Xiaomi Mi Air 12.5 Laptop Review – first-rate Chinese scoop




In summary
Xiaomi’s first laptop showing no setback. The 12.5 “laptop is compact but has a good screen, quite fast hardware and a long battery life of nine hours during browsing. In addition, the laptop offers the unique possibility to place a second M2-SSD. The laptop had firmer may be we missed an sD card reader, but these are trifles when you look at the low price of 470 euros. That’s immediately a thorny issue, because the price is China. the laptop is not officially sold in Europe and import can a lot more expensive. Moreover, obtaining warranty is also a problem.

Possibility for second M2-ssd
Long battery life
M3 relatively fast processor
Low (Chinese) price
Negative points
no reader
Officially only in China for sale
final Verdict
Tweakers zegt: 8,5
Price for publication: € 470, –
Tested version: Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 ”
There was a time when China was seen as the country where all our hardware is manufactured, but not designed. That image changed, among other things thanks to the china phones “, which successfully entered into the competition with the well-known American, Korean and Japanese brands. One of those Chinese brands Xiaomi, which has become known to us with power banks and smartphones. That was not all, because in the summer of 2016 brought the company its first laptop from: Mi Air notebook. The air is getting in two versions, which are currently only bought in China. Nevertheless, we were wondering what Xiaomi its first laptop has fried and when we got the chance to borrow the 12.5 “model for review, we did not have to think.

Xiaomi Mi Air Notebook 12.5

Mississippi Air Notebook 12.5 is a compact laptop with a 12.5 “screen, metal housing and m3 Core processor. The price in China is 3499 yuan, equivalent to about 470 euros, but officially the laptop is not sold outside China . Obviously there websites that send to Europe, but then you’re more lost about 100 euros. you enter, you will also find an additional 21 percent VAT on on to count the unit in the Netherlands, that the price at 700 euro can walk. If you’re in China, then pick saves itself so a lot of money.


The designers have Xiaomi Mi Notebook opted for a sleek, minimalist design that seems inspired by various US laptops. The aluminum unibody design makes naturally think of the MacBooks from Apple, but the short rounding the corners offer similarities with Microsoft’s Surface Book. Finally, Xiaomi has the screen edges into thin and we saw the first course on Dell XPS 13. The Xiaomi logo shines only in the bottom of the screen, because the back of the screen logo free.

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All this provides a laptop with the appearance of an ultrabook, but a number of misses is still in the design, you, judging from the appearance, would not expect. The metal casing is not as strong in every place, and if you touch the metal edge between the keyboard and touchpad, the whole housing springs in. The same happens when you press with a reasonably firm stop typing or if you are hard on the touchpad.

Another point is the pivot of the screen. That should provide more resistance when opening and closing. The screen has rapidly tend to wobble back and forth, for example, due to vibration caused by typing. Even if you have changed the tilt of the screen if it is for a while in front of and behind wobble. Jump careful with your laptop, these are no major problems, but if the firmness is already not great now, you may wonder how it is when you use it for a year.

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We called the housing already minimal and you can also say the connections that the laptop is provided. On the left you will find an HDMI and a mini jack connector, while on the right are two USB ports, both on maximum 5Gbit / s work. The USB-C connector is used to charge the laptop, but you can use the gate also to using one, not supplied, hubje expand the connections. Basically, you need enough to have four terminals, but who ever photographed, an SD card reader will surely miss fast.

Keyboard and touchpad

Mississippi Air Notebook 12.5 is a small laptop, the base Fold open a tight centimeters thick, while the width is 29 centimeters to fill. The latter offers enough space to use full-sized keys, and only the keys on the far left and right, such as tab and backspace, have become narrower to get it entirely appropriate.

It is therefore, as with many thin laptops, the vertical space that determines the typing comfort. Due to lack of space Xiaomi has designed a keyboard with flat keys and little travel. We prefer keys with a slightly curved surface and a lot of travel, but thin laptops is that a utopia. Its kind Mi Air Notebook 12.5 makes it not too bad and dabs give a clear feedback. Do you have a strong attack, the keyboard turns to spring into something while typing. On keyboard lighting is also thought and which can be switched in two positions: on and off.

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For the touchpad Xiaomi has opted for a copy of Synaptics, where your fingers glide easily over which recognizes multitouch movements well. If you mouse keys ever used, it appears that the laptop still had to use more strength. The housing bounces over it, so you also see the keyboard to move along a bit. Along with the wobbly screen, it seems that we are concerned that Xiaomi Mi for a next-generation notebook some extra attention should pay to build quality.

We thank kanem0chi for the loan of his Mi Air Notebook 12.5, which include sale is Bang Good .


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