Two of the best value laptops in the world right now are even more affordable than normal, with up to £150 off the Huawei MateBook D 14 and D 15 as part of the sprawling Prime Day sale.
reviewed the MateBook D 14 earlier this year and declared it the
best mid-range laptop in the world thanks to its combo of strong specs (an AMD Ryzen 5 with 8GB of RAM) and a surprisingly premium design considering the price. We found it had consistent all-day battery life, and with USB-C, USB-A, and HDMI it actually has most of the ports you need too.
We thought it was a steal at £649, but it’s since dropped to £549, and for today and tomorrow only it’s a mere
£449 from Amazon if you’re a Prime member, for a model with 256GB storage. It’s hard to imagine a better laptop deal turning up this year.
If your budget stretches a little further, the MateBook D 15 is basically the same laptop, but with a bigger 15in screen. With the faster Ryzen 7 processor and 512GB storage it normally sells for £699, but for Prime Day it’s
dropping by £150 to £549.
The equivalent Intel model comes with a Core i5 chip and 256GB storage, and is
down £130 to £669 – that’s a fair bit more for inferior specs though, as you’re paying extra for a Windows 10 Pro license, rather than Windows 10 Home on the AMD model.
And if you’d like something a little smaller, the
MateBook 13 is also discounted. This has a smaller screen, but at a higher resolution and in a taller 3:2 aspect ratio that’s better suited for working on. It also boasts a more premium aluminium build than the D 14 and D 15, with a lightweight, compact design – though the price you pay for that is that it only has USB-C ports.
Amazon sells a model with the same Ryzen 5 processor as the D 14, paired with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage. It started at £749, but Amazon has mostly been selling it at £649 recently, and it drops down to match the D 15 at
£549 over Prime Day.
In case you’re worried, all three of these laptops ship with Windows 10, and will let you install and access all the software you usually can – yes, including Google. That’s thanks to Microsoft getting a special exemption from the Huawei trade ban, meaning the company’s laptops are unaffected by the tight restrictions that have limited the software on its smartphone line.
There is one other caveat to be aware of though: Huawei has taken to hiding its laptops’ webcams in a fake key at the top of the keyboard, which you push in to reveal the camera. This is a great way to ensure privacy – the camera is physically blocked most of the time – but the downside is that it’s an especially unflattering camera angle, and if you type while on a video call then your fingers are all anyone will see. Normally a minor nuisance, but these days it’s a bigger problem for most of us.
All of these deals are available as part of Amazon Prime Day, which runs from now until midnight strikes at the end of Wednesday 14 October. You’ll have to be a Prime member to enjoy the benefits, but there’s always a
free 30-day trial if you’re not. Check out our
Prime Day guide for more of the best savings we’ve found so far.