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Accessories for Matebook X Pro (with or without Ubuntu)

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I purchased two accessories for Matebook X Pro so far. If I buy more, I'll update this page.

-- KIZUNA Laptop sleeve 13inch



It doesn't fit Matebook X Pro very tightly (as seen below, there is a bit of room [I left a USB stick for size comparison]).


Maybe I should've gotten the following which seems tighter.








-- Verbatim USB-C SD card adapter

I got the following.



The reviews do not seem great (3.7 out of 5 as of now), but I actually find it excellent. Some complain not supporting higher speed or something, but this is the only one that supports UHS-II for now among those having USB-C connection. Some complain that the awkward position when connected (see the below photo).


But this is due to the fact that the USB-C port is completely hidden underneath the adapter (so that the adapter becomes quite compact when it's being carried). See below.


So I really like it.




Matebook X Pro on sale at Amazon

The lower speced one (i5, 8gb, 256gb) is on sale.



SSD is upgradable, so if you stick a 512gb or a 1TB one, this will be a nice machine. Information on hiw to replace SSD is below :

http://bradshacks.com/matebook-x-pro-teardown/

This matebook X pro doesn't have a dedicated GPU, so you can skip the part on GPU in the above link.

The following is probably a better alternative for thermal grease for most of people.



Samsung SSD stick (500gb) is reasonably priced here.





[SOLVED] Display mirroring in Matebook X Pro with Ubuntu NOT WORKING

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I learned today that the mirroring option isn't available in Ubuntu 18.04 installed on Matebook X Pro, as shown below. Anybody has a solution for this? (I tried both in HDMI and VGA to get the same result.)



I googled a solution in vain. Is it the problem of MX150?

EDIT: I found a reason why mirroring wasn't working. The resolution of the external monitor was not registered in the Ubuntu installed. Here is how you add custom resolution.

http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2017/04/custom-screen-resolution-ubuntu-desktop/

You need to add the adequate resolution that works on the external monitor for mirroring to work.

Matebook X Pro has no SD card slot.

I take pictures sometimes using my Fujiflim X Pro 2 (what a coincidence!). Since Matebook X Pro has no SD card slot, I've decided to get a dongle. I needed one that has USB-C since that would make it easier to use both on Matebook X Pro and Pixel 2 mobile phone. I ended up getting this.



It's a bit awkward when attached as seen here, but it is much easier to carry than the other dongles that has a port sticking out. I can just carry it in my pocket.

It has UHS-II and SDXC compatibility, i.e., it is fast and can be used with most of (virtually every) SD cards.

Several weeks of Ubuntu on Matebook X Pro

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I've been using Ubuntu on Matebook X Pro for several weeks. Here is what I think about the laptop, compared to my previous experience with Ubuntu on XPS 13 (9560) and Macbook Pro (2015).

-- keyboard: I would say it's par with Macbook Pro (2015) [pre crap-keyboard version], but I find that the keyboard on XPS 13 (9560) is slightly better than Matebook X Pro I just don't get why computer manufacturers are crazy about shallow keyboard.

-- trackpad: Macbook is by far the best. With Ubuntu on Matebook X Pro, if I don't restart the OS once in a while, the trackpad gets funkier sometimes (like recognizing single tap as double tap). It requires a restart once in a while (with 18.04, except the trackpad issue, I didn't see any reason to restart it once in a while). Macbook is really good at ignoring an accidental tap, I wish a similar implementation is possible with any Windows/Ubuntu laptops (I haven't heard of any so far).

-- screen: I'm still amazed by 3:2 ratio.…

Installation of Ubuntu 18.04 on Matebook X Pro with dual boot of Windows

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So I finally installed Ubuntu 18.04 on Matebook X Pro. The bottom line is that pretty much everything works. Exceptions are: fingerprint sensor (never expected it to work), speakers (only 2 speakers out of 4 work, but it's enough), a few function keys (I haven't fully checked, but at least screen brightness, keyboard backlight and volume keys work, which I think is enough as well).

For dual booting with Windows, one needs to shrink partition for Windows. See the following link for that.

https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/how-to/windows/how-dual-boot-windows-3633084/

Then download Ubuntu from Ubuntu.com and put it on USB dongle. (Fortunately, Matebook X Pro has a USB-A port!) Plug it in, restart computer, press F12. And the rest is pretty much automatic.

Here is a screenshot showing that things are good!


There is a report of high CPU usage with nVidia driver for MX150. It recommends sticking with the default driver that came with Ubuntu instead of using a proprietary driver by nVidi…

Clean install of Windows (for dual booting and security concern) for Matebook X Pro

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Clean install of Windows onMatebook X Pro

Motivation

#1. For dual booting of Windows and Ubuntu, I often needed change a bios setting or two with Dell laptops.

More specifically, stock Windows was installed with secure-boot enabled in the bios and RAID set-up with Dell laptops. If I install Ubuntu on top of it, Ubuntu wouldn't boot; to be able to boot Ubuntu, I had to change the bios set-up into "secure-boot" disabled and AHCI (instead of RAID). Then, however, I couldn't boot Windows.  To resolve this issue, one needed to re-install Windows with "secure-boot" disabled and AHCI, so that the two OS can boot without changing BIOS set-up whenever I switch to the other OS.

#2. Some are worried that there might be a back-door by Huawei to access personal information, so they choose to clean-install. For the peace of mind, I decided to the same.

It turned out that #1 was not an issue. I couldn't even find the set-up item for AHCI vs RAID. I think it's AHCI …