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Huawei MateStation S, analysis: resistance to the laptop as a home computer starts like this

Following the good reception of its range of both affordable and high-end notebooks, Huawei Take the next step and you have an entry-level desktop ready to go.

The Huawei MateStation S It’s a risky gamble in the era of laptop dominance even in homes, but its out-of-the-box configuration, compact design, and paired with a monitor and peripherals can give it a try. We have analyzed it to check its highlights and also where to improve.

Huawei MateStation S data sheet

Huawei MateStation S

Dimensions and weight

293 x 93 x 315,5 mm
4,2 kg

Monitor

23.8 “IPS FullHD
16: 9, 72% NTSC, 1000: 1 contrast

Processor

AMD Ryzen 5 4600G

Graph

AMD Radeon

RAM

8 GB DDR4

Storage

SSD NVMe M.2 of 256 GB

PSU

Rated output power: 300W

Front ports

1 x minijack
1 x USB-C 2.0)
1 x USB-A (USB 3.2 Gen 2)

Rear ports

1 x microphone input
1 x line out
1 x line-in
1 x HDMI
1 x VGA
2 x USB-A (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
2 x USB-A (USB 2.0)
1 x RJ45
1 x series

Operating system

Windows 10 Home

Connectivity

Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
2.4 GHz y 5 GHz
2 x 2 MIMO
WPA / WPA2
Bluetooth 5.0

Price

649 euros (includes monitor and wireless keyboard as a gift)

HUAWEI MateStation S (8GB + 256GB) With gift of monitor and wireless keyboard

A compact desktop for “take out and use”

The market for desktop computers years ago, the consumer sector was completely overshadowed by the boom in all-in-one computers. Certainly practically everything was advantages, from the compact size to the design. But the price did not always accompany.

The options between the classic desktops, those that we do not want to play, were reduced almost to nothing. Always talking about clone equipment and not intended for the business market.

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The Lenovo MateStation S aims to find a fixed site in the home, be it for work-at-home tasks, studies, or standard boating.

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The first argument it makes is obvious: its compact design. In total they are 8.6 liters the space it occupies, with a height of just over 30 cm and width of less than 10 cm.

To begin with, it is surprising how compact the HUAWEI MateStation S is, both because of the little space it occupies and how comfortable it is to carry from one place to another.

The weight also accompanies, with just over 4 kg. It is even a comfortable desktop to carry from one place to another. Or at least it will not be a problem for us to want to change your stay at any given time. As we will see, that the peripherals are wireless helps a lot to this.

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In the design of a desktop, access to ports is a vital element. East Huawei MateStation S offers on the front a basic connectivity: audio connector, USB-C port and one more USB-A.

The rest, numerous but basic, are at the back. There we find the typical audio inputs, an HDMI port, a VGA port, 4 USB-A ports (two of them 3.2 Gen1), Ethernet port and even a serial port, which gives us an idea that Huawei does not want to take its eyes off the business market that may still need this connectivity.

Huawei Matestation S Rear TowerHuawei Matestation S Rear Tower

In any case, we miss more current connectivity especially USB-C type, because, as we will see, it is a device that admits a certain component update as long as we fit into its interior space.

AMD Ryzen at the controls with the possibility of future improvements

AMD is the protagonist of the interior of this Huawei MateStation S. Specifically, we must talk about its Ryzen 5 4600G processor (6 cores at 3.7 GHz and 12 threads), a very good choice to maintain a balance between performance and consumption / generated heat.

The technical sheet of the Huawei desktop is completed with 8 GB RAM memory (DDR4 3200 MHz) as standard as well as the use of the integrated AMD Radeon graphics. RAM memory can be expanded by having one free slot available. There is also the possibility of adding a dedicated graphics card but we will have to fine-tune a lot due to the available size as well as the power demand as it is the internal source of only 300 W.

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The interior, compact, does not allow many extensions. The basic one, of the RAM memory, is direct since we have an available slot

The Ryzen 5 more than delivers on a performance level for tasks that one thinks make sense in the purest consumer market as well as a broad job sector with no specific requirements.

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In our performance tests, the Ryzen chip once again proves that it is the performance leader when it comes to multi-core power. In the PCMark 8 tests it left us figures of 4436 and 5490 in the Home and Work tests respectively. Regarding the graphical aspect, in the tests it left us a score of 2194 in the Fire Strike test and of 4811 in the 3DMark Wild Life test.

An element inherited from the world of the laptop and that seems to us the weakest of its technical sheet is the SSD. Not for speed, which complies with data of more than 3500 MB / s and 1100 MB / s read and write respectively, but in capacity. The only version available offers as standard 256 GB NVMe, a very small amount for a desktop computer.

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Wireless connectivity does not reach WiFi 6 and we have to settle for Wifi ac in addition to Bluetooth 5.0.

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The design of the case uses the front as an air outlet, something that does not bother at all because the temperatures and the use of the fan are completely under control. Desktop operation, even in the most demanding graphics tasks, is completely silent.

A screen commensurate with the compactness of the tower

The Huawei MateStation S It is associated with a pack that includes something logical: a monitor. Despite being a basic product at the level of specifications, its behavior is consistent with the use and motivations for purchasing the desktop.

But let’s start this part by talking about the monitor design. It is not complicated at all to assemble, it is done without tools and supports VESA support. The basic but sturdy stand supports some vertical tilt but nothing in lateral or elevation. The connectivity that it includes is also simple: a VGA port and another HDMI. No built-in speakers.

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More basic, impossible

The panel is of 23.8 inch, offers a 1080p resolution with a brightness level of 250 nits and good contrast. It avoids reflections a lot and its display is more than correct for its price. The best thing is the feeling of immersion thanks to the fact that the frames are practically non-existent, its great selling weapon.

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Currently, the Huawei MateStation S includes a standard wired mouse as standard, basic but working well, as well as a gift pack that includes the analyzed screen as well as a wireless keyboard that includes an integrated fingerprint reader as well as Huawei Share technology.

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Although the all-terrain laptop is the logical choice as a PC for home and even work, an affordable and compact ready-to-use desktop can be tempting for many users.

The Huawei MateStation S it is just meant for them. With enough power for non-specialized work, leisure or study tasks, this desktop stands out for its completely silent operation, its small footprint and that, with the gift pack of the monitor and wireless keyboard, it is a ready-to-use option without the price skyrockets a lot.


HUAWEI MateStation S (8GB + 256GB) With gift of monitor and wireless keyboard

HUAWEI MateStation S (8GB + 256GB) With gift of monitor and wireless keyboard

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