Can Mi Notebook overtake the Acer Aspire?

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G Face-off

Both Mi Notebook 14 Horizon and Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G are pretty powerful laptops with ₹60,000 starting prices in India. Both have little different specs and also got different ratings by me. But, one is superior in one side whereas one isn’t in the same. So, in this article, I’m going to compare both machines directly on the major parameters.

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Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Price and availability

The prices of both laptops are nearly identical on the Amazon India. Both are near to the ₹60,000. But, the prices are subject to change. So, better to check the current one on Amazon with the links given below.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Buy at Amazon

Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G

Buy at Amazon

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.

Buy at Amazon

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.

Like the Core i7 version of Mi Notebook 14, the Acer Aspire 5 isn't available on Flipkart. So, only Amazon is the final choice in India. This round ends with a draw.

Winner: Draw

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Specs compared

Mi Notebook 14 HorizonAcer Aspire 5 A514-52G
ProcessorIntel Core i7-10510UIntel Core i5-1035G1
GraphicsDedicated NVIDIA MX350Dedicated NVIDIA MX350
RAM2666MHz 8GB DDR42666MHz 8GB DDR4
Storage512GB SSD512GB SSD
Display14-inch FHD IPS14-inch FHD IPS
Battery7 hrs 29 mins7 hrs 6 mins
Dimensions32.5 x 23.2 x 1.8 cms32.8 x 23.6 x 1.8 cms
Weight1.35 kg1.6 kg
PortsUSB Type-CUSB Type-C

Both Mi Notebook 14 and Acer Aspire 5 are extremely close to each other in terms of specs. The CPU and battery life is making the difference here. Mi Notebook has higher CPU than Acer. So, this round favours the Notebook at the cutting edge.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Design

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.
Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop.
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G.

Both laptops have premium looks with respect to prices. The build quality of both laptops differs. The Notebook 14 is made of all-anodized aluminium whereas the Aspire 5 is made of all plastic. Despite the plastic build, Acer still looks pretty solid and sturdy. However, a device of around ₹60K price is expected to have a metal build instead of a traditional plastic build.

The dark silver colour is as attractive as the light silver one of Acer Aspire 5. I'm getting biased in the same way I got during the face-off of Mi Notebook 14 vs Acer Swift 3 SF314-57. It's really going very tough for me to decide the winner else this round will again go draw.

Both machines are same in thickness. So, I've no choice other than considering the material of which both are made.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Display

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

Both laptops have 14-inch display with same FHD (1980 x 1080) resolution and an IPS panel. So, both' display gives pretty good viewing angles.

During the display nits measurement, Mi Notebook ended up with 250 whereas Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G just 242. 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.

The colour gamut consists of RGB and AdobeRGB mainly, as far as the laptop is concerned. So, the SRGB value for Notebook 14 is 63% whereas the same for Aspire A514-52G is 64%. The AdobeRGB one is 46% for our Notebook 14 whereas the same is 39% for Aspire 5.

The contrast ratio for Notebook 14’s display is 920:1, whereas the same for Aspire 5 is 763:1. The recommended value is 1000:1, and none of them even reached to. You probably know which one is the winner. It's really a very hard competition.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Keyboard and Touchpad

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

Both laptops have compact chiclet keyboard with black plastic keys and white fonts on it. Surprisingly, Mi isn’t bothered to equip backlit in the keyboard whereas Acer Aspire is coming with it.

The Notebook’s keyboard gives inconsistent travel of keys. However, the travel distance never exceeded 1.35mm in value. Aspire 5 gives 1.5mm of key travel, and you gonna feel the consistent tactile feedback.

Notebook 14 has only 2 keys which are small and messy whereas Aspire 5 has 6 keys. Furthermore, the flex is more in Mi's machine compared to Acer's one. Both have a power button placed right next to the "Delete" key. Despite not problematic, I would still consider it as wrong placement.

The touchpad differs in size in both machines. Mi Notebook has 4.5-inch wider one whereas Acer Aspire 5 has 4.1-inch wide. The good thing is that both are longer than 4.1-inch, which is the boundary line for getter Windows 10 gestures activity.

Both' touchpad have plastic surfaces and are smooth, responsive, and accurate to Windows 10 gestures. The difference comes here to Mi because of no support for Windows precision drivers. It's pretty awesome that Acer is coming with so. In addition to that, Mi’s one clicks down anywhere means it has no physical buttons to register left or right clicks whereas Acer's doesn’t click down anywhere. It has two separate buttons integrated at the bottom side underneath the surface.

You can see this round was very hard. Both laptops were giving a very tough competition to each other to win the round. Later, because of the lack of some of basic features in Mi Notebook 14 Horizon, this round favours the Acer Aspire 5.

Winner: Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Ports

Both laptops have USB 3.1 and 2.0 ports including 3.5mm audio/combo jack. But, I’m interested to see something more.

I’m looking for the thunderbolt-3 port which no machines have. But, I’ve to accept both of them does come with the USB Type-C port. The presence of HDMI or Ethernet ports doesn’t make any difference here.

Furthermore, the placement of a 3.5mm audio/combo jack is bit awkward in Mi Notebook 14 whereas it's fine in the Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G.

Winner: Draw

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: 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 Acer Aspire 5 has Intel Core i5-1035G1. 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. Acer Aspire 5 has achieved 415 for Single-Core and 1187 for Multi-Core. Have you seen it? I think Yes. The Core i7 doesn’t seem to be powerful enough 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, the Aspire 5 A514-52G 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 5 got 1061 and 3789. Again, Acer is ahead in this step.

During the stress test at an auto fan, Notebook 14 achieved 1823MHz CPU clock speed whereas Acer Aspire machine ended up with 2876MHz. So, a noticeable difference I got. Again, for the final nomination, I will send Acer. 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 5 took almost 1400 seconds to complete. Here, Mi is a little bit ahead due to the higher CPU and a dedicated GPU. Now, it’s GPU’s turn.

Both giants have same GPU - NVIDIA MX350 with same amount of video RAM - 2GB. So, it gonna very tough to decide the final winner. So, I've decided to compare the graphical strength by Gaming benchmarks. I’ve played several games, and the results are as follow.

Mi Notebook 14 HorizonAcer Aspire 5 A514-52G
Shadow of the Tomb Raider3731.42
Far Cry New Dawn5341.96
GTA V6434.53
Crysis 34121.63

So, which one is winner?

Winner: Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Battery

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

Both laptops have 48Wh battery. 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 426 minutes in Acer Aspire 5. So, a noticeable difference found.

In the stress test, Mi Notebook ended up with 105 minutes, whereas Aspire 5 A514-52G died in 83 minutes. So, the winner is clear.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G: Camera and microphone

And, finally the last step of this face-off – The camera and a microphone.

Both machines have a 720p camera and a microphone. However, Mi Notebook comes with a separate bundle whereas Aspire 5 has integrated one at the top bezel. So, it keeps the Acer Aspire 5 ahead of Mi Notebook 14 initially.

In quality, Mi’s camera and a microphone are rated 5 out of 10 whereas Acer’s are rated 3 out 10. As quality is the most important, it should be considered the most.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Overall winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

RoundWinner or Loser
Price & AvailabilityDraw
SpecsMi Notebook 14 Horizon
DesignMi Notebook 14 Horizon
DisplayMi Notebook 14 Horizon
Keyboard & TouchpadAcer Aspire A514-52G
Performance & GraphicsAcer Aspire A514-52G
BatteryMi Notebook 14 Horizon
Camera & MicMi Notebook 14 Horizon

So, the results are out. Mi Notebook 14 won 5 rounds out of 9 whereas Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G just 2. The 2 rounds’ results went draw. With this results, the final decision of this face-off favours the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.

Read the full review of Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.

Read the full review of Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G.