Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 15 Review: 3.5K OLED Screen With Affordable Prices
Xiaomi officially entered the notebook market and launched two thin and light notebooks. When the mainstream thin and light notebook market used low-color gamut TN screens and plastic laptops, Xiaomi stirred the entire market with high-quality screens and metal CNC integrated phones. Unfortunately, the molds of Xiaomi notebooks were not updated frequently after that, and established manufacturers gradually overtook the sound volume. But today, Xiaomi “good workmanship good screen +” using the same tactics to a 3.5K top OLED screen comeback in the forefront of the notebook market. The Xiaomi Mi Pro 15 Laptop OLED was officially released. This is the only notebook with a 3.5K OLED screen at $900 so far!
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Design & Appearance
The Xiaomi Mi Pro 15 OLED gives a full sense of quality as soon as it is used. This sense of quality comes from the gun-gray all-metal body with sharp edges but not cutting hands. The body is relatively thin, with a thickness of about 15.9mm, but the weight has reached 1.8kg, which is not very light. The previous generation of Mi Notebook Pro did not have a logo on the front, so it also produced a joke of “so that you can put on the Apple sticker for buying iPhone”, but this time Xiaomi is obviously more confident. The A-side is generously engraved Created a “Xiaomi” logo.
Side A and B support one-handed opening and closing, and the maximum opening and closing angle are 150 degrees. After unfolding, the B side is the top priority this time. A 16:10 OLED screen is covered under a whole glass mirror. The specific quality of this screen will be tested in detail below. There is a camera and a stereo microphone at the top of the screen, and there is also a “Xiaomi” logo at the bottom.
The C and D sides are the same as the previously released RedmiBook Pro 15. The whole is processed by CNC technology. The keyboard part adopts a sunken design and a scissor foot structure. The keycap is relatively large, and there is an independent Xiao Ai voice assistant button on the top of the right side. The keycaps are the mainstream chocolate keycaps, with a 1.5mm keystroke and support for 2-level backlight adjustment. The overall percussion feel is quite satisfactory, and the feedback intensity is moderate. It is a pity that there is no numeric keypad.
The circular power button is placed in the upper right corner of the C side, supporting Windows 10 Hello fingerprint-recognition login. The touchpad has a large area and is placed in the center. The touch is smooth and delicate, and the hand feels good.
Finally, let’s look at the D side. The design of the D side is quite satisfactory, with 8 screws on the surface, 2 sets of oval rubber feet, 2 regular long air outlets, and 1 set of speaker openings on both sides of the bottom. Later, The back cover for everyone to see what is going on.
The site interface is a pity. To be extremely thin, Xiaomi canceled most of the interfaces this time,? Only retained 3 full-function Type-C interfaces, 2 supports 100w PD input, 1 supports Thunderbolt 4, and more A 3.5mm interface. The solution provided by Xiaomi is to include an extender produced by Zimi in the package, which can expand a Type-A interface and an HDMI interface, but you can’t plug in the USB flash drive if you plug in the mouse. It is recommended to bring one Multi-port splitter is used.
The charger that comes with the Xiaomi Mi Pro 15 OLED is a 100w two-pin PD charger, tiny and portable. The only disadvantage is that the two-pin plug has no ground wire, and there will be hemp leakage inductance on the metal body, but it does not affect the use.
Interestingly, in the pursuit of fast charge time, other manufacturers’ Xiaomi supports 100w fast charge and supports the “slow charge”. Traditional light and thin notebooks can only be charged with a PD adapter of more than 45w, but the Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED can be charged with most mobile phone chargers; as you can see in Bios, the minimum support 5v0.5a or 2.5w charging. Although it may take a day and night to fill up, it provides a solution in emergencies. This ingenuity is worthy of praise.
The OLED screen has the advantages of accurate color, high and uniform brightness, high contrast, and good HDR compatibility. It is very friendly to creative designers. However, large OLED screens are also relatively expensive, so they are generally used for creative designs worth more than 10,000 yuan. This time Xiaomi actually directly dried the 3.5K OLED screen to the price of 6000 and used Samsung’s latest E4 material. The quality of this “master screen” is worth looking forward to.
We adjusted the resolution to the highest 3456*2160 and manually adjusted the brightness to the highest 410nit. Then use a professional color calibration instrument to test the color gamut color accuracy. The measured color gamut covers 99.9% of sRGB, 95.2% of Adobe RGB, and 99.2% of P3 color gamut, and the brightness has reached 410nit, which is very good.
The color accuracy performance is even more amazing. The average color shift value? E, is only 0.24, and the maximum? E is only 2.72, which is a professional-level color performance.
Excellent color accuracy comes from factory calibration. Xiaomi has adjusted each screen individually and stored the ICC file corresponding to each screen in the cloud; even if the system is reinstalled, it can be downloaded back. It can be said that this screen is one of the best in this price range, and it does live up to the name of the “master screen”.
Hardware & Performance
This time is the i7-11370H+MX450 (D5 video memory) version; the specific configuration is shown in the figure. To let everyone have a deeper understanding of the hardware of this notebook, we directly disassemble it and introduce it while disassembling. Unscrew the 8 screws on the D side; you can pry the bayonet from the air inlet of the shaft. It should be noted that the screws on the shaft are long, and the other 6 are short screws. Don’t get confused. Compared with Redmi’s 15-inch notebook, a small fan is added inside to form a heat dissipation design with dual heat pipes and dual fans, and the overall structure is more compact.
In the measured speed mode, the CPU and GPU can be stabilized at 77°C after 15 minutes of double baking, but a certain degree of frequency reduction has also occurred. At this time, you will not feel too hot during the operation. The commonly used WASD is about 40°C, and the temperature of the wrist rest is about 35°C. When fully loaded, the noise of the seated fan is about 54.6db.
Below the fan is the onboard memory, which is covered by a shield. Samsung particle, 8G+8G dual-channel, frequency is 3200Mhz. It is a pity that there is no 4266Mhz and no upgrade space.
On the left side of the memory is the Intel AX201 wireless network card, which supports the Wi-Fi6 protocol and has good performance. There is an m.2 slot on the right side of the memory. There is only such a hard disk slot for the whole machine, so that upgrading will be more troublesome. The hard drive model is KBG40ZNV512G, from KIOXIA. After all, Kioxia’s SSD is Toshiba’s original particle, and the ultimate speed is not particularly high, but the victory lies in its strong stability. The running score is shown in the figure.
Next, let’s take a look at its theoretical running points and experience. The first is this Intel’s new H35 processor i7-11370H standard pressure processor, which is still the specification of 4 cores and 8 threads. Compared with the low-voltage version, the main frequency of this 35W standard version has been improved. The measured R15 score is 969, and the R20 score is 2416.
In PCMARK10, which shows daily office performance, the Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED scored 5498 points, which is an excellent experience.
Its performance after power failure. When using battery power, it scored 4289, which can still meet most of the daily needs. Finally, the “HappyMaster” Master Lu, who showed the overall performance of the whole machine, scored 739413 points, which is in line with the positioning of the all-rounder.
The author’s work needs to deal with the video frequently, so can it edit the video smoothly? ?The author imported several 4K30-frame videos in the PR and found that the playback preview did not feel stuck, and the entire editing process was very smooth.
It seems that the Xiaomi Mi Pro 15 OLED is more than enough for daily office and creative work, so if you want to play two games after getting off work, can it do it? Let’s take a look at its 3DMARK game running score first.
In TimeSpy, the final score is 2103, and in Fire Strike, the final score is 4258. This score means it can run most online games.
In “League of Legends”, it can easily run at the highest resolution and extremely high special effects, and the number of game frames has been maintained at more than 100 frames. The game experience is very smooth.
“CS: GO” with higher configuration requirements cannot run at a resolution of 3456*2160 because there are only more than 40 frames.
If it is reduced to a 2K resolution, it can be stabilized at around 70 frames. If you pursue a higher frame rate, you need to reduce it to 1080P to stabilize at around 120 frames, and the game experience is smooth.
It seems that there is no problem in playing online games with general configuration requirements. So can the Xiaomi Mi Pro 15 OLED challenge the “PUBG Mobile” to eat chicken?
It can only be maintained at the highest resolution and lowest image quality at 30-40 frames, which is difficult to play. If you reduce the resolution to 2K, the number of frames can hover around 60 frames, and you can already have a good experience at this time. Similarly, if you want to pursue a further number of frames, you can reduce the resolution to 1080P and increase the frame rate by another 10 frames.
In general, the Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED performance is the performance of a standard all-rounder. Although there are no surprises, it is enough. You can smoothly edit 4K videos and modify pictures when you are at work, and you can also play two popular games after getting off work.
Multi-screen collaboration with Xiaomi mobile phones
Since it is a notebook launched by a mobile phone manufacturer, it will definitely use some unique features to interact with its own mobile phone. The solution given by Xiaomi is the mutual transmission of Xiao Ai, MIUI +, and Xiaomi.
The Xiaomi Mi Pro 15 OLED is pre-installed with Xiao Ai at the factory. After logging in to the Mi account, you can call her by pressing keys, voice, or mouse clicks. Interestingly, perhaps to prevent accidental touches when pressing the DEL key, the triggering force of the Xiao Ai key on the keyboard is much greater than other keys.
After all, I don’t fight in the local area of? MIUI, so Xiao Ai’s authority is relatively low, and he can only perform some basic operations. The ability to link with Mijia devices is a good highlight.
MIUI+ is a multi-screen collaboration software developed by MIUI for mobile phones and notebooks. It can realize functions such as computer operation of mobile phones, remote access to files, and co-editing of documents. However, it is still in the testing stage, and the mobile phone needs to be updated to the MIUI12.5 development version to experience it.
In addition, Xiaomi also introduced Xiaomi’s mutual transmission to the notebook side. Notebooks of any brand can be downloaded and used; as long as they are connected to other Xiaomi devices under the same local area network, they can quickly share files.
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As the return of Mi Notebook, Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED is an excellent work with precise positioning. ?For creative workers, the Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED uses the excellent screen “Pro” to reach the pain point, and there are no undeniable shortcomings in other links. The price of 6,000 yuan is a very cost-effective choice. I also hope that Xiaomi can once again drive the entire notebook industry as it did 5 years ago and promote high-quality screens to the homes of ordinary people.
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