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The Xiaomi mày Box S is plenty capable, but isn't a good deal when compared to lớn its current competition. If xiaomi mi had followed its own philosophy và offered a lower price, things might have been different. If the ngươi Box S is one of your only options then it's still worth a look, but similarly priced devices from Google, Roku, and 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 app android TV players. One of these products is the Xiaomi mi Box S. The ngươi Box S offers a compelling phối of features, including 4K support. But in this crowded market, is it really worth buying? We aim to lớn find out in our Xiaomi mày 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 to lớn your TV, as opposed to lớn hiding behind it. The Xiaomi ngươi Box S is powered by android TV, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, và 8GB of storage. While the specs may not seem impressive in 2021, that’s enough power to lớn handle 4K at 60fps. It also supports HDR. Video quality is a significant step above the lower-end Xiaomi mi TV Stick.
The Xiaomi ngươi Box S offers app android TV in a larger form factor, instead of going the dongle route. Unlike its smaller brother the mi TV Stick, the mi Box S supports 4K HDR video chất lượng at 60fps, which is on par with similarly priced competitors. It even gets close to the video chất lượng of the Nvidia Shield TV. Audio is also reliable thanks to lớn Dolby Audio và DTS 2.0 support.
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As with the Xiaomi ngươi TV Stick, you get a clean stock game android TV experience. There are no additions lượt thích you’d find with the TiVo Stream 4K, và 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 app android TV device though, you’ll find the experience extremely familiar. That also means you can expect the usual extras like Chromecast support, which lets you send content from your sản phẩm điện thoại device directly lớn the apk TV player.
This simplicity in kiến thiết extends khổng lồ the remote as well. While TiVo added a bunch of extra buttons lớn their streamer’s remote, the ngươi Box S’ remote is super easy to use. There are your typical power & volume buttons, some shortcuts khổng lồ Amazon Prime đoạn clip and Netflix, & even a handy button that lets you summon Google Assistant to find out what’s on or to even ask simple questions or control your smart home.
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 mi Box S performs better than the Stick, both the Chromecast with Google TV and the TiVo Stream 4K outperform it while coming in $10 lớn $15 less, respectively, than the ngươi Box S’ $60 retail price.
The remote is actually pretty decent, but it’s not as small & 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 ngươi didn’t even include the couple AAA batteries required. Remotes usually include the first phối of batteries, và so this seems like a cheap move for a sản phẩm that’s already on the pricey side.
It’s hard to recommend the Xiaomi mi Box S when it doesn’t vì chưng enough lớn differentiate itself from the competition. In fact, it’s more expensive than its main competitor, the Chromecast with Google TV, and we know many of you might also enjoy the upgrade khổng lồ 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 app android TV ecosystem there are also great options from Roku and Amazon’s Fire TV range.
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.