The best Honor MagicBook Pro Review
Honor MagicBook Pro: is it worth your purchase?
The MagicBook Pro is one of the cheapest 16-inch screen laptops out there, with fairly high CPU performance and a lightweight build quality for easy portability.
It is therefore a brilliant ultralight laptop although with some buts. Without a dedicated GPU, nor a Thunderbolt port, the team will fall short for the more advanced users of the creative field.
- Powerful Ryzen 5 4600H processor
- Ultra-slim and lightweight design
- Big screen with low budget
- No dedicated GPU
- No Thunderbolt port
- Little variety of configuration
Retail price (RRP)
€ 899 (about $ 1050)
Honor MagicBook Pro Review
Let’s start by referring to the nickname ‘Pro’, which despite having lost much of its meaning over the years due to the excessive use that brands make of it, here Honor does so to direct its team to the user more professional.
In this way, we would dare to say that it is more of a MagicBook Plus than a Pro, that is, because it is a larger laptop than the basic range with a 16-inch screen that uses the additional space to integrate a more powerful CPU.
However, we still do not have a much more powerful dedicated GPU that allows the laptop to be used for other purposes such as gaming environments or for creative professionals who render images in 3D.
Design and build quality
The aesthetics of the new Honor MagicBook Pro can be somewhat subdued but at the same time elegant, maintaining the line of its predecessors MagicBook 14 and MagicBook 15 of which we have also had the opportunity to test and publish a review .
There is no variety and there are no flashy trimmings, but the space gray finish is interrupted only by a small Honor logo on the lid, much more discreet than on previous occasions that makes it more professional.
With a 16.1-inch screen, it is understandable that it is a fairly large laptop, weighing 1.7 kg, which is positive if we consider that the equipment remains below 2 kg, something that few of these dimensions can guarantee.
The slim bezels allow the notebook’s frame to be very similar in dimensions to the traditional 15-inch model, with 16.9mm remaining a tremendously thin device.
In fact, you will feel in your hands that you have a large ultrabook device. Beyond what we could see in the LG Gram 17 , it is unlikely that you will be able to find many notebooks of this 16-inch dimensions with a more moderate weight and dimensions.
The ports are also solid, and although the offer is not very wide, with the USB C port also used for battery charging, it is accompanied by three USB 3.2 Type A ports, HDMI 2.0 output and a 3 headphone jack, 5 mm.
This time there is no SD card slot, in addition to dispensing with the Thunderbolt port option, since Intel technology is not available within the AMD CPU ecosystem, leaving out the sector of more professional creators.
For its part, the backlit keyboard has a full size that is comfortable for typing, with a very pleasant responsive feel that responds quickly to light pressure, something we journalists today love.
The touchpad, however, while generous in area of action, has plastic materials rather than glass, which feels a slight friction in use that prevents the finger from sliding smoothly on the surface.
It certainly could have also taken advantage of a larger action surface since the laptop allows it, so that the gestures displayed have a greater action area. This can cause you to end up using a mouse as an additional device.
The speakers are also framed by the keyboard, with unsurprising quality and a maximum volume level that could be better. Integrated in one of them you will find the combined power and fingerprint button, very useful for quickly starting Windows.
As has been the case with Huawei laptops, the webcam is hidden under the fake Fn key located in the central part of the keyboard. This makes it possible for the bezels to be super slim, but in return, it cuts the focus angle considerably.
It is possible that the framing will end up making you a bit desperate at this time of so much video call, since the shot does not allow much variation, unlike the laptops that integrate it in the frame of the upper part of the screen.
The screen is possibly the most remarkable element of the new MagicBook Pro compared to the previous models of the brand. The 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS panel is sufficient, with excellent viewing angles and fairly vivid colors.
It’s more than enough for surfing the web or watching Netflix, but if Honor wants to appeal to a crowd of professional content creators or gamers, truth be told, we think it has to offer a higher quality extra.
This laptop has a maximum brightness of 300 nits and a coverage of 100% sRGB, which more or less aligns with the 319 nits and 99% of sRGB that we reached in the evaluation of the equipment.
However, we only got 73% coverage with AdobeRGB and 76% with DCI-P3, which means that this simply won’t be accurate enough in terms of the color palette required by creative environments.
On the other hand, it is likely that users who love games will not find the best performance of the panel as a result of the MagicBook Pro’s refresh rate is 60 Hz compared to other options on the market, without the possibility of touch screen operation.
In short, the MagicBook Pro is not a bad panel. But if you expect a screen optimized for certain tasks or creative work, it is not the best option. If this doesn’t matter to you, appreciate the fact that you will have a 16.1-inch screen, one of the largest you will find.
In this section, the MagicBook Pro has a balanced configuration based on the use of a powerful AMD CPU (Ryzen 5 4600H) , which needs to be accompanied by other components that are up to the task.
For this, the model we have analyzed offers 16 GB of RAM along with the 512 GB of storage of its SSD. Its performance rivals and even surpasses Intel’s Core i7 in certain tasks, although this may change with the arrival of the new generation Tiger Lake.
Regardless, the Ryzen 5 here delivered solid benchmark performance and turned out as nimble as you’d expect in everyday use and unpretentious creative work. You should even be able to use it for some games, but it won’t handle anything too demanding.
We see that Honor has made two strange decisions on the specifications. The first is to deny western markets the option of a more powerful Ryzen 7 4800H, included in the Chinese launch of this laptop.
What is more striking is that there is no option for a discrete GPU, which means that it is completely dependent on integrated graphics. Added to this is the fact that it does not integrate a Thunderbolt port so you will not be able to use an external eGPU graphic.
Based on the numbers, the MagicBook Pro even surpasses the Huawei MateBook X Pro, in the 3D Mark Sky Diver graphics benchmark. But there are limits to integrated graphics, and video editors will experience some lag in their processes.
The battery life is another of the strengths of this team. Honor touts that it is a laptop that can exceed 11 hours of video playback, with a 56 Wh cell. We found that it exceeded the dice when it reached 13 hours playing HD video.
We were also able to verify how with the daily use tasks of browsing, consulting mail and office tasks, the laptop supports a full day of work without any problem, allowing you to leave the charger at home when you go out in the morning.
It also has 65 W fast charging through the USB C port, so you can recharge the battery up to 46% charge in just half an hour, ideal for those situations in which you have forgotten to leave it charging at night .
There is not much to say in this regard, given that like any other Huawei or Honor laptop, the MagicBook Pro comes with the Windows 10 Home version. That means you can access the same software and applications that you normally would on another computer.
We only find one but in this sense, and it is the absence of being able to choose a model with a version of Windows 10 Professional, something that will have to fall into your hands, acquiring the license on your own.
At the personalization level, Magic Link technology has improved considerably to the point that it is possible to link your laptop with a compatible smartphone from any of the companies.
In this way, you can instantly share files between devices, synchronize the screen and even the option of answering phone calls and video calls from your phone or laptop, as best suits you.
Price and availability
The MagicBook Pro is already available in our country at a recommended price of € 899 in the case of the configuration we had in tests with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage.
However, at the time of this review , the sale in our country was sold out, so it is likely that if you want to acquire it through official company channels, you will have to wait.
If you are looking for a laptop with a generous screen size greater than 16 inches, take a look at the mentioned LG Gram 17 model that also stands out for its lightness, or for the Dell XPS 17 with a more professional profile but at a much higher price .
We like the MagicBook Pro’s slim and relatively light form factor for a 16-inch display, and the Ryzen 5 processor delivers performance that rises to the occasion, with impressive battery life.
If you want a big screen without spending a fortune, the MagicBook Pro definitely offers what you are looking for. But if you want a genuinely professional team, you must bear in mind that you do not have a dedicated graphics or the possibility of acquiring another configuration.
For office work, study, light gaming, and creative work that doesn’t require exceptional performance, it’s a premium choice. If you are looking for higher performance, you will have to look at other brands and spend much more money.
Keep in mind that it is not a vPro or Windows 10 Pro processor configuration, with advanced management and administration, so companies that are thinking of purchasing a large number of computers should discard this option.
- 16.1-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS FullView display
- AMD Ryzen 5 4600H Processor
- 16GB DDR4 RAM
- 512GB SSD storage
- 56Wh battery with 65W USB-C fast charge
- 1x USB-C connectors, 3 USB 3.2 type A ports, HDMI 2.0 and headphones
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Fingerprint sensor on power button
- Windows 10
- 369 x 234 x 16.9mm dimensions
- Weight 1.7 kg