16-inch laptops are useful in many situations. They are capable, if well thought out and well constructed, of offering a good balance between screen size and portability. The MateBook D 16, for example, impressed us with its understated design, comfortable keyboard with separate number pad, and conveniently placed webcam. Although autonomy could be better.
Between the MateBook 16s, the successor to the MateBook 16 tested and approved earlier this year. Unfortunately, the camera layout, which is opened with the Fn key, provides an unflattering viewing angle during video calls. This problem has been solved in the new model. The 16s model is equipped with a 12th generation Intel Core H-series processor, equipped with a 2.5K resolution IPS touch screen and a large capacity battery.
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All this sounds very promising, but does the MateBook 16s, sold in France for 1699 euros, live up to its promises in practice?
Obviously, the MateBook 16s is made from the same production line as the D 16. This is evidenced by its elegant and minimalist appearance, based on a metallic gray aluminum body. Its footprint is slightly larger than the D16, despite being slightly thinner (17.8mm vs. 18.4mm) and weighing 290g more. But even with its 1.99kg on the scale, it’s portable enough to be taken on a trip, if not daily.
The main differences between the two models become apparent when you open the hood. The latest model has a keyboard surrounded on both sides by speaker grills (instead of a numeric keypad). The touchpad is also much larger. Backlit keyboard with 1.5mm travel, comfortable and quiet to use. Above the screen is a 1080p webcam. The power button, located in the upper right corner, is equipped with a fingerprint scanner.
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IPS screens are also different. The MateBook 16s features a 10-point 2.5K resolution touchscreen (2520 x 1680 pixels or 189 ppi) with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The D 16 has a non-touch FHD+ panel (1920 x 1200 pixels or 142 ppi) with a 16:10 aspect ratio. Both displays have a peak brightness of 300 nits and support 100% sRGB color gamut. The MateBook 16s has a contrast ratio advantage of 1500:1 versus the D 16’s 1200:1. Huawei also praises the high color accuracy (DeltaE < 1) of the MateBook 16s. Something that will delight creative people.
Our €1,699 test model was equipped with a Core i7-12700H processor. It also has 16GB of LPDDR RAM and 1TB of NVMe PCIe SSD storage. The GPU is Intel Iris Xe graphics. Not compatible with other video cards.
Wireless connectivity is provided by the Intel 6E AX211 Wi-Fi module, which, as the name suggests, supports the latest tri-band (2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz) Wi-Fi 6E standard, as well as Bluetooth 5.3.
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The computer has a good, but not perfect set of ports. There are two USB-C ports on the left side. Both support data transfer, charging and the DisplayPort standard. They are also compatible with Thunderbolt 4 (40Gbps). Next to it is a standard HDMI connector and a 3.5mm audio input/output. On the right side are two USB-A ports with support for USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gb / s). Unfortunately, while SD or MicroSD card slots are becoming more common, you won’t find them here. Too bad for photographers who need an editing machine.
The MateBook 16s features an 84Wh battery – a huge improvement over the MateBook D 16’s 60Wh – to support a higher resolution display and a more powerful processor.
Performance and autonomy
The 14-core Core i7-12700H MateBook 16s scored 1840 (single-core) and 9715 (multi-core) in Geekbench 5. The result is comparable to what we recorded on the 16-inch MacBook Pro M1 Max, namely 1790 (single-core). ) and 12780 (multi-core).
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In PCMark 10, the MateBook 16s scored an overall score of 5628, well above the recommended performance levels for the Fundamentals, Performance, and Digital Content Creation test batteries.
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In general, the MateBook will handle most workloads without issue, but what about graphically demanding applications? Especially given the lack of a dedicated GPU?
We ran two 3DMark benchmarks for research: Night Raid, a DirectX 12 benchmark for PCs with integrated graphics (such as the MateBook 16s), and Time Spy, a DirectX12 benchmark for gaming PCs (with a dedicated GPU). Unsurprisingly, the MateBook 16 fared much better in Night Raid, with 99.6 and 119.7 fps compared to 11.4 and 9.9 fps in Time Spy’s tests. For reference, the laptop with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 gets an average Time Spy score of 12073, which compares the MateBook 16s’s score of 1743.
As such, this laptop does well with games that aren’t overly demanding, but graphically heavy games should be avoided.
To test the battery, we ran two tests: one subjected the MateBook 16 to heavy use, including several PCMark 10 runs interspersed with live streaming over Wi-Fi; another with a much less demanding protocol, including web browsing, occasional video viewing, and some word processing.
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So, depending on usage, you can expect around 5 to 12 hours. Please note that the screen brightness was at maximum during these tests, battery life will be longer if you lower the brightness.
Huawei provided us with a 65W USB-C charger with our test model, even though the spec sheet mentions a 90W adapter. Starting charging at 16%, it took the charger 40 minutes to reach 50%. It will take 110 minutes to reach 100%.
We did not notice excessive heating of the MateBook 16 even under heavy loads. The cooling system includes two fans, vents on the bottom and rear of the machine, and two “very large” heatpipes. The computer is also silent.
Here is a thermal image after 5 hours of intense exercise:
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The Matebook 16S has several new features. The first is the AI Camera, which adds options to the webcam such as the ability to change the background (with blur, pre-recorded, or custom backgrounds). There’s also auto-centering, which keeps people centered in the camera’s field of view, and vision adjustment, which changes the image so it looks like you’re looking at a webcam rather than a screen.
These features are more useless than really useful, and we would have preferred support for face authentication via Windows Hello. In its current form, you’ll have to make do with a fingerprint scanner built into the power button.
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Another feature of Huawei is the Super Device system, which allows you to connect your computer to other compatible Huawei devices (phones, tablets, screens) for easy file sharing. To reap the benefits of a Super Device, you need to invest in the Huawei ecosystem, but if this is your case, this is a worthwhile option.
If you’re looking for a laptop that combines a great big screen, good design, good build quality, good overall performance, and some portability, the Huawei MateBook 16s might be for you. It fixes the issues we posed for the MateBook 16, which nevertheless remains a good option from €1,099.99 and is an almost unbeatable product if you leave out two or three small details (lack of an SD port and a dedicated GPU).
- BONE : Windows 11 Home.
- dimensions : 351mm x 254.9mm x 17.8mm.
- Weight : 1.99 kg.
- Screen : 16-inch IPS, 2520 x 1680 (3:2, 189ppi), 300 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 100% sRGB.
- Colors : 1.07 billion (10-bit color).
- Screen occupancy rate : 90% (announced).
- Vision angle : 178 degrees.
- Touch screen : 10-point multi-touch with gesture screen capture.
- CPU : Intel Core i7-12700H.
- Graphic card : Intel Iris Xe graphics.
- RAM : 16 GB (LPDDR5).
- storage : 1TB (NVMe PCIe SSD).
- Battery capacity : 84 Wh.
- Charger : 90 W.
- Wireless connection : Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax, 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz).
- Bluetooth : 5.3.
- Connections : 2x USB-A (USB 3.2 Gen 1), USB-C, USB-C/Thunderbolt 4, HDMI, 3.5mm audio in/out.
- Keyboard : QWERTY, backlit.
- Fingerprint reader : Integrated in the power button.
- Webcam : 1080p FHD (above screen).
- Audio : 4 microphones, 2 speakers.
- Programs : Super Device, Huawei PC Manager, Display Manager, Performance Mode, Huawei Factory Reset.
- In the box : Huawei MateBook 16s, 90W USB-C power adapter, USB-C charging cable, quick start guide.
- Price : €1699.99
Alternatives to Consider
The benchmark for 16-inch laptops remains the MacBook Pro, which costs a whopping €2,749 for the M1 Pro model with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. If you’re looking for maximum portability, check out the LG Gram 16 (1.2kg).