1. Xiaomi Mi Tv Box 3 – International English Edition
The Xiaomi craze has now expanded to our TVs and has greatly impressed us with its features, design and cost that makes it the best budget android tv box in Canada.
Read our review below for more details!
We simply loved the look of the Mi Box. Starting from the outer packaging, the product came in a simple, elegant cardboard box, that included the Tv Box, remote, a power adapter and an HDMI cable.
Note: This product ships with the US type cable adapter.
Coming to its look, the Mi Box resembles more of the Amazon products. The black matte plastic covering, with smooth slight wedge of rubber, simply makes it look stand-out. What we loved was its size. Measuring just, 4 x 4 x 1 inch, the Xiaomi Mi box is pretty tiny and can be easily setup to hidden away behind view. You can mount this tiny little fellow easily, behind your TV.
The HDMi cable was pretty high standard and we found the remote, really responsive with minimal controls. Sadly, Xiaomi has not included the batteries. This device comes with a European style 240V power adapter. You can buy from our store for only C$ 129.99, and you’ll receive a free US style adapter for your Mi Box.
Watch our Unboxing Video – Xioami Mi Box
Next, we talk about the hood that make up the Mi box, that is, its features. The Xiaomi Mi box 3 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow that is vanilla in nature, without any bloatware. The main attraction that powers the Mi box is the capability play 4k/60p video, HDR, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS, all added to enrich your cinematic experience. These are powered by the 2.0GHz Quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. You can watch our initial testing video below and we truly found the Mi Box was clearly snappy and quick in our tests. Finally, the box includes a 8GB of flash storage, 802.11a/b/c/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI 2.0 and USB 2.0.
The remote was pretty responsive and comes with standard 11 functions such as power, four directions, select, back, home, mic/voice search and volume up/down. It is bluetooth powered remote with a built-in microphone to control your TV using your voice. In addition, the remote also include the IR receiver, acting as a fully blown universal TV remote control.
Things we found missing on the Mi Box:
- No Ethernet connectivity, you can still use the USB-to-Ethernet adapter
- Only 8GB memory, which can be expanded through external sources
- Latest audio codecs from Dolby could have lighten up our music experience
- No power indicator
Initial Setup & Testing
Ease of Use
The Mi Box quickly booted and the setup was a completely breeze through. We simply plug in the adapter, turned the power on, connected the HDMI cable to the Tv, and Voila, our Best Android Tv Box Canada was ready. We then completed the on-screen instructions and were ready to play with this beauty. The HDMI cable could have been a bit longer, then expected.
After we set our tiny beast, we were ready to go with our TV. The UI experience were similar that is available on the stock Android 6.0, with a few MIUI pinch to it. And man, we were completely blow away from the Xioami Mi box. The experience was really smooth. Movement between apps and switching between tabs was clearly smooth, without any lags or hiccups. And, now that’s what we call as performance, with a bang on for its bucks. The 2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 processor with the 2GB Ram and the stock Android experience, clearly adds all the bells and whistle for this android box available in Canada.
Moving ahead, we tried playing a few HD quality videos, and this android TV box didn’t disappoint. The picture quality was sharp and audio was clear with adequate amount of bass. There’s was no shuttering while playing the videos. To test it actual strength, we tried playing a 4k video, and here in this department, we were let down. There was a bit of frame drops, but not that our watching experience was ruined. We could watch our video great. Cannot ask more for the price it is offering.
Fully HD 1080P videos played exceptionally well and lived up to our expectation.
An update is on the way to fix the choppiness of playing 4K videos.
Coming to the content, as usual, the Xioami Mi box is filled with plenty of content to effectively help in broaden your viewing experience and ditch those expensive Tv cables, away for good. We found most of the streaming apps were present on the box, including Youtube, Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu, ESPN, Plex, VLC, etc. You can also add paid content which can be accessed through Google Play Movies & TV and Google Play Music. In addition, you can sideload the Amazon Instant Video app that will help you watch movies from your Amazon Prime account.
Note: This device comes without KODI, making it the most safest and legal android box in Canada.
We quickly then tried the built-in Google Cast feature, and watched a Game of Thrones episode streaming from our mobile device on to the TV. The streaming was pretty quick and the experience was descent, considering the screen resolution and the quality of sound. But, overall the experience was great.
While, playing our device, we found the Wi-Fi reception was pretty strong, with no signal drops. Ensure to have a high-speed data connectivity for better performance.
Customer Review: Netflix, Vudu and WatchESPN worked very well and we really enjoyed a complete episodes on Netflix, without any issues or drops.
The Xiaomi Mi Android TV Box is an exceptional product, and absolutely worth every penny. The compact design and all up powerful chipset, makes it the most desired buy on our list of the Best Android Tv Box Canada. We won’t call this a budget android box, but the features and the brand are simple enough for every person to buy this excellent device.
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Length: 3.97 inches
Width: 3.97 inches
Thickness: 0.77 inches
Weight: 0.3 lb
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
Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4GHz/5GHz
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0/3.0
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
DTS 2.0+ Digital Out, Dolby Digital Plus
Up to 7.1 pass through
1 x HDMI 2.0a w/HDCP 2.2
1 x USB 2.0
1 x 3.5mm shared (analog, S/PDIF)
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