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Huawei MateBook D 14 in Review: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Unleashed

Performance well implemented. Following in the footsteps of the MateBook D 15, the smaller MateBook D 14 proves once again that there is absolutely no reason to throttle CPU performance under load. Find out in our review what other qualities Huawei's notebook has to offer.
Mike Wobker, 👁 Andreas Osthoff (translated by Finn D. Boerne),
Huawei MateBook D 14 AMD

Our review of Huawei’s Huawei MateBook D 15 already showed that the Chinese manufacturer has great control over its notebooks’ hardware. With the MateBook D14, AMD’s Ryzen 5 3500U found its way into a smaller device at a price point of around $700, compared to around $650 for the D15.

Since neither design nor connectivity were changed noticeably compared to its predecessor, we would like to refer you to our MateBook D 14 with Ryzen 5 2500U review.

Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS (MateBook D Series)
Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U 4 x 2.1 - 3.7 GHz, Zen+
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, Dual-Channel
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, Chi Mei CMN1404, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Storage
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G, 512 GB 
, 428 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Raven - Audio Processor - HD Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm combo, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: accelerometer, hall effect sensor
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): 16 x 322 x 215 ( = 0.63 x 12.68 x 8.46 in)
Battery
56 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9, 16:9 (1280x720)
Additional features
Speakers: 2 speakers, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, USB charger, USB Type-C cable, Huawei PC Manager, Monitor Manager, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.382 kg ( = 48.75 oz / 3.05 pounds), Power Supply: 198 g ( = 6.98 oz / 0.44 pounds)
Price
700 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
87 %
03/2020
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
R5 3500U, Vega 8
1.4 kg16 mm14"1920x1080
02/2020
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41G-R491
R5 3500U, Radeon 540X
1.5 kg17.95 mm14"1920x1080
81 %
02/2020
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
R7 3700U, Vega 10
1.4 kg16 mm14"1920x1080
75 %
01/2020
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
i7-1065G7, GeForce MX230
1.8 kg21 mm14"1920x1080
85 %
03/2020
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
R5 3500U, Vega 8
1.5 kg16.9 mm15.6"1920x1080
85 %
05/2019
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
R5 2500U, Vega 8
1.5 kg16 mm14"1920x1080
87 %
11/2018
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620
1.5 kg16 mm14"1920x1080

Case – Robust 14-inch Notebook

The MateBook D 14’s metal case is as slim and minimalistic as before. Owing to the slim bezels, the webcam remains hidden underneath the keyboard, and the fingerprint reader is integrated seamlessly and invisibly into the power button. With a weight of 1.4 kg and a thickness of just 16 mm it is one of the lightest and thinnest devices in our test group.

Size Comparison

339 mm / 13.3 inch 242 mm / 9.53 inch 21 mm / 0.827 inch 1.8 kg3.97 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 228 mm / 8.98 inch 17.95 mm / 0.707 inch 1.5 kg3.31 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 212 mm / 8.35 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.4 kg3.06 lbs322 mm / 12.7 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.4 kg3.05 lbs

Connectivity – No Card Reader in the MateBook D 14

Compared to the MateBook D 15, users will have to make do with one USB Type-A port less. In addition, the USB-C port is unavailable while charging.

Left: 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (also power port), 1x USB 3.0, HDMI
Left: 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (also power port), 1x USB 3.0, HDMI
Right: 3.5-mm combo jack, 1x USB 2.0
Right: 3.5-mm combo jack, 1x USB 2.0

Communication

When connected to our Netgear Nighthawk RAX1200 reference router we managed to achieve decent transfer rates. Compared to its predecessor, RX rates have been maintained while TX rates have even improved. With its Wi-Fi 5 modem and 2x2 MIMO antennas the MateBook D 14 was only outperformed by the MateBook D 15.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
653 (min: 593, max: 667) MBit/s ∼100% +2%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
643 (min: 619, max: 656) MBit/s ∼98%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
635 MBit/s ∼97% -1%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (30.9 - 1658, n=165)
604 MBit/s ∼92% -6%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
502 (min: 323, max: 535) MBit/s ∼77% -22%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
416 (min: 375, max: 465) MBit/s ∼64% -35%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
333 (min: 322, max: 341) MBit/s ∼51% -48%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
690 (min: 335, max: 729) MBit/s ∼100% +5%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
656 (min: 332, max: 675) MBit/s ∼95%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
598 (min: 519, max: 628) MBit/s ∼87% -9%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
590 (min: 528, max: 688) MBit/s ∼86% -10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (36 - 1416, n=165)
579 MBit/s ∼84% -12%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
514 MBit/s ∼74% -22%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
305 (min: 288, max: 327) MBit/s ∼44% -54%
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Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø642 (619-656)
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø415 (375-465)
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø333 (322-341)
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø652 (593-667)
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø502 (323-535)
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø645 (332-675)
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø598 (519-628)
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø305 (288-327)
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø679 (335-729)
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø591 (528-688)

Webcam

The MateBook D 14’s webcam is hidden underneath an extra key between the F6 and F7 keys and offers a frog eye’s view of the user in front of the laptop. At a measly 0.9 MP its quality is just as poor as on almost all other currently available notebooks.

Huawei MateBook D 14 - Webcam
Huawei MateBook D 14 - Webcam
Huawei MateBook D 14 - Webcam
Huawei MateBook D 14 - Webcam

Security

In addition to TPM the notebook offers a fingerprint reader integrated into the power button, thanks to which the MateBook D 14 can be very quickly and reliably unlocked without any lag.

Accessories

Inside the box we find the MateBook D 14 itself and a USB charger with matching USB Type-C cable. Huawei does not make any additional accessories specifically tailored to the MateBook.

Maintenance

Accessing the internal hardware requires removal of all screws holding the bottom panel in place. Once removed you can replace the SSD and Wi-Fi modem. Unoccupied RAM slots or a SATA bay are nowhere to be seen.

Huawei MateBook D 14 - maintenance
Huawei MateBook D 14 - maintenance

Warranty

Depending on the country of purchase the MateBook D 14 comes with 12 to 24 months of warranty.

Input Devices – Huawei MateBook with Backlit Keyboard

Keyboard

The MateBook D 14’s keyboard offers shallow key travel with well-defined and firm feedback. It is well-suited for extensive typing sessions. It also features a two-stage backlight that illuminates the keyboard in the dark without unnecessarily blinding the user.

Touchpad

The ClickPad allows for accurate mouse pointer navigation. Drag & drop operations were effortless thanks to its smooth surface.

Huawei MateBook D 14 - input devices
Huawei MateBook D 14 - input devices
Huawei MateBook D 14 - ClickPad
Huawei MateBook D 14 - ClickPad
Huawei MateBook D 14 - keyboard backlight
Huawei MateBook D 14 - keyboard backlight

Display – Well-calibrated IPS Panel

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Screen bleeding (massively overexposed)
Screen bleeding (massively overexposed)

The MateBook D 14’s 14-inch IPS panel runs at a native resolution of 1920x1080. Its maximum brightness in the middle was measured at 250 nits with a brightness distribution of 94%. The latter has improved over its predecessor; the former has unfortunately decreased slightly. In everyday use, screen bleeding is much less of an issue than can be expected from the illustration on the right.

At brightness levels of 30% and below we found PWM flickering at a frequency of 25,000 Hz. This frequency is high enough to avoid eye-sore and other issues in sensitive users. Other display options are not available.

241
cd/m²
248
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
250
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
242
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei CMN1404
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 250 cd/m² Average: 241.1 cd/m² Minimum: 3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 251 cd/m²
Contrast: 1136:1 (Black: 0.22 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.4 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 4.2
ΔE Greyscale 2.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6
69.6% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 44.3% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.3
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Chi Mei CMN1404, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
CEC PA LM140LF-3L03, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Chi Mei 140HCA, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AU Optronics AUO28ED, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
BOE083C, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
-26%
-33%
-7%
-39%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41.2 (21.2, 20)
36 (19, 17)
13%
41 (23, 18)
-0%
43.6 (20.4, 23.2)
-6%
42.4 (22.8, 19.6)
-3%
Response Time Black / White *
28.8 (16.4, 12.4)
26 (15, 11)
10%
31 (18, 13)
-8%
31.2 (18, 13.2)
-8%
32.8 (18, 14.8)
-14%
PWM Frequency
25000 (30)
44 (20)
-100%
2500 (20)
-90%
198.4 (99)
-99%
Screen
-10%
-5%
9%
-4%
Brightness middle
250
253
1%
226
-10%
271
8%
287
15%
Brightness
241
245
2%
214
-11%
256
6%
276
15%
Brightness Distribution
94
78
-17%
92
-2%
90
-4%
86
-9%
Black Level *
0.22
0.225
-2%
0.17
23%
0.15
32%
0.25
-14%
Contrast
1136
1124
-1%
1329
17%
1807
59%
1148
1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.4
8.89
-102%
5.21
-18%
4.7
-7%
5.4
-23%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
19.7
4.56
77%
22.15
-12%
20.4
-4%
18.1
8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.2
4.9
-17%
4.43
-5%
4.6
-10%
5
-19%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.9
6.33
-118%
3.27
-13%
1.6
45%
3.1
-7%
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.52 87%
2.36 93%
2.17 101%
1.99 111%
CCT
7045 92%
6745 96%
6538 99%
6649 98%
6769 96%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
44.3
60
35%
40
-10%
38.5
-13%
41.8
-6%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
69.6
91
31%
62
-11%
60.6
-13%
64.6
-7%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-18% / -13%
-19% / -11%
1% / 7%
-22% / -12%

* ... smaller is better

Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 69.9%
Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 69.9%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 44.3%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 44.3%

In the lab we were able to attest Huawei’s notebook with a decent contrast ratio of 1,136:1 and a very good black level of just 0.22 nits. Accordingly, the MateBook D 14 was incapable of rising above its own predecessor or its competitors. The same must be said about color-space coverage, which at just 70% sRGB and 44% AdobeRGB was mediocre at best.

Our CalMAN analysis unveiled a relatively well-balanced display out-of-the box. Consequently, we were only able to improve upon color accuracy slightly through our i1 Pro 2 spectrophotometer calibration.

CalMAN - color accuracy
CalMAN - color accuracy
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - color accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - color accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - saturation (calibrated)

Outdoor usability was decent, and screen content remained readable even with the sun shining at the display from the side.

Huawei MateBook D 14 - outdoors
Huawei MateBook D 14 - outdoors
Huawei MateBook D 14 - outdoors
Huawei MateBook D 14 - outdoors

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
28.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 12.4 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. » 67 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
41.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21.2 ms rise
↘ 20 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 636 (maximum) ms. » 53 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39 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 25000 Hz ≤ 30 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 25000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 30 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 25000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17878 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Viewing angles were very wide overall. Screen content remained readable at all angles without any distortion or shifts in colors.

Huawei MateBook D 14 - viewing angles
Huawei MateBook D 14 - viewing angles

Performance – AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Unleashed

The MateBook D 14 is aimed primarily at office users and those running more-demanding applications. It is not particularly well suited for gaming purposes.

SKUs other than the one reviewed are currently not available.

 

Processor

Compared to its Ryzen 5 2500U-equipped predecessor the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U should offer a significantly higher performance. At clock speeds of between 2.1 and 3.7 GHz it can work on eight threads simultaneously. The CPU’s power consumption was measured at 22 W, and thus slightly lower than the MateBook D 15’s 25 W.

The Cinebench R15 results were very good, and the MateBook D 14 managed to outperform even the Intel Core i7-1065G7. In addition, our load test showed that Huawei managed to tame the Ryzen 5 3500U. Unlike most other current notebooks, we did not experience a sudden drop in performance, neither after a short period of load nor on battery.

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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)
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Ryzen 5 2500U: Ø583 (578.22-612.26)
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø525 (518.44-565)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Intel Core i7-1065G7
182 Points ∼100% +26%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
144.02 Points ∼79% 0%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
144 Points ∼79%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼79% -1%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41G-R491
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
142 Points ∼78% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
  (131 - 147, n=17)
142 Points ∼78% -1%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
139 Points ∼76% -3%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
133 Points ∼73% -8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 185, n=319)
120 Points ∼66% -17%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
677.84 (min: 671.21, max: 677.84) Points ∼100% +1%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
674 (min: 644.06, max: 673.71) Points ∼99%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Intel Core i7-1065G7
650 Points ∼96% -4%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
642 Points ∼95% -5%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
  (482 - 682, n=18)
641 Points ∼95% -5%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
615 (min: 576.4, max: 616.38) Points ∼91% -9%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Core i5-8250U
565 Points ∼83% -16%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41G-R491
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
482 Points ∼71% -28%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 1287, n=333)
378 Points ∼56% -44%
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
674 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
49.9 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
144 Points
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System Performance

PCMark benchmark results were also good, and the individual test scores were at a level expected of this hardware. The MateBook D 14 even managed to take the lead in PCMark 10’s Digital Content Creation and PCMark 8’s Home Score benchmarks.

In everyday use the notebook felt smooth and snappy at all times. Find out how well or poorly the other systems in our test group did on our CPU benchmark page.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
3467 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3466 Points ∼100% 0%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3344 Points ∼96% -4%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (2989 - 3526, n=15)
3329 Points ∼96% -4%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
Vega 8, R5 2500U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
3269 Points ∼94% -6%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41G-R491
Radeon 540X, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3040 Points ∼88% -12%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
2804 Points ∼81% -19%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
2706 Points ∼78% -22%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (405 - 4905, n=133)
2642 Points ∼76% -24%
Productivity
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
6868 Points ∼100% +20%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41G-R491
Radeon 540X, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5981 Points ∼87% +4%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
5823 Points ∼85% +2%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (5456 - 6074, n=15)
5774 Points ∼84% +1%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
5758 Points ∼84% 0%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
5734 Points ∼83%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5603 Points ∼82% -2%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
Vega 8, R5 2500U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
5425 Points ∼79% -5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7676, n=133)
5365 Points ∼78% -6%
Essentials
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
8415 Points ∼100% +11%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
7685 Points ∼91% +1%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
7600 Points ∼90% 0%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
7596 Points ∼90%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (6690 - 8300, n=15)
7520 Points ∼89% -1%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
7373 Points ∼88% -3%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41G-R491
Radeon 540X, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
7283 Points ∼87% -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 9664, n=133)
7071 Points ∼84% -7%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
Vega 8, R5 2500U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
6756 Points ∼80% -11%
Score
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
3862 Points ∼100% +1%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3851 Points ∼100% +1%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
3818 Points ∼99%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (3485 - 3972, n=15)
3761 Points ∼97% -1%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3743 Points ∼97% -2%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41G-R491
Radeon 540X, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3654 Points ∼95% -4%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
Vega 8, R5 2500U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
3534 Points ∼92% -7%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
3526 Points ∼91% -8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4956, n=136)
3295 Points ∼85% -14%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
4955 Points ∼100% +4%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
4842 Points ∼98% +1%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
4772 Points ∼96%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (4436 - 5039, n=11)
4705 Points ∼95% -1%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4699 Points ∼95% -2%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
Vega 8, R5 2500U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
4420 Points ∼89% -7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1283 - 5573, n=247)
4096 Points ∼83% -14%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
3669 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3641 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3604 Points ∼98% -2%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (3316 - 4235, n=12)
3599 Points ∼98% -2%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
Vega 8, R5 2500U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
3420 Points ∼93% -7%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
3355 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4349, n=276)
3098 Points ∼84% -16%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3669 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4772 points
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Storage Devices

The MateBook D 14’s 512 GB SSD is made by Western Digital. It achieved decent results in our benchmarks and was able to keep up even with the faster currently available SSDs.

For further details and comparisons see our dedicated SSD/HDD benchmark page.

Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Average WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-34%
2%
-7%
12%
Write 4K
145.4
118.8
-18%
159.6
10%
134.8
-7%
170 (144 - 208, n=6)
17%
Read 4K
46.25
41.62
-10%
53.45
16%
41.68
-10%
48.3 (45.8 - 53.7, n=6)
4%
Write Seq
2583
795.7
-69%
1174
-55%
1651
-36%
2130 (1307 - 2707, n=6)
-18%
Read Seq
2141
1101
-49%
1648
-23%
2300
7%
1907 (1356 - 2369, n=6)
-11%
Write 4K Q32T1
239.5
234.7
-2%
420.8
76%
260
9%
378 (237 - 490, n=6)
58%
Read 4K Q32T1
340
313.8
-8%
563.6
66%
335.1
-1%
451 (333 - 600, n=6)
33%
Write Seq Q32T1
2701
842.3
-69%
1231
-54%
1641
-39%
2603 (2114 - 2703, n=6)
-4%
Read Seq Q32T1
2871
1645
-43%
2274
-21%
3452
20%
3302 (2871 - 3410, n=6)
15%
AS SSD
-25%
-93%
-4%
-2%
Access Time Write *
0.039
0.045
-15%
0.263
-574%
0.042
-8%
0.0537 (0.023 - 0.076, n=6)
-38%
Access Time Read *
0.074
0.047
36%
0.081
-9%
0.062
16%
0.0657 (0.05 - 0.076, n=6)
11%
4K-64 Write
1223.72
747.86
-39%
383.45
-69%
1274.96
4%
1123 (938 - 1513, n=6)
-8%
4K-64 Read
1282.07
739.73
-42%
1264.88
-1%
748.18
-42%
1164 (885 - 1447, n=6)
-9%
4K Write
116.94
80.08
-32%
101.25
-13%
111.64
-5%
137 (96.9 - 167, n=6)
17%
4K Read
40.36
37.03
-8%
37.81
-6%
47.15
17%
44.9 (40.4 - 49.5, n=6)
11%
Seq Write
2254.85
781.17
-65%
775.17
-66%
1549.06
-31%
2157 (1259 - 2479, n=6)
-4%
Seq Read
2262.77
1417.21
-37%
2074
-8%
2612.65
15%
2369 (1786 - 2912, n=6)
5%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-30% / -29%
-46% / -46%
-6% / -6%
5% / 5%

* ... smaller is better

WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2871 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2701 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 340 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 239.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2141 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2583 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 46.25 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 145.4 MB/s

GPU Performance

All things graphics are handled by an AMD Radeon RX Vega 8. It benefits from the large amount of RAM and even more so from its dual-channel configuration. Consequently, its 3DMark benchmark results are up to 28% above the average of all notebooks with this particular GPU benchmarked by us.

See our GPU benchmark page to find out more about the AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, and how well it performs compared to other GPUs.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41G-R491
AMD Radeon 540X, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4097 Points ∼100% +5%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3908 Points ∼95%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3837 Points ∼94% -2%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
3565 Points ∼87% -9%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (1668 - 4317, n=38)
3408 Points ∼83% -13%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
3389 Points ∼83% -13%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
NVIDIA GeForce MX230, Intel Core i7-1065G7
3180 Points ∼78% -19%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1776 Points ∼43% -55%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 11501, n=405)
1494 Points ∼36% -62%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41G-R491
AMD Radeon 540X, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
797 Points ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
NVIDIA GeForce MX230, Intel Core i7-1065G7
698 Points ∼88%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (523 - 790, n=17)
661 Points ∼83%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (85 - 3098, n=67)
631 Points ∼79%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41G-R491
AMD Radeon 540X, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
2779 Points ∼100% +7%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
2598 Points ∼93%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
2557 Points ∼92% -2%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
2381 Points ∼86% -8%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
2272 Points ∼82% -13%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (1095 - 2901, n=35)
2195 Points ∼79% -16%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
NVIDIA GeForce MX230, Intel Core i7-1065G7
2168 Points ∼78% -17%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1245 Points ∼45% -52%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 8093, n=284)
1194 Points ∼43% -54%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
18850 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
18491 Points ∼98% -2%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
17661 Points ∼94% -6%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
16048 Points ∼85% -15%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41G-R491
AMD Radeon 540X, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
15167 Points ∼80% -20%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (7309 - 19351, n=31)
15007 Points ∼80% -20%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
NVIDIA GeForce MX230, Intel Core i7-1065G7
13376 Points ∼71% -29%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
9730 Points ∼52% -48%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 30436, n=302)
8365 Points ∼44% -56%
3DMark 11 Performance
4013 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
13711 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2372 points
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Gaming Performance

AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 8 is capable of running many older games smoothly on medium settings. Whether or not a modern game can be played smoothly depends on how demanding it is. More often than not you will have to lower the display resolution and details. Current blockbuster titles are usually not playable at all.

Find out how well the Vega 8 performs in games on our GPU gaming benchmark page.

BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX230
26.2 fps ∼100% +24%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
21.05 fps ∼80%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
21.01 fps ∼80% 0%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
19.84 fps ∼76% -6%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
17.4 fps ∼66% -17%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (7.6 - 21.4, n=27)
16.9 fps ∼65% -20%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2.8 - 70.3, n=156)
12.1 fps ∼46% -43%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
9.9 fps ∼38% -53%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX230
148.5 fps ∼100% +24%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
120 fps ∼81%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
118.85 fps ∼80% -1%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (68.9 - 123, n=26)
98.4 fps ∼66% -18%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
93.78 fps ∼63% -22%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
70.5 fps ∼47% -41%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (16.9 - 231, n=211)
60.4 fps ∼41% -50%
Dota 2 Reborn - 1920x1080 high (2/3)
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
39 (min: 35.8) fps ∼100%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
39 (min: 35.8) fps ∼100% 0%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
38.8 (min: 35.7) fps ∼99% -1%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
36 (min: 30.5) fps ∼92% -8%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (26.9 - 47.8, n=22)
35.8 fps ∼92% -8%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
34.8 (min: 32.1) fps ∼89% -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6.5 - 107, n=55)
30.4 fps ∼78% -22%
X-Plane 11.11
1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.09 - 60.5, n=41)
18.4 fps ∼100% +8%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
18.2 fps ∼99% +6%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (14.4 - 27.3, n=18)
17.9 fps ∼97% +5%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
17.1 fps ∼93%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
17.1 fps ∼93% 0%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
16.3 fps ∼89% -5%
1920x1080 med (fps_test=2)
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
20.2 fps ∼100%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
20.2 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.42 - 71.5, n=44)
20 fps ∼99% -1%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (14.5 - 31, n=19)
19.9 fps ∼99% -1%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
19.4 fps ∼96% -4%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
19.4 fps ∼96% -4%
1280x720 low (fps_test=1)
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5.04 - 79, n=46)
27.5 fps ∼100% +3%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
26.6 fps ∼97%
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
26.6 fps ∼97% 0%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
26.5 fps ∼96% 0%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (19.2 - 39.9, n=19)
26.4 fps ∼96% -1%
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
26.3 fps ∼96% -1%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 120 21.05 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 70.9 63.7 39 36.3 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 26.6 20.2 17.1 fps

Emissions – Quiet Fans and Usable Speakers

System Noise

The MateBook D 14 remained quiet even under load. The fans were inconspicuous overall and never became too obnoxious. Our review unit did not emit any other noises such as coil whine.

Noise Level

Idle
29.6 / 29.6 / 29.6 dB(A)
Load
30.7 / 33.3 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.6 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.135.734.333.835.42525.327.7282728.33130.433.232.732.236.94029.8333229.833.85032.131.93234.233.96324.524.525.725.529.18024.424.224.423.525.810029.430.930.527.628.712525.626.325.426.326.916026.131.527.227.529.120024.927.124.724.726.825024.125.725.92426.631522.622.723.721.723.940022.421.722.221.223.150021.821.421.120.723.163020.619.819.519.721.680020.119.619.318.621100020.619.619.118.521.5125019.918.21817.420.7160019.517.917.416.821.1200020.31817.216.622.3250021.3181715.923.4315018.816.916.415.620.840001816.21615.419.2500018.51615.915.620.5630016.715.815.915.618.3800015.815.615.815.516.41000015.715.815.715.515.71250015.615.615.515.415.61600015.415.315.315.215.4SPL31.830.730.329.633.3N1.61.51.41.31.9median 20.3median 18.2median 18median 17.4median 21.5Delta2.53.84.13.41.9hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHuawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS

Temperature

Under load, the MateBook D 14’s surface temperatures peaked at 44.2 °C with a hot spot in the rear left-hand side corner. The palm rests only warmed up slightly, which means the notebook remained usable at all times.

Shortly after starting our one-hour stress test the CPU ran at a frequency of around 2 GHz and a temperature of 62 °C. It managed to maintain both temperature and clock speed throughout the remainder of the test. Given that our stress test is an extreme load scenario that is very unlikely to occur during everyday use you will not be faced with any sort of limitations caused by high temperatures.

Huawei MateBook D 14 - stress test (beginning)
Huawei MateBook D 14 - stress test (beginning)
Huawei MateBook D 14 - stress test (end)
Huawei MateBook D 14 - stress test (end)
Max. Load
 39.7 °C
103 F
38.4 °C
101 F
29.8 °C
86 F
 
 38 °C
100 F
37.3 °C
99 F
26.6 °C
80 F
 
 30.9 °C
88 F
27.6 °C
82 F
25.1 °C
77 F
 
Maximum: 39.7 °C = 103 F
Average: 32.6 °C = 91 F
29.4 °C
85 F
42.2 °C
108 F
44.2 °C
112 F
25.5 °C
78 F
40.2 °C
104 F
40.1 °C
104 F
25.1 °C
77 F
32.4 °C
90 F
31.8 °C
89 F
Maximum: 44.2 °C = 112 F
Average: 34.5 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.7 °C = 107 F | Room Temperature 19.8 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.6 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.7 °C / 103 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 44.2 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 39.6 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.6 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.9 °C / 87.6 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.5 °C / 83.3 F (-2.4 °C / -4.3 F).
Heat map under load - top
Heat map under load - top
Heat map under load - bottom
Heat map under load - bottom

Speakers

The MateBook D 14’s speakers offer average maximum volume and a soundscape that is heavily geared towards mids. They are thus suited for occasional media consumption. Nevertheless, we advise you to use external headphones or speakers for an improved audio experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.834.7252729.83132.233.14029.832.45034.235.56325.526.18023.524.410027.629.912526.329.516027.540.720024.747.82502453.331521.756.140021.259.650020.75963019.764.180018.666.8100018.566.1125017.467.3160016.863.9200016.660.5250015.959.6315015.657.1400015.458.1500015.657.5630015.655.4800015.553.41000015.549.61250015.447.61600015.246.5SPL29.674.1N1.332median 17.4median 57.1Delta3.46.233.733.733.735.534.135.530.830.930.830.82930.828.72928.728.427.228.431.326.431.341.524.241.547.124.547.148.324.548.345.822.545.85321.75361.820.261.865.619.265.665.318.565.363.318.863.365.11865.166.417.466.466.917.366.969.51769.568.917.168.963.716.963.760.117.260.16017.46057.717.657.757.517.757.554.217.854.25117.75151.617.551.653.917.553.976.729.976.737.31.337.3median 60median 17.7median 6071.67hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei MateBook D 14-53010TVSAsus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.3% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 52% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 39% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 35% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 57% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (69.45 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.4% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (3.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 28% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 19% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 77% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management – MateBook D 14 offers Great Battery Life

Power Consumption

Average power consumption was somewhere in the middle of our test group, and it was appropriate when compared directly to similarly equipped notebooks.

The included USB power supply is rated at 65 W and thus sufficiently dimensioned to properly supply the MateBook with energy.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.37 / 0.66 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.2 / 7.7 / 8.7 Watt
Load midlight 35.4 / 48.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
R5 3500U, Vega 8, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
R7 3700U, Vega 10, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
i7-1065G7, GeForce MX230, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
R5 3500U, Vega 8, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
R5 2500U, Vega 8, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Power Consumption
2%
-5%
-8%
-1%
17%
-4%
-13%
Idle Minimum *
5.2
3.6
31%
4.7
10%
5.2
-0%
5.3
-2%
3.7
29%
5.32 (3.7 - 8.8, n=37)
-2%
6.43 (1 - 36, n=644)
-24%
Idle Average *
7.7
7.2
6%
6.6
14%
8.8
-14%
7.8
-1%
6.9
10%
8.22 (5.86 - 12.9, n=37)
-7%
9.64 (2.06 - 39, n=644)
-25%
Idle Maximum *
8.7
10.8
-24%
5.9
32%
10.2
-17%
8.46
3%
8.4
3%
9.71 (6.36 - 13.7, n=37)
-12%
11.9 (3.9 - 55, n=644)
-37%
Load Average *
35.4
38
-7%
56
-58%
37.5
-6%
36.9
-4%
32
10%
37.6 (24.1 - 55.3, n=37)
-6%
33.4 (6.3 - 75, n=634)
6%
Load Maximum *
48.3
45.2
6%
60.2
-25%
50.9
-5%
49.4
-2%
32.6
33%
46.1 (26.5 - 65.6, n=37)
5%
40.6 (7.6 - 111, n=637)
16%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Inside the MateBook D 14 we find a 56 Wh battery that supplied the laptop with slightly over 14 hours of energy in our real-world Wi-Fi test. This means that the D 14 placed first in our test group, and it shows that battery life has improved significantly over its AMD Ryzen 5 2500U-equipped predecessor.

Charging the battery with the included power supply from near empty to full takes around 3.5 hours.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
14h 22min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness
9h 03min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
11h 14min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 53min
Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS
R5 3500U, Vega 8, 56 Wh
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
R7 3700U, Vega 10, 47 Wh
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
i7-1065G7, GeForce MX230, 42 Wh
Huawei MateBook D 15-53010TUY
R5 3500U, Vega 8, 42 Wh
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
R5 2500U, Vega 8, 57.4 Wh
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 57 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
-21%
-34%
-40%
-24%
-9%
-17%
WiFi v1.3
862
404
-53%
390
-55%
470
-45%
542
-37%
597
-31%
495 (206 - 991, n=264)
-43%
Load
113
125
11%
98
-13%
75
-34%
101
-11%
129
14%
123 (40 - 369, n=582)
9%

Pros

+ CPU not throttled under load
+ great battery life
+ good input devices
+ compact and robust case

Cons

- almost no maintenance options
- color-space coverage could be better
- webcam with frog eye's view
- no home and end button

Verdict – Huawei Did Many Things Right with the MateBook D 14

In review: Huawei MateBook D 14. Test unit provided by Huawei Germany
In review: Huawei MateBook D 14. Test unit provided by Huawei Germany

Huawei’s MateBook D 14 is yet another example proving that a well-thought out notebook does not necessarily have to be expensive. Its largest benefit is its consistent CPU performance that remained unthrottled under load and on battery. Another benefit is the cooling system that managed to tame the internal components and maintain low overall temperatures without sacrificing quietness at the same time. Thanks to this combination the 14-inch notebook is not only powerful but also well-suited for noise-sensitive environments.

Once again Huawei remains in full control over the MateBook D 14’s temperatures, resulting in unthrottled maximum performance.

Just like on the D15 our only gripes with the D 14 are the webcam’s frog eye’s view, the laptop’s limited maintenance options, and the lack of home and end keys on the keyboard. However, given the laptop’s overall performance and its low price it is easy to get over, particularly considering that not everybody will be equally affected by these restrictions.

Huawei MateBook D 14-53010TVS - 03/08/2020 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
84 / 98 → 86%
Keyboard
87%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
46 / 75 → 62%
Weight
70 / 20-75 → 92%
Battery
90%
Display
83%
Games Performance
60 / 78 → 76%
Application Performance
81 / 85 → 95%
Temperature
92%
Noise
98%
Audio
67 / 91 → 74%
Average
79%
87%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2020-03-10 (Update: 2020-03-12)
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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.