A big, thin and light battery promises power and portability…
Honor’s reasonably priced and well-specified MagicBook range has been keeping budget Windows laptop fans satisfied for some time now, and the latest model doesn’t seem to be any different. the MagicBook 14 lands as an updated version of the company’s most compact offering, with new 12th Gen Intel processors and improved cooling to keep them performing at peak performance.
The Machine 14 has a 3:2 aspect ratio LCD screen with a resolution of 2.1K and a maximum brightness of 300 nits. Eye care experts TUV Rheinland gave it the green light for low blue light and screen flicker, and it promises to cover 100% of the sRGB color gamut to keep artists happy when working on everything. which is critical for color. It is also protected by Gorilla Glass
It lands in space gray colors, with an aluminum build that weighs in at a relatively light 1.54kg. It measures just 15.9mm at its thickest point, which should make it a handy travel companion. There are a pair of USB-C ports on either side of the machine, plus a 3.5mm headphone port.
Power comes from a 12th Gen Core i5-12500H, which comes from the more robust end of Intel’s laptop chip line. It’s not a Core i9 in terms of grunt, but it can suck a lot more power than the U- and P-series equivalents when performance is required. It’s paired with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, with your choice of integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics or a dedicated Nvidia RTX 2050 GPU.
Honor had to modify the internal cooling to tame this new hardware, widening the air intakes by more than 30% and doubling the internal fans, which pushes 35% more air without making much more noise.
The company reckons the 75Wh battery is good for up to 15 hours of video playback, with typical daily use targeting a little closer to ten hours. The laptop comes with a 135W fast charger, so you shouldn’t have to spend too much time tethered to a power outlet when it’s time to recharge.
The Honor MagicBook 14 should go on sale relatively soon, in all countries where Honor sold the previous generation model. Some territories are currently available, but there is no exact date for the UK yet. The prize also remains a mystery, although it’s already up for grabs in Malaysia for the equivalent of €850.