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    My Air 12.5 (2017 version, m3-7y30, 4Gb, 128 Gb) came in and installing a fresh Win 10 Pro ( a 3 dollar key from ebay) through the media creation tool (USB) was an absolute breeze. All drivers got automatically installed when activating the Windows updates after first install. The only drivers I installed manually were the Synaptic Touchpad driver and the Dolby driver, both from the 2016 version and it worked flawlessly.

    This laptop is absolutely beautiful and a joy to use. No fans is just fantastic. I don’t think I can go back to mechanically vented laptops ever again.

    The Sata 3 SSD is fast enough for me, very quick boots and app handling. The multi touch gestures on the touchpad make a real difference.

    The laptop appears fast enough for light gaming. The 2015 (Steam) 3d platform running game “Action Henk” runs great +40 fps, brilliant!

    One downside so far: the charger has not got a proprietary Australian power plug and attaching the top heavy ‘brick’ to an AU plug adapter is tedious.

    I will source an AU replacement charger to overcome the plug sagging from the wall outlet.

     

    Otherwise, for 620 Australian Dollar, this laptop is an absolute winner, in my opinion.

     

    #70346

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    Thanks Chris, that would be great 🙂

    #70261

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    Does anyone know where to download the drivers for the 12.5 Mi Notebook Air m3-7y30 (2017 Edition)?

     

    The only drivers I can find are for the old m3-6y30 (2016 edition) here:

    http://en.miui.com/thread-318018-1-1.html

     

    I know Chris has uploaded the drivers for the new 2017 core i-5 fingerprint edition, was that by extracting his own drivers from the machine or through a download link?

    #70185

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    Thanks Chris,

    That Havit hub looks interesting, though quite pricey.

    The one I ordered for 6 dollars (link above) states it has PD charging, so once it arrives (prolly 3 weeks from China) I will let you know if passthrough charging actually works.

    I realise there can be quite a quality difference in anything that concerns type-c , so fingers crossed. As long as it does not damage any internals , I am fine to experiment.

    #70155

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    Ha! That last post was necessary as I was already scratching my head to how the hell I was going to get through that Chinese installation . (I was not prepared to close my eyes and gamble click on the options :))

    #70120

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    Thanks. I like this method as it appears legal. Not so much with using an eBay win 10 key.

    #70119

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    Thanks for the link!

    the 2017 Core M3 model actually got down to 489.99 USdollar (620 Australian Dollar for me) and I jumped straight on to it and ordered .

    I find this a better buy than the Apollo Lakes (Ezbook 3 Pro, Chuwi Lapbook 12 etc) for only 150 dollars more. And it will be shipped by DHL without extra cost, bonus!

    i always considered the Xiaomi notebooks to be too pricey, but a discount like this makes it worth it. If those Chinese websites (Gearbest and the likes ) would just consistently advertise their lowest price instead of playing the silly discount/flash sale game, they would sell way more volume imo.

    #18287

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    The WiFi on my air iii seems to work quite well. Had some hickups but resolved as I had an app that when closed still ran in the background and was disabling intermittently the wlan connection. It was the YouTube for kids app.

    #18258

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    In my opinion your best bet to replace an i7 laptop is to go for a Microsoft Surface 4 and pick the i5 version (not sure if there is an i7). The Chinese 2 in ones don’t compare to the quality. But if it is just as a spare one, the Chuwi Vi10 still is a great cheap option with a decent keyboard option. It is a year old now so not comparable to i5/i7 in terms of power at all,but good for basic consuming and lower end productivity (Word etc..)

     

     

     

    #17810

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    I totally get what you say. Gearbest is blacklisted for me, though I still give the others a chance.

    But I only order when I am assured it is in stock right now. And if it goes one day over the expected shipping day I take the necessary steps as described above and order elsewhere.

    #17521

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    I’ve opened a dispute on paypal and today I’ve had my money back. Obviously I will never order again from GearBest

    I stopped using Gearbest as well, they are not trustworthy.

    Tip for people that want to open a paypal claim for chargeback:

    The smart way to go about this is :

    1. Respond to Gearbest that you don’t want the order to be sent any longer as you bought/will buy somewhere else. They breached sales agreement by not shipping within expected time.
    2. “Escalate” your Paypal claim immediately, don’t wait.

    If you don’t do these steps, Gearbest will just take the time to still send the order weeks or even a month later as the Paypal claim is still running.

    Don’t go along with that and immediately escalate the claim as that will still take a couple of weeks before it is resolved. But you will win and get your money back.

    The ground of your claim escalation will be:

    1. breach of sales agreement as the expected shipping date is not respected and you had to resort to buying elsewhere.

    You have to notify Gearbest not to send the order any longer.

     

    #17520

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    Avoid Pre-orders or Pre-sales. It makes you pay upfront and the expected date is dubious.

    You’re much better of waiting for the moment that the item is actually in stock and order then.

    By that time, the chance is that price will go down anyway. Remember the rule for chinese shopping: prices never go up, only down.

    If you want to order a Mi Pad 2 that is actually in stock and you want to reveive it within a week, go with Vickmall.com and use DHL.

    Always ask if an item is really in stock for each vendor you buy from, it saves you a lot of hassle. Ps: just checked, Vickmall has the Mi Pad 2 in stock, but just send them an e-mail to ask to confirm.

    I ordered my Redmi Note 2 Prime from them and got it in less than 5 days from ordering and using DHL. They don’t have the big assortment of products like Gearbest, but they seem much more trustworthy.

    Avoid gearbest if you can, they are not to be trusted and take you for a fool. Does “Just give it another 2-3 days” response ring a bell?

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