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Honor MagicBook 14 2020

  • 21-11-2020 10:10am
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    Registered Users Posts: 3,329 ✭✭✭ buyer95


    Hi everyone. I am in the market for a laptop at the moment. Initially I had put ths budget at 500e, and have been keeping an eye on the huawei matebook d14, and honor magicbook 14 waiting for a price drop. The matebook d14 is now 480 pounds on amazon and I almost pulled the trigger until I noticed that Honor are selling their 2020 version of the magicbook 14 at the discounted price of 599 pounds. Slightly over budget, but it is a long term investment and i would be willing go for it. My question is, do you think the Ryzen 4500 is worth the extra money? I am leaning towards yes, as it also comes with double the hdd space


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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,864 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    it depends on your use cases

    if you maybe want to so some video editing, play some games (within reason as it's still integrated graphics) then yes

    but if in all honesty all you will be doing is browsing, netlflix streaming some ms office type stuff then you would be hard-pushed to notice any difference as the 3500u is a decent enough cpu

    www.buymeacoffee.com/glassopy



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,329 ✭✭✭ buyer95


    glasso wrote: »
    it depends on your use cases

    if you maybe want to so some video editing, play some games (within reason as it's still integrated graphics) then yes

    but if in all honesty all you will be doing is browsing, netlflix streaming some ms office type stuff then you would be hard-pushed to notice any difference as the 3500u is a decent enough cpu

    Interesting, thanks for the feedback. I am thinking that the 500gb of storage could be handy also. You don't think that tje 4500u future proofs it better? I see what you mean though, and I definitely won't be using it for video editing. The gaming would be very little, maybe a bit of football manager


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,864 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    buyer95 wrote: »
    Interesting, thanks for the feedback. I am thinking that the 500gb of storage could be handy also. You don't think that tje 4500u future proofs it better? I see what you mean though, and I definitely won't be using it for video editing. The gaming would be very little, maybe a bit of football manager

    it would of course give it a bit more longevity but my point was that for many users the difference is not noticeable if they are only doing the bog-std stuff as the other cpu is already fine for that.

    if it was a case of a really low-end cpu vs this then no contest.

    no harm in getting it - would give a boost to the settings playable on FM I would imagine

    and the extra ssd size will give you more leeway on being able to store stuff

    afaik nothing else on the laptop has been changed

    www.buymeacoffee.com/glassopy



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,329 ✭✭✭ buyer95


    Thoughts on this laptop? ASUS VivoBook M413DA 14" Laptop - AMD Ryzen 7, 1 TB SSD, Silver
    https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/asus-vivobook-m413da-14-laptop-amd-ryzen-7-1-tb-ssd-silver-10212943-pdt.html


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,864 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    buyer95 wrote: »
    Thoughts on this laptop? ASUS VivoBook M413DA 14" Laptop - AMD Ryzen 7, 1 TB SSD, Silver
    https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/asus-vivobook-m413da-14-laptop-amd-ryzen-7-1-tb-ssd-silver-10212943-pdt.html

    plastic build

    3700u is only a few % stronger than the 3500u

    thermal throttling problems due to insufficient cooling / bad design

    www.buymeacoffee.com/glassopy



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  • Registered Users Posts: 189 ✭✭ Brusna


    glasso wrote: »
    plastic build

    3700u is only a few % stronger than the 3500u

    thermal throttling problems due to insufficient cooling / bad design

    I was looking at this one as well. It’s 10% off the advertised price so £476 for ryzen 7 3700u, 8gb ram, 1tb ssd.

    Accepting the drawbacks you have outlined, is there any value in it at that price or is it better to look elsewhere for that money or similar.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,864 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    well it's a cheap price for 1tb ssd even if it must be sata, not nvme

    well you know the drawbacks

    up to you

    www.buymeacoffee.com/glassopy



  • Registered Users Posts: 189 ✭✭ Brusna


    glasso wrote: »
    well it's a cheap price for 1tb ssd even if it must be sata, not nvme

    well you know the drawbacks

    up to you

    I’m a novice to be honest but I do respect your opinion as do most people on here.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,864 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    if you're after storage space it's a good deal for £476 and the cpu is fine for common uses

    the cpu throttling thing is not really an issue unless you'll be pushing the cpu for gaming or video editing so if you're not likely to be doing that a lot would be ok

    this comprehensive (and respected) site gives it a pretty good review and actually they say it's a metal case

    https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ZenBook-14-UM431DA-laptop-review-Also-makes-a-good-impression-with-Ryzen.453723.0.html

    so again, if you're not going to be doing heavy tasks - good deal

    does parcel motel etc work for currys uk?

    www.buymeacoffee.com/glassopy



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,329 ✭✭✭ buyer95


    glasso wrote: »
    if you're after storage space it's a good deal for £476 and the cpu is fine for common uses

    the cpu throttling thing is not really an issue unless you'll be pushing the cpu for gaming or video editing so if you're not likely to be doing that a lot would be ok

    this comprehensive (and respected) site gives it a pretty good review and actually they say it's a metal case

    https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ZenBook-14-UM431DA-laptop-review-Also-makes-a-good-impression-with-Ryzen.453723.0.html

    so again, if you're not going to be doing heavy tasks - good deal

    does parcel motel etc work for currys uk?

    Thanks as ever for your input glasso. If it were you would you get the matebook 14 2020 or tbis?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,864 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    if you're not going to be stressing the cpu this is a good deal

    otherwise the matebook d14 /magicbook lets the cpu run at high performance for much longer / continuously

    www.buymeacoffee.com/glassopy



  • Registered Users Posts: 88 ✭✭ cian8


    As far as I can see the ASUS Vivobook is only available for click and collect, not home delivery so no possibility to use Parcel Motel etc. Looks nice other than that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,864 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    This Asus vivobook UM431DA a good example though of how laptops are not just about pure specs

    If a laptop can't use the cpu inside to its full potential due to insufficient cooling then it's misleading based simply on the specs.

    Real-world performance is where it's at.

    www.buymeacoffee.com/glassopy



  • Registered Users Posts: 58 ✭✭ Meanman


    glasso wrote: »
    This Asus vivobook UM431DA a good example though of how laptops are not just about pure specs

    If a laptop can't use the cpu inside to its full potential due to insufficient cooling then it's misleading based simply on the specs.

    Real-world performance is where it's at.

    Glasso: is it a good buy for a light user? thanks


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,329 ✭✭✭ buyer95


    Seems like a great deal on the huawei matebook 13 https://consumer.huawei.com/uk/laptops/matebook-13-amd/
    At 499 pounds, is this a better buy than the magicbook 14 or matebook 14?


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,864 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    Meanman wrote: »
    Glasso: is it a good buy for a light user? thanks

    if you're only going to be doing light tasks like browsing, ms office, streaming yes

    planning on a lot of video editing or more likely for people, gaming then don't go for it

    how can you buy it tho from pc world uk? is online with redirect (e.g. parcel motel) an option?

    www.buymeacoffee.com/glassopy



  • Registered Users Posts: 18,864 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    buyer95 wrote: »
    Seems like a great deal on the huawei matebook 13 https://consumer.huawei.com/uk/laptops/matebook-13-amd/

    good deal for £500 yes with that nice 2k colour-accurate screen

    also the matebook non-d is a class up from the matebook d

    a lot of people will say 13.3 inch latop screen is too small but I would say that it isn't

    most business laptops have that screen size or very near (14 inch)

    Huawei / honor blowing away the competition in terms of value-for-money these days

    www.buymeacoffee.com/glassopy



  • Registered Users Posts: 58 ✭✭ Meanman


    glasso wrote: »
    if you're only going to be doing light tasks like browsing, ms office, streaming yes

    planning on a lot of video editing or more likely for people, gaming then don't go for it

    Thanks Glasso & Co. will keep following and learning.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,329 ✭✭✭ buyer95


    I just bit on the honor magicbook 14 2020 AMZ4500 at 569 pounds. It is reduced by a further 30 pounds by honor for next two hours. https://m.hihonor.com/unitedkingdom/black-friday-sales.html


  • Registered Users Posts: 14 Mick McCarthys Baby


    buyer95 wrote: »
    I just bit on the honor magicbook 14 2020 AMZ4500 at 569 pounds. It is reduced by a further 30 pounds by honor for next two hours. https://m.hihonor.com/unitedkingdom/black-friday-sales.html

    Hi ,

    Did you try set up an account with honor ? It asked me to verify my email from an account [email protected] . Looks dodgy


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,329 ✭✭✭ buyer95


    swhyte07 wrote: »
    Hi ,

    Did you try set up an account with honor ? It asked me to verify my email from an account [email protected] . Looks dodgy

    No I used my Huawei login. It's certainly not dodgy!


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,329 ✭✭✭ buyer95


    Flash sale on honor laptops again on the official website until 2am https://m.hihonor.com/unitedkingdom/black-friday-sales.html


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,333 ✭✭✭ SouthWesterly


    buyer95 wrote: »
    Flash sale on honor laptops again on the official website until 2am https://m.hihonor.com/unitedkingdom/black-friday-sales.html


    What are honor laptops like. I can get a magicbook 15 for £480 with a coupon.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,864 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    What are honor laptops like. I can get a magicbook 15 for £480 with a coupon.

    Huawei make Honor / own the brand

    very well-built and good value laptops

    www.buymeacoffee.com/glassopy



  • Registered Users Posts: 59 ✭✭ Luxemburgo


    Is it possible to get this anywhere without being destroyed on customs/import from the UK?



  • Registered Users Posts: 557 ✭✭✭ Aodhan5000




  • Registered Users Posts: 5 cmmurph15


    Hi,

    Looking to get the Honor Magicbook 14 but struggling to find it anywhere online at the moment even the Honor website.

    Any recommendations for websites selling them be much appreciated.



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