The rate of innovation around laptops and Ultrabooks is now so rapid that what was revolutionary just twelve months ago is quickly outpaced.
Take the Microsoft Surface Laptop – arguably one of the best Ultrabooks on the market even if there are some glaring gaps. The Huawei MateBook X Pro, which came out of nowhere, is in many ways a better laptop.
In my video review smackdown above, I go over the pros and cons of each. By the end, it should be obvious which is better and why. Of course, you really can't go wrong with either, but in my opinion, there's a clear winner here.
Our Surface Laptop vs. MateBook X Pro tech specs
|Laptop||MateBook X Pro||Surface Laptop|
|Screen size||13.9 inches||13.5 inches|
|Resolution||3000 x 2000 (259 ppi)||2256 x 1504 (201 ppi)|
|Aspect||3 x 2||3 x 2|
|Processor||8th Gen Intel Core i5 8250U or Core i7 8550U||7th Gen Intel Core i5-7200U or i7-76660U|
|Graphics||NVIDIA MX150 + 2GB GDRR5 RAM||HD620|
|RAM||8GB or 16GB DDR3||4GB, 8GB, 16GB DDR3|
|Storage||256GB or 512GB SSD||128GB, 265GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD|
|Windows Hello||Yes (fingerprint)||Yes (IR camera)|
|Ports||2x USB-C (1x Thunderbolt 3), 1x USB-A, audio jack||1x USB-A 3.0, 1x Mini DisplayPort., audio jack|
|Audio||Quad-speaker array, quad-mic array||2x Omnisonic speakers, Dolby Premium|
|Dimensions||11.97 x 8.54 x 0.57 inches||12.3 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches|
|Weight||2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)||2.76 lbs (1.25 kg)|
|Price||Starting $1,199 (opens in new tab)||Starting $799 (opens in new tab)|
Future is bright for PC users
We're starting to hear rumors that Microsoft may refresh Surface Laptop before the fall, possibly in time for back to school season. If accurate, we could realistically expect newer Intel 8th Gen processors at the very least. Microsoft could even ditch that old Mini DisplayPort for a more modern USB Type-C one instead.
The real winner here though is you, the consumer. Never has there been such amazing laptops for people to buy. The Surface brand was meant to inspire – consumers and manufacturers – and that is happening. HP, Dell, Lenovo, Razer and even newcomer Huawei are all releasing outstanding PCs, which is exactly what Microsoft wants.
As we watch Computex this week and IFA in the fall, we'll only see more, and crazier PCs hit the market. I can't wait.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
I am using the Matebook X Pro right now, and my first one had creaking in the bottom right corner of the shell. Second one is perfect. Build quality is excellent, keys are good. Screen has zero light bleed. The number 6 key was a bit recessed but I pulled it out to match the rest. For the money, this is the best laptop I have ever bought and I am confident in saying that this absolutely blows everything Microsoft out of the water. And yes, I had everything from the Surface pro which I replaced with this to the maxed out Surface book 15" for $3300. This little guy takes the cake 100%. If you can get your hands on one with the $300 coupon go for it now. Don't hesitate. Also when I returned the first one, they let me keep the $300 store credit. So I used the $300 store credit towards the new one AND got another $300 store credit. Ultimately this 512gb model cost me $900. It is a great machine.
"Microsoft could even ditch that old Mini DisplayPort for a more modern USB Type-C one instead." Eh, no thanks. I'm not at all opposed to to USB-C on Surface designs, but not at the cost of Mini DisplayPort (something I actually run into video out in daily life, unlike USB-C, which I never see video cables for). People have been assuring me USB-C will be the standard for everything for what seems like five years now, but don't worsen devices trying to push it along. And if Microsoft wants to pull an Apple and have that do everything (so they can have an excuse to drop the other ports, like USB-A), hell no. I'd rather than no USB-C than only USB-C. Hopefully the Surface team has better common sense.
They already ditched the miniDP to USB-C on the Surface Book 2... and I am glad.... it is the only drawback I see on my original Surface Book. I have absolutely no use for mini Display Port right now, and the only adapter I got, I gave it away to a friend with a Mac, and bought the Wireless Display Adapter instead, which by the way works very good for everything except gaming.... (due to latency) I have few USB-C accessories, but they DO need to push it along by making compromises.... so if miniDP is the compromise I, personally, am all for it.... (just dont take all of the USB-A away just yet).
I like Huawei matebook
I have been following this Huawei laptop for quite sometime.... I never care for their phones, but they are really pushing forward the design, performance and form of its new laptop.... I have an original Surface Book and I think the Matebook X Pro compares a lot better with it...., good connectivity, same display resolution, similar performance, etc... On the other hand I never liked the Surface Laptop much, the alcántara fabric needs care, the connectivity is very poor, the touch display is not as useful when is not convertible, the fan exhaust is directed downwards, so it will have issues on a bed, or couch. All in all, I think Huawei has nailed it with this model... it is gorgeous (except for the logo on the back, that one is fugly), performance challenges the lower tier Surface Books and MacBook Pros, and the inputs have received great reviews... so its an instant recommendation for anyone looking for something in that range
Baseless screen design is must for surface laptop 2
I want that wallpaper that's on the Surface.
Will the Buying Guide by updated now that his post has been made? Seems the buying guide was pretty out on its predictions as to the cost of the Matebook Pro
I will take the surface laptop all day long. It is not another macbook wannabe device. So many companies are hell bent on create me too products. Surface devices are not those.
I'm actually happy to see an OEM give Microsoft a run for their money. We need more OEMs to do this as it promotes a healthy ecosystem were consumers have tons of choice. One thing is clear though...Microsoft can't continue to charge top of the line prices without giving us top of the line internals and inputs. Thunderbolt and the latest processors etc must be apart of the package everytime going forward.
What kind of battery life do you get from it?
Microsoft should lose the Alcantara. It is not good healthwise.
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