Huawei laptops were not widely available in several countries like US and India for many years. They have, however, always been fantastic products that can compete with the MacBook in terms of performance and build quality. As a result, even though the MateBook 16, Huawei’s latest flagship notebook, may be unfamiliar to our readers, I chose to review it. Consider this a resource for those who continue to operate in Huawei-dominated markets, as well as a reminder of what the rest of us are missing.
While talking about the MateBook 16 it looks like a MacBook Pro. Huawei nailed the color scheme as well as the overall aesthetic. Naturally, whether it outperforms a MacBook is a different story. The MateBook 16 outperforms in almost every way, from its quick and comfortable keyboard to its all-day battery life, massive 3:2 display, and surprising powerful speakers. I know people who have switched from MacBooks to MateBooks as their primary driver, and the majority of office workers have a very similar daily experience.
The Honor MagicBook Pro, on the other hand, is currently the best value for money 16.1-inch laptop in Honor’s lineup. We saw this machine in September and wrote a thorough review of it, but it was powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H processor and a Radeon RX Vega 6 GPU.
Huawei Matebook d 16 vs Honor Magicbook Pro: Overview
Before we go any further, it’s worth noting that the MateBook is only available in a few countries right now. As of this writing, it can only be purchased directly from Huawei’s website if you live in China or Germany. (Given Huawei’s relationship with the Biden administration, I doubt it will be available in the United States anytime soon.) If you live outside of those countries and are willing to pay for shipping, I’ve found models on AliExpress for as little as $1,259. My review unit, which has a Ryzen 7 5800H processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, is currently available on AliExpress for $1,469 USD. (Of course, the usual caveats about ordering from third-party sites apply: you won’t get a warranty, you might need to buy a separate charger, and you should buy from a reputable seller.) The Honor MagicBook Pro, on the other hand, comes with a 65W power delivery charger and a strong 5A USB-C to USB-C cable. All you need is a laptop, a charger, and a cable. Furthermore, the charger supports all major PD standards and can charge your phone at 10W, 18W, 24W, 45W, or 65W.
Huawei Matebook d 16 vs Honor Magicbook Pro: Comparison Chart
|PARTICULARS||Huawei Matebook d 16||Honor Magicbook pro|
|Operating System||Comes with Windows 10 Home (FREE Upgrade to Windows 11* )||Windows 10 Home Edition|
|Display||Resolution 1920 x 1080, 137 PPI||Multi-screen Collaboration|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen™ 5 4600H Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 4600H|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon™ Graphics||AMD Radeon™ Graphics|
|Memory||16 GB DDR4||16GB Dual-channel DDR4 RAM|
|Storage||512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD||512GB PCIe NVMe SSD|
|Battery Material||Lithium polymer Capacity 56 Wh (rated capacity)||65W Type-C Fast Charger|
Huawei Matebook d 16 vs Honor Magicbook Pro: Detailed Analysis
The display, in my opinion, is the device’s best feature. It not only has a huge 16-inch screen, but it also has a 3:2 aspect ratio, which is the aspect ratio I prefer for laptops. (Yes, I have a preference.) There is plenty of vertical space, and I was able to work comfortably with multiple windows side by side; as someone used to work with a 13-inch monitor, the extra space feels luxurious. While the panel does not meet MacBook standards, it does display vibrant colors and fine details with minimal glare. It was a fascinating sight to behold.
Show off your Magic book prowess with pride. The MagicBook Pro’s display is a 16.1-inch 16:9 1920x1080px IPS 60Hz panel with a matte finish. With a contrast ratio of 1340:1 and a maximum central brightness of 330 nits, it’s an excellent panel.
The keyboard and touchpad are both excellent. The keyboard is responsive and has an adequate travel distance. We had to get used to the speaker grilles on either side, and we kept pressing the grill instead of the enter button. Some of us would have preferred a Numpad on a 16-inch laptop, while others would have preferred a simpler layout with a central touchpad. Honor made the right decision, according to this reviewer.
Huawei fans can connect the MateBook 16 to a Huawei phone or tablet via the Multi-Screen collaboration feature. You can then drag and drop files between the tethered devices, switch between their apps, or use the latter as a traditional external display. I couldn’t test it because I didn’t have any Huawei phones or tablets, but it sounds useful and comparable to Apple’s Sidecar feature. When you reconnect a device, it appears that you must enter a passcode, which would drive me insane after a while. The Honor Magicbook Pro, on the other hand, has a fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button on the upper right side of the laptop. It supports caching, which means that when you turn on the computer by pressing the power button, it will remember your fingerprint and immediately log you in.
The position of the webcam is uncomfortably close. When not in use, it is concealed beneath the keyboard in a special button located between the F6 and F7 keys.
However, it is an up-the-nose camera that peers at you from the depths of your keyboard and is easily blocked by any type of typing. Furthermore, it is of poor quality. It has a 720p resolution, poor colour reproduction, poor sharpness, and a very limited dynamic range. It will complete the task at hand, but nothing else.
The Honor MagicBook Pro is powered by a quad-core Intel Core i5-10210U processor with eight threads. This is not the current Tiger Lake generation of Intel processors found in Huawei’s MateBook X series, but rather the previous generation.
The Intel Core i5-10210U processor uses 15 watts of power and has a 6MB cache with a maximum clock speed of 4.20GHz. The AMD version includes a 45W Ryzen 5 4600H processor with six cores and twelve threads and a 4.0GHz maximum clock speed. Furthermore, AMD’s chip is built on a 7nm node, whereas Intel’s 10th generation offering is built on a 14nm node.
Thus, AMD’s version has a processing advantage, but the graphics situation is a little different. The AMD model has a Vega 6 GPU, whereas the Intel model has a discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU.
The MX350 is a Pascal-based graphics card with the GeForce GTX-1050 GPU. In comparison to the 1050, which has 4GB of VRAM, the MX350 only has 2GB and is connected via a 64-bit bus rather than a 128-bit bus.
Matebook XII The MateBook performed admirably in multi-core tests but lagged slightly in single-core tests, as expected of AMD Ryzen 5000 systems. Furthermore, it did not annihilate any graphical tasks despite the fact that AMD’s integrated graphics have not been updated in a long time. Shadow of the Tomb Raider ran at 15 frames per second at the MateBook’s native resolution of 2520 x 1680 and 28 frames per second at 1920 x 1080. Neither of these provides a particularly enjoyable gaming experience, and they are significantly less powerful than the 13-inch M1 MacBook Air.
Huawei Matebook d 16 vs Honor Magicbook Pro: Final Verdict
The Honor MagicBook Pro with an Intel processor is an excellent buy. In this price range, it performs well, comes with 16GB of RAM and a fast 512GB SSD, and has a large, bright screen. This is an excellent laptop to purchase right now.
However, we would not choose it over the AMD version. And it’s not because of performance or specifications, but because of cost. At the time of writing, the AMD model costs €900, while the Intel model costs €1000. If all other factors are equal, we’d rather save €100 and go with the faster processor. While the MateBook 16 appears to have a wide appeal, the people I’d recommend it to the most are Huawei fans. Nothing else comes close to the MateBook’s compatibility with Huawei’s other devices. That benefit, in my opinion, outweighs the odd drawbacks for people who already own other Huawei devices.