Highlight: Battery life
After many years of an anticipated launch, Xiaomi has finally entered the Indian laptop market this year. There are three variants of the Mi Notebook 14 and two of the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition. While the series starts at Rs 41,999, the Horizon edition of the laptop is more powerful and packs in a more feature-rich offering.
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 — which is more than enough for casual to borderline heavy-duty stuff.
The device, crafted in an all-metal body, seems to have been inspired by Apple’s MacBook line-up. You get a completely plain lid — no branding on the outer side — which may seem odd to some. The only branding you will find on the device is on the inside, below the display.
The laptop offers a 14-inch FHD screen with anti-reflection coating and claims 91% screen-to-body ratio. The bezels are quite narrow on the Mi Notebook, making the display experience quite good.
The laptop runs on Windows 10 Home operating system and, therefore, skips all the bloatware Xiaomi smartphone users have to suffer. 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 a Type-C port, 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.
The laptop is powered by a 46Wh battery and comes with a 65W power adapter, making it charge quickly. Battery life is one of the key highlights as it did last us a complete workday of approximately eight hours.
The lack of an integrated webcam on the Mi Notebook 14 — especially the times we live in, where remote working has become important — may be a deal-breaker for some. However, Xiaomi does ship a USB-enabled HD webcam in the box.
Overall, if you are looking for a compact and value-for-money laptop, then you can consider the Mi Notebook 14.
The writer is with gadgetsnow.com
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1 Comment on this Story
Arvind Chitale25 days ago
Why preloaded Chinese apps? I am afraid, Its a security risk. Will avoid buying.