Xiaomi’s Mi TVs are TVs in identify solely. Very similar to LeEco’s technique earlier than it, the tv is a content material supply mechanism for the corporate. In reality, Xiaomi has usually cited the dearth of content material partnerships as the first cause for not bringing these TVs to India. However they’re right here now, beginning with the Mi TV 4A. So, Xiaomi should suppose it is prepared.
On the time of penning this, I’ve used the Mi TV 4A for below per week. Whereas it’s an attention-grabbing machine certainly, it is a part of what I usually name the “new Xiaomi”, one that does not actually dazzle anymore. It nonetheless makes good merchandise, however that wow issue is actually gone. The Mi TV will probably be aggressive, but it surely will not be life altering.
That purple dot award…
Sure, that is the tv that gained the Purple Dot Award a while again. It is as slim because the slimmest TVs in the marketplace. At four.9mm, it is principally only a display, but it surely thickens close to the underside to suit the ports and inner structure.
Whereas it’s clearly meant to be wall mounted, you do get a stand with this one. The body is slim in order that the display feels all of the extra impactful. And all of it works, simply not in a premium, Sony Bravia A1 type of approach.
Merely put, the Mi TV four is premium for its worth. However similar to the erstwhile LeEco televisions, it seems to be higher in footage. In brief, when you will not be dissatisfied with the design, do not be stunned in case you’re not blown away both.
With three HDMI and USB ports every, the Mi TV offers ample connectivity choices. You additionally get an ethernet port, simply in case the WiFi wasn’t working for you. Whereas there’s ample port assist right here, the position is considerably problematic.
The HDMI and USB ports lie in a socket on the again of the TV, dealing with outward. This may simply get in the best way of varied HDMI cables and gadgets. For example, my Hearth TV Stick cannot be related to any of those ports, as a result of there’s simply sufficient area. Even utilizing a connector, I needed to wrestle to get the appropriate match. Whereas I used to be in a position to join the Xbox One with out a connector, it nonetheless took some work.
It is not likely a giant problem, however a slight misstep that some might not like. For set-top-boxes and consoles that do not should be disconnected usually, it is a one time problem. It can be crucial for gadgets just like the Chromecast and so on. I usually noticed horizontal strains whereas enjoying content material from the FireTV Stick, which I mounted by reconnecting it.
Watching content material on the Mi TV…
As talked about earlier, Xiaomi’s televisions are content material supply techniques. In essence, the TV is simply one other display for the corporate to increase its ecosystem. In India although, it is similar to some other tv. The content material choices right here aren’t owned by Xiaomi, so it is unlikely that the corporate is making some huge cash from them. At the least not except it sells sufficient of those TVs.
The TV runs on Xiaomi’s PatchWall consumer interface, which serves content material based mostly on what you watch. From the offset, you will note content material choices from Sony Liv, Viu, Voot and Hungama on the house display. Xiaomi really has fairly a couple of content material partnerships right here really, however none that really dazzle.
You see, Hungama, Voot, Viu and even Sony Liv, don’t ship the standard of content material you need from these TVs. Whilst you do get HD and 1080p content material from them, Netflix, Prime Video and Hotstar are fairly noticeably higher, not simply by way of decision, however in different methods too, together with content material choice.
For the report, Xiaomi says Hotstar and Prime Video will probably be added quickly. But, the TV does not have an app retailer, so you will not have the ability to set up extra apps, with out some tinkering. If there was a TV for the lovers, that is the one.
However content material choices apart, my pet peeve right here is the interface itself. It seems to be unfinished, unattractive and admittedly, shoddy. Thumbnail photos are low decision, whereas fonts lack styling. Sure, there are not any bugs or lags to talk of, however the UI simply does not really feel like Xiaomi put time into it. In comparison with MiUI, this simply appears like an unfinished product and ruins the general expertise.
Why does this matter?
Am I nitpicking? Sure, I actually am. However the UI is integral to a sensible TV, way more than it’s in telephones. The TV is a visible expertise, from high to backside. If it does not look good, it does not really feel good. Perhaps that is simply me, however I do anticipate extra from Xiaomi.
Admittedly, it is an extremely quick UI, however that is about all there’s to it.
Image High quality
After I noticed the unique Mi TV, I used to be really dazzled. Once more, that is most likely simply me, however I do anticipate Xiaomi’s gadgets to be nearer to flagship class. In that respect, the Mi TV is much behind choices from Sony, LG or Samsung. To be clear, it is nonetheless an important TV for the worth, I am simply warning you towards having too excessive expectations.
Colors and distinction on the Mi TV four are first rate. If you happen to’re upgrading from cheaper choices from Vu and so on, you’ll really see a good distinction right here. But, it is nothing just like the Samsung QLEDs and a far stretch from OLED TVs from Sony and LG.
I tweaked the settings a bit, however may usually see clouding on the display. Display uniformity shouldn’t be the Mi TV four’s forte and you will not unsee this in case you’ve noticed it as soon as. The Mi TV produces first rate black ranges, but it surely’s critically hampered by clouding. The Panasonic Shinobi Professional collection produces higher distinction and hues, although they assist 1080p decision solely.
For the uninitiated, clouding is the impact the place you see brighter patches on components of the display.
General, although I used to be personally anticipating extra, the Mi TV four is actually a very good TV. If Xiaomi can promote this anyplace across the Rs. 60,000 mark, it is nonetheless a aggressive providing. 4K HDR TVs in India are normally offered at over Rs. 1 lakh, so the worth proposition would nonetheless be powerful to disregard.
Audio High quality
For small to medium-sized rooms, the Mi TV four is kind of sufficient. Audio isn’t very detailed, but it surely works for watching TV generally. Like most TVs in India, it does the job for watching motion pictures or movies, but when your ears are higher tuned, you could wish to add audio system or a house theatre unit. You’ll be able to’t actually tune the audio high quality a lot. The TV helps Dolby audio, however the settings don’t make a giant distinction right here. The “voice improve” possibility makes voices louder, whereas the encompass possibility doesn’t appear to make a giant distinction. There’s an equaliser although, which may be helpful.
Distant and Usability
One of the best good TVs at all times attempt to do the whole lot with a single distant and so does the Mi TV four. Nevertheless, right here once more, I am going again to the truth that that is an unfinished system.
For example, the distant can management my FireTV Stick for fundamental navigation, however there is no approach to pause a video on Hotstar. And urgent the “up” button by some means brings up the decision and subtitle choices. Navigation is okay so long as I am scrolling by way of content material, however the deeper functions are sometimes lacking.
Xiaomi’s seems to be and feels the identical as Amazon’s FireTV distant, but it surely has a quantity controller too. It connects to the TV by way of Bluetooth, so you should utilize it with out really pointing to the TV.
If you happen to’re shopping for this TV, you should purchase a few AAA batteries beforehand. Apparently, Xiaomi does not bundle batteries with this tv.
Replace: On the time of penning this, I did not have the worth of the Mi TV. Now that we do, it is worth proposition goes up incrementally. At Rs. 39,999, that is definitely some of the worth for cash choices on the market. TCL’s Android TVs supply higher image high quality in some methods, however with out content material assist. The Mi TV is for individuals who do not wish to use set high packing containers.
Merely put, the Xiaomi Mi TV four is an efficient TV for the worth. But, it is unhappy to see that Xiaomi is only one amongst many now. The Mi TV four does not dazzle, which isn’t an issue, so long as you retain your expectations in test.
That mentioned, within the bigger scheme of issues, it is a worth for cash tv, which is what issues.