The Huawei MateBook D 14 with the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U is a really excellent laptop that offers performance, design, and build quality far beyond its price tag. It's a laptop you'll love as it is, but you can always make it a little better by pairing some top notch accessories. Here are some of the best bits you should be adding to your MateBook D 14.
The solid-state drive (SSD) inside the MateBook D is good, but it's still quite small and not as good as the Samsung 970 EVO Plus, currently our top choice for PC storage. The MateBook D supports NVMe drives like this, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a faster SSD for your laptop. It comes in a range of sizes from 250GB to 2TB, but at a minimum you want to start at 500GB as an upgrade.
Use this mouse over Bluetooth or the included nano receiver and never worry about running out of juice when you need it most since it offers up to 70 days of battery life on a single charge. Tracking is accurate enough for productivity, even gaming, and the design is arguably the most ergonomic you'll find on any mouse.
The 256GB of storage in the MateBook D is upgradeable but something more portable is always handy. Samsung's T5 portable SSD is tiny, affordable, and as fast as you could possibly want from an external drive. It's also available in sizes up to 2TB, depending just how much stuff you have to store. The one listed here is for 256GB, a handy double up on your laptop storage.
The MateBook D charges over USB-C, which is useful for a number of reasons, including that it's now easier to upgrade your charging brick. The one you get is pretty good, but this 60W brick from Anker not only has USB-C PD to charge your laptop, but a regular USB-A port below to charge your phone, tablet, or other USB powered device at the same time. Definitely worth a spot in your gear bag.
The ASUS ZenScreen GO is a portable 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display that you can hook up to your laptop over a single USB-C cable. It also has a built-in battery so it won't drain your laptop's power for up to four hours. It's also got a USB-A adapter if you'd rather keep your laptop hooked up to power, but having an extra display this good is great for on the go productivity.
Keep it safe
You want to make sure your laptop stays looking good and dent or scratch free, so when you move around with it toss it inside this felt sleeve. It's just the right size for a 14-inch laptop and inside has a nice, thick, padded layer to cushion your MateBook against unwanted bumps and scratches. As a bonus, you get a smaller pouch included, which is the perfect size for a companion mouse.
Portable power plant
If you're going to be away from a wall outlet for an extended period, this USB-C PD battery pack will ensure you can top up on the go. It delivers a 45W output, perfect for charging a laptop like MateBook D, and has a hefty 20,100 mAh capacity to boot. The additional USB-A port means you can also charge your phone or tablet at the same time, and the battery pack can refill itself in just three hours.
Plugging a gap
An SD card slot is about the only thing the MateBook D is missing, so that's where this inexpensive USB 3.0 dongle comes in. It's no bigger than a thumb drive, supports SD cards and microSD cards, and thanks to the USB 3.0 support, you'll get pretty quick data transfer from either.
If you're looking for the most convenient way to add some extra storage to your MateBook D, then one of these tiny flash drives is a great idea. It barely sticks out beyond the laptop's USB port so you can just leave it in there all the time. It's backward compatible to the MateBook's USB 3.0 port, and the 128GB version is so affordable it's almost a no brainer.
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One of the few negative points about the MateBook D is that 256GB of storage doesn't go that far anymore. Removable, portable storage is great, and in some situations, something like Samsung's T5 SSD will be absolutely ideal.
For us, a 500GB or larger Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD is the number one thing to get. You'll double your internal storage as well as adding one of the fastest SSDs currently on sale into your laptop. Whether you regularly handle large files and crave the performance or just need more storage, it's the top choice. You get a five-year warranty, legendary reliability and useful companion software to help you get the best from it.
The other essential we'd add to the MateBook D is an upgraded charger, like the Anker PowerPort. There's nothing particularly wrong with the stock charger, but this one is better and has that all-important second USB port to quickly charge your phone from the same outlet.
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