Despite the difficulties, Huawei does not think to give up, gradually shifting the focus from smartphones to other product categories. For example, the company makes great headphones. At least what I have heard over the past year, I was greatly amazed. Even despite our friendship with the Russian representative office, I can say that since October I have been walking with Huawei FreeBuds Pro. These are very good headphones with great sound:
The company is also actively developing the notebook business. And these products deserve praise too.
I am writing this text on one of the company’s laptops. This is Huawei MateBook 14 – a novelty that has not yet reached Russia, only on June 8 on it will open pre-order…
We have this version:
|Model||Huawei MateBook 14|
|Dimensions, weight||307.5 x 223.8 x 15.9 mm, weight 1.49 kg|
|Screen||14 inches, IPS, 2160 × 1440 pixels, 300 nits, 100% sRGB, touch|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-1165G7 2.8 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Xe G7 96EUs|
|RAM||Dual channel 16GB DDR4 SDRAM with 3200 MT / s bandwidth,|
|Built-in memory||512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Battery||56Wh Li-Polymer, 65W PSU included|
|Physical interfaces||One USB Type-C port (data transfer, charging and DisplayPort), 3.5 mm headset jack, HDMI 1.4b, two USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports|
There is also a version based on Intel Core i5-1135G7 (2.4 GHz).
Design and equipment
You can’t blame Huawei for bad taste: the laptop looks very good.
The all-metal case looks great, you want to use the laptop and even touch it – a very pleasant surface.
The laptop is not the largest and lightest: 307.5 x 223.8 x 15.9 mm and weighs 1.49 kg. Moreover, it does not taper from the base, but goes on an even plane.
2K screen occupies 90% of the panel. The size of the side and top edges of the screen does not exceed 5 mm. It looks, as always, spectacular:
The display of the laptop has received an 8-bit matrix from BOE with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The screen resolution is 2160 × 1440 pixels, which is quite enough for a 14-inch screen. There is no pixelation.
In addition, I would note the aspect ratio of 3: 2 – this is a very good ratio for a laptop of this size. Because of this, the screen does not seem small and it is much more convenient to work behind it.
The screen itself is touch-sensitive, supports up to ten simultaneous clicks. With the help of gestures, you can do certain actions. For example, the “three fingers down for a screenshot” gesture, familiar to many from Android smartphones, also works here: align three fingers, quickly slide them from top to bottom and select the desired area that you need to save.
A finger glides on the glass of the screen easily. There are no visible prints, which indicates a good oleophobic coating. But the anti-reflective coating leaves much to be desired: 300 nits of brightness is enough for working in an office on a bright sunny day, but the sun on a fine day made me turn the screen away from the window.
Huawei makes the highest possible display-to-panel ratio in all laptops. Because of this, the camera has to be moved to the keyboard. It is hidden between the F6 and F7 buttons:
For the convenience of making calls, I would recommend somehow raising the base of the laptop. This may seem inconvenient to someone, but this camera arrangement has two advantages at once:
- You have an awesomely large screen in relation to the panel it sits on;
- The camera can be easily hidden by clicking on it.
The camera here is exactly the same as in the notebooks mentioned above. Its resolution is 720p. For calls will go.
Keyboard, touchpad and fingerprint reader
Huawei MateBook 14 received a full-size keyboard with shallow key travel. It is very convenient to type on it.
In this keyboard, I would like to note the normal size Shift and Enter – you will definitely not miss.
The laptop received a two-level keyboard backlight. What is nice, at night it does not hit the eyes in any way, only pleasantly highlighting the symbols.
At Huawei MateBook 14, the touchpad puzzled me: there is no that cool vibration motor that imitated pressing in the Huawei MateBook X. But these are laptops that are very close in price:
And the touchpad itself does not seem so top-notch. He has hard presses, and his finger does not slide as well as we would like. In general, it reminded me of the touchpad Huawei MateBook D16, which is almost 30 thousand rubles cheaper:
The capacitive fingerprint scanner does not cause any complaints: it works very clearly and I did not notice any false positives during use.
Loudness here with a margin, but the bottom is not enough. At maximum values, a slight overload is heard with frequencies hitting the membranes.
On the left is the USB Type-C port, which is required for data transfer, charging and for connecting external displays using the DisplayPort standard. There is also a combined 3.5 mm “jack” for a headset with a microphone and HDMI:
On the right are two USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports with a bandwidth of up to 10 Gb / s:
In addition, the company is actively promoting Huawei Share technology. It works with Huawei smartphones with NFC and allows you to broadcast the smartphone screen to a laptop. Thus, from the laptop, you can receive calls, view photos, quickly send them off wirelessly, and also use three desktops of the phone at once.
The connection is simple. You just need to bring your smartphone to the touchpad:
On the laptop, turn on the PC Manager program, then go to the “Phone” tab and allow access:
A wildly handy feature. With its help, for example, you can launch WhatsApp on your computer without scanning QR codes and what else was invented there on Facebook. Plus, you can consume all Media content from our app right from your laptop!
I have on the test a top-end configuration with a quad-core (8 threads) Intel Core i7-1165G7 with Intel Iris Xe G7 96EUs graphics. Each processor core is capable of operating at up to 2.8 GHz. Its main competitor is AMD Ryzen 7 4800U.
There is a maximum performance mode. It is available after pressing the Fn + P keys. In this case, the maximum performance of the main processor core will immediately reach 4.8 GHz, and if all cores are loaded, the maximum frequency will reach 4.1 GHz. The maximum TDP value is fixed at 28 watts. If desired, it can be reduced to 12. The processor comes with 12 MB of cache.
In Geekbench 5, the computer gave the following results:
In Cinebench R23, the Huawei MateBook 14 showed the following results:
And in 3D Mark production mode, the computer boasts the following numbers:
Despite the fact that the laptop is not thought to be positioned as a gaming one, I decided to test the full power of its integrated graphics. Of course, these are not modern titles.
As an example, I ran three games: GTA V, Counter-Strike: GO, and Cities: Skyline.
In GTA V, I set the graphics settings to medium and low at a resolution of 1920 × 1440 pixels. The game ran smoothly with a frame rate of 30–35 fps. For a game of this kind, it is quite passable, everything looked smooth and not stressful.
For Counter-Strike: GO, I invited our main counter-striker Arseny Petrov, who immediately decided to boast of his knife for 13 thousand rubles:
According to him, the laptop is not suitable for playing even at low graphics settings at a resolution of 1920 × 1440 pixels. The point is not only in the screen matrix that is slow for such games, but also in the emerging friezes – the laptop simply does not have time to work them out, periodically freezing. But it is naive to demand from such a computer the performance of a gaming machine.
In Cities: Skyline, I launched a map with a very large city with over 82,000 inhabitants. There were small friezes, but they did not look critical. You can play, and you can even do it comfortably. There is only one problem: the game does not understand the aspect ratio of 3: 2, so either 16:10 or 4: 3. In both cases, there will be black borders. I chose the second option, setting the resolution to 1856 × 1392 pixels with medium graphics settings. Probably the misunderstanding of the aspect ratio relates to the Steam version of the game.
Of course, during games, the laptop was very loud: there is both charging, and a heavy load on the processor and graphics card. Although the noise was not too loud, it was still noticeable.
A laptop with 16 GB of RAM will be sold in Russia. Quite enough for modern tasks.
The laptop received a 512 GB SSD. This is NVMe PCIe. Here are the speeds:
The results are very good.
The laptop received a lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 56 Wh. Fully charged from the included 65W power supply, it charges in just under 2 hours.
In my scenario, the battery will last for a full working day from 11:00 to 21:00. At the same time, twenty percent still remains, which is quite enough to watch a couple of episodes of something.
The official Russian prices for Huawei MateBook 14 are:
- The version on Intel Core i5-1135G7 costs 94,990 rubles;
- The Intel Core i7-1165G7 version costs 109,990 rubles.
As often happens when buying Huawei gives gifts… In this case, a Full-HD monitor Huawei Display 23.8 worth 11 thousand rubles. And if you make a deposit of two thousand rubles before June 7, there will be a discount of 4 thousand rubles.
Justifying the price of the Huawei MateBook 14 is rather strange: try to find something cheaper on a similar hardware with a similar screen.
To buy a laptop for work for more than 90 thousand rubles (not for games, devices similar to Huawei MateBook 14 are bought) with a diagonal of more than 13 inches and a Full HD resolution – well, this is no longer self-respecting. A higher display resolution will give more comfort to the eyes, and the touch screen becomes a nice feature for convenient control of some computer interfaces. And it’s no longer possible to return to Full HD after such displays.
Often in Huawei reviews, I say one thing: the company in a difficult situation for itself made a good choice, shifting the focus from smartphones to devices of other categories. These are great headphones, great wearables that have enjoyed millions of users. These are excellent notebooks, on one of which I am typing this text.
The text was written with the support of the Russian division of Huawei.