Apple MacBook Pro 13 and Huawei MateBook X Pro are two of the year’s most interesting notebooks, and for many, the choice is right between these two PCs this fall.
Which would you have chosen?
We gave MateBook X Pro full kitty in our tes t – it’s not often we give PCs – and pulled things like a screen, keyboard, building quality and not least price. MacBook Pro, on the other hand, got 8/10 – which is definitely a good grade – where we added plus for things like the display, performance and building quality, but the PC got a move for, among other things, the price. The most affordable MacBook Pro 2018 model starts at just under $ 20,000, which can be difficult for many to swallow, as well as alternatives.
In this test we compare the two laptops point by point to find out which one is best and we start with the screen.
MacBook Pro 13″ is a great workhorse, but we think the entry price is something in the highest team.
Who had thought that Huawei would suddenly make amazing PCs?
On the one hand there is a 13.9-inch LTPS screen with a resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels. That means 260 pixels per inch. Brightness is 450 nits, contrast; 1500: 1, sRGB; 100 percent color range. This screen belongs to MateBook X Pro.
The MacBook Pro boasts a 13.3-inch LED backlit IPS display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, giving 227 pixels per inch. The brightness is at full 500 nits, and although Apple does not list too many details about the MacBook, a quick search reveals that sRGB is 119 percent color range and 1469: 1 contrast.
Of special features, the MateBook X Pro supports tip point touch and a jeweled frame around the screen. The MacBook Pro has got True Tone technology that uses in iPad and iPhone, which customizes the color image to the environment.
What speaks for the MacBook Pro panel is how accurate color rendering is and how good True Tone actually works, but it’s mostly pointed to MateBook X Pro. Not only is the frame around jams – The MacBook Pro is starting to look outdated – and the resolution any better, it also delivers a fresh and good color image, while we can not hide the fact that we are touching the touchscreen.
Winner: Huawei MateBook x Pro.
The next point is building quality, design and quality feeling. Apple is famous for making good and solid hardware, and MacBook Pro is of course no exception. The design is also starting to get to know and it’s easy to see that this is a Mac and not another PC. Everything works well together and there is no flex in the lid or when writing with the keyboard, which is often found on other notebooks.
Huawei seems to have gained some inspiration from Apple’s design book. Last year’s MateBook X was suspiciously similar to the MacBook 12 and X Pro has a fairly similar design as the Apple Pro Series. Building quality is mostly solid, but there is a little flex on the lid and the base.
Overall, both of them have been twisted, but MacBook Pro undoubtedly delivers the best quality feel.
Winner: Apple MacBook Pro.
The MateBook X Pro screen is 0.6 inches larger than the competitor, but the thin frames make the footprint not much bigger.
This point may not be so surprising which PC is the best. The MacBook Pro we have on the test bench costs over $ 3000*, around $ 800 more than MateBook X Pro.
*$ 3100 with 256 GB SSD. Over $ 4900 for the 2TB SSD model.
In the former, it features a powerful four-core Intel Core i7-8559U processor with 2.7 GHz and 4.5 GHz and 16 GB memory turbo. The SSD is at 2TB.
The MateBook X Pro features a 4-core, 4-GHz, 16GB-memory and 512GB SSD storage, Intel Core i7-8550U processor with 1.8 GHz. The Huawei also boasts a dedicated GeForce MX150 with 2GB GDDR5 memory as well as Intel UDH Graphics 620.
In performance tests, the MacBook Pro comes best. Not only is the processor more powerful, SSD speeds are on a completely different level. MateBook X Pro takes advantage of the integrated MX150 card, but none of these machines are anyway made for gaming.
Winner: Apple MacBook Pro.
MateBook X Pro has good GPU performance, but the CPU does not perform as well as
The MacBook Pro processor performs well in Cinebench R15, but the integrated Intel GPU comes short.
Keyboard and touchpad
It has said the storm about Apple’s butterfly keyboard, which the company introduced with the first MacBook 12 “. Gone is the old, good MacBook Pro keyboard with long walking, in is a somewhat unusual keyboard with low keys. However, it was not just what more experienced as a problem,more customers experience that keys have stopped working because dust and dirt accumulate under the keys, which is obviously not a good thing.
iFixit has disassembled the latest MacBook Pro and revealed that Apple has made changes on that front , but how it goes is too early to say. The new keyboard should also be quieter.
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The MateBook X Pro keyboard has a similar design to the MacBook keyboard, but benefits from a somewhat higher hike and the keys feel a bit softer. At the same time, we like the MacBook Pro keyboard very well and it’s an added plus that the keys are concave so that you get a better grip.Overall, we do not have a clear winner when it comes to the keyboard.
Thus, this must be decided on the touch pad. The MacBook Pros control panel has long been the king of the pile, but the Windows 10 machines take in. They’re not there yet, but it’s coming. What’s the tongue weight bowl is that the touchpad of the MacBook Pro is huge, it feels exclusive and well-built and it supports the ocean macOS has of fingernails.
Note that several, including editor Trond Bie, find that the MateBook X Pros trackpad feels a bit loose. It can be solved with the tear-trimmer.
Winner: Apple MacBook Pro.
Winner: Apple MacBook Pro.
Both have good keyboards.
One of the most important aspects of a laptop, has to be battery life. For those who write so much, the keyboard is chopped on the priority list, but the battery life follows the heel in the heel. We have made some synthetic battery testers such as streaming video until the battery runs out, but such tests do not reveal how long the battery lasts for school or job use. Our experience is that both machines get us through the working day in eight hours, plus something extra.
In summary, it was actually a dead run on the battery front, but there are some things that impress us with MateBook X Pro. Even though it comes with a 65 watt charger in the box – 61 watt on the MacBook Pro (both USB-C), you do not need such a powerful charger to replenish your PC. No, it was also charged via a standard 5 watt charger. Yes, it’s slow and you should have your PC turned off, but it’s amazing. Of course, it’s faster if you have a mobile charger, so it’s no good to forget about the MateBook X Pro charger at home.
Winner: Huawei MateBook X Pro.
The MateBook X Pro even lets at five watts we are impressed.
In conclusion, we have created a bulleted list of things we like with the notebook computers that do not necessarily fall within the other categories.For example, you get an even better experience on your MacBook Pro if you sync it with an iPhone – you can more or less mirror your phone on the data. We also like that it comes with an adapter in the MateBook Pro X box that allows you to easily connect HDMI, an additional USB A and VGA.
- Four pieces of USB-C. All with Thunderbolt 3 and Charging.
- Continuity with iPhone.
- Boot Camp makes it possible to install Windows 10.
MateBook X Pro:
- A standard USB connector in addition to two USB-C.
- Fantastic sound with Dolby Atmos.
- PC Manager that collects driver updates and system monitoring in a great app. Here you can also download pictures from a connected Huawei mobile.
- Adapter included.
Winner: Huawei MateBook X Pro
MacBook Pro 13 is one of the best PCs we’ve tested this year.
Value for money
To conclude there is no doubt that the MacBook Pro 13 is a better PC. It’s worth mentioning things like a solid construction, a beautiful and well-calibrated display, the class’s best touchpad, and that performance is top. We can also add that the keyboard has improved.
That said, there is no doubt that the Huawei MateBook X provides the most PC and experience for the money. For a MacBook Pro with 512GB of storage, 16GB of memory and i7 processor, you’ll pay $3400. The MateBook X Pro costs just over $2300 and we can not see any reason to choose MacBook rather than MateBook unless you need macOS.
We particularly like the highly resolved screen of MateBook X Pro with spiky frames. It gets extra plus because it’s in 3: 2 format and that it has support for touch. The keyboard is also particularly good, while dedicated to a little play – at least to a greater degree than with the MacBook Pro.
Total winner: Huawei MateBook X Pro.
We mean you get a really good PC, regardless of whether you choose MateBook or MacBook, but the former provides the most value for money.