provided by Apple through its ecosystem, or what is known as the Apple Ecosystem, which makes the experience resulting from the use of all of its devices together, it is different from using it with other parts.
This was the reason that Apple monopolized the use and compatibility of its additional non-main devices with other devices, such as the lack of integration of HomePod headphones only with the iPhone phones, and the inability of the Apple Watch watches to be compatible with the phones of the company as well, which in turn caused congestion in terms of companies The other competitor that produces one or two products without owning them enables them to make their own ecosystem.
Recently, specifically on the twenty-fourth of last February, Huawei, the Chinese company, broke this rule by establishing the integrated environmental system that enabled it to manufacture a group of laptops that will compete aggressively with Apple’s computers in the next few days and withdraw a small portion of its market share.
This is because the Chinese dragon had launched three different laptops that have dazzled everyone, the Huawei MateBook X Pro, Huawei MateBook 13, and Huawei MateBook 14.
Design and screen
We start with the design of the Huawei MateBook 13 laptop, and on this point, I note that there are no differences between the four versions in terms of design, but they differ only in that this version is the only among the versions of the Huawei MateBook 13 laptop that has a touch screen.
The Huawei MateBook 13 laptop comes with a 13-inch IPS touch screen with a resolution of 2160 times 1440 pixels, FullView, and a 3: 2 aspect ratio.
The screen is distinguished by the color quality and the lighting levels of up to 300 emitters per pixel. The screen resolution and aspect ratio are compatible with each other because of the design of the screen, which makes it more square than it is rectangular, as we are used in the usual laptop computers.
The Huawei MateBook 13 has almost no bezels and it is characterized by the absolute thinness that affects its weight of no more than three kilograms and three hundred grams, but in contrast, it comes at the expense of the windows in it as it only contains three ports, one of which is a 3.5 mm audio outlet and the other port USB-C 3.1 for charging and last is a port that is used to connect external memory or VGA connections to display content on TV or computer screens and other uses of multiple USB ports.
On the other hand, the weight of the MateBook 13 laptop makes it a portable computer in the literal sense of the word, so it can be carried anywhere and in any small bag without trouble, which makes it very suitable for students who were directed by Huawei from the beginning.
Specifications of Huawei MateBook 13 laptop
As for the specifications of the Huawei MateBook 13 laptop, it is available in four versions, as I mentioned earlier, all agree in the random memory that comes with a capacity of 8 GB, while the difference appears in the central processor and graphics processor in addition to the internal capacity.
The lowest-priced version of the MateBook 13 laptop is the Intel Core i5-8265U 8th Generation Core Energy Saver, 256GB SSD, and Intel UHD 620 GPU.
Followed by the higher version, which meets the same specifications, but with the different graphics processor, Nvidia GeForce MX150 becomes more expensive.
After that comes two versions with the Intel Core i7-8565U central processor which is also an 8th-generation power saver along with an Intel UHD 620 graphics processor and a 512GB internal SSD, and finally, the higher version of the Huawei MateBook 13 comes with the same previous specifications as changing the graphics processor To become Nvidia MX150.
The performance of the i7-8565U quad-core processor is good for regular use of browsing and running Microsoft office programs and running videos and design programs as well with a frequency of 1.8 GHz and a speed of up to 4.8 GHz per core, as it consumes a little amount of energy which is in favor of battery life.
As for the graphics processor – and I talk here about the Nvidia MX150 it is a processor suitable for office and study use rather than entertainment or professional, as it can be used to play videos that reach 4K without chopping in addition to games with few specifications, and that it is not able to provide appropriate performance To run high-performance montage software or games.
Battery and charging
One of the most important points that distinguish the Huawei MateBook 13 from the others is the battery and its charging method because it contains a battery that lasts for five continuous hours of browsing and playing videos using Google Chrome browser, which is famous for its great consumption of resources by opening up to 6 Internet pages with levels of lighting ranging from 50 to 75 percent, and in contrast, they continue to work for eight consecutive hours of playing a movie saved on the internal memory.
As for charging, the MateBook 13 laptop uses the charger for Huawei phones without the need for another charger, which confirms the company’s focus on building its integrated system. During our experience, the laptop was charged from 0 percent to 100 percent in the case of use within an hour and five minutes, while in the case of non-use it reached 100 percent within 40 minutes which is a very reasonable number for the battery life.
The possibility of charging with the Huawei phone charger itself or USB-C chargers, in general, will save you a lot, instead of carrying the laptop power adapter separately which we used previously to be huge in your bag alongside the phone charger, now you only need to carry only one charger you can use it to charge both devices, which is another positive point for the company.
Advantages and disadvantages
We come here for one of the most important points, which are the advantages and disadvantages of the Huawei MateBook 13 laptop, and we start with the most important features, which is what Huawei called Huawei Share OneHop, which will enable you to do a lot with the Huawei phone that works with the EMUI 9.0 interface or newer ones.
We start with the transfer of files between your mobile phone and the laptop that is made with one-touch by placing the phone on the NFC panel on the laptop so that the files can be transferred to and from your phone directly effortlessly and at a fast speed.
This is followed by the instantaneous synchronization feature between the laptop and the phone, also through the NFC chip, where you can play one of the videos on the laptop and then put the phone on this chip to be resumed on your mobile phone at the same speed and quality that was working on your computer Mobile.
Add to that the copy feature, which will enable you to write anything on your phone and copy it directly to the Huawei MateBook 13 laptop using the Clipboard feature, in addition to the feature of recording the laptop screen by moving the phone in a vibrating motion and then placing it on the NFC panel so that the computer begins to record its screen itself The clip is saved automatically as soon as you finish the recording process.
Another feature added by Huawei is the integration of the fingerprint sensor with the power button, and with a slight modification to the BIOS settings, the device could make the operation of the laptop not take seconds because you do not need to pass your finger on the fingerprint sensor to log into the system after pressing the Power button, it’s all done with one touch.
The company has also created a new way to use the function button which is known as an abbreviation fn, which has become working like the Caps Lock or Num Lock button, meaning that you can press it once and it will be activated with a small indicator that becomes lit at the time to use the function buttons such as lighting control, sound and communication without The need to press the fn button and the desired function button together. While this might be a small plus, in reality, it will save time in the long run and you will feel its effect if you use the Huawei MateBook 13 laptop.
The company has also made the keyboard design thinner to become similar to the keyboard that we see in new MacBook computers that do not resemble the regular buttons but on the contrary, it is more like that of the touch buttons which facilitate the process of use and reduce the effort used to press the buttons in the long run And it helps reduce the thickness of the laptop as a whole and maintains its slim design as well.
On top of all this, the Huawei MateBook 13 laptop is backed by high-quality Dolby Atmos headphones, providing an imaginative audio experience for users who love to enjoy pure music while doing their work.
The computer touch screen is also one of the most important features because it saves you a lot of time by using it to move between videos or scrolling when reading web pages in addition to controlling videos in terms of stopping and playing and other features that added to the experience of using more flow.
As for the disadvantages of the MateBook 13, it is concentrated in three points, the first of which is the large size of the touchpad with the weight of the mouse buttons (left and right button) and it is attached to the touch panel, which makes dealing with it a little complicated.
The second defect is in the keyboard because of its lack of Page-Up and Page-Down buttons, which facilitate the navigation process between pages in applications such as Microsoft Office programs and Internet pages as well.
As well; The Huawei MateBook 13 laptop defects that it does not have many USB ports that are sufficient for multiple uses, as it is mentioned that it contains only two ports, one of which is for charging, which makes the process of sharing files or displaying them on a large screen through an external memory is very difficult, but this matter, of course, The case can be resolved by owning a device that operates as a USB-Hub that enables you to insert more than one device into one USB port.
The Huawei MateBook 13 laptop is a computer intended for students and users of office software such as read content makers and fans of browsing and watching videos more than montage workers or players, therefore, it performs its task to the fullest with good specifications that enable the user to use it everywhere and does not require him to work in The home is like other computers that consume a lot of battery life within a few hours.
With Huawei reinforcing it with many special features that can be simple for some, such as OneHop, Clipboard, and the ability to charge by mobile phone charger, this computer becomes the best for the written content and students.