An reasonably priced large-screen TV higher suited to 4K content- Know-how Information, Novi Reporter
Ameya DalviApr 27, 2021 13:08:31 IST
Total Score: 4/5
Value: Rs 38,999
Now we have a brand new funds TV from Xiaomi, however wait! This one isn’t from its standard Mi TV sequence, however the first to sport Redmi branding. Moderately than delving into how that is totally different from Mi-branded TVs, it’s less complicated to view the Redmi Sensible TV X55 as the subsequent variant from the sequence (until there’s really one) and take a look at what it has to supply and the way it performs. And that’s precisely what we’re going to do with the Redmi Sensible TV X55.
Redmi Sensible TV X55 – Design and connectivity: 8/10
This Redmi TV seems to be fairly generic, with distinct shiny plastic bezels surrounding the 55-inch display screen. They aren’t overly thick, however the firm hasn’t bothered taking the close to bezel-less route both. The underside bezel has a tiny chin on the centre that hosts the IR receiver and energy LED. The TV could be positioned on a desk utilizing the bundled plastic stands, not like the metallic ones supplied with Mi’s QLED TV. Like all Xiaomi TVs, the wall mount isn’t bundled within the package deal, however supplied at an additional value should you want it. One fascinating factor right here is that so as to restrict wastage, the cardboard packaging can be utilized to make a cool wanting shelf. In the event you’re up for a craft workshop, DIY directions are supplied.
The corporate bundles its standard voice-enabled distant within the package deal, however nonetheless no AAA batteries to energy it; guess it’s unhealthy luck to bundle batteries. The distant is compact and minimal in design, with hotkeys for Netflix and Prime Video. There are nonetheless no devoted keys for Mute, Settings or Enter choice; nonetheless, because the launch of the QLED mannequin, there’s a workaround, which has been carried over for the X55. You’ll be able to mute the audio by double clicking the quantity down key and produce up the settings panel by preserving the PatchWall key pressed for just a few seconds.
The connectivity division on the Redmi X55 has a wonderful unfold for a funds TV. You get three HDMI 2.1 ports with assist for ALLM, and one of many ports helps eARC. You additionally get two USB ports and a headphone out alongside the left fringe of the rear module. The A/V inputs, optical audio out and an Ethernet port are positioned alongside the underside edge. The very best half being, all ports are positioned nearer to the left fringe of the TV, making them simpler to entry even should you select to wall mount it, which is a great design choice. Wi-fi connectivity choices embrace Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi with assist for two.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks and a/b/g/n/ac requirements.
Redmi Sensible TV X55 – Options and specs: 8.5/10
The Redmi Sensible TV X55 has a 55-inch panel with an Extremely HD (4K) decision of 3840 x 2160 pixels and a 60 Hz refresh fee. Our unit had an IPS panel, however as all the time, the corporate has used IPS in addition to VA panels in the identical TV sequence. Peak panel brightness figures haven’t been specified, nevertheless it helps all well-liked HDR requirements comparable to HLG, HDR10/10+ and Dolby Imaginative and prescient. Like all licensed Android TVs, it has Chromecast built-in and allows you to solid content material onto the display screen from suitable apps in your telephone or pill.
It’s powered by a Mediatek quad-core processor with ARM Cortex A55 cores and Mali G52 MP2 GPU. Every of the 4 CPU cores can go as excessive as 1,500 MHz. You get 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of inner storage right here, a bit of which is taken up by the Android 10 OS for TV. You’re left with over 10 GB of storage to your apps and information, which is kind of good. Sound output is rated at 30 Watts RMS with assist for Dolby Audio and DTS Digital: X. I couldn’t take a look at the HDMI 2.1 capabilities of the TV, as I didn’t have a PlayStation 5 or the newest Xbox at hand throughout the course of my take a look at.
Redmi Sensible TV X55 – Person interface: 8.5/10
The Redmi Sensible TV X55 runs the newest Android 10 OS for TV with the inventory person interface. The UI is similar as on most licensed Android 9.0 TVs. Alternately, you additionally get the newest PatchWall 3.5 UI (based mostly on Android 10). There was a marked enchancment within the person interface since model 3.0. It seems to be noticeably uncluttered and user-friendly. Content material from totally different OTT platforms is elegantly introduced and sorted. You’ll be able to merely choose the content material and begin enjoying if you’re subscribed and logged into the respective platforms on this TV.
You additionally get entry to all of the enter sources proper there, which makes life simpler for the much less tech-savvy. The Netflix and Prime Video apps are preinstalled, together with a handful of Google providers together with Play Retailer, YouTube, and so forth. The default Android UI in addition to PatchWall are each snappy, and there was hardly any lag. As I discussed earlier, you’ll be able to carry up the short settings menu by preserving the PatchWall key pressed for just a few seconds. This works throughout all apps and enter sources, and allows you to regulate image and sound on the fly – an enormous plus. One new addition is the Mi Dwelling app that allows you to management suitable sensible units in the home.
Redmi Sensible TV X55 – Image high quality: 7.5/10
Image high quality of the Redmi Sensible TV X55 is kind of good, particularly when watching 4K content material. The colors look vibrant, and the distinction is kind of good. The 4K panel can get fairly shiny, and particulars of darkish areas in excessive distinction scenes in our take a look at movies have been clearly seen for probably the most half. Black ranges aren’t the best right here, bordering on darkish gray, however par for the course for funds LED TVs. A particular point out for the pores and skin tones that look fairly pure on this display screen.
Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material seems to be spectacular right here, and the identical could be mentioned about HDR10+ content material, too. Exhibits encoded in these codecs on Netflix and Prime Video respectively look fairly full of life on this TV with vibrant colors and glorious distinction. There was hardly any flickering in excessive distinction scenes, which was good to see. 4K SDR content material additionally seems to be sharp and vibrant on this TV with glorious element. Nevertheless, the colors really feel barely oversaturated at occasions. Adjusting the saturation stage from image settings helps in such instances.
Unusually, 1080p Full HD movies don’t upscale nicely and look softer than they need to. The color copy appeared a bit off, too. After fairly a little bit of guide adjustment, they regarded higher, however not excellent. That’s fairly uncommon, and I don’t bear in mind seeing an Extremely HD TV wrestle with Full HD upscaling as a lot. Apparently, 720p movies are completely watchable, and doubtless equally as sharp as their 1080p counterparts, comparatively talking. Something decrease than 720p seems to be flat or washed out, which is just about the case with all 55-inch 4K TVs. Viewing angles have been glorious, on condition that we received a evaluate unit with an IPS panel.
You get a handful of guide image adjustment choices comparable to brightness, distinction, sharpness, saturation, noise discount and extra, to fine-tune it to your liking. You even have some movement smoothening settings, nevertheless it’s greatest to show them off as they have a tendency to induce movement artifacts. I might additionally suggest turning off Dynamic Distinction. Lengthy story quick, the general image high quality of this Redmi TV is noticeably higher than that of the Mi TV 4X sequence, particularly when watching HDR content material, because of the assist for Dolby Imaginative and prescient and HDR10+.
Redmi Sensible TV X55 – Audio high quality: 7/10
Audio output right here is rated at 30 Watts RMS complete, and it’s typically good when it comes to readability. The audio system are tuned nicely and there’s good vocal readability with a good quantity of heat within the sound. It’s nowhere within the league of Hisense 55A71 TV or the Nokia TV vary with Onkyo sound bars however is appropriate for the phase. The output isn’t the loudest, and it’s worthwhile to push the quantity upwards of fifty p.c at most occasions for regular loudness; at occasions, even past 75 p.c for sure reveals and flicks on Netflix and Prime Video in a mid-sized room.
You get a handful of audio pre-sets and a five-band equaliser to tweak the audio additional. And you may entry these settings from anyplace by lengthy urgent the PatchWall key. The sound is completely tremendous for watching information, sports activities or the odd internet sequence/film that’s excessive on dialogues and never motion. You’ll crave a bit extra bass in motion sequences. The audio system are compliant with Dolby Audio and DTS Digital: X. Dolby Atmos is obtainable solely through passthrough, nevertheless it’s not prefer it makes an enormous distinction on TV audio system anyway. The TV offers you number of audio outputs – from digital to analogue to wi-fi – for plugging in a soundbar and enhancing the audio additional.
Redmi Sensible TV X55 – Total efficiency: 8/10
This Redmi TV takes lower than 40 seconds besides up once you swap it on from the mains, which is commonplace for many Android TVs. The TV helps fast wake and comes again on in lower than three seconds from standby mode should you swap it on and off utilizing the distant. The default media participant is respectable sufficient when enjoying content material from a USB drive, and also you all the time have the choice of putting in VLC participant from the Play Retailer.
Whereas some keys on the distant double as much as execute different features, I might nonetheless have most popular to see devoted keys for settings and mute. At occasions once you look to decrease the quantity, you find yourself muting it should you press the button twice, which occurs typically. Equally, should you don’t press and maintain the PatchWall key lengthy sufficient to get to the short settings, it merely shuts the content material you’re enjoying and begins the launcher, thus inducing irritation. Regardless of that, Xiaomi has completed job of addressing the lacking options from the Mi TV 4X sequence, and making the Redmi Sensible TV X55 a greater all-round product.
Redmi Sensible TV X55 – Value and verdict
The Redmi Sensible TV X55 is priced at Rs 38,999 with a one-year guarantee. No complaints in regards to the pricing, given its characteristic set and general efficiency. Together with compliance for all well-liked HDR codecs, you get assist for HDMI 2.1 with eARC, ALLM and a claimed 5 ms enter lag that makes this TV an ideal funds choice to pair with the newest consoles from Microsoft and Sony, and get the perfect out of them. It does have just a few shortcomings together with below-par 1080p video playback, however nothing that may be termed a deal-breaker.
In case your viewing distance is a little bit below 10 toes, there’s additionally a 50-inch variant of this Redmi TV with all the identical options that sells for Rs 6,000 much less. As for similar-sized options, you get the Hisense 55A71F in an identical value vary that has higher 1080p playback and sounds significantly better however lacks HDR10+ and HDMI 2.1 assist. Compared to its predecessor, the Mi TV 4X 55, the Redmi X55 fares higher in just about each division and could be termed a worthy successor. All in all, sensible TV for below Rs 40,000 in India.
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