The viewing experience is complemented by the 30W audio system of the Mi QLED TV 4K. There are a total of six audio drivers, four full-range and two tweeters. While 30W peak output may not seem good enough on paper, it does surprisingly well in real life. With Dolby Audio and DTS-HD support, the Mi QLED TV 4K sounds great and delivers an audio experience that elevates the TV-viewing experience.
Rounding off the package is the wide range of available ports, top-notch connectivity, and easy-to-use user interface. Starting with ports, there are 3x HDMI 2.1 (one with eARC), 2 x USB 2.0, Ethernet, AV, Optical and 3.5 mm audio out. Of other ports, the availability of HDMI 2.1 makes the Mi QLED TV 4K one of the competent smart TVs in its segment, good to go with next-gen gaming consoles and other peripherals which require fast transmission rates to work optimally. Connectivity is taken care by dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), supported by 2 x 2 MIMO antennas.
Talking of the user experience, the Mi QLED 4K TV boots Android 10 TV operating system with PatchWall user interface layered on top. Interestingly, the PatchWall is not the TV’s default UI but the familiar stock Android UI that some may find easy to operate. As for the PatchWall, the UI has come a long way and it now seems polished, intuitive and easy to use. The PatchWall UI shows content from all available sources (supported over-the-top platforms) at one place. It is updated regularly to make it easy to find what is new. Besides, there is a universal search to find content of choice without manually juggling between apps. Importantly, there is a built-in Kids mode for content moderation to restrict some content unsuitable for kids.
The Mi QLED 4K TV comes with a petite-looking remote controller. It is a Bluetooth-enabled remote with a minimal design and hotkeys for Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, besides other buttons. This is an upgraded remote control with improved experience, and the changes are apparent. For example, the remote still lacks a dedicated mute button but a long press on volume-down mutes the audio in no time. Similarly, there is no dedicated key to go to settings directly, but a long press on the PatchWall button opens quick settings for picture, sound, input and more. The remote controller does not seem user-friendly, as it takes some time to get used to. However, once you are accustomed, the remote controller works just fine. But do not expect it to add anything to the overall user experience.
The Mi QLED 4K TV is a good entry-level 55-inch smart television with a premium design, capable display, great audio, HDMI 2.1 ports, top-notch connectivity and easy-to-use Patchwall user interface. At Rs 54,999, it is a wholesome package, despite some imperfections like a basic QLED screen panel of modest contrast, and non-user-friendly remote controller. That said, the Mi QLED TV 4K might not be the best QLED TV, but it is definitely the best you get at its price. Coupled with a great audio and easy-to-use Patchwall UI, the Mi QLED TV 4K is quite an entertainer you get under Rs 55,000.
Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.
As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.
Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.