Many are familiar with the Honor brand for its affordable smartphones. Now let’s move our views to the premium laptop segment, and more specifically to Honor MagicBook 14 2021… Usually, such solutions are considered in comparison with the Apple MacBook for the reasons that I will indicate later in this review.
In design Honor MagicBook 14 there is nothing superfluous. The body is made of aluminum, it is pleasant to the touch. Two stereo speakers are hidden from view, as is the ventilation system. On the sides there are ports, of which there are not so many: two USB-A versions 2.0 and 3.0, USB-Type C 2.0 for charging, an HDMI connector and a 3.5 mm mini-jack. On the one hand, the lack of Thunderbolt may alienate fans of premium laptops, on the other hand, the presence of at least such ports, and not just USB-C (hello MacBook Pro 2020) eliminates the need to buy adapters.
The weight is 1,370 g, which is the “average room temperature”. The keyboard has a pleasant move, it is membrane, there is a backlight, but the touchpad is not the most convenient. By the way, the camera is hidden in the button with the corresponding image. If you click on it, the camera “crawls” up, which surprised me. The power button is round with a built-in fingerprint scanner.
It’s a little strange that the MagicBook 14 uses an IPS display, although the situation is similar with the MacBook Pro 2020. The screen resolution is 1920 × 1080 with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The maximum brightness is in excess of 300 cd / m² and is in the 330 range. This is enough to work outdoors on a sunny day, although direct sunlight can be felt. If you are more of an owl, then here is the good news: at minimum brightness, the MagicBook 14 produces about 5 cd / m².
The display can be tilted 180 degrees, which allows it to lie almost level with the bottom. At the same time, it is unlikely that it will be possible to easily lift it from the “closed” position with one finger, although the manufacturer made a special recess in the case for such a maneuver. I am glad that the colors are not very distorted when the screen is tilted, but the IPS-matrix is hardly suitable for those who love the “real” black color for which OLED displays are famous.
Let’s start with the processor – this is Intel Core i7-1165G7. It has 4 cores and 8 threads, a 12 MB L3 cache and a scanty TDP of 12-28 W, although the process technology is 10 nm. It overclocks to 4.70 GHz, supports DirectX 12.1. In synthetics, everything is not so clear if we compare the Intel Core i7 and the newfangled Apple M1: the Cupertino wins in multithreading and energy efficiency, while the i7-1165G7 wins only in single-threaded performance. One of the main advantages of the Intel representative is support for up to 64 GB of RAM and a 47% higher Turbo Boost frequency.
Here you need to make a reservation that in Honor MagicBook 14 there can be a maximum of two 16 GB slats, which are soldered on the board. This means that you will not be able to buy more power. You can say that this is enough for the average person, but everything is not so simple – the MagicBook 14 has an integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics video chip. This means that the memory for games and videos is taken from RAM. The cooling system is air, there are two heat pipes inside. Let’s see how much a similar kit produces in games:
The Honor MagicBook 14 features a 512GB SSD from Western Digital. To connect to the board, NVM Express is used, the operating speed is high both from the network and from the battery: the read speed is 3 GB / s, and the write speed is 2.5 GB / s. Under load, the SSD temperature is around 60 ° C, which is normal for laptops, especially since the drive does not have a heatsink.
Noise and temperature
Since a laptop is a portable business, let’s see how comfortable it is to work with it at maximum load. In this scenario, the noise level reaches almost 40 dBA, which is loud but bearable. The bottom temperature reaches 50 ° C, so simultaneously editing 4K videos and listening to Spotify with a laptop on your lap will not work. To be honest, the left side of the keyboard is also unpleasant to use.
The power adapter of the Honor MagicBook 14 delivers 65 watts. It connects to a laptop using a USB Type-C cable, and a white LED indicates charging. The battery capacity is 7 330 mAh. It can be charged up to 100% in over 2 hours, provided that you do not use “complex” applications. The laptop lives on battery power for about 12 hours while working in Microsoft Office, 13.5 hours for video playback and 2.5 hours for games.
The cost of Honor MagicBook 14 is about 100,000 rubles, although you can find it for 90,000. For this amount you get a laptop for office tasks, working with graphic editors and simple gaming. It has an attractive exterior design (it can be confused with a MacBook from afar), but it hides not the most powerful hardware, which heats up to an unpleasant level.
If you need a nimble device for everyday tasks, then the MagicBook 14 will serve you faithfully for many years, but gamers definitely pass by. I advise you to postpone the purchase of such a device at least until prices recover in the electronics market.