Motile AMD Ryzen 5 Laptop Is the Best Cheap Gaming Laptop?

Motile AMD Ryzen 5 Laptop Is the Best Cheap Gaming Laptop?

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The Walmart Motile AMD Ryzen 5 14 Inch Laptop is really shaping up to be the best laptop for video editing at an affordable price but can it game? I picked up the Motile AMD Ryen 5 Laptop from Walmart on sale for $300 and looking at the specs that is a great price but we will get into that later. I have been looking for a laptop to replace my old Lenovo Thinkpad e555 laptop for better video editing performance and happen to see this on ETA Prime’s Youtube Channel. So originally this purchase was inspired by the need for a new Video Editing Machine for the We Deem Channel and you can see how it fairs as a Video Editing laptop by checking out my video “Motile Ryzen 5 Review: Video Editing in Adobe Premiere” but this post is a full review with gaming in mind. Let’s dive into the Motile AMD Ryzen 5 14 Inch Laptop!

THE MOTILE DESIGN & BUILD QUALITY

Well, the first thing you will notice when looking at the Motile Ryzen 5 laptop is Walmart took design cues from Apple and honestly it looks amazing. The Motile comes in three different colors black, silver and rose gold. Now when I was first looking at the laptop I almost got the rose gold but it’s only on the top part of the laptop instead of the whole laptop housing so I went with the silver.

The backlit keyboard has a brightness setting but even on the brightest setting it just a calming highlight!

The Motile Laptop has an aluminum body, a large size touchpad located at the bottom in the center of the laptop pretty similar to the 13″ Macbook and a light-up keyboard that matches the color of the laptop. Now one of my issues right off the bat is the keyboard is a little cramped for someone coming from a 15″ laptop and initially, I was experiencing an increase in typing errors but over time I am getting used to it a little. The laptop is really light-weight and the USB ports seem to have a death grip on the cables which when trying to pull them out the laptop will yank with it. The 14″ screen takes up most of the top housing and has a small bezel which makes the laptop look very sleek.

As I said the Motile’s body is constructed of aluminum and the keys obviously of plastic. Someone had mentioned on YouTube that they believed the top half felt like plastic but personally it feels like Aluminum as well (it might be aluminum like plastic). The hinge on the screen feels sturdy and well made. The laptop weighs 2.55 lbs which does bring about some issues such as the laptop lifting while trying to open the lid and trying to pull USB wires or drives out does pull the laptop due to the USBs having a death grip.

Motile Laptop Specs & Features

Now down to the important bits, the specs, and features of this very cheap gaming laptop. Let’s take a look at some of the features first and then we will go into the specs.

IPS Screen

The laptop features a 14-inch 1080p FHD screen tuned by THX, the picture is definitely crystal clear and bright . The bezels are slim, the viewing angles are good and the refresh rate seem good but can’t find an exact number. The bottom of the screen does suffer from some back-lit bleed but its something only notice in low light situation…

Inputs

There is one USB type C, two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0. The Motile also has an HDMI port which is always a nice feature and should be standard in today’s market. There is also an Ethernet Port, 3.5mm Headphone Jack and a Front 720p IR Camera which is used for facial recognition Log-in for Windows 10. There is an 80 key keyboard and it is quite cramped but we shall get into that later so keep reading.

Type C, USB, HDMI and AC Adpater Input. Would have been nice to see another USB and maybe HDMI to Extend to a second monitor.
large-size trackpad with lock on the pad itself… Handy feature because these trackpad can get annoying at times!

The touch-pad reminds me of the touch-pad on the 13″ Macbook Pro, it has a touch point for locking the pad which is a very useful feature and it lights up when locked. I almost forgot the laptop does have an SD card slot on the front which I personally didn’t even notice at first because the slot just blends into the front of the laptop.

Motile Keyboard

Laptop at an angle on a cooling pad and me sitting upright!

The keyboard is the same color as the laptop, it is back-lit blue at the bottom of the keys and the key symbols. Now the keyboard must have a time censor on it because it will go off if not used but I personally have found it to stay off sometimes even if it is being used. I also noticed that at certain angles it becomes hard to see the lettering, seems washed out and does illuminate the entire letter, word or symbol. Maybe there is a setting to keep the keyboard lit or change the time-out but I haven’t found it yet. As I said early on, the keyboard is a little cramped and I find myself clicking the wrong keys sometimes or the caps-lock a lot. Overall the keyboard is not bad and I am getting used to it over time. If you have any specific questions about the keyboard don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below!

Performance

The Motile has a high-powered 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 5 Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics and 8GB of DDR4. There is a 256GB SSD which obviously is nothing to write home about so there is definitely some room for upgrades and we thank the Motile manufactures for giving us a second SSD slot because it is needed.

The Radeon Vega 8 is an integrated graphics solution by AMD, launched in February 2018. Built on the 14 nm process, and based on the Raven graphics processor, the device supports DirectX 12.0. This latest technology ensures that all new games will run on Radeon Vega 8. Unlike the fully unlocked Radeon Vega 11 Embedded, which uses the same GPU but has all 704 shaders enabled, AMD has disabled some shading units on the Radeon Vega 8 to reach the product’s target shader count. It features 512 shading units, 32 texture mapping units and 8 ROPs. The GPU is operating at a frequency of 300 MHz, which can be boosted up to 1100 MHz. Its power draw is rated at 65 W maximum.

3/3/2020 TECH POWER UP

Processor & Cooling

Just wanted to take a look at the processor and cooling more closely. The Amd Ryzen 5 3500u has 4 cores and 8 threads. In comparison it is directly on par with the Core i5-8265U as far as performance. During Benchmarking at High Quality the Motile scored a 447 with an average 17fps and a max of 37.2fps in Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0. On Low setting 720p the Motile Ryzen 5 laptop scored a 1324 with an average 52.5fps and a max of 94.6. During benchmarking I could feel the keyboard getting really warm and during gaming I do feel where your palms rest gets pretty hot as well.

Motile Ryzen 5 Benchmarking @ High

Motile Ryzen 5 Benchmarking @ Low 1080p

Motile Ryzen 5 Benchmarking @ Low 720p

All Benchmarking provided by Unigine Engine

Just wanted to give some feedback on the cooling during idle and gameplay. Now according to WePc.com a safe temperature at idle should be between 45C to 60C and during gaming about 75C to 80C. Now the Motile was within these parameters running at around 39.5C to 58C and while running Doom 2016 I was seeing temps at about 49.9 to 82 with numbers falling within the 70s.

Amd Ryzen 5 Temps Idle – Report

Amd Ryzen 5 Temps Benchmark – Report

Amd Ryzen 5 Temps Benchmark F – Report

Amd Ryzen 5 Temps Doom Gameplay – Report

All Temp Testing Conducted with Open Hardware Monitor

Audio Quality

I had a little more time with the speakers on the Motile while testing a set of Dragon Gaming Speakers from AliExpress and they are okay for a $300 laptop. The speakers sound like they are firing out the back but I believe they are in the front and the two what appear to be speaker grills on the front bottom of the laptop suggest that. I not entirely sure why they put them on the bottom of the laptop instead of on top or the side of the Motile because it kind of muffles the sound. The Motile Ryzen 5 laptop comes with THX Spatial Audio technology which is supposed to immerse you in the sound of your movies, tv shows, and music but for me, it sounded kind of like being in a tank submerged in water. Now I haven’t given it enough time and maybe my feelings might change over time.

Video Editing on the Motile

Here is the reason why I replaced my old Lenovo Thinkpad E555 with the Walmart Motile Ryzen 5 laptop and honestly I believe I made a great choice. My Lenovo Thinkpad took forever to editing videos and render. My God of War video took 6 days to render and other videos will take anywhere from 13 to 24 hours at times. The editing process is just as painful but I won’t go into it here but you can check my “Video Editing With A Slow Processor” out to see just how painful and long the processor is. Either way, as you will see with the Ryzen 5 processor the render times have been cut down extensively and video rendering in much faster. In the video a 6-minute clip took 13 hours on the Lenovo Thinkpad and about an hour on the motile. Now I have seen other laptops render 4k videos in minutes but honestly, if you’re looking for an affordable decent video editing machine the Motile is a really good choice.

Gaming on the Motile

As you may have assumes from the specs this is no gaming powerhouse but you can get some light gaming in and I did some testing which you can view above. First I played a new NES game called Micro Mages which didn’t play flawlessly but I believe that was due to settings and finally I got to play Sundered which would never play on my Lenovo E555 Thinkpad with a AMD A6. The Sundered game played at 60 FPS, 1920 by 1080p and with textures on high on the Motile.

Next game tested on the Motile Ryzen 5 laptop was Hatred which I could never play on the old laptop but on the new Motile it runs ok on high settings and even better on low settings. I seen a constant 60 fps until I turned up the effects and textures which I then seen some dramatic drops into the teens.

I also test Remothered which I was apart of the beta testing but couldn’t participate because my Lenovo was too under powered and as you will see in the video the Motile can’t handle the game at high or medium settings. While writing this review I loaded up Remothered, changed the setting to low and the lowest frame drop I was seeing was 54 fps. Now that game wasn’t the best visually but it was playable and that all you can ask for in a low budget gaming laptop.

To see further game testing including fornite and some GameCube Emulation check out the video above and considering subscribing to the We Deem Channel for more great gaming content. Now there will be another video with more extensive game testing soon so don’t forget to click the bell to keep informed of new videos being uploaded on the Channel!

Final Thoughts

Is the Motile the best laptop for video editing or the best cheap gaming laptop? If I had to answer these question honestly the answer would have to be no because there are far better machines for this purpose but for the $300 price tag it does a pretty good job for someone looking for a budget laptop. It rendered a six-minute clip in under an hour, on low setting you can run a large library of current-gen PC games and its light-weight which makes it a little productive mobile machine.

Unfortunately, the Motile Ryzen 5 Laptop is no longer priced at $300 dollars but I believe at a little over $400 it is still a good deal!