Nowadays, Xiaomi is not the manufacturer which only focus on smartphone business anymore. In fact, it has expanded the business into many markets including laptop market. It has been a year and a half since Xiaomi launched its first laptop. Now, Xiaomi has added laptop product line – Mi gaming laptop product. Today, we will test the Xiaomi Mi gaming laptop with the highest specification to see its performance.
|Screen||15.6-inch 1920x 1080 60Hz IPS screen|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8GHz, 6M Cache, up to 3.8 GHz)|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB + Intel® HD Graphics 630|
|Memory||16GB DDR4 2400MHz dual channel|
|Storage||256GB Samsung PM961 PCI-E NVMe M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD|
|Connectivity||Intel 8265AC + Bluetooth 4.1|
|Ports||4x USB 3.0, 1x Type-C, 1x HDMI 2.0 port, RJ45 jack, SD, 3.5mm jack|
|Battery life||5 to 6 hours|
|Weight||2.75kg; 3.4kg (with adapter)|
|Extras||720P Web webcam|
Lei Jun, the CEO of Xiaomi, has claimed on the launch event that this gaming laptop can be taken to the company. With a simple design, it is hard to recognize that this is a gaming laptop.
There is no Xiaomi’s logo or other elements on the cover of this laptop. At present, this laptop uses black and gray colors just as the Xiaomi Mi notebook pro has adopted. The previous leak suggests that this gaming laptop has a black variant, but this variant fails to be sold in the market owing to some reasons.
This gaming laptop features a 15.6-inch IPS screen with the resolution of 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels. The Xiaomi official party has claimed that this screen’s NTSC color gamut covers 72% and its maximum brightness reaches 300nit.
We use the Spyder 5 Elite to test this IPS screen. The results show that the screen’s NTSC color gamut covers around 70% and its brightness reaches approximately 296nit, which indicates that this screen has excellent performance. By the way, if this screen has the high refresh rate, then this gaming laptop will be more competitive in the market.
The surface with keyboard also has the simple design.
We can see significant NVIDIA sticker is placed in the right bottom corner. Besides, NVIDIA logo is printed on the package of the laptop. From that, we can see that Xiaomi and NVIDIA have close cooperation relationship.
The touchpad with super large size brings excellent user experience. Of course, as a gaming laptop, the touchpad still has relatively low utilization.
Laptop’s body and this part use engineering plastics. It doesn’t feature the numeric keyboard. 1.8mm key travel and good rebound bring the user pleasant experience, which reaches the excellent level even among the traditional gaming laptops. One disadvantage of this laptop is that it doesn’t come with a keyboard that supports RGB backlit.
The left top corner of the keyboard comes with a key with a fan image. Once the user presses the key, the fan will work at full speed immediately, which can improve heat dissipation efficiency to some extent. The rest keys on the left side can be set up with different functions by the user. Such key design has been applied to some gaming laptops before, but it fails to have received excellent feedback from the user.
As the port layout, this laptop provides four USB 3.0 Type-A ports in total. Two USB Type-A ports are placed on the left, one is on the right, and one is on the back. It provides two-in-one earphone port, but it still reserves a microphone port for games.
To provide high ventilation efficiency, no dust mesh has been designed on the grille area, which is hard to prevent dust from entering. But the grille is easy to be taken out, so it is convenient to clean dust.
The Mi gaming laptop is now powered by Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor based on Kaby lake architecture. This chip adopts four-core, and four-thread design and its main frequency is 2.8GHz which can reach up to 3.8GHz. Although this quad-core processor doesn’t boast of performance as excellent as Intel’s eighth-generation Core processor, its performance in gaming will not be much poorer than eight-generation processor’s.
Graphics Card benchmark
This laptop comes with Samsung’s PM961 M.2 SSD. We use CrystalDeskMark to test this SSD. The result shows that SSD’s sequential read speed reaches 2987.9MB/s and its sequential write speed reaches 1257.5MB/s. From the result, we can see that PM961 has excellent read and write performance.
We choose three games to test this laptop’s game performance, including Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, Call for Duty 14 and Tomb Raider.
Under the high definition of the game, the average frame rate of the Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds reaches 71.2FPS. The whole game goes quite smoothly.
Generally speaking, this version can guarantee that mainstream games under high definition can run smoothly and bring satisfying gaming experience.
We use AIDA 64 FPU and Furmark to test this gaming laptop.
Under normal mode, the keyboard’s highest temperature reaches 54 degrees and the high-temperature area is in the middle of the keyboard. The laptop’s whole heat dissipation reaches middle level.
After pressing the key with a fan, the laptop’s heat dissipation condition has been greatly improved. But in the meantime, the noise becomes louder. As a whole, the laptop has excellent heat dissipation, but the keyboard’s heat insulation should be improved.
It is easy to disassemble this Xiaomi Mi gaming laptop. All you need to do is to remove screws and then the back cover can be removed. The laptop comes with two metal fans and four vents. As for hardware expansion, it provides two M.2 ports, two memory slots, and a 2.5-inch HDD.
But one thing needs to mention: the second M.2 port can be utilized only when the reservation for a 2.5-inch HDD is removed.
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As a new gaming laptop brand, Xiaomi has done a good job. After all kind of tests on it, we find that this Xiaomi Mi gaming laptop does have good performance. This laptop has good craftsmanship and considerate internal design. The gaming laptop has excellent gaming performance and satisfying heat dissipation effect. Besides, the brief appearance design makes this laptop highly distinguished from other gaming laptops. The only disadvantage is that it isn’t powered by Intel’s eighth-generation Core processor. But in fact, this doesn’t influence user’s gaming experience since the seventh-generation Core processor can fully meet user’s requirement on the game.