Huawei MateBook 16s review: A 16-inch laptop that stands out

Building

No wonder here, the MateBook takes on the codes of the series, this time with an aluminum chassis single (Made in one piece) ensuring a sturdy construction. We particularly appreciate the screen’s ultra-thin borders and its 3:2 format that offers a large workspace and an occupancy rate of close to 90%.

The keyboard has been revised with keys with increased activation distance, giving it a more fluid and pleasant typing. The backlight is adjustable in 3 levels and there is a fingerprint reader on the top right of the case to quickly unlock your session. The touchpad is wide, but you can feel it sink when you tap, so it’s not quite as high as what you’d find in other competitors, such as MacBooks and others.

The keyboard is pleasant to use, but the touchpad is sinking a lot.

The keyboard is pleasant to use, but the touchpad is sinking a lot.

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Connectivity-wise, Huawei is all out, with a USB-C Thundebolt 4 port, a USB-C 3.2 port, two USB-A 3.2 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a mini-jack output. So there is a lot to do, even if it lacks an SD card reader. Bluetooth in 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6 is present.

Connector is provided.

Connector is provided.

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The webcam finally returned to the top of the screen, which we noticed in the MateBook 14s at the end of 2021, but strangely not in the AMD MateBook 16, released in the spring of 2022. With 16s, the multiplier is filmed by the webcam on the keyboard level. And the definition is up to 1080p, which is appreciable. In bright light, the result is very satisfactory, but in low light it is, of course, more complex and the picture is noisier.

The poorly located old-fashioned webcam is back in a much more standard location...and more pleasing to the person photographed.

The poorly located old-fashioned webcam is back in a much more standard location…and more pleasing to the person photographed.

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The components can be accessed by removing the 9 Torx screws on the bottom of the chassis, after which you can easily change the M.2 SSD as well as the battery. Unfortunately, the RAM is soldered and it will be necessary to be satisfied with the 16 GB installed, without the possibility of development.

You can replace the SSD and the battery, but not the RAM.

You can replace the SSD and the battery, but not the RAM.

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This computer manages the temperature very well and most of the chassis stays cool. We observed a maximum of 49.6 °C at the air outlet and about 39 °C in the center of the keyboard. In terms of noise, we logically hear a breath during heavy tasks, with a peak measured at 41.6 dB while using Cinebench software.

The MateBook 16s manages its temperature well.

The MateBook 16s manages its temperature well.

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Editor's Rating: 5 out of 5

performance

Our test model was equipped with an Intel Core i7-12700H processor with 14 cores (including 6 performance and 8 efficiency) clocked at 2.7GHz and 4.7GHz in Turbo mode. The TDP (thermocouple) is 45 watts and can rise to 115 watts under heavy load. It also comes with a 1TB SSD hard drive and 16GB DDR5 RAM.

We have already tested this processor on several occasions and it is clear that it is one of the fastest at the moment (Performance Index 157). It is therefore faster than the Apple M2, but of course less than the large Core i9-12900HK. It offers about 27% more performance than a Ryzen 5800H-equipped MateBook 16 and 36% more than a Core i7-1260P housed in a thin chassis like the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 15.

Very good results allow him to tackle any difficult office or task without hesitation. Since it is not equipped with a dedicated graphics card, it does away with hardware acceleration in compatible software and content with built-in Iris Xe to play some old or undemanding games.

We also tested an SSD that offers good read (3.5 GB/s) and write speeds (3 GB/s), without getting close to the best M.2 that goes above 5 GB/s.

strength point

  • Better flying performance.

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

  • Accurate colorimetric measurement of the plate.

  • full connection.

  • 1080p webcam.

Weak points

  • Highly reflective panel.

  • Limited screen brightness.

  • Medium touchpad.

conclusion

5 stars from LesNumériques.com
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Editor's Rating: 5 out of 5

How does grading work?

The Huawei MateBook 16s is an excellent laptop that corrects the few flaws in the latest MateBook 16 and improves the recipe, while significantly increasing the price. The webcam of the previous model remarkably returns to the top of the screen and performance is clear, propelled by the powerful Intel Core i7-12700H processor. If the screen colorimetry is accurate, we still regret the lack of light from the panel and the absence of anti-reflective treatment worthy of the name.

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