Find a good notebook that offers the best value for money it's quite difficult because there are thousands of models on the market that differ in size, performance and materials, and that often manufacturers have the same model with additional variants. In a jungle of acronyms and technical features but we staff at XiaomiToday.it we were able to put our hands on the latest version of the notebook offered by Xiaomi, the 13.3 Mi Notebook Air with which I am writing this review, made possible as always by the store Gearbest.com which I thank for sending the sample.
We start from the sales package that encloses the Xiaomi notebook also one USB Type-C Charger with Asian socket (cable length approx. 150 cm), so we should have a European adapter. We also find a Chinese-language user manual with the certification for the guarantee and nothing else. The packaging itself is still pleasing to the eye as all the technical specifications of the product and the image of the same are shown on the front of the package.
The design of Mi Notebook Air 13.3 is very much elegant and sober. We do not find any logo except on the underside of the body where there is a large sticker with the logos Windows, NVIDIA and AKG partner for the creation of the notebook. Finally on the underside of the body we find 5 rubber goggles to raise the notebook from any surfaces avoiding scratches on the body and increasing the grip by avoiding accidental slippage, and are also present 7 year torks for the removing the panel and two small grids on the sides used for the stereo speaker as well as a larger one on the central part of the chassis used for the ventilation of the 2 internal fans connected to the copper heat pipe for heat dissipation.
The chassis is completely made of aluminum and the display opening is favored by one convenient groove on the front profile notebook and one large zipper that covers almost the entire width of the same. The handling of the material used for the Mi Notebook Air body makes it easy to get dirty as well as fingerprints are not captured.
Speaking apart is for the display that does not enjoy a great oleophobic treatment and therefore inevitably fingerprints and many of them will be imprinted on the screen. The display it is indeed a unity da 13.3 inches with IPS technology and resolution Full HD which covers around 80.1% of the available area, thanks to the adoption of reduced frames (5.59 mm) on the sides while the lower frame is more evident hosting the company logo. The upper frame instead incorporates a HD 1 megapixel webcam with two microphones and a small LED of white light that shows the use or not of the camera that in good light conditions is discreet both for video and for audio recording.
But let's go back to the display that offers a resolution Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels in 16 format: 9, density of PPI 166 and brightness of 300 nits. The technology adopted is of a type IPS Full Laminated which results in an excellent color rendition, well calibrated and really rewarding thanks to the contrasts of 600: 1. The blacks are deep and the colors in general are not altered even when we tilt the display to a maximum angle of 135 degrees supported by the excellent hinge that guarantees the stability of the notebook.
The visual experience is optimal above all to the dimensions in which the panel that enjoys one is offered scratch protection for a value of 7 Mohs, comparable to a Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which maybe results too reflective, penalizing the use of the outdoor Mi Notebook Air in conditions of intense brightness. I didn't carry out any tests (I'm not crazy) on the real scratch resistance but I can say that during the use in which the notebook was carried in a backpack no damage occurred, confirming also the excellent portability thanks to the weight content of only 1311 grams (0.90 x 21.10 x 1.48 cm measurements).
Below the display we find the keyboard with American layout but with the possibility of setting the Italian QWERTY as long as you remember the special characters accented by memory, even if on the market for a few euros there are kits of stickers specific to the Italian layout that can solve the inconvenience. The island keys have a reduced travel to 1.5 mm which results in a good feedback returned and a contained noise during use. The keyboard is also backlit with the possibility of turning this option on or off using the appropriate button (F10). The backlighting is uniform and without flickering, it has the right degree of illumination that allows a comfortable writing even at night. After 15 seconds of inactivity the backlight turns off automatically to switch back on when any key is pressed, while the only two keys that are always lit are the Power key and the Caps Lock if it has been activated.
To help the keyboard think about it the excellent trackpad with generous dimensions of 11 x 7 cm, which is fluid thanks to glass-like surface with which it is covered. All native Windows gestures can be exploited but the real peculiarity lies in theintegration of a fingerprint sensor located in the upper right corner of the trackpad. The recognition is practically instantaneous, with full compatibility with Windows Hello, and in all the time I used the Mi Notebook Air the imprint I registered was always recognized. This allows you greater security and privacy regarding the use of the PC as well as operations on Internet sites such as those of Home Banking.
On the left profile there is a door USB 3.0, a door HDMI and l 'jack input from 3.5 mm. On the right profile there is a door USB 3.0, Type-C USB port for data recharging and data exchange, and a small state LEDs which is activated during recharging by providing 3 colors: red light for low battery, orange light for the battery being charged and green light for the fully charged battery. Unfortunately there is no slot for inserting an SD or micro SD card.
The overall construction is really perfect and in fact there are no weaknesses in general and solidity is also assured by the good balance that returns the zipper allowing the display to not bend even when using the notebook resting on the legs.
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 offers more than complete connectivity, as we find the present WiFi module 802.11 b / g / n / ac Dual Band of Intel's AC-8260 model, e Bluetooth 4.1 module who enjoy excellent reception. The technical specifications enjoyed by the 13.3 Mi Notebook Air are: Intel Core i5-7200U processor with SkyLake architecture and clock frequency to 2.5 Ghz base with a maximum of 3.1 Ghz in Turbo Boost. A power that in daily use allows us to use the notebook without any compromise, in any situation without slowdowns or lag of any kind. But the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 can also be exploited for more delicate situations such as video rendering, obtaining equally satisfying performances and in any case in line with models of the same hardware configuration, considering a great rating if we render videos to 1080p while if we use the 2K / 4K then a decline in performance is more than physiological.
In any case, graphics are entrusted to Intel's integrated graphics card 620, also to the dedicated graphics card provided by NVIDIA GeForce MX150 model with GDDR5 technology and memory from 2 GB. All this is added 8 GB RAM of type DDR4 which operates on Single Channel at 2133 MHz 256 GB of Samsung SDD storage type PCIe accompanied by a M.2 SATA 2280 slot that is free, so we could add another memory safely given the absence of an SD card slot. Excellent performance when reading with values reached on 3096's CrystalDiskMark, while during writing the performances drop a hair to obtain a value of 1446. All this allows us to take advantage of the Xiaomi notebook also for gaming sessions, with more than good gameplay on condition that it is not too stressed and therefore with frame rate settings equal to 30 fps in Full HD and medium graphic details, while with games that require a greater commitment on the part of the CPU / GPU the indecision of the laptop begins to be felt. No problem with the classic games that can be found in the Windows store, but on the other hand the Mi Notebook Air 13.3 does not qualify as a gaming notebook.
Under stress the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 it tends to warm enough, returning a strong sense of warmth at the top of the keyboard while the CPU is not affected by this deficit neither in terms of temperature nor in terms of performance thanks to the large ventilation grille but also to the excellent management by Xiaomi. Overheating, although to a very small extent, is also noticeable when we use the notebook attached to the current, and in this situation the trackpad is subjected to the temperature increase, but still nothing annoying. It should also be noted that the fan becomes noticeably noisy in situations of stress, such as video rendering, nothing annoying but for information it is right to report it.
Apart from these drawbacks, we can enjoy an excellent audio compartment managed by a Realtek ALC255 sound card and a dual AKG speaker with 4W power overall. The volume is decidedly high and of good yield because thanks to the rubbers that raise the base of the notebook with respect to the surface on which it rests, the sound seems to almost reflect on the same reaching the user's ear with a good balance of the various listening frequencies . Sound quality can be emphasized by the Dolby Audio Premium software, which offers a more complete equalization based on the content we are listening to.
Finally we find a 40W battery with 578Wh / L density which allows the Xiaomi notebook to perform for about 6 hours with an average use such as office / internet, while if we exploit the performance of the Mi Notebook Air for video editing and gaming then autonomy drops to around 3 hours. However with around 40 minutes, using the supplied charger, I will get about 50% of charge while it will take 90 minutes for a full charge.
Part of the part maybe perhaps devoted to the operating system as it the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 will come to your home with Windows license in Chinese only so you have to get rid of it before using the technology jewel, but anyway in 1 you have now solved the problem since you can install a completely Windows 10 version in Italian following the help you find by clicking here, please also remember to install all the drivers. This will make the system fluid and snapping.
In conclusion, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 is definitely a great product as long as you are a bit aware of the users, given the above in the operating system. The Xiaomi notebook is valid in every aspect that is constructive, or performance, offered at a much lower price than the models from the same configuration. You can buy it at the store Gearbest.com thank you again and advise you for all your technology purchases made in China.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 is dedicated to those who look for performance, design and reliability while also enjoying a great portability thanks to their low weight. A truly winning choice in the now saturated landscape of notebooks of a thousand variants.
- GOOD PORTABILITY AND MATERIALS
- RELIABLE BENEFITS IN ANY SITUATION
- INTEGRATED IMPRESSION SENSOR IN THE TRACKPAD
- LAYOUT KEYBOARD NOT ENGLISH
- SLOT LOSS SD / MICRO SD CARDS
- WINDOWS NATIVE ONLY IN CHINESE LANGUAGE
- NO WATER WHEN WE STRENGTHEN THE NOTEBOOK