Xiaomai 6A Review – N4100 + Nvidia MX150 Gaming Laptop
I thought this looks like it could be interesting and there's many things that are good about it. It'S got a very odd name: it's called their Mai Ben Ben Xiaomai. 6, Ja, what a bad name! It is a shocker. So what we have here is a Celeron N4100 laptop that comes with eight gigabytes of RAM and has a 256 gigabyte SSD and wireless AC 15.6 inch screen with a metal lid on the top and a plastic palm race. So it doesn't really seem that interesting and out of the ordinary from the budget tech. I reviewed, but I wouldn't classify this one quite as budget because it sells for about 599. So what sets it apart and why? I was interested in reviewing this one and why? I got it is because it has upgrade abilities, so you've got two RAM slots, so you can. What you'll see later on in this video is, I decided to add another 8 gigabytes RAM, and it also has a replaceable wireless card and you can add a 2.5 inch SSD. But the main feature of this laptop here is: it has a dedicated NVIDIA MX. 150, met 2 gigabytes of double data rate 5 RAM, which has moderate performance that paired up with the CPU, is going to be a little bit limited in the box. You will find our power supply, which is rated to 19 Volt 3.4 Versterkers, and it has that Mickey Mouse style connector.
On the end. We also get a keyboard protector as well included, which fits it perfectly because it's coming from the manufacturer and it's a first that I've seen this included on the left side of the laptop you've got dcn HDMI 2.0, a so that's, 4k 60 Hertz, 2 USB 3 Poorten, a type C port, which is also USB 3 spec on the right, a Kensington lock slot an SD card reader, which is only USB 2 Spec, een USB 2 poort, 3.5 millimeter headphone jack with mic support and, Ten slotte, an LED. So this is red when charging green once fully charged, which takes just under two hours, taking a look at the internals now, so we have a reasonably good layout here. The build quality looks good. There is an internal metal frame that everything is screwed into, so we've got a 41 watt hour battery right here we have a replaceable mini PCIe card that's, your Wireless right. Now it has an Intel 9462 that's in there and look at this upgradable Ram. So it comes with eight gigabytes installed, it'll be running in single channel, Natuurlijk, it's a data Ram, so it's a reasonable brand of RAM but I'm going to upgrade it here, because I believe a lot of people will probably actually do this running 16 will make Things a little bit smoother there's, also a 2.5 inch SATA 3 bay here, wat geweldig is, so you can install a 1 terabyte hard drive or another SSD.
The connectors right here, they've just taped it inside. So if you hear something rattling around and that's what it is and right under this ribbon cable right here, we hebben een 20 Aan 80 set of 3 SSD it's 256 Gigabytes, so you're able to replace and upgrade that, if you wanted to and for calling, we Have a single fan here with two copper thermal transfer pipes, so the GPU will be right here, that's the MX 150 and then that in 4102 Quad-core, so that chipset does not generate a lot of heat. So the fans aren't going to be on often. But when you're gaming, or using the GPU with the switchable graphics that's, when the fan will come on when you do something demanding, zoals je hier zien, the laptop powered up just fine. It took a little bit longer to boot because the buyers had to detect to the new eight gigabytes of installed ram, which it has here. So you can see it it's running Windows, 10 Home. It just went straight into the desktop, so it's already been set up by someone, so it would be careful doing a factory reset on this model, as it could end up with everything back in Chinese which it might have originally had. So they have partitioned that 256 gigabyte drive with a Windows, installation of 80 gigabytes and then the rest of the space for your data and in the device manager. I just wanted to quickly point out so there we have our dual graphics here, so it has switchable graphics between the geforce MX 150 and then the ultra HD graphics, 600 that's, the intel one, which of course uses a lot less power it'll be on there by The defi, but you can override it, anyways use the more powerful GPU.
If you want so I'll display is a 1080p display, it is met coated and it has a very poor maximum brightness. I measured just 98 luxo, it doesn't even scrape a hundred Lux inside. It looks fine you'll be running it at 100, Misschien 50, but if you gon na be using this in very bright, LED environments, I mean I do have some powerful studio lighting on at the moment because of the anti glare coating. It makes it a little bit better, but it's, niet geweldig, so we have an sRGB rating here of 63. Ntsc is only 45 Adobe RGB 47. So this is not a screen you want to be using for color grading work, so I was going to screen capture this one, but I thought I would show you the screen since it's not flickering on camera. Anything to give you an idea of what kind of performance you can expect out of this hardware, so it's got a very weak CPU. We know this, but it is running at 10 watts and aided by the fact that I'm running dual channel and the extra 8 gigabytes around things are very quick and snappy. So I just loaded up a couple of random tabs here and they all popped in very quick. This really does feel a lot like a more modern core, i3 or in older, say fourth or fifth generation Core i5. So I go back into Chrome right here. I'M. Just gon na type in dogs – and I have never searched this before and I'm just going to randomly start opening up tabs and just to demonstrate how fast this is working.
So the wireless is that Intel chip that's in there and it's a lot better than the 3165. De 9640 2i my file transfer test. I managed to get close to 400 megabits throughput on that one. So you can see those tabs are loading in and really that is pretty quick overall that performance. It feels good. It feels snappy and really it does not feel like a low end Sauron when you're doing light tasks like this. Now you can do a bit of multitasking, which I am doing, because we've got the extra RAM. You'Ll get a load a lot more into that Ram. So here I have a very large doc file, dus dit is 860 pagina 's, so it is massive and it did take a good and I'm. Not joking here about three minutes to load in was very slow and the initial load once it gets going, you can see scrolling is a little slow. You can do your typical edits and move things around cut and paste that performance, echter, doesn't seem to be affected too much so it's, not gon na drive you wild being real leggy and slow with a large doc file like this. Nwo. The same goes with Excel. Now this is not a huge spreadsheet, a handle spreadsheets a lot better, but this is only ten thousand lines, I think so again, yeah a little slow, it's, not gon na perform like the latest generation Core i5. Natuurlijk niet.
You can't expect that from this kind of CPU, but all in all – and this performance is good – I will open up a high bitrate pharmacist, a chi VC, the codec, and I will play this with VLC so that pops up really quick even at this higher bitrate. That is gon na be fine are the same guys for 4k. So ever since the Apollo Lake we've had native decoding of vp9 codecs and a chi VC, so performance there is as expected. Algemene, it feels quite quick and snappy, and you can see there is that animation stutter that lag that's. Something that's been around on this chipset for a while now it's a bit quicker, but I just wanted to run through a few benchmarks. So I benched marked the nvidia MX 150. Het is de 15, niet de 10 watt version. Sorry, dit is 25 watt, so it's not the crippled version of this GPU, so we get 444 open, CL score thousand and that isn't what the overclocked. So what I did is I added an additional 200 megahertz to the core clock of this GPU and an extra 1000 to the RAM. Because of my experience with these lower end GPUs. You can normally overclocked and quite a bit not like the high end stuff, and that gives us a result of almost 50000, then in OpenCL, which is very good for the particular GPU and considering the cpu we have now. If you were to force it on to the integrated, which is Intel's UHD 600, you can see that scores.
Look at the difference there, so quite an increase going from the integrated graphics to the dedicated GPU as expected, and then we take a look now at Geekbench. For so these scores yeah they are very low, but for this hardware, compared to the other laptops I've tested out like the lap book SC from chewy, similar results here, maybe a little fast on the single core score, because this is actively called not passive. Like the other ones, if I strike from 3dmark, says it's a very demanding test for that GPU, not an amazing score, but what the overclock you do gain 15, net over 15, wat echt leuk is. I also did benchmark the SSD on here so it's, a light on branded one 256 Gigabytes. Sata 3 spec really good speeds for a set of 3 Station. This is perfectly fine it's not going to cause any bottlenecks here. So just how is this keyboard? Goed, the layout of it is fine. I do like the spacing they have used. The texture of the keys feels good the plastic. They have used 1.5 millimeter van de reis, approximately there's a little bit of flex there. You can see and perhaps a little bit of bounce when you're typing, but overall it is a good keyboard, it's, just not a premium one it's, not as good as the one, bijvoorbeeld, in the me notebook pro or even in my Chewie. Let book SC the touchpad has a smooth plastic finish to it.
It supports Windows gestures and it is a Windows, precision touchpad my days using it, I find it to be average it's fine it's, certainly not the best I've used I've used a lot worse as well. This laptop will stream 4k video just fine, but I wanted to focus here on the audio, which is truly an absolutely disappointing, so bad the speakers. They have no volume to them. Give you a sample of them now so, as you could hear from that, that they lack a huge amount of volume. De 3.5 millimeter headphone jack is much louder. It'S got very clean, sound there's, geen statische, desert interference, however it's still not as long as it should be so very disappointing. Audio on this laptop over winners file is to edit some 4k footage here in Adobe Premiere Pro, so this is very demanding for the CPU, but if you have a look now at the preview, if I play this now, you can see that's running in real time, But that's only rendering it at half the resolution when you skip ahead and various different edits, it does really start to bog down now 1080p video editing. It will run a hell of a lot better than a 4k because remember this is a very low end. Chipsy export times as well super slow it's going to take more than double the length of your clip into 4k to encode it, even though it is hardware accelerated using the cuter cause and Intel's quick sync and a very quick peek at Linux.
This is Linux meant that it's running and there's no issues to report whatsoever. Everything seems to be working. That includes your Bluetooth, your wireless everything like that, and you can of course install it as well, so you could set this up as a dual boot machine. Now there is one thing: if you follow me on Twitter, that you've probably seen me mention as this. This is driving me almost insane that whatever I try all those different methods, the custom, INF files, the config files – I cannot upgrade the graphics driver on this. It just will not happen for some reason. It seems to be when you have a look at the device ID that's fine. Het is de 25 watt, as mentioned TDP and video MX 150, but it's like a generic VGA device, it's something's wrong with it there that I just cannot upgrade the drivers on this. This is going to be an issue, especially with some games, so this title here is GTA I've got it running on the lowest settings, it's 1080p and it's playable. I mean if you want a faster frame rate than what I'm about to show you, then you could probably run it to 720p with this is looking okay, I mean it's, not amazing performance, but there's. No way that just that salon in 4100 bite South would be able to run this game so forget about 34 frames per seconde 32, but as long as it keeps over 30 – yes that's some really bad driving from me.
It is fine, so stepped it up now to a more demanding game. This is Witcher 3 low settings, presets 720p over 40 frames per seconde. This is actually a lot better than I expected. I thought this one would definitely bring things coming down to a whole under 20 frames per second now I did try it in 1080p, but it's not recommended 1080p. I was getting a maximum frame rate of only about 35 and it was hovering around 29 30 frames per seconde, gemiddeld, total said to me that wasn't really good enough, so I'll just upset the guards here to see if that's gon na cause a huge frame. Dip or not, Oke, not really so. This one's gon na be yeah 100 cent playable 720p low settings. This title here is Call of Duty World War, 2 and it's hopping around 40 frames per seconde. But when there's a lot of action going on screen when there's explosions and you're in those cutscenes it drops down to about 25 frames per seconde, so it's a it's semi playable this one here you do see a lot of screen tearing and whatnot even on the Low setting 720p, I can't really lower it much further. You can lower the resolution down, but it doesn't make much of a difference because it wouldn't be complete without showing you Counter Strike global Offensive. This is on 1080p resolution medium settings. Now you can lower the resolution and it will give you a better framerate and you can just want to show you too that in the smoke there you can see it dipped down to 40.
So this is yeah. Play of all about 720p will run a little bit better. So let's have a look at those temperatures now which is important, so maximum temperatures on the CPU 83 degrees it doesn't tend to exceed this. I haven't seen it go over that, and that is almost after three hours and if we take a look at the GPU and that is 77 degrees and the fan noise is actually quite low, it's very hard for me to capture a sample, but not very loud. This laptop taking a look at the external teams here, so it does get up to about 37 graden Celsius. Just along the top right there we can see the red dot where the laser is and overall those temperatures are fine in nothing like the more powerful laptops. I'Ve, looked at that have reached up and over fully eight degrees Celsius, so very hot to the touch this one's just warm to the touch so there's webcam in a very awkward position. That kind of looks up your nose, isn't the greatest quality, it's HD, either side of it. We do have jewelry microphones and there is a status LED to let you know it's on so here's a sample from the webcam, the mics either side of it. As I pointed out, and when you type on the keyboard, you don't get as much feedback through those microphones of that as you doing ones that are placed on the laptop itself.
Algemene, this quality is very average. The mics as well and the webcam location is not the greatest looking up your nose having it right down there, it should be up in the top bezel. OK, so just going to recap here, as I do, the end of my video, so I've got plastic palm rests, element on the top aluminium or aluminum on the bottom. It is cooled by a fan. The fan noise is not bad there's, a bit of heat from it, but not a problem. They gets up to about 83 Graden, so that is fine there. The screen is nothing amazing. Ja, it has the slimmer bezels, which may look a little bit more modern. A little bit nice looking there I'll just turn the screen on for you can see, you can see it there, but the low brightness, Oke, it's, saving grace, probably because it has met coded means that indoors it looks fine, but a hundred Lux is just not bright Enough and then, if you're gon na be color, grading photos and things like that, the color gamut, the coverage we're getting from the screen, Niet goed. I mean I kind of expected that, because this is a cheaper Chinese, a laptop here, so the big problem that I had was the drivers. I still cannot install Nvidia's latest drivers on this. I don't know why I tried everything you can think of. I got some help from other people on Twitter, ook, so installing in safe mode and using that driver and install utility get rid of all the drivers and add a fresh install went offline.
I tried to stop windows and automatically installing its own driver, which kept happening a lot too. I was ripping my hair out after almost a whole day, actually a day and a half two days messing with that, I got fed up and just almost went insane. I was gon na throw this thing out the window, so you cannot update at least I can't update the graphics driver on this, which it's going to be a energy for gaming, so gaming performance, zoals je zag, is surprisingly good. It'S, not a high end system. Such a weak CPU, it does limit it with some games, but there were a lot of titles there on 1080p low settings, playable framerate, so that's good too. This kind of what this thing is about are the touchpad, the keyboard it's good to type on it. Overall has an average build quality, but for the price they're 5.99 that it cost me well. No because I feel you're better off saving an extra 200 us and getting something like shammies me laptop Pro that one there is often on sale for 7.99 or even a little bit lower than that and it's got just so much better performance. A premium build to a backlit keyboard. This isn't backlit, I wrote it's a better experience yet really it's a battery life it'll go for seven or eight hours, which is good that's on par with other Sauron in 4100. That I've looked at the gym.
No lake is good on batteries, so that's, probably one of the positives on all this so really need to factor that in if you can get up, maybe you for a lot cheaper, then possibly, but then you probably find something with an AMD. Apu that'll go a lot better run a lot better than those had better performance, but the performance did surprise me with the extra rain, with the upgrade ability that's a big positive with us.