Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition Review
Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition Review

The adventure that Xiaomi has done so far is by 2020. This year is the place where we can clearly see the change in strategy for the company which has dominated the smartphone sales in the country for the last two years. After calling Redmi and Pok‌mon an "independent smartphone brand", the company wants to revive its image as a growing ecosystem company, while retaining its identity as a brand.
In that sequel, Xiaomi finally decided to enter the Indian laptop market, at which point many are working from home and will continue to do so in the future. It’s been a long time, but Xiaomi doesn’t like to show off with its current portfolio in China. They wanted to make a lasting first impression, so India got two new ultrabooks- the Mi Horizon Edition and the Notebook 14. The latter is more premium with better GPUs and faster SSDs, but with SKUs, Xiaomi's specific laptop naming schemes usually confuse buyers - a lesson that the company has expanded beyond its smartphone business. I am using the top version of my laptop 14 Horizon version.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition Review
Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition Review

The Mi Notebook 14 is a compact, slim, and lightweight ultrabook, which is very well built and does exactly what you would expect from a high-end specific MacBook. While this may not be right, you should have some pain points before you spend your money, it can make you tired.

Pros

Value quality

A distinctive feature of the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition is its build quality. Weighing in at 1.35kg, the laptop looks as solid as the Unibody MacBook Air and achieves IO without skipping. The dull gray, metallic finish is reminiscent of Apple's MacBook, but the Xiaomi is on top, complete with no logos or whimsical design finishes or angles.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition Review
Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition Review

Take this and the magnesium-aluminum alloy is a very big upgrade from the plastic that most laptops make in the 50-60k price range. Needless to say, this finish still has fingerprints easily, though you can draw anything with it when you are not, although it is ideal for scratching. Once you open the lid, you will feel that the lid is not strong even though the metal alloy has been used. As I found on the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 is still bends significantly under pressure. The joints are well designed and no matter how important you are the lid will not be firm enough to keep it completely stable. The keyboard deck is also dynamic and has zero flex here no matter how much you press against it. For the 60K, the Mi notebook is not comparable to the 14th anniversary.
"When closed, the laptop is only 1.7 cm thick."

Top Ultrabook performance with impressive thermal design

My notebook is not for 14 gamers. Yes, if you enjoy some rounds like CS: GO or FIFA 20, you can usually play on it, but it's not for that. The Core i7 version has enough ammunition for us to do everyday tasks and I can comfortably drive 8-10 tabs and spot them in the background. For more difficult tasks like photo editing, I was able to open folders with 30-40 raw images in Photoshop for editing without having to stress the graphics card. The display is not very accurate for color-grading work, but if you are a photographer looking for an ultrabook for basic image processing on the go, this laptop will not disappoint you.
"Image processing in my notebook 14 is a breeze."
Xiaomi has standardized the SSD storage option on all laptop SKUs. The Core i7 Horizon Edition model M2 uses Toshiba 512GB PCI Express General 3 NVM SSD. When the drive is benchmarked, the sequential read speed reaches 3.2GB / s, which is impressive and really fast. Remember, the SATA SSD speed should be much faster for the average user on the lower models of the Mi Notebook 14. NVMe SSD speeds only benefit users who transfer and access large files on a daily basis.
For video editing, the GPU from 350 is no longer in use because the MX350 does not support NVIDIA's hardware-accelerated encoding or decoding mechanism called NVENC. Thankfully, Intel chips with QSV greatly improve video conversion speed through processors here. The long story is short, if you work with 1080p footage on the Premiere Pro without too many elements and effects, the Mi Notebook 14 will be useful.
Xiaomi's thermal design is also excellent, this device is awesome without making much noise. The palm-rest bottom plate and bottom right, are warm under load, but the keyboard and most palm-rest areas are comfortable. When you browse the web or it's too hot on Netflix, you do not feel hot. A thermal solution is not very difficult for you until you compile the code or edit the extended video timeline.

Good hardware and healthy IO selection

Features of my top-end review unit are Intel Core i7-10710U Comet Lake CPU, Nvidia GeForce MX350 discrete graphics, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB PCI Gen3 NVM SSD storage, 46 batteries and bundled 65W fast charger. In the case of the premium Ultrabook, this is an unrelated setup of less than INR 54,999. Most photographers prefer to include an SD card slot, although this is unintentional in IO. There are two USB 3.1 ports, a USB 2.0 port, a 3.5mm audio port, an HDMI port, and a USB-C port.

Pricing for performance

The 14-inch display panel is a basic LED with full HD resolution, but there is nothing too exciting about it. The display is bright enough for indoor use, reaches 207 knots, and packs good contrast levels, while the color rendering condition of 63% sRGB does not please photography TS ts enthusiasts.
"The display is a good contrast, but not the most accurate colors"
It’s also a matte display, which means they don’t actually appear on the way. In most office environments, you can expect the overhead lights to look bad on the laptop screen and in your eyes - much less than the Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition edition. Apart from this, this screen also works well in bit by bit. Things are easy to read and the media does not smoke.

Such as a keyboard and a well-functioning trackpad

The keyboard in my notebook is a bit of a mixed bag. The hinges use scissors-mechanics, made of 1.3mm and ABS plastic with good travel. There is clearly nothing wrong with the Xiaomi layout and the typing experience is actually quite satisfying.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition Review
Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition Review

It does not reach the quality level of the Microsoft Surface laptop or MacBook's Magic keyboard, but for the price range, it is better than other offerings out there. I found the trackpad to be a bit smarter, but as far as functionality goes, it's a responsive trackpad that supports Windows Precision drivers for gestures. Despite some significant complaints, I listed in the concentration section, scrolling, tapping, and swiping all work well.

Reliable good battery life

I got a 46Wh battery pack from the Mi Notebook 14 unit, which Xiaomi claims to provide 10 hours of usage. Although those numbers are achieved under ideal test-scenarios, 7 hours-7 hours 30 minutes is the consistent battery life you would expect from the Horizon version of the Mi Notebook 14, unless you push the machine too hard. Intel has greatly improved power management with its 10th Gen Core processor, which extends battery life on ultra-thin laptops.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition Review
Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition Review

I easily got 7 hours of battery life while testing, browsing the web, typing words, and slacking off and on. As soon as I start something like Adobe Photoshop, the battery starts to drain faster. A good feature of the Xiaomi laptop is fast charging, which is useful for those who are traveling. The box has a 65W adapter that charges the laptop from 0 to 50% in 35 minutes and takes 1 hour 25 minutes to fully charge.

Cons

Why skip the webcam?

Xiaomi also did an excellent job of cutting the bezels, with the 14-inch laptop mounted on a frame that fits the 13-inch Ultrabook. He probably took the bezel thin too seriously. In this COVID-19-inspired WFH world, Xiaomi has decided to abandon the webcam altogether- a shocking choice, as this ultrabook is especially appealing to office goers and productivity-workers.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition Review
Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition Review

As an idea, the company decided to tie a USB webcam to each unit laptop(it is easy to install and works well) but you still have to keep it as a dongle, which is nice. Additionally, the external solution means you can leave it on the USB-A port.

There should be more RAM version

It's enough to satisfy 8GB of DDR4 RAM with Chrome memory, word processors, music apps, and a few tabs. It is a shame that Xiaomi does not offer the 16GB RAM version, especially in the top end horizon version. This can be a deal-breaker for those who want a little more headroom to edit videos and make the top-end version look like an unfair splash.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition Review
Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition Review

It is very extensive and detailed with good design, but the clicks are very unpleasant. Due to the diving board approach, the response can also vary greatly from top to bottom. In fact, the bottom edge goes to such a level that it is worrying how far this time will go from the test. We give you as much as possible to use the mouse.

Value and judgment

I find it strange to say, but you better understand looking at the entry-level options of the Mi Notebook 14 than spending more for the 'Horizon Edition' version. With the upgraded storage option of 256GB, the Mi Notebook 14 and 512GB will cost you Rs 41,999 and Rs 44,999 respectively. Of the two, I recommend taking the latter, which only offers 3K more dual storage - this is the model that offers the best value for money.
The laptop has the best battery life, the best keyboard, and class build quality and offers the best performance for the price. If you want to do a little light gaming, upgrading the INR 3000 GeForce MX250 GPU is a good choice, however, you'll be happy with the entry-level 'Horizon Edition' Mi Notebook 14, which packs a slightly better GPU.
However, the top-end horizon version is the curve-ball from Xiaomi. For Rs 60,000 you get an efficient Ultrabook, but with a backlit non-keyboard, lack of webcam, and poor trackpad it is hard to find. The 16GB RAM version would be premium for the price, however, it makes very little sense to choose the Core i7 model when the i5 model is in everyday use.
If you do not mind the non - backlit keyboard and you want to use an external mouse, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Horizon Edition is a fast, 14-inch, slim and lightweight option for those on the market. Budget prices are usually more expensive than competing with this laptop with quality and bulky design. Xiaomi has made a strong entry into the Indian laptop market and should only improve from here.