In a few words
Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Your computer will not be limited to technical specifications, so we have built a test plan according to the use you will make of it.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
MateBook X 13 Argent enough for internet use?
Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
That’s the direction taken by Huawei with this MateBook X 13 Argent.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. When you get used to it, you can see that the equipment is of good quality.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 13 inches size. A reasonable choice equips this model; the Core i5-10210U. Indeed, the power it delivers is interesting, even if it is not the latest generation of component. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. With 16 Gb of RAM, it MateBook X 13 Argentis a good product. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
For hard drive sizing, Huawei decided to put 500 Gb. This is the standard model. If, on the other hand, you are storing photos, video or music, it will be filled up quickly. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
Finally, even if, like many users, you keep this computer connected, you should know that its autonomy of 9 hours makes it one of the most durable models on the market. Huawei is among the best in terms of duration in only battery mode. A feature that is probably what is expected of a laptop first and foremost.
MateBook X 13 Argent for videos?
Huawei presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this MateBook X 13 Argent is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 13, in 3000×2000, and a good quality of colours. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. MateBook X 13 Argent will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this MateBook X 13 Argent. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
The MateBook X 13 Argent has a processor Core i5-10210U, a little more powerful than average, compared to those dedicated to office automation. Although it is in the middle of the range, this processor will be able to evolve according to your future needs, and in the immediate future will allow a good compatibility with all your peripherals. So your multimedia sessions will be fluid.
On the application side, Huawei chose to let you do it. Only the operating system is installed. As a standard, you have some Windows 10 on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
Equipped with the Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphic card, and with 16 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Huawei. The MateBook X 13 Argent only 2 ports only provides you with ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
As for the batteries, you could almost replace your TV set with this MateBook X 13 Argent one. With 9 hours of autonomy, it is one of the best models in its range. No need to constantly check the battery level; you’ll be able to watch movies and listen to music for a long time.
The MateBook X 13 Argent to use while travelling.
Easy to carry, and usable wherever you go. So we put this test to the MateBook X 13 Argent. Is it made to be taken on trips, packed in your luggage ? Will it be designed for your home-to-work transfers? Should you only consider it for weekend trips with your family? Or finally, is this laptop, as in many homes, just a replacement for a fixed computer?
It appears that it is one of the best fulfilling the main criteria for nomadism, which are size, weight, quality of materials, and availability of wifi.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. A 13 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Equipped with a glossy slab, it provides very good visual comfort. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. On the other hand, this last characteristic will be less interesting for outdoor use because of the sun reflections that will occur.
This model does not have a matt or anti-reflective tile. It would have allowed a better use of this model outdoors.
A processor Core i5-10210Uthat allows this computer to be equivalent to other laptops in terms of power and power consumption.
The manufacturer estimates a possible range that you can reduce. This is an estimate for average current use; you can consider that the actual range will be around 75%.
With this model you have one of the best autonomy of the moment with 9 hours.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 500 Gb SSD hard drive. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.Thanks to this, Huawei was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Its 13 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
It MateBook X 13 Argent provides only 2 connectors. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
All in all, this MateBook X 13 Argent is an interesting product for travel.
The MateBook X 13 Argent- the right model for audio or video editing ?
The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. It appears that this MateBook X 13 Argentmeets this need perfectly. With these components, Huawei puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. The parallel processing of tasks with Windows 10 are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
Generally speaking, for occasional use, the choice of processor Core i5-10210U makes it possible. Having 16 Gb de ram, it is good and powerful enough. As standard, you will have the applications to make your video editing or your photo or music modifications. And in case you want to go further, you will be able to do so provided you add a bit of memory.
The designers of Huawei have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. Here with 500 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
The pleasure of working on a computer without being a slave to the electrical connection. Here, it’s 9 hours of autonomy available. As a reminder, with such a powerful laptop, it’s hard to do much better Huawei.
Unfortunately not equipped with a USB 3.0 port as standard. It implies more time when you decide to transfer your files to an external drive.
With the MateBook X 13 Argent, you’re moving towards a very good product. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. And at a price that is well ranked.
The MateBook X 13 Argent for online or local games.
It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. Our tests have shown that yhis MateBook X 13 Argent wasn’t designed for video games. Clearly, Huawei has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. With a resolution in 3000×2000 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Since Huawei has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
With its 500 Gb of space, this MateBook X 13 Argent is on a level playing field with its competitors. Useful for local games; as there are still many of them, even though online games are progressing.
For online gaming, it MateBook X 13 Argent has high quality Wi-Fi. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
It has an autonomy of 9 hours, more than many others.
In short, an average rendering that makes this MateBook X 13 Argent a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
Is the MateBook X 13 Argent adapted to office automation ?
This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Here are the main reasons.
Huawei has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 that’s running it.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. A weight of 1 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
No anti-reflective treatment on this MateBook X 13 Argent. However, if you work all day on text or spreadsheets, a matte screen would be preferable. As far as the colour palette is concerned, it is well balanced even if they are less faithful than the colours your TV set gives you.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. Equipped with a hard drive of 500 Gb, it will give you the possibility to store all your documents locally.
Simply put, it’s not MateBook X 13 Argent the best choice for office use. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
The MateBook X 13 Argent – in summary
This MateBook X 13 Argent will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– web browsing
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– travel use
– making audio and video editing