Xiaomi notebooks are still considered a rarity in Europe and have to be imported from Asia. Not having the opportunity of looking at the device beforehand at your trusted local store, plus the additional effort of making warranty claims etc., makes it all the more important to read reviews of imported products before making your final decision. Notebookcheck has therefore decided that after reviewing the Intel Core i5-8250U version, we will now also take a look at the model with the stronger Intel Core i7-8550U. In this review, we have focused mainly on the device’s performance and its differences to the other model that we have already tested.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
Processor:Intel Core i7-8550U (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter:NVIDIA GeForce MX150 – 2048 MB, Core: 1252 – 1341 MHz, Memory: 1253 MHz, GDDR5, 382.64, Optimus
Memory:16384 MB DDR4-2400 (10-10-10-28 CR1) Dual Channel
Display:15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, BOEhydis NV156FHM-N61, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard:Intel Sunrise Point-LP
Storage:Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, 256 GB, 256 GB SSD, 180 GB free
Soundcard:Realtek ALC298 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH – High Definition Audio Controller
Connections:2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: headphones
Networking:Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Size:height x width x depth (in mm): 15 x 360 x 244 ( = 0.59 x 14.17 x 9.61 in)
Battery:60 Wh, 8000 mAh
Operating System:Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera:Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features:Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes
Weight:1.95 kg ( = 68.78 oz / 4.3 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Case & Connectivity
As the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7-8550U has the same build as the i5 model, we can only repeat our praise from November. The case is not constructed as a unibody case but as a pressed metal case with a reinforced magnesium frame on the inside. The feel of the aluminum case is good, and it gives the impression of high quality. Unfortunately, the only available color is a slightly boring gray. One thing we already noticed on the i5 version is that the surface shows scratches and other signs of use quite quickly. Comparable models such as the MacBook or the Dell XPS seem to be more resistant in this regard.
The 15.6-inch display (NV156FHM-N61) has an FHD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and is identical to that of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i5. The results of our tests are very similar. You can read up on the results in more detail (color accuracy, PWM results etc.) in our original review of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i5.