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Huawei's new MateBook 14 experience review

Time:2020-03-22Popularity: Author: raodeng

At the beginning of this year, Huawei updated the Matebook series product line, including the Matebook 14 series for the mainstream market. Although the new version does not change much from the previous version, the hardware has been greatly upgraded: updated to Intel 10 Generation Core processors, memory increased to 16G, and touch screen blessing. What kind of changes will these hardware upgrades bring to our experience? Let me take everyone to experience it.


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Because it is an annual routine upgrade, the appearance of the Matebook 14 is not changed compared to the previous one. The metal body and the surface are made of ceramic sandblasting technology, which is not easy to stick fingerprints. The 3: 2 ratio is more suitable for business people. The overall design It's still concise enough. In terms of weight, the Matebook 14 is about 1.5kg. This weight is not good in thin and light business books, but it is also within an acceptable range. There is no pressure when carrying on business trips.


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One of the most prominent highlights of Matebook X Pro's Matebook X Pro is its ultra-high screen quality. This is also an excellent screen performance in the same price notebooks. First of all, the resolution reached 2160x1440. The 14-inch screen has very fine picture quality under such a high resolution. Even if you watch it closely, you will not see any graininess. In addition, 100% sRGB color gamut coverage brings a good Compared with a notebook with only 45% ntsc color gamut next to it, the color performance of the Matebook 14 is more delicate, and compared with the mainstream 1080p resolution notebook, the 1440p resolution is on the screen. A lot of delicate.


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Among notebooks with the same 14-inch screen, the 3: 2 ratio screen of Matebook 14 is special. The actual viewing area of this ratio is more than 16: 9 screen. Due to the large vertical space, matebook 14 is used in office and web browsing. There are obvious advantages. Although the upper and lower borders of a movie watching at a 3: 2 ratio will be larger, the actual viewing area is not much smaller than that of a 16: 9 model of the same size. I think it is acceptable.



Matebook 14's screen frame is very narrow, achieving a true three-sided narrow frame. The ultra-high screen ratio looks very shocking. The important reason for this is that Huawei has placed the camera under a keyboard, which is hidden The camera design can be popped up with a single press of the camera, which not only saves space on the screen frame, but also prevents the monitoring of some voyeur software, but the disadvantage is that the shooting angle is directed at the chin, and the selfie is obviously not. So beautiful.


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One of the biggest highlights of the Matebook 14 this time is that it is equipped with a touch screen. With touch, a lot of operations are really convenient. Sometimes we can even abandon the traditional touchpad, which can bring you a new win10. The user experience is that there will be more obvious vibration when you touch the screen with a little force, but this is also a common problem with windows touchpad.


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Next we look at the keyboard design, the keyboard layout and feel are satisfactory, large keycaps, wide spacing is helpful to reduce false touches, and improve the stability of the keys, that is, the key stroke is still slightly shorter. However, the size of its touchpad is far more than many products with the same positioning, the area is very large, the handiness is good, and it supports all gesture operations in win10.


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The power button in the upper right corner of Matebook 14 supports fingerprints at the same time, and supports one-button booting. For example, we can read the fingerprint in advance by pressing the power-on button once, and automatically unlock and enter the system at the login interface. It is worth mentioning that this machine's The boot speed is fast enough, you can enter win10 main interface in a few seconds, the experience is very good.


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As a business notebook, a full range of interfaces is essential, but due to its thin and light design, sometimes it is inevitable to abandon it. The Matebook 14 has a multifunctional Type-c interface (charging interface, lightning-free 3, rate 5Gbps, and supports 4K output). ), 3.5mm headphone jack, HDMI interface, a USB3.0 interface and USB2.0 interface, generally satisfactory, if there is another card reader card slot is even better.


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In terms of charging speed, the MateBook 14 charger has a power of 65W, which can be charged from 5% to 40% in 30 minutes, and finally takes 1 hour and 39 minutes to charge from 5% to 95%. In addition, this charger can also be used for Huawei Mate30 series, P30 series, etc. provide super fast charging. It can be said that one charger is enough to solve the charging problem of multiple devices.


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Next, let ’s test the performance. The Matebook 14 focused on improving the hardware performance this time and upgraded to the Intel 10th generation Core processor. The one I got is an i5-10210u processor with a 4-core 8-thread design and a base frequency of 1.6Ghz , Turbo Boost can reach 4.2Ghz. In terms of performance, we take Cinebench R15 as an example. The i5-10210U's multi-core performance reached 703 points, and the single-core and multi-core results in CPU-Z reached 475 points and 2372 points. The performance was almost the same as Intel's old flagship i7-6700K. From the test performance point of view, the performance of the 10th generation Core processor is also better than that of the eighth generation Whiskey Lake, which is no problem to meet office use or less complex content creation.


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16G memory is adequate for a business notebook. The available memory after booting is about 13G. As long as you don't need high-intensity video editing or graphics processing, I think this memory capacity is enough to use this. The product was eliminated. The 512G SSD uses Western Digital's SN730. The total score of the AS SSD test reached 4705. The performance is also very good, but relatively speaking, the space allocated for the C drive is slightly smaller.


Besides the graphics card, the MX250 is not much improved compared to the MX150 itself. It runs 3181 points in 3DMARK P mode, which is almost the same as most MX250 machines. It can meet the smooth operation of some mild games, but it is not possible to play a single masterpiece with high special effects. I tried "Resident Evil 2 Remake", and lowering the resolution to 1080p in the medium quality can basically reach a speed of about 50 frames, but if the resolution is fully turned on, the effects can only be greatly compromised.


In terms of temperature, the surface temperature of the Matebook 14 is well controlled under the mild use of daily office Internet access. Even if it is used for a long time, it is only warm and the fan will not turn, even the sound of typing is far more than The fan sounds loud. However, if the CPU and graphics card are running at high load, such as playing games, the temperature of the Matebook 14 will still increase rapidly, and the fan noise will start to increase, about 35db. If the Resident Evil 2 remake version is played for a long time, the keyboard area is even It will feel a little hot, and the decline in the experience is very serious, so I personally recommend not to use the Matebook 14 for high-load games for a long time. This is a thin and light business notebook after all.


Finally, let's talk about the "multi-screen collaboration" function of Huawei MateBook 14, which perfectly solves the trouble of frequent switching between two screens of mobile phones and computers, allowing users to experience the convenience brought by seamless operation. The user can operate the notebook and mobile phone on the same screen of the laptop at the same time, and realize the coordinated operation of the two products at the same time, which does not require a network environment, consumes no traffic, and reverse operation is also very convenient.


For example, I can use Huawei P30pro to enable NFC and put it on the Matebook 14 body, which makes it easier to transfer files between the phone and the computer. There is no need to install third-party software to directly implement system-level smooth transmission. Multiple terminal tasks are under one screen. All done. Huawei's "multi-screen collaboration" redefines the relationship between equipment and equipment, and equipment and users. From this point of view, I am very optimistic about Huawei's future ecosystem.


In general, the upgrade range of the 2020 MateBook 14 is quite obvious. This product solves several major pain points of previous notebook products at similar prices: the lack of a high-quality screen of 2K or more, and the choice of 16G memory as standard. Few models with touch screen. If you are using a Huawei mobile phone, then MateBook 14 with mobile phones can also achieve a variety of collaborative interactions, proper productivity tools, which are very suitable for the needs of business people and even many content creators, and occasionally meet some mild entertainment games without problems. , But if you are looking for graphics performance and gaming experience, then choose a serious game book.

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