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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 kd4das

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  • 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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Last Edited by DoctorChops January 14, 2020 at 08:35 PM
Laptop can sleep if headphones or a magnet is on top of bottom right corner!

THAT'S ALL MOBILE DEVICES. THAT'S HOW SLEEP MODE WORKS
VIDEO PROOF! https://imgur.com/a/mDLTgPg #defcon


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.

I called Walmart today: (800) 966-6546 and the rep arranged for me to exchange my M-142, the screen goes blank intermittently. She was unable to find a Motile support number.

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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There is no guarantee that there will ever be a Ryzen 4500U 2.5lb laptop with similar specs for $300 in a year from now, let alone a month or two.

IMO best case scenario is youre going to be hoping for a similar deal around Black Friday. 10 months is a long time to wait if you need it now.
The Ryzen 4000 skus are offering 8c/8t and 8c/16t parts where 4core parts currently. Have you seen the laptops already shown? Ryzen is finally bringing its desktop game to mobile. Unlike intel they've been very happy to discount and continue offering the older skus. Laptops like this aren't going anywhere and the price isn't getting any higher.
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There is no guarantee that there will ever be a Ryzen 4500U 2.5lb laptop with similar specs for $300 in a year from now, let alone a month or two.

IMO best case scenario is youre going to be hoping for a similar deal around Black Friday. 10 months is a long time to wait if you need it now.
Again if you NEED a system now by all means don't look back, but it of course, but if you would like to have zen 2/7nm on mobile and all that entails there's few times it's so definitively worth waiting if you're able to. Or do both and sell this in 6 months, I just want people to avoidregret if possible
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So for someone who won't be doing any gaming, and will more or less be doing basic web browsing, YouTubing, and some Skyping....is this recommended? I just want something that boots up fast, runs fast, and isn't annoying to use.
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Didn't read through the comments so I apologise in advance if this is a repeat question but how does this compare to the Costco deal for the HP with 10th gen i-5 @ $300? I assume the HP is better?
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Thinking of pulling the trigger.

For those that own one.
What upgrades did you make and hardware used?

TIA, bang
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What upgrades did you make and hardware used?
If you're pretty sure you want one, I'd buy it and try it out first and figure out if you even feel like you need an upgrade before you spend money on something you might not need. If you're content with it at first, you can always upgrade the M.2 (or add another one) later down the road, or upgrade the RAM. At that point things should be cheaper anyway.
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People really don't understand the value of lightweight. This is an insane build for a laptop that is decent. 2.5lbs for a laptop that has ips screen with decent graphics. It can even play some games in a pinch.
Only worry that I would have with this laptop is durability. If that is somewhat guaranteed, this is a steel.
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seems like a good deal only thing holding it back is hte ram is not Dual channel.
plan to get it for my 8 year old son. he wants to play forte night
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So for someone who won't be doing any gaming, and will more or less be doing basic web browsing, YouTubing, and some Skyping....is this recommended? I just want something that boots up fast, runs fast, and isn't annoying to use.
Yes to all. Absolutely love this computer performance wise especially for the price.
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Can my kids play minecraft, fortnite or rainbow 6 on this somewhat smoothly?
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Wondering if I should return the $280 hp i5 deal from Costco from November, and get the Motile instead? The hp's crappy cooling system was designed for the less hot i3, so they lowered the max power threshold, reducing sustained runs. Hell, even on the i3, it is gimped. (Which I assume is typical for these entry laptops).
Or wait for the 4000 series, and buy when on sale?
I have both of these machines. The Motile is a keeper (return period passed), the HP, not so sure yet.

HP Pros
- synthetically faster, graphics dont use up RAM
- two ram slots. It can run with 32 gigs for sure (i tried it), potentially 64 gigs?
- objectively better screen, definitely brighter. I cannot understate this
- easily wifi-6 upgradable since functionality is already in the CPU. Even its AC wireless is faster
- full-sized SD card slot
- considering you got this from costco, youll have MUCH MUCH better support. Minimum two year warranty, 90 day returns, probably two more years if you used citi card.
- subjective, but I find the keyboard much more usable on the HP with its island keys.
- Theoretically you can add a 2.5" drive to the HP with the purchase of a cable off of ebay. Considering how much cheaper these drives than their M.2 counterparts, this may be a pro.

Motile Pros
- two m.2 slots
- more competent cooling (but not by much). As a result, it actually has a higher cinebench r15 result than the HP despite being a slower CPU
- faster graphics...sort of. I didnt play games on it, but it did give a higher passmark for 3d and 2d.
- more ports, like gigabit ethernet.
- lighter and thinner. The HP feels like its from a few years back when you touch the two
- much much easier to open and upgrade
- none of this roulette nonsense with hoping you get an i5 vs an i3
- you get more RAM and SSD out of the box. In fact, this machine needs NOTHING out of the box if you want a decent experience with basic needs. There is no room for 4 gig machines in 2020.


Essentially, for me at least, its design vs function, or heart vs head?. The HP feels like a better machine to use everyday because of its screen and keyboard, but the Motile is everything an SD user would like more...chassis, upgradability, ports, cooling design.
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Would like to use this be a good htpc. Will be running kodi, streaming netflix etc. My old i3 lags when I stream. TIA
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As promised, looks like the coupon hasn't been used. Here it is for 10% off on any order.

Whoever uses it please post and let us know it's been used. Good Luck

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Lol, you gamed on battery power and are surprised it died quickly?
I play multiple games on my Lenovo battery, so....
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Didn't read through the comments so I apologise in advance if this is a repeat question but how does this compare to the Costco deal for the HP with 10th gen i-5 @ $300? I assume the HP is better?
Just scroll down a little on this page, and you'll find the first answer to that question.
Well a better answer would be short term bursts and sustained performance correlations, and gaming on both models. But it seems like they are suggesting from personal use, that the Motile is better.
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