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The best Review: Honor MagicBook 14 laptop

Honor MagicBook

Honor MagicBook 14: is it worth your purchase?

The Honor Magicbook 14 offers an impressively stylish design, a large screen with sharply reduced bezels, and above all, solid performance. It is hard to think that this laptop is below 600 euros.

Retail price (RRP)

£ 549.99 (around $ 685)

The best Review: Honor MagicBook 14 laptop

Finally, Honor, a sub-brand of Huawei, has launched its first laptop on the Spanish market and, the truth is that it is an excellent device in almost every way. With a premium design, impressive battery life, and solid internal specs, the MagicBook 14 offers one of the best value for money you can find. 

We have been able to spend a few days using the Honor MagicBook 14 laptop to tell you if everything is really as good as it looks. If you want to know more, keep reading! We tell you if this Honor laptop is worth it or not. 

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Design

The 14-inch 1080p IPS LCD screen wastes no space – its bezels are incredibly thin, especially on the sides and top, and the screen-to-body ratio is 84%. The bottom is a bit thicker, but it’s not completely intrusive, in fact you end up forgetting it’s there when you’re using the laptop.

Regarding the brightness of the screen, it is not the brightest we have seen, but unless you have an idea to use it continuously outdoors, this should not be a problem. 

The finish of the model that we have been able to test comes in what Honor calls “Space Gray”, which we personally have perceived more as a purple tone that we have undoubtedly loved. If you don’t like this finish, you also have the option of buying it in “Mystic Silver” color, which is similar but somewhat lighter. The cover shows the Honor logo on the right side in a glossy finish.

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It is a lightweight notebook, weighing in at around 1.38kg and 15.9mm thick. This makes it an ideal candidate for those who are looking for a laptop to transport from one place to another. 

Added to its lightness is the taste of using its keys: they work smoothly and fluidly, without having to press too hard. The space and size of the keys is also adequate, it will be comfortable to use for almost anyone, regardless of the size of hands you have. 

Regarding the webcam , in this case the trend of hiding the camera (1 MP) on the keyboard (specifically between the F6 and F7 keys) has been followed. This reduces the size of the top bezel of the screen and also protects your privacy.

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However, it is also true that the camera focuses on you from below, so if you have video calls your interlocutors will see a somewhat less flattering shot of you. Your fingers are also visible if you write while using the camera, which can be a bit annoying. 

Another novelty incorporated into the laptop is the fingerprint reader that you can use to unlock the computer, although personally we have preferred to continue using the classic four-digit password. 

The speakers are housed at the bottom of the device, we were surprised to see that they are quite powerful for a laptop of this price. Otherwise, the audio quality is acceptable.

performance

As for the processor, the MagicBook 14 is available in only one option: AMD’s Ryzen 5 3500U. It also comes with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage space, two measures that will be more than enough to obtain good performance in everyday tasks, such as browsing the Internet, watching videos or running simple programs. 

Honor has not skimped on ports. We are facing a USB-C, two USB-A, a headphone jack and HDMI input. The latter port tends to be left out on mid-range laptops, so we were happy to find it. 

The MagicBook 14 comes with a 56Wh battery, which in our experience has been able to last more or less a full day of use. This is further supported by the battery test in which the Honor achieved the 10 hour 43 minute mark. 

Regarding the charging speed, if you use the USB-C to charge, you will only have to wait 90 minutes for it to go from being empty to being 100% complete. 

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Obviously it is not a laptop designed for the gamer world, but thanks to its Radeon Vega 8 graphics card, it is still capable of running games like Planet Zoo making them work well. 

On the other hand, the fan system does a good job on this device too. Despite being used for hours, at no time does it overheat or make noise. 

We’ve run the MagicBook 14 through our benchmarking tests to see how it compares to similarly priced competing models. As you can see, the result is quite good. 

It is true that the Acer Swift 3 laptop manages to outperform the rest in a rather outstanding way, but it is also true that it does not stand out as much as the MagicBook 14 in other aspects such as battery life.

 

Value for money

If we continue to analyze the results obtained in the performance tests, we continue to realize that this laptop is capable of facing rivals that cost up to 200 euros more. The truth is that the MagicBook 14 offers one of the best value for money that we have found to date. 

Something that is also important to note is that Huawei’s Matebook D laptop is practically identical in terms of specifications – the only differences are the small design options on the outside.

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However, the Matebook D is priced at 649 euros, that is to say, it is more expensive than the MagicBook 14 and you get practically the same product after all. So if you are not worried about having a slightly less known brand, the Honor MagicBook 14 is clearly the best option to choose in case you have doubts between these two options. 

Price and availability

As we have explained above, you can buy the Honor MagicBook 14 for € 599.90. It is also available on Amazon Spain although its price is somewhat more expensive (€ 604.90). 

At the moment we have not found the laptop available in physical stores such as El Corte Inglés, Fnac or MediaMarkt, however, it is very likely that this will change soon. 

Verdict

When it comes to value for money, Honor’s MagicBook 14 is the best option available. You take home a high-end laptop with very good specifications without having to pay the price that we usually pay for high-end computers. 

The screen is ideal for watching videos, the processor can run some powerful programs and games, and its lightweight design makes it the perfect laptop to carry around from place to place. In short, if you are looking for a versatile laptop for work or study, the Honor MagicBook 14 would be our recommendation. 

specs

  • 322.5 x 214.8 x 15.9mm
  • 1.38 kg
  • Space Gray or Mystic Gray
  • 14 on IPS FullView screen
  • 1920 x 1080
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
  • Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 56Wh battery (10 hours of battery life)
  • 1x USB-C
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • 1x USB 3.0
  • HDMI output
  • 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • MagicLink 2.0
  • 1 MP webcam (720p)
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Windows 10

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