Must-know for disassembly: unlike the MateBook X, there are no screws under the rubber feet. Instead, there are many plastic tabs that hold the back plate firm.
- Unscrew the screws.
- Use a guitar pick or similar tool to feel, locate, and lift the tabs.
- Pull the hinge side of the back plate first.
- No need to be gentle with the middle tab—it’s spring loaded.
- The tabs near the touchpad side like to be slid out.
The back cover has many foam pads that press against the internals.
The only heatsink in this laptop is this big metal plate. In most laptops, a fan or two blow directly through a heatsink with many fins. In the X Pro, heat spreads across the metal plate with the heatpipes’ help, warming up all the air inside the laptop. The small fan exhausts all this hot air and brings in new cool air using negative air pressure.
See the motherboard with the heatsink off. The Nvidia MX150 GPU gets a thermal pad as if it were an Intel iGPU. There is too much space between the chip and the heatsink to use thermal paste, so using a better thermal pad is the only viable upgrade.
The Nvidia MX150 (1D12 10W version) and its VRAM.
The motherboard has good component density. It’s also the thinnest I’ve seen. The coil whine is insane on my unit.
The miserably small fan can spin at nearly 9,000 RPM, but the bar under it (where a heatsink with fins would usually be) is just one of the WiFi antennas.
The fan is the model BAZA0504R5H made by Asia Vital Components and rated at 5V 0.5A. This means it could theoretically use 2.5W when spinning at max speed.
Look at how thin the fan is!
The copper base plate for the CPU.
The WiFi card (Intel AC-8275) is non-replaceable.
The pop-up webcam’s bottom and the tensioning springs for the hinge.
Although the SSD is awkwardly under the heatsink, it can be wiggled straight out. I bought my X Pro on Taobao.com in China and it came with with a Samsung PM981.
The speakers under the speaker grill are tiny tweeters.
Most of the sound comes from the bottom-facing speakers instead, which have much larger enclosures.
There is a cavity on each side of the touchpad, underneath the battery. They’re not quite big enough to fit extra battery cells or thick enough for the speaker enclosure to extend into it.
The back of the motherboard is covered with a plastic film. It doesn’t appear to be the kind of graphite sheet iPhones use to disperse heat. Instead, it’s probably to block heat from the keyboard for that pleasant “user experience”.
This is the motherboard’s back with the plastic film removed.
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