Xiaomi Mi Box S review: Better and better performance

Xiaomi Mi Box S review: Better and better performance

The Xiaomi Mi Box S is quite capable, but it’s not a good deal compared to its current competition. If Xiaomi had followed its own philosophy and offered a lower price tag, things could have been different. If the Mi Box S is one of your only options, 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 is a much smaller player in the US. Instead of focusing on smartphones, Xiaomi’s North American efforts are centered around smart devices, including a line of Android TV players. One of these products is the Xiaomi Mi Box S. The Mi Box S offers an attractive set of features including 4K support. But is it really worth buying in this crowded market? We want to find out in our Xiaomi Mi Box S review.

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Xiaomi Mi Box S. What do you need to know about?

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  • Xiaomi Mi Box S: $59.99/£64.99/Rs. 4,999

The Xiaomi Mi Box S costs $59.99 in the US, which is $10 more than its current main competitor, Google TV with Chromecast. It’s also a bit more expensive than the TiVo Stream 4K, which is a more direct competitor because it also lacks the Chromecast’s Google TV UI.

This smart TV box is bigger than a regular streaming stick and sits next to your TV instead of hiding behind it. Xiaomi Mi Box S is powered by Android TV, quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and 8GB storage. While the specs may not look impressive in 2022, it’s power enough to handle 4K at 60fps. It also supports HDR. The video quality is a significant step up over the lower-end Xiaomi Mi TV Stick.

What’s good?

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Instead of going the dongle route, the Xiaomi Mi Box S offers Android TV in a bigger form factor. Unlike its smaller brother the Mi TV Stick, the Mi Box S supports 4K HDR video quality at 60 fps, which is on par with similarly priced competitors. It even comes close to the video quality of an Nvidia Shield TV. Audio is also reliable due to Dolby Audio and DTS 2.0 support.

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With Xiaomi Mi TV Stick, you get a clean stock Android TV experience. There’s no such addition with the TiVo Stream 4K, and it lacks the Google Chromecast’s new Google TV UI. We can consider this a good or a bad thing depending on your taste. If you’re coming from an older Android TV device, you’ll find the experience very familiar. This also means you can expect the usual extras like Chromecast support, which lets you send content directly from your mobile device to the Android TV player.

This simplicity in design extends to the remote as well. While TiVo has added extra buttons to its streamer’s remote, the Mi Box S’s remote is much easier to use. There are your typical power and volume buttons, some shortcuts to Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, and there’s even a handy button that lets you call Google Assistant to find out what’s going on or here Even for asking simple questions or controlling your smart home.

Isn’t it so good?

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If we’re being honest, the good outweighs the bad in terms of performance. We had a normal experience with the Mi TV Stick, which isn’t surprising as the Mi Box S uses the same processor, just with an additional gigabyte of RAM (2GB in total). While we think the Mi Box S outperforms the Stick, both Chromecast and TiVo Stream 4K with Google TV outperform it, coming in at $10 to $15 less, respectively, than the Mi Box S’s $60 retail price. We do.

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The remote is really great, but it’s not as small and flashy as the Google Chromecast with the Google TV remote, or as functional as the TiVo’s more ergonomic remote. As a minor aside, we also found it annoying that the Mi didn’t even include a couple AAA batteries. Remotes usually include the first set of batteries, and so this seems like a cheap step up for a product that’s already expensive.

Xiaomi Mi Box S review: should I buy it?

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It’s hard to recommend the Xiaomi Mi Box S when it doesn’t do enough to differentiate itself from the competition. In fact, it’s more expensive than the Chromecast with its main competitor, Google TV, and we know many of you might enjoy an upgrade to the Google TV UI as well. Google’s device also performs better than Xiaomi’s, hides better behind a TV, and has a better designed remote.

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As for the other options, the TiVo Stream 4K offers better video quality and faster performance at a lower price point. Roku and Amazon’s Fire TV range are great options if you’re looking to step outside of the Android TV ecosystem.

If the price was right, we could see its place in the market. Considering its performance, capabilities and current price – there are better options out there.

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Xiaomi Mi Box S

Xiaomi Mi Box S is an Android TV box with 4K streaming capabilities.


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