Huawei MateBook 16s assessment: A wonderful 16-inch all-rounder

Prost

  • Understated design & stable construct high quality
  • Shade-accurate 2.5K 3:2 IPS display screen
  • Good efficiency
  • First rate battery life
  • Good audio system

Cons

  • No discrete GPU help
  • No SD or MicroSD card reader
  • No separate quantity pad
  • No IR help on webcam

Laptops with 16-inch shows hit the candy spot for quite a lot of use instances as a result of they will, if correctly designed and constructed, ship a profitable mixture of display screen actual property and cheap portability. Huawei’s current MateBook D 16 impressed us with its understated design, comfy keyboard with separate quantity pad, and conventionally positioned webcam. Nonetheless, we thought that battery life could possibly be higher.

Enter the MateBook 16s — successor to the AMD-based MateBook 16, which earlier this 12 months we judged ‘could possibly be an actual winner’ with a greater webcam. This remark was aimed toward Huawei’s notoriously quirky digicam that popped up from a key within the Fn row, giving an unflattering ‘up the nostril’ viewing angle throughout video calls. That is mounted within the new mannequin, which relies on Twelfth-generation H-series Intel Core processors and contains a 2.5K IPS touch-screen plus a large-capacity battery.

This all sounds very promising, however does the MateBook 16s — which within the UK begins at £1,299.99 and at present comes with a free MateView GT 27-inch monitor value £199.99 — ship in observe?

Huawei MateBook 16s

Huawei MateBook 16s: 16-inch 2.5K IPS display screen, Twelfth-generation H-series Core i7 or i9 processors, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD storage.

Pictures: Huawei

Design

The MateBook 16s could be very clearly from the identical steady design because the D 16, presenting a sensible however minimalist look based mostly round an aluminum chassis and a Area Grey end. It has a barely larger footprint, is a contact slimmer (17.8mm vs 18.4mm), and weighs 290g extra. Nonetheless, at 1.99kg it is moveable sufficient for the odd journey, if not maybe your on a regular basis commute.

The principle variations between the 2 16-inch fashions turn into evident while you open the lid, which reveals a keyboard flanked by speaker grills slightly than accommodating a separate quantity pad, plus a significantly bigger touchpad. The keyboard is backlit, presents 1.5mm of key journey, and is comfy and quiet in use. Above the show, in its correct place within the heart of the display screen’s bezel, is a 1080p webcam.

Huawei MateBook 16s: keyboard

Not like the MateBook D 16, which has a separate quantity pad, the MateBook 16s keyboard is flanked by speaker grilles. The ability button within the high proper nook incorporates a fingerprint reader.

Picture: Charles McLellan / ZDNet

The 16-inch IPS screens are totally different, too, with the MateBook 16s delivering 10-point contact performance and a couple of.5K decision (2520 x 1680, 189ppi) with a 3:2 facet ratio, in comparison with the D 16’s extra modest non-touch FHD+ (1920 x 1200, 142ppi) panel with a 16:10 facet ratio. Each panels supply most brightness of 300 nits and help 100% of the sRGB colour gamut, however the MateBook 16s has the sting on distinction ratio – 1500:1 versus the D 16’s 1200:1. Huawei additionally claims excessive colour accuracy (ΔE < 1) for the MateBook 16s's panel, making it a extra appropriate platform for artistic use instances similar to pictures.

Options

The MateBook 16s relies on Intel’s Twelfth-generation H-series Core processors. Our £1,299.99 assessment unit had a 14-core (6 efficiency, 8 effectivity) Core i7-12700H CPU, whereas a top-end Core i9-12900H mannequin can also be accessible for £1,499.99. Each variants have 16GB of LPDDR RAM and 1TB of NVMe PCIe SSD storage, and there are not any purchase-time or consumer improve choices. The GPU is Intel’s built-in Iris Xe Graphics – there is not any help for discrete graphics right here.

Wi-fi communication is dealt with by Intel’s Wi-Fi 6E AX211 module, which, because the title implies, helps the newest tri-band (2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz) Wi-Fi 6E commonplace together with Bluetooth 5.3.

Huawei MateBook 16s: ports

Proper facet (high): 2x USB-A. Left facet (above): 2x USB-C (one with Thunderbolt 4), HDMI, audio in/out.

Pictures: Charles McLellan / ZDNet

There is a good, however not lavish, number of ports on the MateBook 16s. On the left facet there are two USB-C ports, each with help for information, charging and DisplayPort, and one with 40Gbps Thunderbolt 4 help. Additionally on the left facet is a full-size HDMI connector and a 3.5mm audio in/out jack. The suitable facet has two USB-A ports with help for 5Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 1. SD or MicroSD card slots are more and more frequent, and helpful, on laptops, however you will not discover both right here. Photographers who just like the look of the show could also be disenchanted about this.

The MateBook 16s packs a large-capacity 84Wh battery – a substantial step up from the 60Wh unit within the MateBook D 16, and a mirrored image of this laptop computer’s higher-resolution display screen and extra highly effective processors.

Efficiency & battery life

The 14-core Core i7-12700H processor in our MateBook 16s assessment unit delivered Geekbench 5 CPU benchmarks of 1840 (single core) and 9715 (multi core), which bear comparability with these we recorded for the M1 Max-based 16-inch MacBook Professional — 1790 (single core) and 12780 (multi core).

Huawei MateBook 16s: Geekbench 5

Chart: Charles McLellan / ZDNet

Beneath the PCMark 10 benchmark suite, the MateBook 16s delivered an general rating of 5628, and comfortably exceeded the really helpful efficiency ranges for the Necessities, Productiveness and Digital Content material Creation segments.

Huawei MateBook 16s: PC Mark 10

Chart: Charles McLellan / ZDNet

All this means that the MateBook will carry out most workloads very capably, however what about demanding graphical purposes – particularly given the shortage of a discrete GPU?

To research, we ran two 3DMark benchmarks: Night time Raid, a DirectX 12 take a look at for PCs with built-in graphics (such because the MateBook 16s); and Time Spy, a DirectX12 take a look at for gaming PCs (with discrete GPUs). Not surprisingly, the MateBook 16s did a lot better within the much less demanding Night time Raid benchmark, with body charges of 99.6 and 119.7 within the two graphics checks, in comparison with 11.4fps and 9.9fps within the equal Time Spy checks. A pocket book geared up with the discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU will get a median Time Spy graphics rating of 12073 (on the time of writing), placing the MateBook 16s rating of 1743 into perspective.

In a nutshell: this laptop computer copes effectively with low-level gaming, however graphically demanding titles will possible show an excessive amount of for its built-in GPU.

To check the 84Wh battery’s efficiency, we carried out two rundown checks: one subjected the MateBook 16s to a heavy workload, involving a number of runs of PCMark 10 interspersed with reside TV streaming from BBC iPlayer over wi-fi; the opposite was a far lighter regime, comprising internet shopping, the occasional burst of iPlayer video and a few phrase processing.

Huawei MateBook 16s: battery rundown

Chart: Charles McLellan / ZDNet

On this foundation, you may count on someplace between 5 hours and round 12 hours, relying in your workload combine. Be aware that we had display screen brightness on the full 300 nits throughout these checks, so runtimes might be longer in the event you flip this down.

Huawei equipped a 65W smartphone-style USB-C charger with our assessment unit, though the spec sheet talks about 90W and 135W adapters (the latter for the Core i9 mannequin). Beginning with the battery at 16%, it took the equipped charger 40 minutes to revive it to 50% and 110 minutes to succeed in 100%.

We did not discover undue warmth emanating from the MateBook 16s, even below heavy load. The cooling system consists of twin ‘gaming-grade’ followers, vents on the underside and rear, and ‘extra-wide’ twin warmth pipes. The laptop computer runs quietly, too. Here is the thermal image after the MateBook 16s had been operating the ‘heavy’ workload combine described above for about 5 hours:

Huawei MateBook 16s: thermal image

Thermal digicam photos of the MateBook 16s lid (left), display screen and keyboard (heart) and underside (proper), after operating a heavy workload for about 5 hours.

Pictures: Charles McLellan / ZDNet

Consumer expertise

There are a few noteworthy UX options on the MateBook 16s, the primary being AI Digicam, which provides three layers of performance to the 1080p webcam: Background, which may be blurry, a selection of three equipped by Huawei (lounge, workplace, assembly room) or customized; Auto-centering, which retains folks centered within the area of view; and Gaze adjustment, which tweaks the picture to make it appear as in the event you’re wanting on the digicam slightly than the display screen.

That is extra diverting than important, and albeit I might favor infrared help on the webcam to allow Home windows Hiya face authentication. As it’s, you will must make do with the fingerprint reader that is built-in into the ability button.

Huawei MateBook 16s: Super Device

Multi-device collaboration by way of Huawei’s Tremendous Machine system: The MateBook 16s and P50 Professional smartphone are logged into the identical Huawei account and may share the telephone’s display screen on the laptop computer, and drag and drop information between them.

Screenshot: Charles McLellan / ZDNet

The opposite UX characteristic is Huawei’s Tremendous Machine system, which helps you to join the laptop computer to a different suitable Huawei units — telephones, tablets, displays — to share screens and information, and extra. Clearly you’ll want to be invested within the Huawei ecosystem to reap the benefits of Tremendous Machine, however in case you are, it is a helpful further.

Conclusions

If you happen to’re in search of a laptop computer that mixes a big, high-quality display screen, good design and construct high quality, stable all-round efficiency, and a level of portability, Huawei’s 16-inch, 1.99kg MateBook 16s suits the invoice in some ways regards. It has addressed our fundamental criticisms of the previous-generation MateBook 16, which stays a great choice beginning at £799.99, and is itself solely a discrete GPU choice, and maybe an SD card slot, away from being unbeatable worth.


Huawei MateBook 16s specs

OS Home windows 11 Dwelling
Dimensions 351mm x 254.9mm x 17.8mm
Weight 1.99 kg
Show 16-inch IPS, 2520 x 1680 (3:2, 189ppi), 300 nits, 1500:1 distinction ratio, 100% sRGB
Colours 1.07 billion (10-bit colour)
Display to physique ratio 90% (claimed)
Viewing English 178 levels
Contact-screen 10-point multi-touch with finger gesture screenshot
Processor Intel Core i7-12700H, Core i9-12900H
Graphics Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM 16GB (LPDDR5)
Storage 1TB (NVMe PCIe SSD)
Battery capability 84Wh
Battery charger 90W (Core i7 mannequin), 135W (Core i9 mannequin)
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax, 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz)
Bodybuilding 5.3
Connections 2x USB-A (USB 3.2 Gen1), USB-C, USB-C/Thunderbolt 4, HDMI, 3.5mm audio in/out
Keyboard full-size, backlit
Fingerprint reader built-in into the ability button
Digicam 1080p FHD (above display screen)
Audio 4x mics, 2x audio system
Functions / options Tremendous Machine, Huawei PC Supervisor, Show Supervisor (Eye Consolation Mode), Efficiency Mode (Fn+P), Huawei Manufacturing facility Reset
Within the field Huawei MateBook 16s, 90W/135W USB-C energy adapter, USB-C cost cable, quick-start information, guarantee card
Value £1299.99 (Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) • £1499.99 (Core i9, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD)

Options to contemplate

The benchmark for 16-inch laptops stays the MacBook Professional, which prices a hefty £2,399/$2,699 for an M1 Professional mannequin with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. If you happen to’re in search of the last word in portability with this kind issue, you will wish to think about the 1,199kg LG Gram 16.

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