Xiaomi began manufacturing laptops in 2016, introducing its very first 12,5 and 13,3-inch Mi Notebook Air.
Later we saw the 15,6-inch Mi Notebook Pro with even better equipment. Although not the latest laptop, it still offers solid performance in 2019. Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Review
Our selection fell on the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro
We have been looking for a suitable laptop for work for a long time, not only on the Xiaomi Planet website. Our condition was a fast processor, at least 16 GB of RAM (sometimes we also cut some video), a fast SSD disk and a dedicated graphics card.
We had several favorites in the selection, but the selection eventually fell on Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro in the highest version with a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM.
He impressed us especially with the price-performance ratio and also with the very positive reviews we found on the internet. As we are also very satisfied with it after a few weeks of use, we decided to share our impressions.
Just for fun - we've been creating articles on Xiaomi Planet on this laptop for some time now. We also wrote this review on it. 🙂
Where we ordered + special price for you
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro we managed to find in an interesting offer e-shop Banggood - we are for it "Salted" about € 930. We have already received a very reasonable price for the equipment it offers.
Thanks to good relations with the seller, however, we have equipped a discount coupon especially for our readers, probably with a historical price. You can have it for an amazing 901 € / 23 CZK.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7 / 16 GB
Intel Core i7-8550U, 16 GB RAM DDR4, 256 GB SSD Geforce MX150 2 GB, 15.6 ″ FullHD display
* Price after 169 € discount: 901 € / 23 453 CZK
* The price is valid at the date of publication of the article or while stocks last.
It may vary depending on market changes.
Such an "expensive" laptop without customs duties?
Yes. It really works. In the order, we have chosen the already known transport EU Priority Linewhich is the case with this laptop absolutely free. The next day after ordering, we received an email stating that the laptop had been shipped. We also received a tracking number, but it doesn't work right from the start.
Regular tracking of the shipment is possible only at the time when the package arrives in Europe. Its movement between China and Europe cannot be traced. The journey from China took 11 days. As soon as he arrived at the main warehouse of the courier company GLS in Belgium, the tracking of the package began.
It then took 5 days from Belgium to our home. Total delivery time 16 calendar days is just perfect. And, of course, the seller handled all customs matters for us, including paperwork and especially fees. On delivery we are they didn't pay a dime, as everything was paid by the Banggood seller.
We must also praise the packaging. The notebook was packed really thoroughly, even in up to three boxes and one large bubble wrap. Above you can see photos from our smaller unboxing, which we also published on our Facebook page.
Important action before use
Because Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is not available in a global version with multilingual Windows, you will need to reinstall Windows before using it. The original one is only in Chinese and other languages cannot be installed via the settings. However, reinstalling Windows is very simple and can be done by a less experienced user. It took us about 15 minutes.
Just download it from the official Microsoft website official Windows 10 installation tool, burn it to a USB key (minimum 8 GB). Then just plug in the USB key and boot from it.
You can also find detailed instructions on the attached link on the official Microsoft website. In case of interest, we will prepare a detailed guide to install SK / CZ Windows on Xiaomi laptops. Let us know. However, we also found a video that describes the exact steps of the installation.
When installing, it is important to choose 64-bit version of Windows 10 Home (not N). After successful installation, Windows is automatically activated via WiFi. The license key is stored in the BIOS.
Amazing processing quality
We have the most important introductory information behind us, so let's go to the laptop itself. Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is made of high quality aluminum, which is applied throughout the structure. Not only after the first impression, but also after a few weeks of use, we can say that the quality of processing is at the TOP level.
The construction has thickness of only 15,9 mm and the weight of the laptop is 1,9 kg. In 15,6-inch machine very decent data. The screen uses a beautiful glossy IPS panel with realistic colors, great viewing angles and classic FullHD resolution. Not touch. Color rendering is great, but some may not like a glossy display with a strong reflection. However, this can be solved with foil.
The side frames of the screen are wide only 6,52 mmwhich gives the laptop a wonderful look. The screen makes up 81,5% of the front. It is still above the display 1 MPx video camera, suitable for fast video chat. However, you will probably cover it with black tape anyway, just like us.
You get used to the keyboard quickly, the touchpad is worth…
The keyboard is backlit, the stroke of the buttons is 1,5 mm and writing is very enjoyable. You can get used to the layout quickly, it took us a few written messages via Messenger. Some users may be hampered by the absence of a numeric keypad, we are used to writing numbers via Shift.
The touchpad is rather below average and working with it is not very comfortable. It is enough for normal work or in emergency situations, but we recommend carrying a classic mouse with you. The only advantage of the touchpad is integrated fingerprint readerwhich works reliably. We got used to unlocking via a fingerprint really quickly, in addition, the notebook is perfectly secured thanks to this element.
The power has abundant, surprisingly really fast SSD
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is available in several versions. However, we chose the most powerful, with a quad-core Intel Core i7-8550U with a maximum clock speed of 4.0 GHz, 16 GB RAM 2400 MHz and Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics with 2 GB GDDR5 memory.
This is what benchmark performance looks like - we borrowed the results from a detailed review by Notebookcheck.net.
The results of the benchmarks are respectable, the notebook is placed on high rungs. High performance is also recognizable in reality. It handles everything with an overview - even demanding use, which includes graphic work in Photoshop, rendering videos in Adobe Premier Pro or dozens of open tabs in Chrome. 🙂 Offers performance as it should for a quality laptop.
Even though it is not primarily a gaming notebook, he can do this too. Such Counter-Strike: GO in ultra detail starts at 94 fps or GTA V in medium detail at 123 fps. With the newer title in the form of Just Cause 4, he will already sweat, reaching 39 fps at low details. Far Cry 5 in low detail will run at 45 fps.
She surprised us very nicely high speed SSD - it is a 256 GB Samsung SSD memory module of the PCIe type. Thanks to this disk, the system is lightning fast, as well as programs and applications. We tested the disk speed in the well-known version 6 CrystalDiskMark benchmark.
A huge advantage is second free PCIe memory expansion slot in case 256 GB is not enough for you. We have 1 TB SSD from Intel installed in it. A combination of incredible speed. Although we use the laptop for a relatively short time, it has not happened that it has stuck or restarted in some difficult task. He can really do everything.
5 hours of active work
We use the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro as our primary work machine. Our normal day with this laptop looks something like this - a continuous connection to a WiFi network, constantly open Photoshop, Skype, Spotify, an email client and Chrome with many cards. The laptop lasted in our test 5 hours per charge. The laptop ran all the time in high performance mode.
Power loss or switching to power saving mode can be observed at 20%. If we had the laptop turned on in sleep mode, it would last even longer. The laptop therefore has no problem withstanding long travel or staying in a cafe for several hours without electricity.
Once you get to the power, you will enjoy fast charging thanks to the powerful 65 W adapter - the laptop charges from 15 to 100% in about an hour and a half.
Here we must note that you will have to go to the charger buy a reduction for our sockets, as the original charger is designed for Chinese sockets. We recommend this reduction, we have tested it. If you order the notebook through this review, We will send you the reduction free of charge. All you have to do is send us the order number.
Charging is via the USB Type-C connector. The advantage is that the laptop can be recharged with less powerful adapters and even also power bank (for example Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 3 Pro) - however, the power must be at least 30 W. Then, of course, charging is much slower.
Quality Harman stereo audio
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro equipment includes high-quality stereo speakers Harman Infinity with an output of 2 x 2,5 W. We consider the sound transmission to be one of the best we have ever had the opportunity to hear from a laptop.
Perhaps only Apple's MacBook Pro has slightly better audio. The sound from the Mi Notebook Pro is very clean, loud and does not lack enough bass.
Other equipment in the notebook includes a pair of USB Type-C connectors, two USB 3.0 connectors, HDMI, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm audio jack or SD card slot, which will be appreciated especially by photographers.
The secondary USB Type-C connector supports video output in 4K resolution at 60 Hz, of course with the corresponding reduction. We use classic HDMI to connect to a FullHD monitor and we have not noticed any problem yet.
These are the main insights from our use of the great Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro.