Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review: Honor has updated its 15.6-inch laptop lineup with AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors. Still no discrete graphics, but the game will work. The MagicBook 15’s vocation, however, is work and study. At home and in the field. An almost bezel-less display, a thin metal body, and a “hidden” camera – everything that Honor has taught us is in place. Optimal laptop of the year again? We find out.

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review

Breaks down myths about 15.6 “laptops
Honor initially adopted a calm design tactic in its laptops. And he adheres to it. You will not see the vulgar gloss here, the carbon-like texture, the plastic that collects prints. The only plastic frame around the display. But, firstly, it is thin (5.3) mm. Secondly, there is no need to touch it except for lifting the lid.

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review: Great Ultrabook Gets Even More Cheerful With AMD Ryzen 5000

The body is entirely made of aluminum. The material is pleasant to the touch and light to carry: The MagicBook 15 weighs only 1.54 kg. And the blows of fate endures steadily: although the lid bends slightly, the chassis is monolithic—an ideal “car” for trips, unpretentious and without a defiant exterior. You can stick it around with stickers or leave it alone – the style is included in the kit by default.

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review: Great Ultrabook Gets Even More Cheerful With AMD Ryzen 5000


The battle for thin frames continues for a reason. Every “cut” millimeter is especially important for a 15.6-inch laptop. Here the camera was moved between the F6 and F7 keys. As a result, the closed MagicBook 15 is only 23 cm long. And therefore, it will fit into any backpack, not only “sharpened” for large laptops. If a 14-inch model provides, chances are the MagicBook 15 will work too. The modest 16.9mm thickness will also save usable space.

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review: Great Ultrabook Gets Even More Cheerful With AMD Ryzen 5000


The fingerprint scanner is moved away from the Delete key. Some manufacturers are guilty of this, but here you will not accidentally shut down a laptop. The scanner is combined with the power button: press it, and Windows picks it up after loading – no need to touch it twice. The large touchpad supports gestures. And don’t be confused by the lack of Home, End, PgUp, PgDn keys. They were replaced by a combination of Fn and arrow keys.

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review: Great Ultrabook Gets Even More Cheerful With AMD Ryzen 5000

Honor abandoned the digital block right away. On the one hand, the width allowed, and in some professions, a helpful thing. On the other hand, very few people need it. But the keyboard backlight is necessary for everyone, and the MagicBook 15 is deprived of it. Moreover, the F3 key is empty, and there is a backlight in the cheapest (and smallest) Honor ultrabook – MagicBook X 14. The keyboard is comfortable: the keys are not as smooth as the younger models, but they do not collect greasy stains.

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review

A solid display that cares about your eyesight
The healthy display stretches from edge to edge. Laptops haven’t evolved much in design in recent years, but getting rid of thick bezels is the most visible trend. The MagicBook 15 has an IPS matrix with an aspect ratio of 16: 9 and a 1920 × 1080 pixels resolution. The color rendition covers 100% of the sRGB range. You can process photos and videos without a headache – but how will it look in reality?

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review: Great Ultrabook Gets Even More Cheerful With AMD Ryzen 5000

Honor has several modes for eye protection. For example- Eye Comfort reduces blue light emission. The screen becomes “warm.” It is no longer suitable for color correction, but working with text and tables for several hours is more comfortable for the eyes. Initially, the display cuts off part of the blue spectrum plus suppresses flickering. The TÜV Rheinland certificate confirms this.

Anti-reflective coating helps to cut off stray light. Because of it, the brightness does not shine with records (300 nits), but in cloudy weather in the park, at the train window, it will work. In the office, you will not be distracted by all the reflections in a row. It’s more practical this way. Uneven backlighting can be seen, but only on a completely black screen, for example, when loading Windows. The rest of the time, the light is not visible.

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review: Great Ultrabook Gets Even More Cheerful With AMD Ryzen 5000

To summarize, excellent IPS display, contrasting, with rich colors. Suitable for working with documents, amateur photo editing, watching YouTube.

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review

From Excel to World of Tanks
Honor has taken care of fans from both Intel and AMD camps. The first model came out a little earlier. There is an Intel Core i5 1135G7. Now it’s the turn of the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U. In general, solutions are similar in performance. Still, the new version of the AMD processor has a couple of advantages over both the Core i5 and the previous generation – the Ryzen 5 4500U (which is equipped with the 2020 MagicBook 15). But first, the benchmark results:

Cinebench R23 (Single / Multi) – 1152/6048 ;
Geekbench 5 (Single / Multi) – 928/4701 ;
PCMark 10 – 5040 ;
3DMark TimeSpy – 1112 .

For example, unlike the 4500U, the new product supports simultaneous multithreading – SMT. If earlier we received only six cores, now there are six cores and 12 threads. While maintaining a TDP of 15 W, the performance of one core is slightly lower. But in multi-threaded mode, the gain is noticeable. For example, in tests Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Excel.

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review: Great Ultrabook Gets Even More Cheerful With AMD Ryzen 5000

We also improved the integrated graphics AMD Radeon RX Vega 7. It replaced the RX Vega 6. Before use is still a working laptop, run Cyberpunk 2077, and Red Dead Redemption 2 – dementia and courage: get no more than 15 FPS. But for the sake of curiosity, we drove a few titles loyal to the hardware. It turned out to be playable, “tanks” even at high settings with HD textures run briskly.

When it came to exporting video and stress tests, the cooling system of the Honor MagicBook 15 performed well. For example, the 3DMark Time Spy Stress Test benchmark showed stability of 98.9% – an excellent indicator, although the processor dropped the maximum frequency by half in the middle of the test. At the same time, the fan hummed famously, but not to obstruct the ears, as from the game “monsters.” Comfort level. In light tasks, low revs are enough – silence. The new Honor MagicBook 15 adopts a dual heat pipe with a large fan and 38% more airflow.

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review: Great Ultrabook Gets Even More Cheerful With AMD Ryzen 5000

Sipping sliders in Adobe Lightroom Classic and collect a moderate “gravity” movie in Adobe Premiere on this laptop. Moving through a timeline filled with 4K footage at 100 Mbps can be double-accelerated – no brakes. By the way, in the PC Manager application, the optimal operating mode is set by default. When connected to a charger, the “Productive” option becomes available – in demanding tasks, it slightly increases power. But the ultrabook also starts to make a little more noise.

In standard office tasks, when working with a browser, we did not notice any problems either. 16GB dual-channel DDR4 3200MHz more than. This volume should be enough for several years. What is essential: you will not be able to add a RAM disk. The memory is soldered on the board. Although a version with 8 GB will be sold, it is better not to save. The storage in both versions is decent: 512 GB.

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review: Great Ultrabook Gets Even More Cheerful With AMD Ryzen 5000


We tested an ultrabook with an SSD drive, which delivers speeds of up to 2000 and 1100 MB / s for reading and writing, respectively. This is less than in previous versions of MagicBook 15, but the difference in work is challenging to feel: launching programs, copying files are fast.

Out of the box, the laptop runs on Windows 10 Home, and as a bonus, the user gets free access to Microsoft 365 for a month. Significantly, the MagicBook will be updated to Windows 11. The wait isn’t long: Microsoft will start rolling out the OS update on October 5th.

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review

Branded “magic” and Wi-Fi 6
You can connect almost any peripheral to your laptop – there are two full-size USB-A ports. One is high-speed, the other is normal – for mice, headsets, and other things. But there is only one USB-C. In the static mode, it will be busy charging – which means, for example, an external SSD will not work.

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review: Great Ultrabook Gets Even More Cheerful With AMD Ryzen 5000

There is a lot of space on the edges of the MagicBook 15. I would like to see here another Type-C and a slot for memory cards. But what is there is enough to connect a charger, monitor, drive, mouse, and headset simultaneously. Basic set. Image output – via HDMI.
No restrictions on wireless connections. There is Bluetooth 5.1. There is support for Wi-Fi 6. Paired with the Honor 3 router, you can squeeze the maximum out of your home Internet.

A unique feature of MagicBook 15 is the technology of fast connection of Honor smartphones via NFC. Above, you probably already caught your eye with a bright Magic-link sticker – the NFC module is hidden under it. Lean your Honor smartphone, and the smartphone desktop will immediately appear on the big screen.

Between a mobile device and a computer, you can quickly move tons of photos, videos, and other content back and forth broadcast the smartphone screen to a laptop, and even copy text: the devices have a shared clipboard.

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review: Great Ultrabook Gets Even More Cheerful With AMD Ryzen 5000


Mobile applications can be placed in separate windows, up to three in total. For example, open the Gallery, Telegram, and the contact list. You can also call from here – yes, directly from your laptop.

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review

A working day away from the socket.
Justice has triumphed: Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) received a 56 Wh battery instead of 42 Wh – just a third more. For the first time among Honor 15.6-inch Ultrabooks! And the energy-efficient 7nm AMD Ryzen has further extended the working day.

From experience, one charge lasts up to 8.5 hours of office work at 30% screen brightness. Or up to 5 hours of video communication, but with a brightness of 70%. Full HD video ultrabook spins up to 11.5 hours. Before that, only 14-inch “magic” could surprise with such vitality. Now the hardy MagicBook 15 will delight the owners with autonomy.

Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review: Great Ultrabook Gets Even More Cheerful With AMD Ryzen 5000


The 65W charging power helps to replenish energy quickly. In an hour, the charging outlet runs up to 65%. The power supply itself matches the compactness of the “tag”: a little more mobile charging, lightweight, charges via USB-C. One adapter for a smartphone, tablet, laptop, watch (the magnetic charger from Honor Watch GS Pro is also connected via USB-C) – it is very convenient to carry with you, even when there is little space in the backpack.

Moreover, the ultrabook is ready to play the role of a power bank in the hike: even when the MagicBook 15 is turned off, smartphones and other devices are charged.
Honor has established itself in the segment of educational and office laptops. Now to the question: “What to take up to 70 thousand, so that a light, thin, with a normal screen, does not glitch and does not die for dinner?” – the company has several answers at once: MagicBook X – for the budget-conscious, MagicBook Pro – for those who want a large screen and compromise MagicBook 14 and 15 for everyone.

The updated models with AMD Ryzen 5000 series can be called the most powerful among the trio. MagicBook 15 does not climb into the gaming segment, but the performance of the Radeon RX Vega 7 is already enough for online games – that is, not only for work but also for entertainment, there is more space. Although the essence of the MagicBook 15 remains the same: an unpretentious, compact ultrabook with a large screen, suitable for a wide range of tasks.

Source: hihonor

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