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Huawei MateBook 14 Unboxing and First Impressions

AMD-powered, 2K FullView Display

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Huawei is sticking to formula with their notebook lineup but with some tweaks here and there. That means the Huawei MateBook 14 will come with a sleek, understated design along with all the Huawei goodies you’ve come to expect from their laptop line.

Just like the laptop itself, the box looks pretty simple.

Open it up and you’ll see the laptop on the left. USB-C cable and power adapter over on the right.

There isn’t anything else on the box other than the aforementioned plus the product manual.

Here’s the MateBook 14 out of the box.

Here’s what it looks like facing you.

On the left side you have the USB-C port, headphone jack, and HDMI port.

Over on the right are two USB-A ports.

As the name suggests, it has a 14-inch display, 3:2 aspect ratio.

It has a 90% screen-to-body ratio, so you get as much display as possible with pretty slim bezels.

That’s an IPS 2K FullView Display.

It’s pretty darn good for binge-watching series. You get a nice full view of what you’re watching. It supports 100% sRGB color gamut, has a good contrast ratio, and gets bright enough (300 nits).

There’s built-in hardware for eye-comfort and it’s also TUV Rheinland-certified. That also seems to be a staple for most laptop these days. It filters excessive blue light that can be harmful to your beautiful eyes.

The speakers are decent for movie viewing, but if you can hook this up to some external speakers like say the Huawei Sound X, then you’re in for a really good bingeing experience.

Huawei’s staple power button/fingerprint sensor is also here.

Speaking of staples, the MateBook 14 also has the signature recessed camera

If there’s one thing that Huawei really needs to work on, it’s this. The recessed camera is great for security but that’s a really unflattering angle. It’s fine at first, but after being forced to go on multiple video meetings due to the pandemic, you really start to notice how inadequate that angle is.

Putting the web camera where it’s usually found might mess with the laptop’s design, but this could one case where function should be prioritized over style. Alternatively, perhaps Huawei can utilize Huawei Share to have your Huawei smartphone be a camera source instead of the laptop.

Why not just take the video call on the phone, you ask? Sometimes you have to communicate via chat during calls. The mobile versions of apps like Zoom does let you chat, but that also means ruining your framing.

If Huawei manages to do this, that’s another way of really harping up the capabilities of Huawei Share. There is some sort of workaround to doing this with Huawei Share. You can link up your device and take the call using your Huawei Phone while it’s synced on your laptop. However, that still feels clunkier than just wirelessly pulling the smartphones’ camera as a source.

The hinge feels tougher but more fluid.

This is a rather largely unnoticed part of most laptops. However, it’s one that I personally noticed right away. It feels a tad different from other Huawei MateBooks I’ve tried like the MateBook D 15 and the MateBook X Pro 2020. There’s something about the hinge on the MateBook 14 that feels sturdy but flexible.

Power and performance for your work needs

On to the nitty-gritty. Should you decide to do so, you’re likely buying this for work needs. That means a lot of typing and running multiple apps from your browser, the entire MS Office Suite, perhaps Spotify, and what have you.

Powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 4600 H processor (with AMD Radeon Graphics), you’re sure to get more than adequate performance on this thing. Briefly using it mostly for drafting articles and previewing powerpoint decks, the MateBook 14 handles such tasks easily.

The keyboard though, might take some getting used to. It feels really similar to the chiclet-type of keyboard that Apple slapped on MacBook Pros for a good 3-4 years. It’s more than useable, no doubt. But you don’t get the clickety feeling that you typically get from keys with better travel.

Keyboards can make or break your experience with a laptop, and personally, I wish Huawei went with their usual keys instead of the one they put on the MateBook 14.

Other things of note

It comes in one configuration: That’s 16GB DDR4 2666MHz of memory and a 512GB PCIe SSD. Battery is 56Wh and promises up to 10 hours on continuous 1080p local video playback.

We haven’t fully tested the capacity but judging by initial use, you should get a decent 6-7 hours on a regular work day.

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In the Philippines, the Huawei MateBook 14 comes bundled with the Huawei Classic Backpack. The exterior is made of 290T nylon fabric and microfiber leather while the interior is 200T polyester fabric.

The backpack comes in two options: Midnight Black (11.5L capacity) and Forest Green (8.5L capacity).

Pricing and availability

In the Philippines, the 16GB+512GB version retails for PhP 54,999. For a limited promo period running from October 9-24, the MateBook 14 comes with a free Huawei Classic Backpack and a Huawei Freebuds 3i (total value of PhP 11,998).

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Why people can’t stop talking about the 2021 Huawei MateBook D 15

Now with 11th Gen Intel Core and 16GB RAM

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MateBook D 15 2021

Huawei has always been known to be that powerful force in innovation. The bezel-less display, Huawei Free Touch and the recessed camera are just some of the many instances when Huawei have revolutionized and leveled up the playing field for the PC industry.

I think it goes without saying that Huawei’s premium brand, the MateBook family, is one that has truly set a new standard for intelligence when it comes to laptops.

It has been five years since the inception of the MateBook and ‘till this day, the MateBook family pushes on to be the perfect tool for the challenges we are faced with. From enhanced connectivity for online classes, immersive audio for work-from-home conferences to engaging visuals for Netflix nights, the MateBook family has got you covered and that’s exactly what we’ll be talking about here as we move further.

As they celebrate their fifth year of the MateBook series, they introduce to us another line of technological advancement with the 2021’s MateBook series.

With this comes the revamp of the very popular MateBook D 15 with the HUAWEI MateBook D 15 2021 11th Gen along with the powerfully sharp MateBook 14 2021 11th Gen and the borderless MateBook X Pro 2021.

Talk of the town with its elegance

There’s no denying that the MatebBook D 15 2021 is a dazzling piece of machinery. And being one that has been used to plastic laptop bodies, the all aluminum alloy body of the D 15 had me drooling over it. A prominent indication of its quality also, was how this MateBook’s body had rounded edges and a very solid build which are admittedly satisfying to the touch.

MateBook D 15 2021

Carrying the device, it’s impossible not to notice just how feather light this MateBook D 15 is. For 1.56kg and only 16.9mm thin, it’s amazing just how this laptop carries a ton of horsepower and 15.6-inches of screen real estate.

Feature packed FullView display

Relatively bezel-less at only 5.3mm of bezel width, the MateBook D 15 2021 sports the iconic FullView display of the MateBook family. At 87% screen to body ratio, this 15.6-inch FHD IPS display panel is a feast for your eyes.

MateBook D 15 2021

Given that we mostly look at our computer screens most of the time, eye strain is often the setback. A noteworthy feature the D 15 has with its display is that it has been certified under TÜV Rheinland’s Low Blue Light emittance and Flicker Free qualifications which makes it perfect for binge watching K-dramas on Netflix. Top that with 100% sRGB rating, there’s no reason to doubt the color representation this display outputs when doing creative work.

Much to flex under the hood 

At the heart of this laptop is Intel’s 11th Gen Core i5 processor and the Intel Iris XE graphics that it comes with. While most of us are already familiar with the power of the Core i5 processor, this newest generation of Intel’s offering takes this up a notch. Running four cores and eight processing threads, Intel’s newest architecture delivers 31 percent faster multi-core performance from its predecessor.

MateBook D 15 2021

I believe many would agree that a lot of us do try to get some form of gaming done on their school or work laptop. The Intel Iris XE graphics is perfect for sneaking in some play time with our favorite games as well as for running some multimedia tasks.

Swamped with work or just juggling multiple tabs on your web browser, expect the experience to be as smooth as it can be as there’s now 16GB of DDR4 RAM packed in this slim body.

Smart power button

I guess you won’t have time to make coffee while waiting for your laptop to start up as with the D 15’s smart fingerprint power button, keying in your log on password is now a thing of the past. The moment you press on the D 15’s fingerprint power button automatically authenticates your identity and jumps you directly to your home screen, saving you the hassle of typing in your password.

At only 2.5 seconds as recorded by Windows for its start up, this has been the fastest power on time I have yet encountered on a laptop. Seriously, a boot up time this fast would make you doubt if you’ve left the laptop on sleep mode or if it was from a coldboot.

Cool and quiet

Despite the size of the MateBook D 15, it did not become noticeably hot. In fact, the palm rest felt cool to rest your palms on.

You know what they say: work smart and not hard. Huawei definitely worked smart with the ingenious fan design of its Shark fin fan. Designed with higher density and thinner fan blades, the need for increasing fan speed to cool the whole laptop has been drastically minimized. This resulted in the device to use less power, run cooler and operate quieter as this Shark fin fan contributes to 24% better cooling performance from its last-gen counterpart.

Next Generation WI-FI 6

I couldn’t help but geek out on this feature as I’m sure many I.T. professionals would as well. This next generation Wi-Fi 6 is actually known to be the successor to the standard 802.11ac or Wi-Fi 5 that most of our devices use.

MateBook D 15 2021

The inclusion of Wi-Fi 6 on the D 15 means that this device is able to operate at more stable Wi-Fi frequency bands to eliminate interference and reach significantly faster speeds. This ensures that the MateBook D 15 is ready for crowded scenarios such as what you would experience in shopping malls, corporate offices or even populated areas.

Not your ordinary charger

I just can’t count how many people I know who’ve asked me where to buy a new charger for their laptop simply because its cable is broken. I’m happy to say that that problem is pretty much gone with this one as the D 15’s charger features a detachable USB-C cable.

Surprisingly, it took exactly 9 hours and 30 minutes for the D 15’s battery to shift to power saving mode and with Huawei’s Supercharge feature built-in, this 65w charger was able to fully charge the D 15 in just an hour. That’s insanely fast for such a long run time if you ask me.

But that’s not all. Weighing only 160g, this charger isn’t much bigger and heavier than a smartphone charger.

Speaking of smartphones, this charger can also charge your USB-C compatible smartphone. Talk about #PowerInLightness .

Hear and be heard with Dual Mic and Immersive sound

By this time, we’ve all probably been on an online meeting or conference of some kind. Personally, I’m one who could tolerate bad video signals but bad audio is really something that would really ruin the experience for me. Thankfully, the dual front facing microphones of the MateBook D 15 ensures our voice would be picked up clearly even at longer distances.
MateBook D 15 2021

Guaranteed to give you an immersive experience, the 2W dual-speaker audio system can simulate both 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound performance.

Tap and share with HUAWEI Share 

If you’re fortunately among the proud owners of a Huawei smartphone then you’d be able to maximize this very handy feature of the 2021 MateBook D 15.

Huawei Share lets you cast your smartphone screen on your laptop, transfer files wirelessly and basically use almost all features and apps of your smartphone onto your laptop. With just a tap of your Huawei smartphone on the Huawei Share label on the D 15, the two devices are all set. It’s that easy.

MateBook D 15 2021

I can’t emphasize how convenient this is for people like me who always transfer footage I took with my smartphone. No cables for data transfer and no switching from two devices to get things done, just tap and you’re wirelessly connected.

Fast is the word that I think best describes the 2021 HUAWEI MateBook D 15 11th Gen.

The fast new processor, large amount of RAM, next generation Wi-Fi 6, ultraportable charger with SuperCharge, thin and light size, Huawei Share and an ingenious smart fingerprint power button, every bit contributes to everything being faster and just getting things done faster.

With so many features loaded in one package, I understand why it’s hard not to talk about these new offerings of the MateBook family and why there’s no need to think twice on getting a hold of this awesome device.

MateBook D 15 2021

The Huawei MateBook D 15 2021 retails for PhP 52,999. Interested buyers may purchase from any of the following: Huawei Store, Lazada, Shopee.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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Apple can finally feel the heat of a global semiconductor shortage

The iPad and Mac are most affected

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Apple posted its Q2 earnings report this week, recording a whopping 54 percent rise in revenue year-over-year to almost US$ 90 billion. Thanks to blockbuster iPhone sales, the Cupertino-based giant is minting profits. But how long will the streak last considering the global semiconductor shortage?

On a call with analysts, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook and Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said Apple avoided a chip shortage in the fiscal second quarter by burning through supply buffers. In the coming months, the global shortage could cost the company US$ 3 to 4 billion in revenue.

The shortfalls “affect the iPad and the Mac primarily,” Cook said. “We’ll have some challenges in there.” Cook talked about the recently launched ARM-based chipsets that deliver world-class performance, but are extremely complex and expensive to make.

The executives blamed “semiconductor shortages that affect many industries” and “very, very high” demand for iPads and Macs. Cook said the company expects to be “supply-gated, not demand-gated,” but only for the two products running M1 chip.

Apple has successfully managed to grab the opportunity offered by the Coronavirus pandemic — a sudden rise in demand for gadgets due to the work-from-home model.

The iPhone-maker isn’t the only one feeling the heat of the global crunch. There have been reports stating that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset has also hit delays due to the overwhelmed supply chain.  Though, this is the first time Apple has publicly revealed that it’s getting hammered by the global crisis.

In response to the crisis, Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC has announced an investment of US$ 100 billion in the next two years to ramp up production. Veteran American chipmaker Intel has also committed upwards of US$ 20 billion to start best-in-class semiconductor fabrication facilities in Arizona, USA.

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Galaxy Book Pro and Pro 360 Hands-on: Samsung’s first “Pro” laptops

First laptops in the world with Super AMOLED displays

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Galaxy Book Pro

Samsung isn’t new in the laptop department, but what’s new is them launching a new “Pro” laptop line. Meet the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360.

Packed with the latest hardware, the Galaxy Book Pro series aims to deliver the best of power and performance in such a thin and lightweight form factor. To make it more Pro-centric, they’re equipped with Super AMOLED displays — a first on any laptop.

Curious to find out what Samsung has to offer? Head over to our Galaxy Book Pro hands-on video now!

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