HUAWEI MateBook 13 is one of the best gadgets that came out in 2020. It’s an ultra-portable, all-rounder MateBook, equipped with all the bells and whistles you can ask for in a laptop.
Check out the unboxing and initial impressions at my previous post – http://www.ryansanjuan.com/unboxing-huawei-matebook-13.
At first glance I already noticed that it has replaced the logo with just HUAWEI which I believe added to the premium look to the unit. It’s slim body only measures 14.9mm and weighs only 1.3kg which is ideal to carry around and can fit on small bags.
The left side has the USB Type-C power port. Also located at the left side the 3.5mm headphone jack and a LED indicator for charging. The right side comes with a single Type-C USB port which can also be used for power (but not recommended as it charges slower). Adapters (dongles) are available for your other port needs (USB A, HDMI, Card Reader, etc).
HUAWEI MateBook 13 went minimalist in its design that it has to lessen the ports which to me is understandable. I wouldn’t be using a lot of ports all at the same time anyways, plus the addition of HUAWEI Share makes it one-less port to use.
The display is my favorite feature of the MateBook 13. I am very particular with displays because that is where you’ll be staring the whole time when you a laptop. For me, it play s a big role in the overall experience. You may the fastest computer but if the display sucks, it sucks. Which is why some invest in additional display for a better experience.
Going back, the MateBook 13’s 2K display produces awesome details specially when viewing HD images and videos even on different angles. What surprised me is the multi-touch feature becauseI I’m not used to touching the screen on a laptop, I’m more familiar with the multi-touch trackpad and keyboard shortcuts. I’ve eventually got the hang of it after a week of using it. It even supports finger gesture for a screenshot. Just swipe three fingers down to capture the screen. The touch screen feature is nice to have specially if you don’t like carrying a mouse around.
On top the display lies the camera, which could have been better. HUAWEI smartphones are known for their awesome camera and it would hurt to have the same quality camera on the MateBook 13, it’s a flagship anyways.
The keyboard is compressed to be able to fit its slim built but it doesn’t feel compressed when typing. What I like about it is that it is the most quiet keyboard I have ever typed on. I barely heard any sound when hitting the keys. It’s also backlit for low light situations.
At the upper right corner is the power button which also works as a fingerprint scanner for security. Once you register your finger, you don’t have to type a PIN or a password to log-in, just press the power button and it goes directly to the desktop.
Reading the MateBook 13’s specs alone already tells what to expect with its performance. It is powered by a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U processor, 16 GB dual channel RAM. It also comes with 512GB high-speed PCIe SSD, and an NVIDIA® GeForce® MX 250 with 2GB of GDDR5.
In real life, it can withstand processing such as video and photo editing and a bit of gaming. I enjoyed playing Valorant with it as well as editing photos because I can simply zoom-in or zoom-out, using the touch screen. I wasn’t able to test if it’s going to work with a pen since I don’t have one. But I hope it does because it’s going to help a lot with photo and video editing.
If it can easily run those programs, then it would definitely have no issues running office applications and other day-to-day tsk. To cool things down, HUAWEI developed the Sharks Fin 2.0.
Battery life is around 10-12 hours with my regular use – blogging, editing photos, Netflix and art films. The 65W chargers takes around to hours to fill it up.
Now let’s briefly talk about Huawei Share. It allows you to connect your laptop to your HUAWEI smartphone using NFC. Once connected you can access your phone from your laptop and navigate thru it as if you’re using the phone itself. You can drag and drop files (photos, images, documents, etc) from your smartphone to your laptop and vice versa. It eliminates the use of cables to connect your phone to your laptop.
MateBook 13’s SRP is Php 65,990 for the Intel Core i5 model and Php 72,990 for the Core i7.
I would buy it for a number of reasons:
- I like the compact, minimalist design.
- I like how it the keys are placed and designed ( it’s also quiet).
- Since I own a Huawei P30, Watch GT2e, Band 3 and a Freebuds 3, it would be nice to dive in completely.
- I love the Huawei Share feature
- It’s also not about the size, performance matter still, and it did perform and exceeded expectations.
- If I have the money.
Why wouldn’t I buy it:
- I have limited budget
- I want to have a better camera