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Walmart’s New Laptop is an INSANE Deal

January 15, 2020

– 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 M.2 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 M.2 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 M.2 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 M.2 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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  • Reply Marques Brownlee January 15, 2020 at 7:15 pm


  • Reply 18matts January 15, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    That thing gets horrible reviews for software support

  • Reply Joe Owen January 15, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    I thought the writing on the bottom of the screen said walmart

  • Reply Umar Abid January 15, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Do the upgrade please!

  • Reply Alias Alias January 15, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    I would rather buy a 128 gb iPod touch with 300 dollars

  • Reply EyeRoGaming January 15, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    you should do a second video on this laptop and add an m.2 ssd and more ram and see what performance you could get

  • Reply Fred Judy II January 15, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    if it remains around the $300 price point not bad hopefully there's a 2nd-gen with some tweaks to it

  • Reply TechnocratiK January 15, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    When I think "motile" I definitely think "Walmart laptop" and not "sperm."

  • Reply Eduardo Castillo January 15, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    But who uses laptops these days its 2020 it looks like my old netbook

  • Reply magicsmoke630 January 15, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Don’t buy this crap.

  • Reply ig33ku January 15, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Display tuned by THX

  • Reply Oki January 15, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Not sure if I'm just not seeing it, but I don't know how moving that m.2 drive will allow for dual channel ram. There's no where else you can physically install more ram, even if you take out the m.2 drive that's there.

  • Reply Miguel Yanez January 15, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    So for $300 , its a good laptop for web browsing and other light stuff. How long it works is unknown. I would buy from a different brand

  • Reply Marco Fiorillo January 15, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    How do you want put a second SODIMM ram stick into that laptop!?!?!??! MY GOSH

  • Reply Cichlid_Visuals January 15, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    these are obsolete at launch, you can get asus tuf laptops with ryzen 5, gtx 1650, and 120hz 1080p screen in same ballpark price. csgo is a great experience on them.

  • Reply Cosimo Gioia January 15, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Is a crappy laptop

  • Reply Badenia Filme January 15, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    It looks a lot like the Slimbook Pro X. Probably from the same chinese factory.

  • Reply bsfatboy January 15, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    I don’t see any hardware to hold down the second stick of ram anywhere near the ssd.

  • Reply Offic. DZanjo January 15, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    M dot 2… for fucks … god damn it… At this point i'm sure this is to bug me…

  • Reply Spectr3x January 15, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    4 million subscribers!

  • Reply Michael Holeček January 15, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Well… In Europe… we are f*cked up 😀

  • Reply Koyova January 15, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Austin and everyone I need a laptop with a CD drive built in which is in Australia. Can anyone tell me which is a gd tittle. Thankq

  • Reply Rikin Patel January 15, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Waiting for the day he says “HEY AUSTIN ITS GUY”

  • Reply Wonder Bread lwl January 15, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    I believe that empty space would be for a gpu probably on the more expensive models

  • Reply Bernice Panders January 15, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    I think it's SAD that the wealth inequality in this country is so absurdly atrocious, that this laptop is the ONLY option for millions of people in America alone!! 🤔🤔🤔

  • Reply Mobius147 January 15, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Hey guys, th-is exhAustin!

  • Reply Zaphryx Changeling January 15, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Think of this less as a laptop, and more of a slightly barebones kit. You're getting fantastic deals in what you can't change (windows hello, CPU), and can easily and cheaply upgrade it. Get another 8gb stick of RAM, and you're laughing. USB-C, the weight, the keyboard, and everything else, is icing on the cake. Look on Amazon for $300 laptops, and you won't find anything even CLOSE to this thing.

  • Reply M. Mawwalmazie A.K. January 15, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    if you're afraid of stripping a screw with philips ones, use the flathead instead. Come on Austin, you have iFixit kit wtf…

  • Reply Jay YT January 15, 2020 at 7:58 pm


  • Reply Mariano Espada January 15, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Where did you get the shirt Austin? I need one but cotten bureau is out of stock😭

  • Reply Waffles Weird World (WWW) January 15, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Should take out the mobo I've been hearing the other ram slot is on the other side of the mobo for some reason, and update the drivers/update windows. For some reason the screen does HDR but only streaming videos

  • Reply Rohan Mishra January 15, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Slap Linux on it and this would be great.

  • Reply Alperen Cicek January 15, 2020 at 8:03 pm


  • Reply Adam Skan January 15, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    went to walmart with my friend and found a HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop for $400

  • Reply Glewbert January 15, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    There is only 1 single RAM slot on that computer. My stinkpad from 2007 even has two DIMM slots. Nice "performance laptop" where you can't even run dual channel memory.

  • Reply Blue Raptorz January 15, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    And here I am selling 8gb ram i5 laptops for £120.

  • Reply jason beedle January 15, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Hey guy, you can't add extra RAM. 👍

  • Reply You cant beat K January 15, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    If I got one I'd have to get another charger because those chargers are garbage. They are so heavy they fall out of the outlet.

  • Reply Jan Krulik January 15, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    The other dimm slot is literally fliped around from the first one (entry blocked by m.2)

  • Reply Jabari January 15, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    It’s On Walmart Website Now For $249.99

  • Reply Krzyker January 15, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Hey Austin, if you read this than I luv ur vids but most importantly check out the HP Pavilion 15-cs2073cl on micro center, its honestly insane for the price. I got it 2 months ago and I couldnt believe it, but now it feel in price by a hundred dollars! Check it out!

  • Reply T-Top Coupe January 15, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Upgrade it!!!! Se what you can do with extra ram.

  • Reply Feel The Hertz January 15, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    This things legit, I like it. Might just get one.

    EDIT* – Even aside from the asinine internal design decisions.

  • Reply BahaaEddin AlAila January 15, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Whats's the processor model?
    Zen or Zen+ ?

  • Reply Militum January 15, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Better port selection than 99% of the other laptops out there. Only needs a SD card reader and IT would be perfect

  • Reply AJHAR HUSSAIN January 15, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    That's actually a steal for uni students. The laptop I got for uni 3 years ago cost me £300 for Intel I3 4 gigs RAM and 1tb Hard drive. Not worth the purchase.

  • Reply Ahnaf Dragneel January 15, 2020 at 8:14 pm


  • Reply Calcraw January 15, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    That empty space is for an ssd

  • Reply Black-Zombie13 January 15, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Evoo Laptops maybe this one not sure…
    Asus Laptops are my fav….

  • Reply STTG !! January 15, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Hey guys this is Austin

    Me: here we go again. Lol

  • Reply 1cps2 January 15, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Dude you gotta stop testing competitive games on high settings nobody plays on those. Everybody play fortnite on low to get higher fps and lower input lag

  • Reply The Tech Librarian January 15, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Think the keyboard would hold up better than the MacBooks ?😂

  • Reply Simo January 15, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Which Ryzen 5 is specifically inside please ? 😉

  • Reply 《Tadas》 January 15, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Literally no one:
    Austin: hEy gUys THis iS aUStIn

  • Reply TechDove January 15, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Can't you just put a single stick of 16 GB ddr4 in?

  • Reply SomeOne January 15, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Hey guys this isn’t Austin

  • Reply Scbass Fishing January 15, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Subscribe to me

  • Reply Conrad Lee January 15, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    how about linux on it lul

  • Reply DjScribblez January 15, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    I was going to get this laptop for 300 a few weeks ago. Decided against it when I found out there wasn't a second dimm slot. I then found the S145 by lenovo with the same specs for the same price and a second dimm. Swooped that up instead and I like it. The biggest difference is that the Motile has an ips display while the lenovo has a TN. Yeah its bad but it's not THAT bad. Don't really mean to promote my own channel but im making a review on the S145 if anyone is interested.

  • Reply yodaisgod2 January 15, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    So much camera movement is getting me motion sickness.

  • Reply guface January 15, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    motile is the word given to describe healthy sperm

    another win for Walmart advertising

  • Reply milard baser January 15, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    its that the best laptop tho

  • Reply ranger_danger January 15, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Austin do the lenovo ideapad 330 please

  • Reply Fishmonger ! January 15, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    $329 now….

  • Reply Karl Tanner from Gin Alley January 15, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    I have this laptop…the R3 version…there is no real reason to get the R5 version as it is gimped by the lack of dual channel memory….which there is NONE. There is no "moving the SSD around", it's single channel. You have to live with it.

    The speakers can be greatly improved by reinstalling the audiodrivers and using Soundblaster studios.

    Overall a good solid laptop for basic work, but sadly it could have been so much more with the addition of dual channel memory.

  • Reply Avendor January 15, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    There is no second ram slot

  • Reply Elisha Hocking January 15, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Hey Austin the open area is a prototype area for a gpu to placed.

  • Reply Andrei Smith January 15, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    I heard this computer doesn’t “support” dual channel memory. Can it be done?

  • Reply Hassan Mahone January 15, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Who else loves Austin Evans


    I’m gifting my Next 100 subs🌟😍

  • Reply Comrade Ivan January 15, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    If this were to release in Canada, it would cost approx. $650 at most.
    This really doesn't seem like a good deal, especially if you need to drop another couple hundred to upgrade storage and memory.

  • Reply Joseph Lawhorne January 15, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    This thing only has one ram slot……what are you talking about moving the ssd to get more ram?

  • Reply 3000trin January 15, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    All the talk about replacing stuff, and you hung up on the screws??? You can replace those as well. Lol. Thanks for the vids tho

  • Reply Joshua Ivander January 15, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    You know that thing is really bad when even austin says it bad

  • Reply Chris Sparks January 15, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Basically save your money for something better? Got cha 🙂

  • Reply -_H3LLF1RE_- January 15, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Motile reminds me of motor oil.

  • Reply Jaybirdyz January 15, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    That spot inside is most likely for another fan

  • Reply Flying Soy Saucer January 15, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    But can I draw on this? Can I animate 2D with this?

  • Reply i am pure chaos January 15, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    austin n' chill

  • Reply Ecks Gaming Benchmark January 15, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    For me it would of been cool it they had soldered to the system like a 4gb or 8gb memory that was clocked at like 2800MHz because that would of made sense for the M.2 slot where it is at and also i would of liked to have that option to include a 1tb HDD for additional storage just because if i was to do some kind of work on the system 256gb isn't enough space and for me it would be expensive for another M.2 to install on the system.

  • Reply samuel samayoa January 15, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Can you really upgrade to a dual channel 16 gig ram on this?

  • Reply Jlittle2000 January 15, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Everytime he says, hey guys its austin, my google goes off and searches something

  • Reply The Rolling Troll January 15, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    So. That Aspire 5 is 699 euros here. That's 780 dollars.
    How on earth can computers be so cheap in the US?

  • Reply Finlay McKie January 15, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    3:35 kens thumb was in the frame again

  • Reply CreativeGaming January 15, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    I got a new acer nitro a little over a month ago. Windows wasn't acitvated. I guess it's an error with some computers.

  • Reply Nathanel Levi January 15, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    this is great but this is vid is ,much better @t thank me later

  • Reply Kepler January 15, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    The amount of ways to pronounce the name was definitely done on purpose

  • Reply Clutch January 15, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    It is now 320.00$ on the walmart website

  • Reply Brock Banda January 15, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    You should do a video where you try to upgrade the Motile

  • Reply Bob Smith January 15, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Me: reads specs
    Austin: opens up computer to see specs

  • Reply John Andrew Martin January 15, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Walmart wants your money, they don't care about their merchandise.

  • Reply AlphaMax January 15, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    I would probably just stick with my recently built ryzen pc. I don't think I would ever want to get a laptop especially from walmart. I have mostly been using laptops and the ryzen pc is by far a huge upgrade.

  • Reply Taco Squad January 15, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    windows doesn't activate sometimes if you set it up without internet.

  • Reply Great Value Bleach January 15, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    0:46 -$699- for a branded clevo or some sh 'XD

  • Reply faze odd future iamdxpe January 15, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Can you play steam games on it

  • Reply alan headrick January 15, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Windozes! They should pay us to take the laptop.

  • Reply Kim Chong January 15, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Normal people: walmart
    Jake Paul: waaaaaalllllmmmmmmaaaarrrrrttttt

  • Reply doublecontralto January 15, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Hey Austin! This is guys!

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  • Reply Victor Sosa January 15, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Austin's new thumbnails be like

  • Reply CyDragonGM January 15, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    why Fortnite?? Fortnite's DEAD do Minecraft instead

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