If the high price tags of today’s gaming laptop have been a roadblock to you owning one, you may want to take a look at the Xiaomi 8th Generation Gaming Laptop. Described as the an “e-sports performance monster,” the beauty of this mobile gaming beast from the China’s electronics giant is beyond skin deep. Under the hood, it gets up to 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz RAM and a hard drive setup comprising of a 256 GB PCIe SSD and 1 TB HDD, and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6 GB DDR5 VRAM.
Xiaomi 8th Generation Gaming Laptop supports up to three-screen display, along with dual 4K video playback put out through its HDMI 2.0 and USB-C ports. It is full-fledged gaming laptop, and therefore it is no surprise that it gets a full-size Razer’s Chroma-style “four-zone” backlit keyboard (but obviously, less fancier), plus there is a glass trackpad that supports multi-finger gestures. Xiaomi also claims to have a meticulously designed cooling system that can dissipate heat efficiently. It claims 60 percent more heat dissipating, but it is not known what it is stacked against.
Other details include a 15.6-inch FHD display with slim 9.9 mm (0.39-inch) bezel, 178 wide viewing angle and 300 nits brightness, a 1 MP web cam that supports 720p video calls, digital array microphone, 3W x 2 Hi-Res certified speaker, headphone/microphone jack, 160 MHz Intel 2×2 dual antenna WiFi, wireless 802.11b/g/n/ac, dual band (2.4/5 GHz), Gigabit 10/100/1000 Mbps, Bluetooth 4.1 technology, a 3-in-1 card reader and a 55 Wh battery that affords it with 5 hours of video playback or up to 6.5 hours of web surfing.
Xiaomi 8th Generation Gaming Laptop will come preinstalled with Windows 10 Home Edition, plus original Office Home and Student Edition (2016) and GeForce Experience software. All these goodies for a starting price of mere 6,499 yuan, or around US$954. Though, at 20.9 mm (0.82-inch) and 2.7 kilograms (nearly 6 lbs), it is not the thinnest nor the lightest, but hey, it is, after all, under a grand and with ‘flagship’ specs, is it not? The caveat is, the software would be in Chinese.