Xiaomi Mi TV 5X 55 Review: Improved, And Still Reasonably Priced


Though Xiaomi and its Redmi sub-brand have a lot of the finances and mid-range tv segments in India coated, its focus will at all times be on worth for cash, and that applies to the excessive finish as effectively. Massive screens, loads of options, considerate software program, and discrete design have largely outlined the Mi TV vary. The corporate’s newest tv sequence, the Mi TV 5X, hopes to hold that ahead with out compromising on the one factor that has attracted consumers to the model – aggressive and cheap pricing.

Priced at Rs. 45,999 in India, the Xiaomi Mi TV 5X 55-inch Extremely-HD LED Good TV could be very spectacular on paper and guarantees succesful efficiency, with out forcing you to spend an excessive amount of. A few of its key options embody help for Dolby Imaginative and prescient, hands-free Google Assistant voice controls, and the mixture of Android TV 10 and the corporate’s fashionable PatchWall UI. Is that this the most effective 55-inch tv now you can purchase underneath Rs. 50,000? Discover out on this evaluation.

Xiaomi Mi TV 5X 55 design and specs

Televisions from Xiaomi’s Mi model have sported the Mi brand to this point, however with the Mi TV 5X, there is a massive change. The corporate introduced that it’s switching to ‘Xiaomi’ as its model title on future merchandise, and the Mi TV 5X exhibits that, even when it is nonetheless known as a ‘Mi TV’.

Displayed prominently proper beneath the display screen is the brand new Xiaomi brand on a silver strip, simply above the module that has a couple of indicator lights and the facility button. The remainder of the borders across the display screen are significantly slimmer and equally silver in color, giving the Mi TV 5X a definite look that stands out among the many competitors in addition to different televisions from Xiaomi such because the Redmi TV X Sequence and Mi TV 4X vary.

The Mi TV 5X is not fairly as slim as among the flagship TVs I’ve reviewed just lately, however it’s moderately effectively constructed and never too thick even on the backside, which bulges a bit. It seems to be good for a TV in its worth vary, whether or not positioned on a wall or on stand mounts. The decrease a part of the again of the TV has a carbon-fibre-like texture, with one set of inputs and ports dealing with downwards, and a second set dealing with to the left of the display screen.

The much less ceaselessly used ports, together with the Ethernet, optical audio out, composite AV enter, and antenna port all face downwards, whereas the 2 USB ports, three HDMI 2.1 ports, and three.5mm audio out socket face to the left. The tv may be stand-mounted utilizing the steel stands included within the field, or wall-mounted utilizing any aftermarket VESA-compatible package. Xiaomi can present a wall-mount package at an additional price on the time of set up.

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The Mi TV 5X sports activities the corporate’s new ‘Xiaomi’ model brand, as an alternative of ‘Mi’ 

 

Whereas I am reviewing the 55-inch mannequin within the Mi TV 5X sequence which is priced at Rs. 45,999, you could possibly additionally select the 50-inch and 43-inch fashions, priced at Rs. 41,999 and Rs. 31,999 respectively in India. All three are Extremely-HD TVs with help for as much as the Dolby Imaginative and prescient format for HDR.

The Mi TV 5X 55 has a 55-inch Extremely-HD (3840×2160-pixel) LED-backlit display screen, with help for the Dolby Imaginative and prescient and HDR10+ excessive dynamic vary codecs.

This tv has a rated sound output of 40W, and help for Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD via its two-speaker system. HDMI ARC is supported on one of many HDMI ports, and there is additionally dual-band Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5 for connectivity. The TV has a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage for apps and app information.

Xiaomi Mi TV 5X 55 distant and options

Whereas the overall design and branding of Xiaomi’s televisions have modified over the months and years, the corporate’s method to the distant has been largely the identical. The Mi TV 5X has Xiaomi’s acquainted, minimalist distant, and expectedly but nonetheless disappointingly, the wanted AAA batteries are usually not included within the gross sales package deal.

The distant itself is one which I am very used to, and the corporate’s software program tweaks similar to Fast Mute and Fast Settings entry have lengthy since made up for its bodily shortcomings. It is suitably outfitted to get you anyplace throughout the TV’s software program shortly, and you’ll navigate round each the Inventory Android TV UI and Xiaomi’s personal PatchWall UI simply sufficient.

Different key options of the Mi TV 5X embody hands-free Google Assistant entry, Google Chromecast built-in with help for Extremely-HD and HDR casting from supported apps and providers, an auto low-latency mode to be used with gaming consoles, and the flexibility to make use of Alexa as your default voice assistant should you favor.

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The distant of the Mi TV 5X is a well-known one, with a minimalist, compact design

 

The tv has a microphone that may be set to always-on mode to hear for the ‘OK Google’ or ‘Hey Google’ wake phrases, simply as you’d have it on a sensible speaker such because the Google Nest Audio. It is attainable to show off the microphone if in case you have privateness issues or simply do not need to use voice instructions; there is a bodily sliding change to manage this on the backside of the TV, just under the Xiaomi brand.

Xiaomi Mi TV 5X 55 software program and interface

Similar to the distant, the software program expertise on the Xiaomi Mi TV 5X stays acquainted for anybody who has used a Xiaomi tv earlier than. The tv runs on Android TV 10, with each the inventory Android TV consumer interface, in addition to Xiaomi’s personal PatchWall 4 launcher. All main apps are supported, and customers have full entry to the Google Play Retailer for Android TV to obtain any of over 5,000 apps out there.

The inventory Android TV UI will probably be acquainted for customers of different Android TV gadgets as effectively, since it really works with none actual manufacturer-enforced limitations right here. The settings are accessible from anyplace within the interface, together with if content material is taking part in, by long-pressing the Mi button on the distant. A brief-press of the button will change to the PatchWall launcher, which exhibits a big selection of curated content material from varied streaming providers.

PatchWall 4 is barely improved over earlier variations, with IMDB rankings built-in into most titles, a brand new search for the data pages for titles with further particulars, and extra. PatchWall permits for straightforward entry to the TV’s settings and different supply inputs, in addition to completely different apps that you simply may need put in on the TV.

Customers who like numerous suggestions and content material curation will take pleasure in what PatchWall has to supply, due to its content-centric method. Additionally price mentioning is that the Mi TV 5X helps the Mi Residence app via the PatchWall launcher, permitting you to manage IoT gadgets in your house via your TV or via voice instructions, if in case you have the Mi Residence app linked to your Google account. This may very well be handy should you personal and use gadgets such because the Mi Robotic Vacuum-Mop P and Mi LED Wi-Fi Good Bulb.

Xiaomi Mi TV 5X 55 efficiency

Attractiveness and options apart, the Xiaomi Mi TV 5X 55 can also be effectively outfitted to ship a nice viewing expertise, pushed by its give attention to worth. Image and sound efficiency are superb for a 55-inch tv priced underneath Rs. 50,000, delivering the sheer affect of an enormous display screen TV, whereas additionally doing a very good job throughout resolutions and content material varieties. That stated, I did face occasional lag and UI efficiency points, which I am going to elaborate on on this part.

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Extremely-HD Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material brings out the most effective within the Mi TV 5X 55

 

The Mi TV 5X 55 is a excessive dynamic vary (HDR) tv with help for the HDR10+ and Dolby Imaginative and prescient codecs. Naturally, the 55-inch display screen signifies that this TV is greatest thought of for top-quality content material, similar to Dolby Imaginative and prescient films and TV exhibits on Netflix and Disney+ Hotstar which seemed significantly higher than the rest I watched.

Watching Korean hit TV present Squid Recreation in Extremely-HD and Dolby Imaginative and prescient on Netflix, the Mi TV 5X made for an fulfilling expertise. The image had a mild, easy-going tone to it, with colors that did not fairly pop as a lot as on extra premium TVs, however have been refined and impactful nonetheless. The brilliant pinks and greens of the uniforms worn by the guards and contestants within the present have been subtly, but strongly introduced out by the TV.

The image is sharp and detailed, with out showing too jarring and edgy. There was a way of smoothness to Extremely-HD content material, with Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material trying even higher via brightness and distinction. Visually putting exhibits similar to Our Planet seemed spectacular on the Mi TV 5X, as did gentler and fewer impactful viewing similar to Clarkson’s Farm on Amazon Prime Video.

Whereas there’s a particular increase in brightness, and the flexibility to have various ranges of distinction and affect in the identical body with HDR content material, the most important good thing about Dolby Imaginative and prescient on the Mi TV 5X was within the tone. This tv often captured the texture and essence of TV exhibits effectively, offering a sombre, darkish really feel to exhibits similar to Squid Recreation and films similar to Greyhound on Apple TV+, whereas the light-hearted Any individual Feed Phil seemed brilliant and enjoyable as Phil Rosenthal explored cities and their distinctive eateries.

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The tv retains the tone of exhibits and films with Dolby Imaginative and prescient; Squid Recreation seemed sombre and haunting, even whereas the colors seemed good

 

Many LED-backlit TVs, significantly these priced at underneath Rs. 50,000, are inclined to choke a bit in terms of black ranges. The Mi TV 5X, whereas not fairly as spectacular as televisions such because the OnePlus TV Q1 Professional (which has native dimming), does a fairly good job with darker scenes and black tones. Though there was a light gray wash on the display screen, it wasn’t as intense or distracting as on the Redmi TV X55, which prices about Rs. 5,000 lower than the Mi TV 5X. Darkish scenes seemed respectable in dully lit rooms because of this, whereas brilliant scenes have been watchable even with daylight putting the TV.

Commonplace dynamic vary and customary definition content material, whereas naturally not as enticing to look at as HDR, was respectable on the Mi TV 5X 55 nonetheless. The Final Dance on Netflix, in addition to assorted full-HD content material similar to The Good Place, Parks and Recreation, and Schumacher have been good to look at, with the TV dealing with the older, upscaled footage of the Bulls’ historic championship runs and Michael Schumacher’s F1 dominance within the Nineties significantly effectively. Generally, this TV made for a persistently brilliant, sharp, and clear viewing expertise throughout resolutions and content material.

Sound on the Mi TV 5X is snug and acceptable in atypical viewing conditions; the TV can get fairly loud due to its 40W audio system. The sound is well-tuned and uniform, with out too many jarring quantity spikes. Curiously, whereas Dolby Atmos is supported on the TV and was activated with a slider change within the sound settings menu, the Mi TV 5X would not help Dolby Atmos detection by content material platforms – Netflix and Disney+ Hotstar each confirmed help for five.1-channel audio at greatest.

As a substitute, enabling Dolby Atmos on this TV appears to upscale the sound sign on the {hardware} stage. This nonetheless made a slight distinction in sound high quality with most content material. Some virtualised encompass results may very well be heard whereas watching Squid Recreation, and the sound felt a bit extra refined and detailed general. Even with this switched off, or with content material that does not actually profit from the format, sound was respectable sufficient. That stated, a very good speaker system such because the Sony HT-S40R, which I reviewed alongside this TV, would possibly assist enhance the listening expertise.

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PatchWall exhibits a rising assortment of curated content material from throughout varied streaming providers and content material suppliers

 

Though the image and sound have been typically good, and the software program expertise was passable for essentially the most half, I did expertise some efficiency glitches with the Mi TV 5X. These included occasional lag and stutter within the image when streaming Extremely-HD content material, delayed responses to button-press instructions from the distant, and some Wi-Fi connection drops.

I additionally skilled delays in subtitle timing on some events, with the phrases showing on display screen a couple of second or two late however clearing on time, making it exhausting to learn alongside when watching foreign-language content material. Whereas these points weren’t very bothersome and have been typically fixable by turning the TV on and off once more, they did come up each from time to time, so they’re price mentioning.

Verdict

Xiaomi’s give attention to worth for cash and aggressive pricing continues to repay for the corporate, and the Mi TV 5X is an effective instance of why inexpensive TVs are price contemplating. Priced at Rs. 45,999, that is fairly simply my prime choose amongst 55-inch televisions priced at underneath Rs. 50,000 proper now. It delivers a very good mix of design, options, and efficiency, and will get little or no fallacious. Above all, it gives you precisely what you’d need and anticipate from a tv at this worth.

Whereas most issues have been on level with the Mi TV 5X, I did expertise some efficiency glitches that held the general expertise again just a little. Nevertheless, these weren’t too dangerous within the bigger scheme of issues, and the Xiaomi Mi TV 5X 55 is unquestionably a wonderful choose for the great all-round expertise it gives, and its worth.


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