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7 Best Premium Antivirus Programs in 2020 to Help Protect Your PC from Unwanted Malware

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As most schools and businesses are employing work-from-home measures, it is now more important than ever to invest in a good antivirus program.

You see, malware creators will have a field day since a lot of people are gullible enough to click on malicious links, download infected files, and engage in dubious transactions that their systems will likely get infected.

So today, I am going to talk about the best premium antivirus programs in 2020 to help protect your PC from unwanted malware.

What is Malware?

For those of you who do not know, malware (short for malicious software) is any program that is specifically designed to infect or destroy any computer, networking system, or network device.

Since most people are going online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, malware creators will have plenty of new victims because most of us do not know how to protect ourselves while we use the internet.

While the built-in Windows Defender in your Microsoft Windows PCs is adequate enough for the task, there is some malware that can circumvent the company’s protection mechanisms and this would lead to possibly catastrophic consequences.

If you do not know how to protect yourself from malware, it is important that you download a good antivirus program that will help do the brunt of the work for you.

In this article, I will go over the paid or premium solutions so that you can rest assured that your PC will not be infected by viruses, trojans, rootkits, or even the dreaded ransomware (which happens to be the most common type of malware these days).

Now, why do I not talk about free antivirus programs? Well, there is some really good software out there, but they pale in comparison to premium solutions that offer malware protection and then some.

Anyway, without further ado, let’s get on with the top AV products, shall we?

Best Antivirus Programs

1.Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

Price: $59.99, But Currently on Sale at $19.99

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

The best premium antivirus of 2020 is none other than the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus. This is a cut above the rest thanks to its impressive score of 98/100 in AV Labs testing- one of the premier independent antivirus testing labs out there.

Aside from its amazing antivirus software, you also get a slew of features that are not normally present in others.

For one, it has a pretty thorough web protection module that helps warn you if you have clicked malicious links and it also has pretty good real-time protection as well (so malware will not infect your computer as it removes it almost instantly).

If you engage in a lot of online banking transactions, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus also offers ‘Safepay’ which is its online banking protection module.

When you go to your bank’s website, you will be asked if you want to access the website more securely by using the program’s built-in web browser. This adds another level of security that I am sure you will really love.

The company that made this AV product possible also ensures that you are getting the latest patches to thwart any ‘zero-day’ threats that might be lurking in the background.

The only downside to this otherwise stellar product is that it has a bigger performance hit than others, though this is only true if you intend to use your PC when you use its on-demand scan.

I am also happy to report that at the time of writing this article, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is offered at a discounted price of just $19.99. This particular plan supports up to three devices which I think is a pretty good deal.

Otherwise, the #1 AV software on this list costs $59.99 for an annual plan.

2.Kaspersky Antivirus

Price: $29.99

Kaspersky Antivirus

Another household name when it comes to AV products, Kaspersky Antivirus is another premium AV software that I can wholeheartedly recommend. If you want an antivirus program that is not too heavy on system resources, this is the one to get.

Just like Bitdefender, Kaspersky Antivirus has excellent scores. It got 95/100 in AV labs’ testing and that has something to do with its Security Watcher feature that uses behavioral detection algorithms that will automatically stop running processes if it does anything fishy on your PC.

Since there are a lot of phishing websites out there thanks to most people going online for school and work, Kaspersky’s detection system is pretty fast and accurate. In my testing, it was able to capture any phishing website and has prevented me from visiting the said websites.

Its interface is pleasing to the eyes and it is quite intuitive that you can get a hold of its features just by clicking on the appropriate buttons.

Where this falls short is its inability to detect zero-day threats which are malware that are relatively new and that are still not added to Kaspersky’s database.

Still, I would recommend this product to anyone that requires great protection without a huge performance hit.

3.Avira Antivirus Pro

Price: $45

Avira Antivirus Pro

In the free antivirus programs article that I’ve written not too long ago, I recommended the free version of Avira because it has a 99.7% detection rate against malware. Well, the premium version is even better.

Aside from its impeccable scores, you are also getting anti-scam protection that will help protect you from phishing websites and unwanted downloads.

Speaking of downloads, every time you download a file- may it be from a torrent program, the cloud, or just about anywhere on the internet- the program will automatically scan the file as it is being downloaded to your computer.

That level of security ensures that you are not going to get anything that can harm your system and this is something that most people should have.

Aside from that, Avira’s premium antivirus software is light on system resources which means that you can initiate a full on-demand scan while playing games, for example.

Another nifty feature that this AV software has is that if you plug a USB device into your computer and if it detects any malware, it will automatically warn you to not use the said device. Of course, you can still opt to open it, provided that you only do so if you know what you are doing.

If there is one gripe here, it would be that its price is a bit more expensive than others. But hey, it provides amazing protection across the board, so I wouldn’t complain here.

4.Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus

Price: $29.99

Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus

While most of the premium antivirus programs out there offer a lot of different features, their scanning time might be quite slow and that is probably something that you do not want.

If you want a relatively good antivirus that conducts fast full scans, the Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus is definitely a good choice.

I am amazed by how this program is light on system resources- both in usage and its file size. It installs quickly and easily so you should have it up and running in no time.

It scored really well in independent AV labs testing and it surely performed admirably well in my own testing as well.

It is indeed one of the fastest AV products out there as I am able to complete a full scan of my PC in under 60 minutes (which usually lasts more than 2 hours in others).

Even though this offers a bonus anti-phishing protection, it is not as robust as the others on the market.

There are also some included tools in the program, albeit it might be hard for the average user to know exactly what it does.

Other than its clunky interface and mediocre anti-phishing module, the Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus is still a pretty competitive AV product on the market.

5.Trend Micro Antivirus

Price: $29.95

Trend Micro Antivirus

Most people who use the internet are not necessarily tech-savvy which means that if you are offering a product, you must ensure that there will be little to no technical jargon used.

Well, Trend Micro Antivirus is one that I can recommend for non-tech-savvy people since its interface and menus are quite easy to understand. There are no technical terms used here- just sheer protection against online threats.

This antivirus program does score relatively well in independent testing, but it is not as high as the others on this list. It is still pretty good though and it is relatively affordable that it is easy to recommend.

Because ransomwares are rampant these days, it is important that you protect your system against such threats. Fortunately, this particular antivirus program comes with Folder Shield which prevents any ransomware to change the folder properties of your PC. It also handles ransomware really well in that it can detect and remove them easily when it infects your system.

While it does take a noticeable amount of system resources, its protection against malware is good so it shouldn’t be a huge issue.

6.ESET NOD32 Antivirus

Price: $39.99

ESET NOD32 Antivirus

ESET had a pretty rough couple of years. It was not easy to recommend its AV products because its performance and system requirements are far worse than others. But, I am glad that ESET has made good strides in the 2020 version of its popular AV software.

ESET NOD32 is known for its HIPS component which will use behavioral-based algorithms to ensure that any malicious software that might have infected your system will be removed before executing its commands.

It is also worth mentioning that it also comes with a UEFI scanner so that it can also detect any possible malware that might prove to be harmful to your system at the firmware level and remove them.

Its testing scores are on par with Trend Micro’s and it doesn’t eat up too much system resources while conducting its on-demand scans.

The program does offer phishing protection, though it is not as robust as Bitdefender. It is still nice that the company has added this feature nonetheless.

7.Sophos Home

Price: $60

Sophos Home

 

If you want an antivirus program that allows you to watch and control your systems using only one interface, then Sophos Home is for you.

The company’s basic premium AV software costs a whopping $60 but that is because the said annual plan allows you to install the program in 10 different devices.

Whether you have a Mac or Windows PC, you can install and consolidate them under one convenient program which is really nice.

Its antivirus engine is quite capable as it is able to get a score of 83/100 in AV labs’ testing. Although it is not as much as the others, it is still quite capable nevertheless.

What is really interesting here is that you can use its interface to control your home network computers. This is a really great way to turn off your PCs remotely, for instance, and you can do a whole lot of things as well.

Conclusion

As online threats have become more sophisticated than ever before, it is vital that you install a good antivirus program on your PC.

The programs that are on this list will ensure maximum protection against popular and zero-day threats, so spending a little bit of money is warranted if it means that they give you some peace of mind.

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HP Envy 15 (2020) Review- A Great Laptop for Creatives

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Are you a professional photographer, video renderer, photo editor, or any profession that involves creative work? If so, you’re probably looking for a portable laptop that you can bring with you for a quick edit and I can highly recommend the HP Envy 15.

Read further to find out why the HP Envy 15 is a great laptop for creative professionals.

Design

You are probably thinking about a flashy portable machine since I am talking about a laptop for creative professionals, right? But, even though this thing can handle any creative workload, it is best that the chassis itself remains subtle and that is what HP delivers.

The HP Envy 15 has an all-aluminum chassis that looks tame but professional. Here, you get a silver build that looks and feels premium- so much so that this laptop weighs 4.7 pounds. It is a bit heftier than other laptops of this type on the market, but this should just tell you that this thing is robust in terms of build quality and reliability.

On the lid, you will find the company’s logo which is presented with lines that have off-angles which I think is done for aesthetic appeal.

On the sides, you will find some air vents alongside some USB-A and USB-C ports, a microSD card reader, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack. The USB-C ports have Thunderbolt 3 support which is pretty nice.

Display

HP Envy 15 (2020) Review 2020

Unlike most of the laptops that you find on the market, the HP Envy 15 is actually equipped with an AMOLED display that is quite similar to some flagship phones that you can find on the market.

Because of the said panel, you get vivid and punchy colors with amazing contrast and brightness. Creating content on this thing is a dream thanks to the display’s color prowess.

After using my colorimeter, I got a 100% sRGB rating, 97% Adobe RGB, and an impressive 142% DCI-P3 color gamut rating which is truly superior to others. Now you know why HP is marketing this as a great laptop for creative professionals.

It is worth mentioning that the HP Envy 15 also supports true HDR which means that you can watch any HDR content online and enjoy it on its 15.6-inch AMOLED display.

You can also use the company’s dedicated touch pen on the screen itself and it is pretty accurate as well. Just remember that the said accessory is not included in the box, so you will have to spend a bit more money just to get one.

There is also a 720p webcam at the top which produces good quality images, albeit on its color is a bit on the cooler side. It does have a privacy shutter that you can use to hide the camera when you are not using any application that warrants its usage.

Keyboard and Touchpad

HP Envy 15 (2020) Keyboard

I am more of a typist than a creative type but I have to say that this laptop has an amazing keyboard. It has a good feeling on every keypress and its tactile feedback is on point. It doesn’t have any backlighting whatsoever, but I think that is a fair compromise.

I find the keyboard’s layout a bit odd considering that there is a lot of real estate that can be used here. I think that has something to do with the speaker grilles that are found on both sides of the keyboard, but I would’ve wanted the company to go the usual route and have a layout that is used by many laptop manufacturers out there.

I just do not like that some keys are in line with each other. For instance, the page up and page down keys are in line with the delete key, which you will find pretty annoying when you are used to the regular layout. This also means that the power button is not on its usual placement on the side, which can be a turn off for some people (no pun intended).

The touchpad has a glass surface. It measures 4.5 x 2.7 inches and I consider it to be respectable enough for most users. Because of the said surface, it is pretty easy to glide your fingers to make gestures, make accurate drawings, etc. It also supports Windows precision drivers as well, so you will know that the company has got you covered if you decide to go all creative on this laptop.

Specs and Performance

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-10750H
  • GPU: Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060 Max-Q
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4-2933MHz
  • Storage: 512GB NVMe SSD +32GB Intel Optane
  • Display: 15.6-inch 3840 x 2160 AMOLED
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, Intel WiFi 6 AX 201
  • Ports: HDMI 2.0a, 2x USB-C (w/ Thunderbolt 3.0 support), 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack
  • Battery: 86 WHr
  • Weight: 4.7 lbs

The HP Envy 15 has some pretty respectable specs. It comes with a 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor and is coupled with Nvidia’s RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU.

Its performance is pretty good, especially if you are doing some photo editing or even some video rendering workloads. Although it is not as fast as some AMD Ryzen-powered laptops on this front, you still get a fast laptop nonetheless.

Although this thing is marketed as a laptop for creative professionals, its RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU can handle PC games really well. In my testing with the 4K model, it is best that you set the graphical settings to just medium to get anywhere between 45-60 fps depending on the game that you want to play.

I can imagine that you get even more performance on the 1080p model, but 45-60 fps is already quite playable.

You can use the HP Command Center to set the different operating modes depending on your usage. Setting it to Performance mode ekes out every last bit of performance which is great if you really need a powerful system for games and creative workloads. Its balanced profile should be used in most cases.

Battery Life

HP Envy 15 (2020) Keyboard Lid

If there is one downside to this otherwise great laptop, it would be its battery life. The HP Envy 15 is equipped with an 86 WHr battery which, on paper, should be adequate for this kind of machine, right? Well, not exactly.

You see, the 4K AMOLED screen sucks out more battery than an IPS display of the same resolution. Yes, you get better visual fidelity with an AMOLED panel but that is at the cost of battery life.

In my testing, you could get only 2 hours and 36 minutes of effective runtime before you need to reach for the charger. That means that any taxing workload- may it be professional use-cases or playing games- can truly drain the battery really quickly.

You will have to bring the charger with you anywhere you go if you want to continually use this laptop when you are outside, but its hefty power brick can be a bummer to bring for people that want maximum portability.

Verdict

The HP Envy 15 is definitely a pretty good laptop for creative individuals. Its 4K AMOLED display produces vibrant colors with amazing contrast and its pretty impressive dynamic range sets it apart from most of the laptops on the market.

Even though this is not a true gaming laptop, you can still play any games that you want on this thing, albeit you may have to tone down some graphical settings here and there to get good enough frame rates.

The downside to this otherwise amazing portable machine is its battery life. That has something to do with the display panel used as AMOLED screens are generally power-hungrier than their IPS counterparts.

But, if you are okay with the fact that you need to bring the laptop’s charger with you at all times, then the HP Envy 15 is a pretty impressive choice for creative professionals.

The HP Envy 15, as reviewed, costs $1,600.

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HP Omen 15 Review- A Competitive AMD Ryzen Gaming Laptop Under $1500

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If you were to shop for a gaming laptop back then, you would have to choose one that is equipped with an Intel processor because they are clocked higher and they have a good reputation in the gaming department.

Fast forward to today and we now have new laptops that are packed with AMD’s Ryzen CPUs and the HP Omen 15 certainly has one of the best out there.

Today, I am going to be reviewing this thing. Find out why I think this is a really competitive AMD Ryzen gaming laptop under $1500.

Design

In terms of aesthetics, the HP Omen 15 is not as ‘loud’ as the other gaming laptops on the market. It has a predominantly black chassis, though you will find that it is actually space gray when given ample lighting.

The lid has the Omen branding in the middle and the colorful diamond situated above the said word actually looks really nice. Other than that, it doesn’t have any other bling.

For the ports, you will find a USB Type-A Gen 3.2 port, an HDMI 2.01a port, an ethernet jack, a full-sized SD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack on the left.

On the right-hand side, you have two additional USB Type-A ports, a mini DisplayPort, and a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port.

While most other gaming laptops in 2020 weigh less than 5 pounds, the Omen 15 weighs a bit more at 5.4 pounds. It is still lightweight but I think that this is worth mentioning, especially if you’ve tried the other laptops that were released this year.

It is still somewhat thin, though, at just 14.1 x 9.4 x 0.9 inches, so in terms of portability, you can still put this inside your backpack without any issues.

Display

HP Omen 15 Review 2020

IPS panels have come a long way when it comes to performance and the HP Omen 15 comes equipped with a 15.6-inch IPS screen with a refresh rate of 144Hz. It is a 1080p screen which should be enough for most users.

The screen is vibrant and that is to be expected given the choice of the panel used. Keep in mind that, by default, the screen is set to 60Hz, so if you want to tap this thing’s full potential, you would have to manually set the refresh rate to its maximum.

The color accuracy of the display is pretty good at 90% sRGB and 71.8% DCI-P3 color gamut. In most games, you will definitely see the crisp images and because it is a relatively color accurate screen, you can do some light photo and video editing tasks on here as well.

There is a 720p webcam at the top-middle part of the display and I think that this is the right placement for such a thing. The camera quality is respectable, though the microphone volume could have been improved.

Keyboard and Touchpad

HP Omen 15 Keyboard

The Omen 15’s keyboard has a standard layout without the full Numpad. I think that this is a better implementation considering that having the Numpad would cram the keys so much that it makes it hard to use.

My review unit only has the white LED backlighting and it is pretty bright. However, you can opt for the full RGB version, though you would have to decide if spending an additional $50 for RGB lighting would be the right thing to do or not.

The keys themselves are a bit mushy for my taste but I am glad that I can still type relatively fast on them. My only gripe with the layout is that the power button is situated directly above the backspace and if you have large fingers like me, you could potentially press the power button while you are typing which can be a pain.

For its touchpad, this laptop has a 2.9 x 4.5-inch matte touchpad. While I love its responsiveness, it would have been nice if it had a glass finish (but this is pretty much my personal preference).

It has plenty of surface area to work with and I am happy to report that you can make precise mouse movements just by simply using the touchpad. It doesn’t have physical buttons, but I think that this is a standard affair at this point.

Specs and Performance

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
  • GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660Ti
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4-3200
  • Storage: 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Display: 15.6-inch IPS, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 144Hz Refresh Rate
  • Connectivity: WiFi 6 (Intel AX 200), Bluetooth 5
  • Battery: 71 WHr
  • Weight: 5.4 Pounds

The configuration that I have comes with AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H mobile processor. In terms of productivity tasks and some light rendering, this definitely beats any Intel equivalent chip out there.

For its gaming performance, you could set the game’s graphical settings to high or ultra in some titles, though for more demanding games such as Control, for example, you would have to set it to medium to get considerable frame rates.

I am okay with the 1080p resolution display simply because the GPU cannot produce more than 120Hz if the native resolution is higher.

Playing battle royale games shouldn’t be an issue since they are not too taxing on the laptop and you should be able to reach 144 frames per second comfortably.

I really love the fact that the 8-core/16-thread CPU on this thing can handle whatever workload you throw at it. This is not only a competitive gaming machine but it can certainly go above any Intel counterpart out there.

I do have to point out that if you are taxing the GPU and CPU too much, this machine is quite audible at 56 dBA. That is really loud, but considering that the fans are working as intended, the chassis didn’t go beyond 40C so it is quite okay to the touch.

In terms of thermals, the laptop didn’t go beyond 80C while gaming, and in rendering, it didn’t go above 85C which is indeed impressive. However, always remember that this thing can be really loud, so do bear that in mind.

Lastly, if you haven’t used an AMD Ryzen-powered PC or laptop before, the nature of the CPU ramps the fans up a little bit since the chip boosts quite frequently. This is normal behavior so if you are using this thing and you’ve noticed that the fans frequently go up and down in terms of fan speeds, now you know why.

Battery

HP Omen 15

While I like the performance of the HP Omen 15, it does suffer a little bit in the battery department. In my testing, you could get 6 hours easily doing light to moderate tasks. However, once you put this thing to its limits, you could only go as far as 3-4 hours of use.

The good thing is that you can bring the charger with you and it gives it enough juice in such a short amount of time.

I just wished that HP had beefed up the battery a little bit as the 71 WHr battery on this thing is a bit too low, in my opinion.

Verdict

I am really happy and impressed with the HP Omen 15. Finally, we have a pretty competitive gaming laptop that is priced under $1,500. With the configuration that I have, it only costs you $1,299 which is pretty insane.

Do keep in mind that you can also get the highest spec version of this laptop which comes with a 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor and the Nvidia RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, but that thing costs $1,800 (which is still pretty good).

However, if you are okay with the mid-range performance, the HP Omen 15 with the Ryzen 7 4800H chip is a pretty good gaming laptop.

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Huawei Matebook 13 Review- Ryzen Needs More Power

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Getting a decently priced laptop that can do a lot of things is quite common nowadays, especially since people are forced to work remotely due to the Covid-19 virus.

The Huawei Matebook 13 is a pretty good laptop, though the version I am reviewing today is a bit of a letdown compared to its Intel counterpart.

Read further to find out why.

Design

The Huawei Matebook 13 is a sleek laptop that has an all-metal chassis. It looks and feels premium and although it is an all-metal build, it still remains lightweight at just 2.9 pounds which is quite impressive.

On the right, you will find a USB-C port and on the left, you will find another USB port and a 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack and that’s pretty much what you’re going to get.

If you are wondering where the ethernet port is, well, the Huawei Matebook 13 doesn’t have one. Instead, you are going to have to rely on your router as it uses 2.4GHz or 5GHz WiFi connections. This can be a deal-breaker for some, but I think that most people are okay with the omission.

Now, if two USB-C ports are not enough for you, you can buy its separate USB-C adapter that allows you to plug in an HDMI-compatible device, a slew of USB-A ports for your peripherals, and even a VGA connection.

It is also worth mentioning that if you are to charge this laptop, you will have to use the left USB-C port as it is both for charging and data transfers. The one on the right is solely used for transferring data.

Display

Huawei Matebook 13 Review 2020

Here, you will get a 13-inch IPS touchscreen display with an sRGB rating of 80% using my monitor calibration tool. If you are going to do some editing or video rendering on this laptop, you can certainly do so because the display is somewhat accurate for such use-cases.

The screen also has slim bezels to provide you with a lot of screen real estate that you can use for your documents and creative tasks.

Although the laptop is relatively thin, I am surprised that you cannot open this thing with just one hand because the base is not heavy enough to stay on the desk. It is easy to open with both hands though, so I don’t think this would be a huge issue.

Keyboard and Trackpad

Huawei Matebook 13 Keyboard

If you are going to look at the layout of the keyboard and trackpad, you will find that it is quite similar to the Macbook Air. I think that this is one of the biggest compliments that Apple can receive since it is really almost identical.

Although the keyboard itself looks Apple-esque, I’d have to say that I am a bit disappointed. The keys feel heavier to type on and as a typist and writer, this can prove to be a bit challenging compared to other laptops. Perhaps your mileage may vary though because I may have been accustomed to mechanical keyboards so this could have been the issue here and not with the actual laptop’s keyboard.

As for the trackpad, it is a bit larger to allow for easy mouse glide and precision tracking. Gesture-based actions are also possible with the touchpad and I am pleased with it.

Specs and Performance

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  • RAM: 8GB Samsung LPDDR4 2400MHz
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
  • Display: 13-inch IPS touchscreen display, 2160 x 1440 resolution
  • Battery: 41.8 WHr
  • Weight 2.9 Pounds

It is important for you to know that there are two versions of this laptop. One has an Intel processor and this review unit has the AMD Ryzen chip. To summarize its performance, it is lackluster, though it is really good for productivity and general everyday tasks.

If you are into some photo editing work and you also do some light rendering tasks, the Ryzen CPU that is inside this thing can pretty much handle those workloads.

However, it is pretty disappointing that the AMD Ryzen CPU runs hotter here and as a result, you can experience severe throttling issues when the chip is under full load.

I’ve asked other reviews who’ve had the Intel version and they say that they didn’t experience similar issues at all. I think that this is only true for the AMD version and I am really disappointed here.

You can do some light gaming on the side, especially those steam games that are not really graphics intensive, but you shouldn’t expect groundbreaking performance here.

All in all, I am disappointed with the performance package. I don’t know if there is a fault with my review unit but if how this performs on my end is similar to other units with the AMD chip, then you might want to consider the Intel version instead.

Battery Life

Huawei Matebook 13

Because this is just a thin and light laptop, you can expect that there are some compromises that have to be made, especially in the battery department.

And, true enough, the Huawei Matebook 13’s 41.8 Wh battery is not as good as the other 13-inch laptops out there.

With moderate use (everyday tasks, watching online content, and web browsing), I was only able to get roughly 7 hours from full battery down to 0%.

This is not the same as the Intel version, however, as you can comfortably see 9-10 hours of screen on time with it.

Verdict

I am disappointed with the AMD version of the Huawei Matebook 13. Its performance is okay when it comes to multi-core workloads, but its battery life and how it performs in games (at least when compared to the Intel version) leave much to be desired.

I do like its chassis and its lightweight form factor, but the omission of an ethernet port and the fact that this thing doesn’t have USB-A ports right off the bat might deter you from getting this thing.

What is worth noting, though, is that the AMD version of this laptop only costs $899 compared to the Intel version that costs $1,199. The price disparity could lead you to buy this one instead.

But for me personally, I wouldn’t recommend the AMD version, so you should turn your attention to its Intel counterpart if you are really going to buy the Huawei Matebook 13.

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7 Best Premium Antivirus Programs in 2020 to Help Protect Your PC from Unwanted Malware

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As most schools and businesses are employing work-from-home measures, it is now more important than ever to invest in a good antivirus program.

You see, malware creators will have a field day since a lot of people are gullible enough to click on malicious links, download infected files, and engage in dubious transactions that their systems will likely get infected.

So today, I am going to talk about the best premium antivirus programs in 2020 to help protect your PC from unwanted malware.

What is Malware?

For those of you who do not know, malware (short for malicious software) is any program that is specifically designed to infect or destroy any computer, networking system, or network device.

Since most people are going online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, malware creators will have plenty of new victims because most of us do not know how to protect ourselves while we use the internet.

While the built-in Windows Defender in your Microsoft Windows PCs is adequate enough for the task, there is some malware that can circumvent the company’s protection mechanisms and this would lead to possibly catastrophic consequences.

If you do not know how to protect yourself from malware, it is important that you download a good antivirus program that will help do the brunt of the work for you.

In this article, I will go over the paid or premium solutions so that you can rest assured that your PC will not be infected by viruses, trojans, rootkits, or even the dreaded ransomware (which happens to be the most common type of malware these days).

Now, why do I not talk about free antivirus programs? Well, there is some really good software out there, but they pale in comparison to premium solutions that offer malware protection and then some.

Anyway, without further ado, let’s get on with the top AV products, shall we?

Best Antivirus Programs

1.Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

Price: $59.99, But Currently on Sale at $19.99

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

The best premium antivirus of 2020 is none other than the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus. This is a cut above the rest thanks to its impressive score of 98/100 in AV Labs testing- one of the premier independent antivirus testing labs out there.

Aside from its amazing antivirus software, you also get a slew of features that are not normally present in others.

For one, it has a pretty thorough web protection module that helps warn you if you have clicked malicious links and it also has pretty good real-time protection as well (so malware will not infect your computer as it removes it almost instantly).

If you engage in a lot of online banking transactions, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus also offers ‘Safepay’ which is its online banking protection module.

When you go to your bank’s website, you will be asked if you want to access the website more securely by using the program’s built-in web browser. This adds another level of security that I am sure you will really love.

The company that made this AV product possible also ensures that you are getting the latest patches to thwart any ‘zero-day’ threats that might be lurking in the background.

The only downside to this otherwise stellar product is that it has a bigger performance hit than others, though this is only true if you intend to use your PC when you use its on-demand scan.

I am also happy to report that at the time of writing this article, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is offered at a discounted price of just $19.99. This particular plan supports up to three devices which I think is a pretty good deal.

Otherwise, the #1 AV software on this list costs $59.99 for an annual plan.

2.Kaspersky Antivirus

Price: $29.99

Kaspersky Antivirus

Another household name when it comes to AV products, Kaspersky Antivirus is another premium AV software that I can wholeheartedly recommend. If you want an antivirus program that is not too heavy on system resources, this is the one to get.

Just like Bitdefender, Kaspersky Antivirus has excellent scores. It got 95/100 in AV labs’ testing and that has something to do with its Security Watcher feature that uses behavioral detection algorithms that will automatically stop running processes if it does anything fishy on your PC.

Since there are a lot of phishing websites out there thanks to most people going online for school and work, Kaspersky’s detection system is pretty fast and accurate. In my testing, it was able to capture any phishing website and has prevented me from visiting the said websites.

Its interface is pleasing to the eyes and it is quite intuitive that you can get a hold of its features just by clicking on the appropriate buttons.

Where this falls short is its inability to detect zero-day threats which are malware that are relatively new and that are still not added to Kaspersky’s database.

Still, I would recommend this product to anyone that requires great protection without a huge performance hit.

3.Avira Antivirus Pro

Price: $45

Avira Antivirus Pro

In the free antivirus programs article that I’ve written not too long ago, I recommended the free version of Avira because it has a 99.7% detection rate against malware. Well, the premium version is even better.

Aside from its impeccable scores, you are also getting anti-scam protection that will help protect you from phishing websites and unwanted downloads.

Speaking of downloads, every time you download a file- may it be from a torrent program, the cloud, or just about anywhere on the internet- the program will automatically scan the file as it is being downloaded to your computer.

That level of security ensures that you are not going to get anything that can harm your system and this is something that most people should have.

Aside from that, Avira’s premium antivirus software is light on system resources which means that you can initiate a full on-demand scan while playing games, for example.

Another nifty feature that this AV software has is that if you plug a USB device into your computer and if it detects any malware, it will automatically warn you to not use the said device. Of course, you can still opt to open it, provided that you only do so if you know what you are doing.

If there is one gripe here, it would be that its price is a bit more expensive than others. But hey, it provides amazing protection across the board, so I wouldn’t complain here.

4.Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus

Price: $29.99

Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus

While most of the premium antivirus programs out there offer a lot of different features, their scanning time might be quite slow and that is probably something that you do not want.

If you want a relatively good antivirus that conducts fast full scans, the Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus is definitely a good choice.

I am amazed by how this program is light on system resources- both in usage and its file size. It installs quickly and easily so you should have it up and running in no time.

It scored really well in independent AV labs testing and it surely performed admirably well in my own testing as well.

It is indeed one of the fastest AV products out there as I am able to complete a full scan of my PC in under 60 minutes (which usually lasts more than 2 hours in others).

Even though this offers a bonus anti-phishing protection, it is not as robust as the others on the market.

There are also some included tools in the program, albeit it might be hard for the average user to know exactly what it does.

Other than its clunky interface and mediocre anti-phishing module, the Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus is still a pretty competitive AV product on the market.

5.Trend Micro Antivirus

Price: $29.95

Trend Micro Antivirus

Most people who use the internet are not necessarily tech-savvy which means that if you are offering a product, you must ensure that there will be little to no technical jargon used.

Well, Trend Micro Antivirus is one that I can recommend for non-tech-savvy people since its interface and menus are quite easy to understand. There are no technical terms used here- just sheer protection against online threats.

This antivirus program does score relatively well in independent testing, but it is not as high as the others on this list. It is still pretty good though and it is relatively affordable that it is easy to recommend.

Because ransomwares are rampant these days, it is important that you protect your system against such threats. Fortunately, this particular antivirus program comes with Folder Shield which prevents any ransomware to change the folder properties of your PC. It also handles ransomware really well in that it can detect and remove them easily when it infects your system.

While it does take a noticeable amount of system resources, its protection against malware is good so it shouldn’t be a huge issue.

6.ESET NOD32 Antivirus

Price: $39.99

ESET NOD32 Antivirus

ESET had a pretty rough couple of years. It was not easy to recommend its AV products because its performance and system requirements are far worse than others. But, I am glad that ESET has made good strides in the 2020 version of its popular AV software.

ESET NOD32 is known for its HIPS component which will use behavioral-based algorithms to ensure that any malicious software that might have infected your system will be removed before executing its commands.

It is also worth mentioning that it also comes with a UEFI scanner so that it can also detect any possible malware that might prove to be harmful to your system at the firmware level and remove them.

Its testing scores are on par with Trend Micro’s and it doesn’t eat up too much system resources while conducting its on-demand scans.

The program does offer phishing protection, though it is not as robust as Bitdefender. It is still nice that the company has added this feature nonetheless.

7.Sophos Home

Price: $60

Sophos Home

 

If you want an antivirus program that allows you to watch and control your systems using only one interface, then Sophos Home is for you.

The company’s basic premium AV software costs a whopping $60 but that is because the said annual plan allows you to install the program in 10 different devices.

Whether you have a Mac or Windows PC, you can install and consolidate them under one convenient program which is really nice.

Its antivirus engine is quite capable as it is able to get a score of 83/100 in AV labs’ testing. Although it is not as much as the others, it is still quite capable nevertheless.

What is really interesting here is that you can use its interface to control your home network computers. This is a really great way to turn off your PCs remotely, for instance, and you can do a whole lot of things as well.

Conclusion

As online threats have become more sophisticated than ever before, it is vital that you install a good antivirus program on your PC.

The programs that are on this list will ensure maximum protection against popular and zero-day threats, so spending a little bit of money is warranted if it means that they give you some peace of mind.

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HP Envy 15 (2020) Review- A Great Laptop for Creatives

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Are you a professional photographer, video renderer, photo editor, or any profession that involves creative work? If so, you’re probably looking for a portable laptop that you can bring with you for a quick edit and I can highly recommend the HP Envy 15.

Read further to find out why the HP Envy 15 is a great laptop for creative professionals.

Design

You are probably thinking about a flashy portable machine since I am talking about a laptop for creative professionals, right? But, even though this thing can handle any creative workload, it is best that the chassis itself remains subtle and that is what HP delivers.

The HP Envy 15 has an all-aluminum chassis that looks tame but professional. Here, you get a silver build that looks and feels premium- so much so that this laptop weighs 4.7 pounds. It is a bit heftier than other laptops of this type on the market, but this should just tell you that this thing is robust in terms of build quality and reliability.

On the lid, you will find the company’s logo which is presented with lines that have off-angles which I think is done for aesthetic appeal.

On the sides, you will find some air vents alongside some USB-A and USB-C ports, a microSD card reader, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack. The USB-C ports have Thunderbolt 3 support which is pretty nice.

Display

HP Envy 15 (2020) Review 2020

Unlike most of the laptops that you find on the market, the HP Envy 15 is actually equipped with an AMOLED display that is quite similar to some flagship phones that you can find on the market.

Because of the said panel, you get vivid and punchy colors with amazing contrast and brightness. Creating content on this thing is a dream thanks to the display’s color prowess.

After using my colorimeter, I got a 100% sRGB rating, 97% Adobe RGB, and an impressive 142% DCI-P3 color gamut rating which is truly superior to others. Now you know why HP is marketing this as a great laptop for creative professionals.

It is worth mentioning that the HP Envy 15 also supports true HDR which means that you can watch any HDR content online and enjoy it on its 15.6-inch AMOLED display.

You can also use the company’s dedicated touch pen on the screen itself and it is pretty accurate as well. Just remember that the said accessory is not included in the box, so you will have to spend a bit more money just to get one.

There is also a 720p webcam at the top which produces good quality images, albeit on its color is a bit on the cooler side. It does have a privacy shutter that you can use to hide the camera when you are not using any application that warrants its usage.

Keyboard and Touchpad

HP Envy 15 (2020) Keyboard

I am more of a typist than a creative type but I have to say that this laptop has an amazing keyboard. It has a good feeling on every keypress and its tactile feedback is on point. It doesn’t have any backlighting whatsoever, but I think that is a fair compromise.

I find the keyboard’s layout a bit odd considering that there is a lot of real estate that can be used here. I think that has something to do with the speaker grilles that are found on both sides of the keyboard, but I would’ve wanted the company to go the usual route and have a layout that is used by many laptop manufacturers out there.

I just do not like that some keys are in line with each other. For instance, the page up and page down keys are in line with the delete key, which you will find pretty annoying when you are used to the regular layout. This also means that the power button is not on its usual placement on the side, which can be a turn off for some people (no pun intended).

The touchpad has a glass surface. It measures 4.5 x 2.7 inches and I consider it to be respectable enough for most users. Because of the said surface, it is pretty easy to glide your fingers to make gestures, make accurate drawings, etc. It also supports Windows precision drivers as well, so you will know that the company has got you covered if you decide to go all creative on this laptop.

Specs and Performance

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-10750H
  • GPU: Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060 Max-Q
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4-2933MHz
  • Storage: 512GB NVMe SSD +32GB Intel Optane
  • Display: 15.6-inch 3840 x 2160 AMOLED
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, Intel WiFi 6 AX 201
  • Ports: HDMI 2.0a, 2x USB-C (w/ Thunderbolt 3.0 support), 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack
  • Battery: 86 WHr
  • Weight: 4.7 lbs

The HP Envy 15 has some pretty respectable specs. It comes with a 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor and is coupled with Nvidia’s RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU.

Its performance is pretty good, especially if you are doing some photo editing or even some video rendering workloads. Although it is not as fast as some AMD Ryzen-powered laptops on this front, you still get a fast laptop nonetheless.

Although this thing is marketed as a laptop for creative professionals, its RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU can handle PC games really well. In my testing with the 4K model, it is best that you set the graphical settings to just medium to get anywhere between 45-60 fps depending on the game that you want to play.

I can imagine that you get even more performance on the 1080p model, but 45-60 fps is already quite playable.

You can use the HP Command Center to set the different operating modes depending on your usage. Setting it to Performance mode ekes out every last bit of performance which is great if you really need a powerful system for games and creative workloads. Its balanced profile should be used in most cases.

Battery Life

HP Envy 15 (2020) Keyboard Lid

If there is one downside to this otherwise great laptop, it would be its battery life. The HP Envy 15 is equipped with an 86 WHr battery which, on paper, should be adequate for this kind of machine, right? Well, not exactly.

You see, the 4K AMOLED screen sucks out more battery than an IPS display of the same resolution. Yes, you get better visual fidelity with an AMOLED panel but that is at the cost of battery life.

In my testing, you could get only 2 hours and 36 minutes of effective runtime before you need to reach for the charger. That means that any taxing workload- may it be professional use-cases or playing games- can truly drain the battery really quickly.

You will have to bring the charger with you anywhere you go if you want to continually use this laptop when you are outside, but its hefty power brick can be a bummer to bring for people that want maximum portability.

Verdict

The HP Envy 15 is definitely a pretty good laptop for creative individuals. Its 4K AMOLED display produces vibrant colors with amazing contrast and its pretty impressive dynamic range sets it apart from most of the laptops on the market.

Even though this is not a true gaming laptop, you can still play any games that you want on this thing, albeit you may have to tone down some graphical settings here and there to get good enough frame rates.

The downside to this otherwise amazing portable machine is its battery life. That has something to do with the display panel used as AMOLED screens are generally power-hungrier than their IPS counterparts.

But, if you are okay with the fact that you need to bring the laptop’s charger with you at all times, then the HP Envy 15 is a pretty impressive choice for creative professionals.

The HP Envy 15, as reviewed, costs $1,600.

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HP Omen 15 Review- A Competitive AMD Ryzen Gaming Laptop Under $1500

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If you were to shop for a gaming laptop back then, you would have to choose one that is equipped with an Intel processor because they are clocked higher and they have a good reputation in the gaming department.

Fast forward to today and we now have new laptops that are packed with AMD’s Ryzen CPUs and the HP Omen 15 certainly has one of the best out there.

Today, I am going to be reviewing this thing. Find out why I think this is a really competitive AMD Ryzen gaming laptop under $1500.

Design

In terms of aesthetics, the HP Omen 15 is not as ‘loud’ as the other gaming laptops on the market. It has a predominantly black chassis, though you will find that it is actually space gray when given ample lighting.

The lid has the Omen branding in the middle and the colorful diamond situated above the said word actually looks really nice. Other than that, it doesn’t have any other bling.

For the ports, you will find a USB Type-A Gen 3.2 port, an HDMI 2.01a port, an ethernet jack, a full-sized SD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack on the left.

On the right-hand side, you have two additional USB Type-A ports, a mini DisplayPort, and a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port.

While most other gaming laptops in 2020 weigh less than 5 pounds, the Omen 15 weighs a bit more at 5.4 pounds. It is still lightweight but I think that this is worth mentioning, especially if you’ve tried the other laptops that were released this year.

It is still somewhat thin, though, at just 14.1 x 9.4 x 0.9 inches, so in terms of portability, you can still put this inside your backpack without any issues.

Display

HP Omen 15 Review 2020

IPS panels have come a long way when it comes to performance and the HP Omen 15 comes equipped with a 15.6-inch IPS screen with a refresh rate of 144Hz. It is a 1080p screen which should be enough for most users.

The screen is vibrant and that is to be expected given the choice of the panel used. Keep in mind that, by default, the screen is set to 60Hz, so if you want to tap this thing’s full potential, you would have to manually set the refresh rate to its maximum.

The color accuracy of the display is pretty good at 90% sRGB and 71.8% DCI-P3 color gamut. In most games, you will definitely see the crisp images and because it is a relatively color accurate screen, you can do some light photo and video editing tasks on here as well.

There is a 720p webcam at the top-middle part of the display and I think that this is the right placement for such a thing. The camera quality is respectable, though the microphone volume could have been improved.

Keyboard and Touchpad

HP Omen 15 Keyboard

The Omen 15’s keyboard has a standard layout without the full Numpad. I think that this is a better implementation considering that having the Numpad would cram the keys so much that it makes it hard to use.

My review unit only has the white LED backlighting and it is pretty bright. However, you can opt for the full RGB version, though you would have to decide if spending an additional $50 for RGB lighting would be the right thing to do or not.

The keys themselves are a bit mushy for my taste but I am glad that I can still type relatively fast on them. My only gripe with the layout is that the power button is situated directly above the backspace and if you have large fingers like me, you could potentially press the power button while you are typing which can be a pain.

For its touchpad, this laptop has a 2.9 x 4.5-inch matte touchpad. While I love its responsiveness, it would have been nice if it had a glass finish (but this is pretty much my personal preference).

It has plenty of surface area to work with and I am happy to report that you can make precise mouse movements just by simply using the touchpad. It doesn’t have physical buttons, but I think that this is a standard affair at this point.

Specs and Performance

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
  • GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660Ti
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4-3200
  • Storage: 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Display: 15.6-inch IPS, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 144Hz Refresh Rate
  • Connectivity: WiFi 6 (Intel AX 200), Bluetooth 5
  • Battery: 71 WHr
  • Weight: 5.4 Pounds

The configuration that I have comes with AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H mobile processor. In terms of productivity tasks and some light rendering, this definitely beats any Intel equivalent chip out there.

For its gaming performance, you could set the game’s graphical settings to high or ultra in some titles, though for more demanding games such as Control, for example, you would have to set it to medium to get considerable frame rates.

I am okay with the 1080p resolution display simply because the GPU cannot produce more than 120Hz if the native resolution is higher.

Playing battle royale games shouldn’t be an issue since they are not too taxing on the laptop and you should be able to reach 144 frames per second comfortably.

I really love the fact that the 8-core/16-thread CPU on this thing can handle whatever workload you throw at it. This is not only a competitive gaming machine but it can certainly go above any Intel counterpart out there.

I do have to point out that if you are taxing the GPU and CPU too much, this machine is quite audible at 56 dBA. That is really loud, but considering that the fans are working as intended, the chassis didn’t go beyond 40C so it is quite okay to the touch.

In terms of thermals, the laptop didn’t go beyond 80C while gaming, and in rendering, it didn’t go above 85C which is indeed impressive. However, always remember that this thing can be really loud, so do bear that in mind.

Lastly, if you haven’t used an AMD Ryzen-powered PC or laptop before, the nature of the CPU ramps the fans up a little bit since the chip boosts quite frequently. This is normal behavior so if you are using this thing and you’ve noticed that the fans frequently go up and down in terms of fan speeds, now you know why.

Battery

HP Omen 15

While I like the performance of the HP Omen 15, it does suffer a little bit in the battery department. In my testing, you could get 6 hours easily doing light to moderate tasks. However, once you put this thing to its limits, you could only go as far as 3-4 hours of use.

The good thing is that you can bring the charger with you and it gives it enough juice in such a short amount of time.

I just wished that HP had beefed up the battery a little bit as the 71 WHr battery on this thing is a bit too low, in my opinion.

Verdict

I am really happy and impressed with the HP Omen 15. Finally, we have a pretty competitive gaming laptop that is priced under $1,500. With the configuration that I have, it only costs you $1,299 which is pretty insane.

Do keep in mind that you can also get the highest spec version of this laptop which comes with a 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor and the Nvidia RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, but that thing costs $1,800 (which is still pretty good).

However, if you are okay with the mid-range performance, the HP Omen 15 with the Ryzen 7 4800H chip is a pretty good gaming laptop.

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Huawei Matebook 13 Review- Ryzen Needs More Power

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Getting a decently priced laptop that can do a lot of things is quite common nowadays, especially since people are forced to work remotely due to the Covid-19 virus.

The Huawei Matebook 13 is a pretty good laptop, though the version I am reviewing today is a bit of a letdown compared to its Intel counterpart.

Read further to find out why.

Design

The Huawei Matebook 13 is a sleek laptop that has an all-metal chassis. It looks and feels premium and although it is an all-metal build, it still remains lightweight at just 2.9 pounds which is quite impressive.

On the right, you will find a USB-C port and on the left, you will find another USB port and a 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack and that’s pretty much what you’re going to get.

If you are wondering where the ethernet port is, well, the Huawei Matebook 13 doesn’t have one. Instead, you are going to have to rely on your router as it uses 2.4GHz or 5GHz WiFi connections. This can be a deal-breaker for some, but I think that most people are okay with the omission.

Now, if two USB-C ports are not enough for you, you can buy its separate USB-C adapter that allows you to plug in an HDMI-compatible device, a slew of USB-A ports for your peripherals, and even a VGA connection.

It is also worth mentioning that if you are to charge this laptop, you will have to use the left USB-C port as it is both for charging and data transfers. The one on the right is solely used for transferring data.

Display

Huawei Matebook 13 Review 2020

Here, you will get a 13-inch IPS touchscreen display with an sRGB rating of 80% using my monitor calibration tool. If you are going to do some editing or video rendering on this laptop, you can certainly do so because the display is somewhat accurate for such use-cases.

The screen also has slim bezels to provide you with a lot of screen real estate that you can use for your documents and creative tasks.

Although the laptop is relatively thin, I am surprised that you cannot open this thing with just one hand because the base is not heavy enough to stay on the desk. It is easy to open with both hands though, so I don’t think this would be a huge issue.

Keyboard and Trackpad

Huawei Matebook 13 Keyboard

If you are going to look at the layout of the keyboard and trackpad, you will find that it is quite similar to the Macbook Air. I think that this is one of the biggest compliments that Apple can receive since it is really almost identical.

Although the keyboard itself looks Apple-esque, I’d have to say that I am a bit disappointed. The keys feel heavier to type on and as a typist and writer, this can prove to be a bit challenging compared to other laptops. Perhaps your mileage may vary though because I may have been accustomed to mechanical keyboards so this could have been the issue here and not with the actual laptop’s keyboard.

As for the trackpad, it is a bit larger to allow for easy mouse glide and precision tracking. Gesture-based actions are also possible with the touchpad and I am pleased with it.

Specs and Performance

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  • RAM: 8GB Samsung LPDDR4 2400MHz
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
  • Display: 13-inch IPS touchscreen display, 2160 x 1440 resolution
  • Battery: 41.8 WHr
  • Weight 2.9 Pounds

It is important for you to know that there are two versions of this laptop. One has an Intel processor and this review unit has the AMD Ryzen chip. To summarize its performance, it is lackluster, though it is really good for productivity and general everyday tasks.

If you are into some photo editing work and you also do some light rendering tasks, the Ryzen CPU that is inside this thing can pretty much handle those workloads.

However, it is pretty disappointing that the AMD Ryzen CPU runs hotter here and as a result, you can experience severe throttling issues when the chip is under full load.

I’ve asked other reviews who’ve had the Intel version and they say that they didn’t experience similar issues at all. I think that this is only true for the AMD version and I am really disappointed here.

You can do some light gaming on the side, especially those steam games that are not really graphics intensive, but you shouldn’t expect groundbreaking performance here.

All in all, I am disappointed with the performance package. I don’t know if there is a fault with my review unit but if how this performs on my end is similar to other units with the AMD chip, then you might want to consider the Intel version instead.

Battery Life

Huawei Matebook 13

Because this is just a thin and light laptop, you can expect that there are some compromises that have to be made, especially in the battery department.

And, true enough, the Huawei Matebook 13’s 41.8 Wh battery is not as good as the other 13-inch laptops out there.

With moderate use (everyday tasks, watching online content, and web browsing), I was only able to get roughly 7 hours from full battery down to 0%.

This is not the same as the Intel version, however, as you can comfortably see 9-10 hours of screen on time with it.

Verdict

I am disappointed with the AMD version of the Huawei Matebook 13. Its performance is okay when it comes to multi-core workloads, but its battery life and how it performs in games (at least when compared to the Intel version) leave much to be desired.

I do like its chassis and its lightweight form factor, but the omission of an ethernet port and the fact that this thing doesn’t have USB-A ports right off the bat might deter you from getting this thing.

What is worth noting, though, is that the AMD version of this laptop only costs $899 compared to the Intel version that costs $1,199. The price disparity could lead you to buy this one instead.

But for me personally, I wouldn’t recommend the AMD version, so you should turn your attention to its Intel counterpart if you are really going to buy the Huawei Matebook 13.

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