The Huawei MateBook 16 AMD offers a lot of power and has an excellent price-to-performance ratio
If you are looking for a high-quality multimedia laptop without having to dish out for a dedicated graphics card, then the new MateBook 16 might be what you've been waiting for. Huawei has combined a large 16-inch display with a 3:2 screen ratio with an elegant, high-grade aluminum case and a modern 45-W AMD Ryzen processor. The MateBook 16 is available in two configurations featuring either the Ryzen 5 5600H (6 cores) or the Ryzen 7 5800H (8 cores), which is the version we tested.
The device's CPU performance is particularly impressive, thanks to the good cooling system. It remains stable even under continuous load, which is something many thin mobile workstations would do well to learn from. The AMD chip is also a lot more energy-efficient than the current Intel CPUs of the Tiger Lake H generation, which require about 50 percent more power for the same performance. Our practical battery test of the MateBook 16 lasted over 10 hours, which again confirms the low power consumption of the AMD processor.
The device's gaming performance is rather limited due to the iGPU, but the RX Vega 8 has no difficulties displaying high-resolution video during everyday use. This is complemented by good speakers and a high-resolution IPS display that, unfortunately, is very reflective and not really suited to outdoor use. Other than that, the panel gave us a great impression, subjectively, and is well calibrated ex-works.
Users who are looking for a simple, fast device for everyday use will probably be happy with the cheaper version equipped with the Ryzen 5 5600H while users who are interested in maximum CPU performance will be very pleased with the Ryzen 7 model. Find out more about the new Huawei MateBook 16 in our detailed review: