Xiaomi X Professional 55-inch Extremely-HD HDR Sensible TV (L55M8-5XIN) Evaluation

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Xiaomi X Professional 55-inch Extremely-HD HDR Sensible TV (L55M8-5XIN) Evaluation


Regardless of the various totally different fashions and sub-brand names for televisions below the Xiaomi secure — and the potential for confusion that comes with it — the portfolio is definitely fairly elegantly laid out in case you attempt to perceive it. Redmi televisions typically stick with the finances segments and smaller sizes, whereas the ‘Xiaomi’ branding is utilized to greater and extra feature-filled choices throughout costs and classes. Leaving apart the dearer QLED and OLED choices for now, Xiaomi is now fine-tuning its LED TV vary with incremental enhancements for barely increased costs. Enter the brand new X Professional sequence, which guarantees a bit greater than the late-2022’s X Collection.

Priced at Rs. 32,999 onwards (Rs. 47,999 for the 55-inch mannequin on evaluate right here), the Xiaomi X Professional sequence comes with an enormous change within the software program, as in comparison with earlier Xiaomi fashions — the Google TV consumer interface on high of Android TV 11. There may be additionally help for Dolby Imaginative and prescient IQ and Dolby Atmos, aside from a 40W speaker system and dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity. All of it sounds nice on paper, however how does this budget-friendly TV carry out in actuality? Discover out on this evaluate.

The Xiaomi X Professional TV helps each the Dolby Imaginative and prescient IQ and HDR10+ excessive dynamic vary codecs, aside from HDR10 and HLG

 

Xiaomi X Professional 55-inch Sensible TV design and specs

The Xiaomi X Professional sequence is obtainable in three measurement choices starting from 43 inches to 55 inches, and Xiaomi despatched us the 55-inch variant (priced at Rs. 47,999) for evaluate. This places it at round Rs. 10,000 greater than the equal mannequin within the X Collection, however the firm is providing higher specs and options to go along with this value improve. All televisions on this vary are Extremely-HD (4K) decision TVs with related specs; the one variations are the display sizes and a decrease 30W-rated sound output on the 43-inch variant, as in comparison with 40W on the 50-inch and 55-inch variants.

As in comparison with the X Collection, the Professional vary presents a little bit of an enchancment within the design division. Essentially the most noticeable of those are the silver borders throughout the display and silver stands; the color positively seems to be rather a lot nicer than black, and gives the look that it is a extra premium tv that its value would have you ever imagine. Like most current-generation televisions, the borders are slim and the screen-to-body ratio is pretty excessive, conserving your consideration on the display itself.

The module proper beneath the Xiaomi brand on the X Professional is a good bit greater than on the X Collection TVs, to accommodate the hands-free microphone system, {hardware} mute swap, and the indicator lights for each the microphone and TV itself. It is a helpful function in case you’re accustomed to the voice-controlled life, however you’ll be able to simply as simply swap it off in case you choose.

When it comes to ports and connectivity choices on the again, you get three HDMI ports (certainly one of which helps eARC), two USB ports, Digital Optical Out and three.5mm for exterior audio connectivity, and RCA sockets for connectivity with older supply units. There may be additionally an Ethernet port on the Xiaomi X Professional TV, along with dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5 connectivity. All of those face to the left and backside of the TV, whereas the mounted energy cable attaches to the appropriate.

When you have the TV wall mounted as I did for this evaluate, you might need some bother reaching the ports, so you will wish to have these connections already connected earlier than you raise the TV into place. For desk mounting, the stands are included within the field and are fairly strong. They connect close to the corners, so you will want a large sufficient desk for the Xiaomi X Professional 55-inch TV.

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It is the identical acquainted distant on the Xiaomi X Professional TV, with hotkeys for Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, and YouTube

 

Different specs price mentioning for the X Professional sequence are 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage for apps and app knowledge, a 60Hz customary refresh price, and excessive dynamic vary help for the HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Imaginative and prescient IQ, and HLG codecs.

Xiaomi X Professional 55-inch Sensible TV distant and options

Xiaomi hasn’t made many modifications to its pretty customary distant design, which suggests it might probably promote alternative remotes, or allow you to pair the identical distant with different Xiaomi televisions or streaming units. Even in case you’re new to the model, you will discover that the distant is gentle and simple sufficient to make use of, and enhancements to the firmware over time have made up for the scarcity of devoted buttons (for capabilities resembling muting the amount or rapidly accessing settings).

As at all times, the distant is powered by two AAA batteries and makes use of Bluetooth for connectivity, so you do not have to level it on the TV to work as soon as you have full the simple pairing course of if you first arrange the Xiaomi X Professional TV. There are hotkeys for Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, and YouTube, and a Google Assistant button which works with the microphone on the distant itself. As talked about earlier, you can too use hands-free Google Assistant instantly on the TV, in case you choose.

Key extra options on the Xiaomi X Professional TV embrace Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), built-in Chromecast with help for Extremely-HD and HDR streaming, and a built-in ambient gentle sensor to regulate the display brightness based on room circumstances.

Xiaomi X Professional 55-inch Sensible TV software program and interface

Most of Xiaomi’s televisions (with the notable exception of the just lately launched Redmi Hearth TV) run on the Android TV working system, and the X Professional is not any totally different. With Android TV 11 below the hood, the tv helps the Google Play Retailer and all of its apps, in addition to interconnected capabilities resembling Google Assistant and Google account-based sign-in and linking to different providers.

The important thing distinction, and maybe the one that the majority justifies the ‘Professional’ moniker is the truth that the Xiaomi X Professional 55-inch Sensible TV additionally options the Google TV consumer interface, not like the inventory Android TV UI that has been on Xiaomi televisions up to now. Expectedly, there may be additionally the PatchWall consumer interface in place for many who would possibly choose it, however Google TV’s content-centric strategy and cleaner design will in all probability attraction to some extra folks than earlier than.

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There may be hands-free Google Assistant, with a bodily swap to allow or disable the microphone for listening

 

PatchWall is, in fact, a bit extra ‘native’ centered, so that you would possibly get higher suggestions and content material curation in case you’re extra invested in Indian content material and closely use Indian streaming providers. Google TV tends to work higher with international content material and Worldwide streaming providers resembling Netflix and Prime Video, though Disney+ Hotstar works simply as properly. Switching between PatchWall and Google TV is as straightforward as a single button press; every has a devoted button on the distant.

Whereas Google TV on the Chromecast is ready to combine Netflix into the suggestions and curation, third-party Google TV units such because the Xiaomi X Professional nonetheless cannot try this. Happily, Netflix is built-in into the search perform, so you’ll be able to instantly soar to Netflix content material from the Google TV interface itself.

Out of all of the apps I had put in on the Xiaomi X Professional TV, Prime Video, Hotstar, Apple TV, Sony Liv, and Zee5 might be linked with the Google TV curation system, though there are a lot of extra that may also be utilized when you have them, whereas YouTube rows present up by default. The curation is superb, categorising by style, movies much like what you have already watched or looked for, and standard titles or new releases that you just would possibly wish to know (or be reminded) about.

Xiaomi X Professional 55-inch Sensible TV efficiency

Xiaomi is rather a lot newer to the tv area than lots of its rivals, however the model has performed a exceptional job in narrowing the efficiency gaps in a comparatively brief span of time. The Xiaomi X Professional 55-inch Sensible TV has seen efficiency enhancements over older Xiaomi fashions because of continued fine-tuning, and entry to fashionable codecs resembling Dolby Imaginative and prescient IQ and Dolby Atmos additionally helps.

Usefully, the consumer interface efficiency can also be improved as in comparison with the X Collection televisions, and also you get a largely constant and hassle-free expertise on the Xiaomi X Professional 55-inch Sensible TV. Whereas I did have some bother with HDMI-CEC and with the ability to rapidly swap to my Apple TV 4K (third Gen) when turning the TV on, it typically carried out properly and labored properly with exterior units.

Most of my viewing for this evaluate was Extremely-HD excessive dynamic vary content material from varied streaming providers, with a specific concentrate on Ted Lasso season 3 (accessible in Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR) and Air (accessible within the HDR10+ format). Different content material I watched included Fall, Dahaad, and clips from the F1 TV app.

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The Xiaomi X Professional 55-inch TV works properly with all sorts of codecs and resolutions, together with full-HD SDR content material

 

Though dearer choices are inclined to do a greater job with upscaling, most 55-inch televisions expectedly carry out optimally when used with high-resolution content material. Ted Lasso is among the many extra technically and visually adept internet sequence accessible to look at proper now, and naturally regarded superb, placing the TV’s Dolby Imaginative and prescient capabilities to good use. Though there did often look like a slight sepia tinge within the look, the colors, sharpness, and distinction appeared for the big half have been wonderful for a tv on this value section.

The TV additionally performed properly with the rapidly altering dynamics of the sequence. The locker room scenes with restricted motion have been understandably simpler to deal with, and the element of the excessive decision made it simpler to identify the nuances in facial expressions, even on the faces of the characteristically reserved Roy Kent and Trent Crimm. Sooner sequences such because the soccer matches and coaching classes regarded respectable, with the smoothness, movement, and movement points considerably higher than what I’ve seen on most televisions at this value degree.

Most televisions have a tendency to indicate a extra noticeable distinction between Dolby Imaginative and prescient and HDR10+/ HDR10 content material (or do not deal with both too properly), however the Xiaomi X Professional 55-inch Sensible TV handles all of its supported excessive dynamic vary codecs moderately properly. Air and Dahaad (each on Prime Video) regarded practically nearly as good as similar-resolution Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material on Netflix and Apple TV+, though all of it regarded a good bit softer and fewer vibrant than on even a few of the entry-level quantum-dot televisions I’ve reviewed.

Though the Xiaomi X Professional TV can get moderately shiny, the image is not fairly as impactful in comparison with a good QLED TV; you will nonetheless have to darken the room as a lot as you’ll be able to for finest outcomes. LED TVs are a good bit dearer now than even a few years in the past, however the Xiaomi X Professional does slender the hole to raised display tech a good bit, and is arguably among the many higher choices you should purchase at below Rs. 50,000 proper now. Upscaling additionally sees some enhancements, and the TV is rather a lot higher than the X sequence at dealing with lower-resolution content material on its giant display.

Survival thriller Fall on Prime Video streamed at HD/ full-HD decision, and the variations in sharpness and element have been seen, however not vital. Though the image was undoubtedly softer and fewer hanging, it was totally watchable and fulfilling, with the Xiaomi X Professional getting it proper for essentially the most half. The colors have been a bit over-pronounced as in comparison with HDR content material, however at no level did something really feel misplaced or unusual.

Sound on televisions has seen some massive enchancment in recent times, and Xiaomi is among the many higher manufacturers in India in relation to making an effort on enhancing built-in sound on its TVs. With 40W of rated sound output, the Xiaomi X Professional 55-inch Sensible TV can get very loud and largely avoids sudden quantity spikes. Voices, musical scores, and motion sequences alike sound respectable and properly tuned. Whereas a very good soundbar will clearly improve the general expertise, you possibly can fairly simply do with out one with the Xiaomi X Professional 55-inch TV.

Verdict

Xiaomi’s LED TV vary has grown impressively over time, and the X Professional pushes the boundaries of value-for-money even additional. At Rs. 47,999, the 55-inch X Professional TV presents dependable efficiency, respectable image and sound high quality, and the advantages of premium options resembling hands-free Google Assistant and dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity. Above all, the software program expertise — backed by the Google TV UI and Android TV 11 — units this aside from most different choices on this value section.

When you have a tough finances of Rs. 50,000 for a 55-inch tv, this could positively be in your record of choices to think about; it is a dependable, simple big-screen tv with no vital drawbacks aside from maybe taking part in it a bit too secure with image high quality on the entire. That stated, you possibly can additionally take into account the marginally older X Collection from Xiaomi, which is almost nearly as good however significantly extra reasonably priced because of latest reductions.


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