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Updated: Feb 27, 2017 00:11
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#1
alaScore 100

Sky Q

Sky's top-of-the-range service is here and T3.com has now had time with it in one of our own homes.

9 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Google Chromecast 2 (2nd gen, 2015)

In the end, the new design features are a step up, but not enough to make us trade in our old Chromecast — especially considering all of our favorite new features work just fine on the old version. But for those who still haven’t checked out a...

43 expert reviews | 1156 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

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 | 378 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

PROBOX2 EX

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

#5
alaScore 98

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 | 204 user reviews

#6
alaScore 97

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.

40 expert reviews | 11602 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

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 | 872 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013)

Google's original $35 Chromecast is so useful and so cheap that it was almost a no-brainer. At double the price, I can't quite say the same about the Chromecast Ultra. It works as promised, but the dearth of 4K content makes me hesitant to recommend...

140 expert reviews | 17391 user reviews

#9
alaScore 96

Synology DiskStation DS415play

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

19 expert reviews | 88 user reviews

#10
alaScore 96

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

#12
alaScore 95

Roku 3

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

32 expert reviews | 44406 user reviews

#13
alaScore 95

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

#14
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

#15
alaScore 95

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

#16
alaScore 95

Roku 4

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

6 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#17
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.

2 expert reviews | 3554 user reviews

#18
alaScore 94

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:...

39 expert reviews | 28665 user reviews

#19
alaScore 93

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

#20
alaScore 93

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

#21
alaScore 93

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

#22
alaScore 93

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

#23
alaScore 93

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

#24
alaScore 93

NZXT Doko

It isn't perfect, but if you want to stream PC games to your TV the NZXT Doko does a good job for sensible money.

5 expert reviews

#25
alaScore 93

Apple TV (1st Gen, 2007)

Apple brings a new OS, app support, and Siri voice control to its popular media streamer, but with a price that's on the high side and a lack of 4k support, the competition prevails.

121 expert reviews | 991 user reviews

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