Walmart’s New Laptop is an INSANE Deal

– Hey guys, this is Austin Inside this box is either one of the best laptop deals that I've ever seen, or something that you should avoid at all costs

So, you may remember a video I did last year on the Walmart gaming laptop It was a decent laptop with some issues However, there was a huge backlash and it got severely slashed in price Now, this time around, Walmart's like, "Oh no, that's fine, everyone forgot about that" So, they've created their own brand of gaming laptops called Motile, Motile, mottle? (beeps) So, if you take a look at the specs, there's a lot going for this

But what really makes it interesting is the price So, when this launched, it came out at $500 Not bad, but also not particularly great However, recently, this is available for $300, which is a pretty excellent deal, except that a few days later, when I purchased it, it was $400 So, I dunno exactly how to review this thing

If it's a $200 laptop, it's amazing, it's great $300, it's awesome At $600 or $500 though, it's a little bit harder to say What I'm really curious about is what exactly have they done this time around? Because there's a lot of stuff which looks very cool on this So, you can see, Motile is a trademark of Walmart Apollo, which I'm not sure exactly what Apollo is, but this is definitely a Walmart-specific brand

What was the last one, Overpowered is what they called their gaming laptops? So I guess they've, OP, yeah, of course So, now they've moved onto Motile So, it's got a decent power brick It does have an old school barrel plug, but whatever, that's not important What I'm curious about is the laptop, which is immediately very thin

So, they advertise this as a performance laptop And with the Ryzen inside, it is actually supposedly a pretty powerful laptop, given that they spec it out right There are a lot of things you can do here, which will negatively impact for performance It seems like it's got a decent selection of ports at least, USB-C, USB-A, HDMI We've got another couple of USB ports, as well as ethernet

All right, that's cool Oh, oh that's, (laughs) in case you're curious, (laughing) it comes with THX You know what, it actually looks pretty unique though I mean, I actually like the black surround It also does have a Windows Hello IR camera

The keyboard, it looks nice, let's see (keys clacking) Oh, that's not bad It's a little bit low travel, but something that's really jumping out to me is this feels incredibly lightweight Supposedly, this is also a backlit keyboard So far, even at the $400 I spent on it, I'm actually really happy with this

There we go All right, see what's inside our Walmart mystery laptop Wow, that is, that's metal (clanging) Oh, what, there's a few things that jump out to me First of all, is the fact that we do have an M2 drive, although actually, is that? That might be SATA

I'm not sure if that's SATA No, that is SATA Okay, so we have a 256 gig SATA drive, fine It is nice that we have a secondary M2 slot, but beyond that, there's some really questionable decisions

First of all, there's this huge gap here, which seems like it's meant for something like an SSD or another hard drive, but it's empty There's no port to actually plug it in, which is bizarre The cooling seems to be maybe not the greatest, just a single heat pipe to what looks to be a fairly small fan But the bigger problem is if I lift up this little flap, you'll see that there's only a single eight gig DIMM here I just realized something

So, we have our eight gigs of RAM right here, perfectly fine, no problem But if you wanna install more memory in dual-channel, which as it's a Ryzen system, you should absolutely do, the SSD's in the way So, you actually can't run dual-channel memory and dual SSDs You have to pick one or the other I'm actually gonna double check this, but if I uninstall our standard SSD

These are the world's cheapest screws They're all stripping Well, I would love to be able to pull that SSD out and show you, but I think the idea is that if you wanna upgrade this, you need to take advantage of an NVMe SSD on this side and put in extra RAM That's, I've never seen something like this That's such a dumb decision, 'cause there's no way the extra channel of memory would fit there

– [Ken] So, I found something on this laptop – What do you mean, you found something? – [Ken] So, try to change the wallpaper on it – Okay, Windows isn't activated Are you, are you serious right now? You're trying to tell me that Walmart is selling a laptop without a real copy of Windows on it? I refuse to believe that No, that's not, that's not a real thing

Detecting activation problems Wait, wait, wait, you might just be wrong, Ken It might just activate What's the problem, huh? What's the problem? We've activated, see, you got me all excited You're like, "Oh, it's not real," and then it just, it was one click

That being said, it is very strange that that was not done out of the box However, Windows is fine We've also got eight gigs of single-channel, 2400 megahertz memory, which as I've already discussed, is pretty much the absolute bare minimum, especially with a Ryzen Not only does that make a difference to the graphics, obviously, you're almost halving your performance there, but it also slows down the CPU Generally speaking, Ryzen definitely needs dual-channel memory and the fastest stuff you can get

So, if we were willing to kinda reorder that SSD, move it over, or get a NVMe drive, bump this up to 16 gigs of fast memory, would cause a huge, huge bump to performance I'll say having Windows Hello for facial recognition is a big plus The keyboard, I think, is fine, especially considering that it's backlit Let's try that THX action We have our spatial audio demo

So, they're saying that spatial audio is better, but I think the spatial audio is just purely an app running Yeah, it's just headphones So, there's this thing called bass It exists, and it makes things sound cool when they're actually not I know they're very happy to put THX branding this

I'm sure they're very happy to say that the display was tuned by THX I don't think that matters whatsoever I'm gonna move on with the rest of this wonderful laptop So, while I get a couple of things installing on the Motile, let me introduce you to the best competitor to this, the Acer Aspire 5 Now, this is something that we did a video on last year, and there's a lot going for it, and it's actually fairly similar in a lot of categories

So, at about $330, you're getting Ryzen 3, four gigs of RAM, and a 128 gig SSD Now, that might sound like a little bit less powerful, however, actually, Walmart sells a version of the motile with that almost exact same spec And right now, they're selling it for $349 So, it's broadly sort of similar And there are actually, obviously, a lot of advantages to going with the Acer, but all that being said, as many problems as I found with this Walmart laptop, there were definitely some things which are very much a redeeming quality

First of all, the screen Yes, I know, the tuned by THX thing is kind of overrated, and no, it's not the greatest screen I've ever seen It's 14 inches, 1080p, it's a matte finish It gets reasonably bright Honestly, for this three to $400 price category, I have zero complaints

It's actually really nice Now, if you were to spec the Acer to the same degree as the Walmart laptop, it actually becomes a pretty decent deal So, we're talking Ryzen 5, eight gigs of RAM, and a 256 gig SSD costs you $500 on the Acer side Not unreasonable, considering this is significantly cheaper at the moment and has been a lot cheaper in the past, it actually starts to look pretty good I mean, again, that screen is great, and a lot of the hardware actually feels, to me, even though it's not incredibly well built, it almost reminds me slightly of the LG Gram in that is a very lightweight laptop that's kind of surprising

I don't know what to say here 'cause I'm torn On one hand, it's from a company which Walmart may or may not decide to dissolve in like 30 seconds It also has some legitimately poor decisions, I would say, in its configuration But, if you were to say, pick this laptop up from cheap, swap out the RAM and add an SSD, an M2 SSD as opposed to the one that's inside, move things around, you actually would have what I think is pretty solid system

And especially considering that this thing will ping pong between three and $500, if you get it toward that $300 side of the spectrum, it's actually a legitimately good deal – [Ken] And most importantly, no bloatware – I, personally, much prefer the sort of fit and (coughs) I prefer, (exhaling) I prefer the fit and finish of the Walmart laptop I will say one thing though, I nearly stripped two screws while trying to open this up and replace the SSD, which does not fill me with confidence on the fact that while you should upgrade it, you actually would be able to So, it's a little bit of a hard sell

But generally speaking, it's not bad I thought I was gonna tear this thing apart I thought it was gonna be terrible This is actually a legitimately pretty decent laptop Is the fan running at 100% as I install Fortnite right now, fort right, right now, Fortnite right now? Yes it is

Am I going to continue the video as if I didn't accidentally say the wrong thing? Yes, I am going to do that This is not great Okay so, this is why you want dual-channel memory in your laptop So, even at 720p medium, we're struggling We're hitting 30, but it's a very jittery 30

Look man, there's a lot to like with this laptop, but if you buy it, you should not use it as it is right now You should upgrade the RAM for sure, and realistically, you probably want an M2 SSD to fill up that second slot, 'cause the way they've configured it, it just doesn't make a lot of sense If you're not gaming, it's fine, but what Walmart has done with this, is they're absolutely taking a standard white label laptop chassis, they're customizing a little bit, and they're selling it under their Motile brand Now, do you trust that Walmart will continue to make this laptop and support it, maybe? If you get it for a great price, I do think that this is a no-brainer, but the problem is, is whether or not you trust that this company's even going to be around and whether this laptop will continue to hold up

It's cool, it's interesting, it's different, and it could be a great price, or they might double the price tomorrow, so it's kinda hard to recommend However, I'm curious, what do you guys think about the Walmart laptop? Let me know in the comments below I will have a link to it, if I can find it, in the description, if they haven't discontinued it by the time this video goes live, which will be not good, I guess I'd probably have to make a new video after that (upbeat music)

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