A little over half a year ago, Xiaomi presented the second generation of its temperature and humidity meter, a small gadget called Xiaomi Mi Temperature and Humidity Monitor 2 that we tested today, analyzing its strengths and weaknesses.
Unlike its first generation, the Xiaomi Mi Temperature and Humidity Monitor 2 takes a square format and a much smaller overall design . Also now shows us a face in relation to the temperature and humidity of the environment.
Even so, this new Xiaomi temperature and humidity meter still does not have WiFi , being necessary to be close to it in order to download the information to our smartphone and thereby domotize its available actions.
Unboxing and first impressions
After opening its box, we will only find the Xiaomi Mi Temperature and Humidity Monitor 2 itself and a small adhesive to be able to stick it to the wall . As usual with this type of products imported from China, it does not include the CR2032 type battery necessary for its operation.
Its size is only 43x43x12.5mm and it has a weight of 21 grams . Unlike its first generation, the dimensions of these are noticeably smaller, making it difficult to see at a certain distance .
Beyond that, its box informs us of the technical values capable of monitoring: environments with temperatures between 0ºC-60ºC and relative temperatures of 0% -99% . It also informs us of the type of battery, CR2032 and its Bluetooth 4.2 BLE connection.
Of rest, the first impressions of the Xiaomi Mi Temperature and Humidity Monitor 2 are good, its minimalist design and manufacturing in ABS plastic pleasant to the touch make it match any decoration.
Operation and connection with Xiaomi Home
The operation of the Xiaomi Mi Temperature and Humidity Monitor 2 is quite simple, just insert the battery in its back and it will begin to work showing us the current temperature and the relative humidity of the air.
In addition, this version adds a curious emoticon that depending on the humidity and temperature values will show your liking: if any of these is high, your face will become sad, otherwise, this funny face will show a smile.
Beyond that, what is really interesting is its Bluetooth connection. Thanks to this we can link it to our smartphone and keep a complete record of the humidity and temperature values of the last days.
Even so, since it does not have WiFi, its operation is limited to just being able to take advantage of it as long as we are close or we have a gateway. A drawback that we already found in the first generation and that is also repeated in this second version.
From Xiaomi Home or Mi Home we can not only visualize the temperature and humidity but also create practical automations in relation to the rest of the brand's products that we have.
To give an example, from Xiaomi Home we can operate a fan through some Xiaomi smart plug in relation to whether the Xiaomi Mi Temperature and Humidity Monitor 2 detects a temperature higher than a given value. Among the options that this gadget allows us we find:
- Perform a function if:
- The temperature is higher than …
- Humidity is higher than …
- The temperature is below …
- Humidity is less than …
In addition, from Xiaomi Home we can establish a specific name for the Xiaomi Mi Temperature and Humidity Monitor 2, manage the location where it is located or even display the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.
Beyond that, the Xiaomi Mi Temperature and Humidity Monitor 2 has a " Baby Mode ". This is capable of alerting us to the mobile (only if we have a gateway), in case the temperature is not between 20-24ºC and humidity between 45-70%.
Conclusion and personal opinion
For its price, about 3 euros from AliExpress , the Xiaomi Mi Temperature and Humidity Monitor 2 becomes a recommended purchase if what we are looking for is a small and inexpensive device from which to monitor the temperature and humidity of our home or office.
Of course, what we are looking for is a humidity and temperature meter to domotize our home it will be necessary to have a Xiaomi gateway as it lacks WiFi connection. Its Bluetooth connection will only serve us in order to carry out statistical control from our smartphone.
In short, the Xiaomi Mi Temperature and Humidity Monitor 2 has a great advantage called quality / price, also having the following strengths :
- An extremely inexpensive gadget.
- Easy to use and pair with Xiaomi Home
- Great autonomy (more than a year depending on the use of the connection (Bluetooth)
- Simple design that can be combined with any decoration.
Still, this small monitor has certain negative points that you should definitely know before making your purchase. To tell the truth, the Xiaomi Mi Temperature and Humidity Monitor 2 could have been a "lite" version of the first-generation Mi Temperature and Humidity Monitor:
- Too small in relation to the small generation.
- It does not have support to hang as we found in the first generation.
- Its Bluetooth connection is of little use if we do not have a gateway.