Huawei MateBook D 14: Just as good as the D 15

Subnotebook mit voller Leistungsentfaltung: Das Huawei MateBook D 14
Subnotebook mit voller Leistungsentfaltung: Das Huawei MateBook D 14
In our review, Huawei's MateBook D 15 surprised is with an unthrottled CPU and low noise emissions. The smaller MateBook D 14 managed to repeat that trick and proves that decent cooling is not rocket science.
Mike Wobker (translated by Finn D. Boerne), 🇩🇪

First things first: We still cannot possibly understand why most notebook manufacturers choose to throttle their laptop’s CPUs under load after a short period of time. Huawei’s MateBook D 15 was living proof by the Chinese manufacturer that it is indeed possible to create a slim high-performance notebook not only capable of maintaining its high initial level of load over time but also on battery.

Furthermore, the MateBook D 14 proves that this is possible even in a 14-inch device, where a well-designed cooling solution is used to tame AMD’s Ryzen 5 3500U. In addition to scoring above average in our CineBench R15 benchmarks it also managed to maintain its initial level of performance over long periods of sustained load.

Cinebench R15 Sustained Load Test

Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø661 (656.73-674.67)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41G-R491 AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø411 (394.45-481.96)
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U: Ø512 (499.03-642.87)
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø585 (569.39-649.92)
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø669 (662.73-672.62)

Overall system performance left nothing to be desired either, albeit 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD with average performance are run-of-the-mill these days. Unfortunately, only the SSD can be retroactively upgraded. Upgrading the RAM is not possible.

Should you opt for the MateBook D 14 you get a very long battery life in return, as it lasted for more than 14 hours in our real-life Wi-Fi battery test and still up to 9 hours when browsing the web over Wi-Fi on maximum brightness.

MateBook D 14 maintenance options...
MateBook D 14 maintenance options...
...compared to the MateBook D 15
...compared to the MateBook D 15

At roughly $700 you get a great subnotebook made by Huawei with only a few minor flaws. Among others these include the lack of a home and end key on the keyboard as well as its limited maintenance options. We would have also preferred a higher color space coverage.


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Mike Wobker, 2020-03-10 (Update: 2020-03-10)
Mike Wobker
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I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.