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Just check the different local technology publications to see the campaign that Honor is developing in the Peruvian market to get noticed. They started by presenting some devices made in collaboration with other brands, then they launched a sports band as a completely independent product, until it was time for one of the first highlights: the MagicBook 14, a laptop that targets the current need of many people. .

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El Comercio has been one of the few media that has had access to the first units of the product for a week. What is the verdict? The MagicBook 14 from Honor it is an extremely attractive machine for those looking for a new laptop, having productivity as the main objective.

The MagicBook 14 is the first "strong" product that the Honor brand introduces to the Peruvian market.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The MagicBook 14 is the first “strong” product that the Honor brand introduces to the Peruvian market. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

MODEL MAGICBOOK 14 (2021) NDR-WDH9HN
DIMENSIONS 322,5 mm x 214,8 mm x 15,9 mm.
WEIGHT 1,38 kg
SCREEN 14 inch 16: 9. Resolution 1,080 x 1,920 pixels
PROCESSOR 11th Intel Core i5. Generation
MEMORY 8 GB DDR4, soldered to the board
GRAPHICS Intel Iris X Integrated
STORAGE SSD PCIe NVME 512GB
DRUMS Capacity: 56 Wh. 50% charge in 30 minutes with 65W charger
PORTS 1 x USB-C, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, jack 3,5 mm
CONNECTIVITY Wifi 6. Bluetooth 5.0, compatible con 4.2 y 2.1+EDR
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 10
OTHERS Collaborative multiscreen function, fingerprint reader, webcam under the keyboard

THE UNBOXING

DESIGN

In this regard, it is important to make two things clear: that at first glance it is impossible not to make the comparison with Huawei’s Matebook D14 (understandable by the link that existed until recently between the two companies), a line that in turn is “inspired ”In Apple’s minimalist designs.

Without a doubt, the design of the MagicBook 14 is minimalist and at the same time very elegant.  It has details that take it out of the ordinary.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
Without a doubt, the design of the MagicBook 14 is minimalist and at the same time very elegant. It has details that take it out of the ordinary. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

However, when we see more calmly this new Honor MagicBook 14 we find several peculiarities that are very appreciated. What stands out, without a doubt, is its aluminum construction, which ensures resistance. I tried the Space Gray color which gives it a pretty elegant touch.

The finishes are the highlight in the design of the Honor MagicBook 14.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The finishes are the highlight in the design of the Honor MagicBook 14. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

The brand’s logo is in the central area, towards the left edge of the lid, embossed with a bright blue color. In the same way, the edge of the lid features a diamond-cut bevel -color Azure Blue- that adds a distinctive seal.

The diamond-cut edges with a bluish hue, which glows in the light, are a very remarkable detail on the Honor MagicBook 14.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The diamond-cut edges with a bluish hue, which glows in the light, are a very remarkable detail on the Honor MagicBook 14. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

The MagicBook 14 it is quite thin and light, which invites it to be carried from one place to another. When we open it we find the impressive screen (occupies 84% ​​of the space), with extremely reduced borders.

The minimal edges on the Honor MagicBook 14 make the display one of its main draws.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The minimal edges on the Honor MagicBook 14 make the display one of its main draws. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

Its keyboard is qwerty in Spanish, with backlighting, very comfortable and quite silent. As we have already seen in models from other brands, this MagicBook 14 from Honor includes the webcam inside the keyboard, exactly between the F6 and F7 keys. On the upper right corner we have the power button, which works at the same time as a fingerprint scanner.

The keyboard on the Honor MagicBook 14 is backlit, quiet and very comfortable to use.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The keyboard on the Honor MagicBook 14 is backlit, quiet and very comfortable to use. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

As for connectors, it does not have all, but it brings the bare minimum: on the left we have a USB-C port that also serves to connect the 65W adapter, a USB-A port and an HDMI port. On the right side we have another USB-A port and the input for the headphones. On the front you can identify the two microphones for video calls. The vents and speakers are located on the bottom side.

On the left, the MagicBook 14 has a USB-C port, a USB-A and an HDMI port.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
On the left, the MagicBook 14 has a USB-C port, a USB-A and an HDMI port. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
On the right side of the Honor MagicBook 14 we have a USB-A port and a 3.5mm jack for the headphones.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
On the right side of the Honor MagicBook 14 we have a USB-A port and a 3.5mm jack for the headphones. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

PERFORMANCE

The MagicBook of Honor it is quite an efficient computer for the user who is looking for versatility and, above all, productivity.

Its screen shows bright and vivid colors, but it also has various treatments that protect vision, so that decreases the potential for eye damage for the constant hours in front of the screen. Also, it responds very well under light.

This model brings an 11th generation Intel Core i5 processor, with integrated Iris X graphics. This enables good performance, especially for the most common tasks related to teleworking.

Honor's MagicBook 14 includes a next-generation processor from Intel.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
Honor’s MagicBook 14 includes a next-generation processor from Intel. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

What’s more, It has 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. Looking at this configuration, perhaps it might seem a bit short to some, especially if we take into account that the RAM cannot be expanded. However, Honor is aware of this and therefore has a high-performance function available [presionando la tecla Fn+P] that allows you to take advantage of the double memory channel to increase the speed of data transfer.

Given the limitations of its configuration, Honor has provided the MagicBook 14 with a function that allows you to make the most of its hardware.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
Given the limitations of its configuration, Honor has provided the MagicBook 14 with a function that allows you to make the most of its hardware. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

This computer also supports Wi-Fi 6Therefore, if you have a router that uses this technology, the delay or ‘lag’ in the connection is substantially reduced.

Although the location of the camera may seem disadvantageous, you can always find an appropriate angle to take advantage of it.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
Although the location of the camera may seem disadvantageous, you can always find an appropriate angle to take advantage of it. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

But we must be clear, the MagicBook 14 from Honor it has its limitations. It is not a computer that can be demanding a lot with heavy work. But, for example, I was able to render a video in 1080p, with a few layers and 7 minutes long in just under that time. It seems to me a reasonable time for a computer that the graphic work is done with an integrated card. In the same way, Simpler photo edits and audio recordings can be done without any hassle.

The most controversial part of the MagicBook 14 is its camera. Its location on the keyboard makes the shot, by default go downhill, focusing on the lower part of the face, privileging in the image the double chin of the person speaking. However, that can be solved by better accommodating yourself in front of the camera. What’s more, the quality of this increases if we complement it with a light source. For some, the alternative will be to get (or reuse) an external camera. Installation is simple. Of course: let’s bear in mind that having a pop-up camera, which is stored on the keyboard, is a good security measure. As for the audio for video calls, the quality is quite good so it is not essential to have an external microphone.

Other things against or that, in any case, Honor has to consider: versions with higher RAM (16 GB) and bringing models with the option of AMD processors to the local market.

Regarding its autonomy, I could be with the MagicBook working without problems during a day of about seven hours without problems. Indeed, it has a fast charge that in about 30 minutes has the battery recharged by 50%. It takes about an hour and a half to fully charge your 56Wh battery.

The style of the Honor MagicBook 14 is undeniable.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The style of the Honor MagicBook 14 is undeniable. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

I forgot: its power button has a fingerprint reader, which allows you to turn it on or wake it up by placing your finger on the button. Biometric recognition makes you forget to constantly enter the password.

With fingerprint recognition, it is no longer necessary to constantly enter credentials when "waking up" or turning on the Honor MagicBook 14.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
With fingerprint recognition, it is no longer necessary to constantly enter credentials when “waking up” or turning on the Honor MagicBook 14. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

CONCLUSION

The MagicBook 14 (2021) from Honor It is a very good personal computer for those looking for a versatile machine, which accommodates most of the requirements of teleworking and virtual classes typical of these days., and above all that during its launch week it arrives with a reduced price and with a bundle very attractive (S/3.499, and includes a Honor Band 6 and ones Honor TWS X1).

Undoubtedly, the overall offer of Honor in Peru it is shaping up to be very interesting. We will be attentive to their next releases.

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