The HONOR MagicBook 14 (2022) is a direct replacement for the item bearing the same name but with the year 2021 added. Back in February of this year, I gave that laptop a review, and I honestly had few issues about it. Even though it is obviously far from similar, HONOR chose to stay close to that gadget. Due to the relocated fingerprint scanner, it really has a more similar design to the HONOR MagicBook 14 View.

It has excellent hardware, and Windows OS is already pre-installed on it. It even feels like a little ultrabook in every way. We’ll start with the design and move on to a number of other categories to examine what this laptop has to offer and how it compares to the company’s earlier products. There is only one significant difference, and it has to do with performance.

Premium appearance and feeling To put it mildly, the HONOR MagicBook 14 (2022) looks fantastic. Like its predecessor, it only comes in one color. You will receive the matte metallic gray finish that many businesses employ. When holding or using the gadget, you get the luxury feel and fingerprints are not really an issue. Although the HONORs insignia is imprinted on the outside, the design actually complements it. With one hand, you can open this laptop.


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The truth is that there are numerous connectors on the sides, including everything you may need for a laptop. Well, everything but a slot for an SD card. There are two USB Type-C (USB 3.2 Gen2) slots, two USB-A (USB 3.2, Gen1) slots, a 3.5mm headphone connector, and an HDMI port. Additionally, it has two bottom-firing speakers and two microphones. These are bottom-firing, which is unfortunate, but we’ll get to that in a minute. The laptop’s thickest point is 17mm, and it only weighs 1.58kg. It is highly portable, thin, and light.

The keyboard has good key travel and is backlit (

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The keys have adequate travel, and the keyboard is lighted (1.5mm). Additionally, the keycaps have a resin covering on top of them, making them resistant to oil from your fingertips. Overall, I have to say that typing is a truly enjoyable experience. When it comes to the keyboards on HONOR laptops, I’m used to it. This keyboard is not at all bad if you prefer chiclet-style keyboards.

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Unfortunately, the trackpad is made of plastic, but most of you won’t care about that. Why? It’s a pleasure to use and incredibly responsive. You won’t have any consumption issues because it is also pretty big. Simply put, the fact that it feels like plastic indicates that it is more affordable than you may expect and that it is easily scratched. However, since I have long used laptops with plastic touchpads and have never experienced a problem as a result of the material, this argument is meaningless.

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4 A better display could be made. A 14.2-inch display is included with the HONOR MagicBook 14. This a-Si TFT LCD display serves as a less expensive substitute for LTPS LCD and AMOLED panels. Here, HONOR did take some short cuts. The monitor does have a 1440 x 2160 resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. Although the display does not have a high refresh rate, this does enhance battery life, which we will discuss in more detail later.


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In any case, the aspect ratio of this panel is 3:2, which is not the best for watching multimedia. Even with 16:9 content, black bars will be seen. According to HONOR, this display has a peak brightness of 300 nits, which is adequate for indoor use but not particularly good for outdoor use. Additionally, this panel has poor viewing angles, which definitely does not work in its favor.

IT’S QUITE GLOSSY AS WELL. The display is also very shiny, which works against it when used outside. It’s important to know that the display has sRGB coverage of 100%. The Corning Gorilla Glass Victus shields the panel. Overall, this display has its advantages but isn’t really recommended for outdoor use due to poor viewing angles. Other than that, everything is in order; just keep your expectations in check.

Advertisement It functions incredibly well and is available in two versions.

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The majority of people would agree that a laptop’s performance is its most crucial feature. We are in agreement. The Intel i5-12500H SoC, based on the Alder Lake architecture, powers the HONOR MagicBook 14 (2022). In other words, you receive 16 threads along with support for Hyper-Threading and 4 performance cores. Additionally, 8 power-efficient cores are present. An 18MB L3 cache is shared by all the cores.

IF YOU LIKE GAMING AND VIDEO EDITING, BUY THE RTX 2050 VARIANT This laptop comes in two variations. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 is the only graphics card in one, while Intel Iris Xe is the only graphics card in the other. Keep in mind that the Intel Iris Xe graphics card will handle all other tasks; the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 graphics card will only be used for gaming and video editing. Therefore, you’ll be alright with the version we’re discussing here, the base model, provided you don’t plan to perform hard duties. The rest is essentially the same.

Advertisement FOR THE MOST USE CASES, THE BASE MODEL IS ENOUGH. We won’t dive into benchmarks, but these are excellent specifications that perform well in them. Sadly, we were unable to test the model with a separate graphics card, but this one feels very similar to last year’s. It works OK for routine jobs, but forget about gaming or other such activities. You can still play less graphically demanding games though; otherwise, things won’t run well. Without specialized graphics, editing videos will also take a lot longer to complete.

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When it comes to software, there isn’t much to say. On this laptop, Windows 11 Home Edition is already installed. If you’ve used it before, you know exactly what to anticipate. Although HONOR did include some of its own software, such as OS Turbo, Windows 11 is largely what you would expect. During our testing, the software side was flawless.

Advertisement IT HAS AN EXCELLENT BATTERY LIFE. This laptop has a 75Wh lithium polymer battery from HONOR. For a laptop of this size, the battery is actually pretty generous. There are 15 hours of full HD video playback and around 10.5 hours of mixed use, according to HONOR. All I can say is that I was able to obtain far more mixed use than I had anticipated. Even though there wasn’t much gaming involved, that’s still impressive. I honestly had no trouble getting more than 15 hours of use out of this.

ALSO INCLUDED IS A 135W CHARGER Here, HONOR included a 135W USB-C SuperCharger to make things even better. It’s also really amazing that it can charge this laptop in just 80 minutes. The laptop has two Type-C USB ports, and you can charge it using either one; it doesn’t really matter which one you use. Overall, the battery aspect is extremely excellent.

CAMERA IS PASSABLE One 720p or HD camera is present in this setup. This time, though, it’s not concealed beneath a keycap like it was with the HONOR MagicBook 14 (2021). It was a wise decision by HONOR to place it at the top bezel. The prior camera had a really strange angle, which, to be completely honest, irritated me during video conversations. The bezels are not any thicker because this is a much more natural position for the camera.

Advertisement How excellent is the camera, though? All I would say is that it is completely usable. To be completely honest, I don’t really have great hopes for laptop cameras. The quality is more than adequate for video calls, which are the majority of people’s only needs and desires. So, yeah, it is adequate.

EVEN THOUGH THE SPEAKERS ARE BOTTOM-FIRING, THEY ARE NOT BAD Two of the speakers on the HONOR MagicBook 14 (2022) are bottom-firing. It has the same configuration as its predecessor. Of course, it would be preferable if these speakers fired upward, but it is what it is. Although the speakers themselves are not poor at all, you will lose some clarity as a result of their location. In fact, odds are that you’ll be content with these unless you have high standards for sound.

Additionally, this laptop comes with two microphones that can be utilized for video calls, albeit the quality obviously isn’t the best. They are functional, but using a special microphone of some sort is always a better idea.


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So, is it worth it to get this? The base model will cost you $1,099 to purchase. The RTX 2050 GPU version will set you back $1,299, though. If you intend to use this laptop for gaming, video editing, or intensive Photoshop work, we advise choosing the model with a dedicated graphics card. This laptop can handle anything else, and given that substitutes are frequently more expensive, this is not a bad value at all. The camera is passable, the performance is nice, and the battery life is excellent—as long as you won’t be using it outdoors. The display is also fine in this case. Despite their location, the speakers are actually not terrible, and the fingerprint scanner is functional. You have every port you require, etc. This is not a bad purchase if you’re looking for a 14-inch laptop that is also pretty powerful.


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