Do not ask me to pinpoint the exact date and time, but not that long ago, perhaps a few years after Apple switched the Mac from PowerPC chips to Intel Inside, the Mac was the best Windows notebook you could buy.
I read it online so you know it had to be true. They can’t put it on the internet if it’s not true. Right? For a variety of reasons Apple and the Mac are no longer synonymous. Apple is the iPhone company. And the Mac is no longer the best notebook you can buy.
Chinese Are Coming!
With apologies to Norman Jewison and The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming I can just as easily argue that the Chinese are coming– except they’re already here and some of their hardware looks pretty damned good.
Does this not look like a MacBook Pro you would like to own?
This little beauty is the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro. It has a 3000×300 Retina display, a Gorilla Glass touchscreen, tiny screen bezels, and weighs just under 3-pounds. This slender piece of modern hardware features an 8th generation Intel Inside– a Core i7 you won’t find in any Mac– and an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card with 2GB of RAM.
The monstrous battery inside is 57 Wh which should get half a day– 12 hours– of battery life. Oh, yeah. Dolby sound woofers and tweeters in the Dolby Atmos sound system. Oh, yeah!
Looks like a Mac in action, right?
The MateBook X is part of a new breed of Windows notebooks which out-Mac the Mac with better hardware specifications in drool-worthy designs.
Now, notice how thin the MateBook’s screen bezels are. And how thin the screen itself is. Where would you put a FaceTime camera? On the Mac notebooks it’s right at the top where you would expect it. On the MateBook is a pop-up camera just above the keyboard and only pops up when needed
Is that extra security? The MatBook’s touchpad is huge– like a Mac– but unlike a Mac, the MateBook X Pro can start up in 7.8-seconds. Try that on your Mac. Oh, by the way, this nice looking piece of hardware has a USB-A port, two USB-C ports and one of those supports Thunderbolt 3.
Unsurprisingly, the MateBook X Pro i5 and i7 models were out of stock. They start at $1,200– less than a new MacBook– so that isn’t exactly surprising.
Yeah, I know. It runs Windows. If someone could figure out an easy way to get macOS High Sierra to install and upgrade on one of these new breed Windows-based notebooks they could make a fortune.
Now, the question I have, is this: “Why can’t Apple build such a cool notebook?”