Nowadays, the competition in the notebook market is becoming more and more fierce. It’s mainly related to the fact that many smartphone makers want to try their chance in this market as well. And they succeed. The best example is Xiaomi. But the competition it tough not only inside the certain niches but between brands as well. If you guess we are talking about Huawei, which has launched its first laptop a few months ago. The Honor MagicBook is a high-end laptop with a great design, hardware, and affordable pricing.
Honor MagicBook Appearance
The housing of this laptop is made of metal with a matte finish and a nice texture. The design of the A side is very simple. There is only the brand’s logo in the upper right corner of the notebook.
There is no air inlet hole on the back of the notebook body. The four corners are provided with non-slip feet. The sides have large openings for the speakers. The Honor MagicBook is over-processed at the edge, which has a certain advantage compared with other models at the same price.
Our protagonist sports a 14-inch screen, with the popular narrow-frame design. It uses an anti-glare IPS screen with a resolution of 1920×1080.
We used the Starscream 5 professional colorimeter to test the screen. The results show the Honor MagicBook screen can cover 64% sRGB color gamut and 46% NTSC color gamut. It also supports eye protection mode, which can adjust the color temperature. This is a very intimate function for users who often use notebooks at night.
The maximum opening and closing angle of the screen reaches 180°.
The keyboard has a 1.3m keystroke. Generally, the keys provide a good feeling when typing. They come with a quick rebound feedback. The white backlight with three levels of adjustable brightness makes it easier to use in the dark.
The notebook’s touchpad feels delicate, and Honor has increased it in size to make it easier to use as well.
The Honor MagicBook combines the fingerprint unlocking with the power button. The two steps of turning on and unlocking can be performed at the same time. In an emergency, the system can be executed in the fastest time.
In use, you can find the sensitivity of fingerprint recognition is very high, and it can be unlocked at various angles. It is very convenient and fast. The experience is very good.
On the right side, we can find a headset jack as well as a USB 2.0 port.
On the left side of the fuselage, there is a USB Type-C interface, HDMI interface, and USB 3.0 interface.
The Honor MagicBook has a body thickness of 15.8mm, a bare metal weight of 1.45kg, and a travel weight of 1.64kg. It has certain advantages compared to the same size products. This is a very portable laptop.
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Honor MagicBook Special Features
As a brand that entered the notebook field for the first time, Honor has added different elements. The innovative concept also brings a different experience to users. The Honor MagicBook sports three features that are not available in traditional notebooks.
First, it comes with four speakers. In addition to the two speakers on the D side, there are also high-pitched speakers on both sides of the keyboard for a high and low-frequency division. They can provide users with excellent audio and video performance when watching a video.
Second, the Honor MagicBook supports 2 x 2 MIMO dual-antenna WiFi, which has been tested for compatibility with more than 200 routers on the market. It can effectively capture signals and improve network speed.
Third, it can be adapted to the smartphone through the Magic-Link connection mode. It can be easily connected to the phone through Huawei computer housekeeper. The transmission speed between them can be as fast as 1GB/min. An automatic backup can be realized.
Another very intimate feature is that when you leave your MagicBook with your phone, the notebook will automatically lock the screen to protect your privacy. It is very intimate for the Honor phone users.
Honor MagicBook Performance
The Honor MagicBook is equipped with a Core i5-8250U processor, MX150 graphics card, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD. The processor adopts a quad-core and eight-thread design, clocked at 1.6GHz, core frequency is 3.4GHz, and thermal design power consumption is 15W. We used CineBench R15 to test the performance of the processor. The final multi-core score is 587cb and the single-core score is 141cb. It’s an excellent performance.
We also used the GPU-Z to test the GPU performance. You can see the core frequency of the graphics card is 1469MHz, which is the ‘full-blood version (TDP 25W)’ of MX150.
We used 3DMark’s Cloud Gate mode to test the graphics card as well. The final graphics score is 19,189. Compared with many products with the MX150 graphics card, the score is higher, which can support some game requirements in daily use.
In terms of memory, the Honor MagicBook uses a dual-channel LPDDR3 RAM, which can double the theoretical bandwidth compared to the single-channel memory used in many notebooks, resulting in faster read and write speeds. While ensuring performance, LPDDR3 memory has lower power consumption. Therefore, the notebook’s battery life is also improved.
The laptop uses a SanDisk 256GB solid state drive. We use the CrystalDiskMark to test its speed. The continuous read speed is 546.9MB/s and the continuous write speed is 506.3MB/s.
In terms of heat dissipation, after using the AIDA 64 tool to fully test the notebook for 20 minutes, the temperature is recorded using a thermal imager. The maximum temperature is 52.9° degrees Celsius, and the control is not bad. But there is a large area of heat accumulation in the left center of the keyboard.
If you use a notebook for a long time, it will have a certain impact; the high-temperature area on the back of the notebook is concentrated in the middle of the upper position.
The Honor MagicBook features a 57.4Wh large-capacity battery. With a 50% brightness, 20% volume, and turned off background software, we played one hour of 1080P video continuously. The battery drainage 8% only, which is enough to support 12 hours.
The disassembling of this notebook is relatively simple. You can remove the screws and open it. Once done, we can see the internal workmanship is relatively regular. The heat dissipation part adopts a thick and thin heat pipe, and the whole fan is coated with copper to maximize the heat dissipation effect.
Users can upgrade the 2280 SSD and wireless network card by themselves. The memory is onboard and cannot be replaced.
The Final Words
As the first product of Honor to enter the notebook market, the MagicBook is believed that can bring enough surprises to users. For example, dual-antenna WiFi, four-channel speakers, and 12-hour long battery life are the best proof.
Compared with many traditional notebooks, it sports distinct features and advantages. While enhancing the user experience, the Honor MagicBook also has a super high-cost performance. So this is a highly recommended laptop.
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Honor MagicBook Review
Design & Build - 8.4/10
Display - 8.2/10
Harware & Performance - 8/10
OS & Connectivity - 8/10
Battery - 8/10