Xiaomi Mi Box 4K is a direct competitor to the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Similar to Amazon Fire TV Stick, it also makes your old TV into a smart TV. The Mi box 4k is cheaper than Amazon Fire TV Stick. Mi Box 4K uses the same android interface and bring the Android TV interface to your TV screen. The difference Mi Box works on Android and Fire TV Stick works on forked version.
Xiaomi Mi Box 4K Review
The Android support helps the Mi Box use the Google Cast. Using the Google Cast you can cast wirelessly from your phone to TV as long as they are using the same Wi-Fi network. Except Dolby vision technology, Mi Box support both 4K and HDR10 playback as that of Fire stick. Since Xiaomi Mi Box 4K fully driven on Android, Google Assistant voice support is available.
Unfortunately there is no preinstalled media player apps comes with the bundle. But the file manage app available in Google play store can serve the purpose of playing content of various formats including HDR.
Should you Buy it or Not
Mi Box 4K comes with its own remote. With the help of the remote you can navigate all around the interface. With the help of the remote control you can adjust the volume, open apps and more. This remote works on Android TV without Patchwall support. In addition, the remote connect with the TV via Bluetooth. The negative side of the Remote control is more. It is lack of a remote mute button. You can do the basic controls only with the help of the remote.
Since Google Chromecast functionality enabled with Mi Box 4K, it supports casting up to 4K solution. Moreover, We can mirror our screen or cast it directly from our supported apps on other compatible devices. Even you can your local content by plug in your USB drive in your Mi Box 4K.
Mi Box 4K supports HDR up to HDR10 standard. Since Amazon prime and Netflix can be played in HDR10, it is worth for the price. The Mi Box 4K comes with data saver function, which helps you to reduce the bandwidth usage during video streaming. This feature is helpful for those who use mobile hotspot or internet with bandwidth and data cap.
Xiaomi Mi Box 4K Pros and Cons
- Android TV without Bloatware
- 4K streaming
- HDR upto HDR10 standard
- USB Port
- Worth for the money spent.
- Google Cast
- 4K Android TV set-top box
- No Dolby Dolby vision technology
- No Mute Button on Remote
- Remote lacks some basic functions