Review: Huawei MateBook X a MacBook Pro Rival?

Huawei's new MateBook X laptop looks like a minimalist Apple MacBook on the outside, but brings full-power laptop specifications in a fanless design to create a beautiful, capable machine.

Huawei's second Windows PC continues the trend of bringing smartphone-inspired design to the computer market. The MateBook X [pictured above] is a super-thin, light and powerful PC encased in aluminium. It's a very attractive design that looks and feels like a premium product, bringing Huawei's PC efforts right up with the best of the competition, including Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro.

The deck of the laptop has a fairly large and accurate trackpad with all the gestures, a set of good feeling and well-made back-lit chiclet keys, a grille above the keyboard and the power button on the right. It's all very minimalist.

The screen is great, with small bezels, good viewing angles and a fairly good anti-reflective coating that makes it easier to use than some rivals -- including the Surface Laptop -- in office or outdoors environments. It's bright enough for most environments: it's pin sharp and looks great. The screen's 3:2 ratio means it's easier to be productive with split-screen apps, but watching widescreen video isn't as good because of the need for large black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. But it's not a touchscreen, which is a shame as there are lots of things that are faster to do simply by tapping on the screen within Windows 10 and I found myself missing the feature that's pretty much standard on every portable machine with Windows 10.

The webcam is in the right place at the top of the screen, not hidden down on the bottom like some thin-bezel designs, but it's not Windows Hello enabled. The MateBook X has a fingerprint reader hidden under the power button...

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