These notebooks that take the name of HONOR Magicbook are in fact not available in Italy, and so far we have been able to admire them only at international fairs and events. At IFA 2019, for example, we had the chance to try live and film the Magicbook Pro, one of the first notebooks with a 16-inch display, quality materials and a minimal design with ultra-narrow bezel frames on 3 sides and a popup camera in the keyboard borrowed directly from Huawei’s Matebook X.
We need this fast digression to introduce the new HONOR Magicbooks 14 and 15 that were recently presented during the virtual event that replaced the launch conference of the HONOR View 30 at MWC 2020. The two new laptops mark an update of the range Magicbook and represent a significant milestone for the Chinese House because for the first time HONOR PC category products will be available to a global audience. We will no longer have to buy HONOR Magicbooks from China, therefore, but we will be able to buy them directly in Europe with all the advantages that derive from them in terms of guarantee and customs. The European distribution of HONOR Magicbook 14 and Magicbook 15 begins in late March starting from the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Czech Republic.
HONOR Magicbook 14
Design language and hardware platform are almost identical on the two models which, therefore, differ only in the format of the display, from 14 “(screen-to-body ratio 84%) for the Magicbook 14 and from 15.6” (screen ratio -to-body 87%) for the Magicbook 15. Both have a frame almost entirely made of aluminum in the Space Gray or Mystic Silver colors, and ultra-thin frames on three sides that have imposed the use of a popup camera nested in the keyboard.
HONOR Magicbook 14 in Space Gray coloring
The pop-up camera on the keyboard is not particularly practical or ergonomic, but has the advantage of guaranteeing maximum privacy without having to resort to mechanical shutters. Users can simply press the camera button on the keyboard to make the webcam appear when they need it. In addition, both models feature a fingerprint reader in the power button which allows instant access from boot to desktop directly for a safer and effortless login experience.
The webcam is hidden in the keyboard
The list of technical characteristics is superimposable for the two models. The hardware platform is hinged on an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor, with 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 256GB or 512GB SSD NVMe storage. Identical also the provision of interfaces with 1 USB-C which also serves for power supply, 2 full-size USB and 1 HDMI. Too bad for the now outdated AMD APU, if these laptops had a 7nm Ryzen 4000 series processor they would certainly have been much more attractive.
HONOR Magicbook 15
Apart from the diagonal of the panel, the two Magicbooks differ only in the battery, which is surprisingly larger on the Magicbook 14 (56Wh) than on the Magicbook 15 (42Wh) for a declared autonomy that touches the 10 hours. And if that’s not enough, you can top up the battery by 50% in about 30 minutes of charging.
The global availability of Magicbooks is a nice novelty but the best news is the price. It starts from only 599 euros!