HONOR MagicBook 14, powerfully compact and ultra fast
It is not available in the U.S., it is currently on sale in parts of Europe for about 600 euro (the equivalent of 650$ with tax). In exchange you get a nWindows 10 laptop with no major drawbacks besides the silly webcam stuck in the keyboard. It is well suited for students, office workers, or anyone in need of a laptop for productivity and entertainment that is easy to carry around and doesn’t break the bank. It’s not the lightest laptop in the size category, but it is easy to carry and move around.
The power button on the Honor MagicBook 14 doubles as a fingerprint scanner. It is fast and reliable which is good news as face recognition is not available, probably because the webcam is of the pop-up variety. The keyboard can be described as good enough. As someone who does a lot of typing, I wish it had a bit more travel and a more clicky feel, but for most people, it should do just fine. There are three levels of backlight brightness: dim, very dim, and super dim.
In terms of ports and connectivity, you get a full-sized HDMI port, a 3.5mm combo jack for your earphones and headsets, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port, as well as a USB-C port. The latter is used for both charging and connecting USB peripherals. No SD card slot is available. Wireless options include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with. Honor MagicBook has a 14-inch display. It’s a 1080p non-touchscreen LCD panel with matte finish surrounded by a super thin bezel. It has good viewing angles and colors are sufficiently accurate.
Honor MagicBook 14 is that it’s equipped with powerful hardware for a laptop of this price. Inside it we find an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB NVMe SSD. A 512GB storage option is also available, but there are no higher RAM options for this model. The Honor MagicBook 14 comes with two speakers on the bottom producing pretty good sound. The microphones are positioned on the front edge of the laptop and are capable of picking up clear audio. ■