Why the Mi Notebook 14 isn’t the dream notebook Xiaomi claims it to be

Xiaomi’s notebooks have always made the same promise as its smartphones — speced up and affordable. And for this reason, the demand for its notebooks has been astronomical in India as people are yearning for a Xiaomi product in the segment to disrupt the pricing dynamics the way it has disrupted the TV and smartphone space. Prima facie, Xiaomi has delivered this promise with the launch of the Mi Notebook series in India with the standard 14-inch model starting at Rs 41,999 while the high-end “Horizon Edition” model starting at Rs 54,999. Things do look hunk dory on paper, but there is more than what meets the eye and while good, these notebooks aren’t as delectable an offering as some would imagine them to be.

What’s impressive

What Xiaomi doesn’t tell you or wouldn’t want you to believe

How does it stack up to the competition

Xiaomi has certainly created a notebook line which has superior specifications to what one gets on most notebooks sold in India. However, the Mi NoteBook 14 could be held back by the limitations of Intel’s silicon which is fast falling behind what AMD has been doing with its Ryzen line of CPUs for notebooks and PCs. For most people who want to do heavy-duty web browsing, office work on Microsoft Office and photo editing on Adobe Photoshop, this should be a great notebook experience. However, if you’re looking a pro workflow for video editing, then this notebook will unlikely to cut it. It seems that Xiaomi is also dabbling in hyperbole when talking up the gaming credentials of this notebook fundamentally NVIDIA’s GPUs aren’t made for anything more than casual gaming. I’d say, don’t buy into the Xiaomi hype but be pragmatic with what you’re getting — surely the specifications and design are impressive but real-world performance has more variables than on-paper specs and Xiaomi is yet to prove its credentials in this space. It would be prudent to be cautiously optimistic about these notebooks. The base-level models do look more enticing but at the same time, the market is very crowded, but when looked after discarding the hyperbole, these machines indeed look impressive.

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