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Updated: Apr 22, 2018 22:52
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#1
alaScore 100

Apple TV 4K (5th gen. 2017)

If you can swing the price and want the best streamer available today, get the Apple TV 4K.

31 expert reviews | 501 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 | 927 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Roku Streaming Stick Plus

The Roku Streaming Stick+ is an impressive little media streamer. For just $70, it offers access to loads of 4K streaming content, with support for HDR10 where it's available. Considering the extensive selection of apps and services Roku offers, this...

5 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 98

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.

11 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Google Chromecast Ultra

The built-in apps on most Ultra HD TVs are good enough — for now

30 expert reviews | 678 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Roku Express (2017)

Given that the software experience holds up even on budget hardware, there are a couple scenarios where the Roku Express makes more sense than pricier models. The Express is now the only Roku model that works directly with infrared-based universal...

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 | 2316 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Google Chromecast Audio (2015)

A few years back, Google’s audience for the Chromecast Audio might’ve been much larger: standalone speakers were far more prevalent. These days, though, Bluetooth speakers are inexpensive; even Sonos, which began by wirelessly connecting existing...

46 expert reviews | 729 user reviews

#10
alaScore 96

Amazon Fire TV Stick (1st gen. 2014)

Should anyone buy the Fire TV Stick? Maybe, if you’re looking to spend as little as possible for the best experience with Amazon Prime Video. Just keep in mind that the Fire TV set-top box is a much faster and more capable device. It’ll cost more...

57 expert reviews | 15679 user reviews

#11
alaScore 96

Apple TV (4th Gen, 2015)

Apple TV's awesome remote and voice control make it one of the best entertainment devices, especially for anyone who already owns plenty of Apple gadgets.

28 expert reviews | 1856 user reviews

#12
alaScore 96

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

Apple has yet to add 4K streaming to its Apple TV, but there other solid options for 4K streaming. The Roku Premiere+ is a very capable media streamer on Roku's platform and features a handy headphone jack built into the remote. The Nvidia Shield...

35 expert reviews | 3159 user reviews

#13
alaScore 96

Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013)

The Chromecast Audio takes everything that makes the Chromecast handy, strips away video, and makes it possible to connect nearly any speaker to your Wi-Fi network for wireless music streaming. Most speaker systems today integrate Bluetooth or some...

139 expert reviews | 29644 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

THE ROKU HAS MORE CONTENT THAN ANY COMPETITORS AT THIS TIME

40 expert reviews | 44631 user reviews

#17
alaScore 95

Roku Streaming Stick, HDMI (3500)

As noted in our streaming-stick comparison, the Roku Streaming Stick is a cut above Amazon’s Fire TV Stick ($40, or $50 with voice remote) and Google’s ($35). It feels faster than the former, it has a dedicated remote unlike the latter, and it has a...

31 expert reviews | 29211 user reviews

#18
alaScore 95

Amazon Fire TV (1st gen. 2014)

AMAZON PRIME SUBSCRIBERS ARE THE PERFECT CUSTOMERS

61 expert reviews | 6415 user reviews

#19
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

#20
alaScore 94

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

#21
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:...

42 expert reviews | 29020 user reviews

#22
alaScore 94

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

#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 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

#25
alaScore 93

Roku 2 (2720) 2013

If you want a simple way to watch Netflix, Hulu Plus, and other online services on your HDTV, the Roku 2 is the most affordable and functional one out there. It's $20 less than the Roku 3, and the few things you lose stepping down to the Roku 2 are...

2 expert reviews | 3555 user reviews

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