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Huawei MateBook 13

Huawei MateBook 13

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Huawei Matebook 13 Review: A well-rounded ultraportable at a competitive price

Huawei Matebook 13 Review: A well-rounded ultraportable at a competitive price

Posted   01.29.19
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84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Huawei MateBook 13 offers powerful performance, a comfortable keyboard and a roomy trackpad in an uninspired chassis. Throw in a serviceable but somewhat dim display and mediocre battery life, and you’ve got a good but ultimately unexciting laptop.

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Pros
  • Powerful performance
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Heavy
  • Screen is a bit dim
84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

84
 

User Reviews

40
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A poor product that's more likely to be frustrating than useful. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
79
Average Critic Score
 
80
The Verge
If you are looking for the most compact premium Windows laptop with a 3:2 display, discrete graphics, and a great price, the MateBook 13 is it. But most people should just go with the MateBook X Pro instead.
 
80
Ars Technica
I question why most would even consider the Matebook X Pro when the Matebook 13 now exists. Will users be willing to spend around $300 more for Thunderbolt 3, killer battery life, and a larger, higher-resolution screen? Especially when that does not come with increased performance? I'm not sure, and that leads me to have uncertainties about the Matebook X Pro's future. The Matebook 13 is a solid laptop, and its higher-end model may be compelling enough to sway customers away from Huawei's more expensive device. However, it may not be enough when faced with other manufacturers' competitors.
 
60
Digital Trends
The Huawei MateBook 13 wants to compete with the MacBook Air, but doesn’t have the juice for it.
 
90
Notebookcheck
The only Ultrabook so far with a 13-inch 3:2 display and a full-power 25 W GeForce MX150 for gaming-level performance. The MateBook 13 packs immense power for its size that both casual gamers and traditional Ultrabook users can appreciate.
 
60
Tom's Hardware
The Huawei MateBook 13 has sleek, Mac-inspired looks and strong performance at a good price, but weak battery life holds it back.
 
90
Gizmodo
The MateBook 13 isn’t flashy, and it doesn’t have the brand appeal or pedigree of systems like the MacBook Air or XPS 13. But it’s well built, well equipped, and a refreshingly straightforward take on what a portable, mainstream laptop should be. And the fact that it’s pound-for-pound one of the best values for a $1,000 laptop doesn’t hurt either.
 
60
Laptop Magazine
The MateBook 13 is a speedy and attractive ultraportable laptop with a very good keyboard, but it's battery life is too short.
 
90
ZDNet
Gorgeous touchscreen laptop takes on Apple's MacBook Air at $400 less.
 
100
TechRadar
Having clearly watched from the sidelines for years, Huawei latest has exactly the kind of sensibility we’ve wanted from a luxury laptop. The Huawei MateBook 13 does what any flagship laptop can do – and more – for the same price or even less. For that, the Huawei MateBook 13 is our Best in Class laptop in 2019.
 
80
PC World
Huawei's 13-inch notebook integrates a full-powered discrete GPU plus Intel's Whiskey Lake processor into a well-made laptop that skimps a bit on battery life.