After having told you about the very first Xiaomi laptop, in the versions from 12.5 " e 13.3 ", in review today's protagonist is Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro. We are talking about the most powerful laptop so far made by the Asian company, proposed in a refined aesthetic appearance. But will all this make it a viable alternative?
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Review
The packaging of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro it does not vary from its predecessor as it is supplied. Here is the content of the sales box:
- Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro;
- USB Type-C charger with Asian plug up to 20V 3.25A;
- User Manual.
If you buy it from GearBest you will still receive an EU adapter for the power supply socket.
Design and construction quality
If already his predecessor had substantially convinced us, too Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro reconfirms his constructive goodnesswith that touch minimal which does not hurt in terms of elegance. Obviously the conceptual similarity with the recent MacBook Pro is clear. However, this means that Xiaomi had to do its best not to disfigure the comparison, always with an eye on price.
In fact, to an inexperienced eye, the differences seem minimal, with the exception of the Apple logo and the touchbar. Surely the coloring Deep Gray, good finishes the magnesium alloy body and the form factor contribute to this. Also the groove to open the cover, free of push-ups, recalls the bitten apple. Leaving aside the discourse linked to the desired similarity, the result is satisfactory. Among other things it was improved oleophobicity of metal, which does not retain many imprints.
The dimensions are of 360.7 x 243.6 x 15.9 mm, for a weight of 1.95 kg and a battery from 60 Wh. To get a yardstick, the MacBook Pro from 15.6 "measures 349.3 x 240.7 x 15.5 mm and a weight of 1.83 kg, with a 76 Wh battery. In short, we are not faced with the level of optimization of the American colossus, but we are talking about good values all in all.
In the part below, in addition to double speaker, we have 5 rubberized feet that hide as many screws to open the chassis. But above all, we note the doubled ventilation grid that supports them two fans with heatpipe for dissipation. But of the aspect linked to the temperatures we will discuss it in the dedicated chapter.
Compared to Apple solutions, here the I / O department is more provided, even if not a record. We have two USB Full Size up to 1.5 Gb / s, input HDMI and mini-jack on the left side. On the right hand, instead, we see lo SD slot, a status LED e two USB Type-C port. One of these is 3.1 type and allows recharging and video streaming.
Keyboard and trackpad
The island keyboard is another element similar to the style of Apple. There stroke of 1.5 mm for the keys it is so small but not in an extreme way. Moreover, the digging of the same helps in typing, which takes place without particular hitches. In conclusion, the feeling returned is more than good.
The Power button, located at the top right, has a status LED (as well as the Caps Lock) to indicate the power-on status of the notebook. And I liked that it was harder in pressure than the rest of the keyboard. The only real flaw is that the keyboard has the US layout, a compromise to which we necessarily get used to.
The keys present one uniform white backlight from 3 nits to two levels (On and Off), even if you can see the light bleeding under almost all the keys. A detail certainly pignolo and that could be linked only to our unity. More annoying, however, could be the fact that the backlight automatically turns off after about 15 seconds of activity, reactivating once a key is pressed.
Il glass trackpad results rather flowing in use and has been increased in proportion to 12.7 x 8.36 cm. Unlike the 1st Gen, a fingerprint reader for unlocking via Windows Hello. The operation is quite sufficient: the sensor is not very precise and it can happen on occasion to press 2 / 3 times to unlock: nothing serious, however.
A sector that unfortunately has not undergone improvements is that of the display. Do not get me wrong, we are not dealing with a bad panel, indeed. Protective glass Gorilla Glass 3 it pushes itself back to the edges with pretty optimized frames, but by its nature it is rather reflective outdoors. And the maximum brightness of around 300 nits it does not help in this sense.
Technology IPS Full HD with 142 PPI is adequate for its price range, with one good color reproduction the right saturated. Furthermore, i viewing angles I'm well maintained, both as a chromatic range and readability. If I have to be honest, in the 2017 and at this price, not really cheap, I would have expected a touch display, which would have been a bonus not indifferent. We just have to cross the fingers for the next generation.
First of all here is the technical card that characterizes this variant of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro:
- CPU Intel Core i5-8250U with a base frequency of 1.6 GHz and up to 3.4 GHz in Turbo with 6 MB cache;
- Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU
- NVIDIA GeForce MX150 dedicated GPU to 1.25 GHz with 2 GB of DDR5 memory
- 8 GB of DDR4-2400 dual channel RAM
- 256 GB Samsung PM961 PCIe SSD memory card
- free slot M.2 SATA
The peculiarity of this notebook is therefore the use of a solution Kaby Lake R of eighth generation. Launched in August 2017, present a production process a 14 nm +. With a TDP of 15W, this chipset offers a renewed processor quad-core (instead of dual-core) with 8 thread.
There are all the prerequisites for making this notebook a productivity machine. Instead of using the integrated GPU, in fact, here we find one NVIDIA MX150, with which to obtain an extra boost during graphic processing. And in fact i benchmarking they reflect this feeling, with scores often comparable to chipsets i7 7th Gen. Too bad for the RAM soldered to the motherboard and therefore not replaceable.
The presence of a dedicated GPU will hope for those who would like to play with this machine. Obviously if you're looking for a gaming laptop, you're off the road. This does not mean that this Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro still manages to ensure a more than dignified gaming experience.
Although higher than an integrated card, the MX150 is able to support recent games like The Witcher 3 o Far Cry Primal a 60 fps just setting up medium / low detail in HD. Switchando in Full HD the frame rate drops but still remaining a 30 / 40 fps. For some titles like GTA V you can even push yourself to an average of 50 / 60 fps.
These results are predictable and certainly not disappointing but still to be taken into consideration. On the other hand, if you are more casual gaming users, with older titles or less pushed as required resources you will not encounter any major difficulties.
Temperatures and autonomy
One of the greatest advantages of this Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro it is temperature management. As mentioned above, inside the body we find two fans with lots of heatpipe to dissipate the heat produced. The result is a good temperature maintenance, even under intense stress.
In moments of maximum load the CPU it goes up to a maximum of about 70 ° C inside of. There outer body it stops instead on 40 / 45 ° C, a temperature not very low but not annoying to the touch. It comes down to 35 ° C at where you go to rest your palms.
No trace of thermal throttling, even by pushing the CPU to the maximum. As for the GPU, after the most excited gaming phases, maximum peaks are reached 65 / 70 ° C. Noise is equally under control, never superior to 45 / 47 dB. In short, a great job by Xiaomi.
autonomyInstead, it does not surprise but does not disappoint. With mixed use, made of work on WordPress, web browsing with Chrome and an average of 5 tab open, 1 film streaming Netflix with brightness at 75% I reached about 7 / 8 hours. For the recharge Approximately, using the supplied magazine from 65W 110 minutes.
The audio sector of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is very respectable. With the presence of a double speaker from 2.5W each placed at the bottom of the body, we have an overall output of 5W. And thanks to the good resonance through the body, theaudio returned è excellent for the use of video content and more. Yes, because the frequency range reproduced is equally enjoyable if you do not have extreme needs.
As for the whole range of Xiaomi laptops, even here we have Windows 10 with Chinese license. While downloading and setting the English language, the almost totality of the writing will remain in Chinese. "Fortunately" it is possible to go and reinstall a legitimate copy of Windows in Italian from a USB flash drive through the bios.
Once installed, in our case the system has automatically found the default license key. Surpassed this obstacle, we can go to install all drivers necessary, downloadable from the official page by Xiaomi.
Lo Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro integrates within it a connectivity department including Wi-Fi 802.11 ac Dual Band. The reception of the Intel 2 × 2 modem is very good, both under 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Also present at the Bluetooth 4.1. The webcam from 1 mega-pixel is unchanged, enough for video calls.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Review - Conclusions
To date it Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro, in this variant with i5-8250U and 8 / 256 GB of memory, it costs between the 800 and the 900 euro. A fair amount for the hardware offered but not for all, especially if we consider the discourse related to the guarantee. It is therefore difficult to recommend the purchase, especially to those newbies or almost users who may have problems with the configuration from Chinese to Italian. We hope that with the approach of Christmas we are witnessing a decline in price.
But if you put these problems aside, this laptop has shown us various qualities, starting from the constructive goodness. The use of the new Kaby Lake 8th Gen platform and a dedicated GPU is a plus in productivity. Without talking about the management of temperatures, really apt.
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