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Updated: Jul 7, 2015 00:29
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#2
alaScore 99

Roku 3

Filed in Featured >Home >Reviews . Tags: roku, set top box and streaming.

25 expert reviews | 39170 user reviews

#3
alaScore 98

Slingbox M1

With the addition of built-in WiFi and a $30 price cut, the M1 is a solid replacement for the Slingbox 350. While it does still have a higher upfront cost than competing products, it can also stream content that no other device can -- namely, live...

6 expert reviews | 243 user reviews

#4
alaScore 97

Apple TV (3rd Gen)

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: seamless integration with iTunes, iCloud, and the rest of the Apple ecosystem.

23 expert reviews | 22546 user reviews

#5
alaScore 97

Dune HD BASE 3D

Streamers have been around for quite a few years. It took them quite a while to reach maturity. When this field was at its infancy, HD was just starting to get popular and Streamers offered a way to play back a DIVX or TS file without requiring a Home...

7 expert reviews | 57 user reviews

#6
alaScore 96

Kingston MobileLite Wireless

However, most of these shortcomings can be overlooked due to the price of $70 - less than half of what wireless drives cost. So the Kingston MobileLite Wireless can be recommended at least for what it primarily delivers, a good overall multi-user...

6 expert reviews

#7
alaScore 96

Apple TV (2nd Gen)

Those who've already invested in iTunes content and Apple hardware will find the Apple TV to be an indispensable living-room companion, and it's an excellent streaming-video box for non-Apple folks as well.

84 expert reviews | 736 user reviews

#8
alaScore 96

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.

5 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 95

SONOS Connect

The Sonos Connect brings effortless wireless media streaming to existing hi-fi owners, but it's not the first Sonos system we'd recommend.

4 expert reviews | 106 user reviews

#10
alaScore 95

Apple TV (1st Gen)

If you’ve been waiting for 1080p, now’s the time to get an Apple TV, especially if you’re heavily invested in iTunes content and/or you want to beam your media from your Mac to your TV. But if your big-screen TV tops out at 720p, and you just want to...

105 expert reviews | 2003 user reviews

#11
alaScore 94

Popcorn Hour A-400

There are some things the Popcorn Hour does incredibly well - for example, picture quality. It's very good here and neglected on other media players and especially on laptops and the like. Plus, you get the power needed to play 3D or 1080p video...

11 expert reviews | 137 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 94

Philips HMP7001

Media player boxes have become popular in the recent years. The market is dominated by Apple, Boxee, Western Digital and Roku but Philips wants to get in on the act. Last year, Philips released HMP5000 but it never proved very successful so Philips...

8 expert reviews | 110 user reviews

#13
alaScore 93

Verbatim MediaShare

Many of us now store photos, music and video on our PCs to stream to our TVs over a network. But doing so does have its flaws. Using a PC as a media server means coping with operating noise, power consumption and susceptibility to malware. A far better...

10 expert reviews

#14
alaScore 93

Sony SMP-N100

Sony's SMP-N100 streaming-video box isn't the easiest to use, but it offers an unparalleled feature set at its price.

22 expert reviews | 117 user reviews

#15
alaScore 92

Popcorn Hour C200

Popcorn Hour C-200 (HDD not included) IEC 60320 C13 power cord 1.5M length HDMI cable RF Remote Control with 2 “AAA” batteries Quick start guide

32 expert reviews | 159 user reviews

#16
alaScore 92

AC Ryan Playon!HD2

I've been an owner of the original AC Ryan PlayOn!HD for a while, so it was relatively easy for me to spot the differences/upgrades coming with the new PlayOn!HD2. First of all, what matters most not only to me, but also to many users out there, is the...

24 expert reviews | 132 user reviews

#17
alaScore 91

Eminent EM7285 Hdmedia RT3

It may not be pretty, but Eminent's EM7285 network media player is certainly advanced. Built around the Realtek RT1185 chipset, it's compatible with a huge array of files and formats. The player ships sans hard drive, but one is easily loaded into the...

3 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#18
alaScore 91

Asus O!Play BDS-700

It has really great picture quality, fantastic sound, is solidly built and plays Bluray ISO's with Menus. Heres the problem though, It has a know freezing problem. In fact I havn't been able to completly watch a movie without having to pull the plug...

4 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#19
alaScore 91

Patriot Box Office

With a street price of $100, the Box Office is competitively priced at the low end of the media-streamer spectrum. It won’t replace higher-priced alternatives, but its unique features and robust operation make it more than just a budget box.

13 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 91

Western Digital WD TV Live Plus

If you have a PC running Windows 7, you can use Microsoft’s Play To feature to “send†media from your PC to the WD TV Live Plus. Simply add songs or videos to the Windows Media Player 12 playlist, click the Play To button, and choose the WD TV...

6 expert reviews

#21
alaScore 90

Dune HD TV-101

The Dune HD Media player has an Indian price tag of Rs. 11,900 (MRP).

4 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#22
alaScore 89

Convenience Concepts 131031 Designs-2-Go Wide 3-Tier Wood Grain TV Stand, Black

The assembly took less than 2 minutes and it holds my 32" TV, printer, 2 Spike guards, Modem, Router & Roku and there's still space on my middle shelf for a dvd player. Even though the stand looks sleek and simple, the quality has not been compromised....

12 user reviews

#23
alaScore 89

Case Logic PDVD-9 7-9-Inch Dual Screen DVD Player Case, Black

I have only myself to blame for this purchase, I thought it was to hold my double DVD players, as in storing when they come out of the van. I didn't realize it was to actually hold a player between the seats in the vehicle. While nice for a single...

10 user reviews

#24
alaScore 89

Rocelco B-Tech Rocelco BT77 Ultragrip Pro Loudspeaker Wall Mount - Pair (Black)

Since my B&W DM603 weigh only 11 pounds I was able to mount these brackets in drywall using appropriate anchors. I used the included speaker screws to ensure the units don't move off the bracket. I'd recommend this approach - the friction bracket can...

11 user reviews

#25
alaScore 89

Narita Espresso Swivel-Top Media Stand

This Tv unit is a great piece of furniture. It is attractive and I particularly like the swivel feature. The glass front is very appealing. I put it together by myself in no time.

22 user reviews

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