RedmiBook Pro 14 experience: hardware and software are more “Pro”, the price is still the same

Redmi's new family bucket adds a new member: RedmiBook Pro series. What we got this time is the 14-inch version.

After spending a few days with it, I feel that Redmi wants to "sold down" not only the flagship phone door, but also the creative workbook door.

Familiar, the appearance is really familiar

The new generation of RedmiBook series does not overthrow the original ID design, but continues to use the previous generation of molds. If you have to distinguish between the two generations of products, you can only proceed from the details.

The Redmi logo on the front is still on the left side of the center axis. The line next to the logo has changed from "DESIGNED BY XIAOMI" to the current "POWER YOUR CREATIVITY"-which can be translated as "driving your creativity".

This sentence also implies that the hardware performance of RedmiBook Pro is significantly improved compared to the previous generation.

The body is made of aluminum alloy, coupled with anodizing process, this process has been verified in many notebook products, it is not easy to make mistakes, and it is very attractive.

The A side feels warm to the touch, supplemented by the starry sky gray color scheme, and the visual texture will be better than the previous silver version. The thickest part of the whole machine is 17.9mm, and the weight is 1.45KG.

I lifted the computer B side along the central axis with a finger of one hand. The stability of the axis made me unconsciously want to flip it several times.

RedmiBook Pro can not only open the cover with one hand, but also has a very silky damping feel. Pick up the entire computer and shake it, the hinge is still in place, and the craftsmanship is good.

Wave your hand and say goodbye to the 1080P screen

RedmiBook Pro 14 waved the upgraded "big knife" to the screen.

The screen parameters are as follows: the resolution is 2560×1600, the size is 14 inches, the 100% sRGB color gamut, and the brightness of 300nits. It has excellent performance in terms of fineness and color accuracy. But there was a small episode when I first got it.

After I turned it on for a period of time, the screen jittered, and I never encountered this situation again after restarting. Maybe it was just an occasional event, or maybe the graphics card driver was not perfect.

Its 16:10 display ratio is more useful to office workers. Users can often see more content on one screen when viewing documents and browsing web pages. I have encountered that when capturing web content, two key elements can almost appear on the same screen. However, due to the 16:9 display ratio, I can only take two screenshots and then stitch them together.

If I used a 16:10 screen last time, maybe the problem would be solved.

Workbooks on the market have increasingly adopted this non-mainstream screen ratio and gradually become the mainstream.

RedmiBook Pro's screen is narrow on both sides, and the overall screen ratio reaches 88.2%. The surface uses a matte design, supports DC dimming, and has passed the TUV Rheinland hardware low blue light certification.

The key positions of the C-side keyboard have not changed much from before. If you are an old user of RedmiBook, you can switch to this machine without pain.

The main changes on the C side are all in the upper right corner. The first is the addition of the highly popular fingerprint recognition function, which is integrated into the power button to start and unlock in one go. The power button, which was originally located above the delete button, has now been replaced by a shortcut button for Xiao Ai.

Through this RedmiBook Pro, you can wake up Xiao Ai with one key, ask the weather, quickly answer questions, and control the Mijia smart home equipment at home.

▲ You can open the webpage you want to see by saying a few words

The keyboard keys adopt a scissor structure, three-level backlight settings, and the key travel is 1.3mm. The keys feel soft, but the trigger force is slightly heavier, and the overall input efficiency is acceptable.

The article you are reading now is what I coded on this RedmiBook Pro. It was written in one day and I feel good.

The interfaces on both sides of the fuselage are: one USB-C, one HDMI 1.4, one USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt 4 ports on the left; one USB 3.2 and 3.5mm audio ports on the right.

This means that it supports 1080P resolution (up to 240Hz refresh rate), 4K resolution (up to 60Hz refresh rate), and also supports dual-channel 4K video output or up to single-channel 8K video output. Such expansion performance is sufficient for most User needs.

If it can also add the SD card slot, it will make it more suitable for the Slogan printed on side A.

Independent significant blessing, double the efficiency

The Pro of the RedmiBook Pro series is mainly reflected in the internal hardware performance.

The sticker on the C side has darkly clarified its identity. It is equipped with Intel's 11th-generation Core i7-1165G7 processor. The base frequency of the chip is 2.8GHz, and the maximum turbo frequency can be accelerated to 4.7GHz. It has 4 cores and 8 threads. This chip is already a common choice among mainstream flagship thin and light notebooks. If you want to strike a balance between performance, light weight and energy consumption, you can choose it basically.

The core of RedmiBook Pro can handle some applications that require high computing power, such as Excel and PR. In addition, this RedmiBook Pro also has a 15-inch version that uses an 11-generation standard core processor, which is more suitable for heavy users.

In terms of independent display, the Nvidia MX450 series with 2GB GDDR5 video memory is selected, which is also a common configuration choice in thin and light notebooks.

The remaining 16GB DDR4 3200MHz running memory, 512GB PCle SSD, WiFi6, Bluetooth 5.1 and other configurations have laid a functional foundation for RedmiBook Pro, making it more suitable for students who are new to university campuses for the next 4 years of study and work The needs can be well met.

Getting started includes codewords, browsing the web, watching full HD videos, and advanced to editing pictures and editing short videos. Similar workflows can be met on RedmiBook Pro.

I tried to export a 5 and a half minutes 4K 30 frames video, only set of Lut, time 6:22, although it is only a single track material, but in the process, the preview retains the complete 4K resolution, playback and dragging nothing Delays and lags, facing Vlog, game strategy and other video creation tasks, it is still competent.

Of course, since RedmiBook Pro is equipped with a unique display, I can’t help but want to test it with some games. Obviously, it’s too difficult to challenge the 3A masterpiece, so I chose "Destiny 2" and "Dota 2" as it. Trial level.

Destiny 2, this first-person design game (FPS) developed by Bungie and pre-released by Activision, is known for its grand open narrative and space epic background. Although it has been on the market since 2017, it is still constantly updating the content of the game, and now it is put together with a number of new shooting games, and the picture quality is not inferior.

I first entered the game and found that the default resolution was low, so I adjusted it to the highest 2560×1600, set the image quality to medium quality, turned on vertical synchronization and anti-aliasing, and the frame rate was stable around 30fps.

Under this quality, the ground, weapon textures and character modeling can only be said to be passable, but the details of the distant textures that I thought would be seriously lost, are still well preserved. Although it was not fun enough, it also gave me a rough idea of ​​where the graphics performance limit of RedmiBook Pro is.

In addition, I also ran with Dota2. When entering the game, the default is the highest image quality. Almost all image quality options are full. Since the game is so confident in this laptop, naturally, I did not encounter any major problems during the game.

The number of frames in the whole process is basically maintained between 50-60fps. If you can cancel several options that have little effect on the image quality but seriously consume graphics power, such as "advanced fog effect", "tree shaking", etc., it will not run at full frame. Hard to achieve.

This generation uses a single fan and double heat pipe heat dissipation design, the air outlet is hidden in the position of the shaft, and the game is played in the extreme speed mode, and the fan runs at full load. At this time, the heat is mainly concentrated in the middle of the keyboard and the right hinge. The former happens to be the position of the CPU, and the latter is the heat dissipation vent. The noise recorded with the Apple Watch is 58 decibels. When the work intensity is not high, you can hardly hear it. Fan noise.

Multi-screen collaboration is not just as simple as screen projection

RedmiBook Pro broke through the hierarchical limit in terms of hardware. With the initial price of 4499 yuan, it achieved the performance of competing products that are thousands of yuan higher than the price. The old price is a butcher. After the release of MIUI 12.5 version, it has another killer feature at the software level, that is, "MIUI+". In the laptop system, it is the "cross-screen collaboration" function in the smart connected app.

What cross-screen collaboration achieves is to project the screen of the Xiaomi mobile phone to the laptop screen via the wireless network. Any operation performed on the mobile phone will be synchronized to the computer, and vice versa.

At the same time, the data in the mobile phone can also be transferred to the laptop. A line of characters can be copied from the WeChat of the mobile phone and pasted directly into the Word of the computer. Pictures, videos, and screenshots can also be transferred seamlessly.

MIUI slowly established its own multi-screen ecology.

In the process of actual use, I found that although this function is still in the Beta testing stage, the function is quite complete, and no obvious bugs have been encountered. At present, up to two app pages can be opened. In a good wireless network environment, the synchronization delay is very low.

I can even use this feature to turn the Mi 10 Pro into a handle, and cast a widescreen image on the RedmiBook Pro 14. It's too foul.

It is not difficult to see from the picture that its extremely low latency can be used in games.

So for MIUI users, the RedmiBook Pro series is stacked with a layer of ecological Buff, mobile phones and laptops are integrated, and office efficiency is improved.

As far as MIUI itself is concerned, it drives users to be firmly rooted in its ecosystem. If they want to switch to other camps, the difficulty of making a decision is multiplied. It also responds to the sentence: After using it, you can't go back.

The battery life is enough, it can be better

In the case of not playing games, performing moderate-intensity tasks, the built-in 56Wh battery of RedmiBook Pro 14 can allow me to complete 8 hours of work a day. If I can’t accurately estimate the time when I’m out of office, it’s recommended to include a random gift On the charging headband.

This charging head with a maximum power of 65W is similar in size to the fast charging of mobile phones and is easy to carry. It can be charged by connecting to the USB Type-C interface. It can be charged from 13% to 40% in 30 minutes. The total charging time is close to one and a half. bell.

summary

During the few days I was experiencing RedmiBook Pro 14, I sat down at the workstation and faced it every day. This was the first time I used Redmi’s laptop products. I have heard many comments about Redmi laptops from friends around me, some praises and complaints, but I finally asked the last sentence: Are you satisfied with it?

The answer is basically positive.

Now it's my turn to answer this question, and my answer will be more clear: in its price range, it may be the least error-free choice.

RedmiBook Pro has a 16:10 screen ratio, unique display blessing, and new cross-screen collaboration functions. All aspects are intended to strengthen the field of creative work. This is recreated between RedmiBook 14 II and Redmi G game series. A brand-new product line is another blockbuster that Redmi has dropped in the notebook market as a price killer.

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