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Review: The Mi Box – An Android TV Streaming Player


For our full review of the Mi Box please watch the YouTube video at the top of this page.

From the Mi Box Listing:

Brand new Xiaomi Mi Box (USA Build) Built-in Android TV 6.0 with Google Cast lets you stream shows, movies, music and much more from your phone, tablet or laptop onto your TV. 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range (HDR) support lets you watch videos in detail like never before. Speak into the Bluetooth voice remote and Mi Box searches for what you want with Google voice search. Android and iOS smartphone compatible. Output Resolution: Up to 4K 60fps Processor: Quad-core Cortex-A53 2.0GHz GPU: Mali 450 750MHz RAM: 2GB DDR3 Flash: 8GB eMMC System: Android TV 6.0 Security: Widevine L1 + PlayReady 3.0 VP9 Profile-2 up to 4K x 2K @ 60fps H.265 HEVC MP-10 at L5.1, up to 4K x 2K at 60fps H.264 AVC HPat L5.1, up to 4K x 2K at 30fps H.264 MVC, up to 1080P at 60fps Supports HDR10/HLG HDR processing (software upgrade required) VP9 Profile-2 up to 4K x 2K @ 60fps H.265 HEVC MP-10 at L5.1, up to 4K x 2K at 60fps H.264 AVC HPat L5.1, up to 4K x 2K at 30fps H.264 MVC, up to 1080P at 60fps Supports HDR10/HLG HDR processing (software upgrade required) HDMI: HDMI 2.0a x 1 port (HDCP 2.2) USB: USB 2.0 x 1 port AV: SPDIF Out / 3.5mm audio output x 1 port Power: 1 port Remote: Bluetooth voice remote control, powered by 2 AAA batteries Included accessories: Bluetooth voice remote control, HDMI cable, user guide Power input: 100~240V 50/60Hz input, 5.2V, 2.1A output

You can find the Mi Box on Amazon or your local Walmart. (Just don’t pay over the list price of $69.99.)

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  • The claim to fame is the [email protected] capability. I wish you had tested that claim. I did and was not impressed. The Vudu app does not recognize the units 4K capability. At 4K it starts stumbling in performance. Not recommended.

    I have the AFTV2 and ATV4 and happy with it. ButbI wish the new Roku’s allowed locally customized DNS like my other two boxes. I would have bought one of those instead.

    • Giancarlo Morelli

      Exactly. That pissed me off so much. It’s heavily advertised as a 4K HDR streamer yet there is no developer support. Worst $70 spent. I got it on launch day. I’m hanging on to it with the hope that at least Netflix and Vudu begins HDR support on it.

  • bobinc

    Can you plug a hard drive directly into the box and play videos from it in Kodi?

    • scottalias

      Yes. I’ve done this.

  • southhendo

    Without an Ethernet jack, this just isn’t practical for reliable use in apartment buildings/condos/dorms saturated with WiFi networks.

    • NashGuy

      There are a number of USB-to-ethernet adapters that are known to work with Android devices and should work fine with this one. Early buyers of the Mi Box have already confirmed that they have successfully used such adapters with it.

      • My only issue with that option is the cost. This is mean to be a cheaper option yet once yous tart buying USB to Ethernet etc the cost is inline with a Roku Primer or Fire TV 2 both better devices.

  • scottalias

    I have one and it’s great. Replaced my Chromecast and Kodi box.

  • Kwamell dingle

    can anyone direct me to the exact replacement of the power chord mines got a shortage and I cant find any all the ones I bought have been to big.