Xiaomi only started a few years back and has made their place in the mobile industry. The company is moving towards the laptops now and has launched its first laptop named as Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro. The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro was equipped with Intel Kaby Lake processors but then upgraded to Intel Coffee Lake processors, a 16GB of DDR4 RAM and Intel mx150 GDDR5 2GB.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Review
- A MacBook pro look-alike Windows 10 operated machine
- Good battery timing
- Sharp bottom edges
- Poor after-service
- Average Display
- Not for high-end gaming titles
- No Thunderbolt 3 support
Pricing and Availability
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro starting price is US$900 (770 Euro / AU$1300). This is the first laptop from Xiaomi and the company didn’t want to take any risks so only 100 devices were made each day which sold pretty quickly in China back in 2017. Later on, the laptop got international fame in South Asia and other countries.
You can purchase Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro from some of the top sites such as GearBest, Aliexpress, and Gadget Pro. GearBest and Aliexpress offer shipments to most of the countries including USA, Europe and Australia.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is a gaming laptop though it does not look like one. It comes only in Deep Grey color and does not have any kind of red or green accents or any logos. Ever seen a MacBook Pro 2016/2017? Well, you can think this laptop is inspired from the MacBook Pro. Inspired might be the small word here. It looks exactly the same. The company has done a great job building this with an aluminum design. The only logo you will find is the “Mi” sign on the bottom of the screen.
On the left; you will find 2 USB-A, 1 HDMI, and 3.5mm headphone jack. On the right, you will find 2 USB-C and one SD card slot. But only one of them supports charging and high-resolution display. There is no Thunderbolt 3 support on Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro.
The bottom edges on Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro are very sharp and it feels like they are unfinished. You might not hold it very comfortably. It is very easy to open the laptop from the bottom. You cannot change the Wifi card because it is built on board. There are 2 slots for SSD so you will have the option to add another SSD on the side.
Keyboard: The keyboard on Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is pretty comfortable and easy to use. It is much similar to older MacBooks; not the new ones with butterfly styling. The english layout is good unlike some of the laptops like Razer Blade 15 2018. It comes with a backlit keyboard.
Trackpad: Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro has a great trackpad. It feels like glass-made just like Apple Macbooks but the buttons on the trackpad are hard and they need some force to press down. We haven’t seen many trackpads like this. The fingerprint scanner on the trackpad has a very annoying positioning. We touched it various times by mistake.
Speakers: You will find speakers on the bottom of Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro . We know this is not a very good position for the speakers. They sound good but you will lose audio clarity if you are using it on your lap. Other than that, it really depends what kind of surface you are using it on.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro has a 15.6-inch 1080p non-touchscreen panel. It looks good for a 900 dollar laptop but the color gamut and accuracy feels more like Chinese and not very well for a gaming laptop. It looks good when you are using it but testing says the otherwise.
- Brightness: 290 nt
- RGB: 87%
- ARGB: 59%
290 nt is pretty okay. Alienware 13 r3 has also the same test results. ARGB could have been a bit better but we have seen worse in some of the gaming laptops. Still, gaming on this screen feels okay.
Gaming & Performance
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro comes with 3 configurations.
- Intel Core i7-8550U, 16GB RAM, 256GB NVMe, Intel mx150 (top specs)
- Intel Core i7-8550U, 8GB of RAM, 256GB NVMe, Intel mx150 (top specs)
- Core i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 256GB NVMe, Intel mx150 (top specs)
The Intel mx150 is a cheaper integrated chipset but offers good gaming performance. It is not made for modern titles but you can enjoy casual games like Fortnite and Dota 2 on it. Sure you won’t be able to get good frame rates if you want to play titles like The Legend of Zelda, HellBlade: Senua’s Sacrifice or Detroit: Become Human.
You can see this GPU has not so-good performance compared to GTX 1050. For a full comparison, you can go to this link. The thermals on this laptop are pretty solid. It has 2 fans installed to keep it from overheating. It can sustain hard clock speed and hard boost speed which means you can overclock it without any worries of thinking that it might overheat. The fan noise is pretty normal and goes around 40 decibels according to our testing. We played some games on Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro to see the performance and here is how it goes.
- Fortnite on Ultra Settings: 76 fps
- Dota 2 on Ultra Settings: 68 fps
- Overwatch on Ultra Settings: 67 fps
There are only 2 PCIe lanes on the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro. Normally laptops have 4, this change kind of cripples the SSD performance even though the installed SSD is from Samsung and one of the best.
Customer Service & Software
You will get a Chinese version of Windows 10 Home on Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro. But don’t worry you can reset the software and install a fresh copy of Windows 10 Home. The good thing is you will get a digital license of Windows 10 with it so you need to purchase another license.
Be warned that some Chinese companies are not very good with after purchase customer service. We have seen various customers had complaints but Xiaomi declined to replace their machines. We don’t believe you could be the unlucky one out of a 1000 customers but still be careful when you are going to purchase it.
You will get around 7 hours on normal use on Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro. This is a bit more than what we reviewed on Dell G7 7588 and Dell Inspiron 7000 gaming laptop. The reason behind its good battery life is the GPU and not so fast processor together with 2 fans. We got around 02:45 hours of Dota 2 gameplay on medium settings and our movie testing gave a 5 hours of playback on Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro which is pretty good.
Verdict: Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro
A device that would cost you only 900 US dollars with so many good specs? Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is not made for the latest gaming titles but you can play games like Fortnite, Dota 2, PUBG, and LOL on the go. Yes, students and casual gamers would love it but make sure to rethink what happens if you need to claim your warranty. The Chinese companies are not easy to deal with. Sure this is a MacBook Window 10 substitute but the service is nothing compared to Apple. The TechSeer will give it a 7.5 out of a solid 10.