The triumph of Ryzen mobile 3000 series has not been exhausted. After wandering around brands that have a sharp performance image, now the ‘quirky’ SoC from AMD is trying out a new cloak through the Huawei Matebook D14 review unit. Reinforcing the PC product line, Huawei seems to be a strategic step to maintain stream-in after its smartphone products are shuffled. Huawei is not a new kid on the PC market if we look at the rows of laptop products they have released. And this time, the Matebook D series is trying to be one solution for PC users who want an affordable laptop that looks clean-looking Macbook style, but with a Windows solution. The target user with a quantity that is quite fat now. Apart from the copy-paint issue which often becomes a stumbling block for the type of user who prioritizes prestige.
Huawei Matebook D14 Review
The high-light of the Mate D design language is clean-look, concise and lightweight. In terms of dimensions, it is very similar to the Vivobook S14 S433 which we reviewed earlier. But in the price range, the Huawei Matebook D14 is more suitable to compete with the Zenbook UM431DA which are both powered by AMD Ryzen Mobile 3000 series. As for the weight which is at 1.36KG, it competes closely with UM431DA (1.39KG). Unfortunately, Huawei has to fight hard rather the price of end-user Matebook 14 that still looks high, more acceptable in the eyes of prospective users.
As for the weight which is at 1.36KG, it competes closely with UM431DA (1.39KG). Unfortunately, Huawei has to fight hard rather the price of end-user Matebook 14 that still looks high, more acceptable in the eyes of prospective users. Do not want to be too labeled plagiarism, Huawei tries to provide some differentiators on several sides of the design. One of these is a pop-up webcam that will appear from under the keyboard button. However, this differentiator is certainly not free from controversy. Especially from the most potential anti-chin users, they are exposed to more detail.
Clean-look design concept is indeed a lot of fans. But that does not mean the I / O side is also made clean. I regret this very much happened on the laptop with the official tag of $900. In total, users only get 2 USB A ports, one of which is still version 2.0, plus the absence of an SD-Card reader. Plus, the USB-C port is also used as a charging port that automatically eliminates its function when the laptop is charging. Unless the user completes it with a USB Dock with a trough-charge feature. This makes me only able to give a score of 2.5 out of 5 for the design and comfort of use.
Entering the workstation, Huawei seems to try to pamper users with many unique advantages. Starting from the layout, key sizes and key-travel keyboards that are suitable for working late into the night. If you have typed on a Macbook keyboard, the fill is very similar. Hopefully this is not intentional. The touchpad with its smooth finishing has a large size and successfully minimizes the difficulty of users doing the drag-and-drop process. Huawei also placed two mics on the Huawei Matebook D14 right below the touchpad which should make the user’s voice caught better.
Overall, the quality of the LCD panel is in the ‘good’ category. Obviously not from a premium caste with a 70% color gamut and brightness level only at 250 nits. The panel made by Chi Mei with CMN1404 series is similar to that used by Asus Vivobook S430UN output 2018. I can not recommend this laptop as a road warrior that is able to fight excessive light when used outdoors. Also for professional photo editor users. But if your environment is more in the room, and your work does not require high-level color accuracy, you may consider this laptop.
Huawei Matebook D14 Feature Review
Hopefully I am wrong in assuming the purpose of this Huawei Share feature that seems to be building ecosystems like Apple did. To be sure, this feature only works with Huawei-branded devices, and is specific to EMUI 9 and above. But on the official Huawei website, it is stated that NFC connectivity in this laptop can still communicate with other brands including the iPhone. But I myself have not found another reviewer who supports the statement. If it is true that Huawei share is the first step for Huawei to create a one-brand eco-system, in my opinion Huawei has to do more research that is not always impressed to follow the trend.
Huawei Matebook D14 Performance Review
The story is different if what is pitted is the ability of its integrated GPU, Vega 8 is far enough up to 30% compared to Intel UHD on i5-8250U. Overall, Vega 8’s capabilities can be compared to the Geforce MX130. As for the storage capability, I also have a little suggestion that Huawei gives the SSD 1TB option plus maximizing its PCIe bandwidth to x4. With the maximum storage capability, the performance of SoC Ryzen 5 3500U is sure to rise dramatically.
Frankly, I don’t understand the purpose of the motherboard layout on this Huawei Matebook D14 review unit. As you can see, the SSD slot is placed next to the top parallel to the fan. Maybe yes, Huawei wants to maximize the available space, to place the heatpipe as long as possible. That way, more area to absorb heat. But this decision seems to have serious consequences and harm the user. The position of the processor that drops down, making the hot spots move very near the WASD area. I personally, as an expert on typing 11 fingers, will often hang my left palm, hovering over the WASD area. Certainly, it is very uncomfortable when working long hours.
The power management side of this laptop is an impressive selling point for me. Starting from the design and dimensions of a compact power adapter plus using a C-type cable, to the ability of quick charging which is fast enough to charge the battery from 5% to 46% in just 30 minutes. The working efficiency of the VRM is also quite good even though the capacity of the D14 Matebook battery is not exactly large. Also IPC (Instruction per Clock) Ryzen mobile 3000, has not reached their best point. With a battery capacity of 56 Wh (detected on HWInfo 54.5 Wh), the review unit of the Huawei Matebook D14 can last 7.5 hours to play back 1080p video. Yes not too much different from the claims of Huawei which states up to 9.5 hours.
Although it does not offer originality, the review unit of the Huawei Matebook D14 is still attractive to prospective users, especially in developing countries such as Indonesia, which tends to prioritize price-to-performance rather than prestige. Honestly, I myself am more interested in using this laptop than the UM431DA zenbook, even though ASUS is more original in the design side. The reason, in my opinion, this design is more timeless. Weaknesses in terms of connectivity and upgrade options might also be understandable, considering that this series targets potential users who are more mobile.
But if you can give input, it would be better if Huawei considered additional peripheral adapters in the sales package, to at least increase the value of user experience. Talking about mobility, I recommend this Huawei Matebook D14 considering the quick charging feature and its compact power adapter. The last thing that I think needs to be considered for those of you who are interested in buying this laptop is, after sales or warranty. Just for the record, service centers that can provide direct assistance are still very limited. Huawei needs to continue to improve this side to be more convincing prospective customers.