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Xiaomi Air 12 Laptop @ Gearbest for £399.99
Xiaomi Air 12 Laptop @ Gearbest for £399.99

Xiaomi Air 12 Laptop @ Gearbest for £399.99

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Xiaomi Air 12 laptop with a 12.5" screen
The Laptop usually is upwards of £450, and this is the cheapest it has been (if paying in dollars and using a FX free card, $489.99 = roughly £390)
Great specs for the price! Very slim, and has some great reviews

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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*Sloman*

You've got to be insane spending more than £15 at GearBest. 8/10 the item … You've got to be insane spending more than £15 at GearBest. 8/10 the item never shows up, is dead on arrival or breaks within a few months and you have a costly postage bill and very poor customer service!


Terrible use of fractions
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Id get the Chuwi Hi3 as a cheaper alternative at £277 and it has a 13.5" 3000x2000 screen same as used in the ms surface book. gearbest.com/tab…tml

jiraiya

Id get the Chuwi Hi3 as a cheaper alternative at £277 and it has a 13.5" … Id get the Chuwi Hi3 as a cheaper alternative at £277 and it has a 13.5" 3000x2000 screen same as used in the ms surface book. http://www.gearbest.com/tablet-pcs/pp_557447.html



I feel old.... there's a laptop manufacturer called Chewi? And as a comparison to a machine that costs 5x as much? (if not more)

Edited by: "t002236" 18th Apr

jiraiya

Id get the Chuwi Hi3 as a cheaper alternative at £277 and it has a 13.5" … Id get the Chuwi Hi3 as a cheaper alternative at £277 and it has a 13.5" 3000x2000 screen same as used in the ms surface book. http://www.gearbest.com/tablet-pcs/pp_557447.html



Plus over £40 for the keyboard.

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jiraiya

Id get the Chuwi Hi3 as a cheaper alternative at £277 and it has a 13.5" … Id get the Chuwi Hi3 as a cheaper alternative at £277 and it has a 13.5" 3000x2000 screen same as used in the ms surface book. http://www.gearbest.com/tablet-pcs/pp_557447.html


Different devices, better screen on Chuwi but better processor on the air. The air also looks like a more premium product

It's also worth noting that the 13.3" version is on offer at £550 I think with considerable upgrades over this - I think this size is a bit small personally.

djbenny1

It's also worth noting that the 13.3" version is on offer at £550 I think … It's also worth noting that the 13.3" version is on offer at £550 I think with considerable upgrades over this - I think this size is a bit small personally.


Where did you find that?
I can only see £649 by clicking on the HK store.
Thanks

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djbenny1

It's also worth noting that the 13.3" version is on offer at £550 I think … It's also worth noting that the 13.3" version is on offer at £550 I think with considerable upgrades over this - I think this size is a bit small personally.


Yep saw that too.. Air 13 looks great. Great specs

I take it back - it says £659 on the page listing all the Xiaomi laptops, but then it goes cheaper when you click into it

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da1em

Where did you find that?I can only see £649 by clicking on the HK … Where did you find that?I can only see £649 by clicking on the HK store.Thanks


gearbest.com/lap…d=4

djdope

Yep saw that too.. Air 13 looks great. Great specs



Yea - I genuinely think that if and when Xiaomi comes to Europe officially, and if they can avoid adding the full rate of tax onto everything, they will absolutely clean up.

What's the quickest way of getting a fair fx card please? Do you have to wait for the physical card to arrive or do they provide them straight away for you to make a purchase? Also I think it works out cheaper in euros?

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djbenny1

Yea - I genuinely think that if and when Xiaomi comes to Europe … Yea - I genuinely think that if and when Xiaomi comes to Europe officially, and if they can avoid adding the full rate of tax onto everything, they will absolutely clean up.


Haha you've hit the nail on its head. Once you add vat then the price isn't competitive anymore

djdope

http://www.gearbest.com/laptops/pp_421980.html?wid=4



showing as £570?

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elbs

showing as £570?


You need to convert to us dollar and pay via fx free card

t002236

I feel old.... there's a laptop manufacturer called Chewi? And as a … I feel old.... there's a laptop manufacturer called Chewi? And as a comparison to a machine that costs 5x as much? (if not more)



I was posting it here.. hotukdeals.com/dea…177

Is it easy changing it to English without buying a new copy of win10?

I'd much rather get a Xiaomi ultrabook than a Chuwi tablet and keyboard. I love my Chuwi but it's a bit of a compromise, and Xiaomi's products are in a different league.

gebbet

Is it easy changing it to English without buying a new copy of win10?



​Make sure it is activated, and then make a USB using the Microsoft media creation tool. Choose English UK when you start. Reinstall windows using the USB stick, and it will re activate when you go back online. Make sure you take a backup of the drivers etc, as Windows might not install them all.

With a revolut card right now its roughly £380.00

Probably a personal thing but I wouldn't pay this much money for a laptop without a UK keyboard.

myOpinion2

Probably a personal thing but I wouldn't pay this much money for a laptop … Probably a personal thing but I wouldn't pay this much money for a laptop without a UK keyboard.


I wouldn't pay that amount to a non UK/USA company for fear of the goods not appearing/working.

garethsmith72

I wouldn't pay that amount to a non UK/USA company for fear of the goods … I wouldn't pay that amount to a non UK/USA company for fear of the goods not appearing/working.



​+1

garethsmith72

I wouldn't pay that amount to a non UK/USA company for fear of the goods … I wouldn't pay that amount to a non UK/USA company for fear of the goods not appearing/working.


I don't think that's the issue, you can get the money back from credit card. The issue is if you have a problem with it in 3 months time.

winchman

I don't think that's the issue, you can get the money back from credit … I don't think that's the issue, you can get the money back from credit card. The issue is if you have a problem with it in 3 months time.



absolutely, if there's a fault you have to send it back to China, which will be expensive.

You've got to be insane spending more than £15 at GearBest. 8/10 the item never shows up, is dead on arrival or breaks within a few months and you have a costly postage bill and very poor customer service!

*Sloman*

You've got to be insane spending more than £15 at GearBest. 8/10 the item … You've got to be insane spending more than £15 at GearBest. 8/10 the item never shows up, is dead on arrival or breaks within a few months and you have a costly postage bill and very poor customer service!



Not true. I've bought hundreds of things and only one hasn't turned up, but that was around christmas. I've had more things not turn up from amazon than GB. I've had great service from them.

*Sloman*

You've got to be insane spending more than £15 at GearBest. 8/10 the item … You've got to be insane spending more than £15 at GearBest. 8/10 the item never shows up, is dead on arrival or breaks within a few months and you have a costly postage bill and very poor customer service!


Terrible use of fractions

*Sloman*

You've got to be insane spending more than £15 at GearBest. 8/10 the item … You've got to be insane spending more than £15 at GearBest. 8/10 the item never shows up, is dead on arrival or breaks within a few months and you have a costly postage bill and very poor customer service!



​Are you speaking from experience? If stuff doesn't arrive, why would you continue to buy things? Everything I've ordered from Gearbest has arrived, and nothing has ever taken more than about a fortnight.

Very nice machines these if you're looking for a budget ultraportable that's light and has zero noise.

https://techtablets.com/xiaomi-mi-notebook-air-12-5/

https://techtablets.com/2016/12/xiaomi-mi-notebook-air-12-re-review-4-months/

Only thing that's stopped me from pulling the trigger on these is the lack of UK support / repair capability if it were to develop a fault and the slightly high price (typically £450-£550). That said, I've owned lots of UK sold laptops from the other manufacturers such as Dell, Acer, Lenovo, Asus, HP etc and with the exception of a Medion laptop, none of them developed any faults that couldn't be fixed with a component swap (eg. failed HDD on an HP laptop) despite years of usage.

Can't see this for £399 at Gearbest but it is £444 from Bang Good: http://www.banggood.com/Xiaomi-Laptop-Intel-Core-i7-8G-DDR3-NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-760M-15_6-Inch-p-941729.html?p=QZ14021624945201505Y

Also a guide here for converting the Windows Chinese version to the English version (it's a bit of a faff, so get a native English version of the OS if you can):
en.miui.com/thr…tml
Edited by: "Picard123" 19th Apr

If things don't turn up you should get your money back, I believe aliexpress don't release the money to the seller until you have received it. Pay with a credit card as they are jointly liable.

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Picard123

Very nice machines these if you're looking for a budget ultraportable … Very nice machines these if you're looking for a budget ultraportable that's light and has zero noise.https://techtablets.com/xiaomi-mi-notebook-air-12-5/https://techtablets.com/2016/12/xiaomi-mi-notebook-air-12-re-review-4-months/Only thing that's stopped me from pulling the trigger on these is the lack of UK support / repair capability if it were to develop a fault and the slightly high price (typically £450-£550). That said, I've owned lots of UK sold laptops from the other manufacturers such as Dell, Acer, Lenovo, Asus, HP etc and with the exception of a Medion laptop, none of them developed any faults that couldn't be fixed with a component swap (eg. failed HDD on an HP laptop) despite years of usage. Can't see this for £399 at Gearbest but it is £444 from Bang Good: http://www.banggood.com/Xiaomi-Laptop-Intel-Core-i7-8G-DDR3-NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-760M-15_6-Inch-p-941729.html?p=QZ14021624945201505YAlso a guide here for converting the Windows Chinese version to the English version (it's a bit of a faff, so get a native English version of the OS if you can):http://en.miui.com/thread-338431-1-1.html


It's still available - just need to try a different link gearbest.com/lap…d=4

da1em

What's the quickest way of getting a fair fx card please? Do you have to … What's the quickest way of getting a fair fx card please? Do you have to wait for the physical card to arrive or do they provide them straight away for you to make a purchase? Also I think it works out cheaper in euros?


Revolut don't charge fees and you can sign up through the app and use virtual card so don't need to wait for real card

madnlooney

Revolut don't charge fees and you can sign up through the app and use … Revolut don't charge fees and you can sign up through the app and use virtual card so don't need to wait for real card



Thank you. I was hoping / expecting that this would be able to be done. I think I'll go for the 13.3" version tonight - about £538 if paying in euros

I have this machine. Picked it up at the xiaomo store in Beijing. Very well made, fast, light and good battery life. My only gripe is that it only has one USB port.

£400 on an item with basically no warranty oO

t002236

I feel old.... there's a laptop manufacturer called Chewi? And as a … I feel old.... there's a laptop manufacturer called Chewi? And as a comparison to a machine that costs 5x as much? (if not more)



Yes there's definitely a manufacturer called Chewi their tagline is "We're back!"

Magnets

£400 on an item with basically no warranty oO



Well that's basically no different to buying a used iPhone (over a year old with no manufacturer warranty) on eBay or a second-hand car from a private seller. £400 isn't exactly a crippling amount of money to spend and lose should it all go wrong...

What about a VAT/Custom Tax when ordering from China especially Gearbest? Any experience?

warranty here is a joke
you have to submit a ticket and then after 2 weeks they reply and expect you the ship the item to china out of your cost for repair

would never give £400 to them

Edited by: "ismaildeals123" 19th Apr

djdope

It's still available - just need to try a different link … It's still available - just need to try a different link http://www.gearbest.com/laptops/pp_416105.html?wid=4



ismaildeals123

warranty here is a jokeyou have to submit a ticket and then after 2 weeks … warranty here is a jokeyou have to submit a ticket and then after 2 weeks they reply and expect you the ship the item to china out of your cost for repair would never give £400 to them



This is simply one of those laptop deals which will appeal to some but not others.

On the the plus side, you will simply never find an ultraportable like this for anything close to £400 in the UK. In that respect, it's a superb deal.

On the downside, there's the Windows OS hassle, risk of additional customs duties, and the logistics of support/repair if the machine develops a fault. Having owned several Xiaomi phones, I have to say that their build quality is very impressive. They're a premium Chinese manufacturer and don't produce rebranded generic junk, so I'd be surprised if a fault were to develop within the typical lifecycle of a laptop like this. I suspect the 2nd generation of this laptop (if there is to be a 2nd generation) will be even better.

If I was after an ultraportable in this form factor and had a spare Windows key, I'd seriously tempted by this deal. This deal one for the tech savvy who don't mind taking a risk.

I'd still give deal a HOT.

Edited by: "Picard123" 19th Apr
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