Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Unboxing & Hands-On Review

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So this was released about a week ago in China it is the Xiaomi Mi notebook Pro so it's 156 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 125 inch one they're both very decent laptops but they're not perfect the 133 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 32 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 35 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 133 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 125 inch version then 133 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 125 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 156 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 gonna 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 3,000 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 133 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 125 inch and 133 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 gonna 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 if you do have any questions please let me know down in the comments there bye for now

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