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The Honor MagicBook 14 is the price-performance champion

You do not always have to pay a 4 digit sum for a good laptop. The Honor MagicBook for just 599 Euros offers a very good overall package with modern and fast components, a decent display, and a nice metal chassis.

Usually you will have to make some compromises when you want to buy a laptop for around 600 Euros. You either get a small SDD or even a conventional hard disk, TN panel, plastic cases, or old components. Honor's MagicBook 14 shows that this does not always have to be the case. The 14-inch notebook is based on the Huawei MateBook D 14, which is a bit more expensive. The differences are very small and basically limited to the exterior color. All in all, we like the metal case and it could easily keep up with much more expensive laptops.

You do not have to accept major compromises in other areas, either. The matte display is based on the IPS technology and is bright enough, only the color accuracy is not that great. Still, this is not a deal-breaker for everyday tasks. You also get a decent keyboard with a two-stage background illumination.

The highlight is definitely the good system performance. Thanks to the powerful ryzen 5 3500U processor, the integrated Vega 8 GPU, 8 GB dual-channel RAM and the fast PCIe-SSD from Samsung, you can always enjoy a very responsive laptop, which can also handle more challenging workloads. Even some gaming is possible, although you will have to reduce the quality options. The fan stays very quiet all the time and you get good runtimes between 9.5-11 hours in our practical tests. It is hard to expect more for that price.

Please see our full review of the Honor MagicBook 14 for more information including benchmark results and detailed measurements:

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Andreas Osthoff, 2020-05-19 (Update: 2020-05-19)