Xiaomi is famous around the world for the crazy low prices of their products, over which they always come with competitive specs. Xiaomi already has a lineup in China for smart TVs, but now it marks the first attempt to US shores. Priced at a $70, the Mi Box stands for direct competition with the Chromecast Ultra from Google. On the positive side, it offers more functionality than other products. Is there any reason you shouldn’t immediately go out and buy one of these for your TV? Let’s take a look.
Mi Tv Box Specification
|SoC||AmlogicQuad-core Cortex-A53 2.0GHz|
|GPU||Mali 450 750MHz up to 4K 60fps resolution|
|OS||Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|Dimensions||101 x 101 x 19.5mm, 177g|
|4K support||There are few set-top boxes which can support the 4K resolution at this price.|
|Solid remote||The remote is of good design and easy to use in dark. AAA batteries mean no need of recharging.|
|Extras||The Mi Box has a “$76 worth of free offers,” which comes withCBS All Access, VUDU, Sling TV, and Pandora.|
It’s small rounded body is about four inches deep and wide about three-fourth of an inch tall, creating it a simple fit in almost any entertainment center. Due to the Bluetooth remote, it won’t even require a line-of-sight. Thus you can keep it behind your TV and it’ll work well enough.
It has a “Quadcore Cortex-A53 2.0GHz” processor which is more than enough to board an HD video and also 4K resolution. The RAM is 2GB, and the storage is kept at 8GB. There aren’t many slots to be found though. On its back is a headphone jack, a power adapter port, one port for USB 2.0 and an HDMI port.
The remote of Mi Box is simple, easy, and small. Plastic buttons are used for everything, and also not many of them can be found. The interesting thing is you have the Voice command to search anything. Unlike other Android Tv Box, you don’t have to type the name of Apps, Song, Videos to search just tap on the Mike icon and speak, it will search it for you. The voice control works fine and quick also.
The remote works with Bluetooth and thus can work without even a line of sight. Use of AAA batteries means it is a little bulky than some similar designs as it is only used for few voice commands and button presses.
The Mi Box can handle the Android TV interface along with any video streaming apps easily. While for games let’s address them too. It works well for lesser complicated games and can handle the 2D textures and the light 3D well enough. But once you switch to something intense, you can notice lesser framerates and slowdowns. Asphalt 8, Renegade GP and even lighter games like the Hungry Shark Evolution displayed a middling performance.
The performance issues aren’t just limited to games. While streaming a video tab from the Chrome, Mi Box often chokes and the audio drags behind the video. Also using the Bluetooth remote for the voice searches at times simply crashes the Google Play Services. Definitely, these things need to be worked on.
As for a relatively cheap way for checking out Android TV the Mi Box can be an easy recommendation, thanks to the cheap price tag. “You will definitely get what you are actually paying for” is a cliché, but it applies over here that you should not assume much past solid video performance and also a very good user interface. The 4K compatibility is impressive and can be the only thing that kept the Mi Box ahead of equally-priced offers from other competitors.
If you are in need of simpler streaming gadget along with many apps and also if you are fine with a 1080p, then there are some better choices like the Ditto for gamers, the SHIELD is also clearly a superior choice. But if you looking for a cheap gadget and you are dying to have the Google’s TV experience, then go for it.