Mi Box vs Fire TV stick 4K App support

Xiaomi Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Price

The Xiaomi Mi Box 4K is priced at Rs 3,499 whereas the Fire TV Stick 4K isavailable at Rs 5,999. That’s Rs 2,500 difference between the price of the twodevices. The price difference is quite considerable, but does the Fire TVStick justify the Rs 2,500 extra for the features it brings? Read on and findout.

Xiaomi Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Remote Control

Both the devices bring with them minimalist remote controls. The Mi Box 4K hashotkeys for Netflix and Prime Videos, whereas the Fire TV Stick 4K has a mutebutton, something the former lacks. Both the remote controls are easy to useand both devices support HDMI CEC which means you can use one remote tocontrol the TV volume, switch it on and off, etc.

Xiaomi Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Form factor and connectivity

The Xiaomi Mi Box 4K has a compact square form factor and will sit under yourTV in your home entertainment centre. It is small enough to blend into yoursetup and compact enough that you can hide it behind your set-top-box,soundbar, or even a gaming console. The Fire TV Stick, on the other hand, isthe size of a dongle. It will hide behind the TV and won’t be visible to thenaked eye. Both form factors have their advantages and disadvantages but morethan the form factor, it is the connectivity that matters.When it comes to connectivity, the Fire TV Stick has HDMI only. Which can be abummer for some. The Mi Box has USB to connect a hard drive or pen drive toenjoy your personal collection and even a 3.5mm port to connect wiredheadphones or connect it to a soundbar or speakers. Speaking of Bluetooth,both are Bluetooth enabled and can easily connect to a pair of speakers orheadphones if you like.

Xiaomi Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Data saving

The Mi Box 4K brings with it data saving abilities we saw in the Mi TV. DataSaver helps you consume less data. When you connect your Mi Box 4K to theinternet via your smartphone (hotspot), the data saver will kick inautomatically. So if you have a limit of 1 or 2GB on your mobile data, thedata saver feature will ensure less data is consumed so you can watch forlonger. The Fire TV Stick does not have a data saver feature per se, but itdoes have the ability to control the amount of data you consume, setconsumption limits and set streaming quality limits from the settings.

Xiaomi Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Casting

With the Xiaomi Mi Box 4K, you can not only use the built-in Chromecast tocast content from your smartphone to the TV, but you can also cast contentstored on your smartphone without the need for Wi-Fi. This is great as screenmirroring on the Fire TV stick can be a bit of a hassle at times.

Xiaomi Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Conclusion

On the specifications front, there is no clear winner. Both the devices arecatering to 2 different audiences. The Fire TV supports more formats likeDolby Vision and Atmos whereas the Mi Box has a USB port to access yourprivate collection of movies, photos, and videos. The Fire TV is betterintegrated into the Alexa ecosystem whereas the Mi Box is more of a GoogleAssistant enabler. If you have a projector and speaker home theatre setup,both the devices will suit your need based on the configuration you have.Both have their pros and cons and we aren’t going to leave it at that. Here isyour purchase decision. If you are price conscious and want to upgrade yourcurrent FHD or 4K TV to a smart TV setup then you can consider the Mi Box 4K.On the specs front, it looks to be a great value proposition. If you are onethat does not mind spending a little more, then the Fire TV Stick is the onefor you simply because it is future proof with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, andApple TV+ support. So if you upgrade to an Atmos home theatre or a DolbyVision-enabled TV or Projector that isn’t so smart, then the Fire TV stick isthe one for you.Xiaomi Mi Box VS Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K: Which one is better?Many of the affordable smart TVs are actually quite dumb. Many often lacksupport for one or more of the popular OTT apps or don’t support 4K, or attimes even HD, streaming across them. In fact, Xiaomi’s own TVs couldn’t runNetflix and Amazon prime for a very long time. Xiaomi’s Mi Box will make regular TVs smart and smart TVs smarter, just as theFire TV stick (review) does. So, which one of the two is better? Let’s comparethe Fire TV stick and Mi Box in detail in order to help you decide.

Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV stick 4K: Specs comparison

Product| Mi Box 4k | Fire TV Stick 4k —|—|— Streaming resolution | 4K, HDR 10| 4K, Dolby Vision, HDR10+ Audio| Dolby Audio, DTS 2.0 | Dolby Atmos Ports and connectivity| HDMI out, USB, Digital audio outWi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2LE| HDMI out, power input, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 LE Smart Assistant| Google Assistant| Alexa Processor| 2Ghz| 1.7GHz Storage| 8GB| 8GB Built-in Cast| Yes| Only for YouTube Price| Rs 3,499| Rs 5,999

Mi Box vs FireTV stick 4K: Design

The Mi Box is a box and would require additional space in front of your TValongside your set-top box and an additional cable to manage. The Fire TVstick is something you connect directly behind your TV and then forget aboutcompletely. If you have a wall-mounted TV and space constraints, this is something you’dwant to ponder over. Both the Amazon Fire TV stick and Mi Box require a powerinput. The Fire TV stick can accept power from the TVs USB port, and the MiBox 4K comes with a proprietary charger.Both Xiaomi Mi Box 4K and Amazon Fire TV Stick 4k come with separate remotecontrols.Also Check: Google Chromecast 3 Review

Mi Box vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Hardware and Software

The Mi Box 4K has a higher clocked processor, but by Xiaomi’s own admissionthe Fire TV Stick 4K manages better benchmark scores. Since both of these arecapable of handling 4K HDR, the hardware differences shouldn’t matter muchwhen it comes to deciding between the two.The Fire TV stick 4K additionally has Dolby Vision support – which should makea difference if you have a high-end TV that supports Dolby Vision.The smart home ecosystem that you are committed to or plan on committing toshould also be a deciding factor. Mi Box 4K is affiliated to Google’secosystem and runs the Android TV interface, while the Fire TV stick has Alexaand seamlessly connects to Amazon’s Echo devices.Mi Box has a few useful extras. It has Chromecast Ultra built-in and you willbe able to cast from supported apps directly to your TV. Fire TV stick 4Ksupports casting videos from YouTube and also supports screen mirroring.If your TV already has Chromecast built-in (if you bought one in the last yearor so, chances are it does) you can enjoy casting from random apps seamlesslyeven when the selected input is Fire TV stick.Also Check: Best Sound Theater Systems To Buy In India

Mi Box vs Fire TV stick 4K: Audio, Ports, and connectivity

Xiaomi Mi Box 4K supports Dolby Audio and DTS 2.0 audio and has digital audioout to directly connect with home theater systems. The Amazon Fire TV stick 4Ksupports Dolby atmos.Mi Box also has an extra USB port that you can use to directly connect USB pendrives. This should prove quite useful because USB ports on TVs are oftendifficult to access, especially when TVs are wall-mounted.Fire TV stick 4K has the latest Bluetooth 5.0 while the Mi Box has Bluetooth4.2 LE.

Mi Box vs Fire TV stick 4K: App support

All popular apps in India – Disney+hotstar, Netflix, Prime Videos, YouTube –are supported on both Mi Box and Fire TV Stick 4K. While we are yet to test MiBox, we are assuming that Fire TV has a few extra global apps since it’savailable many more markets and has been around so much longer.For instance, Apple TV is available only on Fire TV stick in India. We’d alsolike to check support for music streaming apps like Spotify, Ganna, etc on MiBox 4.

Mi Box 4K vs Amazon Fire TV stick: verdict

What shall unequivocally work in Xiaomi’s favor is the aggressive price of MiBox 4k. At Rs. 3,499, the Mi Box is even cheaper than Amazon’s regular FireStick (1080p) that costs 3,999.There are some differences in features between the two streaming devices, butyou should also factor in what you need, what your TV already has, and whichassistant you prefer – Google Assistant or Alexa Alexa – before decidingbetween the two.Points in favor of Xiaomi Mi Box 4K * Significantly cheaper * USB port to directly connect flash drives; Digital audio out * Built-in Chromecast Ultra for directly casting from apps on your phonePoints in favor of Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K * Compact design, simpler cable management * More global apps supported (Apple TV, HBO, etc.) * Supports Dolby Atmos audio”

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