Honor MagicBook V14 Review: MagicBook V14 VS ThinkPad X1 Comparison

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In 2018, the first Honor MagicBook was launched. For the first time in the industry, the thin and light notebook equipped with i5-8250U + MX150 was lower than 5,000 yuan, which greatly shocked the world. MagicBook V14. As a high-end market product created by Honor MagicBook V14 has made a comprehensive breakthrough and upgrade in product design, screen, artistry, and intelligent experience.

So what are the improvements and advantages of Honor MagicBook V 14? Let’s list them one by one first:

1. Screen: 14.2-inch 2.5K LTPS full screen + 1.07 billion colors + 10-point touch

This screen has a resolution of 2520*1680, and the ratio of 3:2 can display more content vertically and improve office efficiency. The screen has a maximum brightness of 400nits, a static contrast ratio of 1500:1, a 90Hz refresh rate, and has a 100% sRGB color gamut and 1.07 billion color display.

2. Intel’s 11th generation Core H35 processor unlocked 45W power consumption

MagicBook V 14 is equipped with an i5-11320H processor with a full-core frequency of up to 4.3GHz, equal to i7-11370H. Built-in the current most robust nuclear display torch xe, with a complete 96 execution units. Although the TDP of the H35 processor is 35W, Honor unlocked it to 45W. With dual-channel 16GB LPDDR4x 4266MHz memory, there is no bottleneck in performance release.

The full version is equipped with the i7-11390H processor, the most potent single-core notebook processor.

3. Raiden 4 + full-featured Type-C interface

This is the first time that Honor has added the Thunderbolt 4 interface to a thin and light notebook, which can be connected to various high-performance docking stations, 8K displays, and supports PD charging.

4, 5MP dual-camera HD wide-angle camera + 4 microphones + 4 speakers

This configuration is to make MagicBook V 14 an optimal audio and video conferencing system.

5. Dual-channel LPDDR4x 4266MHz memory + SN730 512GB SSD

4266MHz is the highest frequency currently available for notebooks, and SN730 is also the top PCIe 3.0 SSD. This is the first time Honor has used maximum memory and SSD in its thin and light.

6. Pre-installed Windows 11 system

MagicBook V 14 is the world’s first notebook equipped with Windows 11 system. The new operating system has made significant changes in UI.

As Honor’s first flagship thin and light notebook, we compared it with Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9, Lenovo’s flagship thin and light notebook.

The following are the configuration parameters of the two notebooks:

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 is equipped with a low-power version of the i5-1135G7 processor, TDP 15W, in addition to dual-channel LPDDR4x 4266MHz memory and 512GB PCIe 4.0 SSD.

I chose it for comparison mainly to see how big the performance gap can be between the H series and U series mobile platforms of two different levels. It also makes those students who are entangled in buying a low-power thin and light notebook or a high-performance thin and light notebook. References.

Of course, the H35 series was originally the product of the U series after the power consumption limit was released. The architecture itself is precisely the same, except that the performance and power consumption are different.

Design & Appearance

The Honor MagicBook V 14 adopts a three-sided aluminum alloy body design. The exterior uses a delicate sandblasting process and anodized coloring, which is warm and comfortable to the touch and is not easy to fade.

The fuselage dimensions are 310x226x14.5mm (length x width x thickness), and the weight is only 1.48kg. Both the importance and the thickness are significantly improved compared with the previous generation MagicBook 14.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 uses a 14-inch IPS screen with 1920×1200, a brightness of 500nit, and a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. There is also a 720P privacy camera on the top. When the camera is not in use, the valve can be turned off by swinging the valve.

In contrast, MagicBook V 14 uses a 14.2-inch IPS screen with a 3:2 ratio design, with 2520*1680 resolution, 100% sRGB color gamut, 90Hz refresh rate, 400nit brightness, and 1500:1 static contrast. , Can display 1.07 billion colors, and the screen has also passed the German Rheinland hardware-level low blue light certification and the German Rheinland non-stroboscopic certification.

This screen also supports 10-point touch, which can be transformed into a Windows tablet. Another noticeable change on the B side is that the camera has moved from the C side to the top of the screen. However, even with the addition of two cameras, the MagicBook V 14 still achieves a narrow border on all sides, with a screen-to-body ratio of 90.5%.

Full-size backlit keyboard with 1.9mm spacing between keys and 1.5mm comfortable essential travel, rare in thin and light notebooks. The power button integrates the fingerprint unlocking function. When the fingerprint information is recorded and needs to be unlocked, touch it for 1 second to wake up and enter the desktop.

At the same time, by identifying fingerprints, you can log in to applications and websites safely without storing passwords on the server, making personal information more secure.

There are 1xType-C (Raiden 4), 1xType-C (full function), and a 3.5mm headset integrated interface on the phone’s left side. There is a USB 3.2 Gen1 and an HDMI interface on the right side of the notebook.

There are two rows of large-area heat dissipation grids on the D side, and two rubber pads are designed to raise the bottom of the fuselage and increase the air intake. There are two stereo speakers on the left and right lower corners.

Type-C charging head. The charging head supports 5V/2A, 9V/2A, 12V/2 output standards and can output up to 65W. It is compatible with almost all current mobile phone fast charging specifications and can be directly used as super-fast charging for Honor mobile phones. What needs to be specifically mentioned is that the machine is compatible with charging specifications up to 90W, and users can purchase high-power chargers independently for use.

This is the internal structure of MaigcBook V 14, and above it is a cooling system composed of 2 double silent fans + 2 large 8mm heat pipes.

The battery has a capacity of 60Wh, which is a larger capacity among 14-inch thin and light notebooks. According to official data from Honor, it can maintain a local endurance of 15 hours.

Western Digital SN730 512GB NVMe SSD, the model of this product in the retail market is SN750, which belongs to the top PCIe 3.0 SSD. Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 wireless network card, maximum speed 2400Mbps, built-in Bluetooth 5.1 module.

MagicBook V14 is also cautious in detail. All the I/O ports on the left and right sides are reinforced with metal, and normal vigorous plugging and unplugging will not affect it.

In addition, we can also see that careful protective measures have been taken for the cable connecting the screen to the motherboard. There is a woofer and a tweeter on each side of the battery, which constitutes a 4-speaker system of double bass + double tweeter.

Hardware

1. CPU-Z

The Core i5-11320H equipped with MagicBook V 14 has a single-thread score of 577 and a multi-threaded score of 2939. The overall performance surpasses the desktop version of the seven-generation Core flagship i7-7700K. The Core i5-1135G7 on the ThinkPad X1 has a single-core score of 550 and a multi-core score of 2584.

2. CineBench R15

In the CineBench R15 test, the Core i5-11320H equipped with MagicBook V 14 has a single-thread score of 207cb and a multi-threaded score of 975cb.

The Core i5-1135G7 on the ThinkPad X1 has a single-thread score of 199cb and a multi-threaded score of 643cb.

3. CineBench R20

In the CineBench R20 test, the Core i5-11320H equipped with MagicBook V 14 has a single-thread score of 547cb and a multi-threaded score of 2358cb. The Core i5-1135G7 on the ThinkPad X1 has a single-thread score of 518cb and a multi-threaded score of 1351cb.

4. FritzChess BenchMark

The Core i5-11320H equipped with MagicBook V 14 has a performance multiplier of 36.49, at 17,515 thousand steps per second in the chess test.

The performance multiple of the Core i5-1135G7 on the ThinkPad X1 is 22.10, at 10607 thousand steps per second.

5. wPrime

The Core i5-11320H equipped with MagicBook V 14 took 29.3 seconds to run wPrime v2.1 32M in a single thread and 183 seconds to run 1024M in multiple lines.

The Core i5-1135G7 dressed with ThinkPad X1 took 31.9 seconds to run wPrime v2.1 32M in a single thread and 309 seconds to run 1024M in multiple lines.

The test results are summarized as follows:

Because the CPU-Z test time is too short, the gap between ThinkPad X1 and MagicBookV 14 has not been widened.

In other tests, MagicBook V 14’s multi-core performance generally leads ThinkPad X1 by about 70%. Even if CPU-Z is added for calculation, the multi-core performance is still ahead by about 60%, and the single-core version is ahead by 6%.

4. Screen, disk, and memory performance test

1. Screen test

MagicBook V14 is equipped with a 14-inch LTPS screen with a physical resolution of 2520 × 1680, a 100% sRGB color gamut, and a 90Hz refresh rate.

Let’s take a look at the actual performance of this screen!

98% sRGB color gamut, 73% Adobe RGB color gamut, 73% P3 color gamut, and 68% NTSC color gamut. The maximum brightness of this screen is 376nits. Few laptops on the market currently have a screen brightness higher than this number. At the proper 50% brightness, the static contrast ratio can reach 1500:1. It also exceeds 1300:1 at lower brightness.

MagicBook V14 should have undergone color correction before leaving the factory. The measured average Delta-E value is 0.73, which is considered excellent and can be used as a professional display. The highest Delta-E value is 4.09, and the lowest is 0.08.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 uses a 14-inch IPS screen with a maximum brightness of 500 nits and a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. Below is our test data. 99% sRGB color gamut, 74% Adobe RGB color gamut, 75% P3 color gamut, and 68% NTSC color gamut.

The maximum brightness of this screen is 343nit, which is not low, but there is some gap with the advertised 500nit. In contrast, the higher the intelligence, the higher the contrast. At a brightness above 75%, the difference will exceed 1500:1.

In terms of color accuracy, ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 is not as good as MagicBook V 14, and the gap is quite large. The measured average Delta-E value is 2.05, the highest Delta-E value is 5.10, and the lowest is 0.42.

2. Memory performance test

For nuclear display notebooks, memory performance is significant. MagicBook V14 has built-in dual-channel LPDDR4x 4266MHz 16GB memory, which is currently the highest memory frequency used by thin and light instincts.

The measured memory’s read, write, and copy bandwidths are 58718MB/s, 66775MB/s, 62549MB/s, and the latency is 101.4ns.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 is also dual-channel LPDDR4x 4266MHz 16GB memory, with reading, write and copy bandwidths of 60532MB/s, 62336MB/s, 57195MB/s, and latency of 84ns.

3. Disk test

Honor MagicBook V14 uses an SN730 512GB NVMe SSD from Western Digital. Its retail model is SN750, which is the flagship product of PCIe 3.0 SSD.

In the AS SSD test, the SN730 512GB SSD scored 5225, which is a score that the top PCIe 3.0 SSD can run. The sequential read and write speeds are 3016MB/s and 2443MB/s; 4K random read and write speeds are 53MB/s: s, 210MB/s.

Experience test

The experienced test mainly tests the following items:

  • 1. The startup speed of opening a 97MB Word document
  • 2. The startup speed of opening a 950MB PPT document
  • 3. The time it takes to decompress a 6.5GB compressed package
  • 4. Use Adobe Premiere to render the “BigMix” scene we have in 4K
  • 5. Transcode and output the rendered 4K material

The test results are summarized as follows:

For ThinkPad X1 and Honor MagicBook V14, since the sequential read speeds of the SSDs on both of them exceed 3000MB/s, the bottleneck of the application startup speed is not the SSD but the processor. The actual measurement is whether it is opening a large-capacity Word document or PPT. MagicBook V14 with more robust CPU performance can be about 30% faster.

As for the use of Adobe Premiere for rendering and transcoding, MagicBook V14 has no problem by a large margin ahead of ThinkPad X1. In these studios, MagicBook V14 can save about 60% of the time.

1. 3DMark

This is the 3DMark test score of Honor MagicBook V14. The 96-group EU Iris Xe GPU graphics score is as high as 2265, and the physical score of i5-11320H is 14643.

This is the result of Think Pad X1, 80 groups of EU Iris Xe GPU graphics score is 1858, the i5-1135G7 physical score is 8692.

2. Final Fantasy 15

In the Final Fantasy 15 Benchmark test, the Honor MagicBook V14 scored 2498, about 30% higher than the total blood MX250.

The score of ThinkPad X1 is 1460, which is about 1000 points behind MagicBook V 14.

3. World of Tanks

In the “World of Tanks” test, the MagicBook V 14 score is 12173, translating to a frame rate of 73FPS.

The ThinkPad X1 score is 7259, which translates to a frame rate of 44FPS, which is 65% behind MagicBook V 14.

4. LOL

As the current competitive game with the most significant number of players, the emergence of “League of Legends” has extensively promoted the development of global e-sports. Every year, a large number of events are held all over the world. We tested it at 1920*1080 with very high image quality.

The frame rate of Honor MagicBook V14 fluctuates between 130~200FPS during the entire game. Even in the final large-scale battle, the frame rate is still as high as 137FPS.

In the same scenario, the Think Pad X1 has a frame rate of only 71FPS.

Battery

To suppress the i5-11320H processor with a maximum power consumption of 45W, Honor designed a dual-fan + 2 8mm heat pipe cooling system for the MagicBook V14.

The heat dissipation strategy of Honor MagicBook V14 is to allow the processor to release higher power consumption as much as possible when the temperature allows (97 degrees). At the beginning of the i5-11320H running AIDA64 FPU, the processor power consumption is stable at 45W.

As the roasting machine progressed, by the 20th minute, the power consumption of the i5-11320 stabilized at 38W, and the whole core frequency of the roasting device was 3.4GHz.

The heat dissipation strategy of ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 is to limit the processor temperature to less than 60 degrees. Therefore, the power consumption of the i5-1135G7 can only be stabilized at about 15W under high load. If the baking machine continues, the power consumption will continue to drop.

Endurance test

Honor MagicBook V14 has a built-in high-capacity lithium battery with a capacity of 60Wh. We use PCMark 10 to test the endurance of the notebook.

The scene selected for the test is a modern office in PCMark 10. The “balanced mode” is set during the trial, all other processes are closed, and the screen brightness is adjusted to 50%.

The endurance test score under the PCMark ten modern office scene is 9 hours and 10 minutes.

This result does not seem high, but considering that the Honor MagicBook V14 screen has a brightness of 152nit even at 50% brightness, most of the thin and light books have less than 100nit at 50% brightness. In addition, the performance score of the PCMark ten endurance test is 6,800 points, which means that even in the case of unplugged, MagicBook V 14 still has an excellent performance.

Read Also: Honor MagicBook Pro 2020 Is Now Available For Reservation

Verdict

MagicBook V 14 is Honor’s first thin and light notebook without any shortcomings in configuration and artistry.

In terms of hardware, the biggest highlight of MagicBook V 14 is the 14.2-inch touch screen. 2520 x 1680 resolution, 100% sRGB color gamut, 90Hz refresh rate, 400nit brightness, 1500:1 static contrast ratio, 1.07 billion colors, etc. These parameters are hard to meet in a thin and light notebook with a price of 6,000 yuan.

In terms of appearance design, there are also apparent improvements. MagicBook V 14 reduces the thickness of the motherboard and screen by more than 15%. Therefore, based on the larger screen size and the addition of touch functions, the weight is controlled at 1.48kg, and the body is the thickest. It’s only 14.5mm, which is much thinner and lighter than the previous MagicBook 14.

In addition, the notebook is made by 23 complicated processes, fine sandblasting, and anodized coloring, which makes the shape of the notebook more rounded and feels warm and moist.

The most critical factor restricting the performance of the notebook is the heat dissipation design. The MagicBook V 14 uses a dual silent fan + 2 8mm heat dissipation system. The actual measurement can keep the i5-11320H running at 38W in a long-term baking state.

Therefore, in terms of performance release, Honor MagicBook V14 can be all-around compaction of Think Pad X1 Carbon Gen 9 with only 15W power consumption.

The measured single-core performance of Honor MagicBook V14 can lead by 6%, and the multi-core performance can lead by 60%. As for gaming performance, with the support of dual-channel LPDDR4x 4266MHz, MagicBook V 14 is 70~90% faster than Think Pad X1 Carbon Gen 9.

MagicBook V 14 has been pre-sold on the JD platform. Currently, there are three configurations: Core i5, Core i5+MX450, Core i7+MX450, and Core i7+MX450, respectively, priced at 6,199 yuan, 6,999 yuan, and 7,999 yuan.

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