As our lifestyle shifts to mobile, smartphones, tablets, and laptops have become the obvious choice for everyday use. There are still those who prefer the hardware flexibility and processing power that you can get from a desktop computer. This year HUAWEI just entered the pre-built pc market with the Mate Station S.
Just by looking at it, you can already tell that it means business. The case has a very corporate feel. It doesn’t have the fancy led lights or coolers that you normally see in customized set-ups. In front, you get a 3.5mm port, a USB 3.1, and a USB Type C port. At the back, you get 4 additional USB 3.1 ports, a VGA and DVI port, an HDMI port, and an RJ 45.
The unit comes with a WIFI 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 5.0. The NFC reader is found at the keyboard that I mainly for HUAWEI Share to connect my HUAWEI P30. I used it when I need to transfer or access files on from my phone to the Mate Station S
The unit comes with a HUAWEI branded wired mouse (they could have thrown in a wireless mouse), and HUAWEI slim keyboard. The keyboard comes with a fingerprint scanner for easy log in and security.
Powering the Mate Station S is an AMD Ryzen™ 5 4600G Processor with a built in GPU. It’s more like an Apple M1 chip. It operates at 3.7GHz with a max boost clock of up to 4.2GHz. Supporting it is an 8 GB DDR4 3200 MHz nd a 256GB of NVMe SSD storage. Both the RAM and SSD drive can be upgraded at your own risk, and if you don’t mind voiding the warranty.
Does it live up to my day-to-day activity? Yes, it does, from work applications to sneaker hustle, gaming, and my IU Youtube playlist. I wasn’t expecting much when it comes to performance because I was testing for a typical work-from-home arrangement. Nothing processing heavy like video rendering, or 3D heavy games to test its limits. It’s not what I would be using it for anyways.
The Mate Station S came with a 23.8 inch HUAWEI Display which has 90% screen to body ratio because of its narrow bezels. I’ve always been using a laptop screen for work and blogging, I rarely use an external display. Using the Huawei Display just showed me what I am missing, and I probably will be using it more often. It’s such an eye candy.
In summary, the HUAWEI Mate Station S is a workstation. It’s not the type of computer that would attract gamers, animators, or developers but it be would a great computer for everyday use. As more and more people work from home, the Mate Station S is a computer that you might consider getting especially if you need a practical PC to work on but on a budget. HUAWEI Mate Station S focuses on what’s important – performance and getting things done. In case you need more juice in the future, you can always upgrade and slid in additional RAM or storage.
The Mate Station S and the HUAWEI Display are available at the Official HUAWEI store for PHP 30,999 and PHP 6,999 respectively. You can get them both bundled for Php 35,998, plus you’re getting the keyboard and mouse together (worth PHP 3,598). You’ll save around PHP 5,500 front the bundle.