I’m seeing more and more 14-inch laptops that strike a fine balance of portability, features, and performance these days, and having reviewed most of them in the past months, it’s now time to share with you my thoughts on the Huawei MateBook 14s series.
This is available here in Europe and is one of the few notebooks that offer a 3:2 high-resolution screen alongside excellent craftsmanship, a balanced hardware configuration well suited for everyday activities and multitasking, as well as a proper thermal module and an uncompromised battery. Add in the IO, the above-average audio quality, and even the OK inputs, and you’ll see why this will most likely end on quite a few shopping lists.
It’s not a very affordable product, though, and it’s not without some quirks and limitations, but is overall a balanced and competitive package in its class, and a potential alternative for the Yogas or the Swifts or the ZenBooks out there.
We’ll get in-depth in the review down below.
Specs as reviewed- Huawei MateBook 14s
||Huawei MateBook 14s – late 2021
||14.2 inch, 2.5K 2560 x 1680 px, 3:2 aspect ratio, 90 Hz, IPS, glossy, touch, 400+ nits, TL142GDXP02-0 panel
||Intel Tiger Lake H35 Core i5-11300H, 4C/8T – 3.1 GHz to 4.4 GHz with Turbo Boost
||Intel Iris Xe G7, 80 EUs
||up to 16 GB LPDDR4x-3733 (soldered)
||1x M.2 PCIe x4 SSD (Samsung PM981), single M.2 2280 slot
||Wireless 6 (Intel AX201), Bluetooth 5.1
||1x USB-A 3.1 gen1, 1x USB-C 3.2 gen2 with data, DP, charging, 1x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, HDMI, audio jack
||60 Wh, 90W USB-C charger with quick-charging
||314 mm or 12.36” (w) x 230 mm or 9.06” (d) x 16.7 mm or 0.66” (h)
||3.1 lbs (1.41 kg)+ .53 lbs (.24 kg) charger + cables, EU version
||white backlit keyboard, plastic clickpad, HD webcam without Hello, finger sensor in the power button, stereo bottom speakers
Huawei also offers a Core i7-11370H configuration of this laptop, as well as a choice of two color options, but there are no other specs/features variations.
Design and construction
There’s very little not to like about the design, build quality, and ergonomics on this MateBook 14s series, but you know I’m a nitpicker, so I’ve got some practical details to nit on.
I’m having a ZenBook 14X and a MacBook Pro 13 right next to me, and this MateBook is a fair match to both of them in terms of construction quality. Aluminum is used for the entire chassis, with a sturdy unibody main case and a stiff screen. This flexes a little bit when pressed around the Huawei branding in the middle, but without any effect on the panel inside, and the entire structure is reinforced by the glass layer over the panel. I’d still keep the laptop in a proper sleeve when carrying it in my bag.
I do like the choice in materials, with thick pieces of aluminum that feel very much the same to the touch as the ones on the MacBooks, and I’d expect they’ll age well and resist scratches over time.
For what is worth, Huawei offers the laptop in two color options, a gray model and a gray-green variant, much like with their previous X Pro model. They might not be both available in your region, though – this one here seems to be the gray variant, although I’m entirely color-blind on these exact sort of green/gray nuances, so to my eyes, they’re all shades of gray.
On the other hand, I’m not a fan of the shiny Huawei branding on the lid and under the screen, I feel they should rather push smaller markups and focus their marketing around the MateBook series name, and steer away from the more controversial Huawei brand.
This MateBook is also larger and heavier than the average 14-inch laptop, for a couple of reasons. The extra footprint is what allows for the taller 3:2 screen, with still fair-sized bezels all around and finally space for a camera at the top, unlike on previous MateBooks. The extra weight comes from the choice of thicker pieces of aluminum used for the chassis, as well as from the more complex thermal module inside and the uncompromised 60Wh battery. All these make the 14S a balanced product in its niche, at around 1.4 kilos in weight, but if you’re looking for an ultralight 14-inch ultrabook, this is not it.
As far as the ergonomics go, I find the hinge pretty good on this laptop, allowing me to pick up and adjust the display with a single hand, and lean it back to about 165 degrees on the back, so almost flat. I also like that there are no lights in the line of sight, as there are no status LEDs on this design, just a small charging indicator on the left side.
Furthermore, the tapered edge around the main chassis is more comfortable to the wrists than the sharp design of the MacBooks, but still a bit harsh. The rubber feet on the bottom are also not very grippy, so the stability on the desk is only average; be careful not to trip on the charging wire.
Speaking of, this laptop charges via USB-C and ships with a compact 90Wh charger. Both USB-C ports are placed on the left edge; one is USB-C gen2, with data, video, and charging, and the other, the one in the middle, supports Thunderbolt 4. There’s also a full-size HDMI port, an audio jack, and a USB-A port, this last one on the right side, but no card-read or lock.
One final aspect that I want to touch on here is the thermal design. The laptop draws in fresh air from the underside, through the open intakes over the two fans, and then expells it through radiators placed under the hinge. However, the hinge is smartly designed so that most of the air is pushed down and to the back of the laptop, and not into the screen, as you’ll see in the Emissions sections down below. The rubber feet are also tall enough not to choke the fans on this sort of configuration.
Keyboard and trackpad
The inputs leave some to be desired on this laptop. Now, don’t get me wrong, they’re OK and will do their job, but they’re not as refined as most of the other aspects of this series.
Starting with the keyboard, the layout is basic and very similar to the keyboard on a MacBook Air, with the same kind of half-size up and down arrows, and without any extra function keys on the right side, like on other Windows 14-inch laptops. This means there are no dedicated keys for PgDn/PgUp/Home/End, but these are bound as secondaries for the arrows keys (Fn + Up/Down/Left/Right), even if there’s no graphical markup to indicate the functionality.
At the same time, the keycaps are large in size and properly spaced out, and their soft coating feels nice to the touch.
For the most part, this is also a good typer, with 1.5 mm of travel and responsive actuations. Somehow, though, I couldn’t get past 70 wpm during my time with this laptop; the overall feedback just didn’t perfectly match my typing style, but I can’t narrow down exactly why. I’d expect most users to be fine punching words on this MateBook, though.
I do have to add that the actuations are a bit loud, so this would not be my first choice for a quiet office or class.
I’m also not a fan of the illumination system. For one, this is very dim and barely lights up the keys even at the highest setting, and despite this, the light still creeps out in a noticeable way from underneath some of the keycaps. To top it all out, the illumination does not reactivate with a swipe over the clickpad once it times out, you have to press a key to do it.
On the other hand, there are physical indicators for CapsLock and FnLock with this keyboard design. However, the Fn key works in an unusual way here. For instance, pressing Fn and hitting one of the function keys only activates their secondary/media functionality. So the only way to get access to the F1 to F12 functionality is to make sure the Fn mode is disabled (by pressing the Fn key and making sure the light indicator is switched off). In this way, the F1 to F12 are allocated as F keys, and pressing Fn + the desired F would return the secondary functionality such as brightness/audio controls, etc. A small detail, but something that I struggled with during my time with this laptop.
As for the clickpad, it’s average in size for a modern 14-inch laptop of this generation and it works OK with daily use and gestures. However, it’s a rather flimsy plastic surface, the kind that rattles hollowly with firmer taps, and the physical clicks are clunky as well.
For biometrics, there’s a finger-sensor integrated into the power button, but there’s no IR camera. The sensor supports Windows Hello, but it’s not the most accurate or the most reliable, and I’d say Windows still ends up requesting your pin 1 time out of 4. This is also not one of those smarter readers the registers your fingerprint when you press the button to power on the laptop, and then remembers it and uses to log into Windows.
This MateBook 14s offers one of the best productivity and daily-use displays available in a portable laptop today.
It’s 14.2-inches in size, 90 Hz refresh, and 3:2 in aspect ratio, so a little bit taller than even the 16:10 options available with the competition these days. That means it can fit a slightly larger workspace and more content with everything you’ll be doing on your computer. Here it is next to the 16:10 display of the MBP 13 (right – IPS, 100% DCI-P3) and the ZenBook 14X (left – OLED, 100% DCI-P3). You’re not gaining a whole lot, but that difference might matter to some of you.
Size and format aside, Huawei also went with a good-quality IPS panel here, with a balanced 2.5K resolution, 450+ nits of brightness, and good blacks and contrast level. The only box this does not entirely check is gamut coverage, as it’s only around 100% sRGB, and not 100% DCI-P3 as many of the OLEDs available these days in this space. At the same time, you don’t have to bother with the potential culprits of OLED screens, either.
Here’s what we got in our tests, with an X-Rite i1 Display Pro sensor:
- Panel HardwareID: TL142GDXP02-0;
- Coverage: 95% sRGB, 68.6% Adobe RGB, 70.3% DCI-P3;
- Measured gamma: 2.19;
- Max brightness in the middle of the screen: 477.14 cd/m2 on power;
- Min brightness in the middle of the screen: 8.32 cd/m2 on power;
- Contrast at max brightness: 1676:1;
- White point: 6400 K;
- Black on max brightness: 0.28 cd/m2;
- PWM: Yes.
The panel came well calibrated out of the box, and uniform in brightness, colors and light bleeding around the edges.
That aside, this screen also allows for sub 10 nits of brightness at the lowest setting, something those who use their laptops in total darkness would appreciate. And while PWM is used for brightness levels under 40% (source), the high frequency of 27 KHz will not bother even the flicker sensitive among you.
As far as gaming goes, the combination of hardware specs, screen aspect ratio, and high resolution are not ideal, so don’t expect much in performance. The 90 Hz refresh and fairly slow response times don’t help the cause either, so if you’re after a 14-unch gaming laptop, you’ve got better options out there. For everyday use, though, this is an excellent display.
Hardware and performance
Our test model is a mid-specced configuration of the Huawei MateBook 14s, with an Intel Core i5-11300H processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16 GB of LPDDR4x-3733 memory, and a 512 GB PCIe x4 gen3 SSD.
This is a retail unit identical to the ones available in stores, and was provided by Huawei for this article. We tested it with the software available as of early December 2021.
Spec-wise, this is based on the 2021 Intel 11th-gen Tiger Lake H35 hardware platform. Our configuration gets the i5-11300H processor, with 4 Cores, 8 Threads, and middling frequencies. The system allows for 45W of power in sustained loads, which is very competent for this sort of compact design.
However, the i7-11370H would be my go-to recommendation on this series if available in your region, for the higher clocks and slightly better Iris Xe graphics chip. In comparison, the i5-11300H configuration is perfectly fine for everyday use and multitasking, but 10-15% slower than the i7 in demanding loads, which might matter at this level. That’s because the graphics are handled by the integrated Iris Xe G7 chip with 80 EUs and frequencies of up to 1.3 GHz on this Core i50-11300H configuration.
The laptop also comes with 16 GB of LPDDR4x-3733 memory, in dual-channel. Not sure why this is limited to 3733 Mtransfers and does not run at 4266 as on other tested implementations of the Intel 11th gen hardware. This aspect won’t make any difference with most loads, though.
For storage, Huawei opted for a fast Samsung PM981 drive here, which performed well in our tests. It’s PCIe gen3, as gen4 drives are not supported here.
The SSD and WiFi chip are the only upgradeable components. To get to them you need to remove the back panel, hold in place by a couple of visible Torx screws. Inside you’ll notice the compact motherboard with the competent thermal module, the battery, and larger speakers than most other 14-inchers offer. The SSD is also smartly placed farther away from the CPU, preventing overheating issues.
As far as the software goes, MateBooks get a unified PC Manager app that offers control over the power modes, battery and audio settings, updates, etc. It also facilitates connections with other Huawei devices (smartphones, earbuds, monitors, tablets) through the Link technology.
The power profiles are Balanced and Performance, with the latter allowing for higher sustained power and increased fan noise. You’ll mostly keep the laptop on Balanced, especially since the Performance mode needs to be manually activated each time you open the laptop. Here’s what to expect in terms of speeds and temperatures with daily use, with the laptop resting mostly silent and the fans only occasionally kicking on with multitasking.
OK, so on to more demanding tasks, we start by testing the CPU’s performance by running the Cinebench R15 benchmark for 15+ times in a loop, with 2-3 seconds delay between each run, on the Performance mode.
The Core i5-11300H processor peaks at 65W and then quickly drops and stabilizes around 45 W, with clock speeds of ~4.0 GHz, temperatures in the low to mid-80s, and fan-noise levels of around 43-44 dB. The Tiger Lake H35 Core i5 runs at its full potential in this design, and I expect the Core i7-11370H to return ~10% higher scores and run at slightly higher temperatures in the high-80s in this test.
On Balanced, the system limits the fans to 40-41 dB at head-level and the CPU also ends up stabilizing at 35W with clocks around 3.6 GHz and temperatures in the mid-70s C. Excellent results for a mid-tier profile, with only ~5% average lower scores.
There’s no Quiet mode for this laptop, unlike what the competition offers.
Finally, this MateBook runs at ~28W on the Balanced mode when unplugged, which is excellent performance for a portable design, with temperatures in the mid-60s and barely audible fan noise. All these findings are detailed in the chart below.
To put these results in perspective, here’s how this MateBook 14s fares in this test against other 14-inch designs, both Intel and AMD. The Tiger Lake H35 i5 is definitely no match for the AMD 6C/8C options, but is competitive against other Intel 4C platforms of this generation and an improvement over the previous-gen Intel platforms.
We then ran the 3DMark CPU profile test, where the i5-11300H in this chassis once more scores well, within its capabilities.
We then went ahead and further verified our findings with the more taxing Cinebench R23 loop test and in Blender.
We also ran our combined CPU+GPU stress tests on this notebook. 3DMark stress runs the same test for 20 times in a loop and looks for performance variation and degradation over time, and this unit passed easily it, which suggests there are no significant performance losses that might be caused by thermal throttling on this laptop.
Next, here are some benchmark results. We ran the entire suite of tests and benchmarks on the Performance profile on this Core i5-11300H configuration, with the screen set on FHD resolution, for consistency with other laptops tested in the past. Here’s what we got.
- 3DMark 13 – Fire Strike: 4085 (Graphics – 4430, Physics – 13539, Combined – 1553);
- 3DMark 13 – Nigh Raid: 15777 (Graphics – 17648, CPU – 9856);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1578 (Graphics – 1405, CPU – 5248);
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 2658;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Extreme: 885;
- Handbrake 1.3.3 (4K to 1080p encode): 32.01 average fps;
- PassMark10: Rating: 3818 (CPU: 12357, 3D Graphics: 3100, Disk: 21754);
- PCMark 10: 5108 (E – 10165, P – 6584, DCC – 5423);
- GeekBench 5.3.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1402, Multi-core: 5508;
- CineBench R15 (best run): CPU 986 cb, CPU Single Core 210 cb;
- CineBench R20 (best run): CPU 2513 cb, CPU Single Core 539 cb;
- CineBench R23 (best run): CPU 6489 cb, CPU Single Core 1400 cb;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 56.04 fps;
- Blender 2.90 – BMW Car scene- CPU Compute: 6m 32s;
- Blender 2.90 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 17m 58s.
These are good results for a Core H35 hardware implementation and attest to this laptop’s fair performance with general use and multitasking.
You should nonetheless expect a 5-15% increase in performance for the Core i7-11370H configurations of this MateBook, due to the higher CPU clocks and the extra EUs on the Iris Xe chip.
Now, as far as comparing this Intel H35 platform with the AMD options out there, this i5 fares well in the CPU single-core tests and in the GPU loads, but is definitely no match for either a Ryzen 5 or a Ryzen 7 in multi-threaded loads. Once more, the option for the Core i7 configuration would increase the overall snappiness and single-core CPU performance, boost the GPU performance, and marginally narrow the gap in CPU multi-core.
So if you’re looking for a portable 14-inch laptop that can handle demanding CPU loads, such as video editing or rendering or some specific programming/technical software optimized for 6/8Cores, I’d go with an AMD platform. However, for everyday use, for browsing and Office use, for photo editing and programming/work/school loads, this Intel platform in the MateBook 14s should do fine. I’d recommend going with the i7 and definitely with 16 GB of RAM, though.
I’ll also quickly touch on the gaming performance, although you should not expect much. Aside from the fact that there’s only an iGPU on this MateBook, the high-resolution 3:2 screen takes its toll as well. You’ll have to reduce the resolution and details to get any sort of playable frame rates, and some titles might not even support the 3:2 format, so you will end up with skewed images or black bars at the top/bottom. Anyway, here’s what we got in our tests:
|C0re i5-11300H + Iris Xe
Core i5-11300H 25+W + Iris Xe,
|ZenBook 14X UX5401,
Core i7-1165G7 30+W+ Iris Xe,
|Yoga Slim 7 Pro,
Ryzen 7 5800H 45+W + Vega,
|Bioshock Infinite (DX 11, Low Preset)
||78 fps (49 fps – 1% low)
||81 fps (36 fps – 1% low)
||80 fps (59 fps – 1% low)
|Dota 2 (DX 11, Best Looking Preset)
||66 fps (53 fps – 1% low)
||72 fps (54 fps – 1% low)
||57 fps (43 fps – 1% low)
|Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Low Preset, no AA)
||27 fps (18 fps – 1% low)
||31 fps (21 fps – 1% low)
||26 fps (22 fps – 1% low)
|Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX12, Lowest Preset, no AA)
||31 fps (14 fps – 1% low)
||41 fps (24 fps – 1% low)
||34 fps (20 fps – 1% low)
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Low Preset, Hairworks Off)
||35 fps (18 fps – 1% low)
||41 fps (21 fps – 1% low)
||25 fps (19 fps – 1% low)
- Dota 2, NFS, Witcher 3 – recorded with MSI Afterburner in game mode;
- Bioshock, Far Cry 5, Middle Earth, Strange Brigade, Tomb Raider games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities;
We’re still looking at 60+ framerates in older or simpler titles, but only 25-35 fps in AAA games launched in recent years. I’ve thrown in a few competition designs, just to show that this configuration is still competitive within its segment. Nonetheless, if the gaming experience sits high on your list of priorities, though, I’d recommend going with some sort of dGPU configuration, either an MX350/MX450 unit or something with a GTX 1650/RTX 3050 chip.
The logs down below show the CPU/GPU clocks and temperatures in a couple of games, on the Performance profile. The GPU runs at full-load all the time, and the combined power averages between 25-35W between that tested titles.
And here’s what happens when you bump up the back of the laptop in order to increase the airflow into the fans. Spoiler: not much, and this design is not thermally limited in any situation, unless you completely obstruct the intakes by gaming on a blanket or something of this sort.
And here’s what happens when you opt for the slightly quieter Balanced profile.
Finally, this laptop can also handle game unplugged, as the GOPU still runs at nearly max speeds in this situation. Expect around 2 hours of game time on battery.
Noise, Heat, Connectivity, speakers, and others
Huawei went with a dual-fan dual-heatpipe thermal module here, more complex than what you’ll get with the standard 14-inch ultrabook, but on par with what similarly-powered models offer.
This cooling module does a good job handling the kind of hardware available in this laptop, allowing for fair interior and exterior temperatures, and average fan noise. Sure, the CPU runs in the high 80s Celsius with sustained loads at 45W of power, but drops in the 70s C with combined loads and games, at power levels between 25-35W.
This design does position the radiators under the hinge, but most of the hot air is smartly diverted to the back of the laptop and the heat is soaked by the plastic hinge, and as a result, the screen doesn’t overheat in any sort of loads.
As for the fan noise, we measured up to 44 dB at head-level in the sustained CPU loads, and somewhere between 37-41 dB with games, based on the amount of power required from the CPU. Both on the Performance mode. Switching to the Balanced mode allows for a more constant fan curve in the 35-41 dB between loads, with small differences in performance.
With daily use, the fans keep idle for most of the time on the Balanced profile with the laptop unplugged, but kick in with multitasking and even light-use with it plugged in. They’re barely noticeable at sub 30 dB even when active, though, and I also haven’t noticed any coil whine or electronic noises during my time with this unit.
*Daily Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, Balanced Mode, fans at 0-30 dB
*Gaming – Performance mode – playing Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, fans at 37-41 dB
For connectivity, there’s the latest-gen WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5 through an Intel AX201 module on this laptop. It performed well with our setup, without any drops or issues.
Audio is still handled by a set of stereo speakers that fire through grills on the underside, and they can be slightly muffled when using the laptop on the lap.
The overall quality of these speakers is better than most other Windows laptops are capable of, and to some degree even comparable to the speakers on the MacBook Pro 13. Don’t expect wonders, these are still small laptop speakers, but voices and movies/music sound quite rich and pleasant on this MateBook. We measured maximum volumes north of 80 dB at head-level, with a fair amount of vibrations in the chassis at that level, and above-average bass response for this class.
Finally, there’s an HD camera placed at the top of the screen, so no longer a chin cam hidden in one of the keys. The image quality is still very bad, though, blurry and grainy even in good light. Furthermore, Huawei placed the microphones on the laptop’s front lip, right under the clickpad, and as a result, they can be easily muffled and interfered with when using the inputs during your calls. Overall, this is one of the worst camera/mic combos I’ve seen in a while, and arguably the most notable quirk of this series.
There’s a fair-sized 60Wh battery inside the MateBook 14s, above the norm for this class. Even with the Intel Core H hardware implementation and the 2.5K 90Hz screen, this notebook will last for a fair while on a charge.
Here’s what we got in our tests, with the screen’s brightness set at around 120 nits (~60 brightness) and the standard refresh of 90 Hz.
- 9 W (~6+ h of use) – text editing in Google Drive, Balanced + Better Battery Mode, screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 6.5 W (~9+ h of use) – 90Hz, 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Balanced + Better Battery Mode, screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 6.5 W (~9+ h of use) – 60 Hz, 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Balanced + Better Battery Mode, screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 5.2 W (~11+ h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Balanced + Better Battery Mode, screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 15 W (~4-5 h of use) – browsing in Edge, Balanced + Better Performance Mode, screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON.
By default, the screen stays at 90Hz when unplugging the laptop, but you can also manually switch to 60 Hz from the settings. It barely impacted the energy draws in our tests, so not worth the hassle.
The laptop ships with a compact-sized 90W USB-C charger. It’s a single pieces design with a 1.8 m cable, and unlike most other chargers in the Windows space, it comes with a detachable USB-C cable. Not a fan of the charger and cable being white, though, you can see how the cable already looks gross and dirty on this sample, and I would have much preferred black options with a smoother cable texture that does grime-up as easily.
The battery still fully fills up in about 2 hours, with quick charging for the first part.
Price and availability- Huawei MateBook 14s
The MateBook 14s is available in stores here in Europe, not in other regions such as the US/Canada, most likely due to commercial restrictions applied to Huawei.
Over here the reviewed configuration with the Core i5-11300H processor, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage is listed for around 1300 EUR, and comes bundled with a few extras (a Bluetooth speaker, backpack, and mouse) and 36 months standard warranty.
That’s rather expensive, given the Core i7-11370H + 16 GB + 512 GB SSD model starts at 1149 EUR in Germany/France and under 1000 GBP in the UK (without the extras). Configurations with 8 GB of RAM are also available, but they’re nearly the same price as the 16 GB models, so not worth the small saved difference.
Follow this link for updated prices and configurations in your region.
Final thoughts- Huawei MateBook 14s
This MateBook 14s is a highly competitive all-purpose laptop in the Western European markets, where Huawei offers it at very aggressive prices right now, allowing it to undercut most of its direct competitors (such as the Acer Swift X 14, Asus ZenBook 14X, or Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro – all previously reviewed here on the site) by some margin.
As long as you’re OK buying a Huawei device, you’re getting a whole lot for your money here: sturdy craftsmanship and build quality, alright looks, decent inputs and IO, punchy audio, an excellent productivity-focused display with touch, as well as a balanced hardware implementation that can handle everyday loads and multitasking with little sweat, with fair temperatures and mostly quiet noise levels.
Now, if I’m to nitpick, I’m not a big fan of the Huawei branding on the lid of this laptop, I find the inputs only adequate and not on par with what some of the competition offers, and I warn you not to expect much for the camera/mic system. These aside, though, there’s not much to complain about.
Oh, I’d also keep in mind that this is not meant for demanding CPU or GPU loads, only offers a 100% sRGB panel, and is also somewhat larger/heavier than the average 14-inch ultrabook, so other products might better fit your needs if these aspects weigh in heavily for you. As an all-around multi-purpose computer, though, this MateBook 14s is hard to outmatch right now, as long as available in your region and as long as you’re OK buying a Huawei product.
Just don’t forget the Intel Alder Lake and AMD Rembrandt are just around the corner, and from what we know right now, they’re bound to significantly alter the performance/efficiency balance in the ultraportable segment in 2022, which means this Tiger Lake H35 implementation could become obsolete quickly if Huawei does not get a hardware update in stores in the first months of the next year.
This wraps up our review of the Huawei MateBook 14s, and I’d love to hear your thoughts, questions, and feedback down below, so get in touch.
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