Huawei has some exciting notebooks today. The MateBook 14 we’re talking about generated a lot of interest when it was announced as one of the few compact 14-inch notebooks built on the complete AMD Ryzen H 4000 hardware platform.

We spent last week with this laptop in a mid-range Ryzen 5 4600H configuration with 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD storage, a device that sells here for about 800 euros at the time of writing. At least he used to be because now he’s almost exhausted.

In addition to these features, the MateBook 14 offers a high-quality metal construction, competent cooling, an honest I/O, an average battery life of 56W, and especially a 3:2 2K display with good brightness and color gamut, so it’s no surprise that this device attracts a lot of interest.

At the same time, there are still some nuances and curiosities that you should consider when making your decision, such as B. The average and the previous generation of wireless input, and we have gathered all our thoughts in a detailed overview below.

Audit specification

Model Huawei MateBook 14 at the end of 2020
Screen 14 inch, 2160 x 1440 px, aspect ratio 3:2, IPS, non-contact, glossy, Chi Mei panel P140ZKA-BZ1
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, 6C/12T
Video DMD Radeon Vega 6
Memory 16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz two-channel (soldered)
Storage 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD (WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G-1027)
Link Wireless 5 AC(Realtek 8822CE), Bluetooth 5.0
Ports 2x USB-A 3.1, 1x USB-C 3.1 gen2, HDMI, Microphone/headset
Battery USB-C Charger 56W, 100W
Size 308 mm or 12.12 inches (W) x 224 mm or 8.81 inches (D) x 15.9 mm or 0.62 inches (H)
Weight 1.46 kg (3.22 lb) + 2 kg (0.44 lb) charger and cable, EU version
Besides.., Backlit keyboard, HD webcam, stereo speakers, finger sensor in the power button

This series is available in different variants based only on an AMD platform or an Intel Comet Lake Core U processor with Nvidia MX350 graphics. However, apart from the technical specifications and some changes in the layout of the interior and the cooling module, all these models are identical. This article provides a detailed overview of the Intel/MX350 variant.

Design and first look

Metal is used for the entire MateBook 14 case. The main chassis is a monocoque design, a rarity in this price range, so the notebook looks rugged and well made for everyday use, with almost no giving up or leaning and no squeaking noises when you pick it up and touch it.

Huawei has also opted for a friendly and clean dark grey color scheme, a look that hides oil well stains and fingers. They also ensured that there were no lights or LEDs in the path because there was no light in the power switch and only an LED charge status light on the left side.

You should be aware that this notebook has a 3:2 screen, which is larger than a typical 14-inch notebook with a 16:9 screen. Due to the steel construction, it is also quite heavy, about 1.5 kg. So the MateBook D 14 is about the same size and weight as the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro.

In practical terms, the notebook stands securely on the desk thanks to its rubber feet on the underside and offers full entrances and a spacious armrest. The screen’s hinges are a bit stiff, and it takes both hands to lift the screen, but they prevent the screen from wobbling during daily use and allow you to lean it back just far enough.

I would also like to mention that Huawei has left sharp edges in and around the screen, and this is especially visible when you lift the screen. And speaking of nitpicking, they always put a camera in one of the buttons between F6 and F7 and put microphones on the bottom of the laptop, which gives one of the most compromised camera/call triggers I’ve come across in a long time. Of course, the narrow edges around the screen are fine, but a slightly thicker front with enough space for a camera/microphone would be a much more practical solution. It would also make it possible to use infrared cameras for biometrics. This is not an option currently, but at least one finger sensor is integrated into the on/off button.

Finally, the RO is placed on the side, towards the back of the laptop. It charges via USB-C using the most compact and powerful stones I’ve seen (.2kg, 100W), and there was room for two USB-A slots, a headphone jack, and a full-size HDMI port. However, there is no card reader or Thunderbolt 3/4 media, and the USB-C slot is unusable even when the laptop is charging, so the connection to USB-C devices is unlikely.

Keyboard and touchpad

The inputs are sufficient for this laptop, but at the same time, I think it stands out the most from the high-end options.

There’s nothing to complain about about the keyboard’s layout or the feeling of the thin plastic keyboard, and I like the white-on-black design and the fact that the on/off button is not built into the keyboard.

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Still, it’s just a medium font, a bit soft and flat, even for my taste. Given the price range, that’s fine, but enthusiastic printers may want to check it before choosing a device.

I’ve also noticed that virtually no bearing technology has been implemented here, resulting in non-registered hits in some games or quick hits.

However, my biggest complaint is that the relatively weak lighting system only stays on for about 15 seconds (no adjustment) and that you have to press a button to turn it on again because there is no proximity sensor integrated into the control panel, as is the case with high-end models. At the same time, the backlight is uniform, with little light escaping under the hoods, and Huawei has introduced physical indicators for CapsLock and FnLock.

For the mouse, there is a spacious glass control panel with precision drivers that have proven their speed, accuracy, and reliability over time. But this isn’t ideal either because the surface clicks too quickly, even with discreet strokes, and doesn’t feel as solid as you would like.

Finally, as with biometrics, a finger sensor is built into the on/off button but no IR camera.

Screen

As mentioned, the MateBook 14 has a 3:2 display with a high-quality 2K IPS panel at the end of 2020.

Huawei applies a layer of reflective glass to the panel, which helps to improve the screen’s appearance and smooth out the grain commonly associated with matte screens. Still, it also causes glare and reflections in bright light and has a noticeable effect on the viewing angles. Also, this screen does not support touch controls on this model of Ryzen 5, but as far as I know, the configurations of Ryzen 7 are linked to a touch screen. So that’s an odd choice.

However, if a clear, non-touchscreen does not bother you, there is not much you can do with it for everyday use.

This is what we got in our tests with the X-Rite i1 Display Pro Matrix:

  • Panel HardwareID : Chi May CMN8C02 (P140ZKA-BZ1) ;
  • Coverage: 98.1% sRGB, 68.7% AdobeRGB, 71.2% DCI P3 ;
  • Measured range: 2.00 ;
  • Maximum luminance in the center of the screen: 410.52 cd/m2 per power supply;
  • Minimum brightness in the center of the screen: 11.14 cd/m2 at power ;
  • Contrast at maximum brightness: 1512:1 ;
  • White dot: 7200 K ;
  • Black at maximum brightness: 0.27 cd/m2 ;
  • PWM: No (for further investigation).

The panel had to be further calibrated to take into account the white point and gamma point shift which reduced the maximum brightness for this sample by a significant amount, as shown by the homogeneity graph above. After calibration, however, the brightness and color deviations remain within acceptable limits.

The light is not bad on this panel either, but you will probably notice it when watching movies at night because it is a 3:2 display, leaving thick black bars at the top and bottom of the content.

Equipment, performance, and upgrades

Our test version is an average configuration of 2020 Huawei MateBook 14 with an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM at 2666MHz, 512GB SSD storage, and a Radeon Vega 6 graphics chip integrated with the Ryzen 5 APU.

We are also testing software that will be available from the end of November 2020 (BIOS 1.06, PC Manager 10.1.6.89).

According to the specifications, the Ryzen 5 4600H is a 6C/12T processor with a nominal PDT of 45W, primarily used in larger and thicker laptops. Huawei also offers this chassis with the Ryzen 7 4800H 8C/16T.

The graphics are supported by the Radeon Vega 6 iGPU installed in our Ryzen 5 APU, whose performance we will talk about later.

Our configuration also includes 16GB dual-channel 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM soldered to the motherboard and a 512GB WD SN730 PCIe x4 SSD. It’s a fast drive, but I’m surprised that Huawei only equips this model with 2666MHz memory while the platform supports 3200MHz RAM.

The SSD and the wireless chip can be upgraded, but everything else is soldered to the motherboard. Access to the components is the most important task, simply remove the rear panel held in place by a handful of Torx screws.

As far as the software is concerned, everything can be controlled via the PC Manager application, which provides access to two power profiles, system updates, battery settings, Huawei Share functionality and so on. There is no tone control and the performance profiles are not easily accessible, but overall it is a unique and competent software package.

There are two power/thermal efficiency profiles to choose from – Standard and Performance. As far as I know, the performance profile allows the fan to run a little faster, allowing the equipment to be used a little more under heavy load. This power profile is only available when the laptop is connected.

The standard profile is ideal for daily use and keeps the fans idle most of the time, allowing quiet operation, which is worthwhile even if the equipment gets a little hot.

Under the demanding workload of the processors, the Ryzen H platform shows its strength and is one of the most important sales arguments of this laptop. We begin by testing CPU performance on control routines by running the Cinebench R15 benchmark more than 15 times per cycle, with a delay of 2-3 seconds between each run.

In terms of performance, the Ryzen 5 4600H stabilizes at 3.4+ GHz, 35+ Watt power and at very high temperatures of 95-99 degrees Celsius. The fans run as fast as they can, but are still quite quiet, with only 40-41 dB at head height. Overall, the system is stable in this test and delivers about 1300 points, which is perfect for a mobile laptop, but I am not at all happy with these very high CPU temperatures.

The transition to the standard profile only affects the profile of the fans, which now run slower and quieter. The result is that the CPU in this test is around 31W, with slightly lower hours and scores, but with similar temperatures in the very high 90s.

In terms of battery power, in this case the Ryzen 5 APU operates constantly at 35W, with the correct temperatures and scores. Details below.

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To put these results into perspective, here’s how other AMD and Intel ultra-portable laptops were ranked in the same test.

The Ryzen H chip in this MateBook outperforms the Ryzen U and Intel U platforms typically found in 14-inch laptops of this size, with the exception of the top-of-the-line Ryzen 7 4800U, which ultimately performs better with lower power consumption. This is no surprise since it is an 8C/16T processor, and I would expect the implementation of the Ryzen 7 4800H in the MateBook 14 to also end up with over 1500 points. In this test, the Ryzen 4800U has a lower power output and perhaps a better thermal module, but it runs cooler.

At the same time, with a power limit of 30-35W, this implementation of Ryzen 5-H is ultimately slower than comparable configurations with a full power output of 4600W, although only about 10%, which is quite normal for the form factor. Well, if you don’t mind, the equipment works at temperatures close to 100 degrees Celsius under such loads. I wouldn’t be, and even if I was, I would definitely recommend buying the extended warranty here, in case something goes wrong after a while.

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We checked our results with the more demanding test of Cinebench R20 and the dreaded Prime 95. In these tests, the Ryzen 5 4600H processor lands on 30-31W in Performance mode and 27-28W in Standard Profile mode, but the same temperature limits indicate 100 degrees Celsius. Ow!

Finally, we also tested the combined CPU+GPU performance in the 3DMark stress test, which the system passed without any problems and which is based on constant performance under prolonged load.

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You can also find some reference results here. We performed all tests and benchmarking against the standard performance profile. Here’s what we’ve got.

  • 3DMark 13 – Shooting : 2450 (Graph – 2654, Physics – 17598, Combined – 855) ;
  • 3DMark 13 – Night Raid : 11115 (Graphs – 11389, CPU – 9998) ;
  • 3DMark 13 – Wild animals : 5152 ;
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy : 940 (Graph – 822, CPU – 5107) ;
  • AIDA memory test64 : The writing: 31013 Mbps, Display : 31559 MB/s, latency: 109.5 ns ;
  • Uniengine Overlay – Environment 1080p : 1697 ;
  • Motor Overlay – 1080p Extreme : 527 ;
  • Handbrake 1.3.1 (4K coding at 1080p): 32.69 average speed per second ;
  • PassMark10 : Assessment: 4451 (CPU tag: 15367, 3D graphics tag: 1840, hard disk tag: 25688) ;
  • PCMark 10 : 5076 (Foundations – 9082 , Productivity – 7531 , Creation of digital content – 5185) ;
  • GeekBench 4.4.2 64-bit : Single core: 4800, multi-core: 22758 ;
  • GeekBench 5.0.1 64-bit : Mononuclear: 1098, multi-core: 5660 ;
  • CineBench R15 (best odometer reading) : Processor 1371 kb, single core 212 kb ;
  • CineBench R20 (best odometer reading) : Processor 3090 kb, single core 436 kb ;
  • CineBench R23 (best performance): 8038kb processor, 1150kb single-core processor ;
  • x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 32-bit : Pass 1 is 195.42 fps, pass 2 is 77.80 fps;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 43.04 s.

We have also carried out a number of workload calculations relating to the workplaces in the performance profile:

  • Blender 2.90 – BMW car scene – CPU calculation: 4m 50 (car) ;
  • Blender 2.90 – Cool Scene – Calculate CPU: 13m 9s (Auto) ;
  • Luxmark 3.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPU + GPU Evaluation : The CPU is not detected correctly;
  • 3DSMax : 30,57 (SPEC Viewfinder 13), 12,2 (SPEC Viewfinder 2020) ;
  • Katya: 40,32 (SPEC Viewfinder 13), – (SPEC Viewfinder 2020) ;
  • Creo: 33,52 (SPEC Viewfinder 13), 21,53 (SPEC Viewfinder 2020) ;
  • Energy: 0,65 (SPEC Viewfinder 13), 0,65 (SPEC Viewfinder 2020) ;
  • Maya: 31.09 (SPEC Viewfinder 13), 36.89 (SPEC Viewfinder 2020) ;
  • Medical: 12.06 (SPEC Viewfinder 13), 6.07 (SPEC Viewfinder 2020) ;
  • Showcase: 11,48 (SPEC Viewfinder 13), – (SPEC Viewfinder 2020) ;
  • SNX : 25,89 (SPEC Viewfinder 13), 28,85 (SPEC Viewfinder 2020) ;
  • Solid works: 49.59 (SPEC Viewfinder 13), 18.57 (SPEC Viewfinder 2020).

It is difficult to put this into perspective, because there are no other similar configurations that are completely based on a Ryzen H processor without special graphics. So I’m going to compare these results with some Ryzen 5 4500U (6C/6T) and Ryzen 7 4700U (8C/8T) that are available in other 14-inch configurations.

Without a doubt, it performs very well in CPU-heavy tasks, with 10-20% of the full power of the Ryzen 5 4600H in 15-inch thicker laptops with superior cooling. It also exceeds the 5.4500U by 30 to 40% and the 7.4700U by at least 15 to 20% in terms of energy consumption. This could make the MateBook 14 a solid choice for software development and programming, 3D graphics or even video editing, but keep in mind that such processor performance is only possible when running on silicon at almost 100 degrees Celsius. It’s up to you to decide if you’re ready to accept it.

I would also like to mention that this is an unbalanced configuration, which lacks memory and especially the GPU for comparison. The Vega-6 chip works well in this implementation, but it remains a minor graphics chip and is ultimately even more powerful than a comparable iGPU in the Ryzen-5-4500U configuration of the Lenovo IdeaPad 5. With the Ryzen-7-4800H configuration of this MateBook you get slightly faster Vega-7 graphics, but it’s actually an even more unbalanced configuration.

Also note that this notebook has a 2K 3:2 screen and is expected to display many more pixels than its competitors’ standard 1080p 16:9 screen, which will have an additional negative effect on graphics performance.

As an example, we have performed some DX11, DX12 and Vulkan titles in the Extreme Performance and Low/Low Graphics parameter profiles. Here’s what we’ve got:

Rysen 4 4600H + Vega 6 Notebook 14 – 2K Mathematics book 14 – FHD IdeaPad 7 – AMD R7 + Vega 8 UM425 – Drum R7 + Vega 7 IdeaPad 5 – AMD R5 + Vega 6 UM433 – Ryzen 7 + MX350
BioShock Infinity (DX 11, low preset) 61 frames per second (48 frames per second – 1% drop) 81 frames per second (58 frames per second – 1% decrease) 66 frames per second (50 frames per second is 1% less) 63 frames per second (50 frames per second is 1% less) 97 frames per second (45 frames per second is 1% less)
Dota 2 (DX 11, best preset appearance) 46 frames per second (40 frames per second is 1% less) 53 frames per second (40 frames per second is 1% less) 39 frames per second (28 frames per second is 1% less) 74 frames per second (39 frames per second – 1% drop)
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, low preset, no AA) 14 frames per second (12 frames per second is 1% less) 21 frames per second (18 frames per second is 1% less) 28 frames per second (24 frames per second is 1% less) 21 frames per second (17 frames per second is 1% less) 21 frames per second (18 frames per second is 1% less) 35 frames per second (32 frames per second – 1% drop)
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, lowest preset value) 33 frames per second (24 frames per second is 1% less) 45 frames per second (36 frames per second is 1% less) 41 frames per second (30 frames per second is 1% less) 65 frames per second (48 frames per second is 1% less)
CBC: Most searched (DX 11, lowest preset) 44 frames per second (33 frames per second – 1% drop) 60 frames per second (44 frames per second – 1% drop) 60 frames per second (46 frames per second – 1% reduction) 56 frames per second (34 frames per second – 1% drop)
Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX 12, lowest preset, no AA) 27 frames per second (14 frames per second, or 1% less) 41 frames per second (22 frames per second – 1% drop) 28 frames per second (22 frames per second – 1% drop) 33 frames per second (20 frames per second is 1% less) 45 frames per second
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Volcano, lowest-preset, no AA) 26 frames per second (17 frames per second, or 1% less) 38 frames per second (22 frames per second – 1% drop) 27 frames per second (16 frames per second is 1% less) 28 frames per second (20 frames per second is 1% less) 40 frames per second (35 frames per second is 1% too much)
Alien Brigade (Vulcan, low-level) 30 frames per second (26 frames per second – 1% reduction) 41 frames per second (36 frames per second – 1% drop) 37 frames per second (32 frames per second – 1% drop) 33 frames per second (27 frames per second – 1% drop) 44 frames per second
Witch 3: Wild Hunt (DX 11, low preset, Hairpieces out) 15 frames per second (12 frames per second is 1% less) 23 cc 17 cc – 1% low) 28 frames per second (22 frames per second – 1% drop) 21 frames per second (14 frames per second – 1% drop) 21 frames per second (16 frames per second is 1% less) 29 fps on average (18 fps – 1% less)
  • Witcher 3, Dota 2, NFS – recorded with MSI Afterburner in game mode ;
  • Games BioShock, Far Cry 5, Middle Earth, Strange Brigade, Tomb Raider – recorded with reference utilities enabled;

2K gaming is hardly possible, even with older games, but FHD gaming is kind of an option, especially if you like casual/sympathetic games.

The logs below show significant differences in power/power between OTCs, with the system setting the power between OTCs between 21 and 28 Watts, as well as significant differences in thermal performance. You will also notice that in most tests the GPU runs constantly at 1.5 GHz, but the CPU oscillates between high and low frequencies, which can result in a frequency drop of 1% and 0.1% and can cause stuttering.

I had expected a more consistent distribution of power over these titles, but I appreciate that the system at least reduces the total APU power to keep the temperature low, unlike Cinebench and some other CPU-independent tests. This makes this Ryzen 5 H approximately equal to the Ryzen 5 U in terms of game performance.

However, this configuration is certainly not ideal for 14-inch ultra-portable games, and you’ll get better results with Intel Tiger Lake models or Intel/AMD configurations with MX350 or MX450 graphics, some of which are even cheaper than this MateBook 14.

Sound, heat, communication, speakers and other

Huawei has opted for a rather special thermal design here, with two fans but short individual heatpipes associated with each fan/radiator assembly.

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This thermal module does its job because of the type of CPU it is supposed to tame, but as explained in the previous paragraph, the CPU becomes very hot under heavy load and does not reach its maximum performance potential as it can in thicker laptops. There’s a reason why no one else puts Ryzen H processors in a portable case, and on the whole, I think the Ryzen would make more sense to you here.

In addition to the high CPU load, the system was able to better balance the configuration during combined loads and clearances, resulting in lower internal and external temperatures. Note that the CPU has become warmer in some games and colder in others, so the outside temperature may vary from game to game.

In performance mode the fans reach 40-41dB at head height and 39dB in standard mode. Hot air is pushed into the screen, but the exhaust is away from the panel, and the bottom panel absorbs most of the heat, so I don’t expect any prolonged heat stress.

Every day the fans usually stand still or turn slowly when the laptop is connected. I also didn’t notice any amplification coils or other electronic noise, so this MateBook is made for an everyday quiet laptop.

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*Daily use – stream Netflix over EDGE for 30 minutes, whisper mode, 0-33 dB fan
*Games – Power mode – play Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, 41-42 dB fan

There is only WiFi 5 AC connected via the Realtek module on this laptop. It worked well with our installation, and the signal and power remained strong at 30 feet, with obstacles in between, but it’s not as fast as the WiFi6 models we’ve been testing for years. However, it should be noted that the WiFi chip can easily be upgraded if necessary.

The sound is diffused by stereo loudspeakers passing through grilles at the bottom and sides. In our tests, they reach average volumes, about 76-78 dB at the main level, but the sound quality is not excellent, with little bass and a general feeling of small cavities. As far as I know, Huawei does not allow audio customization software, and perhaps they can investigate this problem further to improve their future lines’ audio output.

The camera is HD and located on the keyboard between the F6 and F7 keys. Unfortunately, it is one of the worst cameras in this segment, a real camera that barely fits in the frame without slipping on the keyboard, and the quality is not excellent either. Huawei also placed the microphones on the back of the laptop, which is far from ideal for conversations.

Battery life

The MateBook 14 contains a 56-watt battery, which is currently the average for a mid-range ultrabook. Yet the AMD platform is highly efficient and keeps the notebook on charge for a long time, even though the 2K display needs more power than a standard 1080P 16:9 display.

This is what happens to battery life. The screen brightness is set to approximately 120 nits (~60 brightness).

  • 6.5 W (~7-8 hours usage)– Google Drive Text Editing, default mode + best battery, 60% screen, Wi-Fi ON ;
  • 6.2 W (~8-9 hours usage) – Full screen 1080p video on Youtube in Edge mode, standard mode + better battery, 60% screen, Wi-Fi ON ;
  • 5.8W (~9-10hrs usage) – Full-screen Netflix mode in Edge, Standard + Best battery mode, 60% screen, Wi-Fi ON ;
  • 11 W (~5-6 hours operation)– Border View, Standard + Best Performance, 60% Screen, Wi-Fi ON.

Huawei combines a notebook with a compact and lightweight 100W charger connected via USB-C. It is designed in one piece, with a compact brick and a long, thick cord. A full charge takes about 2 hours, with a quick appointment for the first half.

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Prices and availability

This end-of-2020 version of the Huawei MateBook 14, based on the AMD Ryzen 4000, is available in stores in most European countries and to a lesser extent in North America.

The Ryzen 5 model starts here at about 800 euros, and I’ve seen that it costs less than 800 pounds in the UK. The Ryzen 7 variants with touch screens cost approximately EUR 1,000/950 GBP.

We’ll let you know as soon as we learn more. In the meantime, please check this link for prices and configurations in your area.

Conclusion

The Matebook 14 is a competent notebook with up to 1,000 EUR/GBP of memory, designed for performance with powerful Ryzen H hardware inside and a large 3:2 screen. Huawei has successfully created and built for this price level, implementing a fairly efficient cooling solution, a great battery, and decent I/O.

It may not be the smallest or lightest notebook in its class, but it’s what you’d expect from a 3:2 screen device. My most significant criticism is about the inputs, the relatively flat and vibrating keyboard, Huawei only offers a touch screen in the more expensive Ryzen-7 configurations, and partly about the I/O, where the only USB-C for charging the laptop is monopolized, and where USB-C docking stations or external monitor ports are not possible.

I also think this configuration is somewhat unbalanced. No one else offers the Ryzen 4000 H hardware in such a compact 14-inch chassis, and it’s sure to generate a lot of interest. The article explains that although this solution outperforms most alternatives in terms of CPU performance, an average CPU temperature of about 100 degrees. Celsius occurs during CPU charging and testing, leading to long-term problems. It’s up to you to decide if you don’t mind these conditions, but I advise you to buy an extended warranty for your purchase, just in case.

In addition, the powerful Ryzen H processor here is only paired with 2666 MHz memory and Vega graphics, so performance under combined load or heavy GPU tasks suffers compared to other handheld platforms, especially those that combine an Intel/AMD U processor with Nvidia MX350/MX450 graphics. Huawei itself offers a Comet Lake i7 + MX350 Matebook 14 configuration, which may be more suitable for some of your potential buyers. Devices like the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 or the Asus ZenBook UM433 are decent alternatives.

But if you’re just interested in a well-made everyday laptop with a 3:2 screen, fast everyday use, and long battery life, then the MateBook 14 is something to consider.

For my part, I had mixed feelings about the AMD-equipped MateBook 14. On the whole, I would rather have a Ryzen U implementation with or without Nvidia graphics in this chassis than a Ryzen H, but I also understand Huawei’s solution. A power-limited Ryzen 5 4600H configuration like this one ultimately outperforms the Ryzen 7 4700U on CPU load at a fraction of the cost, demonstrating AMD’s limited supply of high-quality silicon today and allowing Huawei to bring it to market at an affordable price. But don’t expect him to perform as well as a big Ryzen H laptop, to work just as well under load, or to handle combination tasks and some of the most balanced devices out there.

This completes our review of the Huawei MateBook 14 2020, but the comments below are open to your thoughts, questions, and reactions, and I would like to know what you think of its implementation.

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Andrei Girbea, editor of Ultrabookreview.com. I’ve been involved in mobile computing since the 2000s, and you’ll find mainly reviews and detailed tutorials here.

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