In the past days we have proposed the Full review the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5, or the version "and "light", too"Of the new ultrabook with which the company has entered the market. Today, however, we analyze the variant of high-end, Or the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3.
What are the differences with the previous model? First of all the dimensions, as can be seen from the name, but above all the configuration hardware, based on the most performing Intel Core i5.
But we do not waste any more time and move on to ours Full review.
Lo Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 It is available for purchase on the Italian store TopResellerStore at a price of 999 €.
La equipment of the sales package of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 is identical to that seen on the PC we have already reviewed, namely:
- Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air;
- USB Type-C charger with Asian plug;
- user manual in Chinese with warranty certification.
On the carton of the package, then, we find the technical specifications of the device and other data related to the product. To be noted the presence ofadapter All European outlets, provided in this case by TopResellerStore.
Construction and design
Aesthetically the Mi 13.3 Notebook does not change in any way compared to the model from 12.5 ", With l 'assenza of any logo, a choice that I personally can not criticize, as it gives back a feeling elegance e minimal.
Furthermore, we must consider that in China, or where the product is officially available, it is possible to have a laser engrave custom logo, just as Apple did with old iPods.
We are also talking about a device of greater dimensions, to be precise 309.6 x 210.9 x 14.8 mm portability results very good, thanks also to a weight di 1.28 kg, after all content (even if not record).
The opening of the display is favored by a convenient one groove, very similar to what is seen on the various MacBook of Apple. The same goes for the coloring Silver used.
Very good l'assembly of the chassis in aluminum here present, which returns a good feeling to the touch, suffering, however, of the same problem reported on the minor model, or the little oleophobicity and the consequent propensity to get dirty.
At the bottom, besides the double speaker, let's see i 5 rubberized feet, which offer a good grip, but not great. Since we are not talking about a fanless device as for the other variant, there is the grid aeration for the 2 fans internal services, to which theheatpipe in copper that takes care of the dissipation. The noisiness it is relatively low, because they are activated only during gaming or pushed multitasking.
Opening the notebook we see the display IPS da 12.5 inches Full HD characterized by one Screen ratio dell '80.1%, thanks to reduced frames sideways only 5.59 mm, unlike the more evident lower frame, which houses the Xiaomi logo.
In the upper part, however, the place is located HD webcam da 1 mega-pixels, flanked by two microphones and from a little one Activity LEDs.
Keyboard and trackpad
In addition to the display we see the keyboard with island keys and one race abbastanza reduced (1.5 mm) but enjoyable in use thanks to the good feedback returned in use, in addition to a noise contained. The setting is the American QWERTY, even if Italian QWERTY can be set (provided you know the keyboard well).
Good la backlight, activated by the appropriate button, uniform and free of bleeding, even if it is deactivates automatically after approx 15 seconds of inactivity, and then re-light as soon as you press a button. The only 2 keys that remain always on I'm the key Power and the Caps Lock (if activated).
With a size of approx 11 x 7 cm, trackpad results very fluid in use, thanks to the surface in glass-like which allows an excellent sliding of the fingers, both for the cursor that for the use of the various gestures usable.
In addition to the hardware compartment, the dimensions also change: the display is a unit from 13.3 inches with resolution Full HD 1920 × 1080 pixels in format 16:9, density of PPI 166 and a brightness of 300 nits.
The panel remains the excellent unit IPS Full Laminated seen on the previous variant: the chromatic range è well calibrated, balanced but at the same time vivid, in addition to offering a contrast of 600:1. Although we are not talking about an AMOLED unit, i neri are deep and not very inclined to lighten even by tilting the display.
The resolution adopted in Full HD a 1920 x 1080 pixel is a good choice on this diagonal, being able to offer avisual experience without too much compromise, all in favor ofautonomy.
L'viewing angle results very satisfying, allowing to be able to angular the display in the desired position without altering the chromatic range. In this regard, it results well done il tilt mechanism of the display, guaranteeing a steady stability at any angle you position it, up to a maximum of 135 °.
But in this regard it is worth mentioning aexcessive reflectivity due to glass protective of the display, visually very nice, because edge-to-edge, but which penalizes the outdoor use of the notebook underneath sunlight medium / intense. The values of brightness minima e maxim (about 300 and 18 lux), the latter affected, however, by the aforementioned problem.
With regard to the scratch resistance, the company declares a value of 7 Mohs, comparable on paper to Gorilla Glass 4. During our use there were no damages of this nature, considering that the notebook was transported for several days in a backpack.
Performance and gaming
Going to the technical specifications of the device, as anticipated the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 it is based on the processor Intel Core i5 6200U, solution on architecture Skylake made with a production process a 14 nm.
Are present two physical cores characterized by technology HyperTrading, which therefore allows you to have four logical threads, accompanied by 3 MB cache and from TDP di 15 Watt (configurable between 7.5 and 25 Watt). The base clock frequency is of 2.3 GHz up to a maximum of 2.7 GHz in Turbo Boost.
La power provided by the SoC is excellent in everyday use, without running into slowdowns even using Chrome with different tabs open. In phase of video rendering le performance obtained are on line with models with the same configuration: good regarding rendering in 1080pwhile if you go up in 2K / 4K it is evident a decline in performance, which is more than natural for this endowment.
Another difference concerns the graphic sector, since we have a dedicated GPU on board NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with technology GDDR5 and memory of 1 GB, characterized by a clock of 1122 MHz up to a maximum of 1242 MHz in Boost and a minimum of 384 MHz. Present the support to DirectX 12, OpenGL and ai H265 / HVEC codec.
The installed RAM amounts to 8 GB of type DDR4 and operates in Single Channel a 2133 MHz. Also in this case, despite the support up to a maximum of 32 GB from the processor, the RAM is not è expandable due to PC welding.
Moving on to storage, we find a SSD Samsung PM951 from 256 GB PCIe x4 NVMe, accompanied by one M.2 SATA 2280 slot free. The performance offered by this unit are very good in reading but fall during the writing phase.
View the configuration higher-end hardware respect to the younger brother, but above all the integration of the Dedicated GPU, one of the probably most interesting aspects of this handset are the actual potential in the Gaming.
Playing heavy titles, such as GTA V, you can get one gameplay more than good which will allow it to be fixed frame rate a 30 fps in Full HD a medium / low details (lower than average).
However, with more recent games and it will be necessary to lower the resolution a 720p not to run into annoying frame rates. If you switch to games casual and decidedly lighter you do not have no problem, being able to safely set up resolution e details al maximum level.
That said, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook 13.3 is a machine that, yes, allows the Gaming, but he does not excel in this area. Basically, if you are looking for a gaming laptop, this is by no means the right choice.
Temperatures and autonomy
Let's start by saying that yes, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook 13.3 it's a notebook that warm enough. In fact, during the most excited gaming phases, they are reached 80-85 ° C, therefore after several minutes of average / intense gaming you will start to warn heat also on the upper part of the keyboard, with peaks of 40 / 45 ° C: it is definitely recommended to use a controller.
Looking at the positive side, fortunately this does not affect the performance of the CPU, since I have not noticed practically no mention of thermal throttling, neither during daily use nor during the benchmark phase, a symptom of excellent management by Xiaomi. To be affected by these temperatures is instead the GPU, whose clock in the gaming phase undergoes a decline from 933 MHz about 750 MHz.
To be reported a overheating in phase of recharge, not excessive but present, of the part of the shell at the touchpad and of where they rest their hands, since the battery it is housed in that section. There is also to say that it is a product designed primarily to be used disconnected from the current, but it is right to report it.
As for the autonomy of this Xiaomi Mi Notebook 13.3, it is guaranteed by a battery 40 W with a density of 578 Wh / L.
With a utilization medium / light of the laptop, that is with browsing and brightness to 50% and opening some light app every now and then, you can reach about 6 hours of autonomy. With a intense use and undergoing Gaminginstead, the autonomy practically halved, going down to approx 3 hours of autonomy.
As for the recharge, however, the values declared by the company are confirmed, with approx 40 minutes to reach the 50% e 90 minutes for a full charge.
Multimedia and software
The audio compartment is managed by a sound card Realtek ALC255 and one doppio AKG speaker. Seen the output from 4W overall, this Mi Notebook is an excellent choice for those who want a laptop that does not necessarily need to be combined with external speakers, given the volume definitely high.
However, the lower positioning, moreover, where we place our hands in the process of typing, it causes the audio to appear slightly muffled while we are just writing. Nothing serious, thanks to power of speaker, which manage to make up for this.
Beyond these aspects, the qualitative yield è Above average, even if we are not talking about a level that would replace a classic 2.1 desk system. The frequency range è well reproduced while watching video o light music, but already listening to audio tracks with many tools you notice them limitations, because the frequencies basse ed old they are not full-bodied and crystalline (even if they are present).
In our software comes Dolby Audio Premium, which offers a equalizer to shape the sound to the eventuality and some presets depending on the content we are about to take advantage of.
As regards the software the same considerations made in the last review are valid, given that by default the Mi Notebook comes with an original copy of Windows 10 in Chinese.
It will therefore be necessary to obtain an Italian copy of the operating system to be installed and solve this defect. THE drivers are all present onlineso you will not have any problems like this. Having done this, the CANTONI result fluid e bug free of any kind (as long as you install a genuine version of the OS).
Connectivity side is a form Intel AC-8260 Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n / ac Dual Band, From more than good reception, is Bluetooth 4.1, which did not give me any problem.
Of note the presence of the HD webcam da 1 mega-pixels and a double microphone integrated. If the sound quality results more than enough, you can not say the same for that video, since the frame rate of the webcam it drops dramatically in conditions of low light.
The available inputs differ because, in addition to the door USB Type-C for charging / transferring data, there is one additional USB port, together with the door USB 3.0, an exit HDMI 1.4 and admission mini-jack by 3.5 mm.
We are talking about an addition more than appreciated, as the thickness allows it. Too bad for theassenza of a reader SD.
At present, this Xiaomi Mi Notebook 13.3 represents a ottimo prodotto regarding the Asian market, given the price of 4999 yuan, about 660 € at the current exchange rate, far from the 999 € necessary to take it home here Italy.
Without bringing up the obvious discourse related to assistance, these figures can be found alternative with equivalent configuration, just think ofAsus Zenbook, which, moreover, is not affected by problems related to warranty, software and keyboard.
Ultimately, we are talking about a product very valid from the technical point of view, but that, for one reason or another, it is not palatable to our users, if not to that fringe of passionate of brand in question or more generally of the technology who want to try something new in the PC landscape. Definitely a price drop on our market would make the purchase more recommended.
Lo Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 It is available for purchase on the Italian store TopResellerStore at a price of 999 €.
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