The laptops in Huawei's MateBook lineup don't just look alike; many of them also share very similar specs. These similarities can make picking between them a difficult process for customers confused about which model is right for them.
Before you scroll down to our best picks, you should be aware of Huawei's bad run of luck with the US government. Huawei's troubles began with losing access to Android, thanks to the Dept. of Commerce blacklisting the company and President Trump’s executive order. Trump pushed things further, with a ban on federal agencies purchasing Huawei devices.
Pros: Starting at $621, the Huawei MateBook D is more than $300 cheaper than most of its counterparts. And while its AMD processor doesn't provide the speeds seen in the Intel-based MateBooks, its strong battery life score (9:16) beats the 6:15 score from the MateBook 13 and isn't that far from the original MateBook X Pro's score of 9:55.
Oh, and the MateBook D offers a great set of ports for users with a lot of legacy devices. Dual Type-A USB ports means your existing flash drive and HDMI cables will work without a dock.
Cons: You're taking a hit on speed with the AMD MateBook D. This laptop scored an 8,845 on Geekbench 4, which was obliterated by the scores from the 8th Gen Core-i7, chip-powered MateBook 13 (17,136). The latter notebook features the same chipset that comes in the new MateBook X Pro and MateBook 14.
Also, the MateBook D's 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 panel is the lowest-res of the bunch, outdone by the X Pro's 3000 x 2000 panel, the MateBook 14's 2160 x 1440 screen and the MateBook 13's 2160 x 1440 display.
Read our full Huawei MateBook D 14 inch (AMD) review.
Pros: The 2.91-lb., 11.3 x 8.3 x 0.6-inch MateBook 13 is the lightest MateBook. The 2.93-lb. MateBook X Pro isn't far behind, while the heaviest of these machines, the 3.41-lb. pound MateBook D, is half a pound heavier than the MateBook 13.
The MateBook 13 (94 square inches) also has the smallest footprint of the bunch. The MateBook X Pro (102 square inches), the MateBook 14 (107 square inches) and the MateBook D (111 square inches) take up increasingly larger amounts of your desk or bag.
Cons: Unfortunately, the MateBook 13's 41.8 Whr battery doesn't provide much stamina. Its Laptop Mag Battery Test score (web surfing over Wi-Fi) topped out at 6 hours and 15 minutes, which isn't great by anybody's standards.
Read our full Huawei MateBook 13 review.