In 2021, the choice of laptops is too wide. They vary greatly in both price and performance. It is difficult to find something balanced and of the highest quality.
Today an ultrabook fell into my hands Huawei MateBook 14… This does not mean that I will only praise him, he has flaws. However, in general, it has very few downsides. So much so that I even thought about how to “persuade” the editorial office to leave it to me, I liked the device so much.
Stylish design, compact body
Arriving at the office, I was very skeptical. Another Windows laptop, so what? But everything has changed since the first unpacking.
The box contains the most modest set. Actually, the laptop itself, charging with a separate cable and documentation. However, I was pleasantly pleased with the fact that this “cord” is not combined with the “plug”, which means that in the event of a breakdown, the latter can be used with other power adapters.
It comes in the box at 65W, so you’ll have to look for a compatible one for a better experience. If you don’t put too much pressure on the device, then a 20-watt iPhone 12 will do just fine to maintain the same energy level.
Externally and tactilely premium materials are felt. The all-metal case with a matte finish looks expensive, and the classic black color only emphasizes this.
What I like is that, thanks to the matte body, it practically does not leave fingerprints on it. In which case, it is easy to wipe them off by hand.
The build quality is also high. Nothing loosens and staggers anywhere. At the same time, as in the MacBook, the ultrabook cover can open with one fingerwithout touching the bottom panel. The hinge is moderately tight and moves smoothly.
For reference, dimensions: 307.5 x 223.8 x 15.9 mm… This is a fairly compact device, despite the rather big display. This was achieved due to the fact that the frames are almost invisible. They are very thin. You see in front of you only the screen itself and that’s it. Is that there is a small “chin” below, but it is not unnerving either.
The power button is the same Fingerprint’s scanner… There are no questions for him either, it works with lightning speed, Windows Hello runs inside the system.
What else I would like to note separately is the keyboard. The key travel is very smooth and pleasant, almost inaudible. This is a quiet device in all aspects (I’ll talk about others a little later).
By the way, have you noticed anything from the photo yet? Yes, there is no front camera in the screen. She is hidden under one of the keys keyboard. Conspiracy theorists and constant surveillance will be pleased.
However, there is also a drawback here: the angle of inclination of the front camera cannot be adjusted, she will always look at you from the same point, from the same angle. Although I personally don’t care at all, I hardly ever use video.
By the way, there is a two-level button illumination. It is soft and does not hit the eyes at night.
The touchpad works fine. Probably better than most Windows competitors, although it is inferior in speed and clarity to the MacBook (after all, this is now the standard). The press is clear and quiet.
Moreover, an NFC module is hidden in the touchpad itself for quick connection with Android devices. In particular, with Huawei smartphones via Huawei Share. I will not dwell on it now, but I note that it can be useful for quick access to files, for example, to a photo. That is, they chose a photo on a smart, brought it to the touchpad and got it on the ultrabook screen. There are many scenarios.
He is almost weightless
Hussein MateBook 14 weighs only 1.49 kg… It can be conveniently put into your bag or backpack. You won’t even notice how the weight has increased.
I was completely satisfied with this state of affairs, given that this is a 14-inch model. In comparison, the MacBook Pro 13 weighs 1.37 kg. The difference of 100 grams is not noticeable.
The display evokes incredible emotions
So, the first thing that really struck me when turning on the laptop was the screen. It is juicy, very clear and bright enough.
The display of the laptop has received an 8-bit matrix from BOE with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The screen resolution is 2160 × 1440 pixels, the pixel density is 185 ppi. I guarantee you won’t see a single pixel on this screen, even at Full HD (1920 x 1080).
By the way, at first it was even a little unusual for me to use the MateBook 14 due to the fact that it does not have the classic aspect ratio of 16: 9 or 16:10, but 3:2… It is more square, so Windows at the maximum resolution automatically turned on the increase of the interface up to 150% instead of the standard 100%.
This solution will be appreciated by those who use a laptop at a professional level. In this regard, it is probably even a little more convenient than the MacBook. This display is just made for photo editors, video editing and more.
In addition, the screen itself is also not simple, but sensory… You can make small strokes with the stylus in drawings.
As for the glare, the situation here is also quite rosy. I worked with the MateBook in the park in bright sunny weather and did not suffer much. Yes, the display still does glare, but 300 nits (although in fact it’s probably more) make themselves felt. Working outdoors is comfortable.
There is no integrated graphics, but he does not need it. Thanks, Intel
Finally, let’s move on to performance. In my head, as, I think, many have, there is an idea that if you have an ultrabook in front of you, it means that it is small and quiet, but weak. And that’s not true.
The Huawei MateBook 14 has one of two powerful Intel processors: Core i5 or Core i7. I tested the version with Core i7-1165G7.
In addition to this, the ultrabook has 16 GB of RAM (DDR4 @ 3200 MHz) and 512 GB SSD.
Above, I said that everything works well without integrated graphics, and I was not cunning. The ultrabook is equipped with a powerful “embedded” Intel Iris Xe. Its performance is sufficient for even the most demanding games.
It is clear that playing even at medium settings in AAA titles will not work, but they will produce about 30 FPS at HD-Full HD resolution. For example, I was able to comfortably play Days Gone at 28-37fps at a resolution of 1440×900 pixels.
In Red Dead Redemption 2, the new product produces a stable 30 fps with a minimum setting of 720p.
When editing heavy videos, too, there are no special problems. There are no friezes and long “reflections” in the rendering process.
In general, a normal replacement for the absent normal “vidyuha”. This is salvation and blessing.
Still not enough ports
The set of built-in ports here is as standard as possible:
The problem is that there is only one USB-C port. It is used both for charging and for connecting external devices. That is, you have to decide what exactly you need at a particular moment in time. Not very comfortable.
The second point is that there is no microSD reader. Here you will have to use either an adapter or transfer files wirelessly. The latter is not available everywhere.
Opening times are a little confusing
As for the battery life, for me personally, the issue is controversial. In general, the ultrabook lasts a little more than a day at minimum loads, but if you raise them to medium, the situation changes a lot.
For example, when working with documents, I needed a gadget somewhere for 7-8 hours… This is not the worst result, and even quite good, but looking at the MacBook, I would still like a little more.
In games or other resource-intensive tasks, a 56 Wh battery “leaks” in 2-3 hours. But when connected to an outlet, performance can increase by about 5%. For the same games, this is about 5-10 FPS, depending on the title.
Curiously, even at high loads, it does not rattle like most Windows laptops. Two built-in head fans are enough to enjoy moderate silence.
And yet he’s amazing
Despite the lack of some ports and not the best autonomy, the Huawei MateBook 14 is a perfectly balanced ultrabook in terms of price / quality ratio.
For 79,990 rubles we get powerful hardware with an 11th generation Core i5, a gorgeous 14-inch screen, quiet operation and a well-made case. The version with Core i7 will cost 94,990 rubles.
Why aren’t you ordering it yet ?! I highly recommend doing this now.
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