Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, is one of the fastest growing companies in the world right now. In just 7 years of its existence, it has unveiled products that compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple. This company releases all sorts of products which range from smart TVs to projectors, mopping machine, alarm clocks, backpacks, shoes, accessories such as Bluetooth mouse, keyboard, and even medical assistants. Manufacturing of notebooks by this company started recently and I can say without prejudice that its notebooks are so far impressive. Following the release of Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 (2017) and the Xiaomi Air 12, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is Xiaomi’s new baby in town. However, I will only give a detailed review of the performance of this laptop and you will be the judge of its abilities.
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Major Spec Sheet
|Screen||15.6-inches FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS|
|Processor||Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-8550U Processor (1.80GHz)
Intel Kaby Lake Core i5-8250U Processor (1.6GHz)
|Video||NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2GB|
|Memory||8GB & 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|
|Weight||1.98 kg (net weight) + 2.13 kg(charger and cables)|
|Extras||backlight keyboard, Web webcam|
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro – Design & Appearance
We will start this review by giving you a detailed view of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro. This laptop uses a minimalist design and when compared with previous models, this all-metal body notebook designed with the matte process is quite delicate, comfortable, and smooth.
The top surface of this product has a large empty space with no design thus friends may find it difficult to identify the manufacturer. The advantage of this free play top surface is that the user gets to choose what to do with it. You can either use personalized stickers or laser engraving patterns to add to the premium feel of this laptop.
The rear of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro has the same grey color as the top surface however, it has four rectangular anti-slip pads whose major function is to give the device some friction with the surface upon which it is placed to avoid easy slipping of the laptop. These pads also slightly elevate the laptop to allow the air ducts effectively disseminate heat. Most importantly, the rear of this laptop which has a magnesium alloy skeleton sports two ventilation outlets for heat dissipation. The shaft of this notebook also has a similar heat vent thus this laptop is well protected from overheating effects.
All the interfaces of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro are placed on the side fuselage. On the left side, we have the HDMI interface, two USB 3.0 interface, and a power port while the right side comes with a USB Type-C data transfer port, a USB Type-C interface, and an SD card reader slot.
The connectivity interfaces of this notebook are just adequate. However, if you need more, you will have to purchase the Xiaomi USB Type-C interface adapter which gives you added interfaces like Gigabit Ethernet port, a VGA interface and two USB 3.0 interface. The good news is that this adapter costs only $22 so it will not be difficult to purchase. Also available is the USB Type-A interface adapter which has a network port, Micro USB port, and three USB 3.0 interfaces.
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This notebook is very portable and can be carried in an average backpack. It is 15.9mm slim, only 0.4mm thicker than the 15.5mm thick MacBook Pro. This 15.6-inch notebook has a net weight of 1.98kg and a travel weight of 2.13kg. In all honesty, there are very few 16.6-inch laptops which weigh less than 2kg thus this is a plus for the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro. Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, has invested quality time and effort in the design of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro and that is why its design stands out despite the numerous 15.6-inch laptops currently in the market.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro – Keyboard
Personally, I find the keyboard of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro very interesting considering its 1.5mm spacing and the excellent rebound and feedback which makes typing/usage feel so good. Long-term keyboard fatigue is greatly reduced with its dual-curved surface design which is great. This notebook uses full-size directional key design and the right side of the keyboard has more function buttons than the left side.
However, its power button is integrated with the keyboard, a feature that’s not really cool because this power button is placed close to some very important buttons such as “delete”, “home” and “backspace” which are used almost on a daily basis thus in an attempt to use any of these buttons, a user may click on the power button in error.
This year, 2017, saw most laptops using backlit keyboards because of the restrictions that the conventional keyboards impose in low light conditions. The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro has a warm white backlight with a 3nit brightness which is just comfortable and it properly illuminates the keyboard for convenient usage in low-light or completely dark environments. Note that this light is not too bright thus it does not reflect into your eyes.
Just like other Xiaomi products with a fingerprint sensor, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro has this module located at the top right of the touchpad. It las a slender rectangular shape and all that is required to use this module is a simple touch of the sensitive area and the laptop will be unlocked instantly. This concave designed sensor has the same applicability as we find in most smartphones and its speed and accuracy are satisfactory. Note that this sensor is not only applicable in safeguarding the laptop, it also comes handy in the protection of special folders and specific documents as well as in the encryption, and decryption of apps.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro – 15.6-Inch Display
When you take a detailed look at the screen of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro, the first thing that you will identify is probably the ultra-thin 6.52mm side bezels which get thicker at the top and bottom because it sports a 1.0MP front camera and the “MI” logo respectively. This IPS screen with 1920 x 1080 (FHD) display resolution has an 81.5% screen-to-body ratio which reduces reflection, improves vision and produces an outstanding/delicate color combination with high brightness. Whatever has been said so far about the screen of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro are just words and only a test will truly determine its performance because “all that glitters are not gold”.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro – Screen Performance/Testing
To carry out a detailed testing of this display, a Red Spider 5 generation professional color instrument was used and the test results show that this laptop covers 94% of the sRGB color gamut and 70% of the NTSC color gamut. This result shows that none of Xiaomi’s previous models have a better display and daily image processing with this notebook will be seamless.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro – Sound
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook is compatible with Harman Infinity custom speakers and Dolby sound which delivers rigorous bass delicate treble and has a generally unique sound effect. The sound of this notebook was tested by a couple of high-bass music. The song was left on replay for 30 minutes and it was observed that the speaker showed no signs of fatigue.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro – Hardware & Performance
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is equipped with the latest Intel processor which was released at IFA in Germany in August as well as an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card. This notebook has three models in terms of the processor which it sports. We have the
- Intel Core i5-8250U model clocking 1.6GHz with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal memory
- Intel Core i7-8550U model clocking 1.8GHz with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal memory
- Intel Core i7-8550U model clocking 1.8GHz with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of internal memory
There is enough memory for processing of all sorts of heavy apps and multitasking. This notebook hits locks 4 core 8 threads and the and professional-adjusted graphics card was tested for its true performance.
We were only able to test the model which uses the Intel i7-8550U processor clocking 1.8GHz with a core frequency of 4.0GHz. Results from the CineBench R15 test shows that the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro hit a final single-threaded score of 169cb and a multi-threaded score of 550cb. This shows that this processor is much better than other models and the i5 -7300HQ processor used in previous models is no match for the i7-8550U
As mentioned earlier, all the models of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro are equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU. Using the 3DMark’s Fire Strike mode for testing, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro hit a graphics score of 3194 which is seldom higher than 2922 achieved by Xiaomi Air. The performance of this GPU can increase by as much as 32% if it is professionally adjusted. For gamers, this may not be the best laptop to consider but if you can optimize the GPU, it will definitely give gamers some appeal.
Hard Disk Testing/Performance
The Mi Notebook Pro uses a Samsung PM961 SSD and the AS SSD hard drive speed test was used to access its performance. 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.
Well, nobody wants to use a laptop that emits so much heat that you cant place it on your laps thus heat dissipation tests are very relevant. One tool that can easily test the heat emission of a notebook is the AIDA64. This was used on the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro and it was observed that the temperature of this product peaked at 49-degrees after 30 minutes of usage. The temperature control is quite acceptable and most of the heat is concentrated in the central portion of the keyboard. Truth be told, you may feel some discomfort when using this product on your laps.
From the major specs sheet above, you must have seen that the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro comes with an 8000 mAh battery. To test the performance of this laptop, this laptop was fully charged to 100%. The volume was then set at 20%, brightness at 50%, all background software was turned off and a continuous video playback on 1080P was initiated. After an hour, we had a total of 78% power remaining and this shows that a continuous playback of high-definition video on Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro can reach 8 hours which is quite impressive because high definition videos consume more power than normal usage. Nevertheless, the battery time may be lower when playing top-notch games.
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is a 15.6-inch laptop which has just been scrutinized in most of the major aspects. From this review, it is quite obvious that this laptop is not a gaming notebook but it can meet the needs low energy games. It’s Intel 8th gen. processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU is an acceptable combination and its overall performance with this combo is quite good. When it comes to displaying, the IPS screen with ultra-thin bezels, 1920 x 1080 (FHD) display resolution, and 81.5% screen-to-body ratio makes this laptop attractive. It is obviously a professional notebook with excellent screen quality and sound experience to meet the daily requirements of an average user. For average everyday laptop users, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is worth the purchase.
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