Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is a really really good laptop for the money. It starts at nine hundred bucks, and it’s packed with just great performance great specs and a really good design. It’s obviously been inspired by Apple.
Inspired is a gentle word, but it looks a lot like Apple laptops. They’ve done a great job building this thing and there’s a lot to like about it.
First the build quality in this thing is great It’s got aluminum everywhere, very minimal design and it has very little branding on the top and on the bottom. The only obvious branding You’ll see on this entire laptop is right at the bottom of the screen, And it’s just a very muted look to a very well-built laptop. Now it comes pre-loaded with Chinese Windows 10, Which you’re gonna have to wipe and then install whatever language of Windows 10 You’d like. I used English and well the good thing is that the digital license is activated, So you don’t have to purchase a separate license or anything.
Windows 10 home ran perfectly fine on this laptop. There is a decent range of ports. There’s two USB A’s and HDMI, two USB C’s as well as an SD card slot. There’s only one USB C that supports charging as well as high resolution display output, But it is a good selection of ports. It’s pretty easy to get inside. It’s got a bunch of screws on the bottom one of them being underneath one of the feet. When you’re inside you can’t replace the Wi-Fi card, but it looks like it’s built on board. You can replace the SSD and there’s room for a second SSD if you want.
The keyboard is nice it’s easy to get used to. It actually reminds me a lot of the older generation Mac books, like the 2015 and earlier MacBook Pros. It’s got like a nice-plush key travel and the layout is really good. I mean, it’s kind of weird that a Chinese company has one of the better English keyboard layouts, But they do a good job at it. I also like the speakers; now They’re positioned on the bottom, so they don’t have the best location, but I mean they sound good. It’s just you lose some of the audio clarity because it’s sitting on the table.
The screen I have Kind of mixed feelings about. It’s a 1080p panel, not touchscreen and it looks pretty sharp. The color gamut and accuracy are a little bit lower than expected. It just looks nicer than it actually is but when you measure with the spider, it comes out kind of mediocre. The battery life is really good though! This thing’s coming in at seven and a half hours of regular use with the screen at 215 nits.
This particular model is running 16 gigs of ram and an i7 kabylake-u CPU and for multi-core stuff in short bursts, this thing Kicks ass! The thermals are good. They’re running two fans in the chassis, Which is pretty rare for a u processor. The thing is there’s so much thermal Headroom with those two fans that you can bump up the wattage on this thing pretty comfortably. You can hit 35 watt TDP on this thing pretty easily. That lets you sustain a higher clock boost speed. So if that’s what you want to do, This is a great laptop for that option.
The fan noise stock is pretty quiet. Not that it’s a completely silent computer anything like that. It does come on, but it’s just a quiet fan. Now this thing is paired with an MX 150, which is one of the best budget GPUs out there. It’ll give you reasonable gaming performance, and it’s just better than the integrated chip from Intel. I mean it’s not a beast for 3d stuff, but if you’re looking to do some casual gaming or graphical work, It’s a good option now.
There’s a couple things that I don’t like about this laptop, But the truth is most of it is just nitpicky stuff. The first thing I don’t like is when I mentioned the build quality. Everything about it is good except the bottom edge is super sharp. It feels unfinished compared to the rest of the laptop and it’s actually a little bit uncomfortable. The other thing I don’t love is the trackpad. The actual tracking surface is good, It’s very smooth, It’s a great glass texture, It feels very similar to a Mac trackpad, but the button mechanism. It needs way more force to press down than almost any other laptop that I’ve tried. Also I don’t like the fingerprint sensor location. It’s just in the way of the actual tracking stuff. I’ve seen fingerprint sensors that have been on track pads that have been fine.
Another thing that’s kind of weird is that they only give two PCIe lanes for the drive. Instead of the regular four lanes, they’re given two and the drive that they include is a really fast drive as the Samsung Pm 961 is one of the fastest oem drives you can get, out there, but the speeds are crippled a little bit because of the reduced number of PCIe lanes.
Overall this is an awesome laptop for the money. It’s such good value that when you compare it to North American brands or just any other big named laptop brand. It’s really hard to compare them because you’re just getting such good value with this device.