Honor MagicBook 16 review: A 16-inch laptop with a high-performance Ryzen processor

The MagicBook 16 takes up the design of its predecessor, the MagicBook Pro 16.1. The chassis is therefore still made of aluminum and adorned with an Honor logo in the center of the cover; it was previously off-center to the left. Aside from this logo refocus, the chassis has retained its silhouette, with a rectangular hood with rounded corners, while the underside is slimmer towards the front.

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Opening the hood reveals the 16.1-inch panel with a matte finish and its relatively thin bezels. The keyboard with black keys on a piano in the color of the case is obviously reminiscent of the Apple brand. Note the presence across the keyboard of two speaker blocks; the right one integrates the home button with a fingerprint sensor compatible with Windows Hello.

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The keyboard seems to lack stiffness and typing is relatively noisy for a membrane keyboard; the slight play in the mechanism of the keys and the lack of rigidity in the center of the piano are certainly no strangers to it.

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The touchpad provides a nice glide and all Windows gestures are taken into account. On the other hand, pressure drag and drop is complicated to perform. As for the left and right clicks, the bottom of the trackpad sinks with each press, leaving an open space for possible dust.

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

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Wireless connectivity consists of Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 thanks to a Qualcomm chip. The webcam has returned to its usual place above the screen and no longer on a retractable key on the keyboard. However, the quality of the 720p HD sensor leaves a lot to be desired; the image lacks detail and worsens in unfavorable lighting conditions.



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The MagicBook 16’s cooling system is substantial. Includes two fans, two radiators and two heat pipes. The temperature is therefore well controlled and does not exceed 41°C at the level of the vents located in front of the screen, while the keyboard remains below 31°C.
After 15 minutes of stress, the MagicBook 16’s noise pollution leveled off at 42.8 dB, which is a perfectly acceptable level. However, we noticed the activation of the ventilation for no apparent reason.

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

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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 doesn’t include the latest generation of Ryzen, and for good reason, the MagicBook 16 has been around for a while. while in China, well 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 hyper-threaded Zen3 cores hit an average of 3.79 GHz and 4.25 GHz of boost during our encoding.

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

In practice, the MagicBook handles office tasks with ease and can even be entrusted with heavier tasks such as photo processing and video encoding. However, in the absence of a dedicated graphics card, don’t rely on possible GPU acceleration or play the latest games at 1080p in full detail.

A word about the SSD, which offers decent speeds (1.8 GB/s, both read and write). We didn’t notice any slowdown in speeds during our fast video transfers.

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

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

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