The Xiaomi Notebook Pro is one of the great laptops of this year and undoubtedly an astounding piece of technology. To give it a real boom, the company employs cutting-edge components; that makes it even better than far less rival devices. Let’s shed some light on the details of its specs and features in our Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro review.
What We Like?
- Exceptional performance
- Great value for money
- Stunning design
- Great battery life
What We Don’t?
- US keyboard
- Chinese Windows installation
- No touchscreen display
- Noisy under load
Highlights Of Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Review
Here’s the highlights of Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro review; have a look at each of its features.
- 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 170-degree wide viewing angle, 300 nits brightness, 800: 1 contrast ratio, 72% NTSC color gamut
- 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U (3.4GHz) / i7-8550U processor (4GHz) with 2GB DDR5 NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU
- 8GB / 16GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, additional SSD expansion slot
- 1MP HD webcam, digital array microphone
WiFi 802.11ac 2×2 (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.1
- Dimensions: 360.7 x 243.6mm x 15.9mm; Weight: 1.95kg
2 x USB 3.0 port, HDMI, 2 x USB Type-C, 3-in-1 (SD/SDHC/SDXC) card reader
3.5mm audio jack, 2.5W × 2 Harman Infinity customized speakers, Dolby Atmos
This masterpiece of tech features 60Wh battery with up to 9h of local video playback, 8.5h web browsing; know details about it in our Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro review.
Xiaomi is a fast-growing company in China, and it has been consistently infiltrating the global market with its affordable and long-lasting products. In the just-ended Xiaomi conference, Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro was uncovered alongside the most-watched full-screen smartphone, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2. This Xiaomi notebook regards to the flagship model, and many think that it could be undeviatingly relative to the MacBook. In this article, we give a detailed Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro review to discover if this is indeed a professional notebook as widely peddled. Read on our in-depth Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro review to know more about it.
- Screen 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS
- Processor Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-8550U Processor (1.80GHz)
- Video MX150 2GB
- Memory 16GB DDR4 2400 MHz
- Storage 256GB PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD
- Connectivity 802.11 AC + Bluetooth 4.1
- Ports 2 x USB 3.0, 2x USB Type-C, 3.5mm headset jack
- Battery 60 Wh
- OS Windows 10
- Weight 1.98 kg (net weifht)+ 2.13 kg(charger and cables)
- Extras backlight keyboard, Web webcam
The anterior side of Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro has a minimalist design. The fuselage A side has a considerable free play space, and you can keep personalized stickers or laser etching patterns. Contrasted to the preceding Xiaomi Air notebook; the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is more refined, luxurious, smooth and has a premium touch. It has an all-metal body using the matte process.
At the back, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro has a line of spaces for airing and heat diffusion. An alike outlet is also found inside the shaft, so this notebook is meant to let out as much heat as possible; hence shielding it from blistering. From the impressing at the back, it can be noticed that this laptop will be congenial with Harman Infinity custom speakers and Dolby sound; and after some check, its bass is very meticulous, treble is quite touchy, and generally, it has an excellent sound effect.
Just like the fuselage A surface, the fuselage C, and D surface texture seem premium with a soft touch. Xiaomi scored a magnesium alloy skeleton in the build of the C and D surface which furnishes it a solid shaft making it much better than the Air product. Xiaomi has unmistakably done a high-quality work with the outer design of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro, and this product will race intensively with other brand flagship products.
More from the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro review, the display of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is pretty much luxurious with a very slim frame design, and only the base of the screen has an “MI” logo. It has an 81.5% of the screen-to-body ratio which proffers it a very appealing visual effect. With a bezel diameter of just 6.52mm on both sides; the Xiaomi Pro screen quality is exceptional, and you can sense the fine color combination and high brightness. This fully fit screen reduces the reflection which in turn, improves vision.
A lot of nice words and descriptions have been used on the screen of this notebook in our Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro review. However, an experiment will be more suitable for a right verdict on the screen performance. Therefore, we employed the red spider 5 generation professional color instrument on the screen test; the test outcomes explicate that Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro screen includes 94% of the sRGB color gamut and 70% of the NTSC color gamut. From this, we can discern that the screen is satisfactory and there will be no predicament with the daily image processing of this device.
This feature of the Xiaomi notebook is another lead, markedly when examined with Xiaomi’s preceding version. The keys have 1.5mm spacing, its rebound and feedback are more explicit which surely seems right. Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro employs a double curved surface design which can diminish keyboard burnout on the long-term.
On the right side of the keyboard, we have, more function keys and this product employs a full-size crucial directional design but the power button is still desegregated in the keyboard and this may be an obstacle for some users because a single touch slip can turn off your laptop essentially due to the point that the power button is near to some essential buttons such as “delete”, “home” and “backspace” which are used almost on a daily basis.
This laptop can be used even in a darkened room because the keyboard has a white backlight with a 3nit illumination which is just comfortable as it is bright enough to guide your fingers and not too bright to reflect into your eyes.
Interface and Accessories
On the right side of the fuselage, there is an SD card reader, a USB Type-C data transfer interface and a USB Type-C full-featured interface.
On the left side of the fuselage, there is an HDMI interface, two USB 3.0 interface, and a power interface. With these, Xiaomi Pro is very smart in connectivity interface and will meet the requirements of the daily external equipment.
If the external interface of the fuselage does not suffice your needs, you can also choose to purchase a Xiaomi adapter. You have the choice of selecting either the USB Type-A interface or the USB Type-C interface depending on your wants.
The USB Type-C interface adapter with a Gigabit Ethernet port, a VGA interface and two USB 3.0 interface, is currently valued at 199 Yuan ($30). There is also the USB Type-A interface adapter with a network interface, a Micro USB interface and three USB 3.0 interface.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro has a body diameter of 15.9mm, although it was extensively speculated that this product is flatter than the 15.5mm MacBook Pro; it looks that the picture at the press conference was a bit misleading.
Notwithstanding, Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is a 15.6-inch notebook which has a net weight of 1.98kg and a travel weight of 2.13kg which makes it a magnificent device to go out with.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is implemented with the advanced Intel Gen 8 Core i5 / i7 (i7-8550U) processor which was released at IFA in Germany in August as well as an MX150 graphics card. Xiaomi official said that this notebook locks four core eight threads and professional-adjusted graphics card thus we tested true performance.
We use the CineBench R15 processor performance test for Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro review to access the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro which is outfitted with i7-8550U clocking 1.8GHz with a core frequency of 4.0GHz and a thermal design power of 15W. We got a final single-threaded score of 169cb and a multi-threaded score of 550cb. This is far better than the processor of its previous version that we have tested before, and the i7-8550U has gone beyond the previous generation of standard i5 -7300HQ processor.
We use 3DMark’s Fire Strike mode to test the graphics card, and Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro’s graphics score of 3194 is only slightly higher than 2922 which Xiaomi Air recorded.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is implemented with the MX150 graphics card and after a professional-level calibration, its performance boosted by 32%. From the GPU-Z value, Xiaomi Pro worked better than Xiaomi Air13 outfitted with the same GPU whose performance enhanced by about 30%. Although the GPU in Xiaomi Air13 is not the full variant and that may be liable for its lower performance. This may not be the best gaming laptop, but the 32% increase in the low-power version of the GPU in Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro will definitely give gamers some appeal for this laptop.
We use AS SSD hard drive speed test to access the performance of this laptop which sports a Samsung PM961 SSD. It scored a final read speed of 1605.24MB/s, and a write speed of 1189.04MB/s which are good results.
Although the SATA channel for the SSD will be a lot faster, this speed does not meet the PM961 standard. We replaced the Samsung NVMe driver, the speed did not advance. However, for everyday use, it will deliver a quality performance.
We use AIDA64 to test the stability for Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro review. This laptop baked after 30 minutes. We then employed the thermal imager to discover the temperature, and we got a maximum positive temperature of 49-degrees. The temperature control is pretty good, but in the middle of the keyboard area, the temperature is quite high. During high load usage, you may feel some trouble. However, much of the heat is concentrated at the middle of the air inlet.
To test the battery life for Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro review, we set the notebook brightness at 50%, volume at 10%, turned off all background software and launched a continuous video playback on 1080P. After an hour, we had a total of 12% power consumption, and this signifies that a continuous playback of high-definition video on Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro can reach 8 hours which is quite remarkable.
Upgrade Space: M.2 SATA SSD Can Be Extended
The internal work of Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is impeccable; it has a memory for the onboard, and there is a scalable space on the right side of a reserved M.2 SATA SSD slot.
When disassembling, please remember that there is a concealed screw on the roof of the notebook pad, and more bolts are behind the notebook. Never vigorously dismantle the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro or indeed any other notebook as this might cause damage to varying degree.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is a 15.6-inch notebook which has not disenchanted in most part of its performance. However, it did not influence enough to be matched with Apple’s MacBook Pro; especially when you examine its low-version MX150 graphics card which played down its overall performance.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is mainly not a gaming laptop, but it can suffice the demands low energy games. Generally, it is a professional notebook with superior screen quality; and sound experience to match the daily necessities of an ordinary user. Its cool keyboard copulated with its slenderness and premium design grants it an edge over its rivals. This notebook is worth the buying if you are a common everyday laptop user.