Xiaomi is one of the few new brands in the field of laptops, but its huge presence in the Indian smartphone and TV market means that it is not a new name. Brand awareness and trust are important when you spend large amounts of money. Of course, the Chinese giant is best known for offering excellent value for money in the entry-level field, and it will be interesting to see how this affects laptops. We’ve already reviewed the Premium model Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition, and now it’s time to take a look at how Xiaomi caters to more budget-conscious laptop buyers.
The Vanilla Mi Notebook 14 loses some of the design elements and distinguishing features of its Horizon Edition counterpart, but remains a thin and lightweight laptop. It is imposing itself in a very competitive segment and must fend off the big players such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer and Asus. Let’s see what the Mi Notebook 14 Has to offer.
Xiaomi Mi-Laptop – 14-design
The Standard Mi Notebook 14 is not as smooth as its brother, The Horizon Edition, but it is nevertheless quite modern and attractive. It has a metal body with an anodized sandblasted exterior and the same lid without Logo that we liked on the more expensive model. The overall picture is quite minimalist and modest.
There is really nothing to see on the outside, apart from the connections on the left and right and a small get-down that helps you close the lid. The intake ports are located at the bottom, and the hot air is release through the back of the hinge.
Unlike Horizon Edition, you need to hold the base down with one hand while lifting the lid with the other. The total weight is 1.5 kg, and the thickness is barely 18 mm, so this laptop should be light enough to take away and even for everyday trips.
If you open the lid, you will see a relatively thick chin under the screen and a little white space all around. This is one of the main distinguishing features between The Mi Standard laptop and The Horizon Edition, which is characterized by thin margins. Although there is enough room for a Webcam at the top, there is none in this model. Xiaomi says it was a deliberate decision during the design process, but as people now increasingly rely on video conferencing for remote work and learning, there will be an external USB Webcam in every Mi laptop.
The keyboard is also made of metal, with a pressed tablet for keyboard keys in the island style. The arrow keys are crammed into a single line and there is no backlight, but there are no major problems with the layout. In fact, there are additional Fn line keys compared to the Horizon Edition keyboard, so PrtScrn and Insert should not be secondary functions. The wrist support areas are quite generous, and the Trackpad size and placement are quite standard.
The cover is slightly bent, and the screen does not disfigure when pressure is applied. The hinge opens at 140 degrees and is quite firm. Overall, Xiaomi seems to have done a good job with the Design-the Mi Notebook 14 does not feel inexpensive and plastic, which gives it an advantage in its price segment.
Xiaomi Mi-Laptop – 14-Review
There are three variants of the standard Mi laptop, all with the same Intel Core i5 – 10210u processor from the 10. this processor has base and Boost speeds of 1.6 GHz, respectively, and all three versions have 8 GB of soldered and non-expandable DDR4-2666 RAM.
The basic variant was launched on and has a 256 GB SSD. Going to the intermediate level doubles the capacity of the SSD to 512 GB, which seems to be a great value since the price. at the top end, The SSD remains the same, but you also get a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU. This is the one I have for review.
Unlike the high-end Horizon edition, there is no CPU choice. Xiaomi also used SATA M. 2 SSDs for this model – you can exchange your own for an upgrade, but there is no empty slot for an additional one. It is also not clear if you can replace a faster NVMe SSD.
The choice of ports is also somewhat limited compared to Horizon Edition. Tragically, you don’t get any USB Type C ports.There are two USB 3.1 (Gen1) type A ports, one USB 2.0 port, one HDMI 1.4 b video output, one 3.5 mm Combo audio jack and one DC input. An SD card slot would have been nice.
A non-reflective screen is generally better suited for work, especially for indoor lighting. Xiaomi has developed a 14-inch Full HD panel for the Mi Notebook 14. The company does not claim color accuracy, but boasts a viewing angle of 178 degrees.
The battery has a capacity of 46 Wh, which, according to Xiaomi, is equivalent to a life of 10 hours. You get a pretty clunky 65W power supply in the box, plus of course the external Webcam 720p. Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 5 are supported. The Mi Notebook 14 also features lower burning stereo speakers With a power of 2 W each, as well as DTS audio enhancement.
Xiaomi provides the Mi Notebook 14 with Windows 10 Home and a one-month trial version Of Office 365. The two internal applications we saw on the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition also appear here-Mi Blaze Unlock allows you to automatically connect to Windows if you wear a compatible Mi Band, while Mi Smart Share is used to transfer files to and from phones running the corresponding application.