Mobile all-rounder. Due to its small dimensions and low weight, the MagicBook View 14 is ideal for mobile use. Despite its compact size, the 14-incher also features a powerful processor. A high-resolution touch display handles image reproduction.
Once again, the current Honor laptops are rather difficult to get for European and American consumers. The manufacturer’s global homepage only mentions a few official distribution countries for the MagicBook View 14 besides China. According to the French website, the version we reviewed with the Core i7-11390H, 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD, and a 90 Hz panel costs around 1,150 Euros (~$1,307), which is neither cheap nor particularly expensive for the hardware installed.
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Intel Core i7-11390H 4 x 3.4 – 5 GHz, 64 W PL2 / Short Burst, 45 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake H35 Refresh
, LPDDR4x dual-channel onboard, no expansion slots
14.20 inch 3:2, 2520 x 1680 pixel 213 PPI, 10-point multi touch, CSO MNE208UA1-1 (CSO140B), LTPS, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
Intel Tiger Point-LP PCH – cAVS
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 1 combined port (in/out), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
height x width x depth (in mm): 14.5 x 310 x 227 ( = 0.57 x 12.2 x 8.94 in)
60 Wh, 5195 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Microsoft Windows 11 Home
Speakers: 4.0, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 65-watt power adapter, PC Manager
1.488 kg ( = 52.49 oz / 3.28 pounds), Power Supply: 200 g ( = 7.05 oz / 0.44 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.
The View 14’s competitors include other streamlined 14-inch laptops like the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro, which also features a glossy high-resolution touchscreen and a CPU that isn’t “properly” power-saving. Most contenders tend to opt for a 28-watt chip, which promises (even) longer battery runtimes. These include, for example, the MSI Prestige 14 Evo, the LG Gram 14, and the in-house MagicBook 14. All the laptops mentioned appear in the tables as comparison devices.
In terms of quality, the View 14 leaves no room for criticism. The aluminum chassis cuts a very high-quality and pleasingly sturdy figure. Consequently, the surfaces only flex a bit under strong pressure (e.g. in the keyboard area).
The device’s design looks simple and elegant at the same time. Especially the display, which feels like it has no bezels, looks very modern, although the screen’s glossy finish turns it into a real fingerprint magnet and makes cleaning it a frequent task.
The wide hinge construction makes a good impression. Although the base unit sometimes rocks a bit when you open the laptop, the desired position is maintained solidly. On the other hand, the maximum opening angle (approx. 135°) is something that the manufacturer could fine-tune a bit.
One of the biggest (visual) highlights is the slim build. While the footprints are only comparable to a certain extent due to the varying display aspect ratios, the View 14 boasts the lowest thickness within the test field with 14.5 mm on paper (without the case feet). The Honor laptop is heavier than the competition, although it’s still comfortable to carry around 1.5 kg. According to the homepage, the 14-incher is also available in the Blue Hour and Space Gray colors.
In terms of connectivity, Honor follows the “Apple trend” towards increasingly fewer interfaces. This means that you don’t only have to do without an RJ45 port (which would also have been a bit cramped in terms of space), but also without a card reader, a Kensington lock slot, and a dedicated DisplayPort.
Three USB ports is also pretty scarce, especially since one of the available Type-C ports has to be used for the included power adapter when charging or using the laptop plugged in. At least both Type-C ports support the DisplayPort function, which means that up to three monitors can theoretically be connected together with the HDMI port. Another highlight is the fact that one of the Type-C ports supports Thunderbolt 4/USB 4. The package is rounded off by a combined audio jack.
Since all the ports are located in the rear half of the laptop, there’s enough headroom on the sides when an external mouse is used.
A wireless module from Intel handles wireless communications. Similar to the competition, Honor uses the Wi-Fi 6 AX201, a very fast and technically modern chip that performs particularly well in the View 14. In our Wi-Fi test (1 m distance to the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router), the device achieves first place for both sending and receiving data.
The webcam is surprisingly good by laptop standards. This isn’t surprising, because Honor doesn’t simply use a 720p or 1080p resolution; instead, a 5 MP webcam is used, something that is definitely noticeable in our sample photos (keywords: image sharpness). Color accuracy is higher than what is usually found in most laptops as well, but you should, of course, not expect anything top-notch here, either. Great: In contrast to the MagicBook 14, the webcam isn’t hidden in the keyboard (“nostril camera”), but it sits in the traditional position instead – albeit without a privacy shutter.
The power button, which is inconveniently placed right in the keyboard area, can be used as a fingerprint reader if desired.
As usual, the box contains only a few items. Besides a pleasantly light and compact 65-watt power adapter, you will only find a few info booklets.
We have mixed feelings when it comes to maintenance. Although the 10 Torx screws can be removed relatively quickly and easily with the right screwdriver, the bottom cover still sits very tightly and has to be pried out using a flat tool and considerable force, which might scare off many amateur or less experienced users (we almost gave up when we trying to open it out of fear of damaging the case or the hardware).
Once you have made it inside, you will see a very tidy layout. The SSD and wireless module are available, as well as the battery and the cooling system (dual-fan solution). On the other hand, it’s a pity that Honor didn’t opt for RAM slots to expand memory. The integrated 16 GB are soldered, which isn’t a good idea when it comes to durability and repairs, and it’s a big minus point for us.
Unfortunately, we can only assess the keyboard layout to a limited extent, since Honor sent us a model with a Russian keyboard, which differs from the usual QUERTY and QUERTZ layouts of the US/EU market at times (at least in terms of secondary and tertiary assignments). However, some regrettable details, such as the combined Insert/Delete key, are likely to apply to all models.
In general, the keyboard delivers a decent to good performance. Although the key travel is quite short and the stroke could be a bit stronger and better defined, we would still describe the feedback as sufficient and suitable for everyday use. Some users might not be completely satisfied with the white backlight, which can be adjusted in three levels, because it lacks intensity.
There’s hardly anything to criticize when it comes to the touchpad. On the one hand, it’s exceptionally large for a 14-inch device (12 x 7.2 cm), and on the other hand, its gliding properties are very good due to the extremely smooth (almost too smooth) surface. Accuracy and gesture support are also satisfactory. The same goes for the built-in click areas, although the rigidity in the lower right corner leaves something to be desired.
Users looking for a laptop with a touchscreen have come to the right place with the MagicBook View 14. The 14-inch display, which has a 3:2 aspect ratio and a great screen-to-body ratio (almost 90%), provides 10-point multi-touch functionality. A resolution of 2520×1680 is also rather uncommon in the laptop segment. Although the amount of pixels chosen by Honor is a bit too high in relation to the display size (we recommend a Windows scaling of 150%), the high resolution ensures an extremely sharp picture.
Distribution of brightness
CSO MNE208UA1-1 (CSO140B)
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 431 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 408.3 cd/m² Minimum: 8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 418 cd/m²
Contrast: 1742:1 (Black: 0.24 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.28 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5, calibrated: 1.01
ΔE Greyscale 2.7 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
98.6% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
67.5% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)