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Xiaomi Air 12 Laptop @Banggood for £398.22
Xiaomi Air 12 Laptop @Banggood for £398.22

Xiaomi Air 12 Laptop @Banggood for £398.22

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Xiaomi Air 12 laptop with a 12.5" screen promotion deal is on bang good ends in 2 days. Laptop usually is upwards of £470 very good sleek and nice specs for the price! Comes with Chinese Windows 10 can be converted to English but fresh install offEnglish OS the better option.

Original Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air Windows 10 12.5 Inch Intel Core M3-6Y30 Dual Core 4GB RAM 128GB SATA SSD FHD 1920*1080 Bluetooth 4.1 Laptop

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Need to be careful and be sure that have understood the wording, in relation to the OS supplied. Comes with Windows 10 Home Chinese. Can convert the language to English, but the software will not have a valid activation code.

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TheAVJunky

Need to be careful and be sure that have understood the wording, in … Need to be careful and be sure that have understood the wording, in relation to the OS supplied. Comes with Windows 10 Home Chinese. Can convert the language to English, but the software will not have a valid activation code.



Cheers new enough to posting on HUKD just edited there now

Anyone have one of these?

I have been looking at this.. Good solid reviews and the build quality is apparently very good. worth noting the customs charges though and if anything goes wrong I would imagine the warranty would be worthless.

Heat btw

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Dabstar

I have been looking at this.. Good solid reviews and the build quality is … I have been looking at this.. Good solid reviews and the build quality is apparently very good. worth noting the customs charges though and if anything goes wrong I would imagine the warranty would be worthless.



​I have been buying Xiaomi products for 2 years and if I'm honest I don't imagine me jumping ship soon all their phones and little gadgets are very cheap and excellent quality! Can't say much about the laptops but I will be purchasing one soon

Whats the weight? and is it upgradeable at all ? (I doubt it)
Looks like an ripoff of the Asus Tai Chi ?
Edited by: "GwanGy" 11th Mar

mickab1994

​I have been buying Xiaomi products for 2 years and if I'm honest I don't … ​I have been buying Xiaomi products for 2 years and if I'm honest I don't imagine me jumping ship soon all their phones and little gadgets are very cheap and excellent quality! Can't say much about the laptops but I will be purchasing one soon



​yeah I don't think you'll be disappointed if you go for this.. They really do look great and by the reviews are well built and designed.
techradar.com/rev…iew

GwanGy

Whats the weight? and is it upgradeable at all ? (I doubt it)Looks like … Whats the weight? and is it upgradeable at all ? (I doubt it)Looks like an ripoff of the Asus Tai Chi ?



​I'm sure you can add another ssd but as for anything else I doubt it can be upgraded

Does it come with a direct link to the politburo?

Good spec, but quite hesitant to get it from China.. You can probably get a similar spec from the Dell Outlet, at least support / returns would be easier.
Not knocking Xiaomi quality though, they're pretty darn good!

OP, could you add the seller to the title?

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woldranger

OP, could you add the seller to the title?



​Seller is banggood mate

would like one of these but given warranty issue, potential customs and Chinese Windows (which I didnt realise was an issue until above) - find it hard to see past the Asus Zenbook - comes up about 550 for this spec from time to time

Cheap Chinese copy... Don't buy from criminals

GwanGy

Whats the weight?


It's in the product spec on the webpage.

Don't buy if it has fault or broke down you have to send it in chine after 6 months you will pay postage cost. Pay 100 or more get something from here

GwanGy

Whats the weight? and is it upgradeable at all ? (I doubt it)Looks like … Whats the weight? and is it upgradeable at all ? (I doubt it)Looks like an ripoff of the Asus Tai Chi ?


1.07kg and it looks like the only thing you can do is to add an extra SDD.

too expensive, add >20% customs, consider return shipping when malfunctioning.. low end processor

ferrarian

Cheap Chinese copy... Don't buy from criminals


It's impossible to NOT buy anything from China. You'll be surprised how much you rely on Chinese imports.;)

The BIG problem with this deal is that is come with the Chinese version of Windows 10.

To get the English/UK version, you need a clean install together with a suitable licence key.

Nice laptop from a quality manufacturer but not worth the trouble IMO due to the OS hassles and logistics.

techtablets.com/201…hs/
Edited by: "Picard123" 12th Mar

Picard123

The BIG problem with this deal is that is come with the Chinese version … The BIG problem with this deal is that is come with the Chinese version of Windows 10.To get the English/UK version, you need a clean install together with a suitable licence key.Nice laptop from a quality manufacturer but not worth the trouble IMO due to the OS hassles and logistics. https://techtablets.com/2016/12/xiaomi-mi-notebook-air-12-re-review-4-months/



Putting a normal version of Windows is like a ten minute job. Aside from that, would this be a good investment? Any other cons to this?

The price is showing as £700 now?

trojanh

Putting a normal version of Windows is like a ten minute job. Aside from … Putting a normal version of Windows is like a ten minute job. Aside from that, would this be a good investment? Any other cons to this?



10 minutes? You must have a magic version of Windows. Even Microsoft can't do a full installation of Win10 in 10 minutes.

And where you are getting your full Win10 installation file from? Piratesoftware.com? And for how much?
Edited by: "Picard123" 12th Mar

Picard123

10 minutes? You must have a magic version of Windows. Even Microsoft … 10 minutes? You must have a magic version of Windows. Even Microsoft can't do a full installation of Win10 in 10 minutes.And where you are getting your full Win10 installation file from? Piratesoftware.com? And for how much?



it is doable... ssd and a high speed usb source can make a difference... bare installation can be done in and under 10 mins easily, if you dont count installing drivers... which if done correctly can be done within mins...

also with a clone software, you can get that down to 5-6 mins marks... for bare windows install to your next machine...
Edited by: "mysticus" 12th Mar

Picard123

10 minutes? You must have a magic version of Windows. Even Microsoft … 10 minutes? You must have a magic version of Windows. Even Microsoft can't do a full installation of Win10 in 10 minutes.And where you are getting your full Win10 installation file from? Piratesoftware.com? And for how much?



I don't know man... I think you just have trouble with tech. It's very simple, Microsoft has spent hundreds of man hours to get the Windows installer simple enough for even yourself. You realise it is a Samsung SSD? 500Mbps read write is not a joke.

I'm sure you can pick up Windows for £20, last I seen on HUKD.

All in all, using an auto installer for multiple software, the drivers and the actual windows can be done in 30 mins. When you consider the price your saving with this rig.

Tempted but lack of support for 4k external monitor putting me off.

Think linux would run nicely on it

fairly sure it can do 4k output

Picard123

10 minutes? You must have a magic version of Windows. Even Microsoft … 10 minutes? You must have a magic version of Windows. Even Microsoft can't do a full installation of Win10 in 10 minutes.And where you are getting your full Win10 installation file from? Piratesoftware.com? And for how much?



You can buy a copy of Windows 10 online for about £15-£20 if you know where to look, and you can legally download the installation files from Microsoft, they have been doing that for years..

Also the installation is about 10 mins on an SSD..

Sounds like the last time you installed windows it involved

c:/windows/run.exe

Can I ask why you would buy this over a U.K.-sourced Asus Zenbook UX305, I believe they're in the same ballpark?

The Xiaomi looks nice but I can just imagine if it goes wrong all hell will break loose and you'll be without it for a month or so.

plewis00

Can I ask why you would buy this over a U.K.-sourced Asus Zenbook UX305, … Can I ask why you would buy this over a U.K.-sourced Asus Zenbook UX305, I believe they're in the same ballpark?The Xiaomi looks nice but I can just imagine if it goes wrong all hell will break loose and you'll be without it for a month or so.



Hahaha "a month or so".. That would be the best case scenario!! I shudder just thinking about the return/warranty process with this. Read good reviews for the particular laptop though.
Edited by: "Rauss" 13th Mar

Rauss

Hahaha "a month or so".. That would be the best case scenario!! I shudder … Hahaha "a month or so".. That would be the best case scenario!! I shudder just thinking about the return/warranty process with this. Read good reviews for the particular laptop though.



That's why it's a shame we don't get official Xiaomi resellers over here. I would jump at that. I can probably justify risking a phone but a laptop is a step too far without support. Of course, it shouldn't go wrong but I see Murphy's Law creeping in.

hand1999

It's impossible to NOT buy anything from China. You'll be surprised how … It's impossible to NOT buy anything from China. You'll be surprised how much you rely on Chinese imports.;)



Michael Owen, is that you?

"You know it's chinese when it says made in china"

In all this, there no mention of the CPU that this Laptop is using?, or ..... :-)

Core M, absolute trash. It uses the "core" name but it's so slow it's a disgrace. It should be called Atom.

plewis00

Can I ask why you would buy this over a U.K.-sourced Asus Zenbook UX305, … Can I ask why you would buy this over a U.K.-sourced Asus Zenbook UX305, I believe they're in the same ballpark?The Xiaomi looks nice but I can just imagine if it goes wrong all hell will break loose and you'll be without it for a month or so.



This is a fair amount smaller than the Asus which for a low power netbook type device it's the most important thing.

Roph

Core M, absolute trash. It uses the "core" name but it's so slow it's a … Core M, absolute trash. It uses the "core" name but it's so slow it's a disgrace. It should be called Atom.



Sounds like you've never used one. It's perfectly fast enough, the burst mode and Core architecture gets things done quickly and then it races back to sleep for low power usage. It's the ideal processor architecture for most common workloads (productivity and browsing), just a shame Intel charges so much.

plewis00

Can I ask why you would buy this over a U.K.-sourced Asus Zenbook UX305, … Can I ask why you would buy this over a U.K.-sourced Asus Zenbook UX305, I believe they're in the same ballpark?The Xiaomi looks nice but I can just imagine if it goes wrong all hell will break loose and you'll be without it for a month or so.



I sort of agree with you, when this is available in the UK from a UK retailer at this sort of price it will kick ass

Picard123

The BIG problem with this deal is that is come with the Chinese version … The BIG problem with this deal is that is come with the Chinese version of Windows 10.To get the English/UK version, you need a clean install together with a suitable licence key.Nice laptop from a quality manufacturer but not worth the trouble IMO due to the OS hassles and logistics. https://techtablets.com/2016/12/xiaomi-mi-notebook-air-12-re-review-4-months/



Correct me if I'm wrong but Windows 10 gives you the option to install other languages without needing a separate license. You just have to choose your desired language in the Language option in settings.

support.microsoft.com/en-…cks

pez555

Anyone have one of these?



I have had one for about 6 months and I cannot fault it for general usage. I haven't strained it too much but for email, Office, internet browsing and tasks of that sort, it's superb. At the time, I paid £490 and traded in my iPad Air 2 to cover the cost. Regarding the Core M in this thing, don't worry about slow performance because it is superb and very good with battery life.

I went back and forth between this and SP4 Core M version and settled on this because it offered more for the money. Only sticking point would be the Chinese Windows, I put up the extra cash and installed fresh Windows on it to solve that. If you don't want the extra work, get the SP4 Core M.
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