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Honor MagicBook 14: Ryzen 5 with top performance

A lot of performance for little money: The Honor MagicBook 14
A lot of performance for little money: The Honor MagicBook 14
Once again, Honor squeezes everything out from an AMD processor. However, the MagicBook 14 is also an excellent laptop apart from the processor performance.

Performance in laptops usually goes downhill after a short time when high loads have to be maintained for a prolonged period of time. This is also the case with the Honor MagicBook 14, although the drop is only very minor, and performance is still much higher than in other laptops with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U even after the small drop.

The rest of Honor's laptop remains high-quality, as usual, and visually unchanged, which also affects the configuration, though. This means that there is still no memory card reader installed, and the webcam is still located in the inconvenient worm's-eye perspective below the screen. The maintenance options are also mediocre, whereby the SSD and the WLAN module can still be replaced.

For buyers, this means that they have to pay attention to their RAM requirements before their purchase. However, since the Honor MagicBook 14 doesn't cost more than 700 Euros (~$855) even with 16 GB of RAM, the slightly better configuration can be opted for directly in case of doubt.

Honor's laptop earns a big plus point for its battery life. Our review sample lasted for over 14 hours in WLAN mode, whereby many optimization options were already disabled here. Therefore, even longer runtimes are possible with the various performance optimization and energy-saving features provided by Windows and AMD.

Thanks to the fast-charging USB power adapter, the battery is back to 100% after just under two hours. Our review shows the deeper impression that the Honor MagicBook 14 left on us.


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Mike Wobker, 2020-12-23 (Update: 2020-12-21)