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Xiaomi Mi Body Composition Scale review: A Xiaomi smart machine that is as good as a $23.89 scale

Xiaomi Mi Body Composition Scale review: A Xiaomi smart machine that is as good as a $23.89 scale

The Xiaomi Mi Body Composition Scales sells at a ridiculously low price. So, can it accurately read your body composition? Yes, but there are a few things that could have been better.

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. The Mi Body Composition Scale not only shows weight but also measures body fat, metabolic rate, bone mass etc.
  2. The Mi Body Composition Scale sells at a price of Rs 1,999, but occasionally there are discounts on it that make it even cheaper.
  3. The low price and good readings make the Mi Body Scale a good option compared to other such scales that are very expensive.


it is fairly well known that Xiaomi doesn't want to be a mere phone company. Its ambitions are bigger and it seeks a recognition that goes well beyond being a phone maker. Last year Xiaomi India chief Manu Kumar Jain told me that for Xiaomi the next goal, after it was deemed India's biggest phone company, was to be "India's coolest technology company". This goal, of becoming the coolest tech company in India.


 Xiaomi hopes to achieve by making all sorts of smart gadgets. Phones that are smart? Yes. But also smart lights, smart fitness bands, smart TVs, smart luggage. And smart body composition scale, like the Mi Smart Body Composition Scale that is the review of this star.


It's some star, actually! The Mi Smart Body Composition Scale is incredibly cheap, so cheap that you wonder how it can offer all the feature it claims to offer. Before I used it, I thought that may be this scale offers features like ability to calculate visceral fat just in the name. Machines that calculate how much fat is there in your gut, or how much water your body has, or what is your bone mass, cost much more than Rs 1,999 that is the price of the Mi Body Scale. In fact, their price is much higher. But after using the Mi Body Composition Scale, I believe in its value.


Xiaomi, somehow, is doing something that is kinda of unreal here. Not only the Mi Body Composition Scale works as advertised, but it also does it well enough to match the body scales that cost above Rs 20,000 or even Rs 30,000 and are sold by the established players like Tanita.

It has a few kinks, and also the fact remains that mass market body composition scales, whether they cost Rs 1,999 like the Xiaomi's scale does or Rs 50,000 like some machines sold by established health equipment companies, are never fully accurate. But I overall, I believe, the Mi Body Composition Scale at a price of Rs 1,999 is phenomenal.

Minimalistic design and lots of plastic

Unlike most other body composition scales, which are not only big and bulky but also have boring industrial design, the Mi Body Scale has been designed to fit into your drawing room. It is shaped like a square plastic box with rounded, kind of like an app icon brought to life. It weighs a mere 1.6 kilograms, and this weight, small size and rounded edges means you can tuck it inside some corner, some shelf, under the soft, under the coffee table or in a bathroom cupboard with ease. Or you can leave it lying around on your drawing room carpet or near your bedside table. Its tasteful design means you won't look out of place, won't look an eyesore. The pearly white colour also helps, as it gives the scale classy looks.

On the top of the scale, you have four large round aluminium inserts. These are needed because you must touch this metal part with your feet for the scale to work and measure your body composition. Weight, however, can be measured by standing anywhere on the scale. Unlike other scales, and keeping in line with understated minimalistic looks, there is apparently display on the scale. Instead LEDs light up in a portion of the scale, middle part of the top edge, showing the weight every time you step onto it.

The scales requires four AAA batteries to function, which needs to be inserted in the slot at the underside of the gadget. There are also four grey feet, large, round and made of rubber, that ensure that when you place the scale on floor it has some grip and it doesn't wobble or slips.

Unlike most other body composition scales, which are not only big and bulky but also have boring industrial design, the Mi Body Scale has been designed to fit into your drawing room

I really like the design of the Mi Body Composition Scale even if I find it a little flimsy. The plastic, while it has nice matte finish, is obviously not as sturdy as what you may get in a scale that costs 10X more. Whenever I step onto the Mi Body Scale, I do get the impression that the plastic under my feel its slightly thin and that there is some flex.

But apart from this one bit about plastic, I feel as far as design is concerned, Xiaomi has got the Mi Body Composition Scale right. Not only it looks good, classy and modern, it also looks accessible. It looks like a smart gadget you will want to use at home instead of something that belongs to a gym.

Weird app but good readings

When you take the Mi Body Scale out of the box, the first thing that you need to do is to insert AAA batteries in it. Then, you need to download the Mi Fit app on your smartphone. The app is available on Google Play Store as well iOS App Store. The app, I believe, is also the weakest part of the Mi Body Scale experience.

For around 5 minutes I struggled with the Mi Fit app after downloading it on my Android phone. Reason? The Mi Fit account and the Mi account are treated as different. So even if you have a Mi account, you will have to create a Mi Fit account, using your Mi account. I struggled again and again to log into the Mi Fit app with the Mi account before I realised it. It is also weird, because with other services -- say for example Google -- you don't have to create a separate account for something like Google Fit to use an app.


The interface of the Mi Fit too is something that I don't like. It shows all the key information. But there are issues. Accessing your earlier readings is not intuitive. The charts that show comparison between current and previous body measures is somewhat clumsy. The language that explains the parameters too can be better. For example, for the body fat it says, "Too many body fat..." if your body fat percentage is around 22 per cent, as it happens to be in my case, instead of "Too much body fat..." Or for that matter the date format. We in India follow date/month. But the Mi Fit app shows month/date.

I get the idea, and understand what the app is saying, but probably Xiaomi can polish interface and language in Mi Fit a bit more.

As far as the scale is concerned, it works charmingly well. It connects to the Mi Fit app using Bluetooth. To measure your body composition, you need to open the app, step onto the scale and let the measurement complete. It takes around 5 seconds. And it works with the same method that other body composition scales employ. In other words, the two round aluminium plates under one of your feet sends an electric impulse, which travels through your body and then passes through the second feel back into the scale. The resistance to this impulse, the time taken the strength when it returned, all of that tells the machine about your body composition.

The interface of the Mi Fit is something that I don't like. It shows all the key information. But there are issues.

The readings, apart from the weight that can be seen on the scale itself, are available in the Mi Fit app.

To figure out just how accurate are the readings, I decided to put the Mi Body Composition Scale against the expensive Tanita BC420MA machine available in my office gym. This is an old machine, probably 6 or 7 years old and it used to cost close to Rs 2 lakh. Even now, comparable machines from Tanita and similar manufacturers have the similar prices. The results that I got from the BC420MA and Mi Body Scale were incredibly close, so close that my gym instructor couldn't believe them. The body fat percentage, the visceral fat percentage, the bone mass, the metabolic rate... all of these readings that the Mi Body Scale churned out were very close to what Tanita machine printed out.


As I noted earlier, the mass market body scale is never 100 per cent accurate. So you should not take their readings as gospel, but they provide a good general overview of the body composition. And in this way what the Mi Body Scale shows that it is as good as a Rs 30,000 machine.

Absolutely worth the price

If you have read the 1300 odd words I have written in this review of the Mi Body Scale so far you will understand that it gets my full recommendation, which is if you need a body scale. Even the regular scales, the ones that show just the weight, cost some Rs 700 to Rs 1000. The Mi Body Composition Scale is a machine entirely in a different league, offering the kind of functionality that until now most people accessed only through expensive gyms or hospitals. At a price of Rs 1,999, I believe the Mi Body Composition Scale is absolutely worth it for anyone who wants to keep a tab on the fat in gut -- belly fat, ye all -- or bone mass, or how hydrated the body is. My only gripe is that the companion app could have been better.

summary

Pros
Sleek design
Accuracy
Great price

Cons
Mi Fit interface
Plastic quality

According to this price of about 37 USD and by looking to the features of Xiaomi Mi Scale 2 we can say it is worth it









Original Xiaomi Mi Smart Weight Scale 2 Health Weight Scale 2


$50.16


$23.89




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