Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition Is Fantastic

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Xiaomi has entered the laptop market in India with its new Mi Notebook 14 and Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition product lines. These models are lightweight and compact, with few frills. Xiaomi aims to have a universal appeal, whether you are an office worker, home user or student. However, if you expect incredibly low prices, you may be a little surprised – Xiaomi will not rush the laptop market, as in the cover of smartphones and smart TVs. With prices (Introductory offer) to, Xiaomi targets the heart of the laptop market and not the budget segment.

Instead of the lowest prices, the emphasis is on style, specifications and value for money. It is an interesting strategy for Xiaomi, which has a long history of pulling the rug from under the feet of its competitors with unbeatable prices. However, laptops are still very expensive investments for most people, and no one wants to spend without being sure of the quality and performance you will receive.

Today we review the Core i7 version of the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition, which is the most expensive of the five laptops that Xiaomi has just launched in India. Can the company compete against traditional giants like Dell, HP, Lenovo and Acer?

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition: models and prices

Xiaomi’s naming scheme is somewhat confusing, since the Mi Notebook 14 and Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition are indeed separate product lines. There are three variants of The mi Notebook 14 and two variants of The mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition. Within this recent product line you have two options: the variant at the price has a Core i5-10210u Processor, a 512GB SATA SSD and no USB Type C port, you get this port with a Core i7-10510 processor and a much faster 512 GB NVME SSD. The difference in price is so small that most people will choose the most expensive option.

There are also three mi Notebook 14 variants that are not so different, especially compared to the Core i5 version of the Horizon Edition. You can read all about their specifications here. You can save a lot of money by opting for the low-end series, if you don’t mind a slightly larger and heavier laptop.

Mi Notebook 14 Edition Horizon: look and feel

Xiaomi has been condemned of copying Apple in the past, and there is also a trace of inspiration here. The Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition has an all-metal body, in particular an alloy of aluminum and magnesium. We love the minimalist look that Xiaomi has gone with-especially the fact that there is no logo or design on the lid. It’s just a flat surface, with nothing but the sandblasted texture of the metal for relief. We also noticed that the silver metal acquires a warm shade when seen in the bright sun and looks almost gray in the dark.

With a weight of only 1.35 kg and a thickness of 17.15 mm, the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition is extremely portable. It will not be too heavy in a backpack or shoulder bag, even if you have to wear it every day. Xiaomi is also proud of the balance of weight – you can lift the lid with just one finger, and the mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition will not tilt backwards or slide over your table.

The hinge looks quite sturdy and provides reasonable freedom of movement. The screen stays in place without wobbling when you use this laptop, and the lid itself barely bends even with pressure. Another thing we loved is that the keyboard bed does not subside when typing. The only slight disappointment was the trackpad, which was shaky as we simply wiped a finger without clicking on it. Overall, the quality of the construction is impressive.

Several manufacturers of inexpensive phones, including Xiaomi, regularly try to integrate design elements of high-end models into inexpensive ones, including narrow screen borders. This idea was passed on to the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition, which has a claimed screen-to-body ratio of 91% (at least for the lid) with 3 mm margins on the top and sides of the scoreboard. This is something we usually see on very high-end compact lifestyle laptops like the Dell XPS 13 or the HP Spectre X360 13, but there is a problem.

While Dell, HP and others have managed to integrate a small webcam as part of the screen, Xiaomi simply decided that these laptops could do without them. The company says that its research has shown that this is suitable for customers, but the recent lock situation and the increase in remote work have led to increased demand for video, and so you get a simple USB webcam in the box with any Mi laptop model.

The webcam is a fairly large gray block that can sit on the top of the lid of a thin laptop, but there is no clip or clip, so its angle can not be adjusted independently, and it will not stay in place when you move. This is not ideal, and you must remember to carry the webcam with you, but it is better than other solutions that we have tried, such as the context-sensitive camera of the Acer Swift 7 or the one under the screen and off-center on some Asus models.

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