The HONOR MagicBook X15 is one of the notebooks that completes the HONOR family. The MagicBook X15 features everything that we need on a notebook – a premiu design, a decent performance and also a decent battery life. Check out what we think about the notebook in our review.
Design and hardware
One of the things to love about the HONOR Magicbook X15 is the design and hardware of the notebook. It comes with a simple yet premium design similar to Huawei MateBook D15 that we’ve reviewed before. The design of the notebook is heavily inspired by MacBooks, which isn’t bad as we look into those notebooks as premium and really solid.
For the body of the notebook, it comes with a premium metal body that makes the notebook feel and look tough despite being affordable and reasonable to our wallets. For the lid of the notebook, there’s the HONOR logo as well on the side which is pretty similar to the MateBook D14.
For the ports, the MagicBook X15 comes with USB-C port for charging along with the USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 and HDMI on the left side and then there’s the 3.5 mm headphone jack along with the USB-A 2.0 on the other side. There’s no SD card slot and there’s only a single USB-A port on the side which may not be enough for some people who needs more ports for their notebook.
There’s the fingerprint scanner on the notebook as well which is located on the power button of the MagicBook X15 but unfortunately, there’s no Face login on the notebook and the camera placement of the MagicBook X15 is awkwardly placed at the keyboard that can be recessed by pressing it. Due to the angle of the webcam, it does look weird when using it for video call.
Inside the notebook is a 45WHr battery and it comes with a 65W USB-C charger with support for fast-charging so charging the notebook was fast and easy and can be fully charge from 0 in an hour and a half. However, the battery life of this notebook can only do up to 4 hours at most usage which is a little bit disappointing considering that this one doesn’t have a discrete GPU.
The display of the notebook comes with a 15.6” panel with an 87% screen-to-body ratio along with 16:9 aspect ratio, 60Hz refresh rate, and also a resolution of 1920×1080. This isn’t the best display that we’ve seen as this one doesn’t really have a wide range of colors but if you’re doing office work, the notebook will work just fine and of course, the MagicBook X15 is still great for office and for school work.
Keyboard and touchpad
The keyboard of the MagicBook X15 comes with a fine layout. The touch response and the key travel was goodto me so typing articles and documents on the MagicBook X15 was enjoyable. There’s the chiclet-style keyboard and I might like the feel of it, but this notebook doesn’t come with a backlit keyboard so typing on the dark is harder on the notebook.
As for the touchpad, it’s large enough for my daily usage and it’s really smooth to glide on. It’s also responsive and on point as well so it was enjoyable to use as well. The size was great as well and I didn’t had any problems with it.
Inside the notebook is an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor which is a little bit dated today and there’s 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD. As expected, the specifications of the notebook will do just fine until today for the basic tasks and if you’re planning on gaming then that’s where will have some problems as the 11th Generation processor of the notebook can only do so much. In our benchmarks, we got these scores which are expected for its specifications.
When it comes to gaming, the Intel Iris Xe G7 graphics inside this one would do just fine for the basic and light games but if you’re expecting heavier games on this one, well, just it is possible that it won’t run or you have to set it at low settings to even run it on the notebook.
In our test, we were able to play Valorant on the notebook at an average of 95 fps on low settings however, games like Horizon Zero Dawn wasn’t even able to run on this one. so again, don’t expect too much from this one.
As for the ecosystem, the HONOR MagicBook X 15 2022 works perfectly with an HONOR smartphone as you can send photos and videos easily to the device with HONOR Share. You can also do multi-screen collaboration if you want as well.
The HONOR MagicBook X 15 2022 is definitely made for those people who wants to enjoy the HONOR ecosystem or for those people who wants to have a premium-looking notebook that won’t break the bank. It might have a dated specifications inside but it will do just fine for most of the basic stuff on school or work.