Introduction, unboxing compared to the AMD model
This is the Honor MagicBook Pro, and it’s the 16.1-inch bang-for-buck champion in the Honor range of laptops at the moment.
We had a drive with this machine back in September and did a full review of it, only it was powered by AMD Ryzen 5 4600H with built-in Radeon RX Vega 6 GPU.
The device we have today is the Intel Core i5-10210U-powered model with an NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU with the rest largely unchanged.
We will review the hardware aspects of the Honor MagicBook Pro, but we will not go into too much detail as anything outside of the processor, GPU and battery life are identical and you just need to refer to our original review.
The Honor MagicBook Pro comes with a 65W power supply charger with a 5A USB-C to USB-C cable. That’s it – laptop, charger and cable. What’s nice is that the charger is compatible with major PD standards and can charge your phone at 10W, 18W, 24W, 45W and 65W.
The Intel-powered MagicBook Pro we received is the Mystic Silver model, but you also get a choice of Space Gray.
Intel vs AMD version
Screen, touchpad, keyboard, I / O
The screen on the MagicBook Pro is a 16.1-inch 16: 9 1920x1080px IPS 60Hz panel with a matte finish. It is a very good panel with excellent 1340: 1 contrast and a maximum brightness of 330 nit in the middle.
Same very good screen
The keyboard and touchpad are good. The keyboard has adequate travel and good response. We needed some time to adjust to the speaker grilles on both sides, we kept pressing the grill instead of the Enter button. Some of us would have preferred a numpad on a 16-inch laptop, while others like their layout simpler and their touchpad centered. This reviewer believes that Honor has made the right choice.
The smaller up and down keys are a bit innocent on a device as large as this.
The touchpad is large and easy to use. It supports multitouch gestures and there is a nice setup screen where you can activate various three- and four-finger gestures. The surface is plastic, which is fine for this class of machines, but it wobbles a bit when you press in the lower left corner. It’s a bit worrying about the long – lasting durability of the touchpad, although the Ryzen model seems to last a full six months.
In terms of I / O, the MagicBook Pro is well-equipped. There is a USB-C port (used for charging), HDMI and full-size USB-A port (USB 3.2, Gen.1, 5 Gbps) on the left and two USB-A ports and a 3.5 mm plug on the right. We would also have welcomed a USB-C port on the right so we can choose between the charging side, but at least Honor chose the right side by default.
There is a fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button at the top right of the laptop. It supports caching, which means it remembers your fingerprint when you press to turn on the computer and then log in straight away.
Webcompositioning is uncomfortable. It sits out of the way in a special button between the F6 and F7 buttons, so it is hidden under the keyboard when you do not need it.
But it’s an up-the-nose camera that looks at you from the depths of your keyboard and is easily blocked by any type of typing. It is also of poor quality. It is 720p, has bad color, low sharpness and a very limited dynamic range. It will get the job done, but not much beyond.
Fingerprint reader and webcam
Getting to the internals on the Honor MagicBook Pro requires a torx screw and a plastic tool to remove the panel from the laptop. There are 10 screws you need to remove, none of which are hidden.
Below you will be greeted by the motherboard, the battery, the cooling system and the only two replaceable components – the Wi-Fi card and the M.2 SSD.
There is no other storage space, although there appears to be an empty space for a 2.5 “hard drive, but no SATA connection is present.
RAM is soldered on, but since you can only choose a single 16GB + 512GB configuration of the MagicBook Pro, it’s not that much.
Under the lid
The Intel-powered Honor MagicBook Pro features a 10th generation Intel Core i5-10210U processor with 4 physical cores and 8 wires. This is the now older generation of Intel Comet Lake and not the current Tiger Lake Huawei includes in its MateBook X series.
Intel Core i5-10210U is a 15W chip with 6 MB cache and a maximum clock speed of 4.20 GHz. The AMD version has a more meaty 45W Ryzen 5 4600H device that boosts up to 4.0 GHz and has 6 cores and 12 wires. The AMD chip is also based on a 7nm node, while Intel’s 10th generation offering is 14nm.
So the edge of the treatment goes to the AMD version, but in terms of graphics, things are a little different. The AMD model comes with the Vega 6 GPU, whereas the Intel model gets a more powerful discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX350.
The MX350 is a graphics card based on the Pascal architecture and the GeForce GTX-1050 card. Unlike the 1050, which has 4 GB of VRAM, the MX350 has 2 GB and is connected via a 64-bit connection instead of a 128-bit.
Compared to the Vega 6, the MX350 has almost twice as many shadow units – 640 vs 384 – and more memory. In certain game titles, the MX350 scores twice as many fps. Overall gaming tests suggest about 40% more performance from the NVIDIA MX350 compared to the AMD Vega 6.
None of the configurations are aimed at true gaming performance, but give you decent fps in modern games for lower settings.
Cooling on the Honor MagicBook Pro Intel is excellent. You get a double fan design with double heating wires in between to take the heat away from the chipset.
In our CPU and GPU stress tests, the hottest machine was 44 degrees Celsius. The hottest spot was in the middle of the keyboard, but the heat was barely visible. The rest of the machine was cool and comfortable to the touch.
The Intel Core i5-10210U idles at about 700MHz and 40 ° C. When stressed, it rose up to 4000MHz for a few seconds and then reduced speed by about 100MHz every few seconds. It eventually ran at 3000MHz, where it remained for the rest of the test. The CPU got as hot as 90 ° C. During the stress test, the fans came about 45Db from arm’s length, which was not very audible in the normally hectic office environment we test devices in.
The NVIDIA MX350 GPU runs at around 54 ° C and was up to 65 ° C in a stress test.
512 GB SSD is a Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G NVMe / PCIe m.2 2280 device. We measured solid numbers from the drive.
Battery life was excellent. At 100% brightness we came right over 8 hours of browsing while performing the same test at 50% brightness got us 14 hours. By comparison, the latter test on the AMD MagicBook Pro took only 12 hours.
Charging 56Wh battery from approx. 0 to 100% happens in 1 hour and 40 minutes. A 30-minute charge takes the battery to 48%.
Are you going to buy it?
Honor MagicBook Pro with Intel is a great deal. It has good performance, is perfectly configured with 16 GB of RAM and a fast 512 GB SSD, has a large screen that is also light in the price segment. This is a very good laptop to buy right now.
But we would not buy it over the AMD version. And the reason is not based on performance or specifications, but price. At the time of publication of this review, the AMD model is € 900, while the Intel model is € 1000. We’d rather save the € 100 and go with the faster processor, everything else is pretty much equal.
If you absolutely need 30-40% bump in graphics performance from Vega 6 on AMD MagicBook Pro to NVIDIA MX350 on Intel, get it at all. But we will not say that the difference is worth the extra money.
Still, the Intel-powered Honor MagicBook Pro is one of the best laptops you can buy at any price. A screen over 16 inches on a laptop that weighs only 1.7 kg is not something you see every day. And one that is priced as competitive is a real gem.