Huawei released the Mate 20 Pro, Watch GT, and MateBook X Pro in Southeast Asia. But the device they were pretty much covered up about is the MateBook D.
It’s a budget version of the MateBook X Pro. While it might not come with a powerful processor or graphics card, it is a great option for those on a budget who want the thin and light Windows experience.
It sounds mighty familiar.
The MateBook D immediately gets some déjà vu vibes. It’s obvious that they took some subtle cues from the MacBook Pro in the design of the laptop.
Despite striking similarities with an Apple product, Huawei did it in their favor.
The MateBook D looks beautiful and those I showed this laptop to couldn’t believe it was from Huawei. The all-aluminum case gives the laptop its sleek and solid feel, not to mention it looks sexy.
I may be picky, but they could have made this laptop really sleeker if they had removed “Huawei” from the top lid and just left their logo.
Laptop essentials are all there.
For me, a laptop has to have a number of decisive properties: good color rendering of the screen, keyboard and trackpad has to feel good and take some getting used to, and finally, a decent battery life.
I just love the typing experience the keyboard offers. The keycaps are large and perfectly spaced. The touchpad is also just the right size and position. I have never experienced accidental touches while typing angrily on the keyboard.
The laptop also offers a good selection of connections. Two USB Type-A ports, a single USB Type-C port, an HDMI port, and a headphone jack.
However, I am quite disappointed with the screen. Sure, it’s an FHD IPS panel, but the colors just look flat and lifeless, I don’t feel immersed in the content I’m looking at. It seems like Huawei hit all the right spots in this laptop except for the screen.
The performance is on point.
The MateBook D is definitely not a powerhouse. It comes with an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage and an Intel HD Graphics 620.
Maybe you don’t want to play the latest Battlefield Title or a round PUBG on it, but if your doing some work or just surfing the internet, it provides smooth overall performance.
It’s worth mentioning that the laptop has a fingerprint sensor that doubles as a power button and a damn good one too. It’s extremely fast and has officially restored my confidence in laptop fingerprint sensors.
The battery life doesn’t match the advertised 12 hours of video playback, but it gives me 5 hours of usage consisting of watching YouTube videos, surfing the web, working, and listening to music on Spotify.
Music lovers will be pleased to know that the MateBook D supports Dolby Atmos, which not only provides an enhanced audio listening experience, but also allows you to fine-tune the audio output to your liking.
Even the laptop’s speakers sound decent, it might not compete with a MacBook, but I’m a headphone type so it doesn’t really matter to me.
Should you ditch your old laptop for the MateBook D?
If you’re using a laptop with an 8th Intel Core processor and it’s already light, then you should skip the MateBook D.
If you are a gamer it is pretty obvious that this is not the option for you.
Even so, you’ll pay half the price of a MacBook Pro when you choose the MateBook D. It may not have the stability of macOS or a nice retina display, but it will suit your needs without a hook.
And so as not to be a record: It is half as expensive as a MacBook with lower features.
The Huawei MateBook D sells for RM 2,999, while the cheapest MacBook Pro sells for RM 5,932.
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