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Motile 14" Laptop: AMD Ryzen 5, 14" 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD EXPIRED

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Walmart has Motile 14" Laptop (M142, Black, Rose Gold or Silver) on sale for $299. Shipping is free, otherwise select free store pickup where available. Thanks Kevork

Available Colors:Specs:
  • AMD Ryzen 5 Processor
  • 14" 1920x1080 Display
  • 8GB Memory
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
  • Windows 10
  • Ports
    • 2x USB 3.0
    • 1x USB 2.0
    • 1x HDMI
    • 1x USB Type-C
    • 1x Audio Combo Jack
  • Weight: 2.55 lbs
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The 14-inch MOTILE performance laptop features a 1080p screen that is Tuned by THX to bring a crystal clear picture for any and all of your tasks. With a high-powered 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 5 Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics you can tackle all of your daily tasks and projects with ease and haste-and with a slim and lightweight frame you can take it everywhere you go. Also featuring THX Spatial Audio technology for headphones, this laptop brings your entertainment to life.

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Last Edited by kvjimbo01 January 15, 2020 at 07:30 PM
Laptop can crash if headphones or a magnet is on top of bottom right corner!

Video Proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECPSC_1jHE8
Hopefully this post helps you prevent future crashes / sleep issues.

Attached is a picture of location of magnetic item that causes laptop to sleep.

Customer service contact details:

Support number: 1-877-435-7955
Support email: support@MEwarrantyservices.com

I called and sent email and the information does not exist.

The correct phone number for support is (800) 379-3820. Hours are 7 am-4 pm Pacific Time. They are closed on the weekends.
Update: Just called customer service on Jan 10th. The above number (even though it announces as Overpowered customer service) is valid for Motile laptops and the rep confirmed that the warranty for M142 is valid for 1 year and you just call this number for any issues. .

Warranty Information:
Excerpts from Motile Limited Warranty booklet included in box:
"This MOTILE purchased and delivered new in the original packaging to the original purchaser is warranted for personal non-commercial use by MOTILE against manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship for a limited Warranty period of Ninety (90) days for labor and One (1) year for Hardware from the original date of purchase."
"However, the warranty on this Product is limited to Ninety (90) day hardware and labor limited warranty when purchased or used for commercial purposes."
"Product freight must be prepaid by the original purchaser and shipped in its original packaging or packaging affording an equal degree of protection."


## USER MANUAL ATTACHED AT BOTTOM ##

Bios, Software and Driver Update:
http://www.motilecustomerservice.com/

Additional driver files saved by a user from device manager: https://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=131944567&postcount=195 .
This seems to have additional stuffs that is not included on Motile site

To enter the BIOS, keep pressing the DELETE key during the boot up

Bios update hints: (Be careful. Don't attempt unless you REALLY know what you are doing)
*Also note that some issues are appearing with the BIOS/EC update*:
https://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=133422332&postcount=740

BIOS update guide:
https://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=133337630&postcount=495
https://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=133339559&postcount=504

If having problem with the laptop hanging while restart and not completing the restart sequence (especially after a clean window installation),
turn off fast restart in control panel/power option/system settings

Indepth outside review: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Wal...260.0.html

Currently the laptop has no support for waking up from sleep by lid opening. You have to press a key to wake it up. Closing the lid will put it to sleep though.

The HDMI port on the laptop has been verified by multiple people as HDMI 2.0 good for 4K 60hz.

USB Type C port on this Motile has been tested and only has data transfer function. NO power delivery (PD) for charging over usb C port.
NO DP function for video output via the usb C.

Display: IPS

Chassis: aluminum/magnesium

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

SINGLE dimm slot with 8GB 2400 DDR4 sodimm installed. 2GB of the ram is used by Vega iGPU (amount of ram dedicated to iGPU cannot be changed)

Two M2 SSD slots: first slot comes occupied with Biwin 256GB M2 SATA SSD and can use both M2 SATA and NVME.
Second unoccupied M2 slot recognizes only NVME ssd.

Fn+ F5 changes between Basic mode and Silent mode fan speed.
This does have a small difference on multicore cpu benchmarks.
Maybe also battery life when on battery?
Also you can tell which mode you are in by looking at the led light on the power button: solid is basic mode, slow dimming /brightening is silent mode.


FIX FOR LOW SOUND OUTPUT FROM SPEAKERS:

1) Be sure the Sound Blaster Connect application is running.
### The Sound Blaster Connect Software can be downloaded from the Windows Store, as well as other places. #### https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p...verviewtab
2) Select a sound profile (Game/Music/Movie, etc)
3) and make sure the EQ is turned on.
Makes a night and day difference


FUNCTION KEY REMAPPING:
To reverse FN keys to skip having to hold down FN + FKey:
https://keytweak.en.softonic.com/

My Mapping:
Key #120 remapped to 'Volume Down' - Default to 'F9'
Key #121 remapped to 'Volume Up' - Default to 'F10'
Key #119 remapped to 'Mute' - Default to 'F8'
Key #129 remapped to 'F10' - Default to 'Volume Up'
Key #131 remapped to 'F9' - Default to 'Volume Down'
Key #133 remapped to 'F8' - Default to 'Mute'



GAME TESTING:
on battery power:
Diablo 3 ROS (1920x1080, high settings for all): 45+ FPS
WoW Classic in intense battle like Alterac Valley, low settings, FPS fluctuates between 40-80


LINUX DISTROS TESTED:
Ubuntu 19.10 - everything works
Zorin OS 15 - Needed to apt update/upgrade to get latest kernel to support Ryzen 5 3500U graphics.
(Installs with support only for 800x600, update fixed everything)
Linux Mint 19.2 - Everything works. Updated to latest Kernel to support Ryzen 5 3500U graphics

THX Color Profile:
Here are all the color profile files off my Motile M142 R5
https://drive.google.com/open?id=...TpAaO9lp_P
or
https://www.4shared.com/zip/GWMDk...files.html
Restart laptop after placing files in C:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers\color
then right click on desktop -> Display settings -> Color Profile drop down and select Tuned by THX

INCREASE DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS:
To increase the display's max brightness download Radeon Software [amd.com], open the new software, navigate to Settings > Display and disable Vari-Bright. The display will now be ~50% brighter.(Many owners report no difference).

VIDEO ON RAM, SSD, WIFI UPGRADE:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iITc_8IBPK0

USB-C power adapters

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product...CFDA&psc=1

Several members have reported success in using USB C PD to barrel adapters to charge. There are a number to choose from on Amazon, Aliexpress, and eBay.

Here are adapters reported working:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33036838470.html
https://www.amazon.com/Cablecc-Ad...07SJ4CB27/

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this is becoming an insanely good deal. it was a good deal at 399, better at 349. and now 299? it's one of those slickdeals i'm tempted to buy even though i dont need it!
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I am sure if you wait even more till 2021 or better 2022 BF, there will be even better electronics. 😛
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Review for the laptop [notebookcheck.net]

Seems to be 2 M.2 slots and 1 DDR4.
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Aside from the so-so reviews this is crazy nice specs for the price.
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Which Ryzen 5? Weird it doesn't say. Ram upgradeable? How many slots? M.2?

Great specs for the price though...
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Which Ryzen 5? Weird it doesn't say. Ram upgradeable? How many slots? M.2?

Great specs for the price though...
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3500u. not soldered ram but only 1 slot. if I remember correctly, 2 m.2 slots
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Review for the laptop [notebookcheck.net]

Seems to be 2 M.2 slots and 1 DDR4.
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It keeps dropping in price. I wonder how low it will go.
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can you charge through the USB-C port?
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Wow this keeps dropping in price. Very nice specs ips.screen for under $300!
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this is becoming an insanely good deal. it was a good deal at 399, better at 349. and now 299? it's one of those slickdeals i'm tempted to buy even though i dont need it!
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You can get the bundle from a previous slickdeals post for only $313 so almost $90 cheaper than the previous frontpage deal. The link to the slickdeals post is here: https://slickdeals.net/f/13504120-motile-14-performance-laptop-ryzen-5-with-radeon-vega-8-graphics-t...
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Can this run any games?
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Anyone know how the Vega 8 benchmarks compare to integrated Intel?
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