The laptop market in India has a new player on the block and it is none other than Xiaomi. The company that has over the years created a big enough space in the Indian smartphone market to become its leader is now looking to make a dent in another category. A laptop from Xiaomi was something a lot of people were looking forward to too and finally it happened in 2020.
Called the Mi Notebook 14 series, the
from Xiaomi are available in India at a starting price of Rs 41,999. There is also a ‘Horizon’ Edition of the laptop that is available at a starting price of Rs 54,999, which is more powerful and feature-rich.
Our review unit of the Horizon edition had an Intel Core i5-10210U processor with NVIDIA GeForce MX350 graphics card 512GB SSD and 8GB RAM and cost Rs 54,999. Wondering if this laptop has all that you should consider it to be your next buy? Read on to find out:
Looking at the
, it is not lost that the device seems to be inspired by Apple’s MacBook lineup. The laptop is made of an all-metal material ensuring that it is sturdy.
The most interesting thing about the design is certainly its completely plain lid — there is no branding on the outer side — which is certainly unusual and may appeal to some who think of it as a minimalistic look while others may find it odd. The only place where the company has placed any sort of branding on the device is on the inside below the display where you will see a ‘Mi’ logo.
One major omission that Xiaomi has made with this device is an integrated webcam, which probably won’t have been a big deal till last year but this year no one can deny how important it has become. To make it up, Xiaomi has a USB-enabled HD webcam in the box but once you place it, it looks like a pop-camera on a smartphone.
One plus point of the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon is its compact form factor that makes it quite portable. It has 17.15 mm thinness and weighs 1.35 kg so it is easy to carry it.
The keyboard has full-sized keys with a scissor action and 1.3mm key travel. It is crisp and ergonomically comfortable and works just fine. However, it isn’t backlit so some may find it a little disappointing. The trackpad is also a bit wobbly at times.
With narrow bezels, the
laptop offers a 91% screen-to-body ratio with a 14-inch FHD screen in a 13.3-inch form factor. Thin bezels are usually seen on the top-end laptops and Xiaomi offering this definitely makes it a bit more premium-looking.
Xiaomi says that the laptop comes with an anti-reflection coating and in our experience, we did find it to some extent.
With a screen resolution of 1920x1080p and a screen ratio of 16:9, we can say that you won’t find any problem with your day-to-day display experience. The display quality is sharp enough for the price and will satisfy your basic needs.
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As we have seen in Xiaomi smartphones, with this new product category also the company has offered some of the best hardware in this price category.
Our review unit of the laptop is the second-most powerful laptop in the lineup and at a price difference of Rs 5,000, you can get yourselves a device with the 10th-generation Intel i7 processor.
During all the time we used this device, we were quite pleased to see that there were no lags or frame freezing even after prolonged usage. Right from all-day work to 8-9 hours of binge-watching on the device, everything was quite smooth. We did encounter rare heating up of the device but nothing glaring.
One problem area for us, however, was the audio output. We found it to be quite low for what we like our laptops to sound like.
The laptop runs on Windows 10 Home operating system and therefore skips all the bloatware Xiaomi users are exposed to for their smartphones. You do get two pre-loaded apps Blaze Unlock and Smart Share, which are spammy.Connectivity ports on the device will take care of all your needs as you get Type C ports, HDMI video output, 3.5mm audio jack, etc. The company has offered a Type C port in the higher-end variant of the laptop that features the Core i7 CPU.
Battery life on the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon laptop is one of the key highlights. It lasted us for a complete workday of approximately 8 hours, which was quite impressive. It is backed by a 46Wh battery and comes with a 65W power adapter, making it charge also quickly.
To conclude, we can say that Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 is a fine debut from the company in the country’s laptop market. While there are some misses like no back-lit display and lack of integrated web-cam, as a package Mi Notebook 14 offers good value propositions in terms of price-to-specs ratio. All in all, it makes us look forward to the company’s future products in this segment.