There’s a large market of users out there who are happy with their home entertainment setup but wouldn’t mind having the extra functionality a Smart TV or Android TV offers. While Google’s own Nexus Player was awesome (I still have one in my living room and frankly little need or desire to change it) it’s near impossible to get your hands on one now, and that’s where the Xiaomi MiBox is really looking like the goods.
It’s small, simple and from checking out a recent review by 9 to 5 Google its got a simple interface to cover that conversion from standard TV to Smart TV as long as you have an HDMI port free and the best bit, it only costs US$69 which –with Australia tax etc — will be about the same price as the Nexus Player.
The footprint works well with most people surely being able to find a 10 cm x 10 cm space under their tv or in their cabinet somewhere for the device, the hardware really is as simple as add power, add HDMI and Go. Lets be realistic here, there’s not a heap of innovation that can be done with these types of boxes, on a budget that supports the functions and apps that you’ll find on the likes of the MiBox which is essentially a 2nd generation Android TV box when compared with the Nexus box.
Xiaomi – Don’t forget Australia please!
The problem for those who are super keen is the fact that; right now at least, there’s no official channels for you to get your hands on one of these. That’s not to say you can’t but rather its just a touch more troublesome to do so and should you have any warranty issues you may be in for a bit of a rough time.
I’ve taken the liberty (I may be interested in one of these…) of investigating a few options around the Internet for anyone that may be interested in grabbing one of the 4K Xiaomi MiBox. Let’s start with the obvious, head to ebay and search for Xiaomi 4k MiBox and you’ll get a few good results that will cost between $105 and $120 Aussie Dollars.
Grey market importers such as Aliexpress or gearbest will also be able to deliver the goods to you but they’re charging US dollars so just have a quick check of the currency conversion so you don’t get caught out on that one. But around the US$52 mark seems to be the going rate on these suppliers.
Or if you have friends or relatives in the USA you could get them to head to a local Walmart and grab one for US$69 then post it to you.
The real message here is that despite devices only being shipped to a couple of locations “officially” we’re in a global marketplace these days, there will always be a pathway to getting your hands on what you really want. If you’re struggling, reach out to us or the Ausdroid Community on Google+ – Someone will have done, or be doing what you want to and be able to give you advice.
Are you looking to get an Android TV box for your living room? Which one will you be trying?