Can Mi Notebook overtake Asus VivoBook?

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA face-off. The VivoBook has won the competition.

In this article, The face-off between Mi Notebook 14 Horizon and Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA gonna take place. Both machines are the best laptops under ₹60K 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.

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Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA: Price and availability

Both laptops are available under ₹60,000 in India. Due to little bit lower specs, Asus VivoBook is cheaper than Mi Notebook around ₹2,000. The prices are subject to change over time. So, find the latest one with the links below.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Buy at Amazon

Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA

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.

Unfortunately, there's no version available on Flipkart. So, you've only one option - Amazon. With this, the winner of this round is selected.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA: Specs compared

Mi Notebook 14 HorizonAsus VivoBook S14 S403JA
ProcessorIntel Core i7-10510UIntel Core i5-1035G1
GraphicsDedicated NVIDIA MX350Integrated Intel UHD
Storage512GB SSD512GB SSD
Display14-inch FHD IPS14-inch FHD IPS
Battery7 hrs 29 mins11 hrs 36 mins
Dimensions32.5 x 23.2 x 1.8 cms32.3 x 20.8 x 1.7 cms
Weight1.35 kg1.35 kg
PortsUSB Type-CThunderbolt-3

Asus VivoBook S14 is the only laptop I come through till now that has guts to end this round with no winner no loser. Both laptops, by means of specs, nearly similar. Here, the only thing lacks is the dedicated graphics card. But, I ask you to not to underestimate the power of Intel UHD GPU. Anyway. Let's proceed for the next round.

Winner: Draw

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA: Design

It's really very hard for me to declare either of both a premium design laptop. Because, both have pretty lucrative finish. See, the below images.

A pretty attractive premium design of Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.
Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.
Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA laptop.
Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA

Both Mi Notebook 14 and Asus VivoBook S14 are made of all-aluminium which give them a pretty sturdy build. But, the build quality differs here despite the same material. Asus VivoBook feels quite more sturdy and solid than Mi Notebook 14. At thanalysis, we always recommend that the laptop you buy should have a metal build.

In addition to that, all edges and corners are rounded, which is required.

The dark silver colour of Notebook 14 is pretty attractive. But, the silver blue colour of Asus VivoBook is also at the same position in the competition. I'm really getting biased like face-off between Notebook 14 and Acer Swift 3 SF314-57.

Both laptops have a same thickness and nearly identical dimensions which again makes it impossible for me to declare the winner.

The bottom cover of Mi Notebook has air intake vents whereas the S14 VivoBook has a clean bottom like Apple Macbook. Despite that, both looks pretty nice. Having a air intake vents is beneficial for the laptop in terms of cooling solution, but my CPU stress tests have revealed almost neutral results for Notebook 14.

So, No winner no loser.

Winner: Draw

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA: Display

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

Both laptops are the same in terms of display size, panel, and a resolution. The values are 14-inch, IPS, and FHD (1980 x 1080), respectively. I hope other factors are different otherwise, this round will go draw. But, one thing I like that both’ display gives a very good viewing angle which is the primary requirement we recommend at Thanalysis. But it’s not limited.

One more thing is gonna same for this round. The side bezel thickness for both machines are exactly same - 4.5mm. Anyway. let’s proceed further.

During the display nits measurement, Mi Notebook ended up with 250 whereas Asus VivoBook S14 has achieved 267. 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. The SRGB value for Notebook 14 is 63% whereas the same for VivoBook S14 S403JA is 66%. The AdobeRGB one is 46% for Notebook 14 whereas the same for S14 is 39%.

Both' display are average colourful.

The contrast ratio for Mi Notebook 14’s display is 920:1, whereas the same for Asus is 930:1. At thanalysis, we recommend at least 1000:1 value of the contrast ratio. So, the winner is…..

Winner: Draw

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA: Keyboard and Touchpad

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

First, both laptops have a metal base. But, the flex level on the Mi Notebook is a little bit higher than Asus VivoBook.

In 2021, I believe we must buy a laptop that has a backlit keyboard. S14 VivoBook does have it whereas thumbs down for Mi Notebook. Mi should put a backlit on the keyboard.

Both laptops have a chiclet keyboard. The difference here is in the colour. Notebook 14 has a black colour keys with white fonts whereas the Asus VivoBook has silver keys with grey fonts. In my opinion, the black keys with white fonts give more contrast compared to other combinations.

But, that's not an important based on what I should decide the winner. So, let's proceed further to consider many other.

Typing experience should be at the top most when it comes to the keyboard's quality.

Mi Notebook's keyboard gives poor typing experience. The keys' travel distance is just 1.3mm. And, on the more cons side, it's not consistent. The feedback I got wasn't tactile. At thanalysis, we recommend at least 1.5mm of travel for the better tactile feedback.

On the other hand, Asus VivoBook S14 gives pretty consistent tactile feedback despite 1.4mm of keys' travel.

Furthermore, the Notebook 14 has only 2 keys which are small and messy whereas VivoBook S14 has 4. Let’s find out the touchpad. I wish I found some noticeable difference here else the round will favour by considering the size of the keyboard.

The Notebook 14's touchpad is 4.5-inch wide whereas VivoBook has 4.1-inch. But, 4.1-inch size is the lower boundary for the laptop to leverage the full enjoy of Windows 10 gestures.

Mi's touchpad is smooth, responsive, and accurate. And, it also clicks down anywhere. But, it doesn't support Windows recognized precision unit.

VivoBook's trackpad is also smooth, responsive, and accurate. It also clicks down anywhere. And, surprisingly, it's precision-enabled which reward one extra point to the S14 VivoBook to be the winner of this round.

Winner: Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA: 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 gives 40Gbps data transfer speed. So, only Asus VivoBook has it. In addition to that, this port in the VivoBook also supports power delivery and display port, which is pretty awesome. Under ₹60,000 on Amazon India, you gonna get quite a premium device.

Mi Notebook has USB Type-C port of Generation 1. And, it can only be used for data transfer at 5Gbps.

Furthermore, the placement of a 3.5 audio/combo jack is bit awkward in Mi Notebook with your leg when earphone will be plugged-in, whereas it’s not problematic in S14 VivoBook. So, who won this round?

Winner: Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA: 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 HP 14s 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. HP 14s has achieved 419 for Single-Core and 1412 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, VivoBook S14 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 Asus VivoBook S14 got 1207 and 3942. Again, this VivoBook S403JA 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 S14 VivoBook ended up with 2685MHz. So, a noticeable difference I got. Again, for the final nomination, I will send Asus VivoBook S14 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 14s took almost 1764 seconds to complete. Here, Mi is way ahead due to the higher CPU and a dedicated GPU. Now, it’s GPU’s turn.

Unfortunately, the VivoBook has no dedicated GPU.

In term of a cooling solution, Asus VivoBook is a lot better despite not having air intake vents. Both laptops have a single fan.

At idle, Notebook 14 was 41 degrees Celsius hot whereas VivoBook was 46. During the stress test at an auto fan, the temperatures were reached 86 and 79 for both laptops, respectively. But, the absence of a dedicated GPU leaves Asus bit behind the competition.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA: 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 48Wh capacity battery whereas Asus VivoBook has 72Wh 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 696 minutes in Asus VivoBook S14. So, a noticeable difference found.

In the stress test, Mi Notebook ended up with 105 minutes, whereas VivoBook S14 died in 159 minutes. So, the winner is clear.

Winner: Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA: Camera and microphone

Both laptops have 720p web camera. In Mi Notebook, it's sold as a separate bundle whereas Asus laptop has integrated them at the top bezel.

My ratings gone 5 out of 10 for the camera and microphone for Notebook 14 whereas the same are different for VivoBook S14. The Asus's camera got 5/10 whereas the microphone got 6/10. So, which one is the winner?

Winner: Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA: Wireless connectivity

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

For wireless connectivity, Mi Notebook 14 has Wi-Fi 5 and the latest Bluetooth 5 whereas Asus VivoBook has the latest Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.

Winner: Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA

Overall winner: Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA

RoundMi Notebook 14 HorizonAsus VivoBook S14 S403JA
Price & availabilityWinnerLoser
Keyboard & TouchpadLoserWinner
Performance & GraphicsWinnerLoser
Camera and MicLoserWinner
Wireless connectivityLoserWinner

So, finally, Asus VivoBook has overtaken the Mi Notebook by winning the 5 rounds out of 10 against Mi Notebook 14. It has lost 2 rounds whereas it has given a very strong competition in the remaining other three rounds that eventually went draw.

Read the full review of Asus VivoBook S14 S403JA.

Read the full review of Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.