Should my daughter buy this laptop?

swee'pea99

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Honor MagicBook 15 AMD Ryzen 5 8GB 256GB SSD 15.6 Full HD Inch Laptop

From what little I know it looks like a good deal, with a spec along similar lines to an HP which came up on a recent CC thread along these lines, at around £200 more.

But I don't really know anything about Honor laptops, and reviews are thin on the ground (though from what I can see they tend to be positive rather than negative). Anyone have one, or anything else 'Honor'?

Oh, and it has to be a laptop, not a Chromebook, for reasons that make sense.

Thanks in anticipation.
 

Drago

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Google shows that the brand has decent reviews on Techradar.
 

bikingdad90

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It looks to have no disc drive, a headphone jack a single USB socket, a HDMI port and a USB C port for a docking station. Will this be sufficient for her needs?

Also, no number pad. If her course involves lots of number it will be a right pain in the backside. I am an accountant by trade and have a laptop similar and had to invest in a wireless keyboard with a number pad to get me round the issue.
 

bikingdad90

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If she is a student could she on unidays\Totum/NUS get 10-20% off a Microsoft surface pro laptop or a Dell laptop with touchscreen?
 

Cycleops

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What will she be using it for?
Don't know if there's any problems with Huawei Windows devices like there are with Android and their phones.
 

YukonBoy

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Seems expensive for a laptop. What’s the use case?
 
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swee'pea99

swee'pea99

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Thanks all. It'll be used mostly for everyday browsing and the like, but she wants to keep her options open which may involve running windows-based software - apparently one job she's applying to requires her to download and install a tailored program to run certain tests, eg.

Good to hear Honor seems respected. That The Register review sounds very positive - tho' it's for a different, more upmarket model, the general good vibes are reassuring. 'Seems expensive' - have to say, my initial reaction was the opposite - looked like a lot of spec for the cash.

Thanks again. Any more thoughts very much welcome.
 

AndyRM

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Might be overkill if it's for the internet and relatively basic sounding programmes.

Honor are excellent IME (though I only have one of their phones, personally, but have tested quite a lot of their kit), as you've noticed you get a lot of bang for your buck.
 

Tenkaykev

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Location
Poole
Thanks all. It'll be used mostly for everyday browsing and the like, but she wants to keep her options open which may involve running windows-based software - apparently one job she's applying to requires her to download and install a tailored program to run certain tests, eg.

Good to hear Honor seems respected. That The Register review sounds very positive - tho' it's for a different, more upmarket model, the general good vibes are reassuring. 'Seems expensive' - have to say, my initial reaction was the opposite - looked like a lot of spec for the cash.

Thanks again. Any more thoughts very much welcome.
After reading the original Reg review that I posted I went to the Honor Web store and that's where I saw the machine (and other models) referred to in your original post.
I went from a Samsung phone to a Honor View 20 last year, mainly because of the camera reviews. It's been a revelation, outstanding battery life great camera and regular updates.
I believe "Honor" is a sub brand of Huawei aimed at the budget and "younger" section of the market.
 

Electric_Andy

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Plymouth
Honor make splendid phones at a fraction of the price so I would not have any worries about the laptop. I think they would be more popular if it wasn't for the "Chinese spying" allegations. Battery life seems a bit poorer but never an issue for me becasue i'd always keep a laptop plugged in, or at least if it gets down to 40%
 

si_c

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Location
Wirral
Honor is Huawei's youth brand. I've not seen anything negative about the brand really, some criticisms of phones but no more so than any other brands.

Looks like a good spec for the price, my biggest gripe would be it's a 15" laptop - for a student I'd seriously consider a 13" laptop - it moves into desktop replacement size at 15" and just the size of it means it is less portable.
 
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