Business Today - - THE BREAKOUT ZONE - By Nidhi Sin­gal @nid­hisin­gal

WITH THE SPIKE in air pol­lu­tion out­side, many of us turn to in­door air pu­ri­fiers for suc­cour and the Mi Air Purifier 2S, from the house of Xiaomi, can be con­sid­ered a great buy for its smart func­tion­al­ity and com­pet­i­tive pric­ing. The third-gen­er­a­tion air purifier in white sports a com­pact, squar­ish tower de­sign, stands 20 inches tall and does not oc­cupy much space. A to­tal of 943 in­take holes are spread across its three sides to draw the im­pure air, pass it through the 360-de­gree three-layer cir­cu­lar air fil­ter and push the clean air from the top. Un­like the pre­vi­ous model, this one has a cir­cu­lar OLED dis­play that shows real-time PM 2.5 level along with tem­per­a­ture, hu­mid­ity level, Wi-Fi sta­tus and mode. A light sen­sor helps ad­just the screen’s bright­ness while a high-pre­ci­sion laser sen­sor is used to mea­sure the PM level. The 2S has a clean air de­liv­ery rate of 310 cu­bic me­tres per hour.

When power was switched on, the gad­get first dis­played the fil­ter life (100 per cent), fol­lowed by the PM level. We found that the PM 2.5 level was at 190 in a medium-sized room and the 2S took close to 15 min­utes to bring it down to 40 while on the auto mode. Along with the nu­mer­i­cal dis­play, the colour code also changed from red to green as soon as the air qual­ity im­proved. Plus, I was able to switch between auto, sleep and favourite (cus­tomised, us­ing the app) modes us­ing the but­ton at the top.

Pair­ing the 2S with the Mi Home app also brings the con­ve­nience of re­mote con­trol and smart func­tion­al­ity. I had to se­lect In­dia re­gion (rec­om­mended) and con­nect it to the router to set it up. Af­ter that, I could turn it on/ off, change mode and even cus­tomise the favourite mode us­ing the app. All th­ese can be re­motely done when you are away from home. It also fea­tures voice con­trol and comes with Alexa and Google As­sis­tant sup­port. While test­ing it for Alexa func­tion­al­ity, I had to con­nect the 2S with the Mi Home app and turn on Mi Home Skills within the Ama­zon Alexa app.

Con­sid­er­ing the ad­vanced fea­tures and pocket-friendly pric­ing, the Mi Air Purifier 2S is un­doubt­edly the ‘ best’ op­tion in the mar­ket. Sev­eral prod­ucts are avail­able from lead­ing brands such as Sam­sung, Philips, Honey­well and Kent, but they fail to of­fer a sim­i­lar set of fea­tures in this price range.

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