Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13 (2018) Review

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Now the second revision and 3rd model of the Mi Notebook Air 13 by Xiaomi. It’s been updated to the latest quad-core Kaby Lake R CPUs, the Core i5 8250U and the Core i7 8550U. The paint job now in deep grey like the Mi Notebook Pro 15.6″ version and improved cooling to handle the extra heat produced from 2 more cores. Other minor changes like improved keyboard key caps in a new black plastic and the touchpad is no longer a synaptic one but a Windows precision one.

Full detailed Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13 2018 video review below:

Also, check the Notebookcheck.com’s very in-depth and detailed written review (In German – use Chrome to translate)

01:16 – Internals 01:57 – Thermals 02:52 – Keyboard 03:51 – Touchpad 04:42 – Ports 05:52 – Screen 06:58 – Windows & Devices 09:06 – Benchmarks 12:29 – Audio 13:12 – Battery Life 14:19 – 4K Encoding Encoding 16:09 – Thermal Throttling 🙁 17:41 – Fan Noise 18:26 – Gaming 19:13 – Linux retest 19:47 – 4k Streaming 20:18 – Webcam & Mics 20:40 – Final Words

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13 (2018 model) spec:

  • Intel i5 8250U, quad-core max turbo 3.4Ghz
  • 8GB single channel RAM, 2400Mhz
  • 256GB Samsung PM961 SSD (OEM 960 Evo)
  • Intel Wireless AC 8265 (600Mpbs max)
  • Spare M.2 2280 SATA3 or NVMe SSD
  • 1.32 kilos, 14mm thin
  • Windows 10 Home in Chinese
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports
  • HDMI 1.4A out
  • Type-C USB 3.1 spec
  • 39Wh battery

Due to the move from dual core to quad core, the multi-core performance is up a good 35%, so if you must go for a 13.3″ laptop and you were eyeing up the 2017 Intel Core i5 7200U or u7 7500U model, it’s well worth the upgrade to get the 8th gen CPU instead. The keyboard is easier to see the letter now since the keycaps are now in black. And the plastics have improved, the touchpad is also better with the Windows precision drivers so overall it is a step up over the 2017 model.

However due to the RAM running in single channel config and not dual, poorer cooling, lower clocked Nvidia MX150 and a lower thermal throttling point of around 70 degrees C the 15.6″ inch Mi Notebook Pro is a much better choice. It has a better keyboard, better battery life, larger touchpad, better cooling thanks to two thermal heat transfer pipes (One for the GPU & one for the CPU) with two large fans, it’s a no-brainer. Unless of course, you find 15.6-inches too big and 1. 9 kilos too heavy.

Oh and the Mi Notebook Pro sells for cheaper even! See my Mi Notebook Pro reviewDon’t get me wrong it’s a great laptop, it just could have been better!

See the below gaming review to see how the Nvidia MX150 handles popular titles.

 

Good

  • Much faster than last years model
  • Improved thermals (4-5 degrees c less)
  • Slightly improved touchpad
  • Slightly Improved keyboard
  • Premium build, screen & sound
  • Super fast charging
  • Thin and light
  • New deep grey colour

Bad

  • Thermal throttling
  • More fan noise than the 2017 model
  • Slower than the same spec Mi Notebook Pro
  • Single RAM config, should be dual
  • Battery loses 3-4% when not in use per day
  • Battery life could be better
8.6

Great

Performance - 8.5
Design & Build Quality - 9
Screen - 8.5
Sound - 8.5
Conectivity - 8.5
Battery Life - 8.5

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