Xiaomi RedmiBook 13 Hands-on Review: A portable notebook with a narrow bezel display and 10th generation Intel processor for less than $800 – Does it stack up?
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Xiaomi RedmiBook 13 Hands-on Review: A portable notebook with a narrow bezel display and 10th generation Intel processor for less than $800 – Does it stack up?

As a “rookie” in the notebook field, the RedmiBook line has developed rapidly over the past year. Through a combination of high-performance and Xiaomi’s ecological commitments, this series of products has attracted many users and given the company the confidence to move to new heights.

At Redmi’s latest product launch, the RedmiBook 13, with a new design and a 10th generation Intel processor, was released. After testing it for ourselves, Tech Insider will talk you through what we found out.

The RedmiBook 13 inherits its appearance from the standard RedmiBook design, including the unique logo displayed on its silver metal case. There are some changes however, most notably in terms of “simplification.” 

The body measurements are 307.3mm*195.0mm*17.8mm, which not only makes it much smaller than previous models (reaching the size of a sheet of A4), the weight of 1.23kg makes it lighter, increasing the portability of the machine.

The A, C, D sides of this notebook are all made of metal and the B side is made of plastic. There are two USB 3.1 ports, one 3.5mm headphone and microphone jack, and one HDMI port on the side of the notebook. 

A power adapter is used for charging purposes which causes few problems during day-to-day use, minus a slight inconvenience when transporting the device. If the notebook were equipped with USB-C interface power adapter, that would be an improvement.

After opening up the notebook, you can see another important design change. The RedmiBook 13 comes with a narrow-border design on all sides. The left, right, and upper borders are 4.65mm in width, while the bottom border is 9.96mm. The screen-to-border ratio is 89%, making for a better visual experience when compared with previous RedmiBook products.

The 13.3 inch anti-glare screen has a resolution of 1920*1080 and a maximum brightness of 250 nits. This may not be particularly high, but the look and feel is good. Like previous models, the RedmiBook 13 is absent a camera.

 It is worth mentioning that at the launch, Xiaomi made it clear that all future thin and light notebooks would be modelled after the RedmiBook 13 in terms of the four narrow-edge full screen design.

The focus of this upgrade has been on its configuration. The RedmiBook13 uses a new 10th generation Intel Core processor. Tech Insider got to spend time with a version configured to i7-10510u, NVIDIA GeForce MX250 discrete graphics, 8GB DDR4 2666MHz memory + 512GB SATA SSD storage. This configuration is even more attractive in such a compact device.

After trying out a few simple tasks such as browsing the web or word-processing, we found the configuration to be no problem at all. In terms of gaming, mainstream online games such as “Overwatch” run very smoothly, with minimal noise production. The performance is excellent. The two built-in 2W speakers support DTS sound enhancement, making audio and visual entertainment a smooth experience. 

With a stronger configuration, the RedmiBook 13 naturally requires a stronger cooling performance. With the addition of new sLCP aerospace-grade a material, the internal cooling fan is equipped with 74 blades which are many more than the 50 or so most standard notebooks offer. Temperatures during gaming do not typically run high but there will occasionally be audible fan sounds.

The RedmiBook 13 uses a full-size keyboard with a 1.3mm key-width. The feel of type is considerably improved when compared with previous models. Although it produces more of a “heavy” feel when compared with the Apple keyboard for instance, but this may well suit those who need to type for more prolonged periods of time.

For Xiaomi and Redmi uses, the RedmiBook 13 offers a convenient Xiaomi transfer function, which allows you to quickly transfer files between laptopsmobile phones, and notebooks. After a quick try, it takes only 32 seconds for Xiaomi to send 93MB files and 150 seconds for 150MB files. Although the transfer of larger files, such as videos, takes time, the daily transfer of pictures, music, and documents is quick and convenient. 

Another useful feature is the sensor device. When wearing a Xiaomi bracelet near your device, it can be unlocked without entering a password. By the same token, when getting up to leave your notebook, you can activate an automatic screen lock. This is very convenient for users who don’t like to constantly enter passwords. However, this only supports Xiaomi Mi Band 3 products.

We can clearly see that the RedmiBook 13 comes with a series of both internal and external changes, including an upgrade to the processor, design, entertainment performance, and convenience. This product has cool features, performs at a high level, and is easily portable, making it a great choice for users with mobile office needs.

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