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Huawei MateBook X Pro (2022) review

Specifications of the Huawei Matebook X Pro (2022):

operating system: windows 11
CPU: Intel Core i7 1260P
Graphics: Intel IrisXe
RAM: 16GB LPDDR5
Screen: 14.2 inches, 3120 x 2080, 10-point touch
Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD
Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 4, 2x USB-C
Size: 310mm x 221mm x 15.6mm
Weight: 1.26kg

Slim and light. Powerful. Cheap. Choose two. The Huawei MateBook X Pro (2022) is not a cheap laptop, but it ticks the other two boxes admirably.

Note that there was an earlier version of the 2022 X Pro with an 11th generation CPU that never made it to the UK. This is not that: it has a newer 12th generation CPU. Having the latest tech inside is matched by a sleek and modern external look, the only ports are USB-C (two Thunderbolt 4, two single USB), there’s a high-res touchscreen, and the battery lasts for ages. It seems like a safe bet for our list of the best laptops for Photoshop. (opens in a new tab)and it may well be one of the best Windows laptops we’ve seen (opens in a new tab).

As described in our guide on how we test (opens in a new tab) our laptops, we made sure the MateBook X Pro was updated to the latest version of Windows 11, then ran benchmarks while it was fresh. We used the laptop as our daily driver for a few days, putting it through a lot of multi-tab web browsing, image editing, word processing, and whatever else we needed to do. It spent much of its time connected to an external 4K monitor and with a wireless keyboard and mouse connected via a USB-C adapter, but it also saw portable use as a media player.

A blue Huawei MateBook X Pro laptop

(Image credit: Ian Evenden)

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