Fat laptops are back in fashion, as we’ve seen the return of 16-inch laptops designed for casual use rather than gaming. The Huawei MateBook 16 is an example of this. The MateBook 16 has a similar design to the rest of the MateBook series, which is a good thing. The thin chassis and build quality with MacBook Pro-like aesthetics make it one of the best-looking laptops on the market today. The device is not foldable, but the hinges allow the screen to flip up to 130 degrees. With a metal design and a weight of 1.9 kg, the device feels solid, while offering a certain degree of portability. As long as your bag is big enough, you should have no problem using the MateBook 16 as your primary business laptop. Of course, if portability is important to you, you can also look for much lighter alternatives for 13 or 14 inch laptops. The aluminum chassis helps keep the laptop clean and stain resistant. Although the Space Gray custom color isn’t as eye-catching as other laptops lining the shelves, the MateBook 16 still looks stylish.
The keyboard may feel a little tight at first, but it provides good feedback and is quiet. The key spacing and keyboard response allow for comfortable and fast typing. The trackpad is large and responsive. It has two USB-C ports, two USB-A, HDMI and audio jacks. Since the device charges via USB-C, their ports could be placed on both sides of the computer rather than in the same place. The HD camera is located on the keyboard and opens with the press of a button. Due to the location of the camera, the other party sees you as if you were watching the video calls. The built-in microphones are of good quality as they feature AI noise cancellation to filter out any background noise. You will not receive any complaints about your voice in conversations you have on Zoom. The speakers deliver impressive bass and powerful sound for a laptop.
The best thing about the Huawei MateBook 16 is its display. The 16-inch, 3:2 aspect ratio means you can easily work with multiple tabs open at the same time. Thin bezels deliver a 90% screen-to-body ratio. This gives it a sleek and modern look, especially compared to the Surface Laptop 4, which looks outdated due to its chunky frame. The 2520 x 1680 resolution here also means clearer images compared to screens limited to Full HD. There’s no 4K or OLED option here, but that’s incredibly rare to find at this price. In terms of brightness, the computer can go up to 300 nits, while the contrast value is 1734:1. This way you can watch content on Netflix and Disney Plus in ideal quality. Colors also look natural and there are no obvious reds or blues that distort the screen’s pure whites. Covering 98% of the sRGB gamut and 73% of the AdobeRGB gamut, the device is also the world’s first TÜV Rheinland-certified notebook for color accuracy.
The device comes with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor. This allows the MateBook 16 to efficiently handle pro-level tasks such as photo and video editing. Several Chrome tabs can also remain silent when Spotify and Zoom are open. The AMD Radeon graphics card integrated here can help you with Photoshop, create 3D animations or play games. But these games are not AAA games. Because it can run Minecraft at 1080p with around 43 FPS. You have 16 GB of DDR4 RAM to comfortably run several applications at the same time. The 512GB SSD storage is large enough to save your files. In terms of battery life, the device gave an average of 12 hours and 35 minutes in the PCMark 10 test. The result when playing a looping video is around 12 hours. Synthetic results aside, the 84 Wh battery paired with AMD’s low-power chipset is enough for a full day’s work. Charging is also quite fast, as it comes with a 135W USB-C charger. This can boost the device from 0% to 50% in 45 minutes. Up to 3.5 hours of battery life can be obtained from a 15 minute charge.
Similar to how Apple’s devices work with each other, Huawei has its own ecosystem of devices. For example, you can easily share photos, videos or other files between devices via Huawei Share. Thanks to multi-screen collaboration, if you have a HarmonyOS tablet like the MatePad Pro, you can use it as a second screen alongside the device. In terms of software, there is an additional PC Manager. With it you can increase the performance of the MateBook 16 or check the status of certain physical units.