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Honor MagicBook 15 laptop in review: Inexpensive and powerful

Outgrowing the competition. With its AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Honor offers the MagicBook 15 at an extremely low price while maintaining high performance. However, the laptop, which is very successful in many aspects, also has small quirks. We'll show you what those are in our review.
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Honor MagicBook 15

Like the Honor MagicBook 14, the MagicBook 15 has also been upgraded to AMD's Ryzen 5 4500U. The case remains the same compared to the predecessor with the Ryzen 5 3500U, which shouldn't be seen as a disadvantage. Therefore, we will point to the old model in sections of the review that do not show any new features in the MagicBook 15.

Besides the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, the internal AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 takes care of displaying image content. In addition, there's 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. For a price of approximately 650 Euros (~$791), the configuration is impressive and will be compared in our test with the competitors listed below. You can also add more laptops from our database under each section.

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Honor MagicBook 15 4500U (Magicbook Series)
Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U 6 x 2.3 - 4 GHz, 30 W PL2 / Short Burst, 25 W PL1 / Sustained, Renoir (Zen 2)
Memory
8192 MB 
, dual-channel
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, BOE0872, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Storage
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G, 512 GB 
, 420 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: combined audio jack, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC
Networking
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17 x 358 x 230 ( = 0.67 x 14.09 x 9.06 in)
Battery
42 Wh, 3665 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1280x720)
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.507 kg ( = 53.16 oz / 3.32 pounds), Power Supply: 200 g ( = 7.05 oz / 0.44 pounds)
Price
650 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Possible competitors in comparisons

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
85 %
01/2021
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
R5 4500U, Vega 6
1.5 kg17 mm15.60"1920x1080
83 %
07/2020
Honor MagicBook 15
R5 3500U, Vega 8
1.5 kg16.9 mm15.60"1920x1080
83 %
07/2020
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
R5 4500U, Vega 6
1.6 kg18 mm14.00"1920x1080
86 %
07/2020
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
R5 4500U, Vega 6
1.4 kg16.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
81 %
12/2020
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
i3-10110U, UHD Graphics 620
1.9 kg18 mm15.60"1920x1080

Case - High-quality aluminum case

For a detailed description of the case, we refer to the review of the predecessor model at this point.

Honor MagicBook 15
Honor MagicBook 15
Honor MagicBook 15
Honor MagicBook 15

Size comparison

361.4 mm / 14.2 inch 247.8 mm / 9.76 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.9 kg4.21 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 230 mm / 9.06 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 1.5 kg3.32 lbs357.8 mm / 14.1 inch 229.9 mm / 9.05 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.5 kg3.37 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 238 mm / 9.37 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.6 kg3.53 lbs321.57 mm / 12.7 inch 211.59 mm / 8.33 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.4 kg3.04 lbs

Connectivity - Only the most necessary ports

Connectivity also remains identical to the Honor MagicBook 15 with the Ryzen 5 3500U.

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Left side: 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C with Power Delivery, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI
Left side: 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C with Power Delivery, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI
Right side: Combined audio port, 1x USB 2.0 Type-A
Right side: Combined audio port, 1x USB 2.0 Type-A

Communication

Although the WLAN module remains identical, the MagicBook 15 performs slightly better than the predecessor in our WLAN test.

With the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router, the Windows laptop now achieves 655 Mb/s for receiving data and 658 Mb/s for transmitting data. These rates are good for the present Wi-Fi 5, but they can't compete with devices that already use Wi-Fi 6, especially when it comes to data reception.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Subnotebook
  (49.8 - 1614, n=99, last 2 years)
847 MBit/s ∼100% +29%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
676 MBit/s ∼80% +3%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
658 (347min - 742max) MBit/s ∼78%
Average Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
  (474 - 690, n=25)
639 MBit/s ∼75% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
619 (590min - 645max) MBit/s ∼73% -6%
Honor MagicBook 15
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
616 (559min - 687max) MBit/s ∼73% -6%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
557 (527min - 581max) MBit/s ∼66% -15%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Subnotebook
  (240 - 1658, n=99, last 2 years)
941 MBit/s ∼100% +44%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
920 MBit/s ∼98% +40%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
873 (819min - 899max) MBit/s ∼93% +33%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
817 (738min - 851max) MBit/s ∼87% +25%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
655 (577min - 680max) MBit/s ∼70%
Average Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
  (486 - 685, n=25)
627 MBit/s ∼67% -4%
Honor MagicBook 15
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
613 (577min - 630max) MBit/s ∼65% -6%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø655 (577-680)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø646 (347-742)

Webcam

The webcam of the MagicBook 15 offers the widely used but still low 0.9 MP resolution. This makes pictures blurry even in very good light. In addition, a clear red tint appears when photographing our test chart. The viewing angle isn't optimal either due to the worm's-eye view perspective.

ColorChecker
27.8 ∆E
20.5 ∆E
21.2 ∆E
17.6 ∆E
18.1 ∆E
16 ∆E
22.9 ∆E
29.9 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
8 ∆E
29.5 ∆E
20.8 ∆E
20.4 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
16 ∆E
18.3 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Honor MagicBook 15 4500U: 16.38 ∆E min: 3.54 - max: 29.93 ∆E

Maintenance

Users can swap the SSD and WLAN module inside the MagicBook 15. There's also enough room for a 2.5-inch storage device in the case. However, we could not find a suitable port.

Honor MagicBook 15 - Maintenance options
Honor MagicBook 15 - Maintenance options

Warranty

Honor grants buyers of the MagicBook 15 a warranty period of 24 months.

Input devices - Suitable for users who type frequently

Touchpad

A description of the input devices can be found in the review of the Honor MagicBook 15 with the Ryzen 5 3500U.

Honor MagicBook 15 - Input devices
Honor MagicBook 15 - Input devices
Honor MagicBook 15 - Webcam in the keyboard
Honor MagicBook 15 - Webcam in the keyboard

Display - Good contrast ratio

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The screen of the MagicBook 15 consists of a 15.6-inch IPS panel and offers a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The brightness is in the mid-range of our test field at an average of 259 cd/m², and the same applies for the illumination of 85%.

PWM at a frequency of 5,152 Hz is used for brightness control. This value is not particularly low, but it can still cause problems for users with very sensitive eyes.

265
cd/m²
261
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
279
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
BOE0872
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 279 cd/m² Average: 259 cd/m² Minimum: 5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 272 cd/m²
Contrast: 1600:1 (Black: 0.17 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.3 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6, calibrated: 3.8
ΔE Greyscale 4 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
64.1% sRGB (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
41.2% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
44.95% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
64.5% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
43.51% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.03
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
BOE0872, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Honor MagicBook 15
AU Optronics B156HAN02.8, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
BOE0868, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AU Optronics B140HAN04.E, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Dell 156CL05, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Display
-8%
-8%
-14%
-6%
Display P3 Coverage
43.51
39.96
-8%
39.92
-8%
37.23
-14%
40.78
-6%
sRGB Coverage
64.5
59.68
-7%
59.63
-8%
55.93
-13%
61.35
-5%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
44.95
41.29
-8%
41.25
-8%
38.46
-14%
42.15
-6%
Response Times
31%
-40%
22%
-37%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
36 (18, 18)
40 (22, 18)
41 (20, 21)
38 (19, 19)
Response Time Black / White *
36 (18, 18)
25 (14, 11)
31%
30 (17, 13)
17%
28 (16, 12)
22%
28 (17, 11)
22%
PWM Frequency
5152
192 (90)
-96%
250
-95%
Screen
3%
-13%
-10%
-12%
Brightness middle
272
251
-8%
277
2%
360
32%
262
-4%
Brightness
259
247
-5%
270
4%
317
22%
236
-9%
Brightness Distribution
85
85
0%
88
4%
82
-4%
86
1%
Black Level *
0.17
0.205
-21%
0.285
-68%
0.41
-141%
0.31
-82%
Contrast
1600
1224
-23%
972
-39%
878
-45%
845
-47%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.3
3.94
26%
5.53
-4%
4.75
10%
4.92
7%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
18
7.87
56%
10.68
41%
7.4
59%
15.83
12%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
3.8
3.42
10%
4.43
-17%
4.86
-28%
4.34
-14%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4
3.42
14%
6.2
-55%
3.75
6%
3.47
13%
Gamma
2.03 108%
2.44 90%
2.34 94%
2.32 95%
2.4 92%
CCT
7338 89%
6319 103%
7342 89%
6543 99%
6680 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
41.2
38
-8%
38
-8%
36
-13%
39
-5%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
64.1
59
-8%
59
-8%
56
-13%
61
-5%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
9% / 3%
-20% / -16%
-1% / -9%
-18% / -14%

* ... smaller is better

Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 64.1%
Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 64.1%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 41.2%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 41.2%

Compared with the predecessor, the Honor MagicBook 15's display offers a higher contrast ratio of 1,600:1 and also a lower black level of 0.17 cd/m². Color-space coverage has increased as well and is now 64.1% (sRGB) and 41.2% (AdobeRGB), respectively.

In addition, the CalMAN analysis shows that the display already comes with a comparatively low Delta E 2000 deviation out of the box. However, this can still be improved a bit with a calibration. The corresponding ICC file can be downloaded in the upper right window next to the display brightness distribution chart.

CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Color accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscales (calibrated)

The Honor MagicBook 15 can be used well outdoors on cloudy days or in places in the shade. However, it becomes increasingly difficult to read image content from the display in direct sunlight.

Honor MagicBook 15 - Outdoor use
Honor MagicBook 15 - Outdoor use
Honor MagicBook 15 - Outdoor use
Honor MagicBook 15 - Outdoor use

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
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 18 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 240 (maximum) ms. » 91 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.6 ms rise
↘ ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 0 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.2 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 5152 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 5152 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 5152 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9726 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 151500) Hz was measured.

The MagicBook 15's IPS panel is very viewing-angle stable. Image content can be read even from very flat angles without it becoming distorted or being displayed with inaccurate colors.

Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability

Performance - Ryzen 5 4500U delivers much better performance

While the predecessor model of the Honor MagicBook 15 still used an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, a Ryzen 5 4500U is used now. Our test configuration is also equipped with 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. With this, Honor is primarily targeting office users and offers a little power for occasional image-editing tasks.

Honor MagicBook 15 - CPUz
Honor MagicBook 15 - CPUz
Honor MagicBook 15 - CPUz
Honor MagicBook 15 - CPUz
Honor MagicBook 15 - HWiNFO
Honor MagicBook 15 - GPUz
 
 

Processor

The upgrade to AMD's Ryzen 5 4500U significantly increases the MagicBook 15's performance. With clock rates of up to 4 GHz, the hexa-core processor delivers a performance that is about 25% higher than with the Ryzen 5 3500U. However, some competing laptops achieve a better result in single-core usage. In multi-core use, however, Honor's laptop ends up in second place in our test field, just behind the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05.

Our Cinebench R15 endurance test also shows that the MagicBook 15's performance drops by approximately 10% after a few cycles. All tests were performed under the Performance Mode found in Huawei's PC Manager. If the Balanced setting is enabled here, performance is consistently at a slightly low level.

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Honor MagicBook 15 4500U AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: Ø892 (873.29-934.25)
Honor MagicBook 15 AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø660 (639.6-665.26)
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: Ø761 (743.73-893.95)
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05 AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: Ø930 (892.46-973.11)
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC Intel Core i3-10110U, Intel Core i3-10110U: Ø305 (302.1-307.61)
Asus ExpertBook B9450FA, i7-10510U Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø444 (412-561)
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% +3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
447 Points ∼99% +2%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (424 - 453, n=12)
446 Points ∼98% +2%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
439 Points ∼97%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (73 - 591, n=100, last 2 years)
414 Points ∼91% -6%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
405 Points ∼89% -8%
Honor MagicBook 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
371 Points ∼82% -15%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2401 Points ∼100% +2%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2347 Points ∼98%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (1843 - 2530, n=13)
2236 Points ∼93% -5%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2208 Points ∼92% -6%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (110 - 3839, n=101, last 2 years)
1568 Points ∼65% -33%
Honor MagicBook 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
1495 Points ∼62% -36%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
928 Points ∼39% -60%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
175 Points ∼100% +2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
174 Points ∼99% +1%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (156 - 177, n=13)
173 Points ∼99% +1%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
172 Points ∼98%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (31 - 228, n=104, last 2 years)
164 Points ∼94% -5%
Honor MagicBook 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
144.81 Points ∼83% -16%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
129 Points ∼74% -25%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
973 Points ∼100% +4%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
934 (873.29min - 934.25max) Points ∼96%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (715 - 1007, n=18)
896 Points ∼92% -4%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
894 (743.73min - 893.95max) Points ∼92% -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (82.3 - 1674, n=109, last 2 years)
719 Points ∼74% -23%
Honor MagicBook 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
664 Points ∼68% -29%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
314 Points ∼32% -66%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
1174.3 Seconds * ∼100% -107%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4.2 - 6277, n=85, last 2 years)
916 Seconds * ∼78% -62%
Honor MagicBook 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
688.2 Seconds * ∼59% -22%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
645 Seconds * ∼55% -14%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (533 - 748, n=11)
603 Seconds * ∼51% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
593.4 Seconds * ∼51% -5%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
566 Seconds * ∼48%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4315 MIPS ∼100% 0%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4302 MIPS ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (4235 - 4338, n=11)
4290 MIPS ∼99% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4288 MIPS ∼99% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1653 - 5507, n=87, last 2 years)
4204 MIPS ∼97% -2%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
4038 MIPS ∼94% -6%
Honor MagicBook 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3536 MIPS ∼82% -18%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
25815 MIPS ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (22466 - 25891, n=11)
24384 MIPS ∼94% -6%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
23877 MIPS ∼92% -8%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
23610 MIPS ∼91% -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3267 - 44827, n=87, last 2 years)
20172 MIPS ∼78% -22%
Honor MagicBook 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
16890 MIPS ∼65% -35%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
10725 MIPS ∼42% -58%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
1220 Points ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (293 - 1740, n=90, last 2 years)
1147 Points ∼94% -6%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (1082 - 1220, n=10)
1109 Points ∼91% -9%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
1098 Points ∼90% -10%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
1088 Points ∼89% -11%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
957 Points ∼78% -22%
Honor MagicBook 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
905 Points ∼74% -26%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
6234 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (4352 - 6234, n=10)
4774 Points ∼77% -23%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4646 Points ∼75% -25%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4440 Points ∼71% -29%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (591 - 7590, n=90, last 2 years)
4171 Points ∼67% -33%
Honor MagicBook 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3165 Points ∼51% -49%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
2034 Points ∼33% -67%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
7.33 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (5.86 - 7.33, n=10)
6.8 fps ∼93% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
6.72 fps ∼92% -8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.65 - 11, n=83, last 2 years)
5.18 fps ∼71% -29%
Honor MagicBook 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4.13 fps ∼56% -44%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
3.12 fps ∼43% -57%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Honor MagicBook 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
81.88 s * ∼100% -26%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
78 s * ∼95% -20%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (12.9 - 281, n=73, last 2 years)
71 s * ∼87% -9%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (58.2 - 78, n=11)
66.4 s * ∼81% -2%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
65.2 s * ∼80%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
58.19 s * ∼71% +11%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
28.13 s * ∼34% +57%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
0.76 sec * ∼100% -22%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.544 - 2.21, n=79, last 2 years)
0.76 sec * ∼100% -22%
Honor MagicBook 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
0.74 sec * ∼97% -19%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
0.639 sec * ∼84% -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  (0.614 - 0.654, n=10)
0.636 sec * ∼84% -2%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
0.623 sec * ∼82%

* ... smaller is better

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

The MagicBook 15 achieves a very good result in the PCMark 10 system performance test. The Honor laptop can lead our test field in the overall score as well as in most of the individual disciplines. Only in the "Essentials" test is the score just enough for second place.

In everyday use, the Honor MagicBook 15 shows a smooth system operation and fast file access. Programs are also opened quickly. Furthermore, we didn't notice any micro stuttering or the like. How other laptops performed in our test can be seen in our CPU Benchmarks article.

PCMark 10
Score
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
4851 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (4393 - 5024, n=12)
4683 Points ∼97% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
4682 Points ∼97% -3%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
4393 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (790 - 5890, n=99, last 2 years)
4022 Points ∼83% -17%
Honor MagicBook 15
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3883 Points ∼80% -20%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
UHD Graphics 620, i3-10110U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
3360 Points ∼69% -31%
Essentials
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
8876 Points ∼100% +1%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
8751 Points ∼99%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (8204 - 9124, n=11)
8669 Points ∼98% -1%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
8327 Points ∼94% -5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2544 - 10492, n=99, last 2 years)
8220 Points ∼93% -6%
Honor MagicBook 15
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
7775 Points ∼88% -11%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
UHD Graphics 620, i3-10110U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
7202 Points ∼81% -18%
Productivity
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
7481 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (6400 - 7752, n=11)
6987 Points ∼93% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
6636 Points ∼89% -11%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
6530 Points ∼87% -13%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1304 - 9410, n=99, last 2 years)
6114 Points ∼82% -18%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
UHD Graphics 620, i3-10110U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
5984 Points ∼80% -20%
Honor MagicBook 15
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
5799 Points ∼78% -22%
Digital Content Creation
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
4734 Points ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
4728 Points ∼100% 0%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (4189 - 4808, n=11)
4517 Points ∼95% -5%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
4233 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (405 - 5945, n=99, last 2 years)
3582 Points ∼76% -24%
Honor MagicBook 15
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3526 Points ∼74% -26%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
UHD Graphics 620, i3-10110U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
2390 Points ∼50% -50%
PCMark 10 Score
4851 points
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DPC latencies

In our test, the Honor MagicBook 15 only shows very low interruption times and is, therefore, well suited for real-time applications.

LatencyMon - Main
LatencyMon - Main
LatencyMon - Drivers
LatencyMon - Drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
UHD Graphics 620, i3-10110U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
5347 μs * ∼100% -713%
Honor MagicBook 15
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
1343.1 μs * ∼25% -104%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
935.2 μs * ∼17% -42%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
657.7 μs * ∼12%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
266.2 μs * ∼5% +60%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

Honor installs a 512 GB SSD in the MagicBook 15. It delivers very good read and write speeds in our test, which are also reflected in everyday use. How other mass storage devices perform in comparison can be found in our HDD/SSD Benchmarks article.

Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
Honor MagicBook 15
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
Average WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
2%
-19%
-16%
-13%
-2%
Write 4K
161.1
136.1
-16%
144.6
-10%
102.8
-36%
150
-7%
171 (118 - 269, n=8)
6%
Read 4K
49.92
42.88
-14%
38.08
-24%
45.48
-9%
61.75
24%
49 (43.2 - 57.3, n=8)
-2%
Write Seq
1799
2335
30%
1320
-27%
1255
-30%
458
-75%
1740 (1355 - 1829, n=8)
-3%
Read Seq
1978
2183
10%
1397
-29%
1434
-28%
1881
-5%
1619 (1095 - 1983, n=8)
-18%
Write 4K Q32T1
392.5
261.2
-33%
324.2
-17%
441
12%
338.4
-14%
436 (208 - 580, n=8)
11%
Read 4K Q32T1
505.8
328.1
-35%
434.8
-14%
474.1
-6%
447.3
-12%
513 (320 - 708, n=8)
1%
Write Seq Q32T1
1806
2348
30%
1382
-23%
1456
-19%
1563
-13%
1773 (1467 - 1835, n=8)
-2%
Read Seq Q32T1
2460
3564
45%
2354
-4%
2085
-15%
2422
-2%
2180 (1334 - 2485, n=8)
-11%
AS SSD
15%
-6%
4%
-54%
-13%
Seq Read
2091.43
2829.79
35%
1935.79
-7%
1970
-6%
1971.06
-6%
1771 (1007 - 2228, n=8)
-15%
Seq Write
1657.7
2187.14
32%
1213.17
-27%
1268.17
-23%
1130.22
-32%
1584 (1118 - 1755, n=8)
-4%
4K Read
43.46
45.36
4%
44.09
1%
47.13
8%
51.25
18%
40.3 (27.8 - 47.1, n=8)
-7%
4K Write
141.94
88.57
-38%
118.48
-17%
121.59
-14%
119.66
-16%
142 (103 - 237, n=8)
0%
4K-64 Read
589.25
731.88
24%
867.29
47%
855.34
45%
584.92
-1%
739 (406 - 1067, n=8)
25%
4K-64 Write
1027.61
1198.51
17%
838.24
-18%
859.2
-16%
495.54
-52%
798 (403 - 1245, n=8)
-22%
Access Time Read *
0.064
0.055
14%
0.122
-91%
0.065
-2%
0.107
-67%
0.0893 (0.053 - 0.132, n=8)
-40%
Access Time Write *
0.047
0.037
21%
0.034
28%
0.032
32%
0.22
-368%
0.0801 (0.04 - 0.167, n=8)
-70%
Score Read
842
1060
26%
1105
31%
1100
31%
833
-1%
957 (581 - 1322, n=8)
14%
Score Write
1335
1506
13%
1078
-19%
1108
-17%
728
-45%
1099 (684 - 1654, n=8)
-18%
Score Total
2598
3087
19%
2721
5%
2745
6%
1962
-24%
2545 (1795 - 3431, n=8)
-2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
9% / 10%
-13% / -11%
-6% / -5%
-34% / -37%
-8% / -8%

* ... smaller is better

WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2460 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1806 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 505.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 392.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1978 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1799 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 49.92 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 Honor MagicBook 15. It's suitable for simple 3D applications and can also display games with low hardware requirements smoothly. The GPU performs well in the 3DMark 11 benchmark and is only relegated to second place in our test field by the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05.

The performance offered in comparison with other graphics cards can be found in our GPU Benchmarks article.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4400 Points ∼100% +5%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (3401 - 4895, n=20)
4187 Points ∼95% 0%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4173 Points ∼95%
Honor MagicBook 15
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3965 Points ∼90% -5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (410 - 12199, n=96, last 2 years)
3913 Points ∼89% -6%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
3683 Points ∼84% -12%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-10110U
1549 Points ∼35% -63%
3DMark 11 Performance
4417 points
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Gaming performance

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 used here can bring older and simple games smoothly onto the screen. In modern titles, such as Far Cry 5, however, smooth frame rates are only possible at low resolutions and detail levels.

We have listed the gaming performance that can be expected in different titles in our GPU Games article.

The Witcher 3
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Average of class Subnotebook
  (9.1 - 160, n=62, last 2 years)
57 fps ∼100% +19%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
49.7 fps ∼87% +4%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
47.82 fps ∼84%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (32.8 - 60, n=18)
46.5 fps ∼82% -3%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
36.1 (30min - 41max) fps ∼63% -25%
1920x1080 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Average of class Subnotebook
  (19.1 - 37.4, n=3, last 2 years)
31.3 fps ∼100% +64%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (19.1 - 19.2, n=2)
19.2 fps ∼61% +1%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
19.098 fps ∼61%
Dota 2 Reborn - 1920x1080 high (2/3)
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
45.6 (41min) fps ∼100% +9%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
42 (38.5min) fps ∼92%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (32 - 50, n=18)
41 fps ∼90% -2%
Honor MagicBook 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
39.3 (35.3min) fps ∼86% -6%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6 - 121, n=83, last 2 years)
37.2 fps ∼82% -11%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
35.3 (32.7min) fps ∼77% -16%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
15.6 (14.4min) fps ∼34% -63%
X-Plane 11.11
1920x1080 med (fps_test=2)
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
30.8 fps ∼100% +7%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (25.2 - 33.8, n=17)
29.1 fps ∼94% +1%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
28.9 fps ∼94%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.42 - 87.5, n=87, last 2 years)
25.6 fps ∼83% -11%
Honor MagicBook 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
20.2 fps ∼66% -30%
1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
27.4 fps ∼100% +5%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
26.2 fps ∼96%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (22.6 - 29.9, n=17)
26.2 fps ∼96% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.09 - 72.3, n=85, last 2 years)
23.2 fps ∼85% -11%
Honor MagicBook 15
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
17.2 fps ∼63% -34%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1280x720 Lite Quality
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4.8 - 94, n=28, last 2 years)
30.1 fps ∼100% +19%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (20.9 - 29.4, n=5)
25.6 fps ∼85% +1%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
25.377 fps ∼84%
1920x1080 Standard Quality
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.3 - 48.1, n=27, last 2 years)
16.8 fps ∼100% +37%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (10.6 - 15.1, n=5)
12.6 fps ∼75% +3%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
12.233 fps ∼73%
Far Cry 5
1280x720 Low Preset AA:T
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
35 fps ∼100% +21%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (24 - 42, n=9)
30.8 fps ∼88% +6%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6 - 56, n=22, last 2 years)
30.3 fps ∼87% +4%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
29 fps ∼83%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
24 fps ∼69% -17%
1920x1080 Low Preset AA:T
Average of class Subnotebook
  (16 - 32, n=8, last 2 years)
22.8 fps ∼100% +43%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
19 fps ∼83% +19%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (14 - 19, n=3)
16.3 fps ∼71% +2%
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
16 fps ∼70%
low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 47.82 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 90.4 69.5 42 39.5 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 25.377 12.233 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 38.3 28.9 26.2 fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 29 14 fps

Emissions - Quiet laptop in office usage

Noise emissions

The MagicBook 15's fan is usually silent in daily office use. Under load, it becomes audible at up to 34 dB(A) and emits a steady noise that can be faded out well. We did not detect any other noises such as coil whine or anything similar.

Noise Level

Idle
29.9 / 29.9 / 30.6 dB(A)
Load
31.5 / 34.8 dB(A)
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30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM-1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.9 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.535.532.629.531.635.62529.82728.125.727.229.13133.232.529.43026.931.14032.528.728.628.22628.35031.529.230.327.131.129.76325.525.125.524.823.225.38025.323.123.524.922.425.610027.927.62828.327.52812524.224.223.522.522.324.316023.622.923.523.523.423.820023.623.323.123.222.722.925028.228.327.527.12323.831523.322.421.62221.422.240023.92323.821.920.721.450023.923.524.322.220.821.863023.121.821.421.220.52180023.922.221.420.719.120.1100024.52322.421.720.721.3125024.322.420.820.41819.7160024.622.620.919.916.819200026.323.922.320.616.618.3250023.821.519.318.416.117.2315019.818.217.416.71616.6400018.817.616.916.315.916.4500017.916.916.416.215.916.2630016.716.216.216.115.716.1800016.116.1161615.716.11000015.915.915.815.815.6161250015.715.615.615.615.415.71600015.515.515.415.515.215.5SPL34.833.232.331.529.930.8N2.11.81.71.61.31.5median 23.6median 22.4median 21.4median 20.6median 18median 19.7Delta2.52.92.83.23.13.4hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHonor MagicBook 15 4500U

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

According to our measurements, the MagicBook 15's case heats up to 42.7 °C (~109 °F) under load. The warmest point is on the underside, and the temperatures of the palm rests always remain moderate. Therefore, the laptop can also be used on the lap, for example, under load.

During our approximately one-hour stress test, the temperatures inside Honor's laptop increased up to 70.4 °C (~159 °F). Right at the beginning of the test, the clock rates dropped to 1.3 GHz, which is below the base clock speed. However, they quickly stabilized again when the fans kicked in, so that an average of 3.1 GHz could be reached up to the end of the test. Since a load like the one in our stress test scenario is almost impossible in everyday life, users don't have to expect restrictions due to temperatures that are too high.

Max. Load
 38.5 °C
101 F
37.9 °C
100 F
35.4 °C
96 F
 
 37.5 °C
100 F
35.8 °C
96 F
29.3 °C
85 F
 
 31.2 °C
88 F
28.5 °C
83 F
26.5 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 38.5 °C = 101 F
Average: 33.4 °C = 92 F
35.5 °C
96 F
41.7 °C
107 F
42.7 °C
109 F
27.6 °C
82 F
38.2 °C
101 F
39.7 °C
103 F
27.2 °C
81 F
31.8 °C
89 F
32.1 °C
90 F
Maximum: 42.7 °C = 109 F
Average: 35.2 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  45.1 °C = 113 F | Room Temperature 21.7 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.4 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 30.6 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.5 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.7 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 39.5 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.2 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 30.6 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 31.2 °C / 88.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.4 °C / 83.1 F (-2.8 °C / -5.1 F).
Heat map - Top
Heat map - Top
Heat map - Bottom
Heat map - Bottom

Speakers

The speakers in the Honor MagicBook 15 offer a medium volume and a sound spectrum that is slightly characterized by mids. This allows playing media content fairly well in very quiet environments. However, headphones or external speakers should be preferred in the long run.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.633.32527.231.33126.929.2402630.95031.131.66323.229.18022.430.210027.531.912522.331.316023.434.720022.742.32502350.631521.453.440020.758.850020.859.963020.561.280019.165.5100020.763.512501862.7160016.861.2200016.655.8250016.153.231501656.9400015.960.5500015.960.6630015.760.9800015.755.91000015.651.61250015.452.91600015.249.3SPL29.972.3N1.330.4median 18median 55.9Delta3.16.532.834.132.836.733.636.735.233.535.232.330.832.330.53130.530.628.630.629.326.729.328.32528.333.22533.241.623.841.642.923.242.949.123.249.154.821.854.866.820.366.86619.7666419.76462.418.562.468.818.368.873.518.173.569.318.169.372.318.172.371.91871.974.818.574.873.218.573.276.818.576.867.918.667.967.418.667.46918.66966.41966.464.619.264.683.930.983.957.11.557.1median 66.8median 18.6median 66.87.31.57.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHonor MagicBook 15 4500UHP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (72.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.2% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 57% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 39% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 53% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.77 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 56% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 41% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy managament - MagicBook 15 with a lot of endurance

Energy consumption

Power consumption in the Honor MagicBook 15 is on par with the competition at an average of 7.4 watts in idle usage and 34.6 watts under load. The maximum power consumption is 43.6 watts.

The included USB power adapter has an output of 65 watts and is, therefore, of high enough capacity.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.36 / 0.57 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.9 / 7.4 / 8.2 Watt
Load midlight 34.6 / 43.6 Watt
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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 15 4500U
R5 4500U, Vega 6, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Honor MagicBook 15
R5 3500U, Vega 8, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
R5 4500U, Vega 6, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
R5 4500U, Vega 6, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
i3-10110U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Power Consumption
-11%
6%
-21%
-2%
-4%
-1%
Idle Minimum *
3.9
4.6
-18%
3.5
10%
4.4
-13%
3.6
8%
3.86 (3.4 - 5.8, n=20)
1%
3.77 (1.67 - 10.7, n=102, last 2 years)
3%
Idle Average *
7.4
8.5
-15%
6.2
16%
7.6
-3%
6.6
11%
6.61 (6.3 - 8.4, n=20)
11%
6.82 (4.6 - 13.6, n=102, last 2 years)
8%
Idle Maximum *
8.2
9.1
-11%
8.8
-7%
9.9
-21%
9.7
-18%
8.9 (6 - 11, n=20)
-9%
8.76 (4.4 - 15.7, n=102, last 2 years)
-7%
Load Average *
34.6
38
-10%
30
13%
46
-33%
38
-10%
35.8 (27.6 - 48, n=20)
-3%
34.8 (8.6 - 79.2, n=103, last 2 years)
-1%
Witcher 3 ultra *
35.2
Load Maximum *
43.6
44
-1%
45
-3%
59
-35%
45
-3%
53.2 (35.4 - 97.2, n=20)
-22%
47.1 (14 - 101, n=102, last 2 years)
-8%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

The MagicBook 15 achieves a runtime of 9.5 hours in our practical WLAN test. This means that it can make very good use of its 42 Wh battery.

The battery is fully charged after about two hours with the included charger.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
9h 30min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness
7h 24min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 28min
Honor MagicBook 15 4500U
R5 4500U, Vega 6, 42 Wh
Honor MagicBook 15
R5 3500U, Vega 8, 42 Wh
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
R5 4500U, Vega 6, 45 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
R5 4500U, Vega 6, 56.5 Wh
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
i3-10110U, UHD Graphics 620, 40 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
-37%
-1%
4%
-18%
35%
WiFi v1.3
570
361
-37%
523
-8%
591
4%
465
-18%
603 (262 - 1223, n=109, last 2 years)
6%
Load
88
94
7%
143 (65 - 369, n=61, last 2 years)
63%

Pros

+ matte IPS display
+ aluminum case
+ fast SSD
+ USB-C Power Delivery
+ very good battery life

Cons

- no keyboard backlight
- no memory card reader
- hardly any maintenance options

Verdict - With a new CPU also a better laptop

In review: Honor MagicBook 15. Test device provided by: Honor Germany
In review: Honor MagicBook 15. Test device provided by: Honor Germany

With the update to the next higher processor generation, the Honor MagicBook 15 delivers significantly better performance. Since the case has remained untouched, the high-quality workmanship with solid materials and the good input devices are still available. There are also some other smaller improvements like the slightly higher display values and the much longer battery life, for example.

The Honor MagicBook delivers even better performance with the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, but it retains old strengths as well as weaknesses aside from that.

However, shortcomings that we had already seen in the predecessor model also remain. In this way, the WLAN remains at the Wi-Fi 5 standard, and we still have to do without a memory card reader. In addition, the webcam still faces the user from the unfavorable worm's-eye view perspective in the keyboard. If these points don't bother you that much, the Honor MagicBook 15 is a good choice, not least because of its low price too.

Honor MagicBook 15 4500U - 01/10/2021 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
84 / 98 → 86%
Keyboard
82%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
43 / 75 → 57%
Weight
69 / 20-75 → 89%
Battery
88%
Display
83%
Games Performance
57 / 78 → 73%
Application Performance
88 / 85 → 100%
Temperature
92%
Noise
94%
Audio
60 / 91 → 66%
Camera
30 / 85 → 35%
Average
74%
85%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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