Can Mi Notebook 14 Horizon overtake Acer Aspire 3?

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs Acer Aspire 3 A315-23 laptop face-off.

In this article, The face-off between Mi Notebook 14 Horizon and Acer Aspire 3 A315-23 gonna take place. Both are the best budget laptops to buy in India, but one is superior, and the other is not. So, I’m gonna find out the one that has guts to win the competition.

Table of Contents:

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 3 A315-23: Price and availability

Both laptops are available under Rs 60,000 in India to buy. Here, Acer laptop has less features than Mi Notebook. So its price is almost less than Rs 50,000 in Indian market. However, the prices are subject to change over time. So, it's better to check the latest one by the links below.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

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Acer Aspire 3 A315-23

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However, if you've planned to go with a smaller version, then, you can go with Core i5 Notebook 14. It's also available to Buy on Amazon India. Go with the link below.

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You can also grab the above Core i5 Mi Notebook from Flipkart at ₹54,999 in India. It's bit awkward that the Core i7 version is no longer available on Flipkart. For that, better to go with Amazon India.

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So, winner will be decided based on the availability at maximum e-Commerce platform.

Winner: Acer Aspire 3 A315-23.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 3 A315-23: Specs compared

Mi Notebook 14 HorizonAcer Aspire 3 A315-23
ProcessorIntel Core i7-10510UAMD Ryzen-5 3500U
GraphicsDedicated NVIDIA MX350AMD Radeon Vega 8
RAM2666MHz 8GB DDR42666MHz 8GB DDR4
Storage512GB SSD512GB SSD
Display14-inch FHD IPS15.6-inch FHD VA
Battery7 hrs 29 mins4 hrs 11 mins
Dimensions32.5 x 23.2 x 1.8 cms36.3 x 25.2 x 2 cms
Weight1.35 kg1.9 kg
PortsUSB Type-CUSB 3.1, 2.0

You can see both laptops are close to each other in some items whereas many specs are far different. Here, Mi Notebook is found to have much rich specs than the Acer Aspire laptop. In terms of price of this Acer laptop, I completely agree with low specs. So, who won this round?

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 3 A315-23: Design

In the design face-off, it’s really easy for me to decide the winner. You just look at both machines below.

A premium looking Mi Notebook 14 Horizon laptop.
Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.
A bit more classic style Acer Aspire 3 A315-23 laptop.
Acer Aspire 3 A315-23 laptop.

Mi Notebook is falling towards more premium category laptops whereas Acer Aspire is on the more classic look.

Both laptops have different build quality.

The notebook 14 is made of anodized all-aluminium build whereas Aspire 3 is made of all-plastic. But, you will be shocked to know that Mi has comparatively more flex than Aspire 3 despite all-metal build. At Thanalysis, we always recommend all-metal build for the laptop comes around Rs 60,000 prices in India.

The dark silver colour of the Notebook 14 is more lucrative compared to the light silver colour of Aspire 3 A315-23 laptop.

In addition to that, the Mi Notebook is 2mm slimmer than the Acer laptop.

Also, the Notebook 14 is under the weight-limit we recommend at Thanalysis. It's just 1.35kg - a lightweight device. But, Acer laptop is 1.9kg in weight - a heavy machine.

Luckily, none of them have either sharp borders or corners. And, it should not be.

The bottom cover of both laptops consists of some air intake vents. It looks pretty clean. We’ll see it whether they are useful or not in the upcoming round of this face-off. So, we’ll leave this round by declaring the final winner. You might probably know which one is that.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 3 A315-23: Display

In this round, I will take size, resolution, nits, colour gamut, panel, and contrast ratio into consideration.

The Notebook 14 Horizon has 14-inch display whereas Acer has 15.6-inch display. Luckily, both laptops have 1980x1080 display resolution.

The game is changing a little bit when I will consider the panel here. Mi Notebook has IPS panel whereas Aspire 3 has VA panel. As a result, you gonna get a better viewing angles in Mi's laptop compared to Acer's laptop.

Furthermore, Mi laptop's display is surrounded by a 4.5mm thick side bezels whereas Aspire 3's display is surrounded by 7.5mm thick bezels. Thin bezels contribute more to the screen-to-body ratio.

It looks like the competition of display gonna end here. But, that's untrue. There're many factors remains to consider for the final decision of this section.

During the display nits measurement, Mi Notebook ended up with 250 whereas Aspire 3 A315 just 236. It’s to note that none of them has touched the average value. At Thanalysis, we recommend 300 nits as an average value the laptop’s display must-have. Again, Mi is ahead.

The colour gamut consists of RGB and AdobeRGB mainly, as far as the laptop is concerned. The SRGB value for Notebook 14 is 63% whereas the same for Aspire 3 is 60%. The AdobeRGB one is 46% for Notebook 14 whereas the same for A315-23 laptop is 45%.

For professional photo editing, both are below-average. But, we're right now comparing two laptops. So, Mi is found to have more colourful display than Acer.

The contrast ratio for Mi Notebook 14’s display is 920:1, whereas the same for the Aspire is 1100:1. At thanalysis, we recommend at least 1000:1 value of the contrast ratio. So, the winner is…..

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 3 A315-23: Keyboard and Touchpad

In this round, the face-off will happen at different angels like typing experience, keyboard build quality, backlit, and touchpad.

Despite having a metal base, the Notebook 14’s keyboard has more flex compared to the plastic base keyboard of Acer laptop. Acer has little bit of keyboard flex, but it isn’t problematic.

In 2021, I advice you to buy only a backlit keyboard. Unfortunately, none of the laptops are coming with a backlit keyboard, despite much higher price.

Both laptop have a chiclet keyboard with black keys and white fonts on it. At Thanalysis, we also recommend keyboard that gives highest possible contrast, not like HP laptops. But, there’s something which is more important. It’s nothing but the typing experience.

Typing experience on the Mi Notebook was disaster for me. The keys’ travel distance varies around 1.35mm. And, it gives inconsistent tactile feedback. At Thanalysis, we recommend at least 1.5mm of distance for the tactile feedback. And, it should be consistent. On Aspire 3 laptop, you will get inconsistent keys' travel - ranges between 1.1 and 1.4mm. So, both' keyboards are quite below-average.

Both laptops have 2 small arrow keys - Up and Down arrow - which placement also a quite messy.

Mi Notebook has a smooth, responsive, and accurate touchpad. It’s a plastic surface, and it clicks down anywhere. And, it’s not Windows recognized precision unit. But, Acer's laptop on the other hand, precision-enabled. It's smooth, responsive, and accurate, and also clicks down anywhere. It's also made of plastic.

One little thing I forgot to mention here. It’s the size of a touchpad. A notebook has 4.5-inch one whereas Acer laptop has 4.1-inch in size. At thanalysis, we recommend 4.1-inch size as a lower boundary to take a full leverage of Windows 10 gestures. So, the time has arrived to throw one.

Winner: Draw.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 3 A315-23: Ports

Both laptops have USB 3.1, 2.0 ports including a 3.5m audio/combo jack. But, I’m interested to find something else.

I’m looking for the thunderbolt-3 port which no machines have. But, a Notebook 14 is coming with a USB Type-C port whereas it lacks on Acer Aspire A315 one.

Furthermore, the placement of a 3.5 audio/combo jack is bit awkward in Mi Notebook 14. But not in Acer. It gonna problem for while working on the lower-height desk. So, who is the winner of this round?

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 3 A315-23: Performance and graphics

This face-off will look at different angles in both laptops like CPU, GPU, several benchmark tests, and many more. So, let’s start with the CPU first.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon has Intel Core i7-10510U CPU whereas Aspire A315-23 has AMD Ryzen-5 3500U. So, both are quite different. In the first sight, it looks like Notebook is a winner. But, performance doesn’t mean the processor. Hence, I’ve conducted several benchmark tests like Cinebench R20, Geekbench 5, and PCMark 10.

In Cinebench R20 test without a cooling pad, Mi Notebook has achieved 371 scores for Single-Core and 891 for Multi-Core. Aspire 3 A31-23 has achieved 356 for Single-Core and 1471 for Multi-Core. Have you seen it? I think Yes. The Core i7 doesn’t seem to be powerful enough (in terms of multi core score) for Mi Notebook. No, Intel Core i7 is powerful, but the internal design in Notebook 14 is too bad to smoothly handle CPU-intensive tasks. So, Acer laptop is ahead in this step.

In Geekbench 5 test, Mi Notebook got 967 and 3031 scores for Single and Multi-Core, respectively, whereas the Aspire 3 got 683 and 2764. Again, this Notebook 14 is a little bit ahead in this step.

During the stress test at an auto fan, Notebook 14 achieved 1823MHz CPU clock speed whereas the Aspire 3 has ended up with 3273MHz. So, a noticeable difference I got. So, for the final nomination, I will send Acer Aspire 3 laptop. But, this face-off doesn’t end up here. Something remains that must be accounted for.

I’ve exported the 16 minutes and 13 seconds long video in YouTube 4K H.264 preset and repeated the same test 4 times further to find out the average video export time in Adobe Premiere CC.

Mi Notebook 14 has exported in 1100 seconds whereas Aspire 3 A315 took almost 1724 seconds to complete. Here, Mi is way ahead due to the higher CPU and a dedicated GPU. Now, it’s GPU’s turn.

As Acer Aspire 3 has no dedicated GPU, this round favours the Notebook 14.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 3 A315-23: Battery

Battery life is one of the most important factors the face-off round must include. And I’ve included it.

The Mi Notebook 14 has a 48Wh capacity battery whereas Acer has a 36Wh one. I’ve tested the battery life in two ways, watching YouTube videos, and performing stress test till the battery dies.

So, the battery during YouTube watch lasted for 449 minutes in Mi Notebook whereas 251 minutes in Aspire 3 A315-23. So, a noticeable difference found. In the stress test, Mi Notebook ended up with 105 minutes, whereas Acer Aspire has died in just 52 minutes. So, the winner is clear.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 3 A315-23: Camera and microphone

Both laptops have good camera and mic. However, those in Mi Notebook, are got 5 out of 10 whereas Acer’s got 4 out of 10. None supports Windows Hello unlock. But, a bit awkward thing is that Mi Notebook comes with a separate Camera bundle.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 3 A315-23: Wireless connectivity

And, finally the last step of this face-off – Wireless connectivity.

For wireless connectivity, both laptops have Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth version 5. Acer has Infrared also, but it doesn't make any noticeable change. Hence, this round goes draw.

Winner: Draw

Overall winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

RoundMi Notebook 14 HorizonAcer Aspire 3 A315-23
Price & AvailabilityLoserWinner
Keyboard & TouchpadDrawDraw
Performance & GraphicsWinnerLoser
Camera and MicWinnerLoser
Wireless connectivityDrawDraw

It’s a big victory for Mi Notebook 14 Horizon by passing 7 rounds out of 10. The two rounds went draw. Acer lost ranking against Mi because of its less powerful specs. But, the price is also comes here. There's almost a difference of Rs 20,000, which is huge.

Read the full review of Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.

Read the full review of Acer Aspire 3 A315-23 laptop.