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Working from home with the Huawei MateBook 13 2020 is fun!

In 2020, the demand for work or school from home computers has increased. In this article, we share our work from home experience with the new Huawei MateBook 13.
Working from home with the Huawei Matebook 13 2020
Huawei MateBook 13 2020

Huawei MateBook 13 2020 specs recap

Huawei MateBook 13

We have been using the new Huawei MateBook 13 2020 for several weeks now, we noticed that its build and feature set make it a very good work or school from home computer.

We were able to try the previous version of the MateBook 13 at this link. The 2020 version has updated internal hardware and the Webcam is now on the top bezel of the display. It now has an IR sensor for Windows Hello aside from the fingerprint scanner.

But before we get to that, let'sn recap the specifications of the new laptop from Huawei. The MateBook 13 2020 features a 10-point multi-touch 13-inch IPS display with 2160 x 1440p resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio. It has a maximum brightness of 300 nits, a 178-degree viewing angle, and 100 percent coverage of the sRGB color gamut.

Inside is either a 10th Generation Intel Core i5-10210U or an i7-10510U processor, 8GB/16GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD internal storage and 41.7 Wh Li-Po battery with Huawei 65W USB-C charging.

It is running on Windows 10 with Huawei PC Manager, Eye Comfort Mode, and Huawei Share. For ports, it has two USB-C ports and one 3.5mm headphone and microphone 2-in-1 jack.

It has a 1MP front-facing camera on top of the display and it features Dolby Atmos dual speakers and two digital microphones.

The body is made of aluminum alloy and features a full-size chiclet-style keyboard with a power button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner. The Touchpad is large with a glass panel top.

The MateBook 13 comes in Space Grey.

Work from home experience

Premium., lightweight, compact
Premium., lightweight, compact

1. Premium, lightweight and compact design, and build - As mentioned earlier, the Huawei MateBook 13 is made of a mix of aluminum alloy and glass.

The choice of aluminum makes the laptop lightweight while adding a premium and solid build quality.

It measures at only 286 x 211 x 14.9 mm and weighs only 1.3 kg which makes it small enough to fit in most compartments and standard sized desks. It is also light enough so you can carry it around in times you want to move to other areas of the home for a nice change of scenery from the usual desk.
Crisp and vibrant display
Crisp and vibrant display

2. Vibrant and crisp 13-inch 2K FullView touch screen display - The 13-inch IPS touch display has a resolution of 2160 x 1440 and a 3:2 aspect ratio. It maxes out at 300 nits and has 100 percent coverage of the sRGB color gamut. These display specs mean that the display has plenty of pixels that produce crisp images with accurate color.

The 3:2 aspect ratio with the high 2160 x 1440 resolution allows for more vertical visual real estate which means there more items that can fit in the display vertically which reduces scrolling up and down when using productivity apps like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Excel.
Huawei MateBook 13 Geekbench scores
Huawei MateBook 13 Geekbench scores
SSD read and write speeds
SSD read and write speeds

3. Performance - Inside is the aforementioned 10th-Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 8GB/16GB LPDRR3 2133MHz RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD internal storage and 41.7 Wh battery. Equipped with the latest mobile Intel processors with 2133MHz RAM and PCIe SSD allows the MateBook 13 to breeze through non-graphics intensive apps while the large 41.7 Wh battery powers the laptop through the long 9-hour workday.

This work and school laptop is quite fast!

The older Hard Disk Drives or HDD used mechanical parts that limited its read and write speeds and were prone to fail over time while the Solid State Drive stores information directly into the chips with faster read and write speeds.
The webcam is now on top of the display
The webcam is now on top of the display

4. Video Call ready - The MateBook 13 has a 1MP webcam above the display, Dolby Atmos dual stereo speakers, and two digital microphones that make it ready for video call work meetings or online class. Users also have the option to connect headphones with a microphone via the 3.5mm 2-in-1 headphone and microphone jack or via Bluetooth. 

5. Huawei Eye Comfort Mode - Eye strain and fatigue are common after long working and studying hours. Eye Comfort Mode aims to reduce eye strain and fatigue by reducing the blue light produced by the laptop's display. This is in line with its TUV Rheinland certification for safety.

6. Huawei Ecosystem - MateBook 13 runs on Microsoft Windows 10 with Huawei PC Manager, Eye Comfort, Huawei Share, and OneHop Multi-screen collaboration. This means that aside from access to a wide selection of applications that run on Windows, users have access to unique and convenient features that the Huawei ecosystem offers.

Huawei Share is a file-sharing feature that allows users to quickly transfer files or files to and from Huawei devices that support Huawei Share. 

Devices compatible with Huawei share include the high-end Huawei P-series and Mate-series smartphones with NFC.
Huawei PC Manager
Huawei PC Manager

7. Huawei PC Manager - It is the company's special software that monitors the hardware and drivers of the MateBook 13 and makes sure that each component is working at optimum performance and that each component has the latest drivers installed.

Quick thoughts

Out of the box, the Huawei MateBook 13 is a capable laptop on its own that makes it a good choice for working and studying from home as it offers nearly a complete package.

It has an outstanding build quality, capable specs, decent webcam, and microphone performance. 

This makes it perfect for handly productivity apps for both work and school like Microsoft Office and can handle heavier workloads like the Adobe Creative Suite.

It even comes with a 65W power adapter and a USB Type-C to USB Type-A dongle.

The MateBook 13 starts at PHP 65,990 for the Intel Core i5 model while the i7 model costs 72,990.

Watch: Best features that make the Huawei MateBook 13 great for school and work from home

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