Xiaomi Mi NoteBook long-term review: best value for money


Xiaomi, a Chinese consumer electronics company, is known for bringing value-added and affordable products to the world. A few years ago, the company also entered the laptop segment. Cut to 2021, Xiaomi is launching laptops in the premium price range. The company released the Mi NoteBook Ultra in August 2021. The laptop is feature rich and has a high tolerance quotient for very demanding applications.

Xiaomi Mi NoteBook Ultra review: body, design and display

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The Xiaomi Mi NoteBook Ultra comes with an approximately 16-inch body and a 15.6-inch screen area. The color is the same as the space gray of the MacBook Pro, which is a kind of dark gray metal color. The laptop body is 6 series aluminum. It feels super premium to look at and again gives a strong impression of the MacBook Pro.

What I really like is the subtle Xiaomi logo on the top of the laptop body. This is nothing fancy and allows the laptop to retain its completely aesthetic appearance. The laptop is thicker than I expected, but that’s not a problem as it comes with several useful ports. There is a Lightning Fast Thunderbolt 4 and USB Type-C port as well as an HDMI port and multiple USB-A ports as well as a 3.5mm audio jack.

All these ports ensure that I can directly connect my external wired mouse as well as connect the laptop to the TV using the HDMI cable without any problem. The speakers are at the bottom, along with the grille area through which the fan blows all the hot air out of the laptop.

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The screen of this Xiaomi laptop can be lifted with just one hand, which any high-end laptop should be equipped with.

To learn more about the screen, the Mi NoteBook Ultra comes with a 15.6-inch Mi TrueLife + display that supports 3.2K (3200 x 2000 pixels) resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio, and 90Hz refresh rate. I’m a fan of companies that introduce higher refresh rates on their product displays. The point is, there aren’t many laptops in the Mi NoteBook Ultra’s price range that support the 90Hz refresh rate. So this is one area where Xiaomi is clearly on the move. to prevail over its competitors.

The screen is very responsive. It comes alive as soon as I lift the screen off the laptop and what’s amazing are the thin edges. After using the MacBook Air 2019, which has thick edges at the top and bottom and slightly thick edges on the sides, using the Mi NoteBook Ultra has been a refreshing experience.

Colors are crisp and watching any entertaining content, or even educational content, is super easy on the Mi NoteBook Ultra’s large 3.2K resolution display. You can easily reduce the screen brightness via the laptop keyboard area where the function keys are located.

Xiaomi Mi NoteBook Ultra review: performance

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In terms of performance, the Mi NoteBook Ultra has captured my heart. After struggling with overheating issues on my 2019 MacBook Air while using Adobe Premiere Pro, the Mi NoteBook Ultra gave me a much needed break.

Everything I did on the Mi NoteBook Ultra was transparent. It never fell behind and apps never crashed. Even with Premiere Pro, I used to run Chrome in the background with at least seven to eight tabs open at the same time with the WhatsApp desktop app, but it never crashed or lagged behind. . Video rendering was a silky smooth experience.

The only area where I think Xiaomi could have done better was in the speaker and sound segment. The speakers are present at the bottom and most Windows laptops are built this way. After trying the speakers, I cannot listen to songs or watch movies on the Mi NoteBook Ultra without headphones.

The sound is not necessarily blurry, but it is too weak and weak. Without better speakers, some people might be avoiding this laptop entirely, which is not a good thing. But it was still a good experience as there is a 3.5mm audio jack as well as support for bluetooth connectivity to pair headphones or earphones.

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For gaming, I don’t see why this laptop wouldn’t be able to do well. The thing is, I’m not much of a gamer. So I didn’t really put it to the extreme test of gaming. However, with the 16GB RAM variant of the laptop I have, there’s nothing stopping me from downloading heavy games.

Note that I am using the Mi NoteBook Ultra that came with Intel i5 paired with 16GB RAM and Intel iRISxe graphics. The laptop should be able to render the graphics of all major games and also allow users to experience smooth multiplayer online connectivity gaming.

The laptop is still running Windows 10 Home Edition. Xiaomi promised users a free upgrade to Windows 11, but I didn’t because I’m just too comfortable with Windows 10 right now.

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All Microsoft Office applications open with the license, so you don’t really have to worry about purchasing the Microsoft Office license separately or downloading its cracked version.

The battery experience is also better than I expected. When using heavy apps, I don’t expect a Windows laptop to provide a solid battery backup. But whenever the Mi NoteBook Ultra was fully charged and I started editing videos with Adobe Premiere Pro with Chrome open in the background, I would still see the laptop running for at least 4.5-5 hours without issue. before requesting a charge again.

Xiaomi Mi NoteBook Ultra review: Trackpad and keyboard

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Two of the most important things to me in a laptop are the trackpad and its keyboard. I am someone who types thousands of words every day. So more than watching content or listening to music, I use the keyboard and trackpad.

The Mi NoteBook Ultra has a fairly large trackpad. It’s not something I expect from Windows laptops. The trackpad is very responsive and also supports multiple gestures. This is arguably one of the best trackpads I have ever used on a Windows laptop.

Speaking of the Mi NoteBook Ultra’s keyboard, it’s nothing short of a seamless experience either. It has a scissor mechanism which improves the stroke (1.5mm deep key stroke) and also comes with a 3-level backlight system which ensures that even in dark light conditions users can see the keys of the laptop perfectly. The power button above the keyboard in the top right is really stylish and also supports fingerprint scanning, again something I would like in my ideal laptop.

Even though the Mi NoteBook Ultra comes with a large trackpad, my wrists have enough room to rest on the laptop while typing. I can definitely see people using this laptop because of its awesome keyboard and trackpad.

Xiaomi Mi NoteBook Ultra review: price, conclusion and other details

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The Xiaomi Mi NoteBook is available in India in three price variants:

a) Intel Core i5-11300H + 8 GB of RAM = Rs 59,999
b) Intel Core i5-11300H + 16 GB of RAM = Rs 64,999
c) Intel Core i7-11370H + 16 GB of RAM = Rs 77,999

The laptop weighs 1.7kg, so while it’s not too heavy, it’s also not too light. There’s a 720p webcam at the top of the screen, which could easily have been a 1080p camera, but no complaints considering the price above. The laptop can even support the latest Wi-Fi 6 connectivity standard. It has 512 GB SSD storage, making it easy to store and share files.

In this price range, no other laptop brand offers users the set of specifications and features that Xiaomi offers with the Mi NoteBook Ultra. There is everything I need on this laptop. If the speakers were also good, frankly, this would have been a better option than the 13.3in MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, although they are much more affordable.

Buying this laptop with an ICICI Bank credit card would further result in instant savings of up to Rs 3,500 for consumers. The company also offers a free upgrade to Windows 11, which is amazing for customers who don’t want to spend more on upgrading the software.

Overall, the Mi NoteBook Ultra is a great deal that will ensure customers have a great experience by getting more value for the money they paid Xiaomi for the laptop.


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