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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
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 444 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Finn D. Boerne
Translator: Finn D. Boerne - Translator - 450 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
Born in the United States and raised in Germany I became acquainted with both languages from an early age and turned this into my profession later in life. Computers have always played an important role in my life, and my love for all things digital is a huge part of my daily routine. Virtual Reality has captured my imagination and interest in particular, and I cannot wait to see what the (near) future will bring.
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Mike Wobker, 2020-03-10 (Update: 2020-03-10)