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Xiaomi Mi Smart Clock, analysis: an alarm clock with the spirit of a smart speaker and a groundbreaking price

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The attendees voice are present in more and more smart devices, and today we find a lot of speakers who use its functions to support and offer additional features. Although it also serves as a loudspeaker, the device that we are going to talk about today better fits the definition of ‘smart alarm clock , although roughly it ends up being the same.

The Xiaomi Mi Smart Clock is the recent addition of the firm within its devices for the connected home and we have been messing around with it for a few days. Although the company already offers several similar alternatives in this sector, from Xiaomi they have returned to offer us an affordable and interesting product. Under these lines we tell you about our experience with this smart alarm clock , which we are sure aroused our curiosity.

Mi Smart Clock, technical sheet

XIAOMI MI SMART CLOCK
Dimensions and weight 113mm x 68mm x 81.5mm (272g)
Screen 4 inch

Resolution 800 x 480 pixels

IPS LCD

Sound Full range loudspeaker

1.5 inch

Connectivity WiFi 2,4 GHz

Bluetooth 5.0

micro-USB

Compatibility Android 4.4, iOS 9.0 and higher
Storage and memory 4GB of internal storage

1GB de RAM

Extras Physical volume buttons

Microphone disconnect button

Google assistant

Sunrise effect

Automatic brightness

Price 34,99 euros
Mi Smart Clock

Mi Smart Clock

RRP in Xiaomi Spain € 34.99
Xiaomi Mi Smart Clock (Smart screen with Google Assistant, WiFi and Bluetooth)

Xiaomi Mi Smart Clock (Smart screen with Google Assistant, WiFi and Bluetooth)

PVP and MediaMarkt €39.99
PVP in Fnac € 49.90

A compact and display design

The Mi Smart Speaker is the smart speaker that Xiaomi currently sells in our country. However, for some time the trend has been emerging to incorporate a screen into these devices, increasing the possibilities they offer us. Examples of them are the Google Nest Hub , or the Amazon Echo Show . With this type of device already existing, Xiaomi has also wanted to enter this sector, offering something very similar on the outside, although with nuances that differentiate this device from those mentioned .

mi smart clock

With a compact and rounded design, the Mi Smart Clock is designed to fit into our home , although its functions will be more useful if we have it located on our bedside table, being a complement that will not come even painted. Although it is a no-frills design, it is functional, and its small size allows it to be placed anywhere.

At the top it has physical buttons for both the volume and to activate or deactivate the microphone , something that is appreciated and that avoids having the microphone enabled for the Google Assistant . In this way we will not activate the assistant by mistake nor will our conversations be recorded.

Without a doubt, the most striking thing about its design is its four-inch panel , which adds some functionality. The screen specifications are quite basic, since it is only an IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 800 x 480 where you can see information of interest.

mi smart clock

The speakers are located on the bottom of the device, a 1.5-inch full-range system. We will go into more detail, although its sound quality is on a par with the most basic smart speakers . And continuing from the bottom, the device also has a non-slip base to place on surfaces.

Supported by the Google Assistant

The start-up of the device is quite simple. To do this, the Mi Smart Clock will encourage us to use the Google Home application and thus configure all the parameters . You will only need to follow the steps to connect the device to this ecosystem and be able to use it . As a warning, the device only has a 2.4 GHz band. Being a device with limited features, this will not be a problem, but we must take it into account when connecting it to our WiFi network.

google home

As usual, when we add a device with such characteristics to Google Home, we can control a wide range of devices that are in the ecosystem of our connected home, manage the lighting in our house if we have smart lights, and basically Any question related to home automation if we are creative enough.

With screen, yes, although with limitations

We will also have the option to send content to play it on the My Smart Clock. Although it may seem that we can also play videos on your panel, the truth is that we cannot . And it is that the functions related to the screen are limited only to showing the different watch faces, widgets and accessing the device settings in a more visual way. This greatly limits the actions we can do on this smart alarm clock, although on the other hand, a 4-inch panel was not going to solve our lives in terms of multimedia content.

mi smart clock

Experience at the interface level is adequate. It is easy to use, intuitive, and works through gestures , similar to a mobile device. We have the tool panel if we slide from the top, and another reserved for brightness, volume, ‘do not disturb’ mode and adjustments at the bottom. If we slide to the right we find the part of the widgets, where we can access the alarms, what is being played at that moment, or the weather app.

And since we have mentioned the brightness, it should be noted that the screen amounts to more than enough levels of brightness. In addition, I have to confess that I always deactivate the automatic brightness on mobile phones, but in the case of the My Smart Clock I have left it active, a feature that is disabled by default. The reason is simple; You don’t feel like fiddling with brightness settings when you can see the time regardless of ambient lighting. The brightness will be reduced to a minimum when we go to bed . I know I don’t reveal anything to anyone with this, but I wanted to mention it as I was worried if the light emitted from the screen was going to bother me at night. Also, when it detects that there is hardly any light in the environment, the watch face will turn a monochrome tone.

mi smart clock

The alarm clock also has a very useful function in case we want to leave a light on at night and we do not have any dim. And it is that we can leave the screen on with one of the available tones . There are four to choose from, and it will come in handy, especially if you are one of those who wake up at midnight to go to the toilet and do not want to turn on any lights.

Alarms with special functions

The alarms work in a similar way to those of any mobile device with Android. However, there are two little details that have been added to this smart alarm clock. The first of them is its ‘Dawn effect’ , which gradually raises the light 30 minutes before the time we have set to sound.

Another prominent feature is the ‘Good morning’ routine, something more common if you’ve fiddled with automation issues on Android . Here you will inform us about the weather, our schedule, trips and news of the day . We can activate this option when setting an alarm, so that it always performs this task. Through Google Home we can also create somewhat more elaborate routines based on the devices we have at home, such as activating a light when we wake up, putting on music, and more.

mi smart clock

The device also has a ‘Good night’ function in its tool panel as standard . This will turn off the lights, if we have any connected to our ecosystem, and it will ask us what time we want to get up the next day.

Little surprising sound, but enough

If we think about it coldly, the options offered by the panel are quite limited, being able to consider this device more like a smart speaker, and competing from you to you with the most basic range of Google and Amazon. And it is that as we have been saying before, the device has 1.5-inch drivers, obtaining a sound that, although it is not at all from the other world, will be more than enough for the functions that we choose in said device . In this way, if what we are looking for is sound quality, it is better to avoid this class of devices.

mi smart clock

We do not detach ourselves from the micro-USB

In terms of connectivity, the device is compatible with Bluetooth 5.0, and the power system is connected to the current through a micro-USB cable . There are two buts here; The first is the micro-USB interface, somewhat outdated at this time, although it is not really important since this is linked to the following problem; it must always be plugged in.

The latter is not too much of a problem, since at the end of the day it is a device that we are not going to move on a regular basis. However, having a battery would have made it easier to have the device active in the event of a blackout . In addition, it would not have been bad for those times when we use it as a timer in the kitchen, in order to facilitate its transport.

My Smart Clock, the opinion of Engadget

In short, the Xiaomi Mi Smart Clock is a smart speaker recommended for basic use. It is compatible with the Google Assistant, and its intuitive interface will make it easy for almost anyone to use . Its compact and rounded design may appeal to many, although do not be fooled by its panel, since although it can display useful information, its functions are somewhat limited.

The device really does the job, and it’s a nice addition to our Google Home ecosystem. The firm already had the Mi Smart Speaker as a smart speaker, but it is appreciated that from Xiaomi they continue in this line with a concept somewhat different from what has been seen. If you were about to discard that alarm clock from years ago on your bedside table, the Mi Smart Clock may be a good companion for your room, a little push to enter the world of home automation and devices smart .

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