Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition

Xiaomi’s notebook series and it’s stylish gaming series laptops have always impressed the Indian consumer but never was available in India for retail. One needed to get it imported from China in order to use it. Finally, Xiaomi debuts in India with the Mi Notebook 14 and the Mi Notebook Horizon Edition, boasting 10th gen Intel processor and also claiming to have a dedicated GPU for gaming as well. Coming down to the streets with a decent price range, is the Xiaomi’s Notebook 14 series worth it? Let’s find out as I’ve come up with comprehensive research done on the Mi notebook 14 series by collecting resources from what the top tech reviewers had to say about it.

Mi notebook Horizon Edition
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Pricing

Mi Notebook 14 starts from Rs.41990
Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition starts from Rs.54,990

Looks like the price is fairly decent in the current market for a 10th Gen Intel processor-based notebook. The packaging comes with Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition x 1U
Power Adapter with Power Cord x 1U
User Manual x 1U
Mi Webcam HD x 1U (Free with the Mi NoteBook 14 Horizon Edition, will be given as a separate bundle)

ORDINARY TECH RATING SCALE (OTRS)

I understand it can get a little tricky even for a reviewer to exactly explain how they feel a particular aspect of a gadget is. Top reviewers get to have their hands on a lot of products and they’ll have to explain how they feel about a particular aspect of a product through words. I study the emotion, enthusiasm, and use of strong words by a reviewer and convert that into a number system ranging from 0 to 10 with 10 being perfect and 0 being the opposite.
Mi notebook Horizon Edition

Specification review

Design language and appearance

  • Weighs 1.35 kg.
  • 32.1 cm length x 20.6 cm depth x 1.71 cm thick
  • No branding outside the laptop which makes it look classy.
  • A 14-inch laptop beautifully squeezed into a 13inch laptop body.
  • Super-thin 3mm bezels but does not have a webcam.
  • The right side features a USB C-Type port, 2x USB 3.1 Ports, one HDMI port, and a charging port.
  • The left side features one USB2.0 port, one headphone 3.5mm Audio jack, and the precision-cut cooling grill/vent.
  • No fingerprint scanner.
  • Two cooling grills underneath with 2x 2Watt speakers on the bottom.
  • The keyboard has a Scissor Mechanism with ABS Texture.
  • 1.3mm key travel
  • 19mm pitch per key
  • No backlit keyboard.
  • Multi-gesture supported Touchpad.

In my opinion, this is a good design with a decent port selection. The laptop looks really good thanks to the lack of company branding and lack of stickers on the body of the laptop(except one Intel Core sticker which looks good). The Mi Notebook 14 looks slim and weighs just 60 grams more than the Apple counterpart(MacBook Air). Xiaomi also boasts their 14Inch display that has been packed into a 13inch laptop body thanks to the super narrow 3mm bezels running around the display.

Overall, the Mi Notebook 14 and the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition are great looking laptops and you can’t go wrong with the design elements in them.

Build Quality

Let’s see what the Top reviewers have to say about the build quality of the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition laptop

QuotesOTRS
-Beebom “Looks beautiful’ “very premium”9
-C4Etech” I really like the design here”8
-Trakin tech “well built” ” little hefty in hands”8
-Geekyranjit “weight balance has been done well”8
-All Others9
Average OTRS= 8.4

A score of 8.4 on the Ordinary Techie Rating Scale can be considered in the above-average to good category. The body is made out of Anodised aluminum which adds in more premium feeling to the Mi Notebook 14. There were no sharp edges and the design can be more or less categorized under classy. Hinges felt strong and the laptop can be opened with a single hand.

Few reviewers felt that the small body of the Mi Notebook 14 made the laptop feel hefty in the hand. In my opinion, I don’t understand this as the Mi notebook 14 is only 60grams heavier than a Mac Book Air.

The keyboard in the Mi Notebook 14 and the Mi Notebook Horizon edition is simply wonderful. Every reviewer loved typing on the Mi laptop. The precise 1.3 mm key travel is best for getting a good typing experience and it looks like Xiaomi delivered the keyboard we all would love.

So, in total, for an ultrabook class of laptops, the Mi notebook 14 and the same bodied Mi notebook 14 Horizon Edition are two well built, premium-feeling, and strong laptops. You can’t go wrong with the build quality of this beautiful laptop.

Display

  • Comes with a 35.56cm(14inch) Full HD Display
  • Resolution of 1920×1080 pixels.
  • Standard 60Hz
  • 240nits peak brightness
  • 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • 91% screen to body ratio. ( Impressive)
  • 178 degree wide viewing angle.
  • Anti-glare matt coating.
QuotesOTRs
-Beebom “I think the display looks great” fairly bright, viewing angles are good and colors look punchy”8
-C4etech” initial impressions look great, good contrast and the most impressive thing is the wide viewing angle”8
-Trakin tech “I like the display”10
-Geekyranjit “Screen quality is good” “viewing angles are slightly on the weaker side” “color accuracy is nice”7
-All Others8
Average OTRS= 8.2

A score of 8.2 on the Ordinary Techie Rating scale is an above-average score. Every reviewer felt amazed by the display but do note that most reviewers felt awe seeing just the Super-slim bezel. When it comes to color accuracy and punchiness, all the reviewers were quite content and satisfied but no one except Trakin tech showed enormous liking towards it. A thing to be noted is that ultrabooks are meant to have impressive display quality and based on the looks of it, the Mi Notebook 14 display does seem to fare well in this department.

Xiaomi boasts a massive 178-degree viewing angle and this is quite an unclear side of the laptop. The thing to be noted is that while most of the reviewers were impressed with the viewing angle, Geekyranjit, on the other hand, felt disappointed here and I’m not sure what’s the real deal behind this. Geekyranjit claims the display viewing angle is poor and not like what Xiaomi claims it to be.

Overall, the Mi Notebook 14 and the Horizon Edition comes with a good display paired with a super-slim 3mm bezel but holds an unclear opinion on the viewing angle. For the price, I believe this is a great deal for an ultrabook.

Performance

Mi notebook Horizon Edition
Mi notebook Horizon Edition
  • Windows 10 Home version 2004
  • Intel® Core™ i7-10510U 10th-GEN processor
  • 1.8GHz quad-core
  • With boost clock up to 4.9GHz
  • Base models of Horizon Edition and standard Mi Notebook 14 come with an Intel® Core™ i5-10210U 10th-GEN Processor
  • 1.6GHz quad-core
  • With boost clock up to 4.2GHz
  • Standard Mi Notebook 14 comes with Intel® UHD Graphics 620
  • Optional: NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 (2GB GDDR5 VRAM)
  • Horizon Edition comes with NVIDIA® GeForce® MX350 (2GB GDDR5 VRAM)
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM soldered. (non-upgradeable)
  • 2666MHz RAM speed.
  • 512GB PCI Express Gen 3 NVMe SSD
  • 3000 MB/s Sequential Read, 1800 MB/s Sequential Write Speed
  • Lower variants have 512GB SATA 3 SSD
  • 600 MB/s Speed
  • Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi 2×2
  • Bluetooth V5.0
  • 46Wh Battery
  • Backup of up to 10Hrs
  • 65W Power Adapter
QuotesOTRS
-Beebom” I think it’s pretty good”7
-C4etech “checking by specs and running day to day task of running a spreadsheet or excel wouldn’t be an issue for this machine”7
-Trakin tech “Amazing Read speed” “powerful laptop”9
-Geekyranjit “the performance is very fast” performance was very good”9
-All Others8
Average OTRS= 8

An Ordinary Techie Rating Score of 8 is very good for an ultrabook. The 10th gen i5 and i7 processors are highly capable precessors, coupled with that PCIe NVme SSD will offer unbeatable boot time and application loading speed. Great performance from the CPU side and no doubts here as even the reviewers were highly satisfied with the performance department of the MI Notebook 14 and Mi Notebook Horizon edition.

Coming to the GPU aspect of the Mi notebook 14 series, for an ultrabook, the Intel UHD620 and the Nvidia GeForce 250MX are entry-level GPUs but are very common with every Ultrabook laptops. But, the Nvidia GeForce 350MX is a new GPU and should offer a 12% higher performance than the Nvidia 250MX. But do note that the MX350 is available only for the top model of the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition.

Xiaomi markets the Mi notebooks as a Notebook that can also be used for gaming. While I firmly believe this claim is misleading as the entry-level MX250 and MX 350 are not powerful enough to handle modern games at respectable framerates. If gaming is also one of your priorities, then for this price segment, the GTX1650 and the GTX1050Ti are the right options. Although, Ultrabooks do not pack a good GPU as Ultrabooks were never meant for gaming.

Like any ultrabook should provide, the battery life in the Mi Notebook is good enough. Though Xiaomi claims to give 10 hours of battery life, most reviewers mentioned they got only about 6 to 8 hours of battery usage. The 48Watt hour is decent for a notebook and with the low power consuming processor, this should go in favor of good battery life.

In my opinion, the Mi Notebook 14 and the Mi notebook 14 Horizon edition packs a great powerful processor and comes with super-fast SSD storage. You can’t go wrong with day to day usage and office usage that does not require high graphical performance. I firmly believe that the Keyboards built for an ultrabook are meant to have a pleasurable typing experience and one should not use this keyboard for gaming.

OVERALL pros

  • Super stylish and sleek design.
  • No branding labels ( clean looking laptop) (except for one Intel Inside sticker)
  • 14-inch screen packed inside a 13-inch body.
  • Ultra-slim bezels.
  • 10th gen powerful processor.
  • Great weight balance distribution.
  • Fast charging power brick.

OVERALL cons

  • Unclear viewing angle.
  • No Type-C charging even though a Type-C port is provided.
  • No keyboard backlight.
  • The sound quality is average. (bottom-firing speakers)
  • Low volume level
  • No integrated camera( you do get a separate camera inbox)
  • Cannot upgrade RAM.
  • No fingerprint scanner.

CONCLUSION

From seeing all the reviews, the Mi Notebook 14 and the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition seems to be a great deal for the money. We get an ultra-slim bezel and the entire 14-inch display has been crammed into a mere 13inch laptop’s body frame, making the Mi Notebooks have a small build. The entire body of the laptop is made out of anodized aluminum which gives out a premium look and feels good to hold as well. Mi notebook offers a great typing experience but comes without keyboard backlight which is bad for a laptop at this price premium. I would ‘Neutrally suggest’ you to get the Mi Notebook if and only if you’re looking for a notebook and have no needs for gaming. There are other decent ultrabooks for the same price in the market and I would really like to see how Xiaomi’s Notebooks fares in India.

Cheers!!!

If you are into gaming then check out my list of the top 3 gaming laptops under Rs.80,000

By Jayesh

Hi there!! I'm Jayesh, a Super tech enthusiast who spends a lot of his time obsessing over gadgets, watching reviews, and hands-on experience from various people on the internet( Tech YouTubers generally) as I'm not lucky enough (yet) to own it all for myself. I'm sharing my tech knowledge coming from my obsession over youtube tech reviewers to help friends and family decide on a product.

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