This is the second revision and the third model now 2018 sees the introduction of the Kaby Lake R CPUs in this line. So we now have the Core: i5. 8250. You, the I 78550, you eight gigabytes of RAM and there is a 16 gigabyte model that's in the works that's, apparently coming out within a month or so or after the Chinese Spring Festival. Now this model, here you can see, has another couple of changes to the obvious being the fact that it's now in this deep gray, color, which is a good move. If you ask me, because the paint job on the mean notebook Pro does look really good, and this here to me makes it look a little bit more professional, I do like the darker color on here versus the silver. Now it will show up fingerprints a little more because of that darker color on the lid. You see I'm a few little smudges and things once you start handling it and using it for a few days now the lid has no logos on it whatsoever. So very plain minimalistic design, which I really do like the build quality, is excellent. This is really well put together the fit and finish there's, no rough edges or anything like that. The edges on the bottom could be perhaps a little less sharp than what they are, but they're, not too bad overall, and really no complaints with that. Now you will notice. There was another change to that's to the internals, so we still have the MX 150 GPU from Nvidia, which is basically a 1030 it's, got 2 gigabytes of RAM double data rate 5 spec.

Now this has 384 cuda cores in it now speaking of thermals, if we have a look, you can see that we do have now these new cooling fins on the two coolers there, so we still have the same setup, unfortunately, as the previous model, so it's a Smaller fan paired up with a larger fan, they've put more fins on those fans, though so it's moving a lot more air through it, and – and you can see also that the copper heat transfer pipe. This is a little bit wider. Now dermals have improved. Now, when I reviewed the previous models, they got up to 50 degrees Celsius to the touch which I would classify as quite hot for one of these notebooks and now gets up to about 46. So, yes, it has definitely improved their cooling for to touch it. It'S not as hot as it normally gets, while in the previous models there, but it also internally it only maxes out at 82 degrees because of the improved cooling, so there's handling at two two more cause now compared to the previous models, which are only dual cause. This, of course, is now quad, so performance is up about thirty percent, but I'll get into that later on, but just to let you know here at the start that that Xiaomi has limited a little bit the potential of the CPU due to setting a thermal throttling Limit quite low to stop it going above 82 degrees, so there's, some limitation there on the performance of this particular notebook.

Now the keyboard is the same layout. The same key travel so one point two: six millimeters of key travel that I measured a comfortable keyboard to type on it's, not as good as the mean notebook pros keyboard. However, those keys are just slightly higher quality. It gives you a little bit better feedback on it, but overall, a very decent keyboard. Now it is better than the previous year's keyboard, because they've used the black plastic, meaning that you can actually see the backlit keyboard better than the silver keys on the earlier versions and they've also used a slightly better quality plastic on here and the keys don't feel. As sharp on the edges, as they did on the previous two generations of this particular model, you also know that the power button is probably where the Delete key should be, but it does have a higher resistance to it. So if you accidentally tap that, hopefully it won't pull it into sleep, but of course you can see it in Windows this button to do nothing when you touch it and that solves that minor little issue there now the touchpad the same size but it's no longer With some nap Tech's drivers like the first two models, this is now Windows, precision, drivers, full control over gestures and overall it's, a step up from the trackpad from last year's, quite accurate, very good to use and the fingerprint reader also works when you touch it using The touchpad so sometimes on some models when you put your finger over the fingerprint readers, it doesn't register when you're moving the cursor around, but this one here it does now that fingerprint reader works flawlessly very using Windows, hello to log into Windows.

Just to point out that the intake is here for the fans. So if you happen to use this on your lap, you will end up blocking that and then the fan noise will increase and it will start to heat up. So not a laptop to be using on your lap. So, on the right hand, side we have a status LED now this will light up red when charging turn green once it's fully charged to let you know now, charging time is blazing fast on this notebook. It only takes one hour and 38 minutes to fully charge this it's really good, so it charges at really high rates and probably the fastest, in fact the fastest. I have tested out here on the channel. Now we have a USB type c port here. So this support supports resolutions up to 4k 60 Hertz we've got charging data at the same time as well with this port and then a USB 3 port there. Now, on the left side, here we have HDMI out now it is not HDMI to speak, which I feel it should be. So this does not support 4k 60 Hertz. It maxes out at 4k 30 Hertz the output from this, and then we have another USB 3 port. By the way, the USB 3 ports will power external hard drives up to 2 terabytes tested without any issues. A 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, which supports microphones very clear audio out of this no static, no interference.

So the screen is a 13.3 inch IPS panel it's, fully laminated with scratch. Resistant glass. Blacks are deep. Colors, look great, no complaints with the screen. I feel it is fine. The maximum brightness tops out at 291 Lux, which isn't super bright, but it's perfectly fine for indoors, even in brightly lit environments right now, with two powerful studio lights on the screen is set to 50 and you can make it out perfectly fine. Normally I just run with about 30, most of the time in the studio and at home without any problems. Now the screen to me looks better than they mean up pro screen, that's 15.6 inches and still 1080p, and you can see the pixels on that one here. You can see the pixels if you look at it really really close, but it's not as bad as the pros. Now up the top you'll see we've got a webcam now. This is 720p 30 frames per second max, so you can record on it. Skype calls look great you've got jewelry microphones that pick up sound really well now. This webcam is to point out: does not support Windows, hello, one thing to know that when you first get it depending on where you buy it from that it should come with Windows. 10 home in Chinese only now you cannot just go and add an English language pack to that it doesn't seem to work the easiest way that I found and it retains the recovery image and keeps that all intact and the default software configuration and all that software From Xiaomi is just to upgrade it from Windows – 10 home to pro, you can pick up CD keys, very cheap for that, and this is what I did with my unis I upgraded and that way, if I go to reset this PC later on, it will just Actually add that language, so I added us and now that's part of the image and when you do the recovery and everything like that, it'll pull through so it's good for resale value.

You can, of course, go ahead and just do a complete, clean and new install of Windows, 10 home and the CD key and the BIOS that will pull through. So you don't need to spend any extra cash on that. If that is your preference there. So, having a look now just at what we have under the device manager, so we've got the Intel Core. I5. 8250 you now. This is a quad core processor, it's, multi threaded, so that's why it shows up, in there 8 times wireless as Intel's dual band: wireless AC, 80 to 65, a very good chipset, they're, very fast – that also handles our Bluetooth as well. On that bluetooth 4.1, then we have a Samsung pn9, 6 1 that's, an nvme drive very fast I'll show you that later on and the graphics, so you can see true graphics here, that's, because we have the integrated graphics that it uses when it's not doing anything Demanding and if you happen to be video, editing or gaming, or something like that and then it'll switch over and use the g force, which is that MX 150 from Nvidia and lastly, here the fingerprint reader is an eland one that works perfectly fine. Now, if we look at the memory spec here, we've got 8 gigabytes of doubled right for RAM running in two thousand four hundred megahertz. That is perfectly fine, but what isn't so great is this right here it's only running and single channel, so we are missing out on some memory, bandwidth and performance they're still on the topic of performance.

Here we have the Geekbench for scores. So this to me is not the best, of course, from this chipset and the reason why that is is either two things it's either the early thermal throttling that this CPU has that Charmy have configured it to do quite early on I'll get onto that later on. In this review or it's, just the fact that it doesn't have dual channel RAM so that's. Why it's a little bit lower, because I've seen before around 4000 for the single core score and about another thousand ports, is so high, as well here on the multi core score, but still this score right here. That is up around thirty to thirty five percent. Over the previous generation, so it's quite a step up in terms of just raw CPU performance. There here is the OpenCL score. Now this score here I did run the GPU slightly overclocked wood. If you want more details on that check out my gaming review of this particular laptop and we have a look at the fire strike 1.1 score. So this is the stock score here. So two thousand six hundred and forty keep an eye on that graphics school there. So that's, two thousand eight hundred ninety nine, because later on, I went in overclocked and you can't boost that screw up a little bit there. You can see I'm taking a quick look at their dedicated GPU, so it has two gigabytes of dedicated double data rate.

Five RAM, which is not a lot but considering it's, only a 1080p display we're not going to really run into many problems with the vram the amount we have on there. Unless, of course, you decide to try and run 4k or 1440p, which really, I would not be doing any way with this GPU, because it's simply not powerful enough to really be able to do that. Well with games, and this, of course, it's a really old title. You'Re running it has a 384 tutor cause I'm. Taking a look at a few other benchmarks that I ran, you can compare these to my reviews of the previous generation model if you'd like so here we have Cinebench. Now the score is up quite a bit. This is up around about almost 200 points on the CPU, thanks to, of course, they're faster see, we've got on the air with two extra cause. It makes a big difference in multi threaded benchmarks, and here we have the heaven school. So this is a little bit lower than the mean notebook pro mean notebook Pro and got seven thousand four hundred and seven. So the difference of this is because of those lower GPU clocks that I just mentioned and showed you before without gpu z, they're passed Mike reading, so 3702 is not a bad rating at all. Considering that this is really an ultrabook, how thin and light that says. It'S got some decent powers, it's packin a bit of performance here too, and here are the speeds of that samsung PM 961 SSD, so, 256 gigabytes.

It is really blazing fast. Look at those read speeds, so no bottlenecks whatsoever here with the storage performance. Now this is the wireless here, so I was transferring some files over my own network at home wireless AC, and it was up to around about 75 megabytes per second, which translates into 600 megabits per second, so very fast. The Intel wireless AC 80 to 65 chipset has on here now not the fastest results have actually seen out of this chipset I've, seen almost as high as 700 megabits per second, so it's, only just marginally slower there. So just like their two previous models to this. One we've got down with firing speakers, they are tuned by AKG and this no changes to them whatsoever. They'Re decent sounding speakers for an ultra balke laptop of this size, there's no sub, so it's just the two speakers – and it does also come with Dolby audio software. Now the software is basically just like an equalizer and lets you tweak and adjust the sound to your own personal preference. There I'll give you a sample of them now at 100 volume on to battery life. Now so really no improvements here over the previous generation. As expected, because we've got two more cause to feed and the other thing is, the battery capacity has not increased from the relatively small '. What our battery, because considering the hardware this has got on here, it should be larger this battery about, of course, they've made.

No changes internally to cater for a larger battery size there. Now, in my test, I ran the brightness at 30. I had wireless on the whole time. I was using Chrome with about 8 tabs and you can see here that I, after four hours and 38 minutes lost about 65 percent battery there. So you're, looking like the estimate here around 6 hours, 6 hours, 30 minutes. If you are using the dedicated GPU your gaming or doing something else, you can only expect around 2 hours, two and a half hours a better life when you're doing something super demanding a hundred percent brightness if you're watching videos it's different. So if you were just cycling and watching a video in 1080p, then you can probably expect about seven to eight hours, it's a lot more there, but overall battery life is for me disappointing, moving on now to have a look at encoding, 4k video. So I have a DOE Premiere Pro here and as long as you, don't have a huge amount of different videos in here like you're, not trying to put 100 clips, and here with the 8 gigabytes of RAM, I found that editing. 4K. Video is perfectly fine. With this hardware that the preview screen here, you can see that's in real time it doesn't have any slowdown. You can pry your filters and whatnot and other things. As long as you keep things basic, I mean what to baby, but don't just start to pile on things, because it will start to bog down a little bit there, and I think some of the problem really comes down to the RAM.

But again, I would that thermal throttling that you can see has been happening quite a bit, it's been bouncing off that all the time and then, of course, is lowing. The CPU turbo the speeds of the turbo there at times now I'm going to do the same encoding, test, I've done on the previous models and the pro model, and it managed to encode one minute of 4k footage and do it in five minutes and one second. On the pro version, so let's have a look with the same hardware by the way, let's have a look and see how long it's going to take on this particular model so going with the same priest it's the YouTube 4k preset here and it's one minute of Footage let's get this exported now so as soon as I click this export I'll start the timer as well. Okay, so that's about to finish up, but I won't stop the timer until it actually closes this little bar here, the encode time I was looking like it's. Actually going to be about the same as the pro model, with the same exact hardware, which has surprised me a little bit, that was five minutes and one second and there we go pretty much exactly the same there. So I did not expect that result, which is good in a way to see so now, to show you where this notebook is really quite bad. Is that thermal throttling that happens so when you're pushing both the GPU and the CPU, while the CPU is not actually being pushed too hard? When you have a look at the utilization here, it's only at about 30, but look at this the whole time.

It is thermal throttling. You can see the history here, it's been thermal throttling continuously because of the GPU, so the GPU is being pushed quite hard at the moment with this benchmark they're running in the background, and if we just show you the clocks as well on the GPU, you can See here that yes, it's been going up and down a little bit, it's, not too bad those clocks. But I have noticed that it does tend to clock down a little bit lower than the me notebook pro with the exact same configuration here. So not great at all to see if you play another game, for example, something that's using the CPU a lot more calculating physics and things then you're gon na see just continual thermal throttling and the clocks. They will not clock up that high those turbos affecting, of course, that CPU performance. So for me this is not great to see because the Mino Book Pro that model I didn't, have any problems with thermal throttling. The cooling could keep up with everything, but here Xiaomi has to limit the CPU they have to put on that early thermal throttling just to stop it from overheating, because if they did not do this, if it did not trigger thermal throttling, I can see this getting Up to 90 degrees, if not even more, if you're taxing both GPU and CPU, so not at all good. When it comes to fan noise on the me notebook f13, I find that it could actually be sometimes a little louder than the previous generation, because it's having to deal with that extra heat being generated from the CPU now light tasks like web browsing.

You don't hear the fans they do not come on or it might just come on low and then it later turns off. But when you do anything moderately demanding so if it's just a little bit of photo editing or even when you start to run quite a few tabs in chrome, you will hear the fans come on now. I'Ll give you a sample now, I've 100 load and the fans at 100 send that it is reasonably loud. So what does it like at gaming? Well, it's, actually not too bad. Considering the hardware considering we've only got 2 gigabytes of dedicated double data rate 5 RAM on this and it's a an entry level GPU here, but it's so much better than the integrated graphics solution. So you can play a lot of the modern titles. In fact, everything is playable out there. You just need to lower down the settings. So often you have to lower the visuals to perhaps medium or low setting and on very demanding games. You have to also lower down the resolution from say, 1080p down to 720p and then games are gon na have playable frame rates that's not too bad. Now, if you want to see more gaming, then please check out my full detailed gaming review of the me notebook air 13, the 2018 model. Now, if you're looking to run Linux, if you've seen my unboxing, I tested that out and my touchpad was not working. I was running Mandara 17 point 1.

3. Now the recently released 17 point 1.4 update. I have now burned that ISO to my USB pendrive here running a live image and, as you can see, the mouse cursor is working. So the touchpad now works. Brightness control works Wireless. The sound everything so far is working on here, so this is really good news for anyone that wants to run Linux on this machine. You won't have any problems. It runs it really well and very quick, so streaming in 4k is perfectly smooth and fine no drop frames. Well, I need three drop frames out of 3500 here. The connection keeps up as long as, of course, you've got a fast enough connection to maintain that link and keep it buffering really well, but no problems. It will natively play your a TVC codecs as well ten bit and very fast performance overall multitasking getting in around Windows, not an issue at all with the core, i5, 8250 and finally, a sample here from the webcam, so it's, 720p 30 frames per second maximum, and It can record the quality is pretty average. Now you hear a lot of echo that's because I'm in a room that's almost empty it's. The reason for that, but overall the my quality is good, but we can it's pretty average movie, but it's decent enough for Skype. Calls at the moment I'm in low light, so it's not exactly performing wonderful, ok guys. So this is a step up clearly over the 2017 model.

It'S about 30 faster comes with a better keyboard because of the new key caps it's black, so easy to see with the backlight versus the silver keys, and the backlight can sometimes be a little bit hard to make out. Touchpad, more or less is kind of the same, but slightly better because of the precision drivers. Our fingerprint reader works great. The screen looks great as well it's, very nice, fully laminated. It could have made it touch, but that's. Just my personal preference. Their build quality is excellent. It is a premium laptop now it falls short with battery life. You get around 6 hours max 5 6 hours it's, not really that much more than the 2017 model. Now cooling has improved, but not by much it's, only 4 degrees to the touch cooler after a couple of hours of gaming on this now. One thing that bothers me in this is I've limited, the performance, so they put single channel RAM and it also starts to thermal throttle the CPU way earlier than the pro model and that limits the performance there as well. The GPU then has also been clocked a little lower than the 15.6 inch model, so that's about three areas there when they're limiting their performance. But the crazy thing is: this is priced exactly the same or even a little bit higher. At the time of this review, then the me notebook pro model, so I see absolutely no reason to go for this.

So in my mind, skip this model. Go for the meet notebook Pro because it has fader cooling it's got separate thermal heat pipes and fans for the GPU for the CPU I've been a keyboard it's much better than this one. I do like typing on it a lot better. We also have a larger touch pair, which is just a little bit more comfortable to use, and then we have better battery life as well as one other thing now. One area works not better. The 15.6 inch model is the screen. The screen, because it's not as sharp that's really about it, and I feel that this one's got slightly better colors on it. So I preferred the screen in this model. That really is about the only thing and reason to go for it. So there's a lot of reasons to go for the 15.6 inch model because of that better performance. You can also increase the power limit on that one to get it to perform close to an i7 seven thousand seven hundred HQ when you increase the power limit on this particular model because of the early thermal throttling you get zero benefit out of it. So you can't boost the performance, so that again just adds the reason skip this if you can put up with a 15.6 inch extra size and the 1 kilo more of weight, get the 15.6 inch model. So with that said, check out my review up here of the me notebook Pro 15.

6 inch model the i5 model and then the i7 models, where I have a review of that, and thank you so much for watching this review here and, if you're new.