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6 facts about the Honor MagicBook 16

At the beginning of this year, Honor had a new MagicBook 16 laptop. Just in case, I remind you that Honor has

MagicBook 14, 15 and even Pro models. And different years. They are very similar to each other and differ literally in small things.

I have used all these gadgets so I cangive a description of each of them and give recommendations on the purchase of a laptop company. And I also had similar devices from Huawei, which were better somewhere, but somewhere they clearly lost to Honor laptops.

In this article I will talk about some of the points that, from my point of view, stand out MB 16. They will be both positive and negative.

Today, Honor MagicBook 16 costs around 90,000 rubles.

Table of Contents

  • Specifications
  • #one. Hello again!
  • #2. Display
  • #3. Peace and quiet
  • #four. Vloggers will be happy
  • #5. Keyboard and touchpad
  • #6. To watch video
  • Impression

Specifications

  • OS: Windows 11 Home
  • Screen: 16.1 inches, IPS, matte anti-glare,1920 x 1080 resolution, 16 x 9 aspect ratio, 100% sRGB, 300 nits brightness, TÜV Rheinland certified blue light reduction, 137 degree maximum screen angle
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, (7 nm) 6 cores, 12 threads, frequency 3.3-4.2 GHz, L3 cache 16 MB
  • Graphics: Integrated AMD Radeon Graphics (Radeon RX Vega 7)
  • Memory: 16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz (soldered), dual channel
  • Storage device: SSD 512 GB PCIe 4.0 x4
  • Sound: Nahimic stereo speakers with surround sound
  • Battery: 56 Wh, 65 W compact adapter
  • Connection: Qualcomm WCN685x Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax, MIMO 2×2), Bluetooth 5.1
  • Webcam: 720p, stereo microphones
  • touchpad: oversized, 12 x 7.3 cm, support for four simultaneous touches
  • Keyboard: full size, backlit, 1.3mm key travel
  • Ports:
    • 2× USB 3.2 Gen1 (Type-C)
    • 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 (Type-A)
    • 1x HDMI 2.0
    • 1x 3.5mm jack
  • Other: Fingerprint scanner in the power button
  • Material: aluminum
  • Dimensions: 36.8 x 23.6 x 1.82 cm, weight 1.84 kg, adapter weight 155 g

#one. Hello again!

I already wrote above that I used almost allHonor and Huawei laptops. Alas, I cannot say that each new generation looked more original and more interesting than the previous ones. Moreover, even the number of connectors and their location were plus or minus the same.

There is design continuity.It is difficult to unequivocally answer whether this is good or bad. It seems to me that the appearance needed to be updated (at least to play with shades of colors, shapes of the ends of the case, otherwise design the speakers and other elements).

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Although I understand that this is a nod to Apple, where the MacBook has remained with the same design for years.

In terms of build quality, everything is very good.The 2020 Pro version (one-on-one appearance MB 16) is available to relatives who use the laptop as a work tool every day. During this time there were no problems. I am sure that there will be no questions for the MagicBook 16 either: I have been actively torturing the device for a month now - so far everything is in order.

The only thing that annoys me a littleassociated with a fingerprint scanner. Sometimes it does not work and you have to enter the password on the keyboard. This happens about once every 30 turns on the device (it should be understood here that I can turn on the laptop 5-10 times a day).

Of the pleasant things:the camera is in its rightful place - above the screen. Let me remind you that almost all Honor and Huawei devices had a webcam located on the keyboard in a special button on a spring mechanism. My chin has already lit up in all the workers' and friendly "rallies".

By the way, the camera does not have a shutter, and turning off is done by pressing the F8 button. Such a solution does not make you feel safe, so stickers on the webcam are still our everything!

In general, I think that Honor needs to do something with the MagicBook line, since the models 14, 15, 16 and Pro look almost the same from each other for several years.

#2. Display

The new MagicBook 16 is interesting in the first placelarge screen diagonal: an IPS-matrix of 16.1 inches is installed here. Yes, this is not a compact device for mobile work. Although last year I "chased" in the train and subway with the previous generation of MagicBook. I don’t think it’s worth telling you about all the advantages of a large diagonal on a computer - everything is clear: movies, content consumption ...

Another issue has to do with the aspect ratio.I myself use an Ultrawide monitor, but it is huge and, in fact, replaces two 20-inch devices for me, and with an aspect ratio of about 4:3. That is, I can split the screen into two windows in the case of working with text and use the entire width of the monitor screen when editing video.

In the case of the MagicBook 16, you get 16:9.For movies, it's the best, but for work I would like closer to 4:3 or 3:2. Still, getting information vertically is more important here: browsing, typing, and so on.

Of the pluses - a matte substrate, high brightness, which allows you to use a laptop even on a bright day, 100% sRGB support, large viewing angles.

#3. Peace and quiet

To the noisy operation of the active cooling systemI am neutral about laptops: if you need to cope with a certain task by increasing the power of the device (heating - increasing the fan speed), then it’s necessary. But if a laptop or PC copes with the task without "noise and dust", then this is good and commendable.

The MagicBook 16 is almost inaudible, the fans are quite quiet even when processing heavy processes. Definitely quieter than the 2020 MagicBook Pro and 14- and 15-inch models.

In addition, the case heats up to 37 degrees Celsius in the worst case, and up to 43 degrees Celsius on the back.

It is important to understand that the main heat outlet of the MagicBook 16 is from below, so for efficient work, place the laptop on a flat surface, preferably without rugs or tablecloths.

It is worth adding that in idle mode, the fans still work. That is, this is not the case when you get absolute silence, as on the Apple MacBook.

#four. Vloggers will be happy

When I am considering buying variouslaptops, then I will definitely test them for the possibility of working with video. In this part, I'm interested in whether one or another model will cope with regular 1080p or 4K videos.

For example, Honor and Huawei laptops of the 2020 generation had great difficulty encoding video in 4K resolution: the devices overheated and periodically freezed.

This version of the MagicBook 16 is easy to"digests" FullHD videos. For example, 10 minutes of video is encoded in 7 minutes 30 seconds. With a resolution of 4K, the device will have to puff: 10 minutes of video are encoded in 30 minutes.

As I wrote earlier, even with such a heavy load, the laptop makes almost no noise and does not heat up.

#5. Keyboard and touchpad

This is what you will work with enoughoften, to say the least, all the time. Each model of Honor or Huawei was equipped with different touchpads: some commanded respect, others were completely inconvenient.

The main difference was that the touchpad was either loose or not. Moreover, the backlash could be on an expensive device.

The MagicBook 16 has no backlash, the touchpad is pleasant to use. It is moderately large, the finger slides more or less well.

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As for the keyboard, as far as I remember,no Honor or Huawei laptop had a numeric keypad. I can’t say that this is a definite minus, but I would like to have it, especially in Pro-versions of devices.

The keyboards themselves also differed from version to version. The most successful was on Honor MagicBook View 14, a little easier - in MagicBook Pro 2020.

In this year's MagicBook 16, it is average from the pointview of the convenience of typing. The main complaint is the microplay of the buttons: you just touch them, and you can already hear a quiet “clatter” sound. Well, the central area of ​​the keyboard is slightly pressed through, which is also not very good.

#6. To watch video

In the section about the screen, I already said that the aspect ratio of 16:9 is clearly suitable for watching videos. But for full immersion, you still need good speakers.

I liked the speakers in the MagicBook 16 beforejust the right setting for the output of votes. Most manufacturers focus on treble and bass to bring out the beauty of music on laptops, but when it comes to watching movies, that's where laptops fall short. This is because the devices are tuned for music, and not for speech output.

On the Honor MagicBook 16, I watched the entire Trigger series and a bunch of YouTube videos. I can definitely say that the speakers coped with the task at 5 out of 5.

The volume is relatively high, but you should not count on the fact that you will get a music column from the MB 16. All within reason.

Impression

Honor MagicBook 16 is a quality laptop withadequate technical parameters for its price at a given time. Of course, if you try hard, you can find similar models from Acer, Asus or HP. However, healthy competition is good.

You should not expect any revelations from the MB 16: before you is a typical classic, but high-quality working machine for any task (except for launching heavy toys).

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