Portable home speakers have appeared on the technology market recently, but have already managed to become a favorite invention of many families. Xiaomi products are in special demand. In the article, we will analyze the pros and cons of products, consider the most popular models and give useful recommendations for selection.
The Chinese brand Xiaomi is internationally known as a manufacturer of quality equipment. Devices of the brand have repeatedly become owners of quality certificates, we don’t even have to talk about user appreciation. The high quality of assembly and materials used, combined with careful control at every stage of production, allows Xiaomi to produce reliable devices that last for many years.
Xiaomi's “smart” speaker will be a great purchase for any home. Products have a stylish and concise design, thanks to which they are in harmony with different interiors. The compact size and mobility of portable units make it possible to install anywhere, even on the smallest shelf or in the corner of the desktop.
Devices are controlled by voice or buttons on a special panel.
In the assortment of the Chinese brand, there are also touch models with a color LED display.
Using the Xiaomi smart column, you can find out the weather, traffic information, turn on your favorite music, and even calculate how much 2 + 2 will be. When synchronized with other similar devices, the device will help regulate the operation of the TV, washing machine and even light.
The big advantage of voice products is the expanded acoustic field, which provides optimal audibility from any part of the room. Some models are equipped with modern low-frequency speakers, which help to improve the sound field.
A plus of the portable speakers of the Chinese brand is a quick connection to a phone or tablet via Bluetooth. This will allow you to listen to your favorite music without using disks or flash drives. Just turn on your favorite track on the phone, and it will be immediately broadcast by the column. Such mini-devices are very popular among young people.
Judging by the reviews on the network, there are practically no drawbacks to portable speakers. However, there is a small catch in the management of “smart” devices, over which you have to smash your head. The fact is that the product responds only to the Chinese language , respectively, in order to give it instructions, you will first have to turn to it in Chinese. To control the “smart” house, you need to give each device a Chinese name in the Mi Home application, otherwise the unit will not understand you.
Another drawback is the obligatory Internet connection for the full operation of the device . Without this, the “smart” speaker turns into a regular Bluetooth audio device for playing music. The presence of microphones in many causes concern for the preservation of personal information. Unfortunately, today there are too many suspicions about the collection of confidential data by unscrupulous people. Of course, this is not a confirmed fact.
Consider the popular “smart” speakers from the Chinese brand.
Mi AI Speaker
The compact 88x210x88 mm product has a 5 W sound power and is powered by mains. The original white design with blue backlighting on the top edge will harmoniously look in any interior. The model begins to work as soon as you call it Xiao Ai. She can play her favorite song, read a story to a child, talk about traffic jams and weather in the city. "Xiao Ai" helps to manage a "smart" house - in the event that the devices are entered into her memory.
You can add some functions on your own and customize them as desired using the smartphone application.
The model is equipped with six built-in microphones that allow you to give orders from anywhere in the room. The cost of the product is 5990 rubles.
Mi AI Speaker Mini
The mini-column with artificial intelligence has dimensions of 90x90x50 mm. It fits easily in any corner of the house and will become an indispensable assistant. Four built-in microphones are sensitive to every sound. The product will help to know the weather, calculate a mathematical example, turn on the alarm clock and remind you of the relative’s birthday.
A 2 W speaker is built into the product, this is not much, but for such a "baby" just right. On the top panel there are buttons for adjusting the volume and turning on the microphones. The device is powered via USB. To work with the device, you need to download the Mi Home application , which will help you manage your smart home. The cost of a smart box is 2,990 rubles.
Mi AI Speaker HD
Model size 150x150x234 mm with an interesting design and soft body has a speaker with a power of 30 watts. The product is made in gray and black colors. The case is covered with a fabric that not only gives the device a more aesthetically pleasing appearance, but also protects the inside from dust. A wide range of sound is provided by the built-in frequency divider, which contributes to a clear separation of low and high bass, thereby creating the effect of immersion . This will allow you to fully enjoy the depth of your favorite music and feel at the center of the event.
A “smart” column will provide access to any information on the network and help manage other smart devices in the house.
Six built-in microphones are highly sensitive, so the device will respond to your directions, wherever you are. The cost of the product is 7990 rubles.
When buying a Xiaomi “smart” speaker, you first need to remember that this is not just a portable device that plays music. This device will become a real voice assistant for the home. To make a really right choice and not regret it later on, you should find out what criteria you need to pay attention to first of all.
Find out exactly what your assistant can do. Most models are able to search for the necessary information on the Internet and voice the data found. The “smart” column will quickly find the answer to your question and tell you in detail about all the details. It is imperative that you have a reminder function that allows you to remember important matters, meetings or birthdays of relatives. The alarm function is useful for those who like to disconnect a call in the phone.
If the smartphone usually lies nearby, then you still have to get to the speaker to turn it off. Since speakers can read books and fairy tales for children, first listen to the voice and learn about the options for setting this parameter.
Carefully read the instructions for use to make sure that you can control a "smart" house using the unit.
Modern stores can not offer too wide an assortment of “smart” gadgets, however, even with a purchase by hand you will not be able to purchase an unit costing less than 3-4 thousand rubles. In this price range, you can buy the most simple instrument in terms of the set of functions. More advanced models cost between 5-10 thousand rubles, and products priced from 15,000 belong to the premium class and have maximum performance with high sound quality and sensitive microphones.
The most important parameter of any portable speaker is sound quality. Unfortunately, not all models can boast of good characteristics. Expensive devices have sophisticated audio systems, a subwoofer and several speakers. The latest appliances have a sound power of more than 50 watts. Some gadgets can be combined into a stereo pair using synchronization with one smartphone .
As for the sound of inexpensive products, everything is more complicated. The sound sometimes slows down, in the background you can hear crackling or hissing.
For good acoustics you have to pay a considerable amount.
The work of a “smart” speaker is completely dependent on the Internet, so modern products have the ability to connect to Wi-Fi. There are models that support Bluetooth-connection, and with rare exceptions, you can find devices with a 3.5 mm audio jack for outputting sound to external speakers.
Few people pay attention to this item, which may cause problems in the future. A speaker powered only by a 220 W network loses its mobility and will always depend on the location of the outlet. Products with a USB power socket are convenient, as they can be connected to a portable charger . Unfortunately, there are very few devices with built-in batteries, but you can find them if you wish.
Review of the “smart” speaker Xiaomi Xiao Ai Speaker - in the video below.