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Honor MagicBook 14 (2021): What does the Tiger Lake upgrade bring us?

Offers hardly any more performance than the AMD model: The Honor MagicBook 14 with a Tiger Lake CPU
Offers hardly any more performance than the AMD model: The Honor MagicBook 14 with a Tiger Lake CPU
This year's model upgrade of the MagicBook 14 uses Intel's Tiger Lake CPUs instead of AMD processors. However, we have to search for improvements with a magnifying glass.
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When updating laptop models, the design often remains the same and current hardware improves the performance. This is also what we expected when testing the MagicBook 14, which Honor presents with an unchanged design in 2021. This also includes an unchanged selection of connections.

Instead of an AMD CPU, Honor now uses Intel processors, making the MagicBook 14 (2021) either available with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 or an Intel Core i7-1165G7. In our test, we compared the latter with previous year's model with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U.

With this, the CPU performance remained almost the same and the whole system performance only improved marginally. Thanks to 16 GB of working memory in a dual-channel configuration, the internal Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 was able to achieve a better graphics performance than was the case with the Radeon RX Vega 6 of the AMD processor.

Due to the higher power consumption of the Intel CPU while the battery capacity remained unchanged at 56 Wh, the battery life dropped considerably in our WLAN test. Instead of lasting more than 14 hours like last year's AMD model, the Tiger Lake laptop only lasted for less than 10 hours.

We also noticed a compromise in terms of the display. While this now produces a higher brightness and better color space coverage, the contrast ratio and black value became worse.

Our test shows what else has changed in the Honor MagicBook 14 with Intel's Tiger Lake CPU.

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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 444 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 266 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Mike Wobker, 2021-05-25 (Update: 2021-05-23)