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Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 review: A convincing debut

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s a brand in India, Xiaomi is still relatively new and yet has made a name for itself. So much so that it dethroned Samsung as the number one smartphone brand in the country. So it was inevitable that the brand would foray in segments as well. Xiaomi’s entry in the television market has generated quite a bit of curiosity. With the launch of Mi TV 4, the Chinese brand wants to expand its footprint in India. The Mi TV 4, which the company claims is designed keeping in mind the Indian audience. The TV comes with a 55-inch 4K resolution display and is priced at Rs 39,999. The company claims that the TV offers a better user experience as compared its counterparts present in the market.

We used the device for some time and here is our complete review…

Design and display
The Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 is surely one of the best looking smart TV available in the market. Looking at the TV one can easily make out the company has invested a lot in its design aesthetics. The smart television is very slim with only 4.9mm thickness. The device definitely has a thick bottom, where the company has placed all the internal circuit of the device. It comes with two metallic L-shaped stands and can also be mounted on the wall.

The television offers 3 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, an Ethernet port and the AV input. Along with this, the device also offers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. All these ports are placed on the rear of the device at the bottom. The minimalist design and bezel-less display of the TV makes sure that the viewers don’t shift their attention from the content to anything else.

Coming to the display, the Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 sports a Samsung manufactured 10-bit VA panel. The device offers 4K resolution with 3840×2160 pixel resolution. The 54.5-inch display has a refresh rate of 60Hz and contrast ratio of 6000:1. The smart TV is capable of producing colours with HDR capabilities. The TV can produce 1,024 colours as per primary colour instead of the 256 colours per primary colour which are offered by any other smart TV in this price segment.

With this TV Xiaomi is offering 4K resolution in a budget of Rs 40,000 which is often found in TV more than a lakh. Along with this, the display configuration also offers a great viewing experience. The design and display are surely the selling points of the device.

Remote control and mobile app
Taking cue from its TV design the company has also kept the design of the remote very simple. The remote is very sleek and come with few buttons.

It is made of plastic and supports two AAA batteries. The remote connects to the TV via Bluetooth so this means that you no longer have to point the remote in a particular direction to make it function.

Moreover, the TV remote also doubles up as a universal remote so you don’t have to use the bulky remote provided by your DTH operator to control the TV. The company also offers an additional accessory called the Mi IR set-top box controller which has to be bought separately. Users have to attach the cable with the TV so that they can use the remote for the TV as well as the set top box.

Users will also be able to control the remote with app available on the smartphone. The company has also introduced a mobile app which will enable users to control the Mi TV 4.

The app offers a clean and simple UI and it also enables the users to take screenshots of the TV and save it on the phone. it also offers a feature called app, that enable users to open apps on the TV from their smartphones. The app also offered an option to convert the phone into a gamepad.

Performance
Talking about the innards, the Xiaomi TV is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Amlogic T968 chipset clocked at 1.8GHz. The device offers 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The company claims that this is for the software updates and apps and users will not be able to download any TV shows on the internal storage.

Coming to the software, the Xiaomi Mi TV 4 runs PacthWall is own OS based on Android 6.0. The main highlight of PatchWall is that it keeps all the content in the front and you don’t have to look for it.

Users can stream content from the various apps available. The company claims that the TV offers 500+ hours of content. For the time being the company has partnered with Sony Liv, Hungama Play, Alt Balaji, Voot, Voot Kids and is working on some more associations. The user interface is pretty clean and you easily get a hang of it. It looks similar to the interface of LG’s webOS and is also quite interactive. You will notice thumbnails for the various TV shows and movies on the screen.

The top part of the screen consists of various categories such as Home, TV Shows, Kids, VIP, Movies, Sports and Music. All the categories consists of content related to that particular genre and only the VIP segment has the services for which one has to purchase the subscription. For the initial three months the Chinese manufacturer is giving free subscription for Hungama Play, Sony Liv and Alt Balaji.

As we said earlier the PatchWall OS is pretty interactive. It learns your viewing patterns and after that it will change the layout of your homepage based on your preferences. In order to play your favourite content you just have to tap on the thumbnail and the TV Show or movie will start playing.

However, if you don’t wish to scroll a lot for your favourite content then you can simply search for it. The part of the search is that it will show the content from the apps and also the one running on air at the time of the search.

On Air is an interesting feature of the Xiaomi smart TV. The Chinese manufacturer has partnered with companies that make electronic programme guides for DTH providers and cable operators. With the help of the service the PtachWall OS shows you the content on air along with the graph of how much of the TV show or movie you have missed and how much is remaining.

Along with this, the TV also offers support for voice commands so you can use that feature as well to look for the content. The OS also offers support for 15 Indian languages and you can set the interface of the TV in your choice of language.

The Xiaomi Mi TV 4 is made with the Samsung VA panel and it offers amazing colour reproduction and the viewing angles were also fine. However, you have to adjust the brightness and contrast from time to time for better viewing experience. The speakers are placed at the bottom and the audio output is also loud and clear. Users can also increase the audio output by pairing Bluetooth speakers with the smart TV. The TV offers good scaling of both HD and full HD content across the large display.

The only issue we had was with the resolution. The TV offers 4K resolution but there is not much content available for that. Even Amazon Fire Stick and Netflix also doesn’t offer content with that resolution. The user interface is smooth enough and the processor also offers lag free performance.
 Verdict

The Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 comes with a price tag of Rs 39,999. This is the only TV available in the market that offers all the high-end features at this price. Along with this, its minimalistic design and interactive operating system act as an added advantage. Unlike other manufacturers, the company also said that it will keep on rolling out timely updates for the TV in order to offer better user experience. So, if you are looking for a smart TV with 4K resolution, Android operating system, 55-inch display and have a budget of Rs 40,000 then this TV can surely be your pick as no other company is offering you such features in this budget.

Article Source: gadgetsnow.com

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At long last No Wires! Manual for Using an EVDO Internet Access Card and Router for Trade Shows

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At long last No Wires! Manual for Using an EVDO Internet Access Card and Router for Trade Shows

At long last No Wires! Manual for Using an EVDO Internet Access Card and Router for Trade Shows

In February 2006 D-Link, an outstanding switch organization, and Kyocera, a notable phone items maker, propelled an item that will upset how public expo exhibitors will access broadband Internet get to.

Much of the time exhibitors didn’t have numerous choices when it came to Internet access at expos, in truth there was extremely just one. You either leased it from the show creation organization or did without. At certain demonstrates the day by day access rate was $500 or more. Presently there is a choice. In the previous year remote access through mobile phone frameworks has expanded at an amazing rate and that entrance is currently accessible in an arrangement that can be shared by different clients.

The innovation is called EVDO and this is the thing that phone bearers Verizon Wireless and Sprint use to disseminate a remote broadband sign to its endorsers. A run of the mill arrangement incorporates a record with one of these suppliers, a PC and an entrance card that attachments into the PC card space or PCMCIA Slot. This arrangement is fine if just a single client needed access, however imagine a scenario in which you needed to make a wired or remote system.

This is the place the “upheaval” takes place…the EVDO switch. This switch, accessible at Kyocera and at D-Link sooner rather than later, empower you to take the entrance card and offer it by means of a wired or remote access. Comparative innovations existed before this switch turned out, yet they weren’t charged as moderate choices. The Kyocera EVDO Router has a road cost of $250 – $300. These are the things you will require so as to utilize this innovation.

Web Access Account – $60-$100 per month* – Verizon Wireless or Sprint

EVDO PC Card – $50-$200**
EVDO Router – $250-$300***

Absolute – $1740-$2900 – in light of 24 Months of Service

*see specialist organization’s sites for subtleties and offers.
**see specialist organization’s sites for subtleties and offers.
***see equipment supplier’s sites for subtleties and offers.

As of now, most specialist organizations expect you to sign a two year contract for both a telephone and Internet access to get their least rate so please verify whether administration (Verizon Coverage, Sprint Coverage) and what plans are accessible in your general vicinity. The all out expense of two years of administration and equipment can be equivalent to what one organization pays for access at one show so you can see the staggering worth. You additionally have the utilization of an innovation that empowers you to approach the Internet day in and day out/365 without the need of any wires.

At the point when EVDO is combined with best in class compact batteries then the innovation can be utilized in manners never envisioned. Envision lashing on a confined outdoors knapsack that has a convenient battery, workstation, and an EVDO card connected to the EVDO switch. Likewise connected to the switch is a web-cam that has been appended to a cap that is your responsibility. You presently have a remote, versatile, go anyplace webcasting arrangement. Couple this arrangement with a remote bluetooth headset that fittings into an EVDO telephone (particular telephone that can be utilized with the switch) and now you can give intuitive voyages through the show floor with two-way correspondence that is communicated back to a site. Different uses incorporate POS frameworks and charge card approval frameworks.

As far as I can tell, EVDO won’t just set aside a large number of exhibitors’ cash however it has made another degree of network for our industry. It will likewise be utilized to make a totally different classification of public exhibition encounters and for me that is the most energizing part!

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Electronic Payment at Toll Plazas – Fastag

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Fastag promotes the use of digitized methods to deduct toll charges automatically without needing to stop your vehicle. Usually most of us when traveling from one state to another or using a highway; stop at toll plazas and wait in queues to pay in cash for the toll. The con of this process is that is a time-consuming method where you utilize crucial time in waiting for the vehicles before you to move ahead and pay the toll charges. It is irritating and also means that you carry changes in your wallet.

Fast forward to the RFID or radio-frequency identification technology, also called Fastag that is fixed to your vehicle so that you can zoom past everyone else on the toll plaza – no stopping, no waiting and no paying in cash. The money is automatically detected from the account that has been linked to your Fastag.

Advantages of using the Fastag

  • It is obviously a big-time savior. Keeps everyone’s mood and spirits intact and high.
  • One of the greatest benefits of the Fastag is that it helps save fuel – Indian weather conditions are such that most of us keep the air-conditioning on when we were are waiting at traffic lights and toll plazas – which means waste of petrol, diesel, gas etc.
  • It is a form of prepaid connection just like a prepaid mobile recharge card. The Fastagcan be recharged at any time from any place. Every time your vehicle crosses the toll, the requisite amount is automatically deducted from your balance.
  • No more dealing in cash.

How to use Fastag?

A Fastag will be issued by the National Electronic Toll Collection department. You can choose to link the RFID tag either to your bank account or to an e-wallet from a credible service provider like Paytm, MobiKwik or PhonePe. In order to be able to do this link up, you would be required to have a bank account with the respective bank or be a registered wallet user with the e-wallet service provider.

In case you choose to go ahead with the latter option, a sub-wallet is created from your existing e-wallet that is called the Fastag Wallet. This particular sub-wallet will have a monetary limit to it as per rules laid down by RBI, the apex financial body in India. Pertaining to changes made in the rules and regulations by the apex body, the same will automatically apply to your general e-wallet and the Fastag Wallet.

Once your vehicle has been equipped with the RFID tag, you would be required to travel using the ETC or the Electronic Toll collection lane which has a device to sense the tag and initiate a payment processing mechanism at the backend for the money to get deducted from yourFastag Wallet.

There are certain dos and don’ts here – for example, this particular sub-wallet cannot be used for any other commercial online transactionand payment. Also customers cannot have more than one such tag on their vehicle. It is the customer’s responsibility to keep the tag safe and would need to submit their original vehicle registration certificate to get the tag issued.

 

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