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Huawei MateBook D 14 vs. MateBook 14: What's the difference?

Huawei MateBook D 14 vs. MateBook 14: What's the difference?
Huawei MateBook D 14 vs. MateBook 14: What's the difference?
The budget 16:9 MateBook D 14 is best for multimedia playback while the higher-end 3:2 MateBook 14 is best for office and editing work where higher graphics performance is desired. Perhaps surprisingly, CPU performance between the two laptops is nearly identical despite the generational gap.

They may look alike at first glance, but their displays and performance couldn't be more different. We go over the major differences between the pricier MateBook 14 and cheaper MateBook D 14 to show what both systems have to offer.

More details on each model can be found on our dedicated review pages here.

Huawei MateBook 14Huawei MateBook D 14
CPUCore i5-8265U
Core i7-8565U
Core i5-8250U
Ryzen 5 2500U
GPUUHD Graphics 620
25 W GeForce MX250
UHD Graphics 620
Radeon RX Vega 8
Display

14-inch 3:2
2160 x 1440 touchscreen
Glossy IPS

14-inch 16:9
1920 x 1080 non-touch
Matte IPS
RAM8 or 16 GB
Soldered
8 or 16 GB
Soldered
StorageM.2 2280M.2 2280
Battery57 Wh57 Wh
Ports

2x USB Type-A
1x USB Type-C
1x HDMI
1x 3.5 mm combo audio

2x USB Type-A
1x USB Type-C
1x HDMI
1x 3.5 mm combo audio
Dimensions15.9 x 307.5 x 223.816 x 304 x 221
Weight1.53 kg1.47 kg
MSRP1200 to 1500 Euros~1000 Euros


Case

The MateBook 14 uses the same metal material for its chassis as does the MateBook X Pro for a stronger first impression than the MateBook D 14. Its base and edge-to-edge glass display are firmer and less flexible. Visually, however, both systems look similar even though one is clearly more rigid than the other.

The speaker grilles are positioned along the edges of the keyboard on the MateBook D 14 compared to the bottom base on the MateBook 14. 

Ports

Port options are identical between the two laptops albeit positioned differently.

CPU Performance 

The Whiskey Lake-U Core i7-8565U in the MateBook 14 is able to outperform the older Kaby Lake-R Core i5-8250U by 16 percent according to CineBench R15. Dig deeper, however, and the performance delta begins to shrink because of poor Turbo Boost performance on the MateBook 14. By running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop, we can observe that the i7-8565U drops quickly in performance to essentially match the i5-8250U.

GPU Performance

The 25 W GeForce MX250 offers up to 3x the graphics performance of the UHD Graphics 620 and about 50 to 60 percent better graphics performance than the Radeon RX Vega 8. This difference is crucial for video editors or casual gamers.

Display

The display on the MateBook D 14 is inferior to the MateBook 14 in almost every way. Brightness is dimmer, gamut is narrower, contrast is lower, response times are longer, and colors are less accurate.

Fan Noise

Both laptops are silent or very close to it during low loads like browsing or word processing. When gaming, the MateBook 14 can reach almost 45 dB(A) compared to just 33.6 dB(A) on the MateBook D 14.

Power Consumption

The MateBook 14 is more demanding overall by over 20 W when under high loads like gaming.

Webcam

Webcam placement is superior on the MateBook D 14. The very narrow top bezel of the MateBook 14 has forced Huawei to move the webcam to the keyboard for a poorer angle not unlike on the MateBook X Pro.

Battery Life

Internal battery capacities are identical between the two laptops at 57 Wh each. Runtimes are longer on the MateBook D 15 by 90 minutes on average since it carries a lower resolution display and no discrete GPU.

Verdict

The MateBook D 14 targets users on a budget who want a no-frills Ultrabook for day-to-day browsing and multimedia streaming. Meanwhile, the MateBook 14 targets users looking for a premium product with higher graphics performance and a more color accurate display. This comes at the cost of fan noise and battery life as one would expect given that their chassis designs are very similar.

CPU Turbo Boost performance is disappointing on the MateBook 14 much like what we discovered on the MateBook X Pro series. This is certainly one aspect that Huawei could improve upon for its future laptops to better distinguish between its flagship and budget laptop families.

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Size Comparison

323 mm / 12.7 inch 221 mm / 8.7 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.5 kg3.24 lbs307.5 mm / 12.1 inch 223.8 mm / 8.81 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.5 kg3.37 lbs
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Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29 Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø522 (514.22-659.49)
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø525 (518.44-565)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
Intel Core i7-8565U
177 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (73.1 - 193, n=44)
171 Points ∼97%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼81%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
Intel Core i7-8565U
656 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (361 - 815, n=45)
591 Points ∼90%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Core i5-8250U
565 Points ∼86%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3488 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
2804 Points ∼80%
Productivity
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6916 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
5758 Points ∼83%
Essentials
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
8367 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
7373 Points ∼88%
Score
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4205 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
3526 Points ∼84%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4796 Points ∼100%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
GeForce MX250, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3612 Points ∼100%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
3664 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel UHD Graphics 620
1245 Points ∼34%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
22615 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel UHD Graphics 620
9730 Points ∼43%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
4459 Points ∼100%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel UHD Graphics 620
1776 Points ∼40%
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
Chi Mei CMN8C02, IPS, 2160x1440
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
BOE0764 / TV140FHM-NH0, IPS, 1920x1080
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38 (19.6, 18.4)
41 (21, 20)
Response Time Black / White *
27.2 (17.2, 10)
37 (21, 16)
PWM Frequency
200 (90)
Screen
Brightness middle
401.7
291
Brightness
386
276
Brightness Distribution
95
85
Black Level *
0.42
0.46
Contrast
956
633
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.11
4.3
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.93
10.01
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.36
3.18
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.1
4.21
Gamma
2.19 100%
2.46 89%
CCT
7222 90%
6867 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62.7
41
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98.6
64
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
Write 4K
165.9
60.54
Read 4K
28.04
21.63
Write Seq
1009
450.9
Read Seq
962
482.3
Write 4K Q32T1
571.5
248.9
Read 4K Q32T1
611.4
267.6
Write Seq Q32T1
1720
534.1
Read Seq Q32T1
1775
562.8
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
8565U, GeForce MX250
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
8250U, UHD Graphics 620
Noise
off / environment *
28.1
30.5
Idle Minimum *
28.1
30.5
Idle Average *
28.1
30.5
Idle Maximum *
29.7
30.5
Load Average *
31.2
33.6
Witcher 3 ultra *
44.5
Load Maximum *
47.5
32.6

* ... smaller is better

Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
8565U, GeForce MX250, 57.4 Wh
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 57 Wh
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
1435
1414
WiFi v1.3
503
597
Load
109
129
H.264
725
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
8565U, GeForce MX250
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
8250U, UHD Graphics 620
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
3.7
3.7
Idle Average *
9.3
6.9
Idle Maximum *
12.8
8.4
Load Average *
58.8
32
Load Maximum *
65
32.6
Witcher 3 ultra *
55.8

* ... smaller is better

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2019 05 > Huawei MateBook D 14 vs. MateBook 14: What's the difference?
Allen Ngo, 2019-05- 8 (Update: 2019-05-10)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.