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RedmiBook Pro first impressions: More misses than hits?

Redmi's first laptop in India delivers an affordable machine, but can it deliver on quality?
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August 7, 2021
RedmiBook Pro main image showing the laptop outdoors
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Xiaomi’s value-oriented brand Redmi has done wonders in the Indian market with its phone offerings over the years. The latest from the house of Redmi is the RedmiBook, which launched this week and is now available to buy in India in two flavors. We got our hands on the RedmiBook Pro, which is the higher-spec’d version of the laptop.

While Redmi’s first laptop offering officially available outside of China seems good on paper, does it have the oomph needed in what is frankly, a crowded market segment? Ahead of a full review soon, let’s take a quick look in Android Authority‘s first impressions of the RedmiBook Pro.

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Design and display: Nothing to write home about

RedmiBook Pro closed
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Redmi has consistently put out some great-looking phones for some time now. The RedmiBook Pro continues that trend, but it’s perhaps a bit too muted. The design is quite low-key, which will probably make it a good pick for many folks, but there is nothing about this design that stands out.

The RedmiBook Pro does not flash a huge logo in your face, but the muted design feels more like a lack of personality rather than a selling point.

The laptop has a polycarbonate build but feels quite solid. The hinge is terribly well-balanced, but that’s about as much there’s to like about this laptop’s utilitarian design.

RedmiBook Pro display
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While the rest of the RedmiBook Pro may be acceptable for an affordable laptop, upon first impression, the display is not. The viewing angles are ghastly, the colors appear wildly inaccurate, and looking at it has so far made me feel like I was using a laptop from over a decade ago.

The resolution is good, but the display has been barely usable thanks to the terrible colors and contrast. As a brand that has consistently pushed better displays with their phones, the display on this laptop feels seems to fall below industry standards and Redmi’s own, which is especially disappointing.

Performance, ports, and everything else

RedmiBook Pro ports
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The RedmiBook Pro comes with an 11th gen Intel Core i5-11300H. Paired with 8GB DDR4 RAM clocked at 3200 MHz, and an NVMe SSD with 512GB capacity, the performance won’t leave you wanting. You also get Intel Iris Xe Graphics, which isn’t ideal, but should be decent enough for basic gaming.

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Coming to the ports, you get a nice selection, albeit with some crucial omissions. There are two USB 3.2 gen 1 ports, and one USB 2.0 port. The collapsible ethernet jack is a nice touch, and you also get a full SD card reader, which is a great addition. HDMI 1.4 and a 3.5mm combo audio jack are also present. There are no USB-C ports at all, and the charging port is your regular old barrel plug.

The trackpad is large and the keyboard feels nice to type on.

The trackpad is large and has support for Windows precision drivers. It feels solid to use. The keyboard feels nice to type on, with a 1.5mm travel. The biggest issue I’ve encountered so far, however, is that there is no backlight on the keyboard. It seems like yet another flaw that will be hard to ignore.

RedmiBook Pro promises a 10-hour battery life, but we weren’t able to test that just yet.

RedmiBook Pro specs

RedmiBook 15 Pro
Display
15.6-inch display
Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution
Processor
11th Gen Intel Core i5-11300H 4.4GHz max clock
GPU
Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM
8GB DDR4 3200MHz
Storage
512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Wireless
2 X 2 Dual-band Wi-Fi 5
Bluetooth 5.1
Ports
1 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.2 Gen1
1 x HDMI 1.4
1 x RJ45 (LAN port)
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
1 x Kensington Lock
1 x SD card reader
Keyboard
Scissor Mechanism
1.5mm key travel
Touchpad
Multi-touch with support for Windows Precision drivers
Webcam
720p (HD)
Audio
2 x 2W Stereo speaker
Support for DTS audio processing app
3.5mm combo audio jack
In-built microphone
Battery and Power
10-hour all day battery
46WHr
65W power adapter
Weight and Dimensions
363.8mm x 243.5mm x 19.9mm
1.8kg

RedmiBook Pro impressions: Should I buy it?

RedmiBook Pro main image showing the laptop outdoors
RedmiBook 15 Pro
Redmi's first laptop to be available outside China offers an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB NVMe SSD, all packed into a 15.6-inch form factor.

The RedmiBook Pro does not feel like a winner so far, with potentially more misses than hits. In a segment with many, many choices, simply offering a slightly lower price won’t cut it.

However, these are just our first impressions after having spent a short while with the RedmiBook Pro. Our full review will be out very soon and will include our recommendation about whether you should buy one, in addition to more detailed testing. Stay tuned.