RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition comprehensive review: the best notebook choice under $500
By Goraud Mazanec 2019-10-23 11275 1
RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition: design
The design of the RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition is basically consistent with the previous RedmiBook. A face is printed with Redmi LOGO, plus DESIGNED BY XIAOMI tail. It adopts all-metal body design with the lightweight of 1.5 kg, so you can easily put it in the bag or take it away.
The 14-inch 1080p full HD anti-glare screen is suitable for all-weather working environments. The RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition has an ultra-narrow border of 5.75mm, the screen ratio is as high as 81.2%, which will bring you broader and immersive visual experience. Besides, it adopts trending design including a full-size keyboard and integrated touchpad. The power button is located in the upper right corner of the keyboard area, integrated with the keyboard, making the whole C side more concise.
In terms of connectivity, the RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition also mainly focuses on practicality. It offers 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x full-size HDMI, 1 x 3.5mm headset interface, but there is no USB Type-C port. In addition, the RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition removed the camera on the screen, so you cannot make a video call, but you can still make voice call.
At the bottom, there is a large area of heat dissipation grid, and two rubber pads are designed to raise the bottom of the fuselage and increase the air intake.
Through the using experience, we found that the hinge of the RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition is tight, so you cannot open or close it easily. In addition, the laptop has a screen opening and closing angle of 140 degree and it does not support 180 degree opening, but it can meet the needs of most people for the visual angle of the screen.
RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition CPU performance: suitable for both entertainment and office work
The biggest highlight of the RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition is that it is equipped with the powerful AMD processor, which has also taken performance to a new level. Here, we test the RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen 5 3500U edition with 8GB memory + 256GB internal storage.
The AMD Ryzen 5 3500U is a processor mainly designed for lightweight notebook. It has the max 2.1GHz CPU main frequency and up to 3.7GHz dynamic frequency. It is designed based on zen+ architecture, 12nm process and using four-core eight-thread design. The TDP thermal design power consumption is 15W, and its overall performance is about 10% better than Ryzen 2500U.
In the CPU-Z test, the RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition scores 424 points in single-core and 2,277 points in multi-core, which is only 8 points less than that of i5-8265U. However, it scores 341 points higher in multi-core. So the RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition has excellent performance in dealing with multitasks. When compared the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U with i3-8145U, the i3-8145U is far behind the Ryzen 5 3500U in both single-core and multi-core.
Therefore, according to the test result, the RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition has very good performance in multitasks, and it can meet your daily need for both entertainment and office work.
RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition: GPU performance
On the Intel mobile processor platform, people basically ignore its integrated graphics card, so the common Intel mobile processor notebooks on the market will be equipped with a unique graphics. It seems that the unique graphics is more powerful in performance, but it has the problem of heat and high cost. WhileAMD Ryzen series adopt the Radeon Vega graphics card, which has some special advantages than others.
The Ryzen 5 3500U mobile processor has a built-in Radeon Vega 8 Graphics, video card frequency of 1201 MHz, that supports DirectX12.1 technology, with strong performance and excellent user experience in video editing, 4K video playback, and so on.
AMD still has many years of technical accumulation in GPU, and it has also formed some of its own unique features. Ultra-virtual resolution is one of them. When this function is turned on, the original 1080p resolution screen of a notebook can be turned into 4K in an instant. Users can watch 4K video smoothly. In this mode, it will offer broader vision for editing or browsing the document table than 1080p resolution display, if the external display opens the multi-window to run multi-task, it can significantly improve the work efficiency.
In addition to virtual ultra-high resolution, AMD platform also has a strong advantage in HD video playback, especially when watching 4K and high-coding video, the average lightweight laptop can hardly play smoothly or even at all. But if you're using a Ryzen series graphics card, you don't have to worry about being bothered by this problem at all.
We chose a 4K test chip, without hardware acceleration, the picture will appear obvious stutter, processor resources are up to 100%. After the hardware acceleration of AMD is turned on, the playback picture becomes smooth and the processor occupation is greatly reduced. At this time, in addition to watching the video normally, you can also run other programs and process multiple tasks at the same time.
RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition: battery performance
Then, let's take a look at the battery performance of this RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition. When it is running in PCMARK Work mode and it can last for 7 hours and 54 minutes. That’s enough to meet your daily use.
RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition supports mutual transfer function
The RedmiBook 14 Ryzen Edition first launch the Xiaomi’s newest mutual transfer function. This function supports the transfer of multi-terminal files between laptops, laptops and mobile phones, and can transfer photos, documents, videos, installed applications and games without installing third-party software. The mutual transfer function doesn’t has limitation for the file format, size and number. The maximum transfer speed between notebooks can reach 50MB/s.
Moreover, the Xiaomi’s mutual transfer function also supports wireless transmission between Xiaomi equipment, which is very useful under no internet environment.
RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition supports Mi Band unlock
Although there are no features such as fingerprint unlock and facial unlock, it is worth mentioning that RedmiBook 14 Ryzen Edition supports Modern Standby technology, which can not only achieve ultra-low power standby, but also support Xiaomi intelligent unlock 2.0 function.
Users can upgrade Xiaomi Mi Band 3 to the latest firmware and pair it with the notebook, then you can use the Mi Band 3 to unlock it when opening the notebook.
RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition: price and is it worth buying?
The RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen Edition offers 4 versions and their price is as below:
RedmiBook 14 AMD R5 8G+256G edition: 3499 yuan (about $494)
RedmiBook 14 AMD R5 8G+512G edition: 3699 yuan (about $522)
RedmiBook 14 AMD R7 8G+512G edition: 3999 yuan (about $565)
RedmiBook 14 AMD R7 16G+512G edition: 4199 yuan (about $593)
The basic version of the RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen edition only costs about $494, with that, you will get a powerful AMD Ryzen processor and enjoy the convenience of mutual transfer between devices and Mi Band unlock. Compared with their same price range notebook, the RedmiBook 14 AMD Ryzen edition is really the best choice for your both entertainment and office work.
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