Xiaomi Air 13 Laptop with 940MX GPU @ Gearbest for £601.26
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Xiaomi Air 13 Laptop with 940MX GPU @ Gearbest for £601.26

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Found 23rd Feb
Had my eye on one of these for a while as it has a dedicated 940MX but an ultrabook build. I've been waiting for them to come back into stock in the HK warehouse as nearly £100 cheaper. It also has a really nice IPS screen and importantly for me a spare M2 SSD slot so you can upgrade this in the future.

Xiaomi Air 13
With a vivid screen and adaptive display technology, this laptop brings your photos and videos to life. It comes with high performance dedicated graphics card with dual SSD expansion. It also has a full-sized keyboard with backlit keys, all the ports you need. Customized AKG speaker with Dolby Audio Premium Surround Sound allows you enjoying music, movies and games better.

Microsoft Windows 10 Home OS
Windows 10 brings back the popular Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you mark up Web pages on your screen
Intel Core i5-6200u Dual Core 2.3GHz, Up to 2.8GHz
Ultra-low-voltage platform and dual-core processing provide maximum high-efficiency power to go. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it
13.3 inch IPS Screen with 1920 x 1080 Resolution
The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity and IPS technology provides wide viewing angles
8GB DDR4 RAM for Advanced Multitasking
Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games, photos and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once
256GB SSD Storage Capacity
Provides room to store pictures, videos, music and more
New USB Type-C Port
With its transmission speed 10 times faster than the traditional USB 2.0. The USB plug is reversible. You can connect it to the phone in whichever way you want
HDMI Output
Designed with standard HDMI slot, supporting 4K output and easy to show PPT, you can connect it to TV, monitors or projectors, creating your personal home theater
7.4V/5400mAh 40Wh Battery Supports Fast Charging
Large capacity helps you free from shortage of power and frequent charging trouble and delivers long battery life without the fan
Front Camera for Photos and Face-to-face Chat
0.92MP (SW1.3MP) front camera lets you capture memorable moments or chat with friends
Bluetooth 4.1 Interface Syncs with Compatible Devices
Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the computer and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories

32 Comments

lol I wouldn't risk 600 quid with gearbest

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csf

lol I wouldn't risk 600 quid with gearbest



Fair enough. I've ordered via PayPal and I bought a £200 mini PC from them and had no issues. Curious to ask why?

£600 through gearbest? Hmm. I don't think I'd be risking that! each to their own

csf

lol I wouldn't risk 600 quid with gearbest



​couldn't paying on a credit card negate any risk?

plus gearbest are a decent company (for everyone slagging them off there are many more who are happy with past experiences so shhhh) so wouldn't see why they would rob you for the sake of a few £ for them.

As mentioned though I'd be prepared for the extra import charge

cantonbean

Fair enough. I've ordered via PayPal and I bought a £200 mini PC from … Fair enough. I've ordered via PayPal and I bought a £200 mini PC from them and had no issues. Curious to ask why?



​standard gearbest bashing
no reason

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djames108

​standard gearbest bashing no reason



Yeah seems that way. I paid via PayPal so even safer in my experience. Plus I've read not to select faster shipping as that's via DHL. I didn't last time and I was fine.

MuppetSlayer

Don't forget you could get raped for import duty and\or VAT on … Don't forget you could get raped for import duty and\or VAT on this.https://www.tnt.com/express/en_gb/site/home/international_business_advice/guide_to_importing/importing_from_asia/importing_from_hong_kong.html


Exactly... How they gonna mark this £600 laptop to avoid custom charges - as a cheap mp3 player ?
Edited by: "pavel76" 23rd Feb

Given the risk of VAT getting applied, I'd rather buy a refurbed XPS 13. You'd lose the GPU but gain an extra ~20Wh of battery. Mine cost £700

just as a suggestion for similar money one could get a decent refurbished dell tablet with keyboard from companies like MCS. something with a a nice i5 or i7 or other codes denoting they are mobile variants of the same.
something to look into, similar to surface devices.

I'm wondering if a 940mx is worth the extra power and heat when you could get a refurbished/used i7 with 540 iris igpu that wouldn't be far behind and would be considerably more efficient

Yes, DHL shipping = VAT and custom duties, they are notorious with this.

Yes and no, you probably be requested to send in proof of ID. By this time you run the risk of Identify thief and dodgy transactions on your card from SHENZHEN region, from shops that possible provide happy endings ....

But the main issue is warranty, if you do get the item and its faulty or develops a fault, good luck sending that back to China, you be stung with postage costs and the usual run around that they didn't receive the item

See this thread http://www.hotukdeals.com/tag/ask/cheapest-way-return-gearbest-china-2449971


djames108

​couldn't paying on a credit card negate any risk?plus gearbest are a d … ​couldn't paying on a credit card negate any risk?plus gearbest are a decent company (for everyone slagging them off there are many more who are happy with past experiences so shhhh) so wouldn't see why they would rob you for the sake of a few £ for them.As mentioned though I'd be prepared for the extra import charge





Edited by: "cf15" 23rd Feb

csf

Yes and no, you probably be requested to send in proof of ID



Not sure why you would have to send ID to CHina?
If you get 'stung' by cusomts DHL will deliver it with an attached invoice, probably £135'ish (Vat, no duty to pay on computer products plus admin fee)

The device spec looks great but I certainly would not be buying it from Gearbest for a number of reasons. Unless your going to have it shipped by standard post, with the potential of it being lost and waiting weeks if not months for it to arrive, your only option will be DHL and you will be stung at Customs. Secondly, handing over £600 to Gearbest is potentially dangerous, with many people; myself included having bad experiences with them (twice in my case). Finally, if anything does go wrong with the device you will have to ship it back to China at your expense although if you've signed up with paypal and paid using them, they will pay up to 15 euros towards the cost.


plap

Not sure why you would have to send ID to CHina? If you get 'stung' by … Not sure why you would have to send ID to CHina? If you get 'stung' by cusomts DHL will deliver it with an attached invoice, probably £135'ish (Vat, no duty to pay on computer products plus admin fee)



Gearbest have been known for some reason, regardless of whether you use paypal or via credit card, to ask people to supply proof of ID in the form of bank details, passports etc. They say its to prevent fraud but I pointed out to them that they shouldn't be asking for such information with payments made via paypal.

looks good but 600qiod @ gear best?
alarm bells are going into overdrive
Edited by: "brilly" 23rd Feb

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Ordered yesterday. Had dispatched confirmation this morning.

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CampGareth

Given the risk of VAT getting applied, I'd rather buy a refurbed XPS 13. … Given the risk of VAT getting applied, I'd rather buy a refurbed XPS 13. You'd lose the GPU but gain an extra ~20Wh of battery. Mine cost £700



This is a valid point and was raised by several on here so I will address as you were the first. I never post deals because I want heat but because I think some people will have a use for them. I was looking for a work based machine that is light and portable but with an Nvidia GPU to run Linux RedHat on for testing power consumption (and play the occasional game on low setting in windows). I have a MacBook and an older MacBook Air (which now dual boots Ubuntu) so for me an XPS 13 isn't really of any use. I was thinking this deal would mainly help those who want a portable work machine with great build but to take advantage of GPU acceleration for either video/simulation tasks (accept this isn't a beast at 1GB). It does fit a unique niche market like nothing else at this price point though. Hopefully we will see that change this year with the 1050 (if this was in a XPS 13 developers edition I'd buy it now!) becoming the norm but for now its either gaming laptops at 15 inch with crappy build quality and TN or great laptops like the new Dell XPS 15 at double this price but arguable not a easily portable above 13.3 imho (which I had to try hard to resist but could be a viable desktop replacement for most!)

cantonbean

This is a valid point and was raised by several on here so I will address … This is a valid point and was raised by several on here so I will address as you were the first. I never post deals because I want heat but because I think some people will have a use for them. I was looking for a work based machine that is light and portable but with an Nvidia GPU to run Linux RedHat on for testing power consumption (and play the occasional game on low setting in windows). I have a MacBook and an older MacBook Air (which now dual boots Ubuntu) so for me an XPS 13 isn't really of any use. I was thinking this deal would mainly help those who want a portable work machine with great build but to take advantage of GPU acceleration for either video/simulation tasks (accept this isn't a beast at 1GB). It does fit a unique niche market like nothing else at this price point though. Hopefully we will see that change this year with the 1050 (if this was in a XPS 13 developers edition I'd buy it now!) becoming the norm but for now its either gaming laptops at 15 inch with crappy build quality and TN or great laptops like the new Dell XPS 15 at double this price but arguable not a easily portable above 13.3 imho (which I had to try hard to resist but could be a viable desktop replacement for most!)



That's fair enough, if you need an nvidia GPU and portability and a low price tag there isn't much out there, I owned a Clevo W110ER which had an ivybridge quad core and GT 650M GPU in an 11.6" form factor so am acutely aware of how those sorts of machines have disappeared.

Thing is if you don't specifically need it there are major downsides to a dGPU such as increased heat and power draw. Combine this with the fact it's barely faster than the integrated graphics and it's not worthwhile for most people. That's probably why these machines have disappeared, it's a 1050 (with its supposed 75W draw, closer to 60W in reality) or improvements that aren't worth the power consumption.

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CampGareth

That's fair enough, if you need an nvidia GPU and portability and a low … That's fair enough, if you need an nvidia GPU and portability and a low price tag there isn't much out there, I owned a Clevo W110ER which had an ivybridge quad core and GT 650M GPU in an 11.6" form factor so am acutely aware of how those sorts of machines have disappeared. Thing is if you don't specifically need it there are major downsides to a dGPU such as increased heat and power draw. Combine this with the fact it's barely faster than the integrated graphics and it's not worthwhile for most people. That's probably why these machines have disappeared, it's a 1050 (with its supposed 75W draw, closer to 60W in reality) or improvements that aren't worth the power consumption.



totally agree but if you look at the tests in the link I posted it does score a fair bit more on 3D Mark then XPS 13 FHD (almost double on the 1080p Fire Strike test) I think partly due to the DDR5. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a gamer! i'm still happy with playing games on the R9 270X I have (though when Vega comes out that might change as I've got a 1440p freesync monitor waiting for something worth buying by AMD to power it!) but for Linux compatibility for CUDA related tasks I think this is good value. It still has pretty decent battery life too and I like that it is USB C so I can use the accessories I have bought for MacBook 12. I don't see this as a games machine but more an accelerated work machine in a small form factor that can have 2 SSDs (a nice feature too). I see this as a portable version of the Steam machine posted on here for £250 upwards. I've been pleasantly surprised by the performance of that on a CentOS (once I finally got Nvidia drivers working and updating ok) and Windows 7 dual boot. I even played GTA 5 at 1440p and it run ok (does have 2GB RAM though despite being an 860M)

Edited by: "cantonbean" 24th Feb

Original Poster

CampGareth

That's fair enough, if you need an nvidia GPU and portability and a low … That's fair enough, if you need an nvidia GPU and portability and a low price tag there isn't much out there, I owned a Clevo W110ER which had an ivybridge quad core and GT 650M GPU in an 11.6" form factor so am acutely aware of how those sorts of machines have disappeared. Thing is if you don't specifically need it there are major downsides to a dGPU such as increased heat and power draw. Combine this with the fact it's barely faster than the integrated graphics and it's not worthwhile for most people. That's probably why these machines have disappeared, it's a 1050 (with its supposed 75W draw, closer to 60W in reality) or improvements that aren't worth the power consumption.



you're also right about the heat but nice thing is the CPU doesn't throttle even at max stress (seen tests on YouTube where the laptop at the top gets very hot when gaming) but looking forward to testing that!

I have this, came from gearbest in about 6 days once they had the stock in HK (had to wait 2 weeks for that), but well worth it, beautiful build, fantastic screen and generally just a lot of swish for the price. the Chinese windows was a pain as I don't have a w10 code, but I wanted to put Linux on there anyway so not a problem to get rid of. with Linux using the nvidia as the main GPU the battery doesn't seem to last as long as I'd expected so am swapping back to the onboard to see if that saves battery when not using the graphics. no customs for me so overall highly recommended!

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cccsssddd

I have this, came from gearbest in about 6 days once they had the stock … I have this, came from gearbest in about 6 days once they had the stock in HK (had to wait 2 weeks for that), but well worth it, beautiful build, fantastic screen and generally just a lot of swish for the price. the Chinese windows was a pain as I don't have a w10 code, but I wanted to put Linux on there anyway so not a problem to get rid of. with Linux using the nvidia as the main GPU the battery doesn't seem to last as long as I'd expected so am swapping back to the onboard to see if that saves battery when not using the graphics. no customs for me so overall highly recommended!



Great to know as want it for exactly the same purpose. Do you mind me asking what voltage etc the charger is? Trying to work out if I can use MacBook 61watt USB C chargers in addition to the main one (one at work etc)

cantonbean

Great to know as want it for exactly the same purpose. Do you mind me … Great to know as want it for exactly the same purpose. Do you mind me asking what voltage etc the charger is? Trying to work out if I can use MacBook 61watt USB C chargers in addition to the main one (one at work etc)



IT comes with a chinese plug charging brick which i use a cheap converter and have no issues, USB-C, the notation is marked in chinese but it almost looks like it does multi voltage:

100-240v~50-60Hz 1.7A - input

therefore guessing the below are outputs:
5v --- 2A / 12v --- 2A
15v --- 3A / 9v --- 2A
20v --- 3.25v 65W max

Hope that helps! P.s. having turned off the nvidia graphics, the battery is much better (5hrs roughly) I'll just turn it on if/when needed, but its such a lovely machine for general use and i'm looking for a gaming machine anyway.

20v --- 3.25A sorry, not 3.25v!

Normal uk keyboard? I would love one if it came with a trackpoint!

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cccsssddd

IT comes with a chinese plug charging brick which i use a cheap converter … IT comes with a chinese plug charging brick which i use a cheap converter and have no issues, USB-C, the notation is marked in chinese but it almost looks like it does multi voltage: 100-240v~50-60Hz 1.7A - inputtherefore guessing the below are outputs: 5v --- 2A / 12v --- 2A15v --- 3A / 9v --- 2A20v --- 3.25v 65W maxHope that helps! P.s. having turned off the nvidia graphics, the battery is much better (5hrs roughly) I'll just turn it on if/when needed, but its such a lovely machine for general use and i'm looking for a gaming machine anyway.



Yeah that's a great help. Good advice regarding GPU in Linux too. It seems a lot of these devices with fast charge have multiple voltages. Main thing is even if not quite as fast I reckon the USB C MacBook charger will work ok too. Thanks for the info and can't wait for mine to arrive!

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So far all the scepticism my laptop arrived today less then 5 working days! It's a superb piece of kit! Gearbest even lobbed in an adaptor and was all well packaged and sealed. No import tax as well. Just installing a windows 10 and CentOS dual boot. I can't tell you how good this thing is for £600!
Edited by: "cantonbean" 1st Mar

cantonbean

So far all the scepticism my laptop arrived today less then 5 working … So far all the scepticism my laptop arrived today less then 5 working days! It's a superb piece of kit! Gearbest even lobbed in an adaptor and was all well packaged and sealed. No import tax as well. Just installing a windows 10 and CentOS dual boot. I can't tell you how good this thing is for £600!



Am interested in buying the Xiaomi 13 Air, and wanted to ask how you paid for the laptop. Did you use Paypal? I'm keen to avoid any import taxes. Also how easy was it to install Windows 10, and how the laptop running now, that you've used it for a few months.

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leicesterlad

Am interested in buying the Xiaomi 13 Air, and wanted to ask how you paid … Am interested in buying the Xiaomi 13 Air, and wanted to ask how you paid for the laptop. Did you use Paypal? I'm keen to avoid any import taxes. Also how easy was it to install Windows 10, and how the laptop running now, that you've used it for a few months.



I paid via PayPal but made sure to select normal shipping. Nothing guaranteed but it's been fine last 3 items import tax wise. Very easy to install windows 10 via USB option in the BIOS. It is running better then ever because I've now got 2 SSDs in it and a dual boot. I use it every day. Including playing football manager for long periods. Never had an issues with overheating. Fan noise higher when gaming but nothing terrible. Really is a quality made and tested product. I actually think their promotional videos weren't a lie in terms of testing.

cantonbean

I paid via PayPal but made sure to select normal shipping. Nothing … I paid via PayPal but made sure to select normal shipping. Nothing guaranteed but it's been fine last 3 items import tax wise. Very easy to install windows 10 via USB option in the BIOS. It is running better then ever because I've now got 2 SSDs in it and a dual boot. I use it every day. Including playing football manager for long periods. Never had an issues with overheating. Fan noise higher when gaming but nothing terrible. Really is a quality made and tested product. I actually think their promotional videos weren't a lie in terms of testing.



​Thanks for the reply.
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