Not all manufacturers prefer experimentation over proven recipes. Especially when it comes to creating popular devices that have proven themselves from the best side. This is the path taken by HUAWEI when developing the MateBook D14 ultrabook. Let's tell you more about it.
Traditional design and matte screen
Getting acquainted with any similar device is better to start with the case. Here it is metallic, smooth and matte. This saves you the trouble of leaving fingerprints after work.
Most of these products are compact. This is no exception. Weighing 1.45 kg, it has the following geometric parameters: 1.6 x 22.1 x 32.3 cm.
Designers have deprived the device of any sharp edges. Its appearance can be called classic and solid.
The MateBook D14 has no flaws in the design, except for one nuance: the top cover of the gadget lacks rigidity when closed. It squeezes significantly.
With the ergonomics of the working area, everything is also in order. The keyboard has pleasant-to-touch keys; the engineers have placed a fingerprint scanner in the power button. It turned out useful and original.
This functionality works quickly and without problems. Now there is no need to constantly enter a password, you just need to configure the login using the scanner once and you can always quickly get access to the device.
HUAWEI MateBook D14 received a 14-inch IPS display (167 ppi) Full HD resolution with thin bezels. Their width does not exceed 5 mm. It has a matte finish that prevents glare, high image quality and a significant margin of brightness.
Features and performance
The gadget is equipped with a webcam, but it is nowhere to be seen. It turns out that it is hidden on the keyboard. To activate this device, you need to press the button located between the F6 and F7 keys.
A nice nuance of the ultrabook's equipment is the presence of stereo speakers that produce good sound. They have a sufficient volume reserve and an expressive frequency range. Therefore, it will be appropriate to use the device for watching movies or videos.
Another feature of the device is the presence of the HUAWEI Share OneHop function. This technology allows you to instantly transfer information from any device of the HUAWEI brand. You do not need a cable for this, you just need to bring, for example, a smartphone to a laptop with an NFC tag (it is indicated by the corresponding marking) and the open file will be displayed on the monitor.
Another functionality - "Multiscreen" allows you to display the smartphone screen directly on the ultrabook display. This is useful for quick editing of text files and photos.
The HUAWEI MateBook D14 is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U quad-core processor and a Radeon Vega 8 graphics chip with 8GB of RAM. There is a 512 GB SSD for storing information. It has long been known that it functions several times faster than a conventional hard drive.
Despite the fact that the chipset is not the most recent, it copes with its tasks. All programs, messengers, non-demanding games work quickly, without lags. True, in the gameplay it is better to use not the maximum settings.
Separately, it should be said about the quality of the cooling system, which does not allow the device to heat up too much.
Connections and power
To connect peripherals, the ultrabook was equipped with several ports and connectors. There is a USB Type-C port, two Type-A ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and HDMI 2.0. That's not a lot, it's nice to have USB-A and a card reader as well.
HUAWEI MateBook D14 received a 7565 mAh battery. During testing, charging was enough to play a looped video for 11 hours. This is a good result. The average user will have enough battery capacity for a day of work. To do this, he will only need to use the "Optimal performance" mode with a screen brightness of 50%.
Power consumption is significantly faster during gameplay. At maximum settings, working Wi-Fi and an average display brightness, about 40% of the battery capacity is spent in an hour. Therefore, it is worth looking for your own approach.
To replenish the amount of lost energy, you need to connect the charging cable to the device via the Type-C connector. This is a sign of good manners in our time. The standard adapter allows you to charge the device by about 60-65% within an hour.
For charging, it is really possible to use third-party energy sources if the user has forgotten their charger at home. To do this, you can connect to HUAWEI MateBook D14, for example, a smartphone via third-party Type-C.
The AMD-based Ultrabook performed well. The HUAWEI MateBook D14 will handle most of the tasks without problems. It has a high-quality build, good ergonomics, a decent screen and a long battery life.
This ultrabook lacks only a couple of additional connectors. It will surely appeal to young professionals looking for a compact, versatile device. Moreover, it looks pretty and is inexpensive.
The Topic of Article: HUAWEI MateBook D14 Conservative Ultrabook Review.