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8/19/2019

Perfect Sound With Great Comfort

For most users, headphones should be able to shut out the rackety world and focus on the songs that move them or prose that inspires them. If you’re dead serious about not missing a single word or note, having noise cancellation is a must. And, today we’ll be looking at Sony’s latest pair of noise-canceling headphones, and why am I compelled to recommend them over the top competitor, Bose QC35 II.

Sony WH-1000XM3, the obvious successor to WH-1000XM2, feels snug and comfortable, has a delightfully balanced sound output, and most importantly excels when it comes to cutting out ambient noise. All of these elements come together to offer a charming listening experience, whether you’re an audiophile, a budding musician, or simply watching movies. In term of sound, the Sony headphones priced at Rs 29,990 are able to reproduce deep bass, but without overshadowing the natural sound.

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

An improved array of noise-canceling microphones, a finer finish than the previous model, touch controls, and USB-C for charging are elements on the Sony WH-1000XM3 that appeal for your attention. There’s a little trick to listen to ambient sounds clearly even without having to take the headphones off and I love it.

Once you start using them, these elements are certain to make your affair with music, movies, or commentary of any form even more exciting.
Sony WH-1000XM3 Specifications

Let us first take a look at the specifications of the Sony WH-1000XM3:
Driver    40mm dome type
Frequency Response    20Hz - 20kHz (SBC)
20Hz - 40kHz (LDAC, 96)
4Hz - 40kHz (active operations)
Impedance    47 Ohm
Bluetooth    Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX HD, LDAC support
Battery    38 hours (Bluetooth + ANC off)
30 hours (Bluetooth + ANC on)
200 hours (Stand-by + ANC off)
Wired Connections    3.5mm
Noise Cancellation Technology    Active Noise Cancellation & Ambient Sound Mode
Charging Port    USB Type-C
Weight     255 grams
Price    Rs 29,990 (Amazon India / Flipkart)

The WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones have a wide range of frequency response, far beyond the human hearing capacity. Another striking aspect is the long and endearing battery life, almost making you forget about charging the headset.

So, then, let’s start by taking a peek inside the box contents.
Sony WH-1000XM3 Box Contents

Inside the box, you get the following:

    Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-canceling headphones
    USB-C Cable
    3.5mm Aux cable
    Carrying case
    Plug adaptor for in-flight usage
    Instruction manual and other paperwork

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

While the carrying case is a useful addition, I admire the included Aux cable which comes with a L-shaped connector at one of the ends. This makes it easier to use them with a PC or older gizmos like a classic iPod easier in my opinion.
Sony WH-1000XM3 Design and Build

Sony WH-1000XM3 is not the most visually striking pair of headphones out there unless you prefer minimalism. The all-black or all-beige body is interrupted by copper accents around the grilles shielding the mics and the same colour is seen on the Sony branding on both earcups. The simple design is suited for those who wants nothing but unbeatable sound quality and flawless noise canceling.

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

When the comfort of Sony WH-1000XM3 is in question, the cushion used on both the earcups and the headband feels assuring and you can wear it for long durations without discomfort. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve worn the headset throughout the day and even dozed off wearing them at night without feeling distressed or weighed down. But if you plan to wear it all day long, be ready to feel groggy when you finally take them off.

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

In terms of bendability, the Sony headphones might not be as stretchable as Bose QC35 II, but that does not lead to unwanted hindrance in wearability. When not in use, I have kept the headphones hanging around my neck without feeling the need to take them off and free my neck – simply because these headphones never hinder neck movements.

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

When it comes to the utility, you get power and ANC buttons (which can be repurposed to bring up Google Assistant) on the rim of the left earcup while the right earcup has touch controls instead of buttons. While the swiping gestures take some time getting used to, the controls are fairly reliable. For play/pause, you double tap in the middle of the right cup, swipe right or left for forward or rewind, and swipe up or down for altering the volume of the headset.

When it’s time to charge them or give the headphones some respite, you can fold them – thanks to the swivel design – into a compact form so that they don’t eat much space on your desk or nightstand. Furthermore, there’s a small dot etched on the left earcup so that it is easy for the visually impaired to distinguish between the left and right earcups.

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

I’ve used these headphones while out on a run, as well as while working out, and have had no issues with the stability – as long as the headband is resting tightly. However, you will get sweat on the padding and since Sony does not actually speak of any kind of water or sweat resistance, I think you would be better off with limiting these headphones to indoor use.

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

Overall, I adore the simple and clean design. And while, the touch controls do take a few days of practice to get used to, using the headphones gets much simpler once you have mastered that. At least, compared to buttons which might be difficult to find just by touching.
Sony WH-1000XM3 Sound Quality

I’ve come face-to-face with what I think is philosophical essence of music while using these Sony headphones. This is because listening to music or any form of commentary on the Sony WH-1000XM3 feels like a spiritual experience. The sound is well-balanced throughout all frequencies, producing a rich and delightful experience in all conditions.

    I wish I had another pair of ears so I could enjoy the sound even better.

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

Honestly, no other headphones come close to this kind of acoustic quality at this price that I have come to experience with the Sony WH-1000XM3. The bass is rich and deep and does not get muddled by other frequencies or distorted at high gain. If you’re listening to music with heavy bass, you will be able to differentiate between the varying notes, and that sensation is preserved even when there’s another loop or instrument layered on top of it. When the bass is strong, you’ll feel a strong wave hitting your ears, but gently. This quality is almost akin to standing in front of bass amp at a concert. You simply feel the bass, not just hear it.

Whether you listen to grunge to smooth jazz, mids on the Sony WH-1000XM3 are unimaginably good. You won’t experience any form of crackling or distortion even if you crank the gain up to ten (or eleven if you’re a Marshall fan). Vocals and other instruments which fall in the range are clear and crisp, and don’t bite into the range of other instruments.

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

The highs produced by Sony WH-1000XM3 are pretty clear too and do not sound shrill or shrieky in any way. Whether its a trombone or an electric guitar with a chorus effect, the headphones will deliver the right tone without compromising on quality. I’ve embraced many new experimental genres diverging out of rock and heavy metal (my primary appetite for music) for this reason.

There’s good news for cinephiles too as the headphones offer a rich playback experience without letting background scores or dialogues mesh into each other’s territory.

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

If I have to summarize the sound quality, I’d say that the Sony WH-1000XM3 eerily replicate almost the same experience as the original studio recording. Even though it’s not meant to be neutral studio headphones. Needless to say, you hear a lot of new elements or instruments that might have never heard before.

However, when it comes to calling, the listener on the other end might hear a lot of noise while you struggle to be heard and so I have found myself not using these headphones while calling.

So, if you’re an indie producer or a resolute audiophile, these headphones should definitely make sense to you. You can also enhance the sound further by using the compatible app called Sony Headphones Connect.
Sony WH-1000XM3 Active Noise Cancellation

Active noise cancellation (ANC) is the spotlight feature on the Sony WH-1000XM3, which is also the reason you’re paying the premium. With this pair of headphones, the intensity of noise cancellation can be adjusted over 20 steps, which is really impressive. These settings can be tuned manually using the app, which we’ll learn about in the next section.

Besides ANC, the button can be used to toggle ambient sound, which means that you will be able to hear the background sounds with clarity and this is especially useful when you’re walking on the road or working out with the headphones. Alternatively, you can place your hand over the right earcup to lower the volume of the headphones and activate ambient sound, which comes in handy when someone approaches to talk to you but the feature might test your patience at times.

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

When ANC is turned on, it blocks out background noise majorly, cutting out any distraction and this has especially helped me focus on work despite being surrounded by talkative colleagues. The feature should also be useful for frequent flyers, irrespective of whether you’re flying a jet flight or a small propeller-driven carrier.

Do note that if you’re accustomed to using noise-canceling microphones, you might feel a sensation similar to altitude sickness or nausea initially but your ears should adapt to it over time.
Sony Headphones Connect App

The companion app for the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphone is pretty useful for displaying a variety of information and allowing you to change a long list of settings to ensure the best sound experience and we’ll learn about each setting one-by-one. First of all, the app shows you the amount of battery on the headset as well as the mode of connection.
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Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review
Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

The first setting that you get control over is for Adaptive Sound Control. Based on the sensors from your smartphone, the app can learn if you’re standing, walking, or running and automatically adjust the amount of ambient sound creeping into the earcups, to prevent any accident or mishap due to blockage of sound. You may also choose to turn it off.

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

Alternatively, you can choose to toggle ambient noise control on or off and select the degree of noise cancellation ranging from zero (complete noise cutoff) to 20 (lowest).

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

Then, there’s an option to optimize the noise cancellation based on the ambient pressure and presumably, the distance between the drivers and your eardrums. The feature recommends you tune these settings every time you change how you wear headphones. The process takes hardly 20 seconds.
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Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review
Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

Next, you can change the spatial positioning of the sound source. You can also change the surround sound effects if you want to enjoy the same sound experience as that of a concert hall or a club etc. as well as adjust the equalizer if you want a brighter or mellow texture. You also get two custom equalizer presets which you can customize to your liking.

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

Then, you get the options to control playback and to choose between optimal sound quality or a stable connection. When you choose the latter, the connection switches to SBC. Additionally, there’s an option to upscale the quality of lossless formats like FLAC or WAV through Sony’s proprietary Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX) technology.

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

Lastly, there are options to assign the function of the ANC button and to set an auto-shutdown timer when the headphones are not connected.

There’s one feature I miss in this app and that is the ability to connect or disconnect other devices. But that aside, the wide range of settings enhance the overall listening experience. You can get the app on both – Google Play Store (free) and iOS App Store (free).
Sony WH-1000XM3 Connectivity

Sony WH-1000XM3 runs on Bluetooth 4.2 and supports a wide range of protocols like SBC, AAC, and includes support for hi-res audio formats such as aptX, aptX HD, and LDAC. You should have no problem connecting the headphones to any devices – I’ve tried them with Poco F1, OnePlus 6T, iPhone XR, 2017 MacBook Pro, and a bunch of Windows laptops. While, in terms of laptops, I find the audio quality slightly lacking, but using an Aux cable rectifies that and you can continue using the active noise control with the wired connection.

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

In terms of the range of connection, the headphones stay connected for up to almost 10 meters (30 feet), even there are thick walls in between. Further, pairing is a cohesive experience, and NFC makes it even easier. When you move out of the connectivity zone and come back, Sony WH-1000XM3 connects very easily.

At the same time, the headphones can stay connected to two devices at once and while the headphones will not play media from two sources at once (obviously), switching between sources is effortless – just pause one and play the other.

For charging, you get a USB-C port which is an unusual sight amidst the sea of micro USB ports on most audio accessories. This, however, does not speed up charging as we will see next.
Sony WH-1000XM3 Battery

Not just sound, the Sony WH-1000XM3 also passes with flying colors when it comes to its battery life. Sony has claimed that the headphones can last for up to 30 hours of continuous playback even when active noise cancellation (ANC) is switched on.

In my test of the WH-1000XM3, I could easily get more than three days of continuous playback during my commute to work, while at work, way back home, and even after that. All of this while continuously using ANC. Even with 20% battery, the headphones easily last for three to four hours of seamless playback and that is commendable – although the low battery warning does come up every now and then.

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review

But for the long battery backup, you’ll have to make do with the long charging duration. To charge fully, the headphones take around 200 minutes (or 20 minutes over three hours). However, you need not necessarily charge the headset only when you have three hours at hand and only 15 minutes of charging can offer you a usage of a couple of hours.

To sum it up, I have no issues spending three hours charging the Sony WH-1000XM3 because it pays off with the insanely prolonged backup.
Sony WH-1000XM3 Pros and Cons

Sony WH-1000XM3, as I mentioned above, brings great quality sound, with tons of optimization options available in the companion app to help you choose the best sound to suit your ears. I also fancy the minimal design and easily graspable touch controls.

While complaining about the headphones will simply be nitpicking, here are the pros and cons of owning the Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-cancellation headphones.

Sony WH-1000XM3 active noise canceling headphones Review
Pros

    Durable build
    Comfortable to wear
    USB-C
    Great battery life
    Versatile and rich recording-quality sound
    20-step noise cancellation

Cons

    Not great for calling
    Can’t disconnect other devices using the app

Sony WH-1000XM3: Studio Quality at Your Disposal

The pair of headphones is clearly one of the best in this price range that you can cozily wear on your ears. Sony WH-1000XM3 feel like the true successor, with much better noise canceling and a crystal clear sound experience.

    Listening to music or any form of commentary on the Sony WH-1000XM3 is a spiritual experience

Besides the striking sound quality, I am in love with the long battery life. Before using these headphones, I faced the predicament of whether you really need to pay Rs 30,000 for the great audio experience and now I can tell you that it is worth each penny.

In this price range, you will find Sennheiser PXC550 (Rs 29,990) if you want a lightweight headset, and the Boss QuietComfort35 II (Rs 26,425).

While I stand by Sony’s stunning clarity, which I can assure is better if you want true and unamplified tones, I’ll also be bringing you a comparison with the Bose QC35 II soon.

Irrespective of that, it would not necessarily take an audiophile to appreciate the sound quality of these Sony headphones. If you’re in the market for headphones priced nearly the same, buying the Sony WH-1000XM3 makes a lot of sense. These are also suitable for gaming, apart from music or other forms of entertainment. As a millennial, the good ol’ idiot box has been an essential part of my growing up, development, exposure to the world around me, as well as primary to my entertainment. For this reason, TVs and not smartphones are my preferred mode of entertainment at home. But over the years, our TVs have become smart as well, letting us do what we needed a smartphone or computer to do a few years ago.

Xiaomi disrupted smart TV market last year and Mi TVs are among the most attractive products the company has made. Now, after smashing competitors with its ultra-affordable HD and full HD smart TVs, Xiaomi has announced a 55-inch 4K UHD LED smart TV with an introductory price of Rs 39,999 and we’ve naturally been eyeing it since launch.

Simply based on the specifications, one can be confident that this TV offers a good value for money. But how well does the Mi LED TV 4X PRO live up to the promise of 4K video, is something we’ll test in this review. Let’s start with a look at the specifications of the massive 4K smart TV by Xiaomi.

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Mi LED TV 4X PRO Specification
Display Technology    IPS/VA with LED backlight
Screen Size    138.8 cm (55 inches)
Resolution    3840 x 2160 UHD
Refresh Rate    60 Hz
Image Aspect Ratio    16:9
Weight    13 kg (including feet)
Screen Shape    Flat
Audio Wattage    20 Watts
Smart TV    Yes; In-Built Chromecast
Operating System    Android TV (8.1 Oreo)
App Store    Official Google Play Store
CPU    Quad Core Cortex-A53x4 64bit
GPU    Mali-450
RAM    2GB
ROM    8GB
HDR Compatible    Yes; HDR10
Remote    Bluetooth remote with mic
3D Capable    No

The Mi LED TV 4X PRO is decently powered and the quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 8GB of storage, seem to satisfy the requirements of a basic smart TV. However, when you bring 4K into perspective, the hardware seems a bit underpowered. Moreover, there’s no dedicated woofer, leaving us with the desire to investigate how well the Mi TV 4X PRO works for reproducing soundtracks or background scores with heavy bass.

But as intended, we shall start by taking a look at the design and the build quality of the display.
Mi LED TV 4X PRO Design and Build

Enormous is the first word that comes to your mind when you visit the Mi LED TV 4X PRO for the first time – we say visit because it will definitely take a lot of room. The 55-inch display is really tempting to look at, and the thin bezels make it look even more compelling. But that impression is washed when you witness the Mi TV from up close.

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As one encounters the Mi LED TV 4X PRO up front, the illusion about its supreme build quality comes crashing down like hard-hitting truth. You need not switch on the 55-inch Mi TV to understand that its build quality is a glittery sham, mostly comprising thin and seemingly feeble plastic material. The provided base stands seem too frail to hold the weight of the TV, and the upper half of the TV swings dangerously like a bridge in strong wind.
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mi led tv 4k 55 inch
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As you move to the back of the display, you can see the same less-than-reliable quality of the construction material. Besides rough edges from the die mold, one can easily feel the bending and flexing throughout the rear panel of the Mi LED TV 4X PRO, which leaves you with nothing but a sense of insecurity about the build quality.

Besides that, there are no button controls on the TV — the only physical button is the power button, which is hidden underneath the infrared receiver under the central Mi branding on the base.

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The overall impression I got is that the TV will not last me long in this position. Thus, it is only advisable if you’re going to tether it to the wall using a wall mount and not move it very often. Besides that, the TV cannot be called thin but nor does it feel bulky or intrusive despite its size, in my opinion, that is one good thing about it.

Note: you’ll need to buy the wall mount separately for Rs 499

A counter-argument for this seemingly cheap build is that the Mi LED TV 4X PRO is likely to be one of the most affordable 55-inch TVs with a 4K UHD resolution in India. So without any delay, let’s suss out the picture quality.
Mi LED TV 4X PRO Picture Quality

The Mi LED TV 4X PRO has a 55-inch panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. The display can play HDR10 content, although there’s no HDR10+ support. Broadly advertised as an LED TV, which depending on the unit you get is an IPS or a VA panel backlit by LEDs. The first thing we could tell about the display is that it is dull and the colors do not seem striking, nor is it super bright as Xiaomi has claimed it to be.

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Within the UI, there are options to change the brightness, contrast, sharpness, hue, saturation, and white balance. But despite of cranking the brightness to full, the display fails to produce anything close to stunning picture quality. In most scenarios, the display quality is just decent and not as impressive as one would expect a 4K panel to be.
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Tiny bezels but nothing more

If you’re expecting to be surprised by the HDR playback of the Mi LED TV 4X PRO, you will only be disappointed. I, honestly, couldn’t figure out any noticeable difference between SDR and HDR content and this is possibly due to the insufficient brightness of the panel. Since it is an LED-backlit panel, there is sufficient dimming of the dark areas on the screen, but not as deep or accurate like in an OLED TV, which suggests that the LEDs for backlight are aligned with the edges and not directly under the panel.

Lastly, what irks me more is that the display is really reflective, so if you’re in a well-lit room, the chances of any light source obstructing your view are high.
Mi LED TV 4X PRO Audio

The Mi LED TV 4X PRO features a pair of 10W speakers at the bottom, which relays a sound output of 20W in total. These speakers get sufficiently loud to fill up a big room very easily without any observable crackling. In our office, the sound from the TV could be heard clearly from over 20 feet away. While there’s no Dolby support, the loud output makes up for it, and Xiaomi seems to have done a fair job in terms of the quality.

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The only two caveats are that the speakers throw the sound downwards and not straight at you, thereby resulting in slightly lower clarity and less immersive feel. Further, since there’s no dedicated sub-woofer in the TV, the bass cannot be heard. If you want a bass-forward sound, the best option will be to pair the TV with an external home theater unit or a soundbar such as the one from Xiaomi, which we recently reviewed.
Mi LED TV 4X PRO User Experience

In the past, Xiaomi has received much flak for not supporting the direct installation of Android apps on its TV despite running an indirect version of Android. With the newer generation of TVs, Xiaomi has opened the gates to Google Play Services right out-of-the-box and the Mi LED TV 4X PRO runs two interfaces or launchers parallelly – one is the classic Android TV interface which separates apps in an organized and structured layout, alongside Xiaomi’s own Patchwall which curates content from different supported apps like Hungama Music, Sony LIV, Zee5 etc. and shows you a catalog that you can play directly without entering each app separately.
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Xiaomi’s Patchwall
App Support

I personally prefer using the Android TV interface more, simply because it’s cleaner and uses a font that does not make me cringe. Further, with the support for Google Play Store, you can install a variety of Android TV apps like Hotstar, Facebook Watch, Vimeo, ESPN, Kodi, VLC Player etc. and even enjoy some games including Hungry Shark and Asphalt 8 on the massive screen – although you might need a keyboard or a gamepad to enjoy these. Furthermore, if the apps are not available directly, you can sideload them using a third-party store called Aptoide TV and this enables you to install apps in tablet mode if their Android TV variant is either not available or not supported.
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Android TV interface

I used Aptoide to install Prime Video, which is not available via Play Store, and the tablet version of Netflix – since the Mi LED TV 4X PRO does not support the Android TV app for Netflix. It lacks Netflix support probably because Xiaomi appears to have opted out of paying the premium for certification, in order to keep the TV’s price low.
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Using Netflix with mouse

So for all your binges on Netflix, get ready to use Android tablet version of the app, and you would need a mouse since the app is not optimized to be used with a TV remote. Besides that, despite setting the quality to high, we could not enjoy 4K or HDR content on Netflix.
Google Assistant

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Thanks to the dedicated Google Assistant button, you can activate the virtual assistant and use the inbuilt mic in the remote controller to speak commands. However, as of now, the Assistant’s usability is limited to launching apps or performing basic searches on YouTube.
Truly 4K?

While there’s a great emphasis on 4K, the TV struggles when running 4K content on services like YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, or Netflix (using the hack). There’s a lot of stuttering and screen tearing while playing UHD content. Unless you have 4K content pre-downloaded, the TV won’t be of much use. Of course, you can always hook up a Fire TV Stick 4K and play 4K content through the supported apps there, but then that makes the Mi TV just a 4K display.

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Additionally, the elements in the UI are not very well adapted to the 4K resolution and one can see a lot of blurring, which is likely to bog down your experience if you’re particular about nuances like these. I personally did not enjoy playing around the UI as well as the animations, even though there wasn’t that much to complain.
Using Netflix with mouse
Management settings

Overall, while the Android UI is a step ahead of the earlier Patchwall, proper support for apps, especially Netflix, will actually be appreciated. Apart from that, I faced no issues, and the experience was good  – if not specifically great – and you should be able to get used to it, even if you have no experience of using smart TVs.
Mi LED TV 4X PRO Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, the Mi LED TV 4X PRO isn’t very well endowed but features some basic input options including three HDMI ports, two USBs, RCA input, an SPDIF jack, and a TV antenna port. Besides these ports, you get dual-band Wi-Fi which guarantees seamless wireless connectivity, although the Ethernet port ensures that you can enjoy lag-free internet access if you are okay with a wired connection.
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mi led tv 4k 55 inch

Apart from that, the TV supports Bluetooth 4.2 which is also used to connect with the remote control alongside Bluetooth headphones, speakers, or the official Mi Soundbar. Lastly, there’s inbuilt support for Chromecast so that you can cast from smartphones or Chrome directly onto the TV. Sadly, this doesn’t work while casting Netflix.
Remote Controller

Coming to the remote controller which accompanies the Mi LED TV 4X PRO, it is fairly compact and tactile. As mentioned above, the Mi LED TV remote pairs with the TV over Bluetooth. It has a fairly simple layout, with a power button at the top-most, a dedicated Google Assistant button, direction pad with a selection button in the center, a volume up and down button, a back button, and dedicated keys for the Android home interface as well Xiaomi’s Patchwall UI. Xiaomi’s decision of omitting the numpad can be appreciated, as it results in a light and minimal remote – although I wish it supported the ability to be used as an air mouse.

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The mic on the top of the remote will also help you in voice searches if you wish to avoid typing one button at a time on the on-screen keyboard. It is not always accurate and does not recognize the commands correctly all the time, but it does the job, more or less.
Mi LED TV 4X PRO: Pros and Cons

The Mi LED TV 4X PRO is surely an intriguing proposition given its large screen and the promise of 4K and while it may feel seem like a useful product, it lacks in certain areas. Here’s a rundown of the advantages and disadvantages of buying the colossal Mi LED TV.
Pros

    Thin bezels
    Great value for 4K
    Android TV interface
    Sufficiently loud and clear speakers
    Basic connectivity options including LAN port
    Google Assistant and voice control built-in

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Playing Android games like Asphalt 8 on Mi LED TV 4X using gamepad
Cons

    Bad build quality
    Average picture quality
    No direct Netflix or Amazon Prime support
    Speakers lack bass
    Gimmicky HDR support
    UI not optimized for 4K

Mi LED TV 4X PRO: Leaves You Unsatisfied

The Mi LED TV 4X PRO is, by all means, a delightful product, with its ability to accomplish almost everything a basic Android TV can offer. However, both in terms of the hardware and the software, there are some loose edges, owing to the middling build quality and improper app support, especially in the case of Netflix. Besides that, the picture quality is far from impressive considering it is a 4K panel.

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If good picture quality, surround sound audio and long-lasting build are things on the top of your wishlist for the next smart TV, you should skip this 55-inch unit and grab a smaller TV from another more established brand with proper support for the leading apps. Or, you could check out the 4K Android TV from TCL’s iFFALCON (Rs 38,999) or the Android-certified 4K TV from Vu (Rs 44,999) for better sound and a truer Android experience.

It could fit your needs if you want the massive screen for a large family or for a big room for general TV viewing and already have a soundbar or speaker system. The TV will serve you with basic Android apps and games, and let you enjoy your favorite shows or movies in 4K offline as streaming UHD content can be a painful experience. The Mi LED TV 4X PRO can be a great option for you as it brings good value for money, it’s a shame it won’t satisfy those looking for great picture quality as well.

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