Review 119: 26.03.2021 at 00:00 am
🕷 Joker! You can’t decide between these Matebook 13 or the Macbook Air 2018?
Okay, Let’s find out which one is better for you. It is not easy at all to choose between two laptops. Laptops these days give similar performance. They also offer different features.
We’ll talk about mid-range laptops in this computer. We’ll discuss Matebook 13 and Macbook Air 2018. The hardware of these two devices are similar, but the performance and capabilities are the difference.
I will make a comparison between both of them and let you know which one will win. It is up to you at the end. Let’s start with the design:
Design and Build Quality:
Huawei Matebook 13 comes with a thin design: 14.9mm, There is a protruding Huawei logo at the back. It is made from metal and is also scratch resistant. It weighs 1.30k. The laptop comes with a backlit keyboard with a 1MP webcam.
The Macbook Air 2018 comes with a thin design: 15.6mm with an Apple logo at the back. It made from 100% recycled aluminum.
And it weighs 1.25k, The laptop comes with a Butterfly backlit keyboard, and it is the same keyboard as the one in the latest Macbook 13. It comes with a Facetime camera that shoots 720p.
Who win the point?
Every device gets a point as both of these devices offer a modern design. They are both similar in colors, weight, and personal preference plays a major role, so you can choose the design you like, We give every device a point.
Matebook 13 comes with a 13 screen with slim bezels. The width of the screen is 4.4mm. It occupies 88% of the front of the device and also supports touch input. The screen is IPS and is called FullView Display.
It has a 2160×1440 resolution and the aspect ratio is 3:2, It has 200 ppi and it supports RGB colors with a 100% percentage. It supports sight protection Eye Comfort technology.
The Macbook Air comes with a 13.3 screen with a slimmer design than previous generations. The screen now occupies more space of the front, but there is no accurate number as to which many much it occupies of the front.
The screen is IPS and is called Retina Display with a 2560×1600 resolution with 16:10 aspect ratio. It has 227ppi and supports sRGB with 93.3% percentage. It also supports sight protection Night Shift technology.
Who wins the point?
Both screens offer beautiful colors with high performance. The Matebook 13 screen, though occupies more of the front and supports touch input. The point goes to the Matebook with all appreciation to the Retina screen on the Macbook Air.
CPU and Performance:
Matebook 13 comes with the Whiskey Lake 8th gen Intel CPU. It comes with two choices: the first one is i5-8265U with 4 cores, 8 threads and frequency 3.9GHz. The second choice is i7-8565U with 4 cores, 8 threads and frequency up to 4.6GHz.
The laptop comes with MX150 GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 RAM. This card provides good performance for editing and gaming. By the way, the entry version comes with the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620.
The Macbook Air comes with the Intel 8th gen i5-8210Y with dual core and 4 threads and frequency up to 3.6GHz. By the way, this CPU is based on Amber Lake Y architecture. It has an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 617 GPU.
We tested these CPUs with Geekbench 4 app. The Matebook scores 4919 points for single-core and 16237 points for the multi-core, We made this test with the i7 8565U.
The Macbook Air scored 4047 points for the single core and 7715 points for the multi-core.
Who wins the point?
For sure the Matebook wins the point, especially that it comes with quad core CPUs and dedicated GPUs.
Let’s not forget that the Macbook Air CPU is designed to be compatible with MacOS.
This will make the CPU give greater performance. Anyway, the point goes to the Matebook 13.
The Matebook comes with Huawei’s Shark Fin Design 2.0 cooling system. This system flows air using two fast fans to get the maximum cooling.
The fans are balanced to provide good performance. They also reduce noise by up to 2 decibel. The Macbook Air comes with a single fans that reduces heat with excellent performance in cooling.
Let’s not forget that the device itself doesn’t require a lot from the hardware.
Who wins the point?
The Matebook offers a cooling system with great performance, and the same thing goes for the Macbook as it provides compatible performance with the hardware. Every device takes a point.
Network and Storage:
Matebook 13 comes with 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM with 2133MHz frequency, It also comes with either 256GB or 512GB of SSD internal storage. The Macbook Air comes with 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM with 2133MHz frequency. It also comes with either 128GB or 256GB of SSD storage.
Matebook 13 supports BT5, while the Macbook Air supports BT4.2, Both devices support WiFi with 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency. Every device supports file sharing. The Matebook supports OneTouch smart sharing. This features allows the device to communicate and share files with other Huawei phones that supports Huawei Share 4.
While the Macbook Air supports AirDrop technology, which allows file sharing with other Apple devices using the Wireless.
Who wins the point?
The Matebook offers bigger storage, unlike the Macbook, while the Macbook offers AirDrop technology which is more effective. Every device gets a point.
Some of us needs bigger storage and other needs more sharing files. It is up to the phone you have with you, If it is a Huawei phone, then the point goes to the Matebook, and if you have an iPhone, the point goes to the Macbook Air.
The sharing file system is connected with the ecosystem, that’s why the point goes to both devices.
OS and Safe Unlocking:
The Matebook comes with Windows 10 Home. This OS comes with a huge library of apps, and it is compatible with Office software. The OS offers multiple choices in unlocking, like the fingerprint and passcode, and it also supports OneTouch technology from Huawei.
This technology allow the device to start and unlock with one touch, once the fingerprint is enabled. The Power button doubles as the fingerprint sensor.
The Macbook comes with Mac Mojave OS. This OS is compatible with the hardware Apple offers. It offers great performance with editing software, better than Windows machine.
The device supports unlocking using Touch ID and passcode. It also comes with the T2 chip, which immediately encrypt data. It also encrypt the SDD and Touch ID.
This chip also authenticate if the OS is original or edited.
Who wins the point?
Both devices offer great OS with high performance. Matebook offers the OneTouch technology, which is great. Yet, the Macbook Air offers the T2, which provides better security and encryption.
The point goes to the Macbook Air.
With all appreciation to the OneTouch feature, which I expect will be even better in the future.
The Matebook comes with dual speakers with Dolby Atmos technology, while the Macbook Air comes with dual speakers that offer 25% better sound compared to the previous Macbook Air.
From our experiment, the Macbook Air offers better audio than the Matebook 13, but if your audio is Atmos, then the audio will be better on the Matebook.
The point goes to the Macbook Air. With all appreciation to the Matebook as it supports Atoms technology.
Battery and Ports:
The Matebook 13 have a battery that lasts for 9.1 hours of work usage or 10 hours of watching content. It also supports quick charging, and it offers 2.5 hours of usage if charged for 15 minutes.
By the way, the charger is small and you can even use it to charge your phones. The Macbook Air battery lasts for 12 hours with work usage and 13 hours of content watching. It doesn’t support quick charging, and it takes nearly 3 hours for a full charge.
The Matebook comes with two USB-C ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Macbook Air comes with two USB-C Thunderbolt ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Who wins the point?
The Matebook supports quick charging, which is very helpful. While the Macbook Air’s battery last longer but doesn’t support quick charging. Both devices have 2 USB-C ports. But on the Macbook, transfer speeds will be faster. Anyway, both devices get a point.
Prices and After Purchase Services:
The Matebook 13 is offered with multiple versions and prices, starting from 700 USD up to 1000 USD. The i7 version with 512GB SSD storage and MX 150, grey color will cost 1300 USD. and 512GB SDD grey color version will cost 1000 USD.
While the i5 version with 256GB storage with silver color will cost 700 USD.
These laptops come with 2 year warranty from Huawei. The Macbook Air comes with two versions, and the prices start from 1333 USD to 1500 USD.
The first version is 256GB of storage and its price is 1400 USD.
The second one comes with 128GB of storage and starts from 1300 USD. Both come 2 year warranty.
The Matebook 13 indeed wins the point, as its price with the features and specs it offers is suitable, unlike the Macbook, where the lower specs version is more expensive than the full specs Matebook. Reselling value of these two devices will not the be same, unlike phone devices and iPhones in particular.
This is the end of this comparison. Prices and specs and features go with the Matebook 13. The Macbook Air provides a better ecosystem.
Macbook Air needs more accessories. It has two USB-C ports, while the Matebook comes with a dongle.
This accessory changes depending on your region. You have to make sure of the accessory before you buy it. You have to evaluate your needs before buying any of these devices. Do you need a screen that supports touch input?
Do I need better performance?
Do I need face recognition technology from Windows OS?
Do I need the OneTouch feature?
Do you need the open source file sharing on the Matebook or the AirDrop for iPhones file sharing on the Macbook?
I hope I made it easy for you to decide between those two devices.
🕷 The Matebook 13 wins this comparison, but it is up to you decide which one to buy. Your choices could be different, where the Macbook Air wins this comparison.
Wow, Nice comparison ❗❗
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