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Huawei MateBook 14 Review: An Interesting Alternative to MateBook 13

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Speaking about Huawei, first of all we remembersmartphones. However, under this brand produced excellent laptops. I got a review on the Huawei MateBook 14, which is located between MateBook X and MateBook D.

At the beginning of the year, we already saw the MateBook 13, but I wanted to know what's new in the updated MateBook 14 model. And now it came into my hands.

  • Design and construction
  • Keyboard and touchpad
  • Laptop display
  • Software
  • Iron productivity
  • Graphics performance
  • Speaker sound
  • SSD
  • Autonomy MateBook 14
  • Should I buy?
  • Design Huawei MateBook 14

    It's hard to avoid comparing business laptops withMacBook, and this is especially true for the Huawei MateBook line. The new model has a sleek aluminum body with a minimalist design, which is why the laptop is very similar to the previous models, with the exception of some differences.

    In the review of MateBook 13, I said how heconvenient and compact, but the 14-inch version is quite noticeably different. And the weight and thickness have grown significantly, even the MateBook X Pro was lighter. With a thickness of 1.57 cm, the side edges turned out to be thicker than the MateBook 13. There are a couple of similar models on the market - this is the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and MacBook Pro, so it's not that bad.

    Different here is the webcam, which turned out to benot above the display, but on the keyboard - in the top row between F6 and F7, as in X Pro. It extends when you press a special button. Quite a dubious decision, as for me, especially if you type text and try to communicate with someone on a webcam. At the same time, the quality of the picture will be mediocre - the lens here has a resolution of only 1 megapixel.

    This laptop boasts USB-C (5 Gb / s), HDMI, 3.5 mm combo jack, USB-A (480 Mb / s) and USB-A (5 Gb / s). Connections have wireless AC (2 × 2), Bluetooth 5.0.

    Keyboard and touchpad

    What else is different Huawei MateBook 14? He has updated the keyboard. The keys have an island layout and traditional layout. Typing large texts is convenient. I compared the buttons with those in the MateBook 13, they are more elevated here, this gives extra elasticity and better feedback.

    The fingerprint scanner was built intopower button, but most of all I was upset by the touchpad. Although the design of the device looks premium, the trackpad becomes the weakest point - it is large, however, it has unpleasant feedback, and the clicks sound quite “cheap”. I prefer the sound of the MateBook X Pro touchpad.

    Laptop display

    The new Huawei MateBook 14 follows its path"Brothers and sisters." It has a 3: 2 aspect ratio display with a resolution of 2160 × 1440 pixels (185ppi). MateBook X Pro will be better here - it has a resolution of 3000 × 2000 pixels.

    The screen itself takes up almost all the space.front panel. This allows you to conveniently work with documents and any applications. Huawei claims that the ratio of the screen to the body of the MateBook 14 is 90%. This is even better than the younger version, since the front frames are very thin, however, the Asus ZenBook S13 has less.

    Another big plus is the touchscreen display. Scrolling is fast and convenient - you just hold your finger from top to bottom or vice versa. All gestures are intuitive, there is support for Huawei Share 3.0 for exchanging data through a buffer with smartphones or Huawei laptops.

    Additionally, we took care of our vision. Screen Huawei MateBook 14 received a special option to reduce the emission of blue light. However, in Windows 10 and so there is a good built-in function Night Light.

    Software

    The Huawei MateBook 14 laptop works under"Signature" version of Windows 10 Pro, so that here you will not see any unnecessary resources, distributing malware, in the background. However, the device still comes with some proprietary software.

    As in the case of MateBook 13, Huawei is hereInstalls its own PC Manager to access the user's manual, test hardware for problems, and update drivers. This is a handy tool if you want your laptop to be updated without installing third-party solutions.

    As I mentioned earlier, the device supportstouch input and Windows Ink. We also have a Huawei Share based on NFC, the version currently works only with phones on EMUI 9.0: Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X and Mate 20 RS.

    Iron productivity

    Besides the fact that Huawei has installed the latestIntel Whiskey Lake, MateBook 14 also proudly boasts an Nvidia MX250 graphics card with 2 GB of memory. But, this is a small performance boost when compared with the 13-inch version with the MX150. If you believe the tests, it is + 10%.

    A choice of options available Huawei MateBook 14 withCore i5-8265U or Core i7-8565U processor, 8/16 GB of RAM, and 256 or 512 GB SSDs. In the basic version only integrated Intel UHD 620 was installed.

    Graphics performance

    The Core i7 model uses discreteNvidia's GeForce MX250 graphics processor. It is based on the same 14-nm GP108 chip found in the Nvidia GT 1030 for desktop PCs and the MX150 for laptops, like the MateBook 13. The principle is based on the older Nvidia “Pascal”, and not the new “Turing” architecture of the RTX series 20. Therefore, do not expect real-time tracing and hardware-accelerated AI support.

    Nvidia just raised the minimum and maximumGP108 clock speed, increasing memory speed. You still have 2 GB of dedicated video memory, but the bandwidth now reaches 56 GB per second compared to 48 GB for the MX150. The chipset itself has a frequency of 1519 MHz, compared with 1227 MHz.

    Thanks to the Fire Strike test in 3DMark, 250MXI scored 3479 points against 3247 for the MX150. At the frame rate level, the increased clock rates of the MX250 occurred only by one frame, an average of 17.39 frames per second in Fire Strike. The MX150 had an average of 16.5 frames. Sky Diver test showed a slightly larger gap between the two graphics processors.

    MX250 is great for Rocket type games.League. Graphics run at an average speed of 81 fps at 1080p, while the MX150 of the MateBook 13 had an average speed of 65 fps. MateBook 14 can also run old, demanding games in a half-game state if you select the correct settings.

    This is a step forward from integratedgraphics, but hardly intended for the latest titles with high resolution. However, if you are designing buildings, editing videos, or creating 3D content, the MX250 should give a decent performance boost.

    Speaker sound

    On the bottom of the Matebook 14, you'll see an air intake, as well as a pair of two-watt speakers and a microphone. As in the case of the 13-inch model, the sound is really good.

    The speakers provide excellent volume, but notsound muted or metallic when the laptop is on a flat surface. Close them, and you will hear the sound penetrate through the keyboard, while leaving the vent.

    The Huawei MateBook 14 is a great example.laptop manufacturers can use high-quality drivers for optimal sound, even when they have to place them on the bottom.

    SSD

    We get a Samsung NVMe PCIe SSD, as in13 inch model. The drive has a sequential read speed of 3,487 MB per second and a write speed of 2,019 MB. Unlike the 13-inch model, Huawei decided to create several partitions to emulate a multi-disk configuration.

    Thus, the “C” drive got 80 GB, and the “D” has 378 GB of memory, the remaining SSD capacity is directed to other partitions, which you will never use directly.

    Thanks to the integrated Core i7 processor andSamsung's high-speed solid-state drive, Windows 10 works very fast, whether you browse the Internet, download programs and applications, or watch video.

    Autonomy MateBook 14

    The Core i7 model uses a battery with a capacity of 57.4 W, which provides up to 15 hours of video playback. The indicator is based on 1080p video and brightness 150 nits.

    Since the average user does not have a meterillumination, which would properly match the brightness setting. A good way to determine battery autonomy is to loop the 1080p video at 50 and 100% brightness until the laptop goes out.

    In this test, the battery is Huawei MateBook 14worked 8 hours 30 minutes with a brightness of 100%. 50% of the battery worked 12 hours and 15 minutes. For comparison, the 13-inch version has a smaller 41.7 W battery, which worked 7 hours and 20 minutes at 100% and 8 hours and 30 minutes at 50%.

    Total

    As the name suggests, the Huawei MateBook 14 is an enlarged version of the MateBook 13. In terms of performance. it's a little better, despite the almost identical equipment.

    The only significant "update" is the MX250 graphics processor (although not by much) and the added ports. Here I miss the SD card slot and keyboard, which is in MateBook 13.

    Should I buy?

    If you are looking for a new business laptop, I advise you to look at the MateBook 13. If you need something more, the MateBook 14 is a good choice and a great performer, despite its bloated appearance.

    Benefits

    • Thin and light.
    • Beautiful Space Gray Design.
    • MX250 video card is more powerful.
    • Lots of connectivity options.
    • Excellent processor and drive performance.
    • Good sound for low-performance speakers.

    disadvantages

    • No SD card slot.
    • Camera on the keyboard.
    • Huawei Share is compatible with 4 phones only.

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