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Chromecast vs Xiaomi Mi Box Mini: Two Streamers, Two Insanely Low Price Tags


Chromecast vs Xiaomi Mi Box Mini: Two Streamers, Two Insanely Low Price Tags

Digital streamers are BIG industry at the present time, and lately we're looking at of the most productive: Chromecast and Xiaomi's Mi Box Mini


One of the quickest rising shopper electronics markets out of doors the smartphone is the digital media player. These are bins just like the Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, and Nexus Player which permit customers to circulate content material from the Internet or smartphones right away to their TVs. 

O subset of this virtual media participant marketplace is the mini virtual media gamers marketplace. These on a regular basis take the stick shape issue just like the Roku Stick, Fire TV Stick, or the marketplace-top Google Chromecast. But the most up to date startup on the earth at this time--Xiaomi in China--is freeing its personal mini virtual media participant this week, the Mi Box Mini. 

We check out the way it stacks up towards the Chromecast.


Lets get started off through taking a look on the specifications of the 2 virtual media gamers. 

Here’s the specifications for the Xiaomi Mi Box Mini:

  • Output: HDMI
  • Processor: MediaTek Cortex-A7 quad-center 1.3GHz
  • RAM: 1GB 
  • Storage: 4GB flash
  • Max. Output Video Resolution: 1080p 3-d video output
  • Dimensions: now not specific but, nevertheless it’s a dice with each and every aspect measuring concerning the peak of a bank card
  • Weight: unknown
  • Connectivity: Dual-band (2.5GHz and 5GHz) 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Power: Just plug the sucker right into a wall outlet

And right here’s the specifications for the Chromecast:

  • Output: HDMI
  • Processor: Marvell 88DE3005 (Armada 1500-mini) gadget on a chip
  • RAM: 512MB 
  • Storage: 2GB flash
  • Max. Output Video Resolution: 1080p
  • Dimensions: 72(C) x 35(C) x 12(M) mm
  • Weight: 34 g
  • Connectivity: 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Power: USB (Power adapter incorporated)


The so much instant distinction among the 2 units is their shape issue. While each are small, the 2 are appreciably other in form. The Chromecast takes the type of a stick, at the same time as the Mi Box Mini is dice-formed and now not so much larger than the facility charger on your telephone. The Chromecast plugs instantly into your TV’s HDMI port, which might be as cool because it sounds if it didn’t additionally require you to plug it into an microUSB exterior energy provide as smartly.

On the opposite hand, the Mi Box Mini’s energy provide is constructed immediately into the tiny field itself. Just fold out the facility prongs and plug it right into a socket, then attach the incorporated HDMI cable on your TV and also you’re just right to head. The Mi Box Mini additionally is available in six colors together with purple, blue, inexperienced, orange, yellow, and purple.

Something S in reality like concerning the Mi Box Mini is that it comes with a devoted faraway regulate--which Chromecast lacks. This method you don’t want any other software, like your phone, to function the Mi Box Mini.


Both the Mi Box Mini and Chromecast allow you to movement content material on your TV--as virtually each and every virtual media participant does. However, for the Chromecast that is the one method you'll be able to get content material in your TV. That’s since the Chromecast has no on-monitor UI. There’s no menu to navigate or channels to make a choice. You use it by way of beginning up the apps already in your telephone and (in the event that they’re Chromecast suitable) forged their content material for your TV by the use of the Chromecast casting button within the app. 

But simply since the Chromecast doesn’t have its personal menu doesn’t imply there’s now not a large number of content material for it. Thanks to Chromecast enhance from apps like BBC iPlayer, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Pandora, Vevo, YouTube, blinkbox Music and Moves, BT Sport, Now TV, NPR, DailyBurn, and others you’re almost certainly now not going to be brief anything else to observe.

The Mi Box Mini then again does additionally permit you to forged content material to it out of your units, however it additionally options an on-display menu like extra conventional virtual media gamers have. This integrated interface sports activities easy textual menus that increase to show off the posters of any of the movies or TV presentations you’re surfing. In different phrases it’s a fundamental menu that does its task smartly.

As for gaming, each units if truth be told beef up gaming. The Chromecast helps gaming as a result of you'll be able to forged the display of your cellular software or pc to it. In this feeling, the Chromecast isn’t a real gaming system, it’s simply appearing as an exterior screen for a recreation operating on some other software. The Mi Box Mini has integrated gaming enhance, this means that you'll be able to if truth be told get right of entry to causal Android recreation like Timberman, Flappy Bird and Plants vs. Zombies in an instant on it. This is since the Mi Box Mini runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and gives strengthen for so much of its video games. 

For the ones maintaining monitor, the Chromecast runs–relying who you communicate to–a mild model of the Chrome OS or a mild model of Android (Google has stated it’s Chrome OS, at the same time as hackers have stated it’s nearer to Android).

Which Should You Get?

Well, for those who’re in the United States or UK at this time, you don’t have any choice. The Mi Box Mini is handiest to be had in China (or out of doors of it by the use of puts like eBay). But although you do pick out one up on eBay, its on-monitor content material will most probably now not attraction to you. Most of its integrated channels be offering totally Chinese content material, so until you talk Chinese you most likely gained’t just like the content material. Then once more should you’re simply in search of a tool that streams content material out of your telephone to TV, it may well be value choosing up this kind of little men on eBay.

A’m a large fan of the Mi Box Mini as a result of its shape issue. O love that it’s no larger than your same old phone charger and also you merely simply plug all of the tool into an outlet. And spec for spec it’s were given a lot better hardware than the Chromecast with two times the RAM, two times the garage, a a lot better processor, or even beef up for 3-d video. And on the similar of US$30, it is available in a little less expensive than the $35 Chromecast. 

A wish the Mi Box Mini finally ends up being launched in the United Kingdom--and A suspect it will taking into account the Western funding Xiaomi is getting. Until that occurs, on the other hand, the best choice for us on this struggle of the mini virtual media gamers is the Chromecast.

Michael Grothaus 13:33, 18 Jan 2015

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