The MateView is Huawei’s new 28-inch 4K display. 3: 2 aspect ratio, impressive finesse, sharing technology and great respect for colors, it promises a lot for those looking for an ideal monitor for the job. Mission successful for the builder?
The MateView is the new office display designed by Huawei. He seeks to appeal to professionals, especially those who work in images, thanks to great color fidelity and 4K definition. Even more, he wants to bet on productivity with his screen sharing feature. Its design is no exception.
Its great peculiarity, this is its finesse. We are clearly on a product that seeks to seduce by its visual and which is inspired by iMacs, and in particular the latest M1s. With Apple products being the best at it, you can’t blame Huawei on this. Note that the MateView should not be confused with the MateView GT, tested by us recently. The latter is not aimed at the same audience at all, since it is a 2K screen in 21: 9 format with a refresh rate of 165 Hz, therefore dedicated to gamers.
Could this MateView be the perfect display for those who work in imaging, like photographers? Is it suitable for extensive office use? Its design and functionality do they justify their price? This is what we will determine in this test.
Pricing and availability
The Huawei MateView will be released in France on August 16. It will be available on the Huawei website and on partner merchant sites at a price of 699 euros. A high price in view of the characteristics, but we must not lose sight of its slick design and its functionalities.
A technical data sheet geared towards productivity
The Huawei MateView shows a very interesting technical sheet. It is equipped with a 28.2-inch IPS panel with a 3: 2 aspect ratio. Huawei offers a definition in 4K (3840 x 2560 pixels) with a classic 60Hz refresh rate. On top of that, the automaker promises a brightness of 500 nits as well as a contrast of 1200: 1. Finally, respect for colors is also at the rendezvous with a delta E of less than 2 according to the manufacturer. We will of course check all this data for ourselves.
|Resolution||3840 x 2560 pixels|
|Refresh rate||60 Hz|
|Connectivity||1 DisplayPort 1.4 port
1 HDMI port
2 USB Type-C ports, one for power
2 USB Type-A ports
One 3.5mm jack port
Attractive characteristics, therefore, which testify to a product wishing above all to seduce the world of work. But a spec sheet isn’t everything, and we’ll dive deep into using this MateView to see what it’s really worth.
An elegant and slim design
The latest iMacs had impressed with their design and finesse. Huawei is inspired by this for its monitor with a brushed aluminum frame and particularly neat. At first glance, we could almost believe in an Apple product. The Chinese manufacturer is not at its first attempt, since it is recalled that the Matebooks, its laptops, are also inspired by the creations of the Cupertino company. Can we blame her when we know that she is the queen of design?
When it comes to the display, Huawei has gone straight to the point with a simple, chic-looking aluminum plate. You just notice the brand logo on the back as well as the shiny knuckle of the foot. The slab impresses with its finesse, since the slices are only 12 mm in diameter. They are angular, which gives a professional edge to the whole.
The facade is not to be outdone and is also very refined. The edges are indeed thin and we have a screen-to-front ratio of 94%, which is very high, given that most monitors today oscillate between 85 and 90%. This brings greater visual comfort and reinforces the premium aspect of the product.
On the lower edge of the screen, or below the display, we find a long rubber sensitive button. This allows you to adjust the volume of the built-in speaker, but also to navigate in the menus. In these, just move left to right with your finger running, tap once to access, and tap twice to go back. A bit confusing at first, but you can quickly find your way around, since this system proves to be effective in use.
The MateView is not assembled, since it is in one piece. Its foot is completely hooked to the slab, but offers great flexibility in addition to a certain strength. She can rise at a height of 14 centimeters, which is a lot. In its lowest position, the bottom of the screen is just three inches from your desk. It rotates about twenty degrees, which is handy for finding the ideal position. Note that it is not tactile, which is almost a shame, since it would have adapted perfectly for this use.
The foot rents in this logic of refined design since it is also made of brushed aluminum. The speaker is found on the side facing the user. On the right side, we notice the power button, the Jack port, a USB Type-C port and two USB Type-A ports. Ideal for easily connecting a peripheral or laptop. Behind, there is a Mini DisplayPort, an HDMI port as well as a USB Type-C port only dedicated to power. This connection is bare, that is to say that there is no hiding place, but remains discreet and blends into the landscape. There is also no channel or tie for the wires.
You will have to work on it yourself cable management using a velcro loop. Too bad, especially when you see the level of finish of the rest. Finally, note that the screen power supply is relatively small, about the size of an ultraportable.
Overall, the MateView therefore offers a successful design, chic, sober and premium. Huawei has done an excellent job in this segment and is delivering a product worthy of its rank that does not have to be ashamed of its model, namely the iMac. After the MateView GT, this is another good performance from the Chinese manufacturer.
An exemplary image, but not perfect
The Huawei MateView has a 28.2-inch IPS panel with a definition of 3840 x 2560 pixels, or in 4K. Its refresh rate is 60 Hz, which reflects a use dedicated to productivity and it is HDR 400 compatible. Its ratio is 3: 2. The latter, introduced on laptops in particular by Microsoft via its Surface, allows for an almost square display, ideal for work. Note that Huawei also uses it on its MateBook ultraportables.
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We of course analyzed the slab using our probe and the results are very positive. You should know that three color profiles are offered by default: Native, DCI-P3 and sRGB. All adopt contrast at 1200: 1, which is sufficient for a screen of this type and complies with the manufacturer’s promises. Blacks are relatively deep and whites bright. The MateView also has a maximum brightness of 490 cd / m², which is great for a screen meant to stay indoors. On the three profiles, the color temperature is set at 6300K, which is excellent, because it is very close to the 6500K of the video standard. On a white display, it therefore draws neither towards red nor towards blue. An eye comfort mode allows it to be lowered drastically in one manipulation (perfect for long sessions of working on Word) and it is possible to adjust it manually in Native mode.
In terms of respect for colors, Native mode is a bit disappointing with an average Delta E of 3.9 (below 3 being excellent). Reds, greens and yellows therefore appear neon so they are more obvious to the user. DCI-P3 is more color-friendly and designed for entertainment with an average Delta E of 2.9, which is good. We will note some reds that are a little too bright all the same. Finally, sRGB mode offers an average Delta E of 1.7, which is very good and reflects a great respect for colors. This is the one to adopt for image work, such as photo processing, since the colors displayed are extremely faithful to the original ones. Generally, the MateView panel is therefore well calibrated. We might have liked more default modes, but Huawei has still done a good job in this segment. A refined panel that will delight those looking for precision in colors.
Sound level, lThe picture is less brilliant. Difficult to come up with something convincing in such a small space. The speaker, located in the foot, delivers a sound that clearly lacks midrange and low midrange, which gives nasal voices and brings a veil over the music like an old transistor would. The stereo is almost absent and the power is not there either. The user will soon have to turn the volume to 100% to have audible sound. Unfortunately, once done, a terrible box effect vibrates the screen and by extension the desk it sits on. Very disagreeable. While the speakers can be used for troubleshooting, we can’t recommend using the MateView with headphones enough.
Simple, but effective software
Software level, Huawei has taken it easy. Once your screen is plugged into your PC, the rubber band makes it easy to navigate the menus by double tapping on it, as we said above. The different options offered are quite meager. For example, you can activate eye comfort mode, choose between color profiles or adjust the brightness. Settings mode serves as a bit of a catch-all and gives the user the flexibility to adjust the temperature, activate power saving mode or change the language. Nothing really incredible on this point. We’ll even go so far as to say that it lacks a bit of customization options.
Note that by choosing “Wireless” as the input source, we have the right to an entirely different menu which this time takes up all the display. It provides access to options for viewing objects connected by Wifi or Bluetooth on the monitor, to update it and to display the operations to take advantage of the projection mode. Here again, Huawei is getting to the point.
In short, somewhat lean menus that deserved to be more bushy, but that do the job.
The MateView, ideal for a second screen
But what is the MateView worth in everyday life? We were able to use it for a week and the finding is clear: it is an ideal monitor as a second screen. It is true that its 3: 2 ratio is special, but ideal for displaying long texts, several windows or for photo processing. Obviously, it’s hard to settle for a single screen.
Note also that it was not designed for entertainment (videos adapt more to 16: 9) or even for video games, since few of them offer definitions that adapt to this ratio.
Nevertheless, it shows all its strength when used as a secondary monitor, especially with a laptop or tablet. Indeed, Huawei has done a lot of work on image sharing. It is of course possible to connect it with your laptop via a USB Type-C wire (supplied in the box) or other (HDMI, DisplayPort). But wireless is where it draws its strength.
It is indeed possible to easily connect your Windows 10 laptop PC to the MateView. Moreover, it will keep the pairing in memory for the smoothest possible use. For example, when you arrive at work, all you have to do is turn on your PC to have a second screen, without plugging anything in. There are still some wanderings, sometimes with small slowdowns, but overall, it is still very appreciable.
It should be noted that Huawei uses its Huawei Share (the icon is also present on the foot of the screen) to connect a smartphone or tablet of the same brand by simply placing the device on it. This allows for a larger display, and therefore greater convenience. Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to test this feature.
In everyday life, the MateView is therefore proving its worth The respect for colors as well as the 4K definition do wonders for productivity and those who work in the image will be in for a treat. However, as we said above, the MateView is best used as a second display, as the very cramped display can quickly make you feel cramped.