Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

Last week I tested a new flagship laptop model from Huawei with a 16-inch screen. But today I want to talk about a more compact version of the device called Huawei Matebook 14S.

In this article, you can find out not only the technical features of the new laptop model, but also I will share with you various performance tests. That is, I’ll play games and show the benchmark test results. In addition, I will explain why the Matebook 14S version of the device will be a good choice for business.

If we talk about cost, at the moment the price tag for the Huawei Matebook 14S is $ 1650 for the base version with an Intel Core i5-11300H processor. But the maximum version with an Intel Core i7-11370H processor will cost you $ 1830.

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Okay, the price is clear, but let’s take a look at the main technical specifications of a laptop from Huawei. It uses a 14.2-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 2.5K, 90Hz refresh rate and a touch panel. Also, the 2021 Matebook 14S laptop offers 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and there is also an onboard memory with 512 GB of SSD format.

In addition, the device received a number of interesting features, such as a fingerprint scanner, a good battery capacity of 60Wh and fast charging with a power of 90W. Thus, I propose to start a complete and in-depth test of the laptop right now and check its real capabilities from a practical point of view.

Huawei Matebook 14S: Specifications

Huawei Matebook 14S:Specs
Display:14.2 inches IPS with 2520 x 1680 pixels, Touchscreen and 90 Hz
CPU:Intel Core i7-11370H Octa Core 3.3GHz
GPU:Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM:16GB
Internal memory:512GB SSD
Memory extension:Up to 2TB
Cameras:720p front camera
Connectivity:Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, Bluetooth 5.1
Battery:60Wh (90W)
OS:Windows 10
Connections:2x Type-C, 1x USB 3.2, 3.5 mm jack, HDMI
Weight:1430 grams
Dimensions:313.82 x 229.76 x 16.7 mm
Price:$1650

Unboxing and packaging

A new version of the Huawei Matebook 14S business laptop is delivered in the most ordinary packaging. At the same time, on the front, there was only a company logo with the name of the model and company.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

Inside the package, I found the following components. This is, directly, the laptop itself, which was neatly packed in protective foam. There was also various documentation and a warranty card. I also found a Type-C to Type-C charging cable and a 90W power adapter.

In general, the equipment was similar to that of the Matebook 16. Therefore, I was not particularly surprised, but I note that everything was equipped with high quality and I had no particular complaints about the equipment. I can also advise you to buy a separate protective bag for transportation or a cover.

Design, build quality and materials

The version of the Huawei Matebook 14S laptop offers a choice of three types of colors – gray, silver and green. That is, the number of colors is very extensive and each of you will be able to choose the color that he likes best. I have the most standard gray color on my test.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

As for the materials used, the body of the device was completely made of aluminum alloy. Therefore, the weight of the laptop from Huawei did not exceed 1.43 kg. But the dimensions of the new model of the device were 313.82 x 229.76 x 16.7 mm. This is an incredibly convenient laptop, both for transportation and for everyday use with various tasks.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

If you want to know about the quality of performance, then you have come to the right place. Well, the Matebook 14S has been very perfectly assembled and executed. During my testing, I did not find much of a problem with swivel joints. In addition, I also did not find any extraneous sounds and creaks.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

I also want to test one interesting test. Can I use one hand to open the laptop screen so that the bottom of the device stays in one place? I was pleasantly surprised as the test result was positive.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

After opening the laptop screen, I was happily greeted by a good responsive keyboard. The keys were made in black and the distance between each key was about 1.7 mm. That is, this means that you can type texts without any problems, and in my practice, typing was a very pleasant experience.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

In addition, the keyboard received a two-level backlight. Therefore, you can easily work or play at night, even with the lights off completely. I also liked the work of the touchpad, as well as its size and responsiveness. On the top of the keyboard, namely in the upper right corner, there is a separate power button. At the same time, a fingerprint scanner was built into the button and in practice it showed itself in a positive way.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

The bottom of the Matebook 14S has a similar design to the older Matebook 16. Here I see two rubber feet in the form of two stripes. Also on this surface there are two stereo speakers on each side and holes for active cooling of the device.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

As for the sound, the device with four built-in speakers plays very well. At 100% volume level, I did not find any extraneous squeaks or sounds, and the sound itself was quite voluminous and even had good bass. I can also highlight that there are four microphone holes on the laptop case. Therefore, the quality of sound recording during a call was very good.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

On the right side of the Matebook 14S laptop, there is one USB-A port of 3.2 generation. But on the opposite side, there are the following connections, such as two Type-C ports, HDMI and a headphone jack. In general, the number of external connections is not so large, so buying a separate USB-Hub will definitely not hurt you.

Screen and image quality

Now I want to talk about the screen and the main features of the Huawei Matebook 14S model. The front of the case uses a screen with a size of 14.2 inches and with a resolution of 2.5K or 2520 x 1680 pixels. In addition, the screen itself received a touch panel and this is a very cool feature considering its cost.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

In addition, the screen has an aspect ratio of 3: 2 and this will be very beneficial when working with text or other documents and programs. Although this aspect ratio will not be particularly comfortable when watching videos, as there will be quite large black bars at the bottom and top of the screen.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

I can also highlight very minimal frames around the screen, especially at the top, on the right and left sides. But the bottom frame of the screen turned out to be a little larger and there is a company logo on its surface. If you look closely, you will see a 720p front camera installed on the top edge. Naturally, this arrangement is better than the Matebook 16, where the camera was integrated into the keyboard. But the video quality of the camera itself was not the most ideal.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

As for the screen, I also liked the IPS panel with a decent maximum brightness of 380 nits. This is much better than the older version of the Matebook 16 at around 280 nits. Therefore, using the Matebook 14S will be much more comfortable outdoors. Also, the touchpad got 10 touches, and during my test it worked quite responsive and didn’t have any particular problems.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

I can’t get past the color results, where sRGB was around 94%, NTSC was 67%, and AdobeRGB and P3 were 72%. In general, colors were reproduced very well and displayed a bright and saturated hue.

Performance, benchmarks, games and OS

My version of Huawei Matebook 14S received an Intel Core i7-11370H processor, that is, this is the maximum version of the device. But you can also choose the base version with an Intel Core i5-11300H processor, which also will not be inferior to the more powerful configuration.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

My processor version, the i7-11370H, was introduced in Q1 2021 and is new. In addition, this chipset was built using 10 nanometer technology and had four cores with 8 threads. At the same time, the usual operating frequency was 3.3 GHz, but in turbo mode it reached 4.8 GHz operating frequency. The power consumption of the processor was 35 watts.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

In addition, if you look at the benchmark test results, I was very surprised at the performance. For example, in GeekBench 5, the device scored about 1570 points in a single-core test, and 5940 points in a multi-core test. You can also see other benchmark tests in the album below.

As I said at the beginning of the review, the Huawei Matebook 14S laptop used 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal SSD format. At the same time, the speed of reading and writing made me very happy. Since the result was as follows, this is 3200 MBps read speed and 2370 MBps write speed.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

Now let’s test the gaming capabilities of the laptop. The integrated graphics processor Intel Iris Xe Graphics will be responsible for the graphics. As my tests showed, in the game Cyberpunk 2077 with a resolution of 1900 x 1600 pixels, but with low texture and graphics values, the average FPS was just over 30 frames per second. It’s a pretty heavy and powerful game, but the Matebook 14S handles the tasks well.

At the same time, if you run GTA 5 at 1080p with medium graphics settings, the device showed an average FPS of about 60 frames per second. It’s also very good for both heavy and advanced play.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

It is also worth mentioning that the processor temperature reached about 94 degrees Celsius and the noise from the coolers was clearly audible. Overall, this is not surprising, but I was completely satisfied with the performance of the device. In addition, I can confidently say that the Matebook 14S version will be much more productive than its older brother, the Matebook 16.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

The wireless connection is standard, that is, there is a Wi-Fi connection with two frequencies at 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz. Also, a Bluetooth 5.1 version was installed here, which worked very well and I had no problems connecting headphones, keyboard or other devices.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

I also want to test the Matebook 14S laptop for video editing, and how quickly it will save video. As well as with the performance, I was very surprised with the results in the video editing. For example, a one minute video clip with 4K resolution was saved by the device in just 35 seconds. Let me remind you that the laptop model Matebook 16 showed the same test result in 1 minute and 20 seconds.

The last thing I wanted to talk about is the operating system and its features. The laptop model Matebook 14S had Windows 10 OS installed. Also, you can update it to version 11 without any problems. Since this is a global version of the device, I didn’t have any special problems with the choice of languages.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

Of the interesting features, I can single out such features as Huawei Share. With this application, you can cast your tablet or smartphone screen to your laptop screen. But this feature only works with Huawei devices. In general, the user interface worked very quickly and did not cause any special complaints to me.

Battery and run time

A 60 Wh battery was installed inside the case of the Huawei Matebook 14S laptop. In this case, the battery life will depend on the degree of load and many other factors.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

For example, during my testing, the device lasted about 7-8 hours in daily tasks. That is, I worked with text documents, edited several video clips, watched Youtube videos and much more. Of course, if you play games, then the battery life will be reduced to 2-3 hours. Although if you turn on local video without using wireless connections, then the battery life can reach up to 11-12 hours.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

Okay, battery life is good for the Matebook 14S, but what about charging times? The laptop received a 60W power adapter and it took me about 1 hour and 45 minutes to fully charge from 0 to 100%.

Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons

After in-depth testing of the Huawei Matebook 14S laptop model, I had only positive emotions. Comparing the two models of the device, namely today’s hero with the Matebook 16, I would definitely choose the Matebook 14S.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

Of the advantages, the device stands out for its high-quality assembly and premium manufacturing materials. I also liked the bright and rich IPS screen with touch panel and 90Hz refresh rate.

In addition, the design of the keyboard and touchpad will delight any user. I can also highlight the fast operation of the LPDDR4x format RAM and also the fast operation of the built-in memory. Also, the laptop was equipped with high-quality speakers and built-in microphones.

Huawei Matebook 14S Review: Laptop with Intel Core i7-11370H and Touchscreen

But the performance has become even better than on the older version of the Matebook 16. Therefore, you can easily play even heavy and demanding games, such as editing videos or working with other programs.

As for the shortcomings, the device received not the highest quality front camera with 720p resolution. Also, the number of USB ports was very small and you will have to purchase or use a USB Hub.

Price and where to buy cheaper?

Now everyone can order and purchase a Huawei Matebook 14S laptop at a price of $1650 for the basic version. But my version, which I reviewed today in the review, will cost you $1830.

Thus, I can definitely recommend you the new version of the business laptop from Huawei. This is a fairly productive and stylish laptop that will last you more than one year, that’s for sure.

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