Honor has decided that it wants to conquer a certain slice of the market, slightly more youthful, by proposing attractive and functional devices. Among these, therefore, we certainly also find Honor MagicBook 14, in the version with AMD Ryzen. It is a notebook with considerable capabilities able to compete with much more expensive products. Will he be able to convince us? What are its main strengths? Let's start our full review.
Inside the sales box you can find:
• Honor MagicBook 14;
• USB Type-C / USB Type-C cable for charging;
• wall power supply, with European socket;
• short instruction manual;
• warranty certificate.
Taking a first look at this laptop, you immediately understand that you are in front of a quality product. MagicBook 14, in fact, is characterized by the presence of a body made entirely of aluminum, including the internal part where the keyboard resides. I must say, therefore, that from this point of view the quality expressed by this model is more than satisfactory. It is a lightweight device, weighing only 1,38 kg, therefore it is suitable for use on the move. In terms of dimensions, then, this notebook measures 214,8 x 322,5 x 15,9 mm.
The product is well built and assembled. It is not exactly the thinnest laptop on the market, but practically all the main inputs related to connectivity find space on board. On the right frame, therefore, we have a USB-A 3.0 and the audio jack 3,5mm, while on the opposite side we find a USB Type-C for recharging, one USB-A 2.0 and an entrance HDMI.
It doesn't happen what usually surprises on MacBooks when you turn up the display. The lower part remains fixed to the desk and it is not possible to open it with one hand. Despite this, the hinge is solid, even in the most complicated situations, such as on a train. Having the possibility, then, to rotate 180 ° this component is a privilege for a few, even if in practice you will use this function very rarely.
The keyboard is really comfortable. Here the stroke of the keys is soft. The size of the keys is good, as well as the feedback offered by each individual component. Then we also find the backlight keyboard up three different levels.
It has not huge trackpad. I think, compared to so many other models sold today, it is quite small, but this is not really a problem. Those who use a product of this type are certainly not a professional graphic designer or videomaker, therefore they do not need a surface that is too large for web browsing and a few other tasks. I did not appreciate too much the feedback returned by this component, which in my opinion is a bit woody and not very reactive, but all in all sufficient.
On this product we find a IPS LCD display 14 " with resolution FHD + (1.920 x 1.080 pixels), equipped with a form factor in 16: 9 and the TÜV Rheinland Certified certification. Taking a look at the occupied surface, I must say that the dimensions are excellent, considering also that three corners out of four have very small frames. Within its price range, in fact, it is one of the most balanced, presenting not too saturated colors and discrete viewing angles.
I really like fact that Honor has decided to equip this product with a opaque front glass, against any kind of reflection. In direct sunlight, however, it is still not possible to enjoy a good view, due to a maximum brightness not up to par.
Honor MagicBook 14 has a chipset AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, therefore a component characterized by a maximum clock frequency equal to 2.38GHz, with turbo boost up to 4GHz. It has 8GB of DDR4 RAM 3.200MHz dual-channel and one SSD 512GB. Not such a trivial configuration, also considering the fact that here we find a modestly sized fan, which still manages to maintain the temperature on a rather low level. After a few benchmarks, in fact, I was able to see the temperature was never rose above 50 °, keeping the external body quite cool.
Here resides, in fact, one AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 which, with even heavier workloads, does not disappoint at all expectations. I tried, for example, Genshin Impact, a title similar to Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, which runs pretty well without too many problems. So, for a student, I think it's absolutely perfect.
Windows 10 Home is the version pre-installed on this laptop. We therefore find everything we need to start being operational right away. Obviously, the Office package is not missing, as well as all other programs such as mail, Microsoft Store, Calculator, Calendar and much more. It does not differ at all, therefore, from other products that mount this same software.
Honor MagicBook 14 seems to have been well optimized, given the good speed with which you can travel between the various menus. I have never encountered any problems in this regard.
Under aluminum body of Honor has hidden a module 802.11 Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac dual band, as well as the Bluetooth 5.0. Both work very well and with Wi-Fi I must say that I have always surfed the internet, even in the usually less covered areas of the house. I tried, while traveling, to use my smartphone as a hotspot and even in this case there were no problems.
Under the body there is a space battery da 56Wh, large enough to allow us to enjoy excellent autonomy. I must say that I had no problem reaching even 5 hours of continuous use, with display always on, making some benchmarks and using the laptop for web browsing.
By providing a wall power supply da 65W, this notebook takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to fully charge.
I believe that the performance of this machine, therefore, is in line with the required amount and allows it to carry out all the main daily operations, and even something more. It is not that difficult, therefore, to play a few games or edit some clips on Premiere Pro.
In case you are looking for a portable device, with good performance and with a decent display, this MagicBook 14 might just be for you.
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