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Updated: Jun 19, 2018 00:58
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#1
alaScore 100

Apple TV 4K (5th Gen, 2017)

The Apple TV 4K does everything you'd expect it to do -- what's surprising is how Apple is undercutting the competition in 4K pricing. In a world where people are buying fewer films, and the current best physical media format might not be sticking...

33 expert reviews | 539 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Amazon Fire TV Stick (2nd gen. with Alexa, 2017)

If you want 4K support and a slightly better selection of streaming media services, the Roku Premiere+ is our Editors' Choice for 4K media streamers—but it's more than twice the price of the Fire TV Stick.

18 expert reviews | 961 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Roku Streaming Stick Plus

The Roku Streaming Stick+ is the most sensible streaming TV device available this year. At $70, it delivers 4K HDR video with up to Dolby Atmos Audio, all through a user interface designed to appeal to a wide range of users, from tech novices to tech...

5 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Sky Q

When Sky rolled out the Sky+ HD box at its last major hardware launch, most of us were still using dumb phones with physical keypads. The PS3 hadn't launched – and, more importantly, Netflix was still mailing out DVDs.

11 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Google Chromecast Ultra

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...

34 expert reviews | 695 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Roku Express (2017)

If there's one thing we can take away from Roku's lineup this year, it's that you don't have to spend much to get a good streaming player. The $30 Express completely redefines what a set-top box can be, and it's hard to imagine how Roku can drive down...

16 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

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...

45 expert reviews | 2348 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Google Chromecast Audio (2015)

Even if the market for Chromecast Audio is somewhat limited, it could be incredibly useful for the right person. Good speakers tend to last a long time, but the way we listen to music has evolved significantly in the last five years. If you still have...

45 expert reviews | 734 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Nvidia Shield Android TV

It’s obvious we have some serious misgivings about the controller, but in general, we enjoyed our time with the Shield TV quite a bit. As a set-top streamer, the Shield TV will provide you with 4K HDR content and all the popular apps you could want....

40 expert reviews | 427 user reviews

#10
alaScore 96

Amazon Fire TV Stick (1st gen. 2014)

With the Fire TV Stick, Amazon seems to have a winner on its hands. It does everything you expect a media streamer to do with little fuss and a reasonable price tag. Whereas the Fire TV toyed a little too much with the idea of being a game console and...

58 expert reviews | 15679 user reviews

#11
alaScore 96

Apple TV (4th Gen, 2015)

So was the wait for a new Apple TV worth it? After spending a week devouring content and making it the centerpiece of my living room, I'd say yes. Its refined interface and remote, along with the best voice search implementation I've seen, puts it a...

30 expert reviews | 1883 user reviews

#12
alaScore 96

Amazon Fire TV 4K (2nd gen. 2015)

If you’re at all invested in the Amazon Prime universe, the Fire TV is a no-brainer. And if you already own a Fire TV and are considering the upgrade, we only recommend pulling the trigger if you have a 4K UHD TV or intend to purchase one soon....

35 expert reviews | 3159 user reviews

#13
alaScore 96

Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013)

Until now, getting internet content on a television screen required plunking down a wad of cash for a smart TV or a home theater PC, or spending around a hundred dollars on hardware like a Roku, Apple TV. Chromecast brings the internet to your TV in a...

139 expert reviews | 29628 user reviews

#14
alaScore 96

Roku Express+

If you want to stream video to an old TV, your best (and pretty much only) option is the Roku Express Plus.

4 expert reviews

#15
alaScore 95

PROBOX2 EX

The Probox2 EX Android based Media Player is armed with Quadcore processing, 2GB of RAM, and everything but the kitchen sink. But the user experience was as lacking as the multi-channel audio support.

5 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#16
alaScore 95

Roku 3

Just like the Roku players before it, the Roku 3 is the easiest-to-recommend media streamer on the market. An appealing package of services, accessibility and price has gotten even better with this round of updates, and we expect it to keep improving...

40 expert reviews | 44631 user reviews

#17
alaScore 95

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...

31 expert reviews | 29171 user reviews

#18
alaScore 95

Amazon Fire TV with Alexa (3rd gen. 2017)

Amazon’s new $70 Fire TV dongle is powerful, easy to install, and adds support for HDR content. With Alexa at the helm, Amazon’s Fire TV is a more compelling streaming option than ever before.

2 expert reviews

#19
alaScore 95

Amazon Fire TV (1st gen. 2014)

The Fire TV should be impressive -- it's faster and better equipped than most of the other media streamers out there, and does it all at a decent price. Right now though, features like gaming, voice search and ASAP are barely helping it keep pace with...

62 expert reviews | 6415 user reviews

#20
alaScore 95

Now TV

You can also get your broadband internet and phone calls from NOW TV, with a choice of standard or fibre broadband. Again, there's no monthly contract.

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#21
alaScore 94

Synology DiskStation DS415play

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

20 expert reviews | 71 user reviews

#22
alaScore 94

Apple TV (3rd Gen, 2012/2013)

If you’re already a loyal iTunes customer and you want to gorge yourself on content without a worry for what it costs, get an Apple TV. If you want to use any of a myriad of other services like Pandora, Hulu Plus or Amazon Instant Video, get the...

43 expert reviews | 29050 user reviews

#23
alaScore 94

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.

38 expert reviews | 455 user reviews

#24
alaScore 94

Roku 4

has Siri, Amazon Fire TV has gaming, but the Roku has them both beat when it comes to ease of use, content search and discovery, and portability. There’s a place for all of these devices in my home, but if I had to pick just one to live with for the...

8 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#25
alaScore 93

Naim Audio ND5 XS Network Player

A fully featured, insightful and captivating streamer that does it all – one of the best high-end streamers we’ve ever tested

8 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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