The Covid-1 Pand epidemic is still going on, as we enter 2022, there was not a time when the demand for a great office and school laptop was high. Taking advantage of this situation to position themselves in the laptop segment, Xiaomi has launched its latest flagship laptop MI Notebook Ultra.
While Xiaomi is making some good budget laptops, has it been able to do the same thing with its latest flagship laptop? I’m just answering questions in my review below and much more.
Mi Notebook Ultra Specification: 15.6-inch 90Hz quad-HD + IPS LCD display 11th General Intel Core i7-11370H Processor | Intel Xris Xe GPU | 16GB DDR4 RAM 512GB NVMe SSD | 65W Type-C Fast Charging
Mi Notebook Ultra Price in India: 76,999
MI Notebook Ultra Review: Design and Build
To begin with, I would like to say that the MI Notebook Ultra looks a lot like the MacBook Pro from a distance. With a gray aluminum chassis, black bezel, a black butterfly keyboard and a large trackpad, the design seems to be heavily inspired by the MacBook Pro. I think if I put the Xiaomi logo on the cover and add an Apple sticker, many would be hard pressed to distinguish between the two. However, this may not be a bad thing, as the MacBook Pro is one of the most elegant and sleek looking laptops.
The chassis feels stiff in the hand. There is some vertical flex in the center of the id and back, but the keyboard area is tough. Overall, the rigidity of the chassis is good and structurally rigid.
The 15.6-inch 16:10 aspect ratio gives you enough space to rest your arms next to the trackpad which is great when typing. The edges are not sharp despite being at a 90 degree angle.
The hinge feels quite stiff and soft. Although the hinge will not open up to 180-degrees, the angle is good for the scene in almost all uses. The laptop easily passes the one-finger opening test without any movement on the bottom, which is really good.
The laptop comes with an integrated fingerprint sensor that doubles as a power button. The performance of the fingerprint sensor is great. It is able to take fingerprints accurately almost every time and is also fast.
Overall, the build quality seems good, especially for the price. Even though I didn’t take the laptop down, it looks like it could take a few hits without any major damage. If you are looking for a laptop that can take some hits then and now, Mi Notebook Ultra will not disappoint you.
Mi Notebook Ultra Review: Keyboard and Trackpad
For people like me, the keyboard of a laptop is one of the most important aspects. We need a lot of typing for work stress and a comfortable keyboard makes the job much less tedious.
The Mi Notebook Ultra’s butterfly keyboard was pretty good. The key press is really satisfying. The original travel is pretty good, the actuation pressure is also perfect for me. The only thing I found strange was that the chassis had enough space for a dedicated numpad, but the company decided not to include one. Apple does the same thing with the MacBook but they include beef speakers on the side, which would be great if Xiaomi applied the speakers there. I think they could have done better with the layout. There is a macro button that can be customized to open any application or a file which is nice.
The trackpad glass feels quite stiff and the clicks are satisfactory. I found the trackpad to be fast, reliable and accurate. The DPI of the trackpad is not as high as I like, but you can always increase the sensitivity.
Mi Notebook Ultra Review: Display
The MI Notebook Ultra has a 15.6-inch 90Hz QHD + IPS LCD display. A big disappointment is that the company has chosen to use an LCD display instead of an LED panel, but 90Hz and Quad-HD + resolution help a bit.
The display is bright enough and the details sharp. I don’t have the right tools to measure the color accuracy of the display. But I think the colors were enhanced a bit.
While gaming, I appreciated the higher refresh rate of this laptop, however, I missed my 144Hz PC screen. Even when browsing the web, or viewing online content, or just going through my daily work, the 90Hz refresh rate makes the experience a lot smoother.
Another thing that bothers me about the device is its 16:10 aspect ratio, which looks pretty weird when used. But it’s a personal choice, which is why I won’t miss this much.
The laptop has a matte display, which helps to avoid reflections. This is especially noticeable when you are working outdoors. Due to the matte coating on the display, the visibility is really great. Overall, the display panel is a good one, my only problem with it is the LCD and the 16:10 aspect ratio.
My Notebook Ultra Review: Performance
The Mi Notebook Ultra is powered by the 11th General Intel Core i5-11370H processor with 16GB RAM and an integrated Intel Xris Xe GPU. While it may be just technical sound for most, it’s music to the ears for a technology idiot. The only addition I can ask for here is a good graphics card and that’s it.
The laptop was able to easily complete all the basic tasks I had left behind. I didn’t find any stammer, despite the triple digits of the chrome tabs being open inside the single window. So if you have only basic work under work pressure then this would be a perfect laptop for you.
Now towards more demanding work, gaming on laptops is a big one if it is due to not having a dedicated graphics card. CS: Basic games like GO work perfectly fine, but much more demanding titles like Gears 5 weren’t worth playing. Many games simply do not open.
Basic video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro was fun and easy. It takes about 10 minutes to render a 5 minute full HD video. However, the machine struggles a lot when editing heavy load renders.
Android Studio did a good job, the laptop was able to easily handle app development and testing.
The laptop works quite well under the pressure of work when the GPU is not heavy. There is some thermal throttling under the increased work pressure but this was expected due to the thinner and lighter profile.
Mi Notebook Ultra Laptop Review: Battery
As for the battery, the device has a 70Whr battery, which is decent enough. During daily use with the pressure of work, including typing, browsing the Internet, and watching a few YouTube videos, the device was able to give me about ten hours of battery life. The laptop lasts about 8 hours under heavy work pressure.
The laptop comes with a 65W charging brick, which fills the entire battery in about 3 hours. The charger is a Type-C USB PD charger which is great.
Mi Notebook Ultra Review: Roy
The Mi Notebook Ultra is priced at Rs 76,990 and is capable of captivating the laptop for that price. It provides great performance, battery life and much more. It punched his weight and won a few. The only downside here is the frustrating speaker setup, an LCD display and no dedicated graphics card. In addition to these flaws, the laptop is quite good for the price.
If you want to buy a laptop for your work or daily use, it is a good laptop that you can buy without regret. However, I would be concerned about after-sales support and durability because Xiaomi is a fairly new company for laptop games.
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