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Updated: Feb 9, 2016 22:15
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#1
alaScore 100

Google Chromecast Audio (2015)

If you have a good set of speakers and want to stream music to them, the Chromecast Audio is a simple and inexpensive way to make them work with almost all of the the top music services. The combination of a great price point, wide compatibility and...

19 expert reviews | 159 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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...

28 expert reviews | 998 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Amazon Fire TV 4K (2nd Gen) 2015

If you have a 4K TV and are an Amazon Prime subscriber, the 2015 edition of the Fire TV is worth the $100 you'll spend. If, however, you're looking for an OK video streaming device for as cheap as possible, you might want to hunt down last year's...

12 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Apple TV (2015, 4th Gen)

The new Apple TV offers the most refined streaming interface yet, with a remote that's a step ahead of the competition. Its voice search actually works well, and even at this early stage, there are plenty of worthwhile apps and games. If you need 4K...

8 expert reviews | 1067 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Nvidia Shield Android TV

The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV is based on the Tegra X1, which is, without doubt, a very powerful SoC. Ostensibly designed for mobile platforms - particularly tablets - Tegra X1 none the less finds itself in a very interesting (and perhaps unexpected)...

18 expert reviews | 95 user reviews

#6
alaScore 97

Amazon Fire TV Stick

Amazon has joined Google and Roku as a purveyor of tiny, stick-shaped media hubs with the Fire TV Stick. Like the Google Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick, the Fire TV Stick is a tiny bar that you stick into your HDTV's HDMI port and use just...

26 expert reviews | 1225 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Synology DiskStation DS415play

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

18 expert reviews | 40 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

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.

31 expert reviews | 433 user reviews

#9
alaScore 96

Roku Streaming Stick, HDMI (3500)

The best Roku is the one you have with you

22 expert reviews | 21629 user reviews

#10
alaScore 96

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...

2 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

#12
alaScore 96

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...

109 expert reviews | 16498 user reviews

#13
alaScore 95

Roku 3

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

28 expert reviews | 44224 user reviews

#14
alaScore 95

Apple TV (2012, 2013, 3rd Gen)

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...

34 expert reviews | 27878 user reviews

#15
alaScore 95

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

#16
alaScore 95

Asus Chromebit CS10

Unlike Intel’s Compute Stick or even other Chrome OS machines, the Chromebit is actually an easier sell to a wider variety of people. It’s not necessarily a replacement for a streaming box or a full Windows PC. Instead, it’s a nice complement to the...

3 expert reviews | 72 user reviews

#17
alaScore 94

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

#18
alaScore 94

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 | 2000 user reviews

#19
alaScore 94

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.

1 expert reviews | 3554 user reviews

#20
alaScore 94

NZXT Doko

The NZXT Doko is a great idea but its execution left a lot to be desired. The experience as it stands is far from seamless unless all you plan on using the device for is remotely accessing your desktop. The movie watching experience doesn’t rival the...

5 expert reviews

#21
alaScore 93

Roku Streaming Stick, MHL (3400, 3420)

For all of its acclaims, the one thing that makes us cautious about recommending it is the $50 sticker price attached to it. Even though it costs half as much to pick up compared to the Roku 3, the $50 cost is still higher than that of its main rivals....

3 expert reviews | 314 user reviews

#22
alaScore 93

Roku 1 Streaming Player

A tiny box to make your TV smarter, and a great first step into the world of video streaming

2 expert reviews | 4924 user reviews

#23
alaScore 93

Pipo X7s

Not the fastest machines running either Windows or Android, but the Pipo X7 and X7S offer excellent value as an easy means to turn your TV into a PC. Given that it's cheaper and adds a Micro-USB port, we think the X7S is the Pipo to buy, but if you're...

1 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#24
alaScore 93

Apple TV (2007, 1st 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...

119 expert reviews | 865 user reviews

#25
alaScore 93

Google Nexus Player

At the moment, the Nexus Player’s big problem is that it’s a bigger and less-convenient Chromecast. It’s running on a platform that has plenty of potential and, as app support increases, it will become a better product. Indeed, we’ll update this review...

1 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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