Xiaomi Notebook Pro 15.4 after 8 months, still an Apple killer?

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A few years ago I had a MacBook Pro. I decided to sell it because I did most of my computer work on my PC. Looking back, selling it is one of my biggest regrets. Why? The design was perfect. In comparison with other laptops, it was slim, had a great battery operation time, had beautiful features, a small/simple adapter etc.

Last year, when it was looking for a new laptop, my search started with the new MacBooks. I immediately noticed the high prices. I didn’t want to spend that much money on a laptop, so I decided to look further.

Then found the Xiaomi Notebook Pro; the specs were perfect, the design was slick and it looks almost similar to the Macbook.

The only obstacle a ran into was, that the notebook had to come all the way from China. I had some experience of buying stuff trough Gearbest and never had any problems, so I decided to take the risk.

In a few business days, I received the laptop which was quicker than I expected. It was in perfect condition. No damage through transportation. I have been using the laptop for over 8 months now. My experience with the devices you will find below.

My opinion

When I was unwrapping the Xiaomi Notebook Pro, I was overwhelmed with joy. It almost looked too good to be true. After using the laptop for a few months now. I’ve gotten the same quality I used to have with the Macbook and I still haven’t found one single thing that I’m unhappy about. The laptop has a solid feel to it. The hinge is strong. The laptop/fans are quiet, the sound quality is very good, battery time is excellent. But in my opinion, the built-in touchpad is the best feature. It also has fingerprint recognition.

Specs

This laptop has 3 variants, all the same except for CPU and memory. I have the 15 inch, i7, 16Gb 256Gb SSD.

Brand: Xiaomi
Caching: 8MB
Core: 1.8GHz,Quad Core
CPU: Intel Core i7-8550U
CPU Brand: Intel
Graphics Capacity: 2G
Graphics Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce MX150
Graphics Type: Graphics Card
Model: Mi Notebook Pro
OS: Windows 10
Power Consumption: 15W
Process Technology: 14nm
Type: Notebook
Threading: 8
CPU Series: Core i7
StorageHard Disk Interface Type: PCI-E
Hard Disk Memory: 256GB SSD
RAM: 16GB DDR4 in One slot
NetworkBluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1
LAN Card: Yes
Support Network: Dual WiFi 2.4GHz/5.0GHz
WIFI: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless internet
WLAN Card: Yes
DisplayDisplay Ratio: 16:9
Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 (FHD)
Screen size: 15.6 inch
Screen type: IPS
CameraCamera type: Single camera
Front camera: 1.0MP
Connectivity3.5mm Headphone Jack: Yes
SD Card Slot: Yes
Standard HDMI Slot: Yes
Type-C: 2
USB Host: Yes (2x USB 3.0 Host)
GeneralAC adapter: 100-240V 5V 3A
Battery Type: 7.4V / 8000mAh, Li-ion polymer battery
Charging Time.: 1-2 hours
Material of back cover: All Metal
MIC: Supported
Skype: Supported
Speaker: Built-in Dual Channel Speaker
Standby time: 7-8 hours
Youtube: Supported
Media FormatsMS Office format: Excel,PPT,Word
Picture format: BMP,GIF,JPEG,JPG,PNG
LanguagesLanguages: Bulit-in Chinese pack.
KeyboardBacklight Type: Backlit keyboard
Package ContentsNotebook: 1
Power Adapter: 1
USB Cable: 1
DimensionsPackage size: 44.00 x 33.00 x 11.50 cm / 17.32 x 12.99 x 4.53 inches
Package weight: 3.3740 kg
Product size: 36.00 x 24.40 x 1.50 cm / 14.17 x 9.61 x 0.59 inches
Product weight: 1.9900 kg

Packaging

The Xiaomi Notebook Pro is packed very well, so it is transported very save.

Features

Great battery life, charged with a small  USB 3c charger is one of the best features.
The fingerprint reader works very fast with Windows 10 Hello to log in.
The touchpad is a great, big and really nice.

pro / cons of the Xiaomi Notebook Pro

Pros

  • Great specifications,
  • It has an Apple stylish design,
  • The battery life is very good.
  • Really like the Touchpad deluxe, it is very big and even a fingerprint reader is included.
  • The screen has a good brightness.
  • It comes at a very affordable price

Cons

  • Xiaomi Notebook Pro comes with a Chinese installation, luckily a reinstall of Windows 10 is done quickly and easy.
  • While gaming or doing resource intensive task the cooling fan spins up so you can hear this fan blowing.
  • The USB cable between charger and adapter is a little bit on the short side.
  • USB 3.0 Port working great but you need to push a little bit to plug in a USB device.
  • First I wanted a screen that is matte and not glossy, but I got used to it very quickly and it is not a real con anymore.
  • The resolution it only full HD, so unfortunately  no 4K.
  • No Euro € sign at the keyboard (but right ALT and 5 also works)

Verdict

Great specifications and a design that looks like an Apple for such a low price is really good. A windows version of apple is a good description. I still like the notebook, although I have summed up some cons, the pros outweigh the cons.

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Where to buy?

Gearbest

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