Huawei MateBook 16 evaluate: Massive show, huge potential

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You’re spoilt for selection for wonderful laptops in 2021 however Huawei has a brand new pocket book it thinks is worthy of becoming a member of the ranks. The Huawei MateBook 16 is barely extra inexpensive than the MateBook X Professional (2021) and affords extra display screen actual property than 2020’s MateBook 14. It’s one other high-end Home windows laptop computer for purchasers seeking to dabble in Huawei’s prolonged product ecosystem, with extra energy than the model’s MateBook D vary.

That is Huawei’s first-ever high-performance pocket book, boasting a bigger 16-inch, 3:2 side ratio show. The laptop computer is focused at inventive and productiveness workloads whereas emphasizing Huawei’s signature aesthetic design. However is the MateBook 16 any good? Let’s discover out in Android Authority‘s Huawei MateBook 16 evaluate.

About this Huawei MateBook 16 evaluate: I examined the Huawei MateBook 16 (AMD 5800H mannequin) over a interval of 5 days. The unit was offered by Huawei for this evaluate.

What it’s worthwhile to know in regards to the Huawei MateBook 16

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  • Huawei MateBook 16 (AMD 5600H): €1,099 (~$1,271)
  • Huawei MateBook 16 (AMD 5800H): €1,199 (~$1,386)

Huawei’s newest Home windows laptop computer (sure, Huawei nonetheless has entry to Microsoft Home windows regardless of the commerce ban) is all in regards to the large IPS show. Coming in at 16 inches throughout, it sports activities a 2.5K (2,520 x 1,680) decision, productivity-focused 3:2 side ratio, and 10-point contact capabilities. We’ll dive deeper into the panel specifics later within the evaluate.

The Huawei MateBook 16 is available in two flavors: one sporting an eight-core, 16 thread AMD Ryzen 7 5800H CPU, and the opposite a six-core, 12 thread Ryzen 5 5600H processor. Each chips are outfitted with built-in AMD Radeon graphics. Once more, the 5800H mannequin affords essentially the most efficiency with eight GPU cores clocked at 2GHz, whereas the 5600H mannequin sports activities seven graphics cores clocked at 1.8GHz.

Different core specs that are shared throughout the 2 fashions embrace 16GB DDR4 RAM and a speedy 512B NVMe SSD. Excluding a recent Home windows set up, you’re left with 403GB on your personal functions and recordsdata, though the drive is break up into 120GB and 340GB Home windows and Knowledge partitions respectively. The laptop computer can also be outfitted with Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6, and a 135W USB-C energy adapter for charging.

Huawei’s Matebook 16 packs in a good few extras too. There’s the signature in-keyboard nostril-spying webcam, Huawei’s Multi-screen Collaboration with telephones and tablets, twin microphones with AI noise cancellation, and twin front-facing audio system. On the laptop computer’s proper facet, you’ll discover two USB-A ports that meet the USB 3.2 gen 1 spec. On the left are two multi-function USB-C ports, an HDMI output, and a headphone and microphone jack combo. For safety, the laptop computer affords a quick fingerprint scanner embedded within the energy button.

As for portability, the laptop computer weighs 1.99kg and is roughly 17.8mm thick. The Huawei Matebook 16 is on the market completely in House Gray. Huawei has not offered a sale date on the time of publication however notes that the laptop computer might be coming to markets throughout Western Europe. The MateBook 16 is already obtainable in China and prospects in Germany can register their curiosity.

How good is the MateBook 16’s show?

Huawei MateBook 16 review display close up

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In case you’re after a laptop computer with an enormous workhorse of a show, look no additional than the Matebook 16. It’s colossal and though not 4K, the two.5K (2,520 x 1,680) decision is actually sharp sufficient for image modifying and the like. Different specs embrace a 178-degree vast viewing angle, 1500:1 distinction ratio, and 100{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} sRGB coloration gamut protection. It’s actually constructed to be a productiveness powerhouse.

Huawei claims that each MateBook 16 is manufacturing facility calibrated to realize a median coloration accuracy score Delta error of only one. That’s what you’d anticipate from some professional-grade displays. The corporate additionally claims that is the first-ever pocket book to obtain TÜV Rheinland certification for Color Accuracy and Fast Stability. So we put the standard declare to the check.

Huawei MateBook 16 display test

Whereas the MateBook 16 affords very correct pure greens, a strong coloration verify of the panel’s sRGB gamut offers a Delta error nearer to 2.3 on common, with particular person errors as excessive as 4.9. Good, however actually not industry-leading. Sadly, the laptop computer’s panel has some odd habits when operating on battery which impacts the show’s gamma accuracy fairly considerably. The perfect outcomes we recorded have been when plugged in, whereas the show examined worse in power-saving mode, though that is a lot more durable to see simply by wanting on the show.

Nonetheless, the panel does certainly cowl 100{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} of the sRGB coloration house, and the panel’s peak brightness exceeds Huawei’s 300 nit estimation, clocking at 373 nits on our mannequin. Respectable sufficient to work round some reasonable solar glare. Possibly Huawei is utilizing a really totally different testing course of, however based mostly on our outcomes the panel isn’t calibrated as precisely as the corporate claims.

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Because of this, we wouldn’t suggest this laptop computer for skilled photographers and different inventive sorts who depend on excessive ranges of show accuracy for his or her work. That mentioned, it’s nonetheless a really handsome show to the extra informal eye. Its massive measurement, crisp decision, broad side ratio, and first rate colours are actually greater than adequate for workplace work, gaming, and watching motion pictures.

How does the laptop computer carry out?

Huawei MateBook 16 review on desk with accessories

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As you’d anticipate, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H variant we examined, paired with 16GB of RAM, performs very effectively for internet shopping, picture modifying, and all of your different day-to-day duties. Broadly talking, this laptop computer flies via just about every little thing you’ll be able to throw at it, apart from video games — there are positively higher choices should you want further graphics efficiency.

Nonetheless, as we’ve famous with different Ryzen 5000 sequence laptops, there’s an enormous efficiency differential between the chip on battery versus mains energy. GeekBench 5 scores 1,412 single-core and 6,859 multi-core on mains energy, whereas max efficiency mode on battery energy scores 1,100 and 6,112 respectively. That’s a decline of twenty-two{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} single-core and 11{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} multi-core. Sticking the laptop computer into customary battery mode drops these scores right down to 540 and 4,023, a extra colossal 58{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} and 40{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} drop from the laptop computer’s peak efficiency potential. You’ll discover smartphones that benchmark greater than that.

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A run of 3DMark’s Time Spy benchmarks wields a CPU rating of seven,003 and 1,090 graphics whereas plugged in, falling to 4,521 and 1,062 on battery. That’s far wanting gaming laptop computer territory, which isn’t sudden given the work deal with this laptop computer, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a tricky capsule to swallow in comparison with some laptops at this value. The low graphics rating is because of using built-in graphics, however you’ll be able to positively seize first rate gaming laptops with devoted graphics for across the $1,000 mark. That being mentioned, you’ll be able to play some older titles at low resolutions and minimal graphical settings on this machine.

This efficiency discrepancy extends to SSD efficiency too, with sequential learn and write speeds falling from 3,584MB/s and a couple of,945MB/s to 1,813MB/s and 1,674MB/s respectively. That’s an almost 50{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} discount in speeds whenever you’re operating on battery energy, though, that mentioned, I didn’t encounter something resembling a slowdown when launching software program. Nevertheless it’s one thing to contemplate in case your use case requires quick storage entry. Thankfully, random entry speeds are roughly comparable on and off of mains energy, though turning on battery-saving mode does scale back this metric as effectively.

The MateBook 16 has loads of energy for work however is not a gaming class pocket book.

Huawei additionally sports activities a Efficiency Mode to run at full throttle that’s toggled on by urgent an Fn+P keyboard shortcut. It’s not marked on the keyboard although, so that you is perhaps hard-pressed to know that is an possibility with out consulting the guide (or evaluate information in my case). Moreover, this mode solely works when plugged in and when the battery is above 20{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24}. This selection didn’t enhance our benchmark scores however permits the laptop computer to run at full pelt for longer with out throttling again to manage warmth.

In abstract, efficiency is rock strong for many workloads. Nonetheless, there are some caveats, significantly for gaming and when operating the laptop computer on its battery, that may concern those that require most efficiency.

How’s the keyboard?

Huawei MateBook 16 review keyboard on table

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There’s a good quantity of suggestions and journey from the MateBook 16’s low-profile keys. The comfortable keys don’t glide fairly as easily as another keyboards, however maybe that can come after breaking it in a bit. That mentioned, it’s nonetheless an excellent keyboard for typing a number of thousand phrases in a single sitting. However key really feel is all a matter of desire actually — what’s maybe extra essential is that Huawei’s keys really feel like they’re constructed to final. The keyboard is backlit too, guaranteeing you’ll be able to sort freely in low mild.

The massive trackpad can also be a pleasure to make use of, particularly for gliding across the massive show. Left and proper clicks work as supposed within the decrease quarter and provide simply the correct quantity of suggestions with out feeling too sticky. There’s actually nothing to complain about right here, as you’d hope for from a laptop computer at this value.

What’s the MateBook 16 battery life like?

Huawei MateBook 16 closed

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The Huawei MateBook 16 consists of an 84Wh battery. I acquired 8-11 hours of screen-on time throughout my each day workloads, which is well sufficient for a full day of checking e-mail, internet shopping, and typing up paperwork. Picture modifying and decoding HEVC video content material chug down the battery a bit sooner. I noticed about 5 to seven hours of 1080p HEVC video playback. Total battery life is first rate however not distinctive. Thankfully, Huawei has bundled an ultra-fast charging answer with its pocket book.

Huawei supplies a 135W USB-C charger with the MateBook 16. It’s a reasonably hefty brick however fairly slim given the quantity of energy offered. About 117W peak makes it to the laptop computer’s USB-C port and it takes about 90 minutes to totally cost up.

Equally importantly, the laptop computer is also charged with a 100W USB Energy Supply plug I needed to hand, with 90W reaching the laptop computer. The MateBook 16 will play good with third-party chargers and adapters, albeit charging barely slower, so that you don’t need to port round Huawei’s cumbersome charger whereas on the go.

How does multi-screen collaboration work with different Huawei units?

Huawei MateBook 16 Multiscreen Collaboration

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One of many MateBook 16’s signature options is an improved model of Huawei’s Multi-screen Collaboration instruments as a part of Huawei’s PC Supervisor software suite. Along with file and display screen sharing with appropriate Huawei smartphones, now you can additionally join up appropriate tablets in certainly one of three modes. I examined this out utilizing the Huawei MatePad Professional (2021) that runs the corporate’s required Concord OS 2.

Connection is established seamlessly through Bluetooth however requires coming into a passcode every time — a minor annoyance should you intend to make use of this characteristic recurrently. As soon as linked, the pill defaults to display screen mirroring, full with contact controls and devoted shortcuts. There’s not plenty of use circumstances for display screen mirroring like this, though it would come in useful for drawing when mixed with a stylus.

Multi-screen Collaboration is good should you personal different Huawei merchandise however is not a must-buy characteristic.

Multi-screen Collaboration may also prolong the pill as a second wi-fi (or wired through USB-C) show on your PC desktop. The third mode permits for seamless dragging and dropping of recordsdata between the 2 units for quick file sharing. Total, the characteristic is perhaps helpful in a number of uncommon cases however in the end didn’t change the way in which I recurrently use a laptop computer and can solely be relevant to these invested in Huawei’s product ecosystem.

Anything?

Huawei MateBook 16 review hidden web cam

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  • Design: In typical Huawei style, there’s a heavy dose of Apple-inspired design right here. However the laptop computer is splendidly constructed with a sturdy aluminum chassis. The one criticism is that reasonably cumbersome 1.99kg weight.
  • Followers and noise: The laptop computer is whisper quiet throughout mild use. The 2 75nm Shark fin followers do choose up whereas gaming and fast-charging, however they aren’t overbearingly loud.
  • Recessed webcam high quality: With a so-so 720p decision, restricted dynamic vary, and awkward upward-facing digicam angle, Huawei’s recessed webcam may add a contact of privateness however sacrifices high quality on these all-important enterprise calls.
  • Microphone high quality: As a result of microphone’s placement under the trackpad, the amount is a bit quiet, particularly if used in your lap. That apart, the standard is actually adequate for voice calls.
  • Audio system: The MateBook 16 options stereo keyboard-side audio system that provide loads of quantity for music and movie, even when in your lap. They sound fairly first rate as well, with loads of bass and definition.
  • Home windows 11: Microsoft’s improve software states that the laptop computer meets all the necessities to improve to Home windows 11.

Huawei MateBook 16 specs

Huawei MateBook 16
Show 16-inch show
2,520 x 1,680 decision
3:2 side ratio
100{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} sRGB protection
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Processor

AMD Ryzen 5 5600H Processor

GPU AMD Radeon Graphics (built-in)
RAM 16GB LPDDR4
Storage 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Wi-fi Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
Ports 2 x USB-C
2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
1x HDMI
Touchpad 10-point contact with anti-fingerprint coating
Webcam 720p (HD) recessed with Huawei AI noise cancellation twin microphone
Audio 2 x stereo audio system
3.5mm combo audio jack
In-built twin microphones
Battery and Energy 84Wh
135W USB-C PD energy adapter
Weight and Dimensions 351mm x 254.9mm x 17.8mm
1.99kg

Worth and competitors

Huawei MateBook 16 Press Image

Huawei MateBook 16

Creativity Unleashed

The Huawei MateBook 16 combines highly effective processing {hardware} and a vibrant 16-inch 2.5K show right into a bundle designed with creatives in thoughts.

The MateBook 16’s closest competitor is the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Professional (€999). It’s a bit extra inexpensive than the MateBook 16 but nonetheless affords an AMD 5800H processor, 512GB SSD, and 16GB RAM. The trade-off is a wider 16:10 show with an analogous 2,560 x 1,600 decision and 100{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} sRGB coloration gamut, and the dearth of front-facing audio system. The LG Gram 17 fills an analogous position at an ever so barely greater value (round €1,400). It has a bigger 17-inch show, is powered by an i5 or i7 eleventh Gen Intel CPU, comes with as much as 1TB of storage, and boasts a slimmer profile and extra moveable 1.3kg weight.

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The Dell G5 15.6-inch laptop computer (€1,349) is a greater possibility for many who take pleasure in a bit gaming. It’s a bit costlier however can usually be discovered at a really aggressive €1,099 on sale. It incorporates a equally sized show, highly effective Intel Core i7 CPU, and devoted Nvidia RTX 3060 or RTX 3050 graphics card for some highly effective gaming chops. Equally, the HP Pavilion Gaming 17 (€999) affords RTX 3050 and an Intel Core i5-11300H for gaming on the go with out the excessive price ticket.

Whereas not in the identical measurement class, Apple’s extremely moveable 13.3-inch MacBook Air M1 (€1,129) prices roughly the identical or much less, if yow will discover it on sale. Apple’s M1 chip is an environment friendly but highly effective Arm processor that provides one thing a bit totally different for many who want long-lasting battery life and need to enter Apple’s software program ecosystem.

Huawei MateBook 16 evaluate: The decision

Huawei MateBook 16 lip facing on desk

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The Huawei MateBook 16 is a well-designed pocket book with sufficient efficiency, battery life, and high-end options to swimsuit these searching for a professional-grade laptop computer. Mixed with a tall 3:2 side ratio, this laptop computer is a pleasure to make use of for work in addition to play. With quick USB-C charging, Wi-Fi 6 on board, and Home windows 11 supported too, this can be a future-proof buy that can final years to come back. Though I’m unsure that Huawei’s Multi-screen Collaboration suite is sort of the game-changer the corporate thinks it’s.

I’m equally unconvinced the show accuracy, single 512GB SSD capability, and battery life are fairly suited to the inventive customers that Huawei has in thoughts for the MateBook 16. Operating the laptop computer at full tilt drains the battery just a bit too shortly however efficiency is capped fairly closely when optimizing for battery life. Likewise, the dearth of devoted GPU means the MateBook 16 isn’t nice for gaming.

Huawei’s MateBook 16 is a superb skilled pocket book.

Taking a step again to take a look at the entire image, Huawei’s MateBook 16 affords an affordable worth proposition. Between its beautiful construct high quality, further options, and large show, there’s lots to love. My takeaway: this can be a nice laptop computer should you’re searching for a general-purpose work-oriented laptop computer that received’t break the financial institution. Nonetheless, there are different laptops on the market that fill numerous niches a bit higher.

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