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The Xiaomi TYY01ZM projector is currently on official sale. The projector with LED technology not only brings a beautifully bright picture on the wall, screen or house wall, but also has internal speakers for audio output on board. I had the chance to see the Xiaomi TYY01ZM as a test product a few days before the start of sales. How my experiences turned out, what hurdles there are with the use and what there is to say about the operating system, operation, image and sound, I have summarized for you in the following. First of all, a note: the quality is right again with this new Xiaomi product.
Before I get to the hands-on and the test of the projector, I would like to show you the technical data of the Xiaomi TYY01ZM projector-sound combination. This gives you an insight into the performance of the device that can be achieved. Information such as use in daylight, the image size at certain distances, etc. is not just a copy exercise from the Product page or operating instructions, but was able to confirm them in the test.
I tested the setup of this LED projector, the use with HDMIdevices (Apple MacBook Pro, Nintendo Switch), accessing media from a USB source, various settings, image correction for skewed orientation, sound and sound output to headphones and much more. What worked great, where there were hurdles, what work-arounds you can apply here and there and what limits you encounter, I have tried to summarize as best as possible in the following.
If you have any questions about the device or want to know or have tried something specific before buying, then just leave a comment under this post;)
The Xiaomi TYY01ZM Mijia projector arrived in a fairly simple box, which was covered with a plastic film. The actual product packaging and the projector was in the box. The fact that this is a high-quality device was immediately apparent from the fact that it was not just packed in another box and put in a bag, but that styrofoam was used for the upholstery and that peelable film protected all sides of the projector. The remote control, the batteries provided and the power cord for the LED projector were once again packed in their own small box. On top of everything was the instruction manual, which is completely in Chinese.
Even after unpacking, it turned out, as with the previously tested vacuum robots and the Air filter from Xiaomi, two small problems: on the one hand, the power plug is not designed for Euro sockets and requires an adapter; and once the operating instructions are not available in English or German. Help here (as well as with the operating system) is provided by Camera function of the Google translatorwho can translate Chinese into German quite quickly. By the way: instead of a plug adapter, you can also use a Cable for the small device socket C7 use - for example from a radio.
The remote control of the Xiaomi TYY01ZM LED projector is clear and makes contact with the device via Bluetooth. This is practical because you don't have to point it directly at it, but - as you are used to from TV - point the remote control at the picture on the wall. It can even be used for voice control of the projector if you can speak Chinese.
Otherwise, it can be used intuitively for the menus and the operating system - the power button is self-explanatory, as is the button ring with the central confirmation button. There is also a home button, a back button and a menu button. The latter leads to autofocus and image correction if you press it for several seconds. Finally, the remote control offers buttons for adjusting the volume.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos here because I was super busy translating all the menu items and trying to click the right one. The setup can be summarized in just a few steps:
Depending on what you want to set up and whether you, as a person who understands Chinese, might want to link or set up a Mi TV account, I would plan to spend half an hour to an hour for everything. Set up, set up and couple with other devices included. DVD, Blu-Ray, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Co. can of course also be used via HDMI.
If you press the menu button on the remote control for a few seconds, the first of three selectable points is the autofocus. This only takes 3 seconds and there is nothing more to say about it: D The second item in the menu is image correction. I think it's a shame that this is not also automatic. If you want a perfectly straight image, even though the projector is at an angle to the wall, then the device should not only stand on a completely flat surface, but you should also have a folding rule ready depending on the image size;) You take the correction with the scroll wheel and the confirmation button inside - the procedure is pretty self-explanatory.
As I said: everything is in Chinese. With the predecessor of the device, a much more expensive and not so mobile laser projector, there was the option of installing a patch via USB that translated at least 75% of the operating system into English (I've read in various reviews). However, since the Xiaomi TYY01ZM LED projector that I tested is fairly new, I have not yet been able to find such a possibility. Therefore, if you decide on the product, I advise you to use translation software on your smartphone that can access the camera and transfer photographed text. E.g. the Google translator.
If there is ever a possibility to use the Xiaomi Mijia projector with DLP technology and LED lamp in English, then there will be a corresponding update here. When the product was launched, I wasn't able to identify one.
You can connect the Apple MacBook Pro as well as other Mac or iMac models to the Xiaomi TYY01ZM in various ways. I recommend using the HDMI cable, as there is the least latency. At a distance of about 2,5 m via AirPlay, I noticed noticeable latencies, which can be annoying especially when you want to navigate the system with the mouse or click around on websites. Everything works more smoothly via HDMI and with no noticeably long delay.
By the way: you can also use the projector as a Bluetooth speaker for the Mac. Coupling via Bluetooth for this purpose is possible via the menu of the projector or via the Bluetooth menu of the Mac in macOS. However, the projector must be switched on for this and therefore also throw a picture on the wall. So if you just want to listen to music, this is not recommended. But if you run a slideshow, show your holiday pictures or the like, then you can of course also play music at the same time.
The use of a game console such as the Nintendo Switch via HDMI on the Xiaomi projector is possible; but not to be recommended from my point of view. Here, too, I registered latencies of a little more than a second. No matter if shooter, platform game, role play or racer - the time delay causes frustration and imprecise control everywhere. I tested it with the games Skyrim and Fortnite.
Using a USB storage device on the Xiaomi TYY01ZM Mijia projector is very easy: just drag the pictures, videos and / or songs onto a USB stick and plug them into the back of the device. Then select "USB" on the home screen and choose which action you want to perform - either play certain media or browse the folders. For example, when playing music, you can also select other search and ordering options in the media player: artists, albums, etc. It all works without any problems.
As already indicated above, you can also control the projector via Bluetooth and AirPlay from your Mac. However, you can also use it to control the audio output from the projector to a box / sound system. And I can definitely recommend that to you. Because depending on how you arrange your home theater, whether the projector is in front of, behind, above or below you, the internal sound with the two 10W speakers is not worthwhile.
Before you guys, that's still practical. But if it is pointing diagonally at the wall in front of you next to you, then you should control a box, soundbar or system that you place in front of or under the projected image / behind the screen either via the jack output or via Bluetooth. The sound of the projector makes little sense behind you either, which is why I recommend redirecting the audio track for this.
But I wouldn't advise against the device's internal speakers per se - their sound is quite usable. Nothing rattles, nothing whines or squeaks and everything seems fairly balanced. The lows come across well and the mids and highs also sound good. You can definitely enjoy movies with it, if you don't use Dolby Surround or Dolby Atmos expected. If you place the device in front of you, that's of course best, because the picture and sound both come from the front.
However, the sound of the two fans that blow the heat of the device backwards out of the device also comes towards you. The "noise" caused by this is within limits below 30 dB, but I would not like to leave the noise unmentioned. This should also be observed if the device is standing next to you. Most of the time you don't watch films in a whisper, but with a decent sound, so that the fan noise is definitely drowned out. For the quiet indie dramas you can of course also connect headphones via Bluetooth or jack.
I can recommend buying and using the Xiaomi TYY01ZM to all those who are looking for a new, powerful and small LED projector, but are also familiar with the translation of the system, the menus and / or the operating instructions from Chinese can deal.
If you have been using the projector for a few days, you quickly know where to press for which function. Since most of you will surely be feeding in media via HDMI, none of this is a problem. Simply select “HDMI” in the start screen (it is even written in Latin) and then control everything else via the connected device. Basically super-easy.
The Xiaomi TYY01ZM LED projector did pretty well in the test. It was clear to me beforehand that I would have to grapple with the Chinese language and use an adapter for the power plug. Therefore there is no description of it as deficiencies or disadvantages on my part. On the other hand, I can finally praise the good picture (even in daylight), the usable sound, the connectivity with three ports as well as WLAN and Bluetooth, and the easy and intuitive operation with a little getting used to. Or to make it very short: it is a positive conclusion that this test produces. I can recommend buying and using the device if you do not (for the time being) insist on a German or English system.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.