The 2022 MagicBook 14 still retains the look and feel of its predecessor: a sandblasted aluminum casing inspired by previous-generation MacBooks. A simple mirror-effect Honor logo adorns the hood. This 2022 edition, however, seems better finished and more robust than the previous ones. It also sounds less hollow.
Opening the cover reveals a keyboard with black keys and a screen with a glossy finish. The set is very qualitative. No more mistakes with the fingerprint reader and the webcam. All this little world is in its place: the webcam above the screen and the fingerprint reader integrated into the home button.
Typing on the keyboard is very pleasant, with a well-marked touch and keys that don’t move. Only regret, one backlight is too weak despite two intensity levels. In broad daylight, it is invisible, forcing the user to bend down to check under the keys to see if the LEDs are on.
The large touchpad provides a good gliding feel. Windows gestures are fully taken into account and clicks don’t sink in too much. Fans of pressure drag and drop will have to check their habits, as the click is too hard to hold down while sliding.
Connectivity has taken a leap forward. No more USB 2.0 protocol in a USB-C port. There are now two USB-C ports (10Gb/s) that can also be used for charging, a USB port (5Gb/s), and an HDMI 1.4 port.
In terms of wireless connectivity, Honor dispenses with Wi-Fi 6E and settles for the Intel AX201 chip that connects up to Wi-Fi 6 at 2400 Mb/s and Bluetooth 5.2.
The webcam is equipped with a 720p sensor whose quality is acceptable in broad daylight. The image lacks detail and even gets very noisy in low light.
Honor relies on two fans, two heat pipes, and two radiators to ensure good cooling for the Core i5-12500H and GeForce RTX 2050.
Thus, throwing in processor encoding and 3D rendering on the RTX 2050, the Honor MagicBook 14 does not exceed 41.6 °C at the hottest point between the keyboard keys and 43.9 °C at the height of the hinge where the hot air is evacuated. The touchpad remains hot and the hot spot is concentrated in the middle of the keyboard between the two fans.
Noise pollution is also controlled and measured at 35.4 dB; a correct level that produces an audible breathing noise, but far from what a PC gaming can produce.
To access the components, you need to remove 10 Torx screws and unclip the case. However, the interest is quite limited as only the SSD is replaceable; the wifi card and the ram being soldered. The battery can eventually be replaced if necessary; held in place with 4 Phillips screws. Honor declares a repairability rating of 7.6/10 for this MagicBook 14 with its GeForce RTX 2050.
The MagicBook 14 2022 is equipped with an Intel Core i5-12500H processor accompanied by a 60 W GeForce RTX 2050, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. This Core i5 has a hybrid architecture with 4 P-Hyperthreaded Cores and 8 E- Nuclei. It operates within a thermal envelope of between 35W and 90W, depending on the cooling system used. Its performance allows it to be found on a good number of PCs gaming.
The MagicBook 14 scores a performance index of 133. It thus sits between Lenovo Legion’s Ryzen 7 5800H (126) and Alienware X14’s Core i7-12700H (158). A performance that demonstrates the good form of the 12th generation Intel Core processors. Thus equipped, the MagicBook 14 is not afraid of any task, even the most demanding.
In use, the Core i5-12500H keeps its P-Core at 2.78 GHz and its E-Core at 2.20 GHz. After reaching the 90 W allowance, the processor levels off at 35 W. We did not see any reduction in the frequency (strangulation) during our test coding.
Regarding the performance of the graphics part, which has been the subject of a dedicated article, the GeForce RTX 2050 allows you to play in correct conditions if you activate the DLSS, while reducing the amount of details displayed. It’s there primarily to help the Core i5-12500H with creative tasks by significantly reducing render times.
The SSD installed by Honor is a Samsung PM1A, an OEM version of the well-known 980 Pro. It reaches 6.8 GB/s in reading and 4.5 GB/s in writing, which allows extremely fast file transfers.
Mobility / Autonomy
The MagicBook 14 shows classic overall measurements for a laptop of this format (30.7 x 22.7 cm by 1.69 cm thick). Do not forget that it also incorporates a GPU and the cooling system that goes with it, which increases the thickness of the chassis.
The PC only weighs 1.58 kg, to which must be added 473 g from the 135 W charger, for a total of 2.05 kg. Therefore, the MagicBook 14 should easily find its place in a backpack.
Despite the presence of a dedicated GPU, the autonomy test ends with a pleasant surprise. The MagicBook 14 lasted 9h 01m under our usual test protocol (Netflix under Chrome with a display set to 200 cd/m²). A good result in part due to the capacity of its 75 Wh battery; while 50 Wh batteries are usually found in this format.
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