Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop Review – One Serious Problem


Hi guys so I'm back now with Xiaomi's Mi gaming laptop it is of course their first gaming laptop from them so you've got Intel seventh generation CPU options with this so you've got the i5 7300 HQ or the i7 7000 HQ eight to 16 gigabytes of ram the nvidia gtx 1050 Ti or the 1060 which of course is more powerful I recommend going for that one after all this is a gaming laptop you want to have the best performance there so my model is that spec so the GTX 1060 worth the i5 processor so it's not quite as fast as what the i7 will be but it's sufficient enough for gaming now I feel that shall we made a bit of a mistake here that they should have held off and waited for Intel's eighth generation 6 core CPUs and that would probably attract a lot more buyers so it's a bit of an area they didn't wait to go for that but do expect a refresh of this model by the end of the year with the 8th generation 6 core CPUs in them so the build quality of this particular 156 inch laptop is really quite good it's a lot better than those all plastic ones you typically find out there from say MSI the hinge on it is quite stiff the lid doesn't have any flex whatsoever on it it's made out of an alloy and as you can see it does attract finger prints quite easily now there little strip at the top that you can see that's for the wireless reception just to help boost it I found the wireless range on this is really good and I can get a maximum of 580 megabits per second out of the Intel 82 65 Wireless chip that it has in here that of course is wireless AC so this screen is a 1080p panel anti-glare and I find it to be better than the me not Book Pro screen due to that reason that it's not so bleary and it's a lot better outdoors so the maximum brightness is 300 Lux and is in fact the same exact panel that you will find in the me notebook Pro however of course it's got the anti glare that is the only difference between the two of them the same srgb rating the same a dobe rating as well there the gamma comes out to be two point one now this screen does not have 120 Hertz there's only a 60 Hertz panel it does not have do you think either so that's one opportunity that Xiaomi has missed out on there now when you take a look at the keyboard now this is probably one of my complaints is the keyboard now it's an RGB backlit keyboard so you've got four different zones and what I don't like about this keyboard is they've compromised the comfort of this keyboard so it's got a little bit of flex and not too bad it's about a couple of millimeters and then it's hard but it bothers me a little bit considering the Mino Book Pro does not have any Flex whatsoever but what is a pain they've done a poor decision I feel design choice with these macro keys you can see here so you've got these five macro keys that you can assign to shortcuts of course for your gaming but that has compromised the usability of this keyboard and it's stupid that they have done this so they've crushed in the keyboard a little bit more the spacing of the keys is not as good as the me notebook pro and after using this keyboard now for five days I'm still having trouble with it and when I go to head escape I'm still hitting this fan booster button here at the top so not really a great keyboard I believe that the likes will say they still see your series keyboards that you see on MSI laptops are in fact better than this keyboard here so a failure there with a keyboard now the param rest made out of plastic to help reduce the weight so this is a bulky laptop and not in terms of of the physical size of it it's not too bad but heavy 2

75 kilos and when you add the power supply on top that brings it up to three point two five kilos and total that you have to carry around in a backpack so yes it is a little bit heavy now this touchpad is not a bad touchpad at all in fact I would say it is one of the best I have used in a gaming laptop it is Windows precision driver controlled so very good it's large it's got a nice smooth surface on it and more or less the same as that experience as the me notebook pros so four ports along the back here we've got dcn Gigabit LAN HDMI 20 that's great 4k 60 Hertz a USB 3 port and type-c USB 31 that's data and display out up to 4k 60 Hertz but it will not accept charging you can see obviously we've got that exit vent there the exhaust fan too be three ports 35 millimeter headphone in and out now I wanted to comment on that headphone jack quality that it is very good very loud and impressed with it no cons at all with that it's clean good audio out of that and you'll see now on the left-hand side that we have an SD card slot which is great to have this but it's only running at USB 2 speeds so the front facing webcam as you can see the quality's not good at all it's a little bit pixelated 720p on me and this is the audio recorded on the jeweler a microphones that at least is reasonably good now along the bottom you see we've got a massive grill here for the intake vents now this has both a pro and a con now why is it a pro well Vince we're going to get a lot of airflow through this and why is it a con well that's pretty good attract a lot more dust and if you happen to use this I'm not a flat hard surface in your lap or for example you propped it up on a bed or something lying down in bed watching a movie then it will overheat because it cannot suck any air and through the bottom vent here now taking a look at the internals you need to remove nine screws there's one under little plastic clip at the top there you get that off and you can see the build quality and the internals very well laid out lots of cooling there and you'll see that we've got a 25 inch spindle drive this is one terabyte all models have this and you also got a set of three SSD here now you can't put an nvme in here and you can also put an additional drive in here you'll see up the top there or just located between that 2

5 inch drive there's actually room for another SSDs so you can remove that a little bit of foam that's on top of the set of three connector and then slaughter an extra drive which is really good the battery capacity 55 watt hours now this is good for only one hour and 43 minutes of gaming this was witcher 3 that i tested out on ultra on of course the dedicated GPU so burnt through it really quick and if you're using the integrated GPU with mixed use i use chrome bit of streaming Amazon Prime streaming I managed to get then just under 4 hours which is quite poor this is not great the battery life that you're going to get so the software to control the keyboard and the ambient lighting on the sites is all in Chinese so you're going to have to get that it's not an English at this point in time but it's pretty straightforward you can see what this is this is just our resource monitor this you can see what the CPU and GPU are doing a couple of controls here to disable the Windows key function key and even your touchpad this is for the fan boost mode so really loud fans but it cools temperatures down quite quickly and then the adjustments for the controls here so these are the macro keys you can set them up and it's fairly straightforward so you either got the pre-selected ones down the bottom here or you can add some yourself so you simply need to push like for example here control if and it'll be there you can save that even though it is in Chinese I feel that most people will be able to get the hang of this quite easily and then when it comes to the keyboard controls you're able to say well these are the side lights you can see at the moment change those colors again straight forward and for the four zones of the keyboard as well right there I feel that most people had to get as you can see we've got the different just straight on you can have it pulsing on and off flashing or just the wave effect and go through the different effects and then each of those four zones adjust their the color you want up to 16 million colors of RGB so the laptops got these two downwards firing speakers now I don't really like this location they're three watt and they do have Dolby Atmos basically a graphic equalizer tweaking to them so you can tweak the sound profiles a little bit according to what you're watching now I'll give you the sample of them now they don't actually sound too bad they probably could do with a sub just to make them a little bit more punchy or however so when you have a look at thermals internal thermals are good so it will not go over 75 degrees on both the CPU and GPU that's great however it comes at the expense of some rather excessive fan noise and fan profiles I wish they had a custom fan profile option like other manufacturers that you tweet that but you don't get that here with Xiaomi and once you start to gain it is really quite high and you can see here it's at 56 decibels as the typical gaming noise and if you decided that you're going to use that fan boost option then it goes right up to 67 decibels which is super loud I'll give you a sample now what to expect from the fans now taking a look at benchmarks so Geekbench for you can expect a single core score of around 4000 multi-core score of 11,000 Cinebench r15 well this is about 500 CB so it's not super powerful this particular configuration especially with the i-5 and this is the score here for fire strike so that's 3d max score there around 9000 and that puts it on par ready with any other gtx 1060 GPU so we'll take a look at how long it takes to edit 4k video this is the youtube 4k preset i will start the timer and hit export okay so there we go 3 minutes and 57 seconds there to encode 4k with the youtube preset with Adobe Premiere Pro this is about 50 seconds slower than the i7 7700 HQ to get that processor if you intend to edit a lot of video and now of course it's a gaming laptop so we have to check out gaming performance so these are the kind of average frames per second that you can expect from the following games okay guys so just to quickly recap here we've got a really excellent build quality of this laptop it's probably better than most other gtx 1060 laptops you will find out there it is really quite good so Xiaomi's is that an excellent job of that considering it is their first gaming laptop the thermals are good they're under control the fan noise however is just too excessive I don't like it it's quite a loud laptop and if you put on that afterburner turbojet fan mode it's super loud and it's gonna eat or irritate anyone around you even yourself you're gonna have to put a headset on if you if you want to gain with that on at least I don't think you actually need to use it though unless you're in the Sahara Desert or something like that and you're gonna be gaming there so the touchpad is one of the best I have used on a gaming that table it's really good it's super large that is great the speaker's good audio quality 35 minute headphone jack is quite punchy it's loud that's also good webcams not really they're great so the screen okay it's 60 Hertz it's not 120 Hertz it doesn't have G sync but apart from that is a decent screen that they have used in here the same as the me notebook pro screen so it comes to the biggest con for me has to be the keyboard I don't agree with Xiaomi's design choices here I don't know why they decided to to literally ruin this keyboard the key travels fine it's about 18 millimeters it's RGB we've got the RGB side lights as well I mean that is all good but this extra row of keys the column of key sorry that they put in here with the five shortcuts and in the fan booster it really does kill this keyboard because often you go to hit escape you hit the fan booster mode you go to hit control and you end up hitting one of the shortcut keys there and because they've just crammed it in a little bit more the spacing of the keys isn't quite as good as the me notebook pro so I've moved from that keyboard to this one and I'm having a lot of trouble with the typos and even after five days I'm finally starting to get used to it and not hitting those keys all the time it's a bit of a learning curve to have this keyboard here and I don't know why Xiaomi decided to do this did their prototype team when they were testing the prototype not actually type on that keyboard it's it's really just mind-boggling that they went with this design those keys should be at the top or they just shouldn't have even the Mi Notebook Pro keyboard with RGB would have been perfectly fine I feel for a gaming keyboard as a solid keyboard apart from that okay it is expensive so show me didn't put the six gin sorry number six gin the six core CPUs on here that's the 8th gen they should have gone with those as well so it makes it a really hard laptop to recommend it it is a good laptop but it's just I can't recommend it I feel go with MSI, Acer as ASUS, Dell gaming laptops with a similar spec save yourself about 300 to 200 us and you probably even have a much better keyboard as well so I hope you guys liked this review here please give a like if you did and subscribe to the channel and also check out my review up here of the meet notebook Pro this one is actually a fantastic laptop from Xiaomi with hardly any faults at all that one so do check out that if you're not after gaming that top I highly recommend that one and my latest video is up here bye for now

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