The MateBook X Pro is the latest Huawei laptop to land on South African shores, promising a premium experience in a lightweight form factor.
But does the device live up to the expectations laid out by its more affordable MateBook D counterparts?
We spent two weeks with the laptop to see how it performs in daily usage…
Lightweight and professional design
The MateBook X Pro definitely ups the stakes when it comes to a premium design and feel. The laptop manages to be both sturdy and lightweight, with a sleek metallic body that has a sandblast finish.
At only 14.6mm thick and weighing 1.33kg, it’s difficult to overstate how easily portable the laptop is.
It’s not so small that it becomes difficult to use, however, finding the perfect balance between portability and productivity.
Display clarity and adaptability
While the Matebook X Pro has a relatively small 13.9-inch display, the slim borders and 91% screen-to-body ratio mean that it feels more than generous when working on or viewing media on the device.
The 3K display also delivers crisp visuals when viewing content on the device, making it great for watching series or doing minor multimedia work.
The fact that the display is also touchscreen adds an extra bit of productivity and usability to the device. You can swipe down with three fingers to take a screenshot.
But more often than not, the most useful function brought about by the touchscreen is the ability to easily scroll through web pages or documents and tap on elements or buttons on the screen.
MateBook X Pro battery life
Another standout feature of the MateBook X Pro is its battery life, delivering the longest time between charges out of any of the MateBooks launched in South Africa this year.
The laptop can last up to 13 hours when playing local video, though when streaming video from the internet, you should expect a shorter battery life.
When it comes to office work and online browsing, you’re looking at between 11 and 15 hours of battery life between charges.
Fingerprint reader and other Huawei perks
All the MateBooks launched this year have a fingerprint reader on the power button, but this feature works particularly well on the MateBook X Pro thanks to its fast processing power. It takes about a second for the laptop to scan and approve your fingerprint for logging in.
The laptop also comes with the perks of other MateBook’s — such as Huawei’s PC Manager software and multi-screen collaboration with other Huawei smartphones.
The MateBook X Pro provides a lightweight device that focuses on delivering a premium experience for professionals who need a productive and ultraportable device.
Where to buy the MateBook X Pro
If the MateBook X Pro seems like the type of laptop you’d like to invest in, it is available for a price of R34 999.
You can buy the laptop from the Huawei online store, Takealot, Computer Mania, Incredible Connection, and Vodacom.
Feature image: Huawei
This article is sponsored by Huawei.