Mi Notebook Ultra 11th Gen Core i7-11370H (2021) Review:

  • DIGIT RATING 87 /100
  • Design 88
  • Performance 80
  • Value for money 90
  • Features 90
  • PROS
  • Exceptional Showcase
  • Exceptional construction quality
  • Trackpad and keyboard are of high quality, and the price is reasonable.
  • Speakers who are not up to par
  • Mi Notebook Ultra with Core i7-11370H, 11th Generation (2021) a thorough examination
  • Xiaomi’s foray into the laptop market in India was highlighted by the release of the Mi NoteBook 14 last year.
  • While the business did provide us with new RedmiBook laptops a few months ago, the new Mi NoteBook Pro and Mi NoteBook Ultra are the actual successors to the Mi NoteBook 14 that we had all been waiting for.
  • Both the Mi NoteBook Pro and the Mi NoteBook Ultra are significant upgrades over the Mi NoteBook 14, with a slew of notable enhancements over the previous model.
  • I’ve been using the Xiaomi Mi NoteBook Ultra as my primary laptop for the greater part of the last month, and I believe it’s an excellent choice for anybody wanting to get a new laptop in India for less than Rs 60,000.
  • In this review, I will go into great detail about some of the most important elements of the laptop, which should help you have a better knowledge of the device.

Specifications for the Mi NoteBook Ultra

The Mi NoteBook Ultra review unit that I examined was equipped with Intel’s 11th generation Core i7-11370H processor, but the standard model of the laptop is equipped with an Intel Core i5 H-series processor. I’ll go into further depth on the performance of this laptop later, but first, let’s take a brief look at the specifications –

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-11370H 3.30GHz base clock and 4.80GHz max turbo, 35W
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics with 96EU
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 RAM 1600MHz
  • Storage: 512GB Kioxia NVMe SSD
  • Display: 39.6cm (15.6) Mi TrueLife+ Display, 3.2K resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio

Mi NoteBook Ultra Performance

The Intel Core i7-11370H processor in the Mi NoteBook Ultra that we received for evaluation is the most powerful processor available. There are certain tiny and light gaming laptops that use this high-end quad-core processor, and it is generally found in them.

It’s an odd decision to employ this SoC rather than an i7 from the U-series processor family. As a result, what happened? As a result, the Mi NoteBook Ultra is far more powerful than certain other ultrabooks now on the market. This, of course, comes at the expense of thermals, which we shall examine in further detail later in this study.

The CPU contains four Willow Cove cores and eight threads, all of which are capable of supporting Hyperthreading. The H-series CPU used in this laptop is set for 35W TDP and a base frequency of 3.30GHz, making it an excellent choice for gaming laptops.

It also includes a single or two core boost that can go up to 4.8GHz, although all cores can reach a maximum frequency of 4.3GHz when all cores are active. It outperforms the Core i7-1185G7, which has a lower thermal design power (TDP) and, as a result, inferior performance.

In the Cinebench R23 multi-core test, the Mi NoteBook Ultra achieved a score of 5,539, while the single-core test yielded a score of 1,527.

The results are greater than those obtained on the recently announced RedmiBook 15 Pro and the Fujitsu UH-X Convertible laptops, which are powered by Intel Core i5-11300H and Core i7-1165G7 processors, respectively, and are based on the same benchmarking software. Take a look at the following –

In addition, the Mi NoteBook Ultra managed to get a score of 5,034 in PCMark 10, which is once again greater than certain other ultrabooks on the market, such as the ASUS Expertbook B9400. When it comes to handling my day-to-day tasks, the Mi NoteBook Ultra is a standout performer even outside of the arena of testing.

I was able to work comfortably with about 15-20 Chrome tabs open, as well as various other applications such as Lightroom, Spotify, and other such programmes running in the background. The Core i7-11370H is a powerful processor that helps to extract the most performance from this laptop.

Although the lack of a separate GPU may appear to be a deal-breaker, the Iris Xe Graphics with 96EU that powers this computer is far from being a slouch either. It performs admirably in the majority of 3D workloads. With the 90Hz panel, I was able to play numerous games of Valorant on this laptop, and it was a really great experience all around.

Yes, you can play games on this laptop as long as you don’t have unrealistic expectations about what you can do. The Mi NoteBook Ultra should be capable of running esports games and even certain AAA titles at low settings….

A short glance at the 3DMark results that I was able to obtain on the Mi NoteBook Ultra is shown below. Additionally, I utilised the Mi NoteBook Ultra to complete creative tasks including as picture and video editing, and it provided consistently good performance.

I was able to edit my regular test edit timeline in Davinci Resolve much more quickly on this laptop than I was able to do on other laptops, such as the ASUS Expertbook B9400. We were also able to export our test files from Adobe Lightroom without encountering any difficulties.

And did I mention that the 16:10 aspect ratio is beneficial to those who work in the creative field? It’s difficult to go back to a standard 16:9 panel after having a taste of the extra screen real estate available.

Performance in the Thermal Domain

Despite the fact that Xiaomi’s RedmiBook is a mainstream laptop, the company appears to be hell-bent on employing Intel’s H-series processors. As long as the thermals are under control, I will not be the one to express displeasure. So, what can you expect from the Xiaomi Mi NoteBook Ultra in terms of performance? Let’s have a look at some graphs first, and then I’ll respond to your query.

The Cinebench R23 multi-core test pushes the i7-11370H to its limits, with the processor reaching its maximum turbo frequency of 4.8GHz in the process. During the course of the test, the core clocks stabilise at roughly 3.3GHz.

As a consequence, I was able to record a maximum temperature of 97°C at the beginning of the test before it settled at about 80°C for the duration of the test. With the exception of benchmarking applications, I never saw core temperatures over 85°C. This was an encouraging finding.

This is also true when playing games or using other programmes that place a strong demand on the iGPU. As long as you keep the ambient temperature at a reasonable level, the Mi NoteBook Ultra should be able to endure just about everything without experiencing any significant thermal difficulties.

The laptop will throttle on sometimes when running a resource-intensive programme, but I am pleased to inform that this is a rare occurrence and will have no negative impact on the user’s overall experience.

NoteBook Ultra Display (Mi NoteBook)

This laptop not only has one of the nicest screens you can get on a laptop in this price range, but it also has one of the best laptop displays I’ve ever used, which I believe is a first in the industry. Yes, other OEMs offer laptops with larger and higher-resolution displays, but the Mi NoteBook Ultra’s 15.6-inch 3.2K display with a 16:10 aspect ratio is the perfect size and resolution for me.

It’s a beautiful display, and it’s unquestionably one of the most impressive aspects of this laptop.

This 14-inch 2K panel from the Realme Book was used to determine which is the superior choice, and you can see the complete comparison in this video – click here to see the film.

It is worth watching the movie because it also emphasises other characteristics of the Mi NoteBook Ultra’s display, so make sure to do so if you want to learn more about the display itself.

Mi NoteBook Ultra Keyboard, Trackpad, and Input/Output (IO)

Before we get into the design and build quality of the Mi NoteBook Ultra, let’s take a moment to discuss the trackpad, keyboard, and the IO issue on the device.

The Mi NoteBook Ultra’s keyboard deck, like the rest of the device, will immediately bring to mind the Apple MacBook Pro. A typical laptop keyboard layout with plenty of space between the keys is what you’re looking at right now.

The keys, according to Xiaomi, are operated by a scissor mechanism and have a similar feel to those on a MacBook computer. I’d honestly say the keys on the Realme Book (Slim) are comparable to those on the MacBook, but the Mi NoteBook Ultra is even closer if there is such a thing as a metric to consider.

Having said that, they’re really pleasant to type on, with 1.5mm of key travel, and I personally became used to them in a short period of time. The fact that the keyboard has backlighting is a plus, since it was lacking on both the Mi NoteBook 14 and the RedmiBook 15 Pro, which were both released last year.

Moving on to the trackpad, we can see that it has a significantly larger surface area now when compared to the one we saw on the Mi NoteBook 14 from last year. Additionally, it’s a minor improvement over what we saw on both the Mi NoteBook 14 and the RedmiBook 15 Pro, but I still believe there’s potential for development.

Even while the smooth texture is beneficial for gestures and tracking, clicking on the bottom part of the trackpad still feels “budget-ty,” for want of a better term. Though not a deal-breaker, it is something I wanted to bring to the attention of the group.

One feature of the Mi NoteBook Ultra that I particularly appreciate is the large number of port options available to users. In contrast to the Realme Book (Slim), which comes with only a few of USB Type-C connectors, the Mi NoteBook Ultra comes with an array of USB Type-C ports to choose from.

You’ll find a Type-C USB port as well as a Thunderbolt 4 connector for charging, as well as two USB Type-A ports, one of which is a 3.2 Gen 1 port and the other of which is a USB 2.0 port. Additionally, you will find an HDMI connector as well as a 3.5mm combo jack on this device.

Mi NoteBook Ultra Design & Build Quality

It should come as no surprise that the Mi NoteBook Ultra looks a lot like the MacBook Pro, both on the outside and on the interior, particularly on the keyboard deck, as I previously stated.

My honest opinion is that for all practical purposes, it is not a negative development at all. As a matter of fact, I believe it is one of the greatest laptops you can get in this price range, strictly speaking from the standpoint of design and construction quality.

The chassis is composed of aircraft-grade Series 6 aluminium and weighs 1.7kg. It is designed to be lightweight and strong. It’s not as thin or as light as, say, the MacBook Air, but it exudes a sense of high-end craftsmanship.

There’s also a ‘Xiaomi’ logo on the lid, which gives it a little more personality than the RedmiBook 15 Pro, which lacked that previously. The total build quality is really high, which distinguishes it from other products in this price range.

Other practical features, like as the built-in fingerprint scanner on the power button, making it a very good choice for travellers. Not to mention the fact that a webcam has been added to the top of the display, which was previously absent from both the Mi NoteBook 14 and the RedmiBook 15 Pro models.

In addition, the laptop is equipped with twin 2W stereo speakers that are compatible with the DTS audio processing programme. Despite the fact that the speaker quality is inferior to that of some other ultrabooks on the market, it is loud enough to fill a small room with good audio quality.

Furthermore, the lid is quite simple to open, owing to a unique feature that allows you to open the lid with just one finger. Opening the lid shows the stunning display with all of its bells and whistles, which we discussed in detail in the video featured above and in this article.

Battery Life on the Mi NoteBook Ultra

The Mi Notebook Ultra is equipped with a 69,993 mWh battery, which Xiaomi claims will last for up to 12 hours of continuous use. It is charged by the use of a 65W Type-C power adapter, which is quite handy. When it comes to battery life, the Mi NoteBook Ultra managed to endure for around 7 hours and 20 minutes with the brightness set to its maximum setting of 100%.

There are certain computers that can easily last you for an entire day before you need to find a charger. This is one of such devices. Obviously, your results may vary, but I believe it to be commendable given the fact that it has a 3.2K display with a 90Hz refresh rate and is reasonably priced.

Mi NoteBook Ultra Verdict

Xiaomi has announced the Mi NoteBook Ultra in India, with a starting price of Rs 59,999 for the base configuration. At this price, you are looking at the entry-level model of the computer, which has an Intel Core i5 CPU and 8GB of RAM as standard.

The model I examined for this review is the most costly available, with a price tag of Rs 76,999 (about). For that amount, you’ll get a terrific laptop with one of the most gorgeous screens available, a strong Intel Core H-series CPU from the 11th generation, and an exceedingly well-built computer that’s generally unheard of in this price category.

It also outperforms some more costly ultrabooks while costing a fraction of the price of those more expensive ultrabooks. This is an excellent update for individuals who are currently utilising an older computer or even the Xiaomi Mi NoteBook 14 that was released last year.

Spending a little more money on the Mi NoteBook Ultra or the Mi NoteBook Pro rather than the RedmiBook 15 Pro, which was released not long ago, is likewise a no-brainer in this situation.

The Realme Book (Slim) is one of the most competitive devices in this price category, but it has some notable distinctions that you should be aware of, such as a smaller display with an odd aspect ratio and other features.

That being said, the Xiaomi Mi NoteBook Ultra is unquestionably the best laptop available in this price range, and I can already see this specific machine appearing on a number of our recommended laptop lists in the future.

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