Xiaomi TV F2 55″ Fire TV – 4K TV review at a competitive price
The Xiaomi F2 Fire TV 55″ is currently one of the cheapest TVs on the market. The Xiaomi TV F2 Fire TV lineup consists of three models with screens ranging from 43″ to 55″. Usually these prices start to be alarming and give reason to wonder about the quality of the picture.
In the following review of Xiaomi TV F2 55″ Fire TV UHD HDR on the example of the TV with a diagonal of 55 inches, let’s take a closer look at the Xiaomi F2 series to understand what it is really capable of, and whether it is worth buying such TVs.
Xiaomi TV F2 Fire TV – review
Most people associate the Xiaomi brand more with good and cheap smartphones than with big TVs. However, the Chinese manufacturer has also earned a good reputation in the home theater sector and brought a wide range of smart TVs to the market.
The Xiaomi F2 Fire TV 55″ is an inexpensive 55-inch UHD 4K TV that, in addition to a fast triple-TV tuner, also features Amazon Fire TV and built-in Alexa voice control. In addition, the TV supports all common HDR formats and is HDMI 2.1 compliant.
Xiaomi TV F2 Fire TV – Design
From a visual standpoint, this cheap TV doesn’t look all that cheap. While other manufacturers in this price range use simple plastic cases, Xiaomi relies on a flat case with a quality metal frame.
The only downside is that the included plastic feet do not look as elegant as the TV itself. If there is a preference to hang the 55-inch model on the wall, you still won’t need the plastic feet. You should take into account the fact that a suitable VESA 300 x 300 wall mount (for a 55-inch diagonal) is not included.
Xiaomi TV F2 Fire TV – Smart TV
With the Amazon Fire TV, Xiaomi has attracted a well-known manufacturer and one of the most popular Smart TV systems in the world. While other TV manufacturers such as LG and Samsung use their own operating systems, Xiaomi uses Amazon Fire TV flash technology and software.
The Xiaomi Fire TV smart TV not only has a huge selection of apps, but it can also easily interact with the Amazon Alexa environment and be fully controlled with voice commands. Other Alexa-compatible devices, such as home lighting or a video doorbell, can also be conveniently controlled from the TV remote.
All well-known streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ or Netflix are already pre-installed on the F2 Fire TV and can be launched at the touch of a button. For live streaming, the Xiaomi TV is equipped with a UHD TV receiver for DVB-T2 HD, cable and satellite TV.
The tuner takes just under 1-2 seconds to switch channels. Unfortunately, the tuner is only capable of storing stations in alphabetical order. This is not very convenient for most users. However, frequently used channels can be added to Favorites.
Xiaomi TV F2 Fire TV – Picture quality
The 55-inch Xiaomi F2 Fire TV has a high-resolution 4K display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. According to the documents, the peak brightness reaches 380 candelas per square meter. This brightness is enough to watch TV shows and movies at night. But it is not enough to watch highly dynamic HDR movies.
As a result, Xiaomi TV F2 Fire 55″ can play HDR or HDR10 content, but the image improvement will be barely noticeable. In addition to HDR, the affordable TV convinces with realistic colors and relatively good black levels. In addition to an expanded color space containing just over 1 billion colors and tones, the TV can also display over 90% of the DCI-P3 color space.
The TV also works well with regular TV programming thanks to the built-in triple tuner. The picture is clear and realistic even with fast movements. MEMC technology ensures smooth motion and prevents picture tearing.
Xiaomi TV F2 Fire TV – Sound quality
Xiaomi’s F2 Fire TV has two 12-watt speakers. The sound of the speakers for this price is very decent. However, the deep bass and treble are not displayed as well as we would like. Voices and dialogues, on the contrary, are quite clear. As the volume increases, the sound becomes somewhat worse. An audible “crackle” will be heard at some frequencies.
Those who are not satisfied with such sound quality should play the sound through an external sound board or home theater. The soundbar can be connected to the TV both via HDMI and wirelessly via Bluetooth. For example, the Xiaomi Soundbar device with 3.1 sound and a separate subwoofer can noticeably improve in terms of sound.
Xiaomi TV F2 55″ Fire TV interfaces
The Xiaomi TV F2 55″ Fire TV has 4 HDMI inputs for connecting to external playback devices such as Blu-ray player, Sony PlayStation 5, etc. One of these jacks even supports the premium HDMI 2.1 standard with ALLM and eARC. Also on board are 2 USB 2.0 ports, an optical TosLink output, an Ethernet LAN RJ45 line input for internet connectivity.
Bluetooth v5.0 and WiFi 5 wireless interface are also available on the Xiaomi TV. There is a free CI+ version 1.3 slot on the back for pay TV. Antenna outputs support bands such as DVB-C / DVB-T2 / DVB-S2 HD. There is also a composite audio-video input and a 3.5 mm audio output for connecting headphones.
Xiaomi TV F2 Fire TV – Specefications
|Series||TV F2 Fire TV|
|Lineka / variants||Xiaomi TV F2 55″ Fire TV, L55M7-FVEU|
|Standard||Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p|
|Permission||3840 x 2160|
|Matrix bit depth||10 bits (8 bits + FRC)|
|Contrast||1050 : 1|
|Update frequency||50 / 60 Hz|
|Response time (min)||6 ms|
|HDR standards||HDR10, HLG|
|3D / Up-Scaling||No Yes|
|Standard TV tuner (analog)||NTSC, PAL, SECAM|
|Standard TV tuner (digital)||DVB-T/T2, C, S/S2|
|Video codecs||H.263, H.264, H.265, AV1, MOTION JPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, TS, MP4, MKV, VP8, VP9,|
|HDMI||3 x HDMI v2.0, 1 x HDMI v2.1|
|Reception of TV signals||1 x RF (Air Antenna), 1 x F-Type (Satellite Antenna)|
|Audio output||1 x TosLink Optical (Audio)|
|USB||2 x USB 2.0|
|Internet||Ethernet RJ-45 / LAN|
|Additionally||DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, CI+ 1.3 slot, 3.5mm Audio Out. Component AV|
|Support||Dolby Audio, DTS HD, DTS Virtual X|
|OS||Fire TV (Fire OS 7)|
|Voice Assistant||Alexa (Ready)|
|CPU||4x ARM Cortex-A55|
|Memory (built-in)||16 GB|
|Remote controller||Voice remote control|
|VESA mount 300 x 300 mm (55″)|
|Housing color black|
Price TV F2 Fire TV
The start date of sales of TV F2 Fire TV in Europe is June 2022. The same TV in Europe may have an alternative marking: L55M7-FVEU. As mentioned above, Xiaomi’s F2 Fire TV series consists of three models.
Judging by Amazon service at the end of June 2022, the price of Xiaomi TV F2 43″ Fire TV starts from 367 euros. The Xiaomi TV F2 50″ Fire TV sells for 397 euros. The Xiaomi TV F2 55″ Fire TV reviewed in the review can be bought for 494 euros.
Summary of the TV F2 Fire TV review
To conclude the review TV F2 Fire TV from Xiaomi, it remains to add that the prices given in the previous section justify all the shortcomings that distinguish this TV from the TVs of the flagship series. As a result, the end user for not much money gets a TV with a good picture, all the necessary technology and quite decent sound.
Thanks to Amazon Fire TV, a huge selection of applications is available. Voice control via Amazon Alexa also works perfectly. However, you should not expect anything supernatural from this TV. You can immediately forget about HDR capabilities. Why Xiaomi equipped this model with an HDMI 2.1 connector, we are also not quite clear. Although, as the saying goes: “more is not less”. On the whole, the price to quality ratio is very good.