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Quick Review | Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro


Been using the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro for a little over 3 months now, here’s my in-depth review.

Design

Many friends and even curious onlookers when I used it in cafes asked me, what laptop is this? The back is free of any branding or logo and the front always gets mistaken for a MacBook🤣 Made of full body aluminum. Smooth, sleek and premium to touch. 

Work


Software development is an absolute pleasure on this machine. Comes with a full-sized keyboard with well-spaced keys with 0.3 curvature and travel distance that provides a comfortable typing experience. 

Been using it to develop and publish wide range of work from Python, PHP, Java, Android and iOS apps. Sometimes, I could play Overwatch while waiting for the iOS app to build and archive on the virtual🤭 machine(Thanks to its i7 and 16GB of RAM!)

Gaming

I don’t game much on it but I did play Overwatch and Fortnite on it. Initially, I didn’t have put much hope on the MX150 but I was caught by surprise that it was able to run a steady 60fps on Medium settings in Overwatch. On Fortnite however, it could only run 30-40fps on Lowest settings due to the game being a more open world game with more things to render.

Speakers

I have been disappointed by my previous Asus laptop’s Altec Lansing branded speakers before. It was total shit and didn’t live up to its name. But the 2.5W Dolby Atmos-certified Harman Kardon Infinity speakers on this laptop blown my mind. The max volume is really loud. I usually only keep it at 20-30. The speaker is capable of producing clear trebles and decent amount of bass depending on the surface it’s is on. When I put my Audio Technica ATH-M40X on, the Dolby Atmos audio kicks in and elevates the listening experience even further. The Dolby Atmos also increases the immersiveness for games that supports it such as Overwatch after the most recent update.

Battery Life

Manage to only get a battery life of 5 hours-ish on average when working outside which is short by today’s laptop’s standard.

Others

– Fast fingerprint sensor that uses Windows Hello to unlock your PC.
– The fan and vents disperses heat upwards in front of the screen. So you won’t warm your lap or hand like most other laptops that disperses heat from the sides or bottom.
– Removable back panel

Cons

– The fans can get really loud when it’s on full load but it keeps the temps under 65C.
– GG support. You probably gotta learn to fix it yourself if anything goes wrong. Luckily there’s a removable back panel for easier fixing and upgrade.

Specs

CPU: Intel Core i7-8550U@1.80Ghz(8M Cache, Turbo Boost up to 4.00 GHz)
RAM: 16GB DDR4 2400Mhz Dual Channel
GPU: Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB
Screen: 15.6″ IPS Display Glossy 1920×1080
Storage: Samsung PM961 256GB(Read: 3400MB/s Write: 1400MB/s)
Ports: 2x USB-A 3.0, 2x USB-C, 1x HDMI, 1 3.5mm headphone jack, SD Card Reader
Battery: 60Wh
Weight: 1.95kg
Others: Fingerprint sensor

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