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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 (Core i5-6200U Dual Core 8GB RAM 256GB SSD FHD 1920x1080) US $666 (~AU $881.98) Posted @ Banggood

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I was looking for a new laptop and was impressed with the Banggood's price already but then was prompted to share their page on FB for an extra 10% off. Applied it to this laptop and it's come to a total of $897.70 AUD Amazing price! Code seems to be generic

Don't forget 4.8% Cashback!

Update 18/3: Now $881.98 AUD (down from $897.70)

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  • +7 votes

    Solid deal, probably better than the Lenovo deals we've been seeing over the last year, although I'm not sure if warranty is an issue. Note that the SSD is NVMe, and there's also an m.2 slot.

    • +3 votes

      You must not have seen the Lenovo deals yesterday then.

      • +11 votes

        I was thinking the E4XX/E5XX Thinkpads when I made that comment. Comparison with the Yoga:
        Mi Air is:
        Over $150 cheaper (after cashback)
        Slightly smaller, much lighter
        Same processor
        +Discrete graphics card
        Faster SSD (NVMe vs. SATA), with m.2 slot.
        8GB less RAM (8 vs. 16), but it is DDR4 so I would call it even.
        Looks sleeker with the metal design.

        You do get touchscreen, presumably better warranty and quality control, and the 360 degree screen-flipping gimmick on the Yoga though. It all depends on your needs but I wouldn't say that the Yoga deal is definitely better.

        • +3 votes

          8GB less RAM (8 vs. 16), but it is DDR4 so I would call it even.

          Everything else you said was 100% correct but this is extremely far off, DDR3-4 is such a small optimization that you would only ever see results (and small ones at that) while benchmarking.

          I would take 16GB of DDR3 over 8GB of DDR4 anyday.

        • +1 vote

          @dfaktz:
          16GB Vs. 8GB is also shown by benchmarks to not make much difference for the vast majority of users:
          http://lifehacker.com/performance-tests-show-that-16gb-of-ra...

          I get what you're saying and I agree with you though; I just don't think it matters much either way.

        • +2 votes

          @SoresuMakashi:
          That 'benchmark" cough is only valid with the proviso: if you use <8GB RAM, 8GB RAM is 'same' performance as 16GB. If you use >8GB RAM, 16GB is required.

  • +2 votes

    Only thing I'm worried about is malware. Does anyone have any experience with this laptop?

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    Anybody knows how much customs duty and tax should be paid?

  • +16 votes

    Great work putting screen resolution in post title OP, +1.

  • +1 vote

    Pretty crazy price for the amount of hardware you get.

  • +3 votes

    I believe they've recently released an i7 version of this laptop, which may explain the price drop. Still gets a vote from me though, as the i7 has the same graphics so it's hard to think of any portable tasks that would require the extra processing grunt.

  • +2 votes

    The bottom screen bezel is ridonculous.

  • +1 vote

    So tempting, what a shame that the speaker points downwards away from you… Why???

  • +4 votes

    Don't forget 4.8% Cashback!

    6% at TopCashback. That's ~$10 more back in your pocket.

  • +7 votes

    Selling for 4999RMB in China.

    897.7*5.2(today's exhcange rate) = 4668.04

    plus u get cash back.

    2 drawbacks:
    no warranty from Xiaomi
    Build quality is not that good according to so many reviews from youtube and Chinese Youku.

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      Selling in China has tax (at least 40%).
      Export items get the tax refunded - that is why many web sites offer much cheaper price.

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        its 33%, Xiaomi as an innovative and young company, it should get it to 18% after discount. and trust me, those reselling websites are not even bothering to pay tax, as they'd claim non-revenue. fund received from offshore can easily go back to China from other channel.

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          Taxes is automatically collected just like GST in Australia regardless profitable or not. Company taxes are different. Chinese collect taxes don't base on what the company claimed. It based on the government need.
          Export And Get Taxes refunded is the game being played for long time.

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          @bbtlovebbt: whatever you say mate, it not works like that.

  • +5 votes

    I got one from when they were last on offer a month ago and absolutely love it.
    Best bang for your buck on the market at the moment.

    Really well built, really light and very thin.
    And the screen is absolutely awesome in my opinion.

    Touchpad and keyboard are really nice as well.

    Does get a bit warm playing games, but not too bad.

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      The screen is glossy right? So what kind of conditions do you use it in?
      Hows battery life coming along and do you just use a chinese adapter to charge it here?

      What kind of games do you get away with :P

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        Yeah it's glossy, but I haven't brought it outside yet.
        I've used it mostly at home or in the office and I love the screen as it's so vibrant and crisp… but yeah, would be worth testing outside.
        Viewing angles etc are awesome on it as well.

        Battery life is about 6'ish hours I think with light usage.

        As far as games, can play the likes of DOTA at full detail at about 50-60fps, and some other maybe 2014/2015 games like Dragon Age etc..

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    Be aware the Windows 10 Home that comes on this is the Chinese version and switching to English still leaves some Chinese throughout. I don't know if there's a way to apply the OEM license that comes with the laptop to an English version of Windows 10 Home, I've not been able to find anywhere you can download a Windows iso image of the OEM version, and the non-OEM version won't accept an OEM license key.

  • +1 vote

    Been waiting for the Xiaomi notebooks to come down in price - this is a good deal!

    Warranty is always an issue with these products, but it's very tempting at that price. Hard to find a better looking Windows Ultrabook with those specs under $1k.

    It's my understanding that to install English Windows 10 you need to buy a new licence (Chinese licence doesn't transfer), is this correct?

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      I am pre sure that you can download the media creation tool and make a usb stick with fresh windows.

  • +1 vote

    pretty good price just ordered one, should cost me AU$845.91 after using my fx fee free card (Macquarie Debit MC from an older deal converted $US667.60 to $AU886.89) paying in USD + 4.8% cashrewards (AU$40.98)

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    Can you guys recommend another laptop similar to this but AUS stock? Need a light laptop for uni. Can be lesser specs but need it to be 13" and would be good if it's cheaper. I will be mostly using word, ppt, chrome and occasionally recording videos.

  • +1 vote

    For something a little smaller, is the 12.5 inch decent value at ~$650 ?

    http://www.banggood.com/Xiaomi-Laptop-Intel-Core-i7-8G-DDR3-... (noting that 0 of the specs in that url are actually on the laptop that it links to - it's an intel M with intel GPU, 4gb ram, 128 ssd, 12.5inch screen, 1080p)

    I don't need a ton of storage or a super grunty cpu/gpu, just something very portable that I can also do some minor productivity with.

    • +1 vote

      Damn that doesn't look bad either. If it's anything like the m3 zenbook, which I believe has similar specs but twice the price, then it should be pretty good.

      I would love 8gb of ram though :/

      • +1 vote

        sadly silver is on backorder and only gold available….vomit :(

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          plus coupon doesn't work for this either. i'd argue the original laptop is better for an extra $250

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          @blaze: interestingly, silver in the 12.5 inch is back in stock, and the Marchsale10 coupon worked on it. So about USD$500/AUD$655. I've bought one. I'll likely just be throwing a reasonably lightweight linux on it anyway.

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    Chinese Windows?
    How long is shipping says $1.61 cents shipping that could take months!

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    durability is still questionable , pretty good price for the spec tho. it is pretty much equivalent to chinese market price, wondering how long they gonna deliver the item as xiaomi is kind of restricted on the quantity of their selling products.

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    isn't cashback 9.6%

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    Any similar laptops like this that are around the same price and specs?

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    A good deal, just know that you basically have to install English Windows yourself (and have a license).

    Personally i just ordered an opened but unused Dell XPS 13 9350 with 8GB RAM and high res touch screen for just under the $1000 threshold + post from the US.
    There are quite a few on ebay just under the $1000 base price through ebay global shipping which doesnt include post in the GST threshold.

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      "just know that you basically have to install English Windows yourself (and have a license)."
      Takes, literally, about 15 minutes if you've already got Win10 on a USB key (if you don't, you can download it straight from Microsoft and pop onto USB).

      And with regards the XPS 13 9350 - while neither are going to set the world alight with regards graphic performance, the HD520/540 is going to perform worse than the 940MX.

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        But both are fine for desktop tasks, even with multiple external monitors.
        You would have to be nuts to game on something like this….

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          Yeah both can do desktop tasks fine, and both can play less taxing games from a year or two ago pretty fine as well.
          But one can do the latter a little better - that's really it.

          I don't think anyone is buying this as a gaming laptop, if that's what you're hinting at.

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      Hey I like the dell xps as well,
      how does dell international warranty stack up in australia?

      You prefer the xps over the asus zenbook too, thoughts?

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    Its hard to find any decent reviews on this item, however this seems decent for anyone who's interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHct_rUwOWQ

    I'm going to give it a miss I think.

  • +3 votes

    Would be amazing with linux.

  • +3 votes

    The upvotes for something with zero warranty is a little astounding to me.
    I wouldn't go near this at this price.

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      It's not zero warranty. it'd just be tricky warranty with some shipping costs involved and maybe some arguments. but if nothing goes wrong you're way ahead compared to buying locally, if something goes wrong you're probably still ahead, and if something goes wrong and absolutely nothing is able to be reclaimed you're probably only a little behind if you just buy a whole second one at this price.

      Plus it's not like there's never been local warranty claim horror stories…?

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        Yeah, you just go back to the seller with your warranty issues.

        Banggood and the likes of Gearbest are pretty big companies and are not bad to deal with.

        • +1 vote

          Got any experience? I mean sending the item internationally back for repair at your expense is pretty annoying especially when shipping both ways will take ages..

        • +1 vote

          I had a phone issue with one of those sellers, they required me to pay postage there and back for the warranty claim. Too me, that was a bit of a deal breaker (post would be 50% the value of the phone).

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          @TheOneWhoGotAway: Experience here from clients, The company mentioned to be not bad to deal with are, actually, a nightmare to deal with.

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        I just bought my son a Lenovo with 3 years warranty. Haven't needed to claim yet, but feel much better about dealing with Australian organisations about any problems. Xiaomi are not considered in a very good light in China. Most people tend to believe they will use as many inferior parts as they can get away with.

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          Any sources for that Risto? I haven't heard the opposite.

          What I've read is they use quality materials but sell at a much, much smaller margin than the likes of Apple and Samsung, but aim to sell a huge amount of products and earn money after sales.

        • +1 vote

          @Deviner: When I was in China last year, I was on the hunt for a Xiaomi Mi5. My Chinese friends were a little bewildered. They all seemed to think the Xiaomi was crap and poorly made. They all insisted I would be better off with a Huawei at similar price points. I am sure they would take a Dell or HP or Lenovo over a Xiaomi Macbook Air copy any day!

        • +1 vote

          @Risto: I got the Mi5 by the way and was quite disappointed.

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          @Risto: Odd seeing as the Mi5 is fairly well received by most phone review sites.
          But even with their latest phone, the Mi Mix, it gets rave reviews (bar the camera) for the quality of materials they use and how well it was made…
          The Mi5 isn't even their flagship phone so it's harsh to make a judgement on an entire brand based on your anecdotal experience with some of your friends and 1 particular phone.

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          @Deviner: When I bought the Mi5 it WAS the flagship phone. The camera on the Mi5 was rubbish. And the operating system was problematic. I still bought it, notwithstanding Chinese perception of the brand. I certainly regret the purchase. But feel free to drop almost $1000 on a laptop from "somewhere".

          As Nubzy says below … risky proposition indeed.

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          @Risto: I already have one from about a month ago now… it's been awesome, just like the other Xiaomi bits that I've got (like the Yi and Yi 4K cameras I've got and the IP Cam and the MiPad… etc etc).

          But yeah, may as well chuck the brand under the bus over a shit phone you got.

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          @Deviner: I bet I have more Xiaomi gear than you have. Including my plant water and nutrient sensors. But I just throw them away when they stop working. I'd feel less happy if I had to throw my laptop away.

          You seem defensive about the brand. I like it for cheap stuff. I resent it when they are hyped to be better than established brands. But feel free to find your working global ROMs and English version of windows etc. It's cheap, there are compromises. Roll your dice mate. I do often.

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          @Risto: I wouldn't be so sure about that bet… but you're talking about a $15 sensor here.
          How often has one of these stopped working for you?

          I've a heap of Xiaomi stuff, ranging from cheap to expensive, and not a single thing has failed on me so far in about 2 years - and each thing has performed up to the standard of their much more expensive equivalents.

          The company is run, and was founded, predominantly by senior staff from Google and Microsoft, but you make them sound like some sort of fly-by-night mob of cowboys. :)

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          @Deviner: 3 of my wifi power points have stopped working (in different places). Bin. It doesn't thrill me their internal ROMs are coded so that China knows when I turn my coffee machine on. They are clearly not fly by night, but there is a reason why they are not selling to sophisticated and developed markets. They have simply not been ready for the big time (yet). I have no doubt they have enough money to employ former Google execs (A shame Barra had to leave).

          My Mi5 needed me to request Xiaomi to unlock my phone so I could install an older (Global) ROM. Their unlock code did not work. I don't recall seeing a phone number I could ring to talk to someone about it. I received a software update on the Mi5 and my desktop was replaced with images of cute Chinese boys. Delighted I was.

          You bought one of these laptops already and are happy with it. You were happy to find a different version of windows and then install it and you are happy to deal with these Chinese retailers when you have a problem. I guess you value the saving of about $200 as valid as compared to others who want a local warranty and a real version of Windows pre-installed on established brands.

          I will be at the top of the list when Xiaomi sells to Australia and has a 1800 number (heck, even a 1300 number) to call when I have an issue. Until then, it will be cheap arsed gadgets from them. I like my new Mi Pen (kind of) by the way.

          We simply have differing opinions on value for money. I want the AMG and you want the Corolla with V8 engine. ;-)

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          @Risto: Your closing dig is ironic, considering what I drive.. but I won't bite.

          And it sounds like your experience of the brand is buying $15 plant sensors and $15-$30 wifi plugs, not withstanding your brief foray with the ill-fated phone.

          It's not a case of "I want to save $200 so I bought x,y,z" - I actually prefer the Xiaomi's design, build and specs over it's counterparts.
          This looks a helluva lot nicer than some of the XPS's and similar ultrabooks and it's also nice to have something a little different than a big "DELL" or Apple logo emblazoned all over it.

          With regards your Mi5… I've bought this laptop and replaced the OS with an English one…. which sounds almost identical to what you did with your phone by trying to replace it's Chinese ROM with a global one.

          I'm happy to take any issues on the chin over changing the O/S, as that was my choice and I knew what to expect when I got it.
          If you weren't happy with MIUI ROM on the Mi5 when you bought it, well then that's completely your own doing for not doing your homework before purchasing a Chinese phone… in China..

          I've a MiPAD running MIUI and I have no issues and it's all in English and I've never had to change the ROM on it - so as you can see, our experiences of the two are vastly different.

          And they didn't just employ former Google execs… former Google (and Microsoft) execs actually founded the company.
          http://www.mi.com/en/founder/

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