With this new version released in 2021, the Huawei Matebook D 14 advances quite a few arguments – we put it to the test for you! With a controlled launch price, the manufacturer clearly relies on the value for money argument and aims to present a future benchmark in this area. This, especially since thanks to a modular configuration, you can opt for the perfect ultraportable, both from the point of view of needs and finances.
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Feature of Huawei Matebook D14
|Dimensions: 32.25 x 21.48 x 1.59 cm|
|Weight: 1.38 kg|
|Screen size: 14 inches (IPS panel)|
|Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (8 GB RAM)|
|Graphics Card: AMD Radeon Vega 8|
|Storage: 512 GB|
|Connections: USB-C, HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, jack output|
|Maximum autonomy: approx. 8:30|
As with other of its models, Huawei offers several configurations to suit everyone’s desires. Thus, it is possible to change the processor for an Intel Core i5, the size of the screen for a 15.6 inch, and a 256 GB SSD.
The Matebook D14 is a great success for the manufacturer, above all for the ultimate goal it set for itself: to offer exceptional value for money. The performances are excellent for versatile use of the ultrabook (navigation, office automation, streaming…), while the beast’s design is successful. It is certainly not without flaws, such as small gaps in connection or screen calibration, but the user experience remains preserved. Has Huawei just presented us with a future reference?
Huawei Matebook D14 Review: Full Test
An aesthetic design, light and solid
Just like what an ultrabook requires, here we find a thin and light chassis. The weight of the machine, including the battery, does not exceed 1.38 kg. Therefore, you can easily transport it (for example, using the cover sold separately) and use it outdoors. And despite this lightness, we can only admire the quality of the finishes and the solidity of the whole. As far as aesthetics are concerned, Huawei is clearly betting on the agreement with the greatest number. To do this, it relies on a sober design, easily customizable, and even quite classy thanks to the mixture of plastic and metal elements.
As for the screen, it will suit a large majority of users. They will indeed appreciate the beauty of the 14-inch IPS panel, the best in terms of display quality. However, the more finicky or observers will spot an inconsistent calibration on the blues – especially since the screen does not cover the entire sRGB spectrum—anything to say, however, on its full HD resolution, good brightness, and well-managed contrasts.
Clearly, for streaming, browsing, and office automation, the screen of this ultrabook will suit you fully. Still, if you plan to perform more precise tasks (photo editing, video …), it is not necessarily the best choice.
Let’s talk about “connectivity” to finish. Most of the work with the HDMI port, USB-C, USB 3.0, and jack, but there are a few shortcomings. However – this is the case of the Thunderbolt 3 port and the microSD port, both in the rank of absent.
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Pleasant and ergonomic use
As is often the case with other models from the manufacturer, the keyboard is nice. The race is fast, the strike assertive. Note that it is backlit and that you can set the intensity on two levels. At the top right, the biometric sensor allows the computer to be turned on almost instantly (in 2 seconds) – however, it is not available on all configurations.
The trackpad is also a pleasure to use, it deploys all its responsiveness – however, we would have liked a larger surface, like what Huawei offers with its Matebook X Pro.
Moreover, when we mention the latter, we see that the two ultrabooks integrate an innovation made in Huawei: the webcam integrated into the keyboard, under a key. By pressing it, the camera activates and captures your face from a low angle. Therefore, a portrait is not the most flattering, even if the idea is original in response to expectations in terms of privacy.
Finally, let’s talk about thermal performance. We are pleased to see that they are perfectly controlled: the chassis’ temperature at the keyboard level never exceeds 37-38 ° C. This is due to efficient and silent ventilation as a bonus! It, therefore, does not go beyond 40-41 decibels.
Honorable performance for the price
This is certainly where the value for money is expressed the most. The setup is excellent for the range in which the device falls. By switching from a Ryzen 5 2500U to a 3500U, Huawei is updating the components, even if it does not embark on the latest generation of the 4000, whose release could be postponed. Still, the performance is excellent, surpassing the Intel i5 chip 10 th generation. Everything is perfectly cut for office automation, the 8 GB offering fluidity and responsiveness.
The config also including a Radeon Vega 8 graphics card. Gaming is within reach. Obviously, don’t expect to run big games with maximum graphics, but for MOBA, Diablo 3, or Rocket League style games, this chip will allow you to play in good conditions. Note, however, that Nvidia manages to do better in this performance range with the MX 250.
Sufficient autonomy for a day’s work
This is certainly the most visible evolution between the Huawei Matebook D 14 2019 and this new 2020 edition. In its previous edition, the machine had difficulties to exceed the 6h30 of use on battery, a point on which users questioned the manufacturer.
And it worked! The laptop can last around 8:20 a.m. for simple office work, a good day’s work. Obviously, the duration will be reduced for browsing and watching videos.
Charging is done quickly, by USB-C, and via a compact and lightweight charger.
Conclusion and opinion on the Huawei Matebook D14 Review
With this new 2021 version, Huawei increases the autonomy – boosting it by nearly 2 hours – while updating the machine’s components – as evidenced by the switch to a Ryzen 3500U. And despite these changes, the price does not change and remains perfectly honorable compared to the machine’s performance. In our eyes, there is, therefore, no doubt: the value for money of the ultraportable is incredible, and promises great developments in the future, including on the side of the competition, in reaction.
Indeed, let’s not forget that ultrabooks and ultraportables are born due to Apple’s initiative with the Macbook Air. We are certainly not at the same level (for this, we must rather look at the Matebook X Pro), but Huawei succeeds in what Apple refuses to do: make technologies and formats that are otherwise more expensive. The sober design, the good battery life, the excellent performance: all this makes us say that at this price, it is undoubtedly one of the best ultrabooks of this year.