Let’s start right away with an explanation of the title, which is deliberately provocative: we know that Huawei HUAWEI MateView 28.2 4K is a monitor, and not an all-in-one, so it is in fact impossible to compare it with an iMac. Yet in design it represents exactly the idea that many would have liked to see materialized for Apple’s new and futuristic iMac. We put it side by side with a Mac Mini M1, and here’s what we liked, what we didn’t.

Design

Let’s start, without a shadow of a doubt, with the element that most drives the purchase of this monitor. Design. Although tastes are extremely personal, here there is little to say: this is one of the most beautiful monitors ever, for design and aesthetics. It ‘elegant, extremely minimal, and almost hard to believe that it is a consumer product, rather than one of those renderings that occasionally populate the web, and often make technology lovers dream.

We are not used to praise so openly a technological product, because today the competition is really fierce, and it is difficult to remain so positively impressed. We can certainly say, that the initial “wow” effect was very present.

Compared to almost all monitors on the market, this Huawei Mate View seems to marry perfectly the Apple ecosystem, because the finishes and attention to detail recall a bit ‘the philosophy of Apple, so that the monitor seems to be the perfect companion for an Apple Mac Mini. The gray coloring is indeed very similar to that of the latest Mini with M1 processor, although not 100% matching. The glance, however, is that of a product of extreme quality, refined and elegant, like few in this area.

On the front of the pedestal, which allows you to place the monitor at different heights is a perforated grid, where the system speaker insists. This is also perfectly grafted into the body of the pedestal and does not spoil in any way the overall harmony of which is equipped with the monitor. On the side of the “neck” of the pedestal are the power button, along with two Full Size USB, the headphone jack, and a USB-C Thunderbolt.

If the presence on the side of USB A and headphone jack seems the best possible, because it makes it easy to connect, for example, keyboards and mice, (yes, you can connect keyboard and mouse directly to the monitor), as well as easy to locate the headphone jack, the choice to place here the USB-C Thunderbolt seems out of place.

The latter, in fact, we would have preferred it on the back of the monitor, where there are other connectors: the presence on the side requires that for the Thunderbolt connection is visible this cable, which spoils the aesthetics a bit, being instead invisible to the eye of the user if it had been placed on the back. Propio here are the connections HDMI, mini DisplayPort, and the exclusive USB-C for powering the monitor.

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As already mentioned, this Mate View offers an adjustable height up to 110 mm, as well as the ability to tilt the monitor. It lacks rotation, so no Portrait mode, as well as a VESA mount to attach it to the wall. We don’t really miss the latter, considering that The pedestal with built-in speaker is one of the structural elements of the monitor, which you can’t really do without. Also because the base of the monitor offers an NFC pad: by laying a compatible Huawei smartphone on it, you can immediately start wireless projection (which also works with other smartphones, albeit in a different way).

Display

Although the diagonal of this Huawei Mate View is very high, from an impressive 28.2 inches, you will not find yourself on the desk with a huge device. The absolutely small bezels, almost imperceptible, make this screen perfect for any desktop, so it doesn’t look too big overall. It’s also a matte display, which offers a substantial difference to the iMac screen. At first glance, switching from an iMac to this monitor, we were almost negatively affected by the change. The glossy look on the iMac gave us a more premium impression. As the days went by, however, we learned to appreciate this matte finish so much, also because we seemed to react better to any reflections, less visible.

The monitor has a pixel-per-inch density of 163 PPI, so able to return sharp and detailed images. Huawei Mate View 28 employs an IPS panel with 10-bit color support, while offering a peak brightness of 500 nits.

Overall, this all translates to good contrast and vivid image depth results. Colors are bright, although they might not be among the most accurate, partly due to a color uniformity that is not always flawless.

Huawei MateView uses the DCI-P3 mode returning an absolutely enjoyable result in terms of color reproduction. The MateView shows reaching 92% of the DCI-P3 gamut with a volume of 94.8%, a figure high enough to offer vivid and bold colors, but lower than the 98% coverage value declared by Huawei.

The color temperature recorded by the monitor is 5996K, lower than the ideal figure of 6500K: this translates into colors that are a bit warmer than they should be, which are however hard to perceive with the naked eye. On a general level, the perception is of a quality display, with vibrant colors, not too saturated.

The initial brightness level is 185 nits, which is already sufficient in itself for everyday use, combined with a black point of 0.14 nits. This creates a contrast ratio of 1321:1, on paper a good figure. In general, there is a very good contrast that can create satisfactory levels of vibrancy and nuance.

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Huawei’s contrast, color accuracy and DCI-P3 gamut management thus return bright, bold and vibrant images with color temperature that doesn’t tend to overdo it. You can also choose an sRGB color profile, achieving. a warmer color temperature.

One of the issues noted, as already mentioned, concerns the uniformity of backlighting. On a careful test, this MateView loses about 20% of backlight on the edges.

All this makes, however, that the monitor will be egregious for most users who are limited to making a standard use of the monitor, such as web browsing, watching movies in general, proand general daily workloads. Let’s be clear, the monitor is also absolutely usable for photo editing and video editing work, although in this area professionals might have something to complain about.

3:2 ratio

One of the biggest elements of originality of this monitor is the 3:2 ratio, combined with the 4K resolution of 3840 x 2560. This results in extra height, which provides an important hint to the user in choosing, or not, this monitor. It’s not the perfect display, not at least on a universal level. The advantage of such a panel is evident while browsing the web, typing text on the Office suite, and generally reading documents. Great for placing two windows side by side in a single desk, being able to have a full vertical view of web pages or various documents.

On the other hand, the monitor will be more uncomfortable for those who work with horizontal timelines, and in general prefer a 16:9 screen, if not even 21:9. Mate View 28 inches is not, for example, the ideal monitor for watching videos, since they will appear with black bands at the top and bottom, unless they are optimized for 3:2 viewing. In other words, even when accessing YouTube, you’ll have black bands in almost all videos. Not that you can’t benefit from multimedia content in an appreciable way anyway, but certainly the 3:2 ratio has this counter-indication. Same goes, for example, with games: it’s not exactly a gaming monitor.

It isn’t, also due to the fact that it still supports a refresh rate of “only” 60 Hz, and a response time that gamers would certainly consider “infinite” of 8 ms. For the gamer audience, on the other hand, Huawei has presented a more optimized solution, which is the MateView GT.

Summing up: it is the ideal monitor for productivity, less so for multimedia intended as movie watching and online content enjoyment. Even not recommended for those who plan to use it mainly for gaming.

Controls

The controls of the monitor are based on a soft touch bar on the bottom edge, almost invisible to the eye, but easy to find by touch. A tap is used to access the menu and give confirmation, a double tap to go back. Again, by making a horizontal slide you can manage sliders such as volume or screen brightness.

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The monitor has its own HarmonyOS operating system. This lets it independently manage the connected peripherals, such as mice and keyboards. In this way, connecting a keyboard to the monitor, you can use it independently from the connected device: whether you’re using a macbook or a Mac Mini connected at the same time, it will be sufficient to switch the video input to work with one or the other machine, continuing to use only the keyboard connected to the monitor.

The monitor has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and, as mentioned above, you can project the screen of a smartphone. In this case, of course, the resolution you’ll enjoy will be much lower than the native resolution of the panel, but it is in any case a good The ability to mirror the screen without any difficulty. This makes the monitor even more versatile, useful for business presentations.

Speakers

If your intention is to make a workstation as much as possible all-in-one, know that this MateView enjoys built-in speakers. This is a set of 5W, so quite modest, or even disappointing if you plan to use them to listen to music professionally.

It must be said, however, that they are sufficient for casual listening to network videos, making video calls (there is no built-in webcam), and even for some casual gaming. There are also two microphones, which are absolutely satisfactory for video calls.

Conclusions

This monitor Huawei MateView 28.2 4K is a joy for the eyes, ideal companion for those who intend to make a kind of iMac without borders on the screen. The image quality is good, great for standard and everyday use. Aesthetically elegant, robust and minimal, has in the design its strong point. A very large screen, which thanks to the 3:2 ratio is optimal for scrolling pages horizontally and for the tiling of two windows on the same desktop. Too bad for the absence of a small integrated webcam, which would certainly have helped to use it as a monitor for video conferencing. Not recommended, however, to gamers and video editing professionals.

PRO

  • Bordering on aesthetic perfection and integrates perfectly with Mac mini
  • Good contrast and brightness
  • Good color accuracy
  • Integrated speaker
  • Optimal 3:2 ratio for documents and web pages

CONTRO

  • Uneven illumination on the edges
  • Only sufficient speakers
  • Lack of webcam
  • High price

The list price is € 699 and on Amazon you can usually buy it for about € 619-629, with some periodic discounts that we report as always in our telegram channel or in our deals page.