Honor MagicBook 16 review: a 16-inch laptop powered by a high-performance Ryzen processor

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Construction

The MagicBook 16 takes the design of its predecessor, the MagicBook Pro 16.1. The chassis is therefore still made of aluminum and is adorned with an Honor logo in the middle of the cover – it was previously off-center on the left. In addition to this refocusing of the logo, the chassis has retained its silhouette, with a rectangular canopy with rounded corners, while the lower part is thinner forward.

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Opening the hood reveals the 16.1-inch panel with a matte finish and its relatively thin edges. The keyboard with black keys on a chassis-colored piano is obviously reminiscent of the Apple brand. Note the presence right through the keyboard of two blocks for speakers; the right one integrates the start button with a Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint sensor.

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The keyboard appears to lack stiffness and typing is relatively noisy for a membrane keyboard; the small play in the mechanism of the keys and the lack of rigidity in the middle of the piano is certainly no stranger to it.

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The touchpad provides a comfortable glide and all Windows gestures are well taken into account. On the other hand, drag and drop by pressure is complicated to perform. As for left and right clicks, the lower part of the touchpad sinks at each press, leaving an open space for any dust.

The connection consists of two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports for the USB3.2 Gen1 standard (5 Gb / s); USB-C ports support charging and DisplayPort. An HDMI port and a jack complete this connection, which only a memory card reader needs.

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Wireless connection consists of wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 thanks to a chip from Qualcomm. The webcam has returned to its usual place above the screen and no longer in a pull-out key on the keyboard. However, the quality of the 720p HD sensor leaves something to be desired; the image lacks detail and it gets worse in adverse lighting conditions.



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With good light

The MagicBook 16’s cooling system is significant. It contains two fans, two radiators and two heating pipes. The temperature is therefore well controlled and does not exceed 41 ° C at the level of the ventilation openings in front of the screen, while the keyboard remains below 31 ° C.
After 15 minutes of stress, the noise pollution of the MagicBook 16 stabilized at 42.8 dB, which is a perfectly acceptable level. However, we notice the activation of the ventilation for no apparent reason.

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Disassembly requires removal of 10 Torx screws. The panel is cut off very easily and gives access to the removable and replaceable elements (battery, wifi card and SSD). The RAM is directly soldered to the motherboard.

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Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Performance

The Honor MagicBook 16 is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor accompanied by 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. It does not ship the latest generation of the Ryzen, and with good reason, the MagicBook 16 has been released. too little while in China, long before the announcement of AMD’s Ryzen 6000, hence the delay. However, the Ryzen 5 5600H has nothing to be ashamed of as its 6 hyperthreaded Zen3 cores reach an average of 3.79 GHz and 4.25 GHz in boost during our coding.

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Of course with a processor with a thermal envelope of 45 W, which we especially find in PCs gameit’s no surprise to see the MagicBook 16 achieve a performance index of 110, placing it between the Core i5-11400H on the HP Victus 16 and the Core i7-11800H on the Dell Inspiron 16 Plus.

In practice, the MagicBook easily performs office tasks and can even be left to heavier tasks such as photo processing and video coding. But in the absence of a dedicated graphics card, do not rely on possible GPU acceleration or play the latest games at 1080p with all the details.

A word about the SSD, which offers decent speeds (1.8 GB / s, both read and write). We did not notice any slowdown in speeds during our video rush transmissions.

Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

Mobility / Autonomy

With its 16.1-inch panel, the MagicBook 16 is above all very wide (36.8 cm). Its 16/9 format makes it possible to limit its depth to 23.6 cm. The thickness of 1.82 cm and the weight of 1.8 kg therefore make it an easily transportable model, as long as you have a bag adapted to your measurements. Note that Honor has kept its 65 W USB-C charger with a very limited weight of 200 g.

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No miracle in terms of autonomy. With its battery of only 56 Wh, the MagicBook 16 struggles to exceed 6 hours and 45 minutes under our usual protocol (Netflix in continuous reading under Chrome, screen set to 200 cd / m²). We thought that the default frequency of 144 Hz for the monitor was responsible for this low score, but lowering it to 72 Hz saves “only” 30 minutes. It will therefore be necessary to lower the brightness to below 200 cd / m² (67% under Windows) in the hope of reaching 8 hours.

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