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Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020 review: Nothing spectacularly new

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” said Huawei, probably

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Huawei is continuously stretching itself across multiple devices these days. While the company is known mostly for their smartphones and, recently privacy issues, their attempts on creating laptops has also been a success. They manage to consistently cram in a ton of nifty features over the years, that they simply don’t change it every new year.

That rings especially true for the Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020 — same device, with the only difference being the hardware. On the surface, it maintains a lot of the core features last year’s model had. The question is whether or not it’s performance across the board remains consistent with the 2019 model.

Let’s take a deep dive into the Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020:

It has a 13.9-inch FHD IPS touchscreen display

It comes with the 10th generation Intel processor inside

It has two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support

It comes only in the Space Gray color

Consistently delivers all-around great performance

The Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020 comes with the latest, 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. The new-gen processor does what you’d expect in performance delivery, as most applications run smoothly on the device. I’ve also noticed that the new chip improved the device’s battery life just a little bit.

There’s also an NVIDIA MX250 slapped inside this machine to handle beefy graphics work. Data presentation and analytics load quickly, photo and video editing is possible with the device. Render times for videos take a little longer, but that’s also expected from an entry-level graphics card.

You can play games on this device, but don’t expect 60 FPS levels of gaming for it. Casual games like Minecraft and CS:GO will achieve high frame rates, but it’s mostly because these games don’t require a lot of graphic work. 

Consistently bright and colorful touchscreen display

The 13.9-inch display maintains its touchscreen capabilities with 450 nits of brightness at the maximum. The 3:2 aspect ratio on a relatively thin bezel works wonders, and provides a ton of space. The screen is that bright even under direct sunlight, that you can still watch Netflix on your lawn.

The touchscreen tracked my fingerprints with ease, and there’s even a gray trail to indicate it. It’s honestly my preferred way of scrolling through social media feeds instead of the trackpad. Of course, you might want to clean your hands first before touching your screen if you want to be super clean about it.

Consistently horrible thermal solution

Of course, with all that hardware and performance you need some way to keep everything cooled down. The thing is, to maximize performance means that your hardware will crank things up and produce more heat. The goal of a device’s thermal setup is to simply find a way for the hot air to flow out to keep things cool, as long as it doesn’t inconvenience you.

Clearly, the Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020 did not take this into consideration. To be fair, this isn’t the only premium ultrabook that heats up uncomfortably when you’re doing too much. For a laptop, I can’t even recommend you to put this on your laptop when you’re working with 50+ tabs of Chrome open.

Consistently strong battery life for an ultrabook

However, despite the bonkers of a thermal solution, the device still lasts long, as advertised. I got about close to 12 hours on a single charge when I’m just strictly working on documents, spreadsheets, and web browsing. A laptop that lasts for half a day doing work, for me feels like a luxury when you think about it.

Add other tasks like Netflix streaming, photo and video editing, and that number comes down to 10 hours. It’s pretty good, especially for a thin and light device like the Matebook X Pro 2020, especially for a 56Wh battery.

One full charge took about two and a half hours, which is pretty standard for the USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port. You can opt to charge it with a capable power bank or a smartphone that comes with an OTG feature. I just pray that your phone won’t explode from the heat.

Features that are either a consistent boom or consistent bust

There were a lot of other things they kept in the device that still prove to be a boom or bust situation. One of these was the pop-up 1MP camera in between the F6 and F7 keys; it’s decent except that it points upward to your nose. At least there’s more space on the display, which is honestly the way I prefer my bezel-less display.

Next would be the keyboard, which has good key travel but it feels like a certain Butterfly switch. The fingerprint sensor, which is placed on the power button, was a nice touch. They managed to make the tracking relatively easy, and it unlocks the device quickly. 

Is the Matebook X Pro 2020 your GadgetMatch?

At PhP 119,999, the Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020 provides consistent performance from last year’s model, even with the improved hardware inside. They stayed true to the whole “don’t fix what isn’t broken” schtick, and it continues to pay off in full. It also lasts long for work-related purposes, which is a premium in that regard.

There are the expected downsides to a device like this, with thermals being the most obvious one. But that’s pretty much the trade-off of having your hardware perform at a high level. Despite this, the device is still top-notch and worth the investment.

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Laptops for your basic work and learn from home needs

All within a reasonable budget

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File photo: Lenovo Yoga S730

We’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about laptops that can handle basic work and study needs but preferrably cost under and around PhP 30,000. So we reached out to some brands to see what they have on offer.

Bare in mind, we haven’t exactly tested all of these for ourselves. We can’t say for sure how they well they perform and are adding them on this list purely because they look good on paper. Hopefully, it helps you make an informed choice.

Here they are in no particular order:

ASUS

ASUS is popular brand because of their wide range of laptops that cater to nearly every budget segment. We’ve heard several stories of college students and young professionals relying on ASUS laptops for their study and work needs. As for us, we’ve tried their VivoBook series and we’re huge fans.

VivoBook 15 X512DA-EJ364T — PhP 25,995
Specs: 15.6-inch FHD display, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 4GB DDR4 DRAM, 1TB SATA HDD, full-sized backlit keyboard, fast charting to 60% in 49 minutes, Windows 10 Home, 2 years global warranty.

ASUS Laptop 14 X409JA — starts at PhP 25,995
Specs: 14″ and 15″ display options, Intel Core i3 1.2Ghz, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD storage, Windows 10 Home, 2 years global warranty.

ASUS Laptop 15 X509JP — PhP 31,995
Specs: 15.6 FHD display, Intel Core i3 1.2Ghz, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD storage, fast charting to 60% in 49 minutes, Windows 10 Home, 2 years global warranty.

ASUS also has an ongoing sale with Shopee. See if there’s anything there you’re interested in and fits your budget.

Bonus: ASUS VivoBook X412F is a laptop that we also reviewed. At PhP 32,995, it caters to those who want an affordable yet premium experience.

LENOVO

Anyone who’s worked in a corporate setting should be familiar with Lenovo Laptops. They’re known for providing office-issued work machines that are peppered with security features. While the ones on this list are consumer versions, you should still expect the same general level of quality and security.

IdeaPad Slim 3i Ultrabook — PhP 29,995
Specs: 15.6-inch FHD screen, Intel Core i3-10110U, 4GB DDR 2667 RAM (Upgradeable),512GB SSD Internal storage upgradeable HDD storage, MX130 2GD5 GPU, Windows 10 Home, 2CELL 35WH battery, 2 years carry in warranty, no office subscription bundle. Comes in Business Black, Platinum Grey, and Abyss Blue.

IdeaPad Flex 3i Convertible — PhP 25,995
Specs: 14-inch HD display, Pentium Gold 5405, 4GB DDR 2400 RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 10 Home, 4CELL 45WH battery, 2 Years Premium Care warranty. Comes in Onyx Black.

Flex 3 Chromebook — PhP 18,995
Specs: 11.6-inch HD display, C-N4020 processor, 8GB LPDDR4 2400 RAM, 64GB HDD storage, 3CELL 42WH battery, 2-year international care warranty. Comes in Abyss Blue and Almond.

There’s a lot more and you can check out this list to see for yourself. Lenovo also has an ongoing LSS Promo where you can get laptops that worth PhP 35,000 at PhP 2000 to PhP 5,000 off.

Bonus: The Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming which we reviewed is also currently on discount. From PhP 44,995 at the time of our review, it now currently retails at PhP 35,995 through Villman’s Lazada Store.

DELL

Dell is low-key produces some of the toughest laptops out there. They’re after sales support is known to be really reliable — not something you often hear about brands. We’d argue these might be the best laptops for basic work and more on this list.

Dell Inspiron 15 3593 — PhP 35,990
Specs: 15.6 FHD display, 10th Gen Intel Core i5 3.6Ghz, 4GB, 4Gx1, DDR4, 2666MHz RAM, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5″ SATA HDD storage, NVIDIA® GeForce MX230 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, 3-Cell Battery, 42WHr, Windows 10 Home, 1Yr In Home : Onsite Service warranty. Comes in Silver, Black, White.

Dell Inspiron 15 3593 — PhP 27,490
Specs: 15.6 FHD display, 10th Gen Intel Core i3 3.4Ghz, 4GB, 4Gx1, DDR4, 2666MHz RAM, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5″ SATA HDD storage, Intel UHD Graphics, 3-Cell Battery, 42WHr, Windows 10 Home, 1Yr In Home : Onsite Service warranty. Comes in Silver, Black, White.


We’ll update this list whenever necessary. If you have laptops at around this budget that you would like to recommend. Let us know!

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ASUS VivoBook, X series laptops on sale at Shopee

Up to PhP 3,000 discount on some laptops

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Thinking of buying a new laptop for remote work or online learning? Several ASUS laptops are discounted at Shopee this June. Customers can get up to 30% off on select ASUS laptops as part of Shopee’s 6.6 super flash sale.

Participating ASUS laptops include the VivoBook and X series. Buyers can snag up discounts of up to PhP 3,000 from a selection of laptops at ASUS’ Shopee store. Apart from the discounts, buyers can also enjoy PhP 250 off their shipping fees upon delivery.

The full list of laptops on discount include:

Item Name Original Price Discount Off Discounted Price
ASUS VivoBook X540UP-DM116T (Core i3, black) PhP 27,750 PhP 3,755 PhP 23,995
Asus X560UD-BQ503T (black, Core i5-8250U, 4GB + 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB) PhP 46,995 PhP 7,000 PhP 39,995
ASUS X570ZD-DM209T (Ryzen 5 2500U 4GB, 15.6-inch FHD) PhP 40,495 PhP 1,955 PhP 31,995
Asus Vivobook X412FL (Core i5-8265U, 4GB DDR4 + 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce MX 2GB, 14-inch FHD) PhP 39,995 PhP 3,000 PhP 35,450
Asus Vivobook X412FL (Core i5-8265U, 4GB DDR4 + 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce MX 2GB, 14-inch FHD) PhP 39,995 PhP 3,000 PhP 35,450
Asus Vivobook X412FJ (Core i3-8145U, 4GB DDR4+ 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce MX230 2GB) PhP 31,495 PhP 1,055 PhP 28,995
Asus Vivobook X412FJ (Core i3-8145U, 4GB DDR4+ 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce MX230 2GB) PhP 31,495 PhP 1,055 PhP 28,995
ASUS VivoBook X407UA-BV133T (Core i3, gold) PhP 27,995 PhP 3,905 PhP 21,995
Asus X407UA-BV110T (Core i3, star gray) PhP 27,995 PhP 3,905 PhP 21,995
Asus X407UF-BV001T (Core i3, MX130, star gray, 4GB + 1TB HDD, 14-inch) PhP 27,995 PhP 1,305 PhP 24,995
Asus X407UF-BV090T (Core i3, MX130, gold, 4GB + 1TB HDD,  14-inch) PhP 27,995 PhP 1,305 PhP 24,995
ASUS X407MA-BV048T (Pentium, gray) PhP 19,995 PhP 1,605 PhP 17,995
ASUS X407MA-BV049T (Pentium, gold, 14-inch) PhP 19,995 PhP 1,605 PhP 17,995
Asus X540MA-GQ120T (black, Pentium N5000, 4GB) PhP 19,495 PhP 1,355 PhP 17,995
ASUS X407MA-BV003T (Celeron, gold) PhP 16,995 PhP 1,655 PhP 15,995
ASUS VivoBook X407MA-BV002T (Celeron N4100, 4GB + 500GB, 14-inch) PhP 16,995 PhP 1,655 PhP 15,995
Asus X407MA-BV201T (Celeron, 4GB+ 500GB, 14-inch HD) PhP 15,995 PhP 2,205 PhP 13,995
ASUS X540MA-GQ064T (Celeron, black) PhP 14,995 PhP 1,000 PhP 13,995
Asus X540MA-GQ107T (black, Celeron N4100, 4GB) PhP 14,995 PhP 1,000 PhP 13,995

Discounts are valid only until June 6. To avail of ASUS laptops and their corresponding discounts, head over to ASUS Philippines’ official Shopee store. For more information about the promo, visit ASUS Philippines’ Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page.

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Acer launches Learn from Home program

Just in time for a virtual back to school

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File photo: Acer Swift 5

The Philippines is adapting to the new normal brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of physically going back to school, students are welcoming the new school year through online classes. As such, laptops and mobile devices are on-demand since they allow easy access to online resources. To help students and parents, Acer is launching its Learn from Home program.

where they can grab select laptops at discount prices. Select Swift 3 variants are available to buy with discounts as part of the program. Acer’s Swift 3 is a thin-and-light laptop that packs powerful mobile processors for everyday use.

 

  • Swift 3 (14-inch FHD , AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, 4GB + 1TB HDD, Radeon 540X) — from PhP 32,999 to PhP 28,999
  • Swift 3 (14-inch FHD, Core i5-1035G1, 8GB + 512GB SSD) — from PhP 42,999 to PhP 39,999

There are also discounts for Aspire 3 as part of the program. Every student will appreciate the Aspire 3 for its versatility, performance, and the assortment of ports present on the laptop. Those buying these discounted laptops may do so at Acer’s online store or any of authorized resellers online from May 30 to July 15, 2020.

To know more about the Acer Learn from Home program, visit their social media sites or their website.

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