Still below rivals and has a lot of joy

The timing was right. The approach was well tuned. And the balance of value wasn’t messed up. last year, Xiaomi The first generation of Mi Notebook 14 laptops was launched in India, followed by the addition of the Redmibook 15 laptop, establishing a strong position in the price range of Rs 40,000 to Rs 60,000. This is probably the most popular with new laptop buyers after a budget space of less than 30,000 rupees. The Mi Notebook 14 series has a good understanding of many things, including specs that are even stronger than the popular trending laptops have followed at their price. In the follow-up 12 months later, things took quite a few steps.With Mi Notebook Pro And Mi Notebook Ultra. And what we are reviewing here is the latter, which is more exciting and arguably more desirable.

There are three variations of the Mi Notebook Ultra to be launched in India. The Intel Core i5-11300H with 8GB of RAM costs 59,999 rupees, while the midrange sticker with 16GB of RAM with the same processor costs 63,999 rupees. The top variant with an Intel Core i7-11370H processor and 16GB RAM costs Rs 76,999. It’s slightly better than the Mi Notebook Pro in terms of price, and while having a similar spec combination, it differs in some features. A year later, Xiaomi still balances the obvious benefits of the price you pay with the specs you get at that price. For example, the new Dell Inspiron 15 laptop series starts at Rs 50,990 and continues to Rs 86,990. The cheapest variant with the Intel Core i5-11300H processor with 8GB of RAM costs Rs 64,989. This is a bit higher than the Mi Notebook Ultra with the same processor and 16GB of RAM cost, plus about Rs5,000 more for similar specifications. The cheapest Dell Inspiron 15 with the Intel Core i7-11370H chip costs Rs 86,990. Now it’s not the same stadium either.

There is no doubt that Xiaomi’s aggressive push to gain a price-to-spec advantage wasn’t the result of cutting things off the spec sheet or compromising build quality (Image: Vishal Mathur / News18)

There is no doubt that Xiaomi’s aggressive push to gain a price-to-spec advantage wasn’t the result of cutting things off the spec sheet or compromising build quality. Mi Notebook Ultra is proof of that. Aluminum builds everything, and this is specifically an aluminum 6 series alloy. What you get is a color called shiny gray, which also has a very nice matte finish. In my opinion, it’s a bit like the Apple MacBook Pro series. In fact, there are clear similarities, which is definitely not a bad thing. This color finish is a bit lighter than the MacBook’s Space Gray. The flat sides, the groove for inserting your thumb to open the lid, and the hinge design seen from behind enhance the similarity. The Mi Notebook Ultra also ushered in an era of new logos. Xiaomi is written across the lid instead of Mi. It weighs about 1.7 kg and can be found throughout 15.6-inch display-sized laptops. But if you look at it from the side, you can see that it’s a Windows laptop. It’s curved toward the front to hide the actual thickness under the laptop and isn’t perfectly flat, maintaining the same thickness as the MacBook. Pros will.

The Mi Notebook Ultra’s 15.6-inch display is a lot of work. And that’s probably the biggest upgrade each year, except for the expected spec updates. This includes what is called a Mi TrueLife + display. Below that is the IPS screen, but not the IPS screen. The 3200 x 2000 resolution, also known as 3.2K, is available on much more expensive laptops. This is a 16:10 aspect ratio, one of the early adopters of this change. It is tuned to reproduce 100% of the sRGB wide color gamut and supports a 90Hz refresh rate. Most laptop displays are still in the 60Hz era. You can switch between 60Hz and 90Hz using the display settings or the Fn + S keys. If you are watching a video or movie, the refresh rate will be faster. Undoubtedly, this is more pixels than a Full HD screen and will quickly add value to the money you spend on your Mi Notebook Ultra. And then there is the small question of how it is adjusted. This is one of the best laptop displays on this side of the Rs 1,00,000 price range for Windows 10 laptops. There’s plenty of brightness when you need it, but dialing down will settle into a very comfortable usage pattern for use in dim lighting without eye strain. DC dimming is working, but this is also something that many laptops don’t have.

On the keyboard side, this is a much larger canvas to operate, and you can get a full-sized keyboard and a very large trackpad. I really like the key spacing and how easy it is for your fingers to get used to the placement. The gap is just right. If you start thrashing your document quickly about this, it will be consistent every time you press a key. I like howling, which is slightly shaped each time I press a key, but that’s not a problem. It’s more subjective than anything else. Last year’s first-generation laptops missed the backlight, but with a fix, this year there’s also a three-step control for adjusting the backlight lighting on the keyboard.

The Windows Hello fingerprint sensor is integrated into the power key. The 720p camera doesn’t support Windows Hello authentication, but the fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate (Image: Vishal Mathur / News18)

With the Intel Core i7-11370H processor with 16GB RAM that powers the Windows 10 experience of Mi Notebook Ultra reviewed here, you won’t run out of power and performance when you need it. This is a Tigerlake family of chips that delivers up to 4.8GHz clocks as needed. Alongside, there’s the new Intel Iris Xe graphics. 512GB SSDs are fast and help maintain overall performance. Mi Notebook Ultra has been confirmed to get a Windows 11 upgrade when deployed later this year. One thing to keep in mind is that chips as powerful as these consume a lot of heat when stretched. Xiaomi gave it a large fan with a diameter of 6mm on the underside to push out hot air. If you’re using this for multitasking, you’ll feel it. The lower heating is very obvious, but the good thing is that it doesn’t seem to filter through the keyboard deck or palm rest area. You can use Fn + K to switch between balanced mode and quiet mode.

Xiaomi claims that the Mi Notebook Ultra has a battery life of 12 hours or more under some conditions of use. My Mi Notebook Ultra, when used for normal working hours processes and workflows, has a screen brightness of 50%, a display set to 90Hz, a display brightness of 20%, a refresh rate of about 13 hours, and 10 It lasted for a little over time. At 60Hz. Throughout this time, many Microsoft Edge tabs and documents were being accessed and switched, causing fans to speed up to manage heating. The fact that the Mi Notebook Ultra charges fast is very useful if you’re going to a meeting and need a quick splash and dash. The charger can dump up to 50% charge in 45 minutes plug-in time. This should be half or a little longer than the battery run time described above.

Last word: I’m worried about my rivals, it’s doing my best

Laptops are very essential and have been so since last year. The first shot on the market was undoubtedly a success for Xiaomi, and learning from it is reflected in the Mi Notebook Ultra. Minor changes have been made, adjustments have been implemented, and the core uniqueness of price and value has not changed. Mi Notebook Ultra offers superior specs for each variant compared to its rivals. And for longevity, that’s a good thing. And it’s not just an entity. This enables all aspects of the performance checklist. And do so while making it look good. It’s difficult to put all of this together, while significantly undercutting your rivals. MiNotebookUltra does just that, without approaching any visible attempt to save money or compromise specifications.

Still below rivals and has a lot of joy

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