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Huawei MateBook 14 (i7-8565U, GeForce MX250) Laptop Review

3:2 Ultrabook. The MateBook 14 is faster than the 2018 MateBook X Pro while offering an uncommon 3:2 display in contrast to the ubiquitous 16:9 form factor. Though powerful for the size, CPU Turbo Boost could be better and the lack of Thunderbolt 3 is glaring considering the >$1000 asking price.

The mid-range MateBook 14 is designed to sit in between the budget MateBook D 14 and flagship MateBook X Pro in terms of features and price. In reality, however, it actually looks and performs much closer to the higher-end MateBook X Pro. Users who want a larger display than the 13-inch MateBook 13 without paying more for the X Pro model will find the 14-inch MateBook 14 to be worth a look.

Unlike other popular Ultrabooks in the market, the MateBook 14 is unique because of its 3:2 aspect ratio. It's also one of the few sporting a GeForce MX250 GPU option instead of the older GeForce MX150 to be more graphically capable than many competitors. Nonetheless, it still competes directly with models like the Dell XPS 13 9380, HP Spectre 13, Lenovo Yoga C930, Asus ZenBook S13 UX392, LG Gram 14, Acer Swift 7, Razer Blade Stealth, Microsoft Surface Laptop, and even Huawei's own 13.9-inch MateBook X Pro. We'll be comparing the MateBook 14 to all these alternatives to see what it can bring to the table.

The MateBook 14 will range from 1200 to 1500 Euros when it launches later this Summer depending on the CPU (i5-8265U or i7-8565U), GPU (UHD Graphics 620 or GeForce MX250 w/ 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM), storage (256 GB or 512 GB), or RAM (8 GB or 16 GB LPDDR3-2166) selection. The IPS touchscreen display is fixed at 2160 x 1440 across all SKUs in the United States.

We want to preface that our MateBook 14 test unit is an international retail SKU and not a native North American SKU. Buyers may find differences in the keyboard layout depending on region.

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Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29 (MateBook Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce MX250 - 2048 MB, Core: 1518 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, GDDR5, 430.39, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, LPDDR3, 1200 MHz, 10-10-10-28, Dual-Channel
Display
14 inch 3:2, 2160 x 1440 pixel 185 PPI, 10-point capacitive, Chi Mei CMN8C02, IPS, P140KZA-BZ1, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, 512 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 1, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.9 x 307.5 x 223.8 ( = 0.63 x 12.11 x 8.81 in)
Battery
57.4 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo Dolby Atmos, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, PC Manager, Huawei Connect, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.53 kg ( = 53.97 oz / 3.37 pounds), Power Supply: 197 g ( = 6.95 oz / 0.43 pounds)
Price
1500 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The MateBook X Pro is arguably the most "MacBook-like" Windows laptop from a visual standpoint and the MateBook 14 continues this tradition. Even though Huawei is advertising the system as a step down from the MateBook X Pro, the MateBook 14 uses the same chassis materials with a very similar design language to be nearly indistinguishable from the MateBook X Pro in terms of texture and quality. The base, lid, and keyboard center are just slightly more susceptible to warping or creaking when applying moderate pressure or twists for an overall positive first impression. Lighter alternatives like the LG Gram 14 or Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X3N are noticeably more flexible and not as sound.

A few Ultrabooks are even tougher and more rigid than the MateBook 14. The HP Spectre 13, Yoga C930, and Razer Blade Stealth feel more unyielding than the Huawei. In turn, these alternatives have thicker bezels or smaller screens.

Overall dimensions and weight are slightly larger and heavier, respectively, than many other 14-inch Ultrabooks including the MateBook D 14 partly due to the fact that the 3:2 screen is physically larger than the common 16:9. Even the Lenovo Yoga C930 convertible manages to be thinner and lighter. The MateBook X Pro continues to be the slimmer and sleeker Huawei notebook.

Note that the SKU with only integrated graphics is slightly lighter than the SKU with the GeForce MX250 GPU (1.49 kg vs. 1.53 kg).

Same aluminum metal body as the MateBook 13 and MateBook X Pro
Same aluminum metal body as the MateBook 13 and MateBook X Pro
One-touch fingerprint power button returns
One-touch fingerprint power button returns
Hinges are uniformly firm up to the maximum of ~160 degrees
Hinges are uniformly firm up to the maximum of ~160 degrees
Smooth matte texture hides fingerprints well. Space Gray and Mystic Silver colors are available
Smooth matte texture hides fingerprints well. Space Gray and Mystic Silver colors are available
322.6 mm / 12.7 inch 210.8 mm / 8.3 inch 15.2 mm / 0.598 inch 994 g2.19 lbs322 mm / 12.7 inch 227 mm / 8.94 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.4 kg3.1 lbs316 mm / 12.4 inch 195 mm / 7.68 inch 12.9 mm / 0.508 inch 1.1 kg2.43 lbs307.5 mm / 12.1 inch 223.8 mm / 8.81 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.5 kg3.37 lbs304 mm / 12 inch 217 mm / 8.54 inch 14.6 mm / 0.575 inch 1.3 kg2.93 lbs302 mm / 11.9 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 11.6 mm / 0.4567 inch 1.2 kg2.7 lbs

Connectivity

Huawei keeps switching up the port options between its MateBook systems. The MateBook 14 includes a full-size HDMI port unlike on the MateBook 13 or X Pro, but it in turn lacks Thunderbolt 3 support. Thus, its single USB Type-C port is used for charging, data, and DisplayPort which means that users may not be able to recharge the laptop if they want to connect another USB Type-C device. A second USB Type-C port would have helped in this regard. 

Port positioning is excellent as the ports are easy to reach and evenly distributed towards the rear edges.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Left: USB Type-C (DisplayPort and Charging), 3.5 mm combo audio, HDMI
Left: USB Type-C (DisplayPort and Charging), 3.5 mm combo audio, HDMI
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Right: USB 2.0, USB 3.0
Right: USB 2.0, USB 3.0

Communication

WLAN is provided by an Intel 9560 capable of theoretical transfer rates of up to 1.73 Gbps not unlike on the MateBook 13. We did not experience any connectivity issues during our time with the test unit. Results are faster than what we've recorded below since our server is limited by a 1 Gbps line. 

Removable M.2 2230 WLAN and Bluetooth 5 module
Removable M.2 2230 WLAN and Bluetooth 5 module
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
663 MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
663 MBit/s ∼100%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
660 MBit/s ∼100% 0%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
655 MBit/s ∼99% -1%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
659 MBit/s ∼100%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
530 MBit/s ∼80% -20%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
513 MBit/s ∼78% -22%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
505 MBit/s ∼77% -23%

Maintenance

The bottom panel is secured by ten T5 Torx screws. It pops off rather easily so long as users are careful around the sharp edges.

Despite looking very similar to the MateBook 13 and MateBook X Pro from the outside, the internals of the MateBook 14 are very different. Users can still swap out the WLAN and M.2 2280 storage modules as needed while system RAM remains soldered.

Accessible internals with a completely different internal design than the MateBook 13 or MateBook X Pro
Accessible internals with a completely different internal design than the MateBook 13 or MateBook X Pro

Accessories and Warranty

Huawei includes no extras in the retail box other than the usual manuals and the same USB Type-C AC adapter that also ships with the MateBook X Pro. The standard one-year limited manufacturer warranty applies.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Key travel is noticeably shorter and slightly softer than on the MateBook X Pro and HP Spectre 13. Key clatter is quieter than most Ultrabooks including the XPS 13. It's clear that Huawei is targeting the feel of a MacBook Air keyboard.

While the very short travel works well enough for the main QWERTY keys, the smaller Arrow keys and larger Space and Enter keys feel spongier and not as firm as they could have been. Feedback is not uniform across all different key sizes. Users migrating from desktop keyboards will want some time to become accustomed to the MateBook 14 keyboard.

The MateBook D 14 shares the same keyboard as our MateBook 14.

Touchpad

The sizable clickpad (12.0 x 7.3 cm) is smaller than on the MateBook X Pro (12.0 x 7.8 cm) and larger than on the MateBook 13 (12.0 x 6.5 cm). Surface texture and glide are otherwise similar between all three laptops. We experienced no stickiness or erratic cursor jumping no matter the movement speed. On the other hand, the integrated mouse keys are spongy and shallow for an unsatisfying click when pressed. 

Layout is slightly different from the U.S. version of the MateBook X Pro
Layout is slightly different from the U.S. version of the MateBook X Pro
Shallow key travel and feel are reminiscent of the MacBook Air. Two-level white backlight comes standard
Shallow key travel and feel are reminiscent of the MacBook Air. Two-level white backlight comes standard

Display

The 14-inch touchscreen is larger than the 13.9-inch MateBook X Pro touchscreen but at a lower native resolution for a lower PPI. It's also slightly dimmer and with a lower contrast ratio as well. Even with these disadvantages in mind, the MateBook 14 display is still of high quality fit for any flagship Ultrabook. Brightness, contrast, and color space are comparable to the 4K UHD XPS 13 and the glossy glass overlay is sharper than a matte alternative. The Chi Mei P140KZA-BZ1 IPS panel can be found on no other laptop in our database since this is the only mass market 14-inch 3:2 2160 x 1440 resolution laptop we know of. The uncommon aspect ratio makes the Matebook 14 a better option for full-frame picture editing or professional presentations where the widescreen 16:9 may be undesirable.

Interestingly, Huawei advertises a backlight brightness of only 300 nits while our own independent measurements show an average brightness of 386 nits when set to maximum. Users who want an even brighter display can still go for the MateBook X Pro, MacBook Pro 15, or Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N. Black-white response times are average and comparable to the MateBook X Pro.

Edge-to-edge glass touchscreen. Non-touch SKUs will be available in some regions
Edge-to-edge glass touchscreen. Non-touch SKUs will be available in some regions
Huawei advertises a narrow bezel of just 4.9 mm
Huawei advertises a narrow bezel of just 4.9 mm
Slight uneven backlight bleeding along the top and bottom corners
Slight uneven backlight bleeding along the top and bottom corners
Subpixel array (185 PPI)
Subpixel array (185 PPI)
393.5
cd/m²
385
cd/m²
384.7
cd/m²
383.9
cd/m²
401.7
cd/m²
379.8
cd/m²
380.9
cd/m²
384.4
cd/m²
382.5
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei CMN8C02
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 401.7 cd/m² Average: 386.3 cd/m² Minimum: 4.71 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 401.7 cd/m²
Contrast: 956:1 (Black: 0.42 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.11 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 1.36
ΔE Greyscale 6.1 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
98.6% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 62.7% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.19
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
Chi Mei CMN8C02, IPS, 14, 2160x1440
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Tianma XM, IPS, 13.9, 3000x2000
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
LG Philips LP140WF7-SPG1, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
Tianma XM, IPS, 13.9, 1920x1080
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
ID: AUO 282B B133ZAN Dell: 90NTH, IPS, 13.3, 3840x2160
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
B139HAN03_0, IPS, 13.9, 1920x1080
Response Times
0%
-4%
-8%
-43%
-4%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38 (19.6, 18.4)
40.4 (19.2, 21.2)
-6%
36.8 (19.6, 17.2)
3%
47.2 (23.6, 23.6)
-24%
58 (26, 32)
-53%
40.8 (20.4, 20.4)
-7%
Response Time Black / White *
27.2 (17.2, 10)
25.6 (11.6, 14)
6%
30 (18.4, 11.6)
-10%
24.8 (14, 10.8)
9%
36 (20, 16)
-32%
27.6 (15.6, 12)
-1%
PWM Frequency
Screen
9%
-6%
21%
1%
-17%
Brightness middle
401.7
442.7
10%
333.8
-17%
466
16%
404
1%
316
-21%
Brightness
386
428
11%
307
-20%
462
20%
389
1%
291
-25%
Brightness Distribution
95
84
-12%
83
-13%
90
-5%
85
-11%
83
-13%
Black Level *
0.42
0.31
26%
0.4
5%
0.33
21%
0.37
12%
0.36
14%
Contrast
956
1428
49%
835
-13%
1412
48%
1092
14%
878
-8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.11
2.24
45%
3.54
14%
1.93
53%
3.72
9%
5.9
-44%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.93
7.19
19%
5.8
35%
4.26
52%
7.38
17%
12.9
-44%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.36
1.11
18%
2.36
-74%
1.99
-46%
2.06
-51%
1.3
4%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.1
9.7
-59%
4.7
23%
1.7
72%
4.44
27%
8.6
-41%
Gamma
2.19 100%
1.42 155%
2.14 103%
2.15 102%
2.34 94%
2.1 105%
CCT
7222 90%
6227 104%
6261 104%
6382 102%
7095 92%
6854 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62.7
61.6
-2%
61.2
-2%
62.2
-1%
60
-4%
60.7
-3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98.6
95
-4%
94.7
-4%
95.7
-3%
93
-6%
94.5
-4%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
5% / 8%
-5% / -6%
7% / 16%
-21% / -6%
-11% / -15%

* ... smaller is better

Huawei advertises full sRGB coverage and we can confirm this with our own independent measurements. The wide gamut is typical of flagship ultrabooks and it should appeal to most digital artists where accurate sRGB reproduction is usually enough. Users aiming for full AdobeRGB coverage may want to consider the Dell XPS 15 4K UHD instead.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Further measurements with an X-Rite colorimeter reveal an overly cool color temperature of 7222 out of the box. After calibration, both grayscale and colors improve noticeably across the board on all tested saturation levels as shown by our CalMAN results below. We recommend an end-user calibration if possible to get the most out of the display.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

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
27.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.2 ms rise
↘ 10 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. » 56 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19.6 ms rise
↘ 18.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 37 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.6 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 not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9266 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is poorer than on the MateBook X Pro since the MateBook 14 is not as bright. Glare from the super-glossy screen is noticeable and bothersome even if working under shade. A special "Outdoor mode" brightness feature like on the Samsung Notebook 9 would have been great to have. Viewing angles are excellent to help reduce glare with only minor shifts in brightness and contrast if viewing from obtuse angles.

Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

The Whiskey Lake-U Core i5-8265U/i7-8565U CPU options are an upgrade from the last generation Kaby Lake-R Core i5-8250U/i7-8550U as found on last year's MateBook X Pro which was notorious for its limited Turbo Boost and below-average CPU performance.

The GeForce MX250 GPU is a rebadged GeForce MX150 rather than a true successor. As our benchmarks below will show, the performance differences between these two GPUs can be very narrow in some circumstances. Huawei is promising a faster 25 W GPU this time whereas last year's MateBook X Pro shipped with a slower 10 W GPU.

 

Processor

CineBench R15
CineBench R15

According to CineBench R15, CPU performance is 6 to 10 percent faster than the average Core i7-8565U in our database taken from 24 other laptops. Its multi-thread performance score is 27 percent higher than the last generation Core i5-8250U or i7-8550U as found on the 2018 MateBook X Pro.

Performance sustainability, however, paints a different picture because the MateBook 14 is unable to maintain fast Turbo Boost clock rates indefinitely. By running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop, we can observe a performance drop from 659 points to 517 points as shown by our graph below. This 21 percent dip is much steeper than what we recorded on the Razer Blade Stealth equipped with the exact same CPU. Thus, while the CPU in the MateBook 14 starts out strong, it unfortunately stumbles rather quickly when subjected to high processing stress.

See our dedicated page on the Core i7-8565U for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

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Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29 GeForce MX250, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø522 (514.22-659.49)
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7 GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø485 (464.55-537.4)
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø627 (623.29-676.66)
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019 UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø614 (574.66-670.36)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
Intel Core i7-8565U
177 Points ∼81%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U
174 Points ∼80% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (73.1 - 193, n=48)
170 Points ∼78% -4%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
166 Points ∼76% -6%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
147 Points ∼67% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 20J1005TPB
Intel Core i7-7500U
146 Points ∼67% -18%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
146 Points ∼67% -18%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel Core i7-8550U
141 Points ∼65% -20%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
818 Points ∼19% +25%
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
Intel Core i7-8565U
656 Points ∼15%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U
651 Points ∼15% -1%
Huawei MateBook D, AMD Edition
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
642 (min: 589.88, max: 641.56) Points ∼15% -2%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
640 Points ∼15% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (361 - 815, n=49)
586 Points ∼13% -11%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
516 Points ∼12% -21%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel Core i7-8550U
514 Points ∼12% -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 20J1005TPB
Intel Core i7-7500U
338 Points ∼8% -48%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
177 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
656 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
105.22 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks are consistently higher than last year's MateBook X Pro by about 20 percent. Even so, final results are essentially on par with last year's Blade Stealth equipped with the older GeForce MX150.

Though we didn't experience any hardware issues on our test unit, we ran into some software issues related to the graphics drivers. Certain titles like Bioshock Infinite or Rocket League would refuse to launch or give an 'XINPUT1_3.DLL' error. Our attempts at reinstalling DirectX drivers, DirectX Runtime June 2010 drivers, Nvidia GeForce drivers, and Windows Updates proved futile and Huawei itself has no official drivers page for the MateBook 14 at the time of writing.

PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
3704 Points ∼31% +6%
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3488 Points ∼29%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3125 Points ∼26% -10%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
2872 Points ∼24% -18%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
2751 Points ∼23% -21%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2735 Points ∼23% -22%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (534 - 4338, n=95)
2504 Points ∼21% -28%
Productivity
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6916 Points ∼71%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
6575 Points ∼68% -5%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
6101 Points ∼63% -12%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5886 Points ∼61% -15%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
5749 Points ∼59% -17%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5727 Points ∼59% -17%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7281, n=95)
5268 Points ∼54% -24%
Essentials
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
8373 Points ∼76% 0%
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
8367 Points ∼76%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
8033 Points ∼73% -4%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
7165 Points ∼65% -14%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
7132 Points ∼65% -15%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7083 Points ∼64% -15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 9664, n=95)
6875 Points ∼63% -18%
Score
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
4219 Points ∼54% 0%
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4205 Points ∼54%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3835 Points ∼49% -9%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3546 Points ∼46% -16%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
3463 Points ∼45% -18%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3445 Points ∼44% -18%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4609, n=98)
3186 Points ∼41% -24%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
5065 Points ∼78% +6%
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4796 Points ∼74%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
4520 Points ∼69% -6%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4417 Points ∼68% -8%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4339 Points ∼67% -10%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
4302 Points ∼66% -10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1283 - 5363, n=220)
4063 Points ∼62% -15%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
3873 Points ∼64% +7%
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3612 Points ∼59%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3519 Points ∼58% -3%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3478 Points ∼57% -4%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
3218 Points ∼53% -11%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3183 Points ∼52% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4211, n=248)
3044 Points ∼50% -16%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3612 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4796 points
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Storage Devices

Internal storage is limited to a single M.2 2280 PCIe x4 slot. Unfortunately, there is a white sticker over the SSD screw that may impact the manufacturer warranty if tampered with.

Our test unit is equipped with a 512 GB Samsung PM981 SSD which is the same model as found on the MateBook 13. However, Huawei also uses a slower 512 GB Toshiba XG5 SSD like we found on last year's MateBook X Pro and there's no easy way to know which drive you're going to get prior to purchasing. We suspect that the type of drive included will depend on the region. The Toshiba drive returns a sequential write rate of just 288 MB/s compared to 1300+ MB/s on the Samsung drive.

See our table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

Accessible M.2 SSD sits towards the rear of the unit
Accessible M.2 SSD sits towards the rear of the unit
AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
AS SSD
-25%
-70%
-45%
-15%
-55%
Copy Game MB/s
1215.69
486.26
-60%
520.7
-57%
617.61
-49%
901.52
-26%
340.01
-72%
Copy Program MB/s
473.63
312.26
-34%
259.33
-45%
287.93
-39%
402.43
-15%
209.69
-56%
Copy ISO MB/s
1837.24
739.44
-60%
513.76
-72%
893.32
-51%
1404.23
-24%
539.41
-71%
Score Total
3743
2575
-31%
1040
-72%
1479
-60%
3250
-13%
1373
-63%
Score Write
1653
620
-62%
378
-77%
471
-72%
1468
-11%
427
-74%
Score Read
1369
1329
-3%
431
-69%
704
-49%
1185
-13%
657
-52%
Access Time Write *
0.026
0.036
-38%
0.055
-112%
0.051
-96%
0.027
-4%
0.056
-115%
Access Time Read *
0.046
0.058
-26%
0.092
-100%
0.061
-33%
0.053
-15%
0.069
-50%
4K-64 Write
1376.69
399.62
-71%
263.12
-81%
300.07
-78%
1251.44
-9%
266.32
-81%
4K-64 Read
1190.11
1039.05
-13%
352.87
-70%
460.96
-61%
1020.66
-14%
434.3
-64%
4K Write
137.58
103.13
-25%
66.14
-52%
105.65
-23%
126.18
-8%
94.98
-31%
4K Read
56.44
48.33
-14%
30.57
-46%
39.74
-30%
41.46
-27%
38.04
-33%
Seq Write
1385.7
1169.65
-16%
487.41
-65%
657.79
-53%
906.95
-35%
661.05
-52%
Seq Read
1225.02
2415.81
97%
476.13
-61%
2034.83
66%
1223.82
0%
1849.93
51%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 1775 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1720 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 611.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 571.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 962 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1009 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 28.04 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 165.9 MB/s

GPU Performance

3DMark benchmarks rank our GeForce MX250 very similarly to the Kepler-based GeForce GTX 950M found on budget circa-2015 gaming laptops. More impressively, the GPU offers a noticeable 30 percent boost over the 10 W MX150 in the MateBook X Pro.

When looking at the bigger picture, however, the MX250 is only marginally faster than laptops equipped with the last generation 25 W GeForce MX150. The Blade Stealth, for example, is essentially on par with the MateBook 14 and even the MateBook 13 comes very close by just a few percentage points. Huawei could have probably just used the same 25 W MX150 as found on the MateBook 13 and then offer the MateBook 14 for a cheaper price without impacting overall GPU performance.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Time Spy
Time Spy
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GF63 8RC-040XPL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
6112 Points ∼15% +67%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
4239 Points ∼10% +16%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
3726 Points ∼9% +2%
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
3664 Points ∼9%
MSI PX60 6QD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
3638 Points ∼9% -1%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
3586 Points ∼9% -2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (2977 - 3885, n=12)
3565 Points ∼9% -3%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
2793 Points ∼7% -24%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2069 Points ∼5% -44%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
1740 Points ∼4% -53%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1194 Points ∼3% -67%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
MSI GF63 8RC-040XPL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
39072 Points ∼21% +73%
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
29742 Points ∼16% +32%
MSI PX60 6QD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
25900 Points ∼14% +15%
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
22615 Points ∼12%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (20283 - 23863, n=12)
22141 Points ∼12% -2%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
21755 Points ∼12% -4%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
21260 Points ∼12% -6%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
17345 Points ∼9% -23%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
10816 Points ∼6% -52%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
9904 Points ∼5% -56%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
9643 Points ∼5% -57%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
5417 Points ∼24% +19%
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
4552 Points ∼20%
MSI PX60 6QD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
4501 Points ∼20% -1%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
4394 Points ∼19% -3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (3902 - 4638, n=12)
4313 Points ∼19% -5%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
4163 Points ∼18% -9%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3567 Points ∼16% -22%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2395 Points ∼11% -47%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
1872 Points ∼8% -59%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1548 Points ∼7% -66%
1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
4938 Points ∼10% +11%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
4905 Points ∼10% +10%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
4514 Points ∼9% +1%
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
4459 Points ∼9%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (3593 - 4942, n=12)
4449 Points ∼9% 0%
MSI PX60 6QD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
4384 Points ∼9% -2%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3450 Points ∼7% -23%
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
2907 Points ∼6% -35%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2613 Points ∼5% -41%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1757 Points ∼3% -61%
3DMark 11 Performance
4681 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
13455 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3350 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1240 points
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Gaming Performance

Gaming performance is most similar to a GTX 950M as predicted by the 3DMark benchmarks above. This is enough horsepower to play popular and undemanding titles like Rocket League or DOTA 2 at 1080p60 on Low to Medium settings. Even so, the MateBook 14 is only good for the occasional casual game due to its 3:2 aspect ratio and high native resolution. A more standard 16:9 1080p Ultrabook like the Blade Stealth would be more appropriate if gaming is of higher priority.

Running Witcher 3 shows no recurring dips in frame rates over time to suggest no throttling issues over time when gaming.

See our dedicated page on the GeForce MX250 for more technical information and gaming benchmarks.

The Witcher 3 - 1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
91.5 fps ∼100% +151%
MSI GF63 8RC-040XPL
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
72.5 fps ∼79% +99%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
38.2 fps ∼42% +5%
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
36.5 fps ∼40%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (32.9 - 38.6, n=11)
35.8 fps ∼39% -2%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
35.6 fps ∼39% -2%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
32.5 fps ∼36% -11%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
23 fps ∼25% -37%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
95 fps ∼100% +117%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
44.6 fps ∼47% +2%
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
43.7 fps ∼46%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (39 - 46.2, n=5)
41.8 fps ∼44% -4%
Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
36.9 fps ∼39% -16%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
26.5 fps ∼28% -39%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
17.4 fps ∼18% -60%
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