Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro - what new features have been added?
By Sophia Windsor 2017-10-26 17103 28
|Design and display|
|Main specifications table|
|Conclusion and suggestions|
Processor: the newest Intel Quad-core i7-8550U - 40% increase compared to the previous generation
Mi Notebook Pro is one of the few notebooks that adopt the newest Intel 8th generation i7 processor so far. Compared with the Intel 7th generation, the turbo boost of Intel 8th generation can reach up to 4.0GHz and the performance has been increased by 40%. The powerful multi-tasking ability makes photo or video editing and rendering more efficient.
More excitingly, the discrete graphics - NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU will provide you with a smoother and more vivid game playing experience.
Superior Performance: in some aspects, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro performs better than MacBook Pro 2017
As one of the top tech manufacturers in Asia, Xiaomi willingly enters in competition with other brands.
This time, Xiaomi's CEO Lei Jun has made a comparison between Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro and MacBook Pro 2017 at Xiaomi's Beijing official conference. Let's see how they match up.
1. CPU Benchmark comparison
2. The practical application test comparison
When opening a 24GB NASA galaxy picture on these two notebooks at the same time, the loading speed of Mi Notebook Pro is 37% faster than MacBook Pro 2017.
When rendering a high-definition 3D model, Mi Notebook Pro is 20% faster than MacBook Pro.
When playing a game with all special effects opened, the FPS of Mi Notebook Pro is about 3 times higher than that of MacBook Pro.
3. The single-core and multi-core performance comparison
Although all the experimental data are from Xioami's official conference, it still has great value for our reference. We have to admit that Xiaomi company has made great efforts and improvements on this newly launched Mi Notebook Pro.
The optimized cooling system: 40% increase in air velocity
Undoubtedly, good performance calls for a better cooling system.
Xiaomi has made significant changes on the cooling system, which are especially noticeable in this Mi Notebook Pro. The super sized double fans, as well as the super sized radiating tubes and cooling fins greatly improve the heat dissipation.
Moreover, the symmetric radiating design makes the heat more evenly dissipated. We can clearly see the differences below. The left picture shows the traditional heat dissipation design, while the right picture shows the effects of even heat dissipation design on Mi Notebook Pro.
Large Memory: 256GB SSD + 16GB RAM
The large capacity 256GB SSD will provide enough room for you to storage photos, videos, musics and so on. The 16GB RAM will meet most needs of advanced multitasking, and help smoothly run your games, photos as well as video-editing applications. The Mi Notebook Pro also has an expansion slot, which you can use to further enhance the laptop's functionality.
However, if you don't think you will be making full use of all that space, we suggest you go with the 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD version. This model is more suitable for less demanding daily use.
Minimalist design and Gorilla Glass 3 display screen
This Mi Notebook Pro features a simple design and comes in the deep gray color.
The 15.6-inch display (1920 x 1080 FHD) and the 6.52mm narrow bezel design create great visual effects and cater specifically to those who enjoy a large screen.
What's more, despite the large screen, the Mi Notebook Pro only weighs 1.95kg making it a very portable option for those who take their laptop everywhere.
On top of that, this Mi Pro screen adopts Gorilla Glass 3. As we know, Gorilla Glass 3 is famous for its strong scratch and damage resistance, so it is usually widely used in smartphones or tablets. However, it is seldom used in computers or notebooks, since it is quite costly. But incredibly, this Mi Notebook Pro does adopt Gorilla Glass 3 on its screen making the screen even stronger and providing an even better protection.
If you still worry about the laptop's vulnerability, its strengthened all-metal body and the magnesium alloy frame should put you further at ease.
Significant improvements in keyboard design
We know how important a keyboard is for a notebook. And so do Xiaomi. With the Mi Notebook Pro, the company has made significant improvements in keyboard design.
First, just like the previous Mi Notebook Air, the Mi Notebook Pro also adopts the backlit keyboard, so you can conveniently use it in low light.
The larger keyboard area is the second feature of Mi Notebook Pro. Compared to the MacBook Pro, the keyboard area of the Mi Notebook Pro is 19% larger.
But the changes have affected more than just the size of the keyboard — every part of the area has been optimized for a more efficient use of space.
The adjusted 19.5mm distance between the keys will make typing as fast and convenient as on a desktop computer and significantly reduce typos.
Additionally, the Mi Notebook Pro retains more function keys on the keyboard, which will help improve your typing efficiency.
Last but not least, when using this Mi notebook's keyboard, you will notice the difference in touch: the keys are softer than most of other laptops. This is primarily due to the double curved surface keycap and 1.5mm high key travel. Compared with the 0.6mm key travel on the MacBook Pro, Mi Notebook Pro has more elastic keys and a pleasant audio feedback, you are promised to have a better typing experience.
Fingerprint sensor - it just takes 2 seconds to wake up
The Mi Notebook Pro retains the advantage of the previous generation, and you will find a fingerprint sensor built into the precision trackpad. You don't need to enter the password to unlock the notebook, a simple touch on the trackpad will make your notebook wake up within 2 seconds. This is not only convenient but also offers enhanced protection for your personal information.
Diverse ports - great convenience for daily use
One of the main advantages of the Mi Notebook Pro over the latest offerings from Apple are the ports.
Yes, with the Mi Pro, you won't have to roam stores in search of adapters. Unlike the latest Mac models (coming with just four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and a headset jack), the Mi Notebok Pro sports 5 types of ports: a 3-in-1 card reader, 2 USB-C ports, 2 regular USB 3.0 ports, a full-sized HDMI port and a 3.5mm headset jack.
Main specifications of Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro
Favorable price: less than half the cost of MacBook Pro 2017
Other than the performance, the price is one of the major deciding factors in getting new tech. To our surprise, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro with Quad Core i7 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD can be purchased in China for just $1057. See how the laptop's price compares to competing models in the table below.
|Type||Screen Size||Processor||Graphics Chipset||RAM||Hard Disk Memory||Price |
MacBook Pro 2017
|15.4 inch||Quad-core i7||Radeon Pro 555||16GB DDR4||256GB SSD||$2852|
Lenovo Thinkpad T570
|15.6 inch||Dual-core i5||GeForce 940mX||8GB DDR4||128GB SSD||$1434|
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro
|15.6 inch||Quad-core i7||GeForce MX150||16GB DDR4||256GB SSD||$1057|
The comparison table clearly shows that this newly launched Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is a really cost-effective notebook. Even compared with the domestic peer model - the Lenovo Thinkpad T570 with Dual Core i5 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD, the Mi Notebook Pro comes out 380$ cheaper.
The notebook is available in several versions and you can choose a model based on your requirements: Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro with CORE I7 16GB + 256GB, CORE I7 8GB + 256GB or CORE I5 8GB + 256GB.
Now, you are probably very eager to know each mode's price on Gearbest.
● Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro - CORE I7 16GB + 256GB DEEP GRAY, $1441.99
● Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro - CORE I7 8GB + 256GB DEEP GRAY, $1323.87
● Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro - CORE I5 8GB + 256GB DEEP GRAY, $1039.99
Note: the price provided above is just for reference and may be fluctuate with time.
Conclusion and suggestions
Although Xiaomi company positions the Mi Notebook Pro as a professional notebook, I'd rather define it as a full-featured audio-visual entertainment notebook.
Since it features a lightweight design and a large HD screen, it's not only a "work-on-the-go" type of laptop but is also capable of handling some relatively professional tasks, such as playing computer games, editing or rendering images or videos. In terms of the price, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is undoubtedly one of the most cost-effective laptops on the notebook market.
Hope this information on the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro has been helpful and you are now ready to choose a suitable laptop on Gearbest.
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