Huawei MateBook 14 review: a powerful and enduring laptop

Our test MateBook 14 is equipped with a 10th generation Intel Core i7-10510U processor (base frequency 1.80 GHz, turbo up to 4.90 GHz). It is therefore placed above the Dell XPS 13 (Core i7-1065G7). On the other hand, the Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 and its Ryzen 7 4700U processor remain undefeated, offering a significantly higher performance in our test protocol.

These good results are in particular the fact of a sufficiently large chassis to cool the processor well and let it operate at high frequencies. So, for the same processor (the Core i7-10510U), the MateBook 14 can maintain an average frequency of 2343 MHz when all its cores are used, while the MateBook X Pro sits at 1994 MHz. In a single-core task, the difference is even more marked: if the MateBook 14 can maintain 4175 MHz, the MateBook X Pro has to settle for 3643 MHz.

In the longest tasks, those few hundred MHz can make the difference. The MateBook 14 thus completes our 4K video encoding test faster (8 minutes ahead of the MateBook X Pro). With this processor, there will therefore be no problem in multimedia use. Whether it's web browsing or a little more cumbersome tasks like photo editing, the Huawei MateBook 14 will give you a great experience.

Huawei has also decided to integrate a GeForce MX350 from Nvidia, an entry-level dedicated graphics card. Without playing in the graphics card court gaming GTX and RTX type, it still offers better performance than any integrated graphics circuit. We tested it with our usual test procedure for entry-level graphics cards with Diablo 3 and Overwatch.

Sure Overwatch, we hit over 90 fps, even in the busiest scenes (all details minimum, 1080p). With Diablo 3, the average of 68 fps is rather high (details set to high), which leaves room for increasing the level of detail.

In addition, the GeForce MX350 can also be used to speed up certain calculations with video and photo applications, for example. To learn more about this, we refer you to our dedicated article:

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