Honor MagicBook View 14 review: Powerful touchscreen laptop with Windows 11

Honor MagicBook View 14

The Honor MagicBook View 14 is a powerful laptop with an 11th generation Intel processor, 14.2″ touch display and Windows 11 operating system.

Honor has managed to create an ultra-portable business laptop with high build quality, a comfortable keyboard and powerful hardware. It features MagicBook View 14 and a high-quality screen with long battery life.

But, will the model be a good choice for anyone looking for a compact laptop for work tasks? Find out in my review.

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Specifications Honor MagicBook View 14

Screen14.2-inch LTPS LCD, touchscreen, 2520×1680 resolution, 90Hz, 3:2 aspect ratio, 400 nits brightness, 100% sRGB coverage, 72% NTSC
CPUIntel Core i5-1132H/Intel Core i7-11390H
video cardIntel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM16 GB LPDDR4x Dual Channel, 4266 MHz
Inner memory512 GB NVMe PCle SSD Toshiba KXG60ZN512G
Communication and connection2×2 MIMO, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
Operating systemWindows 11 Home
Audio system4 speakers
Webcam5 MP, 2560×1440 (Quad HD)
SecurityPower button with fingerprint scanner, face scanner (FaceID)
Ports and connectorsThunderbolt 4, USB-C 3.2, USB-A 3.2, 3.5mm, HDMI
ColorsTwilight Blue, Space Gray
FrameAluminium alloy
Battery5195 mAh, 60 Wh, power adapter: 65 W
fast charging15 minutes will provide 2.5 hours of work
Dimensions226.6×310.28×14.5mm
Weight1.48 kg
Price₹ 93,000 to 1L
Honor MagicBook View 14 review

Design and appearance

The body of the Honor MagicBook View 14 ultrabook is made of aluminum, but the laptop weighs only 1.48 kg.

The thickness does not exceed 14.5 mm, and its height and width are 22.66 and 31.03 cm, respectively, so the device will fit in any backpack. Two colors are available for sale: "twilight blue" and a simpler "space gray".

One of the signs of a quality laptop is whether it can be opened with one finger, and the MagicBook View 14 passes this test. On the left side of the case are two USB 3.2 connectors, one of them has Thunderbolt 4 support. Next to it is a combined 3.5 mm headphone and microphone jack. On the right is one USB-A 3.2 and a full-size HDMI.

Screen and multimedia

The key advantage of the Honor MagicBook View 14 is a 14.2-inch LTPS LCD touch screen with a resolution of 2520 × 1680 pixels, a refresh rate of 90 Hz and an aspect ratio of 3:2.

There is a lot of vertical space, so having two windows next to each other is convenient – for example, a browser and a text editor. Viewing angles are wide, and there is no noticeable change in hues when viewed from the side.

Honor MagicBook View 14 review
The MagicBook View 14 display covers 100% sRGB and 72% NTSC. The maximum brightness reaches 400 nits. This is enough for indoor use, but outdoor visibility is not ideal due to the glossy finish.

By default, the refresh rate is set to 60Hz, but you can change it to 48Hz or 90Hz by pressing the Fn + R keys. Of course, 90Hz looks better because the animation becomes smoother. The bezels around the View 14’s screen are narrow, so it’s great for watching movies.

The display is touch-sensitive, and in the dark it is often more convenient to press the desired element on the screen with your finger than to look for a button on the keyboard or use the trackpad. The Windows 11 operating system is also well adapted to touch.

Keyboard and webcam

On the top bezel of the Honor MagicBook View 14 is a 5MP webcam with a 90-degree field of view and an Image Processor (ISP).

The video quality here is much better than most other 720p laptop webcams, and it’s noticeable when making video calls via Skype or Zoom. There’s also security with face recognition via Windows Hello and a fingerprint scanner in the power key.

Honor MagicBook View 14 review

The keyboard of the MagicBook View 14 is an island type, the key travel is 1.5 mm, there is also a backlight, which is useful when working at night. The only drawback of the keyboard is the lack of full-sized up and down arrows, as well as the Enter key, which leads to frequent incorrect presses.

Component performance

The base build of the Honor MagicBook View 14 runs on an Intel Core i5-1132H Tiger Lake-U processor, while the most powerful build runs on a Core i7-11390H.

Two modes of operation are available – “Balanced” to save battery power and “Productive”, in which the speed of tasks will be maximum. The latter is launched by pressing the Fn + P keys, while the laptop must be connected to the power supply.

Honor MagicBook View 14 review

The processor runs on four Willow Cove cores, clocked at 3.4 GHz in Performance mode. If you only need one core, the frequency can be overclocked up to 5 GHz in TurboBoost/TurboCore mode. The Core i7 has a whopping 12MB of cache and a TDP of 35W.

In the GeekBench 5 performance test, the Honor laptop scores 1548 points in single-core mode and 6118 in multi-core mode. The results are comparable to the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H chipset, which is 8% worse in the first mode, but 20% more powerful in the second.

In the Cinebench R20 test, my MagicBook View 14 scored 2523, which is not bad for such a compact device. The integrated Iris Xe graphics card is unlikely to allow you to enjoy the most demanding games, but it is enough for simple titles and basic photo or video processing.

There is 16 GB of DDR4 RAM here, and a 512 GB WD SN730 PCIe NVMe SSD is used as a solid state drive. The read and write speeds are quite high: 3400 Mb/s and 2700 Mb/s respectively.

Software

The new Honor MagicBook View 14 is one of the first laptops to run Windows 11.

The interface in the new version has changed a lot, and at first you need to get used to it. But the new version of the OS is better suited for touch screens, which is an advantage in the case of the MagicBook View 14.

The important thing is that the operating system is fast and stable – there are no performance problems. Honor has added a Multi-Screen Collaboration feature here, which makes it easier to interact with the company’s smartphones.

On a laptop, you can share your phone display, transfer files and pictures wirelessly, and answer audio and video calls from the big screen.

Autonomy Honor MagicBook View 14

Honor managed to fit a 5195 mAh 60 Wh battery into the slim body of the MagicBook View 14.

Honor MagicBook View 14 review
A single charge should give you about 15 hours of video playback from the SSD at 1080p at 150 nits.

Included with the device is a 65W SuperCharger adapter weighing 200 grams, as well as a detachable USB-C cable. Curiously, you can charge the MagicBook View 14 through either of the two USB-C connectors. A full charge takes 1 hour 45 minutes, a quick charge gives 2.5 hours in 15 minutes, and 80% of the battery’s energy is restored in an hour.

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Outcome

Although the Honor MagicBook View 14 combines powerful hardware with compact dimensions, the price of ₹ 93,000 does not seem high.

It has a gorgeous 14.2-inch 2520×1680 pixel touchscreen display, lightweight body and long battery life. The keyboard is backlit, and the keys have a large travel, so typing on a laptop is very convenient.

The Intel Core i7-11390H processor handles all day-to-day tasks, and the integrated Iris Xe graphics card is enough for simple games and content.

Is it worth buying

Honor’s MagicBook View 14 ultrabook is for anyone looking for a stylish, portable device for work and entertainment.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages

  • Compact design
  • High performance
  • Gorgeous touch display
  • Long battery life

Disadvantages

  • One Type-A port
  • Integrated graphics
  • Glossy screen reflects light

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