Xiaomi NoteBook Pro 120G review

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The Xiaomi NoteBook Pro 120G is the company’s premium productivity laptop. It features an all-aluminum body, a high-resolution 120Hz display, the latest 12th Gen Intel i5 processor, and Thunderbolt connectivity. The 120G model that we are testing today also includes dedicated Nvidia graphics.

Launched earlier this month in India, the NoteBook Pro 120G is Xiaomi’s most premium notebook in the market yet. With the company fast gaining traction as a reputable computer manufacturer, this is a good time to start bringing out more premium products and the 120G is exactly that. It positions itself right in the middle of the thin and light productivity laptops and the thicker, heavier gaming laptops that populate this segment while trying to offer a bit of both. Let’s see how it performs.

Design

The Xiaomi NoteBook Pro 120G has an attractive, minimal design that is strongly influenced by the fourth-generation MacBook Pro models. It uses aluminum construction for the lid, keyboard deck, and back panel and comes in a single dark gray color.

The Xiaomi NoteBook Pro 120G is an incredibly well-built and finely machined piece of hardware. Everything from the firmly damped movement of the hinge to the texture of the anodized aluminum feels extremely premium. The keyboard deck is sturdy and shows no flex. The entire machine feels like a solid slab of metal.

The lid requires some effort to lift but moves easily afterward and stays in place wherever you leave it. The display opens wide enough although not quite 180 degrees like some other laptops. The exhaust vents for the cooling system are placed next to the hinge.

Inside, the matte display has a matte black plastic bezel surrounding it. The bezel is relatively thin and the matte texture does not show any smudges or fingerprints. You will, however, routinely cover the webcam with your thumb while opening the lid since it’s right at the edge and has no cover. If you plan on using it, you should make it a point to clean it beforehand.

The back of the notebook has an aluminum cover with a grille in the center for the cooling intake, and two grilles below for the down-firing speakers. The lid is held in place by eight screws but requires a plastic spudger to open without scratching the metal.

On the opposite side, you may have noticed that Xiaomi now puts its logo on the lid, as the company’s early notebooks shipped without any logos. The Xiaomi wordmark is subtle and uses the company’s new font.

As for other logos, there is a single Intel sticker on the keyboard deck in the bottom right corner. The rest of the stickers, including one for Nvidia and Microsoft Office, are placed on the bottom where they are usually out of sight.

The laptop weighs 1.4kg, which is par for the course for this size class. It’s not really lightweight but is perfectly manageable and light enough to carry around all day.

Display

The Xiaomi NoteBook Pro 120G has a 14-inch, 2560×1600 resolution matte IPS LCD with up…

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