A few years back speakers could be found only in houses of luxury Hi-Fi enthusiasts. But now almost everyone owns such a device. The main reason why people don’t focus on professional audio systems is that the speakers are smaller, lighter, easy-to-use, and provide a few other features such as waterproofness. There are already a few popular speakers in face of the Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, and Google Home. They all come with identical features and use AI for better performance.
But as you understand, they are overpriced. In this case, we should look for a low-priced speaker with similar specs. Xiaomi should be the best option. Fortunately, this manufacturer has its own model for this niche and it was unveiled on July 26 along with the Xiaomi Mi 5X. Though Xiaomi already has more than 5 speakers, the Xiaomi AI Smart Speaker is first in its type. And what’s more interesting it costs the way cheaper than the aforementioned products of top brands. Say, if the same Apple HomePod costs around $350, while the Xiaomi AI Smart Speaker is priced at 300 yuan ($45).
Xiaomi AI Smart Speaker Design
Not accidentally, this speaker is likened to the Xiaomi Air Purifier. We can even say this is the bottle-sized variant of the Xiaomi Air Purifier. But they do different actions. The overall design uses the cylindrical rectangular shape. The manufacturer uses a frosted plastic for the whole body.
The lower part of the device has myriads of holes made for the sound output. Even this design element has been taken from the Air Purifier.
The top of the speaker carries a control panel with a few keys dedicated for muting, next/previous songs, outsourcing and volume adjustment.
There are six radio holes outside the touch circle.
There is a special light band changing light color according to the speaker state. Say, when it works, the light changes to blue. But when a smartphone is connected the light changes to orange.
The bottom uses a non-slip design.
There are also an adoption agreement certificate, user manual, and a charger. It supports 12V2A power output. As for its design, this power adapter uses cube design with a few anti-skid wrap laps.
First, you have to download the APP.
GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi should be always turned on.
Open the music station function.
Then tap appliance control and a voice assistant.
As you see, the APP has three main threads – radio, home appliance control and a voice assistant.
You can personalize the music settings.
When you use the APP for the first time, you should set some music preferences such as a singer, style, constellation and other information. This is the first step to tell the APP what you want to listen to. Shortly, the AI begins understanding your music taste.
To use the voice assistant go to the standard Mi home app. As you know, all those Mi Home chain products that support AI are controlled via voice commands. Therefore, scroll to the very down, download and install the Mi app.
Use it to bind the devices.
Say you can bind the Xiaomi Mi TV and the Xiaomi AI Smart Speaker.
Sound Experience and Conclusion
The Xiaomi AI Smart Speaker uses the acoustic waveguide technology that provides 360 ° surround sound field and the expansion of bass potential. It can be seen from the lower limit of the frequency response range of 60Hz. Into the list of other advantages, can be added the Bluetooth 4.1 support.
Seems this AI speakers shouldn’t surprise customers with by no reason. But the Xiaomi AI Smart Speaker provides the same (or better) audio experience at the way lower price. Moreover, if you own other Mi Home products this speaker will be integrated into the interior easily. But I think the selling point of this speaker still remains the AI use. You can control the whole process via voice commands. Plus, it will learn your taste and suggest music according to it.