No longer only in the mobile segment, Xiaomi is increasingly expanding its wings to various electronic segments including computers.
Through the Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C as one of the newest products for the desktop computer segment in Indonesia, Xiaomi has again attracted the attention of its fans. How not, this one monitor can be said to be quite competitive for its price class.
Considering that working from home has now become commonplace and is increasingly needed, the presence of Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C certainly makes the options that can be chosen to suit your needs more diverse.
Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C comes with a very modern design with an industrial style that will perfectly match your workspace or minimalist setup you want to create. Its slim body not only saves space but also looks neat and clean.
Its super thin body is recorded to only have a thickness of only 7.3 mm. However, that’s only the top half because the bottom quarter is where the rest of the components and the row of ports are a little fatter.
Even so, at first glance the body when viewed from the side will still be beautiful and do not eliminate the illusion that this monitor is indeed slim. At the same time, this monitor is also accompanied by a metal stand that is no less minimalist.
With its size which is also fairly slim, the stand with the monitor has a total weight of 2.7 kg. Coupled with a rubber base on the bottom leg, the monitor is guaranteed to stand firmly and is difficult to shift by itself when placed on a table.
Installation of the stand is also very easy and very fast because it only needs to tighten three nuts. Moreover, Xiaomi has also provided an L wrench with a screwdriver tip + in the sales package that can be used to tighten the nuts so there is no need to look for another screwdriver.
After being paired with the stand, this Xiaomi monitor can only be tilted or tilted up and down while swivel or pivot are not supported at all. Unfortunately again, the Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C does not support VESA mounting on the back so it is mandatory to use the built-in stand.
Regarding connectivity, the Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C provides a port that is sufficient for now although it could still be better. On the back there are only HDMI and D-Sub ports to connect to a computer or laptop. In addition, there is also a menu button in the form of a joystick and a DC in port.
This row of ports for most users in general may be enough because they often only use one, HDMI for modern devices or D-Sub for older devices.
However, the absence of a 3.5mm output jack port is unfortunate because it will be very useful in various scenarios. For example, we cannot use the Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C as a primary or secondary monitor that is also connected to a game console while using external speakers for audio.
Therefore, the Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C has limited functionality and is more suitable for displaying images from a computer only. Seeing the other features it brings, maybe entertainment was not the focus of Xiaomi when creating this monitor.
Turning to the front, the Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C charms with a thin bezel screen on all three sides. While on the chin, there is a glossy bezel that still looks thick, but there is no logo at all so it doesn’t reduce the minimalist aesthetic it offers.
Apart from the indicator light that will light up at the bottom, there are no navigation buttons at all so that the front view of the Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C is really focused on the screen.
This monitor uses an IPS panel with a viewing angle of up to 178 degrees which allows it to be clearly seen without any color distortion when viewed from various sides. Combined with the thin bezels, this monitor will feel wider without having boundaries.
The screen supports a resolution of up to 1920 x 1080 pixels with a 16:9 ratio to provide sharp images and has TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification to ensure eye comfort.
The matte coating on the surface of the screen can block out distracting light reflections so the image can look more comfortable. The screen is also claimed to have a Grey-to-Grey (GTG) response time of 6 milliseconds which is sufficient for general use, but will not be suitable for playing competitive games.
Xiaomi doesn’t provide specific information on its product page in terms of color accuracy other than mentioning 16.7 million color coverage and 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Like most monitors in this price range, the Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C still only supports refresh rates up to 60 Hz.
Even the comparison of the level of darkness reproduction looks very far when the Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C is paired with a Lenovo Flex 6 laptop using Duplicate projection mode to display a total black image.
Even so if you look at the price, I think this is still very tolerable in ordinary use that does not require high color accuracy such as color grading for photos or videos because I don’t really feel a significant difference when using it for work or browsing.
Like most other monitors, the Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C also provides settings via the On-Screen Display (OSD) which can be activated by pressing the joystick button on the back. There are various picture settings and a choice of modes that can be used such as Standard, ECO, Game, Movie, and Low Blue Light.
Interestingly, the Overdrive menu is also available which is claimed to reduce the response time of the monitor so that it can display color changes faster. However, Xiaomi did not mention to what extent the response time can be lowered.
Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C doesn’t seem to be targeting competitive gamers because it doesn’t provide various gaming features such as 1ms response time, Freesync, or high refresh rate. However, this can be replaced by the aesthetic that surrounds the design style.
The metal material and minimalist style that it brings make the Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C look more premium than the price tag. Therefore this monitor will be very suitable for those of you who need a monitor for work or want to have a clean desk because the Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C will stand in harmony with any style.
The Mi 23.8” Desktop Monitor 1C feels right for the price and is quite competitive with monitors of similar size in its price class. If you’re like me, who likes minimalist industrial-style monitors to match the existing setup, it’s worth considering this Xiaomi monitor.