My thoughts on the Motile 14 laptop from Walmart

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I originally learned about the Motile 14 laptop from the following video.

I finally decided to pull the trigger on buying one the other week and I’ve spent a week using it as my daily driver. My original plan was to put the laptop down in the basement to watch videos and movies on it during swirly funnely death cloud emergencies that the Midwest inevitably has. However, I ended up liking this laptop so much that it’s staying on my desk for a while to come.

I love the screen. It’s a 1920×1080 IPS panel and the first real IPS display I’ve owned.

The model I have has the AMD Ryzen 3 CPU with Radeon 3 graphics. Not exactly a gaming powerhouse but I am able to play some older games like Final Fantasy VI and Fallout New Vegas.

I’m having a love-hate relationship with the keyboard. While it’s not a Thinkpad keyboard, it is satisfactory to type on. However, I do have a few problems with the keyboard. The first is the backlighting makes the keyboard almost unusable. That’s because I bought the silver version of the laptop. From what I understand, the backlit keyboard works much better with the black model. Also, the keyboard is a little cramped. While I’m not the best typist in the world, I find myself constantly hitting more than one key at a time.

Currently, this laptop is on sale at Walmart for $329. I wouldn’t pay a penny more for this laptop.  It has been on sale for less than $300 but because of the demand for laptops due to the pandemic, prices have risen. While it’s decent I wouldn’t go overboard trying to find one. It would make a good laptop for students and grandma but I don’t think it’s durable enough for younger kids.

My plan for this laptop is to put 16GB of RAM into the single channel slot and install a second NVME drive so I can dual boot Linux and Windows. I’ll be posting updates on that to let you know how it goes.

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