Huawei Mate­book | £499.97

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Huawei’s Mate­book is the slimmest and light­est de­vice we re­viewed, de­spite hav­ing one of the largest screens. Its thin chas­sis has one dis­ad­van­tage, though, which is that it can only ac­com­mo­date a sin­gle USB Type- C socket. This means you can’t have any pe­riph­er­als con­nected while charg­ing the de­vice.

The 12in, 2,160 x 1,440 pix­els res­o­lu­tion dis­play is stun­ning, re­pro­duc­ing 98.4% of the colours in Mi­crosoft’s SRGB stan­dard. It’s bright enough for most pur­poses, al­though it loses some de­tail when dis­play­ing darker im­ages.

The big prob­lem is its bat­tery, which lasted just six hours in our video-play­back test. You wouldn’t want to leave the house with­out the charger be­cause it’s un­likely to pro­vide a full day’s use be­fore run­ning out of power. This is prob­a­bly due to its pow­er­ful com­po­nents, which aced our Win­dows bench­mark test with an im­pres­sive score of 26.



The Mate­book has seen a num­ber of price drops since its launch last year, bring­ing it down to its cur­rent level. This makes it a bar­gain, es­pe­cially as the de­tach­able key­board is in­cluded in the price.

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