While primarily known for smartphones in the Philippines, Huawei has proven that it also knows the game for Notebooks. The recently launched MateBook D15 is a perfect case in point – a device that offers a premium design, decent horsepower, and the longevity that today’s on-the-go creatives and professionals need.
Today, we’re taking a look at the company’s mid-range contender, the MateBook 13. With an ultra-slim form factor combined with very capable internals, it aims to be the perfect companion for those who want a Notebook that’s very easy to move around, and yet, has enough power to handle day-to-day tasks.
||13″ IPS, 2160 x 1440, 200 PPI, 100% sRGB, 300 nits
||Intel Core i7-8565U
||8GB LPDDR3 2133MHz
||512GB NVMe PCIe SSD
||NVIDIA GeForce MX150
||Lithium Polymer, 41.8 Wh
||2.4GHz and 5GHz
||1MP Front Camera
||3.5mm Headset and Microphone Jack
||286 x 211 x 14.9mm (W x H x D)
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Huawei MateBook 13 Review
Huawei MateBook 13 delivers a one-two punch combo of a good-performing and good-looking device in one package. Oh, and an extremely portable one too.
It looks simple, but is built premium. It has a great display, a comfy keyboard to type on, good sounding speakers, good day-to-day performance, can game a bit, and offers stellar battery life.
It's got perhaps the best touchpad I've used., and add to the mix, value-added features such as Huawei Share.
On the flipside, the more compact keybaord won't be for everyone, you'll need to carry around a dongle if you want to connect a mouse or even an external drive, and it's not exactly in the affordable league as far as pricing is concerned (especially considering that the processor is starting to show its age, and that newer laptops are now using newer processors.)
That being said, I do think that the price is just right for what it offers.
Premium and elegant design, well-made
Gorgeous display with great color reproduction and detail
Proper performance for day-to-day tasks
Great battery life
Comfy to type on
Has the best touchpad I've used in a laptop
Smaller keyboard may not be for everyone
A brighter screen would've been better
Needs a dongle for external devices, doesn't come with one
Not exactly on the affordable league
Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.