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Huawei Matebook D 14 2020 review: office laptop

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  • Specifications Huawei Matebook D 14 2020
  • The most important differences
  • Design and connectors
  • Laptop display
  • Keyboard and touchpad
  • Keyboard camera
  • Iron productivity
  • Huawei Share OneHop
  • Sound quality
  • The fingerprint scanner
  • Autonomy Huawei Matebook D 14 2020
  • Total
  • Should I buy?
  • Last year, the Matebook D 14 was even recognizedone of the most popular laptops. It's time to test his successor. What does the Huawei Matebook D 14 2020 offer? What has changed from the previous generation?

    In fact, the Matebook D 14 2020 is very similar to the 2019 version, with rubber feet that make it much easier to use on flat surfaces, the same port and connector layout.

    Read also: Huawei Matebook D 15 (2020) review: updated laptop

    Specifications Huawei Matebook D 14 2020

    • IPS screen 14-inch 1920×1080 pixels, 16:9, matte.
    • Четырехъядерный процессор AMD Ryzen 5 3500U.
    • Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics.
    • Operating system Windows 10 Home.
    • 8GB DDR4 RAM.
    • 512 GB of internal SSD storage.
    • 1MP webcam, fingerprint scanner.
    • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 and 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0.
    • Two microphones and two speakers of 2 watts.
    • USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen1), full size USB 3.0, USB 2.0 port, HDMI out, 3.5mm jack.
    • 56 Wh battery,
    • Size and weight: 322.5 × 214.8 × 15.9 mm, 1.38 kg.
    • Price: from 52 thousand rubles. ($800).

    The most important differences

    You will probably immediately say that the price, and you willright - for a new laptop we will pay 5,000 more than last year. But, it's not just that the manufacturer raised the price without giving anything in return.

    It turns out that we have a new processor at our disposalRyzen 5 3500U (instead of Ryzen 5 2500U), twice the internal memory - 512 GB (was 256 GB), Bluetooth 5.0 (4.1) and a fingerprint scanner that was absent on its predecessor. Support for the Huawei Share OneHop feature has also been added, which I will describe in more detail below.

    The frame above the screen is narrower, which has becomemade possible by moving the webcam to a key between F6 and F7, and the speakers - I think a rather controversial decision - were moved to the bottom of the case (previously they were in front, on both sides of the keyboard). It's worth noting that there's a 56Wh battery rather than a 57.4Wh one, as well as a reduced weight of 1.38kg versus 1.45kg.

    Of the visual changes, it is worth noting thatThe outer side of the laptop lid is decorated with a shiny Huawei lettering without the company logo. In turn, I negatively assess the change in color of the plastic surrounding the hinge, from silver to black. It looks worse and gives the impression that we are dealing with a cheap device, which, in the case of its predecessor, was harder to say.

    Design and connectors

    I don't like black plastic on laptops, it lookscheap. At the same time, its quantity is still acceptable, the frames surrounding the screen on the sides are rather narrow, in contrast to the one below it. The entire hinge of the Huawei Matebook D 14 2020 is also made of black plastic, which I don't like. But, this is a matter of taste. Now we have one loop, not two, which is also worth paying attention to. Designs with two hinges are more reliable, while with one they are more difficult to damage.

    On the right side we have USB and 3.5mmaudio jack, on the left - USB, USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen1) and HDMI. USB ports are not highlighted, however, USB 3.0 is on the left, USB 2.0 on the right. What I miss here is a microSD card slot - it was not in the predecessor, nor is it in the new generation.

    The body is made of aluminum, in terms ofquality is quite good. The fact is that it bends under pressure, although in reality you have to use force, there is no deflection in normal use. Near the touchpad there is a recess that makes it easier to open the lid - this is a nice addition.

    Laptop display

    The first and most important feature for me,concerning the screen of Huawei Matebook D 14 2020 is that it tilts 180 degrees. This is extremely useful when working on the knee, and in a semi-recumbent position. It's also worth noting that we won't see this feature in the larger D 15 2020 model.

    What else I appreciated in Matebook D 14 2020 ismatte matrix. It doesn't matter to me that it's not sensory. Laptops with matte screens allow you to work in any conditions without reflecting everything that surrounds us, as is the case with shiny panels.

    The device is equipped with an IPS-matrix with a diagonal of 14inches and a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, in 16:9 format. These values ​​are standard and hard to complain about. The quality of the displayed content is ok, readability is also non-flickering at lower brightness values. In a word: everything is great.

    Screen brightness, whether it is minimum ormaximum is at a very high level. The lowest level is so low that working on a laptop after dark with the lights off is a pleasure. A night display mode is available, which changes the color temperature to a warmer one while reducing blue light. We can turn it on manually or on a set schedule. Maximum brightness, good on sunny days.

    Keyboard and touchpad

    I could insert here what is written aboutkeyboard and touchpad in last year's Matebook D 14 review, nothing has changed. We are still dealing with a full-fledged keyboard, most importantly - comfortable, which is hard to find fault with.

    The distance between the keys, as well as their size andstep without a hitch. Function buttons are located in the last (sixth) row, i.e. farthest from the user. This is where we can adjust the brightness of the display or the volume of the speakers, as well as the camera for video calls.

    The F7 has a hidden feature that activates or deactivates the microphone when it's off, a small LED light is on in the upper right corner (a solution for those who value privacy).

    Keyboard Huawei Matebook D 14 2020 backlitWe have two levels of brightness at our disposal. She's not annoying at all, so family members shouldn't complain during your evening or nighttime sessions.

    The touchpad is large, works without problems, reacting toall commands, including multitouch. The left and right mouse buttons are in their usual place. I got the impression that although the left one worked without problems, the right one showed a lot of resistance when pressed (I don’t know why).

    If someone needs an inexpensive laptop for work, and his task is to type a lot of text, he can safely rely on this equipment.

    Keyboard camera

    I make very few video calls, only once, pera month, maybe about a dozen times a year. Therefore, the location or presence of a webcam in a laptop does not matter to me. But, I know that there are people for whom the webcam is one of the most used tools in their work. And here they are unlikely to be satisfied.

    The fact that the Huawei Matebook D 14 webcam2020 has been placed in the F6.5 key (hee hee), that is, between F6 and F7, which means we have a narrower frame above the screen. More importantly, however, the fact that such an arrangement makes us look differently is hardly a comfortable position.

    However, this solution is better for people who care about their privacy and/or rarely use the webcam on a laptop.

    Iron productivity

    An AMD Ryzen 5 3500U quad-core processor, Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics, Windows 10 Home, and 8GB of DDR4 RAM power the Huawei Matebook D 14 2020.

    I must admit I'm happy with the performancetested device. The laptop performs very well during typical office tasks, reliably supporting the browser, Word, Excel, and simple graphics programs. In addition, it is quiet, and the situation only changes when you run more advanced programs (which require a little patience) or games. The laptop is also prone to heat at the bottom.

    And how does the Matebook D 14 2020 work in games?In MSI Afterburner, we encountered a problem with laptop components, so during the test, the graphics card was running at over 65000% performance. Also, the only valid values ​​it displayed were frames per second.

    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was launched on720p (Full HD caused a crash), the process was 25 to 27 fps. Things are much better at Two Point Hospital. Low settings, Full HD resolution and 35 to 40 fps. Total War Warhammer, is able to load a lot of non-weak computers. I used the built-in benchmark to check the optimal settings for this title and was very disappointed. Full HD low or very low, and the result is 20 to 30 frames.

    This graphics card is not capable of providing a smooth gaming experience even in the simplest games. If you're looking for something for gaming, this laptop might not be for you.

    As for the modules used, we have WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0, both work flawlessly.

    Huawei Share OneHop

    I am very happy that Huawei decided to make HuaweiShare OneHop accessible to their cheap laptops. The function allows, among other things, to transfer photos and videos by bringing the smartphone closer to the laptop keyboard. Unfortunately, it only works with Huawei smartphones and EMUI version 9.0 or Magic UI 2.0.

    Just sending media isn't everything.In my opinion, the option to recognize text on images is also very important. Aside from the fact that it doesn't accurately handle some Russian characters, it works surprisingly well.

    Sound quality

    At first I felt a little disappointed indue to the fact that the speakers on the front of the device were shifted to the bottom. Everything turned out to be completely wrong. Changing their location had a positive effect on the sound quality, which was confirmed by my colleagues, whose hearing is much more sensitive than mine.

    Although in the case of last year's Matebook 14, you havethere could be doubts about the quality of the reproduced sound. The sound in the new model is loud and clear, multi-dimensional, spacious - leaves a pleasant impression.

    The fingerprint scanner

    The Matebook D 14 2019 did not offer us a fingerprint scanner. Its successor corrects a past mistake and does so in a very comfortable style.

    The fingerprint scanner in the Matebook D 14 2020 ison the right edge of the laptop, next to the Dell button. It is integrated with the switch, just tap it to log in to log in after a while. A simple and effective solution that works clean and well - I have not noticed any problems associated with it.

    Autonomy Huawei Matebook D 14 2020

    Compared to its predecessor, the battery in the Matebook D 14 2020 has been slightly reduced (56 vs. 57.4 Wh). However, this did not affect the autonomy of the laptop.

    Tests show that the device is easywithstands 7 hours of normal office work with panel brightness in the lower ranges. With the battery set to "highest performance", I sometimes got 8 hours.

    Charging takes about an hour and forty minutes.

    Total

    If you've read the Matebook D 15 2020 review, alreadyknow that I think this model is too expensive. But, Huawei Matebook D 14 2020 is much more interesting, and only a few thousand more expensive. Just look at things like the 180-degree screen tilt, backlit keyboard, double the storage, and long battery life. They clearly show the advantage of the 14" version over the 15.6" for me.

    The question, however, is not whether the Matebook D 14 2020 or Matebook D 15 2020 is better (you already know the answer - it's obvious to me), but is it worth buying either of them?

    Should I buy?

    Compared to last year's model, the updatehas a fingerprint scanner, a smaller bezel above the screen (caused by moving the webcam to the keyboard), as well as twice the amount of memory and a new processor. The changes are noticeable, but I'm not sure if it's worth the difference in price, as it is quite tangible at the time of publication of the review.

    What do you think of the Matebook D 14 2020? Comments are at your disposal.

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