Honor MagicBook 15 (2021) Review - The switch to Intel is unnecessarily expensive
Not much new in 2021. The Honor MagicBook was one of the best multimedia notebooks last year when it came to the price-performance ratio. Now there is a current Tiger Lake processor instead of an AMD chip, but this also increases the price by around 300 Euros (~$356). Is that justified?
With the MagicBook 15, Honor presented a 15-inch multimedia notebook with a very good price-performance ratio last year. The AMD Ryzen 4000 processor has been replaced with a current Tiger Lake chip from Intel for the latest model. However, not much else has changed, but the price climbs to 949 Euros (~$1126) for our test configuration. Thus, the MagicBook 15 also has to face competitors that are partly equipped with dedicated graphics cards.
Honor MagicBook 15 i5 1135G7 (Magicbook Series)
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Case & Equipment
Honor continues to use the familiar metal casing, which still leaves a good impression. The combination of gray surfaces and blue design elements (surrounding screen edge, Honor logo) looks good and there is also little to complain about in terms of stability. You can provoke slight image errors with a lot of pressure on the lid, but that shouldn't really be an issue in normal use. Honor still relies on a 16:9 panel, but the screen's edges are very narrow on the sides and upper edge, which is why the device still looks modern.
The bottom cover can be removed (Torx T5) and you get access to the fan and the M.2-2280 SSD, but the WLAN module cannot be replaced anymore. Theoretically, there would also be room for a 2.5-inch drive, but the necessary mounting parts and cables are missing.