“From Xiaomi there is now really everything.” The sentence I’ve heard so or so often already, and here there is now with the Bluetooth alarm clock of the Chinese another proof of this statement. At first glance, the price seems a bit high set, in addition, instructions and speech are once again exclusively in Chinese. We tried the alarm clock ourselves.
Processing of the Xiaomi alarm clock
|Product Details||Type: Alarm Clock
|Dimension and Weight||Product weight: 0.3000 kg
Package weight: 0.4500 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 10.70 x 5.70 x 5.70 cm / 4.21 x 2.24 x 2.24 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 13.00 x 8.00 x 8.00 cm / 5.12 x 3.15 x 3.15 inches
|Package Contents||Package Contents: 1 x Xiaomi Alarm Clock, 1 x USB Charging Cable, 1 x Chinese User Manual|
Before we talk about the price, let’s take a closer look at the gadget. Optically familiar Xiaomi / Apple simplicity, all in white, with discreet LED elements. The design may not like everyone, but I think it’s beautiful and also in the processing Xiaomi here again top quality. Above, as an alarm clock is, the only key is; on the back of the micro USB port for charging.
The button is also a rotatable knob that can be used to set the alarm. Here is also the only small criticism of the processing. The resistance is so weak that you can barely press the key, or even turn it. This bothers you only if you want to adjust something manually (which you will not do because of the Chinese language), but it is striking every time you press the button.
You can also choose the alarm time and one of three ringtones without the app, but the alarm clock speaks only Chinese. Pressing twice quickly changes through the options. You can try it around a bit, but without an interface it remains a trial and error procedure. For all, who are not powerful Chinese, but at least the app remains.
The most striking feature: behind the front hides not only the speaker, but also some LEDs that serve as an indicator of the alarm clock. The ad is clearly minimalist, only the current hour is displayed; a single dot indicates the minutes in five-steps (12:05, 12:10, 12:15, etc). The LEDs are sufficiently bright to be seen even during the day, but disappear in direct sunlight. At night, they might already be too bright for people who are particularly sensitive to light.
Settings via the Mi Home app
The alarm clock comes with Bluetooth 4.1 and, like most other Xiaomi products, is controlled by the Mi Home app (available for Android and iOS ). Luckily, there are also in English, but you are still subject to some restrictions.
Like so often you only get to enjoy all features, if you choose “Mainland China” as your location. Although you can also choose Europe in the corresponding menu, you will not be able to find the alarm clock. After all, you can then change the language to English to use the app.
The functionality is clear but sufficient. You can set several alarms independently and also set the frequency. Should the alarm ring only once, wake you daily, only on the weekends or even on certain days? The app lets you set that. There’s a snooze feature, so the repeated ringing after a few minutes both hate and love the morning grouch, because otherwise they will not get out of bed. Here you can set both the time interval and the frequency.
You can also choose how you want to be awakened. The default sounds are only the classic “Ding Ding”, “Clock Bird” and “Big Ben” to choose from. You can also choose your own songs from your playlist. You want to be woken up to Greensleeves quite relaxed on Sunday mornings , but gets out of bed only with Slayer during the week ? Please, here you can set this individually.
The songs are not stored on the alarm clock itself, which means that a connection via Bluetooth to your smartphone must exist. That means you have to keep Bluetooth active overnight. That may be unusual for some, since Bluetooth 4.0, the technology but at least so energy-saving that it does not stress the cell phone battery too strong. If you charge your smartphone once a day, that will probably not change even with continuously active Bluetooth.
If the Bluetooth connection breaks down (because the mobile phone shuts off, for example), the alarm will save the alarm. A daily alarm will also start if you do not connect the smartphone to the alarm clock again. The only difference: If you set your own title as an alarm and the connection breaks off, one of the standard tones will be played instead.
The alarm clock as a speaker
If you have a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone, the alarm clock will also work as a speaker. Music and sound are then played back over it rather than over the cellphone speaker. According to Xiaomi, a preference is a reduced vibration even at high volume.
The capacity of the battery of the alarm clock is 2600 mAh , which should be enough for 360 hours (15 days) standby, Xiaomi itself but I find 240 hours as an indication. The truth is somewhere in the middle. I fully loaded the alarm at the beginning and was over 50% after more than a week. The battery level can be checked at any time via the app. In contrast to a smartphone that you – if you use it as an alarm clock – loads every day, this is in my opinion completely sufficient.
Who uses a classic alarm clock today? Probably more people than I now suppose, but if I want to be awakened by music from my smartphone, then I put the alarm clock in my smartphone. Unfortunately, I have to stick to my original assessment: I like the design, I also like the idea, but $69.16, so that my alarm clock has a “clearer sound”, then I’m too much. You can also use it only via the app, if you do not speak Chinese.