Xiaomi’s Mi Notebook Ultra laptop delivers great value as a WFH machine

Xiaomi made its laptop debut in India last year with the Mi Notebook series. Its plan was to undercut the competition by offering reasonable specs at an affordable price.

While we don’t have any sales data to check how the company’s performing, its laptop range promises to deliver minimal design and good performance at a pocket-friendly price.

With that in mind, the company released the Mi Notebook Pro and the Mi Notebook Ultra this year with improvements from last year’s models. I’ve had a few weeks to use the Ultra version with top-notch specs, and it’s proven to be an able at-home system for work.

Before we talk more about the device, let’s take a look at its specifications.


  • Screen:15.6-inch QHD+ display with 16:10 aspect ratio; 89% screen-to-body ratio
  • Resolution: 2,560 x 1,600
  • Refresh rate: 90Hz
  • Processor: i511300H (11th gen) with 3.1GHz clock speed/i7 11370H (11th gen) with 3.3GHz clock speed
  • RAM: 8GB/16GB
  • Internal storage:NVMe SSD 512 GB
  • Battery: 70Whr using a 65W fast-charging USB-C adaptor
  • Webcam: 720p
  • Unlocking: Fingerprint sensor (also acts as a macro key) + Face recognition through Windows Hello
  • Connectivty:Thunderbolt 4 with power delivery; USB C + power delivery; USB 3.2 Gen1; USB 2.0; HDMI(1.4)A; Wi-Fi 6; Bluetooth 5.1
  • Audio: 2×2 stereo speak; 3.5mm jack

What has improved this year?

One of the biggest improvements this year is the screen. The 15.6-inch QHD+ display on this year’s model is a welcome upgrade from the previous 14-inch full HD screen. Plus, this new display has a taller aspect ratio of 16:10 (v 16:9 last year), and a 90Hz refresh rate (vs 60Hz last year) for smoother frame rates and animations.

The Mi Notebook Horizon 14 lacked in two key areas when it came to work-from-home requirements: no webcam and no backlit keyboard. This year, Xiaomi has finally included a 720p webcam and a backlit keyboard with three levels of control. So yay to that.