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Updated: Oct 22, 2016 01:12
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If you’re looking for a streaming device to stream local and online content, you should definitely pick up a PROBOX2 Air Android TV Box. Priced right and easy to use, this was another easy addition to our Top Picks of 2016.

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Amazon Fire TV 4K (2nd Gen) 2015

The latest Fire TV makes some welcome improvements, but owners of the original needn’t upgrade.

28 expert reviews | 172 user reviews

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Google Chromecast Audio (2015)

The Chromecast Audio is certainly extremely easy to use, and that’s good, because ease of use is its defining attribute. As affordable as it is, the device still sees major competition in the market: Just about any powered speaker or A/V receiver...

27 expert reviews | 315 user reviews

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Google Chromecast 2 (2nd gen, 2015)

For just $35, you get a full-fledged media streamer that won't take up much space in your home entertainment center. It's simple to setup, and the new Chromecast app sweetens the deal even further with how easy it is to find new content. Sure it...

40 expert reviews | 1152 user reviews

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Apple TV (4th Gen, 2015)

My old TV had just two HDMI ports, so I had to be selective about what I left plugged in. Even now, with more inputs to fill, I still limit myself to two set-top boxes. The new Apple TV has replaced its predecessor in one of those ports, but it hasn’t...

18 expert reviews | 811 user reviews

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Amazon Fire TV Stick

The inexpensive Fire TV Stick remains a great value for heavy users of Amazon TV shows and movies, but most other new devices work better for Netflix and the rest.

39 expert reviews | 11457 user reviews

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Roku Streaming Stick, HDMI (3500)

Roku’s new Streaming Stick delivers an outstanding experience. It’s the snappy click-and-go device we think everyone expects, but somehow packed into a little stick no larger than a small pack of gum. And, as previously mentioned, Roku’s platform...

24 expert reviews | 28368 user reviews

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Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013)

There are tons of ways to watch online content on your HDTV. Your media hub, your game console, your Blu-ray player—even your HDTV itself might be able to access YouTube and Netflix. The Google Chromecast is an alternative to all of the above. It's a...

128 expert reviews | 17187 user reviews

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Synology DiskStation DS415play

Synology's four-bay DiskStation DS415play NAS is an excellent storage solution for home or small businesses

19 expert reviews | 84 user reviews

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Roku 3

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32 expert reviews | 44405 user reviews

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Google Nexus Player

The Nexus Player is a great, if imperfect, introductory showcase for Android TV. It doesn't have an Ethernet port and suffers from a few bugs, but Android TV's simple interface, intelligent voice search and Google Cast abilities more than make up for it.

39 expert reviews | 455 user reviews

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Roku 4

With or without a 4K TV, Roku’s priciest streaming box is a minor improvement over its cheaper models.

6 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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TiVo Bolt

TiVo has been facing some stiff competition in the form of cable and satellite company-provided digital video recorders and streaming video services like Hulu, making its subscription plan and expensive hardware look less and less appealing. The Bolt...

3 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

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Sky Now TV box

The NOW TV Box is a great little device, offering a simple, mostly cost-effective way of getting Sky content into your home without you having to sign a pact with the devil.

12 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

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Naim Audio ND5 XS Network Player

Its ability to cope with 24-bit/192kHz streams future-proofs it for some considerable time and allows the lovers of hi-res to pursue their studio-master fix. The n-Stream app adds all the convenience to the package for which one could ask. In an...

8 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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Roku 2 (2720) 2013

Editors' Note: This version of the Roku 2 has been replaced. A full review of the most current 2015 Roku 2 can be found here.

2 expert reviews | 3554 user reviews

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Apple TV (3rd Gen, 2012/2013)

Released in March, Apple's third-generation puck ($100) retains the form factor of its predecessor while adding 1080p playback. The real draw remains the same, though:...

37 expert reviews | 28662 user reviews

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SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive

If you've ever wished you could just leave your USB key on your desk or in your pocket and still access the files on it wirelessly, SanDisk's new media drives are sort of what you're looking for. Unfortunately for power users, these wireless media...

14 expert reviews | 79 user reviews

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Now TV

A great little box that provides great content at reasonable prices, image quality could be improved, but Now TV is still a winner

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Pipo X7

Let's get a few facts down: the PiPO X7 has a very capable SoC, the case feels extremely solid and the internals seem to be great for the price. I can't recommend it enough for anyone who just wants to browse the web, do some word processing or watch a...

2 expert reviews

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Naim SuperUniti

Provided you can afford speakers able to make the most of it, the SuperUniti is the best all-in-one streamer system to date

10 expert reviews

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Roku 2 (4210 / 4205) 2015

The Roku 2 is yet another decent media streaming box from the market leader and we like the new Roku Search and MyFeed features. However, these are available on the other Rokus and the slightly high price means you'll want to pay the extra for the...

2 expert reviews | 2131 user reviews

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Western Digital WD TV

For a company whose primary business is manufacturing hard drives, Western Digital sure knows a lot about digital media and how to stream it over a network. Each succeeding generation of the company's WD TV Live product has led the market in terms of...

67 expert reviews | 425 user reviews

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Apple TV (2010, 2nd Gen)

That is not this, though. This Apple TV is a PowerPoint presentation, not a finished execution. You can buy it now, but know that you’re doing so in the hope that the App Store quickly gets bigger and better. (And in fairness, Apple’s track record says...

94 expert reviews | 1826 user reviews


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