Mi Gaming Laptop Review – 2nd Ed Core i7 8750H & GTX 1060
So I have this right here with me. This is show meas me, gaming, laptop that I've been testing for the last couple of weeks. Now this is the second edition I reviewed the first model that was released that had the seventh gen Intel chips in it. This now has the 8th, gen ones, which they should have released. To be honest. To begin with, now has the 8750 H in here that's 6 cores 12 threads and it has a maximun turbo of 4 point 1 gigahertz it's, a powerful chip and it's. Also, quite a hot chip, and we will check out thermals on this and most importantly fan noise, which I didn't like on the first model. It was a little bit too loud and spoiler alert. It is still too loud. Sadly, on this model now the RAM is slightly faster, it's double data rate for its 2666 mega Hertz. Now, instead of 2400. This is a very marginal increase there. Now my model is configured with the NVIDIA GTX 1060, with 6 gigabytes of vram there's, also a cheaper model that has the Nvidia 1050 Ti. So, apart from that, we also do have faster wireless it's got Intel's wireless AC lead gigabit chipset, which is the 95 60 and a much faster SD card reader, which is now ultra high speed. One spec gaining access to the internals isn't difficult we've got nine screws to remove and one of them is hidden under this rare rubber foot.
Now the internals have not changed from the first model. They have not redesigned the cooling. It looks exactly the same to me. We'Ve got a 55 watt hour battery right here, so it is smaller because they've, given us space for a 2.5 inch, hard drive and another 22 by 80 nvme times for drive, which I have installed at the moment for the purposes of this review, i've also swapped Out the one terabyte spindle hard drive of the GPU and the CPU coolers, these fans here are capable of 6250 RPM, which is really fast, but that also means that laptop when, in that cooler, booster mode is extremely loud, but more on that later, in the review. As far as upgradability goes, we have the SSD drives and also the RAM that can be swapped out, and I see no reason to do this at the moment with 16 gigabytes of RAM, and that should be good for most people. But you can install a maximum of 32 gigabytes, just above the Samsung PM, 981 SSD. We have the wireless card now you cannot upgrade this one. Unfortunately, it's not replaceable, it is an Intel 95 60, and that is wireless AC and it also handles and Bluetooth 5 along the front. You will find 2 3 watt speakers there downwards firing their decent sounding ones, but not quite as good as the me notebook pros. I will give you a sample of the speakers again later on in this review, so show me have kept the design plain and simple there's, no dragon logos, there's, no gamer accents on this whatsoever; no gamer Ridge, no logos on the top.
I do like this look. It'S simplistic, it means you could even use it say as a business laptop and you'll notice along the top. We do have this strip and this trip is for improved wireless reception and in my testing it does seem to have very good range on this. So no problems and no issues with wireless speeds or reception. The lid has very little flex. So I don't see this pressing in and pressing that screen up against the keyboard. On the right hand, side you'll find one exit vent, USB 3 port and then our new, faster ultra high speed, one spec SD card reader and then on the left. Another exhaust vent 2 USB 3 ports, 3.5 millimeter audio out with very good quality it's loud it's. Very clean there's no static, no interference, and we also have a dedicated mic in finding four ports on the rear we have DC in for charging. We have a USB 3.1 type C, which sadly, is not Thunderbolt 3 spec, which is an error because the competition in the likes of Dell and they are offering this hdmi 2.0 a spec, USB 3 ports, Gigabit LAN, and we have those two exhaust vents on the Rear so for the keyboard, but got no changes here. We'Ve got 1.5 millimeters of key travel, it's a reasonable keyboard to type on it's RGB. Will you have three color zones and the software is now in English, thankfully, which it wasn't.
When I first the first model the power key isn't separated away from the rest of the keyboard, sadly, now wish it was, but at least it does have a high resistance to the rest of the keys, and this does prevent accidental key presses the biggest con. For me, however, is this right here, your five programmable macro keys, it's, just the location of them. I do find it quite annoying. Often, when I go to hit ctrl, I hit the macro key here or when I press Escape, I accidentally hit the hyper fan mode and the macro keys are very easy to program with the included software. Now with us, our GB keyboard. We do have five different levels of brightness, so you get a little bit of control over that and, of course, you can set it to whatever color you want there's different things like breathing mode, you've got wave pretty straightforward here and that's all controlled and tweaked again Via the me gaming center software, the software also lets you check out your CPU load, GPU load memory use, and it even does have a built in task manager, and you can take a look at your network performance as well, and just like the first edition. No changes here we have the ambient side lights, so you've got sixteen million color combinations there that you can sit with the side, lights, just turn off those lights, and you can see it there and also when the laptop is fully charged, they will glow green.
So there are no changes to this touchpad at all, and that is a good thing, because this is a great touchpad. The me gaming laptop and the me notebook pro, which used the same touchpad here, they're, both excellent. It is really good for the finer movements very accurate, smooth surface and it does support, of course, windows gestures. It is definitely one of the best touch pads you will find on a gaming notebook. So, overall, the me gaming laptop has a premium design, a very high, build quality and is great no faults with it whatsoever, noble quality issues, and I love the fact that we don't have that game redesign here. This is very simplistic the design. We only have that me logo on the front that's, the only logo you will find on the whole laptop, so the display is still a 1080p 60 Hertz display. Now I know some people will be disappointed and shall be the decision not to go to 120 Hertz panel, but since it's only Vidia 1060 that we have on here, it's, not the 1070 and really, I feel it's an okay combination. We don't have the super powerful graphics card, so it is a 300 Lux screen and it does have an anti glare coating on here. We'Ve got an sRGB value of 93 Adobe RGB is 72, so very similar to the first panel. It is a good panel and good color reproduction and that brightness, 300 Lux and being an anti glare screen, I find, is also perfectly fine there.
My only complaint with the screen is, there is a bit of light leakage just down there on the bottom, but it's very hard to see. You really just need a completely black image to see that light leakage, and it will vary from panel to panel so overall for a gaming laptop. This has an above average screen in it and when looking at the screen bezels here so either side are quite slim and the top of course they've got the webcam in the correct location, webcam 720p, with a status led to the left of it and then either Side: dual array, microphones and now a sample of that 720p webcam. It treats and 30 frames per. Second now you do notice what the quality that okay, the exposure, seems to be all right. I have reasonably bright lights on at the moment, but it does look a little bit pixelated. It looks a little grainy. The audio is above average perfectly fine. I feel with those jewelry microphones and audio you are listening to right now is being recorded on the show me me gaming laptop. So what are the problems of buying a laptop from China and importing? It is this right here: it's gon na come with Windows – 10 home in Chinese. Unfortunately, now there are a couple of ways around this: you can install into a complete fresh new install with English or you can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro and then install your language packs.
So this is one thing you have to remember, and the other, of course, is that you're not going to have a local warranty, checking out a few synthetic benchmarks. Now that I like to test out when it comes to, if I strike one point one, the nvidia gtx 1060 gets a graphics score of just over 11000, with a total score there of just over 10000, then it's on par with other GTX 1016 notebooks, and what A slightly higher here is the Geekbench CPU score. So when we have a look at the single core score for Geekbench 4 it's close to 5000, which is maybe not the fastest I have seen – but the multi core score here of over 21000 is really quite good. This is faster than the MSI in GL 63 that I have looked at and it is also faster than the esos FX 504 that I looked at it's the highest eight out of the gaming laptops that I have reviewed and when we take a look now at The OpenCL score with geek bench – this is a very decent school here and if you do overclock the GPU, which I have managed to do a little bit I'll just show you my overclock managed to get plus 160 megahertz to the core clock on the GPU and The memory clock a respectable plus 700 megahertz doing so has increased the scores here with the gig bench for OpenCL score. I wrote about 6.
5 percent, so not much of a boost, but anything we get here is really welcome when it comes to, of course, a gaming laptop and it doesn't increase the temperatures. Much at all, Billy goes up one or two degrees when you overclock that a hundred and 60 megahertz on the core and when it comes to Cinebench r15 again, this is one of the highest scores I have seen for this particular CPU. So we've got a Seabee score of one one, forty five and if you do under volt a little bit, which I managed to get a stable negative, zero point, one hundred and sixty under volt with both the core and the cache. Then that does help boost up our scores here, as you'll see now, that's increased now to twelve hundred and sixty 3cb. The pass back. Nine rating is five thousand six hundred and sixty four, which is a very decent score for this particular speck of laptop and the internal storage that samsung PM 981, which is basically like in om9 70 Evo, is very quick, as you can see here, we're getting very Good intial reads and writes the four K's aren't. Quite as fast as I expected now, it did populate that spear nvme slot that we have in here will they light on 256 to gigabyte Drive, and you can see the scores from that one. So that proves to me that both of those slots can run together at PCIe times four speeds, which is great and then a very welcome change here with that SD card slot.
So, on the first model, it maxed out around about 23 megabytes per second and sequential reads and writes, and you can see it's much faster. This was my samsung pro hundred and twenty eight gigabyte micro sd card that I had in the slot using an adapter and very quick, so good reads and writes on the drive now on the slot. Should I say, thanks to the realtek PCIe card reader they're using so the CPU that eighth generation I 78750 H, is no slouch, so you can run multiple tabs. You can do all the multitasking you want, and this thing just does not slow down. It'S very responsive, it's, fast, I'm, even editing a 4k video here in the background, you're gon na have no problems. There'S, no real need for me to go into extreme details here on the performance, because this is right up there. This is a very fast chip for a mobile chipset for 45 watt CPU. It does run really quite well and I'm gon na run a fork, a demo here, just to show you how this runs I'll, stick that on the 4k quality and we'll put these stats on for nerds, and you can see that it's not actually dropping any frames Whatsoever now this is running perfectly fine, not a problem, so I do have a 4k clip here. This is actually of a gimbal review that I still haven't posted that I recorded in Denia and, as you can see, that the previews there that's in real time so there's no problems with that as you'd expect for this CPU now I'm gon na encode.
Now, one minute of footage and we'll see just how long this takes. This is in the h.264 format, it's the YouTube 4k preset and to make it fear, because I know a lot of people gon na be using this now that most people will stick with hardware encoding, so it's gon na be very quick. We'Ll see how long a one minute clip takes to encode, okay, so just finishing up now, I will hit pause once that disappears so one minute twenty two to encode one minute of the YouTube 4k preset video, which is very quick, audio wise. The me gaming laptop here, the sound, is good that you get from those jewel down with firing speakers. I don't like the location too much because you can end up covering them. If you happen to use it on your lap, which most people probably won't. So the sound reflects up off surfaces like desks and you do get a decent amount of volume and you also have a little bit of bass there. Some good meds overall the sound quality for a gaming laptop there's, not bad at all, but it could do with a sub now the 3.5 millimeter headphone quality is very good it's loud and it is also clean. There'S no static. This note interference I'll, give you a sample now of those speakers at 100 volume. So after all, this is a gaming laptop it's time to check out just how well performs at 1080p on mostly high settings so far noises one area that I highly criticized with the first model and sadly it's not any better.
This is still a very loud laptop wind gaming. It gets up to around about 67 decibels, but I'll give you a sample of it now with your normal gaming, your fans on auto and then using the hyper boost, the boost fan mode, taking a look at the maximum temperatures, so the CPU gets up to around 87 86 degrees, when you're gaming, when you're not gaming, it tends to hover around the mid 70s. I have seen it peak at 93 degrees, but that only happened once so just above the keyboard. It is getting up to 41 degrees, so does warm to the touch and then the GPU maxes out at 71 degrees that's after one hour of gaming – and I haven't seen it go over this, so the GPU temps are perfectly fine. The CPU can get a little hot at times. So what about the battery life? It only has a 55 watt hour battery, as I pointed out when we had a look at the internals, and that is good for up to about four and a half hours of mix use. This is around 40 to 50 percent brightness on only the integrated graphics. Now, when you started gaming you're only looking at about one hour and 45 minutes of gaming time and to fully charge the me gaming laptop, it takes a just under two hours, so it is very quick to charge okay. So, just to recap here: we've got an excellent, build quality.
It'S really well put together. They'Ve got a metal a lid on the top. Here we have a plastic palm rest, but it's very solid there's, no creaks there's, no flicks on this design. The keyboard is good to type on. However, I have a personal complaint with it for my own typing. On this, I don't find it to be that good. It does take a lot to get used to, as I mentioned, because it has that extra column of keys. Now that column on the left, there means I do get a lot of typos. I tend to accidentally keep hitting the fan. The hyper fan mode, the fan boost mode instead of escape, and you really do have to adapt to it. It'S a little bit more Kramden because of that – and I really wish that Xiaomi would change this and perhaps put those macro keys in a different location at the top. Here. The display is good about 300 Lux maximum brightness and it does have good color reproduction as well. For a gaming laptop, they are normally quite poor. The touchpad as well, very large, great touchpad, actually gaming laptops. They can we skip on the touch pads, but this one. This one's really good performance gaming performance. It is a gaming laptop. After all, you can play all the latest titles on mostly maximum settings. Now some of the more demanding games like Witcher 3 we're getting an average of in the 40s, so you want to lower it from the very high sitting, just lower that down a little bit or tweak some of those more demanding settings and you're gon na get A really great experience there with gaming and you can output via the HDMI because it does have HDMI 2.
0 run us in 4k. However, the 10 60 is not really demanding enough, which is why I don't miss having say 128 Hertz option. If they'd had one of those panels in there, it would be great, but not a lot of games will be able to take advantage of say, running everything and a hundred and twenty frames per second because of those more demanding titles. Older titles, like counter strike, for example, can affect sauce. Yes, that may be the NBA couldn't be good for that. So when it comes to cons it's like the first model, the problem I have what this unit here is that when you're gaming, so just a typical kind of game, it's just far too loud, so you want to have a hit, sit on to try and drain Out that fan noise, which hovers around the 57 disavowal mark now, when you put the fan, boost mode on that, most people will not be gaming with that on it or it's extremely loud. It gets up to 67 decibels, which is really far too much, but again most people will not actually be using that. So, when it comes to the price of this, it has been selling for as low as 1200. Us, which I feel is fine. When you look at the speak of this, there are cheaper options out there. Of course, if you live in the US, you can take a look at the a sincere series is lots of notebooks from the end a bit cheaper, azusa maasai things like that.
So they've got a lot of stiff competition out there. Shell me but they're heading in the right direction. I hope with the next model of this they can take a look at the cooling. The cooling is fine, it doesn't run into any thermal throttling it doesn't get too hot, but it's just that fair noise. I really wish they could tone that down. Apart from that, it is a very decent notebook. There is a little on the heavy side, so it's about 3.15 kilos with the power brick and without it about 2.7 5 kilos. So it is a heavy gaming laptop.