With the Onda Xiaomi 31 (Xiaomi means “small horse” or “pony”) we have another China laptop made of metal for you to test. The Xiaomi 31 is available with both Intel Pentium 4200 and the well-known Intel Celeron N3450 processor. Unfortunately, we only got the smaller version with the Celeron for testing. The Onda Xiaomi 31 is largely the same as the EZBook 3 Pro jumper, but with a fingerprint sensor, an easily accessible M.2 SATA 3 slot, and a better battery life, there are a few extras.
Onda Xiaomi 31: Packing & Delivery
The Onda Xiaomi 31 comes in a surprisingly fine package. The black box is easy to open. Just above, you’ll find the laptop, which is packaged in foil and welded to protect it from external impact. Below you will find a Chinese short guide. This is followed by a separating layer of cardboard under which the power supply (12V 3A) is hidden. This is still a Chinese power cord with a cold plug. In order to use the power supply here, you need a power cable with German plug.
Onda Xiaomi 31: Design & processing
The Onda Xiaomi 31 is made entirely of aluminum. The only exception is the hinge of the display. The metal has a discreet golden color, which makes the laptop look very elegant. With 1.4kg the Onda Xiaomi 31 is not a flyweight but also by far not too heavy. Due to the fact that the case is made of a piece of metal, the laptop is very stable and not as flexible as the typical China laptops made of plastic.
The Onda Xiaomi 31 is also very slim. At the thinnest point, we measure only 2mm and at the thickest point around 9mm. This information refers to the folded-up state and thus to the base. The display itself is again 4.8mm thin and must be added in the folded state of course still.
In the opened state, we find above the display a webcam which looks like a bull age. The base accommodates a keyboard with generously dimensioned keys and a click pad with integrated fingerprint scanner. Two microphones and three blue indicator LEDs are located above the keyboard.
On the left side of the Onda Xiaomi 31 is a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB 3.0 port, and a Micro SD card reader. To the right is the DC-In port with charging LED (red and green), another USB 3.0 port and a mini HDMI port. On the underside of the laptop are two loudspeakers, which are unfortunately quite easily concealed. In addition, there is a screw-closed flap under which the M.2 expansion port is located. Here you can retrofit an M.2 SATA 3 SSD. Unfortunately, only the smallest form factor is supported. A larger SSD can only be installed by opening the laptop completely and removing the built-in frame.
Onda Xiaomi 31: Display
The Onda Xiaomi 31 is equipped with a 13.3″ display with full HD resolution, which is based on IPS technology and offers a very stable viewing angle, as well as an anti-glare coating which prevents disturbing reflections and thus makes it legible for outdoor viewing This is supported by the fairly bright display lighting.
The display seems generally quite high-quality. The black values and the contrast convince. There are no disturbing lighthouses. Only in the case of a completely black screen, in our laptop, there are a few minimal light areas in the lower area, but these do not interfere with normal operation. The color representation is good – neither too intense nor too pale. Overall, the display is suitable not only for working but also for watching movies. Pixels are only visible when viewed at a small distance, which results in a fairly sharp representation.
One advantage is that you can control the display brightness in contrast to many other China laptops with a key combination. This is significantly more convenient and accurate than the control over e.g. The battery menu in the task list. Also to be mentioned are the rather slender bezels to the left and right of the display. These are only 1cm wide. The metal frame around the display closes exactly with the active area of the LCD panel. So there is no black frame around the display.
Onda Xiaomi 31: Keyboard
The black keyboard forms a nice contrast to the gold metal and has quite large keys with a pleasant stroke, which makes for a pleasant writing sensation. The pressure resistance of the buttons is neither too weak nor too high. The tip noise is pleasant and generally quite quiet. An annoying rattling is not present. A feather of the keyboard is not noticeable thanks to the stable housing.
At the beginning, the keyboard got a bit annoyed, as it always came to skipped attacks and also double attacks. After a while, however, this has been the case, but we can not quite explain why. Occasionally, the problems are still there, but not to a disruptive extent. Apparently, the keyboard has to go in once before it works correctly. Anyway, if you have similar problems, just wait.
As with all China laptops, you also have to live with a QWERTY keyboard on the Onda Xiaomi 31. We have exchanged the Z and Y buttons on our device. This is easily done by carefully prying off with a slotted screwdriver. Just push the button down in a corner and then gently rock at the opposite corner. It is important not to use too much force, as the mechanism might be damaged. If you want the other symbols to be correct, you need to get keyboard stickers. The familiar keyboard layout is achieved by activating the German keyboard layout.
Onda Xiaomi 31: Touchpad
The touchpad in the Onda Xiaomi 31 performs well but is limited to basic functions. The only multitouch gestures that are available are two-finger scrolling and two-finger tapping for a right-click. After all, these two features work well without failures. Overall, the touchpad is easy to use in everyday life. The accuracy is not at the top level but acceptable.
Somewhat disappointing are the hardware mouse buttons, which hide under the touch surface. Unfortunately, this can only be pressed at the very bottom and not over the entire surface. The buttons have hardly a haptic feedback, so you do not exactly feel whether you have pressed them or not.
Integrated into the touchpad (upper left) is a fingerprint sensor from Elan. This works excellently and has almost never misfired. Unlocking with the fingerprint sensor is the most convenient and fastest way to log in to Windows 10. Once you have used this feature, you do not want to miss it anymore. A short touch is enough and you are already registered.
Onda Xiaomi 31: Hardware & Performance
The Onda Xiaomi 31 is equipped with an Intel Celeron N3450 processor. This has four cores with a maximum of 2.2GHz clocks. Also on board is an Intel HD Graphics 500 GPU. The processor provides enough power for basic tasks. Word processing, surfing, viewing images and movies, checking emails and working with Excel (easier tables) is no problem and works well in multitasking. Windows 10 itself runs nicely. Also for the output of 4k content over the HDMI port is enough to the power available. The Google Chrome browser runs surprisingly smoothly and YouTube videos in Ultra HD are played smoothly. Easier games from the Windows Store are playable. Asphalt Xtreme ran very smoothly in the test with slightly reduced graphics settings. Gangster New Orleans was playable with reduced graphics settings but occasionally stuttered. The cooling of the processor has been solved well. The Onda Xiaomi 31 has a large metal plate that absorbs and distributes heat from the processor and memory chips. This works excellently and ensures that the temperature never reaches 70 ° C during charging and simultaneous use.
For the internal memory, one uses on MMC chips from Toshiba, which when reading a good data rate beyond the 250MB / s reach. When writing, unfortunately, with only 58MB / s not quite as good results are achieved. Pretty slow is the Micro SD card reader. Despite the use of a Class 10 card, we were only able to measure 19MB / s while reading and 13MB / s when writing. The two USB 3.0 ports achieve good speeds. With an external SSD, 400 MB / s was achieved during reading and 297 MB / s when writing. Unfortunately, only the right USB port can provide enough power for external hard drives and SSDs. On the left USB connection, a 2.5 “hard drive does not start and a 2.5” SSD fails as soon as data is written.
Onda Xiaomi 31: Software
The Onda Xiaomi 31 comes with Windows 10 Home 64-bit. The operating system is fully licensed and activated. The corresponding license key is stored in the UEFI and is automatically read out during a new installation. By default, the system comes in Chinese, but you can install additional languages. CECT shop is so friendly and installed the German language for its customers. We have not found malicious software on the Onda Xiaomi 31 and also Bloatware is not available. Access to the UEFI menu is possible. However, the start of other operating systems has not been successful.
The Onda Xiaomi 31 comes with Windows 10 Home 64-bit. The operating system is fully licensed and activated. The corresponding license key is stored in the UEFI and is automatically read out during a new installation. By default, the system comes in Chinese, but you can install additional languages. CECT shop is so friendly and installed the German language for its customers. We have not found malicious software on the Onda Xiaomi 31 and also Bloatware is not available. Access to the UEFI menu is possible. However, the start of other operating systems has not been successful. When trying to start Ubuntu, only a black screen appeared. Changing some UEFI settings did not change this.
Onda Xiaomi 31: Cameras
The 2MP webcam in the Onda Xiaomi 31 is only for video chats to use. Video recording jerks at the highest resolution strongly. If the resolution is reduced to 480p, it appears liquid.
Onda Xiaomi 31: Battery
The Onda Xiaomi 31 offers an impressive battery life. The laptop lasted with us the day-to-day operation for one day. We came with a battery charge on operating times between 7 and 9 hours, depending on display brightness and processor load. The average operating time was around 8 hours. Unfortunately, charging with 4 hours despite 3A power supply takes very long.
Onda Xiaomi 31: Conclusion
The Onda Xiaomi 31 is certainly a usable and well-engineered China laptop. The problem we see here, however, is the price. With around 299 €, the Onda Xiaomi 31 is not cheap. We would have wished for the price in addition to faster WLAN also a factory-built SSD. Whether the fingerprint sensor is worth the price against a jumper EZBook 3 Pro with AC-WLAN (the models are otherwise identical), everyone has to decide for themselves. Pricey more interesting is surely the model with Pentium processor, which offers, even more, performance and stands out more clearly from the competition.