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Xiaomi Mijia MTJD02YL review: the minimal desk lamp, compatible with Apple's HomeKit

Xiaomi Mijia MTJD02YL review: the minimal desk lamp, compatible with Apple's HomeKit

When it comes to home accessories, whether it's motion sensors, cleaning accessories, or more commonly lighting, Xiaomi and Mijia play a particularly important role in the minimal style sector. Xiaomi Mijia MTJD02YL is no exception and "gives" the user one of the most modern desk lamps ever. Here's how it is made and what we think about it.

The packaging of this device already suggests the size of the lamp. Although carefully folded inside the polystyrene, the package is quite bulky. The lamp is also quite heavy, about 1.5 kg, with a rather imposing base with a diameter of about 14 centimeters. Despite the size, Xiaomi Mijia MTJD02YL as always an accessory with a strong minimal flavor, with a refined design in its simplicity, which well marries an absolutely modern environment.

Xiaomi Mijia MTJD02YL review, the most minimal desk lamp ever

It has a design that the manufacturer calls triaxial, with the possibility of articulating the lamp in different points, so as to adjust the light beam to your liking. The first important adjustment is that of the base: the lamp rod can rotate, so as to leave the base stationary but direct the light where necessary.

Xiaomi Mijia MTJD02YL review, the most minimal desk lamp ever

Always at the base, a first joint allows you to tilt the lamp to your liking, an operation that can also be repeated with a second joint positioned halfway up the "stem" and a third place just before the "head" in which the luminous LED is present. This design allows you to orient the lamp according to your needs, even if there is no possibility to rotate the "head" on its axis.

Xiaomi Mijia MTJD02YL review, the most minimal desk lamp ever

The possibility of changing the height of the lamp allows, therefore, to radiate the light on a more or less vast plane, with an illumination ranging from 25 cm to 180 cm, depending on whether the LED is placed in its lowest position possible, or in the highest one.

Xiaomi Mijia MTJD02YL review, the most minimal desk lamp ever

On the basis of the button, which in addition to being clickable, for switching on or off, it also has a double click function to activate different modes, such as the Timer, or the Default status. It is precisely this last function that we have considered among the most functional: usually we tend to turn on the lamp always at the same times and always for the same functions, and immediately find the right shade of light one of the most useful functions.

Xiaomi Mijia MTJD02YL review, the most minimal desk lamp ever

In our case, for example, we use the lamp after dinner and as an aid to writing on the Mac: we have therefore set a warm soft light, which we tend to use 90 percent of the time. Just a double click just sitting at the desk, to find the right tone.

Xiaomi Mijia MTJD02YL review, the most minimal desk lamp ever

The button, however, also has the function of a knob, which can be rotated, or rotated and pressed simultaneously, to activate different functions. And in fact, if you rotate while pressing, in one direction or the other, you will be able to manage the temperature of the light, between hot and cold. It is an excellent solution for use at different times of the day.

In the evening, in fact, a warmer light will be preferable, while in the phases in which it is not yet dark, but the sun has already set, you can opt for a more energetic light. In short, depending on your tastes it will be possible to obtain a warm or cold light, between 2500 and 4800K.

Xiaomi Mijia MTJD02YL review: the most minimal desk lamp ever, compatible with Apple's HomeKit.

By simply turning the same knob, however, you will be able to manage the size of the light beam. Also in this case, the user will be able to choose whether to obtain a very strong light, or of less intensity, depending on the intended use: if in reading mode, for example, a less intense beam is recommended.

In any case, the lamp does not dazzle, and the LED does not bother in the least, even if you look at it directly. From this point of view, the three adjustments in the rods help a lot, to direct the light beam where it is needed, without hindering the view.

Among its functions, the app also allows you to set the child mode, which limits the temperature up to a maximum of 4000K, helping to protect the eyesight of the little ones.

Application

The lamp can be controlled not only through the multifunctional button described above, but also through applications. You are really spoiled for choice, between the Yeelight, Mi Home and Apple Home apps. Yes, because the lamp can work both with Google and with iOS, not only through proprietary apps, but through HomeKit support. This means that the light communicates with the Apple ecosystem and it will be possible to control it through the Cupertino application.

Xiaomi Mijia MTJD02YL review, the most minimal desk lamp ever

Between Yeelight and Mi Home we preferred to use this second one. It seemed to us the most complete app for the management of the lamp, with different predefined settings that allow you to immediately activate a certain light, whether it is PC mode, reading mode, or you want to manually set the tone and intensity of the LED: in this last case just go to the main screen of the app and move your fingers like on a trackpad, in vertical or horizontal line.

The app also allows many automations, being able to interface with other kits of the Chinese manufacturer, for example with motion sensors, which will allow you to turn it on and off when passing, or with door and window sensors, which will allow you to turn it on whenever opens or closes a certain door.

As already mentioned, the lamp also works with Apple House. In this case, the configuration is performed by scanning the QR code on the lamp.

Conclusions

A real treat. Certainly not among the cheapest desk lamps, but certainly among the most minimal and modern. A unique design, clean, light, but that does not go unnoticed and, above all, that allows you to rotate and direct the light beam as you wish. The fact that it works with different apps, iOS and Android, as well as with Homekit, makes it one of the most versatile and suitable to be inserted in any home automation system.

PRO

  • Aesthetically valid
  • Well built
  • Multifunctional knob
  • Android app, iOS and HomeKit support
  • Good quality light

VERSUS

  • There is no way for it to appear on the Google Home app

At the moment it costs about 80 euros on GearBest: among the lowest prices ever, which is why we recommend you buy it immediately if you had already laid your eyes on it for some time.