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Huawei MateBook X Pro (2022) review: How do you justify its price?

By Kenny Yeo - 26 Nov 2022

Performance & Conclusion

Performance analysis

The latest version of the MateBook X Pro is powered by an Intel Alder Lake processor.

To recap, the MateBook X Pro is powered by a Core i7-1260P processor. This is Intel's newest Alder Lake mobile processor with a big-core + little-core implementation. It also has 16GB of LPPDR5 memory and a 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD. Here's how it stacks up against other recently tested ultraportable notebooks.

Model Display Processor Memory Storage Graphics
Huawei MateBook X Pro (2022) 14.2-inch, 3k, IPS, touchscreen Intel Core i7-1260P 16GB 1TB SSD Intel Iris Xe
ASUS ZenBook 14X OLED Space Edition 14-inch, 2.8K, OLED, touchscreen Intel Core i7-12700H 16GB 1TB SSD Intel Iris Xe
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14-inch, 2.8K, OLED, touchscreen Intel Core i7-1260P 16GB 512GB SSD Intel Iris Xe
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 14-inch, QHD+, OLED AMD Ryzen 7 5800U 16GB 512GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce MX450
Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13-inch, PixelSense Flow, 120Hz refresh rate Intel Core i7-1185G7 16GB 256GB SSD Intel Iris Xe
Vaio SX14 14-inch, Full-HD, non-touch (4K, as tested) Intel Core i5-1155G7 16GB 512GB SSD Intel Iris Xe


Overall, its performance was decent. It was on par with Lenovo’s Yoga 9i which is powered by the same Core i7-1260P processor. However, it was outclassed by the ASUS ZenBook 14X OLED Space Edition which uses a more powerful H-series processor. Looking at its scores on the Cinebench and Geekbench benchmarks, it’s clear that it has significantly more compute performance than notebooks powered by older 11th Gen core processors like the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 and Vaio SX14. 

In the real world, the performance advantage over older notebooks is less outstanding. It's still a fast machine, but it's not like last year's notebooks are slouches. That said, one thing worth pointing out is that the MateBook X Pro is that it’s surprisingly quiet compared to other notebooks in its class. It also doesn’t feel quite as warm. 

 

Graphics performance

Graphics performance was a little underwhelming. It’s powered by an integrated Intel Iris Xe GPU so I wasn’t expecting fireworks, but even then, it was slightly slower than the Yoga 9i, particularly in games. Still, at the kind of frame rates we are talking about, I’m not sure that’s going to matter. 31.9fps vs. 36.4fps is not night and day and is still barely adequate for gaming. These are not gaming machines.

 

Battery life

Note: Battery tests were conducted using PCMark 10's battery benchmark with the display set to 100% brightness.

Although the MateBook X Pro only has a 60Wh capacity battery, it managed to last nearly 8 hours long in our intensive battery test. Stretching it to 10 hours shouldn’t be a problem if you turn the display’s brightness down to more reasonable levels. The only other notebooks that lasted longer were the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon and the Microsoft Surface Pro 8.

 

Uncompetitively priced

The problem with the Huawei MateBook X Pro is that, at S$2,798, it’s priced too high. It’s not a bad notebook; it's actually very well-rounded. Sure, the design is a bit bland, but the build quality is high, the display is great, it's slim and light, and both its performance and battery life are decent, if not above average. To add, the keyboard is pleasant to type on, the trackpad is wonderfully large and responsive, and the speakers get surprisingly loud.

However, the ASUS ZenBook 14 OLED UX3402 is nearly a whole grand less at S$1,899, and it’s not like it’s any less well-equipped. Furthermore, it has the benefit of a gorgeous OLED display. One could argue that the MateBook X Pro costs about as much as a similarly-spec’ed Lenovo Yoga 9i and Dell XPS 13 Plus but the Lenovo and Dell both look and feel even more expensive. And the Yoga 9i is more versatile thanks to its convertible design.

The MateBook X Pro is not a bad notebook but it's priced too high to be considered good value.

And if you want a Huawei notebook with the Super Device feature that lets you use it with other Huawei devices, there are less pricey alternatives like the S$1,798 MateBook 14 or the even more affordable S$1,298 MateBook D16

Perhaps Huawei could have introduced a more affordable version with 512GB of storage instead of 1TB. Or they could have done more to distinguish the MateBook X Pro. Giving it a convertible design like the Yoga 9i would be a good place to start.

Is there any reason one should get a MateBook X Pro over a more affordable Huawei notebook or any other less expensive notebook for that matter? Only if you absolutely must have the most portable and premium-looking and feeling ultraportable notebook that Huawei makes. Otherwise, it makes more sense to spend your money elsewhere.
 

You can find the Huawei MateBook X Pro at the Huawei Official Store on Lazada or the Huawei Official Store on Shopee.

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7.5
  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Performance 8
  • Value 6.5
  • Mobility 8.5
The Good
Nice 3K display
Four USB-C ports
Thunderbolt 4 support
Above average battery life
Integration with other Huawei devices
The Bad
Pricey
Only USB-C ports
Only 720p webcam
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