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Apple MacBook Air vs Huawei MateBook 13: which laptop is better for working?

Apple MacBook Air vs Huawei MateBook 13: which laptop is better for working?

By  Aldin Lindquist 2020-01-07 18029 13

With the coming of 2018, many students begin to walk out of the ivory tower and enter the society for internships and job huntings. at the same time, many workplace rookies begin to update their resumes and look for a second job. Perhaps stability is everyone's greatest extravagant hope, but the reality is not always satisfactory. In today's Internet society, laptops are used in almost all kinds of industries, and even primary school classrooms have Pad that can be used. Electronic products are not only entertainment devices, but also efficiency artifacts for work and study. Many people begin to struggle in terms of appearance and performance when choosing and buying, because there is no perfect product that can fully meet their requirements, Never!

Apple MacBook Air 2018 (left) HUAWEI MateBook 13 (right).

Especially for newcomers in the workplace, they often struggle with light books and business books, as well as the choice of large or small sizes. In fact, just entering the workplace, a small lightweight book is often the best choice, because in the face of a variety of ad hoc meetings, emergency business trips, multi-scene office work, lightweight books can provide sufficient performance and other convenience that they do not have. This can greatly improve the office efficiency of newcomers to the workplace. 

So today, Brother Guo is going to make a very recommended comparison between the 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Air 2018 and the 13-inch HUAWEI MateBook 13. Review, provides a very clear reference for newcomers to the workplace! This comparison of review will be cut from the appearance, configuration, characteristics of the three angles, cut open the interior of the two notebooks, so that you can see at a glance.


HUAWEI MateBook 13 and Apple MacBook Air are both outstanding 13-inch lightweight notebooks. Since the HUAWEI MateBook family created the full-screen notebook, the comprehensive screen has become the genetic advantage of the MateBook family. Compared with the traditional notebook, the high-screen ratio can bring users a more comfortable look and visual impact. The MacBook Air series is a frivolous model that many people have been looking forward to, and it can be called a classic in terms of appearance and appearance.

Apple MacBook Air 2018 (left) HUAWEI MateBook 13 (right).

In terms of material technology, HUAWEI MateBook 13 uses precision ceramic sandblasting, which can not only keep the luster introverted, but also bring a comfortable touch, and make the color of the whole machine as gentle and delicate as gems. The Apple MacBook Air 2018 is the first Mac, made of 100% recycled aluminum that combines the advantages of durability and beauty, while making it more environmentally friendly. In terms of feel, both have unique advantages.

HUAWEI MateBook 13.

In terms of size, the, MacBook Air uses a 13.3-inch design with an overall size of 304.1 "212.4" 15.6 mm, while HUAWEI MateBook 13 is a standard 13-inch and the overall size is 286*211*14.9mm. By comparison, HUAWEI MateBook 13 is 6% smaller and more portable than MacBook Air. There is also a slight advantage in thickness. However, looking at the "battlefield" of the 13-inch lightweight book, both notebooks can be said to be the ultimate among the lightweight books.

Thickness comparison between MacBook Air and MateBook 13.


Both products are stunning in appearance, but maybe HUAWEI MateBook 13 will have a stronger visual impact when you turn on the screen. Inheriting the full screen gene of the HUAWEI MateBook family, HUAWEI MateBook13 has 88% of the screen ratio, the left and right border is only 4.4mm, and has a 2K display effect. MacBook Air uses the popular micro-frame design, which is only half that of the previous Air, and the screen ratio has increased to 82%. 

In addition, MacBook Air brings a newly upgraded Retina retina screen, the display effect has reached the 2K level, the screen display color will be richer and more detailed, the transition will be more natural, and the text display will be more clear and sharp. Compared with the previous generation, the displayable color has increased by 48%, which is definitely a high-quality screen. This 4 million-pixel retinal display screen, combined with a micro-frame design, has a screen share of 82%, which is also a great improvement compared with the previous generation.

HUAWEI MateBook 13 (left) Apple MacBook Air 2018 (right).

If compared, HUAWEI MateBook 13 wins by virtue of its 6% screen ratio over MacBook Air, which can bring a stronger look and feel to users. Among the 13-inch lightweight books in the whole market, it is rare to see, MacBook Air and HUAWEI MateBook 13 in the forefront of the industry that can achieve 2K display level.

From the above picture, we can see the difference in the actual display area of each display screen ratio in the case of the same length. The traditional 16:9 screen looks flatter, but the display area is smaller, while the 16:10 ratio used by MacBook Air has a larger display area than the traditional 3:2 screen with larger display area. 

If you compare the two screens, the 3:2 productivity screen ratio is in actual use, browsing a web page can display more content on one page, reducing the frequency of page flipping and drop-down operations. When editing and modifying the file, it can improve the efficiency, and in the photo preview, it can do as little white space as possible to maximize the display of the screen.

HUAWEI MateBook 13 (left) Apple MacBook Air 2018 (right).

HUAWEI MateBook 13 (left) Apple MacBook Air 2018 (right).

Who is more outstanding under lightweight configuration?

Both HUAWEI MateBook 13 and MacBook Air focus on the latest lightweight notebooks in 2018, so what about the configuration under frivolity? As the HUAWEI MateBook 13 I got is i7 version, while MacBook Air is only i5 version, for fairness, this comparison review will provide you with HUAWEI MateBook 13 i5 version Intel official parameters for comparison.

HUAWEI MateBook 13 (left) Apple MacBook Air 2018 (right).

HUAWEI MateBook 13 is equipped with the latest eighth generation Intel Core i5-8265U/i7-8565U processor, which was launched by Intel at the German consumer electronics fair (IFA) in early September, codenamed Whiskey Lake, which has a great improvement in performance compared with the previous generation.

The i5mur8265U is absolutely 20% ahead of the previous generation i5mur8250U, which can compete with the previous generation of low-voltage U i7tel 8550U. As the latest low-voltage processor released by Intel Q3 this year, at present, notebooks that use this type of processor are still rare, and, HUAWEI MateBook 13 has become the first laptop terminal to use this processor, so it is very noteworthy.

At the same time, it should be noted that although HUAWEI MateBook 13 i5 version and MacBook Air use the eighth generation i5 processor, MacBook Air uses Y series processors, while HUAWEI MateBook 13 uses U series processors, many people may not know the difference between Y and U, the following author for you to do a popular science. 

Generally speaking, U stands for low voltage, low frequency and low power consumption, and many lightweight books and ultrabooks will use this kind of processor, while Y represents ultra-low power consumption, lower frequency than U series, weaker performance and extremely low power consumption. Netbooks are generally used more frequently. Today's Y-series processors are transformed from the Core series a few years ago, and their performance can be counted as the weakest and lowest power consumption of Intel chips. 

Therefore, through the data, we can directly see that, HUAWEI MateBook 13, whether i5Mu8265U version or i7Muth8565U version, has a clear lead, which can provide a stable and smooth office experience for newcomers in the large office scene. This performance, even if compared to the, HUAWEI MateBook 13 of all 13-inch notebooks, is the most powerful 13-inch full-screen lightweight, none of which can bring the ultimate and innovative experience for lightweight users.

Maximum open angle contrast.

In addition, thanks to the excellent heat dissipation ability of HUAWEI MateBook 13 and the higher performance processor and full blood version of the GeForce MX150 graphics card, it is relatively easy to deal with the game demand, while throughout the 13-inch light and thin books on the market, many still use the residual blood version of GeForce MX150 or there is no independent graphics card at all. This is also the stronger performance that HUAWEI MateBook 13 provides for newcomers in the workplace after daily work. Such as "League of Legends", "CS:GO", "DOTA2" and other popular games, it can satisfy you, isn't it a little happiness for newcomers in the workplace outside their working hours?

Heat dissipation capacity

Although the lightweight book uses a low-voltage processor, it will inevitably get hot in daily use, especially for rookies with game needs in the workplace, heat dissipation ability has become another point of great concern. For HUAWEI MateBook 13, it can provide not only office efficiency for newcomers to the workplace, but also a high-performance gaming experience, so what about its heat dissipation?

HUAWEI MateBook 13 innovatively adopts CPU and GPU heat source separation design. Huawei shark fin fan version 2.0 is equipped with an intelligent linkage system with two fans and two heat pipes, which can effectively increase the fan speed to more than 8000 revolutions per minute, increase the air volume by 25% compared with ordinary fans, and effectively reduce the machine temperature. In the actual experience, the temperature control of, HUAWEI MateBook 13 is quite excellent. 

After using it for a long time, the hands will have a certain sense of warmth when tapping on the keyboard, but it will always be controlled around the somatosensory temperature, and there will not be the phenomenon of burning caused by excessive heat. This kind of heat dissipation, coupled with NVIDIA MX150's independent graphics card, HUAWEI MateBook 13, is very playable.

The MacBook Air has a small fan design and no external cooling holes, but because the MacBook Air uses Intel Y-series ultra-low-voltage processors and MacBook Air positioning, there are not many scenarios that generate heat. For users who only use Air for light office work, the calorific value is not obvious, so it will not affect the normal use.


HUAWEI MateBook 13 (left) Apple MacBook Air 2018 (right).

Although we spend most of our time listening to music or watching video on our mobile phones or other devices, the audio-visual entertainment function of the laptop still appears in the daily life scene, so the speaker comparison of the laptop still can not be left behind. HUAWEI MateBook 13's stereo speakers are designed on the D side, that is, the bottom of the fuselage, to make sound outward through loudspeaker holes in two areas, while carrying Dolby panoramic sound. After work, put on headphones and play a piece of music that you like, so that you can enjoy the immersive sound brought by Dolby. 

MacBook Air's stereo speakers are designed on both sides of the keyboard to produce sound in an upward manner, bringing twice the bass range of previous products and increasing the volume by 25%. Although it does not have the enhancement of Dolby sound effect, it is much better than the previous generation of Air, and it is also worth a try.

Power fingerprint key

Fingerprint buttons are not new to mobile phones, but when you put fingerprints on a notebook, you can't help but think about it. Both notebooks have power fingerprint keys, HUAWEI MateBook 13 uses the fingerprint power keys pioneered by Huawei on the Windows. Its working principle is that when the user presses the power key to start, the fingerprint information has been cached and used for identification in the user authentication link. There is no need to wait for the login interface to enter the password or scan fingerprints, the user can directly enter the work interface, which is both safe and fast.

HUAWEI MateBook 13 (left) Apple MacBook Air 2018 (right).

MacBook Air's touch ID is quite easy to use, and you can easily unlock the Mac by gently placing your finger on the touch ID sensor. In addition, encrypted documents, memos, and system settings can be accessed immediately with fingerprints without entering any passwords.

In the fingerprint power module, both of them can be easily unlocked, but the touch ID of MacBook Air is more playable, such as accessing encrypted documents and memos, while the fingerprint power key of HUAWEI MateBook 13 is groundbreaking, especially in the field of Windows systems, which is more commendable. If you like Windows systems, then HUAWEI MateBook 13 must be the best choice. If you want to try Mac OS systems, Then you can try MacBook Air.

HUAWEI MateBook 13 (former) Apple MacBook Air 2018 (after).

Apple Airdrop VS HUAWEI Share 3.0

The Airdrop function of MacBook Air is the soul-level existence of Mac and even iPhone. Through the Airdrop function, users can easily transfer files, pictures, videos, etc., between iPhone and Mac, just by dragging it. Thanks to the ecological integrity of the iOS system, as well as the commonality of iOS and Mac OS systems, Airdrop functions can play a greater role, such as complete transmission, for white-collar daily work, to cope with a variety of flying files can be easily done.

One-touch transmission function.

HUAWEI Share3.0 can also make office intercommunication between laptops and mobile phones more concise. For example, one-click hotspot allows HUAWEI MateBook 13 to access the Internet through mobile phone hotspots, eliminating tedious settings and starting office anytime and anywhere; one-click sharing can achieve high-speed wireless WiFi direct connection between mobile phones and laptops and the ability to easily transfer files. Official data show that thousands of photos can be transferred in 2 minutes. Intelligent album management is that after the phone is connected with automatic pairing, the album is automatically synchronized to the notebook, making photo management efficient and convenient.

The evolution of HUAWEI Share 3.0 has a new definition on HUAWEI MateBook 13. HUAWEI MateBook 13 users do not need to set too many settings in the process of using HUAWEI Share 3.0. just turn on the NFC function of Huawei phone and gently touch the "HUAWEI Share" label next to the HUAWEI MateBook 13 touchpad to transfer pictures and videos, which is really cool in the visual experience. After the author's measurement, it is as efficient as in the introduction. And this transmission is not one-way, HUAWEI MateBook 13 interface can also be automatically screenshot and sent to the mobile phone, whether it is design drawings, game interface, or other web page images, barrier-free transmission can be achieved. When transmitting pictures and videos, the actual experience is more comfortable than the Airdrop experience.

One-touch transmission function.

At present, the one-touch transfer of, HUAWEI MateBook 13 is limited to the transmission of pictures and videos. If you want to transfer other files, it may not be suitable to use a complete HUAWEI Share3.0, touch transfer, but it does not rule out the evolution of one-touch transfer in the future, and more file transfer types may be supported. MacBook Air's Airdrop is more perfect and can meet more of your transmission needs. 

Whether it is the Airdrop function of MacBook Air or the HUAWEI Share3.0, of HUAWEI MateBook 13, both are creating the most humane interactive experience for users. I believe that innovation will also win the love of consumers. The touch transfer function of HUAWEI MateBook 13 is completely unique in the entire Windows notebook camp, and daily picture and video transmission can also make work easier for white-collar workers in the workplace. In fact, this has also formed a closed loop of Huawei product ecology, which uses the commonness of products to achieve functional evolution and optimization, which injects full vitality and more play into the creation of Huawei's full scene ecology.

Again, if you are used to using Windows to work on, HUAWEI MateBook 13, it is a very good choice, and if you prefer Mac, then MacBook Air's Airdrop feature can make you feel the power of Apple's closed-loop ecosystem.

HUAWEI MateBook 13 (left) Apple MacBook Air 2018 (right).


Now that Apple MacBook Air is officially on the market, the starting price of 9499 is hardly close to the public, while the price of HUAWEI MateBook 13 will not be unveiled until mid-December, but as a product for newcomers between the ages of 20 and 30, the price is something to look forward to. 

Before the official listing of HUAWEI MateBook 13, we can also make a guess, starting from Huawei MateBook series itself, HUAWEI MateBook already has D, E, X series, in which HUAWEI MateBook D series focuses on the 5000 yuan price segment big screen light book; HUAWEI MateBook E focuses on the small screen fashion two-in-one positioning, more in line with fashion design crowd; HUAWEI MateBook X focuses on 13-inch business small screen lightweight book, the price section is about 7000 yuan.

 It can be inferred that the new HUAWEI MateBook 13 may be a new series of products designed between HUAWEI MateBook D and HUAWEI MateBook X for workplace newcomers between the ages of 20 and 30, capturing the hearts of newcomers through ultra-high screen occupancy, excellent performance and higher productivity.

If the price of the HUAWEI MateBook 13 is really around 6000, it will be a very competitive product. Compared with the MacBook Air, it will have a price advantage for newcomers in the workplace, and the largest 512GB hard drive can also provide more storage space for rookies to meet the storage and use of a large number of office files for a long time.

HUAWEI MateBook 13 (left) Apple MacBook Air 2018 (right).


For newcomers to the workplace, it is necessary to have an efficient productivity tool just entering the workplace. Then how to choose will become an immediate problem, in the case of a certain budget, there is no doubt that good-looking, high-performance, high-efficiency and cost-effective products will become the first choice.

HUAWEI MateBook 13 leads the pack in the 13-inch slim book market with an ultra-high screen share of 88%. At the same time, this 2K quality screen with a 3:2 screen ratio has become a minority in the 1080p vertical and horizontal market, bringing newcomers a clearer vision and a more efficient workplace experience. Even if you cut open the surface, the, HUAWEI MateBook 13 is still the performance leader in the 13-inch lightweight book with its i5-8265U/i7-8565U high-performance processor and full-blooded version of GeForce MX150 independent graphics card. 

In addition, newcomers to the workplace can experience an excellent interactive experience on HUAWEI MateBook 13, which is not inferior to that of HUAWEI Share3.0 on Airdrop on MacBook Air, and workplace life can be easier.

HUAWEI Share3.0.

In fact, whether it is MacBook Air or HUAWEI MateBook 13, the comparison process reflects the quality endorsement done by international manufacturers, whether workmanship or design, are in the forefront of the industry, providing adequate quality assurance for users' rest assured choice, and can also bring the most outstanding interactive experience for their respective user groups. MacBook Air has a better screen quality and material workmanship, which also makes the starting price for ten thousand yuan. 

Generally speaking, both products are highly recommended, but for newcomers to the workplace, they still have to act according to their economic strength, and buying a more cost-effective productivity tool for the workplace may be a better choice. HUAWEI MateBook 13 will also be officially launched in December to meet with you, I believe that the price positioning will be very competitive, worthy of our expectation.

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