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Honor MagicBook 14 in review: Enduring laptop with Ryzen 5 4500U

14 hours of battery life. The MateBook 14 is followed by the... MateBook 14. However, AMD's Ryzen 5 4500U takes performance to a whole new level in the current version. Not only is Honor's laptop powerful in everyday use but also extremely enduring. We'll show what else the 14-inch laptop has to offer in our review.
Mike Wobker, 👁 Andreas Osthoff (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪 🇮🇹 ...
Honor MagicBook 14

With the current version of the Honor MagicBook 14, the manufacturer is only offering an update to the latest hardware. However, this is not to be understood negatively, since the overall very good impression that we had of the predecessor model is maintained. Inside, there's now an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U that is supported by 16 GB of memory and a 512 GB SSD. The internal AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 GPU is responsible for displaying graphics content.

With this configuration, we put the MagicBook 14 up against the comparison devices listed below. You can also add more laptops from our database under each section.

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Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U (Magicbook Series)
Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U 6 x 2.3 - 4 GHz, Renoir (Zen 2)
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4, dual-channel
Display
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, Chi Mei CMN1404, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Storage
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G, 512 GB 
, 421 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Raven/Renoir/VanGogh/Cezanne - Audio Processor - HD Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, combined, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, USB-C
Networking
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.9 x 322.5 x 214.8 ( = 0.63 x 12.7 x 8.46 in)
Battery
56 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 9.9 MP, 16:9 (1280x720)
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Huawei PC Manager, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.38 kg ( = 48.68 oz / 3.04 pounds), Power Supply: 200 g ( = 7.05 oz / 0.44 pounds)
Price
700 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86 %
12/2020
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
R5 4500U, Vega 6
1.4 kg15.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
87 %
05/2020
Honor Magicbook 14
R5 3500U, Vega 8
1.4 kg16 mm14.00"1920x1080
83 %
07/2020
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
R5 4500U, Vega 6
1.6 kg18 mm14.00"1920x1080
85 %
06/2020
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
R3 4300U, Vega 5
1.2 kg16.55 mm14.00"1920x1080
86 %
08/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
R5 4500U, Vega 6
1.6 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080

Case - Robust 14-inch laptop

Size comparison

324 mm / 12.8 inch 238 mm / 9.37 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.6 kg3.53 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 220 mm / 8.66 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.6 kg3.52 lbs323.4 mm / 12.7 inch 218.9 mm / 8.62 inch 16.55 mm / 0.652 inch 1.2 kg2.65 lbs322.5 mm / 12.7 inch 214.8 mm / 8.46 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.4 kg3.04 lbs322.5 mm / 12.7 inch 214.8 mm / 8.46 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.4 kg3.04 lbs
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Connectivity - No memory card reader in the Honor laptop

Left side: 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C (simultaneous power supply), 1x USB 3.0, HDMI
Left side: 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C (simultaneous power supply), 1x USB 3.0, HDMI
Right side: Combined 3.5 mm audio jack, 1x USB 2.0
Right side: Combined 3.5 mm audio jack, 1x USB 2.0
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
72 MB/s ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (15.8 - 194, n=88, last 2 years)
71 MB/s ∼99%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
85.9 MB/s ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (17.2 - 205, n=85, last 2 years)
81.8 MB/s ∼95%

Communication

The MagicBook 14 achieves average speeds of 637 Mb/s for receiving data and 652 Mb/s for sending data with our Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router in WLAN. Therefore, it's similarly fast compared with the predecessor. While the Honor laptop can't hold its own against our test field when it comes to data reception, only the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 is faster in terms of data transmission.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1339 (617min - 1491max) MBit/s ∼100% +110%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
898 (695min - 935max) MBit/s ∼67% +41%
Average of class Office
  (60.8 - 1722, n=114, last 2 years)
893 MBit/s ∼67% +40%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
817 (738min - 851max) MBit/s ∼61% +28%
Honor Magicbook 14
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
685 (640min - 694max) MBit/s ∼51% +8%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
637 (613min - 660max) MBit/s ∼48%
Average Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
  (486 - 685, n=25)
627 MBit/s ∼47% -2%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1264 (638min - 1336max) MBit/s ∼100% +94%
Average of class Office
  (54.8 - 1775, n=113, last 2 years)
851 MBit/s ∼67% +31%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
652 (343min - 741max) MBit/s ∼52%
Honor Magicbook 14
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
646 (583min - 663max) MBit/s ∼51% -1%
Average Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
  (474 - 690, n=25)
639 MBit/s ∼51% -2%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
615 (580min - 641max) MBit/s ∼49% -6%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
557 (527min - 581max) MBit/s ∼44% -15%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø637 (613-660)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø641 (343-741)

Webcam

The Honor MagicBook 14 also uses one of the widespread but still very low-resolution 0.9 MP webcams. Accordingly, the image quality is mediocre. The ColorChecker Passport is captured much brighter than it should be, and details are blurry on our test chart.

ColorChecker
25.1 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
21.4 ∆E
26.1 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
23.6 ∆E
20.2 ∆E
17.1 ∆E
7 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
16 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U: 13.91 ∆E min: 3.84 - max: 26.07 ∆E

Security

The Honor MagicBook 14 offers a fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button. It recognized stored fingerprints very reliably in our test.

Accessories

Besides the laptop itself, the Honor MagicBook 14 only comes with a USB power adapter and a matching USB Type-C cable.

Maintenance

The SSD and the WLAN module are easily accessible inside Honor's laptop. RAM, on the other hand, is soldered and can't be expanded or replaced.

Honor MagicBook 14 - Maintenance options
Honor MagicBook 14 - Maintenance options

Warranty

Honor grants buyers of the MagicBook 14 a warranty period of 24 months.

Input devices - MagicBook 14 with keyboard backlighting

Since Honor has also left the input devices unchanged, we point you to the description in the review of the Honor MagicBook 14 with AMD's Ryzen 5 3500U.

Honor MagicBook 14 - Input devices
Honor MagicBook 14 - Input devices
Honor MagicBook 14 - Backlight
Honor MagicBook 14 - Backlight

Display - Full HD and pale colors

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Screen bleeding
Screen bleeding

Honor installs a 14-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels in the MagicBook 14. Compared with the predecessor model, the considerably lower average brightness of 252 cd/m² stands out in our measurements. The brightness distribution of 84% is no longer as high either.

In return, PWM now only starts at brightness levels below 40% and is better suited for users with sensitive eyes due to the relatively high frequency of 25,000 Hz.

242
cd/m²
273
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
254
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
252
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei CMN1404
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 273 cd/m² Average: 251.6 cd/m² Minimum: 5.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 274 cd/m²
Contrast: 1506:1 (Black: 0.18 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.6 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6, calibrated: 3.8
ΔE Greyscale 4.1 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
67.7% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 43% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.03
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
Chi Mei CMN1404, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Honor Magicbook 14
BOE CQ TV140FHM-NH1, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
BOE0868, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AU Optronics B140HAN04.0, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
B140HAN05.7, a-Si IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Response Times
-32%
-31%
4%
1%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
44 (23.6, 20.4)
44.8 (24.4, 20.4)
-2%
40 (22, 18)
9%
42 (20, 22)
5%
46.4 (23.2, 23.2)
-5%
Response Time Black / White *
28.8 (16.4, 12.4)
34 (19.2, 14.8)
-18%
30 (17, 13)
-4%
28 (16, 12)
3%
27.2 (16.8, 12.4)
6%
PWM Frequency
25000 (40)
5952 (99)
-76%
192 (90)
-99%
Screen
6%
-12%
-4%
-10%
Brightness middle
271
311
15%
277
2%
256
-6%
281
4%
Brightness
252
296
17%
270
7%
237
-6%
264
5%
Brightness Distribution
84
92
10%
88
5%
81
-4%
87
4%
Black Level *
0.18
0.18
-0%
0.285
-58%
0.17
6%
0.25
-39%
Contrast
1506
1728
15%
972
-35%
1506
0%
1124
-25%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.6
5.3
5%
5.53
1%
5.43
3%
5.8
-4%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
18.9
18.5
2%
10.68
43%
19.73
-4%
22.3
-18%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
3.8
4.2
-11%
4.43
-17%
4.8
-26%
4.9
-29%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.1
3.5
15%
6.2
-51%
3.29
20%
3.2
22%
Gamma
2.03 108%
2.1 105%
2.34 94%
2.52 87%
2.15 102%
CCT
7253 90%
7078 92%
7342 89%
6840 95%
6452 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
43
42.5
-1%
38
-12%
36
-16%
36.2
-16%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
67.7
65.8
-3%
59
-13%
57
-16%
56.9
-16%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-13% / -2%
-22% / -16%
0% / -3%
-5% / -9%

* ... smaller is better

Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 67.7%
Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 67.7%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 43%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 43%

While our measurements show an unchanged and still very good black level of 0.18 cd/m² for the MagicBook 14's display, the contrast ratio drops from 1,728:1 to 1,506:1. Colors are still very well separated from each other, though. Color space-coverage has increased very slightly to 67.7% (sRGB) and 43% (AdobeRGB). With these rates, the MagicBook 14 is only surpassed in our test field by its predecessor.

The CalMAN analysis also shows that the display reproduces colors with a deviation out of the box, and there's also a visible blue tint. This condition can be almost completely compensated for by means of calibration, but the high color deviations remain. The panel is, therefore, not suitable for image-editing. The corresponding ICC file can be found in the window located at the top, to the right of the display's brightness distribution graph.

CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Color accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscales (calibrated)
Honor MagicBook 14 in outdoor use
Honor MagicBook 14 in outdoor use
Honor MagicBook 14 in outdoor use
Honor MagicBook 14 in outdoor use

Outdoors, the MagicBook 14 can be used well especially in places in the shade or on cloudy days. The matte screen surface also prevents annoying glare and reflections.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
28.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 12.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 67 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23.6 ms rise
↘ 20.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 63 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 25000 Hz ≤ 40 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 25000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 40 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 25000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9644 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 151500) Hz was measured.

The IPS panel of the MagicBook 14 is very viewing-angle stable. Image content can be seen from almost any angle without it being displayed with distortions or inaccurate colors.

Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability

Performance - Unabated Ryzen 5 4500U

Honor targets mobile office users with the MagicBook 14. The installed AMD Ryzen 5 4500U is the only CPU option, and no dedicated graphics card is offered. The RAM configuration, on the other hand, is variable, but users should make sure they have enough memory before buying due to the lack of expansion options.

Honor MagicBook 14 - CPUz
Honor MagicBook 14 - CPUz
Honor MagicBook 14 - CPUz
Honor MagicBook 14 - CPUz
Honor MagicBook 14 - HWiNFO
Honor MagicBook 14 - GPUz
 
 

Processor

AMD's Ryzen 5 4500U offers six cores that operate at clock rates of up to 4 GHz. The base clock speed is 2.6 GHz, and Hyper-Threading is not supported. How long high clock rates can be maintained depends largely on the cooling system. In the MagicBook 14, the processor can unfold its performance in an excellent way and dominates the test field even after a drop of approximately 5% shortly after the start of our endurance test.

The MagicBook 14 is equipped with Huawei's "PC Manager" software. It offers a mode for higher performance and a mode for balanced system load. If the latter is enabled, the individual results in the Cinebench R15 benchmark are about 10% lower than what is shown here. If the user deactivates the software, performance is consistently on par with the Performance Mode.

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Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: Ø906 (894.39-958.29)
Honor Magicbook 14 AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø651 (646.48-668.95)
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: Ø761 (743.73-893.95)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B AMD Ryzen 3 4300U, AMD Ryzen 3 4300U: Ø560 (552.29-579.95)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00 AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: Ø845 (836.07-873.42)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
453 Points ∼100% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
453 Points ∼100% +2%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (424 - 453, n=12)
446 Points ∼98% +1%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
443 Points ∼98%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
427 Points ∼94% -4%
Average of class Office
  (153 - 606, n=110, last 2 years)
416 Points ∼92% -6%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
369 Points ∼81% -17%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2389 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (1843 - 2530, n=13)
2236 Points ∼94% -6%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2208 Points ∼92% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2173 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Office
  (159 - 3302, n=111, last 2 years)
1522 Points ∼64% -36%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
1492 Points ∼62% -38%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
1432 Points ∼60% -40%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
177 Points ∼100% +3%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
175 Points ∼99% +2%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (156 - 177, n=13)
173 Points ∼98% +1%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
172 Points ∼97%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
165 Points ∼93% -4%
Average of class Office
  (69 - 230, n=124, last 2 years)
164 Points ∼93% -5%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
145 Points ∼82% -16%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
958 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (715 - 1007, n=18)
896 Points ∼94% -6%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
894 (743.73min - 893.95max) Points ∼93% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
873 (836.07min - 873.42max) Points ∼91% -9%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
668 (646.48min - 668.95max) Points ∼70% -30%
Average of class Office
  (134 - 1410, n=127, last 2 years)
660 Points ∼69% -31%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
580 Points ∼61% -39%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
907 Seconds * ∼100% -66%
Average of class Office
  (344 - 3319, n=99, last 2 years)
856 Seconds * ∼94% -56%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
703 Seconds * ∼78% -29%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
645 Seconds * ∼71% -18%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (533 - 748, n=11)
603 Seconds * ∼66% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
584 Seconds * ∼64% -7%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
547 Seconds * ∼60%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4315 MIPS ∼100% +2%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (4235 - 4338, n=11)
4290 MIPS ∼99% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4282 MIPS ∼99% +1%
Average of class Office
  (2158 - 5565, n=100, last 2 years)
4252 MIPS ∼99% 0%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4237 MIPS ∼98%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
4014 MIPS ∼93% -5%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3555 MIPS ∼82% -16%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
25812 MIPS ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (22466 - 25891, n=11)
24384 MIPS ∼94% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
24058 MIPS ∼93% -7%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
23877 MIPS ∼93% -7%
Average of class Office
  (4963 - 39649, n=100, last 2 years)
18717 MIPS ∼73% -27%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
17508 MIPS ∼68% -32%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
15043 MIPS ∼58% -42%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (431 - 1648, n=83, last 2 years)
1125 Points ∼100% +3%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (1082 - 1220, n=10)
1109 Points ∼99% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
1108 Points ∼98% +1%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
1096 Points ∼97%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
1088 Points ∼97% -1%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
1027 Points ∼91% -6%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
904 Points ∼80% -18%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (4352 - 6234, n=10)
4774 Points ∼100% +1%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4732 Points ∼99%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4618 Points ∼97% -2%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4440 Points ∼93% -6%
Average of class Office
  (873 - 6502, n=83, last 2 years)
3745 Points ∼78% -21%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
3330 Points ∼70% -30%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3154 Points ∼66% -33%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
7.28 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
6.98 fps ∼96% -4%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (5.86 - 7.33, n=10)
6.8 fps ∼93% -7%
Average of class Office
  (1.15 - 9.8, n=99, last 2 years)
4.88 fps ∼67% -33%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
4.37 fps ∼60% -40%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3.99 fps ∼55% -45%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
78 s * ∼100% -27%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (58.2 - 78, n=11)
66.4 s * ∼85% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
64.3 s * ∼82% -5%
Average of class Office
  (21.5 - 180, n=72, last 2 years)
64.1 s * ∼82% -5%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
62.2 s * ∼80% -2%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
61.2 s * ∼78%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
0.734 sec * ∼100% -14%
Average of class Office
  (0.542 - 1.578, n=77, last 2 years)
0.715 sec * ∼97% -11%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
0.686 sec * ∼93% -7%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
0.644 sec * ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
0.638 sec * ∼87% +1%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (0.614 - 0.654, n=10)
0.636 sec * ∼87% +1%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
958 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
172 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
52.31 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
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System performance

The Honor MagicBook 14 also achieves a consistently high score in the system performance benchmarks. Only in the PCMark 10 "Essentials" sub-discipline does the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 push our test device to second place. The good result is reflected in a very smooth system operation in everyday use. The laptop boots very quickly and opens both files and programs extremely fast. We didn't notice any micro stuttering or the like during the test period.

The performance achieved by other laptops in our tests can be seen in our CPU Benchmarks article.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
4808 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (4189 - 4808, n=11)
4517 Points ∼94% -6%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
4233 Points ∼88% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
4189 Points ∼87% -13%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
Vega 5, R3 4300U, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
3926 Points ∼82% -18%
Honor Magicbook 14
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3494 Points ∼73% -27%
Average of class Office
  (1270 - 5878, n=118, last 2 years)
3469 Points ∼72% -28%
Productivity
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
7566 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (6400 - 7752, n=11)
6987 Points ∼92% -8%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
6530 Points ∼86% -14%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
Vega 5, R3 4300U, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
6489 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Office
  (2917 - 9071, n=118, last 2 years)
6424 Points ∼85% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
6400 Points ∼85% -15%
Honor Magicbook 14
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
5931 Points ∼78% -22%
Essentials
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
8823 Points ∼100% 0%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
8780 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (8204 - 9124, n=11)
8669 Points ∼98% -1%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
Vega 5, R3 4300U, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
8600 Points ∼97% -2%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
8327 Points ∼94% -5%
Average of class Office
  (4469 - 10457, n=118, last 2 years)
8257 Points ∼94% -6%
Honor Magicbook 14
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
7544 Points ∼86% -14%
Score
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
4900 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (4393 - 5024, n=12)
4683 Points ∼96% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
4433 Points ∼90% -10%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
4393 Points ∼90% -10%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
Vega 5, R3 4300U, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
4322 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Office
  (1879 - 5606, n=118, last 2 years)
4054 Points ∼83% -17%
Honor Magicbook 14
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3862 Points ∼79% -21%
PCMark 10 Score
4900 points
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DPC latencies

Honor MagicBook 14 - LatencyMon
Honor MagicBook 14 - LatencyMon

In the test with LatencyMon, the MagicBook 14 shows very low latencies. This makes it well suited for real-time applications.

DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Honor Magicbook 14
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
1519.3 μs * ∼100% -174%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
935.2 μs * ∼62% -69%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
Vega 5, R3 4300U, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
800.1 μs * ∼53% -44%
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
590.1 μs * ∼39% -6%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
554.6 μs * ∼37%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

Honor installs a 512 GB SSD in our test configuration. It delivers very good read and write speeds and can lead our test field as a result.

Our HDD/SSD Benchmarks article shows the performance offered by other storage devices in comparison.

Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
Honor Magicbook 14
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G
Average WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
4%
-19%
-27%
-19%
-5%
Write 4K
161.1
137.66
-15%
144.6
-10%
96.28
-40%
102.3
-36%
172 (128 - 269, n=5)
7%
Read 4K
50.05
42.49
-15%
38.08
-24%
35.06
-30%
32.12
-36%
48.3 (43.2 - 54.1, n=5)
-3%
Write Seq
1814
2340.76
29%
1320
-27%
1001
-45%
1518
-16%
1707 (1355 - 1829, n=5)
-6%
Read Seq
1983
2435.95
23%
1397
-30%
1072
-46%
1501
-24%
1575 (1095 - 1983, n=5)
-21%
Write 4K Q32T1
385.3
260.96
-32%
324.2
-16%
423.9
10%
356.4
-8%
400 (208 - 580, n=5)
4%
Read 4K Q32T1
508.8
335.39
-34%
434.8
-15%
464.7
-9%
459.6
-10%
514 (320 - 708, n=5)
1%
Write Seq Q32T1
1816
2342.9
29%
1382
-24%
967.1
-47%
1507
-17%
1746 (1467 - 1831, n=5)
-4%
Read Seq Q32T1
2433
3568.5
47%
2354
-3%
2179
-10%
2327
-4%
2084 (1334 - 2485, n=5)
-14%
AS SSD
-10%
-12%
-20%
-28%
-12%
Score Total
3138
2168
-31%
2721
-13%
2118
-33%
3191
2%
2609 (1795 - 3431, n=5)
-17%
Score Write
1156
792
-31%
1078
-7%
915
-21%
1009
-13%
1123 (690 - 1654, n=5)
-3%
Score Read
1322
916
-31%
1105
-16%
813
-39%
1468
11%
980 (656 - 1322, n=5)
-26%
Access Time Write *
0.061
0.034
44%
0.034
44%
0.035
43%
0.195
-220%
0.077 (0.047 - 0.151, n=5)
-26%
Access Time Read *
0.073
0.075
-3%
0.122
-67%
0.108
-48%
0.0782 (0.053 - 0.117, n=5)
-7%
4K-64 Write
846.11
482.65
-43%
838.24
-1%
712.84
-16%
773.57
-9%
812 (403 - 1245, n=5)
-4%
4K-64 Read
1066.85
606.65
-43%
867.29
-19%
603.26
-43%
1220.56
14%
766 (506 - 1067, n=5)
-28%
4K Write
144.28
95.71
-34%
118.48
-18%
109.06
-24%
124.02
-14%
148 (103 - 237, n=5)
3%
4K Read
43.54
50.01
15%
44.09
1%
41.53
-5%
46.95
8%
42.3 (37.4 - 47.1, n=5)
-3%
Seq Write
1653.96
2133
29%
1213.17
-27%
931.13
-44%
1118.26
-32%
1630 (1378 - 1755, n=5)
-1%
Seq Read
2119.48
2591
22%
1935.79
-9%
1682.2
-21%
2006.93
-5%
1713 (1007 - 2228, n=5)
-19%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-3% / -4%
-16% / -15%
-24% / -23%
-24% / -24%
-9% / -9%

* ... smaller is better

WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2433 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1816 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 508.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 385.3 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1983 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1814 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 50.05 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 161.1 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics card

AMD's Radeon RX Vega 6 internal graphics unit is responsible for displaying image content in the MagicBook 14. It's suitable for occasional image and video-editing, but it can also render simple games smoothly. The GPU achieves a slightly above-average result in the 3DMark 11 benchmark, but it's relegated to second place by the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2.

You can see how the AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 installed here performs in comparison with other graphics cards in our GPU Benchmarks article.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4392 Points ∼100% +5%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4191 Points ∼95%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (3401 - 4713, n=19)
4150 Points ∼94% -1%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3994 Points ∼91% -5%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
3683 Points ∼84% -12%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
3535 Points ∼80% -16%
Average of class Office
  (575 - 8296, n=120, last 2 years)
3109 Points ∼71% -26%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
821 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (650 - 932, n=18)
803 Points ∼98%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
788 Points ∼96%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
733 Points ∼89%
Average of class Office
  (194 - 1975, n=84, last 2 years)
719 Points ∼88%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2802 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (2122 - 3239, n=19)
2661 Points ∼95%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
2655 Points ∼95%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
2438 Points ∼87%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2313 Points ∼83%
Average of class Office
  (425 - 5848, n=113, last 2 years)
2131 Points ∼76%
3DMark 11 Performance
4428 points
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Gaming performance

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 used here is only partially suitable for games. Smooth frame rates are possible even in Full HD in older games or games with a lower demand on graphics performance. In modern titles, however, performance is only sufficient for reduced resolutions and minimum graphics settings.

The performance that can be expected from the AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 in different titles is listed in our GPU Games list.

Dota 2 Reborn - 1920x1080 high (2/3)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
44.4 (39.5min) fps ∼100% +5%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
42.2 (38.3min) fps ∼95%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 5
41.4 (37.7min) fps ∼93% -2%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (32 - 50, n=17)
40.7 fps ∼92% -4%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
39.8 (36min) fps ∼90% -6%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
35.3 (32.7min) fps ∼80% -16%
Average of class Office
  (5.7 - 88.6, n=103, last 2 years)
32.5 fps ∼73% -23%
X-Plane 11.11
1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
27.5 fps ∼100% +5%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
26.1 fps ∼95%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (22.6 - 29.9, n=16)
26.1 fps ∼95% 0%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 5
22.4 fps ∼81% -14%
Average of class Office
  (3.55 - 62.8, n=95, last 2 years)
19.9 fps ∼72% -24%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
18.1 fps ∼66% -31%
1920x1080 med (fps_test=2)
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
30.4 fps ∼100% +4%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
29.1 fps ∼96%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (25.2 - 33.8, n=16)
29.1 fps ∼96% 0%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 5
24.9 fps ∼82% -14%
Average of class Office
  (3.96 - 73.5, n=96, last 2 years)
21.6 fps ∼71% -26%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
20.6 fps ∼68% -29%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark - 1920x1080 Standard Quality
Average of class Office
  (6.85 - 26.2, n=13, last 2 years)
17.6 fps ∼100% +39%
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
12.7 fps ∼72%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (10.6 - 15.1, n=5)
12.6 fps ∼72% -1%
low med. high ultra
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 92.8 70.5 42.2 39.5 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 26.7 12.7 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 37.7 29.1 26.1 fps

Emissions - Quiet laptop from Honor

Noise emissions

The fan of the MagicBook 14 is only rarely audible in daily use. It kicks in audibly when running more system-intensive applications, but it always remains within a very tolerable range at a maximum noise level of 32.5 dB(A). However, the fan noise might be a bit too high-frequency for very sensitive users.

Noise Level

Idle
29.9 / 29.9 / 30.3 dB(A)
Load
30.9 / 32.5 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix-TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.9 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.533.632.731.634.42529.426.726.227.227.93129.829.930.426.933.74029.826.630.12630.65031.131.529.331.129.46326.425.524.123.225.5802523.624.922.426.410028.527.627.827.528.11252423.723.722.323.116024.22423.723.422.820023.922.723.622.72225023.323.322.72323.23152222.221.521.422.24002221.921.620.721.950022.222.221.320.821.36302220.820.120.521.580020.920.52019.120.5100022.121.320.920.721.8125021.119.919.61820.1160020.619.418.716.819.720002220.519.216.620.7250021.919.718.616.120.4315019.818.317.51618.4400018.917.416.815.917.5500018.417.216.415.917.363001716.516.115.716.4800016.116.215.915.716.21000015.815.815.715.615.91250015.615.515.615.415.71600015.415.515.415.215.5SPL32.531.530.929.931.7N1.71.61.51.31.6median 21.9median 20.5median 19.6median 18median 20.5Delta2.12.62.73.12.233.931.525.22928.631.126.728.826.929.125.425.523.426.124.32722.324.422.525.322.424.423.424.921.622.719.922.518.92219.222.118.22117.62117.120.616.421.616.122.115.922.31620.115.718.615.717.915.617.715.717.115.61715.516.715.216.529.132.71.21.8median 17.1median 21.62.32.4hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHonor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500ULenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

According to our measurements, the MagicBook 14's surface heats up to 44.7 °C (~112 °F) under load. Especially the rear area of the underside is affected by higher temperatures. The palm rests, on the other hand, only heat up moderately.

During our approximately one-hour stress test, the temperatures inside the Honor MagicBook 14 rose up to 80 °C (~176 °F). The clock rates dropped to 1.2 GHz for a short time, which is significantly below the base clock speed of 2.3 GHz. However, the cooling system was able to increase the frequencies considerably over the entire test course and keep them at an average of just under 3.4 GHz. Since a load like the one in our stress test scenario practically doesn't occur in everyday usage, users don't have to expect restrictions due to excessive temperatures.

Max. Load
 39.9 °C
104 F
39.1 °C
102 F
34 °C
93 F
 
 39.3 °C
103 F
37.8 °C
100 F
29.7 °C
85 F
 
 32.5 °C
91 F
29.7 °C
85 F
27.9 °C
82 F
 
Maximum: 39.9 °C = 104 F
Average: 34.4 °C = 94 F
36.3 °C
97 F
44.7 °C
112 F
44.6 °C
112 F
29.4 °C
85 F
40.4 °C
105 F
40.9 °C
106 F
29.9 °C
86 F
33.7 °C
93 F
33.6 °C
92 F
Maximum: 44.7 °C = 112 F
Average: 37.1 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  43.3 °C = 110 F | Room Temperature 20.9 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.4 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.9 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.7 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32.5 °C / 90.5 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 27.9 °C / 82.2 F (-4.6 °C / -8.3 F).
Heat map - Top
Heat map - Top
Heat map - Bottom
Heat map - Bottom

Speakers

The MagicBook 14's speakers offer a medium volume and a sound spectrum with pronounced mids. This makes them suitable for playing back speech content in quiet environments, for example. However, headphones or external speakers are recommended in the long run for media content consumption.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.637.32527.229.63126.932.1402631.15031.128.76323.228.18022.426.710027.528.412522.327.716023.435.920022.7442502349.831521.453.440020.75950020.860.263020.562.880019.168.6100020.768.312501867.7160016.863200016.661.4250016.163.631501660.4400015.961.7500015.959.4630015.760.3800015.760.51000015.658.31250015.456.91600015.256.3SPL29.975.6N1.336median 18median 60.2Delta3.15.733.931.525.22728.626.926.727.226.925.625.425.423.42524.327.622.332.422.544.722.45323.458.321.659.419.961.618.960.819.259.818.264.617.667.117.165.316.463.916.161.215.961.61663.515.76015.756.815.652.215.755.615.649.415.545.315.240.829.174.11.233.3median 17.1median 59.42.36.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHonor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500ULenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (75.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 24% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 67% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 29% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 27% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 65% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 31% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 62% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy management - Small laptop with long battery life

Energy consumption

According to our measurements, the MagicBook 14 requires up to 37 watts under load. However, power consumption is considerably lower at an average of 6.5 watts in simple WLAN use. Overall, Honor's laptop is one of the more energy-efficient devices in our test field. Only the Acer Swift 3 SF314 scores a bit better.

The included USB power adapter has an output of 65 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.33 / 0.56 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.2 / 6.5 / 7.9 Watt
Load midlight 31.2 / 37 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
R5 4500U, Vega 6, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Honor Magicbook 14
R5 3500U, Vega 8, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
R5 4500U, Vega 6, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
R3 4300U, Vega 5, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
R5 4500U, Vega 6, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZNT512G, a-Si IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
 
Average of class Office
 
Power Consumption
-24%
-1%
11%
-22%
-13%
-17%
Idle Minimum *
4.2
5.2
-24%
3.5
17%
3.7
12%
4.6
-10%
3.88 (3.9 - 5.8, n=19)
8%
3.94 (1.3 - 9.5, n=123, last 2 years)
6%
Idle Average *
6.5
7.7
-18%
6.2
5%
5.6
14%
7.6
-17%
6.62 (7.4 - 8.4, n=19)
-2%
7.26 (3.5 - 14.5, n=123, last 2 years)
-12%
Idle Maximum *
7.9
9.3
-18%
8.8
-11%
7.8
1%
9.7
-23%
8.94 (6 - 11, n=19)
-13%
9.03 (4.8 - 16.2, n=123, last 2 years)
-14%
Load Average *
31.2
40.3
-29%
30
4%
26.4
15%
39.1
-25%
35.8 (27.6 - 48, n=19)
-15%
37.7 (9 - 84, n=121, last 2 years)
-21%
Witcher 3 ultra *
32
Load Maximum *
37
48
-30%
45
-22%
31.4
15%
50.3
-36%
52.6 (35.4 - 97.2, n=19)
-42%
52.8 (13.2 - 131, n=123, last 2 years)
-43%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

In our practical WLAN test, the MagicBook 14 achieves a runtime of over 14 hours. It can, therefore, use its 56 Wh battery very well and lasts longer than the other devices in our test field.

The Honor laptop is fully recharged after about two hours with the included charger.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
28h 47min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
14h 25min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 50min
Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U
R5 4500U, Vega 6, 56 Wh
Honor Magicbook 14
R5 3500U, Vega 8, 56 Wh
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
R5 4500U, Vega 6, 45 Wh
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
R3 4300U, Vega 5, 48.85 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen2-20T7S00W00
R5 4500U, Vega 6, 45 Wh
Average of class Office
 
Battery Runtime
-22%
-37%
-16%
-46%
-24%
Reader / Idle
1727
742
-57%
1163 (349 - 3537, n=40, last 2 years)
-33%
WiFi v1.3
865
570
-34%
523
-40%
724
-16%
498
-42%
507 (241 - 1124, n=124, last 2 years)
-41%
Load
110
100
-9%
94
-15%
55
-50%
113 (50 - 241, n=78, last 2 years)
3%

Pros

+ high-quality case
+ very good price-performance ratio
+ very good system performance
+ long battery life

Cons

- hardly any maintenance options
- display with relatively low color-space coverage
- webcam in worm's-eye view

Verdict - Noticeable performance increase

In review: Honor MagicBook 14. Test device provided by: Honor Germany
In review: Honor MagicBook 14. Test device provided by: Honor Germany

The Honor MagicBook 14 doesn't change anything in its current version compared to the predecessor, except for the processor. This is quite positive for buyers, since they get all the strengths of the previous model plus the more up-to-date AMD Ryzen 5 4500U. It can also perform very well and isn't slowed down by high temperatures or the like in everyday use. The low weight and long battery life should also be interesting to mobile users in particular.

The Honor MagicBook 14 combines a low price, long battery life, and great system performance.

Besides the positive features, the MagicBook 14 also inherits the negative aspects. The display still only offers a comparatively low color-space coverage, and the webcam's worm's-eye view is also very inconvenient. In addition, the SSD and the WLAN module are the only replaceable elements. Therefore, users should make sure to have enough memory before buying, since it can't be expanded afterwards.

Honor MagicBook 14, Ryzen 5 4500U - 12/18/2020 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
83 / 98 → 85%
Keyboard
87%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
49 / 80 → 61%
Weight
70 / 20-75 → 92%
Battery
90%
Display
82%
Games Performance
63 / 78 → 80%
Application Performance
89 / 95 → 94%
Temperature
91%
Noise
97%
Audio
70%
Camera
31 / 85 → 36%
Average
77%
86%
Office - Weighted Average

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