What you need to know
If you're looking to pick up a new laptop before heading back to school this year, Huawei has readied some deals that may be worth a look. The company has cut $200 off the price of both the MateBook X Pro andMateBook 13 by $200 for the back-to-school season. If all you need is a basic laptop to get some general work done, the MateBook D is also available for $150 off.
The discount on the MateBook X Pro is for the 2018 model; the 2019 refresh still has yet to hit stores. The price drop brings the top-end model down to $1,300, netting you a 13.9-inch 3000 x 2000 screen, an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U processor, NVIDIA MX150 graphics, and 16GB of RAM. You can save a little more money by opting for the model with a Core i5-8250U processor, which packs 8GB of RAM and integrated graphics for $999.
The MateBook 13, meanwhile, has Core i5 and i7 models available at a discounted $800 and $1,100, respectively. Going for the Core i7 model will net you 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, along with NVIDIA MX150 graphics. The Core i5 model ratchets things down a bit with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage without discrete graphics.
Finally, there's the MateBook D, which offers an Intel Core i7-8550U processor, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage for $850 in a 14-inch package.
Each of thes discounts is set to run through August 14.
Portable (and affordable) power accessories we love
Each and every one of these charging gadgets will keep your favorite gear and gadgets going for longer, and none of them costs more than $30.
VisionTek 8,000 mAh micro-USB power bank ($13 at Dell)
This compact dual-output powerbank can speedily recharge any and all your devices, thanks to a two-amp "fast charge feature," using its micro-USB out port. Its simple design includes an LED indicator, and it costs about as much as a single ticket to the movies.
Panasonic eneloop AA batteries (From $13 at Dell)
Panasonic's rechargeable batteries are among the best available, and just a couple of them will keep your favorite remote, mice or other peripherals powered up when you need them. They're also eco. And the company's affordable charger fits and charges both AA and AAA batteries at the same time.
Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad ($30 at Dell)
This unobtrusive Qi wireless charging pad looks good (and kind of like a UFO …) and easily charges all your Qi-compatible device up to 5W. Its LED indicator lights up when you're charging. And it costs just $30.
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