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Honor MagicBook X16: Budget notebook with Intel processor

Honor MagicBook X16: New notebook with an Intel processor
Honor MagicBook X16: New notebook with an Intel processor
The MagicBook X16 is a new notebook with an Intel processor that stands out on account of its low weight and relatively low price. But the display is unlikely to satisfy demanding users.

Honor has introduced a new notebook in the form of the MagicBook X16, which is a fairly compact model that is likely to be suitable for typical applications such as text and photo editing and internet surfing. Despite a powerful Intel processor, the notebook's suitability for more demanding workloads is likely to be limited. Specifically, an Intel Core i5-13420 is used, which has eight cores. The maximum boost clock frequency is given as 4.6 GHz, and unsurprisingly there is no dedicated GPU.

A 16-inch screen is installed, which is unlikely to generate a storm of enthusiasm. It only has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 and is thus not particularly sharp. However, at least the sRGB colour space should be completely covered, and the maximum brightness is given as 300 cd/m². The typical contrast is said to be 1,000:1.

Other specs include 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD, a 720p front camera, two speakers and two microphones. Connectivity consists of WiFi and Bluetooth, as well as several USB ports and a USB Type C interface with full functionality. HDMI and a standard jack socket are also on board.

The 60 Wh battery should provide a running time of up to 11 hours and can be fully charged in 1.5 hours. In China, the MagicBook X16 is now available at a price of $485, which is still a reduced price. Information about a global release is yet to be seen. 

A possible alternative: Buy the Acer Aspire 5 at Amazon


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Silvio Werner, 2023-12-28 (Update: 2023-12-28)