Huawei MateBook 14 2021 review

As 2021 has just arrived, Huawei has brought surprises and released Huawei MateBook 14 2021 . This is a 14-inch full-screen, thin and light notebook with performance. The previous generations of this series have been regarded by consumers as a real fragrance machine. There is no doubt that the Huawei MateBook 14 2021 still maintains its true fragrance characteristics, and it also brings new upgrades to more than that.

We want to evaluate the hardware specifications of this Huawei MateBook 14 2021: i7-1165G7, MX450 (the processor’s own integrated Xe core display is optional), 16GB DDR4 3200MHz dual-channel memory, 512GB PCIe SSD, 14-inch/2K /3:2/High color gamut/touch full screen, Huawei sharing, dual fan and dual heat pipe cooling, Wi-Fi 6 wireless network card, fingerprint power button, hidden camera, battery capacity 56Wh.

To evaluate Huawei MateBook 14, this screen cannot be avoided. Even in 2021, the screen quality of the Huawei MateBook 14 2021 is still the best among the mainstream 14-inch thin and light notebooks.

Let me briefly list the characteristics of this 14-inch screen: 2K (2160×1440) resolution, 3:2 screen ratio (productivity screen), four-sided narrow full-screen, 90% screen-to-body ratio, 100% sRGB, and touch support. No matter from which point of view, this is a very attractive screen.

14 inches/2K/3:2/high color gamut/full touch screen

In terms of actual experience, at first glance, it is easy to be attracted by the four-sided narrow full screen with a screen-to-body ratio of up to 90%. The four-sided borders are really too narrow. The upper, left, and right borders are only 4.9mm, and even the lower borders are very narrow. This is because Huawei MateBook 14 2021 uses spatial architecture stacking technology to customize the screen driver board. And the B side is a mirror screen covered by a whole piece of glass, and the bright screen has an instant impact. If you have just transitioned from a model with a wider frame, or are using a model with narrow three sides, Huawei MateBook 14 2021 will have a narrow four-sided full screen that will impress you.

The top, left and right borders are only 4.9mm

Due to the narrow frame, Huawei MateBook 14 2021 still continues the hidden camera design, which is located between the keyboard F6 and F7 and can be popped up by pressing it. Nowadays, the use frequency of notebook cameras is low and there are hidden safety risks, and hidden cameras solve these two problems.

Hidden pressing the camera, cleverly move the camera to the keyboard to achieve a higher screen-to-body ratio. At the same time, it can be turned on or off with one key. While retaining the basic functions of the camera, it also maximizes the user’s privacy and security and user experience. .

In addition, 2K resolution is fine enough for 14-inch products, and coupled with high color gamut, the actual look and feel of the screen is quite excellent. This advantage is very obvious when watching videos and photos, the pictures are clear and delicate, and the colors are eye-catching.

At work, a 3:2 screen ratio can really provide work efficiency. More content can be displayed vertically, which means that whether you are viewing documents, browsing the web, or editing pictures and videos, using Huawei MateBook 14 2021 will always see more content than others, or there is no need to fold software functional options. This is very useful in work, which is why everyone calls a screen with a 3:2 ratio as a productivity screen.

Don’t forget, the screen of Huawei MateBook 14 2021 also supports ten-point touch, which can realize functions such as sliding screenshots with three fingers, and it is more intuitive and efficient when zooming picture materials. Of course, the essence of the addition of touch is to serve multi-screen collaboration. When the screen of the mobile phone appears on the screen of Huawei MateBook 14 2021 in the form of a separate window, the touch operation is more in line with the logic of using mobile software, and Huawei MateBook 14 2021 can provide more than a separate window this time. Close.

Another point is easy to overlook, but it is very important for users, that is eye protection. The screen of Huawei MateBook 14 2021 is a DC dimming non-flicker low blue light screen, and it has passed the German Rheinland low blue light eye protection certification. In addition, Huawei has also transplanted mature eye protection technology on mobile devices, combined with Huawei MateBook 14 2021 itself in the research and development of the bottom layer of the graphics hardware module, and realized the eye protection mode at the hardware level. The advantage of such a lot of trouble is that under the premise of providing excellent eye protection, it will not affect the color temperature and color calibration of the upper screen. It is very simple to open the eye protection mode. Right-click on the desktop and select display management, and you can see the switch of the eye protection mode.

Eye protection mode

The last is our test results, using Spyder X Elite to test, get 98% sRGB, 72% Adobe RGB, 72% P3, 67% NTSC, maximum brightness 353.4cd/m2, average ΔE=1.36. From the data point of view, this is a screen with high color gamut, high brightness, and excellent color accuracy. The quality is quite good. It is more than enough for office and entertainment, and can also cope with some creative work.

Color gamut
brightness
Color standard

In general, the screen of Huawei MateBook 14 2021 has a very high overall quality, which is relatively rare in the notebook market, and it is even more difficult to meet the same price and size.

The hardware specifications of Huawei MateBook 14 2021 are very impressive. It has a combination of the eleventh-generation Core TMi7-1165G7 and NVIDIA MX450, and this combination has quite good performance.

Similarly, Huawei MateBook 14 2021 supports high-energy mode, which can be switched between high-energy mode and balanced mode through Fn+P. High-energy mode can provide better performance, so except for endurance tests, all other tests are carried out in high-energy mode.

The first is processor testing. i7-1165G7 uses an advanced 10nm SuperFin process, has a 4-core 8-thread specification, a maximum core frequency of 4.7GHz, a three-level cache of 12MB, and a TDP-up of up to 28W. It integrates Intel Iris Xe Graphics, a total of 96 EUs, a maximum dynamic frequency of 1.3GHz, and the graphics performance is not as good as the previous generation entry-level standalone MX350.

i7-1165G7

Measured Cinebench R15 multi-core score of 991cb, single-core score of 197cb; Cinebench R20 multi-core score of 2351pts, single-core score of 535pts; Cinebench R23 multi-core score of 5672pts, single-core score of 1404pts. From the performance point of view, the performance of i7-1165G7 is quite good, especially the single-core performance improvement is relatively large, which belongs to the current flagship level of low-voltage processors.

Cinebench R15
Cinebench R20
Cinebench R23

Nvidia MX450 is another big killer. The performance improvement of this discrete graphics card is very large, up to 42% compared to the previous generation, which is very exaggerated. It is based on the Turing architecture, the core code is TU117 (same as GTX1650), a total of 896 computing units, the video memory is 2GB GDDR5, and the video memory bit width is 64bit. Its core frequency is 1395MHz, Boost frequency is 1575MHz, and memory frequency is 1751MHz.

MX450 (right)

The measured 3DMark Time Spy mode has a total score of 2193 and a graphics card score of 1999; in Fire Strike mode, a total score of 4336 and a graphics card score of 4709. The actual test results also show that the theoretical performance of the MX450 has completely surpassed the GTX1050 (notebook platform), and can even break the wrist with the GTX1050Ti (notebook platform). A few years ago, the entry-level game book was unique.

Time Spy
Fire Strike

If the performance of the CPU and GPU is a qualitative leap compared to the previous generation, then the excellent heat dissipation system of the Huawei MateBook 14 2021 will give full play to the performance advantages. Huawei MateBook 14 2021 adopts PC motherboard miniaturization technology to improve the layout and wiring density of the motherboard, thereby reducing the area of ​​the motherboard and leaving enough space for a more powerful heat dissipation design.

On this basis, the Huawei MateBook 14 2021 model uses a newly upgraded shark fin fan, the diameter of the fan is also larger, the effect is that the air volume is larger, and the noise reduction effect is better. Although it is still a combination of dual fans and dual heat pipes (6mm+8mm), the actual heat dissipation performance has been significantly improved.

The effect is very obvious. Long-term single-bake i7-1165G7, i7-1165G7 can still maintain the performance release of 32.5W/3.34GHz; long-term single-bake MX450, the core frequency of MX450 can also be maintained at 1800MHz; even double-bake i7-1165G7+MX450, i7 -1165G7 still maintains the level of 19.4W/2.6GHz, and the frequency of MX450 can also be stabilized at 1785MHz. It can be said that the performance of Huawei MateBook 14 2021 is the best among hardware models with the same specifications.

Single roast i7-1165G7
Single roast MX450
Double roast i7-1165G7+MX450

In terms of hard drives, Huawei MateBook 14 2021 is equipped with a 512GB PCIe SSD from Toshiba. Measured when the number of queues = 8, the number of threads = 1, continuous reading 3289MB/s, continuous writing 2942MB/s; when the number of queues = 1, the number of threads = 1, 4K random read 52.25MB/s, 4K random write Enter 198.63MB/s. This result belongs to the current flagship level of PCIe 3.0 SSD.

Hard Disk Score

In terms of comprehensive performance, the PCMark 10 Extended mode was used for testing, and a total score of 4942 was obtained, including 8649 for common basic functions, 9033 for productivity, 5697 for digital content creation, and 3623 for game. Judging from the test results, the Huawei MateBook 14 2021 is more suitable for productivity work and can also cope with light gaming needs.

PCMark 10 Extended

In terms of battery life, the Huawei MateBook 14 2021 has a built-in 56Wh battery, which is sufficient for 8 hours of work in a day when in balance mode, Huawei’s smart power saving technology is turned on, and the screen brightness is 150 nits (48% in the system). 

Moreover, the adapter of Huawei MateBook 14 2021 is very compact. The power supply is 65W. It supports fast charging technology. It can be charged for 15 minutes for 2.5 hours of daily office work. You can get rid of the trouble of low battery in just a cup of coffee. Moreover, the Huawei MateBook 14 2021 also supports power-off charging. When necessary, it can be transformed into a large power bank to directly charge small devices such as smart phones.

Endurance performance

In addition, Huawei MateBook 14 2021 adopts Wi-Fi 6 wireless network card and supports 2×2 MIMO dual antenna design, making the network experience faster and more stable.

The most talked about Huawei notebook is multi-screen collaboration. It can be said that multi-screen collaboration breaks the physical boundaries between smart phones and notebooks, allowing the two to operate on the same platform, and the data is completely connected, and the mobile phone can also call the notebook hardware. The “unbounded” experience brought by multi-screen collaboration is still unique from the current point of view.

You only need to touch the touchpad of Huawei MateBook 14 2021 with a Huawei mobile phone (meeting hardware and software requirements) to achieve fast connection. After connecting, a separate window of the phone interface will appear on the computer screen. At this time, you can use the touch screen of Huawei MateBook 14 2021 to operate the phone.

Touch the touchpad to start multi-screen collaboration

Such a simple operation is too familiar for friends who use too many screens to collaborate, and Huawei MateBook 14 2021 naturally also brings a new function, that is, the mobile phone multi-window. When you open a program on the phone through Huawei MateBook 14 2021, the software name and a plus icon will appear in the upper left corner of the window. No matter if you click the software name or the icon, the opened software will appear as a separate window. At this time, Huawei MateBook 14 2021 has two mobile phone interface windows that can be operated independently.

The Huawei MateBook 14 2021 model can open up to 3 mobile phone windows at the same time, which also makes full use of the “horizontal longer” feature of the notebook screen. My personal guess is that the limitation of 3 windows may be related to the width of the laptop’s horizontal screen, because the arrangement of 3 windows on the desktop of the notebook is the most comfortable, and 4 windows need to be arranged manually, which is more crowded.

Opening 3 mobile windows at the same time means that you can browse the contents of three different platforms at the same time, and there is no need to switch frequently between the three programs. For example, when shopping and comparing prices, the prices of 3 shopping platforms can be displayed at a time, which is convenient for placing orders; multi-tasking operations have become easier. Users can discuss travel plans with friends, view guides, and take notes. Of course, you can also check the data and content needed in the communication while chatting with customers on work, and at the same time, you can also record the problems and solutions in the communication. One device instantly transforms into three, so the efficiency will be doubled.

In addition to enabling the mobile phone multi-window function, users can also realize file transfer, shared clipboard, and notebook application to edit mobile files through multi-screen collaboration. These functions are all previously available in multi-screen collaboration, so I won’t expand them in detail here.

It can be said that Huawei has been exploring more possibilities for multi-screen collaboration. Multi-screen collaboration makes the physical hardware no longer the only obstacle that restricts the software experience, thus providing a cross-platform operation that is currently rare on the market, and the operating experience is very complete. Multi-screen collaboration has become one of the core competitiveness of Huawei’s notebooks. After all, it is really impossible to go back after use.

In addition to multi-screen collaboration, Huawei MateBook 14 2021 also has a built-in Huawei application market, which contains more than 100 high-frequency applications, and it is still increasing, and common software is covered. The software included in the Huawei application market has undergone manual testing, multiple application review standards are used as specifications, and age ratings are also provided, which is relatively safe and reliable.

Moreover, Huawei MateBook 14 2021 is also the first PC product equipped with a fast application engine, which is more convenient for cross-platform use.

The Huawei MateBook 14 2021 has so many highlights that many friends focus on the screen, performance and software experience. In fact, the Huawei MateBook 14 2021 is still a thin and light notebook with excellent quality.

The design of Huawei MateBook 14 2021 still continues the tradition of this series. The extremely simple design gives Huawei MateBook 14 2021 a very elegant and low-key temperament. The first impression is that the product texture is very good. Huawei MateBook 14 2021 is an all-metal body, made of high-strength 5252 aluminum alloy, and has undergone more than 40 processes of anodizing process, which is strong and reliable, wear-resistant and corrosion-resistant.

The Huawei MateBook 14 2021 has a very good feel, because it uses the No. 150 precision sandblasting process, which brings a delicate and soft touch. In general, Huawei MateBook 14 2021 has first-class industrial design and materials, and has a pretty good texture.

In addition, Huawei MateBook 14 2021 bare metal weighs 1.49kg, and the thickest part is 15.9mm.

In terms of keyboard, Huawei MateBook 14 2021 has a full-size backlit keyboard, which can provide off-bright-brightest white backlight. The keyboard feels very good, with large keycaps and a slightly concave design that fits the fingertips. The key stroke is medium, the key pressure is not large, and typing is not laborious for a long time. Below the keyboard is a large all-in-one touchpad. The touchpad feels smooth and the pointer and hand are very comfortable to use.

Full-size backlit keyboard

In the upper right corner of the keyboard is the fingerprint power button. It is not only as simple as integrating the power button and the fingerprint recognition module, but also realizes the two steps of booting + fingerprint collection with one click. When it is off, you only need to press it once to start it and automatically complete fingerprint recognition on the login interface and enter the desktop.

Fingerprint power button

In terms of speakers, Huawei MateBook 14 2021 is equipped with 2W dual speakers, and supports virtual 5.1 and virtual 7.1 multi-channel output. Huawei engineers accurately segmented by 45Hz, tested different frequency bands, optimized the algorithm for the distortion part, which brought more refined distortion correction management, and made the external sound of Huawei MateBook 14 2021 more realistic .

At the same time, the system has built-in Nahimic software, which can choose four preset modes of music, movie, communication and game, which can better adapt to different scenes.

In terms of interfaces, Huawei MateBook 14 2021 has 2×USB3.2 Gen 1, full-featured Type-C, HDMI and 3.5mm audio ports. The power-off charging is achieved through full-featured Type-C, and the included power cord is also Double C port, convenient to charge the smart phone.

Huawei MateBook 14 2021 is still a very unique product. Its performance has been greatly upgraded, and multi-screen collaboration has ushered in more new features. Coupled with its excellent screen quality and exquisite and simple design, the Huawei MateBook 14 2021 The comprehensive smart experience is still the best among 14-inch products.

Huawei MateBook 14 2021 is a powerful productivity tool as well as an excellent learning and entertainment platform. It is a very good choice for newcomers who have just entered the workplace and those who have high requirements for product quality and smart experience.

Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 and Huawei MateBook 13/14 2021 will be available for pre-sale at Huawei Mall, JD.com, Tmall Huawei official flagship store and offline retail stores at 16:08 on January 17, 2021, January 2021 The sale will be officially launched at 00:00 on the 20th.

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