Huawei’s flagship laptop computer is again for one more pop on the high-end market and the MateBook X Professional for 2022 is healthier than ever due to a raft of upgrades.
Headline options embody a much bigger display with a 90Hz refresh charge, a bigger trackpad with new gestures, speedy 90W charging and, look forward to it, the webcam is not in that awkward pop-up key within the keyboard.
After years of being almost excellent, the X Professional continues to be not fairly there however largely in numerous methods to earlier than. Battery life continues to be a difficulty, for instance, and we should now mourn the lack of the trusty USB-A port.
Design & Construct
Barely larger however nonetheless luxurious
Webcam again within the bezel
On the entire, the MateBook X Professional is identical laptop computer it’s all the time been. Nonetheless, there are a selection of tweaks to the design that lead to some massive variations to the expertise.
With a bigger display, it’s maybe no surprise that the laptop computer is a bit heavier than earlier than – however solely barely at 1.38kg. It’s additionally a contact thicker at 15.5mm however this isn’t noticeable.
The obvious change once you open the lid – which will be achieved with one finger, providing an exceptionally easy and satisfying expertise – is the bigger trackpad that goes all the best way to the entrance fringe of the chassis.
If a trackpad was a swimming pool, then this could be an infinity pool and I relatively prefer it. Extra on what the trackpad can do within the subsequent part.
Extra delicate modifications embody the very fact the webcam not hides in a pop-up key within the keyboard and thank goodness. Sure, the previous design was helpful for privateness and it doesn’t really feel like that way back that webcams have been boring and pointless, however that’s not the case now.
Huawei has, like with final 12 months’s MateBook 14s, put the webcam above the display the place it needs to be. And, regardless of a small bezel, it helps Home windows Hi there log in. It really works nicely though some infrared sensors both facet of it flash to assist it see your face.
If that fails (which it does typically), then you may all the time use the trusty fingerprint scanner that’s embedded within the energy button.
Again to the webcam and though it’s moved to a much more wise place, it stays at 720p decision. It is a disgrace contemplating the premium nature of the laptop computer so Full HD could be far preferable. As it’s, the standard is primary even in good gentle.
You need to look to the X Professional 2022’s ports to search out the opposite modifications. You’ll first discover that aside from a headphone jack, there are solely USB-C ports right here. There are 4 – double the 2021 mannequin – nevertheless it’s a disgrace that the ever helpful USB-A port has been dropped, particularly contemplating the chassis is large enough to carry it.
Fortunately, Huawei does present an adapter within the field, however I’d fortunately swap two USB-C ports for a single A-type. I’d solely had the evaluation pattern a few days earlier than I managed to go away the home with out the adapter.
Examine additional beneath and also you’ll see giant vents on the edges and rear of the laptop computer – extra on this new cooling system within the efficiency part under.
As you may see, I’ve examined the House Gray color which appears to be like completely nice. Final 12 months we examined the gorgeous Emerald Inexperienced colourway and Huawei has confirmed this can once more be an possibility.
Keyboard & Trackpad
Bigger Free Contact trackpad with new gestures
Similar glorious keyboard, minus the webcam
As talked about earlier, the trackpad now stretches to the sting of the laptop computer wrapping across the notch for opening the lid – as per the MateBook X. Not solely does this offer you extra actual property to work with, nevertheless it additionally simply appears to be like actually luxurious.
As beforehand, it presents Free Contact haptic suggestions and this 12 months it’s most obvious when utilizing the brand new artistic gestures. In the event you swipe vertically on the excessive edges of the trackpad on both facet, you may alter the display brightness and quantity stage.
It takes just a few goes to get used to however works fairly nicely. It’s maybe a tad pointless contemplating these controls are additionally on the keyboard however you would possibly discover them simpler to make use of. You may also use the highest edge to scroll by video (even on YouTube) and there are different issues like a double knuckle faucet to take a screenshot.
You possibly can management which of them you need switched on or off however not within the Home windows settings. You’ll have to make use of the Huawei Management Panel as a substitute.
The keyboard basically stays the identical – a full-size chiclet keyboard with a two-level backlight. The principle change is that the important thing that used to deal with the webcam is now a shortcut to Microsoft Speech Providers for issues like real-time speech-to-text.
Typing is a easy and crisp expertise with solely Dell standing out as a greater possibility, though that’s a marginal distinction. Other than the half-size up and down arrows – which is actually the identical on all laptops – I simply want the backlight may very well be set to all the time on.
Display & Audio system
Larger display with 90Hz refresh charge
Wonderful color efficiency
The most effective sound methods in any laptop computer
The display on the brand new X Professional is likely to be bigger than earlier than however the 0.3in additional making it 14.2in isn’t something life altering. It’s welcome, however that is nonetheless very a lot a 14in laptop computer and for those who want extra actual property then a 15, 16, or 17in laptop computer could also be obligatory.
A lot of the spec stays the identical so that is an LTPS contact show with a 3K decision, now 3120 x 2080 to maintain the three:2 facet ratio on the bigger dimension. It’s a bit brighter than earlier than at a quoted 450 nits however I measured it at a formidable 602 nits utilizing a Spyder X colorimeter.
This additionally revealed glorious color efficiency with 100% sRGB, 97% P3, and 92% Adobe RGB protection, making this appropriate for a variety of artistic work. The typical Delta E can be very good at 0.83 (the place something lower than one is taken into account glorious).
The headline change right here is that Huawei has upped the refresh charge from the usual 60Hz as much as 90Hz. That is extra frequent in smartphones and gaming laptops, which might typically be in extra of 144Hz.
Be aware that you have to delve into the settings to modify 90Hz on and it’s a bit hidden within the superior show part. Huawei additionally says within the small print that it “adapts to completely different utility interfaces” so that you received’t be experiencing it on a regular basis.
With out figuring out precisely what’s excluded, it’s onerous to evaluate how a lot it would have an effect on you. What I can say is that it doesn’t make the identical distinction because it does on a telephone. Scrolling by Twitter and equally lengthy webpages on Chrome is lots smoother so it is vitally welcome.
It may well additionally assist get you some additional frames in video games like Fortnite as you received’t be capped at 60fps. Nonetheless, you received’t be working at 90fps on a regular basis and will likely be restricted to medium high quality settings, too.
The X Professional has by far among the finest sound methods I’ve examined on a laptop computer. There are actually six drivers (up from 4) they usually’re neatly positioned both facet of the keyboard the place they need to be as a substitute, like most laptops, beneath the chassis.
Sound high quality is great in a ‘how have they achieved it’ sort of approach the place the X Professional sounds higher than many Bluetooth audio system I’ve used through the years. The sound is obvious, expansive and there’s a great deal of velocity on supply so sitting at my desk listening to tunes not often wanted greater than 30% quantity.
Specs & Efficiency
Just one mannequin
Nonetheless no devoted GPU
First rate efficiency general
In a world the place laptops can are available in numerous completely different SKUs – see the Dell XPS 15 9510 for instance – the MateBook X Professional is refreshingly easy. Though maybe too easy, with only one mannequin accessible at launch, so if you would like a unique chip or storage capability then robust.
You get an Intel Core i7-1195G7 processor together with 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM and a 1TB SSD. Sure, we’re nonetheless on an 11th-generation Intel chip in 2022 however that is extra highly effective than the final X Professional at 30W TDP (thermal design energy) – that is double.
To deal with this additional warmth, Huawei has employed a triple air consumption and twin shark fin fan system supposedly bettering the airflow by 60% and warmth dissipation by 100%. This will need to have achieved the trick as I didn’t discover the laptop computer to get sizzling even throughout intense benchmarks – nor have been the followers a nuisance.
This can be partly as a result of Huawei continues to be shunning discrete graphics playing cards, though early fashions of the MateBook 14 got here with Nvidia MX GPUs. You’ll be counting on the built-in Iris Xe Graphics on the Core i7 as a substitute.
In benchmarks, the MateBook X Professional (2022) performs nicely. It improves on final 12 months’s mannequin and beats rivals such because the Floor Laptop computer 4. Nonetheless, it could’t sustain with the XPS 15, MacBook Air M1 or Huawei’s personal MateBook 16 which has an AMD Ryzen chip.
I may nitpick over scores for some time however the laptop computer, again within the non-synthetic world, is a lot quick sufficient for basic utilization. Nonetheless, I don’t have to do issues like edit video so for those who do, otherwise you wish to run AAA video games, then you need to in all probability search for a laptop computer with a devoted GPU.
When it comes to different specs, you continue to get the likes of Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 6. Again to the ports and though Huawei doesn’t promote it, they’re able to 40Gbps information switch – the identical as Thunderbolt 4.
Battery Life & Charging
Larger 60Wh battery
Longevity nonetheless a difficulty
Speedy 90W charging
A key draw back of the X Professional final 12 months was the subpar battery life and it appears the principle factor Huawei has achieved to deal with that is present a sooner charger – one other transfer, together with the excessive refresh charge display, that mirrors the smartphone world.
The battery itself is bigger, however not by a lot at 60Wh and in our common video loop check with the display at 120 nits it carried out worse than the 2021 mannequin with 9 hours and 9 minutes.
It’s not what we wish to see in fact, though it could get you thru a day of labor. Two hours of my regular work drained the battery 25% suggesting it would final for eight hours complete and that was the case. You possibly can see my utilization over a 24 hour interval under – although I am unsure what ’18 minutes’ for display off is all about contemplating the laptop computer was shut in a single day.
The 90W quick charging does make up for it considerably, nevertheless it received’t assist if there’s no socket to prime up from. When there’s although – maybe you might have a restricted period of time earlier than boarding a aircraft – the X Professional 2022 can go from lifeless to 59% in simply 30 minutes. And you should use any of the USB-C ports to make use of this ‘tremendous charging’.
Home windows 11 pre-loaded
New Huawei Management Panel
Considerably complicated ‘Tremendous Gadget’ system
As you’d anticipate for a brand new laptop computer in 2022, the X Professional comes with Home windows 11 pre-loaded. Nonetheless, there’s extra to say about software program as Huawei provides a number of issues on prime of Microsoft’s OS.
The management panel I discussed earlier which helps you to entry Free Contact trackpad settings has a number of different shortcuts like Prompt Hotspot, Sensible Document, and the helpful Huawei Share characteristic.
Utilizing an NFC chip hidden within the trackpad, this can be a neat approach of connecting one other appropriate Huawei gadget to the laptop computer. You possibly can pair a Huawei telephone or pill to take management of it from the X Professional, share information, and extra.
Huawei is now advertising these options as a ‘Tremendous Gadget’ system, however that’s principally a brand new approach of branding the best way the Huawei ecosystem interconnects together with wi-fi connectivity to the MateView monitor – one thing we already examined final 12 months.
Whether or not that is helpful to you depends upon your use case and whether or not you wish to purchase or have already got a appropriate Huawei gadget. Contemplating Huawei’s Google Cellular Providers concern on the smartphone facet lately it might be a moot level.
Sooner or later, Huawei guarantees multi-device connectivity for collaboration – ie extra than simply two gadgets related collectively.
On the telephone facet, keep in mind that Microsoft already has a really related Your Telephone app that does basically the identical factor with virtually any Android telephone – albeit with out the NFC pairing.
We don’t have full pricing and launch info for the MateBook X Professional 2022 but however we do know that it’ll price €1,899. That’s the identical value as final 12 months so we will anticipate the laptop computer to come back at £1,599 within the UK.
There’s just one mannequin of the X Professional in order that retains issues easy for pricing, though we’d want some extra shopper alternative on components just like the reminiscence and storage.
It’s actually a premium asking value and you will get equally highly effective laptops for much less cash. Whether or not they supply the expertise and options you’re after is one other matter.
Huawei has achieved an incredible job right here as soon as once more, however I wouldn’t be stunned for those who went for one thing cheaper equivalent to a Floor Laptop computer 4, Dell XPS 13, MacBook Air M1, and even Huawei’s personal laptops just like the MateBook 14s.
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With its mixture of specs, the X Professional has extra of a enterprise focus and maybe save for the battery life will make a wonderful companion for the workplace or travelling.
I’d nonetheless like a USB-A port, however the X Professional has an extended checklist of fantastic options virtually in every single place you look.
Whether or not it’s the bigger display with glorious color efficiency and 90Hz refresh charge, the top-notch keyboard and trackpad, repositioned webcam, nice core specs, or the speedy charging.
It’s an virtually excellent stability for productiveness and it’s additionally nice for a variety of different duties together with leisure. The dearth of a devoted graphics card could put some customers off – however actually solely these needing giant quantities of grunt for work like video modifying.
It may well nonetheless deal with that, in addition to gaming, for those who curb your expectations in comparison with extra highly effective rivals.
Huawei MateBook X Professional (2022): Specs
Home windows 11 House
14.2in 3120×2080 LTPS touchscreen, 264ppi, 90Hz
Intel Core i7-1195G7 processor
Intel Iris Xe Graphics
16GB LPDDR4x RAM
1TB SSD storage
720p net cam with Home windows Hi there
4x USB-C (information, charging, DisplayPort)
Fingerprint Energy Button 2.0
Twin-band Wi-Fi 6
Six audio system
House Grey or Emerald Inexperienced