Can the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon beat the Lenovo IdeaPad S340?

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN face-off.

In this article, The face-off between Mi Notebook 14 Horizon and Lenovo IdeaPad S340 is going to take place. Both machines are 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.

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Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN: Price and availability

In terms of price on Amazon, Mi Notebook 14 is almost ₹7K costly than Lenovo IdeaPad. That's because of many extra features. The price of IdeaPad S340 looks perfect when the price is compared. It's not stable so better to find the latest one with the links below.

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

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Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN

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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.

And, the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 is available on Flipkart at ₹56,990 which is almost ₹3000 costly than Amazon India. So, it's not better to go with Flipkart.

Winner: Draw

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN: Specs compared

Mi Notebook 14 HorizonLenovo IdeaPad S340
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 IPS
Battery7 hrs 29 mins8 hrs 39 mins
Dimensions32.5 x 23.2 x 1.8 cms32.3 x 23 x 1.8 cms
Weight1.35 kg1.55 kg
PortsUSB Type-CUSB Type-C

Both laptops are very close to one another. The presence of a dedicated graphics card is mainly making the difference here. If you look at the weight, the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 is almost 200 grams heavier than Mi Notebok. The dimensions are nearly identical. Lenovo S340 found losing in this round despite its weight is above the limit we recommend.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN: 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.
Lenovo IdeaPad S40 81VV008TIN laptop.
Lenovo IdeaPad S40 81VV008TIN laptop.

In comparison, Mi Notebook is coming with more premium look whereas Lenovo IdeaPad 81VV008TIN is at the middle of the race.

The build quality is making a difference here. Mi Notebook 14 is all-anodized aluminium build whereas Lenovo S340 has only metal lid. The base is made of poly carbon. However, I found it pretty sturdy and solid enough.

The dark silver colour of Mi Notebook is more pleasant than the light pink of Lenovo S340. I was biased during the face-off of Mi Notebook 14 vs Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 due to the more identical design and build quality. But, in this comparison, I'm clearly not.

Furthermore, Mi Notebook 14 is just 2mm thicker than the IdeaPad S340. But, both will occupy the same space due to nearly identical dimensions.

The bottom cover is very clear with some air intake vents. So, the time is come to decide the winner. And the winner is decided.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Lenovo IdeaPad S340: Display

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

The Notebook 14 and Lenovo IdeaPad S340 has same 14-inch display with same 1980 x 1080 resolution. Also, both laptop have an IPS panel which gives good viewing angles. This round looks like going draw in the first sight. But, wait. There are many important things remain to consider.

Mi Notebook's display has 4.5mm thin side bezels whereas Lenovo IdeaPad has 6mm.

During the display nits measurement, Mi Notebook ended up with 250 whereas Lenovo Ideapad just 223. 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 Lenovo S340 is 52%. The AdobeRGB one is 46% for Notebook 14 whereas the same for IdeaPad S340 is 38%.

The contrast ratio for Mi Notebook 14's display is 920:1 whereas the same for IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN is 1141:1. 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. Lenovo IdeaPad: Keyboard and Touchpad

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

First, the base is made of plastic in Lenovo IdeaPad S340 and of metal in Notebook 14. But, I found IdeaPad's build quality more sturdy than Notebook's.

The laptop's keyboard must come with backlit, at least in the 2021. But, Mi fails to meet the recommendations whereas Lenovo has surprisingly equipped it. The backlit of Lenovo's keyboard found enough bright to illuminate the secondary key functions also.

Mi Notebook 14's keyboard has plastic keys with black colour and white fonts whereas IdeaPad S340's has dark grey keys with white fonts. I found no problem in visual. I would like to mention that Mi Notebook's keyboard is chiclet style whereas IdeaPad's one is of island style. But, the style doesn't important since we want the typing experience.

During typing on Mi Notebook, I found the keys were giving inconsistent tactile feedback with travel distance varying around 1.35mm which is less than 1.5mm that we recommend for the laptop.

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 was giving a very consistent tactile feedback with 1.5mm of travel. In ranking, I always give priority to typing experience and backlit. I also consider the flex's presence.

Both laptops have 2 arrow keys which are small in size and messy placed.

The touchpad of both laptop different in size. Mi Notebook 14 Horizon has 4.5-inch wide touchpad whereas Lenovo IdeaPad has 4.1-inch. For better Windows 10 gestures experience, Thanalysis recommends 4.1-inch size as a lower limit.

Here, the next thing will definitely decide the winner.

Mi Notebook's touchpad has plastic surface and it's smooth, responsive, and accurate. And, it doesn't use Windows precision drivers. But, Lenovo S340's touchpad does. It's very surprising thing for me that the laptop which is almost Rs 7,000 cheaper than Mi Notebook on Amazon India, is coming with such great features.

So, this is the time to declare the winner of this round.

Winner: Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Lenovo IdeaPad S340: 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 3.5mm audio/combo jack is bit awkward in Mi Notebook 14 as it gonna face-off with you leg when earphone will be plugged-in. But, that's not problematic in Lenovo IdeaPad. So, who won this round?

Winner: Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Lenovo IdeaPad S340: 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 IdeaPad S340 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. Lenovo IdeaPad has achieved 403 for Single-Core and 1382 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, IdeaPad S340 is ahead in this step.

In Geekbench 5 test, Mi Notebook got 967 and 3031 scores for Single and Multi-Core, respectively, whereas the S340 IdeaPad got 1084 and 3386. Again, this S340 IdeaPad is ahead in this step.

During the stress test at an auto fan, Notebook 14 achieved 1823MHz CPU clock speed whereas Dell ended up with 2572MHz. So, a noticeable difference I got. Again, for the final nomination, I will send IdeaPad. 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 IdeaPad S340 took almost 1840 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.

As Lenovo IdeaPad has no dedicated GPU, this round favours the Notebook 14.

Winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Lenovo Ideapad S340: 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 IdeaPad S340 has 52.5Wh 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 519 minutes in Lenovo IdeaPad S340. So, a noticeable difference found.

In the stress test, Mi Notebook ended up with 105 minutes, whereas Lenovo IdeaPad died in 132 minutes. So, the winner is clear.

Winner: Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon vs. Lenovo IdeaPad S340: Camera and microphone

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

Both machines have great camera and mic, but only got 5 out 10 in my ratings. The worse thing in Mi is that the camera is sold as a separate bundle whereas the same is integrated on the top bezel in the case of Lenovo IdeaPad.

Winner: Lenovo IdeaPad S340

Overall winner: Mi Notebook 14 Horizon

Mi Notebook 14 HorizonLenovo IdeaPad S340
Price & AvailabilityDrawDraw
Keyboard & TouchpadLoserWinner
Performance & GraphicsWinnerLoser
Camera and MicLoserWinner

So, the final winner is Mi Notebook 14 as it has cleared 4 rounds out of 9.

Read the full review of Mi Notebook 14 Horizon.

Read the full review of Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN.