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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Review - Ultra performance, ultra WOW

Xiaomi is also literally making its way into the world of portable PCs, and has recently introduced its own Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro, a cross between Ultrabook and the most powerful PCs dedicated to the world of gaming, video editing and photo retouching. Reduce the previous review where we talked about it Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 with fingerprint sensor, we are now ready to analyze this new technology gem thanks to who made the sample available and advised as a store to look for in buying the best technology made in China and beyond.

The sales package does not differ from those of previous editions, made in white cardboard with the image of the product in good view on the front, while inside the notebook we can find the manual in Chinese including warranty, loader with a Chinese socket (so you'll have to have a European adapter) with the exit 5 / 9 / 12 / 15V / 3A and 20V / 3.25A and 65W power, and finally the dual USB Type-C charging cable with a length equal to 154 cm. The charger is really compact, dimensionally similar to those used for smartphones, and can be further resized because the two metal slats can fold over themselves.

We start from price which is temporarily decided by the 760 to the 830 Euro approx based on ongoing bidding, and which, however, involves a small risk due to lack of assistance and warranty remains a great investment. Xiaomi's Mi Notebook Pro be imported from China and will arrive with you on board Windows 10 Home Edition operating system completely single Chinese language. But translating it into Italian is really in the reach of everyone, it will be enough to follow the our guide and within poco time you will have a super performing machine completely in Italian.

Make the premise of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro the design of his predecessor follows in great detailbut inspired even more to Apple's most famous MacBook Pro, rather than adopting the MacBook Pro deep gray coloration which gives even more the premium appearance to the device. The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro has dimensions equal to 344 x 193,6 x 16 mm with a low weight of 1950 grams and a frame made entirely of magnesium alloy, the company has increased the 25% adoption of the material by making the device even more robust, resulting in a truly high-end design, integrating a large keyboard and a reactive touch pad, all enriched by an end-to-end of doors on both profiles really exhaustive.

Very good construction for this notebook confirmed by robust zipper display (unfortunately made of plastic) that covers almost the entire surface available, but also from the fact that the same is well balanced and calibrated as it allows us to open the display with one hand without the notebook flexing in any way, using the convenient groove on the front of the notebook.

Also for the keyboard the design is inspired by that of the MacBook Air, using buttons from 19.5 mm with a slight 1.5 mm stroke (bend by 0.3 mm), optimally spaced, allowing a smooth, smudge-free writing thanks to the large surface area dedicated to the wrist rest. Backlit keyboard (3 nits) with the ability to deactivate via dedicated button and that really is also convenient for night use where we can not use artificial illumination (there are also additional extra functions associated with the F1 / F12 keys, such as volume control, mouse deactivation, etc.). Certainly the small handicap remains American physical layout (ANSI US) characterized by SHIFT key wide on the left and ENTER key on the right; it is possible to write via software in Italian, so you have to remember the position of special characters and accented or find an alternative solution like buying dedicated stickers that could however give you backlighting.

Also the mouse track pad has proven to be reliable and fluid, large in size around 6 inches with full support for all Windows 10 gestures, but the real peculiarity lies in the "integrating the fingerprint sensor which becomes a great ally for privacy, thanks to support for Windows Hello.

The display of the Mi Notebook Pro is a 'united from 15.6 inches to 16: 9 (frame ratio 81,5%, frames from 6.52 mm) Full HD with IPS technology which enjoys an excellent brightness (300 nits, 800: 1 contrast) especially when used indoors, but also on the outside you can enjoy the visual quality offered without too many compromises. I'm not an expert or a specialized technician, and I can appreciate the aspects from the end user, and as such I can undoubtedly say that the quality of the display has proven to be up to expectations. Brilliant and faithful colors in extreme angles (72% NTSC color gamut, 142 ppi, angle 170 degrees view),  and if I have to find a defect I find it in the glass that covers the display, a third-generation Corning Gorilla Glass, really reflective. At the top of the display we have a kit 1 megapixel camera with HD 720p resolution assisted by a dual digital matrix microphone and a small status LED,  which makes the experience of video calls and / or chat in general more than optimal, but also small shots to post on the various social.

Another point in favor of this Mi Notebook Pro is the audio compartment (Realtek ALC298 card) really amazing. We find in fact two loudspeakers from 2.5 Watt each with a resonance range offered by the brand Harman Infinity with easy Dolby Atmos. The sound comes out of the bottom of the handset and from the space that is created between the display hinge and the chassis, resulting full body, balanced on each frequency range, never distorting even when the volume is at its maximum (and the volume level is really high), resulting in echoes in listening to music and audio media content in general.

As mentioned earlier, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro will come with Windows 10 Single Language license in Chinese, easily translatable in Italian thanks to our guide. You will be able to keep your license by accessing the Microsoft account that will be provided with a digital license attached to your account. Anyway I did not find any bug or impoundment in running various applications and programs. Personally I'm not a big user of Linux but know that for this Mi Notebook Pro there is full support with hardware driver recognition automatically allowing you to enjoy the potential of the machine without having to dim. So you choose whether to use Windows 10, a Linux distro or why not have both operating systems in Dual Boot.



The previous generation of Xiaomi notebook suffered in some cases of overheating but this time the Chinese company worked really well using well two fans and heatpipe designed for a 45 watt notebook, one on 15 watts, which in combination can optimally process the heat generated by CPUs and GPUs by cooling the ends of the heatsink with heat due to the huge ventilation grid on the back of the notebook. All this translates into a great yield of the plant even in stressful situations reaching maximum temperatures of 74 ° C per CPU, while for the Nvidia GPU we never exceed 60 ° C, however values ​​obtained under conditions of unreal use with CPU and GPU at 100%, while during normal use we touch maximum values ​​of 40 ° C .

These values ​​are obtained in part from the hardware optimization that Xiaomi has preserved for its Mi Notebook Pro, which uses a Intel Core i5-8250U processor Eighth generation Kaby Lake (increased 40% performance compared to the previous generation), a SSD NVMe by 256 GB of Samsung PM961 (Slot M.2 SATA Free), and 8 GB RAM DDR4-2400 MHz Dual Channel Memory and a Dedicated Nvidia MX150 GPU with 2 GB GDDR5.

We also find connectivity Wi-Fi dual 8265 / 2.4 GHz 5 ac Intel XNUMX, form Bluetooth 4.1, 2 USB Type-C ports one of which 3.1 which also allows you to recharge the notebook as well as to be used as a video output, and the other 3.0 only data (1.5 Gb / s transfer speed) and for use by peripherals, 2 3.0 USB ports (5GB / s speeds), 1 HDMI input port, entrance jack from 3.5mm e card slot with triple support a  SD / SDHC / SDXC.

In large lines we do not find any big differences with its predecessor from 13,3 inches if not just for the supplied doors and the hardware that also houses a dedicated graphics card provided by NVidia with the MX150 model which deserves attention, as it permits big satisfaction with games with recent releasebut sacrificing the resolution to 720p while for the other titles at the highest resolution we get a perfect gameplay, considering that similar processor notebooks offer only integrated Intel HD graphics cards. This means that our Mi Notebook Pro lends itself to video editing absolutely, with 4K mounts at the baseline level while with 1080p tracks, rendering renders optimally and professionally.

Mi Notebook Pro

Finally we should talk about it battery which for this notebook is from 60 Wh with the possibility of charging via the power supply unit with Type-C USB connection from 65 watt 5 / 20V max 3.25A with support fast charging reaching a 50% of autonomy in just 35 minutes. I repeat my not being a field technician and as a common user I could evaluate the battery life in both stressful situations such as video games and rendering, and in common use such as internet browsing, office document editors, music listening and content viewing multimedia, getting results that have led me to results ranging from 4 hours (stress situations) to 7,5 hours (common situation) with margins of improvement as the really bright display can also be set to an illumination below the 50%.

Although the look of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro remembers that of a MacBook, the product does not really want to take the place but remains a a real alternative to the most respected Apple home notebook. Xiaomi has been able to optimize hardware scrupulously by enriching it with a truly premium design and connectivity, delivering graphics performance and record-breaking autonomy without compromising the right handset for all users. Therefore I recommend buying through the store offering the best in technology at competitive prices, so do not miss out on the offer. Impossible to find better at this price !!!

8.9 Total score

Great performance with both standard and stressful use such as gaming or video editing, building and envy and hardware equipment to be underestimated. All this is the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro, which is a real jewel of technology for all users, despite the small stalemate of being at the beginning of a completely Chinese notebook. With small steps though you can have an ultra notebook completely in Italian (follow our guide) that will really exclaim you WOW !!!

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Emanuele Iafulla
Emanuele Iafulla

Nerd, Geek, Netizen, terms that do not belong to me. Simply myself, technology lover and provocative as Xiaomi does with his products. High quality at fair prices, a real provocation for the other most famous brands.


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5 years ago

Good evening to all,
for 15 days I got the Mi Notebook Pro and so far so good, for a few days, however, the right fan makes a more pronounced noise and tilting the PC as if to want to look below, where the ejection grid of the air so to speak, it feels like a creak that disappears completely as soon as it is given two taps near the right side.
what do you think can be treated?
Should I contact Gearbest?
I hope I have more or less explained.

6 years ago

But to bring it into Italian how do you do it? the drivers?

6 years ago

Nice review. Unfortunately now the monkey has risen to me .......

6 years ago

just drops below the 700 € I take it