Huawei MateBook 16 review: a high-performance laptop powered by Ryzen 7 5800H

Construction

We are on familiar ground here since the design of Huawei has changed little lately. It remains similar to that of Apple’s MacBooks and the build quality is there. The aesthetics are in any case refined, with aluminum frame edges adorned with a metallic bevel and an ultra-thin frame screen.

The keyboard is really pleasant to use and the extra large touchpad is very fluid, although it sinks a little too much under pressure, especially at the front. The keyboard backlight is adjustable on 3 levels and there is a fingerprint reader at the on/off button at the top right of the PC, but unfortunately no Windows Hello webcam to unlock the screen quickly.

The keyboard is pleasant to use.

The keyboard is pleasant to use.

The explanation for this absence is very simple: if Huawei has abandoned its unpleasant webcam on the keyboard on its last releases, it is present here… You must therefore press the appropriate button to bring it out and use it; too bad for video calls with a view of the nostrils and chin. She films in passing in 720p and the result is not very successful, and even worse in low light.

The webcam is housed at the keyboard.

The webcam is housed at the keyboard.

The connection is in any case well supplied on the edges, since there are two USB-C 3.2 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port and a mini-jack on the left and two USB-A 3.2 ports on the right; enough to satisfy most uses, although an SD card reader would have been welcome. On the other hand, only wifi 5 is present, more lent than the recent standard 6, it’s a shame.

The connection is rather provided.

The connection is rather provided.

To access the components, simply remove 10 Torx screws under the chassis. We discover a RAM unfortunately welded, but also, protected under a metal cover, a removable M.2 SSD, and therefore replaceable. The battery is also easily replaced by removing the Phillips screws that hold it in place.

The SSD is removable, but the RAM is not.

The SSD is removable, but the RAM is not.

Regarding ventilation, the PC remained silent in many situations, even if greedy software like Blender increases the noise to 37.8 dB, which remains audible, but far from the models video game which easily copes with 40 dB. On the other hand, the heating remains contained. We noted a maximum of 43°C at the air outlet and just 36.5°C in the center of the keyboard, which is very low.

The PC remains at the expense.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Performances

As we said above, our test model is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor accompanied by a 512 GB SSD and 16 GB of RAM. Unfortunately, Huawei’s schedule is a little too early to take advantage of the Ryzen 6000s, but the 5800H is one of the best consumer models available, so its performance is there.

The MateBook 16 against its competitors.

The MateBook 16 against its competitors.

It scored 124 on our performance test; a score higher than Intel’s 11th Gen processors, but below the massive Core i9-12900H that’s only found in chunky configurations, however. video game. Huawei is also promoting a “performance” mode activated effectively simultaneously on “Fn + P”. We had already tested it on other models without noticing any particular interest, and again, we did not notice any difference during our video processing and 3D rendering tests.

In game, the integrated GPU part of the processor (Vega generation – 512 computing units at 2 GHz) is doing well since we were able to play Surveillance at 64 fps with graphics set to “low” and Diablo III at 30 fps in “high”; enough to enjoy some old or undemanding titles.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Mobility / Autonomy

The MateBook 16 easily fits into a standard backpack (35 x 25.5 x 1.8 cm), but it is logically much heavier (2 kg) than ultraportables. It is also necessary to add a 135 W charger certainly fast, but weighing 480 g. Strangely, Huawei does not offer its usual charger-block format which plugs directly into the mains, but a “classic” block, located halfway between the USB-C cable and the power cable. Note that the latter can be detached from the block to be replaced by a foreign mains cable (US or UK in particular) if necessary, although they are not included with the PC. This system, modeled on that of the Apple MacBooks, also makes it possible to connect a mains plug rather than a mains cable. However, this accessory does not yet appear to be part of Huawei’s catalog.

The mains plug can be changed if necessary.
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Question autonomy, the computer is well out for a 16-inch screen. It lasted 8h 19min during our Netflix video playback test, fast brightness at 200 cd/m², headphones plugged in with volume at 50% and Bluetooth off. It’s not at the level of the best ultraportables, but it does keep you away from a socket for quite a while.

Strong points

  • Excellent performance.

  • Large screen in 3:2 format and thin bezels.

  • Well calibrated slab.

  • Connectors provided.

  • Heats little.

Weak points

  • Webcam located at the keyboard.

  • Very shiny slab prone to reflections.

  • Medium touchpad.

  • WiFi 5.

Conclusion

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General remark

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

How does grading work?

Huawei’s MateBook 16 is a very good 16-inch PC that delivers great performance, driven by AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800H. We appreciate its screen in 3:2 format with very thin borders which is well calibrated, but we regret a very shiny panel which causes a lot of reflections. If the connection is complete, we hope in the future no longer to find a webcam installed on the keyboard like here, which frankly hinders use in videoconferencing. The MateBook 16 is still a very good laptop overall.

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