Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Unboxing & Hands-On Review
It is the Xiaomi Mi notebook Pro so it's 15.6 inches with a 1080p screen on it it's their largest laptop now, and I was personally waiting for some time for them to release something larger than their 13.3 inch model. That I've also reviewed and the 12.5 inch one they're, both very decent laptops, but they're not perfect. The 13.3 inch version does get very hot to the touch up to about 50 degrees Celsius. When you push it really hard now, they did say there's, improved cooling in this newer model comes in this dark gray, color, which really does look quite cool and it does have type c ports on there, two of them, but no Thunderbolt, 3. Also, 2. Usb 3 ports, backlit keyboard, SD card reader, wireless AC, 60 watt hour battery and it's powered by the i5 8250U. This is the latest eighth generation chips or the I7 8550U. So quad cores we've gone from dual core 2 quad. It should be a lot more powerful than the likes of the 13 inch model, so let's get this one here, unbox check it out in greater detail. So there are three things to be aware of when you buy this model, and that is the fact that it's going to come with Windows 10 in Chinese there's, a couple of ways around that you can either backup the drivers do a clean, install or you can Upgrade from Windows 10 home that it probably will come with to Windows 10 Pro.
So even though they have used the original box, you can see it is well packaged up, so it's double boxed, and that is padding either side. You see the retail packaging has a very Apple, look to it, just like the Mac books, okay, so it's packaged up quite well. There there's padding on the top of this too, so okay, so it feels actually quite heavy, but is a lot heavier than the previous models, but the smaller models, of course, 13 inches. This weighs around two kilos. I will measure that in just a minute, but we'll have a look and see what else we get in the box here. So we have this leaflet here, which is probably the warranty and guarantee card things like that. That'Ll all be in Chinese, which it is, unless just a quick start again it's all in Chinese. There is a type C type c cable and then the charger, which is 65 watts with a maximum output of 20 volts 3.2 amps. And it is that two prong style – and it is a one point: nine, seven, nine kilo. So almost two kilos there and approximately fifteen point eight millimeters thick. That is without the rubber feet, with those feet there and that comes up then to almost nineteen millimeters. So it has definitely been opened, sadly, but I am really loving this darker gray, so that space gray, color looks really good awesome. Really, I wish more manufacturers would start releasing tech with this color and not just the standard silver all that champagne gold.
We see a lot of out of China, so testing the lid there, that is very firm, there's, hardly any flex, and that feels good. So, on the left hand, side you'll find a full size HDMI out 2 USB 3 ports, 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. That does support microphones, then, on the right side, status, LED type c ports there's a USB 3.1 spec SD card slot. Sadly they did not make one of these type c ports. Thunderbolt 3. I feel that's a bit of an error, so the vents are along the bottom here. This is the intake vent and it will vent out just in front of the screen, so the design, the way they have this laid out exactly like the 13.3 inch version. We have along here, of course, five rubber feet. They are propped up slightly higher on the rear, which is good to see, and then there are nine Torx screws ones hidden under here. I will open this case off later on. We'Ll have a look at the internals. Now these girls, either side, are for their speakers, which are infinity, Harman branded ones with Dolby Atmos down the front there's a cutout here for opening it up let's have a look and see if it can be opened up, one handed which it can right. So a very large touchpad on here that is really nice, the size of that I do like the look of this color. This darker gray looks really nice and then the black keys, of course, are different to the silver ones.
We have on the other models like the 12.5 inch version, then 13.3 and you'll notice. Here we have a fingerprint reader, so there's a little bit of flex there, but really that is not bad at all. I am pushing very hard here. The key travel they feel like quality keys, very nice. I can see we've got shortcuts there for the brightness control volumes, but we do OB. Do there print screen, backlit keyboard disable the touchpad as well. Now this backlit keyboard will probably be exactly the same as the other models that, after 13 seconds, it will turn off and it's, either on or off there's no in between settings with the brightness of those keys. So this is a little hard to capture on camera, but the keys aren't exactly 100 flat it's, like they have a little bit of a a con curve to them, which is a nice touch, so there's a webcam up the top there with two microphones, either side. So it's dual array, mice, you can just see them the tiny little holes there either side. The screen henge feels really firm, a lot more firmer than the likes of the 12.5 or 13 inch models. It really is quite good. No complaints with that a little bit of flex in the screen there, but nothing to worry about really. There would be some, of course, with such a large screen now I've noticed with it there's this plastic lip it's, not rubber, like on some laptops from a Zeus.
There'S in book series, but actually just a hard plastic that goes all around and what that will do was prevent that screen from scratching up against the palm rest or the keyboard there. Now this shouldn't take too long. Imagine it's already been set up. I can see if someone's got an account on that and men and yet everything is in Chinese. So first impressions here of the display it looks decent. It is an IPS panel because if you see the viewing angles, it's not a TN panel it's, not shifting out. I mean they wouldn't do something that silly would they show me would not put a TN panel into their premium 15.6 inch laptop, but because it is fifteen point six inches 1080p. You will see pixels. Looking at the screen really close, you can see what I mean. I'Ve assumed right end. The Windows Start button there while the home button, and you can see the pixels individual pixels if you really look close enough, but looking at the screen from a normal distance, because I don't look at the screen. That close, it looks like any other 15.6 inch display. However, of course, it's just got a few more reflections because it's covered with glass – and this is also the maximum that the screen will recline back, which isn't bad at all. So the screen – I think I won the lottery here with the IPS – bleed or light leakage and glow around the corners, because it doesn't seem to have any now you'll notice that the blacks on it they aren't quite as dark as the bezel that's around the outside.
You can just make out the difference between the two of them. There notice, as I said, super reflector, but also fingerprints, smudges and all that sort of stuff is showing up on the screen quite quickly with that glass cover our met. Coated screen would probably be a little bit more practical, I feel so, and if they've got glass on there like, I normally feel that if they make it a glass screen, why not make it also support touch as well, but that probably would have pushed the price Right out so allowing the brightness now it's, not on 100 that's about 40 at the moment. So if I increase it right up to 100 sorry that's a volume that's, a hundred percent seems reasonable measure that, in my full review and in doing it right down here to zero it's very dark, then, and it becomes a reflective mirror. Okay, so I'm. Trying to add English here, but no like it doesn't seem to work. You really. I think you need to actually be in China or something to get it to download the english language pack. So what I have to do later on is just upgrade to Windows. 10. Pro and then install my language pack, so I have gone into the device. Manager and we'll have a look there. You can see that's the 8th gen, the newest latest Intel so it's the 8250 you that I have on here now. If you want slightly faster, I don't think it's gon na actually be worth it, though, to get to I 78550, and it depends how hot this gets to that one will probably generate a bit more heat too, but it clocks up a little bit higher.
I think it's about 600 megahertz turbo more that you get on that version the i7 one. So we have a what I think is a samsung PM 961, so that should be nice and fast I'll benchmark that shortly and the fingerprint relat reader is an e LAN. The same as the mean air 13 same for the wireless too, so we've got the Intel Wireless dual band, AC 82 65, which is quite a fast chipset too, so just to confirm a couple of things here. You must charge from this port here, not that one. I plugged it in and actually came up with a pop up saying use the other port, while a logo and icon telling me to do that. Sd cards do not sit in flush and it seems the maximum speed. This slot supports, sadly, is only about 30 megabytes per second now. My card that I have in there at the moment is a samsung pro plus card, a micro, SD and the adapter here you can see and it should support almost up to 80 or even faster. So it's a real shame, it's not running at the full speed, so my English language pack has installed now that's downloaded. I have to reboot and everything then should be in English, but while that was going on, I did benchmark the drive here. You can see the results now bear in mind that there were things going on in the background, so it could possibly a little bit faster than this, but that is not the fastest MVM e drive that they have used in this, which is a slight disappointment there, Because of course, there are drives that got to around 3000 reads and 1500 sequential writes, but this one a little bit slower, but still very good performance, just benchmarking that wireless card here, so my fiber line can do a maximum of 300 megabits per second and it's.
Getting very close to that which is impressive, because I am about to Rooms distance away from that router, but I found that the Intel dual band AC 80 to 65 performs really well and you can see those results. There are very decent now looking at the RAM configuration here, it says that we have two of two slots used form factor so dim. However, I think this is incorrect. I hope I'm wrong, because that means we can go along and upgrade the RAM. Hopefully that is the case crossing my fingers here. The RAM is running at 2400 megahertz, which is good, that's, dual channel. Of course now I did run Geekbench before here. We'Ll have a look at the scores, both the compute score as well, so that's using the GPU. So, first up as the CPU score, this has double the speed of the 13.3 inch version with decay B Lake. I 5 7000 200 you. So this model, of course, has two more cause: eight threads and the 13 inch model only has two cores four threads, so that's. Why we've got a massive increase there on the multi core score, so that should be beneficial, especially when encoding things like 4k video and all that and the single core score is up around about 600 points there. Also over that other model, the 13 inch model. Now the compute score, so this is the OpenCL score comes out to be about four thousand sorry, three thousand points higher due to the fact, probably that that CPU is just helping out a little bit being a bit faster there, so not much of a difference there.
Between the two models on the mx1 five o, so the speaker's, we have a downwards firing now: the location of them on the bottom I'm, not a big fan of because you can't block them. If you do end up using it on your lap, so they are Infinity branded ones, they're, harman, infinity with Dolby Atmos software that's, basically just like an equalizer that tweaks to get the best performance out of them, so let's have a listen to how they sound. So, as you can hear from that quick sample there, they sound really quite good. They go a bit of treble to them some bass there too, as well. They do sound quite rich overall, I'm, quite happy with the sound of these speakers. They do sound so much better than the previous models as well. They'Ve been proved things a little bit. I do believe they put out about an extra half of what more the the power output from those two speakers. So just had a bit of a type on this keyboard and it does feel really good. This is a great keyboard. They have used in it it's a step up from the ones and the 12.5 inch and 13.3 inch models differently. Same goes for this macbook like touchpad, that is very large. It is really nice to use this one here very good. I do like the feel of us and I'll go as far as to say: it's, probably the best touchpad now that I have used in any Chinese device same goes for the keyboard.
Really it is a really decent keyboard, so here's a look at the backlit keyboard, as you can see lights up individually, each of those keys there and after 13 seconds it will automatically turn off if you're not using the keyboard, so have a peek at the internals. Here was a little difficult to get the case off just by the fact that the plastic clips all around the outside will on really really hard. So to take it off, you need a t5 Torx screwdriver bit that's the same exact one that they used on the other models there. So we have a 600 watt hour battery, not a lot of room for it, as you can see, because of the motherboard two cooling fans, the very thin ones, and just the one copper pipe there, they're not separated, so they haven't got one just for the CPU. Then one for the GPU so far, thermals have been good. It hasn't got hot to the touch or anything like that, but I do need to push it hard gaming to really find out just how hot it will get and will it get up to 50 degrees. To the touch on the top of it, like the 13 inch version – hopefully not so there is space here for a future 4G LTE version, which will probably be an exclusive kind of like Chinese model, the ultimate model, something like that. It will come out later on. So it is a samsung PM, 9, 6, 1 mve SSD so it's interesting to see that when i benchmarked it that it's not running at the full speed of the potential that this drive.
So is this only pci times two that's the question there or is it set up as times four which hopefully it should be? Otherwise that is really stupid if they have done that. So here we have a setter three SSD Bay. 22 by eighty. I put my drive in there I'm going to put it in there. So if you want to store like a terabyte of files, then this is the one to do it on a slower storage. Put that and it's great to have this option overall, the build quality is excellent in here no complaints whatsoever. It looks very decent, oh and just to add those decent sounding speakers. They do have the Infinity branding on them as well. Now I did take a peek at the RAM it's located under this copper heat, shielding the sink and everything copper heatsink. We cannot upgrade the RAM it's, not so dumb. It is soldered to the motherboard. Unfortunately, so if you need 16 gigabytes of RAM for editing your 4k videos, then you're gon na have to buy the 16 gigabyte version, so the bias is pretty much locked out to the end user, there's, no real settings we can change in here, apart from the Boot order you can set the secure boot to be disabled. You just have to put a password in first and yes, Linux does run on this system. Okay, so the me notebook pro is looking very promising here. The panel on it 1080p panel, so it's going to be the sharpest, but it is a very decent pen or that they have put in this.
A brightness seems sufficient enough. I'Ll have that measured in my full review, but just using it I'm very happy with this panel. I was a little bit concerned that it could be a very poor panel that they have chosen for this, but it's definitely not the case here. No concerns there. So the touchpad it's, really nice and large fingerprint reader incorporated, and it does work really well it's super quick, unlocking to get in with Windows, hello, so no typing out your password simply place your finger there and it goes straight into Windows now the keyboard. This is a step up from the previous model, so the twelve point five inch and the 13.3 inch models. The keyboards are good, they're, very nice, keyboards backlit as well, but there's silver. Now we've got this black one with the contoured kind of keys, and it just feels so much better the feedback you get from it typing on it. The travel as well has improved a little bit really really nice keyboard. This is perhaps one of the best touch pads and keyboard combinations that I have used on a Chinese device, at least so the thermals and temperatures and battery life and gaming performance, video encoding and all that will be tested. All in the final review, I will have a separate gaming review of this model here, just to see also how hot it's going to get that's one area of concern. I do have so I've found a couple of minor cons here and that is that the SD card doesn't sit right in and it's not running at full speed, it's only limited to about 30 megabytes per second reading rights, which is not good for transferring large files.
I'M going to have to use my USB 3 adapter for that for my SD cards, so that's not a massive issue there. The other thing is that the PM 961, that samsung SSD doesn't seem to be performing at the full PCIe times. 4 speeds not sure what's. Up with that, I have to investigate that a little bit more and really that is about at the sounds quality out of those Infinity Harman speakers they do sound, really decent they're. Quite rich they're got some bass to them. Some treble, as you heard from my sample and I brought shaping up to be a really good notebook, it is a bit heavier compared to definitely the 13 inch model so pushing almost 2 kilos. You do notice that, but the weight is distributed quite well and so far thermals touching it hasn't got hot to the touch like the the me 13 would have by now. But of course, in my gaming review I'm pretty sure that I will find out very quickly where it will overheat or not. So I hope to see you back with my further up and coming videos of this particular model here and thank you so much for watching this.