August 15, 2022
Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition first impressions

Xiaomi has made a name for itself in India with affordable smartphones and more recently smart TVs. The company’s success in each of these segments is nothing short of spectacular. Each new launch receives unprecedented attention, and is a direct reflection of how disruptive its prices are. We are expecting to see similar upheaval in the laptop market, with Xiaomi finally bringing its first model to India after much anticipation. If the Mi Notebook and Mi Notebook Horizon Edition launch, they could make life quite difficult for Dell, HP, Acer and Lenovo. We’re going to take our first look at the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition, the most premium model at today’s launch.

Xiaomi told Gadgets 360 that it does not intend to flood the market with multiple models and variants, citing widespread confusion and duplication in stores right now. The Mi Notebook and Mi Notebook Horizon Edition product lines are suitably different, and the prices are discreetly staggered.

The Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition will be available with either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor. The cost of the two options is Rs. 54,999 and Rs. 59,999 respectively in India. The more affordable Mi Notebook 14 starts at Rs. 41,999, and you can read about all the differences between these models and variants in our launch event coverage.

The body of the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition is made of aluminum and magnesium alloys. An interesting design touch is that there is no logo on the lid – it is completely blank. Xiaomi has gone with a matte sandblasted texture, but it still falls short compared to what we’ve seen from the company. The metal appears dark silver, but heats up when viewed in the sun. We like the look, and we suspect some people will be happy not to have Xiaomi or Mi branding on expensive laptops.

Xiaomi emphasizes that the lid of the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition can be lifted with just one finger, and that the bottom will not lift itself up or move around on the table. We found this to be true, and it makes this laptop easy to use. The hinge still feels solid and the lid has minimal flex, even when deliberately applied pressure. The only Mi logo you’ll see is right at the bottom of the screen.

One of the key design elements of the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition is the slim 3mm border on the sides and top of the screen. Many manufacturers have gone down this route on their premium models. The screen also stands out as it doesn’t have a glossy coating, which we really appreciate. This will help reduce reflections and glare, especially with indoor lighting.

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The back of the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition is completely blank

While other manufacturers have managed to integrate webcams in such thin borders, Xiaomi has decided to skip this feature altogether. The company told Gadgets 360 that at the time of development, its research showed that people didn’t really care about webcams. However, the recent explosion of video conferencing for remote work, education and communication has changed that, and so a USB webcam will be included with every laptop. It’s a fairly lightweight unit that sits simply on the top lip of the lid without the need for any kind of clip or clamp.

Those thin borders also contribute to the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition’s relatively compact dimensions. As many other manufacturers claim, you get a 14-inch screen in the body, which is the size of most 13.3-inch laptops. Its body is 17.15mm thin and it weighs 1.35kg which is in the range of Ultrabook. We will not have much trouble carrying this laptop with us every day.

We have a full-HD 1920×1080-pixel screen that appears sharp and bright. Viewing angles and color reproduction look fine in our initial impressions. There are bottom-firing 2W stereo speakers on the sides of the base.

The keyboard keys seem to be well spaced, although the arrow cluster is unfortunately narrow. Xiaomi says that its scissor action and 1.3mm of travel make this keyboard very comfortable, and we’ll see for ourselves in our full review. A keyboard backlight would have been very welcome, but this model doesn’t have that feature.

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The keyboard and trackpad appear to be large and well-spaced

As for the variant we have, the Xiaomi 10 . has gone withth Gen Intel Core i7-10510U processor, and interestingly, it has a separate Nvidia GeForce MX350 GPU. The company proudly claims that this GPU delivers gaming-grade performance, but it’s a very entry-level, bare-basic model, so don’t put your hopes too high if you’re looking for a gaming laptop with a disruptive price tag. Increase. The Core i7 version of the Horizon Edition gets a 512GB NVMe SSD, while the lower version and all non-Horizon Edition models have SATA SSDs. There’s also 8GB of RAM which is unfortunately soldered and not upgradeable.

The battery life is said to be 10 hours, thanks to the 46Wh battery. There’s also Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, and DTS audio enhancement. You get two USB 3.1 (Gen 1) ports, a Type-A port, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI 1.4b, and a 3.5mm audio socket. The Core i7 Horizon Edition variant is the only one with a USB Type-C port. However, it doesn’t support DisplayPort video output or charging; You have to use a traditional laptop charger.

Xiaomi clearly knows it has a reputation when it comes to bloatware and spam, as it was quick to assure us that there is nothing like that with Windows 10 on the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition. You get two preloaded utilities: Blaze Unlock lets the laptop recognize a compatible Mi Band and unlock itself when you approach it, and Smart Share lets you send files between devices, like Apple’s AirDrop. gives.

There is a lot to like about Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition. It’s compact, sturdy and good-looking, but more importantly, the price seems reasonable. The specifications list looks promising, and we’ll let you know how it performs in the real world when we put it through our full review process. Stay tuned with Gadgets 360.

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