Huawei MateBook X Pro (2022) Review
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2022 review: Design and Features
The Huawei MateBook X Pro 2022 model also has a body made of metal. However, the blue model we have has a surface that we have not seen in previous MateBook series models. The magnesium alloy body has a skin-friendly and durable coating. This coating covers the computer’s cover, base, edges, in short, almost every point other than the screen, touchpad and keyboard. The matte surface prevents it from slipping while holding or carrying the laptop with its light friction. It helps your hands to sit comfortably while writing, thanks to the slight friction that exists in the areas where the palm touches. It should be noted that this surface is somewhat sensitive to fingerprints and smudges. It would be good to clean it with a soft cloth from time to time.
Thanks to the full CNC unibody technology of the MateBook X Pro, we have a design that gives it a whole look all around. Moreover, this structure also increases durability. The MateBook X Pro is sleek and slim, but also solid. You feel it when using the laptop. The hinge structure is just as sturdy, although there is still the convenience of lifting the lid with one finger and waking the computer.
The 2022 model has notable differences in design compared to last year’s model. Although Huawei has increased the screen size, it still includes a thin bezel around the screen. Huawei achieves a high screen-to-body ratio of 92.5%. As a result, it takes up less surface area than you would normally expect a 14.2-inch laptop to have. Its conical profile measures 15.6 inches at its thickest point and 5.4 millimeters at its thinnest. As a result, we have a thin laptop in front of us. This makes it comfortable to carry it by hand or place it in a bag. On the weight side, we can say that with 1.26 kilograms, it has shifted to the lighter side among laptops. Indeed, when you hold the MateBook X Pro in your hand, you feel its lightness. This is to your advantage when using it on your laptop or when you want to hold it for a short while and do something.
We also see the standard keyboard layout that we see and use in Huawei’s MateBook series laptops in the X Pro 2022 model. This keyboard increases usability with its wide key ranges and shortcut keys on the top row that make it easy to use. Moreover, Huawei offers the keypress depth of 1.5 mm, which we see on the keyboard of the MateBook 16s. Thus, you do not feel pressure on your fingertips while typing. In addition, the hardness of the keys is well adjusted. You can comfortably use the keyboard without too much playfulness, but without too much effort to press. We are writing the review article you are reading with the keyboard of the MateBook X Pro 2022 and we can say that we are very comfortable.
The camera placed on the keyboard, which we often see in previous Huawei MateBook Series models, has become one of the symbols of these laptops, and is moved to the top of the screen with the 2022 models. We’ve seen this feature on the MateBook D16 and MateBook 16s before, and now we see it in the MateBook X Pro 2022. This will appeal to those who don’t like what the previous place has to offer regarding viewing angles. However, the privacy advantages of the camera built into the keyboard disappear. To physically turn off the camera, you must open the Control Panel in the lower right corner of the screen and click the toggle button next to the Camera control there. This button did not exist before, we see it has just been added on the MateBook X Pro.
The webcam here has 720p video support. We found low-light image performance to be good, while still providing good image quality in brightly lit environments. Thanks to its artificial intelligence-supported camera features, Huawei takes the experience to a higher level in online meetings or video calls. When you click on the Camera option from the Control Panel, you will see various tools in the window that opens. We’ve seen the ability to change the background image or blur the background, automatically center the scene and adjust the gaze on the MateBook D16 and 16s models. Using these features is optional, but we can say that when you open them all, your image will be displayed a little better. Next to this we see a new setting called Beauty. When you open this, you can access settings such as softening the skin, brightening, changing the shape of the eyes, adjusting the skin contour. We often see these settings on the selfie cameras of smartphones. Huawei has ported this neatly to its laptop.
Although Huawei has given up on one of the iconic features of its laptops and turned to the traditional, another iconic element remains. That’s the power button where the fingerprint reader is placed. This unit works fast and makes it easy to bypass the laptop’s lock screen. However, the MateBook X Pro also has a facial recognition system with Windows Hello support, alongside the webcam located on the top. Thus, not only practicality but also a higher level of security will be on your side to bypass the locked screen. We also added fingerprint when using the MateBook X Pro, but we should note that we usually use facial recognition.
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