Xiaomi Launches a Non-GAM3R Gaming Laptop

Xiaomi, a brand better known for their Mi brand smartphones and powerbanks, has launched their first gaming laptop, the Mi Gaming Laptop. The laptop was launched at the Mi Mix 2s launch event in Shanghai, China yesterday. What’s remarkable about this gaming laptop is the lack of aggressive, “gamer” aesthetics – with the RGB turned off (as it should be!), the Mi Gaming Laptop could look at home in a business meeting one minute, and a gaming event the next.

The 20.9mm (at it’s thickest point) thick, the brushed aluminium chassis is an exercise in subtle design. Xiaomi has decided to add one “gamer” aspect though – four zone RGB lighting. Embedded into the chassis are a pair of 3W speakers for Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Audio certified sound. In the IO department,  there are four USB 3.0 ports, two USB3 Type C ports, a lone HDMI port, and a 3.5mm jack with its own amplifier circuit. In the display department, a 15.6″ Full HD (1080p) panel provides a claimed 72% colour gamut, and sits between relatively slim 9.9mm bezels. The keyboard features 30 key rollover, as well as 5 programmable keys.

Cooling the Intel Kaby Lake i7-7700HQ processor is Xiaomi’s custom designed “3+2” heatpipe and quad exhaust outlet system, with two fans providing the airflow. Two versions of the laptop will be available in China from April 13 (no word yet if these will be available on other markets), with the lower spec model having a GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD, with a MSRP of US$960. The higher end model features a GTX 1060, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB NVMe SSD, and a 1TB HDD.

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