Hardware specs are important to consider when buying a computer, and I’ve compared the major components of the MacBook Pro and MateBook X Pro below.
Processor: Although both machines have an i5 processor, they’re actually pretty different.
The MateBook X Pro has a quad-core processor with a 1.6Ghz base speed that can jump up to 3.4Ghz using an Intel technology called Turbo Boost.
The benefit of having a lower base clock speed is that the processor uses less power when it’s doing non-intensive tasks, which gets you better battery life. The trade-off is that the amount of power it draws spikes when you are doing something intense, like 4K video editing, which can negate your power savings.
The MacBook Pro has a dual-core processor with a base clock speed of 2.3Ghz that can be turbo boosted up to 3.6Ghz. Because the MacBook Pro has a dual-core processor, it won’t perform as well when you run apps that take advantage of multi-core processing, which include pro-level video editors and coding software.
Apple’s approach of using a processor with a base speed that’s closer to its Turbo Boost speed means that it’s less energy efficient when the computer is doing low-impact tasks, but better when you really push the computer.
Which processor is better for you will depend on how you use your computer, but to choose an objective winner I compared the two using benchmarks from Notebookcheck.com, a website whose work I trust. The site put both processors through a series of tests and the MateBook X Pro’s won out.
Storage: Both the MateBook X Pro and MacBook Pro use SSDs (Solid State Drives) for storage instead of traditional hard drives. SSDs are more durable than hard drives because they have no moving parts, and a lot faster because they store data on blocks of flash storage instead of spinning disks.
The MateBook X Pro wins this category because it comes with 256GB of storage and the MacBook Pro only comes with 128GB.
Memory: The MateBook X Pro and MacBook Pro both have 8GB of 2133 LPDDR3 RAM, which is enough for more intense work like photo and video editing.
Graphics: Both the MacBook Pro and MateBook X Pro have an integrated graphics card, which is less powerful than the dedicated graphics cards found in the higher-end MateBook X Pro and MacBook Pro models.
Integrated graphics cards use the computer’s main memory instead of having its own, which means there will be less for the rest of the computer to use if you’re doing a graphically intensive task.
The MacBook Pro has an Intel Iris Plus 640 graphics card and the MateBook X Pro uses Intel’s UHD Graphics 620 card. In a direct comparison done by Notebookcheck.net, the Intel Iris card comes out on top, so the MacBook Pro wins this round.
Screen: Apple and Huawei both built beautiful high-resolution screens into their laptops.
The MateBook X Pro has a 13.9-inch display with a resolution of 3000 x 2000. It has a pixel density of 260 pixels per inch, which makes video, photos, and text look crisp. The laptop’s 3:2 aspect ratio means you’ll see black bars on the top and bottom of the screen when watching video, but you’ll have more vertical space to work with when using other apps.
Speaking of using apps, the MateBook X Pro’s display is a 10-point touchscreen, so you can move windows around or select different in-app controls with your fingers. I’m not a huge fan of touchscreens on laptops, but being able to scroll through a long article with your finger is actually pretty nifty.
The MacBook Pro has a 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. It has a pixel density of 227 pixels per inch, which isn’t as good as the MateBook X Pro’s, but not by much. The MacBook Pro’s screen pulls ahead because it can show more colors more accurately because it supports the full P3 color gamut. That means it can accurately display colors that lesser displays can’t.
This makes it a better choice for photo and video editors who want to work with the most accurate image possible. The MacBook Pro also uses the slightly more common 16:10 aspect ratio, which makes it better for watching videos.
The MacBook Pro’s screen is physically smaller but displays colors more accurately while the MateBook X Pro’s screen is larger and has a touchscreen. Both are solid, so I’m calling this round a tie.
Battery: The winner is clear in this instance: The MateBook X Pro’s 57.7-watt lithium polymer battery holds more power than the 54.5-watt battery in the MacBook Pro.
Both companies give an estimate on how many hours you should expect to get between each charge, but that’s entirely dependent on the apps and settings you use.