[Gear] 90 Points Luggage 20″


ABS and PC must be familiar to you if you are shopping for a luggage and these are some of the common materials used. Some luggage are made using more premium materials like metal and Makrolon by Covestro. (Subsidiary of Bayer.)

Covestro Makrolon

In my trip to Milan last year, my carry-on luggage was damaged. (Zipper damaged. I am not gentle with my gears.) So I have been looking for a replacement for a while. Since then, I have been relying on my old carry-on luggage that is quite heavily used but still working.


Old carry-on luggage.

At luggage shops, I am seeing Makrolon luggage priced at more than SG$100 for 20″ carry-on. In my opinion, that is overpriced. I am not supportive of carrying expensive luggage when travelling. Here’s why:

  • Prime target for theft/robbery.
  • Heavy. (Especially Rimowa and Tumi metal luggage.)

So I am very happy to discover that 90 Points luggage 20″ is officially available on Xiaomi’s tmall for RMB$299. (SG$66.09. 24″ available as well at RMB$349 or SG$77.14.) This is very affordable for a Makrolon luggage. So you may be wondering why Xiaomi has luggage? This is produced by one of their ecosystem company 润米 that they have invested in. It is the same manufacturer of Xiaomi Multi Purpose Computer Bag that I have reviewed previously.

Luggage Box

Luggage Box. (4.2KG for shipment consideration. Shipment cost RMB$99.91 or SG$21.91 via air through Taobao’s official forwarder PRouter. You will want to order this item individually as Xiaomi will ship this item individually if you mix with other items in 1 order.)

Luggage Unboxing

Luggage Unboxing.

Luggage Wrapped

Luggage Wrapped.

Luggage Front

Luggage Front. Makrolon is a good balance of weight and durability. Notice the strips? These are created to deal with impact. Blue color here. Black, grey and white available as well.

Luggage Side Handle

Luggage Side.

Luggage Wheels

Luggage Wheels. 8 of them. Very smooth when rolling around. TPE material.

TSA Locked

TSA Lock. Pin set at 000 on arrival by default.

ZIP Released

ZIP Released. Notice raised dot design on luggage body? This is to prevent scratches.

Luggage Side

Luggage Side. Good to see plastic stands.

Luggage Top

Luggage Top. Handles are without cushion which is good to have.

Luggage Telescopic Handle

Luggage Telescopic Handle At Full Extension. 4 heights adjustable. Handle built with reinforced metal that has been polished. Some handles are quite shaky based on my experience. But this has been designed and tested to be very solid. Movement is kept within 1.5cm based on specification.

Luggage Back

Luggage Back.

Luggage Opened

Luggage Opened. Closed interior dividers ensure good separation and storage. Huge plus.

Left Opened

Left Opened.

Right Opened

Right Opened.

Bags Stacked

90 Points Luggage 20″ with Xiaomi Multi Purpose Computer Bag. They are meant to be together isn’t it?

Luggage Label

Luggage Label. 2.9KG net weight for luggage, 36L of storage, 375mmx223mmx550mm inclusive of wheels compliant with airlines carry-on luggage size requirement.

Luggage Weight

Luggage Weight. Not too far off from specifications.

[Gear] Handphone


Is Mobile World Congress (MWC) week in Barcelona. LG and Samsung have made their announcement. HP also announced Elite x3 which is interesting.

HP Elite X3

HP Elite X3 phone (Qualcomm SnapDragon 820 64-bit quad-core 2.15GHz, 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB Storage, MicroSD Expansion up to 2TB, CAT 6 LTE, 2×2 802.11AC WIFI, 6″ 2560×1440 AMOLED screen, 2 front facing B&O tunes speakers, Dual SIM, USB-C, 16MP/8MP cameras, Iris Scanner, Fingerprint reader and 4150mAh battery with Qi charging.) powered by Windows Phone. Why? It got a desk dock (3rd row 2nd and 3rd column. Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort, 2 USB 3.0 and 1 USB-C.) and Mobile Extender (4th row. 12.5″ 1080p screen, full size keyboard and 48wH battery. Pair it with phone and you can work.)

Other than LG, Samsung and HP, another company that I am watching in MWC is Mi. They will be launching Mi5 in China and MWC. This marks Mi’s debut in MWC and potentially a declaration of their intent to break into international market big time. Mi5 is also confirmed to be running on Qualcomm SnapDragon 820 with various configurations available. Let’s wait and see.

In the meantime, let’s talk about my daily driver: Mi Note. I have been using this for close to 6 months and it has been serving me well on trips. Here’s the specification of Mi Note.

Processor: Qualcomm SnapDragon 801 64-bit quad-core 2.5GHz
Storage: 64GB
Connectivity: LTE, Dual SIM, 802.11AC WIFI
Screen: 5.7″ 1080p LCD
Camera: 13MP/4MP cameras
Battery: 3000mAh
OS: MIUI China Development ROM with Android Marshmallow

Most photos on this site are taken using this phone and it runs all applications featured on this site to keep me productive. Dual SIM is a must for me so that I can use local prepaid SIM card with my Singapore SIM card while overseas to maintain connectivity. Screen is of good quality and size.

It currently retails for SG$569 on http://www.mi.com/sg/minote/ or SG$28 with Singtel Combo 2 signup with 24 months contract on https://www.singtelshop.com/shop/phones/xiaomi-mi-note.