Huawei Matebook D14: Speechless! – To be very honest, I don't really like doing analyzes on laptops … Because at the end of the day, they are almost all the same, especially when they send me Ultrabooks.
After all, the performance of these notebooks is almost always the same, the format too, and to be quite honest, there are no major differences in the day-to-day use of these machines. In fact, I spend my life hearing about stagnation in the smartphone world, because they are all the same. Ok… Okay… But doesn't this also happen in the notebook world? It is that in addition to the Asus ZenBook Duo that we also have at the moment under review, everything is exactly the same.
Of course, we may like one design more than another, or the X or Y functionality. But I spend my life saying basically the same thing, which, as you might imagine, is no big joke.
This was until a Huawei MateBook D14 came to hand! Which doesn't really revolutionize anything, but it takes the classic formula, and puts all the right ingredients, including the price.
Therefore, after the success of the first versions of the Huawei MateBook D in 2018, the Chinese giant immediately realized that it had a winning bet here. And so, after suffering a bit from the temporary disappearance of Microsoft due to the Entity List of Donald Trump, he decided to return to bet strong and ugly on these devices in 2020. And what a bet!
So, here we have a new design, as well as a series of new technologies and tools that were previously reserved for more expensive models.
In fact, if you already have a Huawei smartphone, buying a MateBook starts to be extremely similar to buying an Apple MacBook if you happen to have an iPhone in your pocket. After all, Huawei's ecosystem is growing, it has passed through the puberty phase, and because of that, it has started to lose bubbles and become too beautiful to not be invited to a Netflix and Chill. (As you can see in the video below)
In fact, I even go so far as to say that this boy is the ‘MacBook Air’ in the Huawei world, only better, more powerful and cheaper.
Now you can even touch your smartphone directly from your laptop. This includes removing / sending files from the PC to the mobile phone (and vice versa).
A brutal array of features, which together with an extremely appealing redesign, could very well make this notebook a must-buy for many consumers! Especially those who are now stuck at home and need a machine to work, or for their children to take the famous PC classes now.
But let's go by parts.
Huawei MateBook D14: Design
First, we have to talk about the exterior of the MateBook D14. Which is now very similar to the ‘Premium’ MateBook X Pro.
Because of this, the screen now has extremely small margins (screen occupies 84% of the front of the device), which makes the machine quite appealing to any user, being a modern, simple and capable notebook, at an extremely low price. (An ultrabook with this design and specifications at € 699? Yes please!)
To achieve this feat, Huawei took the webcam that was formerly at the top of the screen, moving it to the keyboard. (You have to press a key for the camera to appear)
As for the rest of the notebook's design, I have to say that Huawei has taken care of the build quality! It is that although this product is not high-end, the quality is all there. In fact, I think I can say with some confidence, that if you take this PC to a public place, this boy will go through a more expensive device without great difficulties. After all, it's all metallic! And thanks to its compact size, it offers a 'feeling' of solidity and quality from the first moment you grab it. Very briefly, it looks like we are picking up on his 1600 € MateBook X Pro brother.
In this regard, I can only find a defect, it is not possible to open the laptop with one hand, something that companies such as Dell, Apple and even Huawei place great importance on the most expensive lines. But to tell you the truth … It's not that important.
Moving on, I have to talk about an aspect that I normally hate in the vast majority of notebooks that I analyze … The keyboard!
I tend to have some resistance to doing analysis on laptops, because besides being almost always the same, I significantly lower my productivity. This is because I am really used to the keyboard of my MacBook Pro (even taking into account all its defects), and for that reason, I am extremely fast when writing on the Apple laptop.
However, in this MateBook D14, we have a very satisfying backlit keyboard, which I even got used to without any major problems. In fact, this is one of the great reasons to be completely 'past' with this notebook, the quality is all here, even at this price.
However, after the keyboard, we have the touchpad, which unfortunately doesn't have the exaggerated size I like. But that still has a very satisfactory format, and that thanks to God it brings support to gestures.
Finally, in the upper right corner we find a 'Power' button with an embedded fingerprint sensor. It is extremely fast, and is also a feature very welcome at this price range (Works with Windows Hello). To finish this part, we are talking about a notebook with a weight of 1.4 kg and a thickness of 14.9 mm.
Huawei MateBook D14: Display
This component is undeniably one of the most expensive in the construction of a notebook, and it is also here that Huawei cut a little to reach this price. However, if you think it's a horrible screen, it couldn't be further from the truth. For the price, I think it fits the product perfectly.
That said, the brightness is not great (~ 300 nits), so using this device on the street may not be the best day ever. However, as we have a Matte screen, working in well-lit rooms will never be a big problem. In fact, the 1141: 1 contrast helps a lot in this mission.
Unfortunately, in the color department we don't have the best screen on the market here (58% sRGB, 41% Adobe RGB and 42% DCI-P3), but to work hard and ugly, and play a little game every now and then, it's more than that enough.
In this notebook we have an authentic world of connectivity, when we have 2 USB inputs 'normal', a USB-C input (also for charging), an HDMI output and a headphone output.
Huawei MateBook D14: Performance
First, let's go to the technical specifications:
- Display: 14 ”FullHD IPS (1920 × 1080)
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500 U (Quad-Core) 2.00 GHz
- GPU: AMD Radeon Vega 8
- RAM: 8 GB DDR4
- Storage: Samsung 500 GB PCIe NVMe SSD
- Connectivity: Dual band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0
- Ports: 1 HDMI, 1 USB 2.0 Type-A, 1 USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 USB 3.1 Type-C, 1 3.5mm
- Battery: 56 Wh
- Dimensions: 32.2 x 21.4 x 1.49 cm
- Weight: 1.38 Kg
Very briefly, we are not talking about a laptop made for games or creating high-resolution multimedia content. If you want a machine for these tasks, you will obviously have to spend some more money looking at other ranges.
However, when we have an AMD Ryzen APU, we have an iGPU Radeon Vega 8 capable of allowing us to play some non-intensive games like CS: GO or League of Legends, but again I stress, do not think that you will be the biggest gamer on your street with this machine.
In this regard, I will even go so far as to say that this PC should be on the list of all students who are thinking of going to college next year. The shores of our youth will certainly thank you. (This coming from a student who went to college with a 4kg laptop)
The Huawei MateBook D14 comes with a 56Wh battery, which in itself does not mean any record, but which will still guarantee you a very interesting autonomy. (~ 8 hours on average)
Huawei MateBook D14: Conclusion
This Huawei Mate D14 must be on the list of any student or user who needs a new machine to work. Especially the performance / price is put on a pedestal, and we look at the MacBook Air and Surface Laptop as main rivals, above 1000/1100 €.
- Good performance for productivity and writing
- Premium design at a low price
- Good keyboard
- Huawei Share (If you have a Huawei smartphone)
- The screen could be better
- The location of the webcam on the keyboard is not for everyone
Furthermore, what do you think about all this? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.
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