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Review: HONOR MagicBook X 14

HONOR has been steadily adding new products to its portfolio and the latest to launch onto the market is the company’s MagicBook X 14. The laptop features a 1.38-kg ultralight alluminium body and measures just 15.9mm thin. When you open the laptop’s lid, you come face to face with a 14-inch FullView display that has been certified by TÜV Rheinland for a flicker-free experience. It also protects your eyes from blue light, by keeping it low.

The laptop’s display offers a resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels, a screen-to-body ratio of 84%, and a refresh rate of 60Hz. Under the hood, the MagicBook X 14 is powered by a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 10210U processor, coupled with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. You also get Intel UHD Graphics. Inside the box, you get the HONOR MagicBook X 14, along with the 65W Type-C Fast Charger.

One of the standout features of the HONOR MagicBook is the HONOR Magic-Link Multi-Screen Collaboration feature, which lets you share your HONOR smartphone screen and files on the HONOR MagicBook X 14. This in turn allows you to edit them with the same keyboard and mouse. You can even pick up exactly from where you left off, without having to jump between the devices.

The HONOR MagicBook X 14 is also powered by a 56Wh high energy density battery that supports fast charging. This means, just an hour of charging will give you up to 9 hours of video playback. During our tests, on a single charge, we were able to clock around 12 hours of battery life, which is very good for such a thin and light laptop.

For cooling, the X 14 uses Shark Fin 2.0 fans that offer strong heat dissipation at very low noise. The power button on the laptop which is just above the keyboard also doubles up as the fingerprint reader, while a dedicated camera key on the keyboard’s top row of keys hides away a pop-up web camera.

In terms of the I/O ports, you get plenty of choices unlike many ultraportable laptops out there on the market. With the HONOR MagicBook X 14, you get a USB Type-C port, a USB 3.0 port, and an HDMI port on the left edge. On the right edge, you get another USB 2.0 port and a 3.5mm audio jack. The HONOR MagicBook X 14 is also equipped with a dual-antenna Wi-Fi capability, offering 160MHz of bandwidth – this means, you can connect at theoretical speeds of up to 1733 Mbps.

Let’s talk a bit about the HONOR Magic-Link – this feature allows you to connect your HONOR smartphone wirelessly with the MagicBook X 14. By doing so, you can quickly drag and drop files and images between the MagicBook and HONOR phones. You can also get your HONOR phone notifications onto the MagicBook.

In order to connect your HONOR smartphone to the MagicBook, you can either touch your NFC-enabled HONOR smartphone on the HONOR Magic-Link icon next to the touchpad, scan a QR-Code, or search using wireless projection. Through the HONOR Magic-Link connection, you can copy text into your MagicBook laptop, copy files from the smartphone to the laptop at up to 60-% faster, edit phone files via the laptop screen, and even use the laptop’s camera for video calls on your smartphone.

In terms of performance, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 did a fantastic job, whether it was day-to-day computing, web browsing, or even tasks such as video rendering, image editing, and the occasional gaming session. Since it is very lightweight, carrying the HONOR MagicBook X14 around was not a task.

With a very good combination of software and hardware, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 brings the goodness of the Magic-Link to offer a new level of real productivity. Combine that with the thin and light construction, solid specs, and very good design, and the HONOR MagicBook X 14 comes across as a highly recommended laptop.

Price: AED 2399 with free gifts worth AED 397, which includes HONOR CHOICE Earbuds X, Backpack, and a 1 year extended warranty (total of 2 years).

HONOR MagicBook X 14 AED 2399 with free gifts worth AED 397
  • Final Rating
4

Summary

One of the standout features of the HONOR MagicBook is the HONOR Magic-Link Multi-Screen Collaboration feature, which lets you share your HONOR smartphone screen and files on the HONOR MagicBook X 14. This in turn allows you to edit them with the same keyboard and mouse. You can even pick up exactly from where you left off, without having to jump between the devices.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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