The Huawei MateBook 14 (2020) is here, amid a number of other products from the company. While their smartphone offerings are currently under siege, their accessories and laptops are fine at the moment. I’ve had the Huawei MateBook 14 for 24 hours now and I really like it. While I have more time to play with it, these are my first impressions.
About this practical example: We received the Huawei MateBook 14 yesterday for review from Huawei UK. These are just our first impressions over a 24 hour period of use. Huawei had no influence on the content of this hands-on.
The Huawei MateBook 14 is a really small laptop that has fantastic hardware on it. It’s sleek and stylish, but doesn’t compromise on the features to get there. After just 24 hours, I really like it!
Technical specifications of the Huawei MateBook 14 (2020)
Huawei MateBook 14 specifications
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Huawei MateBook 14: design and build quality
In terms of design, the Huawei MateBook 14 is not a huge departure from the company’s previous laptops. It has the same sandblasted aluminum shell with the “HUAWEI” insignia printed on it and is very thin and light at 1.49 kg. As a 14-inch laptop, it is very small and very easy to carry in one hand. While the Honor MagicBook Pro, a 16-inch laptop, required some tweaking, I quickly adjusted. Even with narrow bezels, the laptop’s form factor is much smaller than anything I’m used to.
The Huawei MateBook 14 has a 1440p display with a 3: 2 aspect ratio. It’s a bit weird, but I got used to it quickly. The touchscreen is intuitive to use and the oleophobic coating on the screen prevents oily fingerprints from forming on the screen.
Again, there is a backlit keyboard that can be absolutely maintained in poor lighting conditions. It’s not particularly noticeable during the day, but obviously it isn’t if you want to use a backlit keyboard.
This is a membrane keyboard, not a mechanical keyboard, but it’s nice enough to use. I have no problems with it and it is definitely not a bad keyboard. Obviously, laptops in this price range are going to cut some corners, and if I’m honest this is probably one of the better corners than it could have been. The keyboard also has the 1 mega-pixel camera that you can open by clicking down.
There are two 2 W speakers on the left and right under the laptop. They do the job just fine, despite the total lack of bass, and there’s a fingerprint sensor in the top right as well. On the left there is a USB-C port, an HDMI port and a 3.5 mm headphone and microphone port. There are two USB-A 3.2 ports on the right.
Overall, the Huawei MateBook 14 is a really small laptop that has fantastic hardware on it. It’s sleek and stylish, but doesn’t compromise on the features to get there.
Given the small amount of time I’ve had with the Huawei MateBook 14, at this point I can really only rattle specs for you. The Ryzen 7 4800H is one of the high-end laptop chipsets you can get right now, and it’s incredibly battery efficient too. It has 8 cores and 16 threads and is even more powerful than the Ryzen 4600H in the Honor MagicBook Pro. 16 GB dual-DIMM DDR4 RAM can cope with almost all scenarios, and games and large applications can be started quickly with the 512 GB nVME SSD. I had no performance issues throughout the day as I set up all of my applications and wrote this review. So this is definitely a good sign. I’m impressed right now.
Battery & conclusion
The Huawei MateBook 14 has a 56 Wh battery and the Ryzen 7 4800H is a fairly energy-efficient chipset.
Setting up all of my apps and doing other jobs dropped the battery from 70% to 15% in about 5 hours. I’m a huge fan of that type of battery life in a laptop, especially considering that installing applications and setting up a new device is more energy-intensive than most productivity workflows.
Overall, I am very impressed. While I don’t want to make any recommendations or conclusions based on the small amount of time I’ve spent with this laptop so far, I think it’s definitely one to look out for. The Ryzen 7 4800H isn’t a sucker, and with other powerhouse specs, it may be worth the asking price.
The Huawei MateBook 14 is a really small laptop that houses fantastic hardware. It’s sleek and stylish, but doesn’t compromise on the features to get there. After only 24 hours, I really like it!