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Huawei Matebook 14 review: beautiful, fast and efficient

Three months after its official arrival on the Portuguese market, the time has come to offer you our test of the Huawei Matebook 14, which should not be confused with the Matebook D14, which we have already made available for our review here.

Design and display

This version of MateBook fits perfectly into anything you need, whether for school, business use, or just entertainment. It comes in a very nice silver color and weighs only 1.53kg, which is acceptable for a laptop with a 14 inch screen, whose chassis is built entirely of metal.
It has two USB ports (one USB 2.0, one USB 3.0) and one USB Type-C port, one full-size HDMI output, and one 3.5mm headphone input. This makes it very well equipped, as it allows you to use various peripherals and USB peripherals, without adapters. A LAN port may be missing, but its absence is already common in the latest equipment, not only from Huawei.
This USB Type-C port can handle data transfers and DisplayPort video output.

Its speakers are located at the bottom of the chassis, with small grilles on the left and right sides and a longer grille on the rear. These have the Dolby Atmos signature and sound a bit better than the speakers on most common laptops, but don’t expect very good sonic wonders.

And as with the Matebook D14, this laptop’s webcam is “hidden” under the key dedicated to that function, appearing when you press it. In theory, that’s a smart idea, as the distance of the camera from the screen allows the top bezel of the screen to be slimmer, and anyone with privacy concerns can hide it very easily. However, in practice, he’s at an unflattering angle, since sitting in front of him, he’s pointing to the chest, not our face (at least in my case). Then we still have a few drawbacks, for example, typing on the keyboard during a video call will make it easier for those on the other side to have a close-up of our hands.

It also has a fingerprint sensor, which is mounted directly to the power button, and works reliably and almost instantly.
As already revealed, the Matebook 14 screen, as the name suggests, has 14 inches. This is an IPS panel with a 3: 2 aspect ratio and a maximum resolution of 2160×1440, which is a resolution of 2K. It has a 90% screen-to-body ratio which gives it a really premium look. Plus, it has a good contrast ratio, with a 100% sRGB color gamut that makes them look really bright and vibrant. But these are not the only advantages of this screen, since it is in fact a touch screen, with 10 multi-touch points. And to protect our eyesight, Huawei has equipped this equipment with technology to reduce blue light.

Inside the Huawei Matebook 14

This laptop is a real racehorse, and its performance is truly impressive, as it combines an Intel Core i7-10510U with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe SSD.

Another advantage of the Huawei MateBook 14 is its Nvidia MX350 graphics chip. Comparing it to the Matebook D14, the Radeon Vega 8, it offers a huge performance boost, which is noticeable in many situations, especially in games.

Its high capacity battery has 56Wh which Huawei promises to last over 14 hours of use. However, in my testing I was unable to do more than 9 hours on a single charge, let alone in the process, it’s just plain brutal. This battery can be recharged via the USB Type-C port and has fast charging technology. In my testing, it took me almost 2 hours to fully charge the laptop battery with the 65W charger that came with it. Interestingly, this same charger is also suitable for smartphones that support Huawei SuperCharge technology, which means that you can use it, for example in the office, to charge your smartphone.

Final verdict

Compared to the Matebook D14, this Matebook 14 is by far a better option. It comes with all the good things the D14 already had such as a full metal body, a premium finish, and a really interesting design. But this one comes with several “boosts” that make it even more desirable. Starting with its screen, which has a higher resolution, which makes it much more pleasing to the eye, not to mention the fact that it is sensitive to the touch. Then, the combination of processor, RAM and SSD makes this Matebook 14 one of the fastest laptops I have ever tested, and which brings new life to Windows 10 Home, which powers it.

As such: The Huawei Matebook 14 is beautiful, fast and efficient. What more do we want from a laptop?

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