Previously, the Huawei MateBook X Pro’s speakers would produce distortion because they rattled against the laptop body. As shown in this unit purchased in November, Huawei has addressed this issue by putting small pieces of foam underneath the speakers. Is this because they saw my original post, where I both pointed out the issue and introduced this very solution? We may never know.
Forget CPU and GPU thermal throttling — charge rate throttling is now a thing.
- The charging circuit doesn’t have enough cooling and tends to overheat.
- Since the charging circuit and the CPU use the same heatsink, heat from the CPU gets dumped onto the charging circuit, making it even hotter.
- The charging rate is temperature-dependent, but the charging circuit doesn’t seem to have a temperature sensor, so Huawei probably went super conservative about protecting the charging circuit and modeled its temperature after the CPU temperature.
Therefore, even when the CPU is a little bit warm, the charging rate thermal-throttles.
I will discuss solutions to reduce this as part my throttling elimination project.
Also, the recent BIOS updates seem to have slightly improved the charge rate.
Huawei reportedly probed Apple suppliers to learn their display cable design (the one involved in #flexgate). As far as I know, this is the first laptop outside of MacBooks that houses the display controller inside the main body instead of the display assembly.
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.
If your touchpad is loose or rattles, read this.
If you want to get rid of throttling and unlock more performance, read this.
A friend’s Dell Inspiron N5110’s screen cracked. Instead of a screen replacement, he wanted me to remove the screen so that he can use it as a desktop computer plus keyboard and touchpad.