“Power all-arounder that presses on solid bases”!

THE Huawei in the last three years or so it is known that it has entered a lot dynamically in the market of laptops, presenting strong all-around proposals, that can meet the needs (and financial capacity) of many categories of users. The MateBook series has nothing to envy in other companies that are longer in this market and the only sure thing is that as time goes by the range of its laptops will is enriched and will is strengthened more and more. The MateBook 14s that was released a while ago, incorporates many of the premium elements we met in the previous laptops of the series and even more. But let’s get to know it better, starting first with its external appearance…

Huawei traditionally places great emphasis on external appearance of its laptops and certainly the MateBook 14s, could not be the exception to the rule. H borderless philosophy dominates here too, with the new MateBook coming out one premium feeling because of him metallic finish surrounding it. Offering great comfort in holding and with strong “Aggressive” angles eye-catching, the new MateBook family laptop overflows with elegance and modern aesthetics. Robust and with an emphasis on portability, the 14s can be easily carried as it weighs just 1.43 kg, despite the fact that it does not belong to the category of ultra thin laptops. An element of the 14s that users who type non-stop and for many hours will surely appreciate is that Huawei’s proposal has full-size keyboard with natural response and 1.5mm immersion. The feel of the keyboard is amazing and at the same time silently, while the existence lighting three levels, is definitely a useful addition for all those who like to work at night (or to melt with their favorite games).

In what has to do with the available ports offered by the MateBook 14s, here the user will find what he needs. Specifically, the MateBook 14s has: 1xUSB 3.2 (Gen 1), 2xUSB-C, 1xHDMI, 1xaudio input jack (2-in-1) πallows headset and microphone connection. It is worth noting that the new doors USB 3.2 Gen 1 (known as USB 3.0 SuperSpeed), offer extremely high data transfer speeds, reaching even 5Gbps (significantly faster than traditional USB 2.0 which reaches 480Mbit / s. At the same time, the extremely useful USB Type C allows charging of other devices (such as smartphones).

A very pleasant note that mobile entertainment lovers will surely appreciate is that the MateBook 14s comes with a quad audio setup, which consists of 4 built-in speakers (two tweeters and two woofers), being the first laptop in the MateBook series that utilizes the standard HUAWEI SOUND. The existence of special audio algorithms, help to create a surround atmosphere which definitely rank the 14s among the top in its class. In addition, it has 4 microphones built into the front, which can perceive the user’s voice even 5 meters away, while it is ideal for teleconferencing applications, as well as with the function Personalized Voice Enhancement, filters out the voices of other participants during meetings and telephone conversations, ensuring that you are always heard clearly.

Huawei is obviously turning a blind eye to the MateBook 14s premium to high-end category, for this and could not be “compromised” with a low resolution screen. In particular, the 14.2 inch display (3: 2 aspect ratio) of the MateBook 14s offers 2.5K resolution (2520×1680 pixels) and most importantly it supports a refresh rate of 90Hz.

Borderless design as you understand it is “all the money”, as the display of the new Huawei laptop can be on 14.2 inches, however with the very narrow frame and the aspect ratio 3: 2 allows the screen surface to look much larger to the eye. THE performance of colors enough realistic, supporting a wide range of colors 100% sRGB, the display can deliver 1.07 billion colors delivering live images and smooth transitions. At the same time, the 10-point multi-touch feature allows users to be more efficient when completing parallel tasks, while the smart brightness feature helps to better adjust the brightness under any condition. In addition, the display of the MateBook 14s is certified TUV Rheinland Low Blue Light and Flicker Free protection for the eyes, an element that will surely be appreciated by users who are accustomed to spend at least 8 hours in front of their laptop screen.

In terms of display, the Huawei laptop flirts comfortably with the “excellent”, but what really stands out is how comfortably it can handle even the most demanding “Multitasking” tasks. Choosing one Ιntel Core 11 (11th generation), in combination with 8 or 16GB fast memory LPDDR4X RAM, reveals the intention of the well-known company for performance without. “discounts”. Choosing an integrated solution from Intel in the field of graphics seems like the most sensible choice, as the built-in card Iris Xe is an ideal choice for laptop PCs that want to have impressive portability. Of course, with this solution you should not expect astronomical performance that breaks the counters, in the very demanding games in high settings with activated ray tracing, however for gaming in FHD resolution at 30 fps Huawei laptop literally does not “chew”.

On the plus side of the MateBook 14s is the existence of one NVMe PCle SSD, which of course is a “must” for users looking for a faster response, while we could not help but applaud its excellent thermal behavior, based on a Shark Fin fan, which offers efficient and quiet cooling. With 25% less air intake and special copper heat dissipation points, the cooling system of the MateBook 14s ensures that your laptop is constantly cool even when things in its workload are stressful.

Of course, Huawei is traditionally betting a lot on flexibility and to User Experience, in addition to Windows 10, has “bequeathed” to the MateBook 14s a number of features that are intended to make every moment of everyday life more comfortable, easy and smooth and at the same time bring to the surface the creative self of each user. For this and here you will find the functions: i) Εxtend, which allows the simultaneous display of programs on the screen of the laptop and the screen of the tablet / smartphone ii) Mirror, which displays content on a tablet / smartphone and laptop in the form of a mirror (ideal for designers) and iii) Collaborate, which essentially allows easy transfer of files from tablet / smartphone to MateBook 14s and vice versa.

In closing, Huawei has “invested” significantly in its field autonomy incorporated a capacity battery into the MateBook 14s 60Wh, which makes users forget the stress of charging. And the “reasonable” choice of one SuperCharge charger at 90W can fully charge the laptop in 3 hours and 15 minutes.

With the MateBook 14s, Huawei shows (once again) that in the laptop market it hits extremely solid bases. The MateBook 14s is a powerful one all-arounder at a reasonable price (at 1299 euros) based on what it offers and judging by the above it is obvious that it is aimed more at power business users (than the average user). Strong performance, flexibility and high quality of construction compose another excellent proposal from Huawei in the category of premium laptops.

Hands-on video: Dimitris Skiannis


Source: Digital Life! by www.digitallife.gr.

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