Huawei MateBook 13 (2019) is another best offer laptop that comes with high-end hardware and a reasonable price tag. This is a cutting-edge piece of technology that features a snappy and stunning form factor. So, if you are looking for a MacBook Air alternative for less cash, Huawei MateBook 13 in UK is the right choice. It delivers the performance that you would expect from any other flagship laptop, thanks to its superior specs.
Huawei MateBook 13 in 2019 is arguably the most value-packed flagship laptop for business users and IT professionals. In fact, this is another best in the class laptop that could handle the toughest computing tasks and fits the bill. Huawei MateBook 13 truly takes on the mantle and replaces the MateBook X Pro as a reasonably priced flagship.
Huawei MateBook 13 in UK comes in two iterations: one with the Core i5 CPU and another high-end model with a Core i7 Whiskey Lake CPU. Today, we are going to write Huawei MateBook 13 Review on the Core i5 variant, which is both the beauty and the beast. And if you are looking for discounts, you could get £100 off on it at Laptop Outlet.
Huawei MateBook 13 2019: Specs sheet
Processor: Intel Core i5-8265U Quad-Core / 1.6GHz Max. Turbo Speed 3.9GHz
Display: 13-inch QHD (2160 x 1440) Resolution
RAM: 8GB Storage: 512GB SSD
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce MX250 Dedicated (GDDR5, 2GB)
Battery Life: Up to 9 hours
Weight: Around 2.87lbs (1.3kg)
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
The specs on Huawei MateBook 13 2019 (Core i5) laptop are formidable and offer the best value for money. However, there are always some missing niceties when you put together the best features in a compact chassis. And in this Huawei MateBook 13 review, we are going to take a look at them.
Plus, we are going to evaluate the overall performance to review Huawei MateBook 13’s operation. So, if you are looking for Huawei MateBook 13 in UK or about to buy Huawei MateBook 13 (2019), continue reading. This article offers comprehensive insight and complete Huawei MateBook 13 review.
Design of Huawei MateBook 13 2019
Huawei went with a similar extravagant design that we have seen on the MateBook X Pro. At a glance, it appears exactly like a MacBook with a minimalistic silver body cover and a very thin 14.9mm profile. The only difference is that the MacBook Air has a 15.6mm profile with Apple’s logo on it.
Huawei MateBook 13 2019 is fitted in the same Aluminium chassis as the MateBook X Pro. However, you could get it in two colour choices: Mystic Silver or Space Gray. The lid colour is extended to the keyboard deck and the palms rest area. But the keys and areas around the display are black, whereas Huawei has moved the HD webcam (0.9MP, 720p) again on the top of the display.
Despite the dedicated graphics chip and Intel mobile processor, it is reasonably thin and lightweight. Huawei MateBook 13 2019 weighs around 2.87lbs (1.3kg) with a thin screen-to-bezel ratio of 3:2. The dimensions MateBook 13 are 0.59 x 11.3 x 8.3 inches which make it an easy-to-carry laptop.
Huawei MateBook 13: Display review
The touchscreen display on this 13-inch business laptop is a real delight and one of the best features of Huawei MateBook 13 2019. The 2K 13-inch screen is a QHD Full View display that offers a ton of detail, thanks to its 2560 x 1440p screen resolution.
The screen to body ratio of this display is 88% with 4.4mm bezels. The GeForce MX250 GPU really brings the visuals to life by offering crispy images with bright, lively colours. The touch digitizer provides snappy performance while we were able to get 100% of the sRGB colour gamut.
We get the most out of this display, thanks to non-existent side bezels and 300 nits of brightness paired with a 1000:1 contrast ratio. The only thing that we didn’t like about this display was the thickness of bars above and below the display.
Coming to the display performance of Huawei MateBook 13, we found it pleasing and joyful. Working on media editing tools and running design apps on the Huawei MateBook 13 2019 is fun. We received bright images with rich colours that creative professionals and artists would find enjoyable.
Huawei MateBook 13 Review: Keyboard
The keyboard on this business laptop is one of the best, despite lacking some details. This is a spill-resistant, backlit keyboard with adequately placed keys that offer punchy, forceful feedback. The key travel is about 1.2mm and we found the keys easy to use despite the small keyboard layout.
However, there is no Page Up, Page Down, End or Home keys on the Huawei MateBook 13 2019. More so, the cursor keys are also in HP-style row rather than the inverted T style. It also lacks lettering on the arrow keys even though Huawei has partnered them with the Fn key to perform additional functions.
Nonetheless, we found the keyboard on Huawei MateBook 13 2019 satisfactory and suitable. This is a modest keyboard that has sizeable buttons which perform well even when you are sitting in a tight space, such as a flight. Its keys are relatively soft, and you don’t have to apply extra force to put them in action.
We took the “10fastfingers typing test” on this keyboard and were able to secure 76words per minute with 98% accuracy. Overall, this is an ideal keyboard for business users, writers and programmers who have to write a lot.
The touchpad on Huawei MateBook 13 2019 covers an area of 4.6 x 2.4-inch. This is ample space for the touchpad considering the 13-inch size of the MateBook. The performance of this Microsoft Precision touchpad is satisfactory as of its keyboard. Although it does not have glass coating, the trackpad offers a smooth gliding experience.
We did not find any extra resistance while we glid the fingers over its surface. We were able to test the two-finger scrolling and three-finger gestures without facing any difficulties.
This is a wide and spacious touchpad without buttons and the right-clicking requires a firm press. Overall, this is a responsive touchpad that responds to commands and reacts quickly to instructions.
This is where Huawei has cut the corners to make up for the low-price tag of MateBook 13 2019. The port selection of this 13-inch MateBook did not reach to the fourth finger when we started counting. On the right edge, there is a Type-C USB port which you can use as the DisplayPort and for data transfer.
On the left edge, there is another Type-C USB port for charging and data transfer purposes. Plus, there is a 3.5mm combo audio jack for communication and auditory purposes but that’s all. There is no VGA port, HDMI output or Type-A USB 3.0 port on the MateBook 13 2019. What’s more irritating is that none of the two USB-C ports support Thunderbolt 3.
Specs and performance
The model we evaluated for Huawei MateBook 13 review came with the quad-core i5-8265U processor. Huawei has coupled it with an 8GB DDR3 memory and 512GB solid-state drive storage. Additionally, there is a NVIDIA dedicated GPU: the GeForce MX250 which comes with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM.
Such a combination of specs puts it among the best business laptops and notebooks. The U-series Whiskey Lake CPU can deliver much faster performance, thanks to its clock speed range from 1.6GHz to 3.9GHz. So, you would get an impressively high-speed whether you are browsing, word processing or running heavy applications.
We opened more than a dozen Chrome tabs and ran multiple office programs to test its multitasking capability. During the evaluation, we were able to jump between tabs swiftly even though it was streaming a 1080p high-quality YouTube video. Plus, we were able to switch between apps easily without facing any glitches or experiencing display stuttering.
Huawei MateBook 13 2019 is a compact laptop that comes on top in almost every aspect. If you ignore the limited port selection, Huawei MateBook 13 in UK is an ideal laptop for professionals on the go and small to medium business owners. You can run your errands on it, play casual videogames and even work on designing programmes.
Another drawback that we encountered during our Huawei MateBook 13 review is its short battery. The average battery standard for modern business laptops is around 10 hours but the Huawei MateBook 13 2019 falls short of this. Huawei claims that it can offer up to 9.5 hours of battery life on a single charge.
Of course, this is a claim that is impossible to reach with a 41.7Wh battery in real-world. We tested its performance and were able to secure less than 8 hours of battery life during our Huawei MateBook 13 Review. Still, this is a satisfactory performance from a laptop with such formidable specs and compact chassis.
Huawei MateBook 13 in UK: Final Verdict
As a whole, Huawei MateBook 13 2019 is worth the price and lives up to the expectations. This is a stylish option for those who are looking for a cheap alternative to Apple MacBook Air. And if you are looking to buy Huawei MateBook 13 in UK, you could get £100 off on it. Laptop Outlet is offering this 13-inch business laptop on a discounted price with free shipping in the Homeland.