Huawei Matebook 14 (i7-8565U) Review: Affordable buying laptop (2019)

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The MateBook 14 is quicker than the 2018 MateBook X Pro while offering a phenomenal 3:2 showcase rather than the universal 16:9 structure factor. In spite of the fact that amazing for the size, CPU Turbo Boost could be better and the absence of Thunderbolt 3 is glaring considering the >$1000 asking cost.

The mid-run Huawei MateBook 14 is intended to sit in the middle of the spending limit MateBook D 14 and leader MateBook X Pro regarding highlights and cost. As a general rule, nonetheless, it really looks and performs a lot nearer to the higher-end MateBook X Pro. Clients who need a bigger showcase than the 13-inch MateBook 13 without paying more for the X Pro model will discover the 14-inch MateBook 14 to merit a look.

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Dissimilar to other prevalent Ultrabooks in the market, the MateBook 14 is one of a kind on account of its 3:2 viewpoint proportions. It’s likewise one of only a handful few donning a GeForce MX250 GPU alternative rather than the more seasoned GeForce MX150 to be more graphically proficient than numerous contenders. In any case, regardless it contends legitimately with models like the Dell XPS 13 9380, HP Specter 13, Lenovo Yoga C930, Asus ZenBook S13 UX392, LG Gram 14, Acer Swift 7, Razer Blade Stealth, Microsoft Surface Laptop, and even Huawei’s own 13.9-inch MateBook X Pro. We’ll be contrasting the MateBook 14 with every one of these choices to perceive what it can convey to the table.

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The Huawei MateBook 14 will range from 1200 to 1500 Euros when it dispatches later this Summer contingent upon the CPU (i5-8265U or i7-8565U), GPU (UHD Graphics 620 or GeForce MX250 w/2 GB GDDR5 VRAM), stockpiling (256 GB or 512 GB), or RAM (8 GB or 16 GB LPDDR3-2166) choice. The IPS touchscreen show is fixed at 2160 x 1440 overall SKUs in the United States.


The MateBook X Pro is seemingly the most “MacBook-like” Windows PC from a visual angle and the MateBook 14 proceeds with this custom. Despite the fact that Huawei is publicizing the framework as a stage down from the MateBook X Pro, the MateBook 14 utilizes a similar body materials with a fundamentally the same as structure language to be almost undefined from the MateBook X Pro regarding surface and quality. The base, cover, and console focus are simply marginally progressively helpless to distorting or squeaking while applying moderate weight or bends for a general positive early introduction. Lighter options like the LG Gram 14 or Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X3N are perceptibly increasingly adaptable and not as sound.

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A couple Ultrabooks are significantly harder and more unbending than the Huawei MateBook 14. The HP Specter 13, Yoga C930, and Razer Blade Stealth feel more enduring than the Huawei. Thusly, these options have thicker bezels or littler screens.


Huawei keeps exchanging up the port choices between its MateBook frameworks. The Huawei MateBook 14 incorporates a full-estimate HDMI port not at all like on the MateBook 13 or X Pro, however it thus needs Thunderbolt 3 support. In this manner, its single USB Type-C port is utilized for charging, information, and DisplayPort which implies that clients will be unable to energize the PC on the off chance that they need to interface another USB Type-C gadget. A second USB Type-C port would have helped in such manner.

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Port situating is phenomenal as the ports are anything but difficult to reach and equally disseminated towards the back edges.

Huawei Matebook 14 Console

Key travel is recognizably shorter and marginally milder than on the MateBook X Pro and HP Specter 13. Key clack is calmer than most Ultrabooks including the XPS 13. Plainly Huawei is focusing on the vibe of a MacBook Air console.

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While the short travel functions admirably enough for the fundamental QWERTY keys, the littler Arrow keys and bigger Space and Enter keys feel spongier and not as firm as they could have been. Criticism isn’t uniform over all extraordinary key sizes. Clients relocating from work area consoles will need some an opportunity to end up acclimated with the MateBook 14 console.

The Huawei MateBook 14 has a similar console as our MateBook 14.

Huawei Matebook 14 Touchpad

The sizable clickpad (12.0 x 7.3 cm) is littler than on the MateBook X Pro (12.0 x 7.8 cm) and bigger than on the MateBook 13 (12.0 x 6.5 cm). Surface and float are generally comparative between every one of the three PCs. We encountered no stickiness or inconsistent cursor hopping regardless of the development speed. Then again, the coordinated mouse keys are supple and shallow for an unacceptable snap when squeezed.

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The 14-inch touchscreen is bigger than the 13.9-inch MateBook X Pro touchscreen however at a lower local goals for a lower PPI. It’s additionally somewhat dimmer and with a lower differentiate proportion too. Indeed, even in light of these weaknesses, the MateBook 14 show is still of brilliant fit for any leader Ultrabook. Brilliance, complexity, and shading space are equivalent to the 4K UHD XPS 13 and the reflexive glass overlay is more keen than a matte option. The Chi Mei P140KZA-BZ1 IPS board can be found on no other workstation in our database since this is the main mass market 14-inch 3:2 2160 x 1440 goals PC we are aware of. The phenomenal viewpoint proportion makes the Matebook 14 a superior choice for full-outline picture altering or expert introductions where the widescreen 16:9 might be unwanted.

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Strikingly, Huawei publicizes a backdrop illumination brilliance of just 300 nits while our very own free estimations demonstrate a normal splendor of 386 nits when set to most extreme. Clients who need a considerably more splendid showcase can in any case go for the MateBook X Pro, MacBook Pro 15, or Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N. Dark white reaction times are normal and equivalent to the MateBook X Pro.


The Whiskey Lake-U Core i5-8265U/i7-8565U CPU choices are an update from the last age Kaby Lake-R Core i5-8250U/i7-8550U as found on a year ago’s MateBook X Pro which was famous for its restricted Turbo Boost and underneath normal CPU execution.

The GeForce MX250 GPU is a rebadged GeForce MX150 as opposed to a genuine successor. As our benchmarks beneath will appear, the exhibition contrasts between these two GPUs can be exceptionally tight in certain conditions. Huawei is promising a quicker 25 W GPU this time while a year ago’s MateBook X Pro transported with a slower 10 W GPU.

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As indicated by CineBench R15, CPU execution is 6 to 10 percent quicker than the normal Core i7-8565U taken from 24 different workstations. Its multi-string execution score is 27 percent higher than the last age Core i5-8250U or i7-8550U as found on the 2018 MateBook X Pro.

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Execution manageability, be that as it may, paints an alternate picture on the grounds that the MateBook 14 is unfit to keep up quick Turbo Boost clock rates uncertainly. By running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a circle, we can watch an exhibition drop from 659 to 517 points as appeared by our diagram beneath. This 21 percent plunge is a lot more extreme than what we recorded on the Razer Blade Stealth outfitted with precisely the same CPU.

Battery of Huawei Matebook 14

Battery limit stays indistinguishable to the MateBook X Pro and MateBook D 14 at 57 Wh. Runtimes, in any case, are shorter than both by about an hour each. Results are still about equivalent to the 4K UHD XPS 13 or Asus ZenBook S13 UX392 at practically 8.5 long periods of certifiable WLAN use.

Reviving takes simply over 1.5 hours with the included AC connector. The AC connector can be utilized to energize other USB Type-C gadgets including cell phones and the MateBook X Pro.

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It’s significant that the workstation won’t charge or will charge amazingly gradually when gaming or running high loads. Battery limit changes by just 1 rate point like clockwork or so when running Witche.

Our verdict

The Huawei MateBook 14 makes the Microsoft Surface Laptop look out of date. It is obviously the unrivaled 3:2 PC regarding highlights, fabricate quality, show, and particularly illustrations execution for around a similar cost. In the event that the mix of a remarkable angle proportion and moderately elite GPU is engaging, at that point the MateBook 14 will be for you.

On the off chance that your aim is for the most part mixed media playback or gaming rather than word preparing or perusing, in any case, at that point an increasingly conventional 16:9 Ultrabook with Thunderbolt 3 availability like the Asus ZenBook S13 UX392 or Razer Blade Stealth would be a superior fit. The MX250 in the MateBook 14 is scarcely any superior to the MX150 in the MateBook 13 and CPU Turbo Boost execution stays frail.