Review of HUAWEI MateBook X Pro 2022 : Possible best ultraphone x86

Review of HUAWEI MateBook X Pro 2022 : Possible best ultraphone x86

HUAWEI has only gotten to the laptop market in a few years. We've seen a lot of MateBook devices, and even though Chinese giant engineers have often made controversial technical decisions in the past, one thing can be said: HUAWEI does not produce boring devices. As a rule, any MateBook at once could challenge the more conservative products of older people in the industry, although it was often cheaper, and each of the following models left fewer and fewer reasons for criticism. It seems now that HUAWEI is closer than ever to its own vision of an ideal working laptop.

HUAWEI MateBook X Pro 2022 is a flagship series, so the savings are not appropriate. The 12-nuclear processor Alder Lake has added the best components, including a 3.1K resolution screen and a evaporator-based cooling system. And the main thing is the design of the device, not only and not so much aesthetics as control mechanics, materials and chassis design.

♪ External appearance and ergonomics

In general terms, the laptop follows modern design conventions: a popular size screen of 14.2 inches and a metallic body with cut edges. Fortunately, the time has passed when all the laptops have a 16:9 format in a row, but, frankly, even the ratio of the sides of 16:10 only works well for devices with a screen of at least 15 to 16 inches. In a modest diagonal of 14.2 inches, screen 3-2 gives the impression that it is much larger than it really is. It is not the actual increase in the area, but that most applications cannot, and apparently will never, learn to use the horizontal space as effectively as the vertical space. At the same time, the deviations from the edge of the matrix to the top edge of the roof on one side and the balloon on the other side are reduced.

Of course, the convenient side ratio is not all that is required of the screen, let's just say a cheap laptop. However, HUAWEI MateBook X Pro may boast of a high resolution and 90 Hz update frequency. The latter feature is rarely found in working cars rather than game machines. The bar's brightness is controlled by both manual and light sensor.

The screen is also sensory, which means glossy, and from this moment on, there are differences between the bonus and the conventional version of the computer, which are sold under the same name HUAWEI MateBook X Pro. In the bonus variety of the laptop, the screen has an anti-retro-reflecting nanooptic layer created by magneton spray, one of several technologies widely used for this purpose. The main thing is that the film performs its main task on a solid five and at the same time has a high obsolescence -- as the manufacturer claims, up to 9H, that is the maximum value on the hardness scale of the pencils. The HUAWEI MateBook X Pro screen, without the "premium" mark, is also likely to have some kind of anti-blind coating, but unfortunately we cannot compare the two modifications on this basis, because we tested precisely the bonus version.

By the way, how do you distinguish them from each other? In color: the bonus is sold in white or ink blue, and the normal color is "grey space." In addition, the premial HuAWEI MateBook X Pro is made not of aluminium, but of magnesium alloy, and as a result the device is 120 g lighter. Magnium, unlike aluminium, needs not only oxidation but also complete colour to protect it from corrosion. It uses soft coating with soft touch effect. In describing the laptop, HUAWEI focuses on what the soft surface is nice to touch, and you can't argue with it. But the main advantage of soft touch is that the microleaf of paint is actually preventing the appearance of fatty traces that inevitably grow a smooth dark metal.

Once again, we can't say anything about another version of the laptop in the aluminium body, but the bonus version of HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is worth commending for the perfect chassis structure. The caps allow the light laptop to be opened with one hand, but they offer a pleasant resistance. The lid itself is difficult to twist with a screw, and the base under the keyboard hardly rots, drums or vibrates in the printing process. Strictly speaking, the distortion does occur, but compared to most other ultra-bugs, it is absolutely negligible.

The keyboard mechanics also deserve the highest ratings. The keyboards at HUAWEI MateBook X Pro have been increased to 1.5 mm, they have a clear response point and do not seem viscous to the touch. The layout is typical for small laptops: there are no additional keys, but all the main ones have made it bigger. Symbol lighting is white, two-stage.

The keyboard is separate from the keyboard and integrated with a fingerprint scanner. HUAWEI MateBook X Pro and another biometric authentication tool is an infrared camera. By the way, in the laptops of the previous generation, HUAWEI experimented with the location of a web camera: it was then removed into a secret mechanism under one of the keys of the functional series, but eventually the eye returned to its usual position from above the screen.

To say that HUAWEI MateBook X Pro has an excellent touchpad is not to say anything. It is a large fixed panel without physical switches that simulates the push from a magnetic "bunny." Technology has debuted already in MetaBook X two years ago, when no other laptop manufacturer seems to have proposed anything like this, except, of course, Apple. Starting this year, HUAWEI will have a mass of rivals, but what difference does it make if the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is so good? As in "Macbuk", the panel reacts to pressure in any place with a tactical response that is completely indistinguishable from the click of the physical switches. The default response is quieter and softer than, for example, the MacBook Pro of the last generation, but it can be adjusted if you wish to do so.

With regard to the conductive interfaces, HUAWEI has followed the path of minimalism: there are only USB Type-C and mini-jacks on the sides of the shell to connect columns or garrisons. Two of the four USB Type-C ports support the Thunderbolt 4 standard, while the rest support the USB 3.2 Gen 2 protocol, also quite fast. Any nest can be used to power from the power grid or to connect an external monitor to the DisplayPort interface.

The laptop battery is charged from a 90-W compact power unit to a removable cable, and also with HUAWEI MateBook X Pro, there is a switch from the USB Type-C to the obsolete but still needed Type-A.

Finally, it is worth noting that HUAWEI has developed an entire ecosystem of closely integrated devices. With the help of Superequipment, the laptop automatically detects related gadgets in the vicinity and connects to directly access the wireless network to the smartphone storage device or to use the tablet as an additional monitor. The most curious function is the seamless space between the computer and the smartphone, which combines the exchange buffer, allows the transfer of images and files by drag and drop, and even runs the Android applications directly on the laptop screen.

*Technical specifications, prices

The MetBook X Pro specifications do not allow variations in the main components. HUAWEI has selected the Core i7-1260P chip as the central processor, which contains four fast-activating and eight energy-efficient x86 kernels. This CPU is designed for a sustainable power consumption within 28 W and, as the tests show, completely exhausts the reference TDP. There is no classified video adapter here, but its function has taken on a reasonably productively integrated GPU-Iris Xe in maximum configuration with 96 executive units.

The Alder Lake platform provided access to a new type of system memory, DDR5, and HUAWEI MateBook X Pro uses its energy-saving type, LPDDR5. Like the previous standard, memory operates in four-channel mode, but has a higher capacity: 4,800 vs. 4266 MT/s. The RAM volume is 16 Gbytes, no more or less, and the solid storage device contains 512 Gbyte or 1 Tbyte data.

HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is, by all accounts, a bonus category of ultra-bugs and, as a result, uses the benefits of 12th generation blue chips, such as the Thunderbolt 4 interface and the wireless NIC of the new WiFi 6E standard.

Producer HUAWEIMMateBook X Pro 2022 Dipley14', 3120 × 2080, LTPSCPUCore i7-1260P - 4/8 kernels/flows , mm310 × 221 × 15.5/15.6
Producer HUAWEIMMateBook X Pro 2022 Dipley14', 3120 × 2080, LTPSCPUCore i7-1260P - 4/8 kernels/flows , mm310 × 221 × 15.5/15.6

2 x Thunderbolt 4;

2 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C;

1 x TRS 3.5 mm

IEEE 802.11xx ;

Bluetooth 5.2

2 x Thunderbolt 4;

2 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C;

1 x TRS 3.5 mm

IEEE 802.11xx ;

Bluetooth 5.2

HUAWEI produces both low-cost devices with attractive price/quality ratios and, starting with the first models of the MetaBook X, Premium-class laptops. The MatetBook X Pro version, based on chips, is positioned as an even higher-level solution than its predecessors and is worth the corresponding money. The white and black-blue versions cost 137999 rubles, the base version in the cosmic grey shade costs $2479. This is a significant sum for an ultra-bucket with a small diagonal screen, but HUAWEI MateBook X Pro has a mass of qualities that we believe fully justify the high price.

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Unlike most modern ultra-boobs, HUAWEI MateBook X Pro has a blank bottom without a ventilator array, and cold air enters through holes on the sides and next to the lid of shield joints.

HUAWEI can afford such an inefficient design, under equal conditions, by using a evaporator chamber instead of a heater and heat tube, while the radiators are made entirely of copper, while the VRM of the central processor is also a striking contrast with devices of the same power, the power supply of which is completely uncooled.

The only component to be replaced by the user force in HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is the SSD, but it literally requires the use of force. The fact is that two of the six screws that bind the body are under massive rubber legs, and the latter are so firmly stuck in the panel holes that removing them without damage is a task. We did not risk it.

♪ Test method

Synthetic tests Application 3DMarc Time Spy-Geekbench 5-CINEBENCH R23-GFXBench 5
Synthetic tests Application 3DMarc Time Spy-Geekbench 5-CINEBENCH R23-GFXBench 5
Annex Buildings/notes of the IntelGraf AMDGrafica NVIDIAAdobe Photoshop 2021 CUDA/OptX
Annex Buildings/notes of the IntelGraf AMDGrafica NVIDIAAdobe Photoshop 2021 CUDA/OptX

Feature Set: Supported.

Tail size: 32 x 32

Feature Set: Supported.

Tail size: 32 x 32

To ensure equal testing conditions for computers controlled by Windows 10 and Windows 11 and to demonstrate maximum performance of new machines, we turn off Windows 11 VBS functions.

The display is tested using the X-Rite i1Display Pro Plus colorometer in DisplayCAL 3.

Autonomous laptop operating time shall be measured with a brilliance of 200 cd/m2 in the following use scenarios:

  • Web surfing: separate opening and closing of 3DNews.ru, Computeruniverse.ru and Unsplash.com tabs at 25 with Google Chrome browser.

♪ Test participants

The following devices participated in the test:

HUAWEI MateBook X Pro 512 GbyteNet 70 Wh
HUAWEI MateBook X Pro 512 GbyteNet 70 Wh

♪ The quality of the screen

The HUAWEI MetaBook X Pro screen clearly exceeds most of the matrices used in modern ultra-bugs. It is sufficient that the panel has perhaps the most convenient 3:2 ratio and extremely high resolution of 3120 x 2080. In addition, the update frequency is 90 Hz, but the default system has 60 Hz, which is worth drawing the attention of laptop buyers.

By the brightness of the screen around 600 cd/m2 with a typical contrast of 1394:1. However, the HDR400 certification of MeteBook X Pro 2022 is available, as is the ability to use HDR in Windows settings.

The color range of the matrix almost entirely covers P3 space. The most popular operating system still does not have its own tools to perform tone mapping of images designed for the sRGB standard, but this function has been taken over by the additional MeteBook X Pro 2022, which is being launched through the context menu of the desktop. The user allows the screen to be used without any color correction or to choose one of the two calibrations: sRGB and P3. In the SRGB mode, the color coverage is adjusted to the size of the space in question, with a high accuracy. The other mode only makes a small adjustment by drawing the blue angle of colour coverage to the basic colour of the P3 standard.

Either of the two options registers an ICC profile that can be accessed by software with built-in color control, but based on the results of the following tests, if the laptop owner can avoid emulation of sRGB or uses software that works correctly with extended color coverage, it is better to download from the Internet and attach the Display P3 profile to the screen.

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For example, in the base mode, the colour temperature of the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro screen is almost impeccably set to a reference value of 6,500 K, and in the sRGB and P3 modes, it begins to swim.

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In turn, the basic gamma correction curve is an average between the sRGB curve and the step function 2.2. The main thing is that there is no contrast loss during most of the brightness scale, unlike the gamma correction of either of the two calibration modes.

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The grey balance on the HuAWEI MateBook X Pro screen is almost ideal in the base mode, but again slightly worse when using sRGB and P3 profiles.

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Even without any calibration, the average value of the color transmission error is approaching the professional criterion, and in calibrated modes it is even smaller. This is the only metric by which factory profiles win from the standard Display P3 profile. But, again, very few laptops today can boast of such an excellent screen as HUAWEI MatBook X Pro, and those who want to improve the accuracy of the colour transmission to the ideal are using a colormeter and a spectrophotometer.

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The outstanding features of the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro screen could have damaged the pulsation of the illumination, but we didn't find such a problem even at very low luminance values.

*Activity frequencies, temperature and noise level

The PC Manager offers a choice between two energy modes, "balanced" and "productive." In the latter mode, the Core i7-1260P processor uses the entire power reserve and even more, up to 30 W. Hence, the high tactical frequencies: about 2.4 GHz in the speed cores and 1.9 GHz in the economy. The Integrated Video Supports a tactical frequency of 1.35 GHz, close to the maximum of 1.4.

The "balanced" regime, in turn, reduces the capacity of the chip at a long load to 25 W. As a result, the tactical frequencies of the CPU are lower: 2.1 and 1.7 GHz in two types of kernels, respectively. The integrated video-adapter also drops the frequency to 1.25 GHz. Finally, with the simultaneous load on the CPU and GPU, the average tactical frequencies of the x86 kernels are 1.6 or 1.35 GHz and the frequency of the built-in graph is about 0.65 GHz.

Tactical frequencies under load Cinebench R209861347
Tactical frequencies under load Cinebench R209861347
CPU and GPUCinebench R20 - Performance303030303030N/N/D
CPU and GPUCinebench R20 - Performance303030303030N/N/D

The energy consumption of the SoC in 28 W or a little more is the standard for Alder Lake chips. What separates HUAWEI MateBook X Pro from a number of similar machines is the high efficiency of the refrigeration system based on the evaporator chamber. The temperature of the crystal even at worst does not exceed 85 °C and the noise of the cooler is 37.6 DBA. Compared to most ultra-bugs who cross the 40-dBA border, this is an excellent result.

*Synthetic productivity tests

Compared to Alder Lake's ultra-boobs, which we tested earlier, HUAWEI MateBook X Pro has the highest clock frequencies of the CPU, and as a result it ranked first in a series of short-term Geekbench benchmarkings. Even the car with the 14-nuclear CPU has been left behind, and the 11th generation's preference for Core chips is going to double.

With a long multi-directional load, Core i7-1260P gives way to its 14-nuclear analog, as well as to the powerful 6-nuclear processor Ryzen of category H, but the distance between these devices on Cinebench glasses is very small. Only the 8-nuclear Ryzen models reach a different level of productivity, but only at an energy cost of more than 50 W. As for the Apple processors, which are also built on the principles of asymmetric architecture, the M1 chip is no longer able to compete with the "blue" proposals at least because of the lower capacity consumed.

Iris Xe's video on the Alder Lake crystal does not exceed the 11th generation integrated GPU processors for speed in light games and graphic berchmarks, given the same number of executive units, but, no matter how steep, it is still the best built-in schedule after Apple's decisions.

♪ Production in working applications

The Blender test on CPU kernels is a measure of steady multi-directional performance. Here, the 12-nuclear processor Core i7-1260P left the 4-nuclear models of the previous generation far behind, while the additional core Core i7-1280P did not appear to be a decisive advantage. MacBook Pro on the Apple M1 chip also showed rapid action comparable to the results of the HAWEI laptop. A machine with the 6-nuclear Ryzen category H was slightly faster than the listed devices, but only the 8-nuclear "red" processors with a large reserve of power reached the best results.

Iris Xe's built-in graphics suddenly came forward at the rate of branding — apparently at the expense of a new type of system memory — and now leads not only in games but also in working applications.

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In the test package, Photoshop predicts that laptops on the Alder Lake platform, among which HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is smaller than a machine equipped with 14-nuclear CPU, but on a general scale the difference is not significant. Only the 8-nuclear Ryzen 5,000 category H chips are close to Alder Lake results, and the difference between Core i7-1260P and the old 4-nuclear CPU is extremely large by the test standard, which usually does not produce a large difference in results.

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The output of HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is sufficient to reproduce a 4K project with a personnel frequency of 35 FPS in single-cam mode, and there is no practical difference between 12 or 14 nuclear versions of Alder Lake, on the one hand, and the 11th generation dispersed Core.

* SSD performance

In the ultra-bugs, there are often rather strange storage devices, and HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is another example. This time, HUAWEI has opted for YMTC products, which is known primarily as the 3D NAND chip manufacturer, but also provides ready solutions for the Chinese market. For a third generation PCI Express tyre, the SSD demonstrated the impressive speed of linear reading, as well as reading and recording in arbitrary mode. For some reason, it has been extremely slow to record linearly: the result of the test was slightly better than the models with the SATA interface.

* Autonomous working time

HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is equipped with a typical battery capacity of 60 Wh for its dimensions. In addition, this laptop does not have maximum energy saving. As a result, the operating time of the device on one charge can be described as satisfactory but no longer: about 6 hours of video play and 5 hours of 20 minutes of continuous web surfing. Alas, the energy efficiency of the x86 chips is still not sufficient to combine the density of pixels and the frequency of screen renewal, such as HUAWEI MatBook X Pro, with high autonomy.

♪ Conclusions

Rare devices deserve such epithets, but let's not hesitate to say that HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is one of the best laptops in its class, and its competitors can be counted by the fingers of one hand. Of course, users' requests differ: someone does not accept even compact laptops without discrete graphics, USB Type-A ports, a cardrider, or, for example, extra keys. Yet, the hero of the view on the head exceeds most similar machines by putting into focus the tools of daily work processes that do not involve a significant load of iron.

Or related, because the Core chips of the 12th series have a rapid effect, which was previously given only at the cost of more than 50 W and a loud vent of fans, and the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro operates markedly quieter and is heated less than the normal ultra-bugs of the previous generation by a cooling system based on a evaporator chamber.

HUAWEI MateBook X Pro has an outstanding screen for all parameters: a 3-2 ratio, high resolution and update frequency, a huge supply of brightness, an exact color transmission — and all of it in the same device. The best features are only the Mini LED panels. In addition, the branded software allows for the emulation of sRGB space, which is a necessary but often missing function for screens with extended color coverage.

The chassis mechanics and, most importantly, the keyboards are almost perfect against the background of the mass of competitors. Most ultra-bugs suffer from the lack of rigidity of the shell that rots and drums in the process of printing. MatetBook X Pro is one of the few sentences in which the problem is solved, without harming the mass of the device. Even more rare are the laptops with the tactical effect of the touchpad that replaces mechanical switches. MateBook X Pro is good and aesthetic, especially the bonus version of soft touch, although here we would emphasize practical qualities: today's popular dark metal is bound to be covered with fat prints without a riffle or, like MateBook X Pro, with deep math textures.

Perhaps the only, but isolated, deficiency that we found in the product HUAWEI is the low speed of the SSD in linear reading mode. In addition, we want the computer to work on one battery charge longer, but this claim is directed to the manufacturer of the central processor rather than the laptop itself. Finally, we will notice that HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is not a cheap device at all, but it seems to have no direct equivalent on the x86 platform.