In our test, the Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 is convinced by its good battery life, strong performance, and its excellent and bright touch display. The connection options could be a little better. One USB 3.0 Type-A and two USB 3.1 Type-C ports are available as standard. Only the “Matedock 2” adapter included in the delivery provides you with additional options such as HDMI or VGA.
Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020 in the Test: No Weaknesses In Terms Of Value
With the Matebook X Pro 2020, Huawei is bringing the successor to the Matebook X Pro i7 onto the market, which was able to convince us in the test at the time. The manufacturer is again using aluminum housing for the new model. The 13.9-inch laptop measures just 30.5 cm in width, 21.8 cm in depth, and only 1.8 cm at its thickest point. Together with the power supply unit, the whole notebook weighs only around 1.5 kg – 0.2 kg of this is accounted for by the charger. So you can take it with you on business trips without having to lug around a heavy bag.
The illuminated keyboard offers large keys and a very pleasant typing experience and is therefore also suitable for frequent writers. Unfortunately, Huawei does not point out to its users the possibility of using the arrow keys in combination with the FN key as scroll keys. Although this is known from many other notebooks, it is also provided with the relevant information there.
In relation to the overall size, the touchpad is large and makes ideal use of the available space. In order to make gliding over it as comfortable as possible, the pad was slightly roughened. Overall, you can work with it very well and precisely.
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New processor and two well-known weaknesses
Intel ensures the performance in the notebook with the Core i7-10510U. It’s a tenth-generation Core i7 – also known as Comet Lake. The four-core device works at 1,800 MHz in standard mode and at 4,900 MHz for a short time in Turbo Boost. As expected, its peak performance is only a little faster than its counterpart, the Intel Core i7-8565U, in the 2019 model.
In addition to the Intel GPU integrated in the processor, the Intel UHD Graphics 620, the Matebook X Pro 2020 also uses a separate graphics chip, the Nvidia Geforce MX 250, which is intended to accelerate work, especially for smaller graphic applications such as image editing or simple video projects. Unfortunately, Huawei is again using the less powerful version with 10 watts and does not use the more potent 25-watt version.
Huawei donated not only 16 GB of RAM to its flagship, but also a lightning-fast SSD with one TB of storage space. Anyone who travels a lot and has to do with pictures or large Excel sheets will be happy about both. And just like its predecessor, the connection options are anything but abundant. In addition to a USB 3.0 type A port, you will also find two USB 3.1 type C ports one with Thunderbolt 3 functionality and another with Thunderbolt 3 and Displayport support. The latter also serves as a charging socket, so that in case of doubt only two ports are freely available. You will also find a 3.5 mm headphone output for connecting a headset. The “Matedock 2” included in the scope of delivery will help you to improve the connection options. The USB-C adapter offers you additional ports, for example on USB-A 3.0, HDMI, and USB-C.
The entire equipment package is rounded off by a webcam, which can be lowered between the F6 and F7 keys, as well as four digital microphones and four loudspeakers. However, you have to forego Dolby Atmos certification for this notebook.
If you want to connect the Matebook X Pro 2020 to your network, you can use WiFi 5 (802.11ac). You can easily couple external Bluetooth devices such as headphones with the notebook thanks to Bluetooth 5. In its current generation, Huawei relies on Intel processors of the 10th generation.