It is not that laptops entail any mystery since they are an everyday object of universities, cafeterias, and many houses, but there is no doubt that there are brands that arouse more interest than others precisely for that type of devices.
One of them is Xiaomi Mi Notebook in our review, a manufacturer widely known for its smartphones that finally brought its laptop to Europe. And I have thoroughly tested it.
I am used to the quality of the brand in Android phones, also in all its selection of accessories that I have been adding to my daily routine.
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook, a quality laptop with an aluminum exterior and a 15.6-inch screen, was the last to arrive at my house.
I had my doubts about whether I could replace my computer when working, edit photography and offer entertainment, but those doubts soon dissipated.
Perhaps something small for some, a copy of the MacBook lines for others, also more limited in the battery of the 9.5 hours of autonomy that ensures the brand.
All this is diluted by the benefits, the finishes and also by the cost: with the $660 it is worth maintaining an excellent quality/price ratio. So, let’s find out the main specs of the new Xiaomi laptop.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook: Specifications
As it is necessary, I will go step by step narrating my experience with the laptop Xiaomi Mi Notebook.
|Xiaomi Mi Notebook:||Specs|
|Display:||15.6 inches IPS Screen with 1680 x 1080 pixels|
|CPU:||Intel Core i5-8250U|
|GPU:||Nvidia GeForce MX110|
|RAM:||4GB up to 32GB|
|Internal memory:||128GB SSD + 1TB HDD|
|Memory extension:||up to 256GB|
|Cameras:||2.0MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band and Bluetooth 4.1|
|OS:||Microsoft Windows 10|
|Connections:||2x USB 3.0, HDMI, 1x USB 2.0, 1x Card Reader Interface, RJ45 connector|
|Dimensions:||38.20 x 25.35 x 1.99 cm|
In spite of the contained dimensions, its reduced weight, and its reduced thickness, this laptop offers a hardware with a lot of power.
It is also a great computer to use as a multimedia center; although at this point perhaps the screen becomes something small.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook: Desing and Appearance
As I said before, this Xiaomi Mi Notebook in our analisis does not obviate the similarities with Apple’s Mac Book Pro.
The construction is of great quality, also the use of aluminum is highlighted. The color is a dark gray, much more than it seems in the photos.
It is very well used by the keyboard, offers a trackpad not too big but yes enough.
The similarities with the Mac Book Pro not only affects the design of the laptop itself, but also the box where it is packed for transport.
Also just open the screen for the first time: it rises with just pulling the panel, without the need to grab the computer. The hinge’s softness contributes to this, as I said.
The frames of the screen are not very small and with the “my” logo on the bottom as the only brand of the entire laptop like Xiaomi Mi Laptop Air.
In the keyboard area, it occupies most of the space; leaving room for the trackpad protected by the glass with an opening in the upper right part through which the fingerprint sensor is accessed.
As I said, the size of the trackpad is something fair, but it is more than valid to use the computer, also to execute the gestures of Windows 10.
The keys are generous in size and maintain a proper separation: they are suitable for writing both short and long texts.
The route is not too deep without offering a bad feeling. They feel comfortable under the fingers and offer just resistance.
I also appreciate the quality: although I have not been the necessary time with the Xiaomi Mi Notebook, I find the keys durable enough.
The edges of the aluminum are straight and in the low part, they offer certain “burr”. Around the periphery of the laptop, we find two USB 3.0 ports on each side, RJ45 connector, and a USB 2.0 port on the right side (for charging and for data).
In addition, it has HDMI output on the left side and does not dispense, 1-in-3 card reader interface with the headphone port. You can not say that there is plenty of connections, but at least it is not fair either.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook: Display
The screen of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook offers just that diagonal: 15.6 inches. The ratio is 16: 9, the resolution stays in Full HD (1680 x 1080 pixels), has 178 degrees wide viewing angle and offers 300 nits of brightness.
The sharpness is also at an excellent level and with a range of colors that reaches 72% NTSC.
Once left the data touch to talk about the feelings left. The truth is that the screen can be seen very well in all conditions, it is even possible to work outdoors as long as the light does not shine directly on the LCD panel.
It is missing that the panel is tactile, something that would have added an extra to the laptop.
The frames are minimal and make the screen stand out almost to the full extent of the laptop.
The panel unfolds smoothly and allows an extension of up to 135 degrees (approximately).
And the only brand detail is right under the screen: the “my” logo stands discreetly in silver. During my experience, I did not miss a higher resolution.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook: Hardware and Performance
Using the Xiaomi Mi Notebook is a blast: nothing chokes you, no office applications or a few open tabs of Google Chrome.
The operation is fast and fluid at all times with the only drawback that with intensive use the fan is very persistent.
The equipment heats up a lot, always keeping in mind that these days the temperature is still high.
The protagonist in terms of power is the integrated processor: the eighth generation of the Intel Core i5-8250U, with Kaby Lake core (6 MB cache and up to 3.40 GHz).
This processor of Xiaomi Mi Notebook in our test guarantees the duration of the laptop for a few years, the construction also accompanies. Although yes, the 4GB of RAM can be made somewhat short.
Accompanying the processor, the 15.6-inch Xiaomi Mi Notebook has a dedicated graphics card that, while not being the most top in terms of graphics performance, does offer enough power to boot much of the current games with sufficient quality.
This contrasts with the compressed ordinary of the laptop, surprising its versatility. The screen is something small to play with and the Nvidia GeForce MX110 (2GB DDR5) makes the laptop rise a lot of temperatures, these would be two of its drawbacks.
It said that the Xiaomi Mi Notebook 15.6 can with demanding games. I went through several titles, like the Fortnite with the maximum requirements, and the analysis’s leading computer was able to deal with them.
At maximum performance, the framerate is somewhat low, but placing the requirements at a lower level everything works without problems.
In short: it is not a laptop to play, but it will not give you the bad experience in the task. And it has direct HDMI output to connect the Laptop to a TV or monitor.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook: Other features
Apart from the sound, this computer includes dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 as wireless connections.
It allows charging through its USB C port in addition to being able to be used as a data connection; which is complemented by two USB 3.0 and an HDMI output.
In addition, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook in the test offers 3.5 mm jack so you can connect headphones.
You will not find a version of Windows loaded with applications: Xiaomi does not include its own apps, yes details like the audio manager or the Nvidia card, for example.
Windows 10 Home is included in the laptop, not the Office tools (you can try them for a month).
After several weeks with the Xiaomi Mi Notebook, I have to say that I did not miss my personal and work laptop, a 15-inch MacBook Pro.
The size of the panel seemed good to me as soon as I started the change, but I must say that one gets used to the dimensions quickly.
Also to those of the whole: to have such a powerful computer in such a small space is a joy.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook: Battery
The key to the Xiaomi Mi Notebook in our analisis is its compact and low weight; without these features detracting power to the whole, as outlined in the hardware section.
In theory, the time outside the plug walked on the side of the not positive points, but according to the tests I have to reduce it to not highlight it.
It is not that this laptop has a good battery, but it does not support the 4.5-5.0 hours that Xiaomi ensures.
For my tests, and after having taken the travel laptop to work in mobility (several simultaneous Chrome tabs, Photoshop, and WiFi connection) I have not taken more than 5 hours of autonomy, always with medium screen brightness.
From browser to Opera I got almost 6 hours; around 3 hours playing Fortnite at high quality (the team got really hot).
I can not say I have an external battery, but it does not leave you lying in the middle of the afternoon if you take the laptop away from home.
With certain criteria, choosing the low performance (the adjustment can be selected from the battery icon) and reducing applications an average of 6 hours is achieved. The 9.5 hours that Xiaomi says are too optimistic.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook: Conclusions and Reviews
It is a 100% recommended Xiaomi Mi Notebook for all types of users. Very good to take out the home office, especially for its reduced weight and dimensions.
It is valid to play without excessive pretensions, the processor is state-of-the-art, the power surprises in spite of how compact it is.
I am a laptop intensive user due to my work, and I have to say that this laptop fully complied with what I expected. It even exceeded my expectations.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
Now there is a promotion offer and you can buy a Xiaomi Mi Notebook at a favorable and low price for only $654.99 with a 25% OFF discount.
At the moment, this is a good offer for the modern and latest generation of the Intel Core i5-8250U processor and the Nvidia GeForce MX110 graphics system.
Yes, these are not game specifications, but for modern games, on average settings, it will be a good choice.