Chinese company Xiaomi boasts an incredibly huge range of products. The company at the expense of its subsidiaries produces almost everything: smartphones, computers, laptops, wearable electronics, household appliances, and even toilet paper! And a lot of other products. No smartphone manufacturer on the market can boast the same large range.
Of course, in Russia Xiaomi brings a minimal part of its products, because of which users constantly have to turn to AliExpress or use the services of “servos” to get some of the cherished gadget Xiaomi.
In January, Xiaomi announced 2020 an ecosystem product year, the company promised to expand its range significantly during the year, but the pandemic of coronavirus has made adjustments to the plans of the Chinese company. Because of this, very few presentations have been held since January.
At the first post-virus presentation in late July, Xiaomi unveiled a number of its new products, including the long-awaited fitness tracker Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5, Wi-Fi routers, and three models of electric scooters.
Today we look at the most basic electric scooter Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Essential and learn how it can be useful in urban life.
Set and look
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Essential comes in a large enough cardboard box, which its dimensions are more like a box from the TV. Inside, in addition to the electric scooter itself, you can find documentation, a charging adapter, a hose for the swap of wheels, a hexagonal key, and five screws. The screws are needed here in order to fasten the steering wheel of the scooter to the frame. It will require only four screws, probably the fifth – a spare. The process of fixing the steering wheel is very simple and does not require physical training. Anyone can handle it.
By the way, the charging adapter scooter is very small, about ten years ago such charging had all Windows laptops. And some game models, by the way, are still there.
In general, Xiaomi could make the scooter body completely monolithic with a fixed steering wheel. It seems that the company did not do this in favor of the ergonomics of the device box – since the width of the steering wheel is much wider than the body itself, the box would be much larger than it is now.
Although, given the current dimensions of the box, no one would pay attention to the increased thickness, because no one will carry it on themselves from the store, because with such sizes to do it is not very convenient. Most likely, buyers will order delivery or if there is a car to deliver a scooter to the house themselves, but certainly will not use public transport for this.
The design of the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Essential is the same as the company’s previous electric scooters. The device case is made of aerospace aluminum. On sale, there is only black coloring, although earlier Xiaomi also came out white scooters. In my opinion, in white, the device would look much more attractive and more effective.
The steering wheel is equipped with two foam overlays for a comfortable grip. On the left side are the brake lever and the bell, and from the right throttle of the motor. Between them, there is a functional button and a fairly large display.
In the box the scooter is in a folded state, the assembly process is very simple. First, you need to lift the frame and then fix the lever of fixation in the position “up” that the frame did not add up. In order to prevent the fixation lever accidentally opened during the movement, thus not sending the frame to “free-swimming”, there is an additional clamp to hold it.
In order to make the scooter convenient to carry, for example, in the subway or place in the trunk of the car, it can be folded. On the back wheel, there is a special hook, which you need to hook the handle of the call. In a folded state, the device is convenient to carry, holding it by the frame.
The Weight of the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Essential is only 12 kg.
Movement and functionality
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Essential syncs with your smartphone using the Mi Home brand app. In the application, you can see the full state of the electric scooter, as well as if necessary to block the engine.
The wheels of the device are equipped with 8.5-inch pneumatic tires. The right wheel has a motor with a maximum capacity of 500 W. It is enough to reach speeds of up to 20 km/h, which is enough to move around the city. The maximum power reserve is 20 km – on average it is enough for one day of driving through the park. The right wheel also has an E-ABS braking system and disc brakes on the rear.
The steering wheel has a display and the only button Xiaomi calls them a “multi-functional dashboard.” All control of the scooter is done with one button.
The first click is the activation of the scooter
Single click – turn the lantern on and off
Double-clicking – Switching speed modes
Long press – turn off the scooter
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Essential has three-speed modes: pedestrian, standard mode, and sport. In pedestrian mode, the maximum speed of a scooter is 5 km/h, in standard – 15 km/h, and in sports – 20 km/h.
Xiaomi worked on the front headlight, now it is installed at such an angle, at which it does not blind passers-by, and the lighting range is 10 meters.
By the way, Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Essential has an energy recovery system that recharges the device’s battery when it descends on the sloping surface, which allows increasing the autonomy of the device
The test of using the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Essential shows that the electric scooter was not developed for Russian roads. The fact that depreciation, as such, in the device is not, so every bump of the road the user feels on himself. Even in Moscow, the quality of “Sobyanin” roads and sidewalks leaves much to be desired, and what to say about the regions.
However, on a high-quality surface to ride on Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Essential is a pleasure.
Perhaps the ideal scenario for using Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Essential is a walk with friends in the park with good asphalt. And to use Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Essential, like any other electric scooter, as a means of transportation I would not – too much inconvenience in the form of constant carrying in the subway and discomfort on bad roads. But for leisure, the device is quite suitable
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Essential is a classic representative of its class. It has a good power reserve at its cost, convenient management, and it is easy to use. Among the disadvantages I would note only the lack of depreciation.