Xiaomi is a relatively new player in the laptop market but that hasn’t stopped the company from releasing its first Mi Gaming laptop. Alongside the Mi Mix 2S launch in Shanghai, the company also took the wraps off its first gaming laptop in the market. Xiaomi has continued its strategy in this market too by offering top of the line specs at an affordable price tag to gaming enthusiasts.
Xiaomi’s laptop design philosophy is pretty simple. The company keeps the size and thickness as less as possible and does not believe in adding any fancy logos or stickers to differentiate its product. So, what you get is a plain design. Some love it, others hate it, but it’s a personal choice. It’s a bit thick to be honest at 20.9mm, but then powerful gaming laptops don’t usually get any thinner than this. The laptop weighs 2.7 kgs.
The Mi Gaming Laptop boasts of a professional keyboard with 5 programmable keys. CEO Lei Jun added that gamers often like to order take-out food and one of these programmable buttons could be easily configured to order your favourite meal with just a hit of a button.
The laptop comes with a 15.6-inch FHD screen with a narrow frame, nothing fancy to be honest but it can connect to two other 4K external monitors for an ultimate gaming experience. You have Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Audio 2 x 3W speakers for a great gaming experience. The laptop is also loaded with a rich set of ports like HDMI 2.0, USB Type-C, Ethernet and USB 3.0.
There are four official variants of the Mi Gaming Laptop. Configurations start from an i5 standard voltage processor with GTX Ti 1050, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and 1TB HDD. You can upgrade the graphics to GTX Ti 1060 for an additional thousand Yuan, and for another thousand more, you can upgrade the CPU to Core i7. The top-end Mi Gaming Laptop features the Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and 1TB of HDD.
Given the powerful configuration, it was necessary for Xiaomi to take care of its cooling. In this regard, the Mi Gaming Laptop comes with 3+2 large diameter cooling pipes inside with 4 air vents. There’s a special TORNADO button which kicks in ultra fast cooling, dropping the temperature by up to 3-5 degree celsius within 10 minutes. It will be loud with the fans blowing at full speed but your laptop should cool down very quickly.
Overall, the Mi Gaming Laptop looks very competitive. The Mi Gaming Laptop starts at 5999 Yuan ($956) for the Core i5 + GTX 1050 Ti variant and goes all the up to 8999 Yuan ($1435) for the Core i7 + GTX 1060 variant. You can check out the entire official specs of the four variants from this link (in Chinese).