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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12 Re-Review 4 months On

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12 Re-Review 4 months On

For around 4 months I’ve been using the Mi Notebook Air 12.5″ version as my travel and secondary PC hooked up via my PC monitor. So after 4 months are there any serious issues? Build quality still good and holding up? Below is the re-review, it comes just in time as Xiaomi are due to announce a new Xiaomi Mi Notebook version tomorrow. Some claim it’s a Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro with 4G, possible Kaby Lake CPU and 4k screen, guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

So all-in for the price I think it’s a great notebook that’s holding up well. What I enjoy is the fact it’s light at only 1.1 kilos, thin and the battery lasts for around 6-7 hours if I don’t over do it with the brightness or run10 tabs in Chrome. The build is great very good for the price and the only minor issue is the last 10-20 degrees of the hinge seems to be a little looser than when I first got it.

It is designed to be loose so you can open the lid with one hand, but a little tighter would be nice. The Mi Notebook is now also cheaper than when I first got it. $499 for the Core M3 model (reviewed here) And then $739 for the more powerful 13.3″ Core i5 / Nvidia 940MX version.

Video tech reviewer and tech blogger. I have a huge interest in the latest tech, tablets, laptops, mobiles, drones, and even e-scooters. Active in the tech community since 2008 days of the Omnia i900 Windows phone. Samsungi8910omnia.com, Samsunggalaxysforums.com founder from way back.


  1. Chris, I’m curious if you have attempted to boot from the secondary drive slot with the samsung ssd? i watched all the videos for this machine but can’t seem to find where you load an OS on the 2nd drive and booted from it.

    • Yes, I did. I’m running the Samsung SSD as the boot drive. Loaded Windows 10 on it. The 128GB SSD is just for storage now.

  2. I ‘d liked to change the battery of my Xiaomi Air 12. Who knows where I can order it (same power or more i.e 10.000 mAh).

  3. Thanks!

  4. hi chris – where did you get that USB C hub from? been trying to find one in that form factor with power delivery, SD card and usb ports….

    Does it have micro-SD port as well?

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