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Hands-On With The Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop – First Impressions

Hands-On With The Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop – First Impressions

Xiaomi’s Mi Gaming Laptop, a not so typical Gaming Laptop without the gamer red or green accents, silly dragon, flame, or alien logos. A more discreet look. But still has RGB lights if you want it. With up to Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB GPU options it can game well at 1080p with High to Ultra settings.

The new Mi Gaming Laptop, this one took a while to get hold of. Xiaomi has released only very limited quantities of each version to create overwhelming demand and hype. Reasoning only 100 units one day to later claim it sold out in only 1 minute. There are 4 versions in total, the Core i7 7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 256GB NVMe (top spec), i7700HQ with 8GB of RAM, NVMe, Core i5 7300HQ version with SATA3 SSD, Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti,  and my version the i5 7300HQ, 8GB of RAM, SATA3 SSD and Nvidia GTX 1060.

All models RGB side lights, keyboard, have Intel Wireless AC 8265 and a 1TB Harddrive. 4 x USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit LAN, HDMI 2.0A, SD Card reader, USB 3.1 Type-C with display out.

This model is the best value because you get the faster GPU which is what you want for games, everything else is the base configuration. However, it’s not exactly cheap right now at $1249.99 with coupon MIGAMINGLAP for this model over at Geekbuying.com. But they are the only ones that have it in stock. The i7 7700HQ version with 256GB NVme and 16GB of RAM, GTX 1060 is $1594 with coupon MIGAMINGLP here.

The laptop has a metal lid and frame, but the bottom and palm rest are made out of plastic, probably Xiaomi’s attempt to lose some weight on the laptop, which tips the scales at a heavy 2.75 kilos for a 15.6″ laptop. With the power supply that weight jumps up to 3.25 kilos in total to carry around. But the build quality is a step up from the typical GTX 1060 Core i5 laptop from MSI, Acer or ASUS.

The RGB keyboard has 4 zones of customizable lighting, but you’ll need Google translate in order to work the application to adjust the zones and set one of 16 million colors. Same goes for the RGB side ambient lighting. It’s only in Chinese, just like the Windows 10 Home version, Chinese only. You need to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro and add English or just back up the drivers and install Windows 10 Home in English, the CD in the bios works as long as you install Windows 10 Home and not Pro. The touchpad is one of the best you’ll find on a gaming laptop, super large, great smooth surface and it uses Windows precision drivers.

First impressions of the screen are great, bright and matte coated means glare and bright environments aren’t an issue. It’s a 1920 x 1080 IPS 60hz panel. So no G-Sync here, at least we can make use of Optimus graphcis switching technology for saving some battery. sRGB and Adobe RGB figures will be in the full review.

Thermals so far are very good under 70 degrees C, the intake on the bottom of the laptop is massive, both a good thing for maximum airflow, but I imagine a lot of dust would get sucked up too. At least it should be easy to clean with a vacuum brush tip or a blower. Accessing the internals isn’t hard just 9 screws and the hidden one under a clip between the large rear foot at the back, then pry it off.

The internals look great, apart from the small (for this type of laptop) 55Wh battery, it’s only going to be good for around 5-6 hours in my early estimates with the Intel 630 iGPU enabled. But full battery figures in my review.

First impressions of the Mi Gaming Laptop:

  • The fan boost, max fan mode is very, very loud. Get ready for take off, but it drops temps a huge 20 degrees C
  • The keyboard key spacing isn’t as good as the Mi Notebook Pro, due to the 5 gamer configurable keys and fan boost button on the left-hand side.
  • Great touchpad, better than any I have seen on a gaming laptop.
  • The ambient side lighting is nice if you’re into the sort of thing.
  • No stupid dragon or alien logos on the lid, no green or red gamer accent colors anywhere. Turn off the RGB and this doesn’t look like a gaming laptop (Great move!)
  • The two 3W downwards firing speakers sound better than most, loud and with good mids. But to me, the Mi Notebook Pro’s speakers sound a little more lively with more bass to them.
  • Fan noise the occasional from 20% to say 80% quick spike at times isn’t great. otherwise, for a gaming laptop, everything seems normal. The cooling solution is working well, no temps over 70 degrees C yet in my initial first gaming tests.
  • The i5 7300HQ shows poor Cinebench R15 results, this is to be expected as the CPU lacks hyperthreading. Get the i7 7700HQ version instead. But for gaming, the i5 7300HQ is more than enough with the GTX 1050 Ti or GTX 1060
  • Xiaomi should have released or waited for the new 8th Gen 6 core CPUs. Perhaps they got a discount from Intel using these last year 7th Gen chips?
  • There is a spare NVMe/SATA3 combo slot inside, but you need to remove the 2.5″ drive and cable.
  • So you can get the same spec from Dell, ASUS or MSI for much cheaper, but the Xiaomi does offer a little more

Xiaomi has gone well for a first gaming laptop. But the 2nd gen refresh will be the one I feel to look for, 8th Gen 6 Core CPU’s like the 8750H all new 2018 gaming laptops feature and possibly the new Nvidia 11 series of GPU’s if the timing is right.

Or maybe that’s in the works? The Mi Gaming Laptop Pro with 120hz G-Sync screen, Nvidia 1070 Max-Q and Intel Core i7 8750H using this exact same chassis.

I’m working towards the full review coming soon. And keep an eye out for the gaming review where I’ll test many popular titles, overclock that GTX 1060 and watch both the FPS and thermals closely.

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8 Comments

  1. Hi Chris, about the fan noise , they just released a new bios for it(0304) supposedly it addresses a keyboard issue and the fan noise, you can find it on the Xiaomi forums, maybe test it and see what it does, there is also a Quiet mode on the bios (on both 0303 and 0304). Just press F2 continuously while booting to access it.

  2. Hi Mr, is there a way to install a second SSD without removing the HD? Do you think I can use it during an university lesson? I am not using it in gaming mode during lesson. I’ve got a Pro 16Gb and I loved it, but it has been stolen from me.

    • I’ll take another look at it tomorrow, it might be possible. But we have to remove that black padding and then it may be possible.

      • Hi Chris,
        did you look one more time if you can install a second SSD without removing the HDD?
        Thank you very much.

  3. these are no longer the cheap alternatives to tradition laptop makers like Dell and HP.
    at these prices, I’d rather buy a Dell XPS 15 with its lovely minimal bezels, and the possibility of a warranty I can actually use in my own country!

    • But your XPS has 1050, not 1060, which is very important for a gaming notebook

    • yes, it’s expensive for the spec, hopefully, it will follow the Mi Notebook Pro. On launch, the price was well over $1000 and has been seen for as low as $799 lately.

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