Review: Huawei MateBook D14

A great mate for your from-home needs

There’s a lot to like about the Huawei MateBook D14. It’s well-built, comes with powerful internals, has a long battery life, and offers plenty of value for its price. If you’re looking for a new laptop for your from-home needs, this is a notebook you should definitely consider.

The D14’s metallic chassis makes the notebook look more premium than it is. Thanks to the matte finish, the lid, keyboard, and palm reset remain fingerprint- and smudge-free. At 15.9mm thin and 1.38kg, the laptop is easy to lug around.

The 14-inch full HD display is treated with matte coating, which means you can use this without worrying about glare. The display quality is good, with sharp details and natural colors. Brightness and viewing angles are sufficient, too. If you need to, you can also tilt the screen up to 180°.

The power button doubles as a fingerprint scanner, making logging in easy peasy. It’s also comfortable to type on the keyboard with its adequately sized and evenly spaced keys. It’s backlit and offers two levels of brightness, but even at the highest brightness setting, I still find the backlight a bit too dim. 

The top bezel of the display is slim thanks to the relocation of the webcam to the chassis of the D14. It sits right between the F6 and F7 keys and pops up with a press. If you care about your privacy, then you’ll appreciate this. There’s a compromise, though: the angle is unflattering. Since it points up at you, it shows a good amount of chin. The low angle is awkward if you are videoconferencing since the other person can’t see you at eye level. 

Great for multitasking

The Ryzen 7 + 8GB RAM + 128GB SSD configuration of the D14 allows you to breeze through your typical productivity tasks without a hitch. On a regular workday, I have multiple tabs open and a few apps running simultaneously, and I never experienced any problem. 

Its battery life is also pretty impressive, lasting about 9-10 hours before needing a charge. 

If you have a Huawei smartphone or tablet running EMUI 10, you can connect it to the D14 by tapping the phone’s NFC to the Huawei Share badge on the laptop’s palm rest. This will launch a mirror of your smartphone to the desktop so that you can control it from there. 

Speed says

The Huawei MateBook D14 is a versatile laptop that offers a lot for its price. Its features and capabilities are great for both work/study needs, multimedia consumption, and some light gaming. If you still find the P42,990 price tag too steep, you can save a few thousand pesos by getting the Ryzen 5 variant priced at P39,990.

First published in Speed September-October 2020 issue

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