So they say that third time’s a charm
and I’m really hoping that is the case here with the Mi notebook Air 13 this is
the third revision the 2018 model not that the previous models were bad but
they did suffer from a problem that I criticized quite heavily and that was
the cooling really wasn’t sufficient enough when you started to do video
encoding or while you were gaming so pushing both the CPU and GPU on this
machine those other previous models would get up to 50 degrees centigrade to
the touch now shall we claim that they have sold
that so we’ve got three key changes on this model that is the new chipset which
is now the KB Lake R that’s a quad core and performances up about 40% which is
really great I do love that new chipset they test it out and then me notebook
pro line that’s the 15.6 inch model from Xiaomi and we’ve got this dark gray
color so that is also copying the same color that we have on the me notebook
Pro and then of course the cooling that has been improved apparently if you look
on Sherry’s website they claim up to 63 percent are calling performance and the
copper cooling transfer pipe is apparently about 36 percent wider and
they’ve got new cooling fin so we’ll definitely be testing that out in detail
we’ll have a peek at the internals here and look around and see if we can see
any changes so it comes double box type icked this one up here from geek buying
comm they’re the only guys that seemed to have stock at the moment and I got it
shipped out with DHL but be careful of this you can’t get hit with some rather
hefty charges and taxes I had to play 87 euros on this and as you see it is
really well padded here so this box is still factory sealed and what this means
is it’s going to have Windows 10 in Chinese the quickest way to get over
that problem is to actually just upgrade to Windows 10 Pro and then you can
install an English language pack but I’ll run through that with you so there
we go the notebook in that nice grey color
really do like that change very similar in fact exactly the same layout of the
packaging as the previous model so here we’ve got like an instruction manual and
whatnot that is going to be all in Chinese so no surprises there we have a
type C to type C cable now so just like the meet
sorry the me notebook Pro and then our charger here which is rather small and
you flick out the two prong us-style of course that’s Chinese US and this is
rated 220 volts 3.2 amps max power output so the exact same power supply as
the me notebook pro the other side just has that type-c connector so no changes
to the rear of the device it comes wrapped up in this plastic and we do
have a sticker on the back with Dolby audio so it’s got those AKG speakers
they’ll give you a sample of those later on but they tend to sound pretty good so
I’m going to dive straight into the internals here to start out with so you
need a t5 Torx bit to open this up remove all those Torx screws now there
is one that is hidden under this foot here so you have to remember to pull
that up and we’ll check out the cooling on this and see how they have improve
things with the larger thermal transfer pipe so the case does take some effort
to pry it off there’s little plastic Clips around the outside that clip it
and it will crack off it feels like you’re gonna break something but you
won’t actually so we have a 39 watt hour battery we have a PCIe times 4 SSD now
this is a samsung PM 961 hopefully this will be running at the full x 4 speeds
not like the main notebook probe when I first got that one it was only times 2
speed due to a problem with the BIOS but later that was corrected and further
updates the BIOS updates that came through from Xiaomi from their official
website another another set of three drives here that you can install if you
wanted to up to 2 gigabytes whatever the capacity is now sorry terabytes and here
we have the wireless AC which has an 82 65 so they have updated that so it’s a
slightly faster better version there from Intel up the top here we have 8
gigabytes of RAM now you cannot get 16 gigabytes on this model and you cannot
expand upon that Ram so if you need 16 you have to go and get the me notebook
pro on each corner we have these AKG speakers and as I said I’ll give you a
sample of those later on they want to the cooling here as you can see we’ve
got the GPU right here this is the CPU of course and they do have a larger
copper transfer heat pipe so this is wider I can see that already and if you
have a look at the fins there on the color we’ve got a larger fan this one
right here and then a little tiny smaller fan so
that hasn’t changed from the previous models but what has changed is look at
all those thins they have put in there so they’ve increased the amount of those
fan blades the fins in there to push out more air which is hopefully what is
going to keep this a lot cooler than the previous generations but of course I
will test that out so what you’re looking at right now is one of the USB 3
ports and the type-c port there so we’ve got full type-c support on this model
and that is the hinge at the top there which is screwed in so everything’s
screwed in build quality over all the internals here look really good
now just weighted it weighs one point three to five kilos so it’s a few grams
heavier than the previous generation and the thickness is exactly the same around
fourteen point two millimeters so the lid the gray looks really nice there’s
no logos so minimalistic design which I do like personally pressing down on the
lid there’s a little bit of flex but it is quite solid so just like the other
models I’m able to open that up one-handed and the hinge feels quite
stiff it’s not bad at all is a little bit of wobble there but that’s kind of
normal and then our keyboard which to me doesn’t look like it has changed much in
fact the keys look a lot similar and more like the ones from the main
notebook Pro which is great so if it’s like the 2017 model this could be a
synaptics touchpad hopefully it’s running the windows precision drivers
fingerprint reader is coarse embedded in here just like the 2017 model which
introduced that a pleasant surprise here with that keyboard they have changed the
keys they feel different the travel feels a little different as well so this
is more like the main notebook pros keyboard which is a lot better so
they’ve made a slight improvement in changes here with the keyboard and
there’s really no flex oh I’m pushing down hard on that and just a tiny little
bit wobble if anything that’s probably my table wobbling but just a tiny little
bit there so overall that’s looking really good that keyboard now ok the
power button is where the delete button should be so that may be an issue for
some people sometimes I hit that but you can set that to do nothing in Windows
settings page up and down keys in the up and down arrow keys if by a shortcut but
you know the I wish they were separate keys there so they’ve made some
restrictions here some calm promisor x’ with this keyboard due to
the size so it’s not quite a full size keyboard there so this is the maximum
that that screen will recline back unfortunately it doesn’t go back as far
as some notebooks out there so some of them you can line the screen almost
pretty much flat so that’s a slight disappointment in that area there now
just down here a little hard to see on camera all there you go you can see all
the cooling vents so just along there is where all the hot air will be expelled
and this is probably why that area tends to get very hot but I’ll be checking
that out in this video moving on to the ports we have on this
notebook we have a full size HDMI USB 3 port and then 3.5 millimeter headphone
jack with microphone support on the right-hand side of status LED so this is
red when you’re charging green once fully charged a USB 3.1 point here with
data charging and video out support up to 4k 60 Hertz
just like the meet notebook Pro and then our second USB 3 port so screens are
fully laminated 1080p IPS panel no changes there just like the previous
models and it does have these bezels around the outside that are rather slim
but they’re not Dell XPS 13 slim and in that top bezel you’ll find a
front-facing 2-megapixel camera with a little status LED next to it when it’s
on that will light up white and to dual array microphones there at the top one
change I’ve noticed here too at least I think I’m right in this is that they’ve
used rubber now this little lip around the screen that is hard plastic on the
previous models and pretty sure about that so that’s a nice little change
there so that will give contact I guess with the bottom there when you close the
lid that’s just to stop it from scratching around so nice to have rubber
look there they do that on a lot of other brands like a Zeus so here we go
just in Windows 10 Chinese I don’t understand what it’s saying but this of
course is just the equal Tanner setup of Windows I’ve jumped and skipped this of
course and get right into how to get this into English so here we are in the
desktop now set it all up you had to go through that painful Cortana process all
in Chinese now the quickest way to get your windows pro license in here I’ll
show you right now so go to the Start menu and you want to double tap on that
mouse pad and then click this one it says why and this will bring up our
window system info and then you just scroll down and then click on this link
right here and then right here is where you input your key to pro and that will
start the upgrading process from going from Windows 10 home Chinese to Windows
10 Pro and then we can install English so once that key is installed you need
to then accept this make sure you connect it up to the Internet and it
will start to download and upgrade now this whole process is going to take
probably around about 30 minutes in total
so now windows will reboot up and when you get back into it you’ll have Windows
10 Pro so go down to the search bar there in Windows 10 and just type in
lang so short for language it’ll come up then with that little icon so click this
this is where we install our language packs so I want English so I’m going to
hit plus here and then just find English or French or German or whatever language
you need it will download and install that then set it and you’re ready to go
now if it’s not downloading go into options which is this middle one right
here and make sure you click the little download link that’ll be at the top here
then you’ll see that blue progress bar means it’s downloading your language
pack I almost forgot you need to go back into this menu and then set it as
default or remove Chinese so you can go on and just delete Chinese but I’m going
to set this one now as the default language which it is now and that’ll be
all ready once that downloads and reboots then everything will be in
English alright so just to point out a couple of things here there’s some
positives and some negatives so one positive here is the touchpad unlike the
2016 model this is using a precision touchpad precision touchpad drivers in
Windows so full control over the gestures this is great we had some nap
–tx on the first model there which wasn’t as good but was still a really
decent touchpad so it’s more or less on the same level as the touchpad you’ll
find on the me notebook pro now there’s a couple of things I want to point out
too in the device manager the fingerprint readers in Elance oh that
hasn’t changed and already pointed out about that Samsung the PM 9 6 1 these
are the speeds of it I did benchmark it so it actually comes out to be a little
bit faster than last year’s model and this will vary of course from SSD to SSD
but really good speeds here and it is running
the full times for speed on the PCI slot there so that’s great no issues with
that out of the box unlike the main notebook pro so just a couple other
things here so the wireless I pointed out was wireless AC 80 to 65 that’s
really good I won’t benchmark that here but I will
in my full review but should get maximum kind of speeds this is a really good
chipset that one there and there are the eight threads the four cause of the i-5
8250 you right there so the other thing to point out free space around about
approximately a hundred and eighty eight gigabytes on first boot I’ve installed
the English learn language back there so that took up two gigabytes of that space
I have run a couple of benchmarks because I know a lot of people will be
interested in this so the performance of that nvidia MX is pretty much exactly
the same as the me notebook pro and the previous generation so last year’s model
same GPU same exact performance here when looking at the OpenCL score from
Geekbench the bench for score here so this comes out lower than the me
notebook pro they have I feel intentionally lower the performance here
a little bit because if you have a look at the RAM it’s only running single
channel while the speed is 2.4 gigahertz which is great it’s only single channel
so we’re missing out on some RAM bandwidth and that has affected the
performance a little bit here so it should be around 4000 if this was dual
channel be about 4100 multi-core score then would be close to 14,000 so a
little bit lower here but this is still a huge step up from the 2017 models so
that had an i-5 7200 you and it got approximately about 3000 here for the
single core score and then the multi-core score is a run about just off
the top of my head 7000 so it is quite a nice step up in terms of performance the
new eighth generation chips here we have from Intel having a look at the display
here so really liking it it has literally none of that IPS glow I think
I had a little on my previous models but this screen I’ve seen who have lucked
out as in earlier you know color reproduction
is looking really good I’m liking the the contrast here the deep blacks
because it’s fully laminated as well glossy displays so yes prone to
reflections but these stock images here that I took a long time ago on a samsung
galaxy note 4 they’re looking excellent I mean this car was really our deep
saturated oversaturated red this Volkswagen Beetle and yes it’s looking
pretty good but okay yeah the Galaxy Note forward does over saturate colors a
little bit but so far this green is looking in really impressive I will
measure out the maximum brightness in my full review so my first impressions of
the touchpad in using it now for approximately thirty minutes it’s really
almost exactly the same as the main notebook pros one so it’s an excellent
touchpad it has like a glass surface to it and it supports all those gestures
very accurate really do like it it’s just a little smaller that’s the only
thing and same goes for the keyboard so it is similar now the keyboard to the me
notebook probe but not quite as good I feel now the typing experience on it
very comfortable it is good and as a step up from the previous last year’s
model and in 2016 model they’re huge improvement in the keyboard I feel it is
a step up there but still just not quite as good as the pro version so exactly
the same speakers no change here from the other previous models that decent
speakers there AKG tuned once I’ll give you the sample of them right now it’s also got Dolby audio so you can
tweak it to your own personal preference so it’s basically just like an equalizer
here now some good news and some bad news here with the CPU so we can’t under
volt it but we can still at least change the power limits here if you wanted to
increase them slightly but you have to keep a close eye on the thermals now
Xiaomi actually locked us out of the me notebook Pro on later BIOS revisions
they don’t want us messing around here I guess it’s for warranty purposes they
don’t want people generating too much heat increasing those power limits so
for the moment at least the power limits are unlocked here
okay so moment a truth they’ll being playing a game here this is project cars
on very high settings 1080p almost too demanding for the GPU just to get it
really hot I’ve also done a couple of CPU benchmarks stress tests and Intel
XTU let’s have a look and see how hot it is getting now
alright so 38 degrees now if this was the earlier models they would be up to
almost 45 almost 50 but hang on there we go
43 it’s getting up there so I can see it has improved but only by about five
degrees this surface temperatures now I have a look around to the keyboard the
keyboards heating up there to about 35 degrees and then our touchpad is 28 palm
res sorry touchpad 26 and now the internal temperatures so it’s reached 81
degrees the CPU now I think that’s okay considering remember this has two more
cause than previous model but I don’t know it could actually get quite a bit
hotter than this so in my full review I’ll test it for hours on end and we’ll
see what happens if the cooling can keep up with that and then the GPU got up to
72 degrees so that is okay so really the internal temperatures I feel a fine
surface temperature really is about only about 5 degrees cooler which may not
seem a lot but 5 degrees is actually quite a bit the difference between 50
scooching hot and 45 which I would say quite warm now good news here for people
that want to run Linux on this machine it runs it perfectly fine as far as I
can tell every single thing is working so the brightness controls the volume
the audio internet the battery meter everything apart from the fingerprint
reader that’s the only thing I haven’t tested because I just
have time at the moment so to answer that question there so is this actually
better I step up over the 2017 model with just the cable ache yes it is and I
feel it’s definitely worth going for this if you can get it for a decent
price of course you’ve got quad cores versus two cause you have the improved
cooling so it’s not getting as hot to the touch so yes show me have improved
that Corning I was a little bit worried thinking hang on they’ve gone from a
dual core they got up to fifty degrees Celsius to the touch just above the
keyboard quite hot to now add two more cores so quad core thing a whoa hang on
pest it’s gonna overheat but so far I’m glad that I’m wrong there that it seems
to be doing well I mean it gets up to 81 degrees on the CPU which is starting to
get a little hot but it’s still not too bad considering the dimensions and the
cooling that this has in it and then the GPU gets up to around about 70 to 76
degrees which is perfectly fine for an MX 150 so that is good now the other
improvements the color love it I love the darker gray I think it just looks a
little bit more professional and I love the fact that it’s minimalistic just
like with the other two model so you don’t have any big logos no backlit big
huge Xiaomi or me on the back of it which I feel is a good move for man not
to do that and the touchpad it’s really good great there another surprise is the
keyboard that it’s slightly bitter actually a step above the one on the
previous generation one or so last two years I found those keys we’re good good
typing on it but this is just a lot more comfortable and I like the feel of them
and the actual key caps better quality ones so overall good improvements there
so the screen on it to me is actually better than the mean notebook pro’s
screen so there is some things that are better but really the meaning on Book
Pro overall I feel as a much better model even though it’s larger of course
so some people might not be looking for a 15.6 inch ultra book style with
dedicated GPU so they go for something like this but of course we’ve got single
channel RAM on here which is disappointment they’ve done that so I
feel it’s shown me just marketing team probably saying no limit it make sure
the performance isn’t the same as the mean notebook pro so that means people
have to go and buy that model they’re more powerful model so yes it is more
powerful but we’ve got very similar specs now with the same CPU the same
wireless card the battery life into that of course I’ll have to test out on
my full review I’ll come back to you on that but these laptops I do know from
the previous ones they charge superfast which is another really good area in
these laptops so overall it’s mean it’s really great I’m looking forward to
doing the full review on this model and I do feel that yes they’ve done quite an
improvement on it I mean I did expect more I was waiting for them to put like
dual coolers on here perhaps completely redesign us or
something like a Dell XPS 13 just make even slimmer bezels slimmer it down make
it even lighter even smaller but maybe next year we’re going to get there but
so far it’s not disappointing and I’m happy that my concern about the cooling
doesn’t seem to be too much of a problem that the improved cooling is doing its
job but I will fully test that out because I haven’t really done that at
the moment even though it did the stress tests and running game for a while I
feel that I’m gonna do some gaming for about two or three hours non-stop on
this then check back and see if it is gonna reach 50 again because it’s got up
to 45 it’s only 5 degrees less so if you’re looking at this model and then
the 15 inch model I say still go for the pro considering the price it’s about the
same but if you’re looking at the 2017 model of this particular one with the kb
lake in at the i5 7,200 u then it’s definitely worth it if you can go for
this model because that increased performance the look of it the better
keyboard what I just covered there so thank you so much for watching this
review if you haven’t seen my review of the larger me notebook pro then check
out my review of the i-5 model right here and then the i7 model up here and I
do hope to see you back in the channel with the gaming review of this
particular laptop and then my full and final review an opinion bye for now