Can the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon overtake the Acer Swift 3 SF314-57?

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.

Both Mi Notebook 14 and Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 are incredible laptops under ₹60,000 price in India. Still, they got different ratings in our calculations. So in this article, I'm gonna show you the direct comparison of both machines to tell you which is best in which category. So, stay tuned with the end of the article.

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Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Swift 3 SF314-57: Price and availability

At Amazon India, both Mi Notebook 14 Horizon and Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptops are available at a starting price of ₹60,000. The price information may go up or down on daily bases. So, it's better to check it by links given below.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon (Intel Core i7)

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Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop

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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. Take a note that there's no other version for Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 available on Amazon.

However, The same Acer laptop is available at just ₹60,490 at Flipkart in India. It looks like Flipkart is giving better cheap deals than Amazon.

Winner: Draw

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Swift 3 SF314-57: Specs compared

Mi Notebook 14 HorizonAcer Swift 3
ProcessorIntel Core i7-10510UIntel Core i5-1035G1
GraphicsDedicated NVIDIA MX350Integrated Intel UHD
RAM2666MHz 8GB DDR42400MHz 8GB DDR4
Storage512GB SSD512GB SSD
Display14-inch FHD IPS14-inch FHD IPS
Battery7 hrs 29 mins4 hrs 13 mins
Dimensions32.5 x 23.2 x 1.8 cms32 x 21.7 x 1.6 cms
Weight1.35 kg1.19 kg
PortsUSB Type-CThunderbolt-3

Both the laptops are really very close. But, I've to choose anyone. Here, Mi Notebook 14 Horizon is offering a lot except for a thunderbolt-3 port. Here, the weight is also 150 grams higher than the Acer Swift 3. In terms of thickness, Acer is giving close competition. But, the rest of the important things are lack in Acer. Hence, the clear winner of this round is Mi Notebook.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Core i7

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Swift 3 SF314-57: Design

It's really hard for me to decide the winner by first sight. You just see both in the below image. Both looks quite premium. Really a quite premium.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon
Mi Notebook 14 Horizon
Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.
Acer Swift 3 SF314-57.

But, a look cannot be measurement to judge the design. It does involve many factors like build quality. Mi Notebook 14 Horizon is anodized all-aluminium build whereas Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 is built of two different metals. The display lid is made of aluminium while the rest of the build consists of Magnesium-Aluminium.

The silver colour of both machines is very carefully applied to give them a very shine look. And, that's what left me with a biased decision. But the winner will be decided.

As I said earlier, Acer Swift 3 Sf314-57 laptop is 2mm slimmer than Mi Notebook 14. Also, the width and depth of Acer Swift 3 are less than Mi's Notebook 14. So, comparatively, Acer will occupy less space and will be lightweight to hold.

Both of the laptops have no sharp edges or corners. The bezels are making difference here. Mi has a 3mm whereas Acer has 4.5mm. As we're talking about design right now, the placement of ports matter here.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon has audio/combo jack on the left side and it's even too close to the front-left corner which will be problematic when you'll be dealing with the laptop on the desk. But, Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 has it on the right side, and it's too far from the front-right corner.

The bottom of both machines is very clear with air intake vents. So, the cup of this round goes to Acer Swift 3.

Winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Swift 3 SF314-57: Display

If I count only the display size and resolution, then this face-off round will go draw. So, I've to look to many other points like colour gamut, nits, contrast ratio, side bezel, and probably flex here.

Both laptops got 14-inch IPS display with anti-glare panel and 1980 x 1080 resolution. Mi's one is surrounded by 3mm slim bezels while Acer has ended up with 4.5mm size.

The display needs to be average brighter. Hence, the laptop that stays 300 nits is considered to be average-bright. Here, my dear Mi's Notebook 14 just reached 250 Nits at 100% of screen brightness. Also, Acer's Swift 3 hasn't reached 300 nits, it just reached 267 value. So, Acer's laptop is brighter than Mi.

For laptops, I consider SRGB and AdobeRGB colour gamut values. So, the SRGB value for Mi Notebook is 63% and for Acer Swift 3 is 58%. And, the AdobeRGB value for Mi's Notebook is 46% and for Acer Swift 3 is 36%. So, Mi Notebook is more colourful than the Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.

But, this face-off round doesn't end with just colour gamut and nits. The contrast ratio is still left to consider before declaring the final winner of this round.

Notebook 14's display has 920:1 contrast ratio whereas, Swift 3's display has 1170:1. At Thanalysis, we recommend at least 1000:1 for better gaming results. So, Acer has better value. And, with this, the current round ends up with Notebook 14's victory.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Swift 3 SF314-57: Keyboard and Touchpad

Both laptops have a tenkeyless keyboard with black plastic keys and white fonts on it. However, both are quite different.

Mi Notebook's keyboard gives inconsistent tactile feedback. The travel distance is just 1.3mm. During typing, I got some shallow feeling. I've to double-check for some keys to verify the registration of keystroke. Acer Swift 3 SF314-57's keyboard gives pretty nice tactile feedback by travelling 1.5mm distance consistently. So, Mi has made loss here.

If I consider backlit here, Acer laptop will win directly without participating in the race because Mi's Notebook has shown bit awkward thing here.

In addition to that, Notebook 14 has only 2 small and messy placed arrow keys whereas, Acer has 4. And the "Enter" key in Acer's keyboard is pretty badly placed, However, this doesn't change the winner of this round.

The touchpad differs in both of it. Notebook 14 has 4.5-inch wider whereas Swift 3 has 4.1-inch. But, we found that 4.1-inch wider trackpad is enough-big to performance Windows 10 gestures activity. It doesn't mean this round will go biased. No, definitely not.

Mi's touchpad is smooth, responsive, and also accurate. But, it doesn't support Windows precision drivers. Whereas Acer's one does support. Remember that both of them are made of plastic. I would personally thank Acer for the great touchpad despite not a glass surface on it. So, the winner is decided.

Winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Swift 3 SF314-57: 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.

Acer Swift 3 offers a thunderbolt-3 port which Mi notebook doesn't. And, that makes the difference. The presence of HDMI or Ethernet ports doesn't make any difference here.

Here, I will like Acer more compared to Mi Notebook because placing the 3.5mm audio/combo jack far from the front-right corner. The placement for the same port in Mi Notebook is a bit awkward. In addition to that, Acer's thunderbolt-3 port does support charging whereas, Notebook 14's Type-C port is limited to the data transfer only at 5Gbps. So, who is the winner of this face-off?

Winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Swift 3 SF314-57: Performance and graphics

Before I go detail, let me clear Acer Swift 3 has no dedicated GPU. So, it will be a disaster for one who wants to deal with graphics-intensive tasks. But, it won't be a problem for those who don't go in.

Let's start with CPU first.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon has Intel Core i7-10510U CPU whereas Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 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 has achieved 411 for Single-Core and 1142 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, Swift 3 is ahead in this step.

In Geekbench 5 test, Mi Notebook got 967 and 3031 scores for Single and Multi-Core, respectively, whereas the Swift 3 got 1180 and 3674. Again, Acer is ahead in this step.

During the stress test at 0.15v CPU UV, Notebook 14 achieved 1823MHz CPU clock speed whereas Acer ended up with 2675MHz. So, a noticeable difference I got. Again, for the final nomination, I will send Acer Swift 3. 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 Acer Swift 3 took almost 1800 seconds to complete. Here, Mi is ahead due to the higher CPU and a dedicated GPU.

Now, it's GPU's turn. As Acer has no dedicated GPU, the gaming performance will be extremely poor. So, graphics performance will definitely favour Mi Notebook, but overall won't.

So, this is the time end this round of face-off by declaring Notebook 14 as a winner.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Swift 3 SF314-57: Battery

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

In the capacity, both Mi Notebook 14 and Acer Swift 3 has same 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 441 minutes in Acer Swift 3. So, not a noticeable difference.

In the stress test, Mi Notebook ended up with 105 minutes, whereas Swift 3 died in 89 minutes. So, the winner is clear.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Acer Swift 3 SF314-57: 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 Acer Swift 3 has integrated one at the top bezel. So, it keeps Acer ahead of Mi Notebook 14 initially.

In quality, I've rated Mi's camera and a microphone 5 out of 10 whereas Acer just got 4 out 10. So, no winner, no loser here.

Winner: Draw

Overall winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

RoundMi Notebook 14 HorizonAcer Swift 3 SF314-57
Price & AvailabilityDrawDraw
Keyboard & TouchpadLoserWinner
Performance & GraphicsWinnerLoser
Camera & MicDrawDraw

So, the results are out. Mi Notebook 14 won 4 rounds out of 9 whereas Acer Swift 3 just 3. The 2 rounds' result went draw. With this results, the final decision of this face-off favours the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.

If you look at each parameter in detail and compare it, you will find Acer swift 3 quite better than Mi's Notebook 14. You'll be surprise to know that I've rated the Swift 3 46.03 out of 100 whereas Notebook 14 Horizon just got 39.06 scores.

Read full review of Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition laptop.

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