There are a lot of low-end laptops, they are very slow but enough to see the ways of productivity (we are thinking about Acer One Intel Pentium Gold 4415U). At the same time, most expensive laptops are thinner and faster, but pay a premium for aesthetics (Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Awesome). Then there are those designed for durability and reuse (say Dell Latitude). This is a great opportunity for Xiaomi to make its mark in the Indian laptop market with its two offerings – the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon and Mi Notebook 14, which is a lower version, but not necessarily poor.
From the inside out
The specifications are acknowledged to be an important consideration, but at the same time, should not be a case of getting stuck with a poorly designed device. Although the flagship phone costs more than a mid-range laptop, we cling to the latter until the grease veins sit properly on the keys. So the sleek laptop is in order, complete with a set of stickers on the cover. When Xiaomi talked about design, he did not intend to design both variants with the same mold and offer the same level. Beyond the company logo, aluminum-magnesium alloy top stickers are a desolate piece of real estate. Approximately 18 mm thick when closed, it weighs only 1.5 kg, which means it can easily slip into a bag or large envelope.
The node of the MacBook Air design continues on the keyboard, on which the keys are scissor-type with 1.3mm key travel, the trackpad is reasonably sized with multi-touch points. But the screen on the Notebook 14 is not as slick as the Apple (although the Horizon model is much more comparable), yet with the narrow bezels, which is not bad at all, it can judge by the screen heavily. , Definitely a winning feature on the device.
But you can’t tell a book by its cover. Let’s go inside. Powering the laptop is the Intel Core i5-10210U processor, which is definitely good when performing productivity tasks like lollook from Microsoft 365, Chrome with 20 tabs open. Nvidia GeForce MX250, 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM and 256GB SATA 3 SSD.
Yes, Xiaomi had to cut corners compared to the laptop’s Horizon model. It also concentrates the machine; The target audience is well aware of this.
To put it bluntly, the Mi Notebook 14 is primarily for students who use a laptop to solve college tasks, as well as a laptop for those who go to the office. Both groups can stream movies, edit light photos, juggle between windows … and then open as many tabs as you want without even pausing and in Google Chrome. If anyone is trying to run a top-of-the-line game like Forza Horizon 4, good luck. The same goes for the demand for video editing tools. On the other hand, if you play FIFA once a week or just edit a video, the laptop will not disappoint you. If you still want a more powerful machine, try the Notebook 14 Horizon.
So this is a great tool for productivity, right? Before answering this, check out the keyboard. There is not much flex anywhere, which gives a strong feel. The markings on the keyboard are also very clear and will not close after heavy use. Keeping a long document during the day is a seamless experience. But the same thing at night, there is no backlighting because it is a nightmare. We are not sure what Xiaomi was thinking when designing the keyboard. Reducing night brightness is not the solution. The trackpad is good and it allows gesture control.
The second problem is the lack of a built-in webcam, although externally tied to the box. The company seems to be planning laptops ahead of the outbreak, and videoconferencing is not expected to be the biggest technological gift of 2020. If you forget the webcam, you’re in one place.
The third change we want to see in the future is space for upgradability in Xiaomi laptops. The specs are too high when you buy. Don’t get us wrong: this is enough for a few years, but when you need more RAM, what do you do?
Finally, there must be a USB-C type port on the Horizon model.
Is this for you?
Admittedly it is a good laptop and some other brands can match the battery life of the Notebook 14 at this price. You can easily get six to seven hours of screen time on a laptop, which is fantastic. No need to worry about the laptop; It has zero flex and does not stick when typing. The hinge mechanism is also excellently built. Still, it’s not perfect – the missing backlit keyboard, but the design is too good. If Xiaomi’s strategy revolves around a reasonably-priced productivity laptop, the Mi Notebook 14 will definitely deliver.
- Weight: 1.5kg
- Display: 14-inch full HD (1920×1080) anti-glare
- Processor: Intel Core i5-10210U; NVIDIA GeForce MX250
- OS: Windows 10 Home
- Storage: 8GB RAM; 256GB/512GB SATA 3 SSD
- Interface: Two Type-A USB, one USB 2.0, one HDMI, combo audio jack
- Speakers: 2x2W stereo speakers; DTS audio processing app support
- Battery: Backup of up to 10 hours
- Price: Upwards of 43,999