Can Mi Notebook 14 overtake the Dell Inspiron 3493?

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs Dell Inspiron 3493 Face-off.

In this article, The face-off between Mi Notebook 14 Horizon and Dell Inspiron 3493 gonna take place. Both 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. Dell Inspiron 3493: Price and availability

Both laptops are available under ₹60,000 price in India to buy. Dell Inspiron 3493 laptop due to less features than Mi, ₹2000 cheaper than the Notebook 14. You can check the current price by the links below.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Buy at Amazon

Dell Inspiron 14 3493

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 for Dell Inspiron 3493 is 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. Dell Inspiron 3493: Specs compared

Mi Notebook 14 HorizonDell Inspiron 3493
ProcessorIntel Core i7-10510UIntel Core i5-1035G1
GraphicsDedicated NVIDIA MX350Integrated Intel UHD
RAM2666MHz 8GB DDR42666MHz 8GB DDR4
Storage512GB SSD1TB HDD + 256GB SSD
Display14-inch FHD IPS14-inch FHD WVA
Battery7 hrs 29 mins6 hrs 26 mins
Dimensions32.5 x 23.2 x 1.8 cms34 x 24.2 x 2.1 cms
Weight1.35 kg1.69 kg
PortsUSB Type-CUSB 3.1, 2.0

So, as you can see, both laptops are quite different from each other in terms specs. Mi Notebook 14 is providing a lot features compared to Inspiron 3493. It's sad that under the same price, both laptops are way different. Anyway. You know who won this round.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Dell Inspiron 3493: 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 design Mi Notebook 14 Horizon laptop.
Mi Notebook 14 Horizon laptop.
A more classic design Dell Inspiron 3493 laptop.
Dell Inspiron 14 3493 laptop.

Mi Notebook is falling towards more premium category laptops whereas Dell Inspiron is on the more classic look.

The build quality of both machines is totally different. The Notebook 14 is made of anodized all-aluminium metal whereas Inspiron 3493 is made of all-plastic. It’s a bit strange for me that, despite the plastic build, Inspiron is more sturdy than Mi. At thanalysis, we always recommend a metal build. But, Mi is the case where we’ve to put it one exception there. Okay. Let’s move forward to explore more.

The dark silver colour of Mi Notebook 14 gives it more lucrative look compared to the black colour of Inspiron 3493 laptop. I’m not getting biased to judge both of them in term of style.

Mi Notebook 14 is 3mm slimmer than the Dell Inspiron 3493 laptop.

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. Dell Inspiron 3493: 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 an FHD (1980 x 1080) resolution. But, Mi notebook has superior panel - IPS panel - compared to Dell Inspiron, which has WVA panel. Mi's display offers good viewing angles compared to Dell.

You will shocked to know that Inspiron 3493's display is surrounded by 14mm thick bezel whereas Mi's one is just 4.5mm. Guess, who will be winner?

During the display nits measurement, Mi Notebook ended up with 250 whereas Inspiron 3493 just 224. 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 Dell is 53%. The AdobeRGB one is 46% for Notebook 14 whereas the same for Dell Inspiron laptop is 51%.

For photo editing, I can say that Inspiron 3493's display is more colourful.

The contrast ratio for Mi Notebook 14’s display is 920:1, whereas the same for the Inspiron is 1000:1. 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. Dell Inspiron 3493: 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 Dell Inspiron laptop. Dell 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 Dell Inspiron 3493, you will get consistent 1.4mm keys' travel. The value is less than 1.5mm, but you gonna get the tactile feedback. However, note that it's not incredible, but better than Mi Notebook 14.

The Notebook 14 has 2 small and messy arrow keys whereas Dell Inspiron has 4. Let's find out something about the touchpad.

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. Dell Inspiron's plastic touchpad is smooth and responsive, but not accurate. Also, it is not a precision-enabled device.

One little thing I forgot to mention here. It's the size of a touchpad. A notebook has 4.5-inch one whereas Inspiron 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: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Dell Inspiron 3493: 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 Dell Inspiron one.

Furthermore, the placement of a 3.5 audio/combo jack is bit awkward in both laptops. 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. Dell Inspiron 3493: 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 Inspiron 3493 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. Inspiron 3493 has achieved 443 for Single-Core and 1751 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, Dell 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 Inspiron 14 3493 got 1161 and 3476. Again, this Dell laptop 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 Inspiron ended up with 3378MHz. So, a noticeable difference I got. Again, for the final nomination, I will send Inspiron 3493 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 Dell 3493 took almost 1811 seconds to complete. Here, Mi is way ahead due to the higher CPU and a dedicated GPU. Now, it’s GPU’s turn.

As Dell Inspiron has no dedicated GPU, this round favours the Notebook 14.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Dell Inspiron 3493: 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 Dell has 41Wh 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 386 minutes in Inspiron 3493. So, a noticeable difference found. In the stress test, Mi Notebook ended up with 105 minutes, whereas Dell has died in 78 minutes. So, the winner is clear.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Dell Inspiron 3493: Camera and microphone

Both laptops have good camera and mic. However, those in Mi Notebook, are got 5 out of 10 whereas Inspiron 3493’s got 3 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. Dell Inspiron 3493: 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. Hence, this round goes draw.

Winner: Draw

Overall winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

RoundMi Notebook 14 HorizonDell Inspiron 3493
Price & AvailabilityWinnerLoser
SpecsWinnerLoser
DesignWinnerLoser
DisplayWinnerLoser
Keyboard & TouchpadWinnerLoser
PortsWinnerLoser
Performance & GraphicsWinnerLoser
BatteryWinnerLoser
Camera and MicWinnerLoser
Wireless connectivityDrawDraw

It's a big victory for Mi Notebook 14 Horizon by passing 9 rounds out of 10. The one round went draw. This tells that despite nearly same price on Amazon India, the Notebook 14 is way better than Dell Inspiron 3493.

Read the full review of Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.

Read the full review of Dell Inspiron 3493.