Xiaomi TV Stick 4K Review: In a time when most TVs already have an operating system with extra features like an app store, Wi-Fi, screen mirroring, and more, it’s becoming less important to have a separate streaming device. But this hasn’t stopped companies from making new devices for streaming. The Xiaomi TV Stick 4K is the company’s newest streaming stick. It has the latest version of the Android TV operating system, dual-band Wi-Fi, Dolby Vision and Dolby ATMOS support, Chromecast built in, and more.
Now, the main question is why anyone would need a streaming device when their TV already has an operating system built in. Well, the simple answer is to improve their TV viewing experience, since most cheap smart TVs don’t give you the best one.
On paper, the Xiaomi TV Stick 4K has every feature that someone could want in a TV or streaming device. But in the real world, how well does it work? Does it make watching better, or is it just another device for streaming that’s already on the market? We’ve been using it for a while, so here’s what we think about it.
Review of the Xiaomi TV Stick 4K:
If you’ve seen a Xiaomi streaming device from a previous generation, the TV Stick 4K looks just like it. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a flat, cylinder-shaped device with a glossy Black finish on 3/4 of the back and a matte Grey finish on the rest. We liked the device’s dual finish, which gives it a high-end look. The TV Stick will be hidden behind the TV, so it doesn’t matter.
One thing that bothers us is that it still has an old microUSB port for charging. Xiaomi has put a long cable and an adapter in the box, which is great.
At the top is an HDMI port that can be plugged into the TV directly or through the male-to-female HDMI adapter. Which, by the way, is quite long, which is good, and comes in very handy if your TV is in a tight spot.
Setup, performance, and features of the Xiaomi TV Stick 4K are reviewed.
As soon as you plug the device into the TV’s HDMI port and turn it on, you’ll be asked to pair your remote by pressing the Patchwall and Home buttons together for a couple of seconds. Now, it uses the Android TV 11 operating system, and setting it up is easy, just like any other Android TV device. You can either set it up by hand with the remote or quickly and easily with the Google Home app.
The good thing is that the device automatically tells users to set up the TV controls during the setup process. The TV controls that were built into the remote were very helpful, and it also made the house less cluttered by getting rid of extra remotes.
The next thing is that the device works as it should. Xiaomi hasn’t said exactly what kind of chipset it is or how it works. But it has a Core A35 quad-core chipset with 2GB RAM and 8GB storage. The performance is good enough, and most people who want an inexpensive TV won’t be disappointed. After a couple of minutes with the device on, we didn’t notice any lag or delay. We mean that you should give the device some time to settle down after the first boot. After that, it’s easy to switch between apps, menus, and the screen, and there’s no lag or delay.
There are built-in streaming apps on the Xiaomi TV Stick 4K, like Netflix, YouTube, and Prime Video. From the Google Play Store, you can get more. We tried watching movies and shows on Netflix and Prime Video but had trouble. Even apps downloaded from app stores worked like they should.
Xiaomi TV Stick 4K Review:
At Rs 4,999, Xiaomi TV Stick 4K is a good choice if you want to improve your home TV viewing experience with a fully loaded streaming device. Plus, it works well and has the Google Assistant, Chromecast, and Play Store built in. It also works with almost all OTT apps and services, which is a plus for most users.
Pros: Dolby ATMOS/Vision support
Android TV operating system
The back button on the remote