Xiaomi's $580 RedmiBook 14 is the budget laptop you've been waiting for

What you need to know

  • The RedmiBook 14 has great hardware at this price point.
  • All models come with NVIDIA's GeForce MX250 GPU as standard.
  • Sales kick off June 11 in China, and we could see it in global markets.

Alongside the launch of the Redmi K20 series, Xiaomi announced the RedmiBook 14, the first laptop from the sub-brand. Xiaomi has launched several notebooks over the years under its own brand, and the Mi Notebook Pro in particular has a similar design and hardware as the MacBook Pro for half the price.

The Redmi sub-brand, however, is all about the budget segment, and the RedmiBook 14 starts off at just 3,999 RMB ($580). For that price, you get a notebook with eighth-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 256GB SSD, and 4GB of RAM. You can also configure the notebook with a Core i7 CPU, 512GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM, with that particular option costing 4,999 RMB ($725).

What makes the RedmiBook 14 stand out is the fact that both models feature NVIDIA's GeForce MX250 GPU. You also get two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 ports, a HDMI port, 3.5mm jack, and Wi-Fi ac along with Bluetooth connectivity.

The RedmiBook 14 has a metal chassis and comes with a 14.1-inch Full HD display with an 81.2% screen-to-body ratio, and it's available in a silver color option that gives it a very MacBook look. It weighs 1.5 kilos (3/3 pounds) and has a thickness of 17.95mm, and there are two vents underneath the keyboard to manage thermals.

Overall, the RedmiBook 14 has plenty going for it, and the notebook will go on sale in China starting June 11. Xiaomi's notebooks have been exclusive to China thus far, but the goal with Redmi's sub-brand is to target international markets, so it's not unlikely that we'll see the RedmiBook 14 make its way to India and other global markets.