Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 Review

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review: specs and features

To date, the company Xiaomi has become a real concern, which produces not only smartphones, but also clothes, and even washing machines. However, until recently, in its “arsenal” there were no laptops, which generated a lot of rumors about their imminent release. And a month ago, Xiaomi actually showed range Mi Notebook Air, which consists of two models: the older 13.3-inch and younger with the 12.5-inch display. It is about Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review and will be discussed in our today’s review. Let’s take a look at his example, whether the company has turned out the first time to make a quality laptop.

Xiaomi Air 12 Laptop

Price: $469.99

12.5 inch IPS with 1920 x 1080 pixels, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 128GB SSD, 5000mAh battery, Intel Core m3-6Y30 Dual Core 0.9GHz

Xiaomi Air 12 Laptop

Price: $469.99

12.5 inch IPS with 1920 x 1080 pixels, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 128GB SSD, 5000mAh battery, Intel Core m3-6Y30 Dual Core 0.9GHz

Contents of delivery

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review delivered in a transport box of inexpensive cardboard, inside which you can find one more white with an image of the laptop.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review: specs and features

Packaging and its design immediately create an association with Apple products. And it is rather a compliment Xiaomi.

The whole package includes only the Mi Notebook Air 12,5 and USB Type-C battery charger.

Design and Materials

If the package Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review can be compared to the Macbook, the laptop itself, to honor designers Xiaomi, it reminds him only a few design elements. Hull form Mi Notebook Air more rectangular with only slightly rounded ends and sharp edges of the sidewalls.

On the laptop screen lid Xiaomi no inscriptions or logos, it seems the company wanted to create intrigue to the owners of Mi Notebook Air often asked what is behind their model. However, this design does not spoil, but on the contrary. And fans of labels is still more room.

Opens the housing cover with one hand, but do not rush to attribute this to the high-quality Xiaomi. the notebook weighs just 1,075 kg, and the first time you take it in hand, it becomes clear that, despite the aluminum case, the metal sheets are very thin.

This is confirmed by the fact that the body Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review pressed under the keyboard and the top of the touchpad. Accordingly, the display lid is opened with one hand is not so much due to the weight of the base body, but because of the easy lock the joint. Last, and therefore felt a little cranky.

It is possible that the active use of it after a while the worst may fix the display unit. However, it will become clear only after prolonged use. The rest, as the laptop for $ 600, at the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review excellent materials and assembly.

Let not without nuance, but even in the more expensive models are not so common all-metal body and screen covered with glass.

Connectors

Thickness 1.29 cm body allows Xiaomi install all the necessary modern laptop ports and even an SD card slot. Nevertheless, the company was limited to one HDMI port and one 3.5 mm mini-jack on the left side.

As well as one USB Type-C and one USB 3.0 on the right.

Compared with the Apple Macbook at Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review just a scattering of connectors, but hardly someone refused even from one port USB Type-C, at least in order to recharge while you can connect an external monitor or accessories.

Display

12.5-inch display Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review IPS matrix and has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels.

He has excellent viewing angles, minimum brightness – 6 cd / m2, the maximum – 309 cd / m2 and a contrast ratio of 1: 1256. By factory calibration there are some issues, notably shifted triangle, the most pronounced green color, and gamma with noticeable differences.

But given the performance hardly Mi Notebook Air 12,5 will be actively used to work with photos and videos, and for other tasks he has a good display.

Platform and Performance

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review built on the Intel platform with a 2-core processor Core M3-6Y30 900 MHz (2.2 GHz mode Turbo Boost), other than that, it does have 4 GB of DDR3 and SSD RAM 128 GB. As you can see, this is the basic configuration, but it has its advantages.

The use of low-voltage processor allowed Xiaomi do without the active cooling system. And the need for it was not, even under 100% load Intel Core M3-6Y30 temperature does not rise above 61 degrees Celsius, no throttling, and the body itself becomes barely warm.

The performance of a laptop with 4 GB of RAM at the same time enough for comfortable work in the Internet and documents. In the test, PCMark 8 Home is gaining 2897 points, which is a good result for such a configuration.

Intel HD Graphics Built-in Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review chart 515 is not designed for resource-intensive tasks. In the test 3DMark CloudGate 1.1 gaining 4586 points.

Samsung solid state drive ensures the production of notebook read speed at 496.8 MB / s and write 319.4 MB / s. This good performance.

In general, as we have written above, Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review is perfect for those who need a compact notebook that provides a quick work with websites and services, documents, as well as watching movies and listening to music.

Software

Powered Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review running Windows 10 Home operating system. Unfortunately, since the notebook is intended primarily for the Chinese market, Xiaomi saved and bought a license from Microsoft to the operating system with support for one language. As a result, the main elements of the Windows 10 interface on Mi Notebook Air 12,5 is only in Chinese, load a different language pack system does not allow. The web is full of a variety of hacks that supposedly allow work around this limitation, but having tried a few, I did not manage to change the language of the operating system at least to English. More simple, but expensive option is to upgrade to Windows 10 Home to the Pro version, which you can download any language packs. It will cost about $ 100. Apparently, before the release of the international version of Mi Notebook Air 12,5, domestic stores will offer either an option or a Chinese Windows 10. Of course, if they find another way to localize. But worse, if they demolish and put compromised denying the license and possibly to upgrade to Pro for half the price without the customer knowing the native operating system.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review: specs and features

As for the rest, in Windows 10 Home in Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review, anything from the regular version is no different. Xiaomi, you can even make a compliment, because apart from a utility that allows you to download drivers for the laptop, the system has no third-party software.

No anti-virus but built, test photo editors and the like, only clean Windows 10.

Sound

At the bottom of the housing Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review sticker emblazoned with the logos of AKG and Dolby Audio Premium.

This gaming laptop is really good. But most amazing of all, not only in the headphones, and external speakers, which proved to be very loud for such a small device.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Island-type keyboard occupies almost the entire width in the base housing. Keys turned out quite large with good spacing and a distinct way, which is ultra-compact laptops becoming shorter.

However, due to limited space 12.5-inch form factor, Xiaomi Delete key had to be moved and to reduce the navigation key up and down. But the speed of typing is not affected.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review: specs and features

The keys have the same level of illumination. They are clearly highlighted in the dark, but not so bright to irritate eyes.

The touchpad from Synaptics in Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review has a rectangular shape, it is perfectly calibrated, and both appearance and feel of the work resemble a touchpad in a Macbook. He also understands to 5 simultaneous touches and gestures support.

Autonomy

Built-in Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review battery has a capacity of 5000 mAh. The Xiaomi said that it is enough for 11.5 hours of work, but in practice, if not to lower the brightness to a minimum and does not go into power saving mode, it turns out 7-8 hours. In PCMark 8 Home test under high load and maximum brightness the notebook lasted 4:00 23 minutes.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review: specs and features

Charging Mi Notebook Air 12,5 port USB Type-C, a full charge takes at the same time for 2 hours.

Pros: design, materials, dimensions and weight, display, silent operation, loud speakers, comfortable touchpad and keyboard autonomy
Cons: The display hinge does not look strong, so far only the Chinese Windows 10

Conclusion

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 review – this is the first notebook from a Chinese company Xiaomi. And despite the fact that she was not used to the experience of creating such devices, this model is definitely worth considering. In the best traditions of Xiaomi, Mi Notebook Air 12.5 please User good housing materials, good performance, autonomy, ergonomics and, of course, a relatively affordable price. Perhaps with the further active use of the laptop may have problems with the hinge, it does not look very much reliable. Nevertheless, the overall build quality pleases. And here’s what you need to be ready with the purchase Mi Notebook Air 12,5 from China, so it is a Windows 10 Home alone with the Chinese language.

Xiaomi Air 12 Laptop

Price: $469.99

12.5 inch IPS with 1920 x 1080 pixels, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 128GB SSD, 5000mAh battery, Intel Core m3-6Y30 Dual Core 0.9GHz

Xiaomi Air 12 Laptop

Price: $469.99

12.5 inch IPS with 1920 x 1080 pixels, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 128GB SSD, 5000mAh battery, Intel Core m3-6Y30 Dual Core 0.9GHz