Notebook Xiaomi Mi Air 13.3 liked not only the high-quality screen and cool performance, but excellent mobility. Although there are some comments on this model.
The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is currently represented in Russia by many products. First of all, of course, we are talking about excellent smartphones, but there are also fitness trackers, robotic vacuum cleaners, as well as Smart-Home accessories. Xiaomi also produces laptops, although they are still not in the official European versions. Therefore, some sellers import American options, among which Xiaomi Mi Notebook Mi Air 13.3 (56MiA38511D3D / GL) is also offered in our country . Signs of import are manifested primarily in the US keyboard layout: different key layouts (QWERTY) and their shape (single-line ENTER button).
Those who are already convinced of the quality of products from Xiaomi can get an elegant and high-quality laptop with good hardware for about 65,000 rubles. The Chinese have chosen the part of the name “Air” known for Apple’s model line for nothing: the Mi Air 13.3 is made emphasized thin, in an aluminum case of excellent workmanship, which gives wonderful tactile sensations. At the same time, the upper part of it is completely smooth, unlike most other manufacturers, Xiaomi did not even place its logo there. Of course, Xiaomi Mi Air 13.3 looks like a lot of current mid-range and high-end laptops, but there is nothing wrong with that.
Good performance but misleading graphics chip
The performance of Xiaomi Mi Air 13.3 is good, but this model still cannot play in the same league with the participants in our rating of laptops worth more than 500 euros. On what the Chinese manufacturer saved. The eighth-generation mobile processor from Intel, the Core i5-8250U, is pretty attractive and does its job well. 8 GB of RAM in this price segment are almost standard, allowing applications to work quickly and without problems. And finally, there is a dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics chip, which at first glance promises an increase in performance.
However, there is one problem: there are two versions of the Nvidia GeForce MX150 – and which one is built into your laptop, you will not recognize as a buyer. Only with the help of hardware analysis utilities can we see that there is an “energy-efficient” version of the graphic chip, similar to the Max-Q versions of GTX- and RTX-chips. This alternative MX150 with the designation “1D12” has lower clock speeds and memory speeds. Because of this, performance is 20 percent lower compared to the “standard” chip. And this “slow” chip is installed in Mi Air.
The influence of this circumstance is not immediately noticeable, since the processor provides solid performance in both multimedia and office applications. Nevertheless, anyone who thinks that a dedicated graphics chip is an invitation to gaming will be surprised: as the results of our tests show, in PC games you will be offered 20 percent fewer frames per second than actually expected from the MX150. Some trade-offs will have to endure when working in areas such as graphics processing. Basically, the Mi Air’s performance is good, but you get a little less than what is advertised.
Bright display with good performance
The 13.3-inch display of Xiaomi Mi Air 13.3 has many positive aspects and in quality is in the upper third of our respective rating. The IPS-LC panel is convincing with its stable viewing angles, that is, the maximum values of the vertical and horizontal angles from which you can look at the screen and still observe acceptable contrast. The maximum brightness of the panel with its 301 cd / m2 is very good, the chess contrast in 188: 1 is also solid.
The sRGB color space display with its 92 percent is good, and Adobe-RGB’s expanded color space is covered at an acceptable 71 percent. If you do not plan to engage in professional graphics processing, you will not need more. Full-HD resolution (1920 × 1080 pixels) on the 13.3-inch diagonal provides a good density of image points and a clear picture. But the touch input on the flashing LC panel is out of the question. In general, the display earned us a rating of “good.”
Small drive and not enough interfaces
Rather, we were less pleased with the equipment. Here, Xiaomi Mi Air 13.3 was almost awarded the “enough” rating, but it was too much for us. But it was all satisfactory. A 256-gigabyte SSD is good, but nothing more: there is no additional HDD, no optical drive, no SD-slot for memory cards. If 256 GB is not enough, you will have to connect an external hard drive via USB. But here the following problem awaits.
In addition to two Type-A USB-3.0 interfaces, although there is one USB Type-C port here, he has to take off, as they say, for three: the Mi Air battery is also charged through it. Thus, if the device is connected to the mains, the interface will be busy. Among other things, thanks to DisplayPort support, an external monitor should also be connected through the same port, in all other cases you will have to use HDMI. In addition, the interface should be free for the most rapid exchange of data with peripheral devices. All in all, a single USB Type-C will be inconvenient.
Wireless communication is provided by the 802.11ac WLAN module, as well as Bluetooth 4.1. There is no connector for a network cable here. A headphone and microphone jack, as well as a 1-megapixel webcam complete the equipment list. As an operating system, Windows 10 Home is installed. Xiaomi Mi Air 13.3 refers to that part of mid-range and high-end laptops that offer only the “most important” in the field of equipment. At the same time, as few interfaces as possible should take on as many tasks as possible. But this leads to the appearance of such “bottlenecks”, which we assess negatively.
In addition to the already mentioned American keyboard layout with a different shape and arrangement of keys, the ergonomics of Xiaomi Mi Air 13.3 are nothing significantly worse. Although the surface of the keyboard buttons is a little slippery and the height of the free movement of the keys is not large enough, the force to counter pressing is clear and everything is fine with typing sensations. But there is not enough separate digital unit. The touchpad has a smooth surface that gives good tactile sensations, but there are no dedicated mouse buttons. By the way, a fingerprint scanner is integrated into the touchpad.
Under full load, the device behaves very quietly and does not emit extraneous noise. The overall quality of the case, as already mentioned, is very high – even when transporting the laptop makes an impression of very stable. The display opens without problems with one hand. Thus, only because of the “imported” features, the device receives a rating of only “satisfactory”. Nevertheless, you can work on Mi Air well.
Autonomy could be better
Being a 13-inch laptop with a thin and compact design and a small weight of 1.3 kg, Xiaomi Mi Air is suitable as a practical everyday companion. The battery life does not look so good, but still it can be considered satisfactory. A 40 Wh battery has a small size, so during a “video” test the laptop lasted 06 hours 28 minutes, and with a simulated workload – 4 hours 13 minutes. These are average indicators, this model from Xiaomi cannot be compared with 9- and 6-hour champions. Nevertheless, for mobility she receives a rating of “good” from us.
Too high cost
In the field of smartphones, Xiaomi regularly shines with super-value for money. An imported Xiaomi Mi Air 13.3 laptop, which is not really designed for the Russian market, this feat is not given. Mi Air at the time of testing is available at a price of about 65,000 rubles, and even then in limited quantities. Ultimately, the above cost for the proposed characteristics is also quite high. For the price-performance ratio, in our respective rating, Mi Air receives an “acceptable” rating.
Notebook Xiaomi Mi Air 13.3 during our test tests showed outstanding results in many areas. Cool performance, 13.3-inch high-quality display, we were satisfied with the mobility. However, some limitations should be noted in the form of a somewhat poor equipment and ergonomics. In fact, the Xiaomi laptop was not intended for the European market, so the keyboard has a US layout. In addition, this Chinese device is quite expensive.