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Because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, which is expected to last until 2022, the need for excellent office and school laptops has never been greater. Xiaomi has launched its latest flagship laptop, the Mi Notebook Ultra, taking advantage of this situation to establish itself in the laptop segment.

Has Xiaomi, with its latest flagship laptop, managed to do the same as its budget models? In the review that follows, I’ll address that specific concern as well as several others.

a 15.6-inch Quad-HD+ IPS LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate, an Intel Core i7-11370H processor, an Intel Xris Xe GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB solid-state drive

Mi Notebook Ultra Review: Design & Build

To begin, the Mi Notebook Ultra has a design that, from a distance, resembles a Macbook Pro. The design appears to be heavily influenced by the Macbook Pro thanks to the grey aluminum chassis, black bezels, a black butterfly keyboard, and a large trackpad. In my opinion, most people would be baffled if I covered the Xiaomi logo on the lid and added an Apple sticker instead. That said, the Macbook Pro is one of the most aesthetically pleasing laptops on the market.

When you hold it, the chassis has a solid feel to it. The lid and back have some vertical flex, but the keyboard is rock solid. The structural soundness and rigidity of the chassis are both excellent.

The 16:10 aspect ratio on the 15.6-inch screen allows you to rest your arms on the trackpad’s sides while typing, which is great. In spite of the 90-degree angle, the edges aren’t that sharp.

The hinge has a good balance of solidity and suppleness. While it’s true that the hinge can’t open all the way to 180 degrees, that doesn’t matter for most use cases. The laptop easily passes the one-finger opening test without any movement to the bottom, which is really good.

The laptop has a fingerprint sensor built-in that also serves as a power button. The fingerprint sensor works well and is fast. It does a good job of picking up fingerprints and does so quickly.

The overall feel of the build quality is good, especially for the price. The laptop seems to be able to withstand a few bumps and bruises, even though I haven’t dropped it yet. if you want a laptop that can withstand a beating, then the Mi Notebook Ultra is for you, the Mi Notebook Ultra will not let you down.

Mi Notebook Ultra Review: Keyboard & trackpad

For people like me, a laptop’s keyboard is one of the most important features to consider. Our work requires a lot of typing, so having a comfortable keyboard is a huge help.

For people like me, a laptop’s keyboard is one of the most important features to consider. Our work requires a lot of typing, so having a comfortable keyboard is a huge help.

The butterfly keyboard on the Mi Notebook Ultra was very good. The satisfying clicks of the keyboard are a real treat. The key travel and actuation pressure are both excellent. The only oddity was that the chassis was large enough to accommodate a dedicated Numpad, but the manufacturer chose not to include one. This is also something Apple does with the Macbook, but the speakers on the sides are much larger, and would be fantastic if Xiaomi implemented them. Layout-wise, I believe they could have done a much better job. It’s convenient to have a macro button that can be configured to open any app or file.

The trackpad glass has a solid feel to it, and the clicks are pleasant. The trackpad worked well for me because it was quick, dependable, and precise. It would have been nice if the trackpad had a higher DPI, but you can always adjust the sensitivity.

Mi Notebook Ultra Review: Display

The screen on the Mi Notebook Ultra is a 15.6-inch QHD+ IPS LCD with a refresh rate of 90Hz. One of the major disappointments is that the company chose to use an LCD display instead of an LED panel, but the 90Hz and the Quad-HD+ resolution do help a little bit.

The screen is bright enough, and the fine details are visible. The display’s color accuracy can’t be measured with my current setup. I do believe, however, that the colors were exaggerated a bit too.

While gaming on this laptop, I appreciated the faster refresh rate, but I did long for my 144Hz PC screen. I’ve noticed a significant difference in the smoothness of web browsing and watching videos online since switching to the 90Hz refresh rate display.

Another issue I have with the device is the 16:10 aspect ratio, which makes the device feel jarring to use. However, this is purely a matter of taste, so I won’t belabor the point.

Mi Notebook Ultra Review: Performance

The 11th generation Intel Core i5-11370H processor, 16GB of RAM, and an integrated Intel Xris Xe GPU power the Mi Notebook Ultra. Tech jargon to some, but sweet music to others who are computer geeks. The only thing I’d like to see improved is the graphics card.

All of the simple tasks I threw at the laptop were easily completed by the laptop. Even with triple digits of Chrome tabs open in a single window, I experienced no lag. If your workload is minimal, this laptop is ideal for you.

Now that we’ve gotten to the more difficult tasks, gaming on a laptop is a very remote possibility because it lacks a dedicated graphics card. Many of the newer, more demanding games, like Gears 5, were unplayable. Many games would not even load.

Adobe Premiere Pro made basic video editing a breeze, with a 5-minute full HD video rendering in just ten minutes. However, the machine struggled greatly when editing large amounts of renders at the same time.

In addition, Android Studio ran smoothly on the laptop, making it possible to develop and test apps with ease.

Even with GPU-light workloads, the laptop performs admirably. As expected, there is some thermal throttling when running heavy workloads on the thin and light profiles.

Mi Notebook Ultra Review: Battery

In terms of power, the device has a respectable 70Whr battery. The device’s battery lasted around ten hours on a daily basis while doing tasks like typing, browsing the internet, and watching a few YouTube videos. With heavy use, the laptop only lasted about eight hours before running out of battery life.

The laptop comes with a 65W charging brick, which takes about 3 hours to fully charge the battery. The charger is an excellent Type-C USB PD charger.

Mi Notebook Ultra Review: Verdict

The Mi Notebook Ultra costs Rs 76,990, and it delivers a lot of value for the money. Battery life is excellent as well as the overall performance of the device. It’s able to outperform its peers and pick up a few victories. An LCD screen and no dedicated graphics card are the only blemishes on this otherwise stellar system. Aside from these flaws, the laptop is a good buy.

If you’re looking for a laptop under Rs 80,000 for work or personal use, this is a great option. You won’t be disappointed. However, given Xiaomi’s relative inexperience in the laptop market, I’d be concerned about after-sales support and durability.

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