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The Xiaomi mày Box S is plenty capable, but isn't a good giảm giá when compared to its current competition. If xiaomi mi had followed its own philosophy và offered a lower price, things might have been different. If the mi Box S is one of your only options then it's still worth a look, but similarly priced devices from Google, Roku, và Amazon are all better buys.
Xiaomi is best known for its smartphones in international markets, but it’s a much smaller player in the US. Instead of focusing on smartphones, Xiaomi’s North American efforts have centered around smart devices, including a line of game android TV players. One of these products is the Xiaomi ngươi Box S. The mi Box S offers a compelling phối of features, including 4K support. But in this crowded market, is it really worth buying? We aim khổng lồ find out in our Xiaomi mi Box S review.
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Xiaomi mi Box S: $59.99/£64.99/Rs. 4,999The Xiaomi mi Box S costs $59.99 in the US, which is $10 more than its current main competitor, the Chromecast with Google TV. It’s also a bit more expensive than the TiVo Stream 4K, which is a more direct competitor as it also lacks the Chromecast’s Google TV UI.
This smart TV box is bigger than a regular streaming stick và sits next lớn your TV, as opposed khổng lồ hiding behind it. The Xiaomi ngươi Box S is powered by apk TV, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, & 8GB of storage. While the specs may not seem impressive in 2021, that’s enough power lớn handle 4K at 60fps. It also supports HDR. Video chất lượng is a significant step above the lower-end Xiaomi mi TV Stick.
The Xiaomi ngươi Box S offers apk TV in a larger khung factor, instead of going the dongle route. Unlike its smaller brother the mày TV Stick, the mày Box S supports 4K HDR video unique at 60fps, which is on par with similarly priced competitors. It even gets close to the video unique of the Nvidia Shield TV. Audio is also reliable thanks khổng lồ Dolby Audio và DTS 2.0 support.
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As with the Xiaomi mày TV Stick, you get a clean stock app android TV experience. There are no additions like you’d find with the TiVo Stream 4K, and it lacks Google Chromecast’s newer Google TV UI. We can consider this a good or a bad thing, depending on your tastes. If you’re coming from an older android TV device though, you’ll find the experience extremely familiar. That also means you can expect the usual extras lượt thích Chromecast support, which lets you send nội dung from your smartphone device directly to the android TV player.
This simplicity in kiến thiết extends khổng lồ the remote as well. While TiVo added a bunch of extra buttons to lớn their streamer’s remote, the mày Box S’ remote is super easy to lớn use. There are your typical power and volume buttons, some shortcuts to Amazon Prime video and Netflix, & even a handy button that lets you summon Google Assistant khổng lồ find out what’s on or lớn even ask simple questions or control your smart home.
What’s not so good?
If we’re being honest, the bad outweighs the good when it comes lớn performance. We had the same general experience with the mày TV Stick, which isn’t surprising as the mày Box S uses the same processor, just with an extra gigabyte of RAM (2GB total). While we feel the ngươi Box S performs better than the Stick, both the Chromecast with Google TV & the TiVo Stream 4K outperform it while coming in $10 lớn $15 less, respectively, than the mày Box S’ $60 retail price.
The remote is actually pretty decent, but it’s not as small và attractive as the Google Chromecast with Google TV remote, or as functional as TiVo’s more ergonomic remote. As a small aside, we also found it annoying that mày didn’t even include the couple AAA batteries required. Remotes usually include the first set of batteries, & so this seems lượt thích a cheap move for a hàng hóa that’s already on the pricey side.
Xiaomi ngươi Box S review: Should I buy it?
It’s hard khổng lồ recommend the Xiaomi mi Box S when it doesn’t vì enough lớn differentiate itself from the competition. In fact, it’s more expensive than its main competitor, the Chromecast with Google TV, và we know many of you might also enjoy the upgrade to the Google TV UI. Google’s device also outperforms Xiaomi’s, hides better behind a TV, and has a better-designed remote.
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As for other alternatives, the TiVo Stream 4K offers better video quality and faster performance at a lower price. If you’re willing to step outside of the apk TV ecosystem there are also great options from Roku and Amazon’s Fire TV range.
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If the price was right we could see its place in the market. Considering its performance, capabilities, và current price — there are better choices out there.