On the time of scripting this, I’ve used the Mi TV 4A for below per week. Whereas it’s an attention-grabbing system 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 really gone. The Mi TV will probably be aggressive, however it will not be life altering.
That pink dot award…
Sure, that is the tv that gained the Purple Dot Award a while again. It is as slim because the slimmest TVs available on the market. At four.9mm, it is principally only a display, however it 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 sort of approach.
Merely put, the Mi TV four is premium for its value. However similar to the erstwhile LeEco televisions, it appears higher in photos. Briefly, whilst you will not be disillusioned with the design, do not be shocked in case you’re not blown away both.
With three HDMI and USB ports every, the Mi TV supplies ample connectivity choices. You additionally get an ethernet port, simply in case the WiFi wasn’t working for you. Whereas there’s ample port help 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 will simply get in the way in which of assorted HDMI cables and units. As an illustration, my Hearth TV Stick cannot be linked 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 proper match. Whereas I used to be capable of join the Xbox One with out a connector, it nonetheless took some work.
It is not likely an enormous challenge, however a slight misstep that some could not like. For set-top-boxes and consoles that do not must be disconnected usually, it is a one time trouble. It is crucial for units just like the Chromecast and many others. I usually noticed horizontal strains whereas enjoying content material from the FireTV Stick, which I fastened 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. A minimum of not until it sells sufficient of those TVs.
The TV runs on Xiaomi’s PatchWall person interface, which serves content material primarily based on what you watch. From the offset, you will notice content material choices from Sony Liv, Viu, Voot and Hungama on the house display. Xiaomi truly has fairly a couple of content material partnerships right here truly, 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 when it comes to decision, however in different methods too, together with content material choice.
For the file, Xiaomi says Hotstar and Prime Video will probably be added quickly. But, the TV does not have an app retailer, so you will not be capable of 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 appears unfinished, unattractive and albeit, 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, far more than it’s in telephones. The TV is a visible expertise, from prime 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 may be to it.
Image High quality
Once 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 units 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 ideal TV for the value, I am simply warning you in opposition to 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 many others, you’ll truly 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 might usually see clouding on the display. Display screen uniformity just isn’t 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, however it’s critically hampered by clouding. The Panasonic Shinobi Professional sequence produces higher distinction and colors, although they help 1080p decision solely.
For the uninitiated, clouding is the impact the place you see brighter patches on elements of the display.
General, although I used to be personally anticipating extra, the Mi TV four is actually 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 often offered at over Rs. 1 lakh, so the worth proposition would nonetheless be robust to disregard.
Audio High quality
For small to medium-sized rooms, the Mi TV four is kind of sufficient. Audio isn’t very detailed, however it works for watching TV basically. 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 possibly can’t actually tune the audio high quality a lot. The TV helps Dolby audio, however the settings don’t make an enormous distinction right here. The “voice improve” possibility makes voices louder, whereas the encompass possibility doesn’t appear to make an enormous distinction. There may be an equaliser although, which will be helpful.
Distant and Usability
The perfect 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.
As an illustration, the distant can management my FireTV Stick for primary navigation, however there isn’t any method to pause a video on Hotstar. And urgent the “up” button someway brings up the decision and subtitle choices. Navigation is okay so long as I am scrolling by means of content material, however the deeper purposes are sometimes lacking.
Xiaomi’s appears and feels the identical as Amazon’s FireTV distant, however it has a quantity controller too. It connects to the TV through Bluetooth, so you should use it with out truly 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 scripting this, I did not have the value of the Mi TV. Now that we do, it is worth proposition goes up incrementally. At Rs. 39,999, that is for sure one of the crucial worth for cash choices on the market. TCL’s Android TVs provide higher image high quality in some methods, however with out content material help. The Mi TV is for many who do not wish to use set prime containers.
Merely put, the Xiaomi Mi TV four is an effective TV for the value. 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 stated, within the bigger scheme of issues, it is a worth for cash tv, which is what issues.